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Principal's Corner

Emily Caster at Graduation

Greetings Sparrows Point Students and Families,

Happy New Year! I know 2019 is going to be a great year at Sparrows Point High School. It’s hard to believe, but there are only thirteen school days left in Marking Period 2. All students and families are encouraged to closely monitor grades and discuss progress and work completion with teachers. Marking Period 2 ends on Friday, January 25, which is a three-hour early dismissal day for all students. Report cards will be distributed on Thursday, February 7.

Our students at SPHS are using devices daily to access materials and resources as an important part of our overall instruction program. Teachers decide when to use technology to help students learn skills and knowledge, and when to use other tools. Students learn to use technology in safe and responsible ways, from finding information to creating publications, turning in assignments, and receiving feedback.

We have noticed that some students are arriving to school without devices that are fully charged.  When students do not charge their devices at home or do not bring their devices, their ability to fully participate in some of the planned instructional activities on that day may be impacted.  We appreciate your support at home reminding your student to charge their device each evening and to bring the fully charged device to school every day.

We are excited to welcome motivational speaker Mr. Ed Gerety to Sparrows Point Middle and Sparrows Point High on January 24. Ed will speak to our students about “Making Your Mark,” and covers the following topics: the power of respect and responsibility, the courage to believe in oneself and the impact and consequences of our choices and decisions. We look forward to his high-energy and interactive program!

Kind regards,

Emily J. Caster

Principal

 

Information and Upcoming Events:

Please join us on Tuesday, January 15 from 6-7pm in the SPHS Library for information about the ECAP (Early College Access Program) which is where students can earn dual credit from CCBC that counts as BCPS credit. At this information session, CCBC will be there to talk about the program and the SPHS counselors will also talk about how the ECAP program is implemented at SPHS regarding policies and procedures. If your student is thinking about taking ECAP / Dual Credit courses, please plan to attend this meeting. We will also be hosting an information session for rising 11th and 12th grade students during the day of 1/15/19. Students should sign up in Naviance to receive a pass to attend this meeting.

The Class of 2021 Booster Club is looking for parent volunteers to assist with the Blizzard Ball on Friday, February 22nd. We are looking for volunteers to assist in: setting up/decorating the cafeteria, running the coat check, cleanup crew, etc. Please email Caroline Taylor at ctaylor10@bcps.org if you are interested in getting involved and making this Winter Formal a memorable one!

The ASVAB is coming! January 28, 2019 at 7:50am in the SPHS library. The ASVAB is one of the most researched and respected aptitude assessments in the world. These components give young people the confidence to map out a post-seconadary plan that aligns with their individual skills and interests. Students in grades 10-12 can participate voluntarily.

ASVAB stands for Armed Service Vocational Aptutude Battery. But it is not purely for students who intend to enter the military. Typically, participating student intentions include:

  • 45% 4-year college
  • 18% Military
  • 8% 2-year college
  • 3% Work
  • 2% Career and Technical Education
  • 25% Undecided

TO REGISTER FOR THE ASVAB:

  1. Log into BCPS One and click the orange Naviance button
  2. Once in Naviance, click COLLEGES in the top right corner
  3. Select HOME on the pull down menu
  4. At the bottom right of the screen, under college visits, select SHOW MORE
  5. Find ASVAB, click view details
  6. Click REGISTER

Once registered, you will receive a pass on the morning of 1/28. The assessment can be up to 3 hours long. Students are responsible for making up any missed work during this time. If you have any additional questions, please email Mr. Barton at mbarton@bcps.org

A reminder about our school cell phone procedures:

At SPHS, we believe that when students enter our classrooms, they are there to learn, and to fully engage with their peers and teachers. We want all students to be active participants in their learning. Students can store their cell phones in the designated storage area in each classroom or elect to keep their cell phones off and away for the entire class period. A student who chooses not to store their cell phone per these procedures upon arriving in the classroom, and then proceeds to use a cell phone during instructional time, will be asked by the teacher to store the cell phone per classroom procedures in the designated area. Should the student not follow this procedure, the student will be referred to the main office.