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Upcoming Events - April 24, 2019

Calendar

  • April 26 - 24th Annual OEC Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction
  • May 1 - Senior College Signing Day - Seniors wear your College Spirit wear
  • May 13 - SLPHS Jazz One and Two Concert at Famous Dave’s in Uptown, Minneapolis 7 p.m./Famous Dave’s
  • May 28 - Varsity Band Concert, call time 6 p.m., 7 p.m./FAC
  • May 30 - Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert, call time 6 p.m., 7 p.m./FAC 

MCA Testing Schedule

May

  • May 6 - 17
    • AP testing, Students who register 
  • May 28
    • Spring MAP assessments, Bridge and EL courses
  • May 29
    • Accuplacer test, 11th grade students

Please contact Katrina Sayler at 763-600-5118 with any questions.

University, College and Military Visits

Be sure to get a pass from the Student Services Department on the day of the visit. Visits are only for 11th and 12th grade students. Students must sign up the day before the visit.

Universities and College Visits 

Check back later
 

Military Visits

  • Minnesota Army National Guard 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., second Tuesday of the month
  • Navy 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • US Army, 11:30 a.m., fourth Wednesday of every month
  • Marines 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
A Message from Principal Boucher- April 17, 2019

Dear SLPHS and Westwood Families:

We want to make you aware of an issue that is affecting schools, students and families throughout the state and nation. While the vast majority of our students are making positive choices, schools are seeing more students who are using vaping tobacco products. These products are cheap and easily accessed by teens. The products are often made with candy flavors and are being marketed to middle and high school age students. In conversations with principals in other districts, it is clear that this issue is affecting students throughout the metro area. Student use of vaping products in our district is primarily among high school students, but we want to engage middle school families to increase their awareness and prevent the issue from growing to a larger number of students.

As principals at the high school and Westwood, we are strongly urging parents to be aware of vaping products and intervene with your student if you believe they are using these products. Vaping is more addictive than smoking cigarettes and information released from the CDC and other organizations indicate vaping causes permanent, physical damage to the user. As a result, we focus on and devote curricular time in our health courses and advisories to support our students in making healthy and safe choices as young adults. This learning includes the effects of tobacco, which has been updated to include vaping. Additionally, we have included several links to information about vaping and vaping products to support your ability to discuss the risks related to vaping with your children. Please take time to read this information and to learn more about this issue.

Meanwhile, students who are found using vaping products while at school, or on buses or school property will face appropriate discipline. We will also be partnering with local police departments on potential charges as appropriate. Below are the guidelines we will follow regarding the use of vaping products:

  • The use of a vape or vape product will result in an immediate suspension, and the discipline will increase with further offenses
  • If a child is caught with a vape vial or bottle that contains THC/marijuana, the police department will be notified since possession of THC is a felony
  • Since vaping is also a violation of the Minnesota State High School League rules, students found using a vaping product will lose privileges to compete and participate in sports
  • While it is legal for students over the age of 18 to use tobacco and vaping products, using these products at school is not allowed. Our district has a school-based policy that does not allow for the use or possession of nicotine, drugs and alcohol, which is enforced regardless of age.

Along with connecting with students at school, we are reaching out to you proactively, because as administrators and parents ourselves, we ask that you partner with us to decrease student use of vaping products. Again, we included links to resources below to support your conversations about the dangers of vaping with your son or daughter. 

We appreciate your ongoing support and partnership.

Matthew Boucher, Principal, Spring Lake Park High School

Tom Larson, Principal, Westwood Middle and Intermediate School

The websites below explain the dangers of the use of vaping products:

Star Tribune- Minnesota schools battle 'epidemic' of teen vaping

MSN- More than 1.3 million high school student started vaping nicotine in the past year, study says

Surgeon General- Know the risks, e-cigarettes and young people

Great News - April 17, 2019

FCCLA chapter receives $1,000 for two achievement awards

Spring Lake Park High School’s Family, Career and Community Leaders of America organization (FCCLA) has been selected as the 2018-2019 State-Level Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) award winner and the 2019 National Financial Fitness Runner-Up winner.

The chapter is being awarded the FACTS award for their efforts in a Public Service Announcement to help other youth make informed, responsible decisions about traffic safety.  

They have been selected as the 2019 National Financial Fitness Runner-Up winner for their efforts in helping other youth become strong family members and leaders now and in the future.

