New handbooks aim to streamline policies and procedures for SSP students and families
In an effort to help streamline communications and bring clarity to policies and procedures, the South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) has overhauled its annual handbooks for students and families. The goal of the new suite of handbooks is to provide consistent district-wide information in an easy to read format, while also fulfilling annual legal notification requirements.
Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook
The Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for all SSPPS students in grades K-12 is designed to provide a consistent district-wide publication for information regarding student expectations. In particular, the handbook focuses on issues of discipline, bullying, hazing, harassment and violence. The handbook serves as a resource for students and families in understanding district policies and expectations as well as their alignment with district procedures.
SSPPS Family Handbook
The Family Handbook provides a consistent, district-wide back to school communication that satisfies annual notification requirements and serves as a way to better market district programs and services.
South St. Paul adds seven International Baccalaureate Diploma Graduates to global roster of IB-DP alumni
South St. Paul Public Schools congratulates seven recent graduates who join over 169,000 IB Diploma Programme (IB-DP) students worldwide in earning their IB Diploma and demonstrating the knowledge, skills and determination to address the world's greatest challenges.
“We excitedly congratulate this year’s South St. Paul IB Diploma Programme graduates,” said Superintendent Dave Webb. “Earning the IB Diploma is an extremely rigorous process. They are to be commended for their commitment, drive and passion for learning.”
To earn the IB Diploma, SSP candidates take challenging courses and assessments during their junior and senior years, complete the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) course, and complete a 4,000 word extended essay in a subject of their choice. In addition, students document 18 months of Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) activities. Students that complete all such requirements and meet minimum IB exam scores are awarded the IB Diploma in addition to their SSP Secondary diploma.
Congratulations to the South St. Paul IB Diploma recipients:
NEW THIS FALL! FREE After School Super Snack Program
Offered daily (Monday through Friday) from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in SSP Secondary Cafeteria
Feeling hungry after a full day of learning? Starting this fall, SSPPS will be serving delicious super snacks in the Secondary building cafeteria every day, right after the last bell rings. Snacks are FREE for ALL SSPPS students. Students can head to the cafeteria before leaving school or on their way to their next activity. They’ll get the healthy food they need to power their afternoon hours and activities and come back ready to learn the next day.
Funded by the USDA, the After School Super Snack program is a federal child nutrition program designed to provide kids and teens ages 18 and under with free, healthy snacks when the school day ends. South St. Paul Public Schools will be hosting the After School Super Snack program at South St. Paul Secondary during the school year. This is a FREE program open to all children ages 1-18. No income guidelines or registration required.
e-Learning/flexible learning days plan in case of emergency school closing
During the 2018-19 school year, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) experienced seven emergency closings, six due to extreme weather. These lost days represented approximately four percent of the learning year for SSPPS students, a significant interruption and shortening of the learning year. In addition, the school cancellations required the district to make up lost days in order to preserve state funding, as some of grade levels dipped below the mandated required number of contact hours.
To help prevent the same from happening in the future, the district developed an E-Learning/Flexible Learning Days plan to help provide for continuity of learning for all K-12 students on closing days. The components of the plan meet state requirements allowing districts to count up to five weather closing days as school days for funding purposes for grades 6-12. The SSP School Board approved the plan on Aug. 26.
New technologies streamline parent/guardian access to student information
Over the summer, the school district implemented two new technology tools designed to allow better utilization of student information and better access to digital learning tools and other classroom resources.
BOTH COMING SOON! Infinite Campus is our new student information system, parent portal and student portal, replacing Synergy, ParentVUE and StudentVUE.
Schoology is the district’s new learning management system for grades 6-12, replacing Moodle. We selected Schoology for its K-12 focus, collaboration and learning tools, and parent connections.
We plan to make these tools available to parents by the end of September. Stay tuned for an invitation to set up your portal account.
ParentVUE is no longer available. If you need to access student schedules, please contact the school office.
Back to School Safety Tips
Your child should arrive at the bus stop at least 5 minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Teach them to play it SAFE:
Stay five steps away from the curb.
Always wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and the bus driver tells you to board.
Face forward after finding a seat on the bus.
Exit the bus when it stops and look left-right-left for cars before crossing a street.
Walking to school is great exercise, but children under 10 years old should be accompanied by an adult or with someone who will make sure they walk safely. If you’re walking:
Use the sidewalk whenever possible, and if there isn’t a sidewalk, walk on the edge of the street facing traffic.
Whenever they are available, use marked crosswalks to cross the street, and look left-right-left for vehicles or bikes before crossing.
Make sure you never play, push or shove others when you walk around traffic.
Everyone should watch the road, not their phones.
Riding your bike can be a fun and quick way to get to school. Be sure to do these simple things to keep your bike ride safe:
Always wear a correctly fitted helmet, and securely fasten the chin strap.
Ride in the same direction as traffic, and follow traffic signs and signals.
Stay in the bike lane whenever possible.
Never use electronics while riding – they are distracting.
For some teens, back to school also means the new-found freedom of driving. You should keep these things in mind when driving to school:
The car shouldn’t move until everyone is buckled up.
Follow the speed limit.
Stay focused. In 2017, 297 people died in crashes that involved distracted teen (15- to 19-year-old) drivers.
Remember that the phone stays down when you’re driving. Make it a habit to put your phone in the glove compartment or other inaccessible location, to reduce temptation to check notifications or texts.
Reduce distraction by limiting the number of additional passengers. If you do have others in the car with you, keep your eyes and your mind on the road.
You may need to add more time to your commute, because when buses stop to pick up students, other drivers need to stop, too.
Yellow flashing lights mean slow down — don’t speed up — because the bus is preparing to stop. There are likely students waiting to get on the bus or parents waiting nearby to pick up children.
Red flashing lights mean stop — and wait at least 20 feet behind the bus — because children are getting on or off the school bus. Stay stopped until the red lights stop flashing, the extended stop-arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving.
Even when lights aren’t flashing, watch for children, particularly in the morning or mid-afternoon, around school arrival and dismissal times. Be alert as you back out of a driveway, or drive through a neighborhood, school zone or bus stop.
Let this school year be a safe one for everyone. Stay alert, whether you’re a driver, walker, bicyclist, bus rider, or parent.
Community Education Programs
South St. Paul Community Education provides quality lifelong learning opportunities for every member of our community. Programs include school-age care, youth enrichment, adult enrichment, Adult Basic Education, older adult and Access Project adults with disabilities.
Parent involvement is the heart of the student achievement. Research overwhelmingly shows that parent involvement is positively related to student achievement and success. The more parents are involved, the greater the achievement effects.
The South St. Paul Educational Foundation is hosting its 32nd annual 5K Run/Walk fundraiser on Wednesday, September 18 at 4 p.m.
The walkathon is great way for our students, teachers, friends and family to raise teacher/coach directed funds for our classrooms. Participants will be asking for pledges to support their classrooms/activities and the foundation. Last year, students, staff and families helped raised over $30,000 to support our students and classroom needs!
Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. The South St Paul Educational Foundation will be serving FREE hotdog for all. Hope to see you there!