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May 30, 2019

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Lincoln Center staff and students give Congresswoman Craig a taste of elementary school life
A visitor from Washington, D.C. didn’t phase the students and staff of Lincoln Center elementary on Friday as Second District Congresswoman Angie Craig toured the building and classrooms. While in town for the holiday weekend, Craig wanted to visit an area school that helped highlight some of the legislative issues she is championing in Congress, particularly around funding for school infrastructure improvements and full funding of special education.

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Recipients of 2019 Silver Apple Awards share a deep love of teaching and the SSP students they serve

On May 17, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) students in two different classrooms had some surprise visitors. But the surprise was not just for them, as each teacher — Jessica Splittstoeser, Lincoln Center first grade teacher, and Colleen Volkmann, Kaposia preschool teacher — soon found out when a parade of adults and a photographer walked into the room. The day marked the annual presentation of the South St. Paul Educational Foundation’s (SSPEF) Roxanne Bliss Silver Apple Award, which honors SSPPS teachers and staff who “reach beyond classroom walls” in their support of their students. 

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District plans for summer construction projects including security updates at Secondary and Lincoln Center playground replacement

To many in Minnesota residents, summer is road construction season. It is also when school districts do most of their facility construction and updates. Such is the case in South St. Paul, as the district ramps up for three major construction projects this summer as part of its annual maintenance updates. As part of the district’s long-term facility maintenance plan, Lincoln Center will be getting a new playground, and Kaposia will update its 25-year old boiler system. One of the biggest maintenance projects scheduled for this summer, helped in part from a $500,000 School Safety Grant awarded to SSP Schools from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), is the renovation and relocation of the school’s main office.

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District receives grant for comprehensive arts education planning with goal of increasing access and opportunity to arts programming

South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is one of eight Minnesota school districts chosen as recipients of the 2019-2021 Comprehensive Arts Planning Program provided by the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

Minnesota’s Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) provides assistance to selected public school districts as they design three-year, strategic plans for K-12 arts education programs. CAPP provides financial and technical assistance to support the strategic planning process through workshops, site visits, leadership development, and resource materials.

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SSP students take top honors in statewide poster contest about bicycle safety

In communities across Minnesota, Wednesday, May 8, was celebrated as Bike to School Day. In South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS), the day was to be commemorated as Walk or Bike to School Day, encouraging students and families to walk or take their bicycles to school in a show of community spirit and celebration of active lifestyles. While a rainy morning ended up cancelling the event, two SSPPS students are still celebrating, as their creative expressions of how bicycling makes them feel brought in top honors in the statewide poster contest held in conjunction with the event.

SSPPS congratulates Delaney Norman and Sarah Wincentsen, both eighth-graders at SSP Secondary, for taking first and second place respectively in the grades four through eight division. Both students will receive a Quality Bicycle Products prize pack full of bicycle related gear to “get rolling this summer.” 

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1ST PLACE: Delaney Norman

2ND PLACE: Sarah Wincentsen

Board Highlights

Policy Review

As part of its annual review process, the following district policies had their first reading by the School Board on May 13 and are scheduled for adoption on June 10.

100 Series (School District)

400 Series (Employees/Personnel)

500 Series (Students)

600 Series (Educational Program)

The following district policy had its first reading by the School Board on May 29 and is scheduled for adoption on June 24.

300 Series (Administration)
To review all district policies, please visit the district website.

Family News & Events

Summer programs for all ages

Summer is just around the corner! SSPPS has summer activities and programs for all ages! 

Visit to find out summer programs at each school site.

Summer meal programs

Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), South St. Paul Public Schools is serving summer meals at no cost to all kids age 1- 18 from June 10 through August 16. Meals are served on a first come first serve basis at the following participating sites.

Visit for details on time and locations and explore a list of other summer meal programs around the community. 

Interested in volunteering?

Click here to learn more about how you could volunteer at the summer meal program.

Did you qualify for free and reduced meals this year?

If you qualified for free and reduced meals this school year, your approval letter qualifies you more than just reduced price meals!

The free and reduced approval letter also qualifies you to a number of educational benefits, such as discounted admission to museums, affordable phone/internet services, and other assistance programs.

Click here for a list of educational benefits.

Affordable summer student passes for high school students

South St. Paul Schools is participating in the Metro Transit Summer Student Pass Program this summer to provide affordable summer metro transit passes to students. Students who are enrolled at South St. Paul Secondary and the Community Learning Center in grades 9-12 during the 2018-19 school year can purchase a Summer Student Pass (this also includes seniors who will be graduating in the class of 2019). The passes are $29 and students will get unlimited rides on city buses and light rail trains from June 1 – September 3, between 5 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Students can purchase the passes on the website at by selecting SSP Secondary Building or SSP Community Learning Center, and entering their Student ID number.

Click here for details.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 4
CLC Graduation at Kaposia

Thursday, June 6
High School Graduation at Ettinger Field
Last day of school 

Friday, June 7
No School (district-wide)
Employee Recognition Breakfast

June 7-11
Kids' Choice Closed

Monday, June 10
SSP Board Meeting

Wednesday, June 12
Kids' Choice Summer Program Begins

SSPPS Photo Highlights
May 17-30

Congresswoman Craig meeting students and staff at Lincoln Center. 

5th graders at Kaposia presenting their research at the IB PYP Exhibition to students, teachers and community members.

A group of students in the Students with Unique Needs (S.U.N.) program hosted a lemonade stand where they greeted guests and sold ice cold lemonade drinks.

Middle school students gave 5th graders a tour around the Secondary building to prepare them as they transition to 6th grade in the fall. 

Congratulations to Marisol Gamino for graduating and receiving her GED!
First graders releasing ladybugs outside their classroom. 

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Show Off Your Packer Pride!

You might have seen some Packer Pride signs around our schools and neighborhoods.
If you spot one, take a picture with the sign! 

Share your Packer Pride picture with us using #SSPpride on Facebook,
Instagram and Twitter and we will share your picture!

We look forward to seeing your Packer Pride!

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