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A Message from Principal Boucher, January 16, 2020

Monday, February 10 - Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival / Flexible Learning day at SLPHS

On February 10, Spring Lake Park High School will be co-hosting with Totino Grace High School for the Northwest Suburban Conference (NWSC) Music Festival. This is an annual event where the bands, orchestras and choirs from each of the NWSC member high schools are brought together at one site for high-level instruction and feedback from national collegiate conductors/clinicians and it culminates with performances by the NWSC All-conference bands, orchestras and choirs. The final performance is our conference musical all-conference event of the year.  

The Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival has been happening for decades and the responsibility of hosting it rotates annually between each member high school in our conference. This year and next year, SLPHS and Totino Grace HS are scheduled to host this event in succession. Since neither school alone has the facilities to host all Bands, Orchestras and Choirs from each of the NWSC member high schools, we are co-hosting the event over the next two years. Spring Lake Park will host all NWSC bands and orchestras, while Totino Grace will host the choirs from each school.  

If you are interested in more information about the NWSC Music Festival, including information about the guest collegiate conductors/clinicians our students will learn from, please visit the NSWC Music Festival website.

As a result of the size and scope of this event, Monday, February 10, 2020, will be a flexible learning day for SLPHS 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 on February 10.

We are, however, offering two college trips/tours on that day to students who sign-up in advance. Each trip combines both a 2-year and a 4-year college tour for the students who opt to attend (either Hamline College and Anoka Tech, or Augsburg College and Century College). The busses for these trips will leave from and return to SLPHS, but students will need to provide their own transportation to and from SLPHS. Lunch will be provided on each of these trips. This is an opt-in experience for all 10th, 11th and 12th graders that are interested. We need a minimum of 20 students to sign up for each tour in order to provide this opportunity. There will be a fee of $5 to help cover the cost of bussing and lunch. 

Permission slips are available in the student services office and must be turned in NO LATER than January 24, 2020.

Great News, January 16, 2020

Seniors Solheim, Przybyla recognized for academics, arts and athletics

Congratulations to SLPHS seniors Britta Solheim and Nathan Przybyla for being nominated for the Minnesota State High School League Academics, Arts and Athletics Triple "A" award for excelling in the classroom, in athletics and in fine arts!

Read more about how these student-athletes have learned that hard work pays off and how to rise to the challenge

Nordic Skiing

Brrrr, the Nordic Skiers braved a windy race Wednesday to place 3rd for boys and girls in the six team field. Autumn VanDenTop paced the girls while Milo Keyes led the boys. Mara Larson and Owen Erickson had some pretty awesome racing as well. Great job, skiers!

Girls' Gymnastics SLP/StA:

The gymnastics team scored a new team high score of 130.55 over MPLS Schools. Freshman Grace Brandt won the varsity All-Around and Jaycee Weed won the JV All-Around.

Four SLPHS students perform in Honor Band festival and concert

Three Westwood Intermediate and Middle School and four Spring Lake Park High School band students participated and performed in the Minnesota Band Director’s Association Central Region Honor Band festival and concert on Saturday, January 11 at Elk River High School.

The event was geared toward 6-8 and 9-10 grade band students. Dr. Justin T. Zanchuk was the guest conductor for students in grades 6-8 and Dr. Roisum Foley was the guest conductor for students in grades 9-10. Students participated in rehearsals throughout the day and ended with a concert performance for friends and family members.

Spring Lake Park High School band students (pictured left to right) include:

  • Jackson Holmen, 10th grade, trombone
  • Jason Nguyen, ninth grade, clarinet
  • Ashley Yi, 10th grade, clarinet
  • Jenny Leon-Barreno, ninth grade, percussion
Four SLPHS band students posing with their instruments
Upcoming Events, January 16, 2020

Winter spirit week is January 27-31

Students can vote for our upcoming spirit week dress-up days. Have them use their "MyPanthers" email to complete the Winter spirit week survey.

SLPHS Talent Show

The 2020 Spring Lake Park High School Talent Show will take place on Friday, February 7. Auditions will be on Tuesday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 29. Students can pick up an audition form in the music suite in a folder on Ms. Phelps office door. Performers must be SLPHS students.

Upcoming important dates:

  • Monday, January 20 - No School
  • 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.
The Need to Know, January 16, 2020

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. 

SLPHS Graduating Class of 2020 - Cap and Gown

Have you ordered your graduation cap and gown? The time to place your order is now. Current pricing for Cap, Gown and Tassel is $32.14 (with Sales tax included). Prices will increase starting January 21.

You may also order official Spring Lake Park High School announcements and other senior items, such as, key chains, thank you notes and photo invitation.

Go to Herff Jones today to secure your 2020 Graduation Cap and Gown.

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.

A Message from Principal Boucher, January 8, 2020

It's time to start planning for the 2020-2021 school year! 

Spring Lake Park High School is hosting several events over the next few months to help current and incoming families prepare for the 2020-2021 school year. 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.

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. 

Students will be exploring options for next year over the next several week. There are several important dates for families to know about:

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

Please encourage your student to participate fully in these activities and explore the opportunities available to them to help them reach their goals.

