ExploreThis summer, Explore will offer students exciting opportunities to pursue their unique interests and passions. Each day will be packed with engaging, relevant and personal learning opportunities, including free Artworks classes.There will be two sessions of Explore. Session I is scheduled for June 7-30. Session II will be held July 7-July 30.Students in grades 3 through 8 have the opportunity to enroll in free Artworks classes at two locations—Cowden Elementary School or Sequiota Elementary School.Elementary students will attend Explore classes Monday through Friday from 8:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. (except Pershing, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.). Registration for elementary students begins March 4.Middle school students will attend Explore classes Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration for middle school students begins March 3.High school students may register for Explore classes beginning March 1.Register for Explore classes at www.sps.org/Explore.
Dear Westport Families,
Please see below information on the expansion of transportation services that was approved by the Springfield School Board on Tuesday, February 9th. This is an exciting opportunity that will impact thousands of students within our school district. Along with this expansion will come a time change for the instructional day at Westport K-8 and you will be receiving more information and updates concerning that throughout the Spring and early Summer.
Thank you for choosing Westport and working with us to educate your children.
Justin and Jill
- Currently, SPS has the most restrictive transportation eligibility criteria for high school of all regional and large districts in Missouri.
- Nearly 72 percent of SPS high school students are not currently eligible to access district transportation services.
- A 8% attendance deficit exists for students who are currently ineligible to ride.
- Today, more than 3,000 high school students who live up to 3.5 miles from school must find their own transportation solution or walk.
- In addition, students who do not secure their own transportation are unable to participate in SPS magnet schools and other related choice programming.
- The current transportation barriers pose challenges for safety, attendance and academics.
- The negative impact of transportation barriers correlates with a decline in academic performance and increased risk for dropping out.
- In the Fall of 2019, a transportation consultant was tasked with identifying sustainable solutions and delivered an initial report to the Board of Education in January, 2020.
- The Transportation Expansion Workgroup, comprised of more than 30 SPS teachers, parents, principals, and other community representatives, met six times from October, 2020 to January 2021 to review multiple options outlined in the transportation consultant’s report.
- The workgroup considered survey feedback from more than 6,000 respondents, including parents, students and other community members.
- This extensive work culminated in a recommendation to administration on January 12, 2021 to add a third tier of bus service, beginning with the 2021-2022 school year.
- The Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the proposed transportation expansion during its regularly-scheduled meeting on February 9, 2021.
- SPS will continue communicating throughout the spring with staff, parents and the community, as additional details are confirmed.
- For more information, visit sps.org.
- You can also find more information about the process here: https://www.sps.org/Page/5281
Selection of Studies
We are currently working on scheduling for next year, and would like your student's input in their course selections. Please complete this form by Wednesday, February 17th in order to have your student's choices considered. Please fill out the form for the grade your student will be in next year. Thank you!
Parkview Virtual Tour
Attention 8th grade families! Parkview Student Council has put together a virtual tour of their school for next year's freshman class. Stay tuned for more information about the start of your high school careers in 3rd quarter.
Check out the Parkview virtual tour here: https://youtu.be/oHD_zuCS61k
Attention Parents: Due to capacity requirements and ticketing voucher sales, Parkview High School will not be allowing MS students to attend PHS home games by themselves. They will be allowed to attend with a parent IF they have a sibling participating in that night’s game.
Until further notice and with safety for all as our focus, we will be taking the following guidelines and precautions at all of our athletic events and activities:
- School age children and patrons must be masked
- All students should be accompanied by an adult and there will be no formal “student section” at games
- Families should sit together in designated areas practicing social distancing with other patrons
- Concessions will not be available in most venues
- In the event that capacity is reached, the gym will be emptied between games to ensure parents/guardians can watch their student athlete participate
We appreciate your compliance and understanding.