December 2021 Newsletter
IN THIS ISSUE
- South Park Mission Statement
- Winter Break Dates
- Weekly Bulletins
- Mask Mandate
- e-Academy Enrollment
- 8th Grade Open House
- The Giving Tree
- Progress Reports
- Infinite Campus Messenger
- Food Service Positions
- 6th Grade Literacy
- In Need of Assistance?
- Essential OASD information
- School Safety/ Where to Drop Off and Pick Up
- Whom Do I Contact?
- Specialist Updates & News, Sports, and PTN Information
Oshkosh Area School District 215 S Eagle Street Oshkosh, WI 54902 920.424.0395 firstname.lastname@example.org
South Park Middle School 1551 Delaware St. Oshkosh, WI 54902
Office Phone 920.424.0431
Attendance Phone 920.424.0431 ext. 2702
South Park Mission Statement
At South Park Middle School, education is a continuous transitional experience, which promotes positive intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth. Students are encouraged to maximize individual potential to function in a diverse society.
Please remember that you are always welcome at South Park. We want you to take an active role in your child's education. Your involvement in your child’s academics as well as extra-curricular activities will result in their success. If you ever have any questions regarding your child, please call 920-424-0431 to be directed to the appropriate staff member. We are here to help you and your child.
December 23-January 2nd
Every Friday there will be an updated bulletin for the week ahead. This will include the activities, special events and upcoming events. Make sure to check your Infinite Campus and email for this every Friday!
Reminder that masks are required for all people in all district buildings until Friday, December 3rd.
Please see HERE for the release from Superintendent Bryan Davis.
Mid-Year e-Academy Enrollment
If your student wants to enroll in the e-Academy Spring 2022 Semester or unenroll from e-Academy for the Spring 2022 Semester enrollment is open Nov. 29 - Dec. 10 at 3pm.
Please see HERE for more details.
The Giving Tree is alive at South Park Middle School. We have students in our school community that are in need during this holiday season. If you are interested in helping those students in need, please stop by the main office at South Park and grab a mitten off of the Giving Tree. The tree will be up with mittens beginning in early December. The mittens will have specific ideas for what a student could use during this time. If you have any questions, please reach out to Heather Wolters, School Counselor at heather.wolters@oshkosh.
Participating in The Giving Tree can help you or your family experience the joy of giving this holiday season. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Have a very healthy and happy holiday season.
Progress reports will be posted at weeks 5,10, and 15 of the semester. An email will be sent to tell you the grades have been posted since the district has gone paperless. Just as grades are dependent on the requirements in the classroom, progress report marks are too. If you have any questions about the progress of your child, please contact your child's teacher.
Progress Reports for week 10 will be posted 11/11/21.
Infinite Campus Messenger
One of the benefits of our student information system, Infinite Campus, is the messenger program. Through the Parent Portal Inbox, via Email, Voice, and/or Text. in order to save paper, we will be emailing the link to the South Park Newsletter with a target date of the first of every month. Please check to see that your current email is listed in your contact information on the Portal. There may be times when we send out a message via phone or text as well, so it is important that we have current contact information in our system.
Are you looking for a part time position?
Food Service may be for you!
Please take a look at THIS for more information.
Look what we're reading in 6th Grade Literacy!
Ms. Weisse’s Literacy Class reviewed their favorite books from the first quarter that they highly recommend to other students. Here are some of their book recommendations below:
Anna T's Book Review:
The heart touching book, 11 before 12 by Lisa Greenwald, is an awesome book about two girls who are going into middle school and make a list of things they want to do before they turn 12.
In this book, Ari and Kaylan make a list of 11 things they must do before they turn 12. From getting highlights in their hair, to sabotaging Kaylan’s older brother Ryan, these girls are getting fired up about turning 12 and helping each other out with mean girls in school. They are closer than best friends, more like sisters. So when things go wrong, are these best friends going to be forever….or are they not? You’ll have to find out in the next books in the series.
My favorite character is Kaylan because she’s funny and always finds a way to make Ari laugh or happy in stressful times. Even though Kaylan has anxiety, or as her mother says ‘agita’, she does get stressed but it's a great way to spice up the Friendship List books. But, will Kaylan try to be more of what she isn’t? Will she get jealous of Ari?
