Sparrows Point High School

2017-2018 : Volume Two

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Principal's Corner

Greetings Pointer Students and Parents,

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the third marking period of the 2017-18 school year! We continue to focus on raising the bar and achieving excellence in academics, athletics and civic engagement. Our goal is to have every student graduate from high school prepared for the demands of postsecondary education, meaningful careers and effective citizenship. We are excited to work with the Class of 2018, during the final months of high school. Graduation this year will be on May 31st, 2018, at Towson University.

We welcome and encourage active involvement from our parents and families. Please consider attending our next PTSA meeting on March 8th, following us on Twitter @SparrowsPointHS, accessing our school website, reading our quarterly community newsletter, or attending the many activities and athletic events here on campus. We value a productive partnership with you to ensure all students can achieve their highest potential.

I’d like to invite you a special student and parent workshop called, “Partnering for Academic Success,” taking place on February 15th, at 6pm in the SPHS Library or February 20th, at 4:30 pm, in the Battle Grove Elementary School Library. We will be serving pizza, for all students and families. School aged and small children are welcome to attend. During this workshop, we will be sharing information about supporting the teenage learner and building a strong parent/school partnership. We hope to see you there!

Kind regards,

Emily J. Caster


Sparrows Point High School

Cross-Curricular Instruction

Math Teacher, Ms. Sang, Teaches Intercultural Foods Classes

Ms. Quach was kind enough to volunteer her time to share her heritage with Mrs. Karwacki's Intercultural Class. Her topic was The Chinese New Year, and she came with an animated PowerPoint and artifacts to share. She suggested some symbolic foods to share, and two of Mrs. Karwacki's students made Chinese Dumplings and Shrimp Lo Mein to share with the class. Then, she conducted a Q&A, where the students had time to ask very interesting questions about her family. It was a very personal, enjoyable and informative opportunity for all involved.

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Counseling News

College Acceptance Celebrations:

· To date, 66 seniors (30% of the class) have received 156 acceptances to 56 four-year colleges. The class of 2018 has been offered 5.2 million dollars in scholarships…and it’s only the beginning of February!

· We depend on YOU to self-report this information as you hear back from schools. Please bring in copies of acceptance letters and offered scholarships to the school counseling office. We want to celebrate you!

2018 Local Scholarship Program

· We are so grateful for local donors and organizations who, year after year, support our senior class and their college goals.

· The folder/application for the 2018 SPHS Local Scholarship Program will be available to seniors on March 5th, 2018. To receive one, seniors must sign out a folder in the counseling office.

· Detailed instructions are provided inside the folder, but counselors will hold an additional information session for students to clarify instructions and procedures in mid-March.

· Completed applications are due no later than 2:15pm on March 29th, 2018.

Paying for College

· Seniors and their families should complete FAFSA ASAP, preferably by 2/14.

· The MD deadline is 3/1/18 and the federal deadline is 6/30/18.

· BCPS is hosting FAFSA Frenzy’s throughout the winter. See this press release for dates around the county for FAFSA help.

SAT School Day for all juniors is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10th at Sparrows Point High School.

· On February 12, juniors and parents/guardians will receive an email with information about our SAT Saturday Program which begins on March 5 at SPHS. To secure a seat, signed participation agreements must be returned to the counseling office. Seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

· Juniors are encouraged to review their PSAT scores and utilize resources through the College Board and Khan Academy websites to help prepare. All juniors created accounts for both of these programs through classroom guidance the week of January 22-26, 2018.

BCPS Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Nominee: Amber Williams

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Outstanding Young Woman of the Year Nominee: Amber Williams

Amber Williams is a senior at Sparrows Point High School who enjoys singing, dancing, and acting as her hobbies. Her love for the arts also has her interested in Broadway Music and attending musicals.

In her free time, she is a member of the Community Theater Group, On a High Note. She is also actively involved in the SPHS Drama Club and Tri-M Honors Music Society.

Amber plans to attend the Community College of Baltimore County in Essex for two years and then transferring to a four-year college. When asked of the goals and aspirations, she said, " I wish to become a performer or a theater arts teacher in the future."

Amber's role models include SPHS teacher, Mrs. Kampes, her mother, father, Michelle Obama, and Tina Turner.

When asked if she would like to offer any other information, she humbly stated, " am very honored to be nominated for such an outstanding award. I would like to thank everyone who has helped me become the woman that I am today."

Amber is an excellent candidate for this honor, and we wish her the best.

BCPS Outstanding Woman of the Year Nominee: Kelly Karwacki

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Outstanding Woman of the Year Nominee: Kelly Karwacki

Mrs. Kelly Ann Karwacki attended Mt. St. Mary’s College where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. After that, she attended Johns Hopkins University where she earned an M.A.T. in Elementary Education. She also has her National Board Certification and has from 2003-present. Kelly's first teaching job was at Edgemere Elementary School where she taught fifth grade for five year. After that, she made SPHS her home for the last 16 years.

In Kellly's free time, she enjoys photography, gardening, reading, cooking. To quote her, she "likes so many things!"

One of Kelly and her husband, Dan's , dream is to buy a boat in the very near future. This boat would allow them to spend more time exploring the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Also, they would like to spend more time together in Betterton on the Eastern Shore with their children and grandchildren as well.

When asked , Kelly answered that her aspiration would be "to own a food truck and feed the people camping in the woods. That would be amazing!"

Kelly went on to explain that her role model is Jesus Christ. She said, "I want to be more like Him when I grow up."

Finally, Kelly added that she love candles, rain, snow, fireplaces and Mr. Karwacki.

Kelly Karwacki is definitely loved by her students, parents, and colleagues here at The Point, and she is certainly one outstanding woman worthy of this nomination.

