will provide educational excellence for all.
will utilize technology and data to facilitate a collaborative and engaging learning environment. Our students will become lifelong learners with the critical thinking skills necessary to enter the global 21st century workplace.
We believe we are accountable for the learning and achievement of every student.
We believe in achieving with integrity.
We believe respect for self, others and school creates a safe environment for learning.
We believe collaborative and engaging learning environments promotes student success.
We believe higher-order thinking skills are necessary to develop problem-solving abilities.
SMHS Business Partners
Guidance Department Upcoming Events
January 19 11-1 PM Lunch visit from Community Pools offering summer lifeguard positions.
January 19 6-8 PM FAFSA filing workshop in the LGI room. Bring 2015 tax information.
January 23 11-1 PM Lunch visit form Concord University-waiving application fees.
January 25 1 PM Visit from Potomac State College in Guidance.
January 27 11-1 PM Lunch visit from Valley College.
SMHS Innovation in Education Grant
Spring Mills High School named one of seven West Virginia Schools to receive an Innovation in Education Grant award:
MORE THAN $1.6 MILLION DISTRIBUTED TO SCHOOLS FOR INNOVATION IN EDUCATION
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) voted today to approve Innovation in Education designations for seven schools at its December Board meeting this week. The seven schools receiving grant awards include: John Marshall High School, Dunbar Intermediate School, Greenbrier West High School, Mary Ingles Elementary, Philip Barbour High School, Tucker County High School and Spring Mills High School.
This is the first time schools have received Innovation in Education designations following the passage of HB 4295 during the 2016 legislative session and subsequent WVBE Policy 3236. The bill, which was backed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, encourages and incentivizes public schools to implement key innovational education priorities and improve overall student outcomes. Through an application process, public schools can redesign delivery of instruction, operate under greater flexibility and enhance student engagement to increase educational achievement for a school that demonstrates innovation in education in any of the following priority areas: 1) science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); 2) community-school partnership; 3) entrepreneurship; 4) career pathways; and 5) the arts.
“We received several outstanding applications requesting an Innovation in Education designation,” said West Virginia Department of Education Chief Academic Officer and review committee member, Clayton Burch. “The seven schools receiving designations have proposed inventive ideas that encompass the goals of the Innovation in Education Act.”
Applications were received from 43 West Virginia elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and career technical education centers. Schools’ applications were independently assessed by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the WVBE, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), the West Virginia Governor’s Office and Marshall University along with county representatives, curriculum facilitators, educators and administrators. The selection committee assessed the schools based on established evaluation rubrics and submitted seven schools for WVBE approval. In total, the schools receiving the Innovation in Education designation will receive more than $1.6 million in special funding.
String Students at SMHS audition for the WV All State Orchestra
The string students recently auditioned for the WV All State Orchestra. The students received a free lesson via Skype from the string faculty at WVU.
Scholarship Opportunity--Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
The Princeton University Summer Journalism Program welcomes 35-40 students every year to Princeton University's campus for a 10-day, all-expenses-paid seminar.
Applications are open for the 2017 Princeton Summer Journalism Program, an all-expenses-paid journalism and college preparation program at Princeton University for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. Students learn reporting skills from celebrated journalists, report and write their own newspaper, and are paired with a counselor who oversees their college admissions process. SJP alumni have gone on to jobs and internships at The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, and many other news outlets. The application can be found at www.princeton.edu/sjp and is due at 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 24, 2017. If you have questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Annual SMHS Pumpkinpalooza Pumpkin Drop
Students in the SMHS STEAM Academy were presented the challenge of designing a container that would prevent a pumpkin from breaking apart when dropped from the Cardinal Stadium press box.
The drop was judged on how well the pumpkin survived, the structure that was dropped, and the creativity students used on their construction and pumpkin. Rules were provided to the students one week prior to the drop so that they could plan accordingly.
The winning groups were:
Abriahanna McKenzie, Diamond Doung-Ahnont, Haley Kolos and Zyianna Holland
Chloe Franks, Katlin Skelly, Kiriah Whitener, and Bryce Ferro
Special thanks to our guest judges Audrey Munyan, Nicole Krause, Mary Beth Edwards and three special guest judges from Mrs. Clark's kindergarten class from Spring Mills Primary School.
