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HPPA principal receives national racial equity leadership award
Saint Paul Public Schools Principal Dr. Delores Henderson was honored Oct. 28 with the 2014 Charles L. Hopson Racial Equity Principal Leadership award from the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) at its annual summit in New Orleans.

Henderson is the principal at Hazel Park Preparatory Academy in Saint Paul. Henderson has been a teacher or principal with SPPS for more than 40 years.
In making this award, PEG recognized Henderson’s work both within the district and the community.

"When we all come together as a community we can change the lives of our children and the face of our school district,” Henderson said. “Because of the equity work led by our superintendent, as well as the support of our BOE and you as students, families and community, we are doing equity work in order to meet the needs of all of our children." Read more about the award.

Highland Park fifth-graders save 1,008 plastic bags during 21-day project
As part of the “Green Apple” month of environmental and recycling projects, fifth-graders at Highland Park Elementary reused their plastic bags for breakfast each morning for a month (Sept. 22 through Oct. 24). After eating each day, the students made sure their bags were clean and crumb-free before returning them to Ms. Winther and Ms. Napierala to be used again the following day. During the 21-day project, the fifth-graders saved 1,008 plastic bags, based on the number of students who receive school breakfast.

Capitol Hill receives 1st Bike/Walk to School Traveling Trophy

With more than 235 participating students and staff, Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet became the first recipient of the newly launched Bike/Walk to School Traveling Trophy. Fourth grade teacher Jennifer Alcakovic led the concerted effort, with students marking the day by biking and walking to school, as well as participating in an organized midday walk outside. Schools will have the opportunity to vie for the trophy again Wednesday, May 6, 2015, during the annual spring Bike/Walk to School event.

Article in US Capitol Christmas Tree book features St. Anthony Park teacher's tree curriculum
An article about Karen Christenson, a St. Anthony Park Elementary School science teacher who incorporates trees in her curriculum, will be featured in the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree book.

Christenson was interviewed last summer for the book. In the article, she explains how she teaches her students the importance of spending time outside and learning about the natural environment -- and specifically trees. 

Earlier this year, Christenson was selected as one of five Outstanding Educators by Project Learning Tree, the national environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation.

Christenson has been a teacher at SPPS for 20 years. She’s been working at St. Anthony Park Elementary for three years.

Read more about Christenson's classroom and view photos

Superintendent Silva named finalist among top superintendents by Council of Great City Schools

Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva has been recognized among the top superintendents in the country by the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS). Supt. Silva was named a finalist among a field of five superintendents across the country on Oct. 23 for the CGCS Green-Garner Award, which annually recognizes the "Urban Educator of the Year."

Houston Independent School District Superintendent Terry Grier won the 2014 award. Read more about Supt. Silva as a finalist.