Bethany and family

Bethany Piety-Brown, teacher at Capitol Hill, receives scholarship to attend conference on Holocaust
Bethany Piety-Brown has been selected to attend the 2014 Belfer Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC this July.

At this annual three-day conference, museum educators, scholars and Holocaust Survivors will share perspectives, rationales and age-appropriate strategies for teaching students about the Holocaust. In addition to receiving a $1000 scholarship, participants are given the opportunity to tour the museum’s permanent exhibition after public hours. They will also receive educational materials and a $100 voucher to purchase Holocaust-related materials in the museum shop

SPPS students, parents learn about Somali culture in artifact show
Students and parents learned together about Somali culture through artifacts at the Multicultural Resource Center. Osman Ali, the owner of the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum, came with 70 Somali artifacts and explained how they were made and what they are used for. About 140 people joined Ms. Khadra Mohamed, the first St. Paul policewoman of Somali descent, for the presentation.

SPPS students shine in arts events, opening reception is May 15
The 2014 Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA) and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Honors Art Exhibition celebrates the accomplishments and artistic and academic achievements of 60 SPPS senior high school students. The exhibition provides students with an opportunity to take part in a professional artistic experience, and visibly demonstrate the school district’s commitment to providing students with a high quality arts education.

CuratorKids is a program employing art from the MMAA collection to inspire students’ creativity. The program teamed up MMAA’s education consultant, Diana Johnson, and Teaching Artist Teresa Cox with teachers at Galtier and John A. Johnson to lead students in discussions and written interpretations of MMAA artwork, exploring the methods of Visual Thinking Strategies.

  • Exhibition: May 15 – 25, 2014
  • Opening reception: Thursday, May 15, 2014
    • 5:30 p.m.: Honors Awards Ceremony
    • 6:15 p.m.: CuratorKids Program
    • Free and open to the public

Adams students are top scorers in Renewable Energy National Challenge
Adams Pocket Monsters, a team of students who built their own generator, came in second in the open division of the Renewable Energy National Challenge in Washington D.C. on April 26. The Pocket Monsters also received the Coaches Award, a prize of $500.00 in educational supplies for future team and challenges. Lynn Shellenberger, a 5th grade parent, is our volunteer coach.

This challenge was held at the USA science and Engineering Festival. Students enjoyed seeing and learning about exciting new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts.

Students also visited the National Archives to see the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Sunday and Monday were packed with visits to the Museums, the National Mall, the Monuments, the Capitol and the National Zoo.

Adams featured as leading immersion program by University of Minnesota
“In a classic redbrick schoolhouse in St. Paul, Adams Spanish Immersion School is thriving. This is the program that Don Miguel envisioned, now more than 25 years old, a K-5 program with 708 students.” Read more.


Hundreds of kindergarten students participated in Blast Off to Kindergarten 2014
More than 225 kindergarten students participated in Blast Off to Kindergarten 2014 on April 24 at the Minnesota Children’s Museum as an introduction to Saint Paul Public Schools.

Blast Off to Kindergarten is a collaboration of community partners that seeks to generate community awareness and action in Saint Paul by supporting schools, families and children in preparation for a smooth transition to kindergarten. Learn more.

Five SPPS schools honored in School Breakfast Challenge
Five of our schools were awarded a $2,500 grant for the School Breakfast Challenge. Battle Creek Elementary, Gordon Parks, Jackson Elementary, Wellstone Elementary and Ramsey Middle school were awarded the grant from the Children’s Defense Fund and Hunger-Free Minnesota for their breakfast program.

Murray students take part in Earth Day at Wolf Ridge
Every year on April 22 more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Individuals, organizations, communities and governments acknowledge the amazing planet that we call home.

Connection to the environment is a large part of the opportunities available to learners at Murray Middle School. The environmental science class takes advantage of outdoor classrooms and a partnership with Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center.

This partnership between our middle school and Wolf Ridge Environmental Center is supported through the generosity of Murray alumni and the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation. The program provides students without a traditional science background with hands-on environmental experiences.

Special thanks to Tim Chase, science teacher at Murray, who designed and implements the curriculum.

Open World Academy students are top scorers in History Day
Open World Learning Community had 17 projects presented at State History Day at the University of Minnesota on May 3.

Top scoring students:

  • Grace Kellar-Long
  • Eli Sage-Martinson
  • Sam Dale-Gau
  • Bjorn Holm
  • Zoe Gale and Ty Gale
  • Simon Dungan-Seaver
  • Madie Scott
  • Noah Rooze
  • Siena Leone-Getten
  • Paying Lor

Honorable mentions:

  • Brittany Prather
  • Amanda Weiss
  • Seda Farnham
  • Fiona Shyne
  • Sunniva Dunagan
  • Mercutio Takle
  • Sam Osborne
  • Ed Diatta
  • Micah Gundale
  • Connor Scott
  • Theo Sage-Martinson
  • Tom Hobday