Hundreds of SPPS students march in School Parade
SPPS school patrols marched on May 19 in the 94th Annual Saint Paul School Patrol Parade in downtown Saint Paul. The parade ended at the new CHS Stadium where patrols enjoyed the first exhibition baseball game of the year. Eight bands from Saint Paul Public Schools marched in the parade, and some of them entertained the crowd at the Saints game. Watch the entire parade here

Washington Tech's NJROTC honored as a Distingushed Unit with Academic Honors
Washington Technology Magnet School was recently designated as a Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors for the 2015-16 school year. The honor is awarded in recognition of Washington Tech’s support for the program and the overall achievement of the NJROTC unit during the 2014-15 school year.

The Distinguished Unit designation is awarded annually to schools whose NJROTC unit ranks in the top 30 percent in the area. The NJROTC units are ranked according to “degree of excellence attained in administration, academic performance, military proficiency and host school support.”

10 Johnson High School students receive awards from SPPS Community Partner
Congratulations to 10 Johnson Senior High School students who recently received scholarship and internship awards from The BrandLab, a partner of SPPS.

  • Melanie Lee, GaohLee Yang, Pa Xiong, and Connie Xiong received scholarships of $1,000 each.
  • SeeOng Thao, Andre Smith, Victor Thao, Giselle Rodriguez Barragan, Douar Moua and Lauvuatan “Luther” Lor each received internship awards for an eight-week paid internship program in an advertising agency or marketing department of a corporation.                                                                     

The BrandLab is a nonprofit organization that works to create a marketing industry that thrives on the insights and creativity of people from diverse racial and economic backgrounds. They partner with several high schools at SPPS, including Harding Senior High School, Como Park Senior High School, Johnson Senior High School and Open World Learning Community.

Graduate Spotlight: Johnson senior overcomes hurdles to graduate
Senior Gabrielle Brown went through many changes in high school. But Gabrielle continued challenging herself academically at Johnson Senior High School by taking Advanced Placement (AP) classes. She also enrolled in College in the Schools, a program that offers classes from the University of Minnesota to high school students.

Graduate Spotlight: Johnson senior strives to leave legacy with equity work
Senior Andy Tran-Vu said high school gives students the opportunity to give back to their community. Andy learned that lesson earlier this school year when he helped organize a walkout at Johnson for equity.

Graduate spotlight: Highland Park senior accepted to West Point
Four years ago, Mimi Mejia was a shy freshman at Highland Park High School. Today the graduating senior is preparing to start an Army career at West Point, the U.S. Military Academy in New York. Mimi was accepted into the prestigious school after interviewing with the staff of Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum.

Thank you 2014-15 Wellness Champions
Congratulations to our 2014-15 SPPS building site Wellness Champions. More than 50 student and non-student sites made the commitment to promote wellness among staff and students.