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Week of May 15, 2016


We are almost there! Fifth grade takes On Demand Writing on Monday, so please be mindful of them as they complete their KPREP tests. Please make sure students are quiet in the hallways and be mindful of the volume in your classrooms.

The following rooms are being used for KPREP on Monday:

216 – Hardest’s room

217 – Grider’s room

218 – Shepard’s room

119 – Lora Griffin’s room

202 – Upstairs workroom

245 – Mornar’s Office

258 – SBDM room

209 – Old Computer Lab

201 – Howell’s room

251 – Plottner’s Office

220 – Jump’s room

246 – Marcum’s Office

107 – Watson’s room

230 – Family Resource Center

255 – Conference room

Please send 5th grade students who receive accommodations to the office at 7:45. Accommodators – please arrive at the office (not the café) at 7:45.

Please keep in mind that the lunch schedule is normal on Monday. Related Arts schedule is different on Monday only. The rest of the week is normal schedule.

The AR Field Trip: Thursday, May 19th!

From Krista Mornar

The goals were set, the books were read and the bananas were displayed. It's time to celebrate!

Please enter students who have met their 4th 9 Weeks AR goal on this document ASAP (by Monday at noon at the LATEST):


Once we know how many students are attending from each grade level, we will communicate finalized plans. Thanks for encouraging your students to read and take AR tests!

Heads Up: Field Trip Permission Slips will go home Monday and need to be returned on Wednesday (no school Tues).

Summer Reading Program

From Marilyn Tamer

Sarah Beth from the Shelby County Public Library will visit Southside to promote FREE Shelby County Public Library Summer Reading Program!

Thursday, May 19

5th Grade at 1:00 in flex space upstairs

K-4 at 1:30 in gym

Ole’ Ole’! Fund Raising Lunch Wednesday

From the Kindergarten Team

Kindergarten is very close to meeting the goal of raising $1,000 for Relay Recess! So, bring your sombrero and mucho dinero for the Taco Bar Lunch! That’s right, Kindergarten will be serving up a delicious entrée (taco/quesadillas), a decadent desert with a refreshing drink on Wednesday for a donation! Thanks in advance for helping Kindergarten reach our Relay Goal!

Southside United Nations Assembly--SUNA

On May 25 each class will share their country and menu items they have chosen with the rest of Southside. Your class will be sharing in their classroom with other classes on a rotation

Questions you might have:

  • What are the Presentation Choices? *all classes must do

*1. Traditional Dress--a few students research and walk with flag in dress

*2. Flag--large/carried by 1 or 2 students in opening parade

3. Banner

4. Religion

5. Dance

6. Music

7. Government/Economics

8. Language

9. Famous Leaders/Artist/Musician



*12. Problem for the Country (3-5 only)

  • What is the Schedule for the Day?
SUNA Daily Schedule (linked here)
  • How will my students prepare for presenting?
Your class can present information in any format you choose. You may consider having student choose an area of focus from the presentation choices (above). They could work in a small, collaborative group through the week to gather information and prepare a "center-like" presentation. EXAMPLE: Students choosing the country's flag as a focus would learn the meaning of the colors, shapes and symbols on the flag. They would construct the flag from bulletin board paper and share it in the opening parade.
  • What should it look like in my classroom for our SUNA visitors?

There is no "right way" to present, but some ideas--You could begin with an overview whole group presenting background on your country and then having your small research groups present in "center style" as your visitors rotate. Other areas not in the opening parade could set up visuals in a center to share with their visitors.

  • What is the Grade 3-5 Country Problem/Solution?
A small group would research a problem that exists in your country and design a solution for possibly solving it. The solution can be a "designed" element or an idea that can be explained. This small group of students would present the idea to the SUNA Board and the top 3 problem/solutions will be honored at the final General Assembly.
  • How should I set up our room for sharing?

Prepare your room to have 2 "classes" in your room--your class presenting and another class visiting. Feel free to move furniture around.

  • How long should our presentation last?
Classes will rotate every 25 minutes. You will present to 3 classes. The other half of the day (AM or PM) you will visit others' presentation.
  • Who will be our presenters?
You can decide how your class will present your information.
  • What is International Stage during the General Assembly and how can we participate?
If your class or grade level has something special to share in the area of performing arts (music, dance, art) please sign up on this google doc to schedule your International Stage presentation.

As you work through the week toward our fun presentation day on May 25, remember to let you students' voice be your guide. There are no "right" or "wrong" ways to present and variety IS the spice of life. The intent is to have great learning and a fun way to share together!

Summer Learning Challenge

From Sarah Gregory and Stephanie Logsdon

You should have received family flyers in your mailbox on Friday. Please put them in your Tuesday folders next week--which will be sent home Wednesday. Our Summer Kick-Off is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th, so please make sure these go home next week. Thanks for you help with sending these home and talking the event up with your students! We would love to give most of the summer workbooks out that night!

