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Newsletter - November 2019

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Craig Standish, Principal

Kim Conner, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

John Morse, Assistant Principal

Chad Clevenger, Student Assistance Coordinator

A Message From Mr. Standish

The cooler weather has arrived! Southside has distributed nearly 75 coats along with gloves and hats. Please let us help if your student is in need of winter wear. We have many generous supporters who simply wish to help students in need. We want all students to arrive to school warm and ready to go. If you're not aware; for students who arrive too late for breakfast in the cafeteria, we offer a sack breakfast for students to take to the classroom. This usually contains Pop-Tarts, yogurt, cereal, or similar items. Of course, there is no charge to students.

Basketball and swimming seasons are upon us. And, we need your help! A primary focus for this year at Southside is sportsmanship! My desire if for every school we compete against to want to come to Southside every year because our students and parents display such great sportsmanship. Let's remember our athletes are 11, 12, and 13 years old. They are still developing physically and they are still developing their skill sets. Middle school sports should be more focused on character than athletic skills. If we keep this in mind we can accomplish our goal of good sportsmanship. Thank you for your help in this area. Let's encourage every player, including those on opposing teams.

We want you to know our students are accomplishing great things in the classroom. Teachers are working very hard to make sure your student is receiving the best education possible. We are constantly reviewing data to identify strengths and weaknesses. Teachers then use this data to strengthen student academic skills. As a reminder; we offer after-school tutoring everyday and we will offer a second round of extended learning in January.

As always, please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or if we can help you in any way.

Holiday Gift Drive!

Mrs. Green's 2nd period class is sponsoring a holiday gift drive until Dec. 9. Students and staff are invited to donate small, new gifts for the men, women, and children staying at the Muncie Mission or A Better Way. Gifts can be placed in the tote outside the front office every morning until after Panther Success. Suggested gifts include items for children ages 11-17, hats, gloves, scarves, healthcare products, books, Christmas candies or snacks in individual packages, small LED flashlights, etc. Thank you!

21st Century Scholars

Earning the 21st Century Scholarship provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. If you attend a participating proprietary (for-profit) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

Many 7th and 8th grade students recieved information regarding this program before fall break. Please fill out paperwork that was sent home and return to school ASAP to register.

Parents/Guardians may also register their student at

8th grade students MUST enroll by the spring of 2020 to be eligible.

Nurse's Corner


When you are outside, frostbite & hypothermia are possible so you need to protect yourself.

1. Wear layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing.

2. Wear a hat. Try to stay dry and out of the wind.

3. Cover your mouth to protect your lungs from extreme cold.

4. Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves.

To keep pipes from freezing on an outside wall:

1. Let hot & cold-water trickle or drip at night from a faucet.

2. Open cabinet doors to allow more heat to get to un-insulated pipes under a sink or near an

outer wall.

3. Make sure heat is left on and set no lower than 55 degrees.

If pipes freeze:

1. Make sure you and your family knows how to shut off the water, in case pipes burst.

2. Never try to thaw a pipe with an open flame or torch. Use a hair dryer instead.

3. Always be care of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer:

1. Install a carbon monoxide detector.

2. Never run generators indoors.

3. Open a window slight when using a kerosene heater.

4. Never use a gas oven to heat your home.

5. If your heat goes out, you can keep warm indoors by closing off rooms you do not need, dressing in

layers of lightweight clothing, and wearing a cap.

Wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and heaters:

1. Always keep a screen around an open flame.

2. Never use gasoline to start your fireplace.

3. Never burn charcoal indoors.

4. Do not close the damper when ashes are hot.

5. Use only safe sources of alternative heat such as a fireplace, small well-vented wood or coal

stove or portable space heaters.

Animal and Pet Safety:

1. Bring pets inside.

2. Provide shelter and fresh water.

3. Keep salt away from paws.

Vehicle Preparation:

1. Check your battery.

2. Check your fluids (Coolant, wiper fluid, oil, etc.).

3. Check your tires.

4. Have jumper cables.

5. Pack a blanket.

Please visit this informative link:

News from the Student Assistance Office

Southside is using the Second Step program with our students to help navigate the various transitions in their lives.

Want to learn more about how to help your student? is a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.


Disney Trip Fundraisers

The Disney Group is selling Wick's Pie, laundry soap, and Texas Roadhouse rolls and gift cards thru October 28th. Contact the school if you would like to order.

Texas Roadhouse Dine to Donate for the Disney Group will be Tuesday, October 29th from 4-9PM. Just give your server a flier and the group will earn 20%. Fliers will be sent home with students, picked up at school, or downloaded off our website.

Attendance Reminders

The best way to set yourself up for success is showing up! Make school attendance for your student a priority!

Upcoming Events

November 4 - Skating Party 6:30-8:30 @ Gibson's

November 14 - Athletic Parent Meeting 6PM

November 15 - Fall Drama Production 6PM

November 16 - Fall Drama Production 6PM

November 18 - Fall Drama Production 4:15

November 21 - Family Food Giveaway 5-6:30

November 21 - Extended Learning ends

November 25 - Pie, laundry soap, and rolls pick-up from 4-6PM at Southside cafeteria.

November 27-29 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

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