SPPS Apps is a powerful suite of free, web-based collaboration tools provided by Google.   It provides users with anytime, anywhere access to communication and collaboration tools, such as Email, Calendar, Docs, Presentations, Spreadsheets, Forms, and Sites.  Users may create, share, and collaborate on  documents with users inside and outside of the SPPS domain (@stpaul.k12.mn.us).


SPPS Apps accounts are provided for current SPPS students and employees.  Accounts are disabled and purged once a student leaves the district or graduates.  Employee accounts are disabled and purged when an employee retires or is terminated.  SPPS Apps users must take steps to transfer their contacts and documents before they leave the district. 

Access SPPS Apps

Go to http://start.stpaul.k12.mn.us

Log in with your Active Directory user name and password (e###### or s######)

Protect Your Documents and Email

  • Change your default Active Directory password  - Directions can be found here
  • Always sign out of your account
  • QUIT your browser -- on a Mac use Command Q or select Quit from the menu;  on a PC go to File and select Exit or press the red X in the upper right corner
  • Quit all open applications and Log out of the computer if you have finished your work session -- wait until you see the log in screen to verify that you have successfully logged out of the computer

Supported Browsers

  • Google Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11

Google supports the two most recent version of Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer.  Google Chrome browser works best with Apps, but is not available for Mac computers with OS 10.4.11 or 10.5.8.

Internet Explorer 9 is no longer supported.  Keep in mind that some functions of Google Apps do not work as intended in some browsers.

Browser Settings

In order for SPPS Apps to work properly, users must make sure to enable Cookies and JavaScript. Google provides directions for enabling cookies and JavaScript for the supported browsers.  Click on the links below to access Google Support documents.

Enable Cookies

Enable JavaScript

Forward SPPS Apps Email to Lotus Notes

SPPS employees are required to forward their SPPS Apps email to their Lotus Notes email.  To set up email forwarding, follow the directions in the link below. When prompted to enter the email address, enter your @spps.org email address.  By setting up email forwarding, you will only have to check one email address, as all email is funneled into your Lotus Notes email account.

Directions: Forward Email to Lotus Notes