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students eating lunch

This summer, South St. Paul Public Schools is partnering with The Open Door again to serve more students free meals in our community. The Open Door picks up meals and brings them to designated spots in the community and serves kids, ages 18 and under, where they are.

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2024 Summer SixTimes

Inside this SixTimes- New curriculum, services, and class choices are planned for next school year. Read about the exciting new opportunities.

TriDistrict CAPS 2024 Spring Showcase

After completing their internships, students in the TriDistrict Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program presented at the TriDistrict CAPS Spring Showcase.

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Middle School WEB Leader Retreat

8th grade WEB leaders welcomed in the 7th graders who will be taking over as WEB leaders next school year at their end of the year day long retreat.

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Packer Pathways- Academic Strategic Plan

SSPPS is excited to announce the Packer Pathways- Academic Strategic Plan beginning the 2025-26 school year. Through the Pathway to Packer Promise our goal is to ignite a passion in every learner to inquire, continuously improve, and engage in positively changing our world.

Reinventing School Lunch

School lunch have changed over the years and with new legislation, more and more students are eating school hot lunch. This led the Nutrition Services team to get creative with the meals they are serving and have launched new ways for students and staff to offer feedback and suggestions.

healthy food

The Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (S-EBT) program provides families with eligible school-aged children $40 per month per child (up to $120 maximum) during the summer to purchase healthy foods using EBT card.

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students with ninja warrior dedication recipient

Students at Kaposia Education Center are fighting cancer like a ninja warrior. They are using their ninja equipment to raise money for community members in our school district who have had their lives impacted by cancer.

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4th grader at long jump

Every year all students in 4th and 5th grades, at both Lincoln and Kaposia, compete in running and field events. View photos from this year's event.

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TriDistrict CAPS Students Pack Naloxone Kits for Local Business

TriDistrict CAPS students packed more than 1,000 Naloxone kits for Amethyst Recovery Solutions. TriDistrict CAPS partnered with Amethyst to give Business students a chance to learn how the entrepreneurial group was created and give Healthcare students a look at a different side of healthcare.

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SSP Ed Foundation Scholarship Banquet

Congratulations to the 2024 graduating seniors who received scholarships from the South St. Paul Educational Foundation. This year the foundation gave out 140 scholarships totaling $477,250.00.

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Spring Signing Day

Congratulations to the 16 SSP graduating seniors who signed their commitment letter to play their sport at the collegiate level.

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May Community Ed Events

Here's a look at what's happening at Central Square and through SSP Community Education in May.

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picture of the silver apple award

Congratulations to this year's South St. Paul Educational Foundation Silver Apple Award winners! Students are invited to nominate a South St. Paul Schools staff member as someone who has made a positive impact on their life.

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Yahir with winning photo

Students at the Community Learning Center (CLC) visit the Minnesota Zoo in March as part of an Interdisciplinary Unity. While there they took and submitted photos to be voted the best MN Zoo photo.

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SSP Secondary

SSPPS invites interested staff, parents/guardians, and community members to be a part of the District’s 2024 Facilities Task Force to help build short and long-term plans that support the needs and goals for maintaining the District's facilities.

Silver Apple Trophy

Nominations are open for the Roxanne Bliss Silver Apple Award. Any South St. Paul student, group, or class may nominate a currently employed teacher or staff member for this year's award.

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High School Youth Ambassadors

Three high school students are representing South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) as Youth Equity Ambassadors. Youth Ambassadors is a collaboration between South St. Paul and two other school districts. Students meet once per month to share about their family and culture.

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2024 Athena Award Winner

Congratulations Annie F. for being named the 2024 Athena Award Recipient for South St. Paul Secondary School.

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Middle School VocalEssence

The SSP Middle School introduced the WITNESS Program by VocalEssence this school year as a way to promote community, connectedness, and inclusion. The free program fosters equity and celebrates Black History Month through music.

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SSP Job Fair- March 20

The City of South St. Paul and South St. Paul Public Schools are hosting a job fair to connect you with employment opportunities in SSP. Anyone ages 16+ is invited to attend and learn more about a variety of positions available in our city.

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Summer Learning Programs

South St. Paul Public Schools has summer learning opportunities for all ages. Whether your student is going into a new school or you want to keep their brain stimulated during the summer months, there’s a learning opportunity for your student.

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month, an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. See how we are recognizing the month throughout South St. Paul Schools.

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Triple "A" Award Winners

Congratulations to the two South St. Paul High School Seniors who earned this year's "Triple A Award."  Dionna U.L. and Justin Y.

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SSPPS All-State School Board Winner

Congratulations to SSPPS School Board Member, Wendy Felton, for being named to the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA) 2024 All-State School Board.

