STHS Weekly Reminders

Week of May 3

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Springfield Township High School, 1801 E. Paper Mill Rd., Erdenheim, PA 19038 215-233-6030

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NEWS AND NOTES

Spring Musical Continues!

Springfield Township High School Thespian Troupe 1154 opened their virtual spring musical, The Theory of Relativity last evening. What a performance! If you did not get the chance to see last night’s show, it continues tonight, April 30th and tomorrow, May 1st at 7:30pm and Sunday, May 2nd at 2:00pm. This new musical is an enjoyable series of songs that highlight our relationships to each other on this earth. The songs and scenes will frequently make you laugh and once or twice bring a tear to your eye. You may be reminded of a lesson or two from your Physics class as well.

With 28 students in the cast and close to two dozen additional students creating background artwork, stage managing and film editing, the STHS Thespians have been quite busy since you last saw them in the fall. Directed by Marlene Thornton and Jelli Vezzosi with musical direction by Nick VanMeter and choreography by Nick Picknally, this creative rendition of The Theory of Relativity is something the Thespians are extremely proud of and hope you can join them for a very enjoyable evening. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, senior citizens and staff. The performances will be streamed and tickets are currently available through this link as posted on the high school web page. Click here for the program.

National College Decision Day

Attention Seniors: May 1st is National College Decision Day. It is common for colleges to have a May 1st deposit deadline for students who wish to enroll. Some colleges may have a later deposit deadline. Check directly with the college you wish to enroll to make sure you pay the deposit by their deadline. Contact your school counselor if you have questions.

Teacher Appreciation Week

While thanking teachers should not be a once-a-year event, we have an opportunity with Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3rd-7th) to share our gratitude. This year, more than ever, we owe them our thanks for their unwavering dedication and commitment to their students and their families. We’d like to recognize the ways teachers went above and beyond during a year that was riddled with change and uncertainty. Let’s all remember to praise the ways that teachers rose to the occasion over the past year and “appreciate” them every day; especially during this special week that recognizes their fantastic contributions and unmatched dedication. If you wish to reach out to any staff member who has helped your students, we know it would be appreciated very much.

Health Updates

All families are encouraged to check our district Dashboard for up to date information on Covid cases in our district, township, county, and state. All families are strongly urged to comply with mitigation orders including social distance and masking in our schools and community. Please see the dashboard for several important resources including exclusion from school guidelines and travel advisories. Please contact your school nurse (nancy_hopkins@sdst.org) if your student and/or family is experiencing symptoms.
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Asynchronous Wednesday Tutoring

Tutoring is available during the day on asynchronous Wednesdays with our wonderful paraprofessionals. Students will be sent a link via their email in the morning. Students do not need to sign up in advance and they can stay for as long as they need to get help in any subject area. The times may vary but the four hour session is usually scheduled to occur between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

UPCOMING EVENTS

COVID-19 Vaccines Available

Skippack Pharmacy shared that they have open weekday and Saturday appointments each week at their pharmacy for the Pfizer vaccine. Many appointments are available and can be found at www.tinyurl.com/stillneedthecovidvax This link will also include details on upcoming larger clinics which they update regularly.

VOE Showcase - May 7

Voices of Excellence will have their 6th annual VOE Virtual Scholarship Showcase on Friday, May 7th from 7:00pm to 8:30 pm. You will enjoy music, dance, poetry, our traditional cupid shuffle, and a journey down memory lane with the fabulous Spartan Steppers from every showcase. You are guaranteed to enjoy this phenomenal production. Tickets are only $6 and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your home. Register using this link. We look forward to entertaining you.

MPA Meeting - May 12

Please join the Multicultural Parents Association (MPA) for their final meeting of the school year on Wednesday, May 12th at 6:30pm. MPA will have guest speakers to help facilitate a discussion around issues facing the AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) community and ways in which we can be allies in combating these issues. Please register for the meeting here.

NAHS Induction - May 19

The National Art Honor Society will host their induction ceremony on May 19, 2021 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. The ceremony will be live streamed for anyone interested in watching. More details will follow.


Keystone Exams

Keystone exams are just around the corner (May 19th, 20th, 21st, and 26th). All families of eligible students should have received notification in the mail, describing the process this year. If your child is enrolled in Algebra, Biology or Literature and Composition (either first semester or second semester) you should have received a letter. If you didn’t receive notification, you can see it here. Please read the letter carefully and respond accordingly. It is imperative that you RSVP with your response if your student is taking the exam, by Monday, May 3rd. Students have the option to demonstrate their postsecondary preparedness through one of four additional pathways that more fully illustrate college, career, and community readiness other than the Keystone exam. Please follow the instructions in the letter if you are opting your student out of the testing based on religious or philosophical reasons.

All Keystone exams will be given in person and students will be testing in locations that keep them six feet away from each other. There are two modules to each test, and each module of the Keystone exam should take 1.00 to 1.50 hours to complete. Students will be supervised by an adult at all times. All students will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing during the testing period. Questions, please contact Dr. Zgraggen at scott_zgraggen@sdst.org.

