Newsletter

Spring Lake Park High School newsletters for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted below on most Wednesdays throughout the school year. Click through the categories below to read this week's newsletter.

These newsletters will also be sent via email to families on Wednesdays, along with student announcements that will be shared via email on Mondays and Fridays. If you are not receiving these emails, please review your contact information in Campus Parent Portal. If you still do not receive newsletter emails, please contact Spring Lake Park High School at 763-600-5100.

In this week's newsletter...

A Message from Principal Boucher, January 22, 2020

Preparing for registration; Flexible learning, college tours February 10

Students in 9-11 grades have dedicated time in their English classes this week to begin preparing for 2020-2021 registration. This week, counselors will be in English classes providing a big picture registration overview and will be introducing an online course planning tool to students.

We are encouraging students to revisit their plans and use this time to chart their course – not only to graduation requirements but to exploring ways to earn college credit while they are still with us at the high school (get 12 credits by the end of 12th grade) as well as explore potential career paths through courses in one of our three Career and College Pathways.

The week of February 3, teachers will discuss course options for next year in their content classes. We will also have extended advisory time during that week to provide additional support to students as they make their registration choices.

Registration is open February 3-14. We’ll have conferences February 13-14 and families are invited to visit with teachers and attend registration information sessions on career and college readiness topics such as Pathways and 12x12. More information on the sessions will be available next week.

Flexible learning and college visit day February 10

We will host the Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival on February 10. Because of the size and scope of this event, Monday, February 10, 2020, will be a flexible learning day for high school students. Students will work from home on February 10 on assignment and learning tasks staff will post on Schoology. Our staff will be available online and via phone to support student learning. High school bus transportation will not be running routes that day.

We are offering two college trips/tours on February 10 for students who sign up by Friday, January 24. Each trip combines both a 2-year and a 4-year college tour. This is an opt-in experience for all 10th, 11th and 12th graders. We need a minimum of 20 students to sign up for each tour. There will be a fee of $5 to help cover the cost of bussing and lunch. 

The Need to Know, January 22, 2020

Registration and Information Sessions for grades 9-11

High school students in 9th, 10th and 11th grade will register for their 2020-2021 classes starting Monday, February 3. This is the time for students to review course offerings, program options, athletics and activities and graduation requirements.

There are several important dates for families to know about:

  • Monday, February 3 – High school registration opens for the 2020-2021 school year. Check out the online registration guide.
  • Thursday, February 13
    • Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30-7 p.m.
    • Family information sessions on Career and College Readiness, including Pathways and 12x12
  • Friday, February 14 – Parent/Teacher Conferences, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, February 14 – High school registration closes for the 2020-2021 school year

ACT Prep Class for SLPHS Juniors

We are excited to offer an ACT Prep course for SLPHS juniors this spring. During the school day on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, all juniors will be allowed to take the ACT+ Writing free of charge at SLPHS. The ACT +Writing Prep course will provide a beneficial, engaging, and productive review that will better students’ ACT scores and deepen their understanding of test content and structure. A high ACT score can open the doors to more post-secondary opportunities.

The goal of the course is to increase understanding and raise ACT scores. The students receive 26 hours of instruction in 5 areas of the ACT test: English, writing, mathematics, reading and science reasoning.

The course is open to the first 100 Spring Lake Park juniors who register. Find more information regarding this course and download the ACT Prep Class Registration Form.

Have your student complete the registration form and turn by Monday, February 3. 

10th and 11th grade students - attend sessions in the FAC during SLP time to learn about earning college credit

All 10th and 11th grade students who have questions on PSEO should attend one of these sessions.  This is for 10th or 11th grade students for opportunities to learn about PSEO, AP and CIS class offerings.

  • Friday, January 24 - FAC during Advisory time (moved from Friday, January 17)
  • Tuesday, February 11 - FAC during SLP time
  • Wednesday, February 9 - FAC during Advisory time

AVID College Prep Elective

The AVID College Prep Elective is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. AVID is meant for students who know they want to go to college, are enrolled in rigorous courses and who want a competitive edge regarding post-secondary success. The classes are based on rigorous practices in learning and can help build your skills in Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization, and Reading and include college-bound experiences such as free campus visits, guest lecturers, and community outreach programming.

Enrollment is dependent on the successful completion of an application and an interview process with AVID site team members. 

Applications may be picked up in the Student Support Office and may be given to advisors or counselors when completed. For any questions, please contact Mr. DeLong, Ms. Phelps, or Mr. Villareal.

Upcoming Events, January 22, 2020

DECA Competition

This Sunday, January 26, SLPHS DECA will be hosting the 2020 District 6 DECA Competition. Over 300 students from eight different schools will be coming here to show off their business skills. All of our competitive events will be taking place in the gyms, but schools and students will also be assigned to various rooms while they are waiting for their events.

We are still in need of a few more judges in the afternoon, so if you or someone you know might be interested, please sign up for a session or pass on the information. Being a judge only lasts about 2 hours, but is a great way to see students take on new challenges and roles. If you don’t want to judge, but are curious to see a DECA event in action and want to help, please let me know. We are always looking for help in various roles as we are running 32 different events during that day.  

If you happen to have a DECA student in class, be sure to wish them good luck!

Upcoming important dates:

  • Monday, February 3 - High School registration opens
  • Monday, February 3 - HS Jazz Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 5 - High School Kickoff and Registration for 8th grade families, 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Monday, February 10 - Flexible Learning day - no students on Campus, NWSC Music Fest
  • Thursday, February 13 - Winter evening conferences and Registration and Information Sessions for grades 9-11, 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Friday, February 14 - High School registration closes
  • Friday, February 14 - Winter day conferences and Registration and Information Sessions, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Monday, February 24 - HS Choir Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
Great News, January 22, 2020

SLPHS Leos donate their time at Feed My Starving Children

The Spring Lake Park High School Leos joined Leo members from Rogers, Coon Rapids, Blaine and Champlin Park High Schools at Feed My Starving Children on January 15 to package food for Haiti. Over 120 Leos  packaged 36,072 meals that will feed 99 kids for a year!

Alumni Chef to Visit our Culinary Arts Classes

On Monday, January 27, Tony Lusian, an 2006 SLP graduate will be a guest speaker in our Culinary Arts classes. He will discuss his career path and do a demonstration of food. Mr. Lusian had reached out to Ms. Henry, our FAC's teacher, to thank her for encouraging him in his career path and through their conversation, volunteered to speak to our students. He is currently a Sous Chef at Lafayette Club on Lake Minnetonka.

Learning outside the classroom

The Health and Sport Performance classes went to the Super Rink to ice skate for their aerobic lab. This class typically goes to the National Sports Center every Tuesday for an aerobic lab. Students also receive 4 college credits through Anoka Ramsey while learning about careers in the sport and Health fields. For some students, this is their first experience skating. They will be doing this for the next two Tuesdays. We are grateful for the relationship we have with the National Sports Center.

District Information - January 8, 2020

Registration and Enrollment Events at Spring Lake Park Schools

Spring Lake Park Schools is hosting a number of events in January and February to help current and incoming families prepare for the next steps in their students’ education. Whether you are looking to enroll a student, preparing for a school transition or registering for classes, we hope students and families can join us to learn more. 

Check out important dates and information you and your family may need to know about