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The Need to Know, July 22, 2020

10th and 11th Grade Students and Parents

The Preliminary PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a great tool for students considering college. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills, and writing skills. Spring Lake Park High School is offering the PSAT/NMSQT to sophomore and junior students on Wednesday October 14, 2020.  The cost of the exam is $25.00 per student. The test will provide feedback to students about strengths and weaknesses and help them prepare for the ACT. For 11th grade students, their test results will be used to enter them in the competition for National Merit Scholar scholarships, which are given annually.

For the 2020 PSAT/NMSQT, students at Spring Lake Park High School will be registering online. This registration will take only a few minutes and can be completed from any computer with internet access.

Online Exam registration will open today July 22 at 4:00 p.m.  and will end on August 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. In order to register, students or parents  can visit PSAT Registration Link and then can click on summer activities to login and then register for the PSAT/NMQST. To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions. Registration is not complete until students have printed the pdf of the confirmation page that is provided at the end. This is the only way to register for the PSAT exam; there are no printed forms and we will not be taking payment in the school office.

Spring Lake Park High School is excited to offer families the convenience of paying exam fees online at the time of registration. Please be sure to have a debit or credit card available before beginning registration. Paying online is a great way to make sure that payment has been made while avoiding mailing payment.

If your student is currently on a 504 Plan or IEP and you would like them to have accommodations for the PSAT/NMSQT, please contact your Dean for Personalized Learning as soon as possible, so that they can get the process started with College Board, and get the accommodations approved.

Important information for the registration process:

  • The cost for the exam is $25.00 per student
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at 11:59 a.m. - Registration Opens
  • Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. - Registration Ends
  • Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:15 a.m. - Check in for PSAT/NMSQT test at SLPHS

Please contact Katrina Sayler, at ksayle@district16.org, or Megan Jahnke at mjahnk@district16.org, if you have questions or require financial assistance.

A Message from Principal Boucher, June 3, 2020

SLPHS Families,

Welcome to the last newsletter of the year. Thank you for navigating this unprecedented COVID-19 spring and extended flexible learning with us through partnership. I truly believe what we have learned and the skills we have gained through this experience will benefit us going forward. While we have missed seeing students in person during Trimester 3, I am proud of the way so many of our students engaged in their learning throughout the spring term.

Here are a few final items for this year:

  • Report cards for end of the year will be available June 10 in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. Please see the Need to Know section of the newsletter for an explanation of report card reporting and instructions for accessing report cards online on June 10. 
  • Families of students referred to summer school will be receiving direct communication about the program and plan and information about registration. 
  • Join us in celebrating the Class of 2020 in a virtual graduation event. It will premiere live on Friday, June 5 at 7 p.m. on YouTube. Find info on the SLPHS Graduation page.
  • We know there are many unknowns and questions about the 2020-2021 school year. Planning for a variety of possible scenarios has begun. We continue to plan for school to resume Tuesday, September 8. We will update families a few times this summer with status on the situation and our planning. Watch for updates the weeks of July 6 and Aug. 3. 

Be sure to see the Need to Know section for details on report cards, summer meals and more. 

Thank you again for your partnership. The Spring Lake Park Schools community is one that stands together and supports each other when confronted with challenges and adversity, and I am proud to be a member of this community. I wish all SLPHS families a healthy and productive summer. Together we build futures!

Matthew Boucher
Principal

The Need to Know, June 3, 2020

Trimester 3 Secondary Report Cards (Grades 6-12) - Reporting on student learning during COVID-19 and extended flexible learning

Report cards are just one of many ways that we report on student learning throughout the year.  Report card grades reflect student learning, and teachers look at evidence of learning, over time, to determine where students are at in their learning at the time of report cards.

Because all of Trimester 3 occurred in a flexible learning environment, we wanted to provide a guide specific to Trimester 3 report cards for students in Grades 6-12.

  • Course grades for Trimester 3 are based on student learning for academic outcomes that were designated in the Trimester 3 overview, developed for each course at Grades 6-12 and shared with students and families in Schoology at the beginning of the trimester.
  • Students will receive a grade of NY (Not Yet) for any courses where they have submitted evidence of learning but have not demonstrated proficiency in their learning to result in a grade of A, B, C, or D. Grades of NY will replace an F for Trimester 3.
    • Students who end Trimester 3 with a grade of NY will be required to participate in summer learning opportunities to continue their learning until they demonstrate proficiency on course learning outcomes that result in a grade of A, B, C, or D.
  • Students will receive a grade of NE (No Evidence) for any courses where they have submitted no or limited evidence of learning in Trimester 3.
    • Students who end Trimester 3 with a grade of NE will be required to participate in summer learning opportunities to continue their learning until they demonstrate proficiency on course learning outcomes that result in a grade of A, B, C, or D.
  • Any course grades that remain at NY (Not Yet) or NE (No Evidence) by early August will turn into an F at that time and continued learning for course learning outcomes, and/or recovery for any lost credits needed for graduation, will occur in Fall of 2020.
  • Some students may receive a grade of P (pass) or NC (no credit) for courses if they followed the process to select this option. The process to make this choice was communicated to students and families throughout the trimester.

Trimester 3 report cards will be available beginning Wednesday, June 10 and can be accessed through Campus Parent Portal. Note, this is the same way families accessed Trimester 2 report cards. Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card.

Summer Meal Services Start June 9

Spring Lake Park Schools are providing free meals to children ages 1-18 throughout the summer. The last day of the current meal services format will be Friday, June 5.  Beginning Tuesday, June 9 we will be starting the Summer Meal Program. Summer meals will be distributed at Spring Lake Park High School, door 32, Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pickup will be curbside as it has been through the COVID-19 situation and will include a lunch and a breakfast.

Summer Camps and Clinics available for sign-up

A variety of summer camps and clinics will be offered throughout the summer for students of all ages. The current camps and clinics offerings were approved with requirements that follow the latest Minnesota Department of Health safety guidelines. 

Visit the Camps and Clinics section on Eleyo to check out what is available now for camps and clinics. If you had already registered for a camp prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Community Education staff will be contacting families to issue a refund or reassign the registrant to a new camp session. Any questions? Call SLP Community Education 763-600-5050.

Outstanding School Fees: How to pay through Campus Parent Portal

As we wrap up the 2019-2020 school year, we encourage families to pay any outstanding fees they may have acquired throughout the school year. Fees could range from technology and iPad insurance to library books and music fees.

A few months ago, our district had to discontinue services with FeePay, our fee payment and athletic registration system. All historical information and outstanding fees have been transferred into Campus Parent Portal. To check for any outstanding fees and for instructions on how to make a payment, follow these instructions.

Over the summer, we will be working on installing a new athletic and activities system called Affinity. This will allow us to manage and register our families for school programs. More information to come.

Questions? Contact our technology team at techsupport@district16.org. Make sure to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your request. If you are unable to email, call 763-600-5555 and leave a message.

Fall Athletics and Activities Information

Right now, we are planning for fall athletics and activities to go ahead as normal and know this may be subject to change. Please plan for fall registration for athletics and activities to go live in early July. All fall athletics will start on August 17 and students will need to have an updated physical on file with the Athletics and Activities Department in order to participate. More information and directions on how to register for fall athletics and activities will be shared in July. Please note, this information is subject to change if our district receives different direction from the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota State High School League. Questions? Contact the Athletics and Activities Department at 763-600-5149. 

Class of 2020 Graduation Hub

Seniors, it’s graduation week! Keep tabs on the latest senior-specific topics – from signing up for photos at the high school, to caps and gowns, to virtual graduation events and more on the SLPHS Graduation page.

Summer Driver’s Education – Online

SLP Community Education will offer three summer online teen driver’s education courses in cooperation with Safeway Driving School. Classes will take place June 8-19, July 6-17 and August 3-14. Learn more and register for online summer driver’s education classes.

A Message from Principal Boucher, May 27, 2020

We are entering the home stretch for trimester 3 and while we still have some work to do to get all students across the finish line, I am proud of the work our students, staff and families have done throughout this irregular spring term. Some key reminders as we wind down over the next week and a half:

  • May 28: All new instruction is wrapped up.
  • May 29-June 5: Teachers will work with any students who have outstanding assignments or need the time and instruction to complete their coursework to their satisfaction.
  • June 2-3: Students in grades 9-11 can come to school to drop off library materials, curriculum books and to pick up any personal belongings left at school. (See the Need to Know section of the newsletter for student/family assigned time based on last name.) Reminder: iPads can stay home this summer. You DO NOT need to return iPads unless you are moving or leaving the district OR are a graduating senior.
  • June 4: Seniors (12th graders) come to school to drop of library materials, curriculum books and iPads and to pick up any personal belongings left at school and Caps and Gowns. Information on pick up and drop off for seniors is located with other important information for seniors at springlakeparkschools.org/graduation.

Please see The Need to Know section of our news for details about pick up/drop off at school next week, our end of year information and more. There’s a lot of good info, please check it out and be ready for next week. 

Let’s celebrate our seniors!

I want to recognize and appreciate the Class of 2020 who have persevered through a lot as a class, including the loss of many cherished senior year traditions as a result of COVID-19. I am very proud of this class of students, which is full of awesome students and young adults. Please join me in celebrating them over this next week:

  • The (virtual) 2020 SLPHS Senior Awards and Scholarship presentation is now available. We celebrate some of the many accomplishments, awards and scholarships achieved by students in the class of 2020. Congratulations to all of our senior award and scholarship recipients!
  • Families are also encouraged to tune in to the 2020 SLPHS Virtual Graduation event, which premiers on YouTube at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 5 and will be available to be re-watched online after that. See more information.

Thank you again for your ongoing partnership during this unique spring trimester. Together, we build community and futures.

Regards, 
Principal Boucher

The Need to Know, May 27, 2020

End of Year Pick-Up and Drop-Off Schedule

We have set aside time during the week of June 1-5, 2020 for families to come to the school to drop off school materials and pick up personal belongings during designated times. School-issued iPads will not be collected for the summer unless students are moving or leaving the district. 

  • Drop off: library books, curriculum books, band instruments and any other school-owned materials (except iPad, unless students are moving or are seniors)
  • Pick up: Any personal items left in desks or lockers. 

Tuesday, June 2: 9th-11th grade only

  • Noon-1:30 p.m. - Last name begins with J-Q
  • 1:30-3 p.m. - Last name begins with A-I
  • 3-4:30 p.m. - Last name begins with R-Z
  • 4:30-7 p.m. - Any 9-11th grade family who could not come at the scheduled time.

Wednesday, June 3: 9th-11th grade only

  • 8-9:30 a.m. - Last name begins with R-Z
  • 9:30-11 a.m. - Last name begins with A-I
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Last name begins with J-Q

Thursday, June 4: 12th grade only

  • 8-10 a.m. - Last name begins with A-D
  • 10 a.m.-noon - Last name begins with E-J
  • Noon-2 p.m. - Last name begins with K-N
  • 2-4 p.m. - Last name begins with O-S
  • 4-6 p.m. - Last name begins with T-Z
  • 6-8 p.m. - Any family that could not come at their scheduled time

Check out the full list of pick-up/drop-off schedules for all students in grades K-12

Turning in an iPad? What to know and do

Only students who are leaving the district, including our graduating seniors, need to turn in their school-issued iPad this spring. If you are a returning K-11 grade student, DO NOT turn in iPads or chargers. 

For students turning in an iPad and charger, please prep your device before dropping it off.

  • [Optional] Follow instructions for backing up the device.
  • [Required] Follow instructions for wiping and erasing the iPad.
  • [Required] After the wipe is complete, power off the iPad (Hold power key, and slide on-screen button to turn-off.)

During each school’s designated pick up and drop off times, students and families leaving the district will drop the prepped iPad in a "hands-off" turn-in process. Students will be directed to place charging bricks, charging cables, and iPads (with case installed) in designated boxes. Technical support will not be available to verify prep is complete or to assist onsite with things like backup or wipe questions. We will take devices as-is. Any questions about prepping iPads need to be addressed before drop off. Email techsupport@district16.org or call 763-600-5555. Include name, contact information and a brief description of your topic. 

Class of 2020 Graduation Hub

We continue to focus on making these final days of high school for the Class of 2020 as meaningful as possible given our current situation. Keep tabs on the latest senior-specific topics – from yearbooks, to caps and gowns, to virtual graduation events and more on the SLPHS Graduation page.

The graduation items available for purchase are as follows:

  • $25.00 - Cap & Gown - general sizes available, you will not be able to order specific weight/height. We will do our best to size you
  • $  5.00 - Gold Tassel 3.0 GPA or higher
  • $  8.00 - Gold Honor Cord 3.7 GPA plus 29 credits of high rigor course work
  • $  8.00 - White Cord National Honor Society

Purchase graduation materials here

Summer Driver’s Education – Online

SLP Community Education will offer three summer online teen driver’s education courses in cooperation with Safeway Driving School. Classes will take place June 8-19, July 6-17 and August 3-14. Learn more and register for online summer driver’s education classes.

Interested in joining the Pantherettes Dance Team? 

CALLING ALL DANCERS! Will you be in 7th-12th grade during the 2020-2021 school year? Do you love to dance? Here is your chance to be a part of the Spring Lake Park Pantherettes Dance Team. The Summer, Fall and Winter programs are looking for dancers like you for the upcoming 2020-2021 dance seasons! Please fill out the Google form in order to demonstrate your interest in joining the team, stay up to date on announcements and gather more information on the programs. 

A Message from Principal Boucher, May 21, 2020

Thank you again for your support and patience as we work through all irregularities brought on by COVID-19 this spring. We are truly focused on trying to create the best possible outcomes given the current circumstances, and we appreciate partnership of our students and families in the process.

Some of our year-end wrap-up processes are still in development, especially for our seniors. That said, we do have some quick updates for you today. 

  • Reminder: Wrapping up new instruction by May 28. Earlier this week (May 18), we sent a message to all families sharing our plans to wrap up all new instruction and assignments by Thursday, May 28 for students in grades 6-12. From May 29-June 5, we will be focused on supporting students who need to finish outstanding coursework and demonstrate their learning. This work with students will be on an individual or small group basis. As students demonstrate they have met course learning outcomes, they will be done with their respective courses. Special education services continue through June 5.
  • Locker clean out is scheduled for June 3 and 4: Students/families will be able to pick up/drop off items at school on these days. We are finalizing the specific plan for this that helps us manage traffic through our building safely and accomplish all we need to. We will send out the schedule next week. 
  • June 5, Virtual Graduation (premiering at 7 p.m.): We will have a virtual graduation event during our originally scheduled graduation ceremony, June 5 at 7 p.m. In addition, we continue to hold August 1 for an in-person graduation experience. Seniors and their families had a special update last Friday and we will continue to update seniors and their families weekly via email and springlakeparkschools.org/graduation
  • iPads can stay home this summer (except for seniors). Students can keep their iPads at home over the summer. You DO NOT need to return iPads unless you are moving or leaving the district. Only Seniors will be turning in their iPads this year. We will be sending out the schedule and process for senior pick up and drop off within the next week.

Summer programming information coming soon. We are reviewing guidelines provided last week by the state for summer programming. We’re looking at a tailored approach to address the specific, individual needs of students after this spring trimester. We are taking the next week to develop the model and will have more information next week. 

Finally, Memorial Day is Monday. In addition to no student instruction, there will not be meal delivery on Monday. For families taking part in the meal service, tomorrow (Friday) families will receive meals for Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Regular service will resume next Wednesday.

See the Need to Know for more detail on these topics and other important information. Thank you for your continued partnership, understanding and patience. Together, we build futures!

Regards, 
Matthew Boucher
Principal

The Need to Know, May 21, 2020

No meal services on Memorial Day - Monday, May 25

There will not be meal services on Memorial Day. For this Friday’s meal distribution, families who are taking part in meal services will receive meals for Friday, May 22, Monday, May 25 and Tuesday, May 26. The regular meal service will resume next Wednesday, May 27.

Keep up with the latest Meal Service Announcements here.

Social and Emotional Health: Utilizing Social Work and Community Resource Liaisons 

Did you know that Spring Lake Park Schools Social Work and Community Resource Liaisons are available and ready to support your family throughout the summer? The Social Work and Community Resource Liaison can meet with you to discuss your family’s questions and connect you with community agencies or programs that will best serve you and your family’s needs.

What is a Social Work and Community Resource Liaison?

Essential Functions:

  • Assist with communication between families, teachers and schools to establish positive connections and support
  • Assist families in identifying and removing any barriers that may be interfering with your child's positive growth and development
  • Locate and connect families to community resources to address basic needs and support stability, health and wellness, and learning readiness
  • Provide a spectrum of services from a one-time consult to ongoing support for students and families
  • Provide education on topics such as: mental health, child development, stress reduction, discipline and safety and teacher/parent/student communication

How can I access support?

Social Work and Community Resource Liaisons can be accessed through your child’s teacher or can be contacted directly:

Yearbooks delayed

Our yearbook production facility was closed down due to COVID-19. As a result, yearbooks will not be delivered until mid- to late-June. As soon as we have a more solid date for their arrival, we will be creating plans for getting these books to students who ordered them.  

A Message from Principal Boucher, May 14, 2020

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

This is a strange spring for all of us. One moment we feel good about what’s happening in spite of the situation. The next, we feel the deep void of missing day-to-day high school life. I think all of us recognize this isn’t necessarily how we WANT to do school, but this is how we MUST do school for now. We so appreciate how hard staff, students and families are working to make this situation the best it can be. We are in this together. 

At the high school, we’ve made – and encouraged among teachers – several adjustments based on feedback from families. Examples include posting a weekly overview on the main page of for each course in Schoology by Sunday night, and continuing to offer flexible ways and times for students to engage in the learning. In these last weeks of school, our focus remains on continuing the learning for each student and helping them successfully transition to their next level of learning. 

This week, I have a few updates regarding graduation, grading, and how we’re thinking about the end of the year. As always, I invite you to check out The Need to Know section for important updates and information about resources your family may need during this time. 

Graduation and other events

Last week, the Governor issued specific guidance around graduation. We’ve spent time with the guidelines, and we are reaching out to seniors to get their thoughts given our current realities. We will update senior students and their families tomorrow, Friday, May 15 with more information about how we’re continuing to plan for graduation. 

The changing situation in our state makes planning for graduation and other events, like prom, a challenge. We continue to explore ways to honor spring traditions and do so with the safety of all in mind. Thank you for your patience as we take the time to consider the possibilities and consult with students, state officials and others.

Grading this spring

We believe that this time of extended flexible learning should not adversely impact a student’s future. It is our intent that each student progress to their next level of learning and we are working hard to ensure students have opportunities to demonstrate their learning and are prepared to move on.

In grades 9-12, we are continuing with letter grades. We also are following our typical process for students to opt for a pass/no credit option, which requires specific steps and individual connections with teachers and counselors. The guidelines and deadline of May 15 for this process were emailed directly to students previously.

Given the unique environment we are in, it’s even more important to us to give students multiple ways, and extended time as needed, to demonstrate their learning. We’re working with our teams to make sure this is happening now for our students…and may continue to happen as we move into the summer. If something in this environment is impeding a student’s ability to demonstrate their learning, we want to know that and support the student however we can.

