Tiger Tales

Southside High School

May 15-21, 2016..........................Edition 35

Faculty & Staff Weekly News and Information Bulletin

Please be cognizant of information, dates and deadlines, changes and updates to regularly scheduled meetings, and reminders included in the bulletin. Information included may be confidential; therefore, all Tiger Tales news bulletins are considered exclusively for Southside High School faculty and staff.

Quote of the Week

I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known.


This Week At Southside


Monday, May 16:

8:45 a.m.................EOC/Senior Exams: 1st Period

1:07 p.m.................EOC/Senior Exams: 5th Period

Tuesday, May 17:

8:45 a.m.................EOC/Senior Exams: 2nd Period

1:07 p.m.................EOC/Senior Exams: 6th Period

Wednesday, May 18:

8:45 a.m.................EOC/Senior Exams: 3rd Period

11:35 a.m...............Grand Tiger of the Year Luncheon/Tardy Incentives

1:07 p.m.................EOC/Senior Exams: 7th Period

4:00 p.m.................Faculty Meeting

Thursday, May 19:

8:45 a.m..................EOC/Senior Exams: 4th Period

10:50 a.m................Senior Locker Clean out

11:35 a.m................Yearbook Signing Day Party

1:15 p.m..................Graduation Practice (auditorium)

Friday, May 20:

9:00 a.m..................Senior Breakfast

10:30 a.m................Senior Program

11:35 a.m................Sunshine Club Luncheon Rm 101--members only)

12:00 p.m................Senior Cookout

2:05 p.m..................Recycling Bins Emptied

3:10 p.m..................Yearbook Student-Teacher Basketball Buy-out Game

7:00 p.m..................Band Awards Banquet

Birthday Salutes


18 Cynthia Webb

21 Sharon Harrison

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In the Near Future


23...........Graduation Practice (Bon Secours Wellness Arena)

24...........Senior Final Grades & ScoreSheet Reports due

...............End of the Year Goals Celebration (5th-7th Periods)

25...........Underclassmen Exams begin

30...........Memorial Day



2.................Last Day for Students/End of the 4th Quarter

3.................Professional Development Workdays

6..................Last Teacher Work Day

6-Aug. 15....12 Month Employees Extended Work Day Hours

From the Desk of the Principal

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Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

EAP is available to all staff members who need counseling services after today's traumatic incident. EAP's phone number is 800-869-0276. The District Office has notified EAP of today’s events so they are prepared to provide assistance as needed.


The District will have additional counselors available on Monday for students who need to speak to a trained professional about Friday's incident. If a student is absent from class on Monday due to the need for counseling services, the student will be required to make his/her exam up on Friday.

Locker Clean Out Schedule

  • Senior Locker Clean out and book return will take place on Thursday, May 19, from 8:50-9:15 a.m.

  • Underclassmen Locker Clean out will take place on Tuesday, May 24, during 7th period. Further details will be forthcoming.

Student-Teacher Basketball Buy-out

The Student-Teacher Basketball Buy-out has been rescheduled for Friday, May 20, during 7th period. Any teacher who does not want his/her students to buy out of class should contact Ms. Richardson so she can avoid selling tickets to the students.

Senior Day

Senior Day will be held on Friday, May 20, 2016.

  • The Senior Breakfast will start at 9 a.m. Teachers are welcomed to attend if you do not have a class but should refrain from eating breakfast to ensure that students and parents are fed first. Leftovers will be placed in the teacher mail room.
  • The Senior Program will start at 10:30 a.m. Students will line up in the media center after the Senior Breakfast concludes. The Senior program will be held in the auditorium.
  • The Senior Cookout will start at approximately 12:30 p.m. at the football stadium. Seniors will be allowed to return to campus to attend the student teacher basketball buy out game if they have purchased a ticket.

Teacher Attendance

Due to the difficulty of obtaining substitutes, teachers and staff members are asked to try your best to be present each day. On the days that you are ill and cannot come to work, please try to secure a substitute in advance.
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End-of-the-Year Checkout Information

Teachers may begin acquiring signatures on the End-of-the-Year checkout form starting Monday, May 16. Please review the form in its entirety and make sure all signatures are obtained prior to final checkout with Mr. Brooks. All staff members are advised that Monday, June 6, will be the last official teacher workday. Final checkout is based on student grade verifications. Everyone should plan accordingly.

