Southmont High School

October 2022

Reflections From the Principal

Dear Mountie Students and Families,

It's been a wonderful month at Southmont! Believe it or not, we have completed the first 7 weeks of the 2022-2023 school year. This means we are roughly 5 weeks from the end of the first trimester. As a reminder, student’s final trimester grade is based upon the following breakdown:

40% - 1st Six Weeks Grade

40% - 2nd Six Weeks Grade

20% - Final Exam Grade

For the most up-to-date information on your student's grades and assignments, please check your Powerschool Family Access account. If you are unable to login to your account, feel free to call the office for assistance (765-866-0350).

Due to many requests for Club meeting date changes and overlap in Club meeting dates, we have added an additional day each week for Clubs to meet. Clubs will now meet on Tuesdays and Fridays each week. We have a NEW Club meeting schedule, which can be found below. The Club meeting schedule will also be emailed to all students.

We have much to be grateful for at Southmont. We have incredible students, a caring and hard working staff, wonderful families, and an extremely supportive community. As always, we appreciate your continued commitment to prioritizing your student's education. We believe that students are most successful when a strong collaboration between home and school is present. If I can be of any assistance to anyone, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Yours in education,

Mrs. Hammond



Twitter - @SouthmontSrHigh

Facebook - @southmontsrhigh

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Mountie Moments - Homecoming 2022!

Homecoming 2022 | Mountie Moments
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Montgomery County Message About School Safety

Dear Montgomery County Parents and Guardians,

We are seeing an alarming number of incidents around the country involving schools: a call or text is received by school officials or outside individuals about a shooting at the school, or someone has a gun. Police respond, only to discover the report was a hoax.

Just last week, Crawfordsville High School received such a message. Thankfully, the threat was found to be false. However, it frightened many students, parents, staff and community members. This week more than a dozen schools in Minnesota were targeted with “swatting” incidents, reports of a false shooter or mass-casualty event. Recently threats in Denver forced the city to shut down all 25 public library branches, and a nearby high school to cancel classes amid a surge of hoaxes reported at schools across the state. A Texas teen was arrested for calling in a fake threat to a campus as a “joke,” prompting a warning from Fort Worth police against school hoaxes.

The calls are part of a trend that is disrupting school days, prompting lockdowns, and further traumatizing communities already on edge due to the tragic violence that occurred in Uvalde, Texas in May.

As parents and caregivers, we ask for your assistance in managing these threats so that law enforcement and schools can best respond.

  1. If you receive a call, text or social media post that poses a threat to any school, call local law enforcement AND the school immediately. Please do not text, call or post the threat to others. That may cause unnecessary fear and panic for everyone.

  2. As much as you love your student(s), if a threat is made, it is important that you do not rush to the school. We need to allow law enforcement to move in swiftly and eliminate the threat. If access to the school is compromised because outside individuals are prohibiting entry, that does not allow the officers to secure the school.

  3. If you see something, say something. Call the school AND local law enforcement immediately. Again, please do not share misinformation or rumors. The confusion only makes it more difficult to manage the situation.

We thank you for your assistance in keeping our students, schools, and communities safe.


Dr. Scott Bowling, Crawfordsville Schools Superintendent

Dr. Chad Cripe, Southmont Schools Superintendent

Dr. Colleen Moran, North Montgomery Superintendent

Ryan Needham, Montgomery County Sheriff

Aaron Mattingly, Crawfordsville Police Chief

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All-District Honor Band

Congratulations to our students who made the Indiana Bandmasters Association All-Region & All-District Honor Bands! All-Region will be at Southmont November 12th and 13th with a 4 pm concert on the 13th. All-District will be at Western Boone November 19th and 20th with a 4 pm concert on the 20th.
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From the Southmont Guidance Office

The FAFSA becomes available to start on Saturday, October 1st!

Anyone who could be in college the following fall should file the FAFSA, including current college students and high school seniors. Even if you’re not sure if you will enroll, or if you’re already in college, you should file the FAFSA. You’ll never know what financial aid you could get if you don’t file the FAFSA, and you could potentially lose scholarships and other financial aid you currently have.

The information you will need for the FAFSA includes:

  • Your Federal Student Aid ID (the FSA ID is a username and password you can create on the )
  • Your Social Security number (found on a Social Security card)
  • Your driver’s license number (if you have a driver’s license)
  • Your and/or your parents’/guardians’ most recent federal tax returns (IRS forms 1040, 1040EZ or 1040A)
  • Records of money earned, including W-2 forms and recent bank statements
  • Alien registration numbers or permanent residence cards, if you or your parents/guardians are not U.S. citizens

All 10th grade students will be taking the PSAT 10 exam on October 12th. The PSAT 10 exam, through College Board, is used to measure readiness for college, access scholarships, and practice for the SAT exam in 11th grade. Please make sure you are well-rested and present at school on October 12th to take the PSAT.

Lastly, if you have not joined the Google classroom for your class, it is important that you do so ASAP. The guidance department provides regular updates in the Google classroom for each specific class. All Google classroom codes can be found below. If you need assistance, please contact your counselor.

How to Fill Out the FAFSA
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Google Classroom Codes Grades 9-12

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College Representatives Visiting Southmont!

