Department news and announcements

SPPS Business cards get modern, fresh look
After May 1, 2014, SPPS business cards will get a little more personality. Bright colors and custom features make these cards stand out from the rest!

¿Hablas español? If you speak another language, your business card can identify you as a resource for staff and families.

Because we increasingly rely on social media to stay connected, you now have the opportunity to list your professional Twitter account, and/or district, department or school Facebook and Twitter pages on your cards (2 max).

No fax? No problem! Fax numbers, cell numbers and social media accounts are optional.

The basics haven't changed - expect to see your name, job title, phone number, email and other standard contact methods.

Help save a tree by continuing to use your current black & white business cards until they run out or your contact information changes. Once that happens, visit printcenter.spps.org to order more. They cost $14.50 per box of 100.

The sample below is actual size. Questions? Contact Print, Copy, Mail at 651-603-5017.

Upcoming family engagement events: special ed, Hmong networking, youth athletes
The last Special Education Family Group event of the year will discuss how Apps, websites and assistive technology support children with special needs. Families of children in Special Education are invited to this presentation. The presentation will also include tips and tricks for using iPads. Flyers are available in EnglishHmong, Spanish and Somali

A Hmong Family Networking Group is being held at the same time. The Hmong Family Networking Group is facilitated by Mai Chang from Arc Twin Cities. Families will have a chance to share information, resources and emotional support. Flyers are available in Hmong and English.

A Young Athletes Expo is being offered for children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. Children will be introduced to the Special Olympics Young Athletes program where they will practice skills such as kicking, catching and throwing in a fun environment. All participating children will receive a t-shirt and participation ribbon. Parents must fill out a waiver to participate. Download the flyer.

All three events are being held at Bridge View School.

  • Where: 360 Colborne St
  • When: Friday, May 2nd from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Register: by contacting Jackie Kelly at 651-767-3437 or jackie.kelly@spps.org, or by faxing a registration to 651-221-1488
  • Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 29

Professional development from the Office of Personalized Learning
There are new online courses available from the Office of Personalized Learning in support of technology integration. Teachers completing a course will receive clock hour credit, and the courses meet technology recertification requirements. Please visit the Office of Personalized Learning website for links to learn about:

  • SPPS Apps: Create and share documents
  • SPPS Apps Forms: Collect data, create surveys, write quizzes
  • SPPS Apps Presentations: Collaboratively create and share slides
  • Twitter: Create and use an account for professional purposes
  • Moodle: Make your own online courses for students or professional development
  • iMovie: Use your MacBook to record video clips and edit them with transitions and text titles to engage learners
  • Additional courses on GarageBand and interactive whiteboards will be added later this spring.

Learn about mindset 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 “Mindset." Contact Jessica McMahon with questions at jessica.mcmahon@spps.org or tweet her at @SPPS_McMahon.

Technology Services responds to reports of slow Lotus Notes
Technology Services (TS) has been receiving an increasing number of tickets regarding the responsiveness of Lotus Notes. Lotus Notes is a key tool for many staff at SPPS and TS understands how frustrating it is can be when it is not responsive.

SPPS currently receives approximately 1.5 million emails every month. High email volume, mobile devices, and old email storage are heavily impacting system performance.

In the longer term Lotus needs to be rebuilt on new hardware and reconfigured to handle the increase in traffic and services. A plan to do this is being developed and TS is seeking funding for this initiative.

In the short term, TS is trying a number of changes to the current configuration to increase performance. You may be seeing Service Desk notification of short-term unavailability as these changes are made.

Thank you for your patience as we work through this issue.

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:

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.