Student Handbook Directory
A Cappella Club
Academic Competition Team
The Chronicle (Newspaper)
Strategic Game Club
National Honor Society
National Art Honor Society
Spartan Culture Committee
Strategic Gaming Club
Students for Equity and Acceptance
Unified Leadership Club
Voices of Excellence
Youth and Government
World Language Club
Membership in the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society or any subject specific Honor Society is based on meeting a strict criteria for selection and admission. Students who apply for acceptance into one of these prestigious societies must meet certain requirements that include academic excellence, course rigor, service, leadership, character and dedication to the pursuit of knowledge and learning. Membership in any of the societies is one of the highest honors and distinctions that can earned by a student during their time at Springfield Township High School. Each Honor Society has a dedicated webpage that provides information on the society, the application, deadlines and contact information. The information for National Honor Societies can be found here. Students are encouraged to look at the requirements for these societies early on in their high school career.
Each Monday, STHS runs a report listing all students with failing grades. From that list, Activity Advisors are notified if they have any participants are failing a course or courses. Questions regarding failing courses should always be directed to the teacher of the course. The Activity Advisors do not have any details as to why the grade is below a 65%.
If a student is failing a course they are designated as a Week 1 Student. This simply signifies this is the first week they are failing this specific course. This Week 1 designation is purely a warning to notify the student that they are currently carrying a failing grade(s).
In the subsequent week, if any student is carrying the same failing grade in the same class(es), his/her designation changes to a Week 2. Students that fail the same course for two consecutive weeks cannot participate in activities for one week.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the tutoring center to establish good academic standing.
If there is a cost associated with an activity an ineligible student may miss, the decision will be on a case by case basis determined with the administrative team.
The only way to re-establish eligibility is to show up on a Monday report as passing the course(s). Ineligible students will not participate in the activity the entire week from Monday through Saturday.
As part of a diverse community, STHS recognizes that it is impossible to offer academic tasks which reflect the values of every segment of our community. All materials that are part of the high school program are offered for their educational value. On those rare occasions when readings and/or assignments conflict with the religious or other beliefs of individual students, parents/guardians may request an alternate reading or assignment. Parents should submit their specific concerns to the principal in writing.
Springfield Township Schools offer a varied athletic program as members of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and is in District One. Springfield competes as a member of the Suburban One League.
Please visit the website for sports schedules.
To be eligible to compete in PIAA interscholastic sports, a student must:
- pursue a full-time curriculum defined and approved by the Principal.
- be passing at least four full-credit subjects, or the equivalent, as of each Friday during a grading period. Failing to meet this requirement, a student will lose eligibility from Sunday through the Saturday of the following week.
- have passed at least four full-credit subjects or the equivalent during the previous grading period. If a student fails to meet this requirement, the student will lose eligibility for 15 school days of the next grading period, beginning on the first day that report cards are issued. Since there are four grading periods, students will be ineligible for at least 15 school days.
- students may not practice during the period of ineligibility and are instead encouraged to sign up for after school library, conference with teachers or attend homework club.
- students will not be permitted to participate in any team-related activity sponsored by the School District of Springfield Township including competitions, traveling with the team, or any athletic activity.
To participate in athletics,
- Students must submit a certificate of consent signed by his/her parent or guardian, be examined by a licensed physician to complete the PIAA forms.
- students must have an ImPact baseline test on file.
Athletics & Activity Attendance Regulations
In order to participate in extracurricular activities, events, or athletics,
- a student must be present at least ½ of the school day with a valid excuse OR
- a student must not miss more than 90 minutes of the day unexcused OR
- a student must have prior absence approval from the principal in an extenuating circumstance
Furthermore, if a student is chronically or excessively late or absent from school, the principal shall evaluate each situation and determine the student's eligibility to participate in any extracurricular activity. The district reserves the right to require a physician's excuse to validate any period of absence. The principal shall have the final decision on eligibility for extracurricular activities, events, and athletics.
PIAA Bylaw Article III-3: How Attendance Affects Eligibility
A student who has been absent from school during a semester for a total of twenty (20) or more school days, is ineligible to participate in an Inter-School Practice, Scrimmage, or Contest until the student has been in attendance for a total of forty-five (45) school days following the student’s twentieth (20th) day of absence.
Girls' Field Hockey
Track & Field
Regular school attendance is imperative if scholastic progress is to be made. The responsibility to ensure students adhere to established attendance policies is a shared responsibility between home and school. All parents/guardians are duty bound and required by law to see that their children are present every day during the school year except for the few legal exceptions cited below.
If your child will be absent, please email the attendance office and include your child's full name and grade in the subject line as well as a reason for your child's absence citing one of the approved reasons. Email is best for our attendance staff. If you don’t have access to email or need a last minute early dismissal, then please call.
|Elementary||email by 9:30am||
Enfield (215) 233-6006
Erdenheim (215) 233-6008
|Secondary||email by 8:30am||
Middle School (215) 233-6070
High School (215) 233-6030 option 1
If you choose to call instead of email, you must follow up with an email or note within 3 school days with an approved reason for the absence to be excused.
For more information and resources, visit the Attendance Page on our district website, www.sdst.org under the Resources Page.
Legal (Excused) Absences
Pennsylvania Compulsory School Attendance Law (Section 1333) requires daily attendance and permits absence only for urgent reasons approved by the School Board based on Pennsylvania School Code. A student absence is considered excused when the student is prevented from attendance for mental, physical, or other urgent reasons such as:
- Illness or Recovery from an accident
- Medical or Dental Appointments
- Family Emergency
- Death in the Family
- Impassable Roads
- Pre-Approved Educational Travel including college visitations
- Court Appearance
- A student who is dismissed from school during school hours for health-related reasons by a certified school nurse, registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or a school administrator or designee employed by the District.
- Other principal pre-approved conditions including, but not limited to, religious holidays or instruction, tutoring, or extra-curricular activities requiring absence from school.
Note: Absences exceeding five (5) days will require a doctor’s note to be classified as legal absences.
Illegal (Truant) Absences
- All absences are considered unexcused until the District receives an email or written note within three (3) school days of the return to school documenting a valid reason for the absence, as detailed above.
