Sparrows Point High School

Community Newsletter: Volume One

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Principal's Corner

Dear Pointers,


I’m excited to share our first community newsletter with you. I hope that you will enjoy reading about all of the great things happening in our school community! It’s hard to believe that we are already in the third marking period of the school year, it continues to be an outstanding school year at Sparrows Point High School.

Our students continue to demonstrate academic, athletic and community service accomplishments, here are a few highlights:

· The induction of 26 new members of our National Honor Society

· Erin Wilson, grade 11, who received a Gold Key and honorable mention in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

· 200 Winter Athletes received All Academic Honors

· Recognition of 400 Honor Roll students recognized for the second marking period

· The Ethics Bowl team winning the Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships at the University of Baltimore

· The Trashy Fashion Show was a huge success, check out the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzy-9Hohybc

We have several exciting events coming up this spring, including third quarter parent teacher conferences on March 10. All juniors will be taking the SAT on April 12 and are receiving preparation in their English 11 and Math classes. We are also offering a 5 week Saturday SAT Prep Course. Literacy continues to be a school wide focus as we prepare our students for college and career readiness.

We hope that you will follow our school news on Twitter (@SparrowsPointHS) and also on our school website: http://sparrowspoinths.bcps.org/ for the latest school news. Another essential communication tool is BCPS One. BCPS One gives parents and guardians real time access to gradebooks and communication with teachers and school personnel. Please login today!

After all of the snow (and snow days!) we are looking forward to spring. Before long, the Class of 2016 will be walking across the stage on June 9th at Towson University. We are sad to see this special group leave us, but proud of their accomplishments and excited to see what the future holds for each student.


Sincerely,

Emily Caster

Principal

Sparrows Point High School

"SPHS Wins First Place in Three Events at DECA Leadership Conference"

On Thursday, January 28, the brand new DECA team from SPHS attended the Region 4 DECA Leadership Conference in Harford County. DECA is a national organization with a 70 year history that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Students from SPHS competed against students from all over Baltimore County, Harford County and Baltimore City. Three SPHS students won first place in their events.

Jacob Manes scored first place in Principles of Business. Jaidyn Nicely scored first place in Principles of Finance. Carmen Sessa scored first place in Accounting. These students are to be congratulated as they worked tirelessly to prepare for their events. They represented SPHS well at the conference and demonstrated professionalism, enthusiasm and Pointer Pride.

Counselors' Corner


Parents of Seniors:

Do not forget to complete your FAFSA in order to apply for Financial Aid to help pay for college! You MUST have our FAFSA completed by March 1st 2016.

You must use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA®) to apply for aid once you’ve decided to apply for admission and attend college. You can find FAFSA4caster at www.fafsa.gov—click on the appropriate box under “Thinking About College?”

In FAFSA4caster, you answer financial and other questions that are used to estimate your federal student aid eligibility. You may be able to answer most of the questions easily, but some of the questions may ask you to reference your personal records (for instance, your federal tax information or your bank statements). For each item, you should use the most current information you have. Be sure to answer all the questions on FAFSA4caster, even if you have to estimate or guess.


Helpful Sites:

· The Net Price Calculator is a tool that students can use to estimate their “net price” to attend a particular college or university. Net price is the difference between the “sticker” price (full cost) to attend a specific college, minus any grants and scholarships for which students may be eligible. Sticker price includes direct charges (tuition and fees, room and board) and indirect costs (books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses)


· College Scorecards make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you. You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend. http://collegecost.ed.gov/


· MeritAid.com A comprehensive directory of merit scholarships and academic scholarships from colleges across the country. https://www.meritaid.com/

The SPHS Local Scholarship Folders will be available from the SPHS Counseling Office on March 1st and are due March 24th . Also, continue to check on Naviance for additional scholarships.


Seniors- Please share with the counselors your letters of acceptance and scholarship offers so we can celebrate your success.


Sincerely,

Amy Jubb-Guidance Department Chair

Rachael Warm

Michael Barton

Mark Your Calendars!

SGA Blood Drive

Monday, May 16th, 11pm

SPHS Activity Room


Sparrows Point High School Student Council and the Red Cross will be hosting a BLOOD DRIVE on

MAY 16, 2016 from 11:00am-4:00pm in the activity room.

All eligible blood donors are welcome! Details to make an appointment will be coming soon. Just 1 donation can save 3 lives!

SPECIES Winter Highlights

  • Species program has concluded the application process for incoming prospects. 291 applicants applied for 125 seats. Applicants will receive decision letters from the Office of Magnet Programs during the first week of March

  • Species program has partnered up with Clear Shark H2O and will be taking part in the Oyster Recovery Program (ORP) in late February. Students in Field and Wildlife Biology will be participating in hands on activities that ORP will be providing.

