March 20, 2017

South Portland High School

Daily Announcements

Monday, March 20, 2017

White A Day

Detention with Mr. DiBiase/B105




Congratulations to the Robotics Team for their excellent showing at their first event this year! The Riot Crew was 2nd seed after 80 matches, and went on to win the Gracious Professionalism Award! Dr. Woodie Flowers would be proud.



Congratulations to the South Portland High School Jazz Musicians

 On an award winning weekend. SPHS had 2 Combos and 2 Ensembles perform over the two days.  Congratulations go to:The South Portland H.S. Jazz Ensemble – Gold Medal Award and qualified to play at the Night Showcase!

Additional congratulations to

Outstanding Musicians on

Lead Trumpet – Jesse Pearlman

Alto Saxophone- Ellen Stanton

Dale Huff Award for Superior Musicianship

Trombone – Owen Doane

The South Portland Jazz Combo A – Gold Medal Award

Receiving Division 1 Combo Outstanding Musicianship awards are:

Thomas Costin on Piano

Owen Doane on Trombone 

A Multi Combos Division – Combo B – Silver Medal Award

Receiving Superior Musicianship and the Dale Huff Award

on Trombone – Max Saffer-Meng

Multi Jazz Band – Jazz Band II – Silver Medal Award

Receiving Outstanding Musicianship on Tenor Saxophone – Alex Rowell

Spring Fling is Friday the 24th!

Tickets will be on sale next week before and after school. All students must sign a safety contract in order to purchase a ticket. Guest forms can be picked up in the main office and must be completed and returned by next Tuesday, the 21st.

Job Opportunities

A neighbor is getting ready to move and needs help packing. You will be paid for your assistance.  Please see Mrs. Helmke FMI



Maine Legislative Memorial Scholarship Fund

This $1,000 scholarship is available to a Maine resident who plans to attend a two- or four-year degree granting Maine college or technical school. Additional information is available in the Guidance Office. Application deadline is May 1, 2017.


  1. For a SPHS student planning to major in the field of Education (Value = $750)
  2. For the son or daughter of an SPTA member – regardless of their college major (Value = $750)
  3. For the son or daughter of an SPTA member planning to major in the field of Education (Value = $750)
  4. For a SPHS student who has attended grades K-12 consecutively in South Portland. (Value = $750)

Sharon French Scholarship (formerly Skillin Elementary School PTA Scholarship) – due May 12

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine Alumni Association – due April 1


Applications for the University of Maine Consider Engineering 2017 Summer Program are available at This free program is sponsored the UMaine Pulp and Paper Foundation and is a great way for high school juniors who excel at math and science to learn more about engineering, career options, and college life. Application is due May 1st.


The SPHS Local Scholarship is now available on the Scholarship Box website. All seniors are strongly encouraged to complete this simple application. Deadline is April 24, 2017.

Fistal Family Nursing Scholarship – due April 28

SPHS Girls Soccer Boosters – due May 19


Intramurals:  Badminton Intramurals will be held on Wednesday & Friday after school from 2-3:30.  Strength & Conditioning will be held Thursday after school from 2-3 p.m.  Come on out and have some fun.

The GSTA will meet on Monday, 3/20, at 2:00 in Mrs. Siviski’s room, 304.

The Civil Rights Team will meet after school TODAY 03/20 in room 325 for our last full Diversity Week planning session. Anyone running or participating in a Diversity Week is asked to attend, and members of the Culture Club and Student Senate are encouraged to join us as well!

There will be an Interact meeting Tuesday after school in the Lecture Hall. All members should attend.

There will be an Interact activity after school on Monday, March 20th in room 303 to make  advertisements for the Project Graduation Fashion Show. All interested members should attend.


Abby Joy, Sophia Venditti and Grace Steady please stop by the Athletic office Today.  Ruay Bol please stop by the athletic office today.

 We put the fun in Fundraising

Please join the South Portland Robotics team at Elsmere BBQ for a fundraiser on Tuesday, March 21st, from 4-9pm. 8% of all sales will be donated to the team in preparation for our upcoming competitions, and we will be selling tickets for our yearly calendar raffle.


Recycling will take place on Friday during white 3. We are recycling toner cartridges. Please look for drop off buckets in the main office and the teacher lounges.

Diversity Week 2017 is next week, March 27th-31st!

Our theme this year is: “Rights: Who’s Got ‘Em, Who Needs ‘Em.”

I am thrilled to share that this week will be jam-packed with amazing student-coordinated events, presentations, visitors, screenings, and interactive projects open to everyone’s participation. The final schedule, descriptions of events, and class sign-up form will be released on Monday afternoon (with my sincere apologies that they are coming out so late: I think we can all agree that the last few weeks have made planning tricky!), but I wanted to share a heads-up for those who like to plan ahead. Events will include…

~ Our third annual forum with members of the ELL community on their immigration experiences

~ A roundtable conversation with Mayor Patti White about South Portland’s recent resolution supporting our diverse community members

~ A presentation from the Holocaust and Human Rights Center at UMaine Augusta on how the media propagates stereotypes

~ The world’s greatest Q&A session, focused on answering all those awkward, embarrassing, or uncomfortable questions that folks might have about people with fundamentally different backgrounds or identities

…and so much more! Further details to come, thanks to your friendly neighborhood Civil Rights Team, Culture Club, and Student Senate!

Come one, come all to this year’s Project Graduation Senior Fashion Show on Sunday, March 26th at 2pm.  The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. The Silent Auction starts at 1pm and is free to the public. There are many items ranging from gift certificates to local restaurants, art work by local artists, and even a  week’s rental at Popham Beach. Also a orthodontic braces package from Dr. Podhouser valued at $6, 000. Families interested in the braces package do not have to be present to bid on the package. Contact Jennifer Major at if interested