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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 Volume 17, Issue 1 Spanish Spring High School 1065 Eagle Canyon Drive Spanish Springs, Nevada 89441 Phone (775) 425-7733 Fax (775) 425-7735 From the Desk of Ms. Tammy Hart, Principal GREETINGS SPANISH SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES! It is hard to imagine but we are days away from embarking upon Winter Break! Students are preparing and taking their final exams to end their first semester of courses. Parents and Guardians, please encourage your student(s) to take advantage of the time left to study and prepare adequately for their finals. I would like to thank our students and teachers for a great first half of the year. Teachers have continued to challenge students while providing them with the needed supports for them to be successful in school. We saw many great achievements by our fall student athletes and performing arts students. Boys’ Tennis performed well and advanced to the Regional Tournament. We had one student athlete advanced to the Girls’ State Tournament in Golf. Our Boys’ Soccer Program were Northern Regional Champions and advanced to the State Tournament. The Boys Cross Country Team captured another Regional Championship and advanced to the State Tournament as well. We had two freshmen female Cross Country athletes advance to the State Tournament. These two young ladies are looking to have a bright future in cross-country! The Varsity Football Team were Regional Champions, which is the first ever in our school history. We are so very proud of this great achievement! S S H S 1 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 Volume 17, Issue 1 Our SSHS Cougar Marching Band competed in the University of Nevada Sierra Band Crusade, and received 1st Place in Class AA and captured awards for Best Visual Performance, Best Music Performance, Best Percussion and Best Color Guard. This is the 4th consecutive Class Championships the Cougar Band has won at UNR. We had 35 JROTC Cadets qualify to compete in the Army JROTC Raider National Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. We are very proud of their accomplishments to advance to the National level! We had three finalists from our J.A.G. Program (Jobs for America’s Graduates) from the Las Vegas competition qualify to travel to Washington D.C. in November to compete on the national stage. Well done! I am extremely proud of the effort and commitment level all these students and coaches have given and displayed to make our school community great--Cougar Pride, Cougar Strong! With the close of first semester for the 18-19 school year, students and teachers will have three weeks (December 21st through January 11th) to rest, rejuvenate and return with a fresh start and perspective for the Spring semester. Students should review their second semester class schedule the weekend of January 12th and January 13th prior to returning to school on Monday, January 14th. Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our families a wonderful and happy holiday season. Our last day of school to end the first semester is Thursday, December 20th. I hope the winter break will allow students, staff and parents to rest and be prepared for return to school on January 14, 2019. Warm Regards, Tammy Hart Principal S S H S 2 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 Volume 17, Issue 1 A Message From Mrs. Wendy Hawkins, Assistant Principal Please remember to pay your AP fees to the bookkeeper or online no later than Friday, March 1st. AP tests are mandatory for all students enrolled in an AP course. The cost is $94 per exam. Please contact the bookkeeper to make payment arrangements. Semester two is right around the corner. Schedules for semester two are available on Infinite Campus. Our class change policy remains the same and is as follows: STUDENTS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO MAKE SCHEDULE CHANGES FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS: *If the student has been placed into the wrong level of a subject. *If the student has already received credit in the course for which enrolled (i.e., completion of summer school or Credit-By-Exam). *If the student must drop an elective course in order to take a required course, or in order to re-take a required course that was not successfully completed. *If the student has an incomplete schedule or an over-filled schedule. If you have a question or concern about your schedule please contact your counselor by e-mail or phone message. o A-Cl: o Co-Gom: o Gon-La: o Le-Nz: o Oa-Sch: o Sco-Z: Ms. Hamilton, 321-3950, Mrs. Goss, 321-3951, Mrs. Dreelan, 321-3952, Mrs. Benson, 321-3953, Mr. Pregal, 321-3954, Mrs. Myers (Kester), 321-3955, Winter Session January 7th through January 11th 8:00 - 12:00 Eligible students are those currently enrolled in an A+ course. Your A+ teacher will have a copy of the registration form for you if you are interested. Spots are available on a first come first serve basis with a priority given to seniors and juniors. Please see your counselor or A+ teacher if you have any questions. S S H S 3 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 Volume 17, Issue 1 Finals Finals for first semester