South East Update

September 2019

Hello Little Hawk Families

Welcome back to another excellent year at South East Junior High! We have had a tremendous start to the year and are very excited about the group of 7th and 8th graders we have this year. Each month I will send a newsletter using this format with information about upcoming events, dates to be aware of and general happenings at school. Please know that you are always welcome to contact us anytime you have questions! I have included a list below of people who can help with different questions, but you are always welcome to call the main office and we can direct your question to the appropriate contact. Thank you for sending us your students every day. It is truly an honor to work with such incredible students and families.

Michelle Cook

School Contacts

Main Office- 319- 688-1070

Rachel Hills- Office Manager-

Attendance and to report an absence- 319-688-1071

Tonya Burkett- Attendance Secretary-

Guidance Office (Schedule questions, student concerns, etc) 319-688-1073

Tara Andresen- Guidance Secretary-

Brian Ingram- Guidance Counselor-

Hanna Collins- Guidance Counselor-

Athletics- (General Questions- sport specific please email your student's coach)

Nikol Carlson- Athletic Secretary-

Allison Brewer- Dean of Students-

Meet Your South East Student and Family Advocates!

Nicole Spear


Gabriela Magalhaes


Office: 688-1070

Our mission is to empower the connection between families and schools to ensure a successful learning experience for all of our children. Your Student and Family Advocate (SFA) can help support school success through sharing information and supporting families with:

  • School and home connections
  • Mental health resources
  • Temporary Living Situations
  • School supplies and winter gear referrals
  • District and Community resources and referrals
  • Navigation of school policies and procedures
  • Help registering your child for school
  • Pre-scheduled Transportation Support
  • Connection to school based mentoring program
  • Connection to Healthy Kids School-Based Health Clinic
  • Support obtaining sports physicals

The SFA is available daily, following the school calendar, and during other times as needed/by appointment.



Daily Announcements

Daily announcements are read each day, and broadcast into classrooms at the beginning of first period.

Announcements can also be found on the South East Jr High website.


Our First Few Days!


Every child attending South East Jr. High should have Emergency Information entered into PowerSchool through eRegistration.

If you have not eRegistered, please do so as soon as possible!

Call the main office at 688-1070 if you

have further questions.

Lost and Found

Lost and found articles are kept in boxes right inside the main office. Please have your student check these boxes if they are missing clothing, water bottles, supplies, etc. Any valuables that are found are kept in the main office. Students can check with one of the secretaries if they are looking for something. At the end of each trimester, all unclaimed items are donated to Goodwill.


All parents should have a securly account to monitor their student's usage on the Chromebook. You can adjust the settings to whatever restrictions you want. Whoever is listed as contact #1 in PowerSchool will get a weekly email about their student's usage for that week. Below is a video for more information on using Securly!
Parent Portal and SecurlyHome

Construction Update

We are in year 2 of our remodel and expansion project! We could not be happier with the brand new spaces we have for this year already! Our new library is amazing, as is our CASL space and remodeled classrooms. Construction is currently going on in the main entrance and office area as they work to remodel the administrative area. We are excited to have an expanded office with a larger waiting area for visitors, as well as having our guidance and student family advocate offices located right across the hall. This will be great for collaborating and sharing information! This is expected to be finished by January at which time, we will move the office and main entrance back to our remodeled area.

The hallway leading to the art room is still closed off so construction crews can access the courtyard as they finish the exterior of the new library. This should be completed soon and we will all be happy to have the hallway opened back up!

After winter break, they will begin remodeling the old library and guidance space. This will become classrooms and another open collaborative space. This work is expected to be completed by the start of the 2020 school year. This will wrap up the work being done in phase I of the project at South East.

If you have any questions, please let us know! It is exciting to watch our progress!



Washington D. C. Trip!

For those of you who missed the Spring parent meeting for the 2020 Washington, DC trip, Mr. Merulla will be holding a fall meeting Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7pm, in his new room, room 1135. It is located on the lower level, just below the new library. Enter through the south doors, go through the first set of double doors, and his is the first room on the left.

Mr. Merulla will present information, assist with registration, and answer questions

Back to School Night and Little Hawk Time

We had some parents asking for access to the homeroom presentation from Back to School Night. This presentation also offers some specific information regarding Little Hawk Time.

