Cardinal Corner

Dec. 3, 2019 - Jan. 5, 2020

Important Dates

Dec. 3 - Jazz Ensemble Field Trip

Dec. 3, 4 - ELA MAP Testing - (All 6th & 7th Grade, Progress Monitored 8th Grade Students)

Dec. 4 - Boys Basketball vs Sandburg, 3:15pm; Band Parent Information Meeting, PHS, 7pm; South’s Ski and Snowboard Club, 2:45

Dec. 5 - FastBridge Math Testing - (All students 6th-8th grade)

Dec. 6 - Illinois Science Assessment Results - Sent home with 6th grade students.

Dec. 7 - Santa Run (Pep Band Performs) at South, 9am; PHS 8th Graders Marching Band Clinic 12-2pm, Prospect High School

Dec. 9 - Physicals Due for All Girls Trying Out for Volleyball

Dec. 10 - Boys Basketball vs Wayside, 3:45pm (7th Grade Team Plays First)

Dec. 11,12, 13 - Math MAP Testing - (All 6th & 7th Grade, Progress Monitored 8th Grade Students)

Dec. 11 - PHS hosting Freshman Elective & Activity Night, 6pm

Dec. 12 - Boys Basketball vs Lincoln Park Ridge, 3:45pm; Winter Concert, 7pm (Wind Ensemble, Symphonic and Concert Band); School Board Meeting, 7:30pm

Dec. 14 - Wrestling Tournament at Wilmette (620 Locust Rd., Wilmette, IL), 8am

Dec. 16 - Jazz Ensemble, MFY Chorus 5pm set up, 7pm start

Dec. 17 - Feed My Starving Children - 8th Grade Field Trip; Spelling Bee, 3pm

Dec. 18 - Boys Basketball vs Barrington Prairie, 4pm

Dec. 19 - Boys Basketball vs Thomas, 3:15pm

12/20 - 7th Grade Field Trip, “The Christmas Carol” - Permission Slips Due Dec. 6th; South’s Ski and Snowboard Club’s First Trip. We will be leaving after school and returning to South at 11pm.

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 - Winter Break Classes Resume - Jan. 6, 2020

Jan. 13 - Japanese Exchange Program Informational Meeting will take place at 6pm at Thomas Middle School.

Principal's Column

Dear South School Families:

I hope everyone enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday break with family and friends. As we move towards the winter holiday season, please keep a close eye on your child's online activities. As students have more free time during school breaks, they spend more time on social media, as well as the internet. It is easy for students to wander into areas that can be dangerous or get into email exchanges that can be harmful. It is important to use the parental safety formats that your internet providers offer you.

I would like to give a special thank you to Mrs. Georg, Mrs. Buck, Mrs. Olson and the PTA for sponsoring the viewing of the movie Angst. I would also thank Vinnie Scardina for allowing us to provide the movie at the CMX Theaters in Arlington Heights. Almost 600 people filled all six theaters. If you missed the viewing of the movie Angst, please see the information below regarding an opportunity for a private viewing.

As the weather starts to change, please drive carefully and be patient as you drop off or pick up your child from school. With the upcoming snow and ice, please plan to give yourself extra time as you head to South. Also, be mindful of students crossing streets and parkways.

Happy Holidays,

Dr. Jim Morrison, Principal

South Middle School


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Angst - Private Viewing

We recognize that some of our families were unable to attend the community screening of Angst, therefore, we have partnered with IndieFlix to make the film, discussion guide, tip sheet, and access to the filmmakers available only for members of our school for a limited time, December 1-7, 2019 (expiring at midnight). You will be able to watch as a Private-Pay-Per-View (PPPV) for a fee of $25. This access is strictly reserved for our families and 8% ($2) from every PPPV goes back to our school.

After purchase, the Angst PPPV Program includes:

  • At home discussion guide to help your family open up the conversation

  • Invitation to join a call and speak directly to the Angst filmmakers every Tuesday 10am PT (call details in the discussion guide)

  • Subscription to the weekly IndieFlix Newsletter, filled with resources, latest news, tips and inspiration

Thank you for helping to bring attention to this important topic and we hope you enjoy.


Angst & Team IndieFlix

MAP and FastBridge Testing

All students will be taking the Math FastBridge test during the week of December 5, 2019.

All 6th, 7th, and progress monitored 8th-grade students, will be taking Reading MAP tests on December 3-4, 2019. They will take Math MAP tests on December 10-12, 2019.

Pack the Pantry - Holiday Food Drive

South's Student Council is planning a food drive beginning on Monday, December 16, 2019, and ending on Friday, December 20, 2019. We will be collecting non-perishable food items during Homebase each day.

Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band - Change of Date

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we need to change the date of the winter concert for Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band.

The new date is Thurs., Dec. 12, 2019. The concert will begin at 7:30pm.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

ABC/25 t-shirt and poster design contest

Calling all budding artists! Enter the t-shirt and poster design contest for the 9th Annual ABC/25 Get Burbed Challenge! Any District 25 student can participate! The winning design will be featured on the promo posters and race day t-shirt!

Click here for the official rules and entry form. All entries are due by December 18, 2019. We can't wait to see your creative designs! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most recent race updates.

Learn from Medical Experts about the Dangers of Vaping at Next MCYAF Meeting

“The Medical Data and Issues of Vaping” will be the subject of the next MCYAF meeting at 9am on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at Maine South.

Panelists from Evanston Hospital will answer questions from attendees. The meeting is free and open to the public.

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PTA Information

PTA Open Positions

Get Involved: South PTA currently has open positions for the following committees: ABC 25, Prospect High School Liaison, Rolling Meadows High School Liaison, and Legislation. For job descriptions, see our Procedure Guide at