Southridge High School Newsletter
Homecoming -January 2016
Back Row: Jordan Echeverria, Nolan O’Brien, Isaac Nunamaker
Congratulations to the Princess ( Kassidy), Prince (Peyton), Queen (Kayla), and King (Nathan)!!!!!
Students of the Month
Cory Burress -not pictured
Superintendent Ritz's Winter video messages
January 20, 2016
I hope that your school year has been going well so far. I know that across Indiana, teachers and administrators like you are busy making sure our children are best prepared for their next challenges. Since we are over half way through the school year, I am excited to share three important messages with you to give you an update of where we are as a state. I hope that you share these videos with your fellow educators, your student's families and other staff that are making it happen in your schools.
First, I want to share a video I made for the parents of students in the State of Indiana. You will see me address my concerns about the one-size-fits-all 2015 ISTEP+ and why we need to move away from it. I also outline my legislative agenda, which includes holding schools harmless, reevaluating our assessment system and implementing strategies from my Blue Ribbon Commission on the Recruitment and Retention of Excellent Educators to address Indiana's shortage of teachers. I encourage you to share this video with the parents of your students and your school community.
Second, I am sharing with you a video directed towards you: the teachers in our classrooms. While this video is similar to the video I have made for parents, I give you a little more detail on why it is important for us to hold our schools harmless this year. I believe in strong accountability, but I also believe in accountability that is fair.
Finally, I invite you to celebrate Indiana's bicentennial with other educators from across the state by taking the Bicentennial Book Challenge. This year, Hoosier Family of Readers is giving students and schools in Indiana access to myOn's digital library from now through December 2016. Help us reach our goal of reading 200,000 books by the end of the year by reading 200 books with your class this year.
Thank you for the work that you do each day to educate the students of Indiana. I hope that you view and share these videos with your fellow educators, parents and school community.
Glenda Ritz, Superintendent of Public Instruction
Student Services -Counseling
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
The financial aid and scholarship night will now be held on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm in the high school auditorium. For those students planning to attend college in the fall, this is a very important meeting as we will have an expert in financial aid along with a representative from the Dubois County Community Foundation.
**SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS
On Friday, February 5th we will host teachers from area schools who will explain the application and requirements for their classes that they will teach in the 2016-2017 school year.
Classes being represented are: Health Occupations at Jasper High School, Computer Repair and Computer Technology at VUJC, and Culinary Arts at Northeast Dubois High School. Any sophomore or junior interested in learning about these classes can attend the informational meeting during the homeroom on Friday, February 5.
The Freshman Mentors will spend the month of February in the homerooms talking to the freshman about the consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and drug use Activities include the "Wheel of Misfortune" Fatal Vision Goggles, and ATOD Bingo. The final week will focus on the negative consequences of using designer drugs.
**The annual YOUNG WOMEN LEAD conference will again be held at VUJC on March 9, 2016. Registration opens at 7:30 am on Monday, February 8th. This year, the date conflicts with our ISTEP testing therefore sophomore girls will not be allowed to attend. In addition, students must provide their own transportation. In order for this absence to be excuses, student must have a parent call in or a parent note. More information on the conference can be found on the YOUNG WOMEN LEAD website.
ISSMA District Instrumental Solo & Ensemble Festival
Media Center News
Grant Money Receipients -Woohoo!!
**Mrs. Bardwell applied for and received a $1000.00 grant from Toyota Motor Manufactoring, Indiana. The grant was written to support a Makerspace in the media center, which will include a hands-on, problem-solving area with techy gadgets, like Little Bits, Makey Makey, 3D pens, LEGO kits, etc. Be watching for more information about our new Makerspace.
**A BIG thank you to "The Herald Endowment for Literacy in Honor of A.T. and Cecilia Rumbach of the Dubois County Community Foundation" for the grant of $100.00 to be spent on new reading material for the media center. Awesome!
myON -free digital library
Through the Hoosier Family of Readers initiative, students and their families across the state will have unlimited access to reading material on myON, giving families an opportunity to share rich literacy experiences together regardless of their socioeconomic status or whether or not there is a proficient reader in the home.
*More than 4000 digital books ranging from illustrated and picture books to chapter books, graphic novels, literacy non-fiction, photo and informational texts spanning multiple eras and cultures.
8The collection includes 70% nonfiction, 10% Spanish or dual language, and 20% Hi-Lo titles, and is continually growing.
HOW TO LOG IN:
1. Go to https://www.myon.com/school/hoosier/
2. Enter the School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers
3. Enter the username read and the password read
4. Click the green Sign In button
For more information visit http://www.doe.in.gov/hoosierreaders/myon-books
World Book Online-
The Huntingburg Public Library's World Book subscription has recently become more user friendly for both students and teachers. As of last week, the subscription is now open to anyone with the universal user name/password and a library card number is NO LONGER required.
For access to World Book Online and the Huntingburg Public Library subscription, type www.worldbookonline.com in a browser or access from your preferred method. At home, type in the above and enter:
USER NAME: huntingburg