Big Spring High School News

December 2017


We are pleased to announce that we will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System in our high school building to strengthen our program of campus safety for students and faculty. Part of keeping students and faculty safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times, and the Raptor system will allow us to do that. The Raptor system will better allow us to screen visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our schools and provide us with a safer environment for our students and staff. The new system will go into effect in January. We anticipate expanding this system to all our school buildings next fall.

Upon entering the high school, visitors will be asked to present an ID such as a Driver’s License, which can either be scanned or manually entered into the system. If a parent or guardian for any reason does not have a US government-issued ID, the school staff member can use any form of identification and manually enter the person’s name into the Raptor system. The Raptor system will check to ensure that registered sexual offenders are not entering our school campuses without our knowledge. The Raptor system checks the visitor's name and date of birth for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. The registered sex offender database is the only official database checked by the Raptor system. No other data from the ID is gathered or recorded and the information is not shared with any outside agency. Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit. A visitor’s badge will not be necessary for those who visit our schools simply to drop off an item in the office or pick up paperwork.

The safety of our students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system allows us to quickly identify those that may present a danger to our students. Thank you in advance for your understanding and your support in enhancing the school safety protocols in our district.



PMEA District Band

On December 2nd, 2017, students auditioned for the PMEA District Band. The following 5 students qualified: Skylar Diehl, Kate Greene, Jay Ni, Dalton Ebers, and Brandon Mooney. These students will have the opportunity to re-audition for the PMEA Region Band Festival.

Cumberland County Band

On December 4th, 12 students auditioned for Cumberland County Band. The following students qualified: Hannah Custer, Skylar Diehl, Kate Greene, Grace Paterson, Jay Ni, Katlyn Hoskins, Emma Shughart, Preston Howe, Dalton Ebetrs, Brandon Mooney, Gavin Hunt, and Madalene Hoffman.

2017 Winter Concert

On December 11th, 2017 was the annual Winter Holiday Music Concert. This year the concert was titled "Glorious Sounds of the Season". This concert featured both the band and choral ensembles. For this concert, our band had prepared a world premiere piece in support of the fundraiser started by composer Brian Balmages. Each year, Balmages has increased his fundraising goal. This year, the goal was $13,000. The money raised goes to the homeless.


World Language Field Trip to NYC

On December 7th, students in a level 2 language class and higher had the opportunity to attend the field trip to NYC. On this trip, students visited the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and watched the Broadway show "Phantom of the Opera". The students enjoyed their trip!

AP World History field trip to Philly

On December 9th, students traveled to the historical city of Philadelphia. The students had the chance to see the Terracotta Warriors of the First Empire at the Franklin Institute which includes clay figures that are more than 2,000 years old many other exhibits. The students saw the material they're learning in class come to life.

Nutquacker Suite

On December 8th, the annual Nutquacker Suite race took place. Members from Club C.A.R.E. sold decorated rubber ducks for $2 to keep and $1 to race. This is something that many students and staff members look forward to every year. The race takes place in the Big Spring Pool. The first, second, and third place winners received money prizes! All proceeds from this race went to the local organization, Paw Packs. The first place winner was Tyler Flood, the second place winner was Mr. Knapp, and the third place winner was Mrs. Paris.

Basketball Teams Read to Elementary Students

Back in November, the Girl's Basketball Team read to the students at Mount Rock Elementary. The younger students love getting the chance to interact with the high school students.

On December 12th, the Boy's Basketball Team read Holiday stories to the elementary students, just in time for the holidays!

Big Spring Food Drive

To support our hometown, National Honor Society members annually organize a food drive distribution. In addition to the food drive distribution, their is a corresponding Holiday present distribution. Star Tree was the name of the NHS committee that helped organize the present collection. Gifts were collected by members of our community for local Big Spring area children in need. Both distributions took place on December 13th. This year, 34 local families received food! The Food Drive collection days took place the week before and were as follows:

Monday: Canned Foods

Tuesday: Pasta

Wednesday: Boxed Foods

Thursday: Toiletries

Friday: Any nonperishable foods

FFA News

On December 14th, FFA students went to Bongierno Conference Center for Fall Leadership Contests. 9 students participated in job interviews, 2 teams participated in FFA knowledge, 1 team participated in Ag issues forum, and 4 students participated in veterinarian skills.

Holiday Spirit Week and Recess

To heighten the excitement for Holiday Recess, Dawg Pound hosted a Festive Spirit Week from 12/18/17 -12/21/17.

Monday: Snowed in (Comfy Clothes)

Tuesday: Flannels and Holiday Socks

Wednesday: Holiday Spirit Day

Thursday: Red and Green Day

To go along with the Holiday Spirit Day a Winter Sports Pep Rally was held on Wednesday, December 20. This pep rally included recognition of the winter sports teams, Holiday games, and performances from both the Cheerleading Squad and Dance Team.

The Holiday Recess for students will begin on Friday, December 22. Faculty and Staff have a staff development day. Both students and faculty will resume school on January 3rd, 2018.

Alumni Return to Prepare Juniors and Seniors

On December 20th, a panel of 2017 Big Spring Graduates returned to the High School to speak with junior and senior students. They gave an insight on what their classes are like, what living away from home is like, and other advice.

Keystones and Final Exams

The week after faculty and students return from Holiday Recess, Keystone Exams will begin.

Literature Keystones are on January 8th.

Biology Keystones are on January 9th.

Algebra Keystones are on January 17th.

Final exams also begin for all students.

Finals for Pd. 1, 4A, 4B, and 4AB are on January 11th.

Finals for Pd. 2A, 2B, 2AB, and 5 are on January 12th.

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