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Covering Kids and Families of Indiana ~ Community Action Program, Inc

My name is Elaina Smith and I am the healthcare navigator at Community Action Program, Inc of Western Indiana (CAPWI) for our program, CKF (Covering Kids and Families of Indiana).

I currently cover 6 counties: Fountain, Warren, Vermillion, Parke, Benton and Montgomery. Our goal at CKF is to get all Hoosier families covered by health insurance. Anyone can receive free and unbiased assistance with navigating the healthcare coverage system including the Marketplace and low-income state programs such as HIP and Hoosier Healthwise. We all know that healthy students are the students that come to school every day and are ready to learn and be successful. With your help, I hope to reach as many families as possible by giving them options to make sure they are covered by some type of healthcare coverage!

Please see the flyer below for more information.

Please feel free to check out our website: and see all of the wonderful things we can assist with!

Elaina Smith

Community Action Program, Inc of Western Indiana

Covering Kids and Families of Indiana Healthcare Navigator

TALKS Mentoring Program Coordinator

418 Washington St

PO Box 188

Covington, IN 47932

Office (765)793-4881 ext 135

Cell (765)761-0727

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Wednesday Coffeehouse in the Library!

Every Wednesday Mrs. Norman will be hosting "Weekly Wednesday Coffeehouse" in the Southmont High School library! Students can swing by the library before school each Wednesday for coffee and a new book! Get your coffee for $1!
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Southmont Schools ~ Parent Survey

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am excited to share that Southmont Schools is in the midst of conducting an all-inclusive review of teaching and learning in our schools. The review will highlight our successes and help us focus on specific areas of growth. In order to ensure the process is comprehensive of all stakeholders and completely anonymous, Southmont is partnering with Equitable Education Solutions (EES) to guide the work.

I would like to invite you to participate in a parent survey that will allow you the opportunity to share your perspective and experiences in our schools. The survey should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. Your feedback is extremely valuable to our work and will shape our future goals.

Please complete the parent survey (linked below) by October 28th.

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Southmont Sr High School Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Full Breakfast and Lunch Menus can be viewed here!

SHS Staff Directory

Southmont Staff Directory

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Nuts and Bolts

  • October 3rd - Depauw University Representative Visit during Homeroom
  • October 4th - Clubs during Homeroom - Gaming Club, Art, FFA, Literature and Media Club
  • October 5th - Spanish Club Breakfast ~ 7:30 am - 8:10 am in Senora Kraynak's Room (F223)
  • October 7th - Clubs During Homeroom - Spanish Club, NHS, FCA, Robotics Club, BPA
  • October 7th - Marion University Representative Visit during Homeroom
  • October 7th - Boys Basketball Callout Meeting ~ Coach Turner's Room - All players who plan on playing MUST attend
  • October 10th - Ivy Tech University Representative Visit during Homeroom
  • October 11th - Clubs during Homeroom - Art Club, Gaming Club, Literature and Media Club, Interact Club, BPA
  • October 11th - Franklin College Representative Visit during Homeroom
  • October 11th - Picture Retake Day!
  • October 11th - FFA Blood Drive
  • October 12th - 10th Grade PSAT Exam (plus interested Juniors)
  • October 12th - Hanover College Representative Visit during Homeroom
  • October 13th - Indiana University Representative Visit during Homeroom
  • October 14th - Clubs During Homeroom - FFA, Key Club, FCA, Robotics Club, FCCLA
  • October 14th - Montgomery County Community Scholarship Application Opens
  • October 17th - 21st - Fall Break!
  • October 25th - Clubs during Homeroom - Art Club, FFA, Literature and Media Club, French Club, Student Council
  • October 26th - University of Indianapolis Representative Visit during Homeroom
  • October 27th - Southmont High School Career Fair (1-3 pm)
  • October 27th - High School Choir Concert @ 7 pm
  • October 28th - Clubs During Homeroom - Gaming Club, FCA, French Club, Robotics Club, BPA
  • October 28th - ASVAB Assessment (11th grade)
  • November 1st - Clubs during Homeroom - Art Club, FFA, Literature and Media Club, Interact Club, Student Council
  • November 2nd - Fall SAG Conference Sports Banquet - Lebanon High School @ 7 pm
  • November 4th - Clubs during Homeroom - NHS, Gaming Club, FCA, Robotics Club, BPA
  • November 5th - Fall Formal @ Southmont ~ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • November 6th - Daylight Savings Time Ends - Move clocks BACK 1 hour!
  • November 8th - Clubs during Homeroom - Spanish Club, Art Club, Literature and Media Club, BPA
  • November 10th - Day #1 of Final Exams
  • November 11th - Day #2 of Final Exams
  • November 11th - End of 1st Trimester
  • November 15th - Clubs during Homeroom - Gaming Club, FFA, Literature and Media Club, Interact Club
  • November 17th - Financial Aid Night for Seniors
  • November 18th - Clubs during Homeroom - FCCLA, Art Club, FCA, Robotics Club, BPA
  • November 22nd - Clubs during Homeroom - Art Club, Key Club, Literature and Media Club, BPA
  • November 23rd - 25th - Thanksgiving Break!
  • November 29th - Clubs during Homeroom - FFA, FCA, French Club, Robotics Club, BPA
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Daylight Savings Time Ends ~ November 6, 2022

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