Weekly eNews Update

Spain Park High School 09.20.19

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

This week the administration dedicated a great deal of time meeting with teachers and discussing the Educator Effectiveness Program, the tool used to set goals and expectations for our faculty. Visiting classrooms and observing the interaction between our teachers and our students is a large part of this process. I am always amazed at the quality of learning and the depth of knowledge our students are receiving daily. In addition to the quality of education, I want you to know that our teachers are invested in your child’s well being beyond the classroom.

Also this week, we recognized one of our outstanding faculty members, Dr. Pamela Harman, Science Teacher, as a finalist in the State of Alabama for The President’s Award for Excellence in Math and Science. The State Board of Education will honor her on Thursday, October 10, 2019, in Montgomery. By being a finalist in our state, Dr. Harman is being considered for the National Award.

I attended the Theatre’s Dinner and a Date event on Tuesday evening, and very much enjoyed the dinner and seeing our incredibly talented students perform. I encourage you to come and support our SPHS Theatre at their next production on November 1, 2019, for their Trumbauer One-Act Play. I also attended our Girls Volleyball game and saw our Lady Jags defeat Vestavia High School. If you haven’t seen our Volleyball team play check our SPHS Athletic website for games and times.

Please note, all sophomores and seniors will be involved with state assessments on Tuesday, October 1st. Sophomores will take the preACT test and seniors will take the ACT WorkKeys assessment. Freshmen and Juniors will participate in E-Learning at home. Look for more information in Google classrooms.

Finally, The Hoover City Schools Foundation is hosting three Drug Awareness And Prevention Breakfasts for parents focused on vaping and marijuana use amongst our teens. Parents are encouraged to attend any of the three events to learn about trends, risks, and consequences from law enforcement officers, District Attorneys, prevention specialists, and treatment specialists. The programs will cover everything from prevention to signs and symptoms and how you can intervene appropriately. Please consider attending one of these worthwhile sessions.

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


Peter L. Giangrosso


  • Please join us for the 2019 Colorguard and Majorette Clinic! The clinic is open to students K-8th grades. Participants will learn a short routine to perform on Friday, October 4th during pre-game at Homecoming! Follow this link to register: https://forms.gle/TFH2zJzje9B3CoCp7 See the attached flyer for more details!

  • Hoover City Schools is partnering with IMPACT Family Counseling to provide the Family Strengthening Program. This program will be offered for free to families with middle or high school students. The program consists of one evening session a week for six weeks total and will be offered multiple times throughout the school year. The first sessions begin on Tuesday, October 24th. If you are interested in participating or learning more about this opportunity, please contact your child’s counselor.

  • There will be a panel discussion on the topic of selective admission and the holistic review process with colleges held on 9/26 @ 5:30 PM in the SPHS theater. The panel will consist of admissions officers from Vanderbilt, Case Western Reserve, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institue (RPI), and Samford. The discussion will be most beneficial for the parents of juniors and seniors.

  • E-Sports Sign-Ups for 2019-20
    We had a successful first season of E-Sports. All our teams made the playoffs and our League of Legends SPHS team won the state! We are proud of our accomplishments and looking forward to our new season. Please see links below for how to get involved. This sport is co-ed. Parent and student information meeting will be on Thursday, September 26th at 6:00 p.m. in the Spain Park Library.
    More Information Here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/15flvwXczvan9R3UzgbFfiCAVv7MP6KklNapiIYAbtHI/edit?usp=sharing
    Students, look for the sign-up form on the Student One-Stop Announcements page.
    State Championship Article: https://spainparkathletics.org/2019/05/16/spain-park-league-of-legends-team-wins-inaugural-state-championship/

  • Girls Soccer tryouts will be held on the SPHS soccer field September 30th-October 3rd @ 4:00 pm. Any girl interested should have a complete physical form on file. Contact Coach Starr or Coach Prater with any questions.

  • Boys Soccer Tryouts for the Spain Park High School soccer program will be September 23-27 4 pm-6 pm at the SPHS practice fields. All players must have a current, up to date physical. Players need to come by Coach Hall's classroom 208 to sign up and pick up a physical form. If you have any questions see Coach Hall or email him at mhall@hoover.k12.al.us.

  • Any junior or senior girl interested in playing Powder Puff during Homecoming week can sign-up and pay on My School Fees. The deadline to register is September 23.

