Teacher Kris Somerville of Como Park Senior High School meeting the Board of Education.

BOE recognizes outstanding work by SPPS employees
The SPPS Board of Education each month recognizes outstanding work by SPPS employees and students. Here are the employees and schools recognized Sept. 22 by the Board:

September Recognitions

  • Kris Somerville, teacher at Como Park Senior High School, received Junior Achievement’s Educator of the Year Award. The purpose of the High School Educator of the Year is to recognize Junior Achievement educators who have performed outstanding service in making JA’s high school programs available for their students.
  • Lisa Houdek, science teacher at Central High School, has been nominated for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by the Minnesota Department of Education. She is one of three state finalists. Houdek will be formally recognized as a finalist at the Minnesota Science Teachers Association conference on Feb. 26, 2016.

26 SPPS students take 'Girls Inspiration Flight' to Seattle
A group of 26 Saint Paul Public Schools students and four chaperones flew to Washington state on Sept. 26 to take part in the first ever “Girl’s Inspiration Flight” at the Seattle Museum of Flight. Delta selected the students, who attend Farnsworth Aerospace, Johnson Senior High School and Washington Technology Magnet, based on a written submission. During the “Women Inspiring our Next Generation” (WING) day trip, the flight crew was made up of all women, and the entire trip in Seattle focused on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

'I Am SPPS' campaign continues on social media, SPPS website
The “I am SPPS” campaign shares photos and 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:

  • Malik, student at The Heights Community School
  • Nicole, mother of Cherokee Heights student Elijah
  • Rachel, parent of The Heights Community School student Sebastian

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