Phones and Headphones

Teachers are asked to consistently enforce the phone policy in your classroom (including BYOD teachers--educational purposes) during exams. Headphones should not be used by students to listen to music after exams are completed. Headphone usage exceptions include band, chorus and occasionally World Languages. Teachers may stream music over the Promethean Board speakers if needed.

AP/IB, EOC and Senior Exams

Exam Information:

AP/IB Exams:

AP/IB Exams will start on Monday, May 2, and conclude on Friday, May 20. Students do not have to report to school the day they have an AP/IB exam. Classroom teachers should mark students as present in PowerTeacher. Mr. Austin will make corrections as needed.

EOC/Senior Exams:

EOC and Senior Exams will take place the week of May 16-20. Seniors who have taken or taking AP/IB exams do not have to report to school during the allocated senior exam time(s). Traditional seniors who have not taken AP/IB exams must sit for their exam(s). If on campus, seniors are to follow the complete exam schedule or submit an early dismissal request as normal policy outlines. Senior absences should only be recorded for those students who miss an exam. Underclassmen are not eligible to take exams during Senior Exam week. Preparations should be made in advance if you have mixed classes.

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Underclassmen Exams

Underclassmen Exams will start Wednesday, May 25, and conclude Wednesday, June 1. Teachers are to follow the textbook return schedule and exam study review period as outlined in the exam schedule. Students are not to be released from class after exams are completed. Early dismissals will not be honored during the actual exam. All underclassmen must sit for exams. Due to the compulsory attendance law, underclassmen who have taken an AP/IB exam should plan to attend during exam week unless they are not over in days (ten allotted absences for a yearlong course). Attendance should be kept in PowerTeacher for underclassmen.

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Final Exam Expectations

  • All teachers are expected to give a Final Exam except Special Ed Resource Teachers unless otherwise approved by administration.

  • If a student misses a final exam and has administrative approval to make up the exam, each teacher is expected to administer the make-up exam prior to the close of school on Friday, June 3. Once exams have been graded, please contact Kathy Stables about updating the grade book.

  • On or before Monday, June 6, please submit the following to Dr. Hall:

  1. A list of all administratively approved students who have not taken a final exam
  2. A hard copy of your final exam(s) and an answer sheet/Scantron for each student and an answer key with detailed grading information (ex: points per section)

Graduation Information

Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 31, at 10 a.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. All teachers are expected to attend. Ticket takers and security detail members are needed. Contact Mr. Griffin or Mr. Ludley if you are interested in assisting. Teachers and Staff members who will sit on the floor during gradation should see Ms. Ransome to obtain a robe.

Google Apps for Education

This is a reminder that teacher access to student home directories or “H drives” will no longer be available as of June 30th. Teachers will need to know the following information during the transition to google apps for education.

• Please retrieve anything from a student’s drive you may need before June 30th

• Please use Google Apps for Education to share files with your students going forward

• Student password self-recovery options are available through gcsbackpack.com

• Access to Google apps for education is currently available through gcsbackpack.com

• Teachers will be able to reset passwords through our upcoming Access Management System (AMS) by June 30th

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Tardy Enforcement

As we approach the end of the school year, all teachers are asked to consistently enforce the tardy policy. If a student arrives after the tardy bell and does not have a pass or is not escorted by an administrator, the student should be sent to ISS to obtain a pass.

Hall Access

As we approach the end of the school year, all teachers are reminded that students should not leave your classroom without a pass in hand. For no reason should a student be sent to the the gym, trainer's office or faculty dining room during the school day.

No Hal Pass List

Student Hall Access:

Please make sure you sign your student’s agenda prior to letting him/her leave your classroom before the tardy bell or during instructional time. Student hall access should be limited to restroom or nurse visits. Student who do not have a signed agenda will be escorted back to your class.

No Hall Pass List:

  • Cameron Espino
  • Briasia Pyles
  • Michael Franklin
  • Marnethia Clinkscale
  • Isiah Young
  • Bailey Foster-Stewart
  • Christopher Reices
  • Symeshia Calhoun

Sunshine Club Luncheon

The End-of-the-Year Sunshine Club Luncheon will held on Friday, May 20, during both lunch shifts in room 101. See Ms. E. Williams if you have any questions about membership status.

Free Car Wash

Any teacher or staff member who has not received a car wash coupon (part of the the PTSA Staff Appreciation Week) may see Mr. Brooks to obtain one.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 30, (Memorial Day) is a school holiday. All District offices/schools will be closed. Staff members are reminded that a doctor's note is needed for absences before or after major holidays.

