Southridge High School Newsletter

November, 2013


From the desk of Mr. Murphy

Fall is upon us and school days are rapidly passing. During this time of year, we pause to give thanks for the blessings in our lives. I want to take time and thank our patrons for this beautiful building at SHS. Our building provides the teachers with the ability to teach your children in a state of the art facility. This renovation would have never been possible without the help of you, our community members.

I also am thankful for our teachers, students, and parents who make each day a great day. At SHS, we truly believe that every day is a GREAT day.

On Monday November 11, we had a Veteran’s Day program at SHS. We had a number of Veterans attend this special event. It was a great program that honored our servicemen who served our country and are currently serving our country. The sacrifice our Veteran’s made and our current servicemen are making is the ultimate sacrifice and we truly appreciate their commitment to helping keep our country’s ideas and beliefs alive.

The Indiana Legislature passed a new bullying law that became effective on July 1 of this year. There are some changes from what we considered bullying in the past. If you would like to see the new law, it is accessible through the Indiana Department of Education website ( Per Indiana law requirement, all staff has been trained concerning the new law. Mr. Sickbert also presented the new law to all students at SHS. In the near future, we will have the bullying law posted on the SHS website. As always, if you have any questions please call us anytime.

We hope that everyone has a great Thanksgiving spending time with family and friends.


Art Department Grant

The Art Department just received a grant from Donors Choose. Through this grant the art department was able to obtain a stool to accompany the new ceramic wheels we received this year as well as tools to help create ceramic vessels on the wheel. We are very excited and want to thank the community for supporting the arts in our schools! is a website open to K-12 Public School teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to post items they need or want for their classrooms. Donors can go on the site and choose which items they wish to purchase. For more information, visit

Southridge Choir

The Southridge High School choirs are busy preparing for the upcoming R.I.A.L. community service at Salem Church on Sunday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. and their Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. The R.I.A.L. service will feature choirs from various local Huntingburg churches along with the SHS Choirs. It is always an inspirational event. The SHS Choirs will definitely brighten your holiday season with song and dance at the Christmas concert. Santa will be there to welcome all! We hope to see you at both performances where admission is FREE.

Some Concert Choir members were escorts for the Memorial Hospital Gala Ball on November 2 at the West Baden Springs Hotel. All enjoyed an entertaining evening while helping with this bi-annual fund raiser.

The Huntingburg Christmas Stroll is November 8, 9 and 10 and several SHS choir students will be caroling up and down Fourth Street. This is always a fun event for the students to participate in while helping to promote Christmas spirit.

MAME will be our spring musical this year. You are invited to party hearty and in fabulous style with the grande dame, Mame! The musical comedy revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flare for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick Dennis. Her adventures take us from the speak-easies of the roaring 20's to the depression following the great Stock Market crash. She is rescued by a wealthy Southern plantation owner, marries and is widowed suddenly, and through it all, manages to keep things under control. With some help from her dearest friend, Vera Charles, she helps keep things at 3 Beekman Place a rousing free-for-all. All SHS students are invited to audition. See Mrs. Weil for a copy of an audition song and Mr. Younker for an audition monologue. Auditions will be held on November 25 and 26 after school and performances are February 27, 28 and March 1.

Raider Band

The "Maskerade" show ended a little earlier than we had hoped for this season. We performed for the last time at the ISSMA Classs C Regional on October 19. The Marching Raider Band season was filled with hard work, many memories, and a sense of accomplishment. Due to ISSMA rule change, we moved up to Class C and competed against larger bands. We gave it our best and earned a Silver rating. Congratulations to the band on a great marching season. Thanks to everyone who was a part of our MASKeRADER marching band! We look forward to next year!

Other Band News:

Congratulations to students selected to participate in the Indiana Bandmasters Association All- District Band Festival at Vincennes University on November 16 & 17.

Hannah Taylor, Savanna Bauer-Flute; Courtney Jones-Clarinet; Taylor Smith, Bass Clarinet; Brevin Sternberg, Euphonium; Katie Kendall-French Horn; Mateo Nino-Trombone.

Marco Rocha, Clarinet; Gavin Deno, Trumpet; and Leah Diekhoff, percussion were selected to perform in the Indiana Bandmasters Association HS All-Region Festival on Nov. 23 & 24 at Jasper. The students will prepare music, perform a concert with outstanding musicians, and work with a guest conductor.