The FCCLA chapter will be awarded $500 for the FACTS award and $500 for the National Fitness Runner-Up winner, which will be presented to them at the 2019 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, CA this summer.

Senior Lily Yang selected as Certificate of Distinction Honoree for technology and leadership involvement

Spring Lake Park High School senior Lily Yang has been selected as a Certificate of Distinction Honoree by The Minnesota Aspirations in Computing Awards Committee (MNAiC) for her engagement in a variety of technology and leadership experiences offered in her high school and community.

At SLPHS, Yang has been in leadership positions through school activities, sports and in the classroom. She has been a part of the LEOs Club and National Honors Society, in which she has performed over 40 hours of community service yearly. She also attended a Summer Leadership Camp, where she learned that the best leaders are those who lead by example.

Taking the leadership skills she learned at SLP and through SLPHS’s partnership with Genesys Work, Yang was able to attend summer training, after which she received an internship and was placed at Ameriprise Financial in Downtown Minneapolis, where she was able to continue developing her leadership and technology skills.

“In addition to furthering my skills moving forward, I hope to represent women because we are hugely underrepresented in the STEM fields," Yang said. "About half of the world consists of women, yet some think a woman’s opinion is not as valid as a man’s. One of the best ways to combat this thinking is by having women in technology and leadership roles." 

Read more about Lily Yang's Certificate of Distinction Honoree achievement

The Need to Know - April 17, 2019

New Academic Lettering Process 

Dear Spring Lake Park High School Families: 

According to the calendar we have entered spring, despite the pending snow storm. As we move toward the end of the school year, we want students and parents to be aware of the changes made to our Academic Lettering process. Beginning this year, (2018-2019) academic letters will be awarded to 9th-11th grade students at an awards ceremony in the fall of the following school year. This allows a full year of academic work to be completed prior to awarding letters. Seniors will be awarded academic letters based on their final standing at the end of trimester 2 of their senior year. Senior letter recipients will continue to be recognized at our Academic Awards and Scholarship Night in May.

Additionally, our criteria for lettering will change from a percentile-based system (top five percentile, top 10 percentile, etc.) to a grade point-based system. This shift provides students a clear goal to reach for each year.  Furthermore, this allows for the achievement of an academic letter to be determined by a student’s effort and performance toward a fixed target, not based on how they rank comparatively to their peers. While the lettering thresholds listed below represent a rigorous standard, the limitations on the number of recipients based on percentile have been removed, allowing any student who meets or exceeds the GPA requirements to receive an academic letter. GPA requirements will be based on student’s weighted GPA with no rounding. 

Again, we look forward to recognizing academic letter recipients at the following events:

  • 12th grade academic letter recipients will be awarded at our Senior Academic Awards and Scholarship Night in May.
  • 9th–11th grade academic letter recipients will be awarded at our Academic Lettering Ceremony in the fall.

Academic Letters will be awarded as follows:  

GRADE                                GPA                    

9th grade                                3.90 and above

10th grade                              3.85 and above

11th grade                              3.80 and above

12th grade                              3.75 and above

We are excited about these changes and the opportunity for more students to be recognized for their academic achievement. If you have any questions about the Academic Lettering process, please contact one of the associate principals or your student’s dean.

Spring Lake Park High School
Administration and Dean Team

Summer Leadership Camp

Q. What is Summer Leadership Camp?


A. Summer Leadership Camp is a fun, inspiring and impactful, four-day learning experience that will help students develop their leadership skills. Students will meet and talk to leaders in our community and have an opportunity to apply what they have learned in a group service project. 

Q. When does it take place?


A. Monday June 10-Thursday June 13, 2019. We meet from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the High School. We stay late on Wednesday for a fun project and evening activities.

Q. How much does it cost?


A. The cost is $50 if you register on or before May 3, 2019. After May 3, 2019, the cost is $65. Contact Mr. Meier or Ms. Brockman if you would like information about a scholarship.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Meier.  

Graduation Information

Click here to view the most up-to-date graduation information for the Class of 2019.

The Need to Know - April 10, 2019

New Academic Lettering Process 

Dear Spring Lake Park High School Families: 

According to the calendar we have entered spring, despite the pending snow storm. As we move toward the end of the school year, we want students and parents to be aware of the changes made to our Academic Lettering process. Beginning this year, (2018-2019) academic letters will be awarded to 9th-11th grade students at an awards ceremony in the fall of the following school year. This allows a full year of academic work to be completed prior to awarding letters. Seniors will be awarded academic letters based on their final standing at the end of trimester 2 of their senior year. Senior letter recipients will continue to be recognized at our Academic Awards and Scholarship Night in May.

