Kudos

'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 vary but could range from personal stories to experiences at Saint Paul Public Schools.

Last week “I am SPPS” featured:

  • Karina Her and Kou Yang, parents of a Johnson Senior High School student
  • Kejuon, a Johnson Senior High School student
  • Todd Goggleye, Principal at American Indian Magnet School

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

Kudos to SPPS staffers who completed their 2015-16 Wellness Action Plan
Congratulations to all Wellness Champions and their wellness committees that completed a 2015-16 Wellness Action Plan. Shout-outs to new Wellness Champions Ryan Kavanaugh and Becky Schmidt, Annie Pexa and Daniel Polland, Kimberly Menne, Emma Schaetzke, Paula Sweeney and Rick Walker, Jen Harvey, Elizabeth Harrington, Kelsey Maniaci, Alicia Ekegren and Josh Rosenthal, and Caitlin Payton.  And a special shout-out to Carol Sellars of Frost Lake for going above-and-beyond and submitting a yearly plan, despite being out to recover from a serious injury suffered at the end of August.

Students celebrate Mexican Independance at Focus Beyond
Throughout the month of September, students and staff at Focus Beyond worked together on a variety of projects to celebrate Mexican Independence and to learn about Hispanic culture.
The school projects included student performances -- singing, acting, dancing and a fashion show -- as well as student artwork representing Mexican culture. Parents participated by sharing information about their culture. This year one student’s family gave a tortilla-making demonstration and students were able to make -- and taste -- their own tortilla. After the final performance, students, staff and families gathered for a potluck fiesta featuring traditional Mexican dishes made by students.

Pioneer Press features Como Park High School runner
Como Park Senior High School's Innocent Murwanashyaka was featured in a Pioneer Press story for winning the boys maroon race at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the University of Minnesota with a time of 16 minutes, 13 seconds. The field consisted of 485 runners, according to the Pioneer Press.

26 SPPS Students Take 'Girls Inspiration Flight' to Seattle
Delta Airlines flew 26 Saint Paul Public Schools students and four chaperones to Washington on Sept. 24 for a trip to Seattle's Museum of Flight to take part in the first ever “Girl’s Inspiration Flight.” Delta selected the students, who attend Farnsworth Aerospace, Johnson Senior High School and Washington Technology Magnet, based on a writing submission. The “Women Inspiring our Next Generation” (WING) day trip for girls included an all-women flight crew. The trip in Seattle focused on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).