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  • South St. Paul receives Safe Routes to School grant to improve walking and biking paths for area students

    June 14, 2019 — South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) students walking and biking to school next year will have some extra support to help make that journey safer thanks to a $98,600 grant from the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s (MnDOT) Safe Routes to School program (SRTS). SSPPS is one of six school districts awarded the SRTS grant this year, out of a total application pool of 12 districts.

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  • SSP junior accepted into prestigious scholars program for high-achieving, underrepresented students

    June 6, 2019 — As many South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) students prepare for a summer away from school, one SSP junior is preparing for an intensive six-week, college-preparatory summer academy at Amherst College in Boston as she plans for her future. This spring, Jenaye Vergin learned that she was one of a select group of students from across the nation accepted into the prestigious SCS Noonan Scholars Program. The mission of SCS Noonan Scholars is to help high-achieving, low-income, underrepresented students get into and graduate from top colleges equipped to achieve their full career potential.

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  • District’s commitment to student health earns county award for highest student immunization rate

    June 5, 2019 — District officials recently learned that its efforts to ensure all students are receiving vaccinations as required under Minnesota law, has paid off in more than just healthier kids. Last week, Dakota County Public Health notified SSPPS that the district had earned its Immunization Achievement Award for having the highest overall vaccination rate (98.33 percent) for seventh grade students in Dakota County.

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  • Study shows additional success for SSP Secondary, besting comparison schools in graduation rates for students in poverty

    June 3, 2019 – In April South St. Paul (SSP) Secondary learned that it had increased its overall four-year graduation rate from 92 percent in 2017 to 96 percent in 2018. Upon further investigation into the data, district officials learned that this trend also places SSP at the top of metro area public high schools that serve populations with higher poverty rates.

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  • District receives grant for comprehensive arts education planning with goal of increasing access and opportunity to arts programming

    May 30, 2019 — South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is one of eight Minnesota school districts chosen as recipients of the 2019-2021 Comprehensive Arts Planning Program provided by the Perpich Center for Arts Education. Minnesota’s Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) provides assistance to selected public school districts as they design three-year, strategic plans for K-12 arts education programs. CAPP provides financial and technical assistance to support the strategic planning process through workshops, site visits, leadership development, and resource materials.

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  • District plans for summer construction projects including security updates at Secondary and Lincoln Center playground replacement

    May 29, 2019 — To many in Minnesota residents, summer is road construction season. It is also when school districts do most of their facility construction and updates. Such is the case in South St. Paul, as the district ramps up for three major construction projects this summer as part of its annual maintenance updates. As part of the district’s long-term facility maintenance plan, Lincoln Center will be getting a new playground, and Kaposia will update its 25-year old boiler system. One of the biggest maintenance projects scheduled for this summer, helped in part from a $500,000 School Safety Grant awarded to SSP Schools from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), is the renovation and relocation of the school’s main office.

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  • Lincoln Center students and staff give Congresswoman Craig a taste of elementary school life

    Friday, May 24, 2019 — A visitor from Washington, D.C. didn’t phase the students and staff of Lincoln Center elementary on Friday as Second District Congresswoman Angie Craig toured the building and classrooms. While in town for the holiday weekend, Craig wanted to visit an area school that helped highlight some of the legislative issues she is championing in Congress, particularly around funding for school infrastructure improvements and full funding of special education.

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  • SSP students take top honors in statewide poster contest about bicycle safety

    May 20, 2019 - In communities across Minnesota, Wednesday, May 8, was celebrated as Bike to School Day. In South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS), the day was to be commemorated as Walk or Bike to School Day, encouraging students and families to walk or take their bicycles to school in a show of community spirit and celebration of active lifestyles. While a rainy morning ended up cancelling the event, two SSPPS students are still celebrating, as their creative expressions of how bicycling makes them feel brought in top honors in the statewide poster contest held in conjunction with the event.

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  • Recipients of 2019 Silver Apple Awards share a deep love of teaching and the SSP students they serve

    May 17, 2019 - On May 17, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) students in two different classrooms had some surprise visitors. But the surprise was not just for them, as each teacher — Jessica Splittstoeser, Lincoln Center first grade teacher, and Colleen Volkmann, Kaposia preschool teacher — soon found out when a parade of adults and a photographer walked into the room. The day marked the annual presentation of the South St. Paul Educational Foundation’s (SSPEF) Roxanne Bliss Silver Apple Award, which honors SSPPS teachers and staff who “reach beyond classroom walls” in their support of their students.

