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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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  • Board approves 2019-20 budget recommendations, adds counselors, special education teachers and student support

    At its meeting on March 25, the South St. Paul (SSP) School Board approved administration's recommendations for redesigning the 2019-20 budget to better meet the academic, social-emotional and behavioral needs of SSP students. Included in the recommendation were the addition of three more school counselors, an additional cultural liaison at the Secondary, additional special education teachers for autism, behavioral education and work experience programs, and a redesign of the district’s intervention services program through a framework called Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).

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  • SSP student wins Dakota County Award for her Books against Bullying program

    South St. Paul sixth grader Maddie Kegley is a big hockey fan and one of her favorite professional hockey players is Paul Martin, a Minnesota native. When she saw a poster about his charity, Shine a Ligh7 (Light) Foundation, and their work in supporting organizations in their anti-bullying, mental health awareness, and suicide prevention efforts for youth and young adults, she knew she had to help. At the age of 10, Maddie started Books Against Bullying, a program that collects and sells new and used books in the community.

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  • Administration presents School Board with 2019-20 budget adjustment recommendations

    At its Committee-of-the-Whole meeting on March 11, the South St. Paul (SSP) School Board heard and discussed the administration’s recommendations for redesigning the 2019-20 school year budget to better meet the academic, social-emotional and behavioral needs of SSP students.

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  • New career pathway courses spark passion in students

    This fall, through the TriDistrict collective efforts of the school districts of South St. Paul (SSPPS), Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul – Mendota Heights – Eagan, as well as business partners, Twin Cities Orthopedics and North American Trailer, two new high school courses were offered in the fields of healthcare and transportation. These year-long courses are redefining the high school experience for the TriDistrict students that are a part of these unique and immersive learning experiences. SSPPS recently talked with Tonya Reineke, mother of SSP senior Christopher, who participates in the transportation program. She noted that the experience has sparked a passion in her son that has helped him identify a career path for after high school.

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  • School Board approves 2019-20 calendar

    At its meeting on March 11, the South St. Paul (SSP) School Board approved the academic calendar for the 2019-20 school year. SSP students will start school this fall on Tuesday, Sept. 3 and the last day for students is slated to be Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

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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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  • 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.

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  • Davis, Olson advance as Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalists

    South St. Paul Secondary math teachers Jessica Davis and Luke Olson advance as Minnesota Teacher of the Year Semifinalists. The panel will next review the semifinalists’ portfolios again and review semifinalist video submissions in late March, from which they will select about 10 finalists. The winner will be announced at a banquet on May 5 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre in St. Paul.

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  • Research, training and relationships central to improving school climate

    “All children come to school to learn,” said Connie Garling-Squire, director of early learning and equity. “But sometimes what they need to learn is not found in a textbook. The adults in the room need to be adept at understanding how students access learning and how they can help them with both content and behavior.” Garling-Squire, who has worked in SSPPS for over 30 years in various positions, notes that today’s world is chaotic and it is “our job as adults and educators to help build structures for students to help them be successful.” For the past two years, SSPPS has conducted staff trainings and launched initiatives focused on increasing the capacity of teachers and staff to better respond to individual student needs, which in turn helps reduce incidences of negative student behavior and disciplinary actions.

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  • Overall student enrollment remains stable, but District looks to better understand choices families are making  

    The School Board received an enrollment update at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. Aaron Bushberger, director of finance, shared a mid-year update to complement the annual enrollment report he shared with the Board in October. Unlike the annual report that focused on overall enrollment trends and class sizes, this mid-year enrollment update looked more closely at 10-year enrollment trends of South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) resident and open enrolled students and families.

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  • 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.

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  • District receives St. Paul Foundation grant to implement training for staff, enhance connections with all students

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) and Innocent Technologies are excited to announce the receipt of a $210,000 grant from The St. Paul Foundation to implement a new training program for district staff called “Seeing the ‘Good’ in Every Child.”

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  • Current families give district overall high marks but identify areas for improvement focused on personalizing education for all students

    Ninety-three percent of South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) parents rate the quality of education provided by the district as either “excellent” or “good” according to a recent satisfaction survey, which was summarized for the School Board at its work session on Jan. 28.

