Springfield High School


Welcome to SHS-Home of the Blue Devils!

Doors Open at 7:00 am
School Starts at 7:30 am (Two-hour Delay 9:30 am)
Dismissal is at 2:30 PM (Early Dismissal 10:45 am)

Useful Telephone Extensions:

419.867.5633 - Main Office
419.867.5637 - Attendance Office
419.867.5618 - Main Office Fax
419.867.5632 - Counseling Office Secretary
419.867.5736 - Counseling Fax
419.867.5744 - Athletics Office Fax
419.867.5624 - Athletics Secretary

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1470 S McCord Road
Holland, OH 43528
419.867.5633

Principal Robb Brown often shares information via Instant Alert. Please view his most recent alert regarding the schedule for students to come to the school to pick-up devices, pay fees, and turn-in forms.

To view the information, please use this link:

Mr. Brown's 9.19.21 Update
School Fees

Mr. Robb Brown
Principal

Dr. Justin Bryson
Assistant Principal,
Curriculum

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Mr. Kevin Rupp Assistant Principal
Discipline

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Andrew Screptock
Assistant. Principal Athletic Director

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Springfield High School is a public comprehensive high school with rigorous academic programs for students in grades 9-12. Almost 100 faculty members and support staff are dedicated to both SHS traditions and to ensuring that each of the approximately 1200 students attain their educational goals. Students follow a trimester schedule designed to further enhance the academic environment with even more class time for a variety of learning experiences, more teacher/ student interaction time, greater opportunities for problem-solving and group activities. SHS offers enrichment through Honors, Advanced Placement, and College Credit Plus* classes.

In addition, SHS students may also choose to enroll in vocational programs offered through Penta Career Center or take advantage of classes offered through the Springfield Digital Academy (SDA) our district's online, virtual school (read more about the SDA by selecting the link on this site under the "Schools" tab).

Students are encouraged to grow through community service, leadership development and character building - all interwoven into SHS academic and extracurricular programs.

Servant leadership is the culture at SHS. We call this "DEVILSasOne" and it is evidenced by our school's receipt in 2020 of the prestigious Multiplying Good/Jefferson Awards Foundation's "One in a Million"award. Prior to this, for 9th consecutive years the students achieved the organization's unprecedented Ambassador Gold Banner award. Add to this our students being recognized by ProMedica a recent recipient of their prestigious Junior Philanthropists of the Year Award (for our coordination of the annual Toy Drive) and you can see that we do "good" often and well!! Through our ongoing relationship with Multiplying Good and Leadership Toledo, Springfield High School students are eligible for nomination to receive a Youth Jefferson Award. This award is prestigious and something few earn during their high school careers. We are very proud that since the first Youth Jefferson Awards were presented at Springfield High School in 2009, 114 young leaders of today have emerged from the sidelines to mobilize their passion into action to improve or community, region, and world!

Springfield High School continues to strengthen its rigorous academic offerings to include a variety of innovative and unique course offerings including those available through Blue Devil Radio, 97.7fm WNLB. Unique offerings such as this, combined with the school's nationally respected JROTC, programs like Science Olympiad and more help prepare students for success in our global society. Springfield High School's Blue Devils are rich in tradition - and we want to encourage all community members to become "true blue!"*CollegeCreditPlus allows qualified students to receive credit for college-level courses at no cost to the student or his/her family.



Principal's Message
Mr. Robb Brown
#springfieldstrong


Springfield Student Athletes Define Sportsmanship

For the past four years, the Northern Lakes League has partnered with Leadership Toledo to assemble student athletes/leaders from its member schools to discuss a variety of important topics during its annual Sportsmanship Conference. Each year, the students are challenged to take a deep dive into their roles as leaders within their respective classrooms and in the sports that they choose to play.


Think about it, approximately 50 students who compete game in and game out, come together to answer questions like:

  • Who are you and what do you stand for?

  • What is sportsmanship?

  • How do personal values and sportsmanship connect to leadership?

  • Self-Control - What’s stopping us?

