Student Announcements

Spring Lake Park High School publishes daily student announcements during the school year. 

Announcements will also be sent via email to families on Wednesdays. If you are not receiving these emails, please review your contact information in Campus Parent Portal. If you still do not receive newsletter emails, please contact the High School at 763-600-5100.

In today's student announcements...

Senior Class Information

Class of 2021 - order your cap and gown by December 31

Our official partner for graduation, Herff Jones, gives families a wide selection of unique and custom graduation items including caps and gowns, graduation announcements, senior jewelry, frames, senior gear and more. Cap and Gowns must be ordered by December 31, 2020 to ensure proper sizing and availability. For information about how to place your order and to view full product offerings, visit the graduation page of the website.

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.

Click here to request a transcript

Universities, Colleges and Military Visits - Virtual Sessions

All students in grades 9-12 are invited to attend college visits. Students must RSVP in Naviance. This RSVP will be their pass to Student Services. 

November is Career Exploration Month at SLPHS

Career Exploration Month is here! Due to Extended Flexible Learning being implemented for the remainder of Trimester 1, the SLPHS Counseling Team will be hosting Career Speakers all month during online classes! Courses offering speakers will be posted in Schoology for students and on our Career and College Counseling Website for parents to view who is speaking and when. If your student is interested in attending a session (but are not in the class where the presentation is happening) you may message Ms. Blaido, Counselor for Career and College Readiness, and request the link for logging in during the session. Please be sure to ask in advance so we can arrange your students commitments to their other classes. 

During Career Exploration Month, one-to-one meeting sessions will be available during the last week of November. Students will be able to sign-up and meet with industry leaders for Q&A. The counseling and Pathways Programming are working to provide our students a Career Fair this spring, either virtual or in person.

College Possible - Last call for Juniors to apply for College Possible. The deadline is December 1 - Link to apply and more information can be found in Schoology.

Seniors - the Wallin Scholarship Application is now live!

Watch this video to learn more about this scholarship opportunity.

Counselor Assignments for SLPHS Student Groups

Troy Willemssen twille@district16.org Teams 9A and 10A
Ikran Salat 
isalat@district16.org
Teams 9B and 10B
Lindsey Redmann lredma@district16.org Teams 9C and 10C
Julie Turchioe
jturch@district16.org
11th and 12th graders with last names A-He
Justine Malecha
jmalec@district16.org
11th and 12th graders with last names Hi-Pa
Tamiko Montgomery
tmontg@district16.org
11th and 12th graders with last names Pe-Z
Jennifer Blaido 
jblaid@district16.org
Counselor for College and Career Planning
Kadie Chlebeck
kchleb@district16.org
Dean of Students
Athletic and Activity Announcements

Athletics 

Thank you to all the athletes who went out for any sport this season!

SLP appreciates the dedication and sacrifices that you all had to endure during this weird and unpredictable season.   

KARE 11 - Randy Shaver makes his picks for the top high school football players in Minnesota in 2020 - Joey Sorenson, Spring Lake Park, Sr.

Joey Sorenson of Spring Lake Park packs a punch at just 5-foot-6, 165 pounds. Sorenson has 61 tackles heading into the Panthers season finale, also recording five interceptions and six pass break ups through six games. Coach John Stewart says Sorenson is the heart and soul of the best defense in 5A. 

Senior Macy Smith commits to play college basketball in California  

Congratulations to Panther student-athlete Macy Smith for signing her national letter of intent to play D1 basketball at California State University, Northridge next year! 

“If anyone deserves to play college basketball at the highest level, it is Macy. Good things happen to players that put in the extra work to become better and that is what she has done. It has been a pleasure coaching her and I have no doubt she will be a great addition at USUN.” - Randy Eatherton, head Panther girls’ basketball coach. 

Winter Sports Registrations are open!

Turn in your physical now if you don’t have one on file. Physicals are good for three years.

Our registration site is new this year and each family will need to create a new account. Register here.

Activities

Join SLPHS clubs!

There are six SLPHS clubs currently available for students to get involved in. Clubs are a great way to meet new people, broaden knowledge and gain experience beyond the classroom. If a student is interested in the following clubs, please reach out to the advisor for additional details regarding dates and times.

Community Education Department

Spring Lake Park Schools Community Education offers teen driver’s education in cooperation with Safeway Driving School. Safeway Driving School has been graduating teen drivers in the Twin Cities area for over 40 years and their instructors are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.   

The State of Minnesota requires that driver’s education distance learning be conducted in a face-to-face platform, which requires that students have a video camera and audio capabilities on their devices. Safeway has chosen a secure Zoom platform to conduct the class.  Safeway’s only focus is creating safe, responsible teen drivers. Classroom and behind-the-wheel lessons emphasize defensive driving techniques tailored for the inexperienced teen driver while targeting to influence the invincible teen attitude.   

