AVID students camp, hike and learn through nature at Glacier National Park
SPPS AVID juniors and seniors in August boarded the Amtrak Empire Builder for the 29-hour train ride to Glacier National Park in Montana. 

This marked the fifth year of the trip, which occurs in conjunction with Wilderness Inquiry. Every day students hiked trails ranging in length from three to eight miles, slept in tents and cooked on camp stoves while learning Leave No Trace camping practices. The trip culminated in a final eight-mile hike on the Highline Trail.

Mayor Coleman visits Obama Elementary 
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman attended breakfast for Barack and Michelle Obama Elementary staff on Aug. 25 to welcome the staff back to school. Unity Church, a community partner, hosted the school’s second annual welcome back breakfast. 

The mayor acknowledged and praised Obama staff for their commitment and hard work. He spoke about supporting public education and summarized his education initiatives. He also praised the partnership between Obama and Unity Church. 

SPPS educators learn to personalize learning with iPads at HOOPLA
The Office of Personalized Learning at Saint Paul Public Schools offered its first Tech HOOPLA (Hands On Office of Personalized Learning Academy) training for educators on August 14 and 18. The all-day event at Washington Technology Magnet School helped teachers learn a range of technology skills, including an introduction to iPads and how educators can use social media to communicate.

Learn more about professional development opportunities at the Personalized Learning website.

Bruce Vento Elementary hosts Family Values for Life backpack giveaway
Bruce Vento Elementary hosted the Family Values for Life Backpack Giveaway on Aug. 27 at the school’s playground. The event featured school supply donations, community resources, haircuts, family-friendly activities, games and food. The nonprofit Family Values for Life in Saint Paul organized the event, along with several of its partners.