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School/Program advisory Groups

Family involvement is the heart of student achievement. Research overwhelmingly shows that family involvement is positively related to student achievement and success. Below are the ways you can be involved at the school level.

Parent-Teacher Associations

Families can learn more about our elementary school Parent-Teacher Associations on their websites below.
Lincoln Center PTA
Kaposia PTA


Early Learning Advisory Council (ELAC)

The SSP Early Learning Advisory Council is made up of early learning/ECFE parents, staff, and community members. ELAC to supports Early Learning programs through program planning, development and support, public relations, outreach activities, volunteer efforts, and fundraising. If you are interested in volunteering for ELAC, contact Lu Campbell, Early Learning Administrative Assistant at (651) 306-3642 or lcampbell@sspps.org.
Learn more about ELAC


Middle School Advisory Council

Middle School families are invited to join the Middle School Advisory Council. This council's purpose is to provide feedback and help address concerns or questions at the Middle School level. If you are interested in joining or attending meetings, contact Leah Bourg, Middle School Principal at (651) 306-3659 or lbourg@sspps.org.


IB Advisory Group

The IB Advisory Group is for families with student pursuing an IB Diploma or taking IB Courses in 11th or 12th grade. Families can learn more about the program and help guide some of the work and planning that goes into it. If you are interested in joining, contact Conrad Anderson, IB Diploma Program Coordinator at (651) 457-9454 or canderson@sspps.org

District Advisory Groups

Family involvement is the heart of student achievement. Research overwhelmingly shows that family involvement is positively related to student achievement and success. Below are the ways you can be involved on a district level.

Community Education Advisory Council

The Community Education Advisory Council is made up of SSP families and community members who are interested in helping guide the programming at Central Square offered through SSPPS Community Education. If you are interested in joining, contact Jeanne Zehnder, Director of Community Education and Early Learning, at (651) 306-3634 or jzehnder@sspps.org.


Special Education Parent Advisory

The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) is made up of families with students in SSPPS Special Education. It's members work to make a different in the lives and outcomes of students with disabilities. Contact Candace Burckhardt, Director of Student Services cburckhardt@sspps.org or call 651-552-5594.
Learn more about the SpEd Parent Advisory Council


TriDistrict Community Education Advisory Council

The TriDistrict Community Education Advisory Council is for community members in South St. Paul, Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul. The council provides guidance and input on community education programming and opportunities offer through TriDistrict. If you are interested in volunteering, Contact Jeanne Zehnder, Director of Community Education and Early Learning at (651) 306-3634 or jzehnder@sspps.org.


Family Academic Advisory

SSPPS is looking for families to join the academic advisory committee for families to support and provide guidance around academic programming and grant requirements. As highlighted in the Pathway to Packer Promise, SSPPS is currently exploring new academic curriculum to replace the International Baccalaureate Primary Years and Middle Years Programs. The Family Academic Advisory Group will help SSPPS leaders with the sunrise of new curriculum and provide consistent feedback and support as it is implemented. If you are interested in joining, contact Amy Winter, Executive Director of Educational Services amy.winter@sspps.org.


SSPPS Calendar Committee

The Calendar Committee works with the Educational Services Department to help develop the district calendar each school year. If you are interested in serving on the Calendar Committee, reach out to your student's building principal.


Technology Committee

The purpose of the South St. Paul Public Schools District Technology Committee is to establish a bridge of communication between key stakeholder groups and the IT Department, in order to collaboratively produce the district's technology plans and procedures. This committee will be on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the High School Media Center Classroom. (10/10, 11/14, 12/12, 1/9, 2/13, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14)

The goals of this committee are to:

  • Gather feedback to help inform a long-term District Technology Plan that establishes sustainable and elevated standards of instructional technology integration.

  • Continually examine and explore EdTech-related procedures as they address instructional needs.

  • Meet monthly to collaborate on determining the current and future technology needs of the district.

  • Provide feedback on recommendations and initiatives proposed by the Director of Technology to address district needs.

  • Encourage and support innovative technology use and practices.

  • Assess the technology needs and concerns of staff, students, and parents.to communicate technology "wishes" to potential funding entities.

  • Utilize research-based information in all work related to instructional technology

If you are interested in joining the Technology Committee, contact Tina Moses, Director of Technology at tmoses@sspps.org.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

There are many ways our families and community members can help our schools through volunteering. Below are some of the ways we rely on our community to help our schools and staff out.

Elementary Classroom Helper

SSPPS elementary teachers and school staff are always looking for family and community volunteers to help in various ways around the school. Opportunities to help in classrooms with students and behind the scenes. All volunteers must submit a background check to the school they wish to volunteer at. You can call the school you are interested in helping at or stop in to fill out a form to submit a background check.

Lincoln Center Elementary: (651) 457-9426
Kaposia Education Center: (651) 451-9260


Read Across South St. Paul

Read Across South St. Paul is a partnership between South St. Paul Public Schools and the City of South St. Paul. Family and community volunteers spend about 30 minutes each month reading books provided to our elementary classrooms. For additional information or to sign up to be part of the Read Across South St. Paul crew, contact Deb Griffith, Community Affairs Liaison for the City of South St. Paul at deb.griffith@southstpaul.org or at 651-554-3230.


Adult Education Tutors

We are currently looking for family and community volunteers to help with both the Adult Education (ABE) program and the English Language Learning (ELL) program. Days and times are very flexible. To become a volunteer you must complete the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) course in ABE or ELL. MLC phone number is (651) 645-2277 or online at mnliteracy.org. Once you receive your certificate from MLC, you will need to fill out a volunteer application at: communityed.sspps.org/programs/ae.