South St. Paul Public Schools takes pride in the variety of academic, extracurricular, and enrichment activities it provides. Sharing our borders and resources with the community of South St. Paul, you will find us large enough to serve, yet small enough to care.
We are Minnesota's first K-12, IB World Schools District. Our high school has offered the prestigious IB Diploma program since 1986. We provide the IB Middle Years Program (MYP) in grades seven through ten. Our elementary schools carry the IB Primary Years Program (PYP) from kindergarten through grade six. At any age, South St. Paul Public Schools offers opportunities to learn, to grow, and to succeed.
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2013 Ties Exceptional Teachers
Kent Getzlaff is improving the learning environment for his students with the use of technology. All sophomores in the South St. Paul Secondary building have an Apple iPad this year, and he is digitizing his curriculum and finding creative ways for the students to get their work done. All assignments, notes, papers, quizzes and tests are posted for the students in our district’s Moodle website. Students have the ability to record lessons to help the note taking and test preparation process with applications on their iPads. A wide variety of iPad apps have been incorporated into the daily lessons including a note taking app, file storage apps, and a productivity app to create documents and presentations. The use of the iPads, Moodle, and the SMART Board is preparing his students for success in the technology age of education.
Ryan Higbea has been using technology in his classroom for many years. He was one of the first to use a SMART Board and has been teaching staff development sessions for our district. He has been creating ‘flipped’ lessons for his students in math. In addition, he has been using Twitter to communicate with parents.
John Gustafson and Linda Kjerl and Receive the 2013 Silver Apple Award
Linda Kjerland, a special education teacher at Kaposia Education Center and Jon Gustafson, a 7th grade math teacher were presented the 16th Annual “Roxanne Bliss Silver Apple Award” from the South St. Paul Educational Foundation.
Linda Kjerland was nominated by students Nicky Rorhlen, Chase Rosenquist and Thomas Barth. Jon Gustafson was nominated by Matt and Emily Forbrook.
Don Bliss, SSP Class of 1950 established the Silver Apple Award in honor of his wife, Roxanne Waldhauser Bliss, SSP Class of 1951. This award was created to encourage students to appreciate educators or support staff who are especially important to them. It is their belief that school employees play a very instrumental role in the future success of students. Students nominate a teacher or other employee who made a significant difference in their lives. Award recipients received a silver apple commemorating the award, as well as a cash stipend.
To ensure we are being good stewards of our community’s schools and tax dollars, the South St. Paul School District spent the past year conducting a comprehensive facilities review involving staff and community members.
The result is a four-point Facilities Master Plan designed to ensure we are providing an effective learning environment to meet our students’ educational needs:
Funding for this plan will come from a $26,675,000 bond, which residents approved 61% to 39% in a vote on May 21, 2013. The total cost to the average South St. Paul homeowner will be less than $7 per month. The Board of Education is unanimous in its support of this plan.
Learning Buddy Volunteer supports reading and math skills
Sandie Titera has volunteered in Erin Gross’s second grade classroom at Kaposia Education Center for three years. Through the Darts Learning Buddy program, Sandie works with students to support their reading and math skills. The students look forward to Sandie’s weekly visits, and Sandie likes “seeing the kids as they progress with their reading and math throughout the school year. It has been such a delight making connections with the youth of our community, forming relationships, and watching them grow academically,” Sandie said.