Welcome to Springfield High School - home of the Blue Devils!

Principal: Mrs. Rhonda Kimmons
Asst. Principal: Mr. Robb Brown
Dean of Students: Mr. Brad Turski
Athletic Director: Mr. Frank Kohlhofer


                              Doors Open at 6:00 AM
                             School Starts at 7:30 AM 
Dismissal is at 2:30 PM
 
Useful Telephone Extensions:

            419.867.5637        -     Attendance Office
            419.867.5618        -     Main Office Fax
            419.867.5632        -     Guidance Office
            419.867.5736        -     Guidance Office Fax
            419.867.5624        -     Athletics Office
            419.867.5744        -     Athletics Office  Fax)

Important Dates
    

click here for the EVENT CALENDAR

click here to view the 2016-17 district calendar!  
click here to access Parent University 
                       
                             #springfieldstrong        (commercial)

SHS is a public comprehensive high school with rigorous academic 
programs for students in grades 9-12. Almost 100 faculty and support staff are dedicated to both SHS traditions and to ensuring that each of the approximately 1200 students attain their educational goals.  Students follow a trimester schedule designed to further enhance the academic environment with even more class time for a variety of learning experiences, more teacher/student interaction time, greater opportunities for problem-solving and group activities. SHS offers enrichment through Honors, Advanced Placement, and College Credit Plus* classes. In addition, SHS students may also choose to enroll in a two-year vocational program offered through Penta Career Center. Opportunities abound for community service, leadership development and character building - all interwoven into SHS academic and extracurricular programs. 

In 2016, Springfield High School's Students In Action initiative (coordinated through the prestigious
Jefferson Awards Foundation) earned the NATIONAL Ambassador GOLD Banner and was judged one of the top three service initiatives in the nation! Unique offerings such as this, combined with the school's nationally respected JROTC, programs like Science Olympiad and more help prepare students for success in our global society.  

Springfield High School's Blue Devils are rich in tradition - and we want to encourage all community members to become "true blue!"

*College Credit Plus allows qualified students to receive credit for college-level courses at no cost to the student or his/her family.

Listed below are a number of forms and links to assist you.  Please click on the item that you would like to review or download:

IMPORTANT LINKS:
click here for SHS Daily Announcements
click here for information and access to School Messenger, the district's Instant Alert System
click here for the Curriculum Guide 2016-2017
click here for the words to our Fight Song & Alma Mater
click here to enter the SHS Media Center Pages

Principal's Weekly Message
Mrs. Rhonda Kimmons, Principal
#springfieldstrong 


JROTC Military Ball
This week, I am fortunate to have as a guest author Christopher Fournier, LTC, U.S. Army (Retired), who shared the following report of the 2017 JROTC Military Ball:
Crisply folded napkins, lit candles, and military custom adorned Holland Gardens on February 11th. Springfield Local School District officials, military personnel dressed in “dress mess” uniforms, and cadets from the Blue Devil Battalion dressed in their class “A” uniforms had all gathered for the 32nd annual military ball. These formal dining events are held annually in all military units and serve as an opportunity to honor unit lineage, build camaraderie, and honor those service members who have gone before us. For the cadets of the Springfield High School Blue Devil Battalion it is a very subtle lesson in team building, history, civics, planning, and social etiquette. The ball itself is preceded by weeks of planning on part of the cadet staff, fund raising by the entire corps of cadets and classroom instruction on etiquette at formal social events. The evening begins with a receiving line which gives the cadets the opportunity to formally introduce themselves to high school administrators, school board members, school district administrators, and members of the local military community including lead personnel from the University of Toledo’s senior Reserve Officer Training Corp Battalion. After the cadets proceeded through the receiving line and found their seats the military ball coordinator, Audrey Anne B, gave a brief introduction and presented the “Fallen Soldier Table” honoring those soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice or served as Prisoners of War while protecting the freedoms we enjoy. After eating the cadets were treated to a guest speaker. SSG Brent Riley, a local Army recruiter and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and peacekeeping operations in Kosovo and Macedonia, eloquently broke down the “Cadet Creed”. The “Cadet Creed” is instilled upon the cadets from day one of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps training in the High School and serves as a touchstone for the way cadets should live their lives. SSG Riley explained what it should mean to them from a soldier’s perspective and how he has observed the creed lived by many of the cadets currently serving in the battalion. His message was well received by the cadets and he was presented with a plaque by the cadets of the battalion. However, the most exciting part of the evening for all of the cadets is the presentation of the Military Ball Court and dancing.

This year’s attendants were Alexis M, Abi W, Audrey Anne B, Courtney L, and Hailey E. By secret ballot vote Courtney L was selected as the 2017 Military Ball Queen and she was ordained after the presentation of the court. After the formal portion of the evening the dance floor was opened up to the cadets and rumor has it that the cadre, 1SG Rickey Thomas and LTC Christopher Fournier, as well as a number of the JROTC Boosters and parents could be seen on the floor for the “Cuban Shuffle.” LTC Fournier sees the military ball as a formative event in the development of young cadets as good citizens, "it gives them the tools and confidence to represent themselves appropriately in a public setting." He continued by adding that his hope is that the lessons learned through this event translate into their interactions in the local community on a daily basis and they fulfill the mission of the program of becoming better citizens.


SHS Is the RIGHT Choice
Now that the national elections are complete, most of us are now finding a lot of space promoting why students should enroll in a number of area private schools.  These ads promote rigorous academics, strong athletics, a commitment to community service, and unparalleled school spirit.  Each ad subtly implies that these assets are not available or found at high schools like Springfield. There are also perceptions that remain that public schools do not prepare as well the top students to excel in college.  More about that later in this column!

No doubt, this is the season that private schools invite our students and families to visit.  We applaud all that these schools have to offer - however, we also invite those shopping for the best high school experience for a student to not overlook Springfield High School!!

On our website, we feature an ad, too.  This ad was produced and aired thanks to dollars provided through BCSN.  Check it out at the above #springfieldstrong (commercial) link.  This website also offers a lot of "Did You Know?" information.  Please check that out, too!  

What I would really like to touch on are two of the elements that schools competing for our students use to encourage parents and students to consider attendance:  1) the availability and how well students perform on their end of course AP exams, and 2) Citizenship/Community Service.

AP Exams - these are high-stakes exams that provide college-level credit.  They also demonstrate both the caliber of Springfield students and teachers. Here are just a few of our 2016 results:
AP Psychology . . . of the 83 tests given, 65 students received college credit
AP US History  . . . of the 21 tests given, 19 students received college credit
AP Calculus      . . . of the 20 tests given, 18 students received college credit
AP Biology        . . . of the 18 tests given, 16 students received college credit  

Community Service - for the past four years, Springfield High School has out performed the 40 other high schools in the Toledo Region through the Jefferson Awards Foundation's Students In Action initiative.  Our students are not required to perform service - they do so (in 2016 they accumulated 29,633 hours) because serving others in embedded in the culture of our school. 

I say often that students attending Springfield will find all the opportunities and support they desire to achieve their dreams and highest potential.  Don't just read/listen to me - - come see for yourself what it means to be a Blue Devil and #springfieldstrong.