From the superintendent


Dear Colleagues:

Between wrapping up work obligations and traveling, many of us are up for a busy week. Maybe you are taking time to visit family and friends, or donate time to food shelves or other causes. However you spend your Thanksgiving break, I hope that you find some time to be thankful for everything that makes you the unique individual that you are.

In my job leading this school district, my blessings are many.

I am thankful every day for my co-workers. Your unwavering focus on the welfare of our students gives me great hope and also great comfort. Our jobs in education are unquestionably some of the toughest on earth, but the trust I feel among and from my co-workers makes it possible for me to rise to every challenge.

I am grateful that Saint Paul Public Schools is blessed with more than 3,000 committed souls who have been called to prepare our children for the future. Sometimes in the face of daunting circumstances, these SPPS educators persist day in and day out – treasuring the moments when they realize they get as much as they give.

I am thankful for the amazing progress that we have made throughout the three years of Strong Schools, Strong Communities. From increasing graduation rates and Pre-K capacity, to better engaging our students through personalized learning, I know we’re doing the right work for the right reasons.

And I am thankful that so many of you not only support our schools and students in your professional lives, but that you also support student-centered community organizations with your financial support through our Community Giving Campaign, or by volunteering.

What are you thankful for? I encourage you to let me know on Twitter. I read all of my tweets and hearing from SPPS staff is one of the highlights of my day.

Thank you for all that you do, and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving break.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva