Department news and announcements

Collaborate, share and store your documents more easily with upgrades to SPPS Apps!
Recent upgrades to SPPS Apps (Google Apps for SPPS) make it easier for you to collaborate, share and store your documents.

SPPS Apps is a collaboration tool powered by Google that stores documents in Google’s cloud. If you’re new to SPPS Apps, view tips on how to use it and visit it.spps.org to get started. All staff are encouraged to transfer their documents from other cloud storage services (such as Dropbox) to SPPS Apps.

Many staff are already using SPPS Apps through their web browsers, but now you can download the Google Drive app to your district-owned PC or Apple computer.* Computer labs will continue to use SPPS Apps through the web browser. Shared devices (such as iPad carts) can use the app, but please remember to logout after each use.

Google Sync is also available on your phone or mobile device.**

Access your documents on-the-go when you download the Google Drive app for Android (Google Drive for iPhone and iPad will be available to SPPS accounts shortly). App features:

  • Sync your documents without uploading and downloading
  • Drag-and-drop multiple files at once
  • Protect student data by using SPPS apps instead of a personal Gmail account
  • Learn more.

To get started, change your Active Directory password, then learn how to download the apps for your district-owned PC or Apple computer, and your phone or mobile device. Still need help? Put in a Service Desk ticket.

More features coming soon: Stay tuned next month to learn how to sync your Google Chrome browser and Chromebook computer so you have your bookmarks, browsing history and Google Docs with you on any computer.

*IT Services can protect private district and student data on district-owned computers, but not personal computers. That’s why downloading the Google Drive app to your personal computer is a violation of SPPS policies.

**To protect private district and student data when you download the apps to your personal phone, SPPS will gain the ability to locate, lock, and wipe your phone remotely.

SPPS apparel available for purchase
Purchase SPPS branded apparel by going to www.companycasuals.com/spps. This link can now be permanently found under Staff>Apparel on the spps.org and staff.spps.org websites.

The Saint Paul based Brown and Bigelow Company is offering the clothing at the lowest possible price and at the highest quality. Please contact Paul Adams at 651-767-8141 with questions.

Job posting: S-Term administrative internship
Applications are now being accepted for unpaid Summer Term (S-Term) administrative intern positions in the Office of Alternative Education. This is an unpaid position but is a great opportunity to gain administrative experience and gain clinical hours toward administrative licensure. All candidates must be actively enrolled in an administrative licensure program at an accredited college or university. Learn more.

Job postings: OAE Summer Term Pre-Session Building Coordinators
Elementary staff are encouraged to apply for pre-session building coordinator positions in the Office of Alternative Education (OAE) for S-Term 2014. The coordinator will be responsible for preparing school buildings for S-Term 2014 from mid-February – June 9, 2014. View the job postings for elementary, middle and high school coordinators.

Learning Platform coming to a school near you!
School Comprehensive Improvement Plan (SCIP) planning for personalized learning starts soon for all schools, and select classrooms will begin using the Learning Platform in fall 2014. Download the schedule to find out when your classroom or school will be affected. Learn more about the learning platform on the Personalized Learning website or review the frequently asked questions.

Used furniture auction begins February 20
Used school district furniture will be available for auction February 20 through February 25. To view the items and submit a bid, visit the Auction Masters website using access code #519. If you have questions, please contact the Facilities One-Stop phone number at 651-744-1800.

Need childcare for spring break? Discovery Club is here for you!
Discovery Club's non-school day childcare is available to all SPPS employees, even if your child does not attend SPPS schools. Registration is now open at five non-school day locations: Battle Creek, EXPO, J.J. Hill, Rondo, and St. Anthony Park. The fee is $42 per day per child (plus the $15 registration fee, good through summer 2014) and includes breakfast, a snack and field trips. Children must bring a bag lunch. Non-school day childcare is available from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the following dates:

Non-school day Register by

March 3

February 24

March 21

March 14

March 31-April 4
(Spring Break)

March 24

Visit discoveryclub.spps.org or call 651-632-3793 to create an account.