From the Superintendent: Get Ready for SPPS in the News


Dear Colleagues:

I’m amazed at how quickly January flew by, aren’t you? I can’t believe it’s already February.

Last week’s annual State of the District Address, where I presented an update on our school system to business and nonprofit leaders, again left me bursting with pride in SPPS and refreshed in our mission.

The event started off with Four Seasons elementary entertaining us with songs, dance and drumming. Audience members -- including Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman -- were riveted by the words of Westley, a Washington Technology Magnet School junior who spoke about the impact African American literature has had on his life.

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to learn more about what was shared by going to There you’ll find the SPPS “I Believe” video I sent to you last week, an overview of SPPS accomplishments over the past year and a video of the entertainment and featured speakers at the State of the District Address.

I’d like to offer all staff one more opportunity to learn more about what’s going on at SPPS: SPPS in the News. This information-packed daily news brief shares anything covered in the media that’s related to SPPS, our neighboring districts, or critical issues in education.

Beginning this week, SPPS in the News will be sent to all employees. I hope you find the information helpful. This news rundown is another way we can come together as one body to serve the needs of ALL students and the context for our work.

When you see good things happening in your school, please send your stories and photos to so they can be included in the newsletter. (Please make sure that any students photographed have media permission.)

Finally, this week is National School Counseling week, a perfect opportunity to thank our school counselors for their commitment and dedication. SPPS has 22 licensed school counselors in our 23 elementary schools, 14 in our 10 middle schools, and 49 in our high schools and other alternative settings. Our counselors are 85 ways that SPPS helps make sure our students are college or career ready upon graduation. Thank you, counselors, for being there for our students.

Have a great week, friends, and enjoy our gradually increasing minutes of daylight.

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva