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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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