2016 We Made a Difference Video Contest winners announced
Congratulations to the 2016 We Made a Difference Video Contest Winners:

  • Jackson Elementary - Jackson Mighty Kids
  • American Indian Magnet - Mr. Bresette's WEB Leaders

The SPPS Community Education We Made a Difference Video Contest highlights and promotes the amazing things that youth are doing to make our world a better place. Community Education received fantastic submissions and more than 4,000 people viewed the videos and voted for a winner.

Winners of the video contest received $200 to support their future community action efforts.

Battle Creek Elementary Student wins MnDOT’s Bike to School Day poster contest

Battle Creek Elementary fourth-grader Lilian Reiter won first place in the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Bike to School Day poster contest. Up against more than 100 entries from around the state, Lilian’s poster won first place in the K-4 age category. Contest winners will receive their choice of bicycle products for their school, including a bike rack and public bike pump.

Bike to School Day poster contestants were asked to express how they feel when they ride a bicycle.

Wellstone Elementary shows appreciation for cafeteria staff
School administration at Paul & Sheila Wellstone Elementary decided to serve the servers to show appreciation for all the hard work cafeteria workers do every day. During the school’s appreciation lunch, the principal, assistant principal and other administrators took care of the daily lunch duties while cafeteria staff relaxed and socialized with their colleagues.

Highland Park students win policy debate category in the Tournament of Champions

Highland Park Senior High School students Dan Bannister and Ian Dill recently won the Policy Debate category in the Tournament of Champions. Bannister and Dill won the tournament in dominant fashion, going undefeated through all 11 debates.

The Tournament of Champions has been operating since 1972 -- and a team from Minnesota has never made it to the final round, much less won the tournament. The Tournament of Champions is a national tournament that requires all participants to earn bids to compete. The only way to earn a bid is to do extremely well in at least two national tournaments; the teams in the Tournament of Champions are the elite of the elite.

Of the 19 judges who judged debates by Bannister and Dill, 18 of them voted for Highland Park Senior High School, showing an overwhelming margin of victory against the best teams in the country.

Coaches Courtney Schauer, Avi Munoz and David Currie have done a great job guiding the Highland debate team the last few years. This has been an unbelievable year for Highland, capped by winning the championship at the Minnesota State Tournament and The Tournament of Champions.    

SPPS students, staff featured in ‘I Am SPPS’
The “I am SPPS” campaign shares videos, photos and quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. The campaign can be found on Facebook and Twitter, and at spps.org/iamspps.

Last week “I Am SPPS” featured:

  • Luther, a senior at Johnson Senior High School
  • Betsy Garcia, nurse at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
  • Jinci, senior at Washington Technology Magnet School