HPE Weekly Newsletter

Week of January 16

Reminder: No School Monday, January 16

Monday, January 16, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and all schools in St. Paul Public Schools will be closed.

School Choice Season

Next Year 2023-2024 Enrollment

Families with children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2023 can now apply for the Highland Park Elementary (HPE) Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program for next fall. Children who will be 5 by September 1, 2023 can apply for Kindergarten. The deadline for applying is Friday, February 3, 2023.

If your child is currently enrolled in grades Pre-K to Grade 4 at HPE you do not need to apply for next year. All students in grades Pre-K to Grade 4 will automatically have a spot at HPE for next year.

The district recently mailed letters to families of fifth graders to let you know in which middle school your child has a reserved seat for the upcoming school year. The middle school assignments are based on the family address. If you are planning to have your child attend that middle school, you do not need to take any action. You will receive a letter in the spring with information about how to register your student for classes at their middle school. If you want your 5th grader to attend a different SPPS middle school or if you do not live within the City of Saint Paul, you will need to complete an application.

Attending open house events is a great way to learn more about SPPS middle school options. Upcoming middle school open houses include:

  • Hidden River Middle School (1700 Summit Avenue) – Thursday, January 26, 5:00 pm
  • Global Arts Plus Upper Campus (810 Palace Avenue) – Thursday, January 26, 5:30 pm For a complete list of middle school open houses, visit spps.org/openhouses.

The 2022-2023 School Choice Priority Enrollment deadline for grades Pre-K – 12 is Friday, February 3, 2023. Applying by the deadline is the best way to ensure your child is enrolled in your school of choice. To apply, you can complete an online application at apply.spps.org or call the Student Placement Center at 651-632-3760. If you have questions about the application process, please visit Student Placement Center or call 651-632-3760.

About IB: The Learner Profile

HPE is an IB/PYP school. We want to support our families in understanding the type of education we offer our students. One of the components of an IB education is the IB Learner Profile, which lays out 10 attributes we hope to inspire in all of our learners:

  • Inquirers: We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.
  • Knowledgeable: We develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. We engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.
  • Thinkers: We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.
  • Communicators: We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.
  • Principled: We act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. We take responsibility for our actions and their consequences.
  • Open-Minded: We critically appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We seek and evaluate a range of points of view, and we are willing to grow from the experience.
  • Caring: We show empathy, compassion and respect. We have a commitment to service, and we act to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the world around us.
  • Risk-Takers: We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change.
  • Balanced: We understand the importance of balancing different aspects of our lives—intellectual, physical, and emotional—to achieve well-being for ourselves and others. We recognize our interdependence with other people and with the world in which we live.
  • Reflective: We thoughtfully consider the world and our own ideas and experience. We work to understand our strengths and weaknesses in order to support our learning and personal development.

Tech Talk

Save the date for Highland Park Elementary's Tech Talk Night, which will be on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:00 p.m.

During this event we will be covering some of the basics of technology for our elementary learners:

  • SPPS use of iPad to support learning and enhance instruction
  • Ways iPads are used at HPE
  • Preview key apps used at HPE
  • Data security and policies
  • Technology resources for families
  • How to have conversations with children about cyber security
  • How to set content filters and view your child's search history

We hope to see you there!


The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) at Highland Park Elementary is a non-profit group committed to building community and supporting our school through events and fundraisers. We strive to partner with staff, families, and the community to create a safe and healthy learning environment where all students can reach their fullest potential.

Are You Interested in Becoming a Teacher?

We are excited to be hosting our first St. Paul Public School District, TEACHER PREPARATION FAIR, Saturday, February 11, 2023, at Washington Technology Magnet School!

We would like to invite our St. Paul Public School District employees, high school students and surrounding communities that are interested in a career in teaching-Join us!

At the Teacher Preparation Fair there will be different partnering Institutes of Higher Education (Universities and Colleges) and local 2-year Community Colleges to showcase what teacher preparation programs they have to offer.

We want to support a pathway that would meet the needs of potential candidates interested in a career as a licensed educator towards an initial license, additional license and administrative license.

We are inviting the community along with our SPPS employees and high school students in our district to join us that day for the fair focuses on a Licensed Educator Pathway.

Please join us, click the link below and sign-up for a reminder to this Teacher Preparation Event in February.

Feel free to forward and share this email and Reminder Link for the event to anyone you feel would benefit for the opportunity.