• Saint Paul Indian Education Program Objectives Survey 2020-2021

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 4/19/2021 11:30:00 AM

    AIPAC Survey Message


    “Hey SPPS families, please take a minute and help us guide our programming for Indian Education in this short survey. It shouldn't take you more than a few minutes to complete. I thank you for your time and if you have any questions feel free to message us any time.” – Dominic Good Buffalo

    You can access the survey at https://forms.gle/C6UHRbxYLdugod5E9

    Dominic Good Buffalo is the American Indian Cultural Specialist at the Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships, he connects with families through Facebook, Twitter and American Indian staff. He can be contacted at dominic.goodbuffalo@spps.org and 612-297-9374.

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  • 2021 Senior Photo Information & Sign-up

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 4/15/2021 8:30:00 AM

    Senior Portraits

    Did you miss out on having your Senior portrait taken this past Fall? Well, you're in luck, SPPS Indian Education Program and Sacred Visions Photography are working together to make sure you have another opportunity. Saturday, April 24 10:00am-4:00pm Sacred Visions Photography will be at Toast Studios located at 2500 University Ave. W. Suite B-3, St. Paul, MN 55114. Please sign-up for a 25-minute photoshoot using this form. Once you sign-up you will receive a phone call verifying the time. Remember you must be a St. Paul Public Schools Indian Education student to register.

    When: Saturday, April 24 10:00am-4:00pm 
    Where: Toast Studios 2500 University Ave. W. Suite B-3, St. Paul, MN 55114
    Students need to register using this link:
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  • April 2021 Newsletter

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 4/13/2021 7:00:00 AM

    April 2021 Newsletter


    Ramsey Middle School Name Change Request, Goal Setting, Beading Vans, and Guess the Indian Education Program Staff Member 

    Read about these and more in the April SPPS Indian Education Program newsletter at https://www.smore.com/4ndjg

    Please email us at indianeducation@stpaul.k12.mn.us to be added to our mailing list for future newsletters.

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  • Spring Break Meal Update

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 3/29/2021 4:20:00 AM



    𝗦𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝗠𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 - 𝗔𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗹 𝟱-𝟵

    School meal box pickup locations will be closed during spring break, April 5-9. In addition, there will be no home deliveries on Friday, April 9. The following community locations will have meal boxes available for families to pick up during that week:


    Tuesday, April 6, 1-3 p.m.

    • Conway Recreation Center (2090 Conway St) 

    Tuesday and Thursday, April 6 & 8, 2-4 p.m.

    • El Rio Vista Community Center (179 Robie St E)
    • McDonough Recreation Center (1544 Timberlake Rd)
    • Palace Recreation Center (781 Palace Ave) 

    Wednesday, April 7, 2-4 p.m.

    • Hallie Q Brown Center (270 N Kent St) 

    Wednesday and Friday, April 7 & 9, 2-4 p.m.

    • Arlington Hills Community Center (1200 Payne Ave)
    • Rice Recreation Center (1021 Marion St)
    • Dunning Recreation Center (1221 Marshall Ave)
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  • SPPS Indian Education Program is Hiring a Full-Time Social Worker

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 3/22/2021 1:00:00 PM



    The St. Paul Public Schools Indian Education Program is seeking to add a Full-Time School Social Worker to our team.

    The American Indian Education Program, offered through the Saint Paul Public Schools District 625, is in existence to preserve and present the unique political, sovereign, cultural, traditional, and spiritual values of American Indian Nations through Education. Our missions is to assist American Indian students in graduating from high school with a quality education and a positive cultural personal identity.

    You can learn more about our program and view the services we offer by visiting our website, https://www.spps.org/indianeducation .

    Individuals who are interested in apply for the Indian Education Program School Social Worker position can view the job description below, and apply for the position at https://bit.ly/3f6mhue .



    If you have any questions you may contact:

    John Bobolink

    Indian Education Program Supervisor

    john.bobolink@spps.org or (651) 230-4859


    𝗚𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗜𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻

    Indian Education Program is hiring a full-time Social Worker.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    A Bachelor's Degree in Social Work (Master's Degree in Social Work strongly preferred), a current Minnesota Board of Social Work License and a valid School Social Work License, issued by the Minnesota Department of Education.


