Tiger Talk


Rose from Concrete

All of us are gardeners at Southside. We chose the soil or the seed, but we have the opportunity to tend to the growth of something amazing. Like in a garden, some plants spring through the soil and grow strong and fruitful without much care while others struggle to grow and need additional nurture and attention to thrive. But that is a gardeners job...to tend to the plants and ensure a great outcome.

In my "constant" basketball watching this weekend, I saw the video commercial posted below. Seeing Shelbyville neighborhoods instead of Chicago, the words intriguing and struck a cord in regard to our work:

"You see, you wouldn't ask why the rose that grew from concrete had damaged petals.

On the contrary, we would all celebrate it's tenacity.
We would all love it's will to reach the sun."

Continue to support and encourage ALL of your student's "will to reach the sun" no matter what their soil, no matter the damage to their beautiful petals!

POWERADE | Rose From Concrete #justakid

Leadership/College and Career Week

from Santina and Beth

  • Monday: Begin With The End In Mind Classroom Booster. Discuss with your class how having a plan will help when choosing a career. It is never too early to begin with the end in mind! Re-visit workbook activities or check out some of the videos on www.leaderinme.org. Marilyn also has various books on different careers for you to check out from the library. Also, visit the link http://virginiacareerview.com/k5/check-it/kids-search/q4.cfm with your class this week to explore their career interests. You have all week to have the students complete the career inventory and explore the website. Beth will be emailing out the link to parents this week so that students can look at the website over the weekend if they would like to. Sign up sheet for the computer lab is on the computer lab door :)
  • Tuesday: College Day. Teachers and staff to wear college spirit wear to represent where you went to school or wear attire from a college that you like. We have gotten some REALLY cool stuff from the colleges that you will be learning about in your class. Please take some time today to talk about your college that you were assigned with your class. Please have your students write thank you notes to the college that your classroom received thanking that college for sending information. The colleges would also like pictures of your students with items that they sent as well. Please feel free to email the picture to me and I will gladly print it. Thank you notes and pictures are due back to me at Tuesday staff meeting. The notes need to be papercliped together with the classroom name on them.
  • Wednesday: Begin With The End In Mind Mix It Up Lunch: Talking points about careers will be provided. Please mix up the students that do not have assigned seats. If your students have assigned seats, please keep them in their assigned seats :) I will be in lunch to help facilitate.
  • Thursday and Friday: Please make sure you have visited the website and explored career information with your students. Career fair will occur at a later date
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Future Problem Solvers!

One of Southside's FPS teams placed fourth this weekend at the Regional Governor's Cup! Emma Swallows, Rachel Heilman, Lacie Thomas and Olivia Jewell (not pictured) were coached by Sarah Smith this year. Way to go Tigers!

United Way Campaign Update

Southside raised a total of $4,152.85 this year for Metro United Way! That’s a 5% increase from last year—WAY TO GO!

Central Office is thanking you with a sweet treat—blizzards from Dairy Queen. Look for ordering information soon from Mrs. Mornar.

Staff Meeting: March 24

2:45 7 Habits Staff Booster (Did you complete your BIG ROCKS organizer for this week?)

3:00 Norming: Technology and Path for Concerns

3:15 TELL Survey codes distributed.

We will dismiss early. You are encouraged to use this extra time to give feedback on the TELL Survey. The TELL Survey closes on March 31st.

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2015 Father Daughter Dance

The PTO Father Daughter Dance was a success! More than 100 girls and their fathers enjoyed music, photos, and dancing in the gym on Friday night. A night "Under the Sea" to remember!

SAVE THE DATE: Southside Leader in Me Empowerment Training

Monday, June 8th, 8am-3pm

Southside Media Center

Mark your calendar for this first PD experience of 2015-16! If you are unable to attend our Leader in Me Year 2 training date, please let me know. We will try to get you signed up with another school!

This Week at Southside

Terie Eilers begins shadowing Marsha this week.

Marsha's last day at Southside is March 31st.

Monday, March 23

8:00 SSE Admin. Team Meeting (Conference)

1:00 Make Up TPGES Student Voice Survey make ups (Send to Lab)

2:45 ABRI Team Meeting (Conference Room)

Tuesday, March 24

College Wear Day!

ACCESS 2.0 (11 students only--Santina will pick up)

2:45 Staff Meeting

4:00 Special Called SBDM Meeting

5:30 Born Learning Academy

Wednesday, March 25

Mix It Up Lunch--College Theme

9:00-1:00 Daytime Kindergarten Registration

3:00 Advanced DreamBox Training (bring laptop to Media Center)

4:00 Steps to CCR Revision Committee (West Middle)

Thursday, March 26

Planning: Data Teams (2:30 First Grade)

4:00 SCPS Tech Share Fair (4:00 @ The Blair Center)

6:00 SSE Energy Night

Friday, March 27

7:40 Schoolwide Morning Meeting

7:40 Classified Staff Accomodator's Refresher Course (Media Center)

8:00 (following Morning Meeting) Proficiency Under Construction w/accomodators


March 30 Leader in Me Coaching Call w/Lighthouse Team (Media Center)

March 31 Staff Meeting until 5:00--Engineering is Elementary PD

April 1 SSE Drama Performance for Parents/Community (6:00)

April 3 SSE Drama Performance for School

April 6-10 Spring Break

May 1 2014-15 Program Review DUE in ASSIST