From the superintendent

As I review the nonsense that has occurred within our federal government over this past month, I can’t help but think that our legislators have provided us all with a multitude of “teachable moments.” I hope our educators -- especially those working with our older students -- will take time to share and engage with our students about how the most powerful country in the world could get itself in this situation. But these lessons don’t just benefit our students. We can all take them to heart as we go about our business in supporting student learning.

We Day

On October 8, SPPS students in grades 6-12 participated in We Day to kick off a year of student-led service-learning projects and action. Students couldn’t buy a ticket to We Day; they earned it through service. If you are interested in finding our more about service learning or incorporating community service into to your classrooms and school, contact the SPPS Service Learning office at 651-325-2672 or online.

Action items

All staff: Attend Personalized Learning trainings
School staff: Distribute translations of technology forms
School staff: Prepare for the School Choice Fair
School staff: Prepare for Give to the Max Day on November 14
School staff: Encourage students to apply for Prudential Spirit awards
Principals and supervisors: Identify Community Giving coordinators
Principals and clerks: Follow new Connect5 guidelines
Principals, clerks and counselors: Review new and transferred student registrations
Principals and clerks: Register for School Choice Fair before November 1
Clerks: Request winter clothing donations for students
Teachers: There’s still time to meet October grant deadlines and prepare for November opportunities
Math teachers in grades pre-k through 12: Grant proposals due November 8
Grade 3 teachers: Schedule a free field trip to the Minnesota Zoo for your students
Teachers: Apply for education scholarships

Employee wellness

Frequent Fitness allows you to save $20 on your monthly health club membership when you work out 12 times or more each month. Participating clubs include most local and national franchises, community centers, YMCAs and YWCAs.


Kenyan Boys Choir performed at Murray
SPPS teachers’ Home Visit program featured on Today Show

Department news and announcements

Building temperature changes
National School Bus Safety Week is October 21-25
Moodle / eLearn.spps.org maintenance
Open Enrollment brochure to be mailed this week
Como Planetarium presents Star Party
Upcoming superintendent licensure cohort at University of Minnesota


SPPS alumnus advances on The Voice
Over 100 SPPS students participate in Genesys Works program
SPPS teacher selected as Science Teacher Academy Fellow
Central chosen to be SpotLight Musical Theatre Program School
SPPS teacher recognized by Thrivent Financial Foundation