    • Understanding of American Indian practices.
    • Knowledge of American Indian language and culture.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    • Knowledge of positive behavioral interventions.
    • Knowledge of group counseling techniques with children and/or youth.
    • Knowledge of community resources and social services.
    • Knowledge of the diagnosis and treatment of mental health concerns.
    • Ability to provide competent social work services, crisis intervention, and referral services to students and other persons of diverse cultural, ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
    • Ability to conduct formal and informal assessments consistent with school-based practice.
    • Ability to work efficiently, effectively and cooperatively with multidisciplinary teams.


    The essential job functions include, but are not limited to, the following fundamental duties:

    • Assess student functioning, both formally and informally, incorporating data from multiple sources across settings.
    • Provide appropriate social work services to individuals and groups and their families.
    • Consult with parents, teachers, and administrators to develop intervention strategies to enhance school success.
    • Identify, mobilize and coordinate family, school and community resources to enable children to receive maximum benefit from their educational program.
    • Facilitate problem-solving meetings between families and the school.
    • Provide crisis intervention services for students.
    • Provide consultation to school personnel regarding home, neighborhood and community conditions affecting student well being.
    • Serve as a resource to school staff regarding identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
    • Serve as the school contact person for students who are homeless.
    • Consult and collaborate with community agencies and other mental health professionals to coordinate services.
    • Participate in multidisciplinary teams.
    • Attend and participate in individual, group and all social work staff supervision meetings, as well as, District mandated training as assigned.
    • Assist in resolving truancy concerns.
    • Maintain records in a manner consistent with District practices.
    • When serving students in Special Education, engage in proper due process procedures.
    • Uphold the ethical standards of the Social Work profession.
    • Contribute to the District's inclusive workplace efforts by fostering a safe, welcoming and respectful environment.
    • Perform other related duties as assigned which may include program development, supervision of teaching assistants, management of programs for emotionally and behaviorally disordered students and resource development for students.

    𝗘𝘀𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝘂𝗻𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀

    Essential functions are functions that the individual holding the position must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation through the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and the Americans with Disability Amendments Act (ADAAA). The essential functions are typical duties as outline under Responsibilities.

    Regular and reliable attendance.

    Maybe exposed to various cleaning products.

    𝗣𝗮𝘆, 𝗕𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗳𝗶𝘁𝘀, & 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗲

    This is a 10 month position working 40 hours per week.

    Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Teacher negotiated labor agreement. The labor agreement and salary schedule can be found at https://www.spps.org/Page/33566.

    Benefits are available to new employees after 30 days of active employment. Benefits include medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, pension plan, tax-free retirement account, and flexible spending account. Some employee groups also receive vacation, dental insurance and disability insurance. A benefits summary is available at https://www.spps.org/Domain/13220.

    𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗧𝗼 𝗔𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆

    To be considered further, please apply for this position and attach a resume and cover letter to your online application.

    The Human Resource Department will review your application materials and contact you regarding the next steps.

    To attach additional documents to your online application, click on the "Additional Attachments" link from the applicant homepage and upload your documents as attachments. Valid file extensions for attaching a document include .doc, .txt, .rtf, and .pdf.

    𝗘𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝗘𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗼𝘆𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗢𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆

    Saint Paul Public Schools is an equal opportunity employer and supports an inclusive workplace environment.

    𝗘𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁

    SPPS is committed to an equitable workforce where all employees represent this commitment through equitable practices in their job position.

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  • 2021 - 2022 Pre-K Enrollment at American Indian Magnet School

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 3/22/2021 11:45:00 AM

    AIMS PreK


    𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗣𝗿𝗲-𝗞 𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗣𝗣𝗦

    The Pre-Kindergarten program provides a rigorous academic preschool education for children.  Classes focus on teaching children to:

    • see themselves as capable learners;
    • develop reading, writing and math skills; and
    • work well with other children and adults. 

    Up to 20 children are enrolled in each class with a licensed teacher and an assistant. Children are enrolled for full day, full school year programming. 

    You can learn more about Saint Paul Public Schools’ Pre-K program at https://www.spps.org/domain/1551 

    𝗔𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗔𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗜𝗻𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗲𝘁 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝗹

    Our school was created from the vision of elders and community members. Their goal was to provide an American Indian perspective and to welcome students of all backgrounds to a diverse school community. Our teaching approach is rooted in American Indian culture, traditions, values, history and art.

