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Sense of Belonging Survey

On Friday, students will be completing the Student Sense of Belonging Survey. For the third year in a row, the survey will measure students’ sense of belonging and gather some valuable information about our school culture and how we can improve our school. The survey will be taken during Homeroom and took less than ten minutes. 

Student Reminders

Some quick student reminders:

  • Students must wear a mask at all times while in school (Bandanas and Gaiters are not permitted) except at lunch. This includes walking in the hallways.
  • Students must follow the directional arrows taped to the floor; follow unidirectional hallways and stairs; wash hands frequently throughout the day; and maintain six feet of social distance when walking in the hallways.
  • During mask breaks students must maintain at least six feet between themselves and not share phones or other items during the break.
  • Students are NOT permitted to eat or drink in the classroom, as this would cause them to not wear a mask in class.  Students are permitted to have and drink water during their mask breaks. Students are permitted to eat food during lunch time in both the auditorium and the cafeteria.
  • Students are NOT permitted to record any Zoom sessions. Recording Zoom sessions goes against district policy.

Thanksgiving

According to the CDC, traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends, while fun, can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the Flu.  The safest way to celebrate this year is to celebrate with people in your household.  You could also consider alternative activities such as virtual events sharing meals, recipes, games or watching the parade together.  If you do plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with people outside your household take steps to make your celebration safer.

Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays

If you are experiencing financial hardship (or would like to reach out to us and refer a family) and need support with a Thanksgiving meal and/or Winter Holidays gifts, please reach out to our school Social Worker. 

  • If you have multiple students in the district you only need to contact one Social Worker
  • The deadline to request support is November 16th 
  • All family and student names will remain confidential
  • STHS Social Worker is Lauren Foster - lauren_foster@sdst.org 

Turkey Trot

Time for the Annual Turkey Trot, sponsored once again by The MIP Foundation. Friends, community, Spartan Alumni and family, both close and far away, are encouraged to join this year's Trot by making a  team and completing the 5K virtually. This year everyone is eligible for prizes and incentives, with the grand prize being a $500 Amazon Gift card, just in time for the holidays! How does it work? Starting on Thanksgiving, you get 6 days to work together to get the job done. Pick walking, running, swimming or biking! Be sure to text a selfie during your "trotting" to be included on the Turkey Trot Wall of Fame! Text to 215-620-8029. All proceeds raised from this event will help teenagers in their battle against cancer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. To learn more, head over to the MIP Foundation.  Thanks so much for your support!  

VOE/Worthy Lifestyle Mental Health Day

Springfield Township High School will be hosting a VOE/Worthy Lifestyle Mental Health Day on Wednesday, December 16th from 8:30am to 11:00am via Zoom. This event is designed to help all students deal with stress, anxiety, and maintain wellness during this trying time. We are looking for professionals in the healthcare field that are interested in supporting our students in this wonderful event. Our goal is to have health care professionals present in four sessions of twenty-five minutes, talking to students about ways to cope (mindfulness, wellness, stress relievers, meditation, yoga, etc.)  If you know of anyone who would be willing to partake in this event please contact VOE Advisor Mr. Leonard Thompson at  leonard_thompson@sdst.org.

Leadership Award Scholarship 

In partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, Widener University launched the High School Leadership Awards program in 2011 to identify regional high school students who embody the university’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders who affect positive change.  The program recognizes local high school students for their outstanding civic contributions, leadership, and commitment to their communities.  This year, STHS’s award winner is Senior Nina I. Nina was awarded the Leadership Award for her work done as a member of Voices of Excellence (VOE). There is the opportunity for a scholarship and access to student leadership opportunities if she chooses to attend Widener University. Congratulations Nina!

Holiday Food Drive

Voices of Excellence (VOE) is hosting a canned-food drive for Face to Face.  Face to Face is a non-profit organization located in Germantown that helps out the less fortunate by providing many services such as a soup kitchen to feed the homeless, health center, social services center, a legal center, a neighborhood art center, and a summer camp program.  The pandemic has caused a strain on the community and we would like to assist them in any way possible. 

