Southmont High School

Mountie Minute, August 2022

Welcome Back Mounties!

Dear Mountie families,

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Southmont High School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2022-23 school year! I hope you enjoyed a summer vacation filled with fun and exciting memories. Personally, I am excited to welcome students back as Principal at Southmont High School.

Registration is open for the 2022-23 School Year. If you have not done so, please sign into your PowerSchool Parent Portal and complete the online registration. Click here to register: If you need assistance with PowerSchool or registration, please contact Mrs. Melissa Norman at or (765) 866-0203 with questions. Please make sure to register your student prior to August 9th.

Our first student day is August 9th. As you begin your back-to-school shopping, I would like to remind you of the student dress code expectations highlighted on pages 8 -9 of the Southmont 2022-2023 Student Handbook. The district believes that students should dress in a way that is appropriate for the learning environment. School safety is a top priority at Southmont High School. To ensure safety and an educational environment free from distraction, guidelines were established in regards to the school’s dress code. Please review the dress code expectations at the link above.

Our back-to-school night will be on August 5th from 4-6 pm. This is a great time to meet your teachers, find your locker, get a copy of your schedule, and ask any questions you might have. Schedule changes will not be made during back-to-school night. If you need a schedule change, please email your guidance counselor. We hope you can join us on August 5th for back-to-school night!

We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure all students can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our students need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. If you have any questions about student expectations for success at Southmont, please feel free to contact me. The staff and I feel privileged to be a part of the Southmont school community. We thank you for your support and I look forward to meeting you all very soon!

Yours in education,

Mrs. Ashley Hammond, Principal



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2022-2023 School Year: Southmont High School - BUS Guidelines

School bus drivers are to have control of all school children conveyed between the homes of the children and the school, and return. The driver shall keep order, maintain discipline among students while in the bus or along the route, treat all students in a civil manner, see that no pupils are imposed upon or mistreated while in his/her charge, and use every care of the safety of the students under the driver’s charge.

School bus drivers shall assure that all pupil passengers observe the following regulations:

1. Be ready for the bus in the morning 5 minutes prior to the arrival of the bus. Never run to or from the bus.

2. Wait at your designated stop in a safe place, back from the side of the road.

3. Remember never to stand in the danger zone that surrounds the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough for you to touch the bus.

4. If you need to cross the street to get on the bus, always wait until the bus has come to a complete stop. Look for the stop arm to come out and for the flashing red lights. Watch the driver. When the driver is assured that all traffic has stopped, he/she will signal for you to cross the street. You should also continue to watch for traffic yourself. Always walk. Don’t run!

5. Each pupil shall be seated immediately upon entering the bus. Pupils are not to stand or move from place to place while the bus is in motion.

6. Windows and doors are to be opened or closed only with the permission of the bus driver. If allowed, windows should only be opened to the indicated safety line.

7. Passengers are not to behave in any manner, which infringes upon the rights of any other passenger. This would include any form or type of bullying.

8. No pupil is to enter or leave the bus until it has come to a complete stop. Students may enter or leave the bus only upon bus driver signal.


10. Students will not be permitted to bring such items as skateboards, radios, jam boxes, balloons, or glass objects onto the bus. Any other object deemed to be unsafe cargo on the bus will be denied. The bus driver will have the authority to deny transportation to a student with such articles in his/her possession. The bus driver and/or school corporation bears no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged items brought onto the bus.

11. The privilege of riding the school bus may be denied to any student who does not conduct himself/herself in a safe and orderly fashion. School bus drivers and administration will determine what safe and orderly behavior is. The bus driver reserves the right to assign seating for any student(s) that are disruptive in any way.

12. Wait at your designated stop in a safe place, back from the side of the road.

13. Remember never to stand in the danger zone that surrounds the bus. The danger zone is anywhere close enough for you to touch the bus.

14. Throwing objects inside or outside of the bus is not permitted.

15. Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing.

16. Participate in all bus evacuation procedures.

17. Eating and drinking is not allowed on school buses at any time, unless permitted by a driver approved reason.

18. Always follow the bus driver’s instructions.

19. The school’s Acceptable Use Policy for technology applies to all cell phones and digital devices brought onto the school bus.

20. Remain in the seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.

Disciplinary Action: Bus drivers will be submitting referrals to administration for various classes of behavioral issues. Defiance, profanity, and general disruptions will receive a Class I offense; fighting, bullying, and tobacco use will receive a Class II offense; and possession of weapons will receive a Class III offense. Below, you will find the progression of steps taken for each offense. Please note these are guidelines, and based on the severity of the actions, these may be adjusted by administration as deemed necessary.

***While each case is unique, we believe these steps ensure the safety of our students grades K-12 that are on the bus. Each student will begin the second semester with zero referrals.***

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Transportation Director

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Corporation Calendar

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Food Services

Southmont Schools have an essential role in the lives of students by providing them with a foundation for healthy living and learning. Our goal is to provide the students' favorite items combined with non-processed, healthier, fresh selections. We feel it is important to offer these items to introduce students to different types of foods. We are committed to each and every student, each and every day.

The Southmont Schools' Food Services Department makes affordable, healthy, and nutritious breakfasts and lunches daily for our students. We continue to meet tough new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed in school.

You can make online payments to you child's account at any time using the MySchoolBucks program. Online payments are automatically credited to your child's meal account. There is a $2.49 processing fee, charged by MySchoolBucks.

You may also send cash or check to your child's school, and the money will be deposited into his/her account. The money is then used as a debit system to purchase meals using your child's student ID number. If you choose to send a check, please be sure to include your child's name and "lunch payment" in the memo section to ensure it is deposited into the correct account.

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Financial Assistance for Book Fees/Breakfast/Lunch

Applications must be completed for free/reduced lunch!

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Meet Our New Teachers!

  • Mrs. Alexa Quinton - Special Education
  • Mrs. Laura Duncan - Special Education
  • Mr. Mitch Dehne - Physical Education
  • Ms. Taylor Zarse - Special Education
  • Mrs. Shelley Allen - Business Education
  • Mrs. Kellie Powers - Social Studies
  • Mrs. Rebekah Thomas - Instructional Assistant
  • Mrs. Rita Stull - Nurse (Nurse Sadie will return in September)
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West Central Career and Technical Education Programs (Vocational)

West Central Indiana Career and Technical Education (CTE) is co-op of Crawfordsville, North Montgomery, Southmont, and Western Boone School Corporations. This partnership forges the way for hundreds of students the opportunity for career guidance and workplace readiness in conjunction with an abundance of CTE programs and Work-Based Learning opportunities in Montgomery County and Boone County.

What is CTE?

According to the Indiana Governor’s Workforce Cabinet, “today’s cutting-edge, rigorous and relevant Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares youth and adults for a wide range of high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers.”

The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) in Indiana is to ensure an education system of high quality and equity for the academic achievement and career preparation of all Indiana students. Students in Indiana’s secondary CTE programs will gain the knowledge, skills and abilities needed for success in postsecondary education and economically viable career opportunities.

Check out the latest Indiana Governor's Workforce Cabinet CTE Career Guide.

What is Work-Based Learning?

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development defines Work Based Learning (WBL) as the framework of various pathways, or solutions, which include practical experiences to help individuals gain an understanding of an occupation with on-the-job learning. It ranges from career awareness to career training. Pathways may include: U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship, State Earn and Learn (SEAL), Adult Education with On-the-Job Training, Internship and Capstone Courses, Career and Technical Education, and Job Shadowing Opportunities.


  • Exposes students to career opportunities
  • Gives students opportunities to observe professionals in action
  • Helps students network with potential employers
  • Enhances students employability skills
  • Provides a potential talent development pipeline for local companies
  • Connects classroom learning to real-world experiences
  • Students have the opportunity to receive college credits and stackable, industry recognized credentials
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Southmont High School Bell Schedules

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Important Dates to Remember:

  • August 5, 2022 - Back-to-School Night @ 4-6 pm
  • August 9, 2022 - First Student Day!
  • August 16, 2022 - Fall School Picture Day!
  • September 5, 2022 - No School, Labor Day
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"Eventlink" Athetics/Activities Calendar

Anyone who wants to have up-to-date athletic schedule information should go to and create a "community" account. You will be able to select your school and the calendars you want to subscribe to. This is the best way to get information on all last-minute changes to schedules at Southmont!
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