Monday, May 16
School Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 PM
Monday, May 30
Memorial Day - No School
Friday, June 3
Graduation Ceremony
Monday, June 6
Last Day of School for Students (snow make up day)
School Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 PM

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Today, 5/6/2016
High: 59 Low: 49
Rain showers
76% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 5/7/2016
High: 69 Low: 49
Rain showers likely
61% chance of precipitation.

Big Spring School District School Police Officer

Over the last two years, Big Spring School District has benefited tremendously from the services of our partnership with the Newville Borough Police by having a School Resource Officer (SRO).  During this time, when the SRO position was fully established, the District realized a greater need for a consistent and pervasive police presence within all of our buildings.  Additionally, the District has established the need to develop a proactive educational component of a fully developed school police program.

As a result of the well-defined need for both a proactive educational focus and
role / law enforcement support of administration, the Big Spring School District will be expanding our services to establish its own school police officer.  While details will be finalized over the coming months, this model will reflect surrounding districts that employ their own police force, which then works collaboratively with local law enforcement and the Pennsylvania State Police. A healthy and collaborative working relationship with Newville Borough Police will be paramount in supporting the needs of all students and staff. As always, the Big Spring School District is fully committed to the safety, security, and education of all of our students and looks forward to further expansion of this element of our school safety plan.

Spring 2016 PSSA Information

The documents below provide information on the Spring 2016 Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA).  The first document is a letter summarizing the assessment windows and the second document provides information regarding the assessments in a Frequently Asked Question format.  

School in Session

At this time school is now in session for students and staff on June 3, 2016, 1/2 day and June 6, 2016 1/2 day.  June 6, 2016 is the last day for students.

Lifeguard Certification Course

Where: Big Spring Natatorium

When: May 13 – May 21

Lifeguard Certification Course.docx

Attention Athletes:

This year’s All Sports Banquet will take place in the HS Commons and Auditorium on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 5:30PM. The Athletic Department will begin selling tickets for the All-Sports Banquet on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.  All athletes receive a complementary ticket to attend this banquet and guest tickets for family members can be purchased at $16 prior to May 4th.  Tickets will cost $20 for guest if purchased after May 4th.  Please note this is a banquet for ALL athletes and a night for us all to recognize the many accomplishments that took place during the 2015 – 2016 sports season.  Don’t delay stop by the athletic office to get your tickets early and demonstrate your bulldog pride by attending this honorable night!

Special Education Parent Training – May 19th, 2016

“Communication via the IEP team

Location: Fowler Education Center, Large Group room, 623 West Penn Street, Carlisle PA 17013

In conjunction with our neighboring school districts, several workshops are planned for special education parents throughout the 2015-2016 school year. All workshops are free, start at 6:30 and end at 8:30.  For more information please see the parent training section under departments - Special education.

5-19-16 comunication via iep team.doc

2016 Kindergarten Registration

Each winter the Big Spring School District begins the process of preliminary registration for children in the District who are eligible to attend kindergarten in the upcoming school year.  The District has designated the following dates to have the preliminary kindergarten process complete:  January 18, January 19, January 20, January 21, January 22, February 12, February 26, and March 11 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. 

Kindergarten Registration is being held May 3, 2016 at Mt. Rock, April 28, 2016 at Newville, and May 6, 2016 at Oak Flat.  Please contact Carol Frace at 776-2413 to schedule an appointment.

Please visit the links below for additional information.

Free Parent Training – “Communication via the IEP Team”

When:  May 19, 2016

Where: Fowler Education Center


This training is designed to answer questions regarding special education paperwork and processes, explain the roles of IEP team members, and discuss the importance of communication in meeting your child’s needs.

In conjunction with our neighboring school districts, several workshops are planned for special education parents throughout the 2015-2016 school year.  All workshops are free, start at 6:30 and end at 8:30. For more information please see the parent training section under departments – Special  Education.

5-19-16 comunication via iep team.pdf

This year, Big Spring School District will be opening the Aspen Parent Portal.  Letters containing usernames and passwords are being mailed in batches starting today, Friday, August 28th.  You should receive your letter early next week.  You can access the portal by clicking the icon above, clicking "Aspen" in the Quick Links, or finding the link in the Resources menu.  Help documents are included below.

Getting Started with the Aspen Family and Student Portals brochure
Emergency Contact Update Instructions

15 - 16 Chromebook Updates

The school year is quickly approaching and BSSD is excited to continue our secondary Chromebook initiative this year.

6th Grade Families will be able to learn about the program and complete related paperwork at 6th Grade Orientation on August 20th.  Chromebooks will be distributed on the first day of School.

9th Grade students will receive their Chromebooks during Dawg Day Freshman Orientation.

All other secondary students will keep their current Chromebook.  Please remember to bring them with you on the first day of school!

Protection plans that were purchased during the 14-15 school year will continue to be in effect for the 15-16 school year.

For more information about the program, protection plan, and the Chromebook agreement, please see the documentation below...

Chromebook Documents
BSSD Chromebook Guidelines
BSSD Chromebook Agreement
Chromebook Brochure

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 installed security cameras on all district buses over the summer.  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.

2015-2016 School Calendar
2015-2016 School Calendar .pdf
2016-2017 School Calendar
2016-2017 School Calendar .pdf