Photo from Walk/Bike to School Day, fall 2015

Winners of Walk/Bike to School Day competition announced
The results are in and SPPS is pleased to announce the winners of this fall's Walk/Bike to School Day competition. The traveling trophy will be traveling even more this year because four schools won the Walk/Bike to School Day competition on Oct. 7:

  • Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented Magnet
  • Jackson Elementary
  • Open World Learning Community
  • Highland Park Elementary

SPPS participation in the day increased this fall with several schools making the commitment to include their entire student body during the day's all-school walks. We want to celebrate all schools that participated, especially Eastern Heights and Hazel Park Preparatory Academy, which had impressive participation counts from staff and students walking or biking to school.

Schools will have another opportunity to vie for the Traveling Trophy on May 4 at the Spring 2016 Bike/Walk to School Day.

Kudos on a great week for Farnsworth Marching Band
Members of the 6-8 Farnsworth Marching Band had a great week earlier this month.

It started Oct. 13 when a woman who lives in the Farnsworth neighborhood stopped the marching band to show her support by donating $20. Later that day, resident Martin Meyer heard the band playing in the neighborhood and he returned the next day to donate a trumpet.

At the end of the week, the Farnsworth Marching Band performed Oct. 17 at the University of St. Thomas Homecoming Parade. The band showed off a new banner, which the East Side Communities businesses purchased and donated to Farnsworth.

Highland Park IB Dance class performs with Indian Dance Group
Highland Park Senior High School's IB Dance class performed with the Katha Dance Company in the production of "Pourush - The Masculine" at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Catherine University. The company director and guest artists from Delhi, India, have been working with the class for the past three weeks. Students performed at O’Shaughnessy on Oct. 23-24.

SPPS staff featured last week in 'I Am SPPS'
The “I am SPPS” campaign shares photos and quotes from SPPS students, staff, families and supporters. The campaign can be found on Facebook, Twitter and spps.org/iamspps.

Last week “I Am SPPS” featured a student at Washington Technology Magnet School and parents of students from Cherokee Heights and Linwood Monroe Arts Plus:

  • Jawahir, parent of Cherokee Heights student, Yasmine
  • Kong Pheng, student at Washington Technology Magnet School
  • Megan, parent of Linwood Monroe Arts Plus student, Sakara