Capitol Hill students participating in National Bike/Walk to School Day. Galtier Community School participating in National Bike/Walk to School Day.

Thank you for participating in National Bike/Walk to School Day
Kudos to the eight SPPS sites that participated in last week’s National Bike/Walk to School Day. More than 250 staff and students either started their day with biking or walking to school or dedicated time to walking at their building site. (Photos from the event above)

The registered buildings included:

  • Galtier Community School
  • Eastern Heights Elementary School
  • Jackson Elementary School
  • Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet School
  • Highland Park Senior High School
  • Hamline Elementary School/Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy
  • 1780 W. 7th St.
  • Como Park Senior High School

Thanks to all of the bikers and walkers that participated. Who will win the annual traveling trophy for greatest participation? Stay tuned to find out!

Harding, Central students become LEDA Scholars, teach SPPS students about college
Two high school seniors from Saint Paul Public Schools embarked on a summer of learning and traveling through the LEDA Scholars Program. Now, the students are teaching their classmates what they learned about college and becoming community leaders.

Moises Roman-Mendoza, a Harding Senior High School student, and Daisy Hoang, a Central High School student, were among 60 teens selected nationally for LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America). The group traveled to the East Coast to attend the seven-week Aspects of Leadership summer institute at Princeton University.

During LEDA’s intensive classes, the scholars learned about leadership, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and college guidance. Every Wednesday, the group toured universities, including Yale, Georgetown and the University of Pennsylvania.

The SPPS Board of Education will recognize the students Tuesday, Oct. 14, for successfully completing the program and for their accomplishments as LEDA scholars. Read more about these LEDA Scholars on spps.org.

Author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) introduces new book at Adams
Students at Adams Spanish Immersion School had an amazing treat Oct. 7 when children’s author Daniel Handler, known under the pen name Lemony Snicket, read at their school.

Handler is best known for “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” Handler visited the school as part of his book launch for “Shouldn’t You Be in School?”

Read more about the event and view photos.

Superintendent presents award to top Latino educator, SPPS teacher nominee for award
Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva presented an award Oct. 8 to the Latino Educator of the Year at the Minnesotanos - A Latino Heritage Celebration in Minneapolis.

Claudia Reeve, who teaches at Humboldt Secondary School, was one of six nominees for the award. She was cheered on at the event by other Humboldt teachers and students. Braulio Carrasco, a bilingual Minneapolis math teacher, won the honor. Read more about the event and view photos.

Congrats to all SPPS employees who participated in Twin Cities Marathon events
Congrats to all SPPS employees who participated in a Twin Cities Marathon event last weekend. Saint Paul Public Schools had a team of employees participate in the 5k, 10k and the marathon this year. SPPS partnered with Minneapolis Public Schools to gather as many district employees to participate as possible. Good job to everyone who completed a race.