Sparrows Point High School

2018-2019: Volume One

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Principal's Corner

Greetings Pointer Students and Families,


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would like to say how thankful we are to have our parents and the community’s support. With your help, it has been a positive and productive fall season at Sparrows Point High School. Our school community will continue to raise the bar and achieve 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 proud of the many ways our students represent SPHS through academics, athletics and extra-curricular activities. Our Quiz Bowl Team was recently featured on “It’s Academic,” airing Saturday mornings on WJZ television. Our team earned a second-place finish and did an outstanding job! Congratulations to the entire team and sponsor Dr. Holland.

The Trashy Fashion Show earned rave reviews earlier this month with the theme “Decades and Eras.” Our students shined on stage with their original designs created from reusable, recyclable items. Thank you to Art Department Chairperson Ms. Lord for her coordination of this outstanding event. Thanks also goes to our panel of judges: Danielle Alderson, Chick-fil-A Eastpoint, Patty Rode, SPHS Alumni Association and Garrett Ames, SPHS Art Department.

The fall sports season was once again a huge success! Many teams and individuals advanced to post-season play, culminating in a record setting sixth consecutive state title for girls soccer team. We continue to be incredibly proud of the achievements of our student athletes, both on and off the field.

In closing, a reminder that we welcome and encourage active involvement from our parents and families. Please join our PTSA, attend a parent workshop, follow us on Twitter @SparrowsPointHS, access our school website http://sparrowspoinths.bcps.org/, and attend the many activities and athletic events here on campus.

I look forward to working with you throughout the remainder of the 2018-19 school year. Should you have any questions or concerns, I invite you to contact me directly at ecaster@bcps.org.

Kind regards,

Emily J. Caster

Principal

AVID in Action

AVID 12 Students SAT Day at Patapsco High School

30 AVID 12 students took the SAT at Patapsco in early October
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AVID 9 Students Attend College Fair

Oct 30th The AVID 9 classes visited the college fair at the Baltimore Convention Center

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AVID 11 Takes a College Tour

The AVID 11 classes visited University of MD College Park in mid October.
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SPHS Girl's Soccer Team Earns Sixth Straight State Championship Title

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Allied Bowling is Looking for Athletes!

Sparrows Point’s Allied Bowling team is recruiting athletes and managers for the 2018-2019 season. See Ms. C. Taylor or Ms. Blair for details. Registration has been extended to December 1st.

Successful Senior Interviews

On Thursday, November 8th, seniors participated in mock interviews. Around 20 business members from around the county donated their time to allow our students to practice their interview skills. Senior came dressed for success with their resumes. The interviewers were impressed with how well our seniors were prepared. It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to practice a real-world experience.

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It's Academic

The It's Academic Team has made a triumphant return to TV after a 20 year absence. The team fought hard, taking 2nd place. The show will be aired Nov 24th.

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Counselor's Corner

At this time of the year the SPHS Counselors have met with all grades to have them compete 6 year plan surveys and create post-secondary goals. We have met individually with each senior to discuss college and career plans for life after high school. We will continue to meet individually with our students to discuss their 6 year plans. You may view your student’s results in their Naviance account.

Students who are taking Winter or Spring CCBC classes need to turn a copy of proof of payment for their class, update their Dual Credit Contract, and share a copy of their CCBC schedule to Ms. Command, our College and Career Counselor who is with us on A-Days.

If students are interested in taking Dual Credit ECAP courses for the 19-20 school year, we will have an information session in January about how to begin that process. Students can sign up in Naviance under College Visits for that information session.

Speaking of planning for 2019-2020 school year, students will be receiving registration information the first week of December in their Science class. We will be hosting a Registration Information Session in the SPHS Library on Thursday 12/6/18 from 6-7pm. Please feel free to join us! CCBC will be there as well to answer questions about ECAP. Student registration documents will be located in the School Counseling Classroom Lesson Folder in their Schoology Group.

Don’t forget senior families- if you have not completed the FAFSA- please submit it ASAP to determine if you qualify for federal / state financial aid.

Seniors- keep your college acceptances coming! We can’t wait to brag about your good news on our bulletin board outside the School Counseling Office.

Student Government

Student Government members attended the Fall Leadership Camp hosted by Baltimore County Student Council at River Valley Ranch. Students collaborated with SGA members from other schools and participated in workshops focused on leadership.

Students Interested in Destination Imagination!

Mr. Mitchell is holding an interest meeting for all students interested in being on SPHS’s D.I. Team on Wednesday, Nov 28 after school in room 12. Destination Imagination is a team challenge-solving competition. Students work to create a solution that meets the challenge requirements and present it at competitions in the Spring. They also compete in quick timed challenges. Last year’s team had a solution involving an 83 year old woman named “Mildred” swimming through an under-water mirror maze! What will this year’s team create?? More info: https://www.destinationimagination.org/challenge-program/

Class of 2021 News

Class of 2021 is running a Winter Flower Fundraiser! Beautiful holiday flowers, Fraser Fir wreaths, and White Pine garlands to brighten your home or give as gifts. Orders are due no later than November 20th. Please see Ms. Donahue, Ms. C. Taylor or the school website for details.

Apparel for Sale

See Ms. C. Taylor or Ms. Donahue
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SPHS Art Department Wows the Audience with Another Successful Trashy Fashion Show

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Buisness News

Students in Principles of Business classes are participating in a regional Stock Market Game. They are competing against over 200 teams in Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery Counties. Students are given “$100,000.00” and work on teams to make investment decisions based on actual, live data.

As of Friday, 11/9, six of the twelve SPHS teams were in the top 25 for the region. One team is in 5th place!

Students are applying what they have learned about evaluating businesses and the economy to this real-world simulation.

SPECIES Students Welcome Guests at the SPECIES Open House

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Sparrows Point High School

Home of the Pointers!


Principal: Emily Caster

Assistant Principals: Caitlin Brennan and John Hanmer