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Newsletter - October 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 Mr. Standish

Southside Middle School will continue to focus on three major areas for the 2019-2020 school year: First, Tier 1 instruction. This is the daily instruction that occurs in the regular classroom. Our focus is for students to be authentically engaged in academic work, not just busy. In addition, we will make sure lessons are challenging each student to ensure academic growth. Second, Social Emotional Learning (SEL). Southside will continue to present character eduction lessons at least once a week. Students are having great conversations around these character traits and we want to support that enthusiasm. Third, parent engagement. We have formed a PTO and we want any parent/guardian who wishes to help to be a part of these meetings. Meeting dates will go out with the Sunday Message. One of our goals with parent engagement is to see things from a parent perspective. We welcome feedback from all family members.

Fall sports are now in the history books and we are preparing for the winter sports season. As a reminder, students have to have a current physical on file to practice or participate in a game. We will once again take great pride in our Southside athletic teams by holding students and fans to the highest standards of sportsmanship at home and away.

As a reminder, Southside offers after school tutoring to any student who wishes to stay after school and receive help. Tutoring is daily from 4:15-5:15 p.m. Students do not have to sign up, they simply just need to arrange for a ride to pick them up at 5:15 and then stay after for tutoring.

21st Century Scholars

Earning the 21st Century Scholarship provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. If you attend a participating proprietary (for-profit) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

Many 7th and 8th grade students recieved information regarding this program before fall break. Please fill out paperwork that was sent home and return to school ASAP to register.

Parents/Guardians may also register their student at

8th grade students MUST enroll by the spring of 2020 to be eligible.

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.


Disney Trip Fundraisers

The Disney Group is selling Wick's Pie, laundry soap, and Texas Roadhouse rolls and gift cards thru October 28th. Contact the school if you would like to order.

Texas Roadhouse Dine to Donate for the Disney Group will be Tuesday, October 29th from 4-9PM. Just give your server a flier and the group will earn 20%. Fliers will be sent home with students, picked up at school, or downloaded off our website.

Attendance Reminders

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


Fall Sports Athletic Banquet

Monday, October 21st 2019

6PM Southside Middle School Cafeteria

A potluck dinner will be provided by all coaches and

players. Bring a dish assigned to your team. All players

will receive an award.

Cross Country—24 pack case of water



Soccer--Side dish

Swim at SMS!

Anyone interested in joining the swim team this winter, they will have a Stroke Clinic on Oct 21, 23, Nov. 12 & 14th from 4:00-6:00PM at Southside.

SMS Athletics Web Site

Upcoming Events

October 17 - Family Food Giveaway 5-6:30

October 21 - Fall Sports Banquet 6-8

October 24 - Family Night 5:30-7 @ SMS

October 29 - Texas Roadhouse - Dine to Donate

October 30 - School Dance 4-5:30

October 30 - School dance from 4:00-5:30PM. Cost to get in is $3.00. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Southside Middle School Calendar

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