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  • Cold Emergency - School Cancellation Feb. 20, 2019

    Due to predicted snow totals and dangerous driving conditions, especially in the morning, South St. Paul Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. This cancellation includes all SSPPS schools, Early Learning, ECSE and the CLC. Kids Choice, all Community Education and ABE classes are also canceled, as is the Parent Conversation planned for Wednesday morning. Varsity student-athletes will receive communication from their coaches/advisors about planned activities. With this additional closing, district administration will again be looking at options for possibly making up student days. If such a decision is made, additional information will be shared with staff and families as soon as possible.

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  • School Board approves makeup day for students on Friday, Feb. 15

    At a special meeting on Friday, Feb. 8, the South St. Paul School Board voted unanimously to approve a change to the 2018-19 school year calendar. The action shifts what was previously a professional day for district staff on Friday, Feb. 15 to a student day. The change was recommended by district administration after the numerous school cancellations and delayed starts already experienced in South St. Paul.

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  • 2-hour delay on Feb. 8, 2019

    Due to the forecasted cold windchills and challenging road conditions, and to allow time for buses, families and staff to safely travel to school, South St. Paul Public Schools will start 2-hours late on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. With this late start, all schools will start two hours later than their regularly scheduled time. Buses will pick-up students two hours later than usual. Click to read more.

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  • SSP Secondary Early Dismissal on Feb. 7, 2019

    In anticipation of challenging commutes and in order to allow our buses to stay on schedule for the elementary school routes, we will be dismissing SSP Secondary students 20 minutes early today, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. Click to read more.

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  • 2-hour delay on Feb. 4, 2019

    Due to the challenging road conditions and to allow time for families and staff to safely travel to school this morning, South St. Paul Public Schools will start 2-hours late today, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. With this late start, all schools will start two hours later than their regularly scheduled time. Buses will pick-up students two hours later than usual. Click to read more.

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  • New Student Day - Friday, Feb. 15, 2019

    We are excited to welcome everyone in from the cold and back to school tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 1. It has been an interesting, and at times, challenging, week for all of us as we navigate the school closures and all the rescheduling of events and activities.

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  • Cold Emergency - School Cancellation Jan. 31, 2019

    After careful evaluation of the National Weather Service forecasts and consultation with neighboring districts, our transportation company, and our maintenance staff, South St. Paul Public Schools will be closed again on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. This cancellation includes all SSPPS schools, Early Learning, ECSE and the CLC. Kids Choice all Community Education and ABE classes are also canceled. As the weather is supposed to warm up throughout the day on Thursday, varsity high school activities may proceed on a limited basis in the afternoon or evening. Students and families involved with varsity activities should wait for additional communication and details from their coach or program advisor.

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  • Cold Emergency - School Cancellation Jan. 28-30, 2019

    Due to dangerous weather conditions, South St. Paul Public Schools are closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 28-30, 2019. This cancellation includes all SSPPS schools, including the Early Learning Center, Early Childhood Special Education and Community Learning Center. There will be no Kids Choice program and all Community Education and ABE classes are also canceled. In addition, all after school and evening activities and events are canceled, including Preschool Open Houses.

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  • Snow Emergency - School Cancellation Jan. 28, 2019

    Due to predicted snow totals and dangerous driving conditions, South St. Paul Public Schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. This cancellation includes all SSPPS schools, including the Early Learning Center, Early Childhood Special Education and Community Learning Center. There will be no Kids Choice program and all Community Education and ABE classes are also canceled. Given concerns about road conditions both in South St. Paul as well for staff traveling to and from the District, we felt it best to make this decision tonight to allow time for families and staff to plan accordingly. We thank you for your understanding.

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  • Four South St. Paul teachers nominated for Minnesota Teacher of the Year

    Four South St. Paul teachers are nominated for 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The South St. Paul teachers who are nominated are: Kristen Spanjers, kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Center Elementary; Jessica Splittstoesser, first grade teacher at Lincoln Center Elementary; Jessica Davis, Math teacher at South St. Paul Secondary; and Luke Olson, Math teacher at South St. Paul Secondary.

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  • Electronic flyer distribution starting February of 2019

    South St. Paul Public Schools is excited to announce that the district will now be using Peachjar, a digital flyer management system. Peachjar provides an innovative flyer management system that sends school-approved eflyers directly to parents’ inboxes and posts them on schools websites, making it easier than ever for parents to learn more about events, activities and programs offered to students. This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.

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  • Upcoming Student Survey

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is planning to participate in the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey. This statewide survey, which is anonymous, confidential and voluntary, is given every three years to students in grades 5, 8, 9, and 11. It helps gather insights into the world of Minnesota students and their experiences.