Students Run Simulated City for a Day

Sixth Grade students had the chance to run their own community for a day with the annual trip to BizTown. Students learn what it takes to run a successful business, to manage their own money, and work as a team

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Kindergarten Registration Night- January 23

Kindergarten Registration Night is coming up. Families can register their student on-site, ask questions, and learn more about the school, administrators, and teachers. Bring your kindergartener to see the classrooms, meet their future teachers, and play with friends.

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Students Share Their Views

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring a meaningful and holistic educational experience for our students, staff spent a day interviewing groups of middle and high school students.

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Sunrise of New SSPPS Curriculum

SSPPS is currently working on the exploration of new academic programming as we sunset the district's International Baccalaureate Primary and Middle Years Programs (PYP/MYP) at the end of this school year. 

Community Ed 100 Mile Swim Challenge

SSP Community Ed Aquatics  at Central Square is hosting a 100 mile lap swim challenge. Record your swim miles to earn a bragging rights t-shirt for 2024!

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SSP Student Earns National Full-Ride Scholarship

Congratulations to South St. Paul High School Senior, Brody S., for earning a four-year, full-ride scholarship to Boston College through the Questbridge National College Match scholarship program.

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Fall 2023 SixTimes Newsletter

This year brought new and exciting changes to South St. Paul Public Schools. We heard our students, staff, and families when they told us what their Desired Daily Experiences are. Inside this SixTimes is a look at some of the ways we are enhancing students’ experiences and building future leaders.

Kim Humann Elected to SSPPS School Board

Congratulations to Kim Humann on her successful election to the South St. Paul School Board. Kim will be sworn in at the November 13 School Board meeting. Her term will expire in January of 2027.

National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month in the United States. This month holds profound significance as it celebrates the rich history and enduring contributions of Native Americans to the state and the nation. Read more about Native American Heritage Month.

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We are excited to welcome Courtney Renville Soto to South St. Paul Public Schools as the Native American Liaison to our school district. Courtney believes that education is a powerful tool for empowering Native American youth to embrace her heritage while achieving academic success. Read more about Courtney here.

students in SSAC meeting

The South St. Paul Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) is a unique opportunity for Superintendent Zambreno to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse team of student voices from each of our schools.

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Academic Gold Awards

Congratulations to the students who received Academic Honor Awards. Academic awards are given to South St. Paul students in recognition of their achievement while attending South St. Paul High School Academic awards are based on a one year cumulative grade point average (GPA).

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SSP Community Baby Shower

Parents, expectant parents, guardians, grandparents and babies up to one year old are invited to the South St. Paul Community Baby Shower!

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October is Stomp Out Bullying Month

In South St. Paul Public Schools, we recognize the month of October as a way to stomp out bullying. Read why this month is important and what our students are learning about bullying prevention.

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2023 South St. Paul High School Homecoming Court

Congratulations to the 2023 South St. Paul High School Homecoming Court and Ambassadors! On Monday, September 25, four ambassadors were crowned in the annual Coronation Ceremony at the South St. Paul High School Auditorium.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. At South St. Paul Public Schools our students are celebrating the ways Hispanic Americans have impacted our country.

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SSP Packers Represented at the State Fair

South St. Paul students and teachers represented our district through STEM at the Minnesota State Fair. In art, more than two dozen South St. Paul student art pieces were submitted. In science, Kaposia's Solar for Schools curriculum was on display with a mini solar oven demonstration.

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Parent portal update contact information

South St. Paul Public Schools uses digital communications to get important information to our families, students, and community. It's important each year that families check their Infinite Campus account to ensure their contact information is updated and correct. Find directions here.

child with bandaid on arm

Dakota County Public Health is bringing their mobile vaccine clinic to Kaposia Education Center, July 19. No appointment needed, just walk-in and request vaccinations. All vaccines are free.

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Screenshot of the Sixtimes cover

The Spring 2023 Sixtimes is out. Inside this edition: Pathway to Packer Promise, School Counselors Help Student with Academic Success, and Elevating Student Voices. También puedes leerlo en español aquí.

CAPS Showcase

After completing their internships, students in the TriDistrict Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) program presented at the TriDistrict CAPS Spring Showcase.

School Counselors Support Students’ Mental Health

Whether a student is in grade school or their senior year of high school, good mental health is just as important as general health for academic success. Read more about how SSPPS Licensed School Counselors help students maintain good mental health.

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students in SSAC meeting

The South St. Paul Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council (SSAC) is a unique opportunity for Superintendent Zambreno to engage in meaningful dialogue with a diverse team of student voices from each of our schools.

