South Middle School

Est. 1932...The Spartan tradition continues

April/May 2022


South Families,


The weather is finally showing signs that summer is near! But, we still have one month of school remaining before summer break. Please encourage your child(ren) to do their very best academically and be their best behaviorally so we can have a successful end to the school year. Spring is always a busy time of year for schools, as well as for families. In addition to the student recognition events and transition activities for incoming 6th grade students and outgoing 8th grade students, mark your calendars for the Band Concert, on Tuesday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m., Choir Concert on Monday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m., and 8th Grade Activity Night on Tuesday, May 24th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


After considerable thought and reflection, I have accepted a position as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota, therefore resigning as Principal at South Middle School at the conclusion of this school year. The process has begun to fill the Principal position. Through the remainder of the school year and June, I will be committed to our South Middle School students and staff and do everything possible to ensure a smooth transition to the next Principal and 2022-2023 school year. I am very grateful for the 30 awesome years in K-12 education, 26 years with Grand Forks Public Schools, 19 years as an educational leader, and the many students and colleagues I had the privilege of serving for the past 3 years at South Middle School. I will sincerely miss the Spartan Community!


Please check out the rest of this newsletter for additional important reminders and information.


Sincerely,


Dr. Joel Schleicher, Principal

South Yearbooks

Yearbooks that were pre-ordered will be distributed on Thursday, May 26th in Prime Time. Students who would like to purchase a yearbook may still do so. If you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, please stop by the Art Room to see Ms. Byzewski. The cost will be $20.

Letter from Assistant Superintendent

Registration 2022-2023 School Year Now Open

How do I get started?

If you have not already done so, you will need to create a PowerSchool Single Sign-On Account that links all your school-age children to the same account. If you need the information to set up your account, please contact the school office.


Visit https://grand-forks.ps.state.nd.us/public/ and log into the PowerSchool Parent Portal. From the Parent Portal:

  1. Select the student you wish to register along the top

  2. Select the Enrollment/Registration 22-23 Icon on the left side of the screen.

  3. Agree to the terms and conditions

  4. Click Begin Forms


Busing Sign Up In PowerSchool.

For schools that have bus routes, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be able to sign up for regular route busing for the 2022-2023 school year while completing registration on PowerSchool. There is an August 11, 5 p.m. deadline for registration for transportation. Dietrich Bus Service will contact those who sign up in mid-August with specific information. Those who miss the deadline will not be guaranteed immediate ridership. If you complete the signup and require a change to your information at a later date, please contact your respective schools’ administration staff to update any information.


Individuals requesting transportation beyond August 11 will be required to utilize the signup on Grand Forks Public Schools website, which will be active on August 12. Registration using that process will not guarantee immediate ridership.


I can’t remember my login for the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

If you aren’t able to retrieve your login credentials using the “Having trouble signing in?” link on the Sign In page, please contact your school directly for assistance logging into the Parent Portal.


Do I have to answer all the questions?

Mandatory questions are marked as "required".


What if I make a mistake?

If you would like to make a change prior to submitting the form, you can either navigate back to the page using the “Prev” and “Next” buttons or if you are on the Review page click on the underlined field. If you have already submitted the form you will need to contact your student’s school so they can make the changes for you.


I’ve completed the form, now what?

Once you have finished entering your information click “Submit.” This will send all of the information you’ve entered to the school. If you cannot click on this button you will need to make sure that you have answered all required questions.


What if I have more than one student in the district? Do I need to do this for each child?

Yes, you will need to provide information that is specific to each child. We recommend that you complete and submit one form and then start another. This will allow you to “snap” (or share) selected family information, which saves you time.


Help! I’m on the form and I’m having technical difficulties.

For technical support, visit our PowerSchool Community help center or click “Help” from any form page.

Busing for 2022-2023 School Year



Busing Sign Up In PowerSchool.

For schools that have bus routes, parent(s)/guardian(s) will be able to sign up for regular route busing for the 2022-2023 school year while completing registration on PowerSchool. There is an August 11, 5 p.m. deadline for registration for transportation. Dietrich Bus Service will contact those who sign up in mid-August with specific information. Those who miss the deadline will not be guaranteed immediate ridership. If you complete the signup and require a change to your information at a later date, please contact your respective schools’ administration staff to update any information.


Individuals requesting transportation beyond August 11 will be required to utilize the signup on Grand Forks Public Schools website, which will be active on August 12. Registration using that process will not guarantee immediate ridership.

Middle School Summer School Information

Below is the link to the middle school summer school registration form. Registration is open April 11 - May 13, 2022.


The middle school summer school offers two classes; math and reading.

Purpose:

  • Provide an opportunity to improve skills in reading/language arts and mathematics

  • Monday, August 1st to Friday, August 19th

  • Grades 6-7


Courses offered
  • Reading/Language Arts (Grades 6-7)

  • Math (Grades 6-7)


Times:
  • 8:00 to 10:00

  • 10:00 to 12:00

  • Sections to be determined by enrollment

  • Students can certainly bring snacks (nut free, of course) and a drink.


Attendance

  • Daily attendance is critical, excessive absences could result in being dropped from the summer school course and will be dealt with at each middle school campus.


Behavior
  • Students are expected to act so that their behavior will reflect favorably on the individual student and the school. Students should be dealt with reasonably, fairly, and with patience; but persistent misconduct should not be tolerated and could result in being dropped from the class.


Students who wish to enroll in Global Education, please go to High School Registration.

https://bit.ly/SSHSReg22

2022 Summer Reading.

South’s Library is offering two new opportunities for 2022 summer reading.

  • The first is the inaugural Spartan Summer Reading Challenge.


  • The second reading opportunity is 2022 Spartans READ: Summer Sustained Reading.


Download the attachment for all the glorious details of these opportunities.

School Supply Lists

Grand Forks Public Schools will once again use TeacherLists to share 2022-2023 school supply lists information with our families! This free tool allows families to find and shop their student's supply list easily with the convenience of one-click shopping or in-store pickup from several national retailers, including Target and Walmart. If you'd rather complete your shopping in-person, just visit the TeacherLists website to view/print your student's supply list.


Here's a short video on TeacherLists, for those who have questions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVbCZLn4O4U

Students Excel at Science Fair

South Middle School held a Local Science Fair on February 22nd. Students in Mr. Moldenhauer’s 8th grade Earth Science class had the option to complete a project as part of the class. Students chose complete projects individually or in a group. Thirty seven projects were presented to judges and the public. Awards were given based on their presentation, research, and display board. Five projects were also recognized as being the top project in their group along with one being recognized as best in fair.


Top project winners:

Group 1 and Best in Fair: Betsy and Eddie Bartholomew, Group 2: Addy Creager, Group 3: Autumn Rundquist and Dallas Jackson, Group 4: Abby Boe, Group 5: Sway Bista and Mckenna Gothberg.

State Mouthcounts

On Monday March 28th, 160 of the top middle school math students in North Dakota competed in the state Mathcounts competition in Bismarck. Jasmine Harderson, Katelyn Hur, Ryan Wang, Jason Ling and Isaac Hong competed for South. South’s team of Katelyn Hur, Jasmine Hardersen, Isaac Hong, and Jason Ling earned an impressive 2nd place in the team competition. Individually, Jasmine earned 25th place, Isaac earned 9th place, and Jason was the top scorer in the state of North Dakota, earning him 1st place and a trip to the national competition in Washington DC. Great job Jason and great job South Spartans!
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STUDENTS OF HONOR

Each month, teams select a boy and girl who exemplify the Spartan Code of Honor: Respect Self, Respect Others, Respect School and are positive role models.


Congratulations to the following students for being chosen as our Students of Honor for the months of April and May!


