SHS Home & School

WELCOME!!

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

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

2017-2018 Home and School Executive Board

Kelly Busch, President – kellybusch@comcast.net

Melissa Chiarlone, Vice President – mchiarlone@verizon.net

Heather Henry, Treasurer – heatherdh3@msn.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 and volunteers to support the academic and social development of all of our students in a fun and safe environment.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THIS PAGE?

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!

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

This is a closed group for parents and 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 and ask to join today. Once the request is made, please look for a new automated message and reply with the requested information, so we may add you to the group. Thank you!

SHS Home & School Facebook

MAY

25 - Memorial Day Break - No School!

28 - Memorial Day - No School!!

30 - SHS Home & School Fundraiser at Panera in Springfield, 4-8pm

31 - Celebration of the Arts - 7pm

JUNE

1 - Bump Up Day for 8th Graders

4-6 - Senior Marking Period 4 Quarterly Assessments

8 - Commencement/Post-Commencement Celebration

10 - Jazz Under the Stars (Please note! This date has been changed from June 2nd)

12-14 - Marking Period 4 Quarterly Assessments (Grades 9-11)

18 - Snow Makeup Day - Early Dismissal

19 - Last Day for Students - Snow Makeup Day - Early Dismissal

SENIOR AWARDS & RECOGNITION CEREMONY - HELP & FOOD DONATIONS NEEDED!

Thank you to everyone who sent in delicious desserts and/or helped out with the evening! Thanks especially to Maureeen McDermott and Lisa Smith for all of their hard work and help with this special night!

We are so grateful to our SHS volunteers!

FUNDRAISING FLYER[969].pdf

SHS HOME & SCHOOL PANERA FUNDRAISER!

We are excited to announce a 2nd Panera fundraiser this Spring! It's Wednesday, 5/30, 4-8 pm, Springfield Panera, located on Baltimore Pike! We had such a successful fundraiser in January that we wanted to do it again. SHS Home & School doesn't typically fund raise, but, we need to do so now and again to support SHS programming like Alternative Beverage Day, Locker Cleanout, etc.

Simply download, print, show and/or mention flyer for us to receive credit for sale (online or kiosk orders don't count towards the fundraiser). The more sales, the more money we can make! It's as easy as 1-2-3! Plus, who wants to cook if you don't have to, right? Thank you for supporting SHS Home & School and see you then! Any questions, please contact Sharon Kistler @ david.kistler@comcast.net!

WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW SPIRIT WEAR LEADER!

If you are interested in running Spirit Wear next year, please contact Melissa Chiarlone at mchiarlone@verizon.net! She'd be happy to hand over the reigns to you and help you with the transition! We appreciate all of our SHS volunteers!

Thank you!

HOSPITALITY POSITION!

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

Please contact any of the SHS Home & School Executive Board and/or Andrea Kovacs if interested! Thank you!

SHS CAR MAGNETS FOR SALE BY SHS HOME & SCHOOL!

The SHS Home & School is having a car magnet fundraiser! All of the other schools in the district have car magnets & now we do, too! They are just $5 and will be sold at major events like Spring Concerts, Celebrations of the Arts, Home & School Meetings & 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 and we look forward to seeing your magnets on your cars around town!!

MAGNETS WILL ALSO BE SOLD IN THE MAIN OFFICE!!

CAR MAGNETS FLYER.doc

Congratulations to Jen Barbier, our new Treasurer! We're very excited to have you as part of our team!

Thank you to Heather Henry for all of her HARD work as Treasurer this year! We will miss you, but look forward to seeing you at future Home & School Meetings!

PLEASE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR HOME & SCHOOL MEETINGS STARTING UP AGAIN IN THE FALL OF 2018!

Junior Class Post Commencement Meeting 43018.docx

POST COMMENCEMENT CELEBRATION HOSTED BY JUNIOR CLASS!!

If you were unable to attend the meeting and would still like to help out, please contact Kelly Busch at kellybusch@comcast.net! Those who signed in to the meeting and signed up to help will be receiving an email soon to start plans for the Post Commencement Celebration!! Thank you for your help!!

Attached is the agenda for the Post Commencement Meeting!

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!

www.ssdcougars.org/shsweekly

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

www.ssdcougars.org

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

www.the-growl.com

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

Home Access Center

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

Don't forget that the Home Access Center (HAC) was updated over the summer, and parents must use the new link (below) to access the system.

Username/Password: All SHS families should already have an HAC username and 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 and have your username and password ready to login.

http://www.ssdcougars.org/parents/home-access-center

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

The annual SSD calendar has moved online and will no longer be sold to families in a paper format. The link below takes you to the 2017-2018 electronic calendar for SHS, which is updated, real-time and has the most accurate date and event info.

SHS Calendar

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

JOSEPH.HEPP@ssdcougars.org

610-938-6150

Mr. Anthony Simek, Asst. Principal

ANTHONY.SIMEK@ssdcougars.org

610-938-6175

Ms. Monica Conlin, Asst. Principal

MONICA.CONLIN@ssdcougars.org

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

Student Services News/Attendance Office

All absences and late arrivals must be called in to the attendance hotline, 610-938-6110, each day your child is absent or late.

A written note is required and must be submitted within 3 days after return from an absence or the absence will remain unexcused.

Every late arrival to school will be unexcused unless an acceptable excuse note is received.

All early dismissals require a written note from a parent/guardian, and parents/guardians must physically come in the building to sign students out. Please review the Student Handbook for important policy changes for early dismissals.

An Extended Absence Form is required for any planned event for 2 or more consecutive days. The completed form must be picked up and returned to the Student Services office 10 days prior to the trip.

To track your student’s attendance please check the Home Access Center (HAC) on the Springfield School District website. Please review your child’s Student Handbook for all Attendance Policies and Procedures.

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

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

SHS Menus

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

mySchoolBucks

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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

The SHS 2017-2018 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 and much more can be found in the SHS Handbook. A copy is available online on the SSD website.

SHS Handbook

Safety and Security Measures for the 2017/18 School Year

BUILDING ADMITTANCE / PHOTO ID SWIPE:

All persons entering any school building will be required to present and 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 visitors’ pass. Persons without a driver’s license or state-issued identification will still be expected to present a photo ID and 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, and 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.

Security Clearances

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 and welfare of each student remains our utmost priority. Thank you for your support and understanding as we strengthen district-wide security measures.

UPDATE HAC (HOME ACCESS CENTER)

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

SHS Begin/End Times

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

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 a brand new app & it's free! Check it out - www.ssdcougars.org/ssdapp or search Springfield SD Cougars in the app store!

To coincide with the new 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.

Looking for Bus Routes/Schedules for the school year?

Click on the link below, where you can review and print out the SHS AM/PM bus schedules for 2017 - 2018 (revised 9/1/17).

SHS Bus Routes

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 October 6, 2017 through March 15, 2018. This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time my family members and 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 September 11, 2017:

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, and you will earn CASH for my school. You can track the number of points you are earning for our school by checking your grocery receipt starting October 6, 2017 through March 15, 2018.

At the end of each month, your points are calculated and 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 and 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 could mean the world to our school. THANK YOU!!

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