  • Spain Park Softball Tryouts will be October 1st, 3rd, & 8th, (10th if needed). Please sign up with Coach Urse Hawkins in Room A102 by Wednesday, September 25th. All students trying out must have a current Physical Exam Form completed by their doctor & the HCS Consent to Participate form signed and turned in before tryouts. Visit www.spainparkathletics.org for current forms.

  • See You at the Pole

    First Priority will be sponsoring See You at the Pole on Wednesday morning September 25th at 8:30 am. All interested students are welcome to attend this annual worldwide event.

  • Girls Bowling Tryouts Monday, October 7th & Wednesday, October 9th, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Oak Mountain Lanes. Sign up with Coach Urse-Hawkins in Room A102. Students must have with them a copy of their current Physical Form completed & HCS Consent to Participate to tryout.

  • Voluntary flu shots will be given to any student whose parent completes the flu vaccination consent form and does not have any contraindications to receiving the flu vaccination (and is NOT insured by PEEHIP). Any student may receive the vaccine as long as the form is completed by a parent or guardian unless they are insured by PEEHIP. Forms will be sent home during AO or they may be printed from the link. Signed forms should be returned to the nurse by September 30, 2019. Please remind your student that this clinic will be happening on October 9th midday.

  • Now is the time to sign up for ACT Prep Classes with Henson Test Prep. They are now offering classes for the upcoming October 26th and December 4th ACT test dates. There are several class options to choose from with the first sessions beginning on September 26th. For more information and registration, visit hensontestprep.com. If you have further questions, contact Amy Henson at (205) 862-6004.

Dr. Harman, Dr. Murphy and Principal Giangrosso

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Theatre Department Dinner and a Date Event

Next Theatre Opportunity

Don’t miss our upcoming Trumbauer one-act play, The Nose. Adapted by S’Park Theatre from the short story by Nikolai Gogol, it tells the odd and haunting tale of a self-absorbed VSCO Girl who wakes one morning to discover that her nose has disappeared from her face. When she discovers the nose enjoying a glamorous existence and racking up likes on social media, she resolves to return the nose to its rightful place...ONE NIGHT ONLY! Friday, November 1st @ 5pm
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“Spain Park’s Got Game” Homecoming 2019

Weekly Competitions- Click HERE for Calendar

*AO: Weekly Competition List and Guidelines - AO with the most points wins Chick-fil-a Biscuits!!

*Grade Level: Dress-up participation, attendance/participation Homecoming Parade, attendance at Moe’s Southwestern Grill. Points toward Spirit Stick.

*Department: Earn points for the highest percentage of teachers dressed up and that attend after-school activities (Moe’s, powder puff, parade, and dance). Winning department wins Chick-fil-a Biscuits!

Monday, 9/30-Dress-Up Theme

Cranium- Nerd Day

AO Door Decoration Judging

Tuesday, 10/1- NO DRESS_UP

E-Learning for 9th & 11th

Pre-ACT for 10th

Work Keys for 12th

Eat at Moe's Grill 5-9

Wednesday, 10/2- DRESS UP THEME

Operation- scrubs

Human Foosball- Jag Period

Powder Puff Game- Jrs. vs. Srs.4:30-5:30

Thursday, 10/3

Jumanji- Safari - no weapons

Homecoming Parade

Volleyball vs. Mtn Brook- 6pm

SGA is looking for owners/adult drivers of convertibles or Jeep Wranglers who are willing to volunteer to drive our Homecoming Court members in the Homecoming Parade on Thursday, October 3 after school. If you can help, please contact Candace Strickland at cstrickland@hoover.k12.al.us.

Friday, 10/4- Dress-Up Theme


9th: Wear Black

10th: Wear White

11th: Wear Blue

12th: Wear Togas

Faculty/Staff: Wear aqua shirt from SGA

Pep Rally

Homecoming Game 7 pm

Court Presentation at Half-time

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Homecoming Dance 8:00 - 10:30 @ SPHS Gym

Tickets $10 per person on MSF or cash at the door

Students: Date Registration & Letter of Good Standing

Upcoming Events

  • September 25-26---School Pictures during History classes
  • September 30-Oct 4--Homecoming Week
  • October 1--eLearning day for 9th and 11th-grade students, pre-ACT Assessment for 10th grade and WorkKeys for 12th grade. More info soon!
  • October 4--Homecoming Football game vs. Thompson
  • October 5--Homecoming Dance
  • October 16--PSAT

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