Special District 6 | District eNewsletter
November 15, 2018

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District seeks input from families of current, future and former students in upcoming telephone survey

What courses and experiences do students need to be successful in a global world? How should South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) use its limited resources to maximize student learning? What kinds of programs and offerings are students and parents looking for in their local schools?

To answer these and other strategic planning questions, SSPPS annually reviews various data sources to inform future strategic decisions. Data may come in the form of best practice research around instructional strategies or brain development, from focus groups and study teams, or from casual conversations with students, staff and families. Periodically, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) also conducts surveys and polls in an effort to assess constituent attitudes and beliefs about the operation of the school district.

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Partnership seeks to build “adventurous eaters” through more healthy, homemade school meals

The shift has been gradual, but the move toward more scratch-made foods and healthy options is becoming more common in the cafeterias of South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS). As part of a multi-year effort in partnership with the Minnesota School Food Initiative, the SSPPS’s Nutrition Services Department has focused on creative ways to not only bring healthier meal options to students, but also to help teach students how to make healthier choices that will impact them long-term. As part of this initiative, SSPPS staff are receiving training and resources through a partnership with the Chef Ann Foundation and the Life Time Foundation, which in turn will help SSPPS maximize the nutrition of the food it serves, remove potentially harmful ingredients, and make meals that students love.

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Don't miss out! Keep your contact information updated for  emergency closing notices

The District utilizes BlackBoard Connect 5, a mass communication system capable of sending emergency messaging via phone, cellular phone, email, and text messaging. This system relies on the accuracy of information held within our student information system. To assist in keeping these records accurate, the District recommends all parent(s)/guardian(s) establish ParentVUE accounts to review and maintain current phone, cellular phone, and email records.

Click here for more information on school delay, closing and early release.


Three seniors sign letters of intent

Three South Saint Paul High School student-athletes were honored with a National Letter of Intent Signing Day ceremony. Students were joined by family, friends, and coaches in the High School Stock Exchange as they were recognized for having been offered collegiate athletic scholarships, preferred walk on status or continuing to play at a Division I, Division II or III level. 

  • Jessica Jugovich
  • Clair Lehmann 
  • Tim Smith

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Freshman diver advanced to state tournament

Congratulations to freshman Grace Gerten who has advanced to the 2018 State Diving Tournament!

Family Events

Substance Use and Your Child: Tips, Tricks, and Recent Trends 
November 15, 2018 | 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Alcohol and other drug use can be a difficult topic to discuss with our teens, especially when there are so many mixed messages in the media. This presentation will help you navigate those mixed messages by providing a better understanding of current drug trends and how substances interact with adolescent brain development. It will also provide tips and tools for parents, including what to do if you learn you teen may be using alcohol or other drugs and when to seek treatment.
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SSP Secondary Parent Curriculum & Registration Night
December 5, 2018 | 6:00 p.m.

An opportunity for students in grades 5-12 and their parents to explore course offerings and programming options for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year and review graduation requirements. Click here for more information.

What is The Top Secret Project: Decoding the Mysteries of the Teen Domain 
December 11, 2018  |  6:00 p.m.

The Top Secret Project is a unique traveling exhibit designed to help parents recognize unfamiliar hazards that are often in plain sight. Using a simulated teenager’s bedroom, the interactive exhibit includes hundreds of items that when seen through an educated lens, could be a signal that there is a problem.
Click here for more information.
Upcoming Events

Thursday, November 15
Professionals of Color Career Panel
Grades 6-8 Academic Choir Concert

Monday, November 19
Parents in Action

Tuesday, November 20
Grades 9-12 Academic Choir Concert

Wednesday, November 21
Secondary Food Distribution

November 22-23
No School (district-wide)
District Office closed
Kids' Choice closed

Monday, November 26
Parents in Action
SSP Board Meeting

Tuesday, November 27
Lincoln Center Food Distribution
Grades 6-12 Band Concert

Friday, November 30
Debate Tournament

SSPPS Photo Highlights
 Nov. 2-15

2nd graders designing and replicating their classroom into a mini 3D classroom map. 
Teachers sharing their teaching experiences with their peers.

Students in BPO (Black Pride Organization) and CDLU (Comunidad de Latinos Unidos) had the opportunity to meet Dr. Teresa Taylor, the Executive Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Engagement at St. Mary's University.

4th graders enjoying their morning activity before lessons started.
Students performing music tribute to veterans at Kaposia's Veterans Day Program
Young learners enjoying playtime at their ECFE class

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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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