Tiger Tales

Southside High School

April 10-16, 2016 ................ Edition #30


Faculty & Staff Weekly News and Information Bulletin


Please be cognizant of information, dates and deadlines, changes and updates to regularly scheduled meetings, and reminders included in the bulletin. Information included may be confidential; therefore, all Tiger Tales news bulletins are considered exclusively for Southside High School faculty and staff.

Quote of the Week

Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.


~Christian Larson

This Week At Southside

April:


Monday, April 11:


9:00 a.m..................Lesson Plans to be posted to Staff Drive


Tuesday, April 12:


.................................Algebra 1 Benchmark Testing

4:00 p.m..................Triple A and GE Tutoring

.................................Faculty Council



Wednesday, April 13:


................................Biology Benchmark Testing

8:30 a.m..................Electronic Teaching Contracts Issued

11:35 a.m................Character Education Sessions (Respect)

4:00 p.m..................Departmental Meetings (Teacher Attendance is Mandatory)


Thursday, April 14:


..................................Biology Benchmark Testing

4:00 p.m ..................Triple A and GE Tutoring


Friday, April 15:


11:35 a.m................9th Grade Academy Quarterly Awards

2:00 p.m..................9th Grade Academy 3rd Quarter Assembly

2:05 p.m..................Recycling Bins Emptied

In the Near Future

April:


16............Prom (Flour Daniel)

18............ACT Pre-coding (1st period)

................AED Drill

19............ACT

21............Fire Drill (11:05 a.m.)

22............Regular Attendance Day (Snow Day was used on 1/22)

23............SIC 5K Race and Health Fair

.................Seat Time Recovery

24............Awards Day Program

25............Regular Attendance Day (Snow Day was used on 1/25)

................Employee Contracts Due

30...........Seat Time Recovery

Birthday Salutes

April


  • 15 Michael Dunlap
  • 16 Nyema Williams

Piggy Sings Happy Birthday!!!

From the Desk of the Principal

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SIC Health Fair and 1K/5K Race

SIC will sponsor a Community Health Fair and 1K/5K Race on Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. All faculty members are encouraged to attend. Teachers are asked to provide some form of extra credit for students who attend the Health Fair. Faculty Council will work to develop a norm that all teachers can use for extra credit.

2016 Prom

The 2016 Prom will be held at Flour Daniel on Saturday, April 16, from 8-11:45 p.m. If you would like to help chaperon, please contact Ms. Crawford or Ms. Rosteck.

Those Who Can’t – Pumped for Prom

Political Do and Do Nots

As we approach election season, all staff members should review the following link regarding Political Do and Do Nots as District employees.


these guidelines

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Drama Club

Thank you to everyone who attended the Drama Club's production of Legend of Sleepy Hollow. A big thank you to Ms. Blount for sponsoring the Drama Club this year. Her hard work (and that of her students) was on full display during Friday's production.

Yearbook Sales

After months of planning and snapping photos, Ms. Richardson and the Yearbook staff have sent the 2016 yearbook to press. Under Ms. Richardson's guidance (and the keen proofing eye of Ms. Simpson), the students have worked hard to create this year's book entitled "A PAWS IN TIME". Books are currently on sale. The Yearbook Signing Day Party will be held during both lunches on Thursday, May 19.

ACT

Pre-coding:

Pre-coding for the ACT will take place on Monday, April 18, during first period. Pre-coding will last of all first period and potentially all of second period. Class changes will be conducted as normal. Teaches should plan accordingly.


