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Wednesday, February 24th Activities

Career Scope Testing - All 9th graders will be taking the Career Scope test online from 8:30am to approximately 9:30am. Students will receive information with a link and their login credentials early Wednesday morning. 

Senior Breakfast - Seniors who ordered a ‘to-go’ breakfast will be able to pick up their meal between 9:30am and 10:30am outside of the main entrance at the high school.  It is critical that ALL students who are participating, RSVP using this link.  There will be a drive-through type delivery system so no need to get out of your car!

Early Dismissal/Teacher In-Service - Students have a half day on Asynchronous Wednesday and a teacher in-service day.  NOTE: Students who attend EASTERN in the AM & PM are expected to attend for the full session. 

Health Updates

All families are encouraged to check our district Dashboard for up to date information on Covid cases in our district, township, county, and state.  All families are strongly urged to comply with mitigation orders including social distance and masking in our schools and community.  Please see the dashboard for several important resources including exclusion from school guidelines and travel advisories.  Please contact your school nurse (nancy_hopkins@sdst.org) if your student and/or family is experiencing symptoms. 

Set Design Needs Your Help

We are working with the Thespians to create another virtual performance for this spring, The Theory of Relativity. For the musical, we need the community's help! We are looking for chairs (preferable not upholstered) to paint for this production! The chairs need to be sturdy enough to dance on and have a relatively flat seat. The chairs will likely be painted gray, but can be given back at the end of the production if desired. Any offers would be greatly appreciated!  Please reach out to Mr. Mark Kobasz (mark_kobasz@sdst.org) or Mrs. Marlene Thornton (marlene_thornton@sdst.org). Thank you so much from STHS Set Design!

Asynchronous Wednesday Tutoring

Tutoring is available every asynchronous Wednesday with our wonderful paraprofessionals and will continue into the next semester. Students will be sent a link via their email in the morning. Students do not need to sign up in advance and they can stay for as long as they need to get help in any subject area. The times may vary but the four hour session is usually scheduled to occur between 10:00am and 3:00pm. 

Clinician Care Package Drive

Interact Club is organizing a care package drive for clinicians caring for COVID patients at Abington Hospital.  We will be accepting the items listed below until February 26th.  You can drop off your donation in the labeled bin in front of the main office.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.   Please contact Sra. Santivasci or Ms. Barbone with any questions.

Suggested donations:
Travel-size hand sanitizer, hand lotion, tissues, wipes
Lip balm
Nice pens
Candy - e.g. hard candies, Dove chocolates

Current Juniors/Class of 2022 - Get a jumpstart on your college applications!

Jumpstart is a four-day workshop during which instructors assist students with the college application process and their essay writing. Students leave Jumpstart with a clear understanding of the steps required to complete their college applications. Most students complete the Common Application (including essay) during the week. Instructors then work with students in the weeks following the workshop to complete all remaining essays and applications.  As of now, Jumpstart 2021 will run through live, synchronous sessions over Zoom.  Please visit www.jumpstartcollegeapps.com for information, registration, and payment. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Pizza For Prom

Pizza for Prom Night at Oreland Pizza - TODAY, February 19th will be Springfield's second Pizza for Prom Fundraiser.  All day Friday, 30% of the proceeds from all eat in and take out orders will be donated to this year's Junior/Senior Prom.  Remember to mention to your server or sales professional that you are ordering on behalf of Springfield Township High School.  See you at Oreland Pizza!

Equitable Practices

The next meeting of the Equitable Practices Committee will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30pm..  We will provide an update on our Equity Team’s work this spring, our administrative team’s participation in a DVCEE-facilitated study of Floyd Cobb and John Krownapple’s Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity, and the procedures used by our team when responding to incidents of hate and bias in our schools.  Dr. Davis will also present on the socioeconomic challenges of the pandemic and our efforts to support families in need.  Finally, our Principals will share their experiences facilitating focus groups with students around sense of belonging, as well as provide a snapshot of each building’s celebration of Black History Month.  The meeting will be held in a webinar format for security purposes, and the registration link will be made available next week.

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open and is now online. Please register using the link below.  The last day to complete the application is March 25th. If you are interested in attending you must register for the virtual visit on February 25th by using this link. Reach out to your counselor with any questions. 
ttps://ctcportal.csiu-technology.org/EASTERN/Form/Entry/EasternEnrollment/SHS/2021-2022

STHS Cheer Team Cookie Fundraiser

The STHS Cheer Team is selling Cookie Kits for Saint Patrick’s Day! Please see this attached flyer for more information. All orders must be received by February 28th. 

Curriculum Night: Save the Date

Our annual Curriculum Night will be held on Thursday, March 11th at 6:30pm. A presentation discussing the Curriculum Guide will be sent out the day before. Parents and students are invited to the webinar to ask questions to department coordinators, counselors, and administrators. 

Underclassmen Photos

Lifetouch will be at the high school to take underclassmen photos on March 1st through 5th. Order your photo packets before Picture Day on mylifetouch.com using your Picture Day ID: EVTWZGVQT.  More information to follow.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Virtual Guidance Office

Please visit the Virtual Guidance Office for many college and career related resources and to schedule appointments with your counselor.

Seniors and Midyear Grades

Any senior who applied to college and needs midyear grades sent to your colleges, please complete the Google Form below. Do not complete this form if you have already done so. If you have questions, please email your counselor. Midyear Grades Request Form

Preparing for College Webinars

The NAACP Media Youth Council is sponsoring a series of virtual webinar sessions focused on college-related topics for local high school & middle school students and their families interested in preparing for college on February 22nd through February 26th. Each session is scheduled from 7:00pm to 8:15pm. Each nightly session will focus on a different topic with a series of panelists including college professionals and current college students. The final day of College Week wraps up with the HBCU Poster Project Showcase that starts at 10:00am. These informative webinar sessions will be moderated by members of the NAACP Media Youth Council and should be a great resource for incoming college students. All sessions are FREE and VIRTUAL. Registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit this site. See this attached flyer for more information.  

ATHLETIC UPDATE

Congratulations Swimming!

We would like to offer a huge congratulations to our Girls’ Swimming Team for earning the Suburban One League Freedom Division Championship last Friday at North Penn High School. The Girls had a great day taking first place in four separate events! Maura F. took the gold medal home in the 200 IM and the 100 Fly. Emma M., Alli H., Anna H., and Grace D., finished first in the 200 Free Relay. Maura F., Mollie Y., Katie K., and Abby S., finished first in the 400 Free Relay. The Boys team also had some first place finishers, congratulations to Bennett G., for winning the 100 Backstroke and also to Bennett G., Sam P., Will C., and Michael H., for winning the 200 Medley Relay. For a full list of results from last week's championship click here. Congratulations Spartans!

NFHS Network

Do not miss a game this winter and sign up for the NFHS Network! This will give you access to live streamed games and videos from previous games on demand from home. See the attached flyer for more details. If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact joe_ferraro@sdst.org. 

Upcoming Contests

Currently, we are still under the 10% indoor occupancy limit imposed by Governor Wolf. With these restrictions we are unable to permit spectators at any of our athletic events at this time. In order to view our games, please visit our NFHS Network webpage and subscribe so that you never miss a game! With a subscription to the NFHS Network you will be able to view our livestream content as well as access past games that were previously streamed.

Monday, 2/22 - JV Boys Basketball vs. Council Rock South - 5:30pm

Monday, 2/22 - Varsity Boys Basketball vs. Council Rock South - 7:00pm

Monday, 2/22 - JV Girls Basketball @ Council Rock South - 5:30pm

Monday, 2/22 - Varsity Girls Basketball @ Council Rock South - 7:00pm

Tuesday, 2/23 - JV Girls Basketball @ Bensalem - 5:30pm

Tuesday, 2/23 - Varsity Girls Basketball @ Bensalem - 7:00pm

Thursday, 2/25 - JV Boys Basketball @ Lower Moreland - 5:30pm

Thursday, 2/25 - Varsity Boys Basketball @ Lower Moreland - 7:00pm

Friday, 2/26 - Girls Swimming @ District 1 Championships

Saturday, 2/27 - Boys Swimming @ District 1 Championships

Spring Sports are Coming

March is coming and Spring Sports will begin on March 8th, 2021! Many Spring teams will be looking to begin off-season workouts in the coming weeks. Don’t miss out, contact the coach and make sure you get up to date information. You can find a list of our coaches here. Our spring sport offerings are as follows: Baseball, Boys’ Lacrosse, Boys’ Tennis, Girls’ Lacrosse, Softball, Track and Field, and Unified Track.

Spring Sports ImPact Testing and PIAA Physicals

ImPact Testing for any spring student athlete that needs it will be offered by our Athletic Trainer, Taylor Dessler, on February 22nd, and 23rd. Testing will occur in the Team Meeting Room after school from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Student-athletes need to bring their chromebook and charger for the test. Also, with spring around the corner, please make sure you have turned in your PIAA Physical or Recertification forms. If you are unsure if you need an ImPact Test or what paperwork may still be outstanding, please contact Taylor Dessler at taylor_dessler@sdst.org. 

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