From the Superintendent: We are a collection of exceptional experiences


Dear Colleagues,

I recently mentioned how the collective measure of our work with students cannot be reflected in a single test. Our work is best represented by the exceptional experiences we provide – day after day, year after year. Throughout the next several weeks, I will highlight some of those experiences.

Saint Paul Public Schools has been a leader in early childhood education for over a decade. Gov. Mark Dayton and Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius recognized that leadership when they visited EXPO Elementary School on April 14. The visit was part of the governor’s efforts to promote early childhood education and universal pre-kindergarten for all Minnesota four-year-olds. The group spent time with pre-K teacher Emily Campbell’s students before moving to the library for a press conference, where the leaders and SPPS staff discussed the benefits of investing in quality early childhood programs.

Those benefits are many – especially for pre-K kids in our district.  Pre-K students in SPPS are better prepared for kindergarten than their non-SPPS pre-K peers. Transitions are also smoother for our kids entering kindergarten, because a majority of our pre-K students continue to kindergarten in the same building.

Simply stated, our exceptional pre-K program sets our students and families up for future school success.

As one family put it, “My child would not have come as far as he has in school without SPPS pre-K. We couldn’t have afforded the kind of experience he received.”

Any education is made up of a series of experiences. Thank you for the part you play in giving our Saint Paul students experiences that are truly exceptional.

Your Proud Superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva