Sparkman High Capitol News

Volume 18/19, Issue 30, May 2019


2616 Jeff Rd., Harvest, AL 35749

Telephone: (256) 837-0331

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Important Information for Seniors 2019 and the End of the Year:

  • Finals for Seniors will be Tuesday, May 14th through Friday, May 17th. Please check the school calendar on the SHS website for specific exam times.

  • Your cap/gown fee must be paid prior to receiving your cap, gown, stole, and tassel.

  • The gowns belong to you; therefore, you will not be returning them.

  • Please view the Dress Code, Behavior Letter and other Graduation related items on the SHS website.

  • Honor cords will be sold for $10 following the graduation practice. These are available to students who have a cumulative average for their high school career of 90.0. Please note that an 89.999 will not qualify.

  • There will be two mandatory graduation practices. The first will be at SHS in gym 1 on Monday, May 20th at 2:00 pm. Students are required to stay the entire practice. The second practice will be at the VBC Arena on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:15 AM. Everyone should be on the arena floor in their seats by 7:30 AM. Students are required to stay for the entire practice.

  • The Von Braun Center (VBC) doors will open at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, May 21st. Your parents and guests may come at that time. Graduates must be present no later than 1:00 PM.

    • Each graduate will receive 9 tickets.

    • Graduation tickets may be picked up in Gym #1 on Monday, May 20th after Graduation Rehearsal when rehearsal concludes.

    • Every guest requiring a seat must have a ticket for admission into the VBC Arena.

    • Only the graduate will be allowed to pick up graduation tickets.

    • *** This information is subject to change: The cost for parking is: City Garage $5 per vehicle, South Hall $10 per vehicle, and North Hall $10 per vehicle. (There will be no charge for parking at the VBC Lot for rehearsal; however, if anyone parks at the City Garage during rehearsal and pays for parking, keep your ticket and you will not be charged for parking in the same area that night.)

  • The Boy Scout lot is no longer there. $5.00 parking on the City lots and $10.00 on the VBC lots.

Graduation Dress Code is as follows: Black pants, black socks and shoes, white shirt, dark tie for our young men and our young ladies will wear a black dress or black slacks, and black shoes (absolutely NO FLIP FLOPS). Please keep jewelry to a minimum (only small earrings or a watch). See the SHS Graduation Dress Code Flyer for more details. This is located on the SHS website.

  • Tossing your cap after you’ve been pronounced graduates will be permitted, as long as this privilege is not revoked by the principal.

  • Be sure all outstanding debts have been taken care of before attempting to pick up your diploma. Outstanding debts include library fees, lost books (textbooks or library books), uniforms, drivers’ education fees, etc. A hold will be placed on your diploma until these debts have been resolved.

  • Diploma pickup will be will be at the VBC immediately following the commencement ceremony. You will pick up your diploma from your homeroom teacher.

  • Final transcripts will be requested starting on Wednesday, April 18th during the Senior Meeting by completing and returning a FINAL Transcript Request Form. The last day to make final transcript requests is Friday, April 26. The final transcript request form will be provided for you during the Senior Meeting on April 18th.

  • Any transcript request after the April 26th date must be completed in MySchoolFees with a $3 fee applied.

  • As a reminder, if the administration deems that a behavior violation has taken place at graduation, a student will have to complete 40 supervised work hours before receiving their diploma.

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PowerSchool online registration for 2019-2020 is now open! ALL currently enrolled students must register April 22 - May 31, 2019 for continued enrollment in the Madison County School System. In order to register current students, you must have a SNAP code which was mailed to your home address on April 15. Registration for new students is also open. New students do not need a code to register. PowerSchool registration information and links are under the Registration tab on all MCSS school websites.

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MySchool Fees - Online Payment System to pay for Fees

Directions for accessing and paying on MySchool Fees:
  • Go to
  • Select “Resources”
  • Select “MySchoolFees”
  • Select “Category”
  • Pick “Course” and add to Cart (Repeat as needed)
  • Once all categories have been selected, hit “Checkout” button and follow instructions for payment. (Do not check use billing information to create a account)
  • Click on who will “own Public Fees” and designate if the funds are for the same recipient or several recipients
  • If funds are for the same recipient, identify the recipient by typing in the recipient’s name.
  • If funds are for several recipients, identify the recipient by typing in the recipient’s name for each category.
  • Submit and continue.
  • Follow instructions to checkout
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Mrs. Hodgens, our librarian, has worked hard in trying to bring in new books for the students to read this school year. We would love if you would consider making a donation to our library. You can make a donation via the button below.
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Upcoming Dates for Sparkman High


Jan 3 - Final Exam Make-up day for 1st Semester Exams

Jan 17 - Club Photo Day

Jan 21 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 23 - Herff Jones Cap/Gown and Class Ring payment day - Cafeteria - 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Jan 29 - Perfect Attendance Breakfast - Cafeteria - 9:30 am to 10:00 am

Jan 30 - JROTC Award Ceremony - 9:00 am to 11:00 AM - Cafeteria


Feb 2 - AP Chemistry Saturday Study Session - 8am -12pm - Cafeteria and Media Center

Feb 5 - Progress Reports sent home

Feb 10 - Harlem Wizards Game - 2pm to 4pm - Gym 1

Feb 13 - Herff Jones Payment Day for Cap/Gown & Class ring - Cafeteria - 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Feb 18 - No School - President's Day

Feb 20 - ACT Exam for 11th graders


Mar 2 - AP Biology Saturday Study Session - Buckhorn HS

Mar 9 - AP Physics 1 & 2 Study session - 7:45am - 12:30 pm - Media Center

Mar 14 - Report Cards sent home

Mar 18 - Mar 22 - Spring Break - No School

Mar 27 - FINAL payment day for Herff Jones Cap/Gown/Class Ring - Cafeteria - 11:30 am - 2 pm


Apr 18 - Progress reports sent home

Apr 20 - Easter Egg Drop - Senator Stadium

Apr 27 - AP Physics 1 Saturday Study Session - 7:45am to 12:30 pm - Hazel Green HS

Apr 27 - AP Physics 2 Saturday Study Session - 7:45 am to 12:30 pm - Media Center


May 4 - AP Biology Saturday Study Session - Media Center

May 8 - Senior Awards Program - 2:00 p.m. Gym 1

May 11 - Prom

May 14 - Senator Learning Community Graduation - 1:00 p.m. - Gym 1

May 21 - Graduation - 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Von Braun Center

May 22 - Last Day for Students

May 29 - Report Cards

Thursday nights are Sparkman Spirit Night at Texas Roadhouse!

Visit Texas Roadhouse at the the corner of Jeff Road and Hwy 72 on Thursday nights and mention Sparkman High School and 10% of your check total will go to our Athletic Department!
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Congratulations to Adam Depew on winning the GOLD at the Athens HS Invitational today with a jump of 6’. Last week Adam broke the Sparkman school record with a height of 6’1”. Fantastic job Adam!