Board approves 2019-20 budget recommendations, adds counselors, special education teachers and student support
At its meeting on March 25, the South St. Paul (SSP) School Board approved administration's recommendations for redesigning the 2019-20 budget to better meet the academic, social-emotional and behavioral needs of SSP students. Included in the recommendation were the addition of three more school counselors, an additional cultural liaison at the Secondary, additional special education teachers for autism, behavioral education and work experience programs, and a redesign of the district’s intervention services program through a framework called Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).
“We are excited about this budget and the ability to begin redesigning how we do school to better meet the needs of each and every learner in South St. Paul,” said Superintendent Dave Webb. “We know that we have to do more to personalize learning, and we know that we need to provide more social-emotional and behavior support in our schools to ensure a safe and supportive learning environment for everyone. By personalizing learning, advancing the MTSS framework, and strengthening our focus on a quality IB education for all kids, we are better able to prepare each student for their next step.”
The District is hosting a series of community conversations to help the district move forward with improvements that will positively impact students and families. The next parent conversation for Spanish-speaking families will be held on Thursday, April 11.
The district is looking at holding similar engagements with SSP students and staff in the near future in an effort to bring together all partners as we look to build a more safe and supportive SSP.
This is a FREE event for middle school youth to learn simple money management tips and tricks to prepare them for the real world. Whether they are managing their allowance or just got their first part-time job, this course is a perfect to start to anyone wanting to learn more about managing money.
Are you a SSP graduate? The foundation needs your contact info!
The South St. Paul Educational Foundation recently lost its donor database during an update to the district’s server. The database contains all donor contact information and it was not able to be recovered after several attempts by the district’s IT staff and Microsoft.
The Foundation wants to reconnect with each of you to confirm your contact information. To re-send your contact information, please update your contact details here. This will go a long way to get the database back up and running smoothly again.
If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation at (651) 457- 9486, or stop by the office at 521 Marie Ave.
Angst Film Screening
Dakota County is hosting a free screening of the documentary Angst, a film that explores anxiety, its causes, effects and what we can do about it. The filmmaker’s goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who have had experienced anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.
The event will include the screening of the documentary, a local mental health panel discussion, and a resource fair including a variety of local services and support organizations for youth and adults.
Monday, April 15
South St. Paul Secondary Auditorium
SSP High School Theatre is proud to present Midsummer 2019, their version of William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Heroic figures from Greek mythology, young lovers from a Roman comedy, mystical creatures from English folklore, and working class thespians putting on a community theatre version of Romeo and Juliet all meet in the woods - and craziness ensues!
April 11, 12, and 13 at 7:00 p.m.
April 14 at 2:00 p.m.
SSP High School Auditorium
Advance, reserved-seat tickets are $7 for students, $9 for adults, and FREE for seniors (60 and over). Tickets are also available at the door for $1 more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.showtix4u.com, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (651) 457-9430.