Weekly eNews Update

Spain Park High School 09.13.19

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

By the time you read this newsletter, hopefully, we will have survived the first Harvest Moon of the season, and Friday the 13th. That being said, we had a great week educationally, and we are now at the half-way mark of the first nine-weeks grading period. We have so many things to be thankful for and to be proud of here, at Spain Park.

Thursday morning, we honored seven students who distinguished themselves by attaining National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s Semifinalists status. These students are in an elite group of less than one percent of US High School seniors. We are honored to congratulate: Amaar Ebrahim, Jackson Hudson, Alexander Laney, Marcus Mudano, Natalie Plourde, Janna Ren, Nicole Taylor. Click Here for the full story.

On Tuesday a variety of leadership groups across our campus attended the Focus Rally 2019 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The students participated in breakout sessions on hot topics such as vaping, bullying, distracted driving, and suicide awareness. They were able to interact with students from other schools, hear stories from real people, and have meaningful conversations. These leaders will now share what they have learned with our student body to make Spain Park a better place. A big thank you to Mrs. Candace Strickland and Mrs. Michelle Bennett for their leadership in making this event a success.

This week at Spain Park, we recognized Suicide Prevention Week with several activities to raise awareness of this tragic and growing issue that our teenagers face. Click HERE for the video shown during AO on Wednesday. A good conversation starter that you can have with your student would be to inquire about #AskListenAct. I would like to recognize The Cool to Be Kind Club, and their sponsors, Mrs. Cain and Mrs. Thomason, for the planning and thought put into making this week meaningful. If you would like more information, click HERE.

Your student received the first nine week’s progress report on Thursday. If you have any questions concerning your student’s grade, please contact the teacher.

As always, I am available to hear your feedback on how we can make SPHS a great place to be.


Peter L. Giangrosso

National Merit Semifinalist

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Mr. Giangrosso and Counselors Meet with New Students

Mr. Giangrosso and our counselors are meeting with new students to welcome them to Spain Park. Students are enjoying fresh doughnuts along with some quality time with our school leader. Thank you, Mr. G and our counselors!
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Focus Rally 2019

Several of our student leaders from various organizations were able to attend the Focus Rally 2019 in Tuscaloosa. Student leaders were divided into several groups and went to different breakout sessions on hot topics such as vaping, bullying, distracted driving, and suicide awareness. They were able to interact with students from other schools, hear stories from real people, and have meaningful conversations. Thank you to Mrs. Bennett and Mrs. Strickland for taking our leaders to this event!
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C2BK working with Counselors on Suicide Awareness/Prevention Week

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  • School Pictures will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, September 25-26th through History classes. All virtual History students should plan to have their photos made during JAG or AO. This is the picture that will go in the yearbook, so we want to be sure everyone is included! Email Julee Rodgers at jrodgers@hoover.k12.al.us with questions.

  • Boys Soccer Tryouts for the Spain Park High School soccer program will be September 23-27 4pm-6pm at the SPHS practice fields. All players must have a current, up to date physical. Players need to come by Coach Hall's classroom 208 to sign up and pick up a physical form. If you have any questions see Coach Hall or email him at mhall@hoover.k12.al.us.

  • Any junior or senior girl interested in playing Powder Puff during Homecoming week can sign-up and pay on My School Fees. The deadline to register is September 23.

  • GIRLS GOLF - Girls interested in trying out for the Golf Team should see Coach Holland before Thursday, September 19th.

  • Spain Park Softball Tryouts will be October 1st, 3rd, & 8th, (10th if needed). Please sign up with Coach Urse Hawkins in Room A102 by Wednesday, September 25th. All students trying out must have a current Physical Exam Form completed by their doctor & the HCS Consent to Participate form signed and turned in before tryouts. Visit www.spainparkathletics.org for current forms.

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NACAC National College Fair this Sunday

FREE and open to the public! At a National College Fair, students learn about programs and find their best college fit. They meet face-to-face with representatives from hundreds of colleges—all in one place—and get their questions answered about majors, degree programs, campus visits, internships, scholarships, financial aid, and much more. Learn more and register at nacacfairs.org/birmingham
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NEW School Announcements

Congratulations to the 2019 Homecoming Court!