Testing Sites:


Auxiliary Gym:

Room Supervisor--Guiliano

Proctors-ROTC, PE, Baron (1st-2nd)/Brookie (2nd-5th)


Multipurpose Room:

Room Supervisor-Miller

Proctors- Blount (1st, 2nd), Jackson (3rd, 4th), Ford (5th)

Wong (1-4)/Jenkins (5th) Bynum cover Wong's credit recovery to give Wong a planning period


Back up test administrator/proctor: Stables


ACT Testing Schedule:


Test 1​:.......................... 9:15-10:00

Test 2:....................... 10:05-11:05

Break:.......................... 11:05-11:20

Test 3:......................... 11:25-12

Test 4:....................... 12:05-12:40

Break........................... 12:45-12:50

Writing:..................... 12:55-1:35

Collect Books................1:35-1:45

Dismiss..........................1:50

Staff Attendance

Teachers and Staff,


Please make a concerted effort to be present each day. Due illness and Family Medical Leave, we have experienced a drastic increase in teacher absences during the month of February. It has been difficult to secure reliable substitutes, therefore, Ms. Ransome has had to request assistance from other teachers to cover classes. If you become ill or know you will be absence in advance, please put your absence in SmartFind as early as possible.

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2016 Employment Contract Information

Contract Distribution:


Apr. 13:

  • Contracts and Letters of Agreement (when applicable) are distributed via Electronic Contract Management (ECM)
  • Via ECM, all Contract Employees scheduled for Formal Evaluation for the ensuing school will be given notification in writing and part of the contract distribution process
  • Principals and Supervisors will verify delivery of Contracts or At-will Letters of Agreement for each employee through ECM and receipt of notification of Formal Evaluation as applicable
  • Employees not receiving a contract because of non-renewal should receive written notification 45 days prior to the end of school


Contract Return:


Apr. 13-25:


  • Contract Employees submit acceptance or rejection of contracts to Principals/Supervisors via ECM. Those employees not under contract, but receiving an At-will Letter of Agreement will accept or reject in a likewise manner
  • Principals/Supervisors verify electronic receipt of contract acceptance/rejection and submit to Human Resources when all are complete


Apr. 25:


  • Human Resources will verify electronic receipt of contracts from all employees via ECM

Computer Labs

Teachers,


Please be reminded to turn off all computers in the lab(s) if you are the last person scheduled to use the lab each day.

Phones and Headphones

Teachers are asked to consistently enforce the phone policy in your classroom (including BYOD teachers--educational purposes). Headphones should not be used by students to listen to music. Headphone usage exceptions include band, chorus and occasionally World Languages. Teachers may stream music over the Promethean Board speakers if needed.
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Brad Griffith, Assistant Principal

Please forward all master calendar request to Mr. Griffith for approval.

Tracy Hall, Assistant Principal

Professional Development

The April Planning Duty Professional Development is scheduled for Thursday, April 21. Sessions will be held 2nd thru 6th period. Sessions will start five minutes into each period. All teachers are to attend. You will need to bring your laptop and SLO goals.

Will Jones, Assistant Principal

AED Drill

An Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) drill is scheduled for Monday, April 18. All first responders should report to the incident site once notified. Teachers may be asked to watch the class of first responders during the drill. All students and staff members should remain in class until the drill concludes.

Club Information Sheets and Bylaws

All club advisers are required to complete the attached information sheet and submit it Mr. Jones by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016. A separate sheet should be completed for each student-sponsored club that you advise.


Up-to-date bylaws should be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 29, 2016, if not already submitted.

Regene' Ransome, Assistant Principal

Seat Time Recovery

Seat Time Recovery will be held on Saturday, April 23. If a student has missed more than ten (10) days in a year-long class or five (5) days in a semester class, please encourage him or her to attend STR.

Incentives for Substitute Coverage

Teachers,


When asked to cover class for one of your colleagues, you are omitted from having to cover your duty post for that day. In addition, Ms. Ransome will issue a jeans pass to each teacher who assist with class coverage at the end of each week.


For those teachers who have earned jeans passes, please sign/date your pass and place it in Mr. Brooks’ mailbox or give your pass to Ms. Seear on the day you wear jeans.

No Hal Pass List

Student Hall Access:


Please make sure you sign your student’s agenda prior to letting him/her leave your classroom before the tardy bell or during instructional time. Student hall access should be limited to restroom or nurse visits. Student who do not have a signed agenda will be escorted back to you class.



