Humboldt Newsletter

May 15, 2022

Here's What's Happening at Humboldt

Women's History Month Essay Winners

Congrats to Hsa Ku Nu, Kowsar Ahmed and Mimi Aung as the winners of the Women's History Month essay contest. They were chosen as winners for their pieces about the strength and accomplishments of the women who inspired them as well as how those women have positively influenced their lives. They were honored with publishing their essays in the school newspaper, a prize basket and celebration lunch for their families.
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Poetry Slam

Please join us this Thursday for the Poetry Slam. Family and friends are welcome. Light dinner and refreshments will also be served.

Appreciation Post!

This month we celebrated Teacher Appreciation week, Lunch Heroes and Nurses Appreciation week. We are so thankful for all of the people that serve our students daily and we hope that you all felt the love and pride we have in our amazing staff. Thank you isn't enough!
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Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental health and wellness is essential to your well being and the well being of your family. The past few years presented many different challenges and obstacles that tested our strength and resiliency. Many of us have struggled with our mental wellness as a result.

Issues of Mental Health are present in every culture, race, and socioeconomic status. There are often misconceptions and added stigma around mental health affecting BIPOC communities and immigrant/refugee communities. BIPOC communities often have compounded stresses and historical trauma that contributes to mental health concerns.

You can be an advocate for yourself and others around you by being aware of some warning signs of mental illness. Here are a few:

  • Changes in school performance

  • Excessive worry or anxiety, for instance fighting to avoid bed or school

  • Avoiding friends and social activities

  • Difficulties relating to other people

  • Reporting feeling tired and low energy often

  • Changes in eating habits such as increased hunger or lack of appetite

If you have concerns about your student’s well-being, please reach out to the school counselor or social worker at their school. There are tools and resources available to support them, including community mental health services at most SPPS schools. Reaching out is a sign of strength, not weakness. Now, more than ever, we need to combat the stigma surrounding mental health concerns.

Please see the entire page(link below) from SPPS for more resources.

Countdown to Graduation

Senior Events/Info

  • The Saints game is on May 24, they will leave at the end of 1st hour.

  • To get their cap and gown students need to complete their senior passport. We will have a passport info session with Ms. Farrell and Mr. Fernandez on May 31 during 1st hour.

    • Note from Mr. Fernandez: If you have seniors... please note that counselors will start signing off on graduation starting the morning of Wednesday, June 1st.

Note that the last day for seniors is June 3rd and graduation is Monday, June 6th.

  • Senior Honors Night is May 26th at 7pm. Students who are being honored will receive an invitation (these will be passed out to advisory teachers so please be on the lookout for them)

    • Staff and parents are welcome to come to senior honors night

  • Last Day of School picnic is on June 3. That day we will:

    • Meet in the auditorium at 8:30 to talk about rehearsal and graduation.

    • Senior farewell circle at 9:00 in the big gym followed by our senior picnic in the AUX gym

    • Hand out caps and gowns

  • Graduation Rehearsal June 6th at 9am. THEY MUST ATTEND THE REHEARSAL TO WALK AT GRADUATION.

  • Graduation is Jun 6, 2022 at 7:30 pm at O'Shaughnessy Hall at St. Catherine's University.

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Family Engagement


Thank you to all of the parents and family members that participated in conferences last week. If you were unable to attend and would like information about your student, please contact their teachers or our staff directly.

SPPS Invites You

How does Saint Paul Public Schools create a budget for each school year? How do schools and programs set priorities for their budgets?

Families and community members are invited to learn more about SPPS’s district budget process and priorities for the 2022-23 school year. Staff members from the finance department and other district leadership will be present to provide additional information and answer questions.

If you have questions regarding the 2022-23 budget for your student’s school, please contact your school principal.

See the link above for dates/times of budget meetings hosted by the district in different languages.

Parent Teacher Organization

Please join us for our final PTO meeting of the school year!

Our spring meeting will be tomorrow, Monday, May 16th, from 6-7pm. We will discuss the budget for the upcoming year, SCIP and end of the year information. Parents that would like to be involved next year or have questions about volunteering or participation at school we ask that you attend. We will have a light dinner at 5:30 and the meeting will begin shortly after at 6:00pm.

If you are unable to attend Monday evening, we will also have a morning session, Tuesday, May 17th, From 830-930 with similar information and for families to meet Assistant Principal Sannie. Pastries and drinks will be served Tuesday morning!

If you are unable to attend either but would like information or to be involved, please contact Parent Treasurer, Beth Mork or Family Liaison, Dulce Meza.

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Leadership Update at Humboldt High School

Dear Humboldt Community,

I am pleased to share with you that I have selected a new leader for Humboldt High School. Please join me in welcoming Valerie A. Littles-Butler as your school’s new principal beginning in the 2022-23 school year.

Principal Littles-Butler brings a wealth of experience in helping all students feel represented and accepted for who they are. She has more than 35 years of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. Most recently, she served as principal at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Principal Littles-Butler is no stranger to Saint Paul Public Schools, having held a variety of administrator roles with us, including principal at Creative Arts Secondary and Open World Learning, plus assistant principal positions at Central High School and Harding High School.

Please take a moment to complete a short survey. This survey is an opportunity to help your new principal understand the values and priorities of your school community.

We will work together to determine different opportunities to meet and engage with Principal Littles-Butler. You can expect to hear from her directly very soon.

Thank you for supporting your child and Humboldt High School.


Joe Gothard