- Submission of a written excuse note or email to the main office does not mean the absence is excused.
- If written verification of the reason for absence is not received within three (3) days of the return to school, the absence will automatically be recorded as truant.
- Reasons for absence of a doubtful nature, including but not limited to an excessive number of absences in one category of absence, may be subject to administrative review.
- Truant absences may result in contact from the school social workers or administrative team to address improving attendance. If attendance does not improve, School Districts are mandated by Act 138 to begin truancy procedures which can include a School Attendance Improvement Plan (SAIP) as well as contact with the Office of Children and Youth and/or District Court per Truancy Law (see below).
Tardy / Lateness
Students’ who arrive late to school cause a major disruption to the educational process. Any student with unexcused lateness to school four (4) or more times during a single marking period shall be assigned consequences in accordance with the code of conduct. The following are the only reasons for which student lateness is marked excused:
- Illness of the student
- Extreme emergency
- Doctor or dentist appointment (note required)
We discourage family vacations when school is in session. The Educational Trip Pre-Approval Form should be completed and emailed to email@example.com for any requests for educational travel (not vacations) to be pre-approved for possible excuse from school. This form is only required for families who are requesting their absence from school be excused for educational purposes. Each request is reviewed with building administrators with consideration for the developmental level of the student and the educational connections. An educational trip might include the following:
- Attendance at a seminar, conference, or training
- Trip designed to include a variety of cultural or experiential museums, historical sites, or educational experiences
- Trips required for participation in a club, activity, sport, or event which may be sponsored by a school or a community group
If you are taking a vacation, please email the attendance email address in your child's building and while the absence will be unexcused, we will make a notation of family vacation in our records.
We also know sickness happens and emergencies come up. Here are a few guidelines to ask yourself when wondering if your child should stay home from school for illness:
If you find yourself engaged in a battle over “too sick for school” with your child, please use our student services. Each of our schools has a nurse every day who can assess your child throughout the day if they aren’t feeling great and don’t meet the criteria above to stay home. Try to normalize the morning nervousness or discomfort when your student is waking up and adjusting to the day. We ask a lot of our children from the time they wake up to the time they arrive at school. We know it’s hard! Encourage your child to try to make it to school, even if they ask to visit the nurse later on in the day. We also have social workers in every school who can help guide families through any conflicts over school attendance, in addition to helping families with many other support services.
In February 2017, all public school districts in Pennsylvania were notified that Act 138 of 2016 regarding changes to School Truancy had been signed into law. This includes the following definitions and mandates:
- The law defines truancy as 3 or more unexcused absences within a school year.
- Habitual truancy is defined as 6 or more unexcused absences within a school year.
In addition, the law mandates a process school districts must follow for reporting truancy:
- Notifying parents/guardians in writing within 10 school days of the child’s third (3rd) unexcused absence. The district must indicate that the child has been truant and include a description of the consequences if the child becomes habitually truant. The district may offer an attendance improvement plan meeting up and including the 3rd unexcused absence. If the child accrues additional absences, an attendance improvement meeting must be held.
- If a child under 15 years of age becomes habitually truant, the school is required to refer the child to a school or community-based attendance improvement program or the county Children and Youth agency. In addition, a citation may be filed against a parent of a habitually truant child in magisterial district court.
- If a child is over 15 years of age and becomes habitually truant, the school is required to refer the student to a school or community-based attendance improvement program or file a citation against the student or parent in magisterial district court.
- In addition, this law provides local judges with considerable discretion to provide appropriate penalties in individual cases which may include increased fines and/or suspension of a student’s driving license, as examples.
In order to participate in extracurricular events, students must be present at least ½ of the school day. Furthermore, if a student is chronically or excessively late or absent from school, the principal shall evaluate each situation and determine the student's eligibility to participate in any extracurricular activity. The district reserves the right to require a physician's excuse to validate any period of absence. The principal shall have the final decision on eligibility.
The goal is to improve school attendance for all our students and deter truancy through a comprehensive approach. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact your child’s building principal or our social workers:
|Enfield||Erdenheim||Middle School||High School|
All student school bags, sports bags, and purses should be kept in the students’ lockers or in the sports equipment area during the school day.
Students should not enter classrooms or the locker area of the building prior to 7:30am at the high school and 7:35am at the middle school unless requested by a teacher or participating in a supervised activity. Prior to school, students are to wait in the cafeteria/gym until dismissed to homeroom. The main entrance area door opens daily at 7:15 am for students receiving early assistance from teachers. Students should not be in the building after 3:00 pm unless requested by a teacher or participating in a supervised activity. Students may take the 3:45pm or 4:45pm bus home if they are involved in a school sponsored activity.
Please keep in mind that some food allergies are severe, and therefore, we ask parents to make a conscientious effort in providing a non-food item for celebrations (including birthdays), recognitions, and fundraising efforts. All items are to be left in the office and will be picked up by the teacher or student. Unless approved by administration, food deliveries are not permitted for students to the school buildings.
Please refer to the Wellness Policy, Wellness Administrative Regulations, and Pennsylvania’s Guidelines for School Nutrition for additional information.
If you are planning to move outside of Springfield Township or transfer your child to another school, please visit our website at www.sdst.org to withdraw your child from school using the Withdrawal Form. This will also allow school records to be transferred to your child’s new school. If you have questions, please contact:
Registrar’s Office (Address Change): firstname.lastname@example.org
Withdraw Office (Change of School): email@example.com
Each student should meet with his/her counselor and plan to take these tests in time to meet any deadlines set by the institutions to which he/she expects to apply. Please see the College Planning page of the website.
Parent communication is key to student success. Our teachers are available to provide parents or guardians with the most accurate up to date information about a student's progress. As our students' mature into middle school and high school, we encourage them to develop advocacy skills. To put this skill into practice, we encourage students to email their teacher, coach, or advisor directly with questions or concerns they may have about their experiences.
If you have a question about:
Step 1- First Contact:
Step 2- Then Contact:
Step 3- If you still have questions, contact:
Step 4- If you have additional concerns, contact:
(Instruction, Curriculum, Assessments and Course Scheduling)
Principal or Assistant Principal
Activities or Athletics
Coach or Advisor
Athletic Director or Assistant Principal
Principal or Assistant Principal
Social, Emotional and Behavioral Needs
Teacher, School Counselor or Social Worker
Teacher, School Counselor or Social Worker
Principal or Assistant Principal
Director of Special Education & Student Services or Supervisor of Student Services
Teacher and/or Case Manager
Principal or Assistant Principal
Director of Special Education & Student Services
(Attendance, Counseling, Community Resources, Housing, Nursing, etc.)
School Counselor, Social Worker, School Nurse
Supervisor of Student Services
Director of Special Education & Student Services
For all other questions or concerns, including technology, facilities, operations, food services, and safety & security, contact a principal who will direct you to the appropriate contact person.
School Counselors are a link between home and school. School Counselors promote academic achievement, social and emotional development, and college and career readiness opportunities. The goal of the School Counselor is to meet the needs of all students, by focusing on their academic, social and emotional development. The roles of the program are constantly changing, reflecting the needs of the many people in our school community; children, parents, teachers, and administrators. In an attempt to meet these needs, our guidance counselors provide a variety of services which may include the following:
- Social and emotional counseling including, but not limited to, peer relationships, mediation, stress management, social skills, conflict resolution, and crisis intervention through individual or group meetings
- Classroom guidance lessons
- Teacher and parent consultation including the development of student action plans
- Participation on the student assistance team to provide interventions and supports for students
- Career exploration opportunities
At the secondary level, the School Counselor also provides:
- Academic advising including course selection, scheduling, and academic support
- Post-secondary planning and the college application process
Counselors, parents, and teachers work together to support children. School Counselors work with parents to exchange and gather information, provide recommendations, and to discuss parenting concerns. School Counselors work with teachers, administrators, and other staff to provide information, materials and referral assistance, to address student needs, and to promote a positive learning environment.
School Counselor assignments can be found under Schools -> Counseling.
The STHS Curriculum Guide contains details on curriculum requirements and course descriptions. The curriculum guide can be found on the documents section of the high school website. Please reference the Curriculum Guide for the following information:
- Eastern Center for Arts and Technology
- Additional educational Opportunities for High School Credit
- Graduation Requirements
- College Information
- PSAT / SAT / ACT
All school rules, including dress code, are applied at all school dances. Students must be in school for at least ½ day (11:15-2:45pm) to participate in evening dances. Students who are absent due to illness on the day of the dance may not attend; students who have been absent for other excused reasons will be granted permission to attend at the sole discretion of the principal.
Dance Guest Procedures
Students must request approval to bring a guest to a school dance. Guests to a dance must be of high school age. Springfield students must complete a permission slip available on the high school webpage with the following information:
- Guest’s name, address, phone number, age, and current high school
- Parent/Guardian permission for both students (Springfield and guest)
- Assistant principal/principal approval from sending school
- STHS administrative approval
To ensure the health and safety of attendees, all students and guests may be breathalyzed by a high school administrator for the presence of alcohol prior to entering a school dance.
The School Board recognizes that each student's mode of dress and grooming is based on personal style and individual preference. The purpose of a dress code is to promote an orderly learning
environment while preparing all students for later success in the world of work. They shall observe modes of dress and standards of personal grooming which are in conformity with the studious atmosphere and good personal hygiene necessary in school and work.
STHS has three basic rules that we hope will encourage healthy body image as well as promote equitable standards of dress in line with being in public across dimensions of difference.
Faculty and staff will enforce the dress code with empathy and compassion for all students and may ask students to change their clothes in line with the following regulations.
- RULE: All students will dress in a way that covers the chest, buttocks, and genitalia. Student garments should both cover these areas and allow for mobility without exposure.
- REASON: Public decency and state law demand that these areas of the body be covered.
- RULE: Clothing shall not convey messages that promote violence, weapons, gang involvement or affiliation, sexual themes, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or intolerance to race, religion/creed, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other dimensions of difference.
- REASON: Such clothing represents a material disruption to the public school environment.
- RULE: Students must wear shoes with a sole that protects the bottom of the foot from injury. Some circumstances, such as participation in physical education or service learning, or participation in specific events, might require students to wear certain types of footwear (e.g. athletic sneakers, close-toed shoes, shoes without heels, shoes without hard soles). Flip-flops or other shoes without a secure point of contact at the heel are strongly discouraged.
- REASON: Students should be prepared to stand, walk, or run safely as necessary, including moving in unanticipated ways, such as during an emergency. Faculty and staff may ask for footwear that is safe and/or protects district property.
Note: These guidelines are provided for clarification and to assist in shopping for school clothes. They are not meant to be an exhaustive list. The administration reserves the right to determine whether accessories/clothing are materially disruptive to the school environment and/or unsafe. Parents/guardians may be called to bring in alternative clothing as necessary.
Parents/guardians will be called to bring in additional clothing for their child in the event there is a clothing violation, and students will receive consequences in accordance with the code of conduct for repeat violations.
Outdoor Physical Education & Activities/Recess
Physical education, school activities/recess may be held outdoors, weather permitting. Please make sure your child has appropriate attire for outdoor activities during all seasons and for all
types of weather. For students who are unable to go outside due to illness or other medical issues, we ask that you write a note for your child and provide documentation from a physician for a
prolonged illness or medical condition.
Juniors and Seniors who have D block study hall may leave school at the start of that period. Students must meet the same requirements for late arrival privilege. All students must sign out at the Attendance Office immediately prior to D Block. Students who eat C3 lunch are not dismissed until after C3 ends.
In grades K-8, students are required to keep all cell phones, e-readers, tablets, smart watches, and digital music devices silenced and in the student lockers or cubbies during the school day. At the high school, students are permitted to carry their cell phones on their person, kept out of sight during classes, unless requested by the teacher for a specific academic purpose.
