Through the Lens: October 2019


    Students at MN Pre-Health Career Fair

    LEAP High School nursing assistant students visited the University of Minnesota Pre-Health Career Fair. They toured the campus, talked to students and staff and learned about career opportunities.

    AVID students at Fort Snelling State Park

    AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students at Ramsey Middle School visited Fort Snelling State Park. They canoed, learned which wild berries are safe to eat, started fires using flint and steel, enjoyed a nature hike and tested water quality. The AVID students have studied the historical site in class and will be writing news articles about Fort Snelling.

    Washington Students on field trip

    Students from Washington Technology Magnet School visited the North Shore for a fall in Minnesota history tour, which included visits to the University of Minnesota Duluth, Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls, an overnight in Grand Rapids and a day at the Forest History Center. It was the first time in Northern Minnesota for the majority of the students and their first time staying at a hotel. This field trip was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society and Minnesota History Center.

    MN Wild Blind Hockey team

    Sunday, October 20th, marked the first practice of the year for the MN Wild Blind Hockey Team. Four students from SPPS laced up their skates and took to the ice for practice at the TRIA Rink in St. Paul. The program is open to skaters of any age and experience level who have a visual impairment. The season runs from October through March. Participants from SPPS are, Shamso from Humboldt, Ruweido from Global Arts Plus, Nina from OWL, and Nawal from Washington Technology Magnet School (not pictured). Kim Wilke and Angie Fuith, both Teachers for Students who are Blind/Visually Impaired with SPPS, are volunteering to help support the team.

    Como Park staff on Unity Day

    Como Park Senior High School Staff Promote Unity Day.

    Keeping Jackson Beautiful eventJackson Elementary School hosted their Keeping Jackson Beautiful event. Jackson had over 15 volunteers working along side with 5th grade students to clean up the school grounds and laying mulch. The project was a big success! We would like thank our partnership with St. Paul Promise Neighborhood/Wilder Foundation for their support.

    Parkway students on a field trip

    6th grade students from Parkway Montessori Middle School went on a field study to Lyndale Park in Minneapolis. Students embraced the work of the head, the heart and the hands by working on service projects with the parks department, writing poetry, observing birds and nature in the bird sanctuary, and strengthening our community.

    Unity Day at Farnsworth

    SPPS students and staff attended a week long HBCU Tour. Several SPPS students were accepted to Johnson C. Smith College in North Carolina and granted scholarships ranging from $26,000-$40,000 each.

    Unity Day at Farnsworth

    PreK-4 students at Farnsworth Aerospace PreK- 8 are celebrated Unity Day by wearing orange wristbands. They also signed a poster pledging to stand up against bullying and be united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

    Johnson students at Unified School event

    Johnson Senior High School (JSH) students recently participated in a Unified Schools event in the Johnson Senior High field house. The students at Johnson are working to help JSH achieve Unified Champion Status by participating in Inclusive Student Leadership and Unified Athletics.

    Central football team volunteering

    The Central Senior High School Minutemen Football team recently provided Community Service to Second Harvest Heartland and Mt. Olivet Church.

    Highland Park Senior High School cross country teams Highland Park Senior High School cross country boys and girls teams recently won conference championships in both varsity and junior varsity levels. Four Highland Park cross country runners were individual conference champs: Oliver Paleen, varsity boys; Molly Moening, varsity girls; Lance Georgeson, junior varsity boys and Hanna Koch, junior varsity girls.

    Kao Kalia Yang book launch

    A community celebration was held recently in honor of the launch of Kao Kalia Yang's first children's book "A Map Into The World," a heartfelt story of a young Hmong girl seeking beauty and connection in a busy world. The event was held at Nokomis Montessori Magnet School's North Campus. Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American award-winning author. She grew up in Saint Paul, attended Saint Paul Public Schools and currently lives in Minnesota with her family.

    Dr. Gothard reading to students

    Superintendent Joe Gothard read to second graders from Crossroads Elementary School during an event at the Rice Street Library to celebrate a $95K grant awarded to SPPS by the Minnesota Department of Education. The grant will fund field trips for SPPS second graders to visit their local public library.

    Indigenous Peoples Day parade

    Hundreds of SPPS students joined the “Saint Paul Indigenous Peoples' Day Parade” on Oct. 14. They marched from American Indian Magnet School (AIMS) to Mounds Park where the students, state education leaders and community members gathered in celebration of Indigenous People's Day. The crowd enjoyed speakers and entertainment that highlighted aspects of Native American history and culture. The event was sponsored by the district's American Indian Education Program.

    FFA students

    Highland Park Senior High School and Como Park Senior High School FFA (Future for Agriculture) students recently competed in a regional career development event where they participated in soil judging, dairy cattle evaluation and horse judging.

    Maxfield Elementary School kindergarteners

    Maxfield Elementary School kindergartener Felix and his brother, Skyler, had fun together in the art room as their family participated in Academic Parent Teacher Teams (APPT).

    Highland Park Middle School's science class

    Young chemists in Shannon Timmer’s science class at Highland Park Middle School investigate the conservation of mass in a closed system during an acid base chemical reaction. These scholars were very excited to find out they created water.

    Students at American Indian College Fair

    American Indian Magnet School students recently participated in the American Indian College Fair with the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) and SPPS Indian Education programs at the University of Minnesota Saint Paul Campus.

    Reading buddies

    Hazel Park Preparatory Academy sixth grade students with their Pre-K reading buddies.

    Natural Resources classes from Highland Park Senior HighMs. Wedger's Natural Resources classes from Highland Park Senior High School and Julie Ketterling's FFA Como Park Senior High School, recently took a trip out to Minnehaha Creek to do some field work. Students gathered organisms, identified organisms and used a biotic index to determine the water quality and level of pollution.

    Student cutting veggiesMr. Chase's science class at Murray Middle School and Ms. Gbolo's culinary arts class at Como Park Senior High School recently participated in a delicious and nutritious collaboration. Mr. Chase's classes grew and harvested the vegetables, and the culinary students at Como Park prepared food with the vegetables.

    Congresswoman Betty McCollum with Murray Middle School studentsCongresswoman Betty McCollum visited Murray Middle School's Women Studies course to talk about being the second woman ever elected to Federal Office from Minnesota. She answered questions from students and shared her experiences working in Minnesota and Washington D.C.

    Bike/Walk to School DayStudents and staff from Phalen Lake Elementary School, along with hundreds of other SPPS students, staff and community volunteers, participated in Saint Paul's Bike/Walk to School Day. Several schools organized walks to emphasize the importance of physical activity among young people, improve pedestrian safety and build connections with the broader community. 

    E-STEM fitness center ribbon cutting

    The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils (NFGFC) selected E-STEM Middle School as a DON'T QUIT! Champion School and gifted a fitness center to the school. About 90 Minnesota schools applied. Each school had to submit a video of how they’re working to keep their students active. Recently, NFGFC Chairman Jake Steinfeld (Body by Jake) joined Governor Tim Walz, Superintendent Joe Gothard, Principal Jocelyn Sims and other distinguished guests to cut the ribbon on their new DON'T QUIT! Fitness Center.