Despite the challenges of this pandemic, we want students to continue to make progress and not fall behind. We are assessing where students are right now in their learning this spring. Based on this information, we may adjust our final week(s) to best support what each student needs to finish this year.

We continue to be grateful to our students for their engagement – even as the weather warms up – and for the partnership and understanding you are showing us as we ALL navigate this strange spring. 

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Great News, May 14, 2020

FCCLA Chapter Wins Two National Awards

Congratulations to the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter for winning two national awards! The team – pictured from earlier this year – received a third place Public Service Announcement award on safe driving for teens and for the third year in a row, they received a Families Acting for Community Traffic Safety (FACTS) award.

Both awards come with a $500 check, which will go back into the chapter so students can continue this great work.

Class of 2020 Decision Announcements 

We are #SLPPantherProud of our seniors for their hard work and accomplishments over the years and we celebrate their decisions as they soon head off to college, other post-secondary education programs, the military or the workforce. Best of luck, Panthers!

Watch the Decision Announcements video on Facebook

National Signing Day

Congratulations to the nine student-athletes who committed to continuing their education and playing their sport at the collegiate level next fall! Meet these student-athletes

  • Britta Solheim, Wartburg College (DIII), Lacrosse
  • Blake Remme, North Dakota School of Science (D1 JUCO), Basketball 
  • Anne Carmean, Saint Mary’s University (DIII), Hockey
  • Lindsey Albers, Bethel University (DIII), Hockey 
  • Lizzie Northquest, College of St. Scholastica (DIII), Hockey
  • Kieran Ripken, Gustavus Adolphus College (DIII), Swimming
  • Abi Furlano, University of Wisconsin – Lacrosse (DIII), Lacrosse
  • Jenna Terrio, College of St. Scholastica (DIII), Cross Country
  • Jacob Say, Anoka-Ramsey Community College (NJCAA), Basketball

Three Speech Team members make the All-State Speech Team

Congratulations to speech team members Josh Archibong, Sana Wazwaz and Reece Wenholz for earning a spot among 117 other speech competitors on the 2020 Minnesota Speech Coaches Association (MSCA) All-State Speech Team!

The Need to Know, May 14, 2020

SLP and Community Food Services continue to be available for families

We have prepared and delivered thousands of meals for children in our community and will continue to do so at 10 locations throughout the district. Starting May 20, on Wednesdays at the High School Distribution Center we are piloting a hot entrée option as part of our meal service to families. We are only able to offer the hot entrée at the high school location and may have limited quantities available.  Entrées may include pizza, chicken patty sandwiches and more. 

In addition to Spring Lake Park School meal services, there are local community food resources available to families to check out on our COVID-19 meal services page.

Attention: Families with Comcast Internet Essentials

Reminder, families who enrolled in the Comcast Internet Essentials program under a 2-month free trial are coming to the end of that period of free service. Families who are unable to continue service at the rate of $9.95 per month should call the District Services Center at 763-600-5000. Please be ready to share the name of the person the current contract is under and zip code. Please note, it is important to contact the district before the 2-month trial period ends. Internet service is essential for learning to continue for your student, and the district will help ensure your student has the internet access they need to continue their learning.

Interested in joining the Pantherettes Dance Team for the 2020-2021 school year?

CALLING ALL DANCERS! Will you be in 7th-12th grade during the 2020-2021 school year? Do you love to dance? Here is your chance to be a part of the Spring Lake Park Pantherettes Dance Team. The Summer, Fall and Winter programs are looking for dancers like you for the upcoming 2020-2021 dance seasons! https://forms.gle/fzzMhbwABBejqbz58 in order to demonstrate your interest in joining the team, stay up to date on announcements, and gather more information on the programs. 

Social and Emotional Health: Reinforcing Social and Emotional Skills at Home

Strong social and emotional skills are important for children to become responsible decision makers both in school and in the outside world. Spring Lake Park Schools teachers and staff are continuing to provide social-emotional learning to students through our extended flexible learning environment and we want to share some tools with families to continue this important learning at home. When this learning is brought into the home, it allows your child the ability to learn from real-world situations as well as those practiced in the school setting. Families are our best partners and you can deepen your child’s experiences and learning. 

The good news! Reinforcing social and emotional skills in the home does not need to be a separate lesson or activity that you plan. This can happen naturally throughout your day and experiences. Below you will find ideas on how to incorporate social-emotional learning into the home environment.

  • Use your own family experiences to start conversations with your child.  When you are interacting with others, take note of how your child reacts to situations that come up. How do they respond when frustrated, when told “no,” or when they meet new friends? Try to remember a few examples of what your child has done well and what they could work on as well. Discuss these situations to help your student reflect on their interactions and growth they have made.
  • Listen when your child may be struggling with something. This is an easy way to validate your child’s feelings and it shows them that their feelings are important. 
  • Anticipate new situations. If you know a new experience is coming up for your child, talk with them about how they are feeling and come up with a plan for how they will deal with the upcoming situation. 
  • Use creativity. If you have a child who enjoys drawing, give them paper to draw how they are feeling. This is a great opportunity to talk about their feelings and discuss other coping skills. You can also do the same activity with writing as well. 
  • Read books. While reading books that you have at your home, ask your child questions like, “How do you think the character was feeling?” or “How would you handle the situation the character was in?” 
A Message from Principal Boucher, May 6, 2020

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

We continue to miss our students and appreciate your partnership during this unusual spring. Last week, more than 35 of us delivered yard signs to students and families in the Class of 2020. It was great to see some of our students and parents – from an appropriate distance, of course — and also see how our community is embracing our seniors during this time. A special thanks to the Panther Foundation for sponsoring the signs for seniors. 

We also are grateful for the volume of responses we received from families on the survey that was sent last week to gather input on your experiences so far with extended flexible learning. That information was helpful as we worked with staff this past Friday and Monday to design learning experiences for the remaining weeks of this school year.  

As we reviewed the survey results, the following themes emerged:  

  • Families reported things are generally going well, and there were requests to not make large scale changes at this time 
  • Huge appreciation for teachers and their efforts
  • Appreciation for communication with and availability of teachers
  • Face-to-face/live learning is going well, and more opportunities are welcome
  • Appreciation for flexibility in pacing and timing of work and due dates
  • Positives for WebEx, Flipgrid, and meaningful use of technology 
  • Amount of work seems right

The feedback we received was very appreciative of the work teachers are doing. We also used the thoughtful ideas and requests of families to guide our reflections and planning as teachers reviewed their instructional and assessment designs for these final weeks.

Our last day of school is Friday, June 5.  Details of wrapping up the year are on our minds – locker cleanout/picking up personal items, iPad turn-in, yearbook delivery, awards for seniors, etc. Some of you have also asked about summer school, and we continue to wait for parameters from the state to guide our planning and implementation. We will have more information on all of these topics in the next few weeks.

I continue to be impressed by how reflective and adaptive our staff and students have been over the first five weeks of this trimester. I see daily examples of how our staff and students are expanding capacity and gaining skills. I’m confident these experiences will enhance professional practice for our staff to impact student learning well beyond this spring.  

See the rest of the newsletter to find some great news as well as expanded information regarding social and emotional health and other topics critical during this time.

Thank you for your continued partnership as we seek to capture the opportunities for growth that this situation presents. Together, we build futures!

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Great News, May 6, 2020

Class of 2020 Senior Yard Signs

Last week, staff delivered yard signs to the homes of the Spring Lake Park High School Class of 2020 — to let them know how much we are thinking of them! Thank you Panther Foundation for sponsoring these signs for seniors.

Check out the Facebook post to see seniors smiling with their signs

Chalk Artwork Tributed to the Class of 2020

377 names, 52 pieces of chalk, and 6 hours later, Spring Lake Park High School juniors Olivia Post, Holly Przybyla, and Paige Lier and sophomore Madalin Schmidt achieved their goal - an awesome tribute to the Class of 2020.

Watch a video of the artwork

Aerial footage of Panther Stadium for #BeTheLightMN

The Panther Stadium lights were shining bright Monday night for #BeTheLightMn. Check out this aerial footage for the best view in the house!

Four FCCLA students heading to virtual Nationals

Congratulations to juniors Supriya Patel, Bryson Rea, Cassidy Auld and sophomore Madison Cole for advancing to the National Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Competition. They will advance in the following categories:

  • Supriya - Leadership
  • Bryson - Sustainability Challenge
  • Cassidy - Chapter Service Portfolio
  • Madison - Chapter in Review Portfolio

The competition will be held virtually July 7-9. 

OEC students to compete in virtual HOSA International Leadership Conference

Congratulations to the following SLPHS Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) students who qualified for the Annual Health Occupations Students of America International Leadership Conference (HOSA ILC) by placing in the top three at the virtual HOSA state competition last month!

  • Hannah and Sophia Anderson - Defending EMT World Champions 
    • EMT 1st, CERT (community emergency response team) 2nd
  • Joe Caswell and Laken Hairston
    • CERT 1st, EMT 2nd, First Aid/CPR
  • Adam Higley and Chris Sanchez
    • CERT 3rd 

These students will compete virtually in the HOSA International Leadership Conference during the third week of June.

The Need to Know, May 6, 2020

Attention: Families with Comcast Internet Essentials

Families who enrolled in the Comcast Internet Essentials program under a 2-month free trial are coming to the end of that period of free service. Families who are unable to continue service at the rate of $9.95 per month should call the District Services Center at 763-600-5000. Please be ready to share the name of the person the current contract is under and zip code. Please note, it is important to contact the district before the 2-month trial period ends. Internet service is essential for learning to continue for your student, and the district will help ensure your student has the internet access they need to continue their learning.

Additional Covid-19 Resources Added to Support Families 

SLP is committed to supporting our students and families health and wellbeing.  Additional resources have been added to the Response to Covid-19 page to direct families toward factual and relevant information on Covid-19. Additional resources cover topics including mental health supports, food shelf and other community meal services for families, mindfulness and movement resources, housing resources and more for families during this time of extended flexible learning and beyond. 

Social and Emotional Health: Establishing Structure and Routine to Support Mental and Physical Wellbeing and Student Learning 

We are more than halfway through our extended flexible learning portion of the school year and are heading into our last month of school. Some families have started to settle in - maybe trying a new hobby or enjoying time to get outside more. That is great! Others may be finding it difficult to cope with the huge disruption to their daily lives and are experiencing higher levels of stress or anxiety. That is okay, too! Be gentle with yourself and remind yourself that the wide range of emotions experienced are valid and normal. 

During this time of uncertainty, establishing structure and routine can help in many ways by providing a sense of normalcy, safety and predictability for children and families. Routine also helps stabilize our body clock, which controls our sleep, mood and physical health. Each family will have unique circumstances to consider when creating a routine - don't over-commit or schedule every moment. It's okay to start small and continue to build based on what is working for your family! 

Tips for Establishing Structure and Routine:

  • Create both daily and weekly routines - this will help to keep days from blending together. Weekly routines can include things such as certain types of exercise on specific days, a weekly phone call to a family member, Friday night movies or other family rituals and activities.  Daily routines could include things such as building in time for schoolwork and daily movement activities.
  • Set aside time daily or weekly to discuss the schedule and expectations with your child. Consider using a visual schedule for younger children. Prepare children for transitions throughout the day with reminders or alarms. 
  • Set aside a consistent space for schoolwork and class meetings. 
  • Schedule times for learning, movement and breaks. Scheduling more difficult work earlier in the day while children are most rested is beneficial. A good guideline for younger children is 20 minutes of learning followed by 10 minutes of movement. Older children may be able to go longer stretches of time focused on schoolwork.
  • Incorporate social interactions into your routine such as video chats, phone calls, virtual play dated and class meetings. This is especially important to maintain social connections and combat isolation during this time of social distancing!
  • Don't forget to build in time for fun and family! Creative play, hobbies, games, puzzles, etc. 

Spring Lake Park High School students are invited to participate in the Minnesota State Art Competition

Every year, Members of Congress host visual art competitions and select one piece to represent each district in the US Capitol for a year. The competition is a nationwide, official Congressional event that involves every member of the US House and is not a political or campaign activity. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, Members of Congress are not able to host the competition in person as we normally would. Instead, they are accepting submissions digitally and will have constituents of the district select the winner.

This competition is open to all Spring Lake Park High school students. All submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 24. Learn more details about the competition. 

A Message from Principal Boucher, April 29, 2020

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

While we may not have been surprised by last week’s announcement, we were sad to know that we will not be returning to the high school to finish out the year. We want nothing more than to be at school with our students and experiencing all of the important events and milestones that happen in the spring of each year. 

While we are disappointed, we are also continuing forward with gratitude for and pride in the work that’s happening as students and staff continue to engage and connect in this new learning platform. We are committed to continuing to make extended flexible learning the best experience possible in these last six weeks of school.

A few important updates for you:

  • There is no student instruction on Friday, May 1 and Monday, May 4. Across the state, educators will be using this time to plan for the end of the year in an extended flexible learning environment. Your input and feedback from the parent and family survey sent earlier this week will inform our planning. If you haven’t shared your input, please do so by noon tomorrow, Thursday. See more information in the newsletter.
  • Prom and graduation have been rescheduled. With the Governor’s announcement last week, we made the decision to postpone these important events rather than cancel them at this time. Prom is rescheduled to June 26. Graduation is reschedule to Aug. 1. While these new dates will be subject to changing conditions, we are hopeful these events will happen as planned. 
  • Help us continue to light up Panther Stadium. On Mondays, we’ve been lighting up Panther Stadium at 8:20 p.m. as a sign of hope and to honor our seniors. This past Monday, we had some larger crowds and people not following appropriate social distancing guidance. While we’d like to continue to participate in #BeTheLightMN, we can only do so if people follow the guidance necessary to keep themselves and those around them safe. Please encourage your student to participate from afar so we are not forced to suspend this activity.
  • Closing out the year – lockers, yearbooks, etc. We’ve had some questions about getting into the school one last time, seeing teachers one last time, cleaning lockers, picking up yearbooks and other end-of-year activities. In the coming weeks, we will be working to answer these questions and create a meaningful end to our school year. 

Finally, next week is staff appreciation week – and coincides with National Teacher Appreciation week. During this week, we, as educators and all school staff take time to reflect on and appreciate the work that is our calling to do with students. Encourage your student to participate in SLP spirit day – wear SLP gear or school colors on Tuesday, May 5. Join us in appreciating being part of this extraordinary SLP learning community.

See the Need to Know section for more information and important reminders.

Wishing you good health,

Matthew Boucher
Principal

The Need to Know, April 29, 2020

No student instruction May 1 and May 4

We will not have any student instruction on Friday, May 1 or Monday, May 4. The governor had previously closed schools through April 30 with planning days on May 1 and May 4 in anticipation of schools reopening on May 5. Now that school buildings are closed through the end of the school year, we will use these planning days to prepare for the next six weeks of extended flexible learning. 

Fee Refund Check Information

Fee refund checks will arrive in homes the week of May 4Refunds on any fees families have paid for field trips that didn’t happen, spring athletics and activities registrations and high school spring parking passes are being processed now. Checks will be mailed to homes. Any spring athletic registrations done through credit card will be refunded to the card.  

Social and Emotional Health: Coping with Stress

Everyone copes with stress in different ways and that includes our children, too.  Children and teens often react to stress in similar ways to their caregivers, so it is helpful when you are able to project calm (even if you don’t always feel that way). Some ways to best support your child and teens are to know when they are stressed.  Below you will find some ideas of behavior changes to watch in your child and ways to support these changes you may be noticing. 

When your children and teens are feeling calm and safe, they are better able to engage with your family and in school.

 Behavioral changes to note:

  • Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
  • Returning to behaviors they have outgrown (for example, toileting accidents or bedwetting)
  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Irritability of “acting out” behaviors in teens
  • Poor school performance or avoiding school
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
  • Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past

Ways to support your child:

  • Talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe and let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand. 
  • Try to keep up with regular routines. Since schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
  • Be a role model.  Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well.  Connect with your friends and family members. 

Meal services during school closure

We have prepared and delivered thousands of meals for children in our community and will continue to do so at 10 locations throughout the district. We know families are counting on these meals and we take great pride in preparing this food for kids. View meal service locations and times.

A Message from Principal Boucher, April 22, 2020

Spring Lake Park High School Families,

We continue to learn, as a staff and a school community, through the challenges and opportunities presented when teaching and learning through a stay-at-home order and global pandemic. I am in daily contact with teaching staff and our Continuous Improvement and Innovation Coaches, and it’s exciting to hear how much learning and growth both our staff and students are engaging in during this period of extended flexible learning.  

Our staff continue to reflect on and refine their instructional designs and seek an appropriate balance of learning activities and instructional expectations. They tell me they are generally impressed with the student engagement with their course thus far. 

In fact, our students continue to show up for the learning at a very high rate. When I talk to my peers in other school districts, our high engagement stands out. Of our student body, 99.4 percent have engaged in the first four weeks of this trimester. That’s something to celebrate.

Thank you for the work you do at home to support the high levels of engagement we are experiencing. Please keep encouraging and supporting your student, and we will persist in the ongoing development of our courses and instructional practices.  

Finally, we all are waiting to understand what May will bring. We continue to monitor the information coming from the Governor’s office and the MN Department of Education, but we don’t yet have a clear view of what May holds for schools.  

As a district, we’re waiting to make decisions on what to postpone, do differently and cancel as we work to keep in place important events and milestones for students and families. We know prom, senior award ceremony and graduation are on people’s minds. We anticipate sharing updates soon on these important events. Thank you, again, for your understanding and partnership during this time of unknowns.  

See this week's SLPHS the Need to Know section for instructions on accessing report cards from second trimester, reminders about the technology toolkit for families, meal distribution and more.

Matthew Boucher
Principal

The Need to Know, April 22, 2020

Online Driver's Education with Safety Driving School

SLP Community Education will offer an online teen driver’s education course in cooperation with Safeway Driving School during extended flexible learning. Classes begin Monday, May 4 from 3-6 p.m. Please note, the State requires that the distance learning be conducted in a face-to-face platform, which requires that students have a video camera and audio capabilities on their devices. 

Learn more about the online driver's education course, the requirements and sign-up today.

How to Access Trimester 2 Report Cards Online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spring Lake Park Schools is changing the way families will access Trimester 2 report cards. Instead of receiving a printed copy, you can now access your student’s report card online through Campus Parent Portal. To start, login to Campus Parent Portal using your district username and password. Once you are logged in, follow these steps:

1. From the dashboard on the left-hand side of the screen, select Documents. The document screen will list the reports that are available for the selected student. This list will vary depending on the school that the student attends.

A gray arrow pointing to the word documents on Campus Parent Portal
Report Card instructions on Campus Parent Portal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Using the student selector on the right-hand side of the screen, select the student you wish to view.

Student selector in Campus Parent Portal

3. Once you have selected the student, select the report card you wish to view from the menu.

View of a report card example on Campus Parent Portal


Watch a video tutorial on how to access your student’s report card.

Social and Emotional Health: Physical Activity and Academic Success 

How does physical activity improve academic success?

Physical activity has been proven to increase test scores, boost confidence, produce higher grades and build up the mental processes in our brain that allow us to carry out tasks, just to name a few. 

What happens when children engage in sustained physical movement?

