Jessica Davis, math teacher at South St. Paul Secondary, is the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Davis is the 55th recipient of the prestigious award, and the first from the South St. Paul district.
The Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor is the “oldest and most prestigious recognition program in Minnesota to honor excellence in education,” Education Minnesota’s website says. The winner of the honor will represent the profession and serve as an advocate for education and spokesperson for teachers by making presentations, meeting with policymakers and attending meetings.
SSP Secondary again named to national “Best High Schools” list by U.S. News and World Report
Once again, South St. Paul Secondary School has been honored and ranked in the top 25 percent of more than 17,000 eligible high schools from across the country, according to the U.S. News and World Report recent rankings. SSP Secondary was included in the top 100 high schools in Minnesota, ranking 78th out of 853 Minnesota high schools.
John Deneen, junior at South St. Paul Secondary, earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test.
Deneen took his first ACT test after his freshman year as a test run and scored 35 out of 36. “I decided to take it again to try to get 36, but didn’t really expect it,” Deneen shared. “I was literally jumping up and down with excitement.”
South St. Paul Educational Foundation provides nearly a half-million in scholarships to the Class of 2019
On Wednesday, May 8, the South St. Paul Educational Foundation (SSPEF) held its annual Scholarship Banquet at the Secondary building. This year, a total of $441,600 scholarships were awarded to 143 seniors, amounting to over 70 percent of the Class of 2019 receiving a local scholarship.
District earns state financial reporting award for 7th year in a row
For the seventh straight year, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) has received a School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Division of Finance. The award recognizes schools that meet statutory deadlines for submission of audited fiscal financial data and reporting criteria.
The Board discussed parameters for the development of the 2020-21 school year calendar.
Quality in Action presentation: The Board received a presentation from district special education staff, teachers, parents and students involved with the Students with Unique Needs (SUN) program.
Among the Board’s action on May 13, the School Board approved:
SNOW DAY RELIEF - A resolution allowing the district to count the school cancellation on April 11 as an instructional day, as permissible under the state’s recently approved Snow Day Relief Bill.
NEW TEACHER LAPTOPS - The purchase through a lease agreement for new teacher laptops. Half of the district’s current inventory is five years old, but the lease agreement will allow the district to replace all teacher laptops and allow for more compatibility among teacher devices, and spread payments over the five year lease period. The project will provide new mobile devices with wireless projection capability for all district teachers, supporting the district’s efforts in better personalization of learning. Current devices that are less than five years old will be refurbished and redeployed for other uses throughout the district.
BOILER REPLACEMENT (Kaposia) - The purchase of a new boiler system at Kaposia, replacing one that is 25 years old. The new system will be more reliable and be 15-20% more efficient in the consumption of natural gas.
GRADUATION IDENTITY SASH PILOT PROGRAM - The approval of a pilot program for the Class of 2019, allowing students to wear school-approved sashes with cultural, ethnic or personal adornments in alignment with the approved procedures. The sashes are in addition to academic adornments and regalia already approved by the district. Administration will review the pilot this summer and make a recommendation in the fall for the Class of 2020 and beyond. The Board concurred that the pilot program, crafted in partnership with students, is inclusive of the diverse student population, and equitably celebrates the accomplishments of all graduates.
As part of its annual review process, the following district policies had their first reading by the School Board on May 13. They are scheduled for adoption on June 10. To review all district policies, please visit the district website.
South St. Paul Public Schools created a strategic plan in 2015 with a mission to ignite a passion in every learner to inquire, continuously improve and engage in positively changing our world. With support from the community, the district also successfully passed a levy referendum in 2017 that helped achieve our goals.
In this video, the district provides the latest update from 2018-19 on the current strategic plan based on five categories: kindergarten readiness, International Baccalaureate (IB), personalized learning, whole child focus, district partnerships and building relationships.
You are invited to join our next SSP Schools Parent Community Conversation on Monday, May 20 at 7 p.m. at South St. Paul Secondary.
The purpose of this session is to continue the conversations we have been having the last many month, and to help the district move forward with improvements that will positively impact students and families.
This session will be facilitated in a restorative practices conversation format designed to ensure the involvement of all voices in the room. Participants will be invited to help us grow and restore relationships between school and community and each other, which will help us to improve the climate of SSP Schools.
You will learn how to care for an unresponsive person and will be certified for 2 years in Basic Adult/Child & Infant CPR and AED. You will be taught how to help a choking victim, how to recognize if there is a problem and gain confidence in your skills. This class does NOT have a written test.
This class is geared to help students to learn about safety at home, including fire safety and some 1st Aid; safety online, including risks in gaming and cyber security, cyber bullying; safety in the community, including what to do during bad weather, how to avoid abduction and what to do if approached by an aggressive dog.
New Class! Work on a stop-motion animated POKEMON movie. Pick your favorite characters to star in your mini-movie; the possibilities are endless. Action figures, props, and backdrops will be available for filming in class. Handle all the technical details including using a digital movie camera, filming scenes, doing stop-motion animation, digital editing, and adding finishing touches, special effects, and transitions to the movie. Students’ groups' final projects will be emailed to parents, or students may bring a USB jump drive the last day. Instructor: Tech Academy
SSPPS is looking for volunteers for the Summer Meals Program! Volunteers will be helping with serving food, simple food preparation, cleaning up, counting inventory and making the meal a positive experience for students.
The Summer Meals Program is a partnership between Neighbors Inc., United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and South St. Paul Public Schools.
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 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.