Department news and announcements

More summer opportunities for students
Students who do not qualify for S-Term or who are looking for enrichment opportunities this summer are encouraged to register for EMID (East Metro Integration District) summer camps or SPPS/multidistrict summer camps.

The camps, open to SPPS students and students in neighboring school districts, are free of charge to students who qualify and offer hands-on activities and culturally-specific programming.

For more information, view the flyers and distribute them to your students:

EMID

Multidistrict:

Ordway presents Honors Concert and other student arts events
On Tuesday, April 22, SPPS and the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will showcase the artistic talents of more than 300 students in the 23rd annual Honors Concert, Performance Art, Visual Art Exhibition and K-8 Performance Showcase. The centerpiece of the event is the Honors Concert and Performance Art, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Ordway Music Theater.

Complementing the musical performances will be an exhibition of student artwork hosted by the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA). The exhibition opens with a reception on Thursday, May 15 from 5 - 7 p.m. and runs through May 25 at the MMAA Project Space in downtown Saint Paul.

EDL and S-Term welcomes students who receive specialized services
Students with special education needs are welcome to attend Extended Day for Learning and/or S-Term programming.

Extended Day for Learning (EDL)
Students who qualify for in EDL (as determined by the IEP team) may participate if program staffing, structure, curriculum and capacity are appropriate to meet the needs of the student.

Summer Term (S-Term)
Parents/guardians, IEP team, case manager, school administrators, and SPPS district special education staff will determine if S-Term attendance will increase the student’s likelihood to graduate from high school.

The S-Term site administrative team includes a special education site leader, responsible for communicating Easy IEP information and serving as a resource to S-Term general education classroom teachers.

Learn more in the memo from Jon Peterson in the Office of Alternative Education.

New immunization laws for schools, childcares, and early childhood programs to begin September 2014
On September 1, 2014, changes to Minnesota’s immunization laws will take effect for schools, childcare, and early childhood programs. The changes were made to more closely align with the current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations. Medical and conscientious exemptions are still allowed under the law. Learn more at studentwellness.spps.org.

Nominate an excellent educator in Saint Paul Public Schools
If you know a teacher or school employee at Saint Paul Public Schools who goes above and beyond, let WCCO This Morning know! Message the station at Facebook page or by emailing morning@wcco.com.

Learn about measuring learning during Monday’s Tweet Chat
Discuss education topics on Twitter every Monday at 7 p.m. with the Office of Personalized Learning. Log on to Twitter and participate in the chat by using the hashtag #sppschat. This week's topic will be “Measuring learning." Contact Jessica McMahon with questions at jessica.mcmahon@spps.org or tweet her at @SPPS_McMahon.