Department news and announcements

Solutions in Action works toward improving school climate
Earlier this year, a group consisting of representatives from the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers, Saint Paul Public Schools, the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership, the Saint Paul Black Interdenominational Ministers Association, and other community leaders began meeting in order to get to the bottom of why SPPS has a higher rate of referrals and suspensions for our African American / Black students than any other group, and ultimately to find common ground on the best conditions and school climate for learning. The result is a project called Solutions in Action.

Join Supt. Silva, Rep. Mariani and R.T. Rybak for a Tweet Chat this Thursday
Participate in a Tweet Chat with Superintendent Valeria Silva, R.T. Rybak and Rep. Carlos Mariani as they discuss the state of education in Minnesota. The chat will include questions about K12 funding amid the state’s budget surplus, hurdles facing English language learners and student nutrition and housing needs. The panelists will briefly answer questions from the public. Participate 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, with the Tweet Chat on and Follow and participate in the chat by using the hashtag #EdTalkSPPS. Contact with questions.

School lunch price increase for 2014-15
The following increase in school meal prices is required by the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act and was approved by the school board on April 15.

For the 2014-15 school year, the school meals will be priced as follows:

Grade Breakfast Lunch
Elementary grades (preK-5)
No charge $2.05
Middle School grades (6-8) No charge $2.20
High School grades (9-12) No charge $2.40
Reduced price (all grades) No charge $0.40
Adults $2.10 $3.75

Student meal PIN for 2014-15 school year
Beginning September 2, 2014, student’s meal account PIN number will be their Saint Paul Public Schools student ID number.

We have piloted the use of student ID numbers at the Rondo Education Center since the beginning of the 2013-14 school year with great success. Students from Benjamin E. Mays and Capitol Hill were able to enter their student ID number at any checkout station in the Rondo Education building for breakfast and lunch. Advantages of using student IDs include:

  • Students do not need to learn a new set of numbers
  • SPPS students visiting other SPPS schools will be able to access their account
  • PIN cards will not need to be distributed by staff at the beginning of the school year

Please share this information with families in your upcoming newsletters. If you have any questions, please call Nutrition Services at 651-603-4950.

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 global connections 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 “global connections" Contact Jessica McMahon with questions at or tweet her at @SPPS_McMahon.

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: