Tuesday, September 23
Two-Hour Delay for Students (Staff Development)
Monday, October 6
School Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 PM
Monday, October 13
Columbus Day - No School
Monday, October 20
School Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 PM
Monday, November 3
School Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 PM

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Today, 9/18/2014
High: 72 Low: 46
Mostly cloudy
4% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 9/19/2014
High: 69 Low: 54
Partly sunny
1% chance of precipitation.

HS Counseling Updates

The Counseling department will sponsor our annual Senior Parent Survival 101 night on Thursday, 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 parent 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, or phone at 717-776-2436.

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.

2014 - 2015 Youth Girls Basketball Program

For girls in grades 1 - 6.  For more information, please see the attachment below.

Youth Basketball Brochure 14-15.pdf
Commencement 2014 Ceremony DVD Now Available

The 2014 Commencement Ceremony is now available for pick-up in the High School office.  Please ask one of the secretaries.  If you did not pre-order one, additional copies are available for $12. 

BSSD Transportation Updates


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)

Club Care Craft Fair

Anyone interested in being a vendor at the BSHS Club CARE Fall Fair, please contact Angela Schneider at aschneider@bigspringsd.org.  The fair is October 25, 2014 from 9-3 at the high school.  The application is included by clicking the link below.

Club Care Vendor application new 2013.pdf
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."

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.