Southside High School
March 20 - April 9, 2016 ................ Edition #29
Faculty & Staff Weekly News and Information Bulletin
Please be cognizant of information, dates and deadlines, changes and updates to regularly scheduled meetings, and reminders included in the bulletin. Information included may be confidential; therefore, all Tiger Tales news bulletins are considered exclusively for Southside High School faculty and staff.
This Week At Southside
Monday, March 21:
9:00 a.m..................Lesson Plans to be posted to Staff Drive
.................................3rd Q Grades and Scoresheet Reports due to Ms. Stables
Tuesday, March 22:
8:00 a.m...................Tiger Ambassadors Faculty & Staff Breakfast
4th Period...............Sophomore Institute Career Assembly
4:00 p.m .................Triple A and GE Tutoring
Wednesday, March 23:
4:00 p.m ...................SHS Clubs Meeting (OR)
Thursday, March 24:
4th Period...............3rd Quarter Report Cards Issued at the end of 4th Period
Friday, March 25:
Snow Make-up Day (School Holiday)
Monday, April 4:
9:00 a.m..................Lesson Plans to be posted to Staff Drive
Tuesday, April 5:
4:00 p.m..................Triple A and GE Tutoring
Wednesday, April 6:
4th Period...............Prom Tickets go on sale
4:00 p.m..................AP/IB Teacher Meeting
Thursday, April 7:
10:45 a.m................Senior Class Assembly
4:00 p.m ..................Triple A and GE Tutoring
Friday, April 8:
2:05 p.m..................Recycling Bins Emptied
In the Near Future
19................AFJROTC Military Ball
28-Apr 1 ....Spring Break
16............Prom (Flour Daniel)
18............ACT Pre-coding (1st period)
21............Fire Drill (11:05 a.m.)
23............SIC 5K Race and Health Fair
.................Seat Time Recovery
24............Awards Day Program
From the Desk of the Principal
Kathy Stables has served Southside for many years as the school's Curriculum Resource Teachers. Ms. Stables will trade in her PowerTeacher log-in for a rocking chair effective March 24, 2016. Please join me in congratulating Ms. Stables on her retirement.
A message from Ms. Stables...
Letter to the Faculty and Staff,
What a pleasure (really!) it has been to work with you all. Not only do I count you as co-workers, but friends and family. I am very proud to have been part of the Southside family. I know how hard each of you work, the hours you put in after school and on weekends, the immense amount of paperwork you deal with: grading papers, lesson plans, grade distributions, contact logs, and the list goes on. And I know how much you care for the students and invest (time, money, effort, and energy) in their lives, and very often without much, if any, “thanks”! But you are making a difference, whether you know it or not; and you are appreciated.
Although I look forward to sipping tea in a rocking chair on a porch, I will miss you all. So to all of my Southside friends and family, may God bless you and grant you continued success!
And Thank You!
2016-2017 School Assignment Letters
Fourth period teachers will distribute 2016-2017 School Assignment letters to all underclassmen on or before Monday, March 21, 2016. The assignments letters list each student’s address, grade and school assignment for the 2016-2017 school year. Letters do not need to be returned to Southside.
· 3rd Quarter ENDS: Friday, March 18th
· 3rd Quarter Scoresheet Reports Deadline: 9:00 a.m. Monday March 21st.
Grade Reporting Reminders:
· Be sure all transfer grades have been entered!
· Both Letter Grade and Percent must match
· Floor Grades at the end of the reporting term
· No reporting term grades over 100 (Floor if needed)
· Place Comments in the Quarter Reporting Term only (not S1, E1, F1)
· No more than 3 Comments per student
· Print, VERIFY for accuracy, and Sign Scoresheet Reports and submit
· 10th-12th Graders Policy: Floor to 50 except for Midterm and/or Final Exams (E1, E2, or C1)
· 9th Graders Policy: Floor 1st HALF of Course to 61 except Final Exams (E1, E2)
Pre-coding for the ACT will take place on Monday, April 18, during first period. Pre-coding will last of all first period and potentially all of second period. Class changes will be conducted as normal. Teaches should plan accordingly.
Proctors-ROTC, PE, Baron (1st-2nd)/Brookie (2nd-5th)
Proctors- Blount (1st, 2nd), Jackson (3rd, 4th), Ford (5th)
Wong (1-4)/Jenkins (5th) Bynum cover Wong's credit recovery to give Wong a planning period
Back up test administrator/proctor: Stables
ACT Testing Schedule:
Test 1:.......................... 9:15-10:00
Test 2:....................... 10:05-11:05
Test 3:......................... 11:25-12
Test 4:....................... 12:05-12:40
Teachers and Staff,
Please make a concerted effort to be present each day. Due illness and Family Medical Leave, we have experienced a drastic increase in teacher absences during the month of February. It has been difficult to secure reliable substitutes, therefore, Ms. Ransome has had to request assistance from other teachers to cover classes. If you become ill or know you will be absence in advance, please put your absence in SmartFind as early as possible.