Wow! These are pretty heavy topics for teenagers - and I assure you, they're up for it! This year, SHS was represented by Dallas A, Morgan A, Sara D, Antonio M, Reese M and Kiersten W. Leadership Toledo has considerable expertise in working with teenage students and we applaud the exercises they designed to help the participants define what sportsmanship means in their individual lives, those of their peers, and within their extended families (which often includes the fans in the stands).

Since the first gathering of 48 young leaders in 2017, the Northern Lakes League has shared the definition of sportsmanship that was written with all school leaders, coaches, and students. That definition is: SPORTSMANSHIP IS UPHOLDING A COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT WHERE RESPECT, COMPASSION AND INTEGRITY ARE EXPECTED FROM ALL ATHLETES, COACHES, OFFICIALS AND SPECTATORS.


During each of the ensuing three conferences, the participants were given the definition to discuss, challenge, and update if needed to ensure its continued relevance in their lives and sports careers. Thus far, it has withstood the test of time. Not because it can't be improved upon. The reason is that it appears that the almost 200 students who followed the initial authors agree that respect, compassion and integrity are the cornerstones of the character needed to do more than simply play a sport. Each of these student leaders excel in sports thanks to more than the talents that many were born with.


Through dedication, practice, and a lot of sacrifice they show us all what it takes to compete in high school sports. It takes vision and the desire to be part of something larger than their individual talents- what it means and takes to be part of a team. Like them, I, too, was a high school athlete and like them I enjoyed all that it meant to be a teammate. I've watched my kids use the skills they acquired as good teammates to become better siblings and pretty successful in both their efforts to continue playing the sport they love in college and in chosen professions.


Thanks, NLL and Leadership Toledo, for helping our young Blue Devil leaders explore how every aspect of the sports they love can impact the bigger picture of their lives!


Communicating News and Accomplishments During a Pandemic

Principals are considered the leader of a school building. We are where the proverbial “buck” stops and face more than a few challenges to make sure that everyone has access to important need to know information.


It’s a challenge, but Springfield teachers and my fellow building administrators have all set high standards for communication with students, families and colleagues. To be honest, I don’t ever remember a time in my career when I sent out so many messages - don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to do it - I just worry about overwhelming our “audience” with too much! I am writing this week to make sure that the time and space needed to address immediate needs doesn’t outweigh interesting details about some of the exciting changes that will happen - one in particular that addresses class rank.


Before I came back to SHS as Principal (the policy was adopted in April, 2016), the Board of Education passed a motion to enact a new system of class ranking that is effective for the Class of 2024 (our current sophomore class). The language in the policy states, “The Board of Education acknowledges the usefulness of a system of computing grade point averages and class ranking for high school students, both to inform students of their relative academic placement among their peers and to provide students, prospective employers, and institutions of higher learning with a predictive device so that each student is more likely to be placed in an environment conducive to success.”


Currently, recognition is given to those students whose cumulative grade point averages (GPA) place them numerically from 1-10 with the student possessing the highest GPA being considered as the class Valedictorian and the next as Salutatorian. It was the high school administration that proposed the new system, know to us as the Latin Honor System:

Summa Cum Laude (4.25 and above)

Magna Cum Laude ( 4.0 - 4.24)

Cum Laude ( 3.75 - 3.99)

Honors ( 3.25 - 3.74

We look forward to implementing this new structure and for the opportunity to recognize an celebrate the academic excellence of many more deserving Springfield High School students.

It's a CRIME This Wasn't Offered When I Attended SHS!
Believe it or not, I really do find myself envious of today's high school students for all the learning opportunities offered within this school's curriculum. Nothing against the great courses I took in the late 1980's but . . . let's be honest. Nothing can compare to the ways that our teachers today engage their students. They don't teach "subjects," SHS teachers inspire a whole new generation of kids to love learning.

For those who doubt that I'm just being an enthusiastic Principal, let me give just one specific example to make my case! If you're not aware, last week we began the 2021-22 school year and Science Teacher Stephanie Mahoney's students walked on their first day to find a Crime Scene. Seriously - her course is the Principles of Biomedical Sciences Course and she staged an actual crime scene thanks to her participation in Project Lead The Way. The students couldn't contain their excitement! We listened as they collectively shared that they, "... watch a lot of crime shows on TV and wanted to learn how much is real or just staged for TV!"

