BOBCAT TRACKS

Monthly Newsletter for South Junior High School

Newsletter

September 2018

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL BOBCATS!



Principal’s Message


Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year! At South Junior High, our teachers and staff get sincerely excited for the beginning of the school year, and this year is no different. In turn, we thoroughly enjoy the range of emotions amongst students that are varied and entertaining to observe. Some are very excited to return after summer break, some are indifferent, and some would like to extend their summer vacations.



Our first week went really well as students participated in a school-wide character education day. Teachers planned diverse activities that emphasized characteristics to help your student with future success, while building team and student camaraderie. The back to school assembly was impressive as we welcome back returning students and staff and welcome the new students and staff. The seventh graders seem to be figuring out the “map” to navigating the junior high world!


I know that each year, every student returns to school wanting to do his or her best. With this in mind, almost all students share a common goal of staying organized, earning good grades, and improving on last year’s performance. The desire to complete more assignments, improve attendance, or achieve higher grades is real, but sometimes the challenge of following through is often lacking, which is completely normal. In an effort to help students with their achievement, the BSD Board of Trustees enacted new policies where students can retake assessments or re-do assignments to prove their competency with the material. Teachers have also been instructed to accept late work; however, the student may still receive a consequence finishing an assignment late. This effort and policy stresses one thing: STUDENT LEARNING HAPPENS AT A VARIETY OF PACES AND IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE. If you have questions regarding a grading practice for a class, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. If students do struggle to succeed, the message from school will be to keep trying until they understand the concepts and succeed. In these cases, zest, self-control, optimism, and grit are a student and parent’s best friend.


Finally, attendance is a critical component of student success. Ensuring that your child is here on time each day will allow them to learn and grow in multiple areas: academic, behavioral, and social/emotional. When possible, please try to schedule appointments outside of the school day. If you do need to take your child out of school for an appointment, thank you for minimizing the time away from school.


Remember, here at South, we are ONE TEAM composed of students, parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, administrators and staff, and TOGETHER WE ACHIEVE!



Regards,


Jeff Hultberg

SOUTH JUNIOR HIGH"S ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

School Attendance = Student Success


If your child is going to be absent, please call the office
to excuse the absence. 208-854-6114 - (24 hour attendance line)

If a student is more than 20 minutes late, they will be
marked absent in that class.

Students must meet 90% attendance to be eligible to receive
credit for a class.

IMPORTANT DATES

August 28th: School Elections

August 29th: School Pictures

September 4th: Boise School Board Elections

October 18th: End of First Quarter

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT!! August 29th.

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South Junior High School….Home of the Bobcats

Back To School Night, Wednesday, August 29th

Dear Parents:

Welcome to “Back To School Night” is on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 from 6:00-7:43 p.m. Please enter the school through the main doors at 3101 Cassia or the southeast gym doors, near the football scoreboard. For safety reasons, the doors at the end of the classroom wings are exit doors only.


6:00-7:43 p.m. Follow Your Student’s Schedule


The schedule for this evening does not allow time for in-depth conferences with teachers or counselors. If you would like to schedule a conference, please call South at 854-6119 and ask for your child’s counselor:

7th Grade - Mr. Josh Lane 8th Grade - Ms. Marcy Thompson 9th Grade - Ms. Molly McMillan
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Boise Schools Foundation donation form

If you want to donate to South for classroom supplies, projects, or team donations. Please use the form below. All Donations are truly appreciated and are used to make the learning process more accessible for students.

Thanks for all your support.

Annual Notification (Public Release of Student Information)


The Boise School District complies with federal law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as it relates to the release of student directory information to the public. To learn more, log on to www.boiseschools.organd navigate to Parents & Patrons > Parent Information > FERPA Form. Or, you may pick up a FERPA form at your school, or call the Clerk of the Board at 208-854-4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.