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Spotswood High School Parent Newsletter October 2021

This Month's Events

October 1 - 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2 - SATs

October 4 - 8 - Week of Respect; Spirit Week

October 4 - 14 - "Start Strong" Testing

October 7 - Homecoming Hall Decorating

October 8 - One Act Plays

October 9 - Homecoming Game & Dance

October 11 - PSAT (11th grade only)

October 23 - 31 - Red Ribbon Week

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Student of the Month!

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Spirit Week is Coming!

Spirit Week is October 4-8 and the Homecoming Game & Dance are scheduled for Saturday, October 9. If you have not done so, please thoroughly read through the Homecoming Parent Letter sent by Mrs. Jablonski.
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Senior Class Info!

Project Senior Week Parent Meeting!

There will be a meeting on October 12 at 7pm in the SHS Cafetorium. All interested Senior Parents are welcome to attend.

PSW Cornhole Tournament!

Project Senior Week is hosting a First Ever Cornhole Tournament on October 10 including raffles, food and beverage sales and some serious backyard bragging rights! Please see this flyer for how you can enter!

Senior Yearbook Quotes and Baby Photos:

The senior yearbook information Google Form has been assigned to the Class of 2022 Google Classroom. The deadline for submitting this form and your baby photos is October 31st. You must complete the Google Form and turn it into the Google Classroom assignment. Students must use their spsd email account and are only allowed one submission. Students can email their baby photo to or can bring a photo to Mrs. Furman in Room 515 or Ms. Bergman in Room 516. The baby photo will be returned to you after the baby photo section of the yearbook is complete. If you have any questions, please contact both yearbook advisors via email.

Start Strong & PSAT Testing

Beginning the week of October 4th, Spotswood High School will be administering Start Strong in ELA grades 9 and 10, Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II, and Science grades 9 and 12.

If you have not done so already, please read through the Start Strong Parent Letter for additional information. If you have any questions, please contact the SHS School Counseling Office.

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 all Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT® at Spotswood High School. Students will complete the pre-administration in English class. This assessment is more than a test; it focuses on the knowledge and skills evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness. It also is an approved exam for students to meet their standardized testing graduation requirement. If you have not done so already, please read through the PSAT Parent Letter for additional information.

School Counseling Corner!

Please take a moment to read through the October School Counseling Newsletter! Inside you'll find valuable information about FAFSA, PSAT, College Visits, and Red Ribbon Week!

College Visits:

Attention Juniors & Seniors - Throughout the Fall, we will be inviting representatives from colleges and institutions for college visits. Take advantage of this great opportunity to get up-to-date information and speak to an admissions representative during the school day. Students are able to sign up for 5 college visits. Here’s how to sign up! Login to your student Naviance Account On your Naviance homepage, click “colleges” (in white) at the top of the homepage Click “College Visits” under the Research Colleges heading Keep checking your Naviance account - we are continuing to add college visits!

Yearbook Updates

Underclassmen Photo Retakes:

Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors who did not take their photo in September or want to retake their underclass portrait can do so on November 19th. Student who did not take their photo will be assigned a time to come to the media center to take their photo. Students who want to retake their photo must email no later than November 8th and they will be assigned a photo time.

Yearbook Ordering:

Yearbook Sales have begun! Yearbooks currently cost $60 for a non-personalized book ($70 for value package). Prices will increase to $75 ($85 for value package) on January 1st, so order early! The link to order can be found on the SHS website under Parent Resources/Yearbook or via this link.

Middle States Accreditation

One of the exciting initiatives SHS will be working on this school year is achieving our Middle States Accreditation. Reaching this goal will be recognition both of the excellent education that students receive at Spotswood High School along with acknowledgment of our culture of continuous improvement. Only 69 non-magnet public schools in the state have this accreditation, so this achievement will put us in the top tier of schools state-wide!

Each month, we will provide you with a brief update on where we are in the process. As always if you are interested in getting involved in the process, please do not hesitate to reach out!

This Month's Update: Our Planning Team and our Faculty/Staff held several meetings to discuss and craft our school's mission statement. In one to two sentences, our mission statement will articulate what our school aspires to become.

Upcoming Fundraisers

10/2: Drama Club Car Wash.. $5 per car in the SHS School Lot.

10/6: Boys Soccer Panini Bistro Dine to Donate. Please see this flyer for more info!

10/8: One Act Play Competition. $5 per ticket. 6:30pm in SHS Cafetorium. Tickets available at the door or online.

10/10: PSW Cornhole Tournament. Including raffles, food and beverage sales and some serious backyard bragging rights! Please see this flyer for how you can enter!

10/13: Boys Soccer Panini Bistro Dine to Donate. Please see this flyer for more info!

10/16: Band Parents Association Car Wash

10/17: SHS Girls Basketball Annual Car Show. Fun For The Whole Family- Music, Food, Prizes & More!

10/20: Boys Soccer Panini Bistro Dine to Donate. Please see this flyer for more info!

10/22: Drama Club Panera Dine to Donate, 4-8pm

10/27: Boys Soccer Panini Bistro Dine to Donate. Please see this flyer for more info!

Athletics Info

For athletics information, including eligibility guidelines, physical packets, and updated schedules, please see the Athletics Website.

Reminders from the Nurse

Please remember if your child has any medical conditions, the school nurse should be aware. There are forms for asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and permission to administer medications on the Nurse's Corner under Parent Resources on the SHS school website. Students are not permitted to carry medications in school, and they must be left in the nurse's office unless permission is granted by the physician in cases of asthma and diabetes.

COVID Guidelines

At this time, the following COVID guidelines and protocols will be in place:

  • Per the Governor’s Office, NJ Department of Health, and NJ Department of Education, all students must wear a mask to school. Exceptions will be made when students are eating, playing musical instruments, engaged in strenuous activities, or are outside in extreme heat.
  • The school will continue to contact trace positive cases. In the event that your child is identified as having been a close contact of a COVID+ individual, they must provide proof of full vaccination or quarantine.
  • There will be no temperature checks or COVID screening forms required for entry.
  • Regardless of exposure, students who are exhibiting COVID symptoms should stay home from school! Please remember to call the attendance office to report the absence and Mr. Mastroserio or Ms. Avallone will follow up with further instructions.
  • We will make every reasonable effort to keep students spread out in their classes, whenever possible.
  • Students will have continued access to soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes.
  • Lockers will be available to all students, two way hallways have been restored, and water bottle filling stations will be available.

Additional information regarding COVID protocols can be found on the district “Quick Links” page. Please be aware that should these COVID guidelines change, this will be communicated.