Code of Honor Students – April

  • Auroras 6: Ny'Zae Cook and Addisyn Bergeron
  • Rockets 6: William Henderson and Ava Kuntz


  • Challenger 7: Isaac Hong and Paige Anderson
  • Discovery 7: James Schindler and Brooklynn Hurley


  • Explorer 8: Shea Abraham and Sofia Brandt
  • Voyageur 8: Romaine Brown and Alara Nadeau



Code of Honor Students – May

  • Auroras 6: Raiden Rutan and Macie Riedy
  • Rockets 6: Grayson Combs and Jaylee Weisser


  • Challenger 7: Ryker Stupnisky and Jocelyn Berg
  • Discovery 7: Dean Miller and Gracyn Gaddie


  • Explorer 8: Samuel Christman and Synje Peterson
  • Voyageur 8: Dallas McGrew and Addison Carlton
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Orchestra

The GFPS middle school orchestras welcome the return of our annual Solo & Ensemble Festival! The festival will take place on Friday, May 6 between 9:00am-noon at UND's Hughes Fine Arts Center. Orchestra students will perform a solo and/or ensemble (duet, trio, quartet, etc.) for an adjudicator. Orchestra students will bus to UND after the 8:30am bell. Specific performance times will be announced closer to the festival-- Parents/family are welcome to attend, if able!

Band News

Happy Spring! Please make sure that the Spring Band Concert on Tuesday, May 10 at 7pm is on your family calendars. The concert will feature the jazz band, concert bands, and rock band club. This concert will be a wonderful celebration of all of the early mornings and hard work this school year. Students are to wear all black, but they can add a touch of bright color (necklace, tie, shoes, etc.) to celebrate the spring/summer! 7-8th grade students will arrive for warmup at 6:30pm. 6th-grade students will arrive for warmup at 6:40pm.


Some 6-8th grade students have chosen to prepare solos or ensemble pieces for the solo/ensemble festival. The festival will take place sometime in the last 2 weeks of May. Participating students will miss their morning classes to perform for other students and judges in the area at the UND Music building. We will also go out to lunch (more info to come on that). Please talk to your student to see if they are working on music to perform for the solo/ensemble festival! It's not too late to start preparing for this festival!


There are TONS of summer playing options for your music students. They can participate in SPA, Bands on the Red, and Summer Band Lessons. Students can register for these on myschoolbucks. Please reach out if you have any questions. I will be sending reminders and more specific information via email throughout the month as well!


All the best,

Ms. Svendson

South PTO – Thank You’s

Thank you to all of our South parents for your much appreciated help and support throughout the school year.


A very Special Thank You to our South PTO Officers/Committee Members who have consistently provided support and leadership during the 2021-22 school year: Kelly McLeod, Nichole Massey, and Misti Kauffman. Their amazing support, creative energy, and outstanding dedication are all very much appreciated!


If you are interested in being a member of the South Middle School’s PTO, please call the main office (701-746-2345) and leave your name and contact information. Someone will follow up with you in August. We would be grateful to have additional parents to serve on South’s PTO!

GFPS Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Dear Parents and Guardians,


The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the results of the South Middle School’s Schoolwide Annual Review Meeting. This meeting was conducted with the school leadership team and staff during the spring of 2022, and is held each school year.


During this meeting, we discussed the merits of the schoolwide program, as well as any questions or concerns of classroom teachers or other South Middle School staff. We discussed the results of the annual parent survey, examined our school’s data to determine ways in which we can better serve our students during the 2022-2023 school year, and reviewed our school’s strategy map.


Attached are the Schoolwide Annual Review Agenda and Minutes. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this information, please feel free to contact the school


Sincerely,



Joel Schleicher

South Middle School Principal

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Finding Their Passion

Research shows that when youth are engaged in healthy activities, they are less likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs. Being involved in and having a passion for something fosters skills such as communication, relationship-building, self-control, and problem-solving (among others).


When youth have something they enjoy, look forward to, and are proud of, they are less likely to turn to drugs and alcohol. Encourage your child to find their passion and to "live their no". Ask them what their interests are and do what you can to encourage and support these interests.

Get to know your child's friends and their families

An advantage to getting to know the parents/guardians of your child's friends is that you will know the kind of people that are influencing your child. Also, by getting to know their families, you can verify your child's statements when he or she says, "All my friends get to do it." Most importantly, connecting with the families of your child's friend will help form a safety net for your child because you can help supervise each other's children and look out for their safety. It is common in small towns for everyone to know everyone even through generations! Here are several ways you meet other families: set playdates, arrange to share driving for after-school activities, volunteer at your child's school, join PTO, attend community activities, attend sporting events or other social gatherings, etc.
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Summer Strength Program

Open to all interested boys and girls grades 7th-11th grades. Click the link below for all information and registration forms.
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