Sparrows Point Community Collection
2018-2019: Volume Two
Greetings Pointer Students and Families,
I’m pleased to share it has been an outstanding year so far at Sparrows Point High School! We have much to celebrate and be proud of, as featured in this newsletter. We continue 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.
As we move through the third marking period of our academic year, I encourage you to you take some time to ask your student to reflect on the school year thus far. What has gone well? Has your student been involved in extra-curricular activities? What steps does your student need to take to have an even more successful second half of the school year?
As the marking period progresses, if you have questions or concerns about academic progress, the best place to begin is with his or her teachers. Each student at Sparrows Point High School also has an assigned school counselor who is also ready and willing to help with any concerns.
A good opportunity to learn more about academic progress in high school is our student and parent workshop, “Partnering for Academic Success,” which is on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:00 pm. All students and parents are invited to attend and learn about study skills, organizational strategies, credit requirements and best practices for using Schoology. Pizza and drinks will be served, and you are welcome to bring small children.
As the spring approaches, we look forward to working together on SAT Preparation for our Juniors, SAT Day, Hall of Fame Assembly and the many wonderful events leading up to graduation on June 5, 2019.
In closing, a reminder that we welcome and encourage active involvement from our parents and families. Please join our PTSA, attend a parent workshop, follow us on Twitter @SparrowsPointHS, access our school website http://sparrowspoinths.bcps.org/, and attend the many activities and athletic events here on campus.
I look forward to working with you throughout the remainder of the 2018-19 school year.
Should you have any questions or concerns, I invite you to contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emily J. Caster
Pennies for Patients Assembly
On February 19, 2019, Sparrows Point High School had its Pennies for Patients Kick-Off Assembly. The SPHS steel drum band played many catchy and inspiring songs, including “Lean on Me,” and student speakers Alana Levy, Brittany Grubb, and Nicholas Carl delivered remarks about the current campaign, which will run through March 12th. Dr. Jackson summarized the history of Sparrows Point’s program, which began in 2011. Principal Caster delivered congratulatory remarks and introduced special guest speakers BCPS Interim Superintendent Ms. Verletta White and First Lady of Maryland Mrs. Yumi Hogan. Both Ms. White and Mrs. Hogan highly praised the accomplishments of the SPHS community. Following their remarks, the SPHS chorus delivered a powerful rendition of “We Will Rock You,” and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society leaders Jonathan Wilson and Genesis Midence spoke to the audience about their mission. Senior Gillian Holland brought the audience to tears with her closing remarks about her brother Grant’s diagnosis and defeat of leukemia, and the entire Holland family met with Mrs. Hogan at the close of the assembly at her request.
Individuals may donate to Pennies for Patients by bringing in cash, coins, or checks made out to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to Dr. Jackson in room 116 or by donating online at: https://events.lls.org/pages/md/SparrowsPointHighSchool-2019
SPHS Male Mentoring
The Male Mentoring Program: This mentoring program includes only high school students. Mentees are typically 9th and 10th graders who are matched to an upper classman 2 grades ahead of him. Mentors set academic and/or personal goals with their mentees in the fall with the intention of meeting the goal by the end of the school year. Weekly meetings occur on Wednesdays during homeroom and allow mentors and mentees to check in regarding the goals that were set and are supervised by the Program Coordinators.
Pointers for Peace
Pointers for Peace (Peer Mediation): Pointers for Peace is the SPHS Peer Mediation Program in which SPHS students are trained to mediate conflicts that occur between students.
Anyone can refer a student however students are not forced to participate and are given the choice. It is a voluntary, non-judgmental, and confidential process. Currently we have 12 trained mediators that can facilitate mediations. Mediations occur with 2 mediators present. Conflict Resolution Workshops are also facilitated throughout the year that target students who have received a consequence for negative peer interaction. The workshops provide an opportunity for students to learn new ways to approach conflict. The next workshop will be open to all SPHS students and will occur on 2/27. Location of the workshop and time have yet to be determined. Applications for new mediators will be available in March 2019 and interviews will occur in April.
FBLA State Eligible Competitors
On Monday, the SPHS chapter of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) travelled to Hereford High School for the Regional Leadership Conference. At the leadership conference, students competed against teams from all over Baltimore County and Baltimore City in a wide variety of events
Every single member of the SPHS team placed within the top ten in their event.