Yearbook Sales

The 2016 edition of Invictus has arrived. Books are currently on sale. The Yearbook Signing Day Party will be held during both lunches on Thursday, May 19. Books are currently on sale during both lunch shifts.

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Brad Griffith, Assistant Principal

Please forward all master calendar request to Mr. Griffith for approval.

Attendance Report

This is a reminder to review the attendance report each afternoon. Corrections can be made any time before midnight.

Tracy Hall, Assistant Principal

Professional Development

Will Jones, Assistant Principal

Student Tardy Incentive Program

In an effort reward student promptness and encourage motivation for reporting to class on time, students will receive a tardy incentive card on Wednesday, May 18, that can be redeemed in the school store for a treat. 4th period teachers will receive tardy incentive cards for all eligible students on or before May 18. The incentive cards should be given to each eligible student prior to the start of his/her lunch shift.

Regene' Ransome, Assistant Principal

Graduation Ragalia


If you are in need of graduation regalia: i.e., gown and stole, please send me the following information no later than 4:00 pm, Friday, May 13, 2016.

  • height/weight
  • degree earned
  • name of college or university

Fixed Assets

The 2015-2016 Fixed Assets sheets are due to Ms. Ransome on or before May 31. Teachers and staff members are asked to review the fixed assets list that you will receive from Ms. Ransome and check off each item located in your classroom or office.

Seat Time Recovery

Please remind students that Seat Time Recovery (STR) will be held each Saturday during the month of May starting at 8 a.m. The last STR session will be held on May 27. If a student has missed more than five (5) days in a semester course or ten (10) days in a yearlong course, they should see their department administrator for information pertaining to STR

Justin Ludley, Assistant Principal

The Freshman Academy

Upcoming Academy Events


18........Grand Tiger of the Year Luncheon

24........End of Year Goals Celebration (5th – 7th)

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Grading Due Dates

Grade Reporting

  • Friday, May 20, at 9 a.m............Senior grades and scoresheets are due
  • Friday, June 2, at 9:00 a.m........Underclassmen grades and scoresheets are due
  • Friday, June 3, 2016...................Underclassmen grades will be captured
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Dr. Collins

AP/IB Exam Schedule

AP and IB testing will start on Monday, May 2, and conclude on Friday, May 20. Students are not required to attend school on days they are testing but they should be present if they are not scheduled to test. See attachment to review the AP/IB exam schedule.

Counseling Services


Ms. Browning

  • Please watch students when in the computer labs. Students are unplugging computer cables (power cords and internet cables) and moving equipment (mouse and keyboards) around the labs. When one class does this, it has an effect on the next class. If a computer lab is missing equipment, report it immediately to the library so that it can be replaced. If a computer is not working properly, report it immediately to the library so that ETS can repair it.
  • Substitutes are not allowed to use computer labs, iPads or chrome books. If you are out and scheduled for one of these, please make alternate plans.

Athletic Announcements

Thank you to Mr. Butler and our coaches for planning this year's Athletic Banquet.

Southside Support Scoop


Please do not slide paperwork under Ms. Webb's or Ms. Seear's door. All information/paperwork for Ms. Webb or Ms. Seear should be placed in their mailboxes with the exception of money. All money and receipts books need to be turned in to Ms. Seear by 1 p.m. each day. Everyone is reminded to turn in invoice slips for any package you have ordered to Ms. Webb so the vendor can be paid.

Custodial Services

Plant Engineer Office:

If you need assistance handing or moving items, please contact Mr. Parker.

Health Room

Health Room:

Please call the Nurse prior to sending a student to her office to make sure she is available.

Intervention Specialists

Intervention Specialists:

Please call the Intervention Specialists prior to sending a student to their office to make sure they are available.

Monetary Transactions

Please be mindful of the following:

As we prepare to close the school’s fiscal year accounting records, faculty members, students and guardians are advised that all money transactions with the school (fees and dues) are to be paid with cash or a money order starting March 21, 2016. Checks will no longer be accepted. We apologize for any inconveniences this policy may cause.

ISS Procedures and Protocols

Please refrain from sending students to ISS if you have not contacted Mr. Simmons, ISS Coordinator. Any student sent directly to ISS by a teacher will be returned to class by an administrator. Guidelines for removing a student from class are as follow:

    • Call Mr. Simmons

    • Complete the Incident Management Referral online

    • Contact the parent/legal guardian sometime during the day