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Newsletter - March 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

Craig Standish

Mar 6, 2020, 6:29 AM (3 days ago)

to me

March is upon us and Spring is just around the corner. As we move into the final grading period of the school year I want you to be aware of the following.

  • Third grading period report cards will be sent home with students Thursday, March 19.
  • Along with report cards, the following registration information will be sent home with students:
    • Career Camp 2020 for current 6th & 7th grade students
    • Bearcat Kickoff 2020 for current 8th grade students
    • Freshman Launch Program for current 8th grade students
  • Spring Break is March 23 - 27
  • ILEARN assessments will begin at the end of April
We are planning on presenting school-wide STEM projects in May. This will be an exciting time for SMS as all of our students spend several days on project-based assignments associated with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Students will add to the project in each subject area. For example, in math they may calculate expressions needed for the project. In English they may compose a written outline or word document related to the project. In Social Studies they may create a map. These are just examples of how all of the subject areas will come together for these projects. Students should enjoy this time.

At MCS safety is always a priority. As I have stated with our Sunday Messages, we have reviewed severe weather procedures so we know what to do if that situation presents itself. Spring is, of course, a prime time for severe weather so we want to be as prepared as possible.

As a staff, we appreciate the support of parents and other family members. Our staff has had the joy of working with several families to meet the specific needs of students. We appreciate your input as you know your child better than anybody. Please remember, if you ever have questions or concerns don't hesitate to reach out to our staff. We are more than glad to listen and help in any way possible.

Happy Spring!

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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


This is another reminder of simple steps to take to prevent the spread of illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

In addition, remember to eat nutritious food, make time for adequate sleep, and exercise to help keep your immune system as healthy as possible!

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!

3/11/2020 7PM Band/Choir Concert @ SMS Auditorium

3/12/2020 Laundry Soap and Trash Bag begins

3/13/2020 End of 3rd 9 Weeks

3/16/2020 6PM Winter Sports Banquet @ SMS

3/19/2020 5-6:30 Family Food Giveaway

3/23/2020-3/27/2020 Spring Break-No School

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