will be given the week of December 17th-20th. No early finals will be administered. Monday, December 17th 7:00 – 7:55am – Zero Period 8:00 – 9:20am – 1st period 9:20 – 9:27am – Passing 9:27 – 10:47am –2nd period 10:47 – 10:54am – Passing 10:54 – 12:34 pm. – 7th period EXAM 12:34 – 1:04 pm. – LUNCH 1:04 – 1:10 pm. – Passing 1:10 – 2:30 pm. – 3rd period Wednesday, December 19th 7:00 – 7:55am – Zero Periods 8:00 – 9:40am – 4th period exam 9:40 – 9:50am – Break 9:50 – 9:55am – Passing 9:55 – 11:35am – 5th period exam Tuesday, December 18th 7:00 – 7:55am – Zero Periods 8:00 – 9:40am – 1st period exam 9:40 – 9:50am – Break 9:50 – 9:55am – Passing 9:55 – 11:35am – 2nd period exam Thursday, December 20th 8:00 – 9:40am – 3rd period exam 9:40 – 9:50am – Break 9:50 – 9:55am – Passing 9:55 – 11:35am – 6th period exam Coming Soon – Course Selection for the 2019-2020 School Year In the coming weeks and months you will be receiving materials about SSHS's course selection process. Counselors will begin going into current junior classrooms at the end of January. Sophomore and freshman class presentations will held in February and March. We ask that parents and students be engaged in this process, as it helps us develop a schedule that students want. Please be on the lookout for information. Your student will have a course selection sheet that we would like you to sign to go over and sign. Part of the course selection process entails your child's counselor having an individual meeting with your student. We can answer all course related questions during this meeting time. S S H S 4 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 A Message From Mr. David Kitchen, Assistant Principal Student Relations Office, SRO Volume 17, Issue 1 In our continuing effort to maintain a safe campus, please make note of the following important procedures: Points of Entry Limiting and monitoring the points of entry into our school building is imperative for campus safety. We have begun the installation of door alarms on all doors except for our five designated points of entry: Main Street (Main Entrance, Athletics Entrance, Commons Entrance), Scholars West (the entrance next to our mobile classrooms), and New Wing North (the entrance next to room 151). The alarms will be activated at the start of Second Semester. Visiting Campus Please remember that all campus visitors are asked to enter the building through our front Main Entrance and to check-in at our Main Office. Visitors must sign-in and will receive a visitor’s badge. S S H S 5 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 A Message From Mrs. Silvia Marin, Assistant Principal Volume 17, Issue 1 The ACT with Writing Exam will be administered to 11th graders on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Participation in the ACT is a graduation requirement. For additional test information and test prep visit All students testing will need to bring their student IDs, they may bring a permitted calculator, and a snack for the test break. Cell phones and all electronic devices are not allowed in the testing rooms. Permitted calculator link: March 12, 2019, will be a special attendance day: all Grade 11 students, and Grade 12 students who have not yet taken the ACT with Writing, will attend during regular school hours to take the ACT. The ACT will start at promptly at 8:00 am and will be completed at approximately 1:15 pm. Testing students who stay on campus after the ACT will have access to the cafeteria, Career Center, and Library. Busses will arrive and depart at the normal times. All 9th, 10th, and 12th grade non-testing students are excused for the full school day. We will then be on an "A" schedule on Wednesday, March 13 TUDY ROUPS Place: Our Library When: Every Tuesday and Thursday Time: 2:30-3:10 Cost: FREE We have groups for all tests! AP, ASVAB, ACT, PSAT, and SAT Get the edge, feel prepared, and come join us! S S H S 6 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 Volume 17, Issue 1 Daily attendance allows your child to learn, participate, and practice new concepts with their teachers and peers. This is why students should avoid missing school, other than being absent because of serious illness or emergencies. Starting in the 2018-19 school year, all absences will count toward “Chronic Absenteeism”, until and unless make-up work is completed within the timeline. Whenever a student is absent they must obtain make-up work from their teacher on the day they return, make-up work must be completed within the number of school days they were absent, plus one day. Once the make-up work is completed and turned in within the timeline, the absence will no longer count toward chronic absenteeism or retention/failure. Parents must still contact the school when a student is absent to verify the absence. For additional information about the new attendance policy, visit If you are having challenges bringing your child to school every day, please reach out to us. We want your child to be successful! Estimadas familias, La asistencia diaria permite a sus hijos aprender, participar y practicar nuevos conceptos con sus maestros y compañeros. Es por esto que los estudiantes deben evitar faltar a clases, solo en casos de enfermedades serias o emergencias. Comenzando