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  • Board approves local tax levy with 1.07 percent decrease in property taxes, continues to advocate Legislature for referendum equalization to “level playing field”

    At its meeting on Monday, Dec. 10, the South St. Paul School Board approved the final tax levy for 2018 payable 2019. The levy represents a decrease of 1.07 percent from last year’s overall levy. Statewide, the Minnesota Department of Education estimates that the average school district levy will increase by 6.4 percent this year. The board’s approval followed the district’s annual Truth in Taxation presentation by Aaron Bushberger, director of finance. No one spoke at the hearing.

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  • District receives clean financial audit

    South St. Paul Public Schools received a positive report on its annual financial audit, which was presented to and approved by the School Board at the Nov. 28 meeting. Auditors issued an “unmodified opinion” on the district’s financial statements for the 2017-18 school year, which means no corrections were needed.

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  • Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Dairy Families award Kaposia Education Center with $10,000 grant to support nutrition and physical activities within schools

    The Minnesota Vikings, Midwest Dairy Council and Fuel Up to Play 60 showed their continued commitment to child health and wellness by awarding Kaposia Education Center with a $10,000 ‘Hometown Grant’ to support healthy nutrition and physical activity programs at the school. The ‘Hometown Grant’ program developed by Fuel Up to Play 60 and the NFL provides the organizations with the opportunity to identify deserving schools in their area and award them with $10,000 to help meet their health and wellness goals. In its fifth year, the Hometown Grant program allows each of the 32 NFL Clubs, Fuel Up to Play 60 and local dairy representatives to provide funding to schools throughout the country.

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  • Superintendent's Message about return to school on Nov. 26, 2018

    As was shared with all families and staff last week, the South St. Paul Police Department (SSPPD) located the individual responsible for the threat of violence made against South St. Paul Public School (SSPPS) on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The individual, who was found to be “in an apparent mental health crisis,” was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The SSPPD has since shared with district administration that there is no credible threat against the district at this time. As such, we look forward to returning to a normal routine for school tomorrow.

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  • District Statement about school threat and cancellation (Nov. 21, 2018)

    Following an early morning notification from the South St. Paul Police Department (SSPPD) indicating a threat against one of the district’s elementary schools, Superintendent Dave Webb notified students, families and staff that he was canceling classes and activities for all South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS). While the SSPPD was not certain of the credibility of the threat, the decision to cancel school for the day was made out of an abundance of caution.

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  • Congratulations to Coach Palmquist and the Girls' Hockey Team

    Congratulations to SSP girls hockey team and Coach Dave Palmquist on achieving its 500th win this weekend with a 2-1 victory over Fergus Falls. SSP continues its reign as the winningest team in the state, with Palmquist, who also teaches physical education at SSP Secondary, serving as the program’s first and only head coach in the team’s 25-year history.

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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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  • Congratulations to the newly-elected School Board Members

    Unofficial results reveal residents elected the following four 4-year term South St. Paul Public Schools School Board members in the Nov. 6 General Election: Wendy Woods Felton, Chris Walker, Linda Diaz and Bill Arend. Election Results will be certified at the Nov. 13, 2018 school board meeting.

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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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  • Bush Foundation Grant advances TriDistrict career and college readiness programs

    The TriDistrict Career and College Readiness (CCR) Initiative (CCR) recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Bush Foundation in partnership with 2Revolutions to further its career pathways for South St. Paul, Simley and Henry Sibley high school students.

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  • School Board Candidate Forum Recap

    The Kaposia PTA sponsored a School Board Candidate Forum. All candidates were invited to attend this public event. The forum provided an opportunity for voters to hear the campaign platforms of each candidate, including why they are running for South St. Paul School Board. Candidates were given equal opportunities to share their ideas and answer questions from parent moderators. As time permitted, questions were also taken from the audience.

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  • Community invited to South St. Paul School Board candidate forum

    South St. Paul community members are invited to attend an upcoming School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Kaposia Education Center. There are 10 candidates vying for four seats on the South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) School Board. Voters will select four as part of the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election ballot. Each member will be elected to a term of four years, from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022.

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  • District receives $500,000 school safety grant from Minnesota Department of Education

    South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) is excited to announce that it is one of 90 public school districts or charter schools to be awarded a school safety grant by the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE). The $500,000 grant will be used to support security enhancements at South St. Paul Secondary School. According to an Oct. 1 news release, MDE received a total of 1,187 complete applications, requesting $255.5 million—more than 10 times the available amount of funding.

