Employee kudos

Charlotte Landreau, teacher at Highland Park senior, named finalist for Minnesota Teacher of the Year
Highland Park Senior High School teacher Charlotte Landreau is one of 10 finalists statewide vying to become the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year.

A selection panel of 25 leaders in the areas of education, business, government and nonprofits selected the finalists from a group of 33 semifinalists, according to Education Minnesota, the 70,000-member statewide educators union that organizes and underwrites the Teacher of the Year program. There were 128 Teacher of the Year candidates this year.

Landreau is the IB Diploma coordinator at Highland Park, and also teaches 11th and 12th grade history, philosophy and accelerated dance. She’s taught at Highland Park since 1994, and became IB Coordinator in 2001.

Read more at spps.org.

Theresa Parker, teacher at Crossroads, named finalist for Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence
Theresa Parker, a fifth grade teacher at Crossroads, was named one of 10 finalists for the 2014 Teaching Tolerance Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The award honors five successful anti-bias educators whose practice exemplifies the commitments of reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and creating equitable school environments. It promotes anti-bias education and provides models so more teachers can bring research-based, inclusive practices to their classrooms.

Teaching Tolerance is a place for educators who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools to find support. The blog and magazine are published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit legal and education organization. Learn more.

Nancy Galligan, athletic director at Highland Park senior, named Athletic Administrator of the Year
The Minnesota Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MnIAAA) named Nancy Galligan Region 4AA Athletic Administrator of the Year.

The MnIAAA honors its members and other individuals connected with Minnesota co-curricular programs who have distinguished themselves or have otherwise made significant contributions to Minnesota high school athletics.

Superintendent, Board of Education honor 3M for supporting Saint Paul Public Schools
Superintendent Valeria Silva and the Board of Education recognized 3M and select 3M employees for providing significant support to Saint Paul Public Schools and partnering with SPPS schools throughout the years.

Last year, the U.S. Chamber for Commerce Foundation's Business Civic Leadership Center honored 3M and SPPS for their 40-year partnership to increase Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) interest and achievements among students.

Read more at spps.org.

Student kudos

Galtier presents “Home is…”
Art by third and fourth grade students is currently on public display as part of a growing installation at the corner of Hamline and University. The project centered around the theme "Home is..." Students worked with artist Jon Reynolds to paint wooden houses that represent their interpretation of home.

For more information and a photo gallery, visit the Galtier website.

Como park student earns top score on ACT
Ellen P., an 11th grade student at Como Park Senior High School, is the second Saint Paul Public Schools student this year to reach the top score of 36 on the ACT test. Vince D., an 11th-grade student at Central High School, also earned a 36 on the ACT.

Ellen shared her reaction to her perfect score, plans for the future and tips on taking the college admission test in a Q&A. Read it on spps.org.

Imogene S., student at Johnson High School, to compete in international science fair
Ninth grade student Imogene S. will represent SPPS at the International Sustainable World Project Olympiad at the international science fair competition in Houston, Texas from April 30-May 5. Imogene’s science project analyzed the antimicrobial agent Triclosan, and was selected as a regional winner.

The Sustainable World Project Olympiad is an international science fair with an emphasis on science projects with environmental and energy topics.

SPPS celebrates History Day
Congratulations to the hundreds of secondary students who participated in this year's History Day program! This year's theme, Rights and Responsibilities, saw student projects ranging from Prince to Japanese Internment Camps. Students from Highland Park High school, Open World Academy, Como High School, Harding High School, Washington Technology, Johnson High School, Farnsworth Upper, American Indian Magnet, Capitol Hill, Murray, Ramsey and Linwood-Monroe all participated at the St. Paul Regional History Day on March 15.

Sixty-nine high school students and 125 middle school students will represent SPPS at the Minnesota State History Day on May 3.

Bryn S., student at Central, featured in national webcast
Bryn S., a senior at Central High School, was featured in the Climate Change LIVE “Join the Conversation” webcast in March. Bryn is a co-chair of the Youth Environmental Action Minnesota (YEA!MN) program, which is a network of youth environmental clubs in the Twin Cities that work to combat climate change.

