Spring Lake Park High School
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SEPTEMBER 20, 2023 - NEWSLETTER
Our school year is certainly up and running, and we are off to a good start. Students and staff report a positive, productive, and collaborative launch to the school year. It has been great to see so many families at our many fall athletics and activities supporting our Panthers.
Possip praise and feedback
We’re partnering with Possip this year to help us gather insights from families about their school experience. Thank you to the 475 parents who took time to respond to last week’s pulse check. At Thursday’s football game, a parent shared their appreciation with me for seeking input through such an efficient means. Our next pulse check will be October 26.
We really appreciate hearing about what’s going well. We had many comments sharing the positive impact staff have made with students. We also heard positive feedback on some of our shifts in practice to start the school year – including our approach to cell phones and outside food delivery services (like Door Dash).
We received the most ideas and suggestions around scheduling. We will take the feedback we received and work to improve our processes and communications at the start of each trimester. Because we build the master schedule during the spring and summer based on projections and student requests, we often have to adjust based on students in attendance. That said, we will look at ways to improve the experience.
Curriculum night and family access to learning
It was great to have an opportunity to connect with families last week at our Fall Curriculum Night. We saw a stronger turnout this year and appreciated having the opportunity to share and discuss student learning experiences those in attendance.
Our staff work to develop impactful curricular unit designs that foster the development of academic as well as career and life competencies. Our goal is for the learning to be rigorous and relevant beyond the classroom. Parents can always access and follow along with the learning in Schoology or reach out directly to teachers with questions.
Finally for this week, as we move further into the trimester, we really appreciate your help to reinforce the importance of school attendance – and being on time. Attendance and punctuality are skills every student needs to master in high school to be ready for their next steps – whatever they may be. Thanks for your support!
As always, thank you for your partnership as we build bright futures together…one school, one community, #SLPPantherProud!
Spring 2023 state testing results going home this week
If you have a student who participated in last year's state testing, you can expect to receive a secure email message from Assessments@district16.org with your child's report later this week. This message will include reports for the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCAs) and the Minnesota Test of Academic Skills (MTAS) for all students currently in grades 4-9, 11, and 12 and ACCESS for students identified as English Learners currently in grades 1-12. Keep in mind these results are from last spring. The state just recently provided results to us. Your child's current teacher(s) will be able to provide you with the most up-to-date information on your student's learning progress.
Update immunizations by November 1, upcoming vaccine clinic
Minnesota School Immunization Laws currently require all students enrolled in school to be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTap/Td/Tdap), polio, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Hepatitis B, and varicella (chickenpox). One dose of the meningococcal (MCV) vaccine is due in 7th grade, and a booster dose at age 16.
The only exceptions are:
1. A student has had the chickenpox virus
2. Medical exemption with paperwork from your provider
3. Conscientious exemption with notarized exemption form
Students whose immunizations are not up to date by Wednesday, November 1 will be excluded from school until their immunizations are current. If you have questions about whether or not your child is due for immunizations, please contact their healthcare provider.
As a reminder, SLP is hosting a free vaccine clinic for students on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10 from 3:30-7 p.m. at Kenneth Hall in Spring Lake Park High School (door #33). We ask that students and families sign up ahead of time for an appointment. See more details on the event.
Access to curriculum and student learning experiences
Students use Seesaw (grades K-2) and Schoology (grades 3-12) for their learning. Parents/guardians can also access these platforms and follow along with what their children are learning in school. Once a parent or guardian logs on, if you're not sure what you're looking at or where to find something, ask your student to give you a tour.
Check out these instructions for logging on to our digital learning systems. You can find these instructions along with parent password guidance, and so many more tips and video tutorials about our technology tools on the Technology Tools, Resources and Log Ins page of our website under the "Parent" menu. All our Spring Lake Park Schools webpages also can be translated into multiple languages.
1:1 counselor meetings for juniors and seniors
Junior and senior students have been invited to schedule their annual counselor meeting. Parents, you are invited to attend as well. Meetings can be held in person, virtual or through a phone call - whatever works best for you! It is important you encourage your student to sign up for their 1:1 as soon as possible.
All-class grade level meetings with counselors
This fall, each grade level will have an all-class meeting with the counselors and administrative team. Each meeting will focus on building community, making the most of the school year and career and college readiness activities for your students to complete to become post-secondary ready.
If your student misses the meeting or you would like to know what was the topic was, students can view the presentation in their “Class Of” folders in Schoology after the meeting has concluded.
- October 2-6 - Homecoming Week
- Friday, October 6 - Homecoming Football Game, Panther Stadium, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 7 - Homecoming Dance, SLPHS Cafeteria (SLPHS students only), 7-10 p.m.
- Saturday, October 7, 2023 - Live on 65: 7,000 Miles to Broadway (Singer/Guitarist + Pianist + Bassist), Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
- Monday, October 9 - Free Vaccine Clinic event, Kenneth Hall in Spring Lake Park High School (door #33), 3:30-7 p.m. Sign up here.
- Tuesday, October 10 - Free Vaccine Clinic event, Kenneth Hall in Spring Lake Park High School (door #33), 3:30-7 p.m. Sign up here.
- Wednesday, October 11 - Caregiver Learning Event: Mental Health Awareness & Coping Skills, Westwood Intermediate and Middle School (The Den), 6-7 p.m. RSVP for this event.
College Rep visits begin soon
We have many College Reps that visit the high school. Several 2-year, Tech School and 4-year Universities will all be visiting throughout the fall. Students can sign up to see our Reps through Naviance.
Minnesota Goes to College
October is Minnesota Goes to College month. We partner with colleges and the Minnesota Department of Higher Education to provide multiple opportunities for students to learn more about college, how to apply to college, what financial aid entails and much more!
Check out the calendar to see events happening at SLPHS. These events are open to students grade 9-12. This event calendar is LIVE and will be updated as new events are confirmed.
Looking for a Job, Internship, or Career Advice?
If your student needs information on job opportunities, internships or is just looking to chat about career paths after high school, please have them stop by room B138 and see Mr. Van Brocklin, our Career Pathways Lead.
SLPHS Construction Trades
The SLPHS Construction Trades course is in full swing and students are enjoying learning all about safety, processes and expectations while doing hands-on projects in the classroom. Soon, they will head outside to build a shed and house in the SLPHS parking lot!
Panther Pride Sweepstakes is back, starting October 2
Win $500 for your school and $50 Panther Store gift card for you! Starting Sunday, October 1, visit the sweepstakes page to enter the daily Panther Pride Sweepstakes. Show your Panther Pride and Spirit by answering a trivia question daily, October 1-5. Families can enter one time each day and can include all students in the family. A student winner and a staff winner for each school will be drawn on Thursday, October 5 and winners will be acknowledged at the Spring Lake Park High School Homecoming game on Friday, October 6. Good luck!
- Safety and security update: 2023-2024
- Report the absence through Campus Parent Portal
- Get ready to see what’s behind the curtain
- Live on 65: 7,000 Miles to Broadway - get your tickets today!
- Complete your review of student behavior and attendance expectations
- 2023-2024 School Handbook
- Openings - Spanish Immersion Preschool class
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