  • When children are active, it creates a positive body image, which boosts confidence and self-esteem.
  • It increases oxygen to the brain. 
  • Exercise helps increases their ability to focus, concentrate and deal with stress. 
  • It also helps boost parts of the brain responsible for learning, memory and critical thinking.
  • Organized physical activity contributes to life skills such as interpersonal skills, regulation, respect and social responsibility, which are key in the classroom. 

How to get your body moving

Inside: 

  • Search workout or dance videos on YouTube and follow along. 
  • Look up bodyweight exercises on Google. Use household items for weight: cans of food or a bottle of water. 
  • Set up an indoor fort and let the kids go camping, this still gets their bodies moving and their imagination flowing. 
  • Dance to music.
  • Complete 10 squats before you go up your stairs, and 10 sit-ups when you get to the top
  • Walk around when you are on the phone.
  • When watching tv, play this game: every time you see a food commercial, do 10 push-ups when you see an insurance commercial do 10 lunges, during a sports commercial do 20 jumping jacks, etc. change it up every day! 

Outside: 

  • Go hiking. If you have a smartphone download the app, ‘AllTrails.’ It is a great tool to find trails in your area! (Dog-friendly trails, too). 
  • Go biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, or ride a scooter. 
  • Go to a park and make a hopscotch down the path, draw paths that twist and turn and make your kids follow the path. 
  • Take cones and set up a path for your kids to run, bike or scooter through.
  • Blow bubbles - who can make the biggest or the oddest shape and then chase them until out of reach. 
  • Build an obstacle course out of things in or around your house: hula hoop, jump rope, sticks, logs, empty boxes, chairs, blankets, etc. 
     
A Message from Principal Boucher, April 15, 2020

Spring Lake Park High School Families: 

In this third week of Extended Flexible Learning, I continue to be impressed with the level of student, staff and family engagement in and support for student learning during this new educational reality. At this point, 99 percent of our students have been able to log in and engage with their learning remotely, and we continue to work with families to reach 100 percent.

We were grateful for time this past Monday when our staff spent the day working collaboratively to continue to refine and design instruction and student learning experiences for the next few weeks. There is a lot of staff energy and enthusiasm around learning new tools and approaches and a belief that the professional learning we are doing now will benefit students both now and in future online, Hybrid and in-person learning environments.

Last week, I shared that we continue to explore ways to safely preserve as much of the high school experience as we can in the middle of this pandemic. We continue to assess spring events and plan for different scenarios. As we must make decisions about events like Prom, senior award ceremony, and graduation, we will communicate them with you.  

At this point, we must officially postpone this year’s high school Prom, which was scheduled for May 2. The current stay-home order, which runs through May 4, means this date simply will not work. We remain hopeful that we will be able to host this type of gathering and are looking for alternative dates and locations for later in May or early June. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we seek to balance the student experience with public health requirements. 

Finally, I want to reiterate our appreciation for all the work and ways you are adjusting your family schedules, routines and even physical spaces to support student learning during this pandemic. I believe the path to student learning is built through parent and school partnership. The entire SLPHS staff and I want to thank you for the sacrifices you have made to make learning possible in your home and for your partnership. We are #SLPPantherProud!

See the rest of this week's news for additional information on AP exams, ACT testing for juniors and reminders about the technology toolkit for families, meal distribution, National Signing Day and more.

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Upcoming Events, April 15, 2020

Athletes, You're Invited to Participate in National Signing Day

National Signing Day at Spring Lake Park will allow any student-athlete regardless of division to celebrate their accomplishment with the Spring Lake Park School community. To participate in National Signing Day, the student-athlete and/or coach must notify the athletic office of their intention to participate in the event and must meet the necessary requirements by Friday, May 1, 2020.

Due to COVID-19, we will not be having a traditional signing day. However, we will be creating a website news story that honors all of our future college athletes.

Learn more about the requirements and how student-athletes can participate in National Signing Day.

Need to Know, April 15, 2020

Sign-Up to be a Panther Mentor for 2020-2021 School Year

If your current 10th or 11th-grade student would like to be a Panther Mentor for the 2020-2021 school year, the application is due this Friday, April 17 at 11:59 p.m. To access the application, in Google Drive go to the online application

For more information about the program, watch the following video in Google Drive.

Advanced Placement (AP) Testing during Spring 2020

The College Board has released more information regarding AP exams this year as the nation continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. If a student in your household is taking AP courses and planning to take AP exams this spring, here are important updates for you to know:

  • "School-based" exams have been canceled.
  • In-person exams have been replaced with an at-home, free response, open book / open note exam.  
  • The exam is 45 minutes of exam time and 5 minutes to submit the exam online.  
  • Exams can be taken on any device - computer, tablet, or smartphone - or a student can upload a photo of a handwritten response.  

Exams dates have been updated to take place May 11-22, 2020 and specific dates and times are posted on the AP Exam Schedule on our website. If students and families have questions about whether or not they should plan to take the exam, they are encouraged to connect with their AP course instructor. 

There is not yet specific information for students requiring an accommodation. By the end of April, we expect more information on the administration of each of the tests with and without accommodations.

ACT Testing Options for Juniors

This spring, each junior was scheduled to participate in the ACT+Writing college readiness assessment on March 24, 2020 at Spring Lake Park High School. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this ACT test date was canceled. Since then, we’ve been working to understand the options available for students to participate in the ACT. 

There are now two ways for current juniors to participate in the ACT assessment. Both continue to be at no cost to families. 

  • Option 1: We are offering vouchers for students in the junior class to participate in the ACT on a national test date and site. Test dates are June 13 or July 18. Summer testing provides results in time for early college decision requirements.
  • Option 2: For current juniors who do not choose the voucher option for summer testing, we will be changing our district test date to Tuesday, October 6 and will administer the test at the high school. 

Juniors and their families will be receiving additional details in the next week about these options including the voucher process.

Technology Toolkit

Have you had a chance to check out the Technology Toolkit? The Technology Toolkit page houses helpful information including learning technology resources, video tutorials, troubleshooting tips and FAQs to help students and families navigate the learning tools needed to be successful in a flexible learning environment. 

View the Technology Toolkit 

Meal Services

Spring Lake Park Schools has provided more than 31,700 free meals to children in our community during the COVID-19 school closure so far. We will continue distributing
meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the 10 designated locations. On Mondays and Wednesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Fridays, families will receive a standard day of meals plus additional snacks for the weekend.

View Meal Service Locations and Times
 

Social and Emotional Health: Staying Connected

Research shows us the benefits of high social connection can improve our overall physical and mental health — including lower rates of anxiety and depression, higher self-esteem and empathy, and better emotion regulation skills. On-task learning and students’ sense of connectedness and well-being all improve when a child has meaningful social interactions.  

But, how do we stay socially connected in a stay-home environment? There are low tech and high tech ways to stay connected, including ways to maximize quality social connection through online platforms. Here are some ideas from our team of social, emotional and behavior experts to use in your own homes to help with connection during this stay-home time:

  • Video chatting. There are many video chatting platforms that can be used to stay connected. Some ideas are Facetime, Snapchat, Google Hangouts, etc. Video chatting doesn’t have to be just talking. Have a dance party, play a board game, bake a dessert. These are all ways to stay connected through a shared experience.
  • Host a watch party.  Netflix Party allows users to watch Netflix with friends and has a group chat feature to talk about what you’re watching, or whatever comes to mind.
  • Get crafty. Creating pictures or other crafts allows students to use their creativity and you can share, via mail/text/email, photos of what they’ve made to family and friends. Students can also make videos and send virtually as well.
  • Mail letters. Mailing letters may seem old fashioned but there’s nothing better than receiving mail from friends and family! Students can become pen pals with other students in their class, family members, or maybe someone in the neighborhood.
  • Scavenger hunts. Start or join in on neighborhood scavenger hunts (such as looking for hearts, messages, etc. in neighbors’ windows or starting this yourself).
  • New hobbies. If you find yourself with more time than you know what to do with, this could also be a good time to start a new hobby. You can also use some video chatting time to show off what you have learned!
A Message from Principal Boucher, April 8, 2020

High School Parents and Guardians,

In our first week of extended flexible learning, we connected with more than 97 percent of our Spring Lake Park High School students as we do school in this new way. We are thrilled to make these connections and excited for all the engagement with our students. 

Thank you again for your support and understanding as we navigate our new extended flexible learning platform. I am certainly grateful for the technology infrastructure and the high level of family support we have as a school district that has allowed this transition to be more seamless than in other environments.  

Highlights from week two

  • Thanks to parents: This week, our staff and students have continued to work through some of the early hiccups that we experienced last week and are finding productive ways to continue and extend student learning. I greatly appreciate the role parents and families have and will continue to play in making extended flexible learning productive and valuable. We know many parents and guardians are carrying extra burdens while assisting the learning and establishing learning environments at home. Thank you for supporting your student, we are grateful for your partnership.
  • Virtual spirit week: It has been fun to see students and staff participating in our virtual spirit week. We developed spirit week as a means of maintaining and reinforcing our connectedness as a school community, and the level of involvement has made me #SLPPantherProud. Tomorrow, Thursday, your student can still participate by wearing SLP school colors and/or SLP gear to show they are #SLPPantherProud. (Tag #SLPPantherProud on social media or send your pics to communications@district16.org)
  • No School Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13:  There is no student instruction on these days. April 10 is a contracted holiday. April 13 is a scheduled professional development day that comes at a perfect time in this new environment. It will allow teachers and staff to learn from the first two weeks of flexible learning and plan and adjust for any tweaks for the second half of the month.

As a parent of a college senior, I empathize with the questions circulating about spring milestone events like prom, senior award ceremony, and graduation. We haven’t made decisions at this point, but we will be making decisions in the coming days as our state situation becomes clearer. We want to safely preserve as much of the high school experience as we can. Thank you for your patience. 

See the "Need to Know and District News" section for more information on:

  • Ways to help support community needs through the Panther Foundation
  • Information about how, starting this week, Spanish-speaking parents and guardians are gathering virtually to connect across households and assist one another in staying informed, finding answers to questions, and exchanging ideas 
  • Resources for social and emotional health, specifically this week, information on self-care
  • Reminders about the technology toolkit and resources for families as well as meal distribution, which is continuing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

As a sign of hope for students, staff and our community and to honor the class of 2020, every Monday evening at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 military/24hr time) we’re turning on the lights of Panther Stadium for 20 minutes. We join other schools to #BeTheLightMN. Please enjoy from a safe distance. And, seniors, our thoughts are with you during this unusual spring.

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Upcoming Events, April 8, 2020

College Information for current Junior Students

Strive for College Knowledge with Strive Virtual College Exploration Week, Monday, April 20-Thursday, April 23

During these unprecedented times, creative and innovative solutions are needed to address the challenges we are currently facing. In light of recent college fair cancellations across our region and nationally, MACAC and StriveScan are partnering to offer three days of virtual college fairs! 

  • Open to students nationwide
  • Three days of virtual, panel presentations from +100 college reps
  • Extensive range of topics targeted towards juniors and underclassmen
  • Variety of time slots throughout the day: both day and evening options
  • Free to both students and colleges
  • Over 300 colleges participating from 40 states and 10 countries!

Juniors - Apply for Camp College today

Get FREE personalized assistance identifying colleges that match your interests, write your application essay, navigate financial aid, tour multiple college campuses, and attend a college fair...all while having fun and making friends to last a lifetime.

  • Who: Current junior students (graduating Class of 2021)
  • When: July 27-29, 2020
  • Where: St. Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN


Interested? Learn more about Camp College here. Applications will be open until April 17.

The Need to Know, April 8, 2020

Virtual Spirit Week

It has been a blast seeing the creativity shine through during Virtual Spirit Week! Thank you to students, staff and families for participating and sharing your photos with us. Tomorrow, Thursday, April 9 is the final day of Virtual Spirit Week. Let’s see your Panther Pride by wearing any and all Spring Lake Park Schools gear or red, white and blue school colors! Be sure to tag us using the hashtag or email us a photo to communications@district16.org.

SLPHS Oasis Yearbook is looking for pictures

Members of the Spring Lake Park High School Oasis Yearbook Staff, both club and in class, are looking for ways to collect photos from families depicting their students engaged in at-home activities surrounding our Extended Flexible Learning here at SLPHS.

They are asking for photos to be uploaded to our Balfour Public Share site showing students participating in at-home projects, learning, Virtual Spirit Week and most anything else they may be doing to survive social distancing.

Download the free app "Balfour Image Share" on any device (phones, iPads). Then, start uploading images. There will be identifying information to enter for each picture uploaded to help us label them and write captions for them. 

Reminder – RSVP for the online parent event Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.: Helping kids and families thrive during extended flexible learning

As a school district, we want to support students and families in having a successful experience with extended flexible learning. We’re sponsoring an online event for parents featuring Dr. Devorah Heitner, an expert on young people’s relationship with digital media and technology. In the hour-long virtual event, Dr. Heitner will discuss topics like: How to support kids’ and families’ mental health during this stressful time, how adults can keep up with the news without getting overwhelmed and at the same time be cautious with the news kids are consuming, how social media can help older kids keep in touch with friends and to help younger kids connect with peers, and how parents can mentor kids on social media, texting and gaming during this time.

Register for this online event 

Reuniones de Webex para que las familias hispano- hablantes se conecten durante el aprendizaje flexible extendido 

¿Habla usted español?

Los padres hispanohablantes de las Escuelas de Spring Lake Park están juntándose virtualmente los martes de 6-7pm y los sábados de 10-11am. ¡Venga cuando quiera!

  1. Nos mantendremos informados
  2. Resolveremos dudas
  3. Intercambiaremos ideas
  4. Compartiremos comunidad

Sólo tiene que bajarse la aplicación gratis de WebEx en su teléfono y luego cuando llega el día y la hora, pinchar este enlace: https://springlakeparkschools.webex.com/meet/ebyers

Pinche aquí para ver un video que explica más sobre cómo bajar y entrar a la aplicación. Cuando pide su nombre y correo, puede usar el correo de otra persona si usted no tiene. 

Llame al 952-261-7877 (Emily Byers- Ferrian, Student & Family Advocate) o al 612-636-8603 (Blanca Vazquez, Paraprofessional Behavior Specialist) si tiene cualquier dificultad. 

Social and Emotional Health: Self-Care

Our school experts in social, emotional and behavioral health have been providing tips and encouragement during this unusual time to help support the social and emotional health of students and families. This week, the topic is self-care.  

What is self-care? Self-care are things you can do to maintain healthy mental, physical, and emotional health. Self-care looks different for everyone and there isn’t a right or wrong way to care for yourself. Self-care can last anywhere from two minutes to an hour, or more. Again, you can pick the duration that best fits your schedule and mood.

Who should do it? Everyone.

When should self-care take place? It can be done any anytime, as many times a day as you want and have time for. Don’t just use self-care when you are feeling sad, mad, or down in the dumps. Use it to stay feeling optimistic and healthy. Self-care is a good use of your time and has multiple benefits.

Why do self-care? It helps with mental clarity, reduces stress, keeps a healthy relationship with yourself, and boosts confidence and self-esteem. A smile, a laugh, and a positive attitude is contagious, and a small act of kindness goes a long way.

How do you know if you’re doing it right? Self-care should feel good while doing the activity you choose, and it should give you some gratitude when you are done.

What should you do for self-care? There is no one way to do self-care. Some activities to try include:

  • Reading a book
  • Doing a puzzle
  • Completing a word find or crossword puzzle
  • Taking a bath 
  • Doing a facial/mask
  • Soaking your hands and feet in warm bubbly water
  • Painting finger and toe nails 
  • Going outside
  • Taking a walk
  • Planting some flowers
  • Completing a workout 
  • Coming up with a new dance routine
  • Singing a song
  • Mastering a new move for your sport
  • Work on your ball handling
  • Learning a new hobby, a new dance, a magic trick, or a new language
  • Watching something funny on TV
  • Connecting with friends on a video call

Technology Toolkit 

In an extended flexible learning environment, students in Spring Lake Park Schools will utilize a variety of technology tools. We put together a toolkit of technology tips and tutorials to help students and families navigate the learning tools needed to be successful in a flexible learning environment. This toolkit includes links to video tutorials, FAQs and informational resources.

View the Technology Toolkit 

Meal Services

Spring Lake Park Schools is continuing to provide students with free meals during the school closure. We will be distributing free meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at six locations throughout the community. On Mondays and Wednesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Fridays, families will receive a standard day of meals plus additional snacks for the weekend.

View Meal Service Locations and Times

Please continue to check here for the latest COVID-19 information.

A Message from Principal Boucher, April 1, 2020

Dear High School Parents and Guardians,

We are up and running with extended flexible learning! Thank you for your partnership and patience as we navigate this new learning environment as a whole school community. We are truly in this together.

Monday morning (and a few times since) we had real challenges for students, teachers and parents alike as our learning platforms – used worldwide – experienced technical difficulty. Things have been improving, and we know we will need to continue to be patient and flexible in the coming days. 

A few days in, I’ve heard consistently from teachers how great it is to see their students, and they look forward to connecting with more students as the week goes on. Our staff have worked diligently to transition their classes to this environment, and I have witnessed high levels of creativity and commitment to making this a valuable learning experience for our students.  

Already in these first few days, teachers have created several ways for students to connect with the learning and peers in their courses through video, message boards and daily updates to build positive classroom communities. Staff have used several new tools to try to make the learning come alive in an online platform, and many teachers are creating multiple open “live” sessions for students to check in and connect.

Some tips for students

It doesn’t take long to identify some best practices for the online experience. Here are a few we’ve found in these first few days – and want to pass on to you to reinforce with your students:

  • Be mindful of your physical environment and surroundings when they enter an online environment.
  • Be sure there isn’t loud music playing in the background.
  • Wear headphones or earbuds when in a WebEx.
  • Engage respectfully in class conversations and silence microphone when not talking or contributing to the class discussion.
  • Use chat features/tools when you have a question.
  • Relax if you can’t make a “live” session. These are all being recorded so students can watch later if needed.  

See the Need to Know section of the High School Newsletter for additional information and resources, including:

  • Tutorials for families to familiarize yourself with the tools and platforms we’re using
  • How to access tech support
  • Options for low and no-cost wireless services
  • Resources for social and emotional health during this time
  • Spirit week information for next week’s virtual spirit week

Many of our staff are parents, too, experiencing, as you are, the balancing act as we all work to find a new normal and new routine in these extraordinary times. I want to encourage families, as I have our staff, to create routines and some consistency during these highly irregular times. I hope you all are able to also schedule time to disconnect from online environments and screens to focus on physical and emotional wellbeing. 

This really does feel like the first week of school all over again. We appreciate all of you and your students. It’s our privilege to be a part of their lives, and we’re grateful to continue to be connected as a learning community focused on supporting each other and the learning during this time.

Be well. Together, “We got this!”

With gratitude,
Matthew Boucher
Principal

The Need to Know, April 1, 2020

Virtual Spirit Week, April 6-9

As we’re all stuck at home, we’re joining together for a virtual SLP Spirit Week, April 6-9. Starting Monday, you can be #SLPPantherProud to share your best wacky hairdo or fun hat with our community. Be sure to tag us using the hashtag or email us a photo to communications@district16.org and let's see your school spirit next week!

