SHS Home & School

WELCOME!!

Our Home and School Association is a partnership between parents & teachers committed to the education of our children. Students benefit from parental involvement, knowledge & interest in their school.

As a parent, you are a member of our organization & your participation can help make it a successful year. Please know you are welcome at our meetings & your ideas and suggestions will be appreciated.

2018-2019 Home and School Executive Board

Kelly Busch, President – kellybusch@comcast.net

Melissa Chiarlone, Vice President – mchiarlone@verizon.net

Jen Barbier, Treasurer - cjbarbier2@gmail.com

Sharon Kistler, Corresponding Secretary – david.kistler@comcast.net

Scott Holloway, Recording Secretary (SHS) – scott.holloway@ssdcougars.org

We look forward to a great school year working with our students, teachers, staff & volunteers to support the academic & social development of all of our students in a fun & safe environment.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THIS PAGE?

This page contains all sorts of important information & is updated constantly! Don't forget to look over this whole page, but also the special tabs at the top of the page (Post Prom 2019, meeting minutes, Naviance, etc.) If you would like to be added to this page to receive "Important News" updates, please send your name & email address to Sharon Kistler at SHSHS@ssdstudent.org!

Thank you!

SHS MAIN OFFICE

The SHS Main Office is the best source of information! If you have any questions, the staff will most likely have the answers & if they don't, they'll be able to direct you properly! They are incredibly helpful! The Main Office # is 610-938-6100!

Thank you!

Have you joined our SHS Home and School FB Page??

This is a closed group for parents & guardians of SHS students. It's a great place for timely reminders or get a response to a quick question related to our Home & School. Click on the link below & ask to join today. Once the request is made, please look for an automated message & reply with the requested information, so we may add you to the group. Thank you!

DECEMBER

15 - Snow Dance for Juniors & Seniors - 6:30-9:30pm - Cafe

21 - Alternative Beverage Day

12/24-1/1 - Winter Break! All Schools Closed! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

JANUARY

2 - Students Return to School

11 - SSDM Blacklight Dance - 7pm - Cafe

14-15 - Keystone Testing

17 - College Planning Night for Junior Families - 6pm - Auditorium

21 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - All Schools Closed!

23-25 - Marking Period 2 Quarterlies

25 - Marking Period 2/Semester 1 Ends

11th & 12th Grade Snow Dance is Coming!

It's Saturday, 12/15, 6:30-9:30pm, SHS Cafe! We are in need of food/drink/monetary donations, as well as 2 servers to assist our Hospitality Rep, Andrea Kovacs (please consider shadowing Andrea as she needs a replacement for next year for Hospitality - see additional post below). Signup Genius link below has all specific information for the Snow Dance!

Any questions, please contact Andrea Kovacs at nwbeach@yahoo.com or Sharon Kistler at david.kistler@comcast.net! Thank you and Happy Holidays!

HOSPITALITY POSITION!

Mrs. Andrea Kovacs and her family have been running our Hospitality at SHS for several years! After this school year, her last child will graduate & we will need a replacement! This school year would be the perfect time to "shadow" her & her family! The major events are: Frosh, Snow Dance & Celebration of the Arts!

Please contact any of the SHS Home & School Executive Board and/or Andrea Kovacs (nwbeach@yahoo.com), if interested! Thank you!

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT WAY TO BECOME INVOLVED!

DANCE CHAPERONES FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

We have several dances during the 2018-2019 school year! We are looking for chaperones to help out at each of them. We need 3 females & 3 males per dance. It's light monitoring of certain areas during the dance. Last year, our chaperones had wonderful things to say about the students attending!

The remaining dances are: Snow Dance (Saturday, 12/15, SHS Cafeteria), Soph Hop (Friday, 3/8, Springfield Country Club), Junior Prom (Friday, 4/5, Drexelbrook) & Senior Prom (Friday, 5/3, Kings Mills).

If your child doesn't want you in attendance, you could chaperone a different dance. If you'd like to chaperone their dance, it's not likely they'd see you for most of it! Please consider chaperoning as this is a great way to become involved and help out at SHS! Chaperones will need to have license scanned in main office through the Raptor system in advance.

Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Kistler at david.kistler@comcast.net!

UPDATE HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER)

Please make sure that all of your emergency contact information is up to date, in case of inclement weather, late start, early dismissal, etc. Thank you!

2019 Yearbook Sale

For those of you who have been searching for the yearbook order site, it's www.yearbookordercenter.com & SHS is #10819-2019! Please make sure you remember to order your yearbook!

