Southside News

November 20, 2015

From Mr. Backmeyer's Desk - REMIND...GET CONNECTED

First, we DO NOT have school next week! While we will miss you, we hope that you enjoy time with family and friends!

We continue to strive to better communicate with our parents and community! We have a Twitter page - We have added a Facebook page -

Some of our teachers use Remind and I think it would be a great added piece to communicate with our staff, parents, and community about safety and emergency information, events, etc. What is it and how do you join...please read below.

What is REMIND?

From - Over 35% of k–12 teachers in the US, and 1.5 million teachers globally, use Remind to connect instantly with students and parents. Over time, we've also seen countless administrators benefit from Remind for school-wide communication. Principals everywhere are forgetting their complex phone trees and are using Remind as a simple way to keep their colleagues in the loop and build community at their schools.

Remind is safe, simple and free PERSONAL PHONE NUMBERS ARE NOT SHARED Remind messages are not sent from personal cell phone numbers. Students and parents who sign up to receive messages from their teachers will never gain access to a teacher’s personal cell phone number, nor will the teacher have access to a student or parent’s cell phone number. Remind does not rent or sell any user data, ever. Remind is also COPPA compliant, and uses standard encryption methods, such as SSL, to protect user information. We take student data privacy seriously, and work hand-in-hand with our community to keep Remind safe and secure. More information on how this is safe -

Click on the Get Connected with REMIND button under this article OR click on this link to get connected -

Instructions in Spanish - click here

Get Connected with REMIND

CLICK HERE for directions on how to receive text message updates from Southside/Mr. Backmeyer

Chromebook Damages $$

In the past week, we have had several chromebooks turned in with significant damage to the screen (this picture is of one of the damaged devices). All of these are a result of students not handling them correctly. Often they pick them up by the corners and are puncturing the screens. Students are taught in each classroom how to correctly hold the devices with two hands.

Please take a few minutes to reinforce the importance of taking care of their devices. Being a technology-based school, it is difficult for students to operate without their chromebook and the repair costs can add up for parents.

The process:

1.Teachers turn in damaged chromebook with report of what happened to our building technologist.

2. In-House repair determines the extent of damage and creates a statement of repair charges.

3. Repair charges are mailed home.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Mustang Basketball Schedule

Game Schedule

BCSC EBL League Website

Attention all EBL players and coaches: The EBL is excited to announce that all EBL players and coaches will be allowed free admittance to all home high school basketball games this year, except the IHSAA tournament games.(Girls & Boys) The EBL has provided rosters to both high schools and they will have these rosters at the ticket booth. Give them your name and school and they will check you off the list. A huge THANKS to both high schools for making this happen!


WEEK of 11/30-12/4 - The week after Thanksgiving we will be putting all of our Lost and Found items on tables outside the auditorium! At 2:00 PM on Friday, December 4th, we will bag up the remaining items and donate those to those in need.

From the Nurse's Office...

It's that time of year again, the flu and cold season is upon us. Please remind your children to dress appropriately for the weather and to wash their hands before eating. A few things to remember are, if a child has a fever of 100, they need to stay home until they are fever free for 24 hrs. They cannot have had diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hrs.


Kelly Stephens LPN


Our next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. We meet in the library. As a parent of a Southside student you are a member of the PTO. We welcome you to attend and participate if able and willing.

Information on this great program. Southside has seen HUGE gains for students who are partnered with a "big". We NEED 10 BIGS - If you have time or know someone who would be a good fit, please consider this program.

Our Vision & Goal

Southside Vision

Good, Better, Best,

Never rest,

Until Your Good is Better,

and Your Better is Best!

Southside Goal

The Southside community will ensure all learners demonstrate growth by modeling positive choices and recognizing the gifts and challenges of each student through a collaborative working environment.

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