Spring Lake Park High School
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SEPTEMBER 13, 2023 - NEWSLETTER
We are seven days into the 2023-24 school year, and we have gotten off to a great start. I have been getting around the high school, and I see observable joy present in our classrooms, hallways, and within student and teacher interactions. We have begun collaborative work of building bright futures with students, and I am excited for the learning opportunities ahead.
I want to highlight two items for families this week:
- Watch for an email/text tomorrow: Expect a text/email tomorrow coming from Possip – an organization we’re partnering with to gather insights from you and your family. We’ll have a couple of quick questions each month about your experience with our school. You can choose to share your name or remain anonymous. Thanks in advance for participating.
- Be aware of safety drills – first drill is a lockdown drill this Friday: Each year, we are required to conduct several safety and security drills. This is practice for staff and students to respond to a variety of scenarios. Tomorrow, we will review our Standard Response Protocols with students and how they will engage with each of the response protocols: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter. We will conduct our first Lockdown drill this Friday. If you do not want your student to participate in this lockdown drill, please notify our main office before Friday morning.
I am sincerely excited for all we will do together with students and families this year, and I deeply appreciate your partnership as we develop strong, capable future leaders and eager learners.
One school, one community, #SLPPantherProud!
We want to hear from you — Watch for a text/email from Possip tomorrow
We're always looking for ways to deepen our communication and connections with families as we all work to support student learning and engagement.
This year, we will be sending text messages and emails - about once per month - with a few simple questions asking about your experience with school. The messages will come from Possip, an organization we're partnering with to gather your insights. Watch for the first text/email from Possip tomorrow, Thursday, September 14. Respond in your language of choice. Share needs, praise, questions or ideas. Share your name - or stay anonymous. It all takes less than a minute.
Early next week, our schools will be looking at the results. We'll circle back on trending topics, respond directly to needs, questions and concerns, and share feedback with our staff. Thanks - in advance - for taking a few moments to share your voice!
Free Vaccine Clinic event, October 9 and 10
Spring Lake Park Schools is hosting a free vaccine clinic for students on Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, October 10 from 3:30-7 p.m. at Kenneth Hall in Spring Lake Park High School.
The following vaccines will be available at the event: Hepatitis B, DTap, Tdap, Polio (IPV), MMR, Varicella, HIB.
We ask that students and families sign up ahead of time for an appointment. Sign up using this link or scan the QR code.
Please note, insurance information will be collected but it is not required in order to receive vaccines. Interpreters will be available for Spanish, Hmong and Somali. Students and families should park in the Able St. lot and enter through the Kenneth Hall doors (#33).
For any questions, please reach out to head nurse, Becca Williams, RWilli@district16.org or 763-600-5043.
Safety and security update: 2023-2024
Spring Lake Park Schools – and all Minnesota public schools – must complete 11 required safety drills each school year. The drills cover a variety of scenarios including evacuation, shelter and lockdown. Along with neighboring districts and local law enforcement, we have adopted the “I Love You Guys” Foundation Standard Response Protocol (SRP). You can find more information about the Standard Response Protocol in this family guide.
All drills conducted in our Spring Lake Park Schools with students are scheduled and pre-announced to students and staff. Following new legislation for the 2023-2024 school year, parents will be notified at least 24 hours in advance of lockdown drills. Parents may opt their student out of the lockdown drill. To opt out, notify the school’s main office by the start of the day the drill is scheduled to allow time for accommodations to be made.
From the very first day, attendance matters
Did you know missing 10 percent, or just two days of school per month, over the course of the school year, can affect a student’s academic success - and path to graduation? It's true at all ages.
By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs a student may drop out of high school. By 9th grade, attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores. Regular attendance in school is essential for learning and student success.
Parents and guardians play the most important role in a student's education by making sure students arrive at school each day on time and ready to learn. As we begin a new school year, we have the opportunity to develop important routines and expectations at school and at home.
Here are some things parents and guardians can do to support school attendance:
- Talk about the importance of going to school every day.
- Help your student develop and maintain daily routines such as getting a good night's sleep, preparing any materials the night before, supporting your older student in finishing homework.
- Try not to schedule dental, medical or other appointments during the school day.
- Take action to stay healthy and if your children must stay home because they are sick, help them connect to the missed learning.
- Ask family, friends or school staff for help if you need support.
