South St. Paul High School Weekly

The Principal's Newsletter: November 18, 2022

From the Principal's office!

Happy Friday,

I hope this message finds you warm, healthy, and happy. We are wrapping up Trimester 1 in just a few short days (only 6 days left in the trimester) and our students are working to hard to get all their work completed. Please make sure to check out the rest of the newsletter. Some of the items you can learn more about:

  • A Thank you from Us to you
  • Stay Healthy/Stay Safe
  • The Family Corner-Family Support Newsletter
  • Important Upcoming Dates
  • The Good, the Bad and the Harmful and much, much more.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend. Go Packers!



Mr. Chuck Ochocki

South St. Paul High School Principal

700 2nd Street North

South St. Paul, MN 55075

(651) 457-9402

Packer Pride: Today. Tomorrow. Forever.

Thank you

We are so grateful that the community passed the operating levy this November. But don't take my word for it, please watch this video.

Stay Healthy/Stay Safe

With the holidays coming up, stay healthy and safe! Test for COVID before visiting family and before coming back to school. Pick up a free COVID test from any school health office or fill out this link to get a test kit sent home with your student. Free tests for staff and students. All positive test results for students and staff should be reported to Nurse Shawne at

Important upcoming dates:

Wednesday, November 23-25- No School- Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 28- Thursday, December 1- Finals Week

*Final schedule can be found below

Wednesday, November 30-Packer Plus: What I Need Wednesday

Thursday, December 1- Trimester 1 Finals, End of Trimester 1

Friday, December 2- No School for Students; Professional Time and Development for Staff

Monday, December 5- Start of Trimester 2

  • 6:00 PM- Conversation with the Principal (HS Lecture Hall) Topic: Vaping 101: What Parents/Guardians Need to Know

Wednesday, December 7- Late start and ALL students are in the building- No Packer Plus!

Thursday, December 8-THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE HARMFUL (more information below)

Wednesday, December 14-Late start and ALL students are in the building- No Packer Plus!

Wednesday, December 21- Packer Plus: What I Need Wednesday

Wednesday, December 22- January 2- No School-Winter Break

January 3- Students return to school from Winter Break

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The Family Corner-Family Support- November 2022

Hello and welcome to the new family corner newsletter! I will be sending out monthly updates on resources for students and families within the school and in the South St. Paul community! Stay updated every month on resources that could be available for you and your family.

My name is Natalie St. John,

I am South St. Paul's Family Support Worker. I work for a social service organization called 360 Communities, but work in the South St Paul Secondary building Monday-Friday. I am here to support families with all kinds of needs such as food access, housing, safety from violence, basic needs, adult education, employment, applying for county benefits, parenting, and supporting students' academic needs at home. Each month I will send out a newsletter with helpful news and resources. Please reach out if there's anything you need help with, or to set up an appointment with me to talk about anything you need support with!

Office Phone: 651-552-3094

Work Cell: 507-556-4990


High School Final Exam Schedule for Trimester 1

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The South St Paul speech team is organizing for the upcoming 2023 season!

Speech is an MSHSL-sponsored activity, and has strong participation across the state. We believe it remains strong for a number of reasons. First, as with any MSHSL activity, students have the opportunity to letter and win awards. Secondly, through the competitions, students meet people and make new friends, both here at SSP as well as across the state. And, most importantly, students gain life-long communication skills that will be helpful in whatever the future brings.

Our competitions begin, primarily on Saturdays, at the end of January and continue through March, with the State Tournament taking place in April. We sincerely hope to pique your interest in our activity, and that your child might be able to attend one of our upcoming information meetings to learn more about our activity.

  • Tuesday, November 29 at 3:15 p.m. in the Stock Exchange (off the Cafeteria)

  • Tuesday, November 29 at 6:00 p.m. in the Stock Exchange

  • Wednesday, November 30 at 3:15 p.m. in the Stock Exchange

  • Wednesday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the Stock Exchange

Please check out the accompanying information:

  • How Speech Works explains how we make our activity as flexible as possible so that a student can fit Speech into their schedule around the other time commitments they have.
  • Speech Categories 2023 provides a brief description of the 13 competitive events that our activity offers in Minnesota.

Please encourage your child to attend one of the above meetings. Attending the meeting allows your child to learn more about the activity without committing himself/herself to joining the team, AND we will have treats! Parents are also welcome at these meetings! The meeting should last about 45 minutes.

If you have other questions, please reach out to me, Ceil McDonald, at


Ceil McDonald

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If your student is going to be absent please (651) 457-9415 to let us know.

Parents of Seniors!

Please remind your students to go into their email from campus and click on the link to fill out their diploma card. If your student has any questions, please have them stop down and see Joleen in the office. Thank you

As the cold weather starts to become the norm...

As the cold weather starts to become the norm, I want to remind you about some of the practices we have at SSP High School about dropping your student off before school and picking your student up after school:

  • The doors to the building open at 7:30 AM.
  • Students need to be dropped off on 2nd street at door 4
  • Please did not drop students off in the parking lot of the High School or Central Square. The parking lot is reserved as the drop off space for our students with Special Needs.*We have a student that is in a wheelchair that is dropped off and picked up from the parking lot of Central Square. Please do not park in handicap spots of Central Square.
  • If you are picking up your student, please understand that our doors are locked at 2:45 PM and that your student will need to be picked up by 2:45 PM. Please plan on picking your student up on 2nd Street.
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