At Central, Bryn is leading a hydration station project to raise money to install special water fountains to encourage the use of reusable water bottles. Watch his segment on the Climate Change Live website (Bryn starts around 38:45).

SPMA students to perform with Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
Students at St. Paul Music Academy (SPMA) will be performing alongside the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) on Thursday, April 10, at SPMA.

Student instrumentalists in grades 2-5 will join the SPMA choir and 100 members of GTCYS for the 7 p.m. concert. Orchestral instructors Susie Leek and Cedric Stripling and choir director Teresa Kelly have prepared the young SPMA musicians.

Ian D., student at Ramsey Middle School, to compete in State Geography Bee
Eighth grade student Ian D. qualified for the state level of the National Geographic Bee, to take place across the U.S. on April 4 at St. Cloud State University. Students in grades four to eight who won their school bee earlier this year took a qualifying test to determine their state-level eligibility. The National Geographic Society invited the top hundred scoring students in each state to compete at the state bees.

State winners will receive $100 and a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national championship, to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters May 19 to 21. Wish Ian luck!

Farnsworth Aerospace students place third in the KidWind Renewable Energy Challenge
On March 13, 2014, a team of 15 students from fifth, sixth and seventh grades competed in a series of engineering challenges for the KidWind Renewable Energy Challenge. Under the coaching of Aerospace/Engineering teacher David Barrett, students tested wind turbines to generate electricity, created cars propelled by sails, and built a windmill that could lift small weights.

The KidWind Renewable Energy Challenge, held at the school of Environmental Science in Eagan, MN, is just one of the many S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Aerospace, and Mathematics) opportunities Farnsworth students have both inside and outside the classroom. The competition demonstrated the Farnsworth way, through teamwork, determination, and leadership.

The students who participated in in the challenge were Haiszhong Y., Derek J., Max W., Priya Y., Kongmoog V., Chia M., Cipio R., Sadie W., Bush L., Lue H., Emma W., John S., Jazmin S., Nick R., and Thao Y.

Farnsworth Aerospace students compete in the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair
Thirteen students from seventh and eighth grades worked hard for several months to perform experiments and gather data in all fields of science such as behavioral sciences, chemistry, physics and astronomy. The students then presented their findings to judges from various companies like 3M, Medtronic, and Dow Chemical. The Farnsworth team did a great job and four students took home awards. Students Killian D., Jaime U., and Alex P. each received a Minnesota Space Frontier Society Award and Katherine G. received a Project Excellence Award.

Farnsworth science teacher Omar Ali coached the team. The students who participated were Mariah D., Ender D., Killian D., Katherine G., Mitchell K., Pa Houa L., Alex P., Nick R., Kang T., Jaime U., Nou V., Tou Ger X., and Dominic W.. Congratulations to all these students for their hard work!

Farnsworth marching band to perform on Jackie Robinson Day at Target Field
The Farnsworth Marching Band will play a selection of songs before the Twins game on Jackie Robinson Day (April 15) at Target Field.

The students will also take in the Celebrate Diversity Day pregame presentation by the Prairie Island Indian Community.

About 210 students in grades 5 – 8 will stand in left field to perform 10 songs from memory, Farnsworth Band Director Patricia Larkey said. The students will perform from 6:30 p.m. until the game begins at 7:10 p.m.

Four Farnsworth students win science fair awards
On March 1, several Farnsworth students competed in the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair, and four of them won awards:

  • Killian D. won the Minnesota Space Frontier Award for a project on clock watching
  • Alex P. won the Minnesota Space Frontier Award for a project on crater impacts
  • Jaime U. won the Minnesota Space Frontier Award for Experiment Lenz's Magnets
  • Katherine G. won the Project Excellence Award for a project on heating effects

Capitol Hill 4th grade students bring history alive
Capitol Hill students delved into the history of the Dakota, Anishinabe, Lumberjacks, Upper Echelon, and Voyageurs of the 1800s in Minnesota. As a culminating event, the entire 4th grade team put together Minnesota Rendezvous, a living history museum that celebrates these continuing traditions in our great state. Their incredible performance and interactive display were all captured on Kare 11 News: