Action items: May 22, 2017

  • Staff: Help Highwood Hills Elementary build a playground
    Volunteer to help the Highwood Hills school community, Delta Airlines and Kaboom! build a brand new playground. A modern playground will provide new opportunities for a fun-filled recess and a welcoming space for all East Side families who wish to visit, or those who live in the neighborhood.

    When: Saturday, June 10, 2017, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Where: Highwood Hills Elementary School, 2188 Londin Lane

    What's Provided: Breakfast, lunch and plenty of water will be provided. Gloves and other safety materials will be provided for the projects that need them. T-shirts will be provided to all volunteers.

    What to Wear: The playground build will happen rain or shine. Please come dressed for the weather in clothes you don't mind getting dirty or a bit of paint/stain on. Also closed-toe shoes are required; sneakers or work boots that you don't mind getting dirty are advisable.

    Staff: Review list of SPPS employees celebrating 25 years of service
    Each year, SPPS congratulates and recognizes employees celebrating 25 years of employment at a luncheon. This year's luncheon is Wednesday, August 30. Invitations will be sent this summer.

    Human Resources has compiled a preliminary list of employees to be recognized this year. We have included employees who have completed 25 years of service or are entering their 25th year as of September 5.

    Employees who believe they should be on the list and aren’t, or who think they don't belong on the list, should contact Shannon Nissen in Human Resources at 651-767-8220 or by June 1.

    Employees who have questions about the luncheon should contact event coordinator Kathy Weyandt at or 651-767-8373.

    Staff: Attend Gordon Parks community gathering to learn about planned park behind the school
    Gordon Parks High School students are organizing a community gathering on Thursday, May 25 to promote awareness and stakeholder involvement for the future park space that will be located behind the school.

    Gordon Parks High School students championed a multi-year, multi-media effort alongside other community partners like Skyline Tower residents, Lex Ham and others to promote -- and fundraise for -- the concept of a five-acre park between the high school and the Skyline Tower.

    The community gathering will feature live entertainment, food, historical information about the property, student projects, park naming activities and information about the students and community members who were instrumental in making the park a reality.

    The event is from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, May 25 at the site of the future park, 421 North Griggs St.

    School staff: Last chance to take teaching assistant survey
    In collaboration with Teamsters (Local 320), Human Resources has created a short survey to help assess the core job functions of teaching assistants in our schools. The survey will close at end of day, Monday, May 22.

    Principals and staff who enter discipline in Campus: Discipline reporting clean-up
    The spreadsheets that list discipline reporting problems for third quarter 2016-17 have been posted on the SPPS Data Center website. Any errors or red flags should be corrected today, May 22. Making these corrections is essential for providing accurate internal discipline analysis, as well as the required report to the Minnesota Department of Education.  

    Please keep in mind that all incidents must be entered by the morning of June 11 for the end-of-year data cleanup.  

    Each school's report has been placed in the password-protected part of the SPPS Data Center website. The report includes everything entered in Campus as of April 3.

    If you have questions, please contact Cindy Porter at 651-767-8371 or

    Staff: Attend American Indian Magnet School’s 25th Annual Traditional Powwow on June 2
    American Indian Magnet School will host its 25th Annual Traditional Powwow on Friday, June 2. Grand entries are set for 1:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., with a feast beginning at 5 p.m.

    The event will feature emcee Jerry Dearly, Host Drum by Ain Dah Yung and Arena Director Mr. D. Jack Running. The 173rd Airborne Brigade will be the Color Guard.

    The Head Man for the first session is Hector Roman Davila; the Head Woman for the first session is Niamani Neeland. The Head Man for the second session is Nathan Berglund; the Head Woman for the second session is Alyssa Downwind.

    The 25th Annual Traditional Powwow is sponsored by American Indian Magnet School families and staff, the AIMS PTO, Saint Paul Indian Education and the American Indian Studies Collaborative.

    Principals: CDF Freedom Schools staff training
    Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools Servant Leader Interns (SLIs) and Site Coordinators have been hired. All first- and second-year SLIs and Site Coordinators are required to attend the National CDF Freedom Schools Training in Tennessee as a mandatory condition of the SPPS agreement of program sponsorship.  

    Those who are regular SPPS employees during the school year will be requesting time off from June 1 through June 11 (Site Coordinators) or June 4 through June 11 (SLIs). The Department of Alternative Education will pay their regular salaries and for a substitute, if needed. Your budgets will not have to cover these costs. The appropriate staff will complete and submit their paperwork for time off, supplemental pay, and travel requests.

    Contact Dr. Darcel Hill, Office of College & Career Readiness, at 651-387-0869 if you have any questions.

    Teachers: Take the summer classroom repair and maintenance survey
    The Facilities Department needs your help identifying repair and maintenance items in your classrooms. Your input is invaluable because you know firsthand when an electrical outlet doesn’t work or when there is a leaky faucet or toilet. If you let us know, we can fix it.

    Please take this short survey to identify issues in your classroom survey link.

    The survey will close at end of day, Friday, May 26. The Facilities Department will use this information to plan our summer work.

    Clerks: Submit school supply lists for 2017-18 school year
    To help meet our families' needs, the Office of Communications is requesting school supply lists for fall 2017 by June 9. You may use this sample as a template for submission. The supply lists will be uploaded to and your school's website over the summer.

    Please submit your list to Brandi Cavalletti at If you have already uploaded your 2017-18 school supply list to your website, please notify Brandi.

    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 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: 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.

    • 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 

    Staff: Important information about SCIP professional development and support session
    Required School Continuous Improvement Plan (SCIP) professional development and support sessions will be held now through 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 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.