Cardinal Corner

September 15 - 30, 2019

Important Dates

Sept. 16 - Girls Basketball at Hawthorne South, 3:45pm

Sept. 17 - Girls Basketball vs Sandburg, 3:15pm; Cross Country: Cobra Invite, 3:30-7pm (Willow Stream Park - Buffalo Grove); Cheerleading Clinic, 3-4pm, South Common; PTA Meeting 7-8:30pm

Sept. 18 - Vision/Hearing Screening; Cheerleading Clinic, 3-4, South Main Gym

Sept. 19 - Emergency Drills; Girls Basketball at Thomas, 3:15pm; Cross Country at Sandburg 3:15PM Salk Park, Rolling Meadows; School Board meeting 7:00pm Thomas Middle School

Sept. 20 - Cheerleading Tryouts, 3-4pm, South Main Gym

Sept. 21 - Cross Country Troy Invite, 9am, Crossroads School, Shorewood

Sept. 24 - Girls Basketball vs Lincoln (Park Ridge), 3:45pm; Cross Country at Sundling, 3:30pm (Palatine Hills Golf Course)

Sept. 25 - Girls Basketball at Lake Zurich North, 3:30pm (Lake Zurich North Middle School)

Sept. 26 - Cross Country: Flite Races, 3:30-7pm, (Jane Adams Jr High Schaumburg)

Sept. 27 - 28 - Girls Basketball at Grove (Basketball Tournament 7th Grade) Time-TBA (Grove Jr High); 6th Grade Activity Night

Sept. 28 - Cross Country St. Peter Invite, 9am, Melas Park

Principal Column

Dear South School Families,

During the next two weeks, we are looking forward to many different activities. South will be practicing our crisis drills on Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019. We will be finishing our MAP testing of 6th grade and new students, along with students that tested lower than the 40th percentile.

Students will be discussing two important questions during their HomeBase:

• What are the three roles in a bullying situation (bully, victim, bystander)?

• In what ways does bullying affect people?

Please take time at home to discuss these important topics.

On Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, our PTA will sponsor our first Activity Night for 6th grade students as the girls basketball and our cross country teams, continue to compete. We hope to see you at the PTA's first meeting on Tues., Sept. 17, 2019, at 7pm. We will be meeting in South's large conference room.

Have a great two weeks,

Dr. Jim Morrison, Principal

South Middle School

School Crisis Drills

Thurs., Sept. 19, 2019, we will have a modified schedule day to allow for multiple drills, so they can all be conducted on the same day.

We will be practicing the take cover and lock down drills with the Arlington Heights police department present, to observe those drills. During our evacuation drill, we will also be practicing a relocation drill. In the event of a real emergency, first responders may necessitate we move further away from South Middle School. Our current relocation site is Our Lady of the Wayside School. We have worked closely with Wayside administration, as well as our staff to prepare for this drill.

If the weather is very poor, we will not be holding our evacuation and relocation drill on Thursday. We will reschedule the event for later in the school year.

Student Drop-Off

To keep our students safe, please do not drop your child off on Highland Street or in the bus lane. Students are walking between cars and the drop-off circle where they can easily be hit by a vehicle. Please use the circle drive in front of the building to drop your child off.

Also, please be extra cautious driving around the school area. We have had two situations where students were nearly hit, while crossing at the designated crosswalks.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Please mark your calendar, South Middle School's Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Oct. 24- 25, 2019. Keep an eye out for an email to electronically sign up for a conference.

Vision and Hearing Screening

Please note, we will be holding our Vision and Hearing Screenings on Wed., Sept. 17, 2019.

Eight Grade Graduation

Mark your calendar, Eight Grade Graduation will take place at Rolling Meadows High School on Thurs., June 4, 2020. More information will follow.

Prospect High School Football Games

Prospect High School welcomes middle school students to sit in a new special "Junior U" section in their stadium bleachers. Students can obtain a "Junior U" wristband inside the stadium entrance.

In order to accommodate this, Prospect is implementing the following procedures:

• Adult chaperones are allowed to bring and required to stay with up to five (5) middle-school

aged students.

• Spectator backpacks are not allowed into the stadium during big athletic events such

as football, soccer and track as well as no outside food, beverages or other sporting


• Students are expected to remain in the "Junior U" section throughout their time at the


MAP Testng

MAP Testing

6th Grade (ALL Students will be testing)

  • Testing will take place in ELA and Math classes

6th Grade Dates

  • ELA - Sept. 11-12, 2019, (Only if two days are needed)

  • Math - Sept. 16-18, 2019, (Only if three days are needed)

7th & 8th Grade Testing

  • ONLY Students Below the 40% - Progress Monitoring

  • All New Students

  • ELA - Sept. 11-12, 2019

  • Math - Sept. 17-18, 2019

Illinois Assessment of Readiness Test (IAR)

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness dates have been determined and reflected on the District 25 Assessment Calendar. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) window will be March 11-20, 2020. Please visit the district website to view the Assessment Calendar in greater detail.

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: 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

First PTA Meeting

Our first PTA Meeting of the year will be held on Sept. 17, 2019, at 7pm, at South. We'd love to see you there!

Activity Nights

Save the Date! Look for Parent Volunteer signups coming shortly.

6th Grade Activity Night: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 6:30-8 pm at South Middle School

(PTA sponsored)

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

South Spiritwear

Get your Cardinal Spirit wear today. Order at

Cultural Arts Assembly

The PTA has organized South's first Cultural Arts assembly. Funkadesi will be performing for our school on Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, from 1:55-2:40pm.

The band brings a message of "connecting more deeply to yourself, to others, and engage in important conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion and much more."