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Nathan biting into an apple during lunch at Maple Elementary

Food for Thought

SPS menu choices are more than just an exercise in variety—they represent an investment in the overall health of our students and increase opportunities for success in school. Our District cares about the success of our students in the classroom, and there is no better way to ensure students learn and are at their best than when they have their bellies full and are ready to start their day full of energy. And while nutritious food is good for you, who says it has to be boring? From mandarins and Asian pears, to low sodium corn dogs and carrots, students at SPS schools have more food choices than ever before.



Alejandro Abundez creating origami paper flowers as Maria Denny looks on at Hamlin Library

District awarded competitive Community Learning Grant, funds to serve three schools

The Oregon Department of Education recently awarded Springfield Public Schools with a $2.3 million 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) grant. The five-year grant covers extended learning programs that support equity-driven academic enrichment, well-rounded student learning, and culturally-relevant family involvement. The grant will support three schools for the next five years: Guy Lee Elementary, Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary, and Hamlin Middle School.


Mrs. Booren and Lena playing the recorder at Walterville Music Room

District’s music program expansion boosts arts, student experience

The 2023-24 school year marks the start of a major effort to expand and enhance the performing arts programs at Springfield Public Schools. There are now certified full-time music teachers at all elementary schools. The investment translates into well over $1 million in staffing. Many of the schools not only got more time with a certified music teacher, but they also received brand-new instruments, including ukuleles, recorders, and xylophones. Now SPS students get to sing and play their way to a more well-rounded education. 


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