In all grades, it is highly suggested to label equipment with the child’s name and enable password protection in the event it is lost. Please refer to the code of conduct in your child’s school for consequences assigned for cell phone usage during the school day. Electronic devices may be permitted in certain classes, activities, or Spartan Blocks at the discretion of the teacher. Students are required to return their equipment to the appropriate location at the close of the activity. When personal devices are used with teacher permission, students are held accountable to the Acceptable Use Policy and related Administrative Regulations. In addition, students are not permitted to take photos or videos during the school day with their personal devices. Students are not permitted to wear earbuds or headphones in class or during passing time in the hallways.
The school is not responsible for personal electronic items that are stolen, damaged, or lost.
Contacting Your Child During the Day
Please encourage your child to ask a teacher if s/he needs to use the telephone. Also, if you need to speak with your child, please call the main office; do not call your child during the school day on his/her cell phone.
In grades K-8, we understand and respect your wishes to send reminders via text to your child. Please do so knowing that students will not be able to read/respond until after the school day is over. At the high school, students are able to check messages during lunch and between classes.
Throughout the school year, emergency drills including building evacuations, lockdowns, run-hide-fight, shelter in place, and bus evacuations will occur at regular intervals. During these drills, students are expected to remain silent and follow the direction of the staff members. To ensure that we have the capability to contact you in the event of an emergency, parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to keep phone numbers and emails updated in our Home Access Center (HAC) portal.
In the event of inclement weather or other emergency which requires the closing of school, the school district will use our district global messaging communication system to notify you via automated phone calls, emails, or texts.
- Please be sure to keep your phone and email updated in our Home Access Center (HAC) to receive automated calls, emails, and texts from SDST.
- You can also log onto www.sdst.org or call the school district's informational line @ (215) 836-3000 for the latest closing information.
- The school district also communicates with local news agencies in the event that school is closed. Our school radio closing number is 319.
Final exams in English, social studies, math, science and world language occur on scheduled exam days. Students report only to exams for which they are scheduled. When students will miss a final exam due to an excused absence, they must obtain administrative approval to reschedule the exam. If a student is absent for a final exam during the first semester due to illness, they will receive an incomplete. A meeting with the counselor and the teacher will determine how many days they have to make up the missed exam when they come back. If a student is absent during a final exam for the second semester due to illness, they will receive an incomplete and will have to come in to school over the summer and take the exam (administered by a member of the administrative team). For extensive absences, those that might prevent a student from performing well on the final exam, a meeting with the counselor and administrative team will determine if the student will be exempt from the final exam.
Senior Final Exams Policy
Seniors who earn a letter grade of “A” for each marking period of a course will be eligible for exemption from the final exam in that course and will receive a final grade of “A.” Final exam exemption does not apply to final projects in courses.
We appreciate the time and effort that you offer to chaperone our students on their field trips, which are important educational, social, and cultural experiences. To insure that you and the children enjoy a safe and successful field trip experience the following guidelines are to be followed. Thank you!
- Inform the nurse if you have a chronic medical condition or if you take medications in case of emergency.
- Follow all procedures of the trip as outlined by the teacher(s).
- Know the itinerary and follow it closely. No detours or side trips.
- Clarify your expectations to all students about their compliance with all rules of behavior. Report mishaps or misbehavior to the teacher
- Follow role-model behavior (i.e. refrain from smoking, using profanity, dress appropriately)
- Refer to the list of your students and know their medical needs. Report to the nurse any medical questions or problems, as soon as possible, and make sure children go to the nurse to receive medications on time.
- Make sure you take a roll call of the children before you leave any place and before the bus leaves.
- Do not use cell phones, except for an emergency as this distracts you from the supervision of the children in your care.
- Please note - refunds cannot be made for any chaperone or student who does not go on a field trip. Field trips are pre-paid.
- For elementary aged students, stay with the students at all times, escort them to the bathrooms and wait for them either outside or inside the washroom. If you do not enter the washroom, have a planned secret code to use. For example, if the child seems to be taking too long, open the door of the washroom and say in a loud voice "Happy" and instruct the child to say, "Birthday", or some other code. If the child does not respond, go into the washroom after the child, or call for help.
Field trips are an instructional extension of the classroom; therefore, students are expected to follow all school rules and regulations while in attendance during any field trip. Parent permission and subject teacher signatures are required prior to going on a student field trip. At times, a fee may be required of students which may potentially be nonrefundable in the case of a student being unable to attend.
Students are responsible for making up missed work/assignments in all cases. The privilege of a student extracurricular activity/trip may be denied because the student is not in good academic standing, has excessive absences/tardiness, or has had relevant discipline referrals.
The lunch period is 30 minutes long. Students may bring their own lunch or purchase a lunch from our cafeteria. Students who forget their lunch or lunch money may purchase a lunch on credit no more than three (3) times a year. Students will receive a complete meal and their lunch account will be charged accordingly; any debts accrued on credit must be paid by the close of the school year. All students owing money must pay with cash for lunch after June 1st. Parents may make payments to their student lunch accounts electronically. Directions for making online electronic payments can be found at our district website, on our food services page.
The cafeteria is for the convenience of all students, whether they purchase food or bring lunch from home. In order for all students to have ample time to enjoy their food, the following rules govern cafeteria conduct:
- Lunch should be an enjoyable experience for all. Students are expected to practice table manners (sitting at their places, using utensils properly, talking with quiet voices). Running, throwing, shouting, and disturbing others will not be permitted.
- All students must eat lunch in the cafeteria area unless excused by a teacher or administrator.
- As a courtesy to the other students who use the cafeteria, students should keep the tables clean.
- The throwing of food or other articles in the cafeteria will not be tolerated. Regardless of whether a student initiates such an incident or retaliates by throwing an item, they are considered to be a participant and will be subject to disciplinary action.
- Students are not permitted to take food/beverages out of the cafeteria.
- Students are not permitted to order food from an outside source to be delivered to school during school hours.
Families may apply at any time during the school year for Free or Reduced priced meals. If you have questions about this process, please contact the social worker in your child’s school.
All students currently approved for Free or Reduced priced meals for the 2021-2022 school year will continue to receive Free or Reduced priced meals for the first 30 operating days of the 2022-2023 school year.
- To renew your application for the 2022-2023 school year, new applications must be received by October 16, 2022.
