Daily Announcements

2015 Yearbooks

will be received and distributed in mid-October.

Picture Day

will be Thursday, September 3.  Students will receive a picture order form on the first day of school.  Extra forms are available in the High School Office.  Even if you choose not to purchase the pictures, all students should have their photo taken in order to receive a High School ID card.

Senior Portrait Retakes

will be Wednesday & Thursday, September 23 & 24.  If you did not already have your senior portrait taken by Lifetouch, you should receive an appointment card in the mail.  If you have not had your senior portrait taken and do not receive an appointment card, you should contact Lifetouch at 410-644-7700.  Even if you choose not to purchase the senior portrait package, you must have your photo taken by Lifetouch to be included in the yearbook.  Location for Senior Portraits on Wed. Sept. 23, is in the Band Room and location for Senior Portraits on Thurs. Sept. 24, is in the LGR (please enter through the Commons entrance).

To report Vo-Tech absences to BSHS, students/parents may call 776-2434 and press option 2 for attendance to leave a message for Donna Minnich. 

To report absences to the Vo-Tech school, students/parents may call 697-0354 - extension 108 to leave a message. 

Vo-Tech students must report absences to both schools.

Driving/Parking Permits

Application pick up dates:

Students may pick up the Application for Driving/Parking Permits at the High School office starting August 10, 2015 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  These applications require a parent signature and must be completed prior to purchasing a permit.  When submitting an application, students must also provide:
* driver's license
* proof of current insurance
* valid vehicle registration

Permit fees are $30.00.
We will be using a hang tag permit this year instead of a sticker.  This hang tag is transferable between vehicles registered on the Application.  Therefore, it is not necessary to purchase additional Parking Permits.  If the hang tag is lost or destroyed, the replacement cost is $30.00 for a new hang tag permit.

Parking permits will be sold in the High School Office on the following dates and times:

August 20, 21, and 24: 9:00 am -12:00 noon
Parking Permits can also be purchased in the Commons during lunch beginning Tuesday, August 25, with a completed and signed Application for Driving/Parking Permit and all additional required documentation.

10th and 11th Graders:  PSAT Information

Test Date:  Wednesday, October 14, 2015 during school

Cost:  $15

Registration:  9/8/15 – 9/23/15 in the counseling office

Please see attached parent letter for detailed information.

PSAT Information.pdf

The Junior Achievement STEM Summit

will be held Wednesday, September 23. Thirty business volunteers will visit Big Spring High School to immerse 9th grade students in science, technology, engineering, and math.  Through a day-long series of career panels, competitions, and experiments, students will be inspired to learn about careers in STEM fields.  The day is designed to be fast-paced and very hands-on, creating an atmosphere of excitement and energy.

For more information, contact Lisa Black at lblack@bigspring.k12.pa.us or 717-776-2443.

Beginning of the year forms and documents have been posted to the High School Web Site.  Please go to the Parent Documents tab and select the folder Opening School Year Information.

Physical Education Attire, 2015-16
All high school students will be expected to wear Big Spring Physical Education attire, beginning in 2014-15.  The attire is a maroon and gold shorts and shirt combination with a Bulldog logo.  The shorts/shirt combination is made of moisture management, “performance” clothing.  The cost of the shorts/shirt combination is $18.00.  The school will work with families in financial need regarding costs.  The Health and Physical Education Department is moving to standard physical education attire for several reasons:

1.  Safety- The PE clothing is designed for freedom of movement and minimal liability for injury(no pockets, zippers, belt loops, etc.)
2.  Appropriate- No appropriate attire questions, students can not lose class points/credit with the school approved shirt/shirts.
3.  Affordability- For this competitive cost, students may be able to wear one or both parts of the uniform throughout much or all of their high school years.
4.  School Spirit- Big Spring Bulldog logo and colors for everyone!