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  • Board approves preliminary tax levy with 1.07 percent decrease in property taxes, continues push for referendum equalization at Legislature

    At its meeting on Monday, Sept. 24, the South St. Paul School Board approved the preliminary tax levy for 2018 payable 2019. The preliminary levy, which is required to be approved by school districts annually by Sept. 30, represents a decrease of 1.07 percent from last year’s overall levy. Statewide, the Minnesota Department of Education estimates that this year, the average school district levy will increase by 6.4 percent.

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  • School Board discusses options for school start times, agrees to no change until at least 2020-21 school year

    Following up to a presentation by members of the Teen Sleep and School Start Time Study Committee on Sept. 10, the South St. Paul School Board discussed its options at a work session on Sept. 24. The board focused its discussion around four key issues: identifying support for the committee’s preferred “Option E” or other proposed options, the role of the committee going forward, next steps for implementing a possible change to school start/end times, and alternative daily schedules for the high school and/or secondary school.

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  • Opportunity for Parents of Middle School Students: Parents in Action beginning October 29

    Do you have a student in 6th, 7th or 8th grade in South St. Paul Schools? Consider participating in Parents in Action; a free six-week course offered by South St. Paul Schools. Once a week, the course provides a space for parents to learn from each other, discuss the challenges of raising a preteen, and how to best support your middle school students' learning throughout these important years.

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  • Congratulations to the 2018 Homecoming Royals!

    Pictured from left to right: Elizabeth Kirchner, Sam Bade, Madeline Dosser, Marco Gonzalez

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  • New Early Preschool Program for 2½ to 3-year-olds!

    This class offers nurturing, fun, and interactive activities for curious little learners excited to explore. Through play, stories, crafts and creative movement, children will learn and practice social skills like taking turns and making friends. Because class is midday, lunch will be available, and will be a great opportunity to use independent and self-help skills.

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  • Nutrition Services has moved to an interactive menu called Nutrislice

    By using Nutrislice, families first select a school, and then choose a menu for breakfast or lunch. Menus are available in both English and Spanish. In addition, you can review view nutritional values, track allergens, view food photos and much more. You can also download the FREE menu app today to access menus anytime, anywhere! Search for "School Lunch by NutriSlice" in the Google Play or iPhone app store.

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  • Committee identifies preferred option for later start time, but requests additional guidance and clarity from School Board about implementation

    Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 — At its meeting on Sept. 10, the South St. Paul School Board heard from member of the district’s Teen Sleep and Start Time Committee about the group’s findings and preferred options, although no formal recommendation was presented. While the original plan called for the committee to present its recommendation this month, the committee could not reach agreement on a recommendation because of what it felt were School Board parameters that were too vague and too many unknown variables still at play. Specifically, the committee said it needed additional guidance on two of the parameters outlined in the Guiding Change Document, approved by the Board last year, regarding financial and program impacts.

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  • New career pathway courses available for district students

    Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 — This fall, through the collective efforts of the school districts of South St. Paul (SSPPS), Inver Grove Heights, and West St. Paul – Mendota Heights – Eagan, as well as a team of local business partners, two new high school courses will be offered in the fields of healthcare and transportation. These year-long courses are redefining the high school experience for the TriDistrict students that are a part of these unique and immersive learning experiences.

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  • Three SSP interns are back at CHS once again

    August 14, 2018 -- Eight TriDistrict students' hard work paid off, literally. As a part of their involvement in the Genesys Works Information Technology Internship Program, 3 from South St. Paul Secondary School, 4 students from Henry Sibley High School, and 1 from Simley High School will spend a portion of their school day during their senior year working as a paid IT intern at a local business.

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  • New faces and new roles welcome SSP students back to school

    Aug. 29, 2018 — The South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) will have three new additions to its leadership team and several familiar faces in new roles for the 2018-19 school year. In addition, the district welcomes over 75 new staff to SSPPS this year, including new clerical staff, custodians, education support professionals, student support employees, district support staff, nutrition services, technology, assistant directors and coordinators, and, of course, teachers.

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  • Board approves naming of Ettinger Field Press Box in honor of Craig Felton

    Aug. 28, 2018 — At its meeting on Monday, Aug. 27, the South St. Paul School Board approved a new facility naming policy that formalizes a process for naming or renaming of any building, property or portion of property owned by the South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS). Shortly thereafter, the Board enacted this policy for the first time, naming the press box at Ettinger Field in honor of Craig Felton. Felton was a longtime SSPPS teacher, coach and game announcer who lost his battle with cancer in October 2017.