- All currently approved applications will expire and be set to "Paid" status on October 17, 2022, if no new application is received and approved.
- If you received a Notice of Direct Certification for the 2021-2022 school year, there is no need to re-apply, this Free meal status will be for the entire 2022-2023 school year.
All forgotten homework, lunches, supplies, instruments, athletic gear, etc. is to be dropped off in the main office. For various safety reasons, parents may not deliver forgotten items to classrooms, athletic areas, or side doors.
Seniors are required to have a total of 28.00 credits in order to graduate. A credit is earned by the successful completion of a course meeting every school day for one semester.
English: 5.0 credits
Mathematics: 3.0/4.0 credits
Science: 3.0 credits
Social Studies: 4.0 credits
Arts and/or Humanities: 2.0 credits
Physical Education: 1.5 credits
Health: 0.5 credits
Senior Seminar: 0.5 credits
Electives: 7.0/8.0 credits
Computer Science: 0.5 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 28.00
The health office is staffed by nurses on all student days during school hours. Nurses contact parents of sick or injured children, administer prescribed medications, provide first aid in emergencies and perform health screenings. In addition, nurses provides health assessments, consultation and referral, health counseling and health education, prepare individual health plans, monitor student health status, and assist with health prevention and health promotion activities.
At the beginning of every school year you will receive an Emergency Information Sheet and Health History Update Form. These forms are for the parent/guardian to complete. It is important that the information be current, be filled out completely and returned immediately.
All medications must be sent to the School Nurse in the original container from the pharmacy, marked with the student’s name, name of medication, time and dose. Medications will not be given to the student without the written permission of the parent and doctor. This policy applies to both prescription and non-prescription medications. Unless prearranged with the school nurse, all medication will be kept in a locked cabinet in the Nurse's Office.
Please see the Health Services webpage for other important topics such as food allergies, health screenings, immunization requirements, mandated health examinations, and other timely health information.
The purpose of homework is to provide opportunities for students to practice skills, gain exposure to material, preview content, and engage in individual and collaborative project work. Families can expect students to have homework assigned regularly.
Students are also encouraged to do the following:
- Inform the teacher as soon as possible if an assignment cannot be completed due to lack of understanding of the concepts or skills involved.
- Inform the teacher if an assignment cannot be completed because of a family or personal emergency. The student is expected to complete the assignment at the earliest possible time. Waiver of this requirement is at the teacher’s discretion.
Homework Requests During Absences
- When a student has been absent for a short time, they should review the teacher’s webpage for assignments or contact the teacher directly.
- Students are encouraged to connect with a peer in the class for missed content and assignments.
- Students are granted two (2) days for every day of excused absence to make up the work missed with no penalty.
- Families are encouraged to contact the school counselor for long-term illnesses of a week or more.
The administration encourages all staff to be flexible and understanding with students and families regarding
the completion of assignments.
Students Experiencing Homelessness
Children and youth who meet the criteria of being homeless, even if unaccompanied by a guardian, must be given full and equal access to an appropriate public education and success in the educational program. The permanency and adequacy of the housing conditions will be considered when determining if a student qualifies.
The School District of Springfield Township considers students who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, as experiencing homelessness. This includes children and youth who are: sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship or a similar reason; living in motels, hotels, trailer parks or campgrounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations; living in a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a sleeping accommodation by human beings; living in cars, abandoned buildings, substandard housing or similar situations; living as refugee or migratory children due to circumstances like those described above; or abandoned or forced out of homes by parents, guardians or caretakers
Unaccompanied youth also fall under this category and can be described as a youth not in the physical custody of a legal parent or guardian and youth living on their own in any of the homeless situations described above.
These children and youth may enroll in:
- Their school of origin, defined as the school where the student attended when permanently housed or in which the student was last enrolled.
- Any school that non-homeless students who live in the attendance area in which the child or youth experiencing homelessness is actually living are eligible to attend (new neighborhood school).
An unaccompanied homeless youth with a disability may also need to have a surrogate parent appointed by the District if the youth has no one to serve in this role.
For additional information regarding McKinney-Vento, please contact your child’s school counselor or social worker.
Students in Foster Care
A child in foster care will remain in their school of origin (the school where the child was enrolled at the time of placement), unless a determination is made that it is not in their best interest to attend that school. If a student in foster care has experienced a change in placement, a Best Interest Determination meeting will be held to determine if the student should remain in the school of origin or if they should transition to a new school. Foster parents and/or foster care workers should not make any changes to enrollment for students who are in foster care without a Best Interest Determination meeting being held first.
Early each fall parents are given the opportunity to enroll their children in a group insurance plan as approved by the Board of School Directors. Participation is voluntary. Student Insurance forms are available on our district website.
School insurance is available each September to students for purchase. The regular policy covers a student when going to and from school and at school. The 24-hour policy covers a student at all times, day and night, during the school year. The cost is nominal. Students entering the district after September will be offered insurance when they enroll.
Athletes in grades 7-12:
- Student athletes are encouraged to purchase supplemental injury and accident insurance. The regular school accident insurance policy available to all students is sufficient coverage for all sports.
Juniors and Seniors with A Block or D Block study hall may with consent of a parent/guardian, request administrative approval to arrive late to school or leave early from school. Students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from school. Privileges may be revoked at any time, at the discretion of the administration.
Juniors and Seniors who have A block study hall may arrive late to school.
Students must arrive by 9:29am and check in at the Attendance Office prior to reporting to class. When the school has a delayed opening, students must arrive by 10:59am. On early dismissal days, students must arrive by 8:40am.
On assembly days, students must report by 9:15am. Students should not loiter in the parking lot prior to check-in.
Library & MakerStudio
The mission of the Springfield Township High School Library is to ensure that learners become effective and ethical users and producers of ideas and information. The student-centered library program supports student learning, inquiry and creativity across the disciplines. The library also features a MakerStudio space where students can gather to design, create and build projects. In the MakerStudio, students can collaborate and share knowledge and resources with one another and tinker and experiment with provided the materials. Students are encouraged to use the Library and MakerStudio from 7:30am until 3:30pm Monday through Thursday and until 3:00pm on Friday. The library also offers online resources and support via our website; a link is available on the high school homepage under 'Our School.' All library spaces offer a wide variety of materials in all media formats. Most physical materials may be borrowed for three weeks. Fines are charged for overdue items. Students are encouraged to renew materials they need for longer periods unless other students request them.