No Hall Pass List:



  • Mia Brown
  • Cameron Espino
  • Briasia Pyles
  • Hannah Short
  • Michael Franklin
  • Marnethia Clinkscale
  • Isiah Young
  • Bailey Foster-Stewart

Justin Ludley, Assistant Principal

The Freshman Academy

Upcoming Academy Events


April


13.......Character Education (Respect)

15.......3rd Quarter Awards Assembly (Auditorium)

TBA....Ice Cream Incentives for English and Algebra Benchmarks

29.......No Zero Day Incentives


Quarterly Awards Assembly:


The 3rd Quarter Freshman Awards Assembly will be next Friday, 4/15 during 4th period (11:45). Students will be honored for honor roll, perfect attendance, classroom leadership award nominations, and classroom character award nominations. I will be sending out the nomination templates and information about the assembly to Freshman teachers. The nomination frameworks are below.


Classroom Leadership Award Nomination Form – 3rd Quarter:


Framework for Nomination:

  • This student has been a leader by example in the classroom by consistently working hard, participating in all class activities, and volunteering to answer questions and add to discussion.
  • This student treats students, faculty, and volunteers with respect at all times.
  • This student encourages other students to work hard and tries to help classmates when given the opportunity.

Character Award Nomination Form – 3rd Quarter:


Framework for Nomination:

  • This student has shown great participation and effort during YMCA Character Education sessions.
  • This student treats students, faculty, and volunteers with respect at all times.
  • This student displays outstanding character and integrity with their actions and decisions daily.


Triple A Tutoring:


Triple A Tutoring will be held on Tuesday, March 22, it is canceled for Thursday, March 24.

9th Grade Academy April Tigers of the Month

Spencer Grenier – Computer Applications

Dravon Dummond – MYP Learner - Reflective

ZyKeria Gambrell – World Geography

Tameya Davis – Algebra

Angel Robinson – English

Emmanuel Wharton – Environmental Studies


Spotlight Teacher of the Month:


Steve Beasley

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Grading Due Dates

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Dr. Collins

Practice AP Exam Schedule


  • AP Practice Spanish Exam will take place Saturday, April 9, from 8:00 am - 12:00 p.m.
  • AP Practice Calculus AB/ BC Exam will take place April 23, from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • AP Physics C Study Session will take May 7, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

AP/IB Exam Schedule

AP and IB testing will start on Monday, May 2, and conclude on Friday, May 20. Students are not required to attend school on days they are testing but they should be present if they are not scheduled to test. See attachment to review the AP/IB exam schedule.

Counseling Services

Registration Timeline:


March 28-April 22:

Counselor Cleanup


April 22:

Last day to make changes to 2016-17 course request

Ms. Browning

  • Computer labs are not being cleaned up after teachers use them. Computers should be shut down, monitors turned off, computer areas cleaned up and chairs pushed in.

Athletic Announcements

The Southside Athletics Schedule can be found on the Staff Drive. Check out all sports!

Southside Support Scoop

Paperwork

Please do not slide paperwork under Ms. Webb's or Ms. Seear's door. All information/paperwork for Ms. Webb or Ms. Seear should be placed in their mailboxes with the exception of money. All money and receipts books need to be turned in to Ms. Seear by 1 p.m. each day. Everyone is reminded to turn in invoice slips for any package you have ordered to Ms. Webb so the vendor can be paid.



Plant Engineer Office:


If you need assistance handing or moving items, please contact Mr. Parker.


Health Room:


Please call the Nurse prior to sending a student to her office to make sure she is available.


Intervention Specialists:


Please call the Intervention Specialists prior to sending a student to their office to make sure they are available.

Monetary Transactions

Please be mindful of the following:



As we prepare to close the school’s fiscal year accounting records, faculty members, students and guardians are advised that all money transactions with the school (fees and dues) are to be paid with cash or a money order starting March 21, 2016. Checks will no longer be accepted. We apologize for any inconveniences this policy may cause.

ISS Procedures and Protocols

Please refrain from sending students to ISS if you have not contacted Mr. Simmons, ISS Coordinator. Any student sent directly to ISS by a teacher will be returned to class by an administrator. Guidelines for removing a student from class are as follow:


    • Call Mr. Simmons

    • Complete the Incident Management Referral online

    • Contact the parent/legal guardian sometime during the day