Weekly eNews Update

Spain Park High School 10/18/19

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,


This week has been exceptionally good for learning at Spain Park. We started the week off on Monday with very engaging professional development for our faculty and staff. Some of our faculty members visited the Equal Justice Initiative’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice and The Legacy Museum. The experience was overwhelming and will help our teachers understand and teach the horrible effects of racial injustice. We also had in-house professional development regarding School Law, First Amendment Rights, First Aid Emergency, and Website training. The positive impact from this day of Professional Development will prove to be beneficial to our teachers, our students, and our community.


Wednesday, we tested over 250 students who chose to take PSAT. The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship, more than 3.4 million high school sophomores and juniors take this nationwide test every year. We appreciate those students who took the challenge to compete with students across the country.


Our World Language Department is sponsoring World Heritage Week October 21- October 25 in our library. We will celebrate the diversity in our school by recognizing 50 countries and 21 languages spoken in our school and community. You are welcome to visit the displays in the library during school hours, please check-in at the front desk. We enjoy highlighting the many cultures that make Spain Park a great place to be.


Kristin Bundren, SPHS Advanced Level Biology Teacher, will be representing Hoover City Schools in Washington, D.C. this week. Mrs. Bundren is the National Winner of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Mrs. Bundren is National Board Certified Teacher and a graduate from Auburn University, she has been at Spain Park for twelve years. Mrs. Bundren is loved and respected by not only her students but the faculty and staff as well.


Finally, to end the week, we have received great news from the Alabama State Department of Education. The 2019 School Report Cards have been released, and we are proud to say that SPHS’s score was 94- up two points from last year. I want to congratulate our students, parents, and teachers for their combined efforts to continue to make SPHS the best we can be. In the coming weeks, we will break down the data and use that information to make next year’s Report Card even better.


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


Respectfully,


Peter L. Giangrosso

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Photographs from the Faculty Professional Development trip to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery

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Student Parking at SPHS

We have several student drivers who have not purchased a parking permit and this needs to be taken care of immediately. Parents, please realize that this is a safety issue and is tied to our drug testing program per HCS Board Policy. Therefore the grace period for non-compliance has ended, tickets will be written and students will not be allowed to park vehicles on campus without a current hangtag.

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SP Hoodie Sweatshirts

Sweater weather is arriving! SGA is selling blue SP hoodie sweatshirts for $25 cash or check to SPHS. They can be purchased in Mrs. Strickland's room, 228. Sizes small - 2XL

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Jazz Band Performance Thursday Morning in the Library

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Senior Information

It's time to commemorate your SENIOR! You can purchase a senior yearbook ad to honor your graduate. Early bird prices start Oct. 15th. Go to http://bit.ly/SPSeniorAd2020 to get information and place your ad order. Email Ms. Rodgers with questions at jrodgers@hoover.k12.al.us.

School Pictures

Be sure to check out your STUDENTS PHOTOS at https://store.ironcitystudios.com/login. Your student’s access code is their “19” #. Please be sure and visit the site to place orders and check the accuracy of your student’s photos. If you have any questions, please give Iron City Studios a call at 205-783-5281.

Veterans Day Project

Veterans Day Project - Supporting Our Troops!

The SPHS student body will be focused on "doing the packing" for 500 boxes with toiletry articles, food snacks, underclothing, (“incidentals”) and "thank you" notes during class periods on November 6th and 7th. Subsequently, the boxes are to be mailed overseas to our active-duty military men and women by the Support-Our-Soldiers organization, and in time for the holidays.
October through November 1st is scheduled for volunteer contributions. Parents, students, faculty, and all interested, who would like to have a part in this worthwhile and patriotic work, may donate incidentals for packing and give a half-box provision of $10 or a full-box provision of $20. You can donate on My School Fees or send a check payable to SPHS.

Spain Park Model UN Club

Congratulations to Spain Park Model UN club on their outstanding participation in the Vanderbilt United Nations conference last weekend. All 18 participants represented our school well. Kruthika Dheeravath was recognized at the awards ceremony with a Verbal Commendation. Kyle Fox was elected to the presidency of his committee. Go Jag Speech and Debate!


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World Heritage Week

Students will be hosting World Heritage Week, October 21-25, 2019. We will be celebrating the many cultures that are represented here at Spain Park. You will be able to visit displays of some cultures represented here at our school, as well as look through books by authors from many of these countries.


There will be various events going on in AO throughout the week. Each event is ticketed to allow for space. Be sure to get your tickets from Miss Suarez by Friday 10-18-19. Watch for announcements in your Grade Level Google Classroom and listen for them during AO announcements.

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Lost and Found from Homecoming Dance

SGA has a few lost and found items from the Homecoming Dance. Students can stop by room 228 to claim items, or you can email cstrickland@hoover.k12.al.us for more details about items.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is worldwide Breast Cancer Awareness Month. SPHS will be supporting our fighters and celebrating our survivors by increasing the importance of awareness, prevention, education, and research. On Friday, we showed our support with shirts provided by the National Honor Society "Pink out the Park." To show your support at the football game tonight, join us by wearing pink!
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Announcements

  • Please notify the nurses if your student has been diagnosed with the flu by a physician. The nurses track the numbers of flu cases each year. You may contact the nurses at blaney@hoover.k12.al.us or (205) 439-1430.


  • Make-Up Pictures
    Students who need to take make-up pictures may do so on November 6 during JAG. If you have RC3 in the afternoon, you will need to come on Thursday, November 7, during AO. All pictures will be taken in Room 228.

    SignUps for ESports has been extended to November 1, 2019. Students should visit the Student Blog for details and Signup Form. Parents can click the link below for frequently asked questions about Spain Park ESports. http://bit.ly/spesfaq Visit the Spain Park Athletics Winter Sports Page to see results from last year's season where our League of Legends team won the state championship

  • Now is the time to sign up for ACT Prep Classes with Henson Test Prep. They are offering classes for the upcoming December 14th ACT test date and future 2020 test dates. There are several class options to choose from with the first sessions beginning on November 11th.

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

  • Congratulations to several Spain Park grads for their acceptance to the UAB School of Medicine. Will Haynes, Chandan Bassetty, Ayaka Fujihashi, and Brett Cocke are 4 of the 36 students who have been accepted so far. We are proud to see Spain Park grads successfully earning great opportunities to make a difference.

  • Want to learn more about climate change? Come to our first education meeting in Ms. Gillespie's room, 337, on Monday morning to get your questions answered. Everyone is welcome!

TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP

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SPHS Faculty and Staff Appreciate our Leaders

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