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Action items: April 24, 2017

  • Staff: Encourage students to apply for the Student Engagement and Advancement Board
    The Student Engagement and Advancement Board (SEAB) is looking for passionate, creative thinkers -- and would like students who already see themselves as leaders to apply. Please reach out to emerging leaders, as well as students whose voices are loud and whose creativity is high, but who may not yet see themselves as leaders.

    The application process was created to welcome many different types of thinkers, experiences and primary languages.

    Information about the time commitment, application process and stipends can also be found at The deadline for SEAB applications is Thursday, June 15.

    Students may submit their application in the language they feel best able to express themselves; translated flyers are available online. Paper copies of the application in English are in your schools now.

    If you have questions, contact Shaun Walsh at or 651-487-7387.

    Staff: Attend Central staff reunion on April 27
    As part of Central High School’s 150th Year Celebration, a reunion of all former Central teachers and staff will be held from 3-5 p.m., Thursday, April 27 in the school library. The reunion will be a chance for former Central staff members to reunite with old friends and colleagues. Old yearbooks, pictures and other memorabilia will be on display. Central apparel will be available for purchase. There will also be tours of the building, and Central Principal Mary Mackbee will greet guests and give a short presentation. Parking is available in the front lot. Spouses are invited to attend.

    If you have questions or would like more information, contact Jack Schlukebier at 651-224-9144 or Ed Roth at 651-784-7061.

    Staff: Share this Genius Squad paid internship opportunity with students
    Please help spread the word that there will be eight internship positions available to Genius Squad students this summer. Internships will be with SPPS Tech Services and St. Paul Public Libraries Maker Camps. Students must be at least 16 years old to apply.

    All staff: Spread the word about SPPS school nurse informational interviews
    Do you have friends or family who may be interested in becoming an SPPS school nurse?

    Those interested are invited to learn about part-time and full-time school nurse positions. Nurse assignments are open in single- or multiple-school settings, including non-public schools and special education programs.

    Informational interviews are held on Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. at the SPPS Administration Building, 360 Colborne Street.

    • April 13, Room G
    • May 4, Room H
    • May 18, Room G
    • June 1, Room G
    • June 15, Room G

    For more information contact Mary Yackley, Student Health and Wellness Supervisor, at or 651-767-8380. To apply for an open nurse position, visit

    IB Teachers, Coordinators, and Administrators: Sign up for MNIB Summer Conference
    Registration for the 2nd Annual MNIB Summer Conference (Aug. 15-16 at Bethel University) is now open. The two-day cost is $100 per person or $85 for group registrations of seven or more; the one-day cost is $80 per person or $65 for group registration of seven or more. Talk to your IB coordinator to register.

    Highlights of the MNIB Summer Conference include:

    • New IB teacher orientations
    • An all-day workshop by Ron Ritchhart
    • IB school and district leader meeting
    • Intro to PYP for support staff
    • Programme-specific strands have been included for PYP, MYP and DP/CP each day so teachers in all grades may find appropriate sessions geared toward their needs.

    More information can be found on the MNIB website.

    Staff: Important information about SCIP professional development and support session
    Required School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) professional development and support sessions will be held May 4 - May 23.

    Principals and leadership team members should register on PDExpress under the following:

    • Elementary Schools:       SIT 1701 SCIP Platform Updates 2017
    • Middle and K-8 Schools:   SIT 1700 SCIP Platform Updates 2017
    • High Schools:                  SIT 1702 SCIP Platform Updates 2017

    Those attending should select one half-day session. All sessions will be held at 360 Colborne.

    Schools may bring up to two members of their leadership team in addition to the principal. Space is limited. Team members needing substitutes may request one through AESOP, using this code: Title I May 2017 SCIP: 29-005-216-851-6303-3300.

    Visit the School Improvement website to review additional information regarding suggested SCIP pre-work, as well as what to bring to the SCIP professional development session.

    Contact Paul Holm at or your School Improvement Specialist if you have any questions.

    Teachers: Schedule your 2017-18 Belwin Outdoor Science field trip
    You can schedule your 2017-18 field trip to Belwin Outdoor Science for grade school and secondary science classes starting at 8 a.m., Monday, May 1. The window to schedule field trips will be open until 3 p.m., Friday, May 12.

    To schedule your field trip dates, call Belwin Outdoor Science at 651-744-7120 or email Geoff Urban at Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Belwin’s capacity is two classrooms, or up to 60 students per day. Reservations made before May 1 will not be accepted.

    When scheduling your field trip, include the following information:

    • School name
    • Grade level (or subject taught)
    • Teacher name(s)
    • Preferred date
    • Alternate dates

    Elementary Principals and Teachers: Sign up for free field trip to plant flower beds at the State Capitol
    Community Education and the Minnesota State Capitol grounds crew invite fourth and fifth grade students to plant the spring flower beds at the State Capitol and learn about the importance of pollinators in our environment.

    The planting field trip will take place the morning of Wednesday, May 24 with rolling commitments for about an hour of planting time. Participating classes must also be able to commit to the May 25 rain make-up day. This is a free field trip.

    Field trips will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis; teachers will receive participation verification this week. Scheduling of time slots will be done based on transportation. If you have questions, contact Tyler Berres at

    Teachers and Administrators: iPad student return deadline is June 2
    The last day for student iPad use is June 2. This allows time to conduct inventory and recover missing devices during the last week of school. Students with iPad use in their IEPs may qualify for an extension. Please work with IEP case managers to submit a request.