The Quill 12-3-21

Creating Opportunities Together

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A Thought or Two From Mr. Nieslanik

We need to celebrate our students, and all things good they are accomplishing:

  • 54% of grades earned for Quarter One were As or Bs
  • 7% of grades earned were Ns (Which may not necessarily be a bad mark, as an N means there is no evidence towards a learning target, yet)
  • 13% of marks earned were Incomplete marks, this translates to some work was complete but not enough to receive a letter grade.
  • 84% of students received at least one A
  • 69% of students received at least one B
  • 47 students participated on the stage or behind the scenes in our fall production, "Midsummer Jersey"
  • 48 students participated in our award-winning marching band
  • Our daily attendance rate for Quarter One was 93% with over 85% of students maintaining a 90% attendance rate or higher
  • Over 225 students participated as Skyhawks representing SRHS in athletic competition.

I highlight these points as the vast, vast majority of students are setting the bar high. They are excelling in the classroom, and in activities. We often get stuck in the weeds and watch the same fight video over and over and over again, assuming that there are fights every day and our students are not engaging in their community. We need to celebrate all that is good, expect all of our students to reach for the stars and to be the best they can be. If your child is one that has struggled as we have returned to in-person instruction, there is time and hope! This transition has been difficult for many. We have both academic and social-emotional supports to support our students, please reach out to your child's counselor at First Name_Last Name@

Until next time,


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Midsummer Jersey was a Smashing Success!

A Skyhawk high-five to all students, and Mr. Fewer, for putting on a fine production in November. If you missed our Fall Celebration, don't fret, you will be able to catch our next production, Mamma Mia, our Spring Musical. Tickets will go on sale soon!
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Holiday Giving

Southridge has partnered with our feeder elementary schools to help with families that are financially struggling this year. We are asking those who are able to help to bring in items to make the holidays brighter for our local families. Thanks!!

Please bring all items to Ms. Lyden in the Activity Office, unwrapped and still packaged/new, no later than Wednesday December 8th. All items must be to the SRHS Activity office by Wednesday December 8th. If you have any questions, please email

  • New Books (book sets for middle school and elementary)
  • New Coloring books and materials (markers)

  • New blankets

  • New socks (kids)

  • New stuffed animals (variety of new)

  • New board games (board games, puzzles, card games)

  • New sports equipment - balls (soccer ball, basketball, football)

  • Packaged snacks (ex: cookies, chips, crackers, bars, fruit snacks)

  • Gift Basket with hot chocolate fixing and toppings

  • Movie baskets (with movie tickets/gift cards and snacks)
  • Various Gift cards of $10-$25 to Freddys, Target, Walmart

In addition to the items going to Vose Elementary items, Southridge is also supporting families from McKay elementary. We have four families that are still in need of being covered for their wish lists. Please email asap if you are interested in buying for a family this year. The deadline for collecting goods for families is Tuesday Dec. 14th.

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Turkey Dinner

Southridge will have a small donation of turkeys and sides available to families who could use the assistance during the winter break. Please complete this questionnaire and someone will reach out to your family to share more information. Please know that the number of dinners is unknown at this time so it will be first come first serve. If you have already spoken to your child's counselor or another staff member you are already on the list. Here is the link to the form only in English -
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Setting our School Goals for the Next Five Years

A committee of parents, students and staff are working to update and redefine our goals and core values for the next five years. The work to define our Mission, Vision and Core Values is complex work, and necessary. If this work interests you we would love to have your voice part of the conversation. We meet once a month and only have six meetings remaining! Please reach out to Principal David Nieslanik at if you would like to participate.

Our work in November and December is to lay out a plan for a shared vision of "School Readiness" and "School Identify". In the next edition of The Quill we will share our work to date and ask for feedback.

Why is this work happening now? We are at a crossroads. Over the last five years we have faced school closure, interruption of in-person instruction, a transition with the building of Mountainside High School, and put in place our goals for the past five years (welcoming a more diverse community, redefining our Career Pathways, making the IB program more accessible and inclusive, and adding the IB Career-Related Program.) It is time to articulate our outcomes for the next five years.

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Senior Information

Cap and Gown Information:

All senior families should have received, or will soon receive a Gradation Order Packet from Jostens for a cap, gown, tassel, and other items. In this ordering packet you will find the information necessary to order. If you are purchasing cap, gown and other graduation supplies from Jostens the deadline this year is Thursday, December 16th. Jostens will be accepting orders for those of you who can pay know and for those who will need to delay payment. If you need to delay payment there are two ways to place an order:

1. Order over the phone by calling 503-660-8032

2. Stop by their Hillsboro Office, 2056 NW Aloclek Dr., Suite 309

For questions, please contact Jostens directly at 800-567-8367 or 503-660-8032.

Graduation Information:

This is the slide deck shared with Seniors as we move one step closer to Graduation on June 11, 2022 at 3:00pm in Skyhawk Stadium!

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Winter Athletics and Activities

With the ending of the fall athletics/activities season, we wanted to reach out and provide some reminders/updates regarding spectator expectations for winter.


  • Spectators are required to wear masks at all indoor.
    • Spectators also are encouraged to maintain at least 6 feet of distance between families/groups, to the extent possible.
  • Because of social distancing concerns, student attendees at basketball or wrestling events are limited to students of the participating schools. Other students from other schools may not attend.
  • Elementary and middle school students must be accompanied and sit by a parent/guardian.

BSD Family Pass Policy (purchased at school athletic offices):

  • All family passes must be presented in person. A photo of a family pass will only be accepted with accompanying ID, showing a name matching the family name on the pass.
  • Family passes are limited to 5 people per game.
  • Students cannot show a family pass for entry unless accompanied by a parent/adult family member.

ASB/ID Card Policy

  • Students must have their actual ID cards with ASB stickers to gain entry to the event at no cost. Students without an ASB sticker will need to pay the student entrance fee.
  • Only students from those schools competing will be allowed entry.

We appreciate your support, as following these expectations allows our teams to be able to compete this winter season.

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Grad Night 2022!

Senior Parents, does the idea of helping to plan an amazing Grad Night experience for Southridge seniors interest you? These kids deserve it and we need your support! Please join us for our first meeting on Thursday, December 9th in the Large Community Room (the room to the left of the office), from 7-8 p.m. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please reach out via this email, or reach out to Grad Night Chair Mindy Gray at 503-807-2274.

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Upcoming Important Dates

Dec 6-10: Perspectives Week

Dec 6: Career Speakers Series, Business and Marketing

Dec 6: Step into the Future Committee Meeting

Dec 8: PTO Meeting @6:30pm

Dec 13: SRHS Choir performs at The Grotto's "Festival of Lights"

Dec 14: Band Concert

Dec 16: Choir Concert

Dec 20-31: Winter Break

Jan 3: School Resumes, Even Day