If you like friendship books, fiction, middle school drama, and sometimes connecting with characters, you will love 11 before 12 and the Friendship List series by Lisa Greenwald. I would recommend this book for 10-12 year olds. As 12 year olds can still reflect and enjoy, and the book is taking place when Ari and Kaylan are 11. If you are older, you can still enjoy this book though. Have a great time reading!
Peyton D's Book Review:
The book Count all the Bones By April Henry is the last and second book of the series. This is a thriller story about a blind girl named Cheyenne.
Cheyenne is a girl that has already been kidnapped once. Months after she escaped all of a sudden in the middle of the night she got taken again. This killer is part of a plan, shortly after she gets kidnapped she finds out this one will be a little harder to escape from. Will she be able to escape again or will she die trying?
My favorite part in the story is when Cheyenne is trapped in a barn cuffed to a pole with someone else. She takes a small part of her watch, thins it out and puts it in the cuffs knowing that every handcuff is the same, the keyholes are the same, the reaction is the same. One wrong move her hands will get tighter, she carefully puts the thin medal into the keyhole. Will it work?
I would give a recommendation to people who have read other books from April Henry Like The Girl I Used to Be. I would also recommend this book to anyone that like’s murder or mystery. This is a chapter book about 200 pages long. The ages I would recommend this to are ten to sixteen.
Jordan D's Book Review:
The book Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a story about a boy named Luke who is a third child dealing with a population law.
Among The Hidden is a book about population law. The law is that you can't have more than 2 children due to the food source and pollution. And if you have a third child they will be killed if seen. Luke is the main character of the book and he is a third child so he is in hiding. He hides in the attic all day hoping not to be seen.
My favorite character is Luke because he understands that he needs to be hidden and he is kind. My favorite part of the book is when Luke sees someone in a house peeking through the blinds even though he counted everyone leaving. So then Luke goes outside and takes a deep breath. And he sneaks into that house scraping his hand while unlocking the door. Then he goes looking for the person he saw.
I would give this book 4 stars for a rating Because it is sad and mysterious. And it has 6 other books after this one. That is also really good!. They are called Among The Imposters, Among The Betrayed, Among The Barons, Among The Brave, Among The Enemy, and Among The Free. I would recommend this book to people who like sad and mysterious books.
Are You or Someone You Know in Need of Assistance?
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance in one of the areas below, please contact Jodi Gunckel or Heather Wolters for specific organizations and phone numbers in the areas you need assistance.
- Child Care/Day Care, Clothing Assistance, Employment Resources/Job Search, Energy Assistance, Financial Assistance, Food Assistance, Health Care/Mental Health, Home Repair, Housing Options & Respite, Information & Referral, Labor Related Resources, Legal Services- Mediation, Personal and Family Concerns, Refugee and Immigrant Services, Transportation, Veteran Services, Work-Related Services for the Disabled.
Having Difficulty Finding the Resources You Need?
To connect to community service, help is just 3 digits away. United Way 211 provides easy access to health and human services.
Dial 2-1-1 OR 1-800-924-5514 for help with information about food resources, counseling, employment, health care, child care, support groups, housing, clothing, after school programs, or legal aid.
It's FREE, confidential, and available 24/7.
Questions, Suggestions, Concerns
At South Park Middle School we are dedicated to providing the best educational program possible for our students. Should something occur that you have a question about or are unhappy about, please give your child's teacher a call first. If you are unable to resolve the issue call me at 424-1228 ext. 2703 so that we can work together to address your need. If you have a concern that you have been unable to resolve with me, you may call Dr. Andrew Jones, Director of Administration, at 424-0100. He will help you address your concern and/or connect you with others who can help.
Notice of Surveillance
South Park Middle School is using video surveillance/electronic monitoring to observe, monitor, and/or record the behavior and activity of all personal on school property or grounds, or participating in school functions
American Disabilities Accommodations
Upon request, reasonable auxiliary aids and services will be provided to individuals with disabilities. If assistance is required, please provide advance notice by calling the school office at 920.424.0431.
The Oshkosh Area School District, including all school buildings/sites/programs, does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, ancestry, orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. Therefore, no student shall be excluded from participation in any curricular, extracurricular, student services, recreational or other program or activity. When separation by sex in education activities is appropriate for health and/or safety reasons, equal educational opportunities shall be provided for both sexes.
School Safety/Where to Drop Off/Pick Up During the Day
For safety reasons, all entrances are locked. A "buzz in" system is located at Door #1. If you need to drop off something or pick something up or drop off/pick up a child, please do so at Door #1.