Spain Park Weekly eNews

Spain Park High School 02/07/2020

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We had an incredibly busy week with a variety of events that not only educated our students but opened the door to many opportunities for them in the future. On Monday, our Business & Entrepreneurship Academy participated in Job Shadowing across our city. On Tuesday, Seniors ordered their cap and gowns for graduation, Wednesday morning we had our Athletic Signing Event with 14 students committing to athletic institutions across the United States, and on Wednesday evening we hosted the Girls’ Basketball Team Area Tournament. On Thursday, we had a late start due to inclement weather and Thursday night we enjoyed sharing course selection and curriculum information with our parents and students as they make the important decisions for the 2020/2021 school year. Curriculum night was well attended and a big success. We finished the week by spending time with our future Jags from Berry Middle School this morning. Spain Park is truly the school that never sleeps.

The highlight of our week was the beginning of our Black History Month Celebration. Our Social Studies classes heard Mr. James “Jake” Sanders, Mr. Robert Vickers, and Mr. Willie Walker, Negro Southern League Baseball Players, speak on their experiences with the League. The students also visited the traveling exhibit from the Museum. We are fortunate to have The Museum as our guests this year, joining the celebration of The Negro Leagues’ 100th Anniversary. Please be sure to enjoy the photos of the week below. We have many activities planned throughout February and look forward to highlighting each week.

Congratulations to our girls’ and boys’ basketball teams who will be playing for the area championship this weekend. The girls will play tonight at 7 pm at Spain Park, and the boys will play Saturday night at Mountain Brook, game time is 7:30. Come out and support the Jags!

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


Peter L. Giangrosso


Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month by purchasing your very own Spain Park High School Black History Month t-shirt. Proceeds will go towards our school-wide service project Books for Africa. Please purchase on by February 12th.
Sizes: S - XL $12.00 2XL - 4XL $15

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Honoring the past, inspiring the future

A visit from the Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame

The Museum sponsored a display for our students to visit, containing artifacts that are almost 100 years old. Students were also able to hear legends of The Negro League speak.

The History museum located in the University of Alabama at Birmingham is dedicated to African-American baseball with sporting memorabilia and a research center.

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RC3 Open House

Riverchase Career Connection Center is hosting an Open House for parents and students interested in attending.

When: February 11, 2020, at RC3 from 6-7:30 pm

We will have 2 information sessions beginning at 6:00 pm and 6:45 pm

The Riverchase Career Connection Center (RC3) opened its doors in August of 2019. The state-of-the-art skilled trades facility houses five academy programs:

  • Culinary and Hospitality Academy
  • Cyber Innovation Academy
  • Fire Science Academy
  • Health Science Academy
  • Skilled Trades Academy
  • Multiple corporate and government business entities have partnered with Hoover City Schools to make RC3 a reality. Formerly Pelham Middle School, the facility was bought from Pelham City Schools in 2017 and completely renovated. Each academy program features high-tech simulated workspaces.

Families will be able to tour the facility and academy lead teachers will be available

to answer questions.

We hope to see you there!

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HPTC City Leaders Breakfast Awards

Congratulations to Juan Contreras for winning the Hoover Police Department Scholarship
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Be a part of Kindness Week

Pink Shirt Day is coming up on February 26th! You can order your t-shirts through MySchoolFees starting the week of Jan. 20th. Both short sleeve and long sleeve options are available. Pink Shirt Day is part of Kindness Week, aiming to prevent bullying by spreading kindness throughout our school and community. All orders must be made by Tuesday, Feb. 4th. #BeKind #pinkoutSPHS


Hoover Public Library partners with Hoover City Schools

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with the Hoover Public Library. In addition to the amazing ebook and audiobook collection, your child has access provided by Hoover City Schools, students at the schools piloting the partnership--Hoover High, Spain Park, Berry, and Simmons--now have access to many of the Hoover Public Library ebooks and audiobooks! All of these resources can be accessed via Sora, an app that can be used on a phone, tablet, or Chromebook. Please see this handout for specific directions on how to access Sora. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Uts, School Librarian. Happy Reading!


Junior/Senior Information

JUNIOR Parents and Students

Juniors who have been invited to apply for membership in Spain Park's National Honor Society must have forms turned in to room 235 by February 18. This is a firm deadline. If you have decided not to apply, please see Mrs. DiChiara.

Senior Ad Deadline is Approaching!

The final deadline to purchase your senior ad for the 2020 yearbook is February 14! Don't miss this chance to pay tribute to your graduate in a very special way. If you have questions, please email Ms. Rodgers at

PROM is April 24, 2020

Attention Juniors and Seniors! This year's prom will be on Friday, April 24th. The event is at the Finley Center from 8 pm until 11 pm. You won't want to miss it! Go ahead and purchase your prom ticket on the MySchoolFees website.
Please note: Ticket prices will increase as we get closer to the event date! Don't wait!


Information from the Nurse Laney

Scoliosis Screening

The Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Public Health require that school districts in Alabama offer and provide scoliosis screening for male and female students in grades 5 through 9.
Screening is performed by observing the uncovered spine, viewing the student from the back, side, and with the student bending forward. If a spinal problem is suspected, the child will be rechecked at a second screening. Parents of students found to have signs of possible spinal abnormality will be asked to see their own physicians for further evaluation.
Girls and boys will be screened separately to ensure privacy. They can wear gym clothes or other clothing that may be removed easily. If your child is currently under treatment for a spinal deformity, please let us know and your child will be exempt from the screening process.
This year it is scheduled for 3/11/2020 as an opt-in instead of an opt-out program. See the form below that must be returned to the nurse in order for your student to be screened.

No one should be attending school if they have the following symptoms:
Vomiting - must be able to tolerate a regular meal and keep if down for several hours without vomiting before returning to school
Fever of 100 degrees or higher - must be unmedicated and fever free for 24 hours prior to returning to school
Uncontrolled cough that interferes with classroom instruction

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 or (205) 439-1430.


Free Food for Students!

Spain Park Boys Soccer has its home opener this Tuesday, February 11th, v. Pelham at 7:00. Superior Grill will be sponsoring the Student Section at this game and will provide all SPHS students in attendance with free dinner (chimichangas; chips and salsa; cheese dip). Admittance is free with valid SPHS Student ID. Come out and support your Jags and get free food!


Now is the time to sign up for ACT Prep with Henson Test Prep. They have an upcoming class specifically for the March 10th, in-school ACT test. This class begins on Sunday, February 23rd, and will fill quickly so please register now. For more information and registration, visit If you have further questions, contact Amy Henson at (205) 862-6004.

SGA still has Sadie Hawkins shirts available - sizes small - 2XL. You can purchase one for $15 cash or check in room 228. If you ordered on My School Fees, please be sure to stop by and pick up your order.