Don't forget that you can support Springfield High School H&S efforts while you shop at Giant!

Our school is participating in the Giant A+ School Rewards Program, a great school fundraising program that runs from September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time my family members & friends shop at any Giant Store. Please help our school and register your BONUSCARD® to our SCHOOL ID# 23819.

Here’s How You Can Help Beginning August 3, 2018:

Visit www.giantfoodstores.com/school-rewards/. Follow the prompts to create your online account. You’ll need your 11-digit BONUSCARD® number and the School ID #.

**IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR BONUSCARD® NUMBER CALL 1-888-814-4268, OPTION #1.

To earn points:

Use your BONUSCARD® each time you shop at Giant & you will earn CASH for your designated school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting September 7, 2018 through March 16, 2019.

At the end of each month, your points are calculated & converted to CASH rewards. These CASH rewards for our school are updated monthly. You can track our progress when you sign in to your online account.

Our school will receive one CASH awards check at the end of the program & can use this cash for any of its educational needs.

Our school needs your support! Please take a moment to register your BONUSCARD® today! And don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. It would mean the world to our school. THANK YOU!!

DON'T FORGET ~ OUR SCHOOL NUMBER IS 23819!!

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Important SHS Contact Information and Phone Numbers

Springfield High School

49 W. Leamy Ave

Springfield, PA 19064

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Mr. Joseph Hepp, Principal

610-938-6150

Mr. Anthony Simek, Asst. Principal

610-938-6175

Ms. Monica Conlin, Asst. Principal

610-938-6125

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Main Office Phone

610-938-6100

Main Office Fax

610-938-6105

Absentee Line/Attendance

610-938-6110

Nurse's Office

610-938-6115

Guidance Office

610-938-6130

Athletic Director's Office

610-938-6185

HOME & SCHOOL MEETINGS

Thank you to Mike Vaughan, our Safety Director at SSD, for his presentation on safety in the district! Please see "Safety Power Point Presentation" on this site!

The remainder of the meetings will be in February and April! We are working on February's Guest Speaker, but Judge Andrea Puppio has confirmed she will be at our April Meeting! Thank you for supporting SHSHS!

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Safety Power Point Presentation

For those of you who weren't able to attend our Home & School Meeting and see Safety Director, Mike Vaughan's Presentation on Safety in our district, here is the Power Point Presentation! It has important and relevant information and we thank Mike for being our guest speaker and sharing this with us!

Absence Notification: New Email Procedures & More

Attendance notification may be completed in either of the following two ways:

1) An e-mail to the attendance office at shsattendance@ssdcougars.org, which will also fulfill the written notice requirement for an excused absence. The e-mail must include the date of absence, child’s name, grade, the reason for the absence & the parent/guardian name reporting the absence & phone number.

2) A phone call to the school attendance hotline (610)938-6110. The message should include the student name, grade, date, the name of the parent/guardian calling, a phone number & the reason for the absence. A call must be followed-up with a written excuse note or email within three days. If a written excuse is not submitted within this time period, the absence automatically becomes unexcused.

**Extended Absence/Vacation Request/Approval Forms must be picked up in the Student Services Office at least 10 days prior to the first day of the requested absence.**

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Late Arrivals and Early Dismissals

Written notes are required for all late arrivals & early dismissals. Late arrivals & early dismissals remain unexcused until a note is received. If the late arrival or early dismissal is due to a medical or dental appointment, additional documentation from the medical office must be provided to be excused. The appointment verification can be faxed to (610)938-6105 or dropped off to the Student Services Office. Early dismissal notes must include how the student is getting home.

Excuse for Absence & Late Arrival/Early Dismissal Cards can be picked up in the Student Services Office, Room 120.

PLEASE NOTE: Additional information & updated attendance polices can be found in the student handbook & on the district website, www.ssdcougars.org.

SHS CAR MAGNETS FOR SALE BY SHS HOME & SCHOOL!

The SHS Home & School is selling car magnets! They are just $5 and will be sold at major events like Home & School Meetings, concerts & more...don't miss out & also help our Home & School raise funds to support programming at our wonderful school!

Any questions, please contact Sharon Kistler at david.kistler@comcast.net! Any of the Executive Board Members of our Home & School will be selling them. Thank you for supporting SHS Home & School & we look forward to seeing your magnets on your cars around town!!

MAGNETS ARE ALSO BEING SOLD IN THE MAIN OFFICE!!