Baltimore County Teacher of the Year: Caroline Taylor

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Miss. Caroline Taylor started her career as a Pointer in the Spring of 2013, when she completed her internship in English/Special Education. She enjoyed the school, the students, and the staff so much that she pursued a full-time position in Special Education at Sparrows Point High. She started her teaching career in the fall of 2013. Caroline received her upstanding education knowledge from Towson University and is currently attending graduate school at Goucher College. She will graduate in 2019 with a Master in Educational Leadership.

Because she had teachers that inspired and cared for her, Caroline decided to go into teaching. This was the career choice for which she was passionate for many years; she knew helping students was her calling. She said, “I hope to one day be that inspiration to someone. Or to even just give a student a sense of stability. When their life around them is full of chaos and disorder, I want them to feel safe and cared for foremost.”

Throughout the 5 years at the point, Caroline has taught self-contained English 9, 10, and 11th and co-taught English inclusion 9, 10, 11, 12 and is an IEP case manager. She is an advisor for the class of 2021, the Future Educators Association, and the Allied Bowling Coach. Thus far, her career highlight has been starting the first ever Allied Bowling team here at Sparrows Point. Allied Sports is a totally inclusive program that affords students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports along-side their non-disabled peers. This program was designed for students who are interested in playing a sport but do not necessarily possess the skill or desire to play on a varsity or junior varsity team. Caroline notes, “Watching these athletes’ foster new friendships, develop teamwork skills, and wear their Sparrows Point uniform with pride has to be one of the most meaningful opportunities in my career.”

In her spare time, Caroline claims to be a “total beach bum.” Being an Ocean City, Maryland native; life on the water is far from foreign to her. Caroline also enjoys traveling, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her two Labradors; Tucker and Finn.

Career and Technology Department

Skilled Trades Awareness and Resources Festival

On Thursday, April 26, 2018 Sparrows Point High School will hold the first ever, “Skilled Trades Awareness and Resources Festival”, in order to provide the community with information to “Build Your Path” for students grades 7-12 and their families.

The event will be held in the high school cafeteria and library from 6:30-8:30. Participants will include representatives from all trade industries, Maryland Workforce Exchange, Associated Builders and Contractors, First Financial Federal Credit Union and the Community College of Baltimore County. Information will include industry pathways, salary potential and upcoming jobs. There will be resume and job application assistance for all.

National Honor Society

NHS Induction

On Monday, January 22nd the Sparrows Point High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 30 new members into its prestigious organization. The inductees had to meet the requirements of the four pillars of the National Honor Society – Scholarship, Character, Service and Leadership. The evening was highlighted by a very special ceremony during which Mr. George Scheulen - teacher, coach, and mentor for almost 40 years in Baltimore County – was inducted as Sparrows Point’s first honorary member.

SGA Blooddrive

Wednesday, April 4th, 8:30am-1:30pm

SPHS Activity Room

To sign up to donate, please contact Hannah Bray:

Featured Art Students

Cast of Shrek Prepares of April Show

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Shrek the Musical

Friday, April 13th, 7pm to Sunday, April 15th, 3pm

SPHS Auditorium

Friday, April 13- 7:00

Saturday, April 14- 7:00

Sunday, April 15- 3:00

Pennies for Patients

Fundraising's Finest

This year the National Honor Society at Sparrows Point High School has set a fundraising goal of $12,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Our Pennies for Patients campaign has gotten off to a strong start this year with Harvee Bonadio in third place with $150 raised, Logan Spivey in second place with $198 raised, and Sophia Dawson in first place with an especially impressive $440 raised. Our campaign will run through Friday, February 23rd, and students are encouraged to donate by bringing coins, cash, or checks made out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to Mrs. Jackson in room 116. Donations can also be made during both lunch shifts. Online donations may be made at: Sparrows Point High School has been the top fundraising high school in the Maryland chapter of the LLS for the last three years, and we are eager to continue this proud tradition of generosity!

SPHS Ethics Team

The SPHS Ethics Team competed in the 8th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Ethics Bowl on Saturday, February 3rd at the University of Baltimore. The Sparrows Point team is made up of 11 students from 9th-12th grades, and five team members competed at the University. The team has worked since October critically analyzing 15 ethical case studies. With only one veteran Ethics team member, this was a new experience for most. After competing in 3 rounds regarding 6 of the 15 cases, the Sparrows Point team scored well, but did not win this year. We congratulate all of our SPHS students, and look forward to a veteran team for next year!

Business News

Future Business Leaders of America

On Friday, January 5, Maryland Future Business Leaders of America held its annual Regional Leadership Conference. Students from all over the county competed in rigorous, business related events. The following students represented the SPHS chapter:

Hidajete Ademi

Nicole Auvil

Gabrielle Bond

Elizabeth Dernoga

Nathan Downes

Paige Fales

Grace Fillmore

John Fisher

Edward Crizer

Thomas Harvey

Luke Hoenig

Matthew Martell

Alexis and Aubrie Mullins

Emily Poist

Ryan Poist

Michelle Shannon

Jesse Smith

Kameron Warren

Stephen West

All of the students demonstrated professionalism and showed their Pointer Pride. The following students qualified at Regionals to advance to the Maryland FBLA State Leadership Competition which will be held in March:

Nicole Auvil

Elizabeth Dernoga

Thomas Harvey

Matthew Martell

Jesse Smith

Kameron Warren

Stephen West

Wish all of these outstanding students the best of luck at the state competition!

Sparrows Point High School

Home of the Pointers!

Principal: Emily Caster

Assistant Principals: Caitlin Brennan and John Hanmer