From the Superintendent: iPad rollout a success at Parkway; National School Lunch Week; and Education Minnesota this week


Dear Colleagues,

I’m happy to report that last week’s launch of our iPad initiative was a success. I know that many, many SPPS employees worked nights and weekends for months to get this initiative off to a strong start, and we are all so grateful for your work.

Have you had a chance to read the Star Tribune article about the launch? The reporter did a nice job of capturing the promise digital technology holds, while also recognizing that this is a long-term cultural change that will require constant tweaks and adjustment.

Now this week, we join the nation in celebrating yet another critical part of America’s educational system – National School Lunch Week.

Can you imagine a school day without our 300-plus Nutrition Services staff tending to our students at lunch time? School lunch is a critical part of our students' success. The dedicated staff that prepare and serve delicious, nutritious food play an important role in ensuring students have the energy and nutrients they need to focus in class and excel in after-school activities. The National School Lunch Program has been serving lunches to students for some 60 years. As a product of an educational system without school lunches, I can assure you that I don’t for a minute take this blessing for granted.

Nor do I take for granted our wonderful teachers. On Oct. 16-17, schools will be closed so our teachers can attend Education Minnesota’s annual Professional Conference. What a wonderful array of learning opportunities. Speakers and workshops feature the highly touted Finnish education system, opportunities to improve school mental health, and information on Minnesota’s anti-bullying law, to name just a few. I encourage educators to put on their learner caps and take advantage of this useful conference on behalf of our students.

I hope you get a chance to get outside to see our beautiful fall foliage as it peaks this season. What a beautiful part of the world we live in.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva