The Cardinal Way

Sharing and Learning at Southport High School

Leading and Learning:

I have much to be thankful for both personally and professionally.

My gratitude for an amazing teaching staff goes beyond an appreciation of their daily work. Their dedication to students and Southport High School makes me proud to serve beside them.

I am thankful for the wonderful support staff that makes Southport High run smoothly daily. Their efforts to keep our offices orderly, serve lunches with a smile, positively support students’ work in classrooms, and maintain a clean school can sometimes go unnoticed but are vital for a great school environment!

I am grateful for the remarkable group of students that attend SHS. Even though a few difficult years. I am humbled daily by their spirit, youthful exuberance, and commitment to learning. We have the opportunity to serve a great group of kids!

I am indebted to the community in which I serve. The community support for Southport is overwhelming. I am grateful to live and work in such an amazing township!

I am thankful for my loving family. My four amazing children, my wonderful wife, and my parents are supportive and provide me with the courage to strive for greatness every day!

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. --Oprah Winfrey

Be a Cardinal; Change Lives; Put a Mission into Motion

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Cardinal Recognitions: 🙌🏽

Thank you to:

  • Eric Woodke and our custodial crew for helping support the elementary Spell Bowl competition that was held at SHS this week.
  • our Winter Sports coaches. All Winter Sports are now in season. We wish our coaches and athletes the best of luck throughout their season.


Grateful Friday Challenge 🎉

Week 15: Grateful Friday Challenge

Twas the week before Thanksgiving when all through the halls kids were in the pool swimming and on the courts bouncing balls. The wrestlers were wrestling and the drummers (and friends) were drumming, we know a break is on its way and we wait patiently for its coming. The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, my social patience is growing weaker, and next week needs to hurry along. I am thankful for so many things, a happy heart is on the make, so please don’t disregard that when I say I need a BREAK!

It probably doesn’t need to be said, but next week is Thanksgiving and hopefully, you know the game plan. We will kick off the short week with the JV Girls and Boys Basketball Teams playing on Monday night and the Varsity Girls and Boys Basketball Teams having another doubleheader Tuesday. (Good luck to all coaches and players as we take on our township rivals!) And, if you want some excitement before, then join our musical this weekend for some joy.

Then, we get a bonus day to travel or prepare for Thanksgiving… and we all know when we gather around the table who the star of the show is… the turkey. And it wouldn’t be the star without its stuffing. So in the spirit of fun and sharing today for the #SHSGFC we are going to get out our phones and start a group text to your most trusted friends and colleagues… and in it, you are going to type the following:

I stuff my turkey with…

Then keep hitting the word suggestion in the middle of your screen until you get a sentence or thought…then hit send. Sit back, wait for your friends to respond, and have a few laughs. I wish you all the best in the stuffing of your turkeys, or your faces, and in the preparation of all of your other holiday delights.

Have fun today -- laugh a little -- share some holiday spirit -- count your many blessings… Winter is coming, but first, it’s Thanksgiving Break!

Let’s see if we can share our gratitude with the world! With banners flying as we go…


180 Days of Learning

Jason Adler, Donna Bass and the Spell Bowl Team

The Southport Spell Bowl Team competed in the State competition last Saturday, November 12. They earned 11th place out of the 30 schools there, spelling 67 out of 90 words correctly.

Devi Canseco and Jonah Gotkin earned perfect scores in their rounds.

Mang Dim, Enzo Zavaleta and Mary Cer had "near perfect" rounds, missing only one word each.

On Wednesday, four of the spellers had the honor of competing in a separate Individual State competition because of their perfect scores previously: Katie Essex, Mang Dim, Jonah Gotkin, and Devi Canseco.

Journalism Awards

Mr. Hanley and Mr. Klopfenstein took a group of our Publications students to St. Loius this past weekend for the National Journalism Education Association Conference. The students were able to participate in different sessions and competitions. SHS, not surprisingly, came home with numerous awards from those competitions. Thank you to Mr. Hanley and Mr. Klopfenstein for leading great publications and providing this experience for our students.

Grief Awareness Week

Our School Counseling office sponsored Greif Awareness week. As part of the week, students were able to fill out a butterfly card to share the grief that they are carrying with them. The butterflies are displayed in the main hallway. Thank you to our school counseling office for organizing activities this week!

Reid Fawcett

Mr. Fawcett's Psychology students are learning about social psychology. Students watched a portion of The Circle to point out examples of what they had learned during class. Students were able to discuss topics and talk about how the social world around us impacts our decision making.

Jacki Richardson, Kim Roberts, Austin Lunsford, and Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom debuts this weekend! Our performing arts department has been working hard with the cast and crew to prepare for tonight's performance. We hope that all are able to come taking in a show this weekend!


Educational Humor 😁

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