Kudos: May 29, 2018

  • Yasmin Muridi from Four Season with award

    Four Seasons EA wins award
    Four Seasons Elementary Education Assistant Yasmine Muridi was awarded the 2018 Educational Support Professional (ESP) of the Year award by the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers in May.

    7 SPPS student athletes in running for Dave Winfield Award
    Seven SPPS student athletes are finalists for the Dave Winfield Award. The Winfield Award is given to one outstanding female and one outstanding male student athlete in Saint Paul each year.

    Finalists for the award are:

    SPPS Female Athlete Finalists

    • Raiyne Adams, of Como Park Senior High School
    • Asiah Atiq, of Highland Park Senior High School
    • Josapheena Thao, of Johnson Senior High School

    SPPS Male Athlete Finalists

    • Jack Branby, of Highland Park Senior High School
    • Jalen Jackson, of Central High School
    • Keylan Jackson, of Johnson Senior High School
    • Bereket C. Olson, of Highland Park Senior High School

    Dave Winfield's foundation has been recognizing Saint Paul's top student athletes of color for more than 40 years. Winfield is a Central alumnus.

    The winners will be announced during the 42nd annual Winfield Awards program on June 3.

    Students planting at the Capitol

    250 SPPS Students Plant Flower Beds at State Capitol
    More than 250 students from four different SPPS schools helped beautify the Minnesota State Capitol grounds at the annual SPPS Capitol Planting community service project on May 23.

    SPPS Community Education facilitated the event with the Capitol Grounds Crew  fifth graders from The Heights Community School, Capitol Hill Magnet, and the Anna Westin House, with assistance from student volunteers from Humboldt High School. Staff  from the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum led activities and games teaching students about pollination and pollinators.

    SPPS Community Education facilitated the partnership and this ongoing collaboration with the Capitol Grounds Crew. We are excited to continue the partnership with the Bell Museum.

    Teachers Receive Fellowships for Summer Travel
    Nine SPPS teachers will be traveling for professional development this summer with fellowships from Fund for Teachers. Two teams of teachers -- Sierra Burris and Amy Ensign from Johnson High, and Adrienne Anderson and Allison Zaccardi from Harding High -- will be traveling to Spain and Vietnam respectively.

    Individual fellowships will take the following teachers to the following places: Carrie Garcia (Humboldt), Italy; Jill Hanley (Journeys), Alaska; Denise Joyce (Humboldt), Turkey; Jane Law (Harding), France; and Michelle Mercado (ECSE 3-5 Inclusion), Pennsylvania.

    Fund for Teachers is a national program with local affiliates. The Saint Paul Foundation holds a $500,000 endowment that makes funds available to Saint Paul teachers annually. The total distributed for this year’s fellowships is $37,198.

    Applications are due every January. A team of reviewers reads and scores “blind” applications (no teacher or school names).