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Home Access Center

Looking for a copy of your student's schedule or want to check grades?

Username/Password: All SHS families should already have an HAC username & password. If you have any problems, please email parentportal@ssdcougars.org.

Please include the following information (if you have multiple students, information is only required for one student for identification purposes):

1. Student Name 2. Student Grade 3. Student Birthdate 4. Student Homeroom

Questions concerning grades: please contact the school/teacher directly.

Questions concerning attendance: please contact the school/teacher directly.

Please follow the link below & have your username and password ready to login.

SHS Weekly Reminders

A great source of information is the SHS Cougar Tracks. This includes both SHS & SHS Home & School news and updates! You can check in at any time to see what's happening at SHS and with the Home & School!

Please also check out the District Website on a regular basis!

Lastly, check out the Growl! It's both fun & informative!

Each Wednesday, our Principal, Mr. Hepp, sends out the SHS Weekly Reminders!

How Can I View SHS Lunch Menus or Make a Lunch Account Payment?

Lunch menus change weekly & can be found by clicking on the link below:

If you need to add money to your child's lunch account, you can do that by following the link below to the "my SchoolBucks" website to add funds electronically:

You do not have to make a payment online to use mySchoolBucks.

This website allows you to view your child’s participation account so you can see what they are purchasing & how much money is in the account. This also allows you to make sure money was applied to the account that you paid through mySchoolBucks or by sending a check to school.

If you are sending money to school with your child, please put it in an envelope with the child’s name & grade on the front. It is recommended to send a check but if you prefer cash, it is more important to put the cash in a sealed envelope with the child’s name on it.

If sending a check, please put the child’s name & PIN number in the “memo” section of the check.

If you are having problems or have questions about this process, please call Gail Hollenbeck at 610-938-6023 or email at Gail.Hollenbeck@ssdcougars.org.

Safety and Security Measures for the 2018-19 School Year

BUILDING ADMITTANCE / PHOTO ID SWIPE:

All persons entering any school building will be required to present & swipe their driver’s license or state issued ID in the District’s new Raptor Security System; upon running the identification, the system will automatically generate a visitor's pass. Persons without a driver’s license or state-issued identification will still be expected to present a photo ID & will have to meet with building administration to determine building admittance.

VOLUNTEERS AND CHAPERONES / BACKGROUND CHECKS AND CLEARANCES:

As determined by administration, all volunteers who are responsible for the welfare of children must have obtained all security clearances prior to service. Primarily, these volunteers are persons who will chaperone a field trip or volunteer at certain building events identified by administration. Necessary clearances include child abuse clearance, criminal history & an FBI background check (waivers for the FBI check are available for persons who have been residents of Pennsylvania for ten years or longer). Fees for volunteers applying for clearances have been waived by the state, with the exception of the FBI background check, which costs $27.50. Links to obtain clearances are available on the link.

Please inform all persons on your students’ approved pick-up list, or members of your family who may wish to volunteer, of these changes. Should you have any questions, please contact your building principal. As always, the safety & welfare of each student remains our utmost priority. Thank you for your support & understanding as we strengthen district-wide security measures.

Looking for Bus Routes/Schedules for the school year?

Click on the link below, where you can review & print out any of the Springfield School District's AM/PM bus schedules for 2018-2019. Thank you!

Shopping Amazon can support SAEF!!

Did you know that purchases made through http://smile.amazon.com will donate a portion back to Springfield Area Educational Foundation (SAEF)? This supports SSD student scholarships, educational programs & projects.

Find more information at: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/75-3196779. Thank you!

There's an app for that & more exciting news from SSD!

Springfield School District has an app & it's free! Check it out - www.ssdcougars.org/ssdapp or search Springfield SD Cougars in the app store!

To coincide with the app, Springfield School District now has a Facebook page - www.facebook.com & search for Springfieldsd. Also, there is a new Instagram page for the district - www.instagram.com/springfield.sd.

Be sure to check out the SHS Online Calendar and keep on top of Important Dates!

The annual SSD calendar is online. The link below takes you to the 2018-2019 electronic calendar for SHS, which is updated, real-time & has the most accurate date & event information.

SHS Begin/End Times

SHS first period begins at 7:30am & school is dismissed at 2:30pm, at the end of 7th period!

The SHS Student Handbook is a Great Resource!

Do you have a question about the bell schedule? Do you want to check the dress code policy? All of this information & much more can be found in the SHS Handbook. A copy is available online on the SSD website.