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  • New Minnesota accountability system identifies prioritized support for SSPPS

    Aug. 30, 2018 — Today the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) released its new North Star Accountability System, which identifies schools for excellence and those prioritized for additional support. According to MDE, South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS) was prioritized for additional support and improvement, with additional information on how that support will be provided yet to be determined.

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  • Ten candidates vie for four seats in November School Board election

    Aug. 15, 2018 -- Filing for the South St. Paul School Board closed Tuesday, Aug. 14, with 10 community members filing affidavits of candidacy.

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  • Back-to-School Checklist

    Get organized and make sure you have everything ready for the school year.

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  • South St. Paul Nutrition Services department wins Second Harvest Heartland Meals and Beyond Challenge

    Since the implementation of the program last year, an additional 22,846 breakfasts were served to students in our district. This incredible increase is what made South St. Paul Secondary the winner of the 2018 Meals and Beyond Challenge!

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  • South St. Paul adds eight International Baccalaureate Diploma Graduates to global roster of IB-DP alumni

    July 6, 2018 - In the year that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program celebrated 50 years of delivering education for a better world, 165,752 students received their IB Diploma Program (IB-DP) in 2018, joining a community of more than 1.7 million lifelong learners. Among those recognized by the IB, eight were 2018 graduates of South St. Paul (SSP) Secondary.

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  • South St. Paul Secondary Earns Silver Medal for College Readiness!

    South St Paul Secondary School ranks 29th out of more than 450 Minnesota secondary schools in U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 ranking of Best High Schools!

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  • Congratulations to All the Scholarship Recipients

    The SSP Educational Foundation awarded more than $400,000 of scholarships to South St. Paul seniors.

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  • South St. Paul Schools routinely tests our schools for radon

    While radon testing is not required for schools in Minnesota, South St. Paul Schools routinely tests our schools for radon, using the protocol established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Minnesota Department of Health. Learn more.

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  • South St. Paul Educational Foundation Presents the 2018 Annual Silver Apple Award

    Congratulations to the Silver Apple Award recipients: Kristen Troup, Jody Krone and Rebecca Spreigl.

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  • FREE Summer Meals Program

    Thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), South St. Paul Public Schools is able to provide summer meals too all children age 18 and younger at no cost. Read more.

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  • Summer Learning Programs and Activities for All Ages

    Field trips, hands-on classes, and a safe place for your children during the summer. Find out all the summer learning programs available this summer!

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  • Join the Conversation: School Start Time Review Community Learning Session April 12

    Join us on Thursday, April 12 (6:30 PM) at Kaposia Education Center for the second of four community learning session surrounding Teen Sleep and School Start/End Times.

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  • New Grab N' Go Breakfast at the Secondary Building

    The South St. Paul Nutrition Services Department rolled out a new Grab 'N' Go breakfast for all students at the Secondary building!

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  • South St. Paul Public Schools Receives School Finance Award

    The Minnesota Department of Education has recognized the South St. Paul Public Schools with its School Finance Award.

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  • Kaposia receives grant to support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives

    Kaposia Education Center has been awarded $3,965 to support healthy eating and physical activity initiatives, as a part of the Fuel Up to Play 60 Program, which encourages students to eat healthy, be active and implement positive changes in their schools and communities.

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  • Community Learning Sessions on School Start Times March 19

    The event will include a presentation by Roxanne Prichard, PhD, a neuroscience professor from the University of St. Thomas. Prichard has a specialty in sleep and will share information, with an opportunity for those attending to ask questions.

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  • Secondary Teacher Connor Murphy Receives 2018 MCSS Middle School Teacher of the Year Award

    Connor Murphy, Humanities teacher at South St. Paul Secondary, was named one of four outstanding social studies teachers and honored by the Minnesota Council for the Social Studies (MCSS) at the annual awards dinner.

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  • South St. Paul Secondary School Tops State Graduation Rate

    According to data released by the Minnesota Department of Education, South St Paul Secondary School’s 2016-17 four-year high school graduation rate is nearly 10 points higher than the state average: 92.1% (SSP SEC) vs. 82.7% (statewide)!

