2015 We Made a Difference video contest winners announced
Congratulations to the 2015 We Made a Difference Video Contest Winners at Jackson Elementary School, American Indian Magnet and Open World Learning.

The winning video submissions are:

  • Jackson Elementary - Mighty Girls and 3rd Graders
  • American Indian Magnet - Mr. Bresette's Web Leaders
  • Open World Learning - OWL Against Hunger

SPPS Community Education launched the We Made a Difference Video Contest this year to highlight and promote the amazing things that youth are doing to make our world a better place. There were 11 submissions and more than 1,100 people viewed and voted for a winner.

10 SPPS students advance to National History Day competition
Congratulations to all SPPS students who participated in the Minnesota State History Day competition on May 2 at the University of Minnesota. Students from Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet, Murray Middle School, Ramsey Middle School, Highland Park Middle School, Highland Park High School, Open World Learning, Washington Technology Magnet and Harding Senior High School received Honorable Mentions.

Ten SPPS students will be traveling to Washington, D.C. during June 14-18 for National History Day with their exhibits, papers and documentaries. Congratulations to the following students for making it to nationals:

  • Lauren Mendoza
  • Siena Leone-Getten
  • Paying Lor
  • Riaz Kelly
  • Hanna Saveraid
  • Marybelle Kim
  • Carly St. Martin-Norburg
  • Jasmine Wurl
  • Christina Vang
  • Neesha Moore

Como senior masters English and earns college credit
When Tuan Nguyen immigrated from Vietnam to Minnesota three years ago, he didn’t speak English. Today, he’s mastered the language and is taking college-credit classes. The 12th-grader at Como Park Senior High School is taking nearly a full load of Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) classes at the University of Minnesota. He’s also been accepted to the U’s College of Science and Engineering, where he plans to study mechanical engineering and eventually work on medical devices.

Como senior finds success after immigrating from India, Dubai
Warda Moosa, a senior at Como Park Senior High School, hit the ground running when she moved from India to America almost two years ago. Warda joined the school track team and College Possible, a nonprofit aimed at making college admission and success possible for low-income students. She was honored as Como’s student of the month last school year, and this year she scored an internship at St. Jude Medical in the Information Technology (IT) department.

Teachers Help Como Senior Become ‘Better Person’
When Monique Baker started high school, she said she was fighting too much and hanging out with the wrong crowd. All that changed when she transferred to Como Park Senior High School her sophomore year. At Como, she joined the varsity basketball team -- helping the team win its first ever Saint Paul City Conference title earlier this school year. She also began volunteering as a tutor at her school’s Academic, Behavior, Support Center (ABSC). “It’s just a big turnaround for me,” she said. “Nobody believed I could do it, but I showed them. I’m going to college now. I got a good attitude.”

ROTC Helps Como Senior Earn College Scholarship
Dah Dah joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) as a freshman at Como Park Senior High School with the hopes of becoming a leader and preparing for her future. Dah, who is now a senior, is the cadet lieutenant colonel -- the highest commanding officer at Como.

1,000 Students, Staff Participate in Walk/Bike to School at Capitol Hill
More than a 1,000 students and teachers at Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet celebrated Walk/Bike to School Day this week. The school expects to keep a traveling trophy that HealthPartners awards to the school with the highest number of walking and bicycling participants for the day, said Betsy Garcia, the school nurse at Capitol Hill.

Hamline Elementary School Hikes for Health
Congratulations to Hamline Elementary School on another successful all-school hike. Nearly 300 kindergarten through fifth-grade students hiked around their school's block and then to the Hamline University football stadium where they participated in various fitness stations staffed by Hamline University football, lacrosse, volleyball, and soccer student-athletes. The annual Hike for Health event raises funds for the Hamline Elementary-Hamline University partnership.