How to participate:

  1. Snap a photo
  2. Post to social media or email communications@district16.org
  3. On social, be sure to tag us and use the hashtag #SLPPPantherProud

Virtual Spirit Week Themes for Monday, April 6-Thursday, April 9

  • Monday - Wacky Hair/Hat Day
    • Mondays can be tough in general, so roll out of bed and rock your "bedhead" or sport a funky hairdo! Or, wear a hat as simple as your favorite baseball cap or a fun hat.
  • Tuesday - Mismatch Pattern Day
    • Stripes, polka dots, tie-dye, animal prints and any other pattern combination you can think of are welcome.
  • Wednesday - Emoji Day
    • Show us how you're feeling with your favorite emoji. You could hold up a sign or draw a picture to express yourself. This is your chance to get creative!
  • Thursday - Panther Spirit Day
    • Let's see your Panther Pride by wearing any and all Spring Lake Park Schools gear or red, white and blue school colors! 

Share your first week photos

It sure does feel like the first week of school, doesn't it? Every year, we love to see students in their first day of school photos .... so why not the first week of extended flexible learning? Use the first week photo sign here or make your own. Share your first week photos and don't forget to tag us using #SLPPantherProud.

First week photo sign in English

First week photo sign in Spanish 

Technology Toolkit 

In an extended flexible learning environment, students in Spring Lake Park Schools will utilize a variety of technology tools. We put together a toolkit of technology tips and tutorials to help students and families navigate the learning tools needed to be successful in a flexible learning environment. This toolkit includes links to video tutorials, FAQs and informational resources.

View the Technology Toolkit

Wireless Internet Access

Students at Spring Lake Park Schools need consistent access to wireless service in a flexible learning environment. For families who do not currently have consistent wireless access, there are two low and no cost wireless access options available.

View Wireless Internet Access options

Technology Support 

The SLP Tech Department is here to support students and families during extended flexible learning.

If you need technology support, email techsupport@district16.org. Make sure to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your request. If you are unable to email, call 763-600-5555 and leave a message.

Meal Services

Spring Lake Park Schools is continuing to provide students with free meals during the school closure. We will be distributing free meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at six locations throughout the community. On Mondays and Wednesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Fridays, families will receive a standard day of meals plus additional snacks for the weekend.

View Meal Service Locations and Times

Six daily questions for social and emotional health

Our team cares about our students’ and families’ success in this uncharted situation for all of us. Our school experts in social, emotional and behavioral health encourage you to check-in with yourself during this unusual time and make your well-being a priority.

As we are all in a “stay-at-home” environment, here are six daily questions to ask yourself:

  1. What am I grateful for today? In times of stress it’s understandable to become worried and zoomed in on the negative around us. Cultivating a daily gratitude practice can refocus us, even in the most difficult times.  What are you grateful for today?  Take two minutes to create a list and think about ways to add to it throughout your day.  Consider using the online journal, Thnx4.
  2. Who am I checking in on, or connecting with, today? “Social distancing” has been reframed by some to more accurately mean “social solidarity” during this time of “physical distancing.” Don’t isolate from family and friends during this difficult time. Reach out to others with Facetime, texting or even write an old-fashioned letter to stay connected when we need it the most.
  3. What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today? During this time of daily change and possible numbness, reflect on what’s truly important right now.  It’s okay to not have the perfectly cleaned house or to have answered all the emails in your inbox, but to just make sure everyone in your house has felt loved.  The faster we let go of the expectations of “normal,” the faster we adapt.
  4. How am I getting outside today? Nature can be powerful in improving our mood and affecting our nervous systems. Can you get outside everyday - even to just sit in the sun for 10 minutes? If you can’t leave your house, can you sit by an open window and breathe the fresh air?
  5. How am I moving my body today? Stress can take a toll on our body so the more we get out of our heads and into our body, the more grounded we can feel.  Find 10 minutes to go for a walk or create a little workout routine that you can do in your house (or even in your chair). 
  6. What beauty am I cultivating, creating, or inviting today? A natural antidote to the despair we might be feeling is to focus on adding to the beauty around us. Life is different and may be a little scary right now, but there’s beauty around us and life is still worth fighting for. So, let’s write about our lives, draw our dreams, sing our sorrows, plant gardens, cook for our neighbors, and create culture to survive this difficult time wherever and however we can.

Please continue to check here for the latest COVID-19 information.

A Message from Principal Boucher, March 25, 2020

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

I want to start by thanking you for your patience and partnership during this unprecedented time. Our staff have been working hard to get ready to start our extended flexible learning with students this coming Monday, March 30. We certainly miss having contact with your student, and we are committed to working with you to keep the learning moving forward.

As we resume school on Monday, we want you to know we do not expect you to be your child’s teacher. Your child may need some help setting things up as we get up and running, but we know this is not your only job or responsibility during this time. We want to partner with you and help our students keep learning. 

Our high school teachers are posting videos and messages within Schoology for your student. Between now and Monday, please encourage your student to log on, check them out and respond that they have received the message. We want to know that our students are ready to learn, and that includes things like having consistent internet access.

What to expect on Monday

  • On extended flexible learning days, your child will continue the learning that was taking place face-to-face. We are continuing the learning aligned to our learning outcomes and using many of the same resources we’d be using if students were here face-to-face.
  • Teachers will provide an update on the daily learning expectations each day by 8 a.m. on the course Schoology page. 
  • Your child will have scheduled “live” interactions with each of their teachers at least once a week. The schedule of these “live” interactions will be posted daily by teachers within Schoology.
  • If students miss their “live” time, these interactions will be recorded so students can view at a different time.
  • Teachers will also be providing an opportunity for students to collaborate with their peers and will be available to answer questions. More information is going to be coming directly from your child’s teacher(s) on Friday, March 27, 2020.
  • We use a positive attendance model where attendance is determined based on evidence of student engagement and work completion. If there is no evidence, the student is marked absent on Friday for that class. 

See the Need to Know section for additional information you may need before – or as - school resumes on Monday. This includes:

  • Tutorials for families to familiarize yourself with the tools and platforms we’ll be using. Your student has already been using many of these technologies in class.
  • Information for families who need low and no-cost wireless services
  • Meal distribution for families who need meals for their children while school buildings are closed.

On Monday, we’ll be doing school in a new way for many of us. Students should plan to log into their course Schoology pages on Monday starting at 8 a.m. We intend to treat Monday like it is the first day of school. We will learn together as we go, and we ask for your patience and support. 

We will continue to send out parent communications/newsletters each week to keep you informed. Thank you, as always, for your support and understanding. Together, we build futures.

Matthew Boucher
Principal
Spring Lake Park High School

The Need to Know, March 25, 2020

Technology Toolkit 

In an extended flexible learning environment, students in Spring Lake Park Schools will utilize a variety of technology tools. We put together a toolkit of technology tips and tutorials to help students and families navigate the learning tools needed to be successful in a flexible learning environment. This toolkit includes links to video tutorials, FAQs and informational resources.

View the Technology Toolkit 

Wireless Internet Access

Students at Spring Lake Park Schools need consistent access to wireless service in a flexible learning environment. For families who do not currently have consistent wireless access, there are two low and no cost wireless access options available.

View Wireless Internet Access options

Technology Support

The SLP Tech Department is here to support students and families during extended flexible learning.

If you need technology support, email techsupport@district16.org. Make sure to include your name, contact information and a brief description of your request. If you are unable to email, call 763-600-5555 and leave a message.

Meal Services

Spring Lake Park Schools is continuing to provide students with free meals during the school closure. We will be distributing free meals on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at six locations throughout the community. On Mondays and Wednesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Fridays, families will receive a standard day of meals plus additional snacks for the weekend.

View Meal Service Locations and Times 

Some tips for social and emotional health

Our team cares about our students’ and families’ success in this uncharted situation for all of us. Our school experts in social, emotional and behavioral health have picked their top five ideas for creating normalcy in a non-normal situation:

  • Keep routines in place. Consistency and structure are calming during times of stress. Setting and sticking to a regular schedule can help calm fears, manage stress and keep the peace while everyone is at home together. Keeping normal sleep, eating, reading and homework schedules helps create stability.
  • Remember breaks and exercise. Working regular breaks and movement into your schedule helps with balance. Taking a walk or bike ride or doing yoga are all great ways to let kids burn off energy and make sure everyone is staying active.
  • Limit COVID-19 news intake. Staying informed is important, but for many people it’s a good idea to limit consumption of news and social media that has the potential to feed anxiety and that of kids.
  • Stay in touch virtually. Keep your support network strong, even when you’re only able to call or text friends and family. Socializing plays an important role in regulating your mood and helping you stay grounded. The same is true for children.
  • Make plans. In the face of events that are scary and largely out of our control, it’s important to be proactive about what you can control. Making plans helps people visualize the near future.

Please continue to check here for the latest COVID-19 information.

A Message from Principal Boucher, March 4, 2020

End of Trimester This Week, Upcoming Dates to Track

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

We’re in the middle of wrapping up all the activities of our second trimester and looking ahead to the final trimester of the year. Here are several dates to keep in mind.

  • March 5 (tomorrow) – End of trimester 
  • March 6-16 – No school for spring break and teacher workshop and grading days
  • March 17 – Start of 3rd trimester
  • March 24 – ACT testing day for juniors only. This will be a flexible learning day for 9th, 10th and 12thgrade students.
  • April 1 – MCA science test. This will be a late start day for 11th and 12th grade students.

As we head into spring break, we have a chance to take a breath and prepare for a new beginning with our final trimester of the year. Have a fantastic break!

Sincerely,

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Upcoming Events, March 4, 2020

Upcoming Military and College visits:

  • Air Force - March 19, 11 a.m.
  • Army - March 23, 11 a.m
  • St. Cloud State University - April 6, 10 a.m.
  • University of Northern Iowa - April 23 10 a.m.

March Events

  • Wednesday, March 4 - HS Varsity Band Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4- Boys Basketball Section 5AAAA game, Panther Gym, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5- End of Trimester 2
  • March 6-16 - Spring Break, no school
  • Tuesday, March 24 - ACT+ Writing exam, grade 11

April Events

  • Wednesday, April 1 - MCA Science Testing
  • Tuesday, April 7 - ACT+ Writing Makeup Exam, grade 11
  • Friday, April 10 - No School
  • Monday, April 13 - No School
  • Wednesday, April 15 - MCA Math Testing and MCA Reading Testing, grade 11
  • Friday, April 17 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 24 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.

May Events

  • Saturday, May 2 - Prom
  • Monday, May 4 - AP Exam: Government and Politics, 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 5 - AP Exam: Calculus AB/BC, 8 a.m. and AP Exam: Human Geography, noon
  • Wednesday, May 6 - AP Exam: English Lit and Comp, 8 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 7 - AP Exam: Chemistry, 8 a.m. and AP Exam: Physics 1- Algebra Based, noon
  • Friday, May 8 - AP Exam: U.S. History, 8 a.m. and AP Exam: Studio Art, noon
  • Monday, May 11 - AP Exam: Biology, 8 a.m. 
  • Monday, May 11 - HS Jazz Concert, Fine Arts Center 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 12 - AP Exam: Spanish Language, 8 a.m. and AP Exam: Psychology, noon
  • Wednesday, May 12 - AP Exam: English Language & Comp, 8 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 12 - National Honor Society Induction, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m,
  • Thursday, May 12 - AP Exam: World History, 8 a.m.
  • Friday, May 13 - AP Exam: Computer Science Principles, 8 a.m. and AP Exam: Statistics, noon
  • Tuesday, May 19 - Cap and Gown Distribution for graduating seniors, 10:30 a.m-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 20 - Senior Awards Night, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 26 - HS Varsity Band Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 28 - HS Wind and Symphonic Band Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.

June Events

  • Monday, June 1 - HS Choir Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, June 5 
    • Last day of school,
    • End of Trimester 3
    • High School Graduation, Panther Stadium, 7:15 p.m.
    • Senior All-Night Party, 10 p.m.-5 a.m. at Bowlero 
Great News, March 4, 2020

We are pleased to report that SLP OEC won all the top awards at Saturdays’ State EMS Competition. 36 teams from around the state and six high school EMS training programs competed.

Most Professional Team: 

  • Sophia Anderson, SLP (HOSA International EMT champion 6.19 as well)
  • Brianna Case, Centennial
  • Emily Kells, Centennial
  • Emma Jansen, SLP

Most Academic Team:

  • Joe Caswell, SLP
  • Sophie Hanson, Irondale
  • Abigail Theisen, SLP
  • Emma White, Irondale

First Place

  • Sophia Anderson, SLP (HOSA International EMT champion 6.19 as well)
  • Brianna Case, Centennial
  • Emily Kells, Centennial
  • Emma Jansen, SLP

Second Place

  • Quyncee Chanthanavong, SLP
  • Adam Higley, Mounds View
  • Chris Sanchez, SLP
  • Tyson Ziniel, Mounds View

Third Place

  • Julia Cook, Mounds View
  • Kayleigh Hallen, Centennial
  • Meghan Justin, Mounds View
  • Camryn Warner, Mounds View

It had been three years since we had won state, so this was a big day for our students. We also had teams place 5th, 6th, and 9th. Congratulations to all! 

Student Math Achievement

Spring Lake Park Junior Bryce Leik earned a qualifying score on the American Mathematics Competition (AMC) exam and will advance to take the American Invitational Mathematics Exam (AIME). This series of competitions is designed to identify the top math students in the country who then go on to compete at the International Math Olympiad. Bryce will take the second-round test in mid-March - Best of Luck!!

The Need to Know, March 4, 2020

Families of Seniors: Sign up for real-time help completing the FAFSA

Are you interested in getting some real-time help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid? Please indicate your interest in working with financial aid experts on your application at a live event: Thursday, March 26, 2020, C Building Computer Lab, 8-9:30 a.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Sign up now.

Cap and Gown for Graduation

Have you ordered your senior's cap and gown? All students who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 5 will need to wear a cap and gown. Order forms can be found in the main office or order online at Herff Jones. Don't delay on ordering, expediting a rush order closer to graduation will increase the cost.

Senior All Night Party

The SLP 2020 Senior All-Night Party (SANP) will be at Bowlero immediately following the graduation ceremony on June 5, 2020 from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. Students are locked-in for the night with unlimited bowling, laser tag, arcade games, pizza/pasta/wings buffet and breakfast buffet, as well as SANP favorites – the casino, salon, old time photos, caricatures, and a hilarious hypnotist performance. There are many exciting things to do in this festive, music-filled, party atmosphere. Transportation will be provided from the High School and students will not be allowed to drive themselves (per Bowlero policy).

Cost

  • $85 before May 15
  • $100 after May 15

Registration

You can download the registration form and return it with payment to the High School office or by mail (see the form for the address).

A Message from Principal Boucher, February 26, 2020

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been reminded as a community of the issues and topics our students manage as they grow into their adult lives. On the more extreme side, they experienced the loss of a peer. And every day, they juggle academics and activities, testing pressures, friend and social media dynamics and all the other realities of modern high school life.

I want to make sure our families are aware of supports available at school every day for students:

  • Teachers have had training to recognize when students may be struggling and how to connect students with additional support they may need.
  • Counselors and a school psychologist are available every day at our high school. Students do not need an appointment – ever – to access time or help from our counseling staff. Students can simply come to Student Services or may be referred by a teacher or other staff member.
  • Social workers are available for student support each day as well, and also support families in accessing additional community supports, through Lee Carlson Center or other appropriate resources.
  • Our school has what we call a pit crew, comprised of staff with expertise in student social, mental and emotional health. Teachers – or any staff in the building – can refer a student need to the pit crew, who work together to determine the next steps for support. The pit crew helps streamline the process and helps support coordinated communication and maximize resources for families.
  • For students who need therapeutic services, we have a partnership with Lee Carlson to provide onsite therapy to students. The Lee Carlson Center is an organization that provides affordable mental health and well-being services for families, children, youth and adults in the community.

Outside of school, there are community resources available to families. While we shared these last week, we want to make sure you are aware of what is available:

  • First Call for Help, a 24/7 information and referral for a variety of helping services – 211
  • Anoka County Crisis Intervention Resource – 763-755-3801
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center - Emergency Information Mental Health/Chemical Dependency - 6126726600
  • Crisis text line – Text NAMI to 741-741
  • If you or someone you know is in crisis, you can always call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to speak with a trained crisis counselor.

We share a common goal together for student health, success and wellbeing.

The end of the trimester nears on March 5. There is no school March 6-16, returning on Tuesday, March 17. Very quickly, we pivot to testing season. We’ll be providing more information on testing, including the ACT (scheduled for March 24, for Juniors only, flexible learning day for all other grades) in the coming weeks.

Find additional need to know and nice to know information in this week's news.

Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support for student health and success. Here at the high school, we continue to be grateful to be a part of such a caring and compassionate SLP community.

Sincerely,

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Upcoming Events, February 26, 2020

Spring Athletics and Activities Registration

To register for spring athletics and activities, we ask that you return paperwork and complete registration during the remaining drop-by registration event at the high school. This is a temporary process for spring registration as we work through some technical issues with our online system for registration and fees.

Spring Registration Event

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 
4:30-6 p.m.
Spring Lake Park High School Rotunda

Spanish interpreters will be available at the event.

What You Will Need

  1. Completed Minnesota State High School League eligibility formWe will have forms on site for you to complete or you can print and complete the form and bring it with you.
  2. A current sports physical on file for any sports. Physicals are good for three years. Learn more or download the form on the Physicals page.
  3. Payment for the activity or athletics fee. You can pay with cash, check or credit card at the registration events. For more information on fees, visit the Fees page.
  4. Verification letter for free and reduced lunch, if you are requesting a reduced activity fee. Learn more about free and reduced activity fee.

If you have questions, please contact Noreen Johnson at 763-600-5149 or njohns@district16.org.

Great News, February 26, 2020

Great news and happenings at SLPHS this week

Audrey Benderski, 10th grader, was invited to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Intercollegiate Band as a soloist.  The piece she will perform was written by Finnish composer, Marja Ikonen, and directed by Dr. Melanie Brooks, director of the Winona State University Bands.

Quyncee Chanthanavong became the second 17-year old to earn his National EMT certification.

Congrats to SLP Swim and Dive Coach, Greg Kugler for being named the Section 5AA Coach of the Year!

The Wrestling CO-OP finished strong this past season.The team won its first section team match in 8 years and qualified four wrestlers for the state tourney. In addition to the four qualifiers we had seven more wrestlers win medals at sections. It was a great effort by everyone involved.

  • SLP’s Section Champion-Marvin Lamin
  • Chris Curtis, 4th place
  • Eric Bratsch. 4th Place
  • Romer Puch. 4th Place
  • Austin Miller, 5th Place

 

The Need to Know, February 26, 2020

Stay Connected

Spring Lake Park Schools publishes news and information on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Teachers also use several tools to track progress, assignments, attendance, grades and more. Access District and School communication.

Online Access to Student Information

Campus Parent Portal - Families can use it to view information about your student’s class schedules, attendance, end of trimester grades, transportation and transcripts. Families can also update contact information, such as email addresses and phone numbers.

Schoology - Schoology is a learning management system used in classrooms on a daily basis. Parents can view classroom and course updates, assignments, grades on assignments and tests, and communication from individual teachers. 