  • The AP environmental science class just concluded their boater’s safety course taught by Mr. Smither. These students will now be receiving their Safe Boaters Education Certificate.

  • The AP Environmental Science class went to the Wheelabrator in Baltimore on a field experience. The students took a tour and watched the process of millions of pounds of trash being converted to usable energy.

  • The SPECIES Aquatics classes had a field experience at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The students completed a scavenger hunt and incorporated technology in order to gain a better understanding of the animals they had been studying in class. Some SPECIES Aquatics students also participated in a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium. These students got to see where all food for the animals is prepared, and received information on how the filtration system works at the Aquarium.

AP Environmental Science Visits the Wheelbarator

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SPECIES Aquatics Classes Visit the National Aquarium

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News from Business Education

Students who are enrolled in Information Systems Management I and II have the opportunity to become certified as Microsoft Office Specialists (MOS). This certification is widely recognized by industry and colleges and is a huge step in making our students college and career ready. It requires students to complete a rigorous and lengthy preparation and testing process.

We are proud to announce that in the first semester, the following SPHS students became certified in Word:


  • Hannah Smith
  • Kyara Wesson
  • Pablo Briones
  • Matt Debellis
  • Morgan Dolch
  • Frank Reimer
  • Ryan Puffinburger

Sparrows Point High School Steel Band

SPHS Steel Band proudly performs for the Grand Re-Opening of the McDonald's on North Point Road. Governor Larry Hogan was in attendance and posed with the band for a quick picture.

Pictures Courtesy of Tom Nappi

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Science News

Although PARCC has replaced the English and Algebra HSAs, there is still a Biology High School Assessment. Students currently in Biology are working on preparing for the May Assessment. If students have not yet passed, there are "Help" sessions being offered every Wednesday in the library from 2:30 - 4:00. Seniors that have not yet passed the Biology HSA, should be working on the Bridge Plan with a science teacher. Contact Mrs. Kellerman (msvendsen@bcps.org) if this has not yet been set up.

Each year, Sparrows Point Science Students host a unique science fair. Rather than having their projects judged by a panel of teachers and professionals, they are teaching science to our local Kindergarten students. Our hope is to help build a love and appreciation for science at a young age through hands-on experiences. The projects range from the Earth Sciences to Animal Sciences. This year's science fair will be held in two sessions. We will host Chesapeake Terrace on Monday, April 18 and Edgemere Elementary on Friday, April 22.

On November 19, 2015, a team of representative from SPHS met with Nichole Bentz from CelarShark H2O to establish an Oyster Recovery Parntership with the Magnet Program at Sparrow Point High School. Discussion topics included students and classes to be involved in the oyster restoration project, the possibility of a scholarship sponsored by ClearShark H2O, and lessons that will be presented to the students. Instruction will begin late February/early March with the freshmen Field & Wildlife students

The Magnet students in Mr. Baldwin's Environmental Engineering classes and Mrs. Kellerman's Animal Behavior classes will be working together with the Office of Outdoor Education to establish a Blue Bird trail on the grounds of Days Cove. It is the hope that this trail will provide a model for trails that will be created on school campuses throughout the county. Mr. Baldwin's classes will be building the Blue Bird boxes that will be used. Mrs. Kellermans' students will be monitoring the boxes to determine their effectiveness in drawing in Blue Birds.

Intercultural Culinary

In Intercultural Foods, the students explore the natural resources and cultures of various regions of the world, beginning with our own back yard. Mr. Runyan offered to share the history of the oyster industry and the impact the oyster population has on the health of the Chesapeake Bay to Mrs. Karwacki's Intercultural Foods Class. He planned the entire lesson, researching the Internet for old photos, and bringing in his own shucking equipment for a hands-on demonstration. Students were invited to shuck and sample the oysters under his guidance. It was a very active, student- centered lesson with many opportunities for them to experience this valuable natural resource. He provided old shells, tools, resource books and samples for the students to explore. It was a wonderful connection to their world, as well as the SPECIES program here at the Point. Thank you, Mr. Runyan for sharing your knowledge with our students!
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SPHS Mock Trial

The SPHS Mock Trial team has been preparing for the competition since around Thanksgiving. In fact, this is the first time the Point has ever had a team. They competed against other schools at the Towson Circuit Courthouse, in real courtrooms with real judges. This year,they went up against Owings Mills (win), Chesapeake (close loss), and St. Paul’s School for Girls (very close loss.) The students really enjoyed it, and it really hones their reasoning skills, public speaking skills, knowledge of courtroom procedure, and ability to think on their feet.

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Sparrows Point High School

Home of the Pointers!


Principal: Emily Caster

Assistant Principals: Caitlin Brennan and John Hanmer