Upcoming Dates:

November 16 & 17 IBA All-District Band

November 19 Band Card Party @ Huntinburg Event Center 7 PM

November 23 & 24 IBA All-Region Band

December 7 Christmas Parade

December 8 SHS Band/Choir Christmas Concert

We continue achieving Excellence through performance.


Fellowship of Christian Athletes continues to grow

The spirit of Raider FCA continues to shine brightly throughout the high school. Since October is breast cancer awareness month, Raider FCA collected donations for the Susan G. Komen foundation that focuses their efforts on finding a cure for breast cancer. Our FCA club continues to gather twice-a-month, once for a daily devotional and once for an activity, speaker, or video. This month, FCA members gathered to hear an inspirational message from a video interview of Drew Brees, quarterback of the New Orleans Saints. Next month, we look forward to a guest speaker, Dave Hudson, who is the Southern Indiana Area Director of FCA.

Important items for the Senior class

The senior year is over ¼ of the way complete for the Class of 2014 so if you are planning to attend college, it’s very important that you apply to the college of your choice – sooner is better. It is also very important if you plan to attend college that you check the websites of the colleges that interest you to determine the protocol for scholarships as each college is different. Some colleges require a separate application for scholarships be submitted while other colleges determine your scholarship eligibility based on your initial application for admission.

Speaking of scholarships, I wanted to let you know that on January 8th at 6:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium, an expert in the financial aid field will be here at SHS to help you and your student fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid and it is the application that must be completed and submitted to apply for federal and state student grants, work-study, and loans funds.

Also during the second semester, I plan to have information about local scholarships available by mid-January. The list of local scholarships will be posted on the SHS website under the guidance page, on moodle, and in the guidance area. Because scholarships become available at different times during the second semester, it is very important that seniors listen to the daily announcements and that they check the webpage and moodle often for any updates.

Finally, I’d like to let you know about a “recent find.” If you are interested in knowing the anticipated costs of college and would like the opportunity to compare costs of multiple colleges, please go to This is “a tool that is licensed by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education that was developed to provide comprehensive college selection, admissions, and financial aid information to Indiana students and families.”

As always, if you have questions or concerns, I’m just a phone call 683-2272 x 2209 or email away

Students Against Destructive Decisions

The SADD chapter had a busy October with the school choosing to enter the Celebrate My Drive contest that lasted from 10/18 thru 10/26. Students and community members were asked to log on to, commit to drive safely and then endorse SHS. Before the contest officials turned off the ability to see the ranking, SHS was well within the top 100. Quite a surprise since we started out @ 177th. Thank you to all the Raiders who committed to drive safely.

The SADD chapter also had a Red Ribbon Volleyball tourney followed by a Red Ribbon Poster contest. The volleyball tourney was held here at SHS on Monday, October 21 with three student teams and one teacher team entered. Approximately 30-35 students attended the tourney and either, played, helped officiate, or watched. The A,B,C’s were the champions followed by the “Abusement” Park. Winning members included Aidan Michel, Brett Nordhoff, Cody Thompson, Hailey Lubbehusen, Cheyenne Layton, and Taylor Seufert. The top teams will enter the county SADD tournament that the SHS SADD chapter hopes to host in the near future. Congratulations teams!!

The Poster contest took place the following week and according to the judges, who wish to remain anonymous; this was a very tough competition. The winning homeroom for the seniors was Mr. Mundy’s, the junior homeroom choice went to Mrs. Lyons', the sophomore homerooms chose to show their talent on the volleyball court during homeroom time and therefore did not enter the competition while Ms. Wagner’s homeroom took home the freshmen honors. Thanks to all who entered into the competition.

The SADD chapter is 75+ strong and will be opening the membership up to interested freshmen during the month of November. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday, November 16th at 7:50 a.m. in the auditorium.

Mrs. Lyons' Homeroom

One of the winners in the Red Ribbon Week poster contest, Mrs. Lyons' junior class homeroom was treated to donuts by SADD.


All students take End-of-Course Assessments (ECAs) in Algebra 1 and English 10 as part of their graduation requirements. Any student who did not pass the ECA in Algebra 1 or English 10 last spring will have to take it again this December. The Algebra 1 ECA will take place on Tuesday, December 10th. The English 10 ECA will take place on Wednesday, December 11th. Parents whose children did not pass either ECA received score reports over the summer. Please contact Guidance with any questions.

