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March 7, 2019

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Davis, Olson advance as Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalists

The field of possible candidates for this year’s Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor has been narrowed to 40, including two South St. Paul educators. A selection panel of 23 community leaders identified Jessica Davis and Luke Olson, both math teachers at South St. Paul Secondary, as semifinalists from an initial field of 168 candidates from across the state.

Click here to read more.

Superintendent Webb continues to advocate for unfair school tax system

On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Webb testified at the legislature to fix this problem to level the funding playing field across school districts and provide tax relief in low property wealth districts like South St. Paul. South St. Paul residents should not have to pay 2-3 times more in local property taxes to raise the same amount of school revenue as residents of another district.
Learn more about the unfair tax system at

SSP School Board gives go-ahead for installation of solar panels

At their meeting on Jan. 28, the South St. Paul School Board approved entering into an agreement to install solar panels at Kaposia Elementary. The action is the culmination of nearly a year of research and negotiation to assess the viability and sustainability of such a project.

In April 2018, the South St. Paul School Board approved a non-binding letter of intent to work with the State of Minnesota, Department of Administration – Office of Enterprise Sustainability (OES) to share information, evaluate potential options, and perform site visits on the subject of installing solar panels in the district. Through this process, the district identified Kaposia Education Center as a potential site of solar panels, given the age and structure of the building.

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Six individuals qualified for State in Wrestling

Congratulations to the Packer Wrestling team at the Individual State Qualifier meet. All individuals earned medals and six individuals qualified for State.

  • Section Champions: Maxx Beeler and Gavin Christoffersen
  • Section Runner Ups: Will Nihart, Roman Cortez, Maverick Whitethorn, and Jarod Stroud
  • Individuals earning Academic All-Section honors: Will Nihart, Maverick Whitethorn, James Johnson, Kaleb Barnes, Gavin Christoffersen, and Jarod Stroud.

Congratulations to Gavin Christoffersen in finishing 3rd place at the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament!

Thank you paraprofessionals!

March 4-8 is Paraprofessional Recognition Week! We want to thank all paraprofessionals at South St. Paul Public Schools for their dedication and support.

We are fortunate to have amazing paraprofessionals in this District who do great things for our students each and every day. The support and services they provide are essential to improving student achievement and ensuring educational success.

School Board approves second makeup day for students on Friday, April 19

At their meeting on Feb. 25, the South St. Paul School Board voted unanimously to approve another change to the 2018-19 school year calendar. The action shifts what was previously a parent-teacher conference day/professional day on Friday, April 19 to a student day. The change was recommended by district administration after an additional school cancellation on Feb. 20.

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Mindfulness helps students manage their behavior so they can focus on learning

It seems to be everywhere. Magazine covers, news stories, health clubs - everyone seems to be touting the benefits of mindfulness. So when a group of South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) teachers came together last summer to learn about ways to incorporate mindfulness and yoga into their classroom, some were skeptical, worried that it was just another fad.

But, like the volumes of research that support mindfulness for everything from better health to increased productivity at work, many SSPPS teachers are finding success with the strategies and applications they learned at the “Mindfulness, Movement and Socio-Emotional Learning” workshop in August.

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Boys' Swimming team placed at Section and advanced to State

Congratulations to the Packer Boys' Swimming team for placing 3rd at the Section meet. 

The following placed top three in Section and advanced to the State tournament:

  • Medley Relay: Steven Ikens, John Deneen, Josh Rowan, and Casey Oeffling
  • 400 Freestyle Relay: Teddy Rossow, Sam LeMay, Joe Schloesser-Schadegg, and Steven Ikens
  • 200 Freestyle Relay: John Deneen, Joe Schloesser-Schadegg, Josh Rowan, and Casey Oeffling
  • 200 Individual Medley: Josh Rowan
  • 100 breaststroke: John Deneen

Board Highlights

In an effort to keep SSPPS staff, families and community informed about the work of the South St. Paul School Board, we’ve included key actions and discussions below. All meeting agendas and materials are available online at

The 2019-20 budget proposal will be presented for a first reading at the School Board Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, March 11. The Board is scheduled to take action on the proposal at their regular meeting on March 25. Additional information will be shared with staff, parents and community members after the meeting on March 11.

On Feb. 25 the School Board reviewed the proposed 2019-20 calendar. Of special note is the shift to localized development of parent-teacher conferences at the site level. The Board is scheduled to approve the proposed calendar on March 11.
Recently updated district policies: District policies are available at

Family News & Events

Kids' Choice non-school days during Spring Break

The South St. Paul Kids' Choice program is providing school-age care for students during spring break. Students will be participating in fun field trips and activities throughout the week.
Click here for more information.

Sign up at or call Amy at (651) 306-3631.

Certified Babysitter’s Training
(Ages 11 and up)

This course is designed to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. Youth will learn skills in four core areas: leadership and professionalism, safety, basic care for infants and children and first aid. Participants will receive their Babysitter’s Training Certification and Babysitter’s Handbook. Please bring a nut-free bag lunch.
Instructor: Deb Gutzman
Friday, March 15             
9-2:30 p.m.
Central Square CC

Click here to register.

Partnership for a Safe and Supportive SSP

In an effort to engage the community in ways to make SSP a more safe and supportive community for all students, the district is hosting a series of community conversations and activities to listen to concerns from stakeholders (students, parents, staff and community), share updates on district efforts, and explore opportunities for partnering with families and community resources. The first conversation with parents was held Feb. 27 (see meeting notes and documentation). Additional conversations with staff and students are being planned for March at district schools.

Visit for updates.

Insane Slime with Kidcreate Studio (5-12 years)  

Sign up early for this popular class! It’s silly and slimy and insanely fun. Messy Time is one of our most popular activities, and that’s exactly what we’ll be doing all class long! We’ll get silly with silly putty, messy with muck and so much more! This is going to be a messy one, so please dress your child appropriately.

Wednesday, March 20                      
3:40-4:40 p.m.
Kaposia Education Center
Wednesday, March 27                      
3-4 p.m.
Lincoln Center Elementary
Click here to register.

Upcoming Events

March 7-15
Non-School Days (spring break)
Kids' Choice Non-School Days

Monday, March 11
SSP Board Meeting

Monday, March 18
Kids' Choice Summer Program Registration Opens
American Indian Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 21
Kaposia Food Distribution

SSPPS Photo Highlights
Feb. 21 - March 6

6th graders participated in BizTown, an economic and civic simulation where students are tasked with operating a successful business. Students filled out job application materials and completed an interview to be placed in their jobs.
3rd graders are exploring the IB PYP Unit on Our City. Students are learning about goods and services, producers and consumers, income, spending and saving money. 
4th grader Claire entered Lincoln Center into a contest to win an author visit and Lincoln Center won! Students got to meet Minnesota author Mary Bleckwehl.
Kindergarten at South St. Paul celebrated 100 Days of Kindergarten!
Students in Ms. Mattson's FACS class putting finishing touches on their cupcakes to be judged by teachers.
10th grader Thomas showing Ms. Engh his favorite pizza toppings.

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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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