We will be accepting canned-foods and other non-perishable food items, as well as travel sized toiletries. We will be collecting donations until December 21st. You can drop off your donation in the labeled bins in front of the school and at the door near the Cafeteria. Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

Face to Face’s Current Wishlist during COVID-19 Pandemic:

(Some items can be found on this Amazon link)
Eye Glasses (especially readers)
Folding shopping carts
Peanut butter (24 ounce jars)
Tuna fish
Canned chicken
Macaroni and Cheese
Pasta
Red spaghetti sauce
Chili
Deodorant
Cloth Masks

Travel-size toiletries: deodorant, toothpaste, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, disposable razors, tissues, soap, shaving cream, etc.

Snack Bags:  Lunch bags filled with non-perishable snack items in portion-size bags. Examples could be cheese crackers, cookies, apple sauce, juice boxes, trail mix bars, and other soft or easy to chew items. These bags are given out to guests to help them have a light meal during the times that their building is closed, when guests do not often have access to a refrigerator.

Girls Basketball Fundraiser

Here is a great idea for a holiday gift!  Click on this Google form to order your personalized Spartan ornament and/or keychain.  The Spartan Girls Basketball Team appreciates the support!  

Relay for Life

Are you interested in bringing awareness to and raising money for pediatric cancer? Have you or any of your loved ones/friends been affected by all that a cancer diagnosis and treatment entails? Then, please consider joining the Relay for Life club here at STHS. We are a community based group that meets monthly to organize and plan fundraisers that support pediatric cancer research. We also participate in a culminating event through the Relay for Life Wissahickon Valley Chapter in May. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Walsh (audrey_walsh@sdst.org).

Instructional Assistant Positions Available

The School District of Springfield Township is interested in hiring instructional assistants to work in our school district during the current school year.  If you are interested in a position please submit your application via the district Employment Opportunities page

Headphones with Microphones 

STHS recommends earbuds or headphones with microphones to participate in online instruction. This allows students to participate in class without distraction and articulate their own speech via a high quality microphone. These will also be beneficial if students find themselves in an overflow room. The suggested types are as follows:

Girls Exploring Tomorrow’s Technology (GETT)

Every week through the end of the school year, a new video or live stream will be released  showcasing successful women from the region’s broad scope of STEM-related industries, as well as hand-on STEM activities designed to help girls discover new ways to connect their passions for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Participation is free, but all girls must pre-register at this site.

Hall of Fame Nominations

It’s that time of year again! We are accepting Nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Please take some time to visit our School Website to make a nomination of a notable staff member or alumni for this year’s Hall of Fame Ceremony. 

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.

 

ATHLETIC UPDATE

Congratulations!

The Spartan Water Polo teams traveled to Wilson West Lawn last Friday for the State Championship and Third Place games. The Girls’ Team played first, for the Bronze Medal, against Mechanicsburg. The Girls took an early lead and held onto that lead for the duration of the contest earning them the third place finish for the Small School State Championship! After the Girls took down Mechanicsburg, the Boys’ Team started their State Championship game against Upper Merion. The Boys trailed, in score, for the entire game but had an incredible fourth quarter. The Boys earned their second Small School State Championship after scoring the game winning goal in the final four seconds of the game! Congratulations to both our Boys and our Girls Water Polo teams for another tremendous season!

We would also like to congratulate our Spartan Field Hockey Team. The Spartan Field Hockey team took on a league opponent, New Hope-Solebury, in the District 1 Championship last Thursday. The Spartans had faced off against the Lions twice during the regular season, and defeated them in both contests. New Hope-Solebury was the reigning District Champion, and has claimed that title for the past three years. After a hard fought game, New Hope pulled through to win their fourth consecutive District 1 Championship. The Spartans finished the season 9-1 and finished in second place in District 1. Congratulations for another excellent season ladies!

Gearing up for the Winter Sports Season

Visit our coaches webpage and contact the coach if you have any questions or would like more information regarding each sport. All  student-athletes interested in playing a Winter sport will need a completed  PIAA Physical any time after June 1st. Any student-athlete that has already competed in a Fall sport will need a recertification (Section 7 & 8). No student-athlete will be permitted to practice or try out for any team without a completed PIAA Physical.

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