Lydia Burn

Lynlie Dern

Marlina Fairweather

Taylor Parker


Kyla Harris

Kennedy Leonard

Selma Maric

Maddie McNulty


Rachel Anderson

Christian Baylor

Vivian Gray

Emma Parrish


Grace Foy

Tegan Gibbons

Hannah Beth Gosnell

Sophia Mayhew

Rachel Morris

Morgan Kern

Girls Bowling Tryouts Monday, October 7th & Wednesday, October 9th 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at Oak Mountain Lanes. Sign up with Coach Urse-Hawkins in Room A102. Students must have with them a copy of their current Physical Form completed & HCS Consent to Participate to tryout.

Next Wednesday, September 18th during AO in the main gym, BEST robotics will be hosting a dodgeball tournament. Get your team together for 7 on 7 - it is $5.00 per player and $3.00 to watch. Tickets will be sold during lunch or in room A107 - starting Tuesday, September 10th. Winners will get a 12 pack of tacos and Mountain Dew.

Hoover City Schools is partnering with IMPACT Family Counseling to provide the Family Strengthening Program. This program will be offered for free to families with middle or high school students. The program consists of one evening session a week for six weeks total and will be offered multiple times throughout the school year. The first sessions begin on Tuesday, September 24th. If you are interested in participating or learning more about this opportunity, please contact your child’s counselor.

Voluntary flu shots will be given to any student whose parent completes the flu vaccination consent form and does not have any contraindications to receiving the flu vaccination (and is NOT insured by PEEHIP). Any student may receive the vaccine as long as the form is completed by a parent or guardian unless they are insured by PEEHIP. Forms will be sent home during AO or they may be printed from the links below. Signed forms should be returned to the nurse by September 30, 2019. Please remind your student that this clinic will be happening on October 9th midday.

Practical Parenting - Be Social Media Smart hosted at Hoover Public Library- Sunday, September 22nd at 3:00PM

Now is the time to sign up for ACT Prep Classes with Henson Test Prep. They are now offering classes for the upcoming October 26th and December 4th ACT test dates. There are several class options to choose from with the first sessions beginning on September 26th.

For more information and registration, visit hensontestprep.com. If you have further questions, contact Amy Henson at (205) 862-6004.

“Spain Park’s Got Game” Homecoming 2019

Weekly Competitions- Click HERE for Calendar

*AO: Weekly Competition List and Guidelines - AO with the most points wins Chick-fil-a Biscuits!!

*Grade Level: Dress-up participation, attendance/participation Homecoming Parade, attendance at Moe’s Southwestern Grill. Points toward Spirit Stick.

*Department: Earn points for the highest percentage of teachers dressed up and that attend after-school activities (Moe’s, powder puff, parade, and dance). Winning department wins Chick-fil-a Biscuits!

Monday, 9/30-Dress-Up Theme

Cranium- Nerd Day

AO Door Decoration Judging

Tuesday, 10/1- NO DRESS_UP

E-Learning for 9th & 11th

Pre-ACT for 10th

Work Keys for 12th

Eat at Moe's Grill 5-9

Wednesday, 10/2- DRESS UP THEME

Operation- scrubs

Human Foosball- Jag Period

Powder Puff Game- Jrs. vs. Srs.4:30-5:30

Thursday, 10/3

Jumanji- Safari - no weapons

Homecoming Parade

Volleyball vs. Mtn Brook- 6pm

SGA is looking for owners/adult drivers of convertibles or Jeep Wranglers who are willing to volunteer to drive our Homecoming Court members in the Homecoming Parade on Thursday, October 3 after school. If you can help, please contact Candace Strickland at cstrickland@hoover.k12.al.us.

Friday, 10/4- Dress-Up Theme


9th: Wear Black

10th: Wear White

11th: Wear Blue

12th: Wear Togas

Faculty/Staff: Wear aqua shirt from SGA

Pep Rally

Homecoming Game 7 pm

Court Presentation at Half-time

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Homecoming Dance 8:00 - 10:30 @ SPHS Gym

Tickets $10 per person on MSF or cash at the door

Students: Date Registration & Letter of Good Standing

Upcoming Events

  • September 13--Home football game vs. Mtn Brook
  • September 25-26---School Pictures during History classes
  • September 30-Oct 4--Homecoming Week
  • October 1--eLearning day for 9th and 11th-grade students, pre-ACT Assessment for 10th grade and WorkKeys for 12th grade. More info soon!
  • October 4--Homecoming Football game vs. Thompson
  • October 5--Homecoming Dance
  • October 16--PSAT

Check out the SPHS Athletics calendar for additional opportunities to support our athletics teams.