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Newsletter - September 2019

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Craig Standish, Principal

Kim Conner, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

John Morse, Assistant Principal

Chad Clevenger, Student Assistance Coordinator

A Message From the Principal

I want to begin this article by thanking parents for their support and active role in their student's education. We had the biggest turnout in many years for our open house and we had over 200 people at our first family night. Together, we will make Southside Middle School the best middle school in the state of Indiana.

We continue to see a lot of school pride and students continue to be excited about the 2019-2020 school year. Our athletics are in full swing through volleyball, cross country, and soccer. It's great to see families come out to support our athletes and cheer on the Panthers. Technology is also in full swing at Southside. Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is in place at all three grade levels. Our students are busy creating apps, programs, and eventually, simple computers. Some students were able to show off their creations during open house. These programs will help prepare our students for PLTW at the high school level which will lead to college credits.

Lastly, I want to share with you that many civic organizations have helped us behind the scenes to keep our facility looking great. If you are involved in a church group or other civic organization that is looking for opportunities to volunteer please let us know. Caring hearts and working hands are always needed.

Nurse's Corner


Remember: Leaves of three – Let them be!

Poison oak and poison ivy both grow as vines or shrubs in wooded or marshy areas. If skin comes in contact with either of these plants, a blistering red patchy or streaky rash is likely to appear. Here are some tips on how to recognize the plants, avoid contact and get rid of the reaction:

What does poison ivy look like?

Poison ivy leaves always come in threes. The center leaf will be a little longer than the two leaflets on each side. The edges vary from smooth to wavy or small and jagged. In the spring, poison ivy will blossom small white flowers, and in the summer, produce greenish berries. The leaflets turn red in the fall and have cluster of white berries in the winter.

What does poison oak look like?

Poison oak leaves usually come in leaf groups of three, but may be in clusters of five, seven, or nine. These leaves are larger than poison ivy. The leaf shape looks like an oak leaf. The color is a duller green than poison ivy, and its edges are lobed or toothed. Poison oak fruit is tan.

What can I expect if I come into contact with either plant?

It takes about 12-48 hours after skin contact with either plant for the rash to develop. The reaction can last up to three weeks, but usually ends after one.

What should I avoid?

Do not burn poison ivy or oak in your yard. The chemicals released could bother your eyes, nose, or lungs. Do not let your skin be exposed to the plants. If you think you might come across either, cover up as much as possible. A long-sleeved shirt, long pants and boots will lessen the likelihood of it getting on your skin. Tie the bottom of your pants or tuck them into your shoes. If you are handling bagged mulch or bales of pine straw, wear gloves.

What if I have a reaction?

Wash the affected area as soon as possible with lukewarm water and soap. Rubbing alcohol and alcohol wipes will also remove the urushiol if water is not available. Keep your skin in a cool, dry and clean area and make sure to wash any clothes or garden equipment that may have come in contact with the plant.

Do not scratch the rash. Calamine lotion, diphenhydramine, or hydrocortisone can decrease the itchiness. To soothe the reaction, apply a cool compressed rag to the area or try taking a cool bath with baking soda or oatmeal.

If needed, see your PCP. Your physician may prescribe medication to help with the swelling and itching. Reactions, such as nausea, fever, shortness of breath, oozing blisters, swollen lymph nodes or rash that affects the eyes, mouth or genitals, should be examined immediately by a medical professional.

News from the Student Assistance Office

Southside is using the Second Step program with our students to help navigate the various transitions in their lives.

Want to learn more about how to help your student? is a free website for parents and their teens created by the makers of the Second Step Program, is a great resource for middle school families. It provides expert advice and practical tools for dealing with real parent-teen issues.


Little Caesars Pizza Kits All School Fundraiser (8/28/19-9/11/19)

Forms will come home with students on 8/28. All proceeds go toward student activities for this school year.

Attendance Reminders

The best way to set yourself up for success is showing up! Make school attendance for your student a priority!


After giving students a week to get acclimated to the school day we are now counting tardies. Please encourage your student to plan carefully and move efficiently during the school day so they are not counted tardy.

After 4 tardies school consequences begin. Encourage students to make great choices and plan well to avoid consequences and be eligible for awards throughout the year.


Physicals must be complete before an athlete can participate in any sport. Forms can be picked up at the school. Don't wait to get your physical or you could miss out playing on the team. Spirit Wear forms have been sent home and are due back to the front office no later than August 21st.

Fall Athletic Pictures will be September 10th after school.

SMS Athletics Web Site

Upcoming Events

9/3-9/4 - Curiosity Dome (during school) All science students

9/3-9/7 - Common Formative Assessments (during school) All math and ELA students

9/10/19 - Fall Pictures (during school)

Through 9/11/19 - Little Caesars Pizza Kits All School Fundraiser (Through 9/11/19) Forms came home with students on 8/28. All proceeds go toward student activities for this school year.

9/11 and 9/12 - 8th Grade students to MACC field trip (during school)

9/16 - Disney Spring Break Field Trip Parent Meeting (8th Grade) - 6:30 PM Southside Cafeteria. Information and fundraising information will be distributed.

9/20 - Muncie Central Homecoming (Parade @ 4:30)

9/23 - Skating party @ Gibsons 6:30-8:30

9/25 - E-Learning Day

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