Spartan Update Feb. 5, 2023


Spartan Update: February 5, 2023

We had a great time at the Winterfest Dance Saturday at the Royale!

Be sure to mark your calendars for our upcoming Curriculum Fair and the Meet the Teacher Night!


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SOS (Signs of Suicide) lesson

The adolescent years are marked by a roller-coaster ride of emotions—difficult for youths, their parents, and educators. It is easy to misread depression as normal adolescent turmoil; however, depression (among the most common of mental illnesses) appears to be occurring at a much earlier age. Depression, which is treatable, is a leading risk factor for suicide. In addition, self-injury has become a growing problem among youth. To proactively address these issues, Sanderson is offering depression awareness and suicide prevention training as part of the SOS Signs of Suicide® Prevention Program. 

The SOS (Signs of Suicide) lesson will be presented to freshman Healthful Living classrooms on Thursday, February 16th, Thursday, February 23rd, Tuesday February 28th and Wednesday, April 12th.

 Our goals in participating in this program are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness
  • To explain that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression
  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential suicidality in themselves or a friend
  • To impress upon youth that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult about their concerns
  • To help students know whom in the school they can turn to for help, if they need it

​**Parent letters have been sent home with students; you may opt your child out of the presentation by returning the signed SOS letter. **



The ACT will be given to all 11th graders at SHS on Wednesday, March 8. The test will be given online so students will need their charged chromebooks that day. No action is needed by students to register.

Online Practice Tests are available at

Questions should be directed to Greta Lumsden at



Rachel’s Challenge is a Bullying & School Violence Prevention Program based on the life of Rachel Scott, the first student killed at Columbine. On February 8, all students will attend a Rachel's Challenge assembly during one of their class periods. Rachel’s Challenge demonstrates to the listener the power of deliberately reaching out in word and action to start what Rachel called, “a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.” This program provides simple, positive actions students can take to create a positive, inclusive culture in their school. Students will be given an alternative option if they choose not to attend. To opt out, student/parent should advise your student’s teachers.


**Parent Event Wednesday, February 8th 6 to 7pm, Sanderson High School Auditorium: This event is for parents to view the program. This evening event is open to parents, community members, and students from nearby high- and middle-schools. To make it easier for the school to plan for that evening, please RSVP



Join us to learn about our academic, honors and Advanced Placement programs, clubs, sports and extracurricular activities at Sanderson High School.  You will have the opportunity to see displays, tour the school, learn about students, club sponsors, counselors and coaches. 5:00-6:30 pm.  CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE & RSVP


Student Chromebook Charger Replacement Policy

A $30 fee will be assessed in PowerSchool for any student who requires a replacement Chromebook charger. Due to the high number of lost chargers, schools are implementing this policy to help students be more accountable for their equipment. When the replacement charger is returned, along with the Chromebook, prior to the student leaving WCPSS (i.e., graduation or move), the fee will be erased from their account. If the charger is not returned with the Chromebook, the $30 fee will be due from the student.


Heartbaker Pizzas for Teachers & Staff $10.00

Give warm wishes to our Faculty and Staff! For $10 you can sponsor a Take-N-Bake Papa Murphy's pizza for a Sanderson Faculty or Staff Member! Let's show them some love, just in time for Valentine's Day!

Here is the link for pizza donations:


JROTC Book Drive

For the second year in a row, Sanderson’s JROTC is an official drop-off host for WAKE-Up and Read’s 10th Annual Children’s Book Drive.  Bring your new or gently used books for children up to age 12 to Room 195 or the Media Center from now until February 28th



Join Sanderson teacher Mr. Obaigbena, to hear from students, and coaches on what District C is, and how it has impacted them for the better.  Work is changing. Artificial intelligence and computers can now do much of the routine work once done by people. So, what is the uniquely human job description of the future? The stuff that computers can’t do -- leveraging the power of teams to solve complex problems.

Click on the link below and join Mr. O, SparkNC, District C Coaches, and students who have been through the program to find out how this experience impacted them and why Sanderson students should consider participating!

Wednesday, February 8

3:30 - 4:30 pm ET


EF Tours Hosted by Sanderson Teachers

Opportunities for world travel with EF Tours and some of our Sanderson staff are available now. Please visit our Activities page for more information.




Prestige Portraits by Lifetouch will be at Sanderson to photograph seniors in a Cap and Gown on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. Cap and gown can be borrowed from Lifetouch during the photography session.  These portraits are optional, with a sitting fee of $10.

If you are interested in a portrait session, complete this form indicating which time frame you prefer. Time slots will be between 8:00-11:00 and 11:30-2:00. A specific time slot will be assigned to you closer to the date of the portrait sessions.

Seniors will need to check student email for updates/confirmed time. We will do our best to honor all requests. Slots will be designated on a first-come, first-served basis.


From the 2023 Senior Boosters

Please participate in the June 2023 Graduation Ticket Exchange by carefully editing this Google Sheet (

Please only edit the row that applies to YOUR transaction.

You may be seeking tickets, claiming tickets, or giving tickets.

It's vitally important that everyone respect that this is a live document and changes may not be reversible. Thank you!  Questions - Melissa St. John



Has your senior student been actively helping others while in high school?  Don't miss out on the $10,000 scholarship opportunity from SECU Foundation. There is one winner per high school.  Applications are due by 3pm on Feb. 17. For criteria and application info., please visit the scholarship page on our SHS student services webpage.

Athletic Updates



Spring sports officially begin on Monday, February 13.  All student athletes must be registered in DragonFly in order to participate.  Contact the varsity head coach if you have any questions.

Sports Schedule

  • Baseball:  Coach Laughlin;
  • Women’s Soccer:  Coach Worley;
  • Track:  Coach Hammond;
  • Softball:  Coach Schramm;
  • Men’s Lacrosse:  Coach Farrow;
  • Women’s Lacrosse:  Coach Farrow;
  • Men’s Tennis:  Coach Disbrow;
  • Men’s Golf:  Coach Shaw;


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