Department news and announcements

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National Backpack Awareness Day
September 18 is National Backpack Awareness Day. Help families discover the correct weight limits and how to wear backpacks for children's back safety. Print this flyer and coloring activity for students to take home.

Indian Education Program events
You are cordially invited to attend the American Indian Education Program’s monthly powwows, which take place throughout the 2013-2014 school year. View the flyer for complete details and schedule.

Our next event on September 27 will be our fall drum blessing, feast, and attendance and academic awards. We will be giving thanks for having a number of traditional drums within our community. These drums are the heartbeat of our community, strengthening us and bringing us together to live a positive life for our people. This is the time for American Indian parents, students, guests and program staff to come together to socialize, become familiar with program services and begin the school year in a positive way. We will be honoring our American Indian students who missed four or less days of school and/or had a GPA of 3.0 or higher in 2012-13. 

  • What: Fall feast, drum blessing, academic awards and powwow
  • When: Friday, September 27, from 5-8:30 p.m.
  • Where: American Indian Magnet, 1075 E. Third St. (map)

If you have questions or need directions, please call our program office at 651-293-5191. We hope you and your family will decide to join us for one of our powwows this year.

Indian Education 40th anniversary celebration
Join the Indian Education Program for an evening of celebration in recognition of 40 years with our district, families and students! Dennis Olson, Director of Indian Education for Minnesota Department of Education, will give the keynote address.

  • When: Thursday, October 3, 5-8 p.m.
  • Where: Open World Learning/Creative Arts High School, 65 E. Kellogg Blvd (map). 

Communications, Marketing & Development (CMD) staffing changes
Several staff members have changed roles the Office of Communications, Marketing & Development (CMD). 

  • Troy Melhus, new media manager, is focused on social media and website strategy
  • Jerry Skelly, communications and marketing senior associate, now works out of Central High School and is focused primarily on video production.
  • Syreeta Wilkins, communications specialist, is focused on internal communications, including the Bridge newsletter.
  • Pepe Barton, communications specialist, is the communications and marketing liaison to schools. 

To view full details and contact information, visit the CMD website.

Marketing Toolkit updates
To help make your job easier, the Communications Department has provided a marketing toolkit to help promote your school to families and the community. 

New this month:

  • Approved student photos for use in flyers or newsletters
  • Newsletters now include black and white versions

This website will be updated throughout the year, especially as school choice season approaches. Stay tuned. A password is no longer needed.

 Questions or suggestions? Contact pepe.barton@spps.org