If you need your parent username, contact our Technology department at 763-600-5555, or Michelle Johnson at mjohn2@district16.org

Great News, February 20, 2020

He's 17 and Just Became a Certified EMT

Brendan Abrahamson just passed all his tests to become the first 17-year-old in the Opportunities in Emergency Care program to become a certified EMT. "If I can do it, anyone can," he says. Learn more about Brendan's journey.

Our Speech Team placed 2nd at Forest Lake High School on Saturday, February 15

The following students placed in their categories.

  • Creative: Philsan Isaak 3rd, Paige Lier 4thSana Wazwaz 1st
  • Discussion: Hayat Muse Honorable Mention
  • Drama: Champion Josh Archibong
  • Original Oratory: Reece Wenholz 5thSana Wazwaz Honorable Mention
  • Poetry: Reece Wenholz 2nd
  • Program Oral Interpretation: Philsan Isaak Honorable Mention 
  • Prose: Kailez Campbell Honorable Mention

Nordic Ski Awards:

  • Spirit Award: Jack Peterson
  • Most Improved: Samantha Solboe, Art Duncan
  • Rookie of the year: Cohen Janes, Donna Larson
  • MVP: Autumn VanDenTop, Milo Keyes

Congratulations to all the skiers on a great season.

A Message from Principal Boucher, February 20 , 2020

Preparing for the end of the trimester

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

We’re just a few weeks away from the end of our second trimester. The last day of the trimester is Thursday, March 5. Over the next few weeks, our focus is on finishing strong. Please encourage your student to be using SLP time to get any extra help they may need or to extend their learning. This time is purposefully built into the day for student support. 

While we finish this trimester, we also are still working with students to finalize their registration for next year. In this morning’s advisory for 9th, 10th and 11th grade students, advisors checked in with students on their plans and selections for next year as we work to get every student registered. 

Finally, thanks to parents and family members who made it to conferences last week. We appreciate the chance to connect and talk about how things are going and work together to support student success. If you weren’t able to make it, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the teacher with whom you’d like to connect.  

Have a great week!

Sincerely,

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Upcoming Events, February 20, 2020

February Events

  • Monday, February 24 - HS Choir Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.

March Events

  • Monday, March 2 - HS Wind and Symphonic Band Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4 - HS Varsity Band Concert, Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 5- End of Trimester 2
  • March 6-16 - Spring Break, no school
  • Tuesday, March 24 - ACT+ Writing exam, grade 11

April Events

  • Wednesday, April 1 - MCA Science Testing
  • Tuesday, April 7 - ACT+ Writing Makeup Exam, grade 11
  • Friday, April 10 - No School
  • Monday, April 13 - No School
  • Wednesday, April 15 - MCA Math Testing and MCA Reading Testing, grade 11
  • Friday, April 17 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 18 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, April 24 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 25 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 26 - HS spring musical, "Seussical," Fine Arts Center, 2 p.m.
The Need to Know, February 20, 2020

Changes in Registration for Activities and Athletics

The registration process for our district's activities and athletics is currently in the process of changing as we work through some technical issues with our online system. There are two drop-by registration events scheduled for spring athletics and activities at the high school on February 25 and March 3. Learn more about spring activities and athletics registration events.

Local Scholarship Application for Seniors

Seniors, the Local Scholarship Application went live on Thursday, February 20. You will have one month to submit your application if you wish to apply! Last year, our community donated over $65,000 to our seniors for their college educations.

Senior news and information

Have you ordered your senior's cap and gown? All students who are participating in the Graduation Ceremony on Friday, June 5 will need to wear a cap and gown. Order forms can be found in the main office or order online at Herff Jones. Don't delay on ordering, expediting a rush order closer to graduation will increase the cost.

Senior All Night Party

The SLP 2020 Senior All-Night Party (SANP) will be at Bowlero immediately following the graduation ceremony on June 5, 2020 from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. Students are locked-in for the night with unlimited bowling, laser tag, arcade games, pizza/pasta/wings buffet and breakfast buffet, as well as SANP favorites – the casino, salon, old time photos, caricatures, and a hilarious hypnotist performance. There are many exciting things to do in this festive, music-filled, party atmosphere. Transportation will be provided from the High School and students will not be allowed to drive themselves (per Bowlero policy).

Cost

  • $85 before May 15
  • $100 after May 15

Registration

You can download the registration form and return it with payment to the High School office or by mail (see the form for the address).

We want every student who wants to attend to be able to attend. If financial help is needed, please have student talk to their Dean about a partial fee waiver. We have limited scholarship donations that help can help offset the cost.

Follow this link for more information or contact a SANP committee volunteer

A Message from Principal Boucher, February 12, 2020

Conferences and 2020-2021 Registration Deadline

We are hoping to see many of you here over the next few days for conferences. While there is no school tomorrow, Thursday, February 13 or Friday, February 14, this is a great time to stop in and meet with your student’s teachers.

Come visit with us any time:

  • February 13, 4:30-7 p.m.
  • February 14, 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m.

While you’re here, sign up or just stop in to attend brief, 30-minute information sessions on career and college readiness topics:

  • Career exploration through Pathways:
    • February 13, 4:30-5 p.m. or 6-6:30 p.m.
    •  February 14, 9-9:30 a.m. or 10:30-11 a.m.
  • Earning college credit with 12x12:
    • February 13, 5-5:30 p.m. or 6:30-7 p.m.
    • February 14, 9:30-10 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.

All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students are registering now for their classes next year. The registration deadline is this Friday, February 14. If you haven’t already, I hope you will talk with our students about their course selections for next year.

Finally, a thank you to students and staff for your flexibility on Monday as we hosted more than 1,400 student-musicians for the Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival. It was a privilege to support the ongoing development of so many talented performers, listeners and appreciators of music. We co-hosted this annual event with Totino Grace High School and will do so again next year before passing the honor on to other member schools.

Thank you for your partnership in supporting student success, and I hope to see you over the next few days. 

Sincerely,

Matthew Boucher
Principal

A Message from Principal Boucher, February 5, 2020

Registration is open for 2020-2021; Flex learning day and conferences next week

The next two weeks are packed with activity at the high school. 

Registration for 2020-2021 opened on Monday for students in grade 9-11. As a part of our process this year, students have been working with a new online course planning tool – Naviance – to map out both their short-term and long-term plans. This learning map will be a guide for them into 2020-2021 and beyond. The registration deadline for 2020-2021 is Friday, February 14, 2020.

Please plan to join us for conferences February 13, 4:30-7 p.m., or, February 14, 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. While you’re here, plan to attend an information session on career and college readiness topoics, including earning college credits (12x12) and career exploration through Pathways. Sign up to attend a college and career readiness session

Next Monday, February 10, 2020 is a flexible learning and college visit day. Our high school is hosting the Northwest Suburban Conference Music Festival. Because of the size and scope of this event, students will work from home on Monday on assignments 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.

I hope to see you here next week! 

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Great News, February 5, 2020

SLPHS Speech Team wins first at Duluth Denfeld

SLPHS competed Saturday, February 1st at Duluth Denfeld. Eight students placed and two students won Red Ribbons, which are equivalent to honorable mention. As a team, they won 1st place small entries!

Congratulations to this team. The Middle School team will travel to South St. Paul Packers meet on Thursday, February 6 and the full team will travel to St. Michael Albertville on Saturday, February 8.

Students that placed are:

  • Creative - Paige Lier, 2nd and Philsan Isaak, 3rd
  • Discussion - Hayat Muse,1st
  • Drama - Josh Archibong, 5th
  • Original Oratory - Reece Wenholz, 3rd
  • Poetry - Reece Wenholz, 3rd
  • POI - Philsan Isaak, 3rd

We also had two Red Ribbon Winners (Honorable Mention) which means they just missed making the finals.

  • Poetry - Bronwyn Simmons
  • Prose - Kailez Campbell
Upcoming Events, February 5, 2020

Upcoming testing Dates for High School students

  • ACT Plus Writing: March 24
  • Who: Junior class
  • Make-up date: April 7
  • Students testing will be released upon collection and verification all test materials.
  • All students not taking the exam will engage in a Flexible Learning day.
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  • MCA Science: April 1 8:10-10:30 a.m.
  • Who: All students enrolled in Biology (primarily Sophomores)
  • Freshmen class will report to their Advisory and engage in prepared activities.
  • Juniors and Seniors will have an option of a late start, starting at 10:30 a.m.
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  • MCA Reading: April 15 8:10-10:30 a.m.
  • Who: Sophomore class
  • Freshmen class will report to their Advisory and engage in prepared activities.
  • Juniors and Seniors will have an option of a late start, starting at 10:30 a.m.
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  • MCA Math: April 15 8:10-10:30 a.m.
  • Who: Junior class
  • Freshmen class will report to their Advisory and engage in prepared activities.
  • Juniors and Seniors will have an option of a late start, starting at 10:30 a.m.

College and Military Visits

  • North Hennepin Community College                     February 12, 10 a.m.
  • Minnesota State University College                      February 18, 10 a.m.
  • North Central University                                        February 19, 10 a.m.
  • Creighton University                                              February 24, 10 a.m.
  • Iowa State University                                             March 2, 10 a.m.
  • St. Cloud State University                                     April 6, 10 a.m.
  • University of Northern Iowa                                   April 23, 10 a.m.
The Need to Know, February 5, 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.

Thursday, February 6 is the deadline to sign up for this class.

Senior All Night Party

The SLP 2020 Senior All-Night Party (SANP) will be at Bowlero immediately following the graduation ceremony on June 5, 2020 from 10 p.m.- 5 a.m. Students are locked-in for the night with unlimited bowling, laser tag, arcade games, pizza/pasta/wings buffet and breakfast buffet, as well as SANP favorites – the casino, salon, old time photos, caricatures, and a hilarious hypnotist performance. There are many exciting things to do in this festive, music-filled, party atmosphere. Transportation will be provided from the High School and students will not be allowed to drive themselves (per Bowlero policy).

Cost

  • $85 before May 15
  • $100 after May 15

The cost is $85 if the student registers by May 15. Late registrations (after May 15) require a lot of extra effort by the volunteer committee, so the cost increases to $100. From experience, students will feel the grad-day excitement and discover their friends are going – and then will want to go at the last minute. We can only accommodate a few graduation day sign-ups because we purchase prizes, pre-order casino chips and arcade games cards, order t-shirts etc. based on our registered number, so to guarantee your student a spot AND save money, register before May 15.

Registration

You can download the registration form and return it with payment to the High School office or mail to the address found on the form.

We want every student who wants to attend to be able to attend. If financial help is needed, please have student talk to their counselor about a partial fee waiver. We have limited scholarship donations that help can help offset the cost.

View and print the Senior All Night Party registration form here.

A Message from Principal Boucher, January 29, 2020

Sign Up for Career and College Readiness Info Sessions February 13 & 14 

Dear SLPHS families,

Conferences are almost here. We hope all families are planning to visit us at the high school during conferences February 13 and 14. Taking a few minutes to connect with your student’s teachers and talk about how things are going helps all of us in supporting student success. Please carve out some time to come and connect:

  • February 13, 4:30-7 p.m.
  • February 14, 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m.

During conferences, we’ll be offering families a couple of hot topic career and college readiness sessions covering things like earning college credits (12x12) and career exploration through Pathways. Please take a moment now to sign up for a session that works with your schedule.

Sign up for information sessions

Registration opens February 3, and students will have to make their course selections for next year by Friday, February 14. We are spending time in advisory and in content classes talking about options and refining plans. I hope you’ll talk with your student about their choices in the coming days.

Matthew Boucher
Principal

Upcoming Events, January 29, 2020

College and Military Visits

  • University of Wisconsin, Superior                         January 30, 10 a.m.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College   February 4, 10 a.m.
  • North Hennepin Community College                     February 12, 10 a.m.
  • Creighton University                                              February 24, 10 a.m.
  • Iowa State University                                             March 2, 10 a.m.
  • University of Northern Iowa                                   April 23, 10 a.m.
The Need to Know, January 29, 2020

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. 

Spring Sports registration open on February 3   

Flat rate registration fee is $200 per sport

  • Adapted Bowling - March 2
  • Adapted Softball - March 2
  • Track & Field - March 9
  • Softball - March 9
  • Baseball - March 16
  • Boys Golf - March 16
  • Girls Golf - March 16
  • Boys Tennis - March 23
  • Boys Lacrosse - March 30
  • Girls Lacrosse - March 30

Register for spring sports online

Sports Physicals: A current sports physical is required for participation in all high school sports. The physicals are good for 3 years. Forms are available in the Activities Office and on the SLPHS website.

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.

Great News, January 29, 2020

Past SLP student sharing his knowledge

Tony Lusian, SLP alumnus class of 2006, is the Sous Chef at Lafayette Club in Minnetonka. He has an associate degree in Baking and Pastry from Art Institute. Mr. Lusian presented to all of the Culinary Arts classes this past Monday. He shared his career pathway, talked and demonstrated knifes and knife skills/knife cuts and made a delicious two cheese mac n cheese, for all of us to taste! 

Music News

The following students participated in the Augsburg Honor Band on Saturday, January 25. Students worked with Rafael Rodriguez, and Erika Svanoe, composer and director of bands at Augsburg.

Ashley Yi (10) Duc Trinh (10) Obelyn Smith (10) Alyssa Bowman (9) Jackson Holmen (10) Josie Mostek (10) Mel Gallegos (10)

FCCLA News

The following FCCLA members competed at area competition and have advanced to State Competition in March.

10th Grade

  • Kawthar Al-Hadad
  • Genesis Miranda-Quezada
  • Lesley Ruiz

11th Grade

  • Cassidy Auld
  • Supy Patel
  • Shivangi Pandey
  • Bryson Rea
  • Katelyn Thoennes

The Big Picture in Mind by Wendy Hatchner

Wendy Hatchner, Spring Lake Park High School German and Spanish teacher

What does Career and College Readiness look like in your classroom?
"I love having students who maybe thought they would never go to college. Guess what, you're a junior in high school and you have already completed college coursework and sometimes for them, that's a real eye-opener and they realize maybe I should start looking into some opportunities for my future that I never thought that I would do."

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.
    • Family information sessions on Career and College Readiness, including Pathways and 12x12
  • 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.

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.

The Need to Know, November 20, 2019

Coca and Cram event tomorrow, November 21

SLPHS students are invited to attend the Coca and Cram session to get help with finals this Thursday, November 21 from 5-7 p.m. in the cafe. 

End of Trimester 1

The last day of our first Trimester is Tuesday, November 26. All student homework should be completed. If the class is only for Tri 1, be sure to turn in materials and books to the classroom teacher.

Student Parking Permits

If your student purchased a fall trimester student parking permit, the permits are only valid until November 30. 2nd trimester permits can be purchase in the Parking Shed from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Cars without current permits will be ticketed. 

DECA collecting items for SLP families in need

This week, November 18-22, DECA is collecting for SLP families in need. The winning 4th hour will receive a catered lunch. The following items are needed:

Bed and Bath Complete Sheet Sets, Blankets, Pillows, Towels and Washcloths · Toothbrushes and Toothpaste · Toilet Paper · Hairbrushes · Feminine Products · Deodorant · Shampoo/Conditioner · Body Wash · Plates/Bowls · Pots/Pans · Kitchen Utensils · Cooking Utensils · Laundry Detergent · Dish Soap · Large Totes Bags

Thank you in advance for your generous donations!

Absenteeism reports coming to mailboxes, partnership leads to greater attendance

Last fall, Spring Lake Park Schools partnered with InClass Today, an organization that has proven success in reducing chronic absenteeism. That partnership, as well as the partnership with staff and parents, has led to greater attendance district-wide. Students in grades 6-12 who have missed school – either excused or unexcused – for more than five percent of school days since the start of the school year will receive an absence report in the mail. The next round of reports will be sent beginning Friday, November 29. Learn more about the absenteeism reports and the partnerships.

Great News, November 20, 2019

SLPHS students hear from German Musicians

German musicians Eddi Hüneke and Tobi Hebbelmann held a special concert at Spring Lake Park High School for students taking German courses around the Twin Cities.

Spring Lake Park Schools students welcomed the musicians by decorating the Fine Arts Center with hundreds of personalized posters, flags and other items and all students had a blast singing along. Wunderbar!

Upcoming Events, November 20, 2019

November and December Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, November 27-Monday, December 2 - No school for students 
  • Monday, December 9 - Wind and Symphonic Band Concert, 7 p.m., SLPHS Fine Arts Center
  • 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 

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming on Friday

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to SLPHS this Friday, November 22 from 8-1 p.m.

Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs 110 pounds, considered to be in good health and has not donated in the last 56 days is eligible to donate blood. Signed permission slips are needed for 16 years old. Students who have not had a chance to sign up, should see Mrs. Wackman's room B-203.

This event is sponsored by the Student Council along wit the American Red Cross. A full list of donation criteria

College and Military Visits

Upcoming Military Visit:

  • Air Force: November 21, in the Cafeteria during lunch.

Upcoming College Visits:

  • University of Minnesota, Duluth                     Thursday, November 21, 10 a.m.
  • North Hennepin Community College              Friday, November 22, 10 a.m.
  • North Dakota State College of Science           Monday, November 25, 10 a.m.

ALL students need to sign up for college visits in Naviance. If they have questions, they can see their counselor for help. 

Upcoming Events, November 21, 2019

Career Expo

Student Services and our Pathway program will be hosting a Career Expo tomorrow, Thursday, November 22 in the Kenneth Hall gym from 11:30-1p.m. 

This Expo is presented by Metro North Area Chamber of Commerce and will feature local trades/manufacturers. Students can stop by during their lunch period.

Cocoa and Cram

All students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend Cocoa and Cram Thursday, November 22 in the cafeteria from 5-7p.m. There will be free hot cocoa and National Honor Society tutors to assist you with your preparations for final exams. NHS will also sell pizza.

Upcoming College and Military Visits

  • North Hennepin Community College in Downstairs Multi Purpose room on Friday, November 22 from 9:30 a.m.-10 a.m. The presentation is on General College and durning 2nd hour. There will be a Spanish presentation from 10 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Students will need to have pass from Student Services to attend.
  • Air Force - A representative from the Air Force will be in the cafeteria during lunch on Thursday, November 21.
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth                      Thursday, November 21 10 a.m.
     
  • North Hennepin Community College               Friday, November 22, 10 a.m.
  • North Dakota State College of Science            Monday,November 25 10 a.m.
A Message from Principal Boucher, November 14, 2019

Spring Lake Park High School Parents/Guardians and Senior students,

Graduation may sound far away, but June will be here before you know it. Every student must wear a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. The first deadline for ordering your Cap and Gown is Wednesday, November 20. A representative from Herff Jones will be in the cafeteria during lunches to take orders. Online ordering is now available. After November 20, prices will increase by $10. 

Thank you,

Mathew Boucher,
Principal 

Great News, November 14, 2019

Four student-athletes participate in National Signing Day

We are #SLPPantherProud of student-athletes Keely Johnson, Gabe Myren, Madie Pich and Alexie Stephani for committing to play their sport at the collegiate level at the Signing Day event on Wednesday, November 13.