Mrs. Mahoney told me that, "Unit 1 focuses on solving the death of Anna Garcia - a 19-year old college student. To solve the crime, my students were told to begin collecting evidence - making a list of questions they wanted answered based on the evidence and what types of information the evidence can provide." As the course continues, she shared that the students will learn techniques to analyze DNA, fingerprints, blood splatter, and electronic information (phone) taken from the crime scene. They will come up with a number of questions and tests that they wanted to perform to determine the cause of death based on what evidence they found at the crime scene

What I especially like about the course is the overview it provides students on careers in Biomedical Sciences. From what a Biomedical Scientist does (what qualities that individual must have to do their job) to how those individuals might interact with other professionals they will encounter in their workday. Mrs. Mahoney invited SHS School Resource Officer Aelea Robertson to talk to the students about what is done when Law Enforcement Officers arrive at a crime scene, how evidence is collected, the schooling she has done (Police Academy, Bachelor Degree/working her Master's Degree). The students asked great questions, too. "Trust me, very few crimes are solved in the 30-45 minutes that you watch on TV," Officer Robertson told the students. Talk about giving glimpses of real life!

Future learning opportunities will focus on Clinical Care (students will get to spend their day in a Health Clinic learning about vital signs and assessing patient health, learn about telehealth, and patient privacy), Outbreaks and Emergencies (determine what causes a disease outbreak in a hospital and emergency response to a hiker who was injured), and finally Innovations in Biomedical Sciences (designing drug delivery systems, using things found in the natural environment for biomedical purposes, and designing a biomedical innovation of their choosing).

Okay, who's with me on this - it really is a crime that this course didn't exist when I was in high school!


Piece by Piece
For my first message of the 2021-22 school year, I'm going to revisit a message that I offered at this same time in 2020. Then,, I asked that readers imagine opening a new jigsaw puzzle for the first time. I described how you pop the lid, spill the pieces out onto a table, start organizing the various pieces that eventually will come together as one. It's not too much of a stretch, is it, to see the similarities between assembling a puzzle and what happens at the start of a school year?

Puzzles and new school years have a way of bringing us together . . . there's the hunt and assembly of the corner pieces, which I think is similar to getting the building put back together after extensive summer cleaning, improvements, and reorganization. Can I get a "shout-out" for the custodians and maintenance staff who got the classrooms, hallways, and ground looking better than ever? With the new flags out front, a lot of new paint on walls and fresh flooring - well, SHS is looking pretty good!!

Another important piece to the puzzle are the school counselors who somehow fit everyone's academic needs together within our trimester schedule. We have some new faces in our Counseling Office- Mrs. dePompei is now at SMS and earlier this month we welcomed Morgan Roe and Kurtis Tucker to SHS! They are supported by our school secretaries who work their magic to connect people with whatever they need . . . answers, directions, key fobs - they do whatever it takes. Working our way through more of the puzzle pieces, there's our cafeteria-based team. These folks know what our students and teachers like to eat and care about the quality of the meals they offer everyday. And, how about those free breakfast and lunch meals again this year? Of course, there are the talented IT guys who know which keys to touch to get you connected to the network and to fix what's broken.

The puzzle is incomplete without our School Resource Officer, School Nurse, the bus drivers who deliver the students to and from school safely and of course our teachers, aides, and all the others who impart on our students their wisdom while nurturing and challenging each one of us to reach for our dreams. The puzzle is almost together, but impossible to finish without our Coaches and parent volunteers who give freely of their time to enrich our school. - we hope to have them all back in the building very soon. The final pieces that complete the SHS puzzle are our students and their families.

And, just like the toughest puzzle out there, we all somehow unite. Regardless of the puzzle piece we represent, the end goal is the same: to take a bunch of seemingly random parts and fit them together until the image of what we are building - an exceptional education for today's learners and tomorrow's leaders, comes into focus.

1470 South McCord Road
Holland, OH 43528
419-867-5633