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Renata and Luis

The SSPPS School Board and district leaders have made it a priority to increase opportunities to include student voices in their work. Starting next school year, two 12th grade students have been invited to join the school board as student representatives.

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picture of a meal

South St. Paul Public Schools is partnering with The Open Door to serve free meals to kids throughout our community this summer.

student getting ready to run

Every year all students in 4th and 5th grades, at both Lincoln and Kaposia, compete in running and field events. View photos from this year's event.

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Science Museum of MN at Lincoln Center

The Science Museum of Minnesota brough two traveling learning experiences to Lincoln Center. Students in grades 3-5 learned about the wonders of engineering and K-2 graders learned about dinosaurs.

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students holding awards

The Dakota County Public Health Department recognized a group of TriDistrict Healthcare Careers students for their effort to increase the number of students with lifesaving skills. The students received a Public Health Achievement Honorable Mention Award, including a SSP High School student.

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MN Faceoff for Fitness

The Minnesota Wild Faceoff For Fitness Program came to Kaposia for an all-school assembly focusing on physical fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

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student on ninja warrior course

5th grade students are honoring their friend who passed away from cancer by dedicating a new Kaposia ninja warrior course to him. They are using the Ninja Warrior equipment to give back to cancer causes and help others fighting cancer.

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varsity letter winners

Congratulations to the Class of 2023 Athletic and Activity participants who were honored at this year’s 76th Annual Activities Awards Ceremony. 92 senior students have earned a varsity letter this year.

Students in women's society

Students in Women’s Society saw a need for equal access to feminine care products among their peers. After visiting other schools, the girls noticed free dispensers in the women’s bathrooms and decided that was something they wanted to bring to South St. Paul. 

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pathway to packer promise

The Pathway to Packer Promise is plan laid out by South St. Paul Public Schools to address the district's achievement concerns and outline where we will be making investments to improve academic outcomes.

picture of the silver apple award

Congratulations to this year's South St. Paul Educational Foundation Silver Apple Award winners! Students are invited to nominate a South St. Paul Schools staff member as someone who has made a positive impact on their life.

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Science Museum River Models

South St. Paul High School students are using river models from the Science Museum Lending Library to see what happens to river sediment and water when a dam is removed.

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stock photo of a high school student

One of the most important voices is that of our South St. Paul Public Schools students. Through this opportunity, Student Board Representatives will serve as the liaison between the School Board and our students.

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picture of secondary building

5th grade students and their families are invited to tour the Middle School and learn more about the transition into 6th grade.

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students presenting

Students in the TriDistrict CAPS Healthcare Pathway researched, read, and consulted with professionals as they expanded their knowledge and understanding of a problem in the field of medicine and any inequalities that exist around that problem. They then presented their research to a group of professionals and peers.

Dakota/Scott County Teen Job Fair

The Dakota/Scott County Workforce Development Board is hosting a Teen Summer Job Fair for students looking for seasonal or permanent job opportunities.

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AIEP logo

The South Saint Paul American Indian Education Program Invites you to visit the Resource Center and Classroom at SSP Secondary. Come meet, greet, eat, and learn about the purpose and vision for this space.

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view of personal projects fair

Personal Projects are shared in one event at the end of the school year. View photos from this year's MYP Personal Projects Fair.

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learning about hand protection engineering

The Science Museum of Minnesota brought the wonders of science to Kaposia 4th graders with interactive, fun engineering experiments. The students learned how engineers think as they approach problems affecting people in the world today.

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students in class

When it comes to a student’s academics and post-secondary journey, licensed school counselors help students stay on track in many ways. Some of those include: learning organizational skills, being mentally and physically ready to learn, and lessons around college and career readiness. 

Silver Apple Trophy

Nominations are open for the Roxanne Bliss Silver Apple Award. Any South St. Paul student, group, or class may nominate a currently employed teacher or staff member for this year's award.

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JA North volunteer handing out fake money

Lincoln Center 2nd and 3rd graders got hands-on financial learning with the nonprofit, Junior Achievement North (JA North). JA North teaches students financial literacy by bringing in volunteers from corporate partners to lead and facilitate different hands-on activities.

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SSP Girls Hockey Team Qualified for State!

The South St Paul Girls Hockey Team Qualified for the state tournament! The girls will open the State Tournament on Wednesday evening. The girls are seeded 4th and will play 5 seed Fergus Falls. Tickets must be purchased online.

students working with Dr. Zambreno on DDE

This past fall, leaders from South St. Paul Schools engaged with our stakeholder groups (students, families, and staff) to understand their desired daily experiences and how we can better support their needs. These Desired Daily Experiences will be the backbone of how we move forward with our strategic plan and serve as a guide for our teachers and staff when working with students and families.

students learning mindfulness

Students are learning mindfulness to help them in the classroom. When students are mindful and present in the moment, that’s when they can do their best learning.