ELL Parent Meeting!

Parents of ELL identified students are invited to come learn about ELL services at SEJH and see our new book system! We will meet in room 2029 from 5:00-6:00pm. We encourage parents to enroll their students in junior high ELL in order to be prepared for their future education in high school and beyond!!

PE Uniforms!

Physical Education students must have a PE Uniform consisting of a Tee-shirt with their Last Name written on the back in marker, athletic shorts or sweatpants/leggings, tennis shoes and socks. Deodorant is highly encouraged. Laundering the PE Uniform every week or so is great too. Failing to wear a PE Uniform results in the loss of a point per class of two points possible. Thank you for assisting in keeping your child prepared for class and successful. Now they’ll be ready for activity. If you need help acquiring clothes for PE, please let your PE teacher or the office know.

Jim Weno-

Cindy Elmer-

Kevin Koffron-


The SE Orchestra is off to a great start! On August 14th & 15th, almost 50 junior high orchestra students participated in the 2nd Annual South East Orchestra Camp. Students learned two songs and performed a short concert for the parents & guardians. Five City High orchestra members served as camp counselors and led group games and sectional rehearsals. Special thanks to all the parents who provided assistance for this camp.

Using Canvas

As we discussed at Back to School Night, and hopefully you have heard from your students, all teachers are using the Canvas Learning Management system this year. This will take the place of teacher websites in terms of having one place where all assignments, due dates, agendas, etc are posted. We are working on getting information out on how parents can access their child's canvas account. For now, you can ask your student to log into their Canvas on their Chromebook and you can see what it looks like and what to expect. More information will be coming soon!
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South East Junior High After School Clubs

GLOW Club: GLOW is a gay-straight alliance. Our motto is "All are welcome; none are judged." Club members discuss issues related to bullying and equality, make new friends, and encourage everyone to love who they are. The mission of the SE GLOW Club is to educate the community about LGBTQ issues. GLOW Club meets Wednesday's after school until 5 PM with Ms. Jones in room 2025. This club has started.

Chess Club: Chess Club will start meeting the week of September 10th. Chess club will meet on Wednesday's after school until 5 PM with Mr. Chambers in room 182.

Family Consumer Science Club: FCS club will be starting second trimester the week of November 19th. More information to come from Ms. Crandall.

Math Counts: Math Counts members work to prepare for the Chapter and State Math Counts competitions through innovative problem solving to challenging mathematical situations. Math Counts will meet with Ms. Degner from 8:00-8:45 AM. First meeting 9/4.

STEM Club: Science Technology Engineering Math Club members will participate in activities that will enhance and extend the middle school STEM curriculum. Subjects will work with robotics (VEX), 3D Design and Modeling (Autodesk Inventor) and power and energy. STEM Club participates in competitions and provides an extra outlet for those who show aptitude and interest in furthering their learning. This club meets on Friday at 8:15 AM with Mr. Negus in room 2033. First meeting will be September 6th.

Geek the Library: What do you Geek? Everyone geeks something, and the South East library supports what you geek! Join Geed the Library in the library to talk about great books, great tech, and whatever else! Geek the Library meets on Tuesday's from 4:00-5:00 PM with Ms. Sims. First meeting 9/05.

Homework Club: Homework Club will meet after school in the library on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4-5 PM. Mr. Lankelma and Mr. Bailey sponsor Homework Club. Homework club will begin the week of September 9th. Please listen to announcements for confirmed date or contact Mr. Bailey.

United Action for Youth: UAY provides art activities, games and snacks after school on Tuesday's from 4-5 PM in room starting September, 10th in room 2034.

G! World: This club is for self-identified minority girls. G! World is designed to empower, inspire and educate women through group activities and meaningful discussions, impactful workshops, cultural outings and real world experiences. G!World will be working with students during lunch trimester 1. We will keep you posted on Trimester 2 and 3 meeting times.

Jazz Band: At the beginning of October, SEJH will be holding auditions for their 7th grade and 8th grade jazz bands (two separate ensembles.) These groups meet before school through most of the winter, performing at school concerts and different jazz competitions around the area. Participation is open to any SEJH student interested in auditioning. For more questions, please contact the band director Maddie Madsen.

