Sister Rose and students

Long-time SPPS employee celebrates birthday
Sister Rosemary Shuneman of the Hubbs Center for Lifelong Learning just celebrated her 75th birthday. Sister Rosemary has been a teacher for over 50 years and is still teaching ELL classes to adult students. She has a positive spirit that transfers down to students and staff members. Sister Rosemary has had an impact on many generations of learners through her dedication as an educator. Thank you for your years of service to the Saint Paul community!

SPPS Lego League teams to compete at state tournament February 8
Lego League teams from Groveland Park, Saint Anthony Park, Highland Middle and Capitol Hill will compete at the Minnesota Lego League tournament on February 8 at Washington Technology. Many of these teams were made possible through a generous grant from 3M.

The Lego League is a robotics program designed to get children excited about science and technology, while teaching them valuable career skills. Learn more at http://www.firstlegoleague.org/mission/support.

New principal at Open World
Mr. Dave Gundale has accepted the principal position for Open World Learning Community (OWL). Valerie Littles-Butler will remain principal at Creative Arts to lead its growing program at 65 E. Kellogg. Mr. Gundale will remain in his current position until August 2014, but will also fully participate in ensuring a successful OWL transition.

Mr. Gundale first began working with Saint Paul Public Schools in 1998 as an industrial technology teacher at Washington Technology and Johnson Senior, and has been a leader at OWL since 2010. His knowledge and ongoing training in Expeditionary Learning will set OWL on a bright path forward. Read more on the OWL website.

Congratulations to Lillian Wright Endowment for Author in the Schools grant recipients
Each year elementary schools are invited to submit an application for a visit by a children’s author or illustrator of their choice through a grant from the Lillian Wright & C. Emil Berglund Foundation. The program was endowed by Lillian Wright, a long-time teacher and principal in Saint Paul Public Schools. She is credited with starting the first elementary school library in Saint Paul at Linwood School in the 1930s.

Grants were awarded based on the applicant’s plan for using the author visit to support the school’s literacy program. Special consideration was given to funding authors and illustrators from diverse cultural and ethnic background as well as to schools that have not received a grant in previous years.

Congratulations to the Lillian Wright Endowment grant recipients for 2013-2014

  • Adams Spanish Immersion
  • Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary
  • Chelsea Heights Elementary
  • Cherokee Heights Elementary School
  • Crossroads Elementary School Science and Montessori Programs
  • Eastern Heights Elementary School
  • Farnsworth Aerospace PK-4
  • Jackson Elementary
  • L’Etoile du Nord French Immersion School–Upper Campus
  • Linwood Monroe Arts Plus Upper-Campus
  • Mississippi Creative Arts Magnet
  • Nokomis Montessori North Campus