Additionally, our criteria for lettering will change from a percentile-based system (top five percentile, top 10 percentile, etc.) to a grade point-based system. This shift provides students a clear goal to reach for each year.  Furthermore, this allows for the achievement of an academic letter to be determined by a student’s effort and performance toward a fixed target, not based on how they rank comparatively to their peers. While the lettering thresholds listed below represent a rigorous standard, the limitations on the number of recipients based on percentile have been removed, allowing any student who meets or exceeds the GPA requirements to receive an academic letter. GPA requirements will be based on student’s weighted GPA with no rounding. 

Again, we look forward to recognizing academic letter recipients at the following events:

  • 12th grade academic letter recipients will be awarded at our Senior Academic Awards and Scholarship Night in May.
  • 9th–11th grade academic letter recipients will be awarded at our Academic Lettering Ceremony in the fall.

Academic Letters will be awarded as follows:  

GRADE                                GPA                    

9th grade                                3.90 and above

10th grade                              3.85 and above

11th grade                              3.80 and above

12th grade                              3.75 and above

We are excited about these changes and the opportunity for more students to be recognized for their academic achievement. If you have any questions about the Academic Lettering process, please contact one of the associate principals or your student’s dean.

Spring Lake Park High School
Administration and Dean Team

Summer Leadership Camp

Q. What is Summer Leadership Camp?


A. Summer Leadership Camp is a fun, inspiring and impactful, four-day learning experience that will help students develop their leadership skills. Students will meet and talk to leaders in our community and have an opportunity to apply what they have learned in a group service project. 

Q. When does it take place?


A. Monday June 10-Thursday June 13, 2019. We meet from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the High School. We stay late on Wednesday for a fun project and evening activities.

Q. How much does it cost?


A. The cost is $50 if you register on or before May 3, 2019. After May 3, 2019, the cost is $65. Contact Mr. Meier or Ms. Brockman if you would like information about a scholarship.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Meier.  

Prom Information 

Prom will be held on Saturday, April 13 at The Courtyards of Andover. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets will be sold during lunch periods only starting on April 1.

Graduation Information

Click here to view the most up-to-date graduation information for the Class of 2019.

Great News - April 10, 2019

SLP students impress at SCSU math contest

Some of the top Spring Lake Park Schools math students participated in the 52nd annual St. Cloud State University math contest on Thursday, April 4. Students compete against other students from around the state who are in the same grade level. SLP students had an impressive showing, with a number of individual students and teams, which are made up of the top three scorers from each school, taking home awards for scoring in the top 10 percent.

Grade 12

  • An Trinh: first place (tied with two others) out of 99 students
  • An Trinh, Tyler Wood and Peter Matern: fourth place team out of 18 high schools

Grade 11

  • Dominic Deiman: top 10 percent, 10th place out of 104 students

Grade 10

  • Bryce Leik; top 10 percent, ninth place out of 143 students

Grade 9

  • Mark Gustafson: third place out of 197 students
  • Mark Gustafson, Tyler Zenz and Duc Trinh: fourth place team out of 21 high schools

Grade 8

  • Sasha Levinshteyn - second place (tied with one other) out of 714 students
Upcoming Events - April 10, 2019

Calendar

  • April 13 - Prom
  • April 17 - Senior Meeting - 8:10 a.m. - FAC
  • April 19 - No school 
  • April 22 - No school - Professional Learning Day
  • April 26 - 24th Annual OEC Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction

MCA Testing Schedule

April

  • April 17
    • MCA Reading and Math, Grade 10 and Grade 11
  • April 24
    • ACT Plus Writing Make-up, Grade 11

May

  • May 6 - 17
    • AP testing, Students who register 
  • May 28
    • Spring MAP assessments, Bridge and EL courses
  • May 29
    • Accuplacer test, 11th grade students

Please contact Katrina Sayler at 763-600-5118 with any questions.

University, College and Military Visits

Be sure to get a pass from the Student Services Department on the day of the visit. Visits are only for 11th and 12th grade students. Students must sign up the day before the visit.

