More than 200 SPPS students plant flower beds at the State Capitol
More than 200 students from four different schools came together on May 26 to help beautify the Minnesota State Capitol grounds at the annual SPPS Capitol Planting community service project.

Fourth- and fifth-graders from Wellstone, Chelsea Heights and River East elementary schools participated, with help from a group of student volunteers from Humboldt High School. The morning was filled with planting and tours of the Capitol's memorials. Some students transplanted annuals -- including hundreds of dusty millers -- while others contributed to the Capitol's new pollinator initiative by planting pollinator-friendly, native plants. Community Education has facilitated this ongoing collaboration with the Capitol grounds crew, and is excited to build more initiatives around the pollinator gardens in the future.

Phalen Lake School Patrol wins 2015-16 Winterhalter Outstanding School Patrol Award
The Phalen Lake School Patrol recently won the 2015-16 Winterhalter Outstanding School Patrol Award. Patrols were rated on the use of the patrol flag, control of the intersections, consistency in wearing traffic vests, care of their equipment and overall operations. Officer Michelle Giampolo reviewed the performance records of all school patrols in Saint Paul to determine which School Patrol of a public, private or charter school should receive the Winterhalter Outstanding School Patrol Award.

The award is given by SPPS in memory of Lieutenant Henry Winterhalter, who supervised the Saint Paul School Patrol Program for 30 years. This award was first given in June 1992. The patrols were honored at the School Patrol Parade on May 17. They were invited to accompany Interim St. Paul Police Chief Kathy Wuorinen on a float at the front of the parade.

Congratulations to Isaiah Searcie, Orathai Hang, Melody Lee, Hay Khue Soe, Nancy Hang, Eh Ku Hso, Joyce Lee, Ruby Rangitsch, Kanah Vue and Ashley Yang for job well done.

Farnsworth student honored with tree planting ceremony
Farnsworth third-grader Noel Navarro-Rojas was honored on May 31 for placing first in an Arbor Month Poster Contest that was sponsored by Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. Noel was honored with a ceremony and tree planting at his school. Congratulations, Noel.

St. Anthony Park fifth-graders featured in national newsletter

A class of fifth-graders at St. Anthony Park Elementary School was recently featured in a national newsletter about their work in a pilot program called “Forest Consequences” from the Project Learning Tree K-8 Curriculum Guide. The series of middle school lessons incorporates critical thinking, strategic team planning, technology, artistry and persuasive speaking into the projects. Kudos to all five teams of students for their powerful, creative and engaging presentations.

Storyboard Panels honoring memory and history of Rondo installed in Rondo Education Center
Six panels honoring the memory and history of the Rondo neighborhood were recently installed in the library commons area between Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet and Benjamin E. Mays IB World School in the Rondo Education Center.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the historical panels was held May 31.

To honor the Rondo neighborhood, Marvin Anderson and the Rondo Inc. Board worked with the Minnesota Historical Society and SPPS staff to create a six panel storyboard of Rondo’s history.

The display tells the story of the African American neighborhood and celebrates the families that were impacted by the major construction of I-94. The historical panels will help students, parents and staff know the history of the name Rondo.