The following individuals and teams beat out fierce competition and are eligible to compete at the Maryland FBLA State Leadership Conference in April:
Nicole Auvil got second place in Spreadsheet Applications.
Paige Fales got first place in Spreadsheet Applications
Elizabeth Dernoga got fifth place in Economics.
Gabrielle Petre got third place in Business Ethics.
Christopher Schaefer got fifth place in Accounting.
The team of Hailey Burkman, Jesse Smith and Brook Toporzycki got fifth place in Sports and Entertainment Management.
The team of Madison Contino, Aimee Fendlay, Samantha Vetri and Morgan Levee got second place in Parliamentary Procedures.
Also to be congratulated are:
Madison Martell who placed 7th in Business Calculations
Noah Reagle who placed 6th in Financial Math
and Stephen West placed 9th in Business Calculations.
Mrs. Brennan Models a PFD During Boating Instruction in Aquatics
Boater Safety Course
During the month of January our Field and Wildlife students participated in the MD Safe Boating Course. This course is a requirement of any person born after July 1, 1972 who wishes to operate a motorized boat. For participants to receive the Certificate of Boating Safety Education they must complete the course and pass a state exam with a score of 80% or higher. Students learned the parts of a vessel, proper trailering of a vessel, navigation rules, legal requirements of boating, proper PFD usage, what to do in boating emergencies and other information related to responsible boating. We are pleased to announce that 98% of our students passed and have received their certificates! We would like to thank Mr. Vernon Smither for the countless hours spent preparing, teaching and testing the required content for our 9th grade S.P.E.C.I.E.S students. We look forward to seeing these Safe boaters navigating the Chesapeake Bay waterways this summer.
SPHS Mock Trial
The SPHS Mock Trial team ended its season last Thursday with a 2 point loss to Calvert Hall. The loss follows a 3 point loss to St. Paul’s for Girls, and a 20 point victory over Kenwood. The Mock Trial competition involves public and private schools from across the state, and this year’s case was a criminal case involving assault, online harassment, and online harassment involving a minor. We were the Prosecution in two of the trials, and the Defense in one. This team gets better every year!
Our team includes:
Allied Bowling Team
The Allied Bowling team ended their second season on February 14th with the championship game against all of the teams from around the county! Way to go, Pointers!
Pointer Sisters: The SPHS Pointer Sister Mentoring Program continues to grow. The Pointer Sisters’ Mentoring Program began in 2016 and matched 10th graders with 7th grade students at Sparrows Point Middle School that could benefit from a positive peer relationship. Fourteen total students were involved in the program when it first started. Currently we have 45 students in the program ranging from 7th grade to 12th grade. Students in 7th-9th grade are matched with a 10th ,11th , or 12th grade SPHS student, who serves as a one-to-one mentor. Mentors take personal interest in the growth and development of her mentee and moreover assist as they begin to make their transitions to high school. Mentors serve as a coach, guide, and overall positive female role model. The students in the program set goals with their mentees and meet monthly to address the goal and engage in an activity (crafts, guest speaker, group activity, etc.) The expectation is that the mentor remains in the program until graduation. At that point, the mentee will ideally be in 10th grade and ready to take on a leadership position as a mentor to a middle school student.
Support the Class of 2019
The Class of 2019 Parent Booster Club is hosting a Bull and Shrimp Roast on Friday, February 22 at UAW Hall from 7 – 11 pm. Tickets are $45 per person. There will be a DJ, door prizes, games and food catered by M & M Catering. Contact Summer Miller (443-799-0236) or Chrissy Bennett (443-271-2157) for tickets. All profits support the Class of 2019.
SPHS Indoor Track
The boys worked hard and Noah Snyder finished 2nd in shot put, breaking his PR, throwing over 40 feet. He has earned a spot at the State Championship on Monday. Chris Kvech finished 5th in high jump, just missing a spot at states. TJ Chamberlin finished 9th and Mike Gamble finished 13th in hurdles, while Luis Cervantes finished 14 in the 2 mile and 17 in the 800 and Gavin Kihn finished 16th in the 2 mile. Cody Baskette finished 12th and Jarrett Zarubaiko finished 18th in the 500.