Biology Field Trips

Mr. Schank's and Mrs. Boeglin's Biology classes will be taking field trips on Nov. 19 and Nov. 21. The trips will be to Jeffers Preserve in Huntingburg and Cool Springs Education Center in Pike Co. Students will do various investigations while in the woods, like testing lake water and making environmental observations.


Knockout Leukemia

Key Club is participating in a fundraiser called Knockout Leukemia for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Starting next week we will be collecting spare change in the cafeteria during lunch. Each grade level will have a container for their change, and each time a grade level fills their container to the designated mark, they will "knock out" a letter from a banner with the word Leukemia on it. The class to "knock out" the most letters will get to spend one homeroom class in the gym.

National Honor Society Induction Ceremony

The National Honor Society formal induction ceremony was held November 4, 2013 at 7PM. The following new members were inducted...


William James Gutgsell son of Selene Kirves

Evan Lange son of Gary and Diane Lange

Cassandra Lynn Matheis daughter of Becky Ferguson

Annastacia Destiny Sumbles daughter of Shannon Dean


Jacob Brewer son of Timothy and Cindy Brewer

Javier Canales son of Jose and Arlen Fuentes

Megan Diekhoff daughter of Rhonda and Jason Diekhoff

Sidney Marie Eckert daughter of Tony and Donna Eckert

Nikki Fischer daughter of James and Mary Jo Fischer

Robin Hanebutt daughter of Julie Hanebutt and Clint and Crystal Hanebutt

Bryce Harter son of Chad and Jill Harter

Jessie Hoagland daughter of Greg and Angela Hoagland

Katelyn Kendall daughter of John and Beth Kendall

Brianna Lammers daughter of Brian and Ann Lammers

Lindsey LeClere daughter of Jim and Rhonda LeClere

Aubrey Main daughter of Bernie and Elaine Main

Neil Messmer son of Doug and Karen Messmer

Taylor Marie Miles daughter of Steven and Jill Miles

Corbin Neu son of Christopher and Leigh Neu

Madeline Neu daughter of Christopher and Leigh Neu

Derek Neuhoff son of Harold and Brenda Neuhoff

Rosalinda Ornelas daughter of Jaime and Maria Ornelas

Elli Schank daughter of Dave and Alisa Schank

Jocelyn Sermersheim daughter of Vince and Jennifer Sermersheim

Henry Steckler son of Greg and Julie Steckler

Paige Wallace daughter of Chris and Denise Buening

Attention Students!!

Homework Help Tuesdays

Stay after school to get help with homework questions, have a quiet place to study, or to work on improving your study habits. We'll meet on Tuesdays in room 211 until 4:30, but you may leave when you like. Just be sure to make arrangements with your parents to be picked up.

See you there!

Helping Others

As in past years, the students and staff here at Southridge High School plan to again participate in a project that is aimed at helping the elderly who have financial difficulties. Each homeroom will be asked to prepare a wash basket filled with household necessities that can be given to those in need. Items such as toothpaste, hand soap, lotion, dishwashing liquid, Kleenex, deodorant, paper towels, toilet paper, and any other household items are brought into the homerooms. Students and teachers decide how to decorate their baskets and then turn the filled basket into the guidance office where the baskets will be delivered to the elderly in the community. All homerooms should have their basket project completed along with a card signed by the students by Friday, December 6.

German Club NEWS

The Nutcracker

German Club will be attending the fieldtrip to enjoy the Louisville Ballet’s performance of the Nutcracker on Wednesday, December 11th. The story first originated in Germany from E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nussknacker und Mausekonig. Incredible dancing and a live orchestra will portray what sweet and intriguing dreams play out in a young girl’s sleep during this magical time of year. Lunch at Ryan’s restaurant will follow the show.

Students are reminded that they must “gussy up” for the show. Dress clothes are required to attend and must be approved by Frau Fessel.

What works



button-down shirt



dress (knee length, shoulders covered)

skirt (knee length)


dress shoes

boots (clean)

What doesn’t

Sweats-of any kind

Clothes that don’t meet school regulations



flip flops

tennis shoes

Dirty clothes/shoes

German Club will also be hosting a Christmas party after school in December. Officers will post a date and sign-up sheet in the foreign language window.