Full Course Fee of $370 is broken into three payments: 

$220 due at registration time, $150 ($75 on the first lesson and $75 on the second lesson); checks made payable to Safeway Driving School or call Safeway before behind-the-wheel to pay by credit card   

The next class sessions are: 

  • November 30-December 16 (No Class on Dec 7) 
  • January 13-29
  • February 10-27

Register for Driver's Education 

The Need to Know

Lifetouch School Photo Retakes - today, Wednesday, November 25

There will be school photo retakes today, Wednesday, November 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. Students must wear a mask upon entry at the school building. No School Thursday, November 26 and 27

No School - Thanksgiving Break - November 26-27

There is no school for all students next Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving break. School will resume on Monday, November 30.

Free meal pick-up and community distribution

As all students grades K-12 transition to Extended Flexible Learning (distance), Spring Lake Park Schools will continue to support students’ nutritional needs. We will provide a bagged breakfast and lunch option to all children ages 1-18 at no cost.

We will be distributing free meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays at locations throughout the community. On Tuesdays, families will receive two-days’ worth of meals. On Thursdays, families will three-days’ worth of meals.

Because there is no school on Thursday, November 26, families will receive five-days' worth of meals on Tuesday, November 24.

Students and families should visit the Free meal pick-up and community distribution news page for updated information and to find the interactive map of the 10 distribution locations.

Adopt a Family: 

The Opportunities in Emergency Care (OEC) program is kicking off its annual Adopt a Family fund drive to help those in the community. OEC has been running this community event since 1996.   

The purpose of the fund drive is to raise money to purchase Christmas gifts for students and families in the Spring Lake Park school district, and for the Alexandra House.  

This fund drive will look a bit different this year as we have few students and staff in the building, and no advisories to collect from, hence, we are starting a little earlier than in the past.   

The primary way of fundraising this year will be through this GoFundMe page

This drive will go until Wednesday, December 16. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Continue to report COVID-19 positive cases to school  

Please continue to call your school’s health line, 763-600-5104, to report COVID-19 positive cases. The district will continue to report on district health as students are in Extended Flexible Learning (distance). 

SLPHS Attendance information

Attendance will be taken and recorded at the end of each period based on student attendance in the "live" session for the period. Parents should continue to call the attendance line at 763-600-5109 to report a student absence when a student is unable to attend school in person, and/or participate in "live" sessions, and/or complete daily work expectations. 

Technology Support  

The SLP Tech Department is here to support students and families. 

If you need technology support, please 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. 

Remember to also utilize our Technology, Resources and Log Ins page

Tools, Resources and Log Ins page, a one-stop-shop for all SLP technology tools. 
Whether you are paying fees or learning on your school-issued iPad, find technology information you need here. https://www.springlakeparkschools.org/parents/technology-toolkit 

You will find info on…  

  • School Operational Systems: Campus Parent Portal, MyStop and others (check schedules, pay fees, find bus information and more). 
  • Digital Learning Systems: Schoology and Seesaw 
  • iPad Tutorials 
  • Self Service 
  • Conferencing Tools 
  • Tools to Demonstrate Learning 
  • Student Online Resources 
  • Troubleshooting Tips 

This toolkit includes links to video tutorials, FAQs and informational resources on a variety of tools used by Spring Lake Park Students and Staff.  Scroll down to find support for each of the tools. 

Virtual Teen Support Group sponsored by Alexandra House 

For youth, ages 14-19, who have experienced relationship and/or sexual violence.  

All genders welcome! All Services are free and Confidential! 

Wednesdays at 3 p.m. on Zoom, starting December 9, 2020. 

*Pre-registration required - register here

Student Mental Health information: Important Numbers

  • Crisis Text Line (TXT4LIFE): Text MN to 741741
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 
  • National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-442-4673 
  • The Trevor Project: LGBTQ+ 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 
  • Alexandra House: 763-780-2330 
  • Local Shelter/Minnesota Domestic Violence Crisis Line: 1-866-223-1111 

Please contact Whitney Booth with further questions at wfenne@district16.org 

2020 Perspective 

Perspective: In a recent TV CBS newscastSteve Hartman, reporter, asked the question “With all that is going, and a holiday about gratitude, may feel a little off.”  So, he asked his three younger kids. “So, what can you possibly be thankful for in 2020?” The kids said, “Ahhh,” One said, “Maybe we could say what was hard for us.” 

Hartman showed his kids a video that he produced at a thrift store, where people were waiting in line for clothes and food.  
When he asked them what they were grateful for he got surprising answers. ”I can breathe and walk.”  “I have place with a roof over my head.”  “I can use my arms and legs.” 

One older gentleman was pointed out to his kids, He said, “I am alive, I will be spending thanksgiving by myself, I will sit on a park bench and think of the wonderful thanksgivings I have had in my life.  And to have one bad thanksgiving out of 63, amazing thanksgivings, well that is pretty good odds.  We need to be more thankful for things that we do have rather than complaining what we don’t have.”  Hartman stopped that video and asked his kids, “So what do you think?” Kids responded, “I think he’s right.” 
Hartman went on “Some people have lost so much, but yet, so many he spoke to “had an attitude about gratitude.”  
One of the young kids said, “Well, if these people found something to be thankful for, is seems like there is no way not to.”