The young ladies put on a show, winning their first Indoor Regional title in over 30 years. Mya King lead the team by winning the 55 hurdles, finishing 2nd in the 55 dash and the 300 run. Also leading the team, was Macy Gerbes, who won the mile, finished 2nd in the 2 mile and the 800 run. Samantha Gamble finished 2nd in high jump , while Natalia Roane qualified for the state meet, finishing 4th in the 500. She also finished 6th in the 300 run. Taliah Mott finished 5th in the 55 dash and 7th in the 300 run. Gillian Holland finished 5th in shot put. Callie Polanka finished 3rd in the 800 run, 6th in high jump and 7th in the 55 hurdles. Kayla Campbell finished 7th in the 800 , Sage Hoffman finished 14 in the mile and Marian Ambrosino finished 9th in the 2 mile. The 4 x 200 relay team of Karen Fritzges, Natalia Roane, Taliah Mott and Mya King set a new school record while winning the event . The 4 x 400 team of Karen Fritzges, Natalia Roane, Taliah Mott and Samantha Gamble finished 4th and the 4 x 800 team of Karen Fritzges, Callei Polanka, Sage Hoffman and Kayla Camplell finished 3rd. Overall the team amassed 110 points beating Perryville, Randallstown and Western Tech by over 50 points.
Congratulations Track Athletes!
The Little Mermaid Musical is Coming in April
Track State Champions
The girls track team finished 3rd in the state in the 1A State Championship Meet. This is an amazing job by the entire team, but the day was very special for two young ladies.
Sophomore, Macy Gerbes, repeated as the 3200 1A STATE CHAMPION. In dramatic fashion, she pulled away in the 14th lap, sprinting the 16th, leaving no doubt who is the fastest 2 miler in 1A.
Senior ,Mya King ,became the 1A STATE CHAMPION in the 55 Hurdles. after a solid qualifying time, Mya held off a field of dominate sprinters, winning in 8.1 seconds and crushing a 25 year old 1A state record.
Game Club is up and running! (Wednesdays 2:30-4:00)
The Green Club has been very busy this year. The mission of the Green Club is to work towards a healthier and more sustainable environment here at Sparrows Point through. This year approximately 20 students meet every Tuesday from 2:20-3:45 in Mrs. Bodis’ room (Rm. 18). Each meeting begins with students scattering out to all parts of the school to collect recyclables and place them in the recycling dumpster. Once this task has been completed the team works on other activities. So far, they have decorated a large display case explaining the importance of recycling, developed other recycling programs including a marker recycling program through the ColorCycle Program and battery recycling. In addition to their recycling efforts students have also picked up trash on campus and worked on our native plant and vegetable gardens.
Students are currently working on providing a Share table during lunches. What is “Share” table you ask? A share table is a place for students to place unwanted unopened packaged food in a box for others to eat. The goals are to reduce solid waste and to help feed some of our students who may be hungry. Anyone is welcome to the food at the Share table.
Some of our future aspirations include a community trash collection day, building and placing new bluebird boxes, and placing a large fish tank in the main lobby area. Students are also gearing up for the growing season and spring garden prep work.
To help support our activities and reduce trash the Green Club collects used ink cartridges, laser cartridges, and old cell phones. These items are shipped to a company that pays us. The cartridges are then reused or the materials are recycled. If you have any of these items, please send them in to either the main office or to Mrs. Bodis or Ms. Bohrman.
MESA to Participate in a STEM Competition
MESA (math engineering science achievement) team will be participating in a STEM competition on March 22 at Morgan State University
SPHS Ethics Team
The SPHS Ethics team competed in the Annual Ethics Bowl on February 2nd at the University of Baltimore. The team has worked since September to critically analyze 15 case studies in order to present a 6 minute extemporaneous argument. This presentation is in response to a question posed by a panel of judges. Teams are scored on their presentation, arguments, logical rationale based in ethical philosophy and their assessment of counter viewpoints. This year SPHS competed against the toughest teams and came within points of winning each round. We are proud of the hard work and dedication of this team!
Seated Left to right: Reeve Kennedy, Brittany Grubb, Dixon-Cordova-Reyes
Standing L to R: Nicole Bustard, Taylor Blankenship, Nick Hughes
(on team but not in photo: Cheyenne Nickerson)