LNFI student wins 2015 SPPS We Day T-Shirt Design Contest
Kate Sullivan, a second-grader at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School, recently won the 2015 SPPS We Day T-shirt Design Contest. Kate’s design was chosen by a group of youth from a field of more than 40 entries. Kate’s design spoke to students because she used many different sizes and shapes of people. Kate's design will be used to create the final image that will be worn by all of the Saint Paul Public Schools students attending We Day on Nov. 3.

Obama teacher reappointed to Minnesota Board of Teaching
Gov. Mark Dayton reappointed Mary Frances Clardy to the state’s Board of Teaching as a Classroom Teacher. Clardy is a literacy coach at Obama Elementary School. Her term is effective as of Tuesday, June 2, and expires Jan. 7, 2019. She is the sole representative on the board from Saint Paul Public Schools.

"The Board of Teaching provides leadership for improvements in teacher education programs and assures that the state has well-qualified, professional teachers. The board determines the standards and practices that will serve the state's teachers and teacher preparation institutions. The board consists of 11 members, appointed by the Governor," according to the Board of Teaching website.

Visit Galtier Community School's 'Pre-K Interactive Art Exhibit'
Galtier Community School’s pre-K students digital artwork will be on display through June 28 in Saint Paul’s Smallest Museum, located in the Workhorse Coffee Bar. The students created self-portraits on iPads, and the exhibit includes accompanying QR codes that link to a slideshow about each artist. The artwork will be featured as the kick-off exhibit during Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's ribbon cutting at the Smallest Museum on June 17.

Graduate Spotlight: Senior becomes leader at Johnson
Nina Thao became a leader when she enrolled at Johnson Senior High School four years ago. Now a senior, Nina is the school’s Student Council president. She’s president of her senior class, vice president of the school’s National Honor Society and vice president of the Hmong Club. She also participated in Link Crew, a group that welcomes freshmen.

Getting involved “makes me want to go to school,” said Nina. “Every year that goes by I learn more and more about balancing and managing time. It’s a good thing to be involved.”

Students perform at 94th annual Saint Paul School Parade
The 94th Annual Saint Paul School Patrol Parade and Celebration was May 19. Eight bands from Saint Paul Public Schools marched in the parade, and a few of them entertained the crowd at the Saints game. Patrols marched through the doors of the new stadium for the celebration.

Como Park's Gail Rosenow honored with BestPrep's Larson Financial Literacy Award
Gail Rosenow, a business teacher at Como Park Senior High School, was honored May 19 with BestPrep’s 2015 Larson Financial Literacy Award.

The Larson Financial Literacy Award is presented to a teacher who goes above and beyond to implement BestPrep’s financial literacy programs in their classroom. The award is given in memory of Diane Larson, the education program manager for the Star Tribune, who was instrumental in developing The Stock Market Game. BestPrep is an education-based nonprofit organization.

Recipients of the Larson Award are selected based on the number of BestPrep programs a teacher utilizes and the length of time they have been involved with BestPrep programs. Rosenow has been involved with BestPrep for nearly 15 years and uses five BestPrep programs to teach her students about business, career and financial literacy skills.

Over the years, Rosenow has incorporated BestPrep’s eMentors program, which paired her classroom with a group of mentors from a company to exchange weekly emails one-on-one to gain business and careers skills. She also requests guest speakers for her students through the Classroom Plus and Financial Matters programs, which brings industry experts to present various topics from careers in accounting and finance to leadership, teamwork and business etiquette.

Rosenow was presented with the award on May 19 during BestPrep’s 39th Annual Luncheon.