Weekly eNews Update

Spain Park High School 10/11/19

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that the first nine weeks ended this past Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Please expect your student’s report card in the mail after Thursday, October 17, 2019. Should you have any questions about your student’s grades, the first point of contact is the teacher. The end of every nine weeks is a chance for students to self reflect on their academic performance. I believe taking a thorough look at what went right and what went wrong during this first grading period will be beneficial as our students go through the academic year.

Please be aware that Monday, October 14, 2019, will be a teacher professional development day, therefore no school for students. I hope our students enjoy their long weekend and are ready to get back to work on Tuesday. We will give the WorkKeys make-up test for seniors, and the PreACT make-up test for Sophomores on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

We will give the PSAT test on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, for those students who have signed up to test. Due to the nature and timing of this test, our buses will run the Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday morning schedule. Please see the “Important Information” below for more details.

Our student body gave our Special Olympic Athletes a grand send-off for their competition in the Special Olympic Games. We are very proud of these athletes for competing and representing SPHS in a very positive way. Click Here for the send-off video.

In a previous newsletter, I mentioned the mentoring program that Coach Raney has started between faculty, staff, and football team. It has been such a success, WBRC 6 requested to interview our faculty and players- please click here to enjoy the interview.

As you might have heard, we have a little get together with our friends across town this Friday night. Along with the competition on the field with Hoover High School, we are also competing to support HOOVER HELPS with the Hoover Helps Hunger Challenge. Please consider donating here, or at the game. I ask that you support the Jag Nation to win the battle on the field and the Fight against Hunger in our community.

Next Friday night, October 18, 2019, we will recognize students who have scored a 30 or higher on the ACT. The ceremony will be held at the Spain Park vs. Oak Mountain home football game during the pre-game festivities. We are gathering data on the students who fall into this prestigious category. If your student has scored a 30 or higher on the ACT, please complete this form ACT Recognition Form by 10/14/19. The information collected from this form will be the sole source of information used to organize this ceremony. Students received this information through their Google Classroom this week. See the details below.

As always, I am available to hear your feedback on how we can make SPHS a great place to be.


Peter L. Giangrosso



Important School Schedule Information for Wednesday, October 16th. Please read this in its entirety.

Buses will run for an 8:15 start day (NOT the typical Wednesday pick up time).

  • Wednesday, October 16th is a regular Wednesday schedule (2nd, 4th, AO and 7th). School will begin at 9:05 am as normally scheduled, but the PSAT will begin at 8:15 am.

  • All students taking the PSAT need to be at school in their testing rooms by 8:15 am on Wednesday, October 16th. (room rosters will be posted in google classroom by October 7th)

  • Testers will need to bring:

    • A picture ID (required)

    • Pencils (cannot be mechanical pencils)

    • A calculator if he/she would like to use one. You can find the approved calculator list here.

  • Students who ride the bus and are not taking the PSAT will be supervised in the competition and PE gyms until 8:55 when they will be dismissed to class. Students who are not testing and do not ride the bus, need to be at school by 9:05 am.

  • All students taking the PSAT will test from 8:15-12:00 pm and will be dismissed to lunch, AO and 7th period.

  • Students who take the PSAT will be given the opportunity to have an excused check-out after the test is completed, provided the student follows normal check-out procedures. (If your student plans to check out, please bring a note on Tuesday, October 15th to the attendance desk).


Pre-Game Festivities for 10/18/19

The pre-game recognition for students who reported scoring a 30(+) on the ACT will be held on 10/18/19 at 6:35. If you are in this category and have not notified us by completing the response form, please do so here by 10/14/19. Students being recognized should meet Mr. Giangrosso and Mrs. Coley-Smith on the track in front of the marching band section at 6:15 for check-in. It is very important that you are prompt and that you check-in when you arrive. You will be given instructions about how the recognition will be conducted upon check-in. Again, congratulations on this tremendous accomplishment. We are honored to recognize you at this event!


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SPHS Choir in Concert


Senior Information

It's time to commemorate your SENIOR! You can purchase a senior yearbook ad to honor your graduate. Early bird prices start Oct. 15th. Go to http://bit.ly/SPSeniorAd2020 to get information and place your ad order. Email Ms. Rodgers with questions at jrodgers@hoover.k12.al.us.


Congratulations to these students for having earned induction into the International Thespian Society, the honor society for secondary school theatre students. Please join us in celebrating the hard work and achievements our honor students and Director Dustin Helmer have achieved!
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School Pictures

Be sure to check out your STUDENTS PHOTOS at https://store.ironcitystudios.com/login. Your student’s access code is their “19” #. Please be sure and visit the site to place orders and check the accuracy of your student’s photos. If you have any questions, please give Iron City Studios a call at 205-783-5281.

Veterans Day Project

Veterans Day Project - Supporting Our Troops!

The SPHS student body will be focused on "doing the packing" for 500 boxes with toiletry articles, food snacks, underclothing, (“incidentals”) and "thank you" notes during class periods on November 6th and 7th. Subsequently, the boxes are to be mailed overseas to our active-duty military men and women by the Support-Our-Soldiers organization, and in time for the holidays.
October through November 1st is scheduled for volunteer contributions. Parents, students, faculty, and all interested, who would like to have a part in this worthwhile and patriotic work, may donate incidentals for packing and give a half-box provision of $10 or a full-box provision of $20. You can donate on My School Fees or send a check payable to SPHS.

World Heritage Week

Students will be hosting World Heritage Week, October 21-25, 2019. We will be celebrating the many cultures that are represented here at Spain Park. You will be able to visit displays of some cultures represented here at our school, as well as look through books by authors from many of these countries.

There will be various events going on in AO throughout the week. Each event is ticketed to allow for space. Be sure to get your tickets from Miss Suarez by Friday 10-18-19. Watch for announcements in your Grade Level Google Classroom and listen for them during AO announcements.

Hoover Helps

"The Hoover Helps Hunger Challenge is THIS Friday night at the Hoover/Spain Park Football Game! This is the ONE fundraising event of the year for Hoover Helps, a local non-profit helping Hoover children who are food insecure. 100% of the funds you donate stay here in Hoover and will be used to help children in Hoover. Please donate at hooverhelps.org and thank you for your support! GO JAGS!"


  • Please notify the nurses if your student has been diagnosed with the flu by a physician. The nurses track the numbers of flu cases each year. You may contact the nurses at blaney@hoover.k12.al.us or (205) 439-1430.

  • Make-Up Pictures
    Students who need to take make-up pictures may do so on November 6 during JAG. If you have RC3 in the afternoon, you will need to come on Thursday, November 7, during AO. All pictures will be taken in Room 228.

  • SignUps for ESports has been extended to November 1, 2019. Students should visit the Student Blog for details and Signup Form. Parents can click the link below for frequently asked questions about Spain Park ESports. http://bit.ly/spesfaq Visit the Spain Park Athletics Winter Sports Page to see results from last year's season where our League of Legends team won the state championship.

  • Dance Clinic for Elementary and Middle School Students Registration:
    Elementary Students - http://bit.ly/danceclinic2019
    Middle School students - http://bit.ly/spdance2019

    Show your Spain Park pride with a pair of SP silver earrings! They are $10 and can be purchased from Mrs. Matherson or a Dazzler. Contact Rmatherson@hoover.k12.al.us with any questions!

Upcoming Events

  • October 15- PreACT and WorkKeys make up test
  • October 16--PSAT, Report cards mailed home
  • October 21-25- World Heritage Week

Check out the SPHS Athletics calendar for additional opportunities to support our athletics teams.