  • Keely Johnston- Girls Soccer- Minnesota State University, Moorhead (DII)
  • Gabe Myren- Boys Basketball- Minnesota State University, Moorhead (DII)
  • Madie Pich- Softball- St. Cloud State (DII)
  • Alexie Stephani- Girls Soccer and Track- Viterbo Univeristy, WI (NAIA)

Read more: http://bit.ly/2NOT48U

The Need to Know, November 14, 2019

Panther Curling Parent Information Night

Time/Date: 6-7 p.m. on Monday, November 18

Location: Four Seasons Curling Club in Fogerty Arena, 9250 Lincoln St NE, Blaine, MN 

Who: Any SLP Student in grades 7-12 may join. No prior experience necessary!

What: Curling is an Olympic sport! The sport of curling consists of four team members working together in different ways to accurately place curling rocks or “stones” on a sheet of ice 150 feet long. All team members are constantly involved whether you are “throwing,” “sweeping,” or “skipping.” The play is usually not fast-paced, and there is always an opportunity to socialize and have a great time on or off the ice.

​We will have bussing for students after school to the curling club.

Cost: $130 - This includes 1st week Learn to Curl session, 12 weeks of instruction/gameplay, all equipment needed to curl will be provided to use, end of season high school curling tournament, bussing to the arena, coaching staff, and snacks and beverages each week.

Register for Curling Club today.

Career Development Month Comes to SLP

What do you want to do when you grow up? That question gets more and more real for our high school students each day, and it’s one we are actively trying to help them answer.

During November, at Spring Lake Park High School, students will have an opportunity to explore different career paths with several student-focused events planned to help students begin to discover what they are passionate about.

Know a high school student? Encourage them to attend events this month. Check out Career Development events here.

Upcoming Events, November 14, 2019

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming on Friday

The American Red Cross Bloodmobile is coming to SLPHS this Friday, November 22 from 8-1 p.m.

Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs 110 pounds, considered to be in good health and has not donated in the last 56 days is eligible to donate blood. Signed permission slips are needed for 16 years old. Students who have not had a chance to sign up, should see Mrs. Wackman's room B-203.

This event is sponsored by the Student Council along wit the American Red Cross. A full list of donation criteria

College and Military Visits

Army National Guard: November 14, during SLP time in the Upper Multi-Purpose room.

Air Force: November 21, in the Cafeteria during lunch.

Upcoming College Visits:

  • Northern Michigan University                         Thursday, November 14, 10 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth                     Thursday, November 21, 10 a.m.
  • North Hennepin Community College              Friday, November 22, 10 a.m.
  • North Dakota State College of Science           Monday, November 25, 10 a.m.

ALL students need to sign up for college visits in Naviance. If they have questions, they can see their counselor for help. 

A Message from Principal Boucher, November 6, 2019

College Fair this Friday, November 8

Spring Lake Park High School Families:

We take October’s College Knowledge Month into the first few days of November with our annual college fair this week. On Friday, November 8, during fourth hour, we’ll have 48 college and university representatives will us at the high school to connect with our sophomore, junior and senior students.  

During Advisory last week, teachers had tools to help students prepare for the event, including a video on doing a college search in Naviance and a list of 20 Questions to ask a college rep. Please encourage your student to use these tools and pick a few favorite questions to focus their conversations with college reps. 

This is a particularly a great event for juniors to attend in preparation for our College Kick Off Event coming the evening of December 12. College Kick Off is held annually for the junior class and parents. Mark your calendars now and plan to come for an evening filled with everything you want and need to know about getting ready for continuing education after high school.

We’ll be shifting gears a bit the rest of November and turning our focus to career exploration with several student-focused events planned to provide opportunities for students to learn about different career options. See more information in the Need to Know section of the newsletter, and please encourage your student to attend the College Fair on Friday, November 8.

Best,
Matthew Boucher, Principal 

The Need to Know, November 9, 2019

SLPHS to host a College Friday on Friday, November 8

Coming up on Friday, November 8, SLPHS will host the Annual College Fair. The Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color ( MnACC) will be coming into our building with 80-100 college reps from 48 colleges and universities from the midwest eager to meet with and share information with our students.

  • When: Friday, November 8
  • Time: 11:36 a.m.-1:01 p.m. (4th hour)
  • Where: Panther Gym
  • Who: Open to ALL 10th, 11th and 12th-grade students

Career Development Month Comes to SLP

What do you want to do when you grow up? That question gets more and more real for our high school students each day, and it’s one we are actively trying to help them answer.

During November, at Spring Lake Park High School, students will have an opportunity to explore different career paths with several student-focused events planned to help students begin to discover what they are passionate about.

Know a high school student? Encourage them to attend events this month. Check out Career Development events here.

Now is the time to purchase a 2019-2020 SLPHS yearbook

Yearbooks are sold by pre-ordering with a final count submitted at the end of January. Prices will increase by $5 each month past the October 27 deadline. There are no guarantees on reserving a book after February 1. Order now to reserve your copy.

A limited supply of order forms can be found in the main office or you can purchase the SLPHS yearbook online.

Parents of seniors can submit a baby ad in the yearbook. The deadline for ads is December 2, 2019. Please submit a baby photo along with a message to your senior. Packets went home with students in advisory.

Parking Permits 

All students need to purchase a parking permit. They can be purchased for the school year, trimester or daily in the shed from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Fines will be issued to cars without permits.

Great News, November 6, 2019

Football Quarterfinal Game - Saturday, November 9

Cheer on the Panther Football team in the Quarterfinal game against Coon Rapids Cardinals at Osseo High School on Saturday, November 9 at noon. 

Pre-sale tickets are now available and cost $11 for adults and $7 for students. Students are considered K-12 grade and there is not a discount for senior citizens. Pre-sale tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-sale ticket dates, times and locations:

  • Thursday, November 7, 7:15-8:15 a.m., SLPHS Rotunda
  • Thursday, November 7, 11:36 a.m.-1 p.m., SLPHS Cafeteria (Please note, pre-sale tickets during lunch will be available only for students to purchase.)
  • Friday, November 8, 7:15-8:15 a.m., SLPHS Rotunda

SLPHS Speech and Debate team finds success 


The SLPHS Speech and Debate team had a great first meet of the season using the November topics. Congratulations to the following placers:

  • Philsan Isaak and Reece Wenholz: 1st place, Varsity Public Forum
  • Annabelle Coler and Paige Lier: 2nd place, JV Public Forum
  • Ellie Jeppson and Shivangi Pandey: 4th place, Novice Public Forum
  • Hayat Muse and Sana Wazwaz: 6th place, Varsity Public Forum

SLPHS Fall Theater - "You Can't Take it With You"

Final weekend for "You Can't Take It With You," a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy. 

Performances

  • Friday, November 8, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m.*

Online ticket prices: Adult $10 Student $5

*Matinée performances - all seats $5 Note: online ticket sales will close one hour prior to showtime.

At the door ticket prices: Adult $11 Student $6   *Matinee performances - all seats $6

Purchase tickets today

Upcoming Events - November 6, 2019

Calendar

  • November 8-9 - SLPHS theater, "You Can't Take It With You" - All performances will take place in the SLPHS Fine Arts Center. Purchase your theater tickets today.
    • Friday, November 8, 7 p.m.
    • Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8 - Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color (MnACC) College Fair during 4th hour for grades 10-12.
  • Monday, November 11 - HS Jazz Concert, 7 p.m. at the SLPHS Fine Arts Center
  • Monday, November 25 - Parent Advisory Committee Meeting, 6 p.m. room B205
  • November 27-December 2 - No School

Career Development Month Comes to SLP

What do you want to do when you grow up? That question gets more and more real for our high school students each day, and it’s one we are actively trying to help them answer.

During November, at Spring Lake Park High School, students will have an opportunity to explore different career paths with several student-focused events planned to help students begin to discover what they are passionate about.

Know a high school student? Encourage them to attend events this month. Check out Career Development events here.

Great News, October 31, 2019

Football Playoffs

Our Panthers will be hosting Robbinsdale Cooper High School this Friday, November 1 for the Section 5 AAAAA Finals at 7 p.m. Come show your Panther Pride and cheer them on!

Ticket pricing:

  • Adults - $8
  • Students - $6

SLPHS Fall Theater - "You Can't Take it With You"

"You Can't Take It With You" is a madcap, idealistic comedy that reinforces the idea that you can only live life to the fullest by doing whatever makes you happy.

Performances

  • Saturday, November 2, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m.
  • Friday, November 8, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m.*

Online ticket prices: Adult $10 Student $5

*Matinée performances - all seats $5 Note: online ticket sales will close one hour prior to showtime.

At the door ticket prices: Adult $11 Student $6   *Matinee performances - all seats $6

Purchase tickets today

The Need to Know, October 30, 2019

College Fair - Friday, November 8

Coming up on Friday, November 8, we will be hosting our Annual College Fair. The Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color ( MnACC) will be coming into our building with 80-100 college reps eager to meet with and share information with our students.

This fair will run the entire 4th hour on Friday, November 8. Teachers are encouraged to come down with their whole class for this experience. If you are unable to do this, we ask that you send students during their lunch or give them a pass if they are able to miss some of your class. 

The fair is open to all 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. No freshman please.

Now is the time to purchase a 2019-2020 SLPHS yearbook

Yearbooks are sold by pre-ordering with a final count submitted at the end of January. Prices will increase by $5 each month past the October 27 deadline. There are no guarantees on reserving a book after February 1. Order now to reserve your copy.

A limited supply of order forms can be found in the main office or you can purchase the SLPHS yearbook online.

Parents of seniors can submit a baby ad in the yearbook. The deadline for ads is December 2, 2019. Please submit a baby photo along with a message to your senior. Packets went home with students in advisory.

Parking Permits 

All students need to purchase a parking permit. They can be purchased for the school year, trimester or daily in the shed from 7:30-8:30 a.m. Fines will be issued to cars without permits.

 

A Message from Principal Boucher

Next week, on Election Day, November 5, there are two Spring Lake Park Schools levy renewal questions on the ballot. There are no tax increases related to these questions. Renewal of the levies would maintain the current level of taxes and funding.  

  • The Levy for Learning funds teachers and programs
  • The Capital Projects Levy funds essential technologies for classrooms, operations, and security. Each renewal funds existing essentials for our schools

As we work to better personalize learning for our students, we know strong staffing ratios like we have in our schools and classroom technologies that support increasing students’ voice and choice in their learning are critical. Our goal is that kids are actively engaged in the learning process. This often means teachers are responding individually through technology and students are receiving specific feedback. It means students and teachers are working together to build the content or pathway to achieving the identified learning outcome. It means creating a safe space for students to respond in class and make mistakes without having to deal with the anxiety of how others in class may perceive them.

One of the greatest challenges in a year when school district topics are the only issues on the ballot is getting the community to get out and vote. I hope you will find the five or ten minutes it will take to cast your vote. Find voting information and more here.

A Message from Principal Boucher- October 9, 2019

Spring Lake Park High School Families,

I wanted to share a number of special events Spring Lake Park High School and Minnesota colleges and universities have planned for the month of October to celebrate College Knowledge Month. We encourage families to check out the following events and opportunities.

Free college application opportunities

A number of Minnesota colleges and universities are waiving their application fees throughout the month of October. All Minnesota State colleges and universities will waive fees October 28-November 1, 2019. If prompted for a promo code, applicants should use “CKM2019.” Learn more about 2019-2020 free application opportunities at Minnesota Colleges and Universities.

Special events at Spring Lake Park High School

College Application Bootcamp
Tuesdays and Thursdays, SLP time, Upstairs Multipurpose Room

On each Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of October, students can attend a College Application Bootcamp during SLP time. The Bootcamp will cover creating a college list, completing college applications, requesting transcripts, requesting letters of recommendation, writing your college essay, fee waiver questions and Naviance questions.

FAFSA event
October 15, 6-7 p.m., SLPHS computer lab

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, can be confusing and overwhelming. Come work on your FAFSA application with college professionals, Spanish interpreters will be available to help.


Senior parent presentation
October 15, 4:30 p.m., SLPHS Fine Arts Center

SLPHS counselors will tell families what to expect during their senior year, including important steps, deadlines and ideas to prepare their senior for leaving the nest. Whether college, military or workforce bound, we will cover all that is needed to help you help your senior be successful after high school.
 

MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce
October 15 and 16, outside of SLPHS cafeteria

Members from the MetroNorth Chamber of Commerce will be at SLPHS during family and teacher conferences on October 15 and 16 to share available resources from our business community, including part-time student job opportunities, adult job openings and other career resources. We encourage families to stop by the MetroNorth tables outside of the SLPHS cafeteria to learn more between 4:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 or 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16.
 

College planning presentation
October 21, 5:30 p.m., SLPHS Fine Arts Center

Are you interested in learning more about the planning process for college? Is your student a first-generation college applicant or do just want to know what has changed since you applied to college? This presentation is for all families and will cover the basics of each year of high school and what students and families can do to best prepare for life after high school.

Wednesday college days

Wednesdays throughout the month of October are College Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their college gear.

College and military visits

Representatives from a number of local colleges, universities and military will be at SLPHS during lunch, advisory and SLP time throughout the month of October. Students are encouraged to stop by and talk to representatives to learn more. There will also be three presentations for students to attend throughout the month.

Learn more about College Knowledge Month and the events happening at SLPHS.

Great News - October 9, 2019

Panther Football team wins Homecoming Game 

Congrats to the Panther Football team for winning 48-0 against the North St. Paul Polars on Friday night!

Sock Drive a success

The SLPHS Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter recently hosted a Sock Drive where they collected 128 pairs of socks and $126.83 from high school advisories. The chapter took the collected money to purchase even more socks, resulting in 278 socks that will be sent to the Minnesota Veteran's Home.

Special shout out to ninth grader Mason White for his generous donation. Mason was the winner of two tickets to an upcoming 21 Pilots concert!

Hip Hop meets high school band

Audiences were amazing at the Hip Hop Showcase Concert on Monday night that showcased the High School bands and artists Ashley DuBose, Josh Holmgren, Cameron Kinghorn and the SLO Dance Company! Learn more about the Showcase Concert.

2019-2020 Homecoming Court

Congratulations to Homecoming Queen Nadine Musa and King Simon Tewalt, along with the rest of the Homecoming Court!

2019-2020 Homecoming Court:
-Senior Royalty Queen Nadine Musa and King Simon Tewalt
-Junior Royalty Princess Madi Ngene and Prince Kaleb Skelly
-Sophomore Royalty Princess Gwen Johnson and Prince Ethan Rombach
-Freshmen Royalty Princess Maria Horst and Prince Mikey Say

 
The Need to Know - October 9, 2019

Academic Lettering Ceremony

We will be celebrating our sophomore, junior and senior student academic accomplishments from the 2018-2019 school year. We welcome our students and their families to come to this event.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7:15 a.m. in the SLPHS Fine Arts Center. 

A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Panther Gym.
 

Senior Yearbook Deadlines

Head-shots at David Bank Studios for $30.00 or October 23 at SLPHS. Only David Bank photos will be used in the yearbook.

  • Buy a yearbook - October 21-25
  • Baby Ads - December 2nd deadline

Athletic Announcements

Winter Sport Sign up opens on October 1.  Must have a current physical to apply.

After School Weight Room   Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee is $25 dollars. Sign up through fee pay online. Questions? See Coach Schlieff.

Student Announcements

Keep an eye out for our student announcements emailed each Monday and Friday for up to the minute information.

View all SLPHS 2019-2020 activities

Upcoming Events - October 9, 2019

Calendar

  • October 10 - Academic Lettering Ceremony - 7:15 a.m. - FAC
  • October 14-October 18 - No students
  • Fall Conferences 
    • October 15 - 4:30-7 p.m. - Cafeteria
    • October 16 - 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. Classrooms
    • October 21 - 4:30-7 p.m. - Cafeteria
  • October 23 - Final date for head-shots David Banks - SLPHS

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 

  • Iowa State University - Monday, October 21, 10 a.m.
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Tuesday, October 22, 9:30 a.m.
  • Hamline University - Wednesday, October 23, 10 a.m.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College - Thursday, October 24, 10 a.m.
  • University of Minnesota Duluth - Monday, October 28, 10 a.m.
  • University of Missouri Columbia - Thursday, October 31, 9:30 a.m.
  • St. Cloud State University - Thursday, October 31, 10 a.m.

Military Visits

  • Minnesota Army National Guard 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.,  Mondays 
  • Navy 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • US Army, 11:30 a.m.,Tuesdays
  • Marines 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
The Need to Know - October 2, 2019

Homecoming Week September 30 - October 4

Dress-Up Days:

  • Thursday: Sports/Jersey Day
  • Friday: Spirit Day

Friday, October 4th:

Tailgate and Parade: Rotunda from 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Football Game: Panther Stadium 7 p.m.
Casual Dance: Cafeteria 8-11 p.m.

Academic Lettering Ceremony

We will be celebrating our sophomore, junior and senior student academic accomplishments from the 2018-2019 school year. We welcome our students and their families to come to this event.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 a.m. in the SLPHS Fine Arts Center. 

A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Panther Gym.
 

Senior Yearbook Deadlines

Head-shots at David Bank Studios for $30.00 or October 23 at SLPHS. Only David Bank photos will be used in the yearbook.

Buy a yearbook - October 21-25

Baby Ads - December 2nd deadline

Athletic Announcements

Winter Sport Sign up opens on October 1.  Must have a current physical to apply.

After School Weight Room   Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The fee is $25 dollars. Sign up through fee pay online. Questions? See Coach Schlieff.

Student Announcements

Keep an eye out for our student announcements emailed each Monday and Friday for up to the minute information.

View all SLPHS 2019-2020 activities

A Message from Principal Boucher- September 25, 2019

Dear families,

In the coming weeks, you will begin to see more information about the November 5 election. People who live in our school district will see two questions on their ballot. Both ask voters to consider renewing existing levies that fund programs and technologies for our schools.

Renewing these levies does not increase funding and does not increase taxes for taxpayers. By state law, each levy must be renewed to keep funding that is already in place.

I hope you will take a moment to learn more about the levies. Most importantly, please plan to vote on – or before – November 5. Find more levy information on the Spring Lake Park Schools website.

Also, we have been reviewing the dangers of vaping and the use of vape products with students, in advisory this week. I have included a link to resources provided by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) that addresses some of the risks of vaping. I am sharing so you are informed about the current health concerns related to vaping. To view the CDC vaping information, click here.

Sincerely,
Matthew Boucher
Principal
Spring Lake Park High School

Upcoming Events - September 25, 2019

Calendar

  • September 26 - Senior Panoramic,12th Graders
  • September 30-October 4 - Homecoming week
  • October 7 - HS Showcase Band Concert 7 p.m. - FAC
  • October 8 - Final picture re-take day - Lifetouch
  • October 10 - Academic Lettering Ceremony - 7:30 a.m. - FAC

On the radar:

  • Fall Conferences 
    • October 15 - 4:30-7:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
    • October 16 - 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-3:00 p.m. Classrooms
    • October 21 - 4:30-7:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
       

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.,  Mondays 
  • Navy 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • US Army, 11:30 a.m.,Tuesdays
  • Marines 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
The Need to Know - September 25, 2019

Homecoming Week September 30 - October 4

Dress-Up Days:

  • Monday: Sunny and 75 vs. 30 Below
  • Tuesday: Character Day
  • Wednesday: Class Color Day
    • 9th: Pink
    • 10th: Green
    • 11th: Purple
    • 12th: Yellow
    • Staff: White
  • Thursday: Sports/Jersey Day
  • Friday: Spirit Day

Monday, September 30th:

Powderpuff Game: in Panther Stadium from 5:45-6:45
Coronation: Fine Arts Center 7:00

Friday, October 4th:

Tailgate and Parade: Rotunda from 4:30-6:30
Football Game: Panther Stadium 7:00
Casual Dance: Cafeteria 8:00-11:00

Academic Lettering Ceremony

We will be celebrating our sophomore, junior and senior student academic accomplishments from the 2018-2019 school year. We welcome our students and their families to come to this event.

