The Quill 1-7-22

Creating Opportunities Together

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A Thought or Two from Mr. Nieslanik

I take the gift of Winter Break and New Year's Eve to reflect on my work, myself, and the community I serve. I am honored to serve as the Southridge High School Principal and am proud to call myself an educator. With my role comes much responsibility and with responsibility comes the need to reflect.

I am proud of the work we do at SRHS, of our students and staff, and of how we have navigated the nuances of education over the past four months. Have we been perfect? No, we are far from perfect, there are areas we can improve upon. Have we strived to be better than the day before? Yes, I can say this with confidence.

In my reflections I know we can do better:

  • in holding each other accountable to maintain mask-wearing and social distancing.
  • in holding each other up when times get tough.
  • in communicating with families and students.
  • in meeting the needs of all learners.
  • in dealing with escalating behaviors demonstrated by a handful of students.

I also know that we:

  • are working hard to meet the needs of a diverse student body.
  • building and implementing strategies to fill gaps, increase knowledge, and enhance skills.
  • are dedicated to being the best we can be.
  • have more students in clubs, activities, and athletics than we have had for multiple years.

As we move into 2022, I invite you to provide feedback, a positive thought, a point of concern, or an area where we can better meet your student's needs. I can best be reached via email at

On behalf of all of us at SRHS, Happy New Year!


David Nieslanik
Southridge High School Principal

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Important Dates for the Class of 2022!

February 3: Last Day of Semester One

February 15: Hard Deadline for Southridge Scholar. (Southridge Scholar Information can

be found on the SRHS website under Academics.)

May 2: All Service Learning Hours due. Service Learning hours are not required forgraduation this year, but students can still submit hours to be honored for 200 hours of Service Learning while at SRHS. (Service Learning Recording Document can be found on the SRHS website under Academics.)

June 7: Senior Grades Finalized, last day to turn in all work and grades finalized

June 8: Senior Awards Ceremony, 6:30-8:00 pm

June 9: Senior’s Last Day
  • 8:00-9:00 Senior Breakfast
  • 9:00-10:00 Graduation Ceremony Rehearsal
  • 10:00-10:45 Senior Recognition Assembly
  • 11:00-12:00 Senior Video and Well-Wishes

June 9: Grad Night Senior Celebration

June 11: Graduation

  • 1:30-2:30 Check-in and preparation
  • 3:00-4:30 Graduation Ceremony in Skyhawk Stadium
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Senior Quotes

Seniors are invited to submit senior quotes to the yearbook. Please submit your quotes at Quotes are due Friday, January 28.

Yearbook Pre-Orders Due

To reserve your copy of the yearbook, please order using the school's On-line Payments system, or bring a check to the business office. Ask your counselor if you need a reduced-price book. Pre-orders are due January 16. The price rises to $75 after that time, and copies are not guaranteed.

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Senior Grad Night Celebration

Class of 2022! Your Grad Night Committee has been working hard to prepare a fantastic evening! The Southridge High School 2022 Grad Night Registration Site is now open. Please register today by using the form below or at!

Dine-Out Events for Senior Grad Night

Support the efforts of our Senior Grad Night by visiting these local restaurants. A percentage of the proceeds go to supporting our Seniors.

1/12: Panda Express

1/19: Baja Fresh

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COVID 19 Updates

BSD recently announced four shifts in our COVID practices. These four shifts are:
  1. Test-to-Stay Program: For unvaccinated students who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case during the school day or on the school bus.
  2. Test-to-Shorten-Quarantine Program: For unvaccinated students who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case outside of the school day or do not participate in the Test-to-Stay Program.
  3. Test-to-Return Program: For vaccinated or unvaccinated students who are experiencing primary COVID-19 symptoms.

For vaccinated students: Your student DOES NOT need to quarantine if exposed to someone with a positive COVID-19 case IF:

  • Your student is two weeks past receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine,

  • AND the vaccination record has been uploaded as part of the online verification process,

  • AND the student is not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.

To upload your student’s vaccination information, follow these instructions.

For specific information on all of these policy updates you can visit the BSD website HERE.
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Book Drive for our Elementary Feeders

The aim of the book drive run by Book Club and Book-ish is to increase access to books for PreK-5th Grade students at Vose, McKay, and Fir Grove elementary schools. Collection of the books will take place in a bin outside of the library from January 24th to January 28th. New or used books that are in good condition and are appropriate for kids PreK-5th Grade are greatly appreciated.
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Hot Spots Available

The BSD Instructional Technology has hotspots for high school students needing connectivity support through the TMobile Project 10 Million program. The TMobile Project 10 Million program supports students and families lacking sufficient internet access if the family is participating in the free and reduced lunch program.

The Intranet Hotspot page (

has the request form and information about the program. Once the form is completed, the form comes automatically to IT and the hotspot coordinator at your school. A device will be sent to the school immediately or can be picked up in IT if the need is urgent.

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Expectations Shared with Students

When we returned to school on Monday we shared with all students our expectations around behavior and also had our students participate in a goal reflection activity. I share with you this slide deck to keep you in the loop!
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Several Skyhawk Shoutouts!

Congratulations to SRHS Girls Head Tennis Coach Mariniah Prendergast and Boys Head Tennis Coach Mike Nakajima for receiving a $5000.00 grant from the US Tennis Association to support our Tennis programs. This fantastic news!

A huge thank you to Jacki Vargas from Norwest Family Services? Their generous donation was used to support SRHS families in need over the Winter Break. We are so thankful to our community donors.

We also would like to thank the Inman and the Layman families for the generous donation in support of our Senior Grad Nigh Celebration.

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Career Speakers Needed

Our next Career Speakers Event is on Tuesday, January 11th from 10:00-10:50. We are looking for those who work in Human Services to reach out and volunteer to speak to a Zoom Breakout Room of interested students. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Renee Way at Thank you in advance!
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Open Enrollment

Once again, SRHS will have open enrollment for the 2022-23 school year. We have fifty open slots to fill and look forward to welcoming all new Skyhawks into our community. Please share with your family and friends who may be looking to change their child's high school placement. If you have any questions, reach out to Principal David Nieslanik at

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Important Upcoming Dates

M 1/17: No School: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

T 1/18: Latino Parent Chat, 6:30-7:30pm

W 1/26: Community Virtual Conversation Around Race 4:30-7:00pm

Th 2/3: Last Day of Semester One

F 2/4: No School: Grading Day

M 2/7: First Day of Semester Two

Th 2/10: Parent Chat: SRHS Programs and Course Selection Process for 2022-23 School Year

M 2/14-2/18: Spirit Week

W 2/16: Cram The Cage (Girls Basketball vs. Westview)

W 2/18: Cram the Cage (Boys Basketball vs. Sunset)