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Gordon Parks High School Welcomes Renowned Composer for Film on Black Photographers
Gordon Parks High School entered the spotlight last weekend when the school was featured in a documentary about African American photographers.

Composer Miles Jay visited the school on November 23 to record music for the film Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of People, said Paul Creager, the school’s curriculum and media arts coordinator.

The film is inspired by a book by Deborah Willis, who wrote about African American photographers. Many of the photographers said they were inspired by Gordon Parks, an artist who lived in Saint Paul. Learn more at spps.org.

3M, Saint Paul Public Schools Honored for 40-Year STEM Partnership
The U.S. Chamber for Commerce Foundation's Business Civic Leadership Center recently honored 3M and Saint Paul Public Schools for their 40-year partnership to increase Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) interest and achievement among students.

3M received the 2013 Best Commitment to Education award for the company's part in creating the Science and Engineering Initiatives program (SEIS). The program was created by SPPS, including the district's superintendent, curriculum staff, high school principals and teachers, as well as nonprofit partners, the University of Minnesota and 3M. Learn more at spps.org.

Latino Family Night features Social Studies for families and students in grades K-5
Last month, 62 parents, students and staff participated in social studies night for families and students. This family event was recommended by the Latino Consent Decree Parent Advisory Council.

Activities included a lesson on Latin Americans artifacts, a photo lesson using the book Latino Minnesota, a lesson about the West Side Flats floods, and maps to compare changes in that community.

All materials are available to Saint Public Schools teachers for use in the classroom. Thank you to the following staff and partners for making this night a success:

  • Maria Steigauf, teacher at Wellstone
  • Juanita Ortiz, teacher at Phalen Lake
  • Sherry Kempf, Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)
  • Beverly Peabody, Multicultural Resource Center (MRC)
  • Latino Consent Decree (LCD) Parent Advisory Council members