If your student must be absent, please call the attendance line at 763-600-5109, or new this year, report the absence through Campus Parent Portal. Directions on how to report absences through Campus.
Mark your calendar: Caregiver Learning Events
This school year, Spring Lake Park Schools will offer events to help equip caregivers to support their children around social-emotional-behavioral and mental health well-being. We hope you can join us.
We ask that families RSVP for each event so we can prep for the discussion and have enough snacks/beverages for the group. Please note, childcare will not be available.
- Mental Health Awareness & Coping Skills - October 11, 2023, 6-7 p.m. in the Den at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School. October is mental health awareness month, and in this session, you will learn to recognize common warning signs of mental health needs and basic coping strategies to support your child. RSVP for this event.
- Child Development Over Ages - January 24, 2024, 6-7 p.m. in the Den at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School. In this session, you will walk away with a basic understanding of typical child development stages and recognize the signs your child might need additional support and how to get it. RSVP for this event.
- Positive Communication and Working Through Difficult Topics - April 10, 2024, 6-7 p.m. in the Den at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School. Dealing with adversity is a normal part of life. In this session, learn skills and strategies around positively communicating with your child and working through difficult situations. RSVP for this event.
If you have questions, contact Social Worker Abbey Pierce.
SLPHS Picture Make-up
Tomorrow, September 14, Lifetouch will be at SLPHS for picture make up day. Photographers will be in our Fine Arts Center from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
To order pictures, go to mylifetouch.com.
- Thursday, September 14 - Picture make up day, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. - Fine Arts
- Thursday, September 14 - Native American Parent Advisory Committee event, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, September 16 - Start Your Engines - Community Outdoor Event, Spring Lake Park High School, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
- Monday, September 18 - Grupo de Padres Hispanohablantes de SLP reunión, Woodcrest Spanish Immersion, 5-6:30 p.m.
- October 2-6 - Homecoming Week
- Friday, October 6 - Homecoming Football Game, Panther Stadium, 7 p.m.
- Saturday, October 7, 2023 - Live on 65: 7,000 Miles to Broadway (Singer/Guitarist + Pianist + Bassist), Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m
Get ready to see what’s behind the curtain
The Spring Lake Park Schools Theater department is excited to announce the theater performances for the 2023-2024 school year! Full of entertaining and polished shows, audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy this year's productions.
"Each year we strive to offer our students (and our audiences) something different than what we've had for the last few years. Our theater program is strong because of our students, and I cannot wait to see what magical things they're going to come up with on and off the stage. We invite you to our shows to see their incredible work and become a part of our theater community!" - Kevin Dutcher, theater director
This year's world-class performances:
- Spring Lake Park High School fall play - "Letters to Sala" | October 27-28, November 3-4, purchase tickets
- Westwood Intermediate play - "Funkyland!" | November 30, December 1, purchase tickets
- Spring Lake Park High School One-Act play - "Radium Girls" | January 20-21
- Westwood Intermediate and Middle School spring musical - "Oliver Jr." | February 29, March 1-2, purchase tickets
- Spring Lake Park High School spring musical - "Beauty and the Beast" | April 19-20 & 25-26, 28, purchase tickets
Read show synopsis and messages from the director.
Free community "Start Your Engines" event this Saturday!
Don't forget, the "Start Your Engines" Big Trucks, Food Trucks & Automobiles event is happening this Saturday, September 16 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Spring Lake Park High School.
This free family/community event will feature a variety of exhibits with engines – think big trucks, automobiles and recreational vehicles as well as food trucks for purchase.
Featured Food Trucks:
- K-Town Street Tacos
- Brick Oven Bus
- Turkey King
- Mik-Mart Ice Cream Treats
Other event features:
- We are accepting bike donations from Bikes4Kids
- There will be a booth that showcases all of our Community Education fall offerings for youth, families and adults. Make sure to stop by and sign up!
- Stop by the SLP Welcome Tent and enter your household into the drawing to win your very own Retro Jeep Wrangler Power Wheels!
- First day smiles
- Live on 65: 7,000 Miles to Broadway - get your tickets today!
- Complete your review of student behavior and attendance expectations
- 2023-2024 School Handbook
- Openings - Spanish Immersion Preschool class
- New this year - online tickets only for athletics
- Fall programs available for all!
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