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, please send your name & email address to Sharon Kistler at SHSHS@ssdstudent.org!! IF YOU WERE ON THE "IMPORTANT NEWS" LIST FROM THE OLD SCHOOL WORLD SITE, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP AGAIN! Thank you!

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

13 - SHS Winter Concert - Auditorium - 7:30pm

16 - Snow Dance for 11th & 12th Grade - SHS Cafe - 7pm

22 - Alternative Beverage Day

12/25-1/1 - Winter Break - All Schools Closed!

JANUARY

2 - School Resumes

9 - Home & School Meeting - Rm. 119 - 7pm

10 - SHS Home & School Fundraiser - Springfield Panera - 4-8pm

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

29 - SHS/ETR Side by Side Concert (Tentative Date)

The 11th & 12th Grade Snow Dance is Saturday, 12/16! Please make note of times and places to drop off items to Andrea Kovacs!

The 11th & 12th Grade Snow Dance is scheduled for Saturday, 12/16, SHS Cafe, 7pm! Andrea Kovacs, our Hospitality Rep, needs help with food/drink/monetary donations, as well as servers for the event! Please see specifics in the Signup Genius information! Any questions, please contact Andrea Kovacs at nwbeach@yahoo.com or Sharon Kistler at david.kistler@comcast.net! Thank you & GO!!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C48AFAA2AA46-11th

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!

Shopping Amazon for the Holidays? Or just in general?

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.

Dance Chaperones

We are still recruiting chaperones for our major dances of the school year! They are: Snow Dance, Soph Hop, Junior Prom and Senior Prom! We ask for 6 parent chaperones for each dance, 3 females & 3 males. You are required to have your license scanned in the SHS Main Office prior to the dances, so that you are in the system! We urge you to sign up as a chaperone in order to keep our students safe at these dances. We thank those who already chaperoned and to those who are signed up to do so in the future! To sign up, please visit our signup genius at:

Dance Chaperones for 2017-2018 School Year

AS PER MR. HEPP'S REQUEST, WE ARE IN NEED OF MORE MALE CHAPERONES FOR THE DANCES! PLEASE CONSIDER CHAPERONING! THANK YOU!!

Come out & get involved! See what's happening at SHS!

The next SHS Home and School meeting will be held on:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Room 119, 7PM (NO December Meeting!)

All SHS parents and guardians are welcome to attend our monthly meetings as they are an excellent way to stay informed and become involved at SHS. Thank you for supporting SHS Home & School!

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!!

SHS Begin/End Times

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

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 H/S. Click on the link below and ask to join today. Once the request is made, please look for a message confirming the name and grade of your student, and reply with the requested information, so we may add you to the group. Thank you!

SHS Home & School Facebook

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

SHS Absentee # and Forms

SHS ATTENDANCE OFFICE: 610-938-6110

SHS parents are asked to report absences by a phone call. Upon returning to school, students need to bring a note for an absence to be excused. All information and forms can be found at the link below!

SSD Attendance Information

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

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

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.

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

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.

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