Yearbook: If you are interested in taking pictures for and creating our 2019-2020 South East Yearbook, consider joining this club. Yearbook will meet on Friday's during Little Hawk Time with Dr. Arnone. The first meeting is on Friday, September 20th.

Girls on the Run: Heart and Sole the junior high version of Girls on the Run will meet Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:40 in Ms. Eslami's room T10-9. Our first meeting will be Wednesday, September 4th. Please sign up by clicking here:



PSTO Meetings

PSTO will meet three times during the school year. Meetings are from 7:00pm-8:00pm in the SE library. Dates are below:

October 21, 2019

January 13, 2020

April 20, 2020



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PBIS Rewards App

What Parents Can See and Do

Our School is using PBIS Rewards to help us with our PBIS program. PBIS Rewards is a technology-based PBIS Management System that helps us with our behavior incentive program. You can learn about PBIS Rewards at their website ( Our students can earn rewards throughout the day by meeting our behavior expectations. These rewards are in the form of electronic points. They can redeem these points for privileges, tangible items, access to events, and other similar things.

Our expectation is that we will see overall behavior improve throughout the school and that the number of referrals we have will decrease. PBIS Rewards has a Parent App that will give you some insight into how your child is doing with respect to our PBIS program.

The Parent App will run on most smart devices, including smartphones and tablets. You can find it in the iPhone/iPad App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. Just search for "PBIS Rewards Parent". We will be sending home your parent PBIS Rewards letter this week, there will be a code to scan to start setting up your account.

Please use the link below to learn more:



South East Fall Sports

Fall Sports Competition Schedules and Information

Fall Sports Pictures

Tuesday the 10th: 7th grade football and volleyball

Wednesday the 11th: 8th grade football and XC (boys and girls)

These forms should be sent with your student the day of their picture or turned into the office ahead of time.

Football and Volleyball Volunteers Needed

Please consider signing up to line judge, and/or score keep for 7th and 8th grade football and volleyball!



Stadium Clean Up

If you have a student that is out for a fall sport or is planning to participate in one of our winter or spring sports we need your help. South East Jr. High is responsible for cleaning the south end zone of Kinnick Stadium 10/13, and 11/24. Gates open at 7:00 AM. We are usually done by 8:15. If you have a gas leaf blower we encourage you to bring it with you. The more blowers we have the better job we do and the sooner we are done. If you do not have a blower, report to the concourse under the west stands to get brooms and bags. We encourage recycling of all cardboard and plastic items. There are recycling bags available in the west concourse. Please start at the top of the stadium and work down. Move all waste materials to an aisle and then clean the aisles from the top down. All bags of garbage and recyclables should be moved to the concourse area. South East is responsible for the entire south end zone so please stay until we are all done. This a major athletic fundraising activity for South East. The money that we receive helps pay for athletic uniforms and equipment for all sports. Thanks in advance for your help.

South East Apparel

South East is offering an online apparel store. This store will be open through Monday, September 16th! Happy shopping!

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Music Auxiliary Free Car Wash

The Music Auxiliary will be hosting their annual fundraiser Car Wash on Saturday, September 21st from 9am-4pm.

South East band, choir, and orchestra students and parents are asked to volunteer their time, supplies and of course, get their car washed to help raise funds for the music ensembles across the district. This year, South East students will be helping work the car wash at the North Dodge HyVee.

If you are interested in helping out, please use this sign-up-genius link.

Step It Up Fundraiser

This year, all three junior highs are participating in the "Step It Up Fundraiser." This fundraiser will help us support classroom needs, school supplies, equipment, field trips, etc. We are hoping that our South East community finds this fundraiser quick, easy and fun. Please see the attached documents for more information. We will have an all school assembly to kick off the fundraiser on September 10th.

South East 2019-2020 Bell Schedule

South East 2019-2020 Calendar Dates to Be Aware Of

Below is a link to a document with calendar dates for the year! Please note that these events are subject to change. This is a live document so will always be updated with the most recent information. Please make sure to check it regularly for changes or additions.