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Daily Announcements

HS Counseling Updates

The Counseling department will sponsor our annual Senior Parent Survival 101 night on Wednesday, September 24th at 6:30pm in the Large Group Room.  The presentation will cover tips on navigating the college/tech school application process, important dates and deadlines, the financial aid process, and allow for plenty of time for questions.  Please come join us and other senior parents and learn ways to help your students get to the goal of their dreams.

The College Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 1st from noon – 1:30pm in the gymnasium for ALL students.  Students will have an opportunity to meet with over 50 representatives from colleges, universities, two year schools, technical schools, and military recruiters to discuss the options available for their future.  Parents, please encourage your students to get information from several post-secondary programs.

WE are – PENN STATE!!!  Penn State University – Mt. Alto campus will be conducting a short information session and college application workshop at Big Spring HS at 1:30pm at the HS on Wednesday, October 1st in the Large Group room.  Students will be able to fill out their Penn State applications on the spot, with a fee waiver for the application fee given, if the student is applying to Penn State – Mt. Alto (does not include the other branch campuses or University Park).  


HS Q1 Conferences

High School first quarter conferences are on Thursday, September 25th from 3:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Please contact Mrs. Witter in the High School Office with the teachers you are interested in conferencing with through e-mail at lwitter@bigspring.k12.pa.us.us, or phone by 717-776-2436.

PSAT Exam

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


This exam is intended to serve as a practice test for the PSAT to current college-bound sophomores and juniors.

The cost of the exam is $14 (check or money order only, payable to BSSD)  Registration will begin Sept 8 and run through Sept 19 in the counseling office.

Please see the letter below for more in-depth information.

Parent letter.pdf
Counseling Survey

The Big Spring High School Counseling Department is conducting a survey.  We are requesting parents of high school students to complete this brief anonymous survey to assist the Counseling Department in the development and enhancement of the services provided to students.  Please follow this link and complete the survey before October 1, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3XSB8W3.  We thank you for your support an involvement!

Physical Education Attire, 2014-15

All high school students will be expected to wear Big Spring Physical Education attire, beginning in 2014-15.  Theattire 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 tostandard 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:  
http://stores.bluemountainsportsonline.com
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


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


Beginning of the year forms and documents have been posted to the High School Web Site.  To view the opening school year information click the following link:

http://hs.bigspringsd.org/site_res_view_folder.aspx?id=2c1b884a-44e6-4f35-bb55-77ff33f3a163

IMPORTANT PORTRAIT DATES:

Senior parent messages and baby pictures - DUE 
May 9, 2014

Yearbook orders
- DUE May 24, 2014 
         website - www.smart-pay.com



2015 Senior Portraits
- June 10 & 11, 2014 in the LGR
(Parents will received appointment card in the mail)

2015 Senior Portrait Retakes
- October 24 & 25, 2014


Driving/Parking Permits

Application pick up dates:

Students may pick up applications at the High School office starting August 11, 2014 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 for the first vehicle and $5.00 for a second.

Parking permits will be sold in the high school office on the following dates and times:

August 20, 21, 22: 9 am -12 pm

District Announcements

14-15 Secondary Chromebook Initiative

The Big Spring School District is launching an exciting new learning opportunity for its secondary students this year.  Every student in grades 6 -12 will be issued a Chromebook for his/her exclusive use throughout high school.  The purpose of this initiative is to fully engage students and create a learning environment that fosters critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

Information about the Chromebook initiative will be available on the following nights:

August 14 - Dawg Day Parent Presentation @ 6:30  for 9th grade families
August 20 - HS Open House @ 6:30PM  for 11th & 12th grade families
August 21 - 6th Grade Orientation @ 6:00 for 6th grade families
September 3 - 7th & 8th Grade Open House @ 7:00 PM for 7th and 8th grade families


Due to the incredible popularity of Chromebooks in the education market and a rush in sales, Chromebooks may not be available for distribution on these nights.  However, parents will still have the opportunity to learn about the program and complete any necessary paperwork.  Communications regarding the Chromebook program will be sent prior to each information night.

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

Chromebook Documents
BSSD Chromebook Guidelines
BSSD Chromebook Agreement
Chromebook Brochure
Chromebook Parent Presentation

Parent Letters
Letter to 9th Grade Families (sent 8/4/14)
Letter to 11th & 12th Grade Families (sent 8/14/14)
Letter to 6th Grade Families (sent 8/14/14)
Letter to 7th & 8th Grade Families (sent home with child)




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 is in the process of installing security cameras on all district buses.  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.
Tuesday, September 23
Two Hour Delay Staff Development
Thursday, September 25
HS Q1 Conferences
3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Monday, October 13
Columbus Day - No School
Tuesday, November 11
Two Hour Delay - Staff Development

Today, 9/23/2014
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