    You can learn more about American Indian Magnet school at https://www.spps.org/Domain/10

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  • Back to School Anxiety Presentation

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 3/22/2021 6:00:00 AM



    Back to School Anxiety

    Monday, March 29th

    6:00pm – 7:00pm 

    Going back to school has always been tough. There is a new teacher, new classmates, new routine, and it can be hard to get back into the habit of school after three months of summer. Combine that with fears around a global pandemic and spending an even longer time away from school, and it is no wonder that anxiety behind going back to in-person learning is skyrocketing both for children and parents. 

    Join NAMI Minnesota for our “Back to School Anxiety” presentation, where we will discuss ways to prepare your child for going back to in-person learning, as well as strategies for how to keep their anxiety at bay both during and after school. 

    Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83042115979 

    For questions, please email jackie.kelly@spps.org, dominic.goodbuffalo@spps.org, or rlabat@namimn.org

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  • Call for Title VI American Indian Parent Advisory Committee Nominations

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 3/19/2021 6:00:00 AM

    Nominations AIPAC


    Greetings Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) Families, 

    The Saint Paul Public Schools Title VI American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) is sending a call for nominations for elections which will be held during the Spring of 2021. The AIPAC is looking for parents, students, a teacher representee and community representee to fill eight vacant seats. 

    The American Indian Parent Advisory Committee (AIPAC) helps guide and support American Indian education programming for the district. The AIPAC also helps identify student need which informs programming for Title VI and Minnesota World's Best Workforce Grant (MWBW). The AIPAC shall act as a voice in representing the Indian students and their parents in the district and align our values with the district's purpose and that is to “𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘦 students to think critically, 𝘱𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘶𝘦 their dreams and 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 the world.” You can learn more about the AIPAC by visiting https://www.spps.org/Page/23421 .

    𝗔𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘀

    • 4 Parent Seats: Parent/Grandparent/Guardians of children who may be served by the Indian EducationProgram in the Saint Paul Public School District #625 (child(ren) have a 506 on file and attend Saint Paul Public Schools) (information regarding the 506 Form can be found at https://www.spps.org/Page/39727)
    • 1 Teacher Seat: Teachers/Staff (under the teachers contract) actively teaching in District #625 (due to potential conflict of interest Indian Education Programs staff would not be eligible for participation on this Committee)
    • 2 Student Seats: Secondary students (grades 7-12) eligible to be served by the Indian Education Program (enrolled in the District and have a 506 on file) (information regarding the 506 Form can be found at https://www.spps.org/Page/39727)
    • 1 Community Representee Seat: Member of the American Indian community

    Please submit your nomination using the online nomination form (https://forms.gle/6qJwyHkVAcfpG5Ai9) by April 16th, 2021. Nominees must identify the seat they want to run for and cannot run for multiple seats. 

    𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘁𝗲𝘀

    • March 19th, 2021: Call for Nominations
    • April 16th, 2021: Deadline for Nominations
    • May 3rd, 2021: Deadline for Voting Ballots 
    • May 11th, 2021: Public Announcement for Seats Won

    Information regarding voting will be released at a later date. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Dominic Good Buffalo using the contact information listed below.

    Dominic Good Buffalo, Cultural Specialist (American Indian Students and Families), Office of Family Engagement and Community Partnerships

    Cell: (612) 297-9374

    Email: dominic.goodbuffalo@spps.org  


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  • March 2021 Newsletter

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 3/9/2021 6:15:00 AM

    March Newsletter


    Want to know more about the SPPS Indian Education Program? Check out our monthly newsletter at https://www.smore.com/kg9m8 .
    Please email us at indianeducation@stpaul.k12.mn.us to be added to our mailing list for future newsletters.
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  • In-Person Learning for Secondary Students Begins April 14th

    Posted by Elizabeth Saunby on 3/8/2021 8:50:00 AM

    InPerson Vs VLS

    SPPS will begin in-person learning for all 6-12 grade students who want it starting Wednesday, April 14.

    Until then, secondary students will continue in distance learning while we work to grow the in-person support (https://www.spps.org/secondarysupport) that began for some students in February. SPPS will follow all of the health and safety measures as described in the Minnesota Safe Learning Plan (https://bit.ly/3v6LQRy)  and the SPPS COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines (shorturl.at/hwJU6).

    6-12th grade students who wish to stay in distance learning for the remainder of the school year must enroll in virtual learning by Thursday, March 11. Enrollments made before March 3 will NOT carry over; every student who wants to remain in virtual learning MUST enroll.

    Sign up for Virtual Learning School at https://apply.spps.org/vls .

    Additional information can be found at https://www.spps.org/reopen2020 .

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