Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week, Mr. Rizzo welcomes Dr. Tina Giambattista, or Dr. G., to the Spring-Ford family. Click here to watch.
STS and SFASD Guest Teacher Program
Substitute Teacher Service (STS) is proud to offer the Guest Teacher Program at Spring-Ford. This program allows those who have a four-year degree to take an online training program that would prepare them for teaching in the classroom as a day to day substitute teacher.
This program is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and is exclusive to STS. The program will enhance the abilities of guest teachers to assure the education and well-being of the children is our top priority.
As a substitute teacher, you will be responsible for carrying out the lesson plans of the regularly appointed teacher for whom you would be substituting. Your goal will be to adhere to the learning environment that would exist if the regular teacher were in the classroom.
Click here to learn more about Guest Teaching at Spring-Ford.
Spring-Ford is Hiring!
Are you ready to join the Spring-Ford family? The Office of Human Resources is pleased to accept employment applications for all positions electronically. Click here to access the system and review current openings. Current openings:
- Maintenance III
- SFAHS Guidance Secretary
- Special Education - Emotional Support Teacher
- Special Education - Learning Support Teacher
- Instructional Assistant - Life Skills Support
- Custer's Garage Inc. Bus Driver
Student Spotlight: Winter Athletic Signing
Congratulations to our seven Spring-Ford Area High School athletes who signed letters of intent in November. A letter of intent is a document used to indicate a student athlete's commitment to participating in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) colleges and universities in the United States. While there are designated dates for different sports, Spring-Ford typically holds three Signing Days a year.Congratulations to:
- Baseball: Jake Books, Aydan McNelly, and Griffin Straface
- Girls Lacrosse: Alyssa Mozi and Emma Sowers
- Boys Lacrosse: Christian Marchini
- Field Hockey: Alexa Collins and Emma Friend
- Girls Soccer: Liv Curry
- Softball: Jules Scogna and Lexi Wescott
Spring-Ford SNAP Event - Comedy NightJoin Spring-Ford SNAP's fundraiser at SoulJoel’s Pop-Up at Westover, Thursday, December 9th at 7 p.m. 401 Schuylkill Ave, Jeffersonville, PA 19403
- Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm
- Tickets only $20 ($10 per ticket to be donated to Spring-Ford SNAP)
- Full bar available before/during show
- Food available before show
Many Thanks, Spring-Ford
Many Thanks will be posted weekly to the Spring-Ford website, shared in Weekly Updates, and acknowledged on our social media platforms. You have the option to remain anonymous, or share your first name.
Click here to send a special message, and... Many Thanks, Spring-Ford!
- The Best Math Support Teacher, many thanks for being such a joyous teacher for our daughter and her peers. You make learning so much fun and she always talks about her math time with you in fifth grade. Thank you!!! From A Thankful Parent
- Mr. Slichter, many thanks for supporting our kids in their extracurricular activities by coming out to their events in your personal time - it means so much to them! We really appreciated your encouragement of our runners last month! From Teri A.
- Adrianne Delgado, many thanks for hosting the Eating Disorder workshop with Spring-Ford. This was an important topic that is often overlooked, and forgotten about until it becomes an issue. Your advice helped to guide a conversation at home. Thank you for offering to partner with the school district to hold the workshop. From A Thankful Parent
- Mickey M., many thanks for being an outstanding coach and role model for the Girls' Basketball Team! From A Thankful Parent
School Board Reorganization Meeting
The next scheduled meeting will be Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. for the annual Reorganization Meeting. All School Boards in Pennsylvania reorganize during the first week of December each year to:
- elect a president and vice president
- adopt a meeting calendar for the following year
- appoint committees and other board positions
- swear in newly elected members (during election years or as needed)
Participation at the Reorganization Meeting shall be virtual via Zoom or YouTube, and in-person. In-person attendees must wear masks at all times. As always, Board Meetings shall be recorded to allow those members of the public that cannot participate to review at a later time.
Starting in January 2022, Board Meeting Reminders will be sent in Weekly Updates.
