Charger Report

Spotswood High School Parent Newsletter May 2022

This Month's Events

Week of May 2 - 6 - Teacher Appreciation Week

Wednesday, May 4 - Extracurricular Night (6:30pm)

Friday, May 6 - Mr. Spotswood (6:30pm)

Thursday, May 12 - Winter Concert & Art Show (6:30pm)

Thursday, May 19 - Broadway Night (6:30pm)

Friday, May 20 - Band Awards (6:30pm)

Tuesday, May 24 - Music Club Concert (6:30pm)

Thursday, May 26 - Prom @ Southgate Manor (6-10pm)

Friday, May 27 - Tuesday, May 31 - School Closed

Thursday, June 2 - Senior Awards Night (6:30pm)

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SHS Named to US News & World Report "Best High Schools"

Spotswood High School was once again named to the US News & World Report Best High Schools! SHS earned this ranking by being in the top 40% of schools nationwide. Additionally, among NJ schools, Spotswood ranked #142 among all schools and #110 among traditional public high schools. This places us among the top third of the state!


Thank you to our teachers for bringing their intellect, diligence, and commitment to our school, to our parents for your ongoing and unwavering support, and especially, to our students for giving us your best each and every day. Well done SHS!

Student of the Month!

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SHS DECA Goes to Atlanta!

Over Spring Break over 40 DECA students traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the International Career Development Conference! Led by their advisor, Mrs. Meagher, students competed against thousands of other qualifiers from every state and about 10 other nations!

Students had the opportunity to visit the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, College Football Hall of Fame, and capped off the trip with a Braves game (and an appearance on the Jumbo-Tron)!

Spotswood Band Excels in Williamsburg

The Spotswood High School Jazz Band and Symphonic Band (this year's initiative to combine the Concert Band and Honors Wind Ensemble in competition) participated in the Music in The Parks performance competition in Williamsburg, VA, competing among some of the finest instrumental ensembles in North America.


Our SHS Bands earned the following honors:


Jazz Band: Rated "Excellent" and placed 1st in Jazz Ensemble Class A

Symphonic Band: Rated "Superior" and placed 1st in Concert Band Class IIA

The Symphonic Band scored 95 out of a possible 100 points, the highest recorded score in SHS history. To say that we are proud is an understatement!


Be sure to set aside Thursday, May 12th @ 6:30, as the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band present separate programs, and will combine once again to encore their award-winning performance as the Symphonic Band. We'll also feature our Percussion Ensemble and the SHS Chorus. All this and more at the Annual Spring Concert and Art Show!

Middlesex Principals Award Winner: Owen Hahner

Congratulations to Senior Owen Hahner, who was honored by the Middlesex County Secondary Principals Association at their April 26 banquet. Owen was selected for this award based on the combination of academic achievement and his significant contributions to school activities. Congrats Owen!
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AP Art Students Become the Teachers

This April, our AP Art students swapped roles with their teacher, Mrs. Collins, and the SHS teachers and staff, when they hosted "Faculty Paint Night." Our staff were invited to attend a "Painting Party" where they learned how to paint their own sunflower welcome signs. All of the money raised is put towards scholarships. As it turns out, our AP Art students are fantastic teachers and everyone left with a gorgeous home decoration to welcome in the summer!
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Junior/Senior Prom Bids for Sale!

PROM BIDS:

It’s time to purchase prom bids! As we previously announced, our Junior/Senior prom is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 26 from 6pm to 10pm at Southgate Manor. Prom bids will be available for purchase May 2 through May 10, 2022. Tickets will cost $95 each.

All info about the Prom can be found in the Prom Bid Packet.

Please note that a student's Prom Bid is not considered completely purchased until both payment and forms have been submitted. Whenever possible, please submit payment & forms at the same time.


PROM RAFFLE:

Project Senior Week is raffling off a complete prom package! The Prom Raffle is open to all Junior/Senior Parents. Please see the flyer below for info on how to purchase.

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Senior Class Info!

SENIOR DOOR DECALS:

Celebrate the Class of 2022! Door Decals are available for purchase through May 13. Proceeds benefit Project Senior Week. Please see this flyer for ordering info.


SENIOR LAWN SIGNS:

The Class of 2022 is selling celebratory lawn signs. Ordering is through May 16. Please see this flyer for ordering info.

Parking Lot Safety Reminders

Please be aware that speed humps have been installed throughout our High School/Middle School campus to best ensure the safety of all pedestrians on our property. All speed humps are clearly painted with diagonal lines in fluorescent yellow paint. As they are designed to reduce the speed of vehicles on campus, please remain alert and DRIVE SLOW.


Parents, please be aware that morning drop off for students takes place in the front of the building, on Charger Way. There is no morning drop off in the back or side of the building, including in the bus lot between the back and side of the building.


Recently, parents have been coming in through the back, parking in spaces in the "Senior Lot" or idling for extended periods of time and then dropping off. This creates crowding and a dangerous traffic flow when combined with our student drivers trying to park and get to class on time.