Personalized PD is Here

SCPS is excited to once again offer personalized professional learning in Shelby County! The schedule and registration link for the SCPS Personalized Learning Conference on July 27-August 1 is now published and accepting registrations. With more than 80 sessions designed from teacher feedback and requests, over 80 sessions led by more than 60 teachers, coaches and support personnel, teachers have an opportunity to choose sessions that meet their personal learning needs and collaborate with others to plan instruction!

Just follow this LINK to see the offerings and register! We request that you register by Friday, May 20, so we can determine the need for any additional sessions.

If you don't see what you need there, try this Professional Learning Site for regional offerings!

Grants Available to Support Teacher Leadership Projects

from Commissioner Prewitt's recent email
The U.S. Department of Education is collaborating with ASCD and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) to provide direct support to teachers to strengthen professional development and improve student outcomes. Through the new Teacher Impact Grants (TIG) Program from ASCD, teachers will be able to develop, expand and evaluate promising practices and programs that can transform the academic trajectory of students. These teacher-led projects and programs can impact the quality of teaching in the classroom, in schools, and throughout school districts.

The grants, financially supported by the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Foundation Charitable Trust and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will be awarded directly to teachers for research-based initiatives they believe will accelerate learning and improve student outcomes. The grant program is part of Teach to Lead, an initiative jointly convened between the U.S. Department of Education, ASCD, and NBPTS to cultivate the expertise of teachers to drive transformation in schools, districts and states, including the development of policies that affect teacher work and student learning.

Research consistently shows that high-quality teaching leads to better student outcomes. TIG gets to the heart of high-quality teaching by funding promising teacher-led professional learning that will ultimately lead to transforming traditional top-down, compliance-driven professional learning that has not necessarily led to gains in student achievement. Moreover, through TIG, teachers will assume greater ownership in the design of high-quality learning environments for all students. Projects funded by the grants will be disseminated as models to the broader field.

The application process opens Monday, May 16, and teacher leaders can submit their proposal at www.ascd.org/teacherimpactgrants. Grant proposals will be evaluated by a group of peer reviewers selected by the U.S. Department of Education, ASCD, and NBPTS. Grant amounts will range from $5,000 ˗ $15,000 and will fund diverse teacher projects across the country that will be implemented during the 2016 ˗ 2017 school year.

More information about the TIG program can be found here.

Southside Parent SMORE

Beth is doing such a great job of getting info out to our families through a new SMORE format! I learned at our last SBDM meeting that some of our parents may not be seeing it due to Clutter Removal or SPAM filtering on devices. Please let parents know that this is sent weekly and to check their filtering settings on devices. We want all parents to be informed and have the information to be involved. Thanks!

This Week at Southside

May 16-24 Classes work on Southside United Nations Assembly (SUNA) Projects

Monday, May 16

  • 5th Grade Testing--On Demand/Passage Based Writing
  • Final Day for Alternate Related Arts Schedule/"Normal" lunch schedule
  • Pilot Program Planning/Discussion 2:30-3:30 (Conference)
  • SUNA Planning Meeting 2:30 (Morrison's Room)

Tuesday, May 17


Wednesday, May 18

  • Relay for Life Fund Raising Lunch for Staff
  • Special Relay for Life Morning Meeting 7:45--(Gym) Bring students down as a class
  • Relay for Life AM
  • School Art Show for Students PM
  • PSPs with Paula Strong during planning--SBDM Room
  • Send home "Tuesday Folder"
  • Audrey Cooper Bridal Shower 3:00 (library)

Thursday, May 19

  • NO Data Teams during planning
  • Math Planning Day (1 teacher will represent each team)
  • AR MYSTERY Field Trip 10:00-1:00 (2 sessions)
  • Shelby County Public Library Talks 1:00-2:00 (
  • Team Lead Follow Up Meeting 2:30 (Conference)
  • New Teacher Session 2:45 (Gari Grider's room)
  • QUAD Parent Information Session 5-5:30PM
  • Southside K-5 Art Show/Art with Heart Community Showcase 6:00
  • 5th Graders Only: Meet Me in the Middle 6:30 (West Middle School)

Friday, May 20

Coming Up

May 23 Dr. Neihof @ SSE for Conversations (during planning)

5th Grade Annual Field Trip to Indianapolis Children's Museum

Puppeteer Assembly 1:00 (Gym)

May 24 Southside Field Day (No raindate this year)

Summer Challenge Workbook Pick Up w/Parent 5:30

May 25 SUNA Project Share Day

Perfect Attendance Lunch 10:30-12:00

Summer Books go home in classrooms

May 26 5th Grade Graduation 12:00 @ The Blair Center

May 27 Last Day of School

K-4 Awards Ceremony 8:00 (Gym)

May 30 Memorial Day

May 31 Closing Day for Teachers

June 1 Standards Based Grading (District)

June 2-3 Social Studies Curriculum Work (District)

June 6-7 2 Day Thinking Strategies Institute (District)

June 16 SBDM Meeting-final meeting for 2015-16