Galtier Community School's CuratorKids Project Debuts at Groundswell on December 16
A group of fourth- and fifth-graders at Galtier Community School will have mixed-media collages and poems on display this month at Groundswell coffee shop in the Hamline Midway. Galtier students were recently part of a two-week residency with the Minnesota Museum of American Art, called CuratorKids, to create original poetry and mixed-media collages in response to their interpretation of a particular piece of artwork. Learn more at spps.org.

SPPS to teach Common Core through the arts
The United States Department of Education has awarded the Office of Teaching, Learning and Leading a four-year grant called Digital Works: Engaging the Common Core through Media Arts.

DigitalWorks will be piloted in grades 3-8 at Mississippi Creative Arts, Maxfield Elementary, Creative Arts Middle School and Humboldt Secondary. Elements of the project will be shared district-wide to all SPPS 3rd-8th grade students and teachers by the end of the fourth year.

For more about the projects goals, design and implementation, please see the DigitalWorks link at the bottom of the Arts website.

Jill Wall Day celebrated on Wednesday, December 11
The Saint Paul City Council on December 11 recognized Jill Marie Gugisberg Wall, the Saint Paul Public Schools PreK-12 Aerospace and Engineering Program Manager, for her contributions to the city, SPPS, the East Side community, and students and staff at Farnsworth Aerospace School and Johnson High School. Ms. Wall was instrumental in creating the Aerospace and Engineering Magnet at Farnsworth 10 years ago with support from the community and Dr. Troy Vincent, principal at Farnsworth until 2012. The program has now expanded to Johnson High School.Learn more at spps.org.

Saint Paul Public Schools students collect more than 6,400 pounds of food to support local hunger agencies
Last month, students put on an extraordinary effort to collect food for local hunger relief. Ten schools across the district collected and contributed a total of 6,400 pounds of food to nine different neighborhood hunger relief agencies across Saint Paul.

Thank you to students and staff at the following schools who worked to put on food drives, events, and raise awareness about local hunger needs:

  • Adams Spanish Immersion Magnet
  • American Indian Magnet
  • Battle Creek Elementary
  • Capitol Hill Magnet
  • Harding Senior High
  • Highland Park Middle School
  • Highland Park Senior High
  • Humboldt Secondary
  • Johnson Senior High
  • Washington Technology Secondary
Students at Harding donating food