Are You Ready for Winter Weather?
Winter weather is around the corner, do you know where to find school closure information? Click here to watch an informative Spring-Ford Spotlight Video as we review the quickest ways to get up-to-date information on delays and closures.
This year (2021-2022) Spring-Ford Area School District built one Emergency Day into the calendar and planned to utilize Virtual or Flexible Instruction Days (FID) in case of an emergency or snow closure. The district used the Emergency Day on September 2, 2021 following district-wide flooding and power outages. Therefore, April 13, 2022 will change to an In-Person school day.
A Virtual Day or FID will be used in place of a snow day or other unplanned school closure and eliminate the need for a make-up day because students perform classwork at home. On a weather related Virtual Day, students will complete learning assignments provided by the teacher at home through Canvas. Click here to learn more about what to expect on a weather related Virtual Day.
WMCTC Open House
Virtual Open House via Zoom! December 8, 2021 at 6 p.m. WMCTC will be offering three sessions to join their teachers virtually in their program to learn about what the WMCTC can offer your students.
- Session 1: 6-6:30 p.m.
- Session 2: 6:45-7:15 p.m.
- Session 3: 7:30-8 p.m.
Want to check out the programs before the open house? Watch them on Ram Country TV!
Updated Health and Safety Plan Reminder
On Monday, November 15, 2021 the Board of School Directors authorized an amendment to the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan (HSP) effective January 17, 2022 to align with recommendations of the Montgomery County Department of Health (MCOPH), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PDoH) and recommends that students and staff, Kindergarten through 12th grade, wear appropriate face coverings while indoors during school activities. This amendment does not change mask requirements on buses as the result of the mandated order of the CDC.
If the current state-wide masking order should be lifted at any point before January 17, 2022, Spring-Ford will resort to the current Health and Safety Plan.
Currently, masks are mandatory for staff when Spring-Ford’s Level of Community Transmission is “High.” Only medical exemptions with a medical signature will be honored. Spring-Ford’s Level of Community Transmission can be found on the COVID Dashboard, and will be included each week in Weekly Updates.
Click here to review the current and upcoming Health and Safety Plans.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
On Tuesday, November 2, 2021 the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) approved the pediatric Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 through 11 and confirmed that vaccine providers are ready to administer shots as soon as possible. With parental consent, children ages 5 through 11 may register to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The Department of Health will continue working with providers across the state to help ensure that the vaccine is available in every community. Parents can find the nearest COVID-19 vaccine provider at Vaccines.gov including county sites, local pharmacies, and medical providers.
Spring-Ford will continue to send vaccine and testing information through Weekly Updates, including links to register for first and second dose appointments and booster appointments in our area. At this time, local pharmacies are not offering community clinics in Spring-Ford schools/buildings.
Montgomery County Testing Sites
The Montgomery County COVID-19 testing sites are open! These sites are outdoors and are subject to closure on short notice due to inclement weather. Click here to find a local testing site.
Spring-Ford Level of Community Transmission: Schools should work with local public health officials to determine the additional prevention strategies needed in their area by monitoring levels of community transmission (i.e., low, moderate, substantial, or high). SFASD will refer to the Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) COVID-19 Rates by School District Dashboard (link below). MCOPH will update their weekly data each Wednesday. Click here for the 2021-2022 Dashboard.
Montgomery and Chester County COVID Dashboard Trends:
- Spring-Ford Area School District COVID Dashboard
- Click here to view the full Montgomery County dashboard.
- Click here to view the full Chester County dashboard.
CDC Information: Masking Best PracticesPlease refer to the CDC guideline if you have any questions regarding the proper wear of your mask or how to clean reusable masks.
2021-2022 Calendar Reminder
This year, SFASD built one Emergency or Snow Day into the calendar and planned to utilize Virtual or Flexible Instruction Days (FID) in case of an emergency or snow closure. The district used the Emergency/Snow Day on September 2, 2021 following district-wide flooding and power outages. Therefore, April 13, 2022 will change to an In-Person school day. Click here to review the updated School Calendar.