South Grove Intermediate School

News and Notes for March

From Mrs. Reid

I remember an old saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. We are in the middle of a snowstorm as I am typing this up! March is definitely coming in like a lion! We are looking forward to the "lamb" days of sunny skies and warmer weather. March is an important month for our students. Fortunately, we have been able to move our ISTEP test dates back so that we can make up for some of the days we have missed due to snow. South Grove students will take the ISTEP test on March 12, 13, 14, and 17. It is important that students are at school each day. Please avoid making appointments for your student on these days. Please get them to school on time as well since testing will begin in the morning.


Teachers have reviewed these tips with students, please review them with your children also!


We're looking forward to a busy month of learning. Thank you for all you do to support your child!

Step it up! ISTEP Begins!

ISTEP--March 12,13,14, and 17

Here are a few tips and reminders for your child during the ISTEP testing window.


Eat a healthy breakfast
Go to bed early and arrive to school on time
Have a positive attitude
Use your time wisely
Read and follow all directions carefully
Check your work and revise your answers
Restate the question as part of your answer
Show all of your work
Do your personal best

Spring Break Intersession

Please take advantage of the wonderful intersession classes being offered in Beech Grove.


We have two South Grove teachers offering Spring Intersession classes.

***Girls - Get your GLOW with Mrs. Bair - This session gives girls an opportunity to pamper, bake, and bond.

***Basketball with Mr. VonDielingen - This session will give kids the opportunity to work on shooting, dribbling, passing, and sportsmanship.


All forms are due Thursday, March 6th. No exceptions.

Mr. Irwin's class LOVES to READ!

South Grove Reads!

South Grove students have been busy reading! Check all the different ways we are improving student literacy.


I Love to Read Challenge sponsored by WISH-TV 8


-Students tracked their reading minutes outside of class for January and February. All participants will receive a certificate and if a student read 1200 or more minutes, their name will be entered into a drawing for a chance to visit the Children's Museum and a ceremony with the Mayor of Indianapolis!


Read the Most Coast to Coast

-On February 28, students across the country took A.R. quizzes and tried to beat last year's goal of 4,409,622 quizzes taken in ONE day. The goal this year is to STRIVE FOR FIVE MILLION!


OUR students took 877 A.R. quizzes!!!!!!

OUR school comprehension average was an 88%!!!!!!!

Total points earned by OUR students was 750!!!!!



Read Across America Day Celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday!

-On March 3, South Grove students had fun-filled day of Dr. Seuss! Teachers read oodles of Dr. Seuss books, students and staff wore Cat in the Hat Hats, Mrs. Alkire and choir members shared a Read Across America song with us, and green eggs & ham were served for lunch!



Accelerated Reader and MyOn

-South Grove students continue to read independently using the Accelerated Reader and MyOn programs. These outstanding supplemental reading programs are allowing our students to choose a wide array of books to read while helping them to become stronger, more confident readers.


I am extremely thrilled with all the reading students are doing. Keep up the great work!


-Mrs. Stacy Johnson

"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." Dr. Seuss

Yearbook Orders Due March 7th

Harlem Wizards - March 10th

Come and see the Harlem Wizards vs. The Swarm! Mrs. Reid and Mrs. Horen will be playing against the Wizards! Come and cheer for them as they show their skills on the court!



Where - Beech Grove High School

Time - 7:00 p.m.

Pre order - $10 purchased by March 5th

Cost - $12 at door the night of the event


See you there!

School Fundraiser Pick up

Tuesday March 11

South Grove Cafeteria

3:45- 6 pm

Say Cheese!

Spring Picture day is Tuesday, March 18th.

All students will be photographed. Prepayment is not necessary if you decide to order pictures.

March 21 - Last day before Spring Intersession

AR Ice-Cream Party to celebrate all the students who met their 3rd quarter goal!

Report Cards sent home.

Music Notes from Mrs. Alkire

The Spring Program will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 2pm and 7pm in the South Grove gym. All 4th graders will be participating. The name of the program is The Unity Tree with the main characters being cats and dogs! We look forward to seeing you at the performance. Woof!

Aloha and Congratulations to Mrs. Evans & Mrs. M. Johnson

We are thrilled to let you know that Caralee Evans and Mary Johnson, two 5th grade teachers, have received a Lily Endowment Creativity Grant. The title of their grant is Ring of Fire and Amazing Grace. These two phenomenal educators will travel to Hawaii to study volcanoes and marine life, visit aquariums in Chicago, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. We will share more with you as these two ladies begin their journey.

Students have the "Write" Stuff!

Mrs. Agee's sixth grade students wrote to author Rodman Philbrick after reading his wonderful novel, "Freak the Mighty." Mr. Philbrick wrote back to the class and answered most of the students' questions! As it turns out, many characters and events in his book were inspired by his real life growing up. To close, he wrote, "... I had no idea - none, whatsoever - that kids as far away as Beech Grove would be reading the book and writing to me about it. Amazing!" Mrs. Agee is so proud of her students!

YMCA - Spring Break Camp

The YMCA will have a Spring Break School’s Out Camp at Hornet Park Elementary from March 24 through April 4 from 6:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. Activities include a weekly field trip, swimming, guest speaker, arts, and crafts, cooking, and more! Please pack a lunch and two snacks daily. For further information and to register, please contact Youth Enrichment South at 887-8788.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Please consider dropping off aluminum cans and paper products to the South Grove recycle bins. By doing this you are helping to financially support our physical education program. Mrs. Newman appreciates the help as she educates students on not only living a healthy life but making healthy choices for our planet.