REMINDER: No school on September 16
Weekly Update with Mr. Rizzo
This week, Mr. Rizzo asked the SFASD School Nurses to take over the Weekly Update video! Click here to watch the full Weekly Update video, or click the links below to watch each video individually.
- Click here to watch the full Weekly Update video or watch all three on their own:
Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 through October 15
Beginning on September 15, and continuing through to October 15, we recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month. During the four weeks, celebrations honor the heritage and contributions made by members of the Hispanic community. Festivities begin nation-wide on September 15, marking the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries. Click here to learn more about celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in our area.
Special Education Parent Needs Assessment
The Spring-Ford Special Education department would like to provide parents of students with special needs resources through our district website as well as the opportunities to attend educational programs or presentations to gain a better understanding of Special Education. Parents can click here to complete a Special Education Parent Needs Assessment form to provide feedback.
Upcoming Events from Montgomery County Health and Human Services
Please join the upcoming events hosted by Montgomery County Health and Human Services.
- September 22, 6:30-8 p.m. – Positive Parenting Strategies for Less Worrying and More Connection. Click here to learn more.
- September 29, 6:30-8 p.m. – A Discussion to Support Family and Youth Wellness With Panelists from Access Services. Click here to learn more.
Canvas is a learning management system (LMS) used by all Spring-Ford students and teachers grades K-12 as an online support and supplement for face-to-face classes. Canvas allows teachers to manage content, record and measure learning, and communicate with students and families. Students have the ability to connect with their teacher and peers, access activities and assignments and receive feedback. Families will have access to function as "observers" of the course, which allows them to view work pertaining to their individual student(s).
New families can click here to learn more about setting up a parent account.
Bee Kind Ella Day
September 20 is #BeeKindElla Day! Help us in continuing the tradition of keeping Ella's spirit alive through friendship, community and kindness.
Ella Smith was the definition of light and love. Her smile infectious, her grit unmatched and her spirit resonated with everyone she came into contact with. She believed with her entire soul that kindness mattered, right up until she lost her battle with cancer in the spring of 2020.
With September being Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, once again we are asking the Spring-Ford community to wear blue and do something kind for someone else on September 20th in Ella's honor.
Click here to learn more about Bee Kind Ella Day.
Student Spotlight: National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists
The Spring-Ford Area School District is proud to announce that five Spring-Ford Area High School students have been recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program!
Congratulations to National merit Semifinalists: Jacob H. Collier, Arnav Gupta, Braden T. Krajcirovic, Rahul R. Pallela, and Lizbeth M. Varughese!
These students were among the 16,000 highest performers (out of more than 1.6 million) on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) test taken last October. They have the opportunity to advance to Finalist status and potentially receive a monetary scholarship.
"I am so proud of these students! To be recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program is a great honor that demonstrates their dedication to academic success, particularly after the events of the past year ," said Spring-Ford Area High School Principal Dr. Robert Colyer. "I'm also proud of our staff, as they have assisted in the academic accomplishments of these students."
2021 Annual Public Notice of Special Education Services and Programs
Click here to review the Annual Public Notice detailing how a student qualifies for special education and gifted services, programs available, the screening process, evaluation process, rights and protections of parents and confidentiality.
Bus Patrol Rolling Into Spring-Ford
The Spring-Ford Area School District is proud to partner with BusPatrol starting this school year. BusPatrol is a safety technology company with the mission of making the journey to and from school safer for children. BusPatrol's safety programs change driver behavior and create a culture of awareness and responsibility around school buses. In addition, they provide accessibility for school districts, and municipalities to modernize their entire school bus fleets by outfitting them with the latest stop-arm, route planning and route execution technology. The program and cameras will go-live starting in October.
The partnership with BusPatrol will reduce the number of illegal passes in Spring-Ford, by educating drivers and helping local law enforcement to capture and enforce violations. The AI-powered stop-arm cameras capture the license plates of vehicles that ignore school bus stop-arms.
As well as stop-arm cameras, the entire school bus fleet at Spring-Ford Area School District will be outfitted with 360° cloud-managed safety cameras and a silent alarm system. This will improve safety on the school bus and allow the school district to respond immediately if there is an emergency. The technology, installation, and maintenance are provided at zero cost through BusPatrol’s violator-funded business model.
Hurricane Ida Support and Resources
Montgomery County officials have released updated information on the County’s response to the remnants of Hurricane Ida, including the location of its Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). Residents can opt-in to receive updates by texting MontcoIda to 888-777.
Montgomery County will operate a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for residents affected by Hurricane Ida. At the MARC, residents will have access to representatives from non-profit disaster relief organizations; municipal, County, and State emergency management agencies; elected officials; and various County and State government human services agencies.
Click here to learn more.
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 Tuesday. Click here for the 2021-2022 Dashboard.
Montgomery and Chester County COVID Dashboard Trends:
Find Available Vaccine Appointments: Many local locations have vaccines available, some offering same-day appointments or walk-in appointments. MCOPH will release vaccine appointments within phases randomly, not by the date registered. Click here to register for a vaccine appointment.
Local Vaccine Search: Enter your zip code for a listing of local sites.