The ceremony will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 a.m. in the SLPHS Fine Arts Center. 

A reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the Panther Gym

Student Announcements

Keep an eye out for our student announcements emailed each Monday and Friday for up to the minute information.

View all SLPHS 2019-2020 activities

A Message from Principal Boucher- September 11, 2019

Dear families,

Our families play an important role in helping us maintain a safe and secure learning environment for our students. We have a few reminders as we begin the year: 

  • Arrival and Dismissal: Please drop your child off – Student drop off and pick up is at door #1 (High School Main Entrance). Please keep to the right of the driveway. Parking, idling and double-sided parking is prohibited (emergency vehicles must be able to enter and exit). You may pull into the staff parking lot and wait for your child there. 
     
  • Lunch drop off – If you drop off a lunch for your child, you may do so in the main office. Please communicate with your child that you have dropped lunch off in the main office for them. They will be able to pick their lunch up in the main office during the passing period prior to their lunch period. Main office staff will not call your child to pick up their lunch.
     
  • Early Student Pickup: If you will be picking up a student early, please call ahead at least one hour prior to pick up – this will give the office staff time to locate your child, we use flex areas and students are not always in a classroom.
     
  • Visiting your child at school or attending a meeting during school hours: Please remember to check-in at the main office with your picture ID. Your ID will be scanned into our visitor management system, and you will receive a visitor’s badge.  

We take safety and security very seriously as a foundation for a productive learning experience. Thank you for your partnership.

Sincerely,

Matthew Boucher
Principal
Spring Lake Park High School

The Need to Know - September 11, 2019

Student Services

No more schedule changes

Now that the year is officially underway, the schedule change window has closed. Starting, Thursday, September 5 schedules will only be changed if the request meets the following criteria:

  1. You have an empty spot in your schedule.
  2. You are missing a course that is needed for graduation.
  3. You do not have the correct prerequisite for a course.
  4. You want to increase the rigor of your schedule.

Because we are at capacity in most classes, we will not be rearranging hours, changing teachers, or changing electives for trimester 1. Later this trimester, you will have an opportunity to make changes to your trimester 2 classes. We thank you in advance for your cooperation with our schedule change policy.

Student Clubs and Activities

Yearbook Meeting Wednesday, September 11

"Ice Breaker" meeting after school in room B-140. Expect after school fun and games for as long as you can stay! Bring $2 for pizza and bring your own drink. Snacks and fun for all returning and new yearbook members. 
Yearbook class members are always invited to attend after school meetings.

First Leo Meeting 

The first Leo meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 11 from 3-4 p.m. in the cafeteria. All students are welcome to attend and find out about the Leo Community Service program.

FCCLA Meeting

An FCCLA will take place on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 3:05 p.m. in the Culinary Arts/Foods Room B-108. All students are welcome. Snacks will be provided. Questions about FCCLA, please see Miss Henry, the advisor.

Latino club 

Latino club will meet on Mondays and Thursdays in room B106 from 3-4 p.m. to learn about the culture. 

View all SLPHS 2019-2020 activities

Upcoming Events - September 11, 2019

Calendar

  • September 23 - Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) - 6 p.m. - B205
  • September 26 - Senior Panoramic,12th Graders
  • October 7 - HS Showcase Band Concert 7 p.m. - FAC
  • October 8 - Final picture re-take day - Lifetouch
     

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.,  Mondays 
  • Navy 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • US Army, 11:30 a.m.,Tuesdays
  • Marines 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Upcoming Events - May 29, 2019

Calendar

  • May 30 - Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert, call time 6 p.m., 7 p.m./FAC
  • May 31 - Senior Practice 10 a.m. - Panther Gym 
  • June 3 - Choir Concert  - 7 p.m./FAC
  • June 6 - Last Day of School
  • June 7 - Commencement - 7:15 p.m. - Panther Stadium

Class of 2019 Important Dates and Deadlines

May 22, 2019 - Awards Night - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 31, 2019 - Senior Graduation Practice - Panther Gym -10 a.m. (This is required)
June 3, 2019 - Choir Concert - FAC - 7 p.m.
June 7, 2019 - Graduation - Stadium- 7:15 p.m.

*Note - any Cap and Gown orders after May 1, 2019 the price will increase to $40 and are not guaranteed for delivery.

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. 
The Need to Know - May 29, 2019

Attention Class of 2019 - Important Information

Graduation Practice - Friday, May 31, 2019  - Note time change:

This Friday, May 31, seniors and advisors are to report directly to the Panther Gym for their graduation walkthrough at the start of Advisory at 10 a.m. Students will formally practice their graduation walkthrough in preparation for June 7. We expect that this meeting will last up to 45 minutes.

Students may purchase their gold tassels and cords and pay outstanding student Campus fees.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

On June 6, all seniors are to report to the FAC at 8:10 a.m. for a final graduation walkthrough/senior meeting. Upon completion of the graduation walkthrough seniors will turn in their iPads. After iPad turn-ins, seniors will be released from Spring Lake Park High School to complete two electronic end of year surveys that they may complete independently.

Senior students who need to remain on site to complete required courses may do so.

Friday June 7th - Graduation night:

Seniors must report in formal graduation attire to the Auxiliary Gym for graduation no later than 6:30 p.m. on June 7th.

* Herff Jones gowns must be returned no later than 9:00 p.m. on June 7, 2019.  After 9:00 p.m. the student will be charged $30.00 for the cost of the gown.

Please see attached for the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Medication Pick-up Information

Please be aware that all medications stored in the health office will be sent home with students during the last few days of school. If you would like other accommodations to be made, please contact  Emma Olson, RN at 763.600.5104

Metro Transit's Summer Student Pass

Metro Transit’s Summer Student Pass is BACK!

The price is the same as last year - for $29, students who are enrolled at your location in 9-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year can purchase a Summer Student Pass. This also includes seniors who will be graduating this year (class of 2019). These students will get unlimited rides on city buses and light rail trains from June 1-September 3 from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Please contact Metro Transit for more information on summer student passes.

Free High School Sports Physicals

Is your high school student-athlete in need of a sports physical so they are eligible to play next school year?

Twin Cities Orthopedics is again hosting free sports physicals on July 15, 16 and 18 from 5-8 p.m. at nine locations throughout the metro. This is a great way for students to get their Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) qualifying sports physical completed. Registration begins Monday, June 3. Learn more about the free high school sports physicals.

Spring Lake Park High School AFS Program is looking for host parents

Click here to learn more about hosting an AFS student.

Great News - May 29, 2019

29th Annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony

Spring Lake Park High School hosted its 29th annual Scholarship and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 22 to honor our seniors of the Class of 2019.

Throughout the evening, more than 80 seniors, almost 25 percent of the graduating class, were presented with more than $55,000 in scholarships. These scholarships help students who are pursuing further education at four-year colleges, two-year colleges, technical colleges and trade schools.

Academic awards and student achievement awards were also presented to deserving seniors. 43 seniors were presented with academic letters and an additional 19 were recognized for earning an academic letter in each of their four years.

Read more about the Annual Scholarships and Awards Ceremony

SLPHS adapted bowlers roll into the state tournament

Three Spring Lake Park High School adapted bowlers recently participated in the State Adapted Bowling Tournament at Bowlero in Brooklyn Park.

In the ASD boys’ singles division, junior Immanuel Reynolds (pictured below) received 10th place and a medal for being in the top 10. In the girls’ ASD division, sophomore Libby Chlebeck received 16th place. In the girls’ singles cognitively-impaired division, junior Maddie Stroman received 29th place. Also, on the team this year were seniors Will Johnson and Alex Xiong, junior Sean Riley and freshmen Mayah McDowell and Alex Pham.

Read more about the adapted bowlers state tournament

Adapted bowling team photo
The Need to Know - May 22, 2019

Attention Class of 2019

Get up to date information Class of 2019 graduation information.

If you ordered a cap and gown or specialty items, please stop by the Main Office before school, during advisory or after school to pick these items up.

If you qualify for a gold tassel or a gold cord, they will go on sale beginning on May 20, 2019 in the main office.

Medication Pick-up Information

Please be aware that all medications stored in the health office will be sent home with students during the last few days of school. If you would like other accommodations to be made, please contact  Emma Olson, RN at 763.600.5104

Metro Transit's Summer Student Pass

Metro Transit’s Summer Student Pass is BACK!

The price is the same as last year - for $29, students who are enrolled at your location in 9-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year can purchase a Summer Student Pass. This also includes seniors who will be graduating this year (class of 2019). These students will get unlimited rides on city buses and light rail trains from June 1-September 3 from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Please contact Metro Transit for more information on summer student passes.

Free High School Sports Physicals

Is your high school student-athlete in need of a sports physical so they are eligible to play next school year?

Twin Cities Orthopedics is again hosting free sports physicals on July 15, 16 and 18 from 5-8 p.m. at nine locations throughout the metro. This is a great way for students to get their Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) qualifying sports physical completed. Registration begins Monday, June 3. Learn more about the free high school sports physicals.

Spring Lake Park High School AFS Program is looking for host parents

Click here to learn more about hosting an AFS student.

Upcoming Events - May 22, 2019

Calendar

  • May 22 - Awards Night - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • May 29 - No school - Memorial Day
  • 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
  • May 31 - Senior Practice 8:10 a.m. - Panther Gym 
  • June 3 - Choir Concert  - 7 p.m./FAC
  • June 6 - Last Day of School
  • June 7 - Commencement - 7:15 p.m. - Panther Stadium

MCA Testing Schedule

May

  • 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.

Class of 2019 Important Dates and Deadlines

May 22, 2019 - Awards Night - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 31, 2019 - Senior Graduation Practice - FAC - 8:10 a.m. (This is required)
June 3, 2019 - Choir Concert - FAC - 7 p.m.
June 7, 2019 - Graduation - Stadium- 7:15 p.m.

*Note - any Cap and Gown orders after May 1, 2019 the price will increase to $40.00 and are not guaranteed for delivery.

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 - May 22, 2019

Anything Goes Musical receives Hennepin Theatre Trust Awards

Spring Lake Park High School’s spring musical, Anything Goes, is being honored as an Honorable Mention performance by the Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Musical Theatre Program. The musical was recognized for overall production, performance and individuals for their exceptional achievement onstage.

Read more about the Anything Goes musical award

Senior Brady Nelson awarded $52,000 Luther Scholarship

Spring Lake Park High School senior Brady Nelson has been awarded the Luther Scholarship, valued at $52,000 over four years, from Bethany Lutheran College beginning with the 2019-2020 school year. 

Read more about the Nelson being awarded the Luther Scholarship

Seven Panther Student-Athletes participate in Signing Day

Panther student-athletes Anneka Clark, Jaxon Fenn, Mason Johnson, Makenna Leik, Natalie Nusbaum, Derek Sonmore and Lauren Woodford participated in Signing Day on Wednesday, May 15 and committed to play their sport at the collegiate level.

“This is one of the best days in my job,” said athletic and activity director Will Wackman. “We’re honoring really, really good student-athletes who are going on to other endeavors and we’re just so proud of them.”

Coaches introduced each student-athlete and family, friends and teammates were in attendance to celebrate and support them as they signed National Letters of Intent. Learn more about the student-athletes.

Upcoming Events - May 15, 2019

Calendar

  • May 15 - NHS Induction - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • May 22 - Awards Night - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • 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 
  • June 3 - Choir Concert  - 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.

Class of 2019 Important Dates and Deadlines


May 15, 2019 - NHS Induction - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 20, 2019 - Cords and Tassels go on sale - Main office - during Advisory/SLP time
May 22, 2019 - Awards Night - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 31, 2019 - Senior Graduation Practice - FAC - 8:10 a.m. (This is required)
June 3, 2019 - Choir Concert - FAC - 7 p.m.
June 7, 2019 - Graduation - Stadium- 7:15 p.m.

*Note - any Cap and Gown orders after May 1, 2019 the price will increase to $40.00 and are not guaranteed for delivery.

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. 
The Need to Know - May 15, 2019

Attention Class of 2019

If you ordered a cap and gown or specialty items, please stop by the Main Office before school, during advisory or after school to pick these items up.

If you qualify for a gold tassel or a gold cord, they will go on sale beginning on May 20, 2019 in the main office.

Medication Pick-up Information

Please be aware that all medications stored in the health office will be sent home with students during the last few days of school. If you would like other accommodations to be made, please contact  Emma Olson, RN at 763.600.5104

Metro Transit's Summer Student Pass

Metro Transit’s Summer Student Pass is BACK!

The price is the same as last year - for $29, students who are enrolled at your location in 9-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year can purchase a Summer Student Pass. This also includes seniors who will be graduating this year (class of 2019). These students will get unlimited rides on city buses and light rail trains from June 1-September 3 from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Please contact Metro Transit for more information on summer student passes.

Free High School Sports Physicals

Is your high school student-athlete in need of a sports physical so they are eligible to play next school year?

Twin Cities Orthopedics is again hosting free sports physicals on July 15, 16 and 18 from 5-8 p.m. at nine locations throughout the metro. This is a great way for students to get their Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) qualifying sports physical completed. Registration begins Monday, June 3. Learn more about the free high school sports physicals.

Spring Lake Park High School AFS Program is looking for host parents

Click here to learn more about hosting an AFS student.

The Need to Know - May 8, 2019

Metro Transit's Summer Student Pass

Metro Transit’s Summer Student Pass is BACK!

The price is the same as last year - for $29, students who are enrolled at your location in 9-12th grade for the 2019-2020 school year can purchase a Summer Student Pass. This also includes seniors who will be graduating this year (class of 2019). These students will get unlimited rides on city buses and light rail trains from June 1-September 3 from 5 a.m.-10 p.m. 

Please contact Metro Transit for more information on summer student passes.

Parents of athletes asked to complete a Twin Cities Orthopedics survey

Spring Lake Park High School partners with Twin Cities Orthopedics, TCO, to offer sports medicine to our student-athletes. TCO is asking all parents of student-athletes to take five minutes to complete this partnership survey.

The responses to this survey will be used to strengthen the partnership between Spring Lake Park High School and TCO and to give TCO insight as to the awareness of our sports medicine partnership. The survey takes approximately 3-5 minutes to complete and will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 10. 

Those that complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a TCO Yeti tumbler mug. One winner will be notified via email by on Wednesday, May 15. Email addresses submitted for the drawing will not be used for advertising or solicitation by TCO.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Annie Rowan at annierowan@tcomn.com. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback to TCO on behalf of Spring Lake Park High School.

Complete the TCO Partnership Survey

Free High School Sports Physicals

Is your high school student-athlete in need of a sports physical so they are eligible to play next school year?

Twin Cities Orthopedics is again hosting free sports physicals on July 15, 16 and 18 from 5-8 p.m. at nine locations throughout the metro. This is a great way for students to get their Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) qualifying sports physical completed. Registration begins Monday, June 3. Learn more about the free high school sports physicals.

Athletes, you're invited to participate in National Signing Day

National Signing Day at Spring Lake Park will allow any student-athlete regardless of division to celebrate their accomplishment with the Spring Lake Park Schools' community. 

To participate in National Signing Day, the student-athlete and/or coach must notify the athletic office of their intention to participate in the event and must provide the following documentation by Friday, May 10, 2019. 

Learn more about National Signing Day.

Spring Lake Park High School AFS Program is looking for host parents

Click here to learn more about hosting an AFS student.

Great News - May 8, 2019

Graduating seniors celebrate at Decision Day event

The Spring Lake Park High School student services department hosted a Decision Day event on May 1 to recognize seniors heading to college, other post-secondary education programs, the military or the workforce.

Read more about the SLPHS Decision Day event

Senior Makenna Leik honored with Platinum level Graduating Seniors Award from U.S. Figure Skating Committee

Spring Lake Park High School senior Makenna Leik has been awarded the Platinum level Graduating Seniors Award from the Program Development Committee of U.S. Figure Skating for her dedication to pursuing figure skating while maintaining her school academics.

Leik, who started skating before turning one and competing at the age of four, has competed in eight Minnesota skate championships, six regional championships, three sectional championships and two U.S. synchronized skating championships.

After graduation, Leik will be attending Miami University and will compete on the University’s Varsity Synchronized Skating team at the Senior level, representing Miami University and Team USA across seas.

Team USA will announce the team’s international assignments in October 2019. Last year, Miami University competed in Croatia and Sweden, representing U.S. Figure Skating and Team USA.

Read more about Makenna's award and accomplishments

Upcoming Events - May 8, 2019

Calendar

  • May 13 - SLPHS Jazz One and Two Concert at Famous Dave’s in Uptown, Minneapolis 7 p.m./Famous Dave’s
  • May 15 - NHS Induction - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • May 22 - Awards Night - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • 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 
  • June 3 - Choir Concert  - 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.

2019 AP Exam Schedule 

  • Wednesday, May 8
    • English Lit and Comp KHG - 8 a.m.
    • Studio Art - KHMR - noon
  • Thursday, May 9
    • Chemistry KHG - 8 a.m.
    • Psychology KHG - noon
    • Studio Art- KHMR - noon
  • Friday, May 10
    • U.S. History KHG - 8 a.m.
    • Computer Science Principles KHG - noon

Class of 2019 Important Dates and Deadlines

May 10, 2019 - Last day for SANP $85 registration fee
May 11, 2019 - SANP $100 registration fee
May 14, 2019 - Cap and Gown Distribution - Cafeteria - during 4th hour
May 15, 2019 - NHS Induction - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 20, 2019 - Cords and Tassels go on sale - Main office - during Advisory/SLP time
May 22, 2019 - Awards Night - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 31, 2019 - Senior Graduation Practice - FAC - 8:10 a.m. (This is required)
June 3, 2019 - Choir Concert - FAC - 7 p.m.
June 7, 2019 - Graduation - Stadium- 7:15 p.m.

*Note - any Cap and Gown orders after May 1, 2019 the price will increase to $40.00 and are not guaranteed for delivery.

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 - May 1, 2019

Calendar

  • 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 15 - NHS Induction - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • May 22 - Awards Night - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • 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.

2019 AP Exam Schedule 

  • Monday, May 6 
    • Government and Politics - 8 a.m.
  • Tuesday, May 7
    • Spanish Language KHG - 8 a.m.
    • Physics 1 KHG - noon
  • Wednesday, May 8
    • English Lit and Comp KHG - 8 a.m.
    • Studio Art - KHMR - noon
  • Thursday, May 9
    • Chemistry KHG - 8 a.m.
    • Psychology KHG - noon
    • Studio Art- KHMR - noon
  • Friday, May 10
    • U.S. History KHG - 8 a.m.
    • Computer Science Principles KHG - noon

Class of 2019 Important Dates and Deadlines

May 10, 2019 - Last day for SANP $85 registration fee
May 11, 2019 - SANP $100 registration fee
May 14, 2019 - Cap and Gown Distribution - Cafeteria - during 4th hour
May 15, 2019 - NHS Induction - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 20, 2019 - Cords and Tassels go on sale - Main office - during Advisory/SLP time
May 22, 2019 - Awards Night - FAC - 7 p.m.
May 31, 2019 - Senior Graduation Practice - FAC - 8:10 a.m. (This is required)
June 3, 2019 - Choir Concert - FAC - 7 p.m.
June 7, 2019 - Graduation - Stadium- 7:15 p.m.