High School Kickoff and Registration for 8th grade families, February 5

Over the coming months, there will be opportunities for 8th graders and their families to learn more about Spring Lake Park High School, including course offerings, program options, athletics and activities and graduation requirements.

Mark these dates on your calendar:

  1. Thursday, January 30 – Counselors from the high school will be at Westwood Intermediate and Middle School to help 8th grade students get oriented to high school registration
  2. Monday, February 3 – High School registration opens for the 2020-2021 school year. Check out the online course registration.
  3. Wednesday, February 5 –Students and families are invited to attend High School Kickoff and Registration at Spring Lake Park High School, 4:30-7 p.m.
  4. Friday, February 14 – High school registration closes for the 2020-2021 school year

Plan to attend the High School Kickoff and Registration event at the high school together on Feb. 5 for valuable information and to register for next year.

Mark your calendars for these important dates. Additional information can be found regarding registration on our District Webpage Registration. Call the main office at 763-600-5100 if you have questions.

Upcoming Events, January 8, 2020
  • Monday, January 20 - No School
  • 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.
  • 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 8, 2020

Outdoor adventures camping

Congrats to Outdoor Adventures camping team tent challenge winners Justin Boyd, Neil Price, Dewey Bergdahl, Yusuf Haji, and Jason Ducharme!

Great News from our Music Department

Four 9th and 10th grade students will represent SLPHS at the Central MN Band Directors Association on Saturday, January 11. Jenny Leon -Barreno, Ashley Yi, Jason Nguyen and Jackson Holmen will rehearse and perform with 80+ students in a one day event at Elk River High School. They will be under the direction of Dr. Amy Roisum-Foley, Director of Bands at the MN State University of Mankato.

Spring Lake Park High School and Totino-Grace High School will co-host the 2020 Northwest Suburban Conference Festival. Rehearsals for the All Conference band, orchestra, and choir event begin this Sunday, January 12 at both Totino-Grace HS and SLPHS. Over 300 students from all the NWSC schools are involved.

The Need to Know, January 8, 2020

Meningococcal vaccine information

Changes are coming for the meningococcal vaccine in the 2020-2021 school year. The state will require the meningococcal vaccine for students entering the 7th grade AND a booster vaccine for students at 16 years-old. While health care providers and the state are reaching out to educate families and making the vaccine a standard part of the primary care schedule, parents and families are encouraged to ask their provider about this vaccine in upcoming primary care visits.

Robotics Team

Spring Lake Park High School is forming a FIRST Robotics team. This excited group of future coders, engineers and business leaders is looking for mentors to help them learn the ropes and construct their first robot. If you are passionate about STEM and helping the next generation prepare for the workforce, please consider being a mentor for our team. Message Ms. Kutz at kkutz@district16.org if you are interested and would like to learn more. 

AVID

The AVID College Prep elective will be accepting applications from January 13-February 28. The elective, which runs for grades 9-12, is meant for students enrolled in rigorous courses but who are in the academic middle. Each grade level deals with separate curricula and skills from note-taking techniques, standardized test preparation to scholarship and college applications among others. Curricula are based on rigorous practices in teaching and help build students' skills in Writing, Inquiry, Collaboration, Organization and Reading and include college-bound experiences such as campus visits, guest lecturers and community outreach.

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 can be given to advisors or counselors when completed. For any questions, please contact Justin DeLong, AVID Program Coordinator, at jdelon@district16.org.

Boys' and Girls' Panther Basketball at Target Center

Show your Panther Pride and purchase tickets today to see our Panther Girls and Boys Basketball teams play at Target Center on January 22, 2020. Tickets are $20 and will get you into both games plus into a Minnesota Timberwolves game at a later date.

All tickets will be sold electronically. Use the promo code: Panthers. 

A Message from Principal Boucher, December 11, 2019

Families of juniors at Spring Lake Park High School

College Planning Kick Off is this Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m. Join us for an information-packed evening focused on getting you and your student information you need for college planning. Some topics will be graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, timelines and college application process.

RSVP: On our Sign Up Genius, or, just come to the high school on Thursday at 6 p.m.

I hope to see you Thursday!

Matthew Boucher

Great News, November 20, 2019

SLPHS senior scores 1,000th career point during Basketball Game

Panther student-athletes Gabe Myren and Blake Remme scored their 1,000th point during recent basketball games, making them the eighth and ninth, respectively, Panther boys’ basketball players in school history to reach the 1,000 point milestone.

Myren scored 19 points during the December 3 away game against Fridley high school, improving his career point total to 1,002 points, moving him to eighth place on the Panther Boys’ Basketball all-time career scoring list and made him the eighth player in school history to score 1,000 points. He is also a four-year starter, two-year captain, two-time Northwest Suburban Conference (NWSC) player as well as the all-time school career steal leader.

Remme reached the 1,000 point milestone at the December 7 game against North St. Paul High School, making him the ninth player in school history to score 1,000 points. Blake is a senior captain, three-year starter, two-time NWSC player and scoring leader for the past two seasons.

