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Porcupine Newsletter (21-22) - Week of: October 4th

Week of: October 4th

Good Evening SHS!


It's a busy first week in October at Springtown High School. This week we have driver's education classes starting up, ACT, TSI and ASVAB testing and our fair share of opportunities to come out and support our Porcupines.


Please take a few minutes to read over this week's newsletter for information and events for this upcoming week as well as an opportunity to highlight successes from this last week.


Please continue to monitor your student for COVID-19 related symptoms before sending them to school. If they show any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not send them to school but instead call their absence into our office and we can share what off-campus testing options are available for that day.


Please know that the success of the students and staff of Springtown High School is our priority. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, concerns or celebrations! I am a phone call (817.220.3888) or email away and of course, our door is always open!


If need be, we'll send reminders or communicate any adjustments via email throughout the week.


Thank you,

Mrs. Hutchison, Principal

Springtown High School

What's Happening This Week?

Monday October 4

  • Driver's Ed starts - Library
  • FCCLA Fall Conference - Library

Tuesday October 5

  • ACT in Library
  • Volleyball vs Argyle @ SHS
  • Springtown 4H Meeting

Wednesday October 6

  • TSI Testing - Library
  • Lunch Display - Sgt. Matin, Army National Guard Recruiter

Thursday October 7

  • ASVAB Testing - Library
  • Football 9th/JV vs. Lake Worth @ SHS

Friday October 8

  • Football vs Lake Worth @ Lake Worth (Pink Out)
  • Volleyball @ Fossil Ridge
Saturday October 9
  • SHS Marching Band Contest @ SHS
  • SHS Theatre - Haunted House - Auditorium

Looking Ahead

  • October 11th - No School
  • October 13th - PSAT at SHS
  • October 26 - SAT Prep Course
  • October 28th - SAT at SHS
  • November 4 - Jostens Junior Class Ring Presentation
  • November 4 - Jostens Senior Grad Meeting
  • November 4 - SHS College Fair
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Driver's Education Classes Start This Week

There are several options available for your children to obtain their license.


  • PARENT TAUGHT- a packet must be picked up at the local DPS office. All the information needed to get their license is included. The packet cost is $20. Once you receive the packet you must purchase a curriculum that starts at $74.
  • SCHOOL TAUGHT- the school offers both the classroom portion ($100) to obtain their permit and the driving portion ($150) to obtain their provisional license. We handle all the paperwork.
  • SPLIT COURSE- It is possible to take the classroom portion with the school and driving portion with the parents. If you do the SPLIT or PARENT taught you must pick up an application from the DPS and send a check to Austin for $20 and then purchase an approved curriculum. All students that take the classroom portion from the school will have to obtain both parts of the DE-964 from Coach Rut. If they drive with us, we will give it to them when they finish. If you choose to drive your kids, they will still need to get that certificate from me before they get their license. Regardless of which method you choose, the parents are responsible for the 30-hour driving log. This is just guided practice.


WHAT TO DO?

  • We offer 2 classes a year, 1 before Christmas and 1 in the Spring.
  • You must be 15 years of age before the class ends.
  • There will be announcements and a sign-up sheet in the office 2 weeks prior to the start of each class.


CLASS INFORMATION

Absent from School?

Here's what to do if your student will not be reporting to school...

  • Call our office (817.220.3888) as soon as possible to report your student's absence.
    Please let the office know the reason for the absence.
  • Have your student email their teachers regarding their absence.
  • Have your student check the "digital absence folder" for each class in Schoology.
  • Send a note when your student returns and have them turn it into the office.

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Lunches

All SISD students eat free. Click HERE for breakfast and lunch menus.

COVID-19 Update

On September 7th, Mr. Kelley provided an update regarding temporary guidelines regarding indoor activities (not already under the UIL umbrella).

  • Cafeterias will be closed to visitors during breakfast and lunch until further notice (*overcrowding due to a significant increase in our student population contributed to this decision).
  • Clubs and organizations will meet virtually whenever possible.
  • Parent conferences will be conducted virtually whenever possible.
  • Large indoor gatherings not already under the UIL umbrella, including pep rallies, will be postponed until further notice; applicable UIL guidelines will be enforced at school events.


A "Back to School Message" was sent on August 14. The following was an update regarding district COVID-19 protocols.


Directives regarding COVID-19 protocols from local, state, and federal authorities continue to change as we learn more about the virus and its spread. “Never” and “always” are words we should avoid when outlining procedures the District will follow. A summary of our current response plan is found here; highlights of the plan include:


  • A “virtual learning” option is not currently available through Springtown ISD. Without a change in Commissioner Morath’s position or legislative action, attendance rules will not fund programs mirroring what was offered in ’20-’21.
  • Neither immunizations nor masking/facial coverings have been mandated. Governor Abbott’s Executive Order (GA-38) prohibits public schools from requiring masks, but does encourage individuals to wear masks in environments where social distancing is not feasible.
  • Individuals confirmed to have an active COVID-19 infection are restricted from attending school or participating in any school activities for at least 10 days from the earliest of either a) the date of the positive test, or b) the onset of symptoms. This “isolation” restriction applies to students, staff, and any potential visitors to the campus.
  • Current TEA guidance reflects that contract tracing and quarantines are no longer required in public schools. At this time, Springtown ISD will not assign quarantines due to exposure, but the District does intend to publish notifications (on our website and FB homepage) if/when an infection is confirmed on a given campus. Additionally, information about specific, individual exposures that would have previously triggered a quarantine will be shared with parents through ParentLink if and when campus-level leaders have certainty “close contact” definitions were met. We are counting on parents and guardians to keep students who are symptomatic or may be sick (due to any illness, including COVID-19) to keep their children at home.
  • As participation in after-school activities and events is voluntary, attendance will not be restricted at this time. However, restricted/reduced visitation to on-campus activities (including lunches) will be in place as we work through the new school year.
  • The District participates in a COVID-19 testing program administered by the Texas Department of Emergency Management. Our staff has been trained to administer the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag CARD rapid tests. The test utilizes a nasal swab specimens and will be available to students after parental permission forms have been signed and returned.

