Department news and announcements

State of the District video available
If you missed one of the State of the District presentations on Thursday, January 30, a video of the presentation is available for viewing online. Watch Superintendent Silva outline our progress over the past three years of Strong Schools, Strong Communities, as well as next steps for Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0.

Focus Beyond offers employment and career evaluation to special education high school students
Focus Beyond is excited to offer a comprehensive evaluation opportunity for high  school students with special needs. The goal is to help students better  identify and understand career readiness, career interests, work task aptitude and technology knowledge (digital literacy). Students will :

  • Explore a variety of careers and occupational areas by completing work samples in the Practical Assessment Employment System (PAES) Lab
  • Develop computer skills and a comprehensive portfolio utilizing the Skills Uniquely Marketable in Technology (SUMIT) Program curriculum
  • Complete various assessments used in determining career and post-secondary readiness.

This evaluation will run mornings from 7:30 -10 a.m. at Focus Beyond during spring semester. If you have a student you think would benefit from this opportunity please contact the work coordinator in your building for details.

National School Counseling Week is February 3-7
"National School Counseling Week", sponsored by the American School Counselor Association, will be recognized February 3-7, 2014. Professional school counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in guidance and counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program. 

Saint Paul Public Schools employs over 80 Licensed School Counselors who support students and families in elementary, middle and high schools. Please join us in celebrating the impact  these dedicated professionals make in the lives of our students and families.

If you are interested in learning more about school counseling or school counseling professionals for your school,  please contact  Dr. Darlene Fry at darlene.fry@spps.org.