*Note - any Cap and Gown orders after May 1, 2019 the price will increase to $40.00 and are not guaranteed for delivery.

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. 
The Need to Know - May 1, 2019

Parents of athletes asked to complete a Twin Cities Orthopedics survey

Spring Lake Park High School partners with Twin Cities Orthopedics, TCO, to offer sports medicine to our student-athletes. TCO is asking all parents of student-athletes to take five minutes to complete this partnership survey.

The responses to this survey will be used to strengthen the partnership between Spring Lake Park High School and TCO and to give TCO insight as to the awareness of our sports medicine partnership. The survey takes approximately 3-5 minutes to complete and will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 10. 

Those that complete the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a TCO Yeti tumbler mug. One winner will be notified via email by on Wednesday, May 15. Email addresses submitted for the drawing will not be used for advertising or solicitation by TCO.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Annie Rowan at annierowan@tcomn.com. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback to TCO on behalf of Spring Lake Park High School.

Complete the TCO Partnership Survey

Free High School Sports Physicals

Is your high school student-athlete in need of a sports physical so they are eligible to play next school year?

Twin Cities Orthopedics is again hosting free sports physicals on July 15, 16 and 18 from 5-8 p.m. at nine locations throughout the metro. This is a great way for students to get their Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) qualifying sports physical completed. Registration begins Monday, June 3. Learn more about the free high school sports physicals.

Athletes, you're invited to participate in National Signing Day

National Signing Day at Spring Lake Park will allow any student-athlete regardless of division to celebrate their accomplishment with the Spring Lake Park Schools' community. 

To participate in National Signing Day, the student-athlete and/or coach must notify the athletic office of their intention to participate in the event and must provide the following documentation by Friday, May 10, 2019. 

Learn more about National Signing Day.

Spring Lake Park High School AFS Program is looking for host parents

Click here to learn more about hosting an AFS student.

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
Upcoming Events - March 27, 2019

Calendar

  • March 26-28 - MCA Testing 
  • April 2 - Electronic Learning Day for 9th, 10th and 12th Graders
  • April 13 - Prom

MCA Testing Schedule

March

  • March 26-28
    • MCA Science, Biology Students

April

  • April 2
    • ACT Plus Writing, All of 11th grade
  • 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. 
The Need to Know - March 20, 2019

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 20, 2019

Panther boys’ basketball team wins 5AAAA academic section championship

For the third straight year, the Spring Lake Park High School boys’ basketball team has won the 5AAAA academic section championship.

The criteria for this award is to have a better overall team GPA than the other seven teams in the 5AAAA section. This year, the the GPA for all 18 players on the section roster was 3.16.

Read more about the Panther Boys' academic section achievement

OEC teams place top five at state competition

The Spring Lake Park High School Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program had 12 teams compete at the 33rd annual State Youth EMS Competition in Chaska on Saturday, February 23.

There were 36 teams total at the state competition from six different programs representing almost 20 high schools from around the state.

The competition consisted of four-person teams. Each member on the team took a 50-question exam and worked three 20-minute scenarios.

Read more about the OEC State Competition

Panther Boys’ Swimming and Diving members compete at state tournament

The Spring Lake Park High School's boys' swimming and diving team finished in 29th place with 13 points at the state tournament on Saturday, March 2. 

Senior Joe Privratsky finished his high school career with an all-state eighth place finish in the 100 Breaststroke. 

The 200 Medley Relay team of Joe Privratsky, Nick Starcevich, Andrew Ullman and Kieran Ripken also scored at the state meet with their 16th place finish. 

Read more about the Swim and Dive team's journey to state

Upcoming Events - March 20, 2019

Calendar

  • March 26-28 - MCA Testing 
  • April 13 - Prom

MCA Testing Schedule

March

  • March 26-28
    • MCA Science, Biology Students

April

  • April 2
    • ACT Plus Writing, All of 11th grade
  • 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 - March 6, 2019

Calendar

  • March 7 - Last day of Trimester 
  • March 8 - No students
  • March 11-15 - No students - Spring Break
  • March 18 - No students - Teacher Professional Learning

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. 
The Need to Know - March 6, 2019

Check out all our Winter Sports wrap up - Sections and Finals

Click here to view Sections and Finals

Prom 2019

The guest forms for students from other schools and detailed information is now available at the main office.

**Deadline for guest forms is Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m.

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

Great News February 6, 2019

Exciting things happening with the Spring Lake Park High FACS classes

Local 14-year-old culinary chef gives cooking demonstration to SLPHS students

Spring Lake Park High School students in Family and Consumer Science Culinary courses had the opportunity to receive a demonstration from Spencer Venancio, a 14-year-old up and coming Culinary Arts chef in the Twin Cities.

Read more of the story here

The Need to Know - February 27, 2019

5th Annual Spring Lake Park High School Mattress Fundraiser

  • When: Sunday, March 3
  • Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Where: Spring Lake Park High School Cafeteria

Click here to find out more.

Check out all our Winter Sports wrap up - Sections and Finals

Click here to view Sections and Finals

Prom 2019

The guest forms for students from other schools and detailed information is now available at the main office.

**Deadline for guest forms is Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m.

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

Upcoming Events - February 27, 2019

Calendar

  • March 2 - Band, Choir and Theater Fundraiser - High School Cafeteria
  • March 4 - Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • March 4 - Cocoa and Cram Event - 6-8 p.m.
  • March 5 - Varsity Band Concert - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • March 7 - Last day of Trimester 
  • March 8 - No students
  • March 11-15 - No students - Spring Break
  • March18 - No students - Teacher Professional Learning

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 February 6, 2019

Exciting things happening with the Spring Lake Park High Band

The Cedes Don Bosco Concert Band from Costa Rica performed in an exchange concert with the Symphonic Band last week on Friday. They performed a variety of band works featuring folk music from Costa Rica. Symphonic Band students shared several popular pep band songs with them  - a super fun way to exchange music. View more about the Cedes Bon Bosco and SLPHS band story here.

Professor Betsy McCann from the University of Minnesota came in on Tuesday February 5, 2019 to work with the Wind Ensemble before they perform at the All Conference Festival next week.

SLPHS Boys’ Basketball program raised $2,000 for Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser

The Spring Lake Park Boys’ Basketball program raised more than $2,000 for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

The team sold t-shirts during SLPHS lunch periods and also collected donations at Coaches vs. Cancer Night during their home game on Monday, February 4, where they won against Osseo High School 70-64.

The Coaches vs. Cancer program, in collaboration with the National Association of Basketball Coaches, has been around for 25 years and has united coaches and fans nationwide to support the American Cancer Society in improving and saving lives from cancer.

Throughout the year, the Coaches vs. Cancer program has various themes and events that high school and college basketball teams can participate in to raise money for the American Cancer Society. At the February 4 game, SLPHS and Osseo head basketball coaches sported suits and sneakers in support of the recent Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Week event.

Upcoming Events - February 6, 2019

Calendar

  • February 6, 2019 - 8th grade Registration Night - 4:30-7 p.m.
  • February 9, 2019 - "Frosty Night" Dance - 7-10 p.m. - High School
  • February 14, 2019 - Winter Conferences - 4:30-7 p.m. - Cafeteria and B building
  • February 15, 2019 - Winter Conferences - 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. - Classrooms

Spirit Week Dress Up Days

  • Thursday, February 7: Jersey Day
  • Friday, February 8: Spirit Day

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 

Anoka Ramsey Comm College - Tuesday, February 12 at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lake Superior College (MN) - Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
 

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. 
The Need to Know - February 6, 2019

Winter Conferences

February 14, 2019 - 4:30-7 p.m. - Cafeteria and B building
February 15, 2019 - 8-11 a.m. and noon-3 p.m. - Classrooms

Please stop by the Main office if you have questions or need assistance.

SLP Schools continues partnership with InClass Today to reduce absenteeism

We have been working with InClass Today to develop a process to identify and communicate with families of students who are chronically absent from school. Feedback from parents also helped to refine the process.

The first round of absence reports was sent in fall 2018 and we are now ready to send the next round of reports. Students in grades 6-12 who have missed school – either excused or unexcused – for more than five percent of school days since the start of the school year will receive an absence report in the mail. The next round of reports will be sent beginning Friday, February 8.

Research by Johns Hopkins University and The University of Chicago has found that chronic absenteeism – missing more than five percent of school days – significantly impacts a student’s academic success.

The purpose of the absence reports is to help parents and guardians keep track of their student’s absences, and help their student stay motivated to reduce future absences. The reports also help to emphasize the importance of attending school on a regular basis. The use of these regular absence reports can significantly reduce student absenteeism. The report is designed to be easy to read by all families.

If you would like to check your child’s attendance at any time, you can do so by logging into Campus Parent PortalOpens a New Window. If you have any questions about your child’s school attendance, feel free to contact your child’s Dean at 763-600-5130.

Winter Spirit Week 

Winter Spirit will take place February 4-8

Thursday: Jersey Day
Friday: Spirit Day

Frosty Night" Dance

The "Frosty Night" Dance will take place on Friday, February 1 from 7-10 p.m. This dance is for SLPHS students only.

Cost is $5 and tickets will be sold during Spirit Week at lunchtime.

The dance will be casual, and we encourage students to match their date or their group of friends they are attending the dance with.

Student Parking Permits must be Renewed

Cars with expired permits, or no permits, will be ticketed beginning Monday, December 10. All parking permits are to be renewed online, then picked up in the security shed before school. Renewal for the Winter Permit is $50, or $100 for the Winter and Spring Permit. Limited Permits, 3 hours or less, are renewed at $20 per trimester. REMINDER: Absolutely no parking in either of the staff lots. If you have any questions, please stop at the security shed before school. Tickets must be purchased online. 

Get Involved - January 23, 2019

Get Involved in Panther Clubs and Activities

Club Highlight: 

Tech Crew

Helping with a variety of events including the theater events.

Learn and create….. set design and build, painting, lighting, lighting programming, sound operation, costume design and build, prop making, video production, marketing theater shows and more.

Advisors - Mr. Julien - rjulie@district16.org

Cost: $50.00-75.00, online registration (HS Fall Play & Musical $50.00, One-Act Play $75.00)

·         Meeting time: Monday 3:15 in the FAC, plus theater shows and events.

The Need to Know - January 23, 2019

Spring Lake Park High School - National Signing Day

February 6, 2019 - 7:30 a.m. - Stadium Suite at Spring Lake Park High School

National Signing Day at Spring Lake Park will allow any student-athlete regardless of division to celebrate their accomplishment with the Spring Lake Park School community. To participate in National Signing Day, the student athlete and/or coach must notify the athletic office of their intend to participate in the event and must provide the following by 02/01/19.

Division I, IAA, II or NAIA:

National Letter Intent from the institution they will be attending in the Fall.

Division III:

Letter from the University/Coach certifying they will have a roster spot in the next calendar year as well as proof of admission to the University.
 

Boys Basketball Program selling Coaches vs. Cancer T-shirts

The SLP Boys' Basketball program is selling t-shirts during all lunch periods today, January 23, to raise funds for their annual Coaches vs Cancer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. 

T-shirts will cost $10 each, with all proceeds going to our local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Cash donations will also be accepted during lunches.

There will be a final time to donate funds at halftime of the annual Coaches vs Cancer Game, which will be next Tuesday, January 29, at the SLP vs Osseo game at 7 p.m.
 

Yearbook Sale this Thursday and Friday

One last "At School Yearbook Sale" will take place during lunch this Thursday, January 24 and Friday, January 25. This will be your last time to save money and guarantee a yearbook is reserved for you on delivery day the last week in May. After February 1, books will be sold on line only for $90 until our contracted print number is sold out!

Your final savings here at school will be $80 cash or check made payable to “SLPHS Yearbook."
A limited number is available to pre-order. Once that number is gone, they are gone!!!
Last year there were about 60 people who wanted the yearbook after they were sold out…order now!!!

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7th Annual FCCLA Walk Information 

FCCLA is sponsoring their 7th annual walk for better health on Friday, January 25. Students will pay 25 cents or more to get out of their advisory and walk the designated route in the "B" building. Students will be asked to wear a sticker that you can "purchase" from your advisory teacher and wear it in a visual upper part of their body.  Students must walk there. There should be no gathering of groups along the way. Money collected this year will be donated to pediatric cancer/Love Your Melon.

Upcoming FCCLA meeting 

There is a FCCLA this Thursday, January 24 at 3:05 p.m.
 

Upcoming Talent Show Information 

Want to show off your talents? The SLPHS Talent Show will be held on Friday, February 8.  
Audition forms can be picked up in the choir room from Ms. Phelps. The deadline to apply is this Friday, January 25. Auditions will be held on January 30 and 31 and are open to any current SLPHS student. Please talk to Ms. Phelps if you have any questions!
 

Winter Spirit Week 

Winter Spirit will take place January 28-February 1

  • Monday: Groutfit Day (grey outfit)

  • Tuesday: Sunglasses/Sunny and 75 Day

  • Wednesday: Blast from the Past 

  • Thursday: Jersey Day

  • Friday: Spirit Day

Women for Change

Women for Change is hosting a poetry slam on January 28 from 3-4 p.m. We are looking for performers! You can perform an original piece or someone else’s piece relating to feminism/women empowerment. If you have questions or want to perform please email philsan2000@gmail.com by January 25.
 

Powerpuff Volleyball Game

The upcoming Powerpuff Volleyball Game will take place on Wednesday, January 30 from 8-9 p.m. Senior and Junior boys who wish to play in the volleyball game can sign up outside of Mrs. Wackman's room.
 

"Frosty Night" Dance

The "Frosty Night" Dance will take place on Friday, February 1 from 7-10 p.m. This dance is for SLPHS students only.

Cost is $5 and tickets will be sold during Spirit Week at lunchtime.

The dance will be casual, and we encourage students to match their date or their group of friends they are attending the dance with.
 

Student Parking Permits must be Renewed

Cars with expired permits, or no permits, will be ticketed beginning Monday, December 10. All parking permits are to be renewed online, then picked up in the security shed before school. Renewal for the Winter Permit is $50, or $100 for the Winter and Spring Permit. Limited Permits, 3 hours or less, are renewed at $20 per trimester. REMINDER: Absolutely no parking in either of the staff lots. If you have any questions, please stop at the security shed before school. Tickets must be purchased online. 

Upcoming Events - January 23, 2019

Calendar

  • January 28, 2019 - PAC Meeting - 6 p.m. - B205
  • January 28, 2019 - HS Wind Ensemble & 8th grade Band Concert - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • January 28 - February 1, 2019 - Spirit Week
  • January 30, 2019 - New Student Information Night - 6:30 p.m. - FAC
  • January 30, 2019 - Powerbuff Volleyball Game - 8:00-9:00 p.m.
  • February 1, 2019 - "Frosty Night" Dance - 7-10 p.m. - High School
  • February 4, 2019 - Jazz Concert, Jazz One and Jazz Two - 7:00 p.m. - FAC

Spirit Week Dress Up Days

  • Monday: Groutfit Day
  • Tuesday: Sunglasses Day
  • Wednesday: Blast from the Past (dress like a year or decade from the past)
  • Thursday: Jersey Day
  • Friday: Spirit Day

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 

University of Wisconsin - Superior - January 24, 2019 - 10:00 a.m.
 

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 - January 16, 2019

Calendar

  • January 21, 2019 - No school, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 28, 2019 - PAC Meeting - 6 p.m. - B205
  • January 28, 2019 - HS Wind Ensemble & 8th grade Band Concert - 7 p.m. - FAC
  • January 28 - February 1, 2019 - Spirit Week
  • January 30, 2019 - New Student Information Night - 6:30 p.m. - FAC

Spirit Week Dress Up Days

  • Monday: Sunglasses Day
  • Tuesday: Groutfit Day
  • Wednesday: College Day
  • Thursday: Jersey Day
  • Friday: Spirit Day

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 

Minnesota State University-Mankato   January 22, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.
University of Wisconsin - Superior - January 24, 2019 - 10 a.m.

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. 
The Need to Know - January 16, 2019

Friday's Boys' Basketball game at Park Center High School Information

Going to the boys' basketball game at Park Center High School this Friday, January 18? If so, you must show your ID school badge to get into the game. If you do not show your ID, you will not be able to get into the game. 

  • Ticket sales start at 3:30 p.m.
  • Only students from SLPHS and Park Center are allowed entry to the game
  • All SLPHS students must show their ID to enter. ID's can be shown online or in-person.  

Theatre One-Act Play

SLPHS One-Act Play (MSHSL Competition Team) will perform "Four Baboons Adoring the Sun," on Friday, January 18 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, January 19 at 2 p.m. in the FAC. Tickets can be purchased at the door. 

7th Annual FCCLA Walk Information 

FCCLA is sponsoring their 7th annual walk for better health on Friday, January 25. Students will pay 25 cents or more to get out of their advisory and walk the designated route in the "B" building. Students will be asked to wear a sticker that you can "purchase" from your advisory teacher and wear it in a visual upper part of their body.   
Students must walk there. There should be no gathering of groups along the way. Money collected this year will be donated to pediatric cancer/Love Your Melon.

Winter Spirit Week 

Winter Spirit will take place January 28-February 1

  • Monday: Sunglasses Day
  • Tuesday: Groutfit Day
  • Wednesday: College Day
  • Thursday: Jersey Day
  • Friday: Spirit Day
Get Involved - January 16, 2019

Get Involved in Panther Clubs and Activities

Club Highlight: 

Prom Committee

The Prom Committee is still looking for students interested in helping out for Prom.  Check in with Ms. Brockman in room (B208D). Prom will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

Prom Committee - Advisors - Ms. Brockman - abrock@district16.org and Ms. Chlebeck - kchleb@district16.org

  • Cost: No charge
  • Meeting time: TBD
Great News - January 16, 2019

FCCLA Members Advancing to State

Twelve members of the Spring Lake Park High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter advanced to the state competition after competing at the regional FCCLA competition on Friday, January 11.

During the competition, sophomore Shivangi Pandey scored a perfect 100 score during her Illustrated Talk on her future career dreams and goals.

Several other SLPHS competitors scored in the high 90s.

FCCLA members advancing to state and their projects:

Ninth grade:

  • Madison Cole - Career Investigation, career about Anesthesiologist
  • Mercedes Lohrke and Lesley Ruiz - Life Event Planning, planning a trip to San Francisco

10th Grade:

  • Leen Alijabari - Fashion Design, designed clothes about teenagers and their emotions 
  • Shivangi Pandey - Illustrated talk on her Career Path (100 points)
  • Supriya Patel - Career Investigation, Dermatologist (99 points)
  • Bryson Rea - Recycle and Redesign, designed and made a survival shelter for the homeles