Sparrows Point High School

2017-2018 : Volume One

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Principal's Corner

November 2018

Dear Pointer Students and Families,

I’m excited to share the first Community Newsletter for the 2017-18 school year. We’re proud to share the amazing work happening at Sparrows Point High School! Our school community continues 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 continue to celebrate being named by the Washington Post as one of “America’s Most Challenging High Schools,” for 2016. This is an honor we hope to repeat in 2017!

We welcome and encourage active involvement from our parents and families. Please consider joining our PTSA, following us on Twitter @SparrowsPointHS, accessing our school website, or attending the many activities and athletic events here on campus. We value a productive partnership with you to ensure all students can achieve their highest potential. We also welcome your visit during American Education Week, November 13-17. Please consider visiting school and observing a class, or a full day of instruction with your son or daughter.

Kind regards,

Emily J. Caster


Sparrows Point High School

Trashy Fashion Show

Friday, Nov. 17th, 6:30pm

SPHS Auditorium

Doors open at 6:00 and the show will include all SPHS feeder schools: Edgemere Elementary, Chesapeake Terrace Elementary, Battlegrove Elementary, and Sparrows Point Middle School.

Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults

School Counseling News

  • Please make sure to get started on your FAFSA Applications that are due by February 15, 2017.
  • Scheduling Information Nights/Scheduling Process: this will be helpful information to guide students and parents through the scheduling and registration process for the 18-19. The School Counseling Team will present information on course offerings, timelines and information about dual credit opportunities and procedures. All students and parents in grades 9, 10 and 11 are encouraged to attend:

    November 27, 6-7 pm in the library and November 28, 6-7 pm, Battle Grove Elementary Library

SPECIES Holds Showcase Night for Welcoming Interested Students

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SPHS English Department is Reengaging Readers

Last year, the English department began the tradition of developing one large initiative on which to focus each year. In order to identify and develop the initiative, members of the department work with Mr. Mitchell, the department chairperson, to discuss data and evidence of need within the realm of English instruction and performance. With that information, the department sets a goal and aligns it as closely as possible with large-scale school or system-wide focus. During the 2016-2017 school year, teachers developed materials and resources to use in revision stations to support students’ writing skills and BCPS’ emphasis on small-group, responsive instruction. The result was 7 complete stations that served as entry points to the revision process where students would begin based on their teacher’s feedback.

This year, the department’s initiative is called Reengaging Readers.

In support of BCPS’ literacy focus and in an effort to build a culture at SPHS where literacy is valued intrinsically, each English teacher will choose at least one major unit during the year in which to incorporate a book that the student selects her/himself. The initiative is rooted in research that finds that student-choice and interest in regard to texts is among the largest factors that determines successful completion, understanding, and enjoyment of reading-related tasks. Student choice with regard to texts also supports efforts to reflect a wide variety of cultures within the classroom, making it easier for students to find a book that features subjects or characters with whom they can identify.

Teachers are already off to a great start! Cheryl Quinn, SPHS’s librarian, has prepared several “book tasting” events in the library, designed to give students a chance to listen to book talks and explore titles before selecting a text. Mrs. Jackson’s juniors and seniors have chosen books from the library to read for their units focusing on “Success” and “Gender roles throughout time.” Ms. Mewshaw’s ninth graders have been to the library several times already to select novels they are interested in reading, and some students have reported that they’ve read a book independently from cover to cover for the first time in a while.

The English department is proud of its efforts to support the development of a culture of literacy and an affinity for reading among their students.

Local Businesses Support the SPHS Senior Interview Process

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NHS Students Collecting Canned Items for the Food Drive

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Producing Students

Ms. B.A. Parker, former student of assistant principal Mr. Hanmer and current producer for This American Life, came to speak to Mrs. Jackson’s Creative Writing class on November 6th. Ms. Parker shared her experiences in film school at Columbia University, as an intern for Comedy Central, and in reporting the ordinary-yet-extraordinary stories of average Americans as an investigative journalist. Ms. Parker impressed upon the students the importance of trying everything and of having self-confidence. The class was clearly moved by Ms. Parker’s inspirational story and sage advice.
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PTSA Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Saturday, Nov. 18th, 9am

SPHS Cafeteria

All County Honors Chorus and All County Honors Band

Please take a moment to congratulate the following vocal and instrumental students. They completed a rigorous audition process on Saturday and were selected for the All County Honors Chorus and All County Honors Band. They will perform at the BCPS All Honors Concert on Monday, November 14th 7:30pm at Morgan State University. Just for reference, this is the most students to have ever been accepted into these prestigious ensembles! Go Point!

Amber Williams
Sam Ringrose
Nelson Vilche
Gillian Holland
Alexis Metzler
Max Brilhart
Andrew Bures

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2017-2018 Principal's Advisory Council

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Wintery Wreath Making Party- To Benefit Class of 2021

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 6:30pm

Sparrows Point High School

Tickets are $30 and should be purchased in advance. Please email Caroline Taylor for tickets:

Student Government Association Hosts Successful Blood Drive

SGA hosted a successful blood drive on November 1st. 40 people came out to donate blood and 36 units were collected. This will help to save up to 108 lives! We will have another drive in the spring.

SPECIES Students Conduct Stream Studies at Dundee Creek

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National Arts Honors Society Selling Student Photography Cards

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Sparrows Point AVID Students Attend Reality Fair at Secu Arena

More than 175 SPHS AVID students got a chance to experience life in the real world, managing their money, and making smart, informed financial decisions when SECU – Maryland’s largest credit union – The MD & DC Credit Union Association, First Financial Federal Credit Union, and other participating credit unions held a “Reality Fair” at Towson University’s SECU Arena
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Sparrows Point High School

Home of the Pointers!

Principal: Emily Caster

Assistant Principals: Caitlin Brennan and John Hanmer