Department news and announcements

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East Side Education Community Partnership event
The East Side Prosperity Campaign in collaboration with the Saint Paul Public School foundation and the Saint Paul Public School are excited to present an opportunity for schools, local business leaders and service providers to begin their dialogue around how to better support our neighborhood schools. On Friday, September 27, The Saint Paul Public School foundation will host the first community conversation. View the flyer for more information.

Free and Reduced-Price student information website
Principals, assistant principals and building administrators: The Free and Reduced-Price Meal Eligibility custom website is now available in Campus.

  • If you have access to the custom website, you will see a FRAM link in Campus.
  • To access the website, select a student, then FRAM, then Eligibility.
  • Reports and labels are available by selecting Elig Reports and Labels.

For more information please contact the IT Services Help Desk at 651-603-HELP.

Students to change to full-pay lunch status
On October 15, students who are not automatically certified for free lunches, or who haven’t submitted a complete Free and Reduced-Price Meal application this school year, will change to full-pay status. This may result in a negative account balance. 

A Connect 5 call will go out to families October 1 reminding them to complete an application for this school year.

To date, over 20,000 students have been automatically certified for free meals. In addition, Nutrition Services has processed over 6,000 applications for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. The online application accounts for 30% of total applications processed. Parents should go to http://ns.spps.org and select Free and Reduced Meal Application link on the right sidebar. Translations are also available.

Students enrolled in your school who complete applications up through early December will be included when the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) calculates 2014-15 compensatory revenue amounts for your school. 

If you have questions, please call Amy Thering at 651-603-4953.

SPPS Foundation to host Investing in Academic Excellence Breakfast
Come and hear stories of great schools at the 2013 Investing in Academic Excellence Breakfast. At the breakfast, you’ll learn how the Saint Paul Public Schools Foundation invests in great schools and great communities. For more information and to register, visit the Foundation website.

Safety Committee seeks feedback
SPPS is committed to promoting a safe working environment for all employees. The SPPS Safety Committee is a joint management-labor safety group that evaluates safety and health issues raised by employees in the workplace. Our goal is to provide staff, students and parents a way to ask questions and have their safety concerns addressed. If you have a safety issue or concern, we encourage you to submit it to our committee. For additional information, visit the Safety Committee website.

Dr. Rosemary White Shield named supervisor of Indian Education
Dr. White Shield currently serves as the Director of Evaluation for the Office of Equity and Diversity at the University of Minnesota. In that position, she designed and built models of non-Western, culturally responsive evaluation for systems, colleges, departments and programs. She has demonstrated a thorough knowledge of current research, theory and best practices related to equity, diversity and multicultural evaluation in education.

Dr. White Shield has also served as treatment director for the Nokomis Endaad Outpatient Treatment Program, program coordinator at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, and senior program planner for American Indian Programs at the Minnesota Department of Human Services. She also served as an elementary and middle school teacher in the San Francisco School District, where she developed curriculum and taught multiple subjects in inner city and reservation schools.

Dr. White Shield has earned a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University. She holds certifications as an equine therapist and a K-6 master teacher in Iowa, and holds a K-8 teaching license in California and South Dakota.

Dr. White Shield plans to attend the September 27 Drum Blessing and Powwow. She will begin her service to SPPS on October 8. 

Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) to hold focus group
As part of the process of exploring the future cable communications needs of Saint Paul, SPNN is hosting a focus group on October 2, 2013, at The Hubbs Center for Adult Education. The focus group is a chance for interested community members to provide their opinions regarding future services that could be available through the cable system serving Saint

Paul. K-12 teachers, staff and students are welcome to participate. For more information and to RSVP, visit the SPNN website.

Special days calendar available
A calendar is available that notes religious observances and other days when meeting should not be held due to election proceedings. View the calendar for complete details.