Brenda Allal

Staff kudos:

Brenda Allal, teacher at the Heights, honored as Excellent Educator
On August 25, the WCCO Morning Show honored Brenda Allal as an “Excellent Educator.” Brenda is a gifted and talented teacher at The Heights and also works on the yearbook, student council and Destination Imagination. She has been a teacher for 18 years.

Learn more on the WCCO website.

May 5-9 is School Nutrition Employee Week
Between preparing healthy meals for our students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies and offering service with a smile, our school nutrition employees have a great impact on student learning and district operations.

When you see one of the 334 school nutrition employees this week, be sure to tell him or her how much you appreciate their efforts!

Paul Creager, teacher at Gordon Parks, co-authors chapter in book on social justice
A chapter about Gordon Parks High School (GPHS), co-authored by GPHS Curriculum & Media Arts Coordinator Paul Creager and University of Minnesota Professor Catherine Squires, was recently published in the book Teaching Communication Activism. The book addresses teaching students about social justice.

The chapter from GPHS is entitled "Alternative High School Students and Digital Storytelling" and focused on the racially equitable curriculum utilized over the last five years at the school and the “Transitions: University Avenue” project.

Student kudos

J.J. Hill recognized for anti-bullying efforts
J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School was recognized on May 2 at an inaugural Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence Ceremony. The sch0ol, along with two other metro schools, are being honored for engaging school communities and creating welcoming and inclusive schools.

J.J. Hill students and teachers were featured in the video What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders. The film shows teachers having open conversations with students about the impact of bullying and the power of students defending each other. To learn more and watch the video, visit spps.org.

Ramsey students score among the top nationally in French language test
The National French Contest/Le Grand Concours is an annual competition sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. Students of French in grades 1-12, in all 50 states and abroad, take a written test and compete against students with similar educational background for prizes.

Students from Ramsey Middle School entered in three divisions: first-year French, six and seven grade immersion, and eight grade immersion. 30 students are in the top 10 in Minnesota. And we have 20 students that are in the top 10 in the nation.

The following students ranked among the top 10 nationally:

  • Ian Dotson
  • Peter Exley
  • Caroline Norman
  • Jonah O'Hara-David
  • Armel Alagbo
  • Soren Malm
  • Hope McKnight
  • Andrew Tisell
  • Oscar Fortoso
  • Sawyer Woods
  • Cameron Duddingston
  • Henry Bergstrom
  • Margaret Wiebe
  • May Garvey
  • Giovana Sarmiento
  • Haley Schmidt
  • Lilian Lampros
  • Helen Leach
  • Addison Keely
  • Kaytlin Farmer

These and other high-scoring Ramsey students of French will be honored on May 15 at the University of Minnesota.

Central students receive Youth Leadership Award, raise money for hydration stations
Central High School's Roots and Shoots Club received the 2014 Sustainable St. Paul Youth Leadership Award from Mayor Coleman in fall 2013. Through hard work and fundraising efforts, Roots and Shoots was able to raise over $1,000 to purchase two hydration stations for Central High School. These hydration stations have reduced both the waste and the expense of disposable plastic water bottles for the student body at Central. The hydration stations monitor the volume of water dispensed; to date, over 2,000 water bottles have been avoided. The U.S. consumes over 17 million gallons of oil annually to manufacture plastic water bottles, with only a 23% recycling rate.

Central High School's Roots and Shoots Club