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Through the Lens: A Day in the Life of SPPS

Posted by Saint Paul Public Schools on January 24, 2019

Great things happen in our schools daily. Take a look at some of our favorite moments.


A gallery of photos from the Graduation Photo Booth at the SPPS 2019 School Choice Fair.

Faceoff for Fitness Assembly

Groveland Park Elementary School students were energized recently with the Minnesota Wild "Faceoff for Fitness Assembly Program." Students had a chance to play hockey with Hannah Brandt, 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist; Charlie Coyle, current Wild player; and Nordy, Wild mascot. Rusty Kath, Wild in-game host, announced the plays and led the assembly through tips for leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

School Choice Fair photo booth

Shawn Hogendorf from SPPS Communications, Marketing & Development, took a 'graduation photo' of a family at the SPPS School Choice Fair. The Fair attracted hundreds of families interested in learning more about SPPS, our programs and services.

Hans Ott visting Highwood Hills

Assistant Superintendent Hans Ott paid a surprise visit to Highwood Hills Elementary School. He and a second grader had a good discussion about personalized learning.

SUTR teacher being interviewed

See Yang, a teacher who is participating in the Saint Paul Public Schools Urban Teacher Residency (SUTR) program, was interviewed by Ellen Galles of KSTP TV. The SUTR program is designed to recruit, prepare, support and retain teachers from diverse backgrounds.

Pizza party at American Indian Magnet

Pre-K students enjoyed pizza with American Indian Magnet School Principal Dr. Timothy Brown. This was the school's first Pizza with the Principal. Students who demonstrate positive behavior from each grade are selected to have lunch with the principal.

Highland Park High School Nordic Ski Team

The Highland Park Senior High School Nordic Ski Team raced the Mesabi Invitational. It is the biggest high school ski race in the country, with 55 teams and 900 skiers on a challenging course. The varsity girls and junior varsity boys won the team titles.The junior varsity girls finished in second place and the varsity boys finished in fifth place. Celeste Alden and Molly Moening swept the varsity girls individual titles.

Discovery Club at EXPO Elementary

Students at EXPO for Excellence Elementary Discovery Club learn cup stacking over winter break. They tested their cup-stacking speed with the small cups and learned a variety of games in the gym with sets of giant cups. It was a hit with students of all ages.

Karen New Year Celebration

The Karen New Year community celebration was hosted at Washington Technology Magnet School. Photos courtesy of Ellen M. Perrault.

Honor Roll students

Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion School's inaugural class, who are now seventh graders at Highland Park Middle School, were recognized by Jie Ming Principal Bobbie Johnson for making the honor roll.

Ballroom Dance champions

For the fourth year in a row, fifth grade students from Four Seasons A+ Elementary School are the Dancing Classrooms Ballroom Dance Champions. The students competed in the Heart of Dance fall competition. Dancers performed the merengue, foxtrot, rumba, polka, tango, swing and waltz before a panel of experienced ballroom dance judges.The competition included fifth-graders from all around the Twin Cities.

Generation Next panel discussion

Generation Next hosted their annual event at McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota. They held a panel discussion on teacher diversity. Among the event participants were Dean Campbell from University St. Thomas, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff, SPPS Superintendent Joe Gothard, SPPS Director of Human Resources Laurin Cathey, Rose Chu from Minnesota Education Equity Partnership, Daniel Sellers from EdAllies and Generation Next Executive Director Michelle Walker.

Como Park culinary students

Como Park Senior High School students Nila Yang and Issac Vu showed off their culinary skills at Como Park's open house. They welcomed incoming freshman and their families and served up a healthy snack.

Kids in Need Foundation at Benjamin E. Mays

Superintendent Joe Gothard leads a math game with pre-kindergarten students at Benjamin E. Mays IB World School. Dr. Gothard also participated in an event recognizing a grant from the PNC Foundation that helps the Kids in Need Foundation to provide math kits to SPPS classrooms. Principal Kirk Morris is pictured with Dr. Gothard in the bottom left photo.