Ordering Instructions:

1.  Please log onto:  
2.  Enter Access Code for "Big Spring Physical Education Clothes"
     Access Code = BIG (access code is case sensitive)
3.  Select t-shirt and shorts sizes.  Crew neck sweatshirts and sweatpants are available but are OPTIONAL.  Each student is expected to have, at minimum, a uniform t-shirt and uniform shorts or sweatpants       
4.  Add selected items to cart
5.  Proceed to Checkout
6.  Create account.
7.  Enter student name (first & last) and grade in COMMENTS section 
8.  Complete transaction

Physical Education Attire Instructions.pdf
The 2015 Commencement Ceremony will be recorded.  If you would like to purchase a copy, please see the attached order form.  DVD's will be available for pickup in the High School Office after August 26, 2015.
Grad video orderform.pdf

Welcome to Big Spring High School

    Hours:  7:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
                                                    Phone:    (717) 776-2434

Please select the following after dialing main number:

1 - Receptionist/Assistant Principal 
      (Work Permits, Parking Permits, Detention, ISS, OSS)
2 - Attendance Secretary
3 - Principal Secretary
4 - Counseling Office
(Transcripts, Diploma Verifications, Schedules, etc.)
5 - Athletic Office (Sports Physicals, Sporting Events, Coaches)
6 - Nurses Office
7 - Cafeteria
(Student Lunch Account)
8 - Library

District Announcements

15 - 16 Chromebook Updates

The school year is quickly approaching and BSSD is excited to continue our secondary Chromebook initiative this year.

6th Grade Families will be able to learn about the program and complete related paperwork at 6th Grade Orientation on August 20th.  Chromebooks will be distributed on the first day of School.

9th Grade students will receive their Chromebooks during Dawg Day Freshman Orientation.

All other secondary students will keep their current Chromebook.  Please remember to bring them with you on the first day of school!

Protection plans that were purchased during the 14-15 school year will continue to be in effect for the 15-16 school year.

For more information about the program, protection plan, and the Chromebook agreement, please see the documentation below...

Chromebook Documents
BSSD Chromebook Guidelines
BSSD Chromebook Agreement
Chromebook Brochure

Hello everyone!

Happy summer!  The Big Spring Marching Bulldogs and the Big Spring Band Boosters are pleased to be hosting the Bulldog Band Brawl marching competition on Saturday, September 26th, beginning at 6 PM in the High School Stadium.  This comes after a 4 year hiatus from hosting a show.  We currently have 8 bands attending from throughout South Central PA, making this the largest of the four shows we’ve hosted.

This is not only a great opportunity for the competing bands, but also a great fundraising opportunity for the band boosters, who fund a majority of the marching band program here.  Attached to this email is an opportunity for all of our supporters to help us out!  The band members would love to see their teachers wish them well with Patron Ads in the program.  Patron ads are available in 1 or 2 line versions for only $5 or $10.  Additionally, to supplement the cost of awards and judges, we are selling trophy sponsorships.  Trophy sponsorships begin at $35 for specialty awards and go up from there.  If you sponsor a trophy, you also have the opportunity to present the trophy at the awards ceremony following the competition if you choose to.

If you are interested in sponsoring either opportunity, please see the attached forms.  Patron Ads would need to be in by Friday, September 4th, and trophy sponsorships would need to be in by Friday, September 11th to ensure we can get the plates engraved in time.  If there is a band member you would like to give “sales credit” to for either, feel free to put them in the box labeled Band Member.  We have incentives for the section with the highest dollar amount in sales per member!

As always, thank you for the continued support of music and the arts at Big Spring!

We hope to see many of you at the show on September 26th!

Patron Ad Forms.pdf
Security Camera Installation on District Buses

In the Big Spring School District, we continually strive to ensure the safety and security of our students.  For that reason, the District installed security cameras on all district buses over the summer.  If your child rides a district bus (to/from school, activity buses, field trips, etc.), he/she may be subject to video recording.  For more information, please contact the District Transportation Coordinator at 717-776-2408.
Friday, September 4
No School - Labor Day Recess
Monday, September 7
No School - Labor Day Recess
Tuesday, September 22
2-Hour Delay for Students/Staff Development
Wed, Sep 23 - Thu, Sep 24
HS Senior Portrait Retakes
Wednesday, September 23
HS Junior Achievement STEM Summit
HS Senior Parent Survival 101 Night
6:30 PM

Today, 9/4/2015
High: 85 Low: 65
Chance thunderstorms
37% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 9/5/2015
High: 81 Low: 60
Partly sunny
5% chance of precipitation.