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Newsletter - February 2020

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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

Well, our winter sports season is almost in the history books. I want to thank our coaches for leading our students in their specific sport and also for all of the great lessons pertaining to sportsmanship, responsibility, commitment, and endurance. We all know school sports are so much more than the scoreboard at the end of the game. Also, I would like to thank parents and family members that attended and supported their student. It means so much for these students to see their family and friends in the stands, cheering them on. Thank you!

Academically, Southside staff are working very hard to make sure your student is receiving the best possible education. Teachers have been challenged to look at each student to see what can be done to challenge each one rather than looking at students in mass. Currently, teachers are paying particular attention to the objective of each lesson. In other words; what does the teacher expect the students to learn in each class period? When we know what knowledge students need to walk out with then we can better plan the 50 minute class period. Of course, each of these objectives are aligned with Indiana Department of Education standards, tailored to each grade level. Teachers are working very hard to challenge each student to reach his or her full potential.

Lastly, I want everyone to know that we have mental health services available for all of our students. If you need assistance obtaining needed services, please contact the school.

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

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



There are several steps you can take to help prevent catching the flu/cold and reduce the spread of viruses that cause it:

  • Get vaccinated. Vaccination is the first step to flu prevention. In general, all healthy people should be vaccinated. The CDC now recommends that, in addition to other high-risk groups, all healthy children get a flu vaccination.

  • Wash your hands. Cold and flu viruses may be spread by indirect contact. Maybe someone sneezes onto their hand and then touches a doorknob, only to have the virus picked up by the next person who also touches it. Washing your hands is the best way to prevent getting sick.

  • Do the elbow cough. Since viruses cling to your bare hands, you can reduce the spread of viruses by perfecting the art of the elbow cough. When you cough, simply cover your face with your entire elbow. It is also an easy technique to teach kids.

  • Disinfect common surfaces. Viruses that cause colds and flu can survive on common surfaces for up to 72 hours. Don’t forget to use disinfecting wipes on phone receivers, doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls.

Drink water. Water can help strengthen your immune system, keeping the flu at bay. In addition, if you do get sick, water flushes your system, rehydrates you and washes out the toxins. An adult should drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids each day. If the color of your urine is close to clear, then you are getting enough. It it’s deep yellow, drink more water.

News from the Student Assistance Office

Continue to encourage your student to be at school and to be on time!

Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence.

Students who arrive at school on time and are ready to go in each one of their classes have better academic performance.

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.

Upcoming Events

Check the calendars below for SMS and MCS events!

2/20/20 5-6:30 Family Food Giveaway

2/24/20 February Common Formative Assessments begin in class

2/27/20 5:30-7 Family Night @ SMS

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