Spring Lake Park High School
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AUGUST 30, 2023 - NEWSLETTER
We saw and connected with many families at last night’s open house event! It was great to see so many students and families in the building. There was a lot of positive energy! Teachers are collaborating to prepare for the start of school next week.
Reminders as we start the year
- Next Tuesday, September 5 is the first day for just the incoming 9th graders and students new to SLPHS this coming school year.
- All returning SLPHS students will start on Wednesday, September 6.
- Our first period of the school day begins at 8:10 a.m. and students are dismissed from school at 2:55 p.m.
- Student schedules are available in Campus Parent Portal for students and families.
Last year, we experienced an uptick in student learning being disrupted by cell phone usage during the school day. As we begin a new school year, I want to be clear with our students and families about our handbook guidelines on cell phone usage during the school day.
- Cell phones and other personal electronic devices brought to school need to be put away during instructional time unless the teacher has given explicit permission that the item can be used. Any item causing a disruption may be taken away at the teacher’s (or other staff member’s) discretion to be returned at a later time. With repeated offenses, students will be subject to school disciplinary action.
- Families should be aware that schools are not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items – no matter how expensive. Students who choose to bring these to school do so at their own risk.
We are deeply committed to creating thoughtfully designed learning experiences for students that align to our students needs and prepare them for their futures. We appreciate your support with reducing distractions in the learning environment.
School resource officer update
Many of you may have seen news coming from the recent legislative session about school resource officers. New legislation has created uncertainty about potential liability for law enforcement serving in these roles. In response and with guidance from the city attorney’s office, the Spring Lake Park Police Department has cancelled the contract, effective September 21, 2023, that allows a school resource officer to be assigned to Spring Lake Park High School.
We have enjoyed a long and strong partnership with Spring Lake Park Police and our School resource officer. Spring Lake Park Police continue to provide direct support to our school and at school events. We remain in constant collaboration and will continue to work closely together as these legislative matters are resolved. We hope for a resolution soon and I will share updates especially as we get closer to the end of the contract.
We are looking forward to a fantastic and productive year of learning at Spring Lake Park High school. We are committed to supporting a safe, inviting and inclusive learning environment and look forward to welcoming students next week.
Enjoy this upcoming long weekend! We look forward to seeing students next week!
Nutrition Services: School meal updates for a new year
As we enter a new school year, there are several important things to know about school meals:
- Breakfast and lunch meals: This school year, each student will get one breakfast and one lunch free of charge each day at school.
- Purchase of additional food items: During lunch, students have the option to purchase additional food items (second milk, extra entree, bottled water, etc.) if they have funds in their account. You can add funds to a meal account through Campus Parent Portal, or by sending cash or check with your child or directly to your school. If you do not want your student to purchase additional items, please complete this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Educational Benefits Application: Although no application is required to receive meals at no cost, filling out the application for Educational Benefits is still important and it is critical families who may be eligible complete an application each year. Many families are pleasantly surprised to learn they qualify for additional benefits.
Schools will continue to offer nutritious meals to students each day. Learn more about school meals on the Nutrition Services webpage.
Transportation reminders for a new year
- Bus Tracking (MyStop app): We use MyStop, which is web-based application available to parents and students that allows them access to live bus GPS information. Using a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer, parents and students can view the current location of buses on routes and the estimated time of arrival at their neighborhood bus stops. Learn more about MyStop.
- Bus Safety: It is very important all students and families understand our bus safety rules:
- Stay out of the “Danger Zone” around the bus
- Follow the driver’s instructions
- Be on time for the bus – five minutes early
- Always sit down and face forward
- Be courteous. No pushing, tripping, swearing or yelling.
- No eating or drinking
- Keep your bus clean. Do not damage the bus.
- Keep your head and arms inside the bus window
- Never throw objects inside or out of the bus
- No animals on the bus
- Plan to ride the bus: For students who ride the bus, please plan for your student to ride the bus on the first day of school to help us work out all our routines and eliminate as much confusion as possible. The transportation department appreciates your patience as we navigate the beginning of a new school year.
- Transportation webpage and contact information: Find all transportation information on the transportation webpage. For any questions regarding transportation, please contact the transportation department at email@example.com or 763-600-5590.
- Tuesday, September 5 - First day of school for grades K-8 and Lighthouse students, orientation for grade 9 students and grade 10-12 students new to the high school
- Wednesday, September 6 - First day of school for returning grades 10-12 students who are not new to the high school
- Thursday, September 14 - SLPHS Picture make up day, 8:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
- Thursday, September 14 - Native American Parent Advisory Committee event, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 16 - Start Your Engines - Community Outdoor Event, Spring Lake Park High School, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Monday, September 18 - Grupo de Padres Hispanohablantes de SLP reunión, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, 5-6:30 p.m.
2023-2024 School Handbook
Find our Spring Lake Park Schools School Handbook for 2023-2024 at SpringLakeParkSchools.org/schoolhandbook. The handbook is a guide for families and students on the practical aspects of school – start and end times, procedures for absences, transportation, meals, policies and more. Please review the information and refer to it, as needed, throughout the year and contact your school as you have questions.
Important back-to-school notices
At the beginning of each year, we provide families with important notifications. Many of these notifications align to our school district policies and practices. Please take a few minutes to review the information and take any actions that align with your family’s preferences.
These notices cover:
- Media permission and directory information
- Technology responsible use policy
- Student Behavior and Attendance Expectations
- Data privacy
- Supplemental student accident insurance
Review these notifications on the back-to-school hub under the heading Important back-to-school notices. Please direct any questions to the main office of your student's school.
Getting ready for the new year!
There's a buzz in the hallways and classrooms across Spring Lake Park Schools. Teachers and staff have returned to our school buildings to get ready to welcome students to a new school year. We are learning together, preparing classrooms, and developing the first learning experiences of the year. Everyone is looking forward to welcoming students next week!
Panther Store Kick-Off Sale!
The Panther Store is having a back-to-school kick-off sale now through September 8 with 20% off Panther Gear at the store and online with code 23Kickoff. Visit the Panther Store website for in-store special hours.
Openings - Spanish Immersion Preschool class
There are currently a few spots left in Spanish Immersion preschool classes.
Classes are for 4-year-olds
Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary School
To register, visit the website at or contact Lynn Bohl at 763-600-5900.
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