December 1, 2017

South Portland High School

Daily Announcements

Friday, December 1, 2017

White B Day

No Detention/No Late Bus



The Riot Rack

The Riot Rack is a great resource for all SPHS students.  The Riot Rack provides clothing, toiletries, and food for any student who needs it.  If you are a student in need or if you have a friend who may need to access the Riot Rack, please talk to any adult in the building.  All teachers have keys to get into the Riot Rack and will find a time to take you or your friend. 

If you want to make a donation to the Riot Rack you can do so by bringing items into the main office or to Mrs. Helmke.  Some of the items that are currently needed include:

– Leggings for girls

– Long sleeve t shirts for boys

– Cereal

– Ramen Noodles

– White rice

– Bread

– Milk & eggs (we do have a refrigerator!)

– Mac N Cheese (Kraft or Annies are the brands that go, for some reason others do not.)


SAT Testing

Students who have registered to take the SAT here at the high school tomorrow are reminded to arrive between 7 – 7:45 AM.  All test takers are required to have both their printed SAT admission ticket and a current photo ID (this year’s school ID, driver’s license, Passport, or State ID).  Failure to bring both of these items will mean that you will not allowed to take part in testing.  Please be sure to bring several #2 pencils and your calculator as well as a snack and beverage to have during your two breaks.  Students are encouraged to leave their cell phones and other electronic devices in their vehicle.  Those that do not will be required to give them to their testing room proctor before testing begins.


Band Concert

Tuesday, December 5



Featuring a variety of pieces including a medley of Hans Zimmer film scores that include the “Dark Knight”, “Driving Miss Daisy” and “Madagascar”.



The Guidance Office is currently scheduling appointments for Senior Application Review Days. This is a great opportunity for students applying to University of Maine Orono, University of Maine Farmington and/or University of Southern Maine to meet with an admission counselor and go through the admissions process at the high school. Interested students should register to participate in the Guidance Office. Please see your guidance counselor with any questions.  The upcoming dates are as follows:

December 7 – UMaine Orono

December 8 – UMaine Farmington

December 14 – University of Southern Maine

Holiday Fest 2017, TONIGHT

Come join the fun this Friday, December 1st for carriage rides, caroling with SPHS and middle school students, and tree lighting in Mill Creek Park.  Festivities begin at 4:30, with caroling at 4:45, and tree lighting at 6:00 pm.

Pirates of Penzance

Tickets for our winter production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE will go on sale online on Saturday November 25th at

The box office at the school will open in early January.

Performances will be January 26, 27, 28 and Feb 2, 3, 4 2018

Tickets hold steady at $15 for Adults and $10 for Students and Seniors 60+



There is an important Latin Club meeting Monday right after school in room 141.  All members should attend, see Mrs. Gwozdz if you can’t be there.


Poetry Out Loud

Join the annual SPHS Poetry Out Loud recitation contest. Find two poems on the POL website and learn them by heart. Prelims: Tuesday, December 5th at 2:30 in Room 204. School-wide final: Tuesday, December 12th at 2:45 in the Lecture Hall. See Ms. Graff in Room 204 to sign up, the first step on your way to DC and a $20,000 cash prize!

Sunday River Ski Program

See Mr. Devlin in room 349(top floor, original building) for paperwork to sign up for Sunday River Skiing and Riding at an unbeatable price.  Registration forms and payments are due no later than Thursday 12/09/


If you’ve ever wanted to learn hip hop, here’s your chance!  A professional hip hop instructor from Portland Youth Dance will hold after-school dance lessons in the auditorium lobby on the following Tuesday afternoons:  11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19.  Classes will be held from 2:45-3:45, and are free and open to any and all students.  See Ms.  Zembsch (room 224) or Ms. Keeler (room 207) to sign up.



The Class of 2020 is hosting an OTTO Pizza Fundraiser on Tuesday December 5th from 5:00- 9:00pm at the Cottage Road location in South Portland. A percentage of the sales from dine-in, take-out, delivery, or gift card purchases will go directly back to the sophomore class.