Spring Break — April 5-13

Spring Break for students is April 5-13.

  • Classes resume for students on Wednesday, April 14 (following the same AA/BB Days schedule)
  • SPCPA buildings and offices are closed April 5-9
  • Staff return April 12 and 13

Creative Writing Department Chair: Michael Kleber-Diggs

WELCOME MICHAEL KLEBER-DIGGS, our new Creative Writing Department Chair!
In addition to his role as department chair, Michael will teach classes in poetry and creative non-fiction.
SPCPA’s new Creative Writing program will also offer classes in playwriting, fiction and screenwriting.
Michael is a poet, essayist and literary critic whose work has been published in publications across the country. June this year will see the release of his debut poetry collection, WORLDLY THINGS, which won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize.
Michael has been a Fellow with the Givens foundation for African American Literature and a Poet Laureate of Anoka County Libraries. He currently sits on the Board of Directors at The Loft Literary Center. He’s also the parent of a former SPCPA student!
See Michael’s full bio at michaelkleberdiggs.com

Semester 2 Begins FEBRUARY 1

Semester 2 begins on Monday, February 1.

2/1/21 is an A-Day / Monday

Winter Break 12/21 – 1/1

SPCPA will be on winter break December 21 through January 1. During this time, faculty and staff will be on break as well, offices and buildings will be remain closed, and messages will be returned in the new year. We wish you all a safe and enjoyable break.

SPCPA transitions to 100% Distance Learning for ALL students, beginning 11/30/2020

Beginning on Monday November 30, 2020 ALL students will transition to the 100% Distance Learning Model.

The last day of Hybrid learning will be Friday November 20, 2020. Students will NOT have school (distance or otherwise) on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24.

A notification will be sent via email on December 28 regarding the return to classes after Winter Break.

Students and Families, in the meantime please continue to check your emails for updates.

The School Store is NOW OPEN

We are pleased to announce that the SPCPA School Store is officially online and ready to take orders!  Browse available SPCPA merchandise, purchase, and pick up in person.  Merchandise includes tees, sweatshirts, sweatpants, and more!

The School Store is accessible through your INFINITE CAMPUS account.  Log in and navigate to the School Store in the menu.

Merchandise will be pulled weekly on Mondays and will be available for pickup in the Lowry Main Office Tuesdays-Fridays.

We look forward to see students and families show their SPCPA school spirit!

COVID-19 Community Free Testing Locations

Updated COVID-19 Community Testing Locations

For more information, upcoming testing dates, and to register for an appointment, visit the COVID-19 Community Testing webpage.

  • Testing is free, you do not need insurance or identification
  • You can get tested even if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • To avoid long lines, people are encouraged to pre-register for a time slot, using the registration link listed for each location.

People who are unable to sign up online or need interpretation can call 1-855-612-0677 for assistance.

For more information about all COVID-19 testing throughout Minnesota, visit this MDH webpage.

Fall Conferences Nov 6 & 9 // Distance Learning Days for ALL Students

Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences
Via TELEPHONE only  (no in-person, no video)

Friday, November 6 from 8AM-4PM
Monday, November 9 from 11AM-7PM

Parents book their conference appointments via our SPCPA’s Meet The Teacher homepage
Appointments are in 15min increments, though actual talk time is 10min (the remaining 5min is for teachers to prep for their next conference)
Teachers will call the phone number associated with the parent/guardian who made the booking
Conference days will be Distance Learning Days for ALL students (no in-person classes, no Zoom live sessions)
Students will still need to check in for Attendance on these days

Note: Our buildings will be closed on these days, though our main desk at 16 W 5th Street will be accessible during regular school hours.

Calendar: Group 1/Group 2 Physically in the Building

Use this calendar to determine if Group 1 or Group 2 is physically present at SPCPA for the day.

2020-21 School Calendar (Group Physically Present)

Welcome Back!

September 8, 2020

Dear SPCPA Students & Families — WELCOME BACK!

It was great to welcome back students for the first day of hybrid learning. Check out Facebook for pictures from today. We also enjoyed connecting virtually with our students doing 100% distance learning and look forward to another first day of school for our second group of hybrid students tomorrow. It is definitely not a “typical” first day for our school community, but the excitement and energy was still obvious.

The extra communication and work from everyone in our community that went into making this day possible is greatly appreciated. We know SPCPA has an amazing staff, but they really went above and beyond over the past 18 days to prepare for the start of the school year. Take the time to thank a staff member this week if you can — I know they will appreciate it! We are all in this together — We will take each day as it comes and continually do our best to maintain a safe learning and work environment for everyone while continuing to take the time to honor the work of those in our community.

We must all do our part to support being able to offer hybrid learning models, so please be sure that students and family members are self-monitoring for symptoms daily before students leave for school. Staff will do the same.

You can refer to page 7 of the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan for Students & Families for more information on self-monitoring for illness.


Thank you for your continued investment in our school community. We look forward to another, albeit unique, school year!


Callie Jacobs, Ed.D.