Tiger Tales

Southside High School

May 1-7, 2016 ................ Edition #33


Faculty & Staff Weekly News and Information Bulletin


Please be cognizant of information, dates and deadlines, changes and updates to regularly scheduled meetings, and reminders included in the bulletin. Information included may be confidential; therefore, all Tiger Tales news bulletins are considered exclusively for Southside High School faculty and staff.

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Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week Calendar

Tuesday, May 3.................Massage Day


Wednesday, May 4........... Subway Box Luncheon (Menu includes: Turkey, Ham & Roast Beef Sandwiches, chips, cookies Tea, Lemonade & Water)


Friday, May 6....................Home Cooked Luncheon (Menu includes: Fried Chicken, Baked Chicken, Mac & Cheese, Green Beans, Potato Salad, Rolls, Fresh Fruit, Sheet Cake, Tea and Lemonade)


Car Wash coupons will also be given for to teachers

Quote of the Week

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.


~Henry Adams

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This Week At Southside

May:


Monday, May 2:


8:00 a.m.................AP/IB Testing Begins

9:00 a.m..................Lesson Plans to be posted to Staff Drive

3:30 p.m.................SDE 10 Point Grading Scale webinar


Tuesday, May 3:


8:45 a.m...............Spanish AP Test (media center)

9:00 a.m................Make-up ACT Testing

4:00 p.m..................Triple A and GE Tutoring


Wednesday, May 4:


12:15.....................Tiger of the Month Luncheon

3:55 p.m................Freshman Academy Meeting


Thursday, May 5:


4:00 p.m ..................Underclassmen and Senior Failure List Due to Administrator

..................................Triple A and GE Tutoring


Friday, May 6:


9:00 a.m..................AP World History practice exam (media center)

2:05 p.m..................Recycling Bins Emptied

Birthday Salutes

May


N/A

In the Near Future

April:


30...........Seat Time Recovery


May


9-13.......EOC Blitz Week

10..........Faculty Council

..............Summer School handouts distributed by teachers

11..........Departmental Meetings

..............Character Education Seminars (Responsibility)

12..........Athletic Banquet

13..........Yearbook Student-Teacher Basketball game buy-out

16-20.....Senior Week

16...........EOC/Senior Exams begin

18...........Faculty Meeting

...............Grand Tiger of the Month Luncheon

19...........Yearbook Signing Day Party

...............Senior Locker Clean-out/Graduation Practice

...............Salute to Edcuation Banquet

20...........Senior Day Activities

24...........Senior Final Grades & ScoreSheet Reports due

...............End of the Year Goals Celebration (5th-7th Periods)

25...........Underclassmen Exams begin

30...........Memorial Day

31...........Graduation


June


2.................Last Day for Students/End of the 4th Quarter

3.................Professional Development Workdays

6..................Last Teacher Work Day

6-Aug. 15....12 Month Employees Extended Work Day Hours

From the Desk of the Principal

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AP Spanish Exam

Dr. Collins will administer an AP Spanish Exam in the media center on Tuesday, May 3. Since bells cannot be used during AP testing, the announcement buzzer will be used to signal class changes until testing concludes.

ACT Assessment

Thank you to everyone for your patience during ACT testing. A big salute to Ms. Goglia for coordinating the test.


Make up testing will be conducted on Tuesday, May 3.

Hall Access

As we approach the end of the school year, all teachers are reminded that students should not leave your classroom without a pass in hand. For no reason should a student be sent to the the gym, trainer's office or faculty dining room during the school day.

Senior and Underclassmen Failure List

Please review the excel Potential Failure List that was emailed on Wednesday, April 20. The first tab of the excel document pertains to potential senior failures and the second tab is for potential underclassmen failures. Be sure to complete each section and email the document to you administrator.


Administrators will supply each teacher with copies of the summer school handout that should be distributed to students who were placed on the failure list. Summer school handouts should be distributed to students on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. Administrators will deliver the summer school handouts to each teacher on Monday, May 9. We will also create a phone messenger to parents and guardians regarding summer school options.


Teachers should complete each tab (underclassmen and seniors) of the excel sheet and submit the document to your administrator by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. Prior to submitting the document to your administrator, please make sure you have contacted the student’s parent or guardian. Record the contact number or email address on the Excel document and place any comments on the form you feel may be helpful.


If you do not have a valid contact number for your student, please contact your administrator.

2016-2017 10 Point Grading Scale

On Monday, May 2 at 3:30 p.m., Deputy Superintendents Dr. Sheila Quinn and Dr. Julie Fowler will lead a statewide faculty meeting on the 10-point uniform grading policy. Please advise your teachers and have everyone register using this link. The webinar will be recorded for those unable to attend and the presentation link will be forwarded afterwards.


Last week the State Board of Education unanimously voted to implement a 10-point grading scale effective in the 2016–17 school year. The new uniform grading scale is accompanied by a new conversion chart that will also be implemented in the 2016–17 school year. Please review the SDE memo for more information.

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Personal Learning Devices

From Dr. Dee Washington...


During Tuesday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, the GCS Board of Trustees heard the recommendation of the administration to expand personalized learning for all schools. While final Board approval will be requested by the administration as we move forward with the 2017 general fund budget process, we are now able to communicate additional details of the plan.