Universities and College Visits 

Check back later
 

Military Visits

  • Minnesota Army National Guard 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., second Tuesday of the month
  • Navy 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • US Army, 11:30 a.m., fourth Wednesday of every month
  • Marines 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Upcoming Events - April 3, 2019

Calendar

  • April 13 - Prom
  • April 17 - Senior Meeting - 8:10 a.m. - FAC
  • April 19 - No school 
  • April 22 - No school - Professional Learning Day

MCA Testing Schedule

April

  • April 17
    • MCA Reading and Math, Grade 10 and Grade 11
  • April 24
    • ACT Plus Writing Make-up, Grade 11

May

  • May 6 - 17
    • AP testing, Students who register 
  • May 28
    • Spring MAP assessments, Bridge and EL courses
  • May 29
    • Accuplacer test, 11th grade students

Please contact Katrina Sayler at 763-600-5118 with any questions.

University, College and Military Visits

Be sure to get a pass from the Student Services Department on the day of the visit. Visits are only for 11th and 12th grade students. Students must sign up the day before the visit.

Universities and College Visits 

Check back later
 

Military Visits

  • Minnesota Army National Guard 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., second Tuesday of the month
  • Navy 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • US Army, 11:30 a.m., fourth Wednesday of every month
  • Marines 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Great News - March 27, 2019

FCCLA members earn gold at state competition, three advance to national competition

Six members of the Spring Lake Park High School (SLPHS) Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) team earned gold ratings at the state competition held March 28-30, with three members advancing to the national competition.

Below are the results of the state competition

9th Grade

  • Madison Cole – Gold – Career Investigation Junior

10th Grade

  • Cassidy Auld – Gold – Chapter in Review Portfolio Senior, advancing to nationals
  • Bryson Rea – Gold – Recycle and Redesign Senior
  • Supy Patel – Gold – Career Investigation Senior, advancing to nationals
    • Supy scored a perfect 100 in her first competition. She was called back as part of the top four to be re-interviewed and she earned a 100 there, too. She also ran for a state officer position and was elected as Vice President of Public Relations.

11th Grade

  • Emma Wajda – Gold – See What We've Done Senior
    • Emma was installed as the new Minnesota FCCLA President. She will also be going to nationals, as she will have state president duties and responsibilities.

12th Grade

  • Ananda Patel – GOLD – Leadership, advancing to nationals

SLPHS Students Perform Well at HOSA State

HOSA State was held March 28-30.

  • CPR/First Aid: Hannah & Sophia Anderson, second place
  • EMT: Hannah & Sophia Anderson, third place
  • EMT: Chris Sanchez & Peter Helgeson (Mounds View), fourth place
  • Job Seeking Skills: Chris Sanchez, second place 

Hannah, Sophia and Chris all qualified for the HOSA ILC (International Leadership Conference) to be held in Orlando.

Five SLP Speech Team members advance to the state tournament

On March 27, the SLP Speech Team competed at our section tournament. Not only did the team take 5th place overall, the team has five students advancing to the state tournament in April! In order to qualify for state, students had to place top three in their category. Our state qualifiers are:

  • Sana Wazwaz - 2nd Place - Creative Expression
  • Paige Lier - 3rd Place - Creative Expression
  • Hayat Muse - 2nd Place - Discussion
  • Josh Archibong - 2nd Place - Dramatic Interpretation
  • Reece Wenholz - 1st Place - Poetry
The SLP Speech Team posing for a team photo
The Need to Know - April 3, 2019

Summer Leadership Camp

Q. What is Summer Leadership Camp?


A. Summer Leadership Camp is a fun, inspiring and impactful, four-day learning experience that will help students develop their leadership skills. Students will meet and talk to leaders in our community and have an opportunity to apply what they have learned in a group service project. 

Q. When does it take place?


A. Monday June 10-Thursday June 13, 2019. We meet from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the High School. We stay late on Wednesday for a fun project and evening activities.

Q. How much does it cost?


A. The cost is $50 if you register on or before May 3, 2019. After May 3, 2019, the cost is $65. Contact Mr. Meier or Ms. Brockman if you would like information about a scholarship.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Mr. Meier.  

Prom Information 

Prom will be held on Saturday, April 13 at The Courtyards of Andover. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets will be sold during lunch periods only starting on April 1.

Graduation Information

Click here to view the most up-to-date graduation information for the Class of 2019.

