Cardinal Corner

September 30 - October 15, 2019

Important Dates

Oct.1: Girls Basketball @ Sundling Jr High

Oct. 3: Girls Basketball vs Thomas

Oct. 4: 7th Grade Activity Night - Mount Prospect Community Center (CCC) 7-8:30pm; Girls Basketball @ Grove Basketball Tournament, 8th Grade

Oct. 5: Girls Basketball @ Grove Basketball Tournament, 8th Grade; Autumn Harvest - Wind Ensemble Will Perform - 12:30pm, North School Park

Oct. 7- 11: Fall Play Rehearsals, 2:45-5pm, MP Room

Oct. 8: Picture Retakes

Oct. 9: Girls Basketball vs Barrington, 3:45pm (South)

Oct. 10: Girls Basketball vs Winston Park, 3:15pm (South)

Oct. 11: MAP Reports Sent Home; Cultural Arts Assembly; PHS Pre-Game Show Football Game, Band Kids Perform (PHS), 3:30pm

Oct. 12: Cross Country Sectional Meet (South), 7am-3pm

Oct. 14: School Improvement Day/Columbus Day - Staff Only (No Student Attendance)

Oct. 17: Fall Play 7-9pm (Day performance for students)

Oct. 18: Fall Play 7-9pm (Day performance for students); IAR Reports Sent Home

Oct. 21-Oct. 23: The Anderson Book Fair in the LMC for students also Oct. 24, during conferences for parents

Oct. 24-25: Parent/Teacher Conferences (No Student Attendance)

Oct. 25: End of First Quarter

Nov. 1: Report Cards

Principal's Column

Dear South School Families:

As stated in the previous Cardinal Corner, South Middle School practiced our Crisis Emergency Drills on Thurs., Sept.19, 2019. We received exemplary reviews from both the Arlington Heights Police and Fire Departments regarding the effectiveness and efficiency of all our drills, especially our relocation drill. This was the first time South Middle School relocated students to our safety location. Moving 875 students to Wayside School and back, along with taking attendance twice, took only an hour. We are very proud of our students and staff for their efforts and patience.

As we head toward the end of the first quarter, please take time to visit Schoology and the Parent Portal in PowerSchool, to stay on top of your child's school work. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's teacher.

I want to thank the PTA for organizing a fun and successful 6th Grade Activity Night. There was a great turnout of students, who enjoyed playing basketball and ping pong, listening to music, taking pictures, as well as working on an art project. We appreciate all of the food and water donations.

This Friday night, they will be hosting a 7th Grade Activity Night at the Central Community Center. More information and links listed below.

Have a great two weeks,

Dr. Jim Morrison, Principal

South Middle School


As Halloween approaches, we would like to inform everyone how we will celebrate Halloween at South Middle School.

Students are allowed to wear costumes only on Thurs., Oct. 31, 2019. However, it is our goal to have an uninterrupted school day while celebrating this fun holiday. We will not be having any Halloween parties during or after the school day, as they may have experienced in elementary school.

For those students who wish to wear a costume to school on Halloween, the following rules must be adhered to:

  • Students are not allowed to change outfits/costumes at school;
  • SMS Dress Code will be enforced;
  • No costumes depicting violence nor costumes that are inappropriate in a school setting;
  • No applying make up or hair spray on school grounds;
  • No masks that cover the face are to be worn at school, nor full-coverage face paint (a little face paint is ok);
  • No props are to be brought to school;
  • No inflatable costumes;
  • Students are not allowed to bring candy or treats to school.

We plan to have a safe, productive learning environment on this day, while providing the opportunity for those to wear costumes on Halloween. We look forward to seeing the creative costumes that some of our students will wear.

Please contact the South Middle School administration if you have any questions.

Student Council

Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2019: Student Council will be raising funds for Disaster relief and the Red Cross by accepting donations at lunch Monday -Thursday, as well as accepting them at the door of the girls basketball game on Thursday.

Oct. 3: “All school black out“ for South vs Thomas girls basketball game

World Music Assembly with Funkadesi

On Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, a small group of musicians from the award-winning world music band Funkadesi, will share stories, songs and instruments from their countries of origin (West Africa, Jamaica, Puerto Rico). The group uses music to open deeper conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion and much more.

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PTA Information

PTA Membership

Please support South Middle School by joining South's PTA today. Your membership will support the programs we sponsor for our students and staff. If you didn't join when registering your student, click here to join now: Not sure if you joined? Email our membership chair, Holly Connors, at

If you have any questions regarding South's PTA, please email South PTA President Catherine Olson at

Activity Night

Fri., Oct. 4, 2019: 7th Grade Activity Night at Central Community Center in Mount Prospect, 7-8:30pm.

Register your student at

Please consider signing up to donate or chaperone at

6th Grade Activity Night

Thanks for all the donations and to our parent volunteers for supporting our 6th Grade Activity Night, this past Fri., Sept. 27, 2019. Nearly 150 students enjoyed open gym and games.


DirectorySpot is updated for the current school year. This is a benefit for PTA members. Questions or corrections? Contact Ann Williams at To join South PTA, go to

South PTA’s Sunshine Committee

South PTA’s Sunshine Committee needs parents to help welcome new families to our community by delivering gift baskets and giving them a short visit. To volunteer, contact Lynn Repak at

South PTA Needs You

Want to get involved in South PTA? We still have openings for this school year for the following committees: ABC/25 Liaisons, Prospect High School Liaison, Rolling Meadows High School Liaison, Juvenile Protection, Legislation, Reflections, School Board Representative, and Volunteer Coordinator.

Save the Date

Sunday, Sept. 29th: Free ship-to-school on South Spirit Wear ends. The site will remain open, but shipping charges will apply.