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Monday, November 3
School Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11
Two Hour Delay for Students (Staff Development)
Monday, November 17
School Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 PM
Tuesday, November 25
Staff Development - No School for Students
Wednesday, November 26
Staff Development - No School for Students

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Weather

Today, 10/22/2014
High: 56 Low: 45
Chance rain showers
47% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/23/2014
High: 58 Low: 45
Chance rain showers
25% chance of precipitation.

Club Care Craft Fair

October 25th is the annual BSHS Fall Craft Fair from 9-3 in the high school gymnasium.  Come and shop among over 50 vendors of homemade crafts and popular trend items, and visit the concessions stand as well.  This year, there will also be a Scholastic Book Fair to help you connect your children with the books they love, and we've also added a yard sale in the parking lot - spots are $10 and it is rain or shine.

For more information on the craft fair, please contact Ang Schneider @ aschneider@bigspringsd.org

For more information on the book fair, please contact Dean Smith @ dsmith@bigspringsd.org

And for more information on the yard sale or to secure a spot, please contact Lauren Hetrick @ lhetrick@bigspringsd.org

All proceeds from the day benefit the following clubs at the high school - Club CARE, Bookends, and Travel Dawgs.


Elementary Summer Reading Program Sponsors - Thank You

Oak Flat Elementary and Mt. Rock Elementary would like to thank Saylor's Market, F & M Trust Co., and CornerStone Federal Credit Union for their on-going sponsorship of the Summer Reading Incentive.  Each year, students at both elementary schools are asked to complete 30 out of 50 reading and writing activities throughout the summer.  Students who return completed activity sheets are rewarded with a pencil from a local business and a coupon for a free small ice-cream cone from Saylor's.  The students also receive 30 minutes of extra recess time for the 30 activities they complete.


Big Spring FFA Fruit Sale

It's that time again for the Big Spring FFA fruit sale.  This sale ends November 6, 2014.  All fruit will be ready for pick up on December 10, 2014 from 3-6pm.  Please visit the following website:  http://www.fundraisingfruit.com/org/big-spring-ffa/big-spring-2014-fruit-fundraiser


Show your Bulldog Pride!

Big Spring High School is selling "Bulldog Proud" signs.  The signs will be on sale for $15 at the high school and home football games.  Profits from the sale of the signs will be donated to the football and dance teams.  Help raise school spirit and get your sign today!

Big Spring Boys' Youth Basketball Program

For the second straight year the Big Spring boys' basketball program will offer its very popular youth program.  For more information, please see the flyer below.
Big Spring Boys Basketball Youth Program 2014 updated.pdf

Aspen Log-In Information for Secondary Parents & Students

The Big Spring School District is excited to introduce our new student information system, Aspen, which has replaced PowerSchool.  For the start of the school year, we will be opening the student portal, which will allow parents and students to access grades, attendance information, and class resources and information.

The web address for the portal is https://pa-bigspring.myfollett.com

For more information about the student portal, please see this Quick Reference Guide.

If you experience difficulties logging into Aspen, please call the Technology Office at 717-776-2416.




BSSD Transportation Updates

717-776-2408


The new school year begins on Monday August 25.  The transportation department is working overtime to make sure transportation for your student is provided in a timely manner.  Every effort is being made to assign all students to a safe and efficient stop in a timely manner.

If you are contacting the transportation office by phone we ask for your cooperation as we have a tremendous amount of new registrations this year.  All calls will be returned as soon as possible and sometimes that will be in the evening.  Before returning your call we may need to gather the necessary information to provide you with the answers you deserve.  We ask that you be patient.  We will return you call as soon as we have the necessary information to address your concerns.

If you have registered you child on or after August 21, submitted an address change form, a babysitter form, or a custody calendar you will need to provide transportation for your student until we are able to assign a bus stop.  This will be done as quickly and efficiently as possible; but, it will be done in a way that we have 100% accountability for your child and that takes a day or two to notify everyone involved with your child’s safety. Read more...

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)




Big Spring School District Makes Switch to Follett's Aspen Student Information System

Officials view new web-based solution as important communication tool in community



Big Spring School District has a reputation for making bold decisions in support of teachers, students and community.  Further proof of that is Big Spring's announcement this week it is one of the first districts in the state to switch its student information system (SIS) from its existing SIS to Follett's Aspen, a robust web-based solution designed to maximize the collection, reporting and management of student data and information.

"We're pretty active nationally even though we're a district of 2,800 students," said Richard Fry, superintendent, Big Spring School District.  "We defined our needs, and where we want to go as a district."

Throughout the lengthy search for a new SIS, Fry said, "Aspen rose to the top because it not only met our current needs, but will take us where we want to go with the capability to grow."
Read more...

2014-2015 District Calendar

The 2014-2015 district calendar has been approved.  To view the calendar, click on the link below.
2014-2015 School Calendar Approved .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 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.