Schools were placed in groups in part based upon feeder patterns, geographical proximity and a need to equalize expense over the three year implementation. The roll-out schedule for schools is as follows:


• Fall, 2017: Group 1 –

• Fall, 2018: Group 2 –

• Fall, 2019: Group 3 – (Southside High School)

Retiring or Out of District Transfer Information

If you plan to retire or if you are not returning to Greenviille County Schools next year, please click on the link below to review departing information from the District.


https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/Employees/main.asp?titleid=leavingemp

Yearbook Sales

After months of planning and snapping photos, Ms. Richardson and the Yearbook staff have sent the 2016 yearbook to press. Under Ms. Richardson's guidance (and the keen proofing eye of Ms. Simpson), the students have worked hard to create this year's book entitled "A PAWS IN TIME". Books are currently on sale. The Yearbook Signing Day Party will be held during both lunches on Thursday, May 19.

Phones and Headphones

Teachers are asked to consistently enforce the phone policy in your classroom (including BYOD teachers--educational purposes). Headphones should not be used by students to listen to music. Headphone usage exceptions include band, chorus and occasionally World Languages. Teachers may stream music over the Promethean Board speakers if needed.
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Brad Griffith, Assistant Principal

Please forward all master calendar request to Mr. Griffith for approval.

Tracy Hall, Assistant Principal

Professional Development

Will Jones, Assistant Principal

Regene' Ransome, Assistant Principal

Seat Time Recovery

Seat Time Recovery will be held on Saturday, April 30. If a student has missed more than ten (10) days in a year-long class or five (5) days in a semester class, please encourage him or her to attend STR.

Incentives for Substitute Coverage

Teachers,


When asked to cover class for one of your colleagues, you are omitted from having to cover your duty post for that day. In addition, Ms. Ransome will issue a jeans pass to each teacher who assist with class coverage at the end of each week.


For those teachers who have earned jeans passes, please sign/date your pass and place it in Mr. Brooks’ mailbox or give your pass to Ms. Seear on the day you wear jeans.

No Hal Pass List

Student Hall Access:


Please make sure you sign your student’s agenda prior to letting him/her leave your classroom before the tardy bell or during instructional time. Student hall access should be limited to restroom or nurse visits. Student who do not have a signed agenda will be escorted back to you class.



No Hall Pass List:



  • Cameron Espino
  • Briasia Pyles
  • Hannah Short
  • Michael Franklin
  • Marnethia Clinkscale
  • Isiah Young
  • Bailey Foster-Stewart

Justin Ludley, Assistant Principal

The Freshman Academy

Upcoming Academy Events


May


4.........Tigers of the Month Luncheon

...........Freshman Academy Meeting (3:55)

9–13....EOC Blitz Week

11........Character Education (Responsibility)

18........Grand Tiger of the Year Luncheon

24........End of Year Goals Celebration (5th – 7th)

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Grading Due Dates

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Dr. Collins

Practice AP Exam Schedule

  • AP Physics C Study Session will take May 7, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

AP/IB Exam Schedule

AP and IB testing will start on Monday, May 2, and conclude on Friday, May 20. Students are not required to attend school on days they are testing but they should be present if they are not scheduled to test. See attachment to review the AP/IB exam schedule.

Counseling Services

N/A

Ms. Browning

  • Teacher copies will be renewed for the month of May on Monday, May 2, 2016.
  • Please watch students when in the computer labs. Students are unplugging computer cables (power cords and internet cables) and moving equipment (mouse and keyboards) around the labs. When one class does this, it has an effect on the next class. If a computer lab is missing equipment, report it immediately to the library so that it can be replaced. If a computer is not working properly, report it immediately to the library so that ETS can repair it.
  • Substitutes are not allowed to use computer labs, iPads or chrome books. If you are out and scheduled for one of these, please make alternate plans.

Athletic Announcements

The Southside Athletics Schedule can be found on the Staff Drive. Check out all sports!

Athletic Banquet

This year's Athletic Banquet will be May 12, at 6 p.m. Athletes are reminded they must be present to receive their awards. Athletes must also dress appropriately. No Jeans, shorts, or t-shirts.

Tickets are : $2 for Athletes and $5 for guest

Southside Support Scoop

Paperwork

Please do not slide paperwork under Ms. Webb's or Ms. Seear's door. All information/paperwork for Ms. Webb or Ms. Seear should be placed in their mailboxes with the exception of money. All money and receipts books need to be turned in to Ms. Seear by 1 p.m. each day. Everyone is reminded to turn in invoice slips for any package you have ordered to Ms. Webb so the vendor can be paid.



Plant Engineer Office:


If you need assistance handing or moving items, please contact Mr. Parker.


Health Room:


Please call the Nurse prior to sending a student to her office to make sure she is available.


Intervention Specialists:


Please call the Intervention Specialists prior to sending a student to their office to make sure they are available.

Monetary Transactions

Please be mindful of the following:



As we prepare to close the school’s fiscal year accounting records, faculty members, students and guardians are advised that all money transactions with the school (fees and dues) are to be paid with cash or a money order starting March 21, 2016. Checks will no longer be accepted. We apologize for any inconveniences this policy may cause.

ISS Procedures and Protocols

Please refrain from sending students to ISS if you have not contacted Mr. Simmons, ISS Coordinator. Any student sent directly to ISS by a teacher will be returned to class by an administrator. Guidelines for removing a student from class are as follow:


    • Call Mr. Simmons

    • Complete the Incident Management Referral online

    • Contact the parent/legal guardian sometime during the day