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  • South St. Paul to review District Start/End Times for the 2019-2020 School Year

    At their School Board meeting on Feb. 12, the Board reviewed a drafted Guiding Change document to establish parameters for the review of students’ start and end times for the school day. Learn more.

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  • Senior Emmanuel Bonilla Galvez has been awarded the Evans Scholarship

    South St. Paul Senior Emmanuel Bonilla Galvez has been awarded the Evans Scholarship, a full housing and tuition college grant offered to golf caddies.

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  • Adam Cahn Named National Merit Finalist

    Adam Cahn has been named a National Merit Finalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Adam is among the 15,000 Semifinalists that have advanced to Finalist standing.

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  • Senior Roxy Veldman named 2018 Athena Award Recipient

    Congratulations to senior Roxy Veldman who has been named the 2018 Athena Award Recipient. The Athena Award is given to an outstanding female senior athlete from each private and public high school in the metropolitan area.

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  • Congratulations Valerie!

    11th grader Valerie MacDougall Quesada's poem titled “En mi piel Tica” won second place in the 3rd National Celebration of Spanglish Day Creative Writing Contest.

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  • Trusted Dodgeball: A focus on trust & communication

    A group of students participated in Trust Dodgeball, an I-Time activity from their Building Assets Reducing Risks (BARR) lessons.

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  • Paraprofessional Appreciation Week

    We are blessed to have fabulous paraprofessionals at SSPPS who do great things for students each and every day. The support and services they provide are essential to improving student achievement and ensuring our students' success.

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  • Latest Sixtimes is available!

    SixTimes is the official newsletter of Special School District No. 6. It is published quarterly and is mailed to all parents and residents of South St. Paul.

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  • South St. Paul high school teacher receives the 2018 Distinguished Service Award

    During the MSHSL State Debate Tournament recently, South St. Paul high school teacher Conrad Anderson received the 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Debate Teachers Association.

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  • Free Preschool for 4-year-olds and Reduced Tuition for 3-year-olds

    Download our enrollment packets and register for preschool for the 2018-19 school year.

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  • Thank You School Board Members

    South St. Paul School Board Chris Walker received the Director's Award from the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA). January is also School Board Recognition month.

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  • 5Essentials Survey for Parents/Guardians

    This survey provides important feedback to help us plan improvements to our schools and to the learning experience for your student(s).

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  • Vikings nominated Coach Sexauer for NFL Award

    In December, Coach Chad Sexauer received the award for High School Coach of The Year during the Vikings game. Chad has also been nominated by the Vikings for the "Don Shula NFL High School Coach of the Year Award."

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  • Safe Place Youth Program | Jan 15

    Our District partnered with Luther Memorial Church to provide a safe environment for students during non-school days.

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  • 2017 TIES Exceptional Teacher Award Recipients

    Congratulations to Lincoln Center teacher Jessica Green, and Secondary building Science teacher Lisa Kaufman for receiving the 2017 TIES Exceptional Teacher Award!

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  • "Footloose" Receives Spotlight Education Honors

    Congratulations to the cast, crew, and orchestra of the Fall All-School Musical: Footloose, for being recognized by the Spotlight Education Program for excellence in performance.

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  • Secondary Culinary Students Giving Back to the Community

    Secondary students in Culinary Arts classes made and donated almost 1,200 homemade dinner rolls to the South St. Paul community as a part of the King Arthur Flour Bake for Good Program.

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  • Strong Schools = Strong Communities

    South St. Paul Schools Puts Two School Funding Requests on a November 7 Ballot. Learn more at www.sspps.org/referendum.

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  • Referendum Voting Information

    Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Absentee ballots available starting September 22. Find out your polling location. Read more.

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  • SSPPS Refinances Debt and Saves Taxpayers Thousands of Dollars

    Thanks to smart and responsive financial management, SSPPS will save district property taxpayers more than $64,000 over the next three years by refinancing outstanding bonds at a lower interest rate.

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  • Senior Adam Cahn Named National Merit Semifinalist

    South St. Paul senior, Adam Cahn, has been named a National Merit Semifinalist by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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  • South St. Paul Seniors Drafted for CHS Internships

    Genesys Works announced that South St. Paul seniors Jon Sanchez and Luis Bueno earned year-long internships with CHS Inc on Draft Day.

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  • Lynsee Mattson Named 2018 MAFCS Teacher of the Year

    South St. Paul Secondary teacher Lynsee Mattson has been awarded the MN Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (MAFCS) Teacher of the Year for 2018!

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