Students are urged to keep their lockers locked at all times. Students are not to share lockers, locks, and/or lock combinations with any other students. The lock and the locker remain the property of the school. The student’s use of the lockers does not lessen the School District of Springfield Township’s ownership or control of the locker. Board policy states that all lockers are the property of the District. Students shall be made aware that administrators are authorized to conduct searches of students’ lockers any time there is reasonable suspicion that lockers may contain any item or items, the possession of which constitutes violation of policies or laws, or if there is a reasonable suspicion that its contents may be a threat to the health and wellbeing of the students, faculty, and staff. Under these circumstances, the principal will contact the parent or guardian and inform him or her of the search.
If a lock is issued to a student, the student must use the district-issued lock. If the lock is lost, the student must pay a replacement fee of $6.00.
Students seeking lost articles should check for these items in the lost and found outside of the cafeteria. All clothing left in the Lost and Found at the close of each marking period will be donated to a local charity.
If a secondary student misses class for any reason other than legal absences, credit may be lost for the course. If more than four (4) classes in one (1) credit course or two (2) classes for a .5 or .25 credit course are missed, a grade of NC (no credit) will be entered on the report card (SDST Policy 204AR)
Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, the District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities that it operates. This requirement not to discriminate in the District's education programs and activities extends to employment with and admission to the District. In compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, the District has a designated Title IX Coordinator. The District's Title IX Coordinator should be contacted regarding any inquiries as to the application of Title IX or filing a harassment complaint.
The District's Title IX Coordinator can be contacted via phone, mail or email using the following contact information:
Ms. Emily Kehr 1901 East Paper Mill Road Oreland, PA 19075 215-233-6000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Students are responsible for books, materials, athletic uniforms, and chromebooks given to them throughout the year. At the close of the year, students are expected to return the materials assigned to them or pay to replace the lost / damaged items. End of year ceremonies (including promotions, diplomas, and report cards) will be withheld until all obligations are paid.
Springfield Township High School has limited pass/fail offerings. Under very rare and specific circumstances, it may be necessary to grade a student according to a pass/fail format. Counselors will inform students in these circumstances of their options. Under the pass/fail system, students who pass receive credit for a course, but they gain no quality points toward their cumulative GPAs or class rankings.
All students are expected to have a hall pass when out of the classroom during class time.
- Students who walk to school should utilize sidewalks and other designated pedestrian areas avoiding walking through backyards and private property.
- Students should follow the instructions of the crossing guards.
- It is recommended that families encourage students to walk with others and avoid distracted walking (i.e. cell phone use) due to safety concerns.
- In grades K-3, students are NOT permitted to ride their bikes to school.
- Fifth-grade students are permitted to ride bicycles to and from school provided they have written parental permission on file, wear helmets and use a lock to secure their bicycles to the bike rack. Fourth-grade students may begin this privilege in the spring. In the interest of safety, students are not permitted to ride bicycles on the sidewalk, on the playground, or on the athletic field immediately before, during, and immediately after school hours.
- In grades 6-12, students may ride bikes to and from school.
- All students riding bikes must lock their bikes on the bicycle racks. The school does not assume responsibility for damage, tampering, or theft of bicycles. Students use bike racks at their own risk.
- Pennsylvania law requires all children under the age of 12 to wear a helmet while riding a bicycle, though the school district strongly encourages families to require their children to wear helmets if they allow them to use rollerblades, skateboards, or scooters.
- Students may not ride bikes over athletic fields, tracks, or playground areas due to risk of damage to these surfaces.
- For safety reasons, skateboards may not be used on school grounds.
Please see BoardDocs for the following policies
- Discrimination/Harrassment Affecting Students 103
- Gender Expansive and Transgender Youth 253
- Electronic Devices 237
- Student Expression 220
- Searches 226
- Dating Violence 252
- Bullying and Cyberbullying 249
- Acceptable Use of Internet, Computers & Network Resources 815
All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT during the school day. No parent registration is required, and there is no registration fee. Students who score high on the PSAT can qualify for National Merit Scholarships.
Students in grades 9-12 who have failed a class with a final percentage between 51% and 65% are eligible to recover course credit in summer school. Students may not recover credit in summer school if their final grade calculation is below 50%. Any student with a final grade below 50% must repeat the class in another semester. To remediate a failed one credit course, a student must complete a pre-approved online program or tutoring program. School Counselors will communicate registration procedures to eligible students for summer school.
Report cards are issued to students four times a year, at the end of each marking period as listed on the district calendar.
90-100 = A
87-89 = B+
80-86 = B
77-79 = C+
70-76 = C
65 – 69 = D
Below 65 = F
Paper Interim Progress Reports will be issued one week following the midpoint of each marking period. Parents should check Home Access Center regularly for updated grades. At the end of each semester, the administration will establish a final exam schedule. Students in English, math, social studies, science, and world languages will take exams according to the schedule, and the final exam will constitute 20% of the final grade. The first and second marking periods of a course will each constitute 40% of a student’s final grade. Some classes run for the entire year, and students may be required to take mid-term exams. For full year courses, each marking period will constitute 20% of the final grade. The midterm will account for 8% of the first semester grade and the final exam will account for 12% of the second semester grade.
In grades 9 through 12, grade point averages are calculated at the end of each year according to the following values:
4.0 = A
3.5 = B+
3.0 = B
2.5 = C+
2.0 = C
1.0 = D
0 = F
Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize the warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something.” With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
- Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
- Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
- Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement for intervention
- If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app
Montgomery County Mobile Crisis Support (ACCESS Services) - Crisis support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to support individuals, children, and families experiencing a crisis situation. If you or someone you know needs immediate support or is experiencing a crisis, call this hotline. 1-855-634-HOPE (4673)
Whether they plan to attend college or not, students should plan to take the SAT/ACT in the second semester of their junior years. It is advisable for students to repeat the SAT/ACT in their senior years so that they have multiple opportunities to achieve the highest score possible.