Dual Credit Information

Weatherford College Dual Credit Classes Began August 23.

  • All dual credit classes should now be available in canvas and if your course is not listed or a course is listed that does not match your high school schedule, please let Mrs. Chavez and your counselor know.


Dual Credit Assistance:
Mrs. Chavez bchavez@springtownisd.net

Grade 9-11 - Last Name A-L - Mrs. Lund klund@springtownisd.net

Grade 9-11 - Last Name M-Z - Mrs. Burtnett aiburtnett@springtownisd.net

Grade 12 - Mrs. Kelley tkelley@springtownisd.net


If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Chavez and your counselor. It is recommended to add both to your email.

Seniors - Class of 2022


Seniors and Juniors who paid for a Projection Celebration parking space and have not picked up your Parking Permit sticker, please see Mrs. Griffin in the Student Center.


Upcoming Important Senior Events

  • October 7 - Corn Fed Catering will give back 15% of their family meals-to-go purchased on this evening to Project Celebration The menu will be live October 1 and will take orders up to midnight October 6. Pickup will be 5:00-6:00 pm on the 7th. Be on the lookout for the posted menus!
  • Oct 1- Oct 8 - Order senior t-shirts from Mrs. Benton (price based on shirt selected)
  • October 9 - Chipotle in Weatherford will be donating a portion of sales from 4-8 pm. Tell them you are there for Project Celebration.
  • October 18 - Project Celebration Meeting at 7:00 pm at Hilltop Church
  • October 23 - Drawing for Traeger Grill/Smoker. Keep selling those raffle tickets! If you need tickets, you can pick up in school office or contact Project Celebration (info below). You can start submitting your sold tickets/money at your convenience.
  • November 5 - Senior Night at varsity football game. Project Celebration will be auctioning a queen size Springtown Porcupine t-shirt quilt!
  • November 12 - Senior ad price increase
  • Jingle Bell Run benefiting Project Celebration. Please contact Tiffany Thetford if you would like to help.


Click HERE to see all events in the "Class of 2022 - Year at a Glance"


OTHER IMPORTANT EVENTS DATED TBD:

Prom Committee, Senior Song Selection, Six Flags


If you would like to be included in the media show shown at Prom and Graduation, please send photos to Mrs. Stephanie Taylor - sttaylor@springtownisd.net

Yearbook Dates:

11/12 - Last day to purchase yearbook for $55

1/28 - Last day to guarantee a yearbook


Go to www.jostens.com to order yearbook and senior recognition ad.


Important Information

  • Facebook & Remind Communication - Make sure to follow the "Springtown Project Celebration Class of 2022" facebook group and remind groups for information. See links at the bottom of this section to sign up.
  • Get your customized yard sign to show off your senior! All sports and activities are available. Use this link to go to the order form and see examples:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2blzdKrdQLjtQ0GBE-tnFbvJ-bVzBxbUxCKegJXsFpYwaSA/viewform

Volunteers Needed

Cookbook Fundraiser - Thank you parents for all the recipes!!! We have over 300 to include in the cookbook. You can now purchase your cookbook for only $15 or 2/$25!!! Cookbooks will be returned in time for Christmas - great stocking stuffers or gifts for neighbors, teachers, coworkers, etc! Order instructions below.



You can now purchase your cookbook for only $15 or 2/$25!!! Cookbooks will be returned in time for Christmas! Great stocking stuffers!!


  • Jingle Bell Run (Planning for December 11) -There will be fun run for the kiddos starting at 8:00 am and the 5k starting at 8:30. We will need company sponsors and volunteers. If you want to help or sponser, please contact Tiffany Thetford or Project Celebration.


Project Celebration Contact Information

Project Celebration Email: projectcelebration22@gmail.com

Project Celebration Facebook Group

Project Celebration Remind Groups: Seniors 2022 A-L, Seniors 2022 M-Z, Senior Parents 2022

Helpful Links

Below is a list of helpful links to get our school year up and running.


Springtown High School

Principal: Melissa Hutchison
mehutchison@springtownisd.net

Associate Principal
:
Brent Haugen (Seniors)
bhaugen@springtownisd.net


Assistant Principals
:
Andrew Horis (9th-11th Grade Last Name A-L)
ahoris@springtownisd.net

Brittney Chavez (9th-11th Grade Last Name M-L)
bchavez@springtownisd.net


Counselors
:

Kim Lund (9th-11th Grade Last Name A-L)
klund@springtownisd.net
Aimee Burtnett (9th-11th Grade Last Name M-L)
aburtnett@springtownisd.net
Teresa Kelley (Seniors)
tkelley@springtownisd.net