Spring Lake Park High School
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NOVEMBER 1, 2023 - NEWSLETTER
Thank you to all the parents who participated in our pulse check last week. We received feedback on teachers, counselors, and programs that have positively impacted students and families high school experience and post-secondary readiness. We also received some feedback and questions around areas parents would like more attention given, which we will review and address.
This month, we also asked if parents know how their child is doing in school. While 93 percent responded with YES, we also heard there is room for improvement with some of our reporting practices. Again, I appreciate the time and thoughts parents share with us. Over the next week, we will thoroughly analyze the responses and follow up as appropriate.
The next opportunity for families to connect with teacher will be on Wednesday, November 15, 3:30-6 p.m. Parents can sign up for in-person, WebEx, or phone conference times with their student(s) teachers using the myconferencetime.com/slphs link. Additionally, our teachers will each have office hours for families to connect with them to discuss student learning progress. Teachers will message families directly with their office hours and how to sign up.
Last Thursday, we held our annual college fair. More than 50 representatives/recruiters from 2-year and 4-year midwestern colleges were available and engaged with our students. The turnout was strong, and our college partners were impressed with the level of involvement and engagement from our students and staff.
Today, I participated in the Respect Retreat with half of the 9th grade class. This retreat for all 9th graders focuses on community building and the power each student has to influence the school experience. This has become a tradition at SLPHS. I really appreciate the way our students engaged with the activities, reflections, and each other today. I look forward to seeing how the class of 2027 will contribute to our school community and culture.
Finally, I want to invite all families to come out and enjoy the final run of our fall play, Letters to Sala, this Friday, November 3, 7 p.m. OR Saturday, November 4, 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. The student cast and crew are amazing, and they perform with such courage and artistry.
Thank you for your on-going support of our students in the classroom, on-stage, in athletics and activities and in the community. Together, we build bright futures.
One school, One community #SLPPantherProud!
COVID Booster and Flu Clinic - Thursday, Nov. 2
Still need your flu shot or the latest COVID booster? Spring Lake Park Schools, in partnership with Cub Pharmacy, is hosting a vaccine clinic Thursday, November 2, 4-8 p.m. at the Spring Lake Park School District Services Center (1415 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432). This clinic is open to anyone in our community. No appointment needed.
Winter Gear Drive
Share the warmth! Spring Lake Park Schools is hosting a Winter Gear Drive November 1-22. Support our community by donating clean new or used winter coats, snow pants, waterproof mittens/gloves and boots that can last our neighbors through winter. Items can be dropped in the front office of each school.
Panther Peer Tutors
Does your student need some extra support in a core class? Did you know we have Panther Peer Tutors? Have your student complete the request form located in Schoology if they want an academic tutor here at SLP.
Remember, the high school also offers S.E.T (Support & Extension time) which is three days a week and open to all students as time to get extra support and help from teachers as well. Ask your child how they are using their S.E.T. here at school.
- Friday, November 3 - SLPHS Fall Play - "Letters to Sala," 7 p.m., FAC – purchase tickets
- Saturday, November 4 - SLPHS Fall Play - "Letters to Sala," 2 p.m., FAC – purchase tickets
- Monday, November 6 - Grupo de Padres Hispanohablantes de SLP reunión, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, 5-6:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 7 - Last Chance for senior yearbook photos, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., FAC
- Wednesday, November 8 - Last Chance for Lifetouch yearbook photos or picture retake
- Thursday, November 9 - Native American Parent Advisory Committee event, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion School (in the Piña Room), 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Monday, November 20 - Grupo de Padres Hispanohablantes de SLP reunión, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, 5-6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24 – No school, Thanksgiving Break
- Thursday, November 30 – End of Tri 1
- Thursday, December 7 – Live on 65: After Hours Big Band, 7 p.m., FAC – purchase tickets
Colleges are still visiting
Please encourage your student to sign up for our college rep visits. The schedule can be found in Naviance. Lots of colleges are coming to visit this November.
If you are a senior parent, you’ll want to know the FAFSA is changing. The Minnesota Department of Higher Education has educational events for parents regarding this change. Learn more about how to prepare for the new FAFSA at Ready set FAFSA!
The Buhler Apprenticeship programs are a great opportunity for students to earn a degree, get paid to attend classes, work hands on and graduate debt free! Students earn will earn an associates degree and valuable career, paid for by Buhler.
An open house event is taking place on Thursday, November 16, 2023 from 4:30-6 p.m. RSVP is required.
- Students interested in a Mechatronics Technician Apprenticeship, they can review the job and apply here!
- Students interested in a Business Apprenticeship, they can review the job and apply here!
More information can be found about the National Apprenticeship week
SLPHS Earns Bronze on 2023 AP Honor Roll
Spring Lake Park High School has earned bronze recognition on the AP® School Honor Roll for the 2022-2023 school year. The honor roll recognizes schools that have done outstanding work to welcome more students into AP courses and support them on the path to college success.
This recognition highlights significant schoolwide effort to create a college-going culture, to give students opportunities to earn college credit and to maximize students' college outcomes. Dedicated teachers, counselors, administrators, students, and parents contribute to this work and help support success. AP courses are just one of several ways high school students can earn college credit without leaving their high school experience.
MACAC College Fair
We wrapped up College Knowledge Month with a visit from more than 50 colleges and universities at Spring Lake Park High School last week! A steady stream of students kept those college reps busy answering questions.
Live on 65 welcomes After Hours Big Band
Kick off your winter celebrations in style with After Hours Big Band and special guest Reed Grimm from American Idol Season 11. The December 7 show, “Dear Santa . . . Define Good,” is worth a little later bedtime for the whole family.
The “Live on 65” performance series is set to welcome After Hours Big Band to the Spring Lake Park High School Fine Arts Center stage Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7 p.m. You can purchase tickets online now.
After Hours Big Band is not your average jazz band. With ties to Spring Lake Park, this special musical experience promises to be both familiar and fresh. Reed Grimm, who appeared on American Idol Season 11, joins the band for some pre-holiday crooning. Spring Lake Park Schools parent, Michael Pearson, is the band’s founder and director. Michael shares the scoop on “Dear Santa. . . Define Good.” Learn more about the show.
Final weekend to see “Letters to Sala”
Don’t miss the final weekend of the Spring Lake Park High School fall production “Letters to Sala.” See the show in the Spring Lake Park High School Fine Arts Center on Friday, November 3, 7 p.m. or Saturday, November 4, 2 p.m. Purchase tickets today.
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