Southridge High School

May 2014 Newsletter

FROM THE DESK OF MR. MURPHY

May has arrived and the race to the finish has commenced. It is truly unbelievable how quickly this year has gone. I am thankful for a great staff to work with and a school full of awesome kids that make coming to work enjoyable each day. I also want to take time to thank you, our parents and community members, for the support and questions throughout the year. I firmly believe that to raise test scores and graduation rates, you first build enthusiasm within your school and the community. Community involvement and support is the key to any successful school and I want to continue to increase that involvement and support. Please feel free to call or e-mail with any questions or concerns you might have.

Go Raiders!

Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 16th, 7pm

412 E 5th St

Huntingburg, IN

PTO MEETING 5/14

The Southridge High School PTO will have their final meeting on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school cafeteria.

CLASS OF 2014-Senior Information & Important Dates

5/11 Sunday-Baccaulaureate 3:00 @ SHS Auditorium (arrive by 2:40)

5/12 Monday-SWDCS Awards 6:00 @ Memorial Gym (Corporation Awards)

5/12 Monday & 5/13 Tuesday-Senior Final Exams (All Seniors report to school)

5/14 Wednesday-Senior Awards/Scholarships 9:00 @ SHS Auditorium

5/15 Thursday-Lunch at Teen Outback @11:15

5/15 Thursday-Graduation Practice 12:30 @ Memorial Gym (Picture first/bring Cap/gown)

5/16 Friday-Commencement 7:00 @ Memorial Gym (arrive by 6:15)

Southridge Choir

Thanks to everyone who attended the SHS Spring Concert on May 4! The choir students closed out the concert season singing beautifully to a wonderful crowd! Congratulations to the following students receiving choir awards:

Outstanding Mixed Choir Member – BRAYDEN WIBBELER

Outstanding Girls Choir Member – BARBARA MOSS

Outstanding Concert Choir Member – KATIE KENDALL

Most Valuable Choir Member – EMMA MUNDY

Arion Award Winner – KATIE KENDALL

Congratulations to the senior choir members for their years of choral achievement and dedication: Whitney Buechler, Johana Calderon, Paxton Combs, Madeline Dippel, Dillon Giesler, Zach Harris, Sarah Hayes, Keylie Holding, Cassie Matheis, Emma Mundy, Kendall Neukam, Megan Nicholson, Patrick Schneider, Kyla Schwinghammer, Tiffany Schwoeppe,

We are very appreciative of the family, friends and community support shown to the Southridge choir program throughout this school year. We enjoyed performing for you and look forward to next year!

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Ethan Schwoeppe Earns Scholarship

Southridge High School Senior Ethan Schwoeppe and Jasper Senior Dalton Beard made up the Ford/AAA student skills automotive team for Southridge High Schools Automotive Class.

Both gentlemen scored the highest on the written national exam in February, which allowed them to compete in the State hands-on competition at Indianapolis on April 24th and 25th. Over 13,000 automotive students took the written exam in February, only the top 10, two person teams make it to the State hands-on contest. Southridge was the only school south of Greenwood, Indiana.

On Thursday evening a get acquainted dinner was held, the contestants had to wear a shirt and tie for the event. After dinner rules were covered concerning the contest Friday morning.

On Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. All contestants laid out their tools and equipment to be inspected. At 9:30 the hands-on contest started, contestants had 90 minutes to get their vehicle running and fix all noted problems on the repair order. The vehicle was a 2014 Ford Fiesta.

Ethan and Dalton finished 7th in the contest and each received a trophy and $7000.00 in scholarships. Each also received shirts, hats, jacket and tools. Lunch was provided by AAA automotive club of Indiana.

Year-End Standardized Testing

The End-of-Course Assessments (ECAs) were administered the last two weeks of April. Testing went smoothly. All of the students who took an ECA put forth a lot of effort, which was greatly appreciated. Results for the Biology 1 ECA should be available this month. Results for the Algebra 1 and English 10 ECAs will arrive over the summer. Please contact Guidance with any questions.


Two Advanced Placement exams will be administered in May. The AP Calculus AB exam is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7th in the morning. The AP U.S. History exam is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14th. It is very important that all students taking these exams arrive on test day prepared for a challenging morning. Mrs. Pulley will visit these classrooms before testing to provide instructions about test day. All students in AP Calculus AB and AP U.S. History are scheduled to take these exams.

Hawaii 5-0 Celebration for Students with 50 days of Perfect Attendance

On the afternoon of April 21, 72 students enjoyed ice cream, corn hole, dodge ball, movies, and video games as a reward for having zero tardies and zero absences for the prior 50 days.

Academic Super Bowl

The Academic Super Bowl Area Competition was Tuesday, April 22nd in the school gym at North Knox High School. This year’s theme was “Western Expansion 1783-1900” and students competed in the following categories: Fine Arts, Social Studies, Math, English, Science and Interdisciplinary. Congratulations to the following teams for placing in their content area: 1st place to the Social Studies Team, 2nd place to the English Team and 3rd place to the Math and Fine Arts Teams. This year’s team members are as follows:



Emily Calderon, Megan Diekhoff, Emily Eckert, Sidney Eckert, April Fleck, Mikayla Granados, William Gutgsell, Allie Jones, Skylar Kemp, Andrew Krieg, Brianna Lammers, Evan Lange, Cristina Mendoza, Lauren Meyer, Corbin Neu, Maddie Neu, Mateo Nino, Brett Nordhoff, Lindsey Schaeffer, Elli Schank, Aaron Sloan, Dakota Thompson, Brittany Tretter, and Kelsea Willis.



Any student who would like to participate on the Academic Team for next year should sign-up in the fall.

World Language Classes visit Elementary Schools

Each year the students in upper-level world language classes enjoy creating and sharing their respective culture with the first-grade students at the elementary schools. Students in German 4 and Spanish 3-4 traveled to Holland and Huntingburg Elementary Schools on Friday, April 25th to celebrate the German and Hispanic cultures. The presentation began with the German 4 students presenting the play “Cinderella” while incorporating German vocabulary words for the key phrases and expressions. The Spanish 3-4 students concluded the presentation with a short lesson in basic salsa dance steps as well as with a song and activity to learn the days of the week in Spanish.

Prom and After Prom

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The British Tea

Seniors in Advanced Composition and English Literature enjoyed an annual British Tea on April 10 in the Library Media Center. The students prepare a traditional English food item and explain the recipe to their fellow students. All students participate in some way by either preparing food, setting up, or cleaning up.

Students of the Month

Have a great SUMMER!

School resumes on August 7!