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  • SSP Secondary again named to national “Best High Schools” list by U.S. News and World Report

    May 10, 2019 – Once again, South St. Paul Secondary School has been honored and ranked in the top 25 percent of more than 17,000 eligible high schools from across the country, according to the U.S. News and World Report recent rankings. SSP Secondary was included in the top 100 high schools in Minnesota, ranking 78th out of 853 Minnesota high schools.

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  • South St. Paul Educational Foundation provides nearly a half-million in scholarships to the Class of 2019

    May 9, 2019 – On Wednesday, May 8, the South St. Paul Educational Foundation (SSPEF) held its annual Scholarship Banquet at the Secondary building. This year, a total of $441,600 scholarships were awarded to 143 seniors, amounting to over 70 percent of the Class of 2019 receiving a local scholarship.

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  • Deneen earns perfect score on ACT test

    May 9, 2019 - John Deneen, junior at South St. Paul Secondary, earns perfect score of 36 in ACT test. Deneen is involved in choir and is currently pursuing the IB Diploma, taking rigorous courses in English, Science and Math. He shared that the IB English classes have helped prepare him for the test.

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  • Davis named 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year

    May 5, 2019 — Jessica Davis, math teacher at South St. Paul Secondary, is the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Davis is the 55th recipient of the prestigious award, and the first from the South St. Paul district.

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  • District earns state financial reporting award for 7th year in a row

    April 30, 2019 – For the seventh straight year, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) has received a School Finance Award from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), Division of Finance. The award recognizes schools that meet statutory deadlines for submission of audited fiscal financial data and reporting criteria.

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  • SSP graduation rate tops 95 percent, makes progress in reducing persistent achievement gaps

    April 24, 2019 – The four-year graduation rate for South St. Paul (SSP) Secondary grew to 95.5 percent in 2018. According to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education on April 23, the achievement surpasses the statewide graduation rate of 83.2 percent and represents a five year high for SSP Secondary.

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  • Webb honored with statewide District Leader in Communication award

    April 12, 2019 — South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) congratulates Superintendent Dave Webb on his receipt of the District Leadership in Communication Award from the Minnesota School Public Relations Association (MinnSPRA). The award recognizes an educational leader for outstanding leadership in school public relations and communications, highlighting the importance of a leader’s role in implementing and supporting an effective communications program to engage all stakeholders.

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  • District pilots “Super Snack” initiative to help fill the hunger gap and provide nutritious meal options after school

    UPDATE: April 19, 2019 - While we were excited and prepared to launch the Super Snack pilot program in May, we unfortunately need to postpone implementation of the after school meal program until fall 2019. South St. Paul Public Schools will continue to offer a la carte options after school this spring, and we are excited to bring back our summer food program to help address hunger issues after the school year ends in June. Be looking for more details on the Super Snack program later this summer as we roll it out for the 2019-20 school year.

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  • Weather Emergency - School Cancellation April 11, 2019

    After careful evaluation of the weather forecast and consultation with neighboring districts, our transportation company, and our maintenance staff, South St. Paul Public Schools will be closed on Thursday, April 11, 2019. This cancellation includes all SSPPS schools, Early Learning, ECSE and the CLC. Kids Choice, all Community Education and ABE classes are also canceled. In addition, activities scheduled for Thursday afternoon and evening are canceled. Click to read more.

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  • SSP science teacher earns National Board Certification, demonstrates teaching excellence  

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) congratulates Joe Burk, SSP Secondary science teacher, on recently becoming a National Board Certified Teacher (NCBT), an advanced credential that indicates teaching excellence. Burk has been teaching in the district for 22 years, proudly noting that SSPPS was his first job out of college and he continues to enjoy teaching in South St. Paul.

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  • Davis advances as Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist

    South St. Paul Secondary math teacher Jessica Davis advances as Minnesota Teacher of the Year finalist. The selection panel meets again May 4 to conduct individual interviews with each of the nine finalists and to cast votes for the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The winner will be announced at a banquet on May 5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul.

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