February 22, 2016


On February 25 at Southside Elementary School, our math bowl team, coached by Mrs. Yates, will compete. Our team members are as follows:

Zachary McLean, Kingen Burbrink, Nadia Harris, Walker Savage, Trenton McCain, Andrew McLean, Zackary Bowman, Luke Chandler, Carson Shoup, Emma Long, Grace Barkes, Adah Newman-Stump, Allison Craig, Isabelle Sully, Corbin East, Parker Smith, & Malcolm Stevenson.


You have read about the Growth Mindset previously. Basically, Dr. Carol Dweck asserts that "Individuals with a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence is simply an inborn trait- - they have a certain amount, and that's that. In contrast, individuals with a growth mindset believe that they can develop their intelligence over time."

Dweck's research has demonstrated that students who believe that their intelligence can be developed (a growth mindset) outperform those who believe that their intelligence is fixed (a fixed mindset). Her research has found that children who focus on the processes underlying learning (e.g., hard work or trying new strategies) can improve their growth mindsets and the related benefits.

Dweck used a recent Education Week article to clarify some of the functional implications of her work in the classroom. Among her comments, she noted: "A growth mindset isn't just about effort. Perhaps the most common misconception is simply equating the growth mindset with effort. Certainly, effort is key for students' achievement, but it's not the only thing."

Students need to try new strategies and seek input from others when they're stuck. They need this repertoire of approaches- - not just sheer effort- - to learn and improve." (SPEAKING OF FINDING THE RIGHT STRATEGIES & TOOLS TO AID IN LEARNING, ASK YOUR CHILD ABOUT OUR SCHOOLWIDE LEARNING OUTCOMES!)

She closed her piece stating:

"My colleagues and I are taking a growth-mindset stance toward our message to educators. Maybe we originally put too much emphasis on sheer effort. Maybe we made the development of a growth mindset sound too easy. Maybe we talked too much about people having one mindset or the other, rather than portraying people as mixtures. We are on a growth-mindset journey, too."

Dweck Article

Text from Project Achieve


February 25 - Math bowl

February 29 - March 11 - ISTEP+ window for grades 3-6 (More specific information below)

March 7 - 6:00 - 7:00 Kindergarten round-up

March 7 - 11 - Kindergarten registration continues in the office during school hours

March 8-9 - IREAD testing for 3rd graders

March 14-18 - SPRING BREAK

March 23 - IN SCHOOL - Snow day #3 make-up

March 24 - IN SCHOOL - Snow day #2 make-up

March 25 - IN SCHOOL - Snow day #1 make-up

ISTEP (Grades 3-6) & IREAD (Grade 3)

Between Tuesday morning, March 1 and March 11, students in grades 3-6 will be taking ISTEP tests and students in grade 3 will be taking IREAD. Being on time and at school each day is critical. Please avoid scheduling any appointments for your child between March 1 and March 11, if possible. THANK YOU!

Talent Show!

Everybody's got talent! Who will put his talent on display?

The Mt. Healthy talent show tryouts will be March 9 after school. The talent show applications are outside the music room under the bulletin board. Only the first 25 qualifying acts will be performing this year, so students need to get the applications returned to the music room quickly. The deadline is March 4.



BCSC is changing its pre-school program. We need to know NOW if you are interested in sending your child to pre-k at Mt. Healthy - or to the Johnson Center. We want to be able to offer pre-k to your child Monday - Friday all day next year but need to know the interest NOW. PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION AT THE LINK BELOW.

Kindergarten Enrollment

Kindergarten Round-Up is scheduled to begin the week of March 7th. Register between 9:00 and 2:00 in the office Monday through Friday or come see us Monday, March 7th between 6:00 and 7:-00.

If you have a child you feel would benefit for early Kindergarten enrollment, you can view the application materials online beginning Feb. 1st. The deadline to turn in applications for early Kindergarten enrollment is April 1st. This is only for students younger than 5 by August 1st.

Snow Days, Delays, and Alerts!

Remember that the first 5 will be snow days that are made up after Spring Break. These days will not be e-learning days. E-learning days will begin on the 6th snow day or on any snow day after spring break. In the event we have a 2-hour delay, we will not have PreK. Since we have had three snow days, we will be IN SCHOOL on March 23rd, March 24th, and March 25th.

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Thanks to all the parents, students, and staff for their support of the Art to Remember fundraiser. The new kiln has been purchased and will be in use soon!

Leigha Bruning, a senior from East High School, will be working with afternoon art classes as part of her senior project. Students will be creating clay heart key chains that can attach to students book bags. They will be sold for $1.00 to aide her in raising funds for Riley Hospital Art Therapy supplies (A Heart for Art). We will give you more information as the project develops.

Congratulations to the following students! Their artwork was chosen top 100 in the state for the Symphony in Color Art contest.

*Gold Ribbon Winner- Simon Allen, 2nd grade --Awards banquet and artwork displayed at Hilbert Circle Theater and State Museum, March 6th-May 8th.

*Finalist - Emma Long, Carson Shoop, and Ryan Eckelman (artwork displayed at State Museum, April 4th-May 8th.

myON: FREE Access to Thousands of Digital Books

Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home.



How to Log In to myON

1. Go to

2. Enter the School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers (The School Name will automatically populate as you type)

3. Enter the username read and password read.

4. Click the green Sign In button.

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Our BCSC Transportation Dept. has asked we remind you that should your bus not arrive on time, to view the BCSC Transportation website for possible delay information. LATE BUS SITE - Buses that run 15+minutes late will be posted and will share the approximate time it is running late. Keep in mind that because they don't want your child/children left waiting, when possible, they may ask other buses in your area to assist your late bus. It is recommended you continue to watch for a big yellow bus at all times! CLICK HERE FOR LATE BUS INFORMATION or find delay information under the BCSC website: Click on Parents-Transportation-Bus Delays on the right. THANKS!
Opportunities in the Community

SPORTS: Hockey, Girls Softball, Baseball, Handball ACADEMIC/FUN: Science Saturdays INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS: Free Dyslexia Talk Science Saturdays, Dyslexia Talk (Free!)