From the Superintendent: Preparing for the final stretch of the school year



Welcome back! I hope you all had a rejuvenating break and are ready for this final stretch of the school year. Many thanks to those who kept the district running over spring break.

We all share in educating Saint Paul's students. As we settle back in, please take a moment to re-teach expectations and rules in the classrooms, on the bus, and at passing time. It may be April, but we are not done teaching and reinforcing positive behavior.

With graduation and summer fast approaching, it's time to double down for the final 10 weeks of the school year and prepare for S-Term. As we move into testing time, I urge you to help students and families prepare to do their best work. Standardized tests have a place in education, but every educator knows that one test can't possibly tell the entire story of teaching and learning. Good sleep, eating, and play or exercise are helpful every day, and a phone call or note home remind parents to pay extra attention to these healthy practices during testing days.

Soon Summer Term will be upon us, offering students more ways to keep learning throughout the year. Summer Term (S-Term), through the Department of Alternative Education, offers two sessions of traditional S-Term, Credit Recovery Online, Instrumental Music, Credit Recovery at Saint Paul College, CDF Freedom Schools and Multi-District Summer Programs. New for 2016, parents/guardians are encouraged to use the new Saint Paul Public Schools iUpdate tool, accessed through Campus Portal, to register students into S-Term.

Be sure to share information about summer learning opportunities with students and families whenever you have the opportunity. If someone you know might be interested in teaching this summer, have them visit the HR website to learn more and apply.

Finally, as we look to the warmer months of the year with great anticipation, let’s reflect on the outstanding work done by SPPS teachers so far this school year. Please take a moment to congratulate Koua Yang, social studies teacher at Harding Senior High School, and Juanita Ortiz, Latino culture teacher at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet. Both are finalists for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. It is an honor to have these and so many other wonderful educators on our team. Our students, families and colleagues appreciate you.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva