Southridge High School Newsletter
Students of the Month
School Improvement Team Update
This fall, the State of Indiana released school grades based on a variety of factors including test scores, graduation rates, and attendance rates among other things. The grades released to the public included both a state grade and a grade based on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recently implemented by the federal government. Southridge High School received an overall score of a B from the state of Indiana and an overall score of a D from the federal government. The federal grade placed Southridge High School into a Comprehensive Support and Improvement category in the state of Indiana. This designation means that Southridge High School will utilize the Indiana Department of Education Comprehensive Needs Assessment framework to analyze student data, evaluate instructional practices, identify root causes of areas for growth potential, and begin implementing high impact improvement strategies.
Since the grades were released, the School Improvement Team has applied for and received grant funding from the state of Indiana to facilitate this process. So far, the team has organized into the following committees: Graduation Team, English Learner Team, Special Education Team, and Social Emotional Learning Team. Each committee is taking a close look at numerous aspects of student data and attempting to identify areas for improvement. Also, building administrators have attended professional development trainings to build strength in identifying key components of a strong academic framework. Future plans include analyzing research-based strategies for improvement, identifying high performing schools with similar demographics with whom we can establish professional cooperation, and offering professional development for staff that focuses on data driven intervention strategies.
Please look for further updates as we continue our process of making Southridge an even better place for Every Student, Every Day. If anyone is interested in joining our committee’s work please feel free to email Mrs. Hohl (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Sickbert (email@example.com).
ZERO INFRACTION PARTY -
Students that didn't have any infractions for the semester were invited to the Zero Infraction Celebration on Jan. 11th. Students could choose between a movie, playing video games, or playing cards in the commons area. All students were given 5 silent auction tickets and could buy more with Raider Bucks. Below are the lucky winners of gas cards, movie tickets, dinner gift cards, and either $200.00 or a PlayStation.
Young Women Lead
One hundred girls from Southridge High School have registered for the Young Women Lead conference that will take place at VUJC on March 14, 2019.
Young Women LEAD is an all day leadership conference for high school girls focusing on Leadership, Education and Development. The purpose of the conference is to empower high school girls to embrace their strengths and to reach their full potential. The all day session features nationally recognized women who share their own insights on real life issues and how to overcome them to achieve successful and meaningful careers. The conference also provides an opportunity for the teens to connect to and learn from local female business leaders.
This conference is unique both in its creation and purpose. Young Women LEAD is organized by the local participants of SOAR, a leadership development program designed to assist businesses in developing their women for future leadership positions. This project allows the SOAR members to practice their newly acquired leadership skills while at the same time “pay it forward” in their communities benefiting high school girls.
Group Learning in Mr. Lange’s Geometry Class
Students in Mr. Lange’s Geometry class recently finished a chapter on
classifying quadrilaterals and investigating their properties. They worked in groups
of 3 or 4 and were given a specific quadrilateral and had to list the properties of
that quadrilateral. As the students perused their textbook to find the properties,
they were asked to make special note of any properties that were theorems from
the textbook. Some of the discussions amongst students were great as they learned
from each other. The properties of the rhombus that were listed included several
that were theorems. One particular theorem mentioned by the students was: “If a
parallelogram is a rhombus, then the diagonals are perpendicular”. The students
presented what was on their whiteboards in front of the class. Each student in their
respective groups was asked to take a property or theorem about the quadrilateral
and present it. Overall, the students seemed to enjoy the group activity and it gave
credence to the statement “Students learn best from other students”.
Student Services -Guidance Department
Class of 2020
The juniors recently received a copy of their PSAT scores and were given direction on how to register for SAT test prep on Khan Academy. Since 2015, the Khan Academy has been the official SAT practice website. According to reports, studying for the SAT for 20 hours on Khan Academy is associated with an 115-point average score increase.
If your junior is planning on attending a four year college after high school, most colleges require the student take either an SAT or an ACT. It is advisable for all juniors planning to attend a four year college take an SAT or an ACT test in their junior year. Upcoming SAT test dates include: March 9, May 4, and June 1, 2019.
Students eligible for free/reduced lunch or eligible for an SAT fee waiver that they can get from their counselor.