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Screenshot of the Sixtimes cover

The Winter 2023 Sixtimes is out. Read the digital version here. También puedes leerlo en español aquí.

Superintendent Zambreno and Finance Director Hoffman Advocate for Tax Equalization

SSPPS leaders testified at the State Capitol before the Education Finance Committee to advocate on behalf of the SSP taxpayers for Levy Equalization. If the state passes the levy equalization funding bill, SSP taxpayers will likely see a reduction in their property taxes with the funding to our school district remaining the same.

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Family Advisory Meetings on Equity

The SSPPS Middle School Building Instructional Leadership Team (BILT) is asking families to join us for Family Advisory Meetings on equity to hear from different groups about what they would like to see in our schools. 

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Kindergarten Registration Night

Kindergarten registration night in South St. Paul is Tuesday, January 24 at 6:00 pm. The in-person event will take place at both Kaposia Education Center and Lincoln Center. Register at the school your student will attend.

students working at biztown

Sixth Grade students had the chance to run their own simulated city for a day at the annual trip to BizTown. Students prepare over several days to become adults at the experimental learning lab.

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Save the Date for the South St. Paul Job Fair

The City of South St. Paul and South St. Paul Public Schools are hosting a job fair to connect you with employment opportunities in SSP. You can learn more about a variety of positions available in our city, apply, interview, and potentially receive an offer that day.

South St. Paul School Counselors Support All Students

South St. Paul School Counselors provide support to students in need. Licensed School Counselors are uniquely qualified to address all students’ academic, career, and social/emotional needs to promote and enhance student success. Read more about the role of a South St. Paul School Counselor.

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thank you ssp

At the school board meeting on November 14, 2022, the school board officially canvassed the passing of the 2022 Operating Levy.

Scheduled Flex Learning Day- Grades PreK-8

Scheduled Flexible Learning Days are days the District has determined ahead of time as a result of a preplanned circumstance.  Similar to Emergency Flexible Learning Days, students will learn from home through a variety of lessons planned by their teachers.

picture of the district levy logo

Our operating levy logo says: Packer Pride. Packer Promise. Many communities talk about “pride” but in our community it’s a part of who we are. Whether you grew up here or chose to move here to work, raise your family, or both, Packer Pride means we are proud of our community AND our schools.

Students outside of the Nowhere Haunted House

The Community Learning Center (CLC) is using Interdisciplinary Units to help students connect the dots between math, science, art, and history. With Interdisciplinary Units students explore the different subject areas under one theme.

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saving taxpayer dollars

Over the past year, South St. Paul Public Schools refinanced existing debt to reduce the amount of taxes paid by South St. Paul property owners. These savings do not come back to the school district, but rather are a reduction in the annual taxes assessed to our taxpayers. 

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photo of flower from CLC photo contest

Students at the Community Learning Center (CLC) traveled to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN for one of their Interdisciplinary Units. They used their art knowledge of photography for a friendly photo competition.

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Screenshot of the Sixtimes cover

The Fall Sixtimes is out. Read the digital version here. También puedes leerlo en español aquí.

Financial Cliff Graphic

State funding for South St. Paul Public Schools continues to not keep pace with the increasing costs necessary to operate our schools. The result is an ongoing funding gap. Unfortunately, our situation is not unique. Most Minnesota school districts rely on voter-approved funds to narrow that funding gap and avoid cuts to key programs and services.

Students at TriDistrict CAPS kickoff

TriDistrict CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) programs started the school year with some BIG ideas around community building, and making our TriDistrict schools communities better places for everyone.

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A screenshot of the Summer 2022 SixTimes

Quarterly newsletter from South St. Paul Public Schools delivered to all mailboxes in the 55075 zip code. The Summer 2022 issue highlights commencement, district financial news, Silver Apple Award winners, and summer learning in SSP.

school bus

South St. Paul Public Schools is currently working through transportation routes and assignments for all students eligible for District-provided transportation. Read more about transportation for the upcoming school year.

Students in circle time at kindergarten camp

K Camps helps your child prepare for kindergarten. Classes are held in kindergarten classrooms at your child’s home school. Students will become comfortable in a classroom and explore their elementary building while being introduced to a “mini” kindergarten schedule.

 High School Academic Awards

Each year 11th and 12th grade South St. Paul High School students are recognized for their academic success. Here are this year's winners.

student and teacher working on WIN Wednesday

On What I Need Wednesday (WIN), students with a C- or less, in any class, will need to attend school. It is not a day off for students who have a C or higher in their classes. Instead, they choose whether they want to complete their work at home or in school.

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