SMS Parent Night
Southridge AVID and FUSD are hosting a workshop for parents/guardians who would like to learn about the new state standards as well as strategies for supporting their children's learning. Plan on joining us on Tuesday, January 27 at 5:30 PM in the school cafeteria. Click HERE to view the flyer.
SMS Parent Nutrition Class
The nutrition class for Southridge parents, conducted by Southridge's Outreach Coordinator Genevieve Perez, recently concluded its eight week session. The classes focus on topics such as: Plan, Shop, $ave; Fruits and Veggies; Make Half your Grains Whole; Build Strong Bones; Go lean with Protein; Make a Change; and Celebrate! Eat Smart and be Active. Each class session has a gift for the parents and when the course concludes parents are presented with a certificate, cookbook, and a DVD. The next session will be conducted in Spanish and begins February 13, 2015, at 8:00 am in room T-12. Click HERE to view some of the pictures.
Southridge Students Make County Honor Bands
Last Saturday 3 Southridge music students auditioned in front of judges to be in the San Bernardino County Middle School Honor Band. Congratulations to Alondra A. who made it into the Honor Band and will performing at the University of Redlands on Saturday, January 31!
Francisco F. and Asiell G. were accepted and will be performing in the San Bernardino County Elementary School Honor Band at the University of Redlands on Saturday, January 31.
Let your opinion be known! Take the new and updated December Yearbook survey HERE!
The Art 2 students were given the challenge of creating a unique character based on a set of assigned characteristics. Using Paper Mache and painting techniques, the students had to get just the right personality of their character across in a creative and interesting way. Some designs are meant to scare you, some to give a feeling of whimsy or enchantment and others to make you smile. Click HERE to view the pictures.
EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!
Here it is! Volume 1, Issue 2 of the SOUTHRIDGE NEWS is here for your enjoyment. To view the current edition click HERE. Many thanks to the students in Mrs. Freeman's Journalism class for all their hard work.
Night of the Stars
Southridge Middle School and Kaiser High School are teaming up to have a "Night of the Stars" where our students showcase their special talents for families and other students this Friday, October 24. Ten winners will advance to the finals at Kaiser High School in November where they will compete with other schools in the Southridge area.
AVID Notebook Coaching
Ms. Gray's AVID students have been busy! Recently they've spent time with Mrs. Ubrun's and Mrs. Washington's classes coaching students how to keep a clean and organized notebook. Some pictures can be viewed here: #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 #7 #8 #9
Band Performs With Kasier High School
Friday, September 19, the Advanced Band students performed with the Kaiser High School band at the school's football game. Mrs. Dvorak-Torres shared some of the pictures from the night's activities. The slideshow can be viewed HERE.
Avid for AVID
Mr. Reasin's and Mr. Bolda's students got to show off their Civil Engineering skills recently. Check out the video of their designs by clicking HERE.
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.
Dear Southridge Families,
Welcome back to school! 2013-2014 was a great year and the Southridge staff looks forward to making 2014-2015 even better!
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!
We continue to learn more and implement the Common Core for your children. If you are not familiar, Common Core is the new set of standards that are designed to help all students learn in a deeper way. It moves away from the old “memorization” and test-taking oriented strategies and instead emphasizes that students not only learn concepts but are better able to explain the how and why’s about what they learn. It is a more “real world” application that will benefit your child in higher learning as well as real life.
We have a staff of dedicated professionals who are passionate about helping your child succeed. This year our teachers will be going through various trainings to enhance their practice. They will be training for upcoming Instructional Learning Teams, which is an exciting new district initiative which gets more information on what our individual students need directly from our teachers. There is also upcoming Instructional Rounds which will be emphasizing teachers observing and learning from each other.
We will be exploring a new RTI (Response to Intervention) strategy this year as well. When your student takes an assessment to gauge their understanding of a concept they will get results. Based on their level of understanding they will either get extra time for "reteach" of the concept or what is called "enrichment" if they mastered the standard.
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 our I Can Learn lab for extra help in math, sections of ALD (Academic Language Development) as well as sections of Read 180 for our sixth graders.
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. 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!
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!
If you ever have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to give me a call or set up an appointment.