Three SPPS students receive Larry Lucio Scholarship
Three SPPS students are recipients of the 2015 Larry Lucio Scholarship. Alexandria Yang of Highland Park Senior High School, and Russell Martinez and Andres Rivera of Humboldt High School, were awarded scholarships this year. Alexandria Yang plans to attend St. Cloud State University. Russell Martinez plans to attend St. John’s University, and Andres Rivera plans to attend Metropolitan State University.

'I Am SPPS' campaign launches on social media, SPPS website
Three SPPS staffers were featured last week in a new campaign called “I am SPPS.” The campaign will share quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. Topics will vary but could range from personal stories to experiences at Saint Paul Public Schools.

Last week “I am SPPS” featured:

  • Chreese Jones, principal at The Heights
  • Nancy Paez, principal at Riverview West Side School of Excellence
  • Nate Gibbs, leadership intern at American Indian Magnet School

Photos and quotes will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, as well as archived on spps.org/iamspps.

Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation awards musical instruments to Washington Tech
Washington Technology Magnet School recently received a Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation award of 38 new and refurbished string instruments. Washington Tech’s music teacher, Jennifer Erickson, applied for the award.

The donated instruments will enable the school to start a beginning strings class, as well as make music education available to more Washington Tech students. This is the eighth Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation award received by a school at SPPS.

Board of Education recognizes outstanding work by SPPS employees
The SPPS Board of Education each month recognizes outstanding work by SPPS employees and students. Here is a look at the employees and schools recognized this summer by the Board of Education:

June Recognitions

July Recognitions

August Recognitions

  • Pepe Barton, school communications specialist, was recognized for receiving three awards in July at the National School Public Relations Association annual conference.
  • Superintendent Valeria Silva was recognized for being elected to the Executive Committee for the American Association of School Administrators, in which position she will serve through June 2018.