Relay for Life Goes Virtual

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life has been a tradition in the Springfield Township School District for years, enabling students to play a role in the fight against cancer. Although a large public event in a high school stadium is not yet an option because of the pandemic, neither is giving up on the fight against cancer. So, we invite the Springfield community to participate in Relay For Life this year—virtually.

On May 22nd and 23rd, when we would have gathered on a high school track, we will instead hold a “virtual 5k,” meaning that everyone is encouraged to exercise wherever or however they choose—walk, run, bike, skate, etc. In addition, virtual luminaria can be purchased as a special tribute to loved ones who have been touched by cancer. The luminaria will be displayed during an online ceremony on Saturday evening, May 22nd.

More information is available on our website, where you can register for the “5k” with a minimum $10 donation. You will also find a link for dedicating luminaria. Check back regularly, as the website will also be updated with information about the luminaria ceremony and about our new online Relay For Life raffle. For more information, contact Morgan Robinson at morgan.robinson@cancer.org.

GUIDANCE NEWS

Virtual Guidance Office

Please visit the Virtual Guidance Office for many college and career related resources and to schedule appointments with your counselor.

AP Exams Begin Next Week

Below is the AP Exam schedule for the week of May 3rd. On exam day, students should remember to bring No. 2 pencils, pens with dark blue or black ink, and a calculator with extra batteries, if needed for their exam. Students should report to their testing location thirty minutes before the start of their exam.

Monday, May 3

PHYSICS C: MECHANICS at NOON


Tuesday, May 4

GERMAN and HUMAN GEOGRAPHY at NOON


Wednesday, May 5

ENGLISH LIT & COMP at 8:00am

PHYSICS I at NOON


Friday, May 7

CHEMISTRY at 8:00am

PHYSICS II at NOON

Virtual College Fair - May 3rd to 8th

High school students are invited to join our free virtual college fair for the Northeast region of the United States! This fair is scheduled for May 3rd-8th. The students can log in any time during the week and get information from many colleges. There is a question and answer section for the students to get answers directly from college reps during the week. The students must go to www.collegefairsonline.com to the students tab to register ASAP. This service is completely free. Register as soon as possible if you would like to participate. Every student that registers is entered to win a $300 scholarship.

Virtual Camp College 2021 hosted by the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling

Providing students and families access to dozens of college admissions experts and providing a wealth of resources to help you better understand and move through the college process. Registration required.

Who VCC Is For

  • First-generation, low-income, underrepresented students who are interested in attending college after they graduate from high school.

  • Students set to graduate from high school in the classes of 2022 or 2023.

  • Parents or family members of students who are set to graduate in the classes of 2022 or 2023

Virtual Camp College or VCC is happening on three different dates for this year: June 17th, July 17th, or August 17th from 9:00am to 4:00pm ( choose one date)

Link for more info and to register

Topics will include:

  • College Admissions Fundamentals

  • Paying for College

  • Doing Virtual College Research

  • Writing A Great College Essay

  • Finding Success In College

  • And so many more!

There will also be two virtual college panels, featuring representatives from colleges across the Commonwealth.

ATHLETIC UPDATE

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Visiting Spectators in the Spring - Opponents’ Policies

On Tuesday April 6th, the Suburban One League voted to defer the decision about visiting spectators back to the hosting school’s Health and Safety Plan. The Suburban One League created a document that provides a brief overview of each school’s decision on spring spectators. Please view that document here. Some Suburban One League Member schools will still have the ability to stream contests in the Spring, the SOL Sports Website has created a quick link to view everyone’s streaming service. Please note that some streaming services require a subscription.

Next Week's Athletic Contests

Monday, May 3 - Girls Lacrosse vs. Lower Moreland - Varsity at 3:30pm, JV at 5:00pm

Monday, May 3 - JV Baseball @ New Hope - 3:45pm

Tuesday, May 4 - Softball vs. Wissahickon - Varsity & JV at 3:30pm

Tuesday, May 4 - Track & Field @ Upper Moreland - 3:30pm

Tuesday, May 4 - Baseball @ Wissahickon - Varsity & JV at 3:45pm

Wednesday, May 5 - Unified Track and Field Virtual Meet - 3:30pm

Wednesday, May 5 - Girls Lacrosse @ Hatboro Horsham - JV at 5:30pm, Varsity at 7:00pm

Thursday, May 6 - Softball vs. New Hope Solebury - Varsity at 3:45pm (Senior Day)

Thursday, May 6 - Varsity Baseball @ New Hope - 3:45pm

Thursday, May 6 - Girls Lacrosse @ Neshaminy - JV at 3:30pm, Varsity at 5:30pm

Thursday, May 6 - Boys Lacrosse @ Neshaminy - JV at 4:30pm, Varsity at 7:00pm

Friday, May 7 - Boys Lacrosse @ Upper Moreland - Varsity at 3:30pm, JV at 5:00pm

Friday, May 7 - Baseball @ Bensalem - JV & Varsity at 3:45pm

We Are Looking for Coaches!

Springfield Township High School is currently seeking qualified coaches! If you are interested in coaching at the high school, please visit our website to apply now. We are currently looking for the following coaches:

  • Junior Varsity Girls Lacrosse (Spring)
  • 9TH Grade / JV Assistant Boys Soccer (Fall)
  • 9TH Grade / JV Assistant Girls Soccer (Fall)