Several selective colleges require the SAT subject tests. If students plan to apply to such schools, they should register to take them no later than December of senior year.
Students contemplating early decision applications may need to complete their subject tests by June following their junior year.
The STHS school code for all college testing (SAT and ACT) is 393515.
In order to process college applications in a timely manner, the student must provide the following at least three (3) weeks prior to the application deadline:
- Complete activity sheet and signed release of records form.
- Complete application, signed with the appropriate fee attached, or, if the application was made on-line, an on-line application form and an envelope addressed to the college must be provided to the Guidance Office.
- Students are responsible for requesting teacher/counselor recommendations and providing appropriate forms.
Students must make firm choices in requesting courses during program planning. Due to class size, the complexity of the master schedule, and the intensive nature of block scheduling, changes to students’ schedules cannot be made after the first three days of any given semester. Requests for schedule changes during the first three days should be made through the student’s counselor, who will notify the student of the decision. Withdraw Passing (WP) or Withdraw Failing (WF) designations will appear on the student’s transcript for any changes which have administrative, teacher, counselor and parent/guardian approval after the Drop/Add deadline has passed.
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Bill Shearer: Mo - Z
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Beth McDonnell: H - O
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Elizabeth Barbone: A - E
Beth McDonnell: F - N
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Secondary School Hours
|Regular School Day||7:45 am - 2:41 pm|
|Early Dismissal||7:45 am - 11:10 am|
|2 - Hour Delay||9:45 am - 2:41 am|
Educate and develop all students as learners and citizens who are high-achieving, resilient and responsible in a changing global community.
Springfield Township High School, a small, diverse, evolving community, nurtures integrity and respect as it empowers students through a safe school culture and pursues excellence through academic rigor, engaged learning, and professional growth.
Navy Blue and Steel
Symbols of Knowledge, Scholarship, Athletics and Victory
The History of Spartan Pride
Sparta was a Greek city state that rose to military power in the Seventh Century BCE. Spartans dedicated themselves to excellence on the battlefield through unflinching commitment and rigorous training. Perhaps the most legendary battle fought by the Spartans was the last stand at Thermopylae during which King Leonidas and 300 highly-trained warriors held a mountain pass against the invading Persian army. According to Plutarch, Xerxes the Great, leader of the Persians, wrote to King Leonidas, “Hand over your arms.” Leonidas replied, “Come and take them.” The 300 Spartans repelled 150,000 Persians for seven days inflicting massive casualties on the invaders. Though the battle ended in defeat for the Spartans, their loyalty, dedication, and pride is legendary. Students stay true to these values today; their efforts in the classroom, on fields, in the community, and on the stage make STHS proud.
High School Alma Mater
Here now today, we pause to pray Springfield, that long and fair thy days may be!
So in this way, we tribute pay And pledge our hearts forevermore to thee.
Truth we pursue with help of thy hand Honor we gain through the might of our stand.
Forward today, proudly, we say, Springfield will carry on to victory.
School Social Workers are trained mental health professionals. They are the link between home, school and community. Social Workers strive to identify and remove barriers to students’ academic achievement, social and emotional development and overall well-being. Some supports include:
- Resources for mental health services
- Assist families in understanding and responding to life events including, but not limited to, grief and loss, job instability, housing needs, divorce, health needs, etc)
- Connect and referral to community programs
- Referral to substance abuse resources/programs
- Information on housing, clothing, food resources and utility assistance
- Information on medical insurance and healthcare including Medical Assistance
- Free & Reduced Lunch Program
- Assist parents in accessing supports and programs for students with special needs
For more detailed information please see the district website under Departments -> Social Services
The school is required to collect and maintain certain information relating to the health, education, and welfare of each student. This information is vital to the continuity of the school’s educational program. In order to maintain accurate and effective records, provide access to current curricular tools, utilize online assessments for monitoring student progress, and encourage student access to college and career opportunities, the school district utilizes a variety of third party vendors.
This data is regulated by federal and state laws under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) which grants students and parents access to their educational records and provide safeguards to the privacy of such records; the COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998) is a federal law which applies to the online collection of personal information by children under 13 years of age. As such, families can access a list of third party vendors utilized by the school district including links to their privacy statements on our website.
Parents who do not want to have the school district provide their information to approved third party vendors or outside agencies, such as military recruiters, should contact the principal in writing.
Information received in confidence from a student may be revealed to the student’s parents or guardian, the principal, or other appropriate authority, when the health, welfare or safety of the student or other persons is determined to be in jeopardy. This provision shall not be construed to limit or restrict the ability of administrators, guidance counselors, school nurses, school psychologists and home and school visitors to comply with the reporting provisions of the Child Protective Services law, 63 Pa. C.S.A. 6301 et. seq.
Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII) and Student Assistance Programs (SAP):
In each building, students who demonstrate a need for additional support in academics, social skills, behavior, mental health, or other areas of concern are provided with access to a variety of resources and services in each school throughout the district. Through our MTSS (multi-tiered system of support) model, students are offered tiered support in a variety of areas based on need.
At each school, student progress is monitored closely through academic records including classroom based assignments and assessments as well as benchmark assessments. MTSS (which includes RtII) integrates assessment and intervention within a multi-level prevention system to maximize student achievement and minimize negative behaviors. Using this process, we are able to identify those students requiring remediation of skills and provide evidence-based interventions to address their specific needs. Also, MTSS serves those students needing stretching by providing differentiated instruction enhancements based on their areas of strength. In all schools, there is a dedicated time during the day for students to receive interventions and supports.
Social and Emotional Needs
At the elementary and middle school level our program includes curricular programming in social and emotional learning skills including the use of the Second Step curriculum.
In addition, through our community partnerships, we provide access to county-wide SAP counselors and school based outpatient therapy in school. We also maintain community resources on our social services website. If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counselors or social workers.
Parents, staff, students and concerned community members can refer students about whom they have concerns to the school counselor or social worker. All referrals are strictly confidential.
