Southridge High School Newsletter

January 2019


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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 ( or Mr. Sickbert (

Homecoming Spirit Days

Monday February 4th– Pajama Day

Tuesday February 5th– Tie-Dye

Wednesday February 6h– Superhero

Thursday February 7th– Tacky Tourist

Friday February 8th– COLOR WAR!!!!

Freshmen– White

Sophomores– Gray

Juniors– Red

Seniors– Black

Must Obey All School Dress Codes


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.

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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.

Classroom Activities

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”.

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English 10 with Mrs. Ubelhor

English 10 classes were learning about in-text citations and they sang a song about citations, with hand gestures, to the tune of Baby Shark.
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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 or at 812-683-2272 x 2209

Tutoring -several opportunities

1. SHS students can participate in the National Honor Society's tutoring program on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Impact period.

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.

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Raider PRIDE video on Persistence

Parent Cafe

For the next five months, Parent Cafes will host a series on the Five Protective Factors. The first factor is Resilience - How to Build Resilience in Yourself and in Your Family. Parent Cafes are a fun and safe, non-judgmental environment in which we discuss parenting topics using both peer-to-peer learning and deeper reflection. We provide a FREE meal, and childcare is provided if advance notice is given.

For more information, you may call the number provided on the flyer below.

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Bowling Sectional Champs

Bowling individual winners were, Cole Bieker with highest average and highest series, and
Tristin Boerner, with high game (260) and overall winner!!! Congratulations!!
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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


Congratulations to Taylor Denning and Grace Meece! Taylor finished first and Grace finished second in the girls division and overall they placed second and third at the Jasper High School archery tournament on Monday evening. The archery team practices every Tuesday evening in the Field House from 7:00 to 8:30. New members are always welcome.
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Exchange Student Presentation

"My name is Jarek Kalas and for those who don’t know me, I’m the exchange student at Southridge this year. I’m an EF Student Ambassador and one of our missions is to share our home country culture with the students at our schools. EF is one of the world’s largest exchange organizations and every year they choose an amount of exchange students across the US to be their Ambassadors. As an ambassador you show pride about being in exchange, encourage others to go on exchange, and you share your culture with other people from different countries. Because of this, I’ll be giving a presentation/Q&A about my home country, Denmark, during the second half of impact on Friday, January 25 ."
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Fiddler on the Roof - coming soon!

The Southridge High School Music Department will be presenting Fiddler on the Roof, February 21, 22, and 23 at 7:15 p.m. each evening. The performance will be held in the SHS Auditorium. They are very excited to offer the community this family-friendly musical.

To purchase tickets for Fiddler on the Roof, please go to


Latino Advocacy

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.

FREE Dental Care -Check it out!!
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Media Center News

Thank you!!

Wow! We just received a grant check for $500.00. A big THANK YOU to the Brenda Kilian Endowment of the Dubois County Community Foundation for the generous grant. We plan to spend money on new books for the library. Thanks so much for your generousity!

Chess Tournament is underway! Good luck, chess players!

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Book Speed Dating

Mrs. Hohl's classes came to the LMC for Book Speed Dating. It was a great way to become familiar with several different books/genres in a short amount of time.
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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 or by phone at 877-Ask-Rose. Their new after school tutoring by appointment is coming soon. Check out their website 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 in a browser or access from your preferred method. At home, type in the above and enter:

USER NAME: huntingburg