The Need to Know - March 27, 2019

ACT + Writing Exam Testing Information

  • When: April 2, 2019
  • Who: All Juniors will take the ACT + Writing exam
  • What: ACT + Writing exam - It is a college entrance exam for most four year colleges and universities
  • Where:  Throughout the building
  • Why: It’s FREE to our Junior class

This test measures ONLY what you know – only correct answers are scored and it can help colleges find you – you can send four free score reports to the universities and colleges of your choosing. It can also help guide career exploration by way of the Interest Inventory and can help you figure out what you need to work on to improve if you were to take it again.

Electronic Learning Day for 9th, 10th and 12th Graders

  • When:  April 2, 2019
  • Why: All Juniors will be taking the ACT PLUS writing test

Students in 9th, 10th and 12th grade do not have to come to school on April 2, 2019. Each of the student's teachers will have an assignment for students to work on. Each assignment should last 20 – 30 minutes.

Students can communicate with their teachers through Schoology if they have any questions and will get more information about specific work prior to April 2, 2019.

Tips for test taking

  • Get a full nights sleep on the evening of April 1
  • Pace yourself – don’t spend too much time on one question and don’t rush through the test
  • Answer all the questions if you can.  You will only be scored on your correct answers
  • There is no penalty for guessing
  • Make educated guesses by eliminating the the choices you know are wrong
  • Answer easiest questions first and come back to harder ones

Prom Information 

The guest forms for students from other schools and detailed information is now available at the main office. The deadline for guest forms is Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m.

Prom will be held on Saturday, April 13 at The Courtyards of Andover. Tickets are $25 per person. Tickets will be sold during lunch periods only starting on April 1.

Panther Mentor Program Looking for 2019-2020 Mentors

Any sophomore and junior are eligible to apply. To apply, you must attend an informational meeting and fill out an application by April 12.

You must attend one of the following informational meetings:

  • Wednesday, March 27: Advisory in the Fine Arts Center
  • Thursday, March 28: 7:40-8 a.m. in C222 (Mrs. Rathmanner’s room)

Graduation Information

Click here to view the most up-to-date graduation information for the Class of 2019.

Great News - March 27, 2019

Class of 2019- Joe Privratsky 

How has Spring Lake Park Schools prepared you for your future?

Spring Lake Park Schools has prepared me for my future by offering a safe environment which exposed me to many different ideas and viewpoints. This district's teachers and administrators have given me more than my fair share of opportunities of which to take advantage, constantly finding creative ways to provide multiple learning options. I have taken the offered Advanced Placement classes, been given training and opportunities for leadership and have participated in various extracurricular activities. Its students have also enriched my life. I am fortunate to have a very diverse friend group because of the broad socio-economic range of the areas from where students attending SLP are drawn. Well over 120 ethnicities are represented within the student body, creating a vibrant atmosphere in which I have learned many people's differing perspectives on life. I am leaving SLP having learned much about literature, advanced math and sciences and the world, and most importantly, that no matter people's perceived differences, we all benefit when we join our resources to help one another.  

What makes you SLP Panther Proud?

The school community that works as a cohesive group makes me SLP Panther Proud. No matter what club, activity or class you choose to participate, at the end of the day, you are a part of the overall SLPHS community. Activities find way to integrate with one another and work together to make SLPHS a great place to be every day. Granted there are differences of opinions at times, but it has been my experience that a majority of students, staff and the administration are focused on creating an environment that is supportive of and actually celebrates all our differences. I appreciate all of the diverse backgrounds and varied perspectives of our student body. SLPHS is a great place to learn how to became an open-minded and accepting adult, ready to contribute in the ever-more divided society that seems to exist today, and because of this I am proud to have been a Panther. 

Read more about Joe's time at SLP and his future plans 

Get Involved - March 27, 2019

Get Involved in Panther Clubs and Activities

Club Highlight: 

Tech Crew

We currently have open spaces in Tech Crew this spring. Please contact Ryan Julien at rjulie@district16.org or stop in any day after school for more information.

Why join Tech Crew?

  • Build and Create
  • Gain practical knowledge
    • Build Sets
    • Program Lights
    • Mix Sound
    • Sew Costumes
    • Draw and Paint
    • Computer Skills
    • Time Management
  • Problem Solving
  • Time Management
  • Build your resume
  • Make new friends
  • Have Fun