We would also like to thank sponsors who donated pumpkins for the drop: Martins Grocery, Butler's Farm Market, and SMHS Staff.
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VOYA Unsung Heroes Grant Awarded
Pamela Stegall, SMHS Technology Integration Specialist, has received a $2,000 Voya Unsung Heroes Award. The grant money will be used to further the school's STEAM initiative in the area of robotics. Students throughout the school will have an opportunity to learn to code drones and robots that will be purchased with the grant money.
Congratulations Coach Combs
Congratulations to Coach Taylor Combs for being selected as an assistant coach of the WV North/South Volleyball All-Star Classic, December 3rd and 4th.
Coach Combs will be assisting the North team.
Bob Elmer Breakfast
Students representing SMHS at the Bob Elmer Celebrity Breakfast as part of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival.
Kennadee Hinzman, Colton Blackwell, Luke McGoldrick, Aneyla Dozier, Eric Johnson, Brandi Thompkins, Braxton Roman.
At the podium: Coach Taylor Combs.
Yes I Can! Award
Spring Mills High Scool student Tia Price has been chosen as a winner of the Yes I Can award. A luncheon will be held on November 1st at Stonewall Jackson Resort where all winners will be recognized.
Dear Parents/Guardians and Seniors:
Welcome to the long awaited senior year of your student! This letter will present you with important information for your seniors for the 2016-2017 school year. Additional letters will be mailed throughout the year as more details are finalized.
Our graduation ceremony will take place at Spring Mills High School on Thursday, May 25, at 7:00 P.M. Mandatory practices will be held May 22 – May 24.
Caps and gowns are mandatory for graduation and will be purchased through Jostens. Spring Mills High School’s Jostens representative, Holly Sidwell, will be speaking to our seniors on October 12th and will provide the catalog and order forms.
Girls’ Dress for Graduation:
*Graduation cap, gown and stole
*School appropriate dress or skirt (1-2 inches abovegown) or dark slacks
*Dress shoes: preferably black; no flip flops
Guys’ Dress for Graduation:
*Graduation cap, gown and stole
*White shirt – tie will be provided
*Dark slacks, socks and dress shoes (Preferably black); no flip flops
Spring Mills High School’s Jostens representative, Holly Sidwell, will be speaking to our seniors on October 12th and will also provide the catalog and order forms for announcements.
Senior pictures are not mandatory, but any senior who wishes to have their picture included in the senior collage must have a picture taken by O’Roke. There is no cost for the senior portrait; however you may purchase prints if you would like.
STUDENT SERVICES & GUIDANCE COUNSELING SERVICES
All students at Spring Mills High School are assigned to a guidance counselor, who offers consultation with parents and teachers, personal counseling to students, and assistance to students in tracking progress towards graduation. Twelfth grade students should contact Mrs. Rhoe at: email@example.com
It is our hope that this will be a wonderful learning year for students. Our goal at Spring Mills High School is to see all seniors graduate well-prepared for their next steps in life.
As the year progresses, if you need our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Marc V. Arvon
Principal, Spring Mills High School
Martins A+ Bonus Cards
Spring Mills High School is participating in A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through our local MARTIN'S! This is an easy way for you to help our school earn CASH each time you shop at any MARTIN'S Store.
Please help our school and register your BONUSCARD to our SCHOOL 40303.
Here's How You Can Help Beginning September 12/2016:
Visit www.martinsfoods.com/aplus and select register your card, which is located in the red box on the right for customers. Follow the prompts to complete your registration. You will need your 11-digit BonusCard number.
OR...call the A+ Hotline at 1-877-Ask-Aplus (1-877-275-2758), and they can register your card for you! You will need your 11-digit BonusCard number.
OR... EMAIL MRS. FLEMING (firstname.lastname@example.org) YOUR BONUS CARD # AND LAST NAME CONNECTED to THE CARD.
IF you DON'T KNOW YOUR BONUSCARD' NUMBER CALL 1-888-814-4268 OPTION #1
Funding raised through this program will be designated to purchase more books for our library. Please take a moment to register your BONUSCARD today! And don't forget to tell your friends and neighbors to do the same. It could mean the world to our school. Please note you can register your card for up to 2 (two) schools.
Library Media Specialist