Class of 2022
The freshman have completed their four year graduation plans and will soon begin registering for their 2019-2020 classes. If you have a freshman and they haven’t shared their four year plan with you, please ask to see it. This is merely a plan based on their post high school career plans and can certainly be changed at anytime. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or at 812-683-2272 x 2209
Tutoring -several opportunities
2. New Partnership with Indiana University
A new opportunity for student support made possible by a partnership between SHS, Indiana University, and the Serve Indiana grant. Starting immediately, students have access to online tutoring by Indiana University students at campuses throughout the state. Students will be required to register with the IU system, which will allow them to create a ZOOM account (the delivery platform for tutoring.) IU students will staff the tutoring service on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights from 6-9:30. An additional feature will be bilingual tutoring services, which are available on those nights from 7-9:30pm. More details can be found on the attached flyer. The focus of the online tutoring support will be the core areas of Math, Science, English, and Social Studies.
3. In addition to the online supports that are currently available, we are in the process of creating a face-to-face tutoring program that will offer supports before and after school here at SHS, as well as a couple of evening opportunities at the Huntingburg Public Library. It is anticipated that this program will start in early February. More details to come.
Raider PRIDE video on Persistence
For more information, you may call the number provided on the flyer below.
Bowling Sectional Champs
Tristin Boerner, with high game (260) and overall winner!!! Congratulations!!
ISSMA DISTRICT SOLO & ENSEMBLE FESTIVAL
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, Southridge Middle School & Southridge High School Bands hosted the Indiana State School Music Association District Instrumental Solo and Ensemble Festival.
There were 20 area schools participating in this event. Students performed prepared
music selections in Groups I-V (I being the most difficult) and received Division ratings.
Gold Division (Superior) is the highest rating, followed by Silver, Bronze, and
Southridge High School had 11 entries that earned 11 Gold ratings.
Jarek Kalas-Clarinet solo, Evie Sherer-French Horn solo, and the Clarinet Trio of Leah
Wagner, Brianna Stasel, and Jarek Kalas advanced to the State Solo & Ensemble
Festival on February 23, 2019 @ North Central HS in Indianapolis.
GOLD (Superior) rating for solos/ensembles
Oboe Solo: Dori Sherer
Clarinet Solo: Shayla Reyes, Jarek Kalas
Alto Saxophone Solo: Olivia Durcholz
French Horn Solo: Evie Sherer
Euphonium Solo: Andrew Sander, Drew Meece
Clarinet Trio: Jarek Kalas, Brianna Stasel, Leah Wagner
Clarinet Quartet: Leah Wagner, Shayla Reyes, Mackenzie Roby, Devin Carter
Large Brass Ensemble:
Catie Pauckner, Wyatt Sherer, Elizabeth Fleck, Emily Roby, Bethany Brooks,
Evie Sherer, Jose Nunez, Andrew Sander, Tyler Laughlin
Large Marching Percussion Ensemble:
Melissa Dubon, Jazmyne Ramsey, Owen Kinker, Angel Garrett,
Michael Kerr, Dori Sherer, Jarek Kalas, Esmeralda Garcia,
Olivia Durcholz, Rhiley Peters, Elisha Painter, Brianna Stasel,
Elizabeth Fleck, Tyler Laughlin
Exchange Student Presentation
Fiddler on the Roof - coming soon!
To purchase tickets for Fiddler on the Roof, please go to southridgetickets.bpt.me
On February 22, 2019, members of the SHS Latino Advocacy group will meet with members of the JHS Latino Advocacy group and attend a “Building Confidence” Workshop. During the workshop, attendees will hear from local professionals, educators, and military personnel about their journey in becoming a successful and contributing member of society. Lunch will be provided by the JHS Culinary Arts class. Prizes are being donated by German American, VUJC, University of Southern Indiana, and the National Guard. For more information about the Latino Advocacy student groups or to donate prizes for the workshop, please contact Jenny Fowler at Southridge High School (812) 683-2272 or Brian Uebelhor at Jasper High School (812)482-6050.
Media Center News
Book Speed Dating
AskRose Homework Help
AskRose Homework Help tutors are available to assist with math and science homework, August – May, Sunday – Thursday, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at AskRose.org or by phone at 877-Ask-Rose. Their new after school tutoring by appointment is coming soon. Check out their website AskRose.org for details and over 500 math and science resources.
World Book Online
The Huntingburg Public Library's World Book subscription has recently become more user friendly for both students and teachers. As of last week, the subscription is now open to anyone with the universal user name/password and a library card number is NO LONGER required.
For access to World Book Online and the Huntingburg Public Library subscription, type www.worldbookonline.com in a browser or access from your preferred method. At home, type in the above and enter:
USER NAME: huntingburg