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NEWS AND NOTES 

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TECH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

 

Back to School Night (B2SN)                                

Our first Back to School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd. The evening will begin promptly at 6:30pm. This will be a virtual event where parents/guardians will get an opportunity to follow their students’ schedule, meet teachers, and hear about general expectations. The evening will begin promptly at 6:30pm. Teachers should have already sent out Zoom invitations to their classes. To centralize the Zoom link information, a document containing the link for the Back to School Night Information Program and all of the teacher links will be eBlasted out the night of the event in case you misplace the Zoom invites. 

Following is the time schedule for the evening:

6:30pm to 7:00pm - Back to School Night Information Program (PTA, Eastern Center for Arts and Technology, Counselors, Assistant Principals, Athletic Director, and Principal)

7:03pm to 7:13pm A Block Day 1

7:16pm to  7:26pm B Block Day 1

7:29pm to 7:39pm C Block Day 1

7:42pm to 7:52pm D Block Day 1

7:55pm to 8:05pm A and B Block Day 2 (or see another teacher if you have more than one child at the high school)

8:08pm to 8:18pm C and D Block Day 2 (or see another teacher if you have more than one child at the high school)

Asynchronous Wednesdays

We had a successful first few weeks of virtual learning and appreciate the support and input we have received from students, families and staff!

The following is for Asynchronous Wednesdays only: 

For state mandated attendance purposes, all students are required to check in with their Homeroom Teacher between 7:45am and 7:55am. This includes those students with approved late arrival. During the 90 minutes of total independent semi-synchronous learning per class, students will complete assignments, long-term projects, and other work.

Students must complete the assignments given on that day for each scheduled class in order to:

  • Be counted as “present” for the class/Block
  • Be given credit for the work

If students check into their Homeroom but do not finish their assignment for any class that day by 8:00am the following day/Thursday (24 hours), they will be marked absent. Teachers will notify the Attendance Secretary to change the records per the Pennsylvania Department of Education Guidelines for student attendance. Unexcused absences can add up and be applied towards truancy. 

Students handing the work in late will be subjected to the Late Work Policy as follows:

  • Up to 90% for 24 hours late
  • Up to 80% for 48 hours late
  • Up to 70% for 72 hours late
  • Zero after that

During this semi-synchronous, independent learning day, all students will have the option of checking in virtually with the teachers of all of their scheduled classes, gaining access to enrichment or supportive opportunities including tutoring in a small group, or working collaboratively with peers. Other possible activities on this day may include College and Career Readiness activities, STAR Assessments, Internships, and informative assemblies.

Daily Student Attendance                                    

Attendance is required of all students at STHS. We strongly encourage parents to schedule ALL appointments for their students after school hours or during asynchronous Wednesdays if possible.

If your student must miss school, you must report it. When reporting your student's missed time from school please email: hs_attendance@sdst.org.  Include your child's full name and grade in the subject line. Remember to include date, times(for early dismissal or late arrivals) as well as a reason, for your child's absence citing one of the approved reasons. If your child’s absence is due to illness, send a doctor's note upon return to support their excuse time missed from school. 

As a reminder, the following are our School Board policy excused absences: illness, quarantine, family emergency, impassable roads, court appearances, and family educational travel (required pre-approval forms can be emailed to attendance@sdst.org).  Absences that are not accompanied by an email or note or an email/note without an approved excuse will be recorded as truant.  Truancy now covers students ages 6 through 18 years. Visit Attendance Procedures | Resources for more information.

Lunch with LaRocco/Dine with Dr. Z                        

Students have been sent invitations to hang out with an Assistant Principal during lunch on Fridays! During this time students will be able to participate in some games to end the week on a positive note. Winners will receive a $5 Wawa Gift card, courtesy of Mr. LaRocco and Dr. Zgraggen. This is a recurring event that happens between 11:10am and 11:40am.

Update on Food Service Program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced a waiver that allows SDST to provide FREE meals to any child 18 and under residing in Springfield Township until further notice (note: no student meal accounts will be charged for any meal received prior to this notice).

Our school meal services program is operating to fit the needs of our virtual learners.

We will continue to provide the same components and follow the same nutritional guidelines as if we were in person. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. As stated above, all meals are FREE of charge for any child 18 and under residing within Springfield Township. No identification is required.

PICK UP DAYS & TIMES
Every Monday and Wednesday between 9:00-11:00am and 4:00-6:00pm.

PICK UP LOCATION 
(New!) Enfield Elementary School (please use the bus loop entrance off of Paper Mill Rd.)
300 Montgomery Avenue
Erdenheim, PA 19038

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Monday's pickup includes breakfast and lunch for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Wednesday's pickup includes breakfast and lunch for Thursday, Friday and the following Monday.

MENU & MEAL INFORMATION
Please visit the District’s food service website for menu postings. Here are nutritionals on food items being offered.

FOOD/NUTRITION/ALLERGY QUESTIONS
Ed Welch, Director of Food Service Operations
Nutri-Serve Food Management Inc.
SFT@nsfm.com

ACCOUNT QUESTIONS
Susan Holman, Administrative Assistant for Food Services
susan_holman@sdst.org

Comcast Internet Essentials                             

Comcast is offering two months of Internet for free for all new customers and just $10 per month after that. Any student who participates in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program is eligible to apply for Comcast Internet Essentials. For more information review the Internet Essentials website.   If you need further assistance contact your School Social Worker

Virtual Learning Guides

School is in Session!  Below are the links to the Student and Family Guide to assist you in regards to our academic program.  These documents are updated with all the latest information (including the Asynchronous Wednesdays). All families should carefully read the Guides. Based on your input received in the Spring regarding our virtual learning platform, we would like all students and parents/guardians to be aware that:

  • Daily attendance will be taken in Homeroom and in each Block, and State and district attendance policies will apply
  • Students will be evaluated and graded on their work; work must be completed in a timely fashion to receive full credit (see Guides for grading and late work information)
  • Teachers will deliver “live” 60 minute synchronous sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and asynchronous sessions on Wednesday. Please read the Guides for further information.

