South Grove Intermediate School

News and Notes for January

From Mrs. Reid

It is hard to believe we are beginning our second semester of this school year already! This semester, staff and students will continue with the new Indiana State Standards guiding our curriculum as we prepare for the first round of ISTEP at the beginning of March. Teachers monitor student learning each and every day and adjust their lessons to provide remediation to those students that need extra help or to challenge those that show mastery of the concepts. It is important that students do their homework each night. This provides practice for them, but it also gives the teacher a sense of who is understanding the concept being taught. It is also very important that students read their AR book for at least 30 minutes each night. The only way to get better at something is to practice!

As always, the staff at South Grove is here to help you help your student. Check Parent Connect weekly for updated grades. Report cards will be sent home on Friday, January 9th. Contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns. Have your student rested and ready to be at school on time each day. We strive to have all of our students to succeed, but we need your help!

Have a wonderful January!

Referendum - May 5, 2015

Beech Grove City Schools is asking our taxpayers to approve a referendum to ensure that our schools have funds for the upkeep of our buildings and for transportation. For the referendum, those who live in Beech Grove, will vote for two items regarding school funds:

1. Continuing current property tax rate to fund transportation, purchase buses, student safety and maintenance of buildings

2. Updating heating, ventilation and air conditioning at the high school, South Grove, middle school and Hornet Park, as well as renovating and upgrading the high school performing arts facilities.

What can you do?

  • Register to vote
  • Urge others to register
  • Vote yes for both questions
  • Tell others to vote yes

To find out more about the referendum:

Servants Heart Shopping Day & Holiday Fun

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Girls on the Run is so much FUN!

The South Grove Girls on the Run wrapped up their season in December. Twenty girls were selected to participate in this nationwide program designed to teach life skills through interactive lessons and running games. The girls met twice a week and worked on skills to develop emotional and physical health. The program's highest point is when the girls complete their 5K race. South Grove's GOTR group ran the Jingle Bell 5K on December 13th at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

Another important part of Girls on the Run is understanding the value of community service. This year's service project as selected by the girls was to make small gifts for the residents at Beech Grove Meadows, a senior living center. The girls made cards and attached lip balm and tissue packets with messages such as "Merry Kiss-mas" and "Have a Chappy New Year!"

This program is meaningful to the girls and the teaching staff at South Grove who volunteer their time. Nine staff members serve as coaches. Coach Beth Walker states, "It's amazing to watch the girls grow in confidence personally and athletically throughout the program. It is always so special to see the look of accomplishment on the faces of the girls after they finish the 5k. I love being a part of Girls on the Run and empowering young girls to be successful in life!" Sixth grade teacher Kelly Agee says, "GOTR is a fabulous program to instill confidence and healthy behavior into our students. My favorite lesson is the one that Lisa Bair teaches on Media Literacy, where we show these very impressionable young ladies the truth behind those magazine photos they see. It's such a great program! Many thanks to Ellen Collinsworth for her constant inspiration and organization!"

Cookie Dough Fundraiser

Please support our winter fundraiser! Cookie dough kick off is on January 26th. Orders need to be turned in by February 11th.


Package 1 - $20.00

Full color soft cover

Yearbook name & student photo personalization on cover

Package 2 - $15.00

Full color soft cover

To order visit

South Grove's code - 890163


Return the envelope to school with your student including cash or check payable to South Grove Intermediate School.

Reading News from Mrs. Johnson

I love to read!

Several South Grove classes will be participating in the I Love To Read Challenge sponsored by WISH-TV. Participating students will be bringing home information very soon! The challenge runs from January 5 to February 27 with an individual goal of reading a total of 2,500 minutes or a classroom goal of an average 1,000 minutes of all participating individuals. Any student who reads at least 2,500 total minutes is eligible for prize drawings! All students who participate in the challenge will receive a certificate signed by Governor and First Lady of Indiana.

A.R. Ice Cream Reward!

Students that met their entire Accelerated Reader goal for the second grading period will be able to have an ice cream sundae during lunch on Friday, January 9. Way to read South Grove students!

Family Fun Night - Wheels of Wonder

Wednesday, Jan. 14th, 6-8pm

175 Southern Plaza Dr

Indianapolis, IN

South Grove's Skating Party - Family Fun

Roller Skating, Live DJ, Laser Light Show, Games, Dinner, and MORE!

Box Tops for Education

South Grove is kicking off the new year with a box tops contest. The class with the most box tops will win a treat for the entire class! Please be sure the name and room number is on the baggie or envelope that you send them in. The contest will end on January 30, 2015. Thank you for your help!.

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.

Music Notes from Mrs. Alkire

Save the date!

The 4th grade Spring Program will be held on Thursday, April 10 at 2 pm and 7 pm in the South Grove gym. All 4th grade students will be participating. More information will follow soon.