News and Notes
NEWS AND NOTES
School Start Times - A Message from Dr. Nancy Hacker
The School District of Springfield Township is joining with many other districts throughout the four county region to begin an investigation of the advisability of starting secondary school times later. Significant research shows that adolescents and teenagers require more sleep, generally 8.5 to 9.25 hours each night, a virtual impossibility given the early start times of our Middle and High school. Most students are in the middle of their deepest state of sleep just at the time that they are being asked to wake up and get ready for school. Sleep deprivation can result in serious effects, including substantially higher risk for drug and alcohol use, poorer academic performance, lack of alertness in school, and vehicular accidents when student drivers are fatigued. While a decision has not been made about starting school times later, and perhaps also changing elementary school start times, we do wish to launch discussions around the feasibility of this change for our district. We believe however, that it is critical that families, students, and staff first learn more about this issue.
We have therefore scheduled Dr. Wendy Troxell, a leading national sleep researcher, to come to our district to share her research with us. Dr. Troxell will be coming to our district on Thursday, December 5th, at 6:30pm. The meeting with her will take place in the High School Auditorium and is open to anyone who wishes to attend. We are proudly hosting this event with the Hatboro-Horsham and Upper Dublin School Districts.
I sincerely hope that you will be interested in attending. You can also preview some of Dr. Troxell's information on YouTube and Ted Talks. Prior to this event, the Regional Adolescent Sleep Needs Coalition is hosting a forum about the Science, Strategies, Tactics, and Logistics of Adolescent Sleep Health at the Clarion Hotel in Exton, PA on November 14th, from 9:30am until 3:00pm. Another forum being held on November 13th sold out quickly, so please register quickly is you wish to attend, at
End of First Marking Period
The final day for the 1st Marking Period is Friday, November 8th. Report cards will be distributed in homerooms on Friday, November 15th.
Clothing and Food Collection
Voices Of Excellence is partnering with The Refuge Evangelical Baptist Church to help people who are less-fortunate this upcoming holiday season. VOE will be collecting new clothing and non-perishable foods. The homeroom that gives the most items will receive a prize. Students may bring in items to their homeroom and items can be dropped off at the front desk as well. The goal is to serve over 300 people. We hope you find it in your heart to contribute to this cause wonderful cause. Thank you for your support.
Football Pie Sale Fundraiser
Our annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale runs through November 17th. There are many different desserts including Pumpkin, Apple, Blueberry, Lemon, Cherry, and more! Pie pick up will be in the cafeteria Monday, November 25th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. The pies are delicious and can be frozen to enjoy during the winter holidays. It's a great way to support our Football Program so please find a JV or Varsity player and order soon! Checks are made payable to Springfield Township Football Parents Association. Direct questions to: email@example.com.
To gain a better understanding of our outstanding program at Springfield Township High School, all 8th Grade students are welcome to shadow another student at the high school for half a day. The purpose of our shadowing program is for families considering private school in 9th Grade to have a complete understanding of our offerings here at Springfield Township High School. If you are interested, please reach out directly to Tara Kane @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next PTA meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30pm in the Middle School Library. This meeting will be a special presentation hosted by the school district on students and social isolation. The district kindly requests that you register to attend the special presentation: Visit sdst-isolation.eventbrite.com to let us know you will be attending. Thank you for partnering with us in making a difference in our students’ educational experiences.
Here is more information on the Be Part of the Conversation event. That evening, the Middle and High School will host part two of our series Be Part of the Conversation from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MS Library. This session will be focused on Isolation The New Choice of Drug. We kindly ask that you pre register.
Springfield is proud to announce that we are adding a Unified Bocce program to our winter offerings this year. In addition to Unified Track and Field, we will provide an inclusive opportunity for extracurricular athletics during the winter season. In conjunction with Special Olympics, Springfield Township High School students and staff will be participating in the Philadelphia Polar Plunge! We are asking for your donations to help our programs and benefit Special Olympics. All donations are appreciated! Donate here.
Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Run - Rain or Shine Please join us for the Turkey Trot 5K and 1 Mile Run on Thanksgiving morning, November 28th, at Fort Washington State Park. Registration begins at 8:00am and the run begins at 8:30am. The race benefits the MIP Foundation. Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers in various age groups. Walkers and runners are welcome to register on-line at Turkey Trot or on the day of the race. All questions can be directed to TurkeyTrot.email@example.com.
Softball Bingo Night
Please come and support the Softball program as they will be hosting a Designer Bag and Power Tool Bingo Night on Friday, December 6th at 6:00pm in the Springfield Rec Center! For $30.00 you can potentially win Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Vera Bradley, and more! See the attached Softball Fundraiser flyer for additional information!
Careers in Art Night
Do you love art but wonder if a career in art will make you happy – or that you would be able to support yourself? Careers in Art brings visual art students and their parents together with successful professionals supporting themselves through art in many different ways. Hear from a panel who will share what they studied, what they are doing now and how they got there. Come out and meet professionals succeeding in everything from graphic and web design to fine art, photography, interior and product design.
Thursday November 14th
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, LGI room
201 E Germantown Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 The program is free but registration is required to reserve a spot. Students are encouraged to attend with their parent(s). Register using this Careers in Art link.
Fall Sports Update
Field Hockey is still going strong making their way through the State Playoff Bracket! Football finished the regular season at 8-2 and solidified a first place seed in District 1. The season ended in the first round of the district playoffs after suffering a tough loss to Upper Moreland High School. Girls Soccer advanced to the district playoffs where they faced a talented Saint Basil’s Academy. Saint Basil’s Academy went on to become the District 1 Champion. Boys Soccer just missed the postseason this year, but had some historic wins including edging out Upper Dublin for the first time in multiple years. Water Polo had another rock solid season. The boys’ team finished second place and the girls’ team finished third place in the Small School State Championship. The Spartan Golf team had good representation at the Suburban One League Golf Championship, and from there Ryan F. advanced to the District 1 Tournament. Cross Country traveled to Lehigh with a gaggle of runners preparing to take home some hardware. Unfortunately, our runners just missed the cut to make it to the State Championship Race. Girls’ Tennis sent Lily G., Maddie B., Allison H., and Emily J., to the Suburban One League Championship Tournament, but their season was cut short after facing the stiff competition within the league.
Please stay up-to-date on the latest schedules for the winter season by visiting our Schedules Website. Game times are subject to change daily so make sure you are checking the website frequently.
We need your help! If you, or someone you know, is interested in coaching at Springfield Township High School visit our employment opportunities webpage and apply now! The current coaching openings include the following:
- Head Softball Coach (Spring)
- Assistant Softball Coach (Spring)
- Assistant Boys Tennis Coach (Spring)
Upcoming Athletic Contests
Saturday 11/9 - Field Hockey vs. Greenwood - Round 2 of the 1A PIAA State Playoffs. Warwick HS (301 W Orange St, Lititz, PA 17543) - 12:00pm.
The Winter season officially begins on November 18th, and it’s less than two weeks away! Visit our coaches webpage and contact the coach if you are interested in joining a winter or spring sport. The coaches can add you to any distribution list that they have so that you can stay up-to-date with all pertinent details. As always, every athlete needs a valid PIAA Physical on file with the athletic department. If you already participated in a fall sport you only need to complete Sections 7 and 8 of the PIAA Physical. If you have not handed in your physical yet, do so immediately.
The ImPact test is a computer based test that we use to gather baseline information on every student athlete. This information is used as a comparative tool if a student athlete is suspected of having sustained a concussion. There will be an ImPact testing session on Monday, November 11th after school in the high school library from 3:00-5:00pm. Students should bring their chromebooks. If you are unsure if you need to take the ImPact test, contact our Athletic Trainer, Taylor Dessler at Taylor_Dessler@sdst.org.
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