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Newsletter - December 2019

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Craig Standish, Principal

Kim Conner, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

John Morse, Assistant Principal

Chad Clevenger, Student Assistance Coordinator

A Message From Mr. Standish

As we begin our basketball, wrestling, and swimming schedules, I want to emphasize, once again, our focus on sportsmanship. Again, my desire if for every school we compete against to want to come to Southside every year because our students and parents display such great sportsmanship. Let's remember our athletes are 11, 12, and 13 years old. They are still developing physically and they are still developing their skill sets. Middle school sports should be more focused on character than athletic skills. If we keep this in mind we can accomplish our goal of good sportsmanship. Thank you for your help in this area. Let's encourage every player, including those on opposing teams.

Prior to Christmas Break, we will complete our Middle of Year, NWEA assessments. What is NWEA? NWEA is a research-based, not-for-profit organization that supports students and educators worldwide by creating assessment solutions that precisely measure growth and proficiency—and provide insights to help tailor instruction. For 40 years, NWEA has developed Pre-K–12 assessments and professional learning offerings to help advance all students along their optimal learning paths ( We follow each student’s results to track progress and identify strengths & weaknesses. If you ever have any questions related to the interpretation of test scores, our teachers would be glad to meet with you.

I want to congratulate the band and choir on a great performance this month! Our students and staff work very hard to present their best. And, as I said at the performance, thank you to family members who constantly support these programs.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or if we can help you in any way.

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A huge thank you to the Navient Foundation for their support of our food pantry!

Holiday Gift Drive!

Mrs. Green's 2nd period class is sponsoring a holiday gift drive until Dec. 9. Students and staff are invited to donate small, new gifts for the men, women, and children staying at the Muncie Mission or A Better Way. Gifts can be placed in the tote outside the front office every morning until after Panther Success. Suggested gifts include items for children ages 11-17, hats, gloves, scarves, healthcare products, books, Christmas candies or snacks in individual packages, small LED flashlights, etc. Thank you!

21st Century Scholars

Earning the 21st Century Scholarship provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. If you attend a participating proprietary (for-profit) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

Many 7th and 8th grade students recieved information regarding this program before fall break. Please fill out paperwork that was sent home and return to school ASAP to register.

Parents/Guardians may also register their student at

8th grade students MUST enroll by the spring of 2020 to be eligible.

Nurse's Corner



Headaches are a normal part of life, so it’s hardly shocking when a child/teenager has one. Still, it can raise some internal alarms, especially if your child’s headache seems worse than usual.

While it’s easy to dismiss the headache as one of those things, it’s also easy to freak out and assume it’s due to something serious. Children & teens can develop headaches from something as simple as not drinking enough water or having too much caffeine. They can also develop migraines, which tend to run in families. Another common cause of head pain in children & teens is tension headaches. Tension headaches can be provoked by sinus disease, neck pain, and stress.

And, while more rare, they can also develop a headache due to something more serious like a tumor or meningitis. Hallmark symptoms of meningitis generally include a headache, stiff necks, and sensitivity to light. Someone with meningitis also might have sudden fever, nausea or vomiting, double vision, & drowsiness. Meningitis usually starts with flu-like symptoms that develop over 1-2 days and progresses from there.

How can you know if your child’s headache should get checked out? The National Institute of Neurological Disorders recommends using the acronym SNOOP, which doctors rely on to help identify dangerous headaches:

Systematic symptoms: Fever and weight loss.

Neurologic symptoms: Abnormal signs like confusion, being less alert than usual, having vision that’s off, slurring their speech or they’re losing consciousness.

Onset: Sudden, abrupt or split-second.

Older: A headache that just comes on and is getting worse (especially in middle-aged patients).

Previous headache history: Is this the first time this has happened or is it different from other past headaches? Is it happening more often lately and is it getting more severe?

If your child meets the above criteria, call your doctor or go to the ER. And, if you’re unsure, it’s still a good idea to call your doctor, just to be safe.

News from the Student Assistance Office

Continue to encourage your student to get to class on time in the new year!

As the new year approaches, it brings with it a new semester and a fresh start with tardies. Please remind your student that being punctual is a very important part of school. When students are on time to class it lets the teachers begin instructional time without disruption. Instructional time is a vital process in the learning experience at school. The more time the teachers have the better off your student will do.

Second Step

Southside is using the Second Step program with our students to help navigate the various transitions in their lives.

Want to learn more about how to help your student? is a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.

Attendance Reminders

The best way to set yourself up for success is showing up! Make school attendance for your student a priority!

Upcoming Events

Dec 21-Jan 5 Christmas Break

Jan 6 Second Semester Begins

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