In compliance with state and federal law, notice is hereby given by the School District of Springfield Township that it conducts ongoing identification activities as a part of its school program for the purpose of identifying students who may be in need of special education and related services. If your child is identified by the District as in need of such services, you will be notified of applicable procedures. These services and the transportation to them are paid for by the school district. Services and programs are available for children who are determined to need specially designed instruction due to the following conditions: Autism / Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Blindness / Visual, Impairment, Deafness / Hearing Impairment, Deafness / Blindness, Developmental Delay, Emotional Disturbance, Intellectual Delay, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech and Language Impairment, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
If you believe that your school-age child may be in need of special education services and related programs, screening and evaluation processes designed to assess the needs of the child and his/her eligibility are available to you at no cost, upon written request. This process may include a review of functional vision, hearing and a review of speech and language. You may request screening and evaluation at any time. Families can find the Annual Public Notice on our district website under Special Education & Student Services.
Requests for Multidisciplinary Evaluation and screening are to be made in writing to the Director of Special Education and Student Support Services, 1901 East Paper Mill Road, Oreland, PA 19075. Communication with parents or guardians is in English and, if necessary, in the native language or other mode of communication used by the parents or student.
Students who are not determined to be eligible for special education, but who are in need of modifications due to a disability, which substantially limits life activities and adversely affects educational performance, may be entitled to protection under a 504 Service Agreement. Families can review this process with their child’s school counselor.
Students who demonstrate strong performance in the district criteria may be evaluated to determine if they are eligible for and in need of gifted support services. More information regarding the criteria for gifted education screening and evaluation can be found on our district website under Special Education & Student Services.
Students in need of Gifted Support Services are provided with enriched and/or accelerated curricula. Instruction in the core content areas is differentiated by pace, level of instruction, and depth of content. The curriculum is aligned with state and Common Core standards and designed to challenge high ability students to reach their full academic potential. In each of our schools, our Gifted Support Services model adjusts with the developmental level of the student and individual student strength-based opportunities are developed through the GIEP team meeting.
Parents may drop off students beginning at 7:15am at the main entrance of the high school by the flagpole. Parents should be mindful that traffic on Paper Mill Road and in the high school parking lot is heavy during pick up and drop off times and should observe all traffic signals and instructions of the staff.
Student safety is our primary concern. Encouraging children to cross lines of traffic during arrival and dismissal is dangerous. Families are strongly advised to follow the traffic pattern and guidelines set forth here.
Regular dismissal is at 2:41pm. After school buses are available at 3:45pm or 4:45pm from the cafeteria bus circle. All students being picked up after school or athletic practices should be picked up near the back bus circle by way of the parking lot.
Families and guests must park in designated spaces during school and athletic events unless directed otherwise by district staff.
Vehicles must be parked between marked lines and may not be parked along fences or in traffic aisles. Failure to observe NO PARKING signs may result in a citation issued by the Springfield Township Police. Parking in faculty lots is not permitted. Students should lock their automobiles to prevent theft. All Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code regulations apply to the operation of automobiles on school grounds. The following rules are also to be observed:
- Speed Limit – 10 miles per hour.
- Reckless driving is prohibited.
- Riding on fenders, bumpers, hoods, or in any manner that endangers any individual or property is prohibited.
- Horns shall be used with discretion.
- Noisy mufflers are prohibited.
- Springfield Way is closed from the upper parking lot to the entrance to the lower parking lot during the following times: mornings 7:15 to 7:45am and afternoons 2:30 to 3:00pm.
- Students must register their vehicles by filling out a form available in the main office. Students will need to bring a copy of their driver’s license, car registration, and proof of insurance in order to obtain a parking permit. Permits must be displayed on the rearview mirror at all times. Replacement permits can be purchased through the office at a cost of $5.
Students must request permission from the principal or designee to go to their cars for school-related needs.
District transportation is provided to students according to the current school board policy. So that we may ensure the safest environment for all, students may only ride the bus to which they are assigned, and to and from their assigned bus stop. Families requiring alternate arrangements should contact the Transportation Office directly. Transportation arrangements will be distributed in the weeks prior to each school year.
The expected code of conduct for Springfield Township students applies from door to door. Students who make unwise behavioral choices on a school bus, school vehicle, or at the bus stop may have their transportation privileges suspended.
Activity/late buses will be provided at 3:45 pm & 4:45 pm for those students who have remained on campus for detention, school sponsored activities, and athletics. Students will be required to sign in with the driver, and may ride only to their regularly assigned bus stop.
Students, parents, and guardians should be aware that in order to maintain a safe and disciplined transportation environment, the school buses and school vehicles used to transport our students may be equipped with video and audio recording equipment. Recorded media may be reviewed by school officials for disciplinary and security-related purposes. This media may be provided to law enforcement or a court of law, or may be used in school disciplinary proceedings. Students, staff, and chaperones/volunteers should understand that their actions and words may be recorded while they are on school buses or school vehicles and that they should have no expectation of privacy during that time.
For more information, see the Transportation Department section of www.sdst.org.
- All parents and visitors must enter/exit through the Main Office at the front of the building.
- Please be prepared to show photo identification upon signing in to our school.
- All visitors with their photo ID must sign in at the office and obtain a visitor's badge. These badges must be worn during your entire stay at our school.
- Before leaving, return to the main office and place your badge in the visitor's badge binder.
- If parents wish to confer with a teacher or volunteer in their child's classroom, an appointment must be scheduled with the teacher in advance.
- In order to maintain the safety of all students, parents are not permitted to walk their child to class.
- Regular volunteers are required to have appropriate clearances. Please see the volunteer section for additional information in this process.
- Visitors are required to be masked at all times.
Prospective students and their parents are welcome to visit our schools. Appointments may be made through the main office.
Holding the position of a volunteer is not a right, but a privilege conferred upon the volunteer by the Board, acting through the principal of each school within the school district. All volunteers have specific requirements that need to be completed PRIOR to participating in any volunteer experience. Forms are located on our website.
Students ages 14-18 may obtain working papers at the District Administration office. A parent or guardian must bring in the student’s birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license to obtain working papers.