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Keep Calm and Buy a Yearbook
Keep those middle school memories for a lifetime! Get your 2015/2016 Southridge Yearbook before it's too late! Yearbooks are on sale now during both lunches for only $17, but that price only lasts until May 6th! The prices go up starting May 9th. Yearbooks will be delivered the last week of school.
On Friday, April 29 all of Southridge's AVID students were treated to a presentation
by Lauren Bolda and Joshua Powers of Loma Linda University's Allied Health Physician Assistant program. After spoiling our students with treats, both Lauren, who completed her undergraduate at California Baptist University, and Joshua, who attended undergraduate at Southern Utah, presented the ins and outs of attending the medical school at Loma Linda. The presenters did an awesome job and prompted really great discussion and questions from our classes. Thanks Lauren and Joshua for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and speak with us today.
Sunday, May 8th is Mother's Day. ASB will be selling roses May 2 through May 6 for just $2 on the stage during both lunches.
Breaking Barriers Essay Contest
Every year for the last 20 years, Ms. Sharon Robinson, daughter of Baseball Hall of Fame's Jackie Robinson, has represented "Breaking Barriers," a chance for diverse students in grades 4–8 to share their personal stories and show how they use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers. This year Southridge Middle School was honored to have one of its students, Precious Rodriguez, be a national winner! Precious, her family, her friends from Southridge, and her teachers were hosted by the Dodgers at Chavez Ravine on April 17, 2016. You can view a slideshow of the day's activities by clicking HERE. Congratulations Precious! We're proud of you!
Southridge Middle School Basketball Camp July 29, 2016
2 hour session in the Southridge Gym. Cost $10.00 per student and space is limited. Session 1 grades 3-5th , from 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Session 2 grades 6-8th, from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. It is on a first come, first served basis. Click HERE to view the flier. Sign up at www.nrgbball.com and click on player registration. Don't delay it will sell out!
The Pope, Kobe, or Prince?
The discussion in Mr. Bolda's classes on Friday, April 22, centered on Prince, who had just passed away, Kobe, who had just retired, and the Pope. The discussion then turned to a mini philosophical chair discussion on the validity of the press coverage and students wondered if other world leaders/famous people would get the same coverage and why. The pie chart found HERE shows the results of Mr. Bolda's students' opinions.
SMS COLOR RUN
A great time was had by all the students and staff that participated in the SMS COLOR RUN on April 8th. If you want to see some of the pictures of the event, click
Choir's Music Videos
Check out Mrs. Dvorak-Torres' Choir class performing their music videos. Click
HERE to access the page.
Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming
Check out the work of Jocelyn and Abigail from Mrs. Jennex's 4th period class. The assignment was to create a video explaining the Greenhouse Effect and Global Warming. Click
HERE to view the video
While we didn't break any records this year, we did have a lot of students in Santa and Holiday hats on Friday, December 18. The official count was 336 (or 318, 377, 354 if Mrs. Freeman is counting). Next year we'll try again to break the school record of 432! Click
HERE to view the slideshow.
The AVID students at Southridge Middle School, who are now 170 strong decided as a group to support the recent Fontana "Women of Steel" campaign to collect new socks for those in need during the upcoming cold months. The Southridge "AVID CARES" participation went head and "toes" above their expectations and collected hundreds of pairs of new socks over a two week period of time. The students were also able to complete community service hours which Southridge recently added to their expectations for concerned and aware students. The topic of the needy will make a great "SOCK"ratic Seminar in future classes! Click
HERE to see the picture.
Google Virtual Field Trips
Southridge Middle School participated in Google's Beta test of their Virtual Field Trips using Google Cardboard 3d viewers on Friday, November 13. Students from mostly science classes got to use the viewers as their teachers took them on trips to the Amazon, Yosemite National Park, New York City, and other exotic location around the world. View some of the pictures:
Southridge students had a great time in PE on Friday, October 30th. Students participated in a ZOMBIE RUN! They ran against the wall in the gym and tried to avoid the zombies! Seven students in each class were randomly given shields; others did their best to avoid the zombies without protection. Click HERE to view the zombies.
2015-2016 Southridge T-Shirts and Sweatshirts Available
The 2015-16 Southridge school shirt is here! It is based on the winning design from our t-shirt design contest and its winner Brandon D.! Click
HERE to access the order form, see the pricing, and see the design.
Advanced Band Perfroms with Kaiser High School Band
The Advanced Band students performed with the Kaiser High School Marching Band at the football game on September 25, 2016. You can view some of the pictures:
Come out and SUPPORT your Southridge Volleyball teams! Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity have started the year with one win and one loss. The next Southridge home game is Monday, October 5. Check out some of our pics:
Are you interested in having coffee with the principal? Maybe you'd like to participate on the English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC). There are also nutrition classes available in both English and Spanish. Click
HERE to view more information.
Dress Code Policy
There have been recent changes to Southridge's dress code. Please be advised that the following clothing apparel should NOT be worn to school.
For more information click
HERE to read the letter sent home to all parents.
Parents – Access Your Child’s Grades Online
Once you have entered the site, click Assignments on the left side to view your child’s grades.
Hello Southridge Family!
This year we are making strides to make school more fun and enjoyable for our students. Just some of the great thinks happening at Southridge include Fun Fridays where kids enjoy music and dance contests during Friday's lunches (if they kept the lunch area clean all week). Each week we give clues to our Mystery Star and on Friday during my Knightly News announcements classes can make guesses on which teacher or staff member the Mystery Star is. The winning class wins a Front of the Line pass for every student! We had our first dance before Halloween and are planning our next one for after winter break. We are having a competition to see which class can show the most growth on the MAP test we give three times per year and the winning classes will win a fun pizza, music, and ice cream party! An incentive to do their best every day in class. This year we started rewarding kids for good behavior with our Caught Being Good initiative. They earn CBG cards when they are "caught" making good choices. Every other week we have a drawing and give out great prizes if their card is chosen. The more they earn, the better their chances!
This year our focus is Academic Discourse and teachers are given monthly trainings followed by safe practice time and peer observations where teachers visit each others' rooms and share ideas on how best to teach your children. We are having teachers plan lessons, units, assessments, and interventions that align with common core as well as paying several to give kids extra help through our After School University (ASU).
What can you do? Obviously the more a parent is involved the more chance for their child's success. So just be involved; check Zangle Gradebook regularly, ensure your child has a quiet place to do their homework, ensure a solid routine in the morning and after school where the tv and video games are limited, and be sure your child gets to school on time every day!
We want parents to be informed and involved in their child's education! Please look for opportunities to be involved this year by getting active in School Site Council, Coffee with the Principal, or ELAC! We have made it a goal to have more family-oriented activities this year so you can participate along with your child and spend quality time together in activities here at Southridge! Keep an eye on our marquee for upcoming events!
At Southridge we are lucky to be able to meet the needs of both high achieving students as well as those who might need extra help with their academics. If your student is meeting grade-level standards they will be placed in a challenging and fun elective (we offer computers, music, art, and ASB) and if they need some extra help we offer intervention classes such as math or language arts essentials, sections of ALD (Academic Language Development) as well as sections of Read 180 and Math 180 for students needing more intensive intervention.
So we look forward to helping your child become the best they can be at Southridge! We want the same thing you want for your child: Every opportunity for success in school and in life! Always remember that your child's education is a partnership between you and the school. It is my promise that the school will do all it can to help your child to succeed.
If you ever have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to give me a call or set up an appointment.