Upcoming Events, December 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 11 - Varsity Band Concert, 7 p.m., SLPHS Fine Arts Center
  • Monday, December 16 - Choir Concert, 7 p.m., SLPHS Fine Arts Center
  • Monday, December 23-Wednesday, January 1 - No school for students 

Is your student interested in joining SLP Track and Field

All students who would like to participate in track and field in spring 2020 are invited to an information meeting on December 17 in room A120 from 3-3:30 p.m.

The Need to Know, December 11, 2019

Does our school have your most current information?

When school is closed, released early, has a delayed start, or a flexible learning day is called, our automated e-mail, phone, and text alert system is our most effective means of notifying parents and families in the shortest amount of time. In these cases, it is important that we have the most up-to-date parent/guardian contact information (home phone, cell phone, e-mail addresses).

To update your contact information, including phone numbers or email addresses, please log in to Campus Parent Portal and follow these instructions:

  1. Once you are logged in, select “more” on the left-side menu
  2. To update information on any of the following sections you will see an “Update” button that will create an information change request. Once submitted, our enrollment office will review the information and will process the changes. If we have any questions, we will contact you
  3. Click on “Address Information” to update your household phone number. To update address information, you will need to contact our enrollment office at 763-600-5018
  4. Click on “Demographics” to update information on your child. If you have more than one child in the district you can change the active child from the selector on the upper right of the screen
  5. The Demographics screen also allows you to add other people that are related to the child such as grandparents that live in a different household
  6. Click on the “Family Information” tab to update individual phone numbers, email addresses, family member and family relationships to each of your households
  7. Click on the “Health” information tab to review health information and immunization

If you need assistance,  such as help with logging in or if you need to set up your Campus Parent portal account, please contact the Technology Help Desk at 763-600-5555 or email portal@district16.org.

Information from Student Services

The college application deadline is approaching. If you have a January 1 deadline, make sure your student has everything they need to be turned in BEFORE Winter break, teachers and counselors WILL ​NOT be in school over Winter break. They will be unavailable to write and send letters or transcripts during this time, so plan ahead.

Scholarships - this should be your student's #1 priority once they submit their applications! ​Check your colleges first for what scholarships they offer.  Don't forget to complete the FAFSA!

SENIORS: Cap and gown orders are due Monday, December 16 during all lunch periods.

The absolute deadline for any and all products ordered is Monday, January 13. No product can be ordered after that date, late cap and gown orders will have to pay for late fees ($10-$50 depending on late the order is placed).

Upcoming Visits

North Dakota State University    December 13, 10 a.m.

A Message from Principal Boucher, December 4, 2019

Families of juniors at Spring Lake Park High School:

Mark your calendars now and plan to attend College Planning Kick-Off, the evening of Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m.

This evening event is specific to junior students and their families. You are invited – and encouraged – to join us for a fast-moving, and highly informative evening focused on getting you and your student information you need for college planning and preparation. We will have sessions on everything from the College Application Process, to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Financial Aid to ACT/SAT planning and prep. We also have guest speakers coming in from multiple colleges to present on a host of topics. Some presentations will also be provided in Spanish. 

We look forward to seeing you at what some junior families have called the most important event of the junior year.

Register for the Junior College Planning event

See you there!

Matthew Boucher
Principal

The Need to Know, December 4, 2019

ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age Students and Their Parents Workshop 

This workshop is for students with IEPs in 8th grade or above and their parents. Participants will learn how to use the IEP to support the transition to adulthood. Participants will also learn how each required part of the IEP can be developed to meet the student’s transition needs.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, December 12 from 6-8 p.m. at the District Services Center, 1415 81st Ave NE Spring Lake Park, MN 55432

Register for the Workshop. Or can also leave register by leaving a voicemail at 952-838-9000. If an ASL interpreter is needed, call 952-838-1338 with a 48 hours notice.

Check out the ABCs of the IEP for Transition-age students and their parent's flyer.

Spring Lake Park High School Policies and Procedures

As we begin Tri 2 of our school year, it is nice to remind and update parents and students on school policies and procedures.

At SLPHS, the end of the school day is 2:55 p.m. All students need to be picked up from school no later than 4 p.m. 

Trimester student parking permits need to be renewed if you didn't purchase a full year parking permit. Students can either purchase online or go to the Parking Shed during the hours of 6:30-7:30 a.m.

A student may not leave campus for lunch or have food delivered by a delivery service.

If your student has questions about their Tri 2 schedule, have them stop by Student Services.

Junior College Planning Kick-Off event

Junior students and families- mark your calendars now and plan to attend College Planning Kick-Off, the evening of Thursday, December 12, 6-8 p.m.

This evening event is specific to junior students and their families. You are invited – and encouraged – to join us for a fast-moving, and highly informative evening focused on getting you and your student information you need for college planning and preparation.

Register for the Junior College Planning event

Great News, November 20, 2019

SLPHS senior scores 1,000th career point during Basketball Game

Spring Lake Park High School senior Gabe Myren scored his 1,000th point during the December 3 away game against Fridley High School where the Panthers won 99-71. Myren also recently signed his letter of intent at the National Signing Day event to contintue his academic and basketball career at the Minnesota State University, Moorhead.