Southside News

January 22, 2016

From Mr. Backmeyer's Desk

We have missed some school this week, but it has allowed me to gather some GREAT information for you! I apologize for its length, but there are great things inside this week's newsletter for you:

  • Late Bus? See Information
  • Basketball Tournament & Cheer Day information
  • What is SOUPer Saturday?
  • Car Line - HELP!
  • An article for Parents about Growth Mindset...11 Ways...
  • PreK & Kindergarten Enrollment
  • eLearning
  • Access to FREE books
  • Concussion Discussion on Feb. 9 & More


January 22 - EBL Semi Final Games @ North High School

January 23 - EBL Championship Game (if we win on 1/22) @ North

January 23 - Cheer Day @ 2 (Doors @ North open @ 1:15 pm)

February 29 - ISTEP+ window opens for grades 3-6

March 7 - Kindergarten registration begins

March 14-18 - SPRING BREAK

March 24 - IN SCHOOL - Snow day #2 make-up

March 25 - IN SCHOOL - Snow day #1 make-up

2 Hour Delay? Cancellation?


Click HERE!

2 Hour Delay = NO Breakfast @ Southside

On 2 hour delay days there will be no breakfast served. Eat breakfast at home!

Mustang Basketball Tournament...Semi Finals TONIGHT

Both teams played Schmitt at Schmitt Elementary School last evening. The girls and boys were victorious! So...both teams play and cheerleaders cheer TONIGHT!

Game times tonight- 6:00 Girls & 7:15 Boys @ North High School AUXILIARY GYM.

Super Saturday Girls Bracket

Super Saturday Boys Bracket

Super Saturday Cheer Day @ Columbus North High School

Doors open @ 1:15 p.m. & Cheer Competition starts @ 2 p.m.

Congratulations to these three Southside student athletes for being selected as the 15-16 BCSC EBL Above & Beyond Award winners:

  • Boys Basketball - Wil Littrell
  • Girls Basketball - Carly Harshbarger
  • Cheerleader - Savannah Wells


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  • PARENTS/GUARDIANS - PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE. The car line is getting backed up significantly because of parents/guardians getting out of their cars and walking around to let their child out, get backpacks, etc.
  • PLEASE have your student ready to exit the car ON THE PASSENGER'S SIDE when you pull up. This keeps your student SAFE and it keeps the car line moving.
  • You could also help us by pulling as far forward as possible so we can get as many cars in as possible.
  • If you would like the opportunity to walk your student into the building to get them ready for the day, you can park in the fairgrounds parking lot and walk your student into the building.


Late Bus? How Late? LOOK!

Our BCSC Transportation Dept. has asked we remind you, should your bus not arrive on time please view the BCSC Transportation website for possible delay information. LATE BUS SITE - Buses that run 15+minutes late will be posted and will share the approximate time it is running late. Keep in mind, because they don't want your child/children left waiting, when possible they may ask other buses in your area to assist your late bus. It is recommended you continue to watch for a big yellow bus at all times! CLICK HERE FOR LATE BUS INFORMATION or You can find delay information under the BCSC website: Click on Parents-Transportation-Bus Delays on the right.

PreK & Kindergarten Enrollment

It is that time of year again. Do you have a student turning 4 by August 1st? Did you know BCSC offers PreK at most of our elementary schools? Please see the flyer below for more information on how to enroll your child.

Kindergarten Round Up is scheduled to begin the week of March 7th. We will have one evening opportunity to sign up students turning 5 before August 1st and then office hours from 8:00 - 3:30 for enrollment.

If you have a child you feel would benefit for early Kindergarten enrollment you can view the application materials online beginning Feb. 1st. The deadline to turn in applications for early Kindergarten enrollment is April 1st. This is only for students younger than 5 by August 1st.

2016-17 BCSC Busy Bees Academy PreK Brochure

Want to know more about the APPLICATION for PreK? Click this green link above!

Did you know that the meal assistance is not just about lunch?

If your family meets the income qualifications for free or reduced lunch, and even if your child brings his or her lunch to school, there are several benefits that may be available for your family. Textbook Assistance, High School - ACT/SAT Testing Fees & Dual Credit/AP Courses, Discounted Internet service, Discounted Computer, Discounts for Sports Program Fees, iCare afterschool program are some possibilities. See more information by clicking the links below.

Links to GREAT Information - More than Lunch 2016

Spanish version Spanish, More than Lunch

Questions? Please contact: Suzi Bruin, BCSC Nutrition Assistance Coordinator, at 812-314-3851 or

Positioning Kids & Teens to Thrive: 11 Practical, Powerful Ways to Build a Growth Mindset

We are continuing to work as a staff on helping students develop a Growth Mindset. I have included a link to an article. It has great insight about how to continue to foster a Growth Mindset at home. Click to read - Article
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eLearning Day / Chromebook Pilot

eLearning Day- Starting on the 6th snow day or any day after Spring Break (March 14-18), BCSC will have an eLearning Day. Students will NOT report to school on an eLearning Day, but will be completing assignments online through itslearning, BCSC’s online course management system. To learn more click the link- BCSC's eLearning Day

5th/6th Chromebook Pilot- Southside is preparing a pilot where BCSC chromebooks will be going home with our 5th and 6th grade students(with parent approval). Information went home last week to students in those grade levels. This pilot program will provide information to the district about future take-home opportunities.

Concussion Discussion - 2/9 @ 6:30 PM

Evening lecture free & open to the public. Special Guest Doctor from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Dr. Melissa Womble

From the Nurse's Office...

Dear Parents,
It looks like we are finally starting to see Winter temperatures. With that being said, our students still go outside for recess every day when the temperature and wind chill are above 20 degrees. Please make sure that your child comes to school with appropriate winter apparel every day. If they do not wear their winter coat to school they will not be permitted out to recess. If your child does not have a winter coat, please contact me at 812-376-4426.

Thank you for all of your help with trying to keep our students healthy.

Kelly Stephens LPN

LOOK: FREE Access to Thousands of Digital Books

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.


How to Log In to myON

1. Go to

2. Enter the School Name: Hoosier Family of Readers (The School Name will automatically populate as you type)

3. Enter the username read and password read.

4. Click the green Sign In button.

Get Connected with REMIND

CLICK HERE for directions on how to receive text message updates from Southside/Mr. Backmeyer

WHAT IF we needed YOU to KNOW...

WHAT IF there was an EMERGENCY? WHAT IF we needed to GET INFORMATION TO YOU? This is a QUICK and EASY way to communicate needed information TO YOU!

Click on the Get Connected with REMIND above this article OR click on this link to get connected -

Instructions in Spanish - click here


Annual pop tab contest has begun.


Information on this great program. Southside has seen HUGE gains for students who are partnered with a "big". We NEED 10 BIGS - If you have time or know someone who would be a good fit, please consider this program.

Our Vision & Mission

Southside Vision

Good, Better, Best,

Never rest,

Until Your Good is Better,

and Your Better is Best!

Southside Mission

The Southside community will ensure all learners demonstrate growth by modeling positive choices and recognizing the gifts and challenges of each student through a collaborative working environment.

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