Student Guide for Virtual Learning
Family Guide for Virtual Learning 

Youth and Government                                  

YAG IS BACK! We meet at 7:00pm to 8:00pm Monday nights via Zoom. Reach out to Mrs. Zehner if you’re interested (peggy_zehner@sdst.org). If you LOVE to debate this is the perfect club for you! We hope to see you there! 

STHS Curbside Library Book Pickup (Every Wednesday)        

Students may request books from our school library while learning is virtual! The process for requesting books is as follows:

1. Search the STHS Library Destiny catalog for available titles. (Directions on how to do this are included in the Google form linked below).

2. Request up to 10 books via this Google Form.

3. Submit your Request form each Wednesday by 12:00pm.

4. Pick up your books on Wednesdays between 1:25pm and 3:25pm. Your books will be waiting for you outside the main entrance of the high school.

5. Bring any currently checked out items you no longer need to return.

6. Enjoy your books while you’re at home learning virtually! 

Please e-mail with any questions: jenny_roberts@sdst.org

Snow Shoveler Registry 2020                            

Springfield Township will maintain a registry for all Township school students who have indicated their desire to shovel snow for a fee.  This service is provided for the mutual benefit of the students and those residents who may wish to avail themselves of the student’s services.  All transactions are by private agreement between the resident and the student.  Neither the Police Department nor the Township make any warranty nor accrues any liability to or for the students or residents making use of this registry. If any student is willing to participate in this service for township residents, they should complete the registry form and return no later than November 16th, 2020 to: Ms. Jamie Corley, 1510 Paper Mill Road, Wyndmoor, PA  19038

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

MPA/PTA Event

Please join us on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6:00pm. The Multicultural Parent Association (MPA) will host a workshop by Angela N. Campbell, Ph.D. on Understanding Implicit Bias and Sustaining Safe, Equitable, and Inclusive School Communities. The workshop is geared towards the K-12 community. The event is sponsored by the Secondary PTA and EEHSP. This will take the place of the PTA’s September meeting. This is a two part workshop series. You must register in advance for this event in order to receive the Zoom link. Registration information for the October student session is forthcoming. See the attached flyer for more details. MPA Anti-Bias Training 

Equitable Practices Committee Meeting                     

Please join us on Thursday, September 24th at 6:30pm via Zoom for our next meeting. The meeting will focus on Curriculum Review and Development. Department Coordinators and Grade Level Leaders will be present to discuss the work that has been on-going in this area. The Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

School Closed                                            

On Monday, September 28th, there will be no school for students in observance of Yom Kippur.

PTA Meeting

On Tuesday, October 13th, at 7pm the Secondary PTA has invited Ken Ginsburg, MD to discuss Building Resilience During Moments of Uncertainty. This engagement is geared to parents/guardians, district employees and students in the middle and high school communities. The Zoom link will follow in the school weekly eblasts and will be posted on the School District of Springfield Township PTA Facebook page a few days prior to the event. Any questions please email us at sdstpta@gmail.com or post questions on our Facebook page. We hope you can join us for both events. Your support and participation are essential to the Secondary PTA’s success to serve the students in the middle school and high school. 

 

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.

Attention Juniors and Seniors

Representatives from College Admissions Offices are scheduling virtual visits for STHS.  Please check the schedule in Naviance frequently and register for visits you are interested in.  Prior to the visit, please make sure you email or send a private chat message to your teacher if you need to leave class for a College Rep visit to let them know.  Make sure the email you have listed in Naviance is a personal email address.  If you do not know your Naviance password, email your School Counselor.  

Financial Aid Night Webinar
Attention Seniors and Parents/Guardians of Seniors: 

Join us as we host PHEAA for a Financial Aid Night Webinar from the comfort of your home!  This presentation will be held on September 29th from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and provides an early understanding of the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. We discuss higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid.  This webinar will be presented by Fran Mckeown from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).  Registration is required by clicking this Financial Aid Night Webinar Registration Link.

ATHLETIC UPDATE

Football and Water Polo Update                                

After careful consideration, the School District of Springfield Township has decided to proceed with the competitive season for both Water Polo and Football. Our student-athletes have been working diligently to abide by all of the health and safety measures that we have put into place. To date, we have successfully conducted over 800 health screenings on our Water Polo and Football student-athletes and coaches. Additionally, at every practice our Athletic Trainer monitors and works closely with all of our student-athletes and coaches.  To clarify an earlier message sent out, the Water Polo season, for games only, will occur strictly outdoors. Practices will be able to occur both indoors and outdoors, we apologize for the confusion that this caused. Our first Water Polo game will be on Saturday, September 26th, at Whites Road Park in Lansdale.

Our first Football game will be on Friday, October 2nd, in Spartan Stadium.

Thank you for your patience, trust, and support.  

Joe Ferraro, Athletic Director
Chuck Rittenhouse, Principal

Coaching Vacancies

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:

  • Assistant Boys Soccer Coach (Fall)
  • Assistant Girls Soccer Coach (Fall) 
  • Assistant Cheer Coach (Fall & Winter)

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