Testing Update

SHS is preparing for the administration of both the AP and the NJSLA tests this May. Please be aware of the following dates:

AP Testing: May 2-13

NJSLA Math: May 2-3 (All 9th Graders in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)

NJSLA English: May 9-11 (All 9th Graders)

NJSLA Science: May 17-18 (All 11th Graders)


Please see this letter from our District Testing Coordinator, Ms. Buchanan for additional information regarding NJSLA testing.

Summer Job Opportunities

SUMMER IT ASSISTANTS:


This summer, Spotswood Public Schools Technology Department has several positions open for temporary, seasonal work. You must be able to work from July 5th - to August 26th (Monday-Thursday) and lift 25lbs. Additionally, you must be 16 years old before July 5th, 2022, to qualify for employment. These are paid positions with compensation of $13/HR.


Some of the projects we are completing this summer are:

Computer Imaging, PC / Chromebook / Printer / Projector Setups, Cat 6 Cabling, Chromebook repair, Chromebook Deployment


Please email tcahill@spsd.us your interest in the position and include a 3-paragraph essay on why you would be a good candidate by Monday, May 9th, 2022.


BUILDINGS & GROUNDS:

The Spotswood Public Schools Buildings and Grounds Department is hiring for temporary

seasonal work this summer. These are paid positions with the compensation of $13 / hour with a total of 25 hours / week. You must be able to work Monday - Friday during the period from June 27 - August 26 for a total of nine weeks. You must be able to lift 25lbs.


Summer employment positions are to assist custodial staff with various duties to prepare our

four schools for the new school year. Tasks would include but are not limited to the following:

cleaning, furniture moving, painting, and any other duties or projects as assigned by the

Buildings and Grounds staff.


In order to apply, please submit a small written explanation to Joe Luttman, Supervisor of

Buildings and Grounds, via email at jluttman@spsd.us, detailing how your employment over the

summer will be an asset to our district schools. The deadline for all letter submissions is

Monday, May 9th.

Yearbook Updates

JUNIOR CLASS - IT'S TIME FOR YOUR SENIOR PORTRAITS!

Senior Photo days for the graduating class of 2023 will take place in the media center 2 PM to 8 PM from June 13 to June 17. Each student will receive a card in the mail to their home address detailing how to sign up for their photo session as well as package options.


YEARBOOK ORDERING:

At this time all Yearbook orders are cash only. Yearbook's current sale price is $75.


If you want to order accessories for the yearbook such as a Personalized Name Plate, Autograph Supplement, or a Plastic Dust Jacket, use the Order Form attached and return it filled in with your information and the appropriate cash payment amount to Ms. Bergman's room 516 or Mrs. Furman's room 515. The exact cash payment amount would be appreciated.


Personalized nameplate requests and payments must be received by Friday, May 6th.


The link to the order form can be found on the SHS website under Parent Resources/Yearbook.

Upcoming Fundraisers

  • Prom Bids Raffle by Project Senior Week (3/31/22 - 5/2/22)
  • Mother’s Day Pocketbook Raffle by Project Senior Week (4/18/22 - 5/6/22)
  • Car Wash by Spotswood Band Parents Association (5/7/22)
  • Class of 2022 Lawn Signs by Senior Class (5/1/22 - 5/31/22)
  • "Got Sneakers" by SHS Drama (4/27/22 - 5/9/22)
  • Silicone Wristbands by Class of 2024 (5/2/22 - 5/13/22)
  • Krispy Kreme Donut Sale by SHS Softball & Tennis (5/9/22 - 5/13/22)
  • Powder Puff Football Game by NHS (5/14/22)
  • Gertrude Hawk Apples by DECA (5/2/22 - 5/20/22)
  • Celebrate your Senior with Vinyl Door Decals by Project Senior Week (4/29/22 - 5/31/22)
  • Father's Day Raffle by Project Senior Week (5/30/22 - 6/17/22)
  • Sports Sideline Sales by SHS Athletics (ongoing from 5/31)
  • Reusable Bags by DECA (ongoing from 5/13)
  • Struck By a Charger by Project Senior Week (Ongoing to 6/1/22)

Monitoring Grades & Summer Extension

We encourage all parents to monitor their child's grades via Genesis. Additionally, teachers, counselors, and administration will reach out regularly with any concerns we have regarding their progress.


Last summer SHS was able to offer Summer Extension Program for students who were unable to meet course requirements due to attendance or academic concerns deriving from the pandemic. To avoid confusion amongst students and their families, we must be clear that there is no plan to offer this program again, barring another major pandemic disruption/school closure and a state mandate. Students' final grades and attendance records will be used to determine the earning of course credit and their ability to graduate on time. Please have this important discussion with your child, and if you have any questions, please call the school counseling or main office. We appreciate your support and ongoing partnership.

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: We have finalized our "Foundational Documents" - the statements of who we are and what we believe. See below for our school mission statement, core beliefs, and profile of graduates!

Athletics Info

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