Please remember to leave detailed plans for substitutes when you are absent. In instances where there are no current student rosters, emergency plans, or lesson plans for the day, substitutes have expressed concerns about the lack of planning. A substitute should not have to look for the green sub folder or the red emergency folder as those items should be left visible on your desk. Your planning or the lack thereof will often determine whether a substitute wants to return to our building or not. Also, have conversations with your students about the behavior you expect them to exhibit toward a substitute during your absence.
2016 Employment Contract Information
- Contracts and Letters of Agreement (when applicable) are distributed via Electronic Contract Management (ECM)
- Via ECM, all Contract Employees scheduled for Formal Evaluation for the ensuing school will be given notification in writing and part of the contract distribution process
- Principals and Supervisors will verify delivery of Contracts or At-will Letters of Agreement for each employee through ECM and receipt of notification of Formal Evaluation as applicable
- Employees not receiving a contract because of non-renewal should receive written notification 45 days prior to the end of school
- Contract Employees submit acceptance or rejection of contracts to Principals/Supervisors via ECM. Those employees not under contract, but receiving an At-will Letter of Agreement will accept or reject in a likewise manner
- Principals/Supervisors verify electronic receipt of contract acceptance/rejection and submit to Human Resources when all are complete
- Human Resources will verify electronic receipt of contracts from all employees via ECM
Phones and Headphones
Career Rotary Day
The following students will be attending the Rotary Career Day next Tuesday, March 22. It starts at 11:30 and ends at 3:00. They will need to leave at 11 in order to get downtown in a timely manner. This is a Greenville County activity. I have copied Mrs. Austin on this as well since the students will miss 4th through 7th periods.
IEP meetings are being scheduled. If you are invited to attend a meeting, please respond to the meeting invite, be on time and prepared to discuss the student’s current progress, behavior and other concerns that you may have. Also, please let Mr. Griffith know if the meeting conflicts with your duty so he can arrange coverage.
All Club Advisers and Sponsors,
Please plan to meet in the media center on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 4:05 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss meeting dates and times for future events so that we can synchronize the school calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts. We will also be discussing updating club bylaws. If you have a scheduling conflicts please see Mr. Jones.
- If you recently submitted a club request, please email Mr. Jones.
Incentives for Substitute Coverage
When asked to cover class for one of your colleagues, you are omitted from having to cover your duty post for that day. In addition, Ms. Ransome will issue a jeans pass to each teacher who assist with class coverage at the end of each week.
For those teachers who have earned jeans passes, please sign/date your pass and place it in Mr. Brooks’ mailbox or give your pass to Ms. Seear on the day you wear jeans.
No Hal Pass List
Student Hall Access:
Please make sure you sign your student’s agenda prior to letting him/her leave your classroom before the tardy bell or during instructional time. Student hall access should be limited to restroom or nurse visits. Student who do not have a signed agenda will be escorted back to you class.
No Hall Pass List:
- Mia Brown
- Cameron Espino
- Briasia Pyles
- Hannah Short
- Michael Franklin
- Marnethia Clinkscale
- Isiah Young
- Bailey Foster-Stewart
- SHS Book Club selection for March: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. If you are interested in reading this book, let me know. We will discuss and meet on Friday, April 8, during lunch in the library!
- Computer labs are not being cleaned up after teachers use them. Computers should be shut down, monitors turned off, computer areas cleaned up and chairs pushed in.
- Copy Allocations will be renewed after spring break..
As is the case with student H drives, Staff will no longer have remote access to their H drives (home directory with your username) after June 30, 2016. Your H drive will only be accessible from a Windows based computer (your laptop not a Chromebook) at school. Staff should continue to use their H drive to store files that contain student data. All other files and folders need to be moved to Google Drive for easier home access. Your district Google Drive (firstname.lastname@example.org) has no space limit. From now on, you may want to consider creating your documents in Google docs, slides, forms, etc.
One option is to save all H drive files (except those containing student data) to a flash drive and move only files that you will need in the future to your Google Drive.
Southside Support Scoop
Please do not slide paperwork under Ms. Webb's or Ms. Seear's door. All information/paperwork for Ms. Webb or Ms. Seear should be placed in their mailboxes with the exception of money. All money and receipts books need to be turned in to Ms. Seear by 1 p.m. each day. Everyone is reminded to turn in invoice slips for any package you have ordered to Ms. Webb so the vendor can be paid.
Plant Engineer Office:
If you need assistance handing or moving items, please contact Mr. Parker.
Please call the Nurse prior to sending a student to her office to make sure she is available.
Please call the Intervention Specialists prior to sending a student to their office to make sure they are available.
As we prepare to close the school’s fiscal year accounting records, faculty members, students and guardians are advised that all money transactions with the school (fees and dues) are to be paid with cash or a money order starting March 21, 2016. Checks will no longer be accepted. We apologize for any inconveniences this policy may cause.
ISS Procedures and Protocols
Please refrain from sending students to ISS if you have not contacted Mr. Simmons, ISS Coordinator. Any student sent directly to ISS by a teacher will be returned to class by an administrator. Guidelines for removing a student from class are as follow:
Call Mr. Simmons
Complete the Incident Management Referral online
Contact the parent/legal guardian sometime during the day