Through the Lens: November 2019

  • Celebrate Me - Celebrate Community Art Crawl

    The "Celebrate Me - Celebrate Community Art Crawl" held at Mississippi Creative Arts School was a wonderful way to bring the community together. The event was co-sponsored by the City of Saint Paul's McDonough Recreation Center.

    Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker with SPPS MLL staff

    Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker recently paid a surprise visit in the Office of Multilingual Learning (MLL). Ricker stopped by to congratulate two MLL staff that recently received their National Board Certification: Christi Schmitt, Teacher on Special Assignment and Sarah de Carranza, Supervisor. 

    Battle Creek Middle School WEB students

    Battle Creek Middle School WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) students and their teacher worked a shift at Feed My Starving Children. Working in teams, they packaged protein-fortified meals for children in Haiti. Together with seniors and other adult groups, they packaged enough meals to feed 66 children for one year. 

    Battle Creek Middle School students

    Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) supports academic success by starting in early childhood with both the children and the parents. ECFE develops self-awareness in young children by following the Early Childhood Indicators of Progress (MN’s Early Learning Standards). Here an early learner explores skin tone paints. Children become aware of their own personal attributes as racial identity is developing. (Araufo & Strasser, 2003; Ramsey, 2008).

    Battle Creek Middle School students

    Battle Creek Middle School students focus on school-wide literacy using high-interest, culturally relevant texts across content.

    FFA students

    Highland Park Senior High and Como Park Senior High Future Famers of America (FFA) chapters headed to Indianapolis to attend the 92nd annual National FFA Convention with 70,000 other students and advisors from across the US. Students learned about technology and innovations in agriculture, toured a dairy and swine farm and got to view everyday operations including birth, learned and practiced communication skills with professionals in the industry like Cargill, John Deere, and Merck, listened to a live TedTalk, and attended a rodeo.

    Murray Middle School students on bikes

    DeWayne Combs, physical education teacher, with his bike unit at Murray Middle School. The bikes are owned by SPPS and teachers use them to teach their students about bicycling as a lifelong physical activity.

    Equity Team

    Gay, Straight Alliance (GSA) advisers and equity staff along with more than 200 middle and high school students from SPPS recently joined hundreds more of their peers at the 15th annual Q-Quest Youth Festival at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Students from Johnson Senior, Washington Technology, Como Park Senior, Harding Senior and Humboldt High School participated in workshops, met community and political leaders and connected with college, career and life resources. Q-Quest is a leadership, health and education event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and allied students. 

    Students at Gopher Volleyball game

    Members of the Harding Senior High School Volleyball team recently attended the University of Minnesota Gophers Volleyball game, compliments of the Saint Paul Police Activities League.

    Election Judges

    More than 45 Washington Technology Magnet students served as election judges and volunteers as part of the November Election. Thank you to Ramsey County for offering our students this opportunity.

    Highland Park Model UN

    The Highland Park Senior High Model United Nations team hosted Mr. Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in celebration of the 74th anniversary of the United Nations. Mr. Dujarric spoke about the important role of youth in global engagement.

    Teachers at workshop

    Educators from Central Senior High, Como Park Senior High, Highland Park Senior High, Highwood Hills Elementary, Humboldt High, Jackson Elementary and Washington Technology Magnet went into this school year with key resources, tools and strategies for their classrooms as a result of attending BestPrep’s four-day Technology Integration Workshop this summer at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

    Students at MN Pre-Health Career Fair

    Pre-K students in Madame Faltesek's class at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion learned while playing. Students collaborated with their peers, practiced French vocabulary and demonstrated what home and family personally means to them.