en el ciclo escolar 2018-19 todas las ausencias contaran por “inasistencia injustificada” hasta que se entregue el trabajo de recuperación en el plazo. Siempre que un estudiante falte a clases él/ella deben obtener el trabajo de recuperación de su maestro el día de regresar a clases. El trabajo de recuperación debe ser completado en el número de días que falto el estudiante, más un día más. Una vez que se complete y entregue el trabajo de recuperación en el plazo, la ausencia no contara para la inasistencia crónica o para repetir o reprobar la materia. Los padres deben todavía contactar la escuela cuando un estudiante está ausente para verificar la ausencia. Para información adicional sobre esta nueva regla de asistencia visite y busque el manual de padres en español. Si tiene dificultades llevando a sus hijos a clases todos los días, por favor díganos. Queremos que sus hijos tengan éxito S S H S 7 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 A Message From Mr. Jason Urmston, Assistant Principal Volume 17, Issue 1 [Grab Please remember that when there is a cancelation of school due to inclement weather, all school and athletic functions are cancelled as well. your reader ’s All schoolwork should be completed by students digitally from home. Students can access their schoolwork from out Library website by typing “Spanish Springs High School Library” in their browser and going to the “Student Resources” tab. Teachers will post assignments to TEAMS, Schoology, Remind etc. and there are links to each on the website. attenti on with a great quote from the When there is a two-hour delay, there is no zero period, and no early release on a Wednesday. Always consider safety first when travel is hindered by adverse weather conditions. docum ent or use this space Typeteomypohuar Spanish Springs High School has been selected to administer the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam in Mathematics. NAEP conducts these exams to provide data at the national level for the state of education in the United States and 75 of our seniors will be randomly selected to participate in this national exam in February. key point. To place this text box anywh ere on the page, just SSHS currently has over 30 clubs covering many different interestdsroagn its campus. Please encourage students to join a club and/or get involved with the variti.o] us activities hosted at our school. S S H S 8 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 Volume 17, Issue 1 One of our beliefs on campus is that students perform better in school when they are involved in extracurricular activities with the school. Three news clubs have added been this semester, so let us welcome Chess Club, Girl Up Club, and National Spanish Honor Society. Monday 1/14 Disney Dress up as your favorite Disney Character or anything Disney. Tuesday 1/15 Wednesday 1/16 Thursday 1/17 Friday 1/18 Grey’s Anatomy Dress up in scrubs like a doctor or be the patient. Survivor Dress in jungle attire or as a jungle animal. Law and Order Dress as a judge, cop, in business attire, or as your dream job. Cougar Gear Dress in our school colors! Assembly Battle of the Bands 5-9 Theater Basketball Games JV Boys 3:30 Varsity Girls 5:15 Varsity Boys 7:00 Symphonic Band Concert 7-9 Theater So You Think You Can Dance? Winter Homecoming Dance 8-11 Commons Casual Dress ALL SCHOOL DRESS CODE AND RULES STILL APPLY AND WILL BE ENFORCED. NO MASKS, WEAPONS, ETC. S S H S 9 | 10


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Cougar Commentary Winter Newsletter 2018 Volume 17, Issue 1 Winter Sports are here and Spring Sports are right around the corner! Here are the winter and spring sport head coaches information: WINTER SPORTS Cheer Basketball (Boys) Basketball (Girls) Rifle Ski Wrestling HEAD COACH Alexandra Martinez (775-3-3-6335) Kyle Penney (775-240-4991) Arturo Cardenas (775-741-7031) Wade Mendenhall (775-425-7733 ext38053) Brett Weible (775-813-0161) Joe Imelli (775-772-3332) SPRING SPORTS HEAD COACH Baseball Matt Ortiz (775-287-1816) Golf (Boys) Nick Wirshing (775-425-7733ext38254) Softball Jeff Davidson (775-848-6467) Swimming (Boys & Girls) Ted Branson (775-544-1784) Track & Field(Boys & Girls) Rob Hummel (701-269-1459) Track & Field(Boys & Girls) Winston Mora (775-232-8935) Lacrosse (Boys/Girls) Rhonda Beadell (775-391-9989)- Liaison Chance Henderson (775-771-4428)- Coach With spring sports just around the corner, please remember there is an online registration process at This is to be completed before a student may try out for any sport. Please contact Kim Sterett, athletic secretary with any questions about the process and any deadlines. When attending athletic events and activities, please remember you are representing Spanish Springs High School and the community. Come out and support our teams in positive ways. Inappropriate behaviors such as booing, taunting, use of profanity and disrespecting the players is unacceptable and will lead to removal from events, possible bans from future events, and consequences from the Student Relations Office. The use of air horns and popping streamers are also against NIAA policy and can lead to the teams being penalized. S S H S 10 | 10



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