SMS Middle School
The 7th Grade Language Arts classes are studying their Holocaust Unit and reading the book, Night, by Elie Wiesel. Since this book is about the author's experiences in Auschwitz during World War II, Mrs. Hochgesang and Ms. Schnarr contacted Eva Kor who is also a survivor of the Holocaust and the experiments of Dr. Mengele.
This once in a lifetime experience gave the students of Southridge Middle School the opportunity to hear firsthand the story of Eva and her twin sister, Miriam. The girls were born in 1934 in the tiny village of Portz, Romania to Alexander and Jaffa Mozes. Eva recounted the story of being separated from her parents and two older sisters and never seeing them again. Eva and Miriam were spared only because they were twins: just perfect for Dr. Mengele's experiments.
Eva now lives in Terre Haute, IN. She is a forgiveness advocate and public speaker. Powered by a never-give-up attitude, Eva has emerged from a trauma-filled childhood as a brilliant example of the human spirit's power to overcome. She is a community leader, champion of human rights, and tireless educator.
Winter Dance Pictures
Spell Bowl Team
Champion and Runner-up
Mrs. Altmeyer is shown presenting Jaffet Cruz with his trophy for winning this year's Middle School Spelling Bee. Also in the picture Mrs. Jen Schutte, who coordinated the event, and Evie Sherer, runner-up.
Spelling Bee Participants
NOVEMBER Student of the Month
October Student of the Month
More Student of the Month News
Student Council News
Middle School Courtyard
For most of the students and staff at Southridge Middle School, Thanksgiving break was a time for relaxing, eating, shopping, and maybe catching up on some sleep. This was not necessarily true for our Middle School Student Council. Under the supervision of Mr. WIles and Ms. Schnuck, this group came back to school on Wednesday and built a garden consisting of 6 raised beds, composting, plantings, and rock gardens. This work was completed with the help of many parents, and teachers Lisa Durcholz, Doug Collins, and Tiffany Neuhoff. Special thanks are extended to K and K Dirtworks for the soil donation and to The Home Depot for materials donations.
The Student Council will continue the gardening initiative in the spring when warm weather arrives. If anyone has materials that they would like to donate, please contact Mr. Wiles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you haven't seen the courtyard for awhile, please stop by to see how much hard work has been put into cleaning up and beautifying this area.
A Final Note.....
The first semester of school is nearly at its end. The students are all anxiously awaiting that final bell on Friday that signals the start of Christmas Vacation. If the truth were known, there are several staff members anxiously awaiting the end of the day Friday as well!
I would like to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. My wish is that all of you have a safe and happy two week vacation. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, and to all, a good day.....