Newsletter August/September 2020


South Park
Middle School


424-0431 (Office)
424-0431 ext.2702 (Attendance)  

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.

Important Links:

South park School Calendar

District school year Plan 2020-2021

Dear South Park Parent/Guardians & Students,

Welcome Back!  We are looking forward to seeing your students face to face this school year.  Although, it will only be every other day and there will be many changes in procedures due to COVID 19, we are excited to get back to school in person. 

We need your help as parents to help reinforce the changes that will be in place in order to be safe at school.  For example, students will be required to wear masks at all times unless they are outside or eating/drinking.  We will be setting the stage for social distancing to the degree possible but will need your support in discussing this with your child so they comply with this expectation.

Know that we are putting these new procedures in place to help keep your child safe.  Please take the time to read this newsletter carefully to see the details about changes in procedures and go over it with your child.  The student handbook is on the website so please review this in detail as well.  In it will be a link to the OASD 2020-2021 School Year Plan - District Handbook the district sent out earlier to all families.  

Please remember 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 424-0431 to be directed to the appropriate staff member. We are here to help!

Although things will not be like they used to be temporarily, we will be together as a South Park Family!

Thank you, 

Mrs. McLaughlin


Staff Who Left Us:

Mrs. Thiele- Office Tech

Mrs. Helbing- Teacher

Mr. Kienetz- Paraprofessional

Mrs. Wolf- Media Assistant

Ms. Rios- ESOL Teacher

Staff New to Us: 

Ms. Vandermolen- Office Tech

Mrs. Piper- Teacher

Mrs. Hinz- Paraprofessional

Mrs. Meshinesh- Media Assistant

Mr. Boushele- Tech and English

Ms. Schwalbe- ESOL Teacher

Change in email/mailing addressIf, during the summer, you have moved and would like to withdraw your child from South Park, please notify us at 424-0431 as soon as possible. We will provide paperwork to make the transition as smooth as possible.


2020-2021 Open house/club nightDue to COVID 19 we will not have an Open House however teachers will be sending introduction videos to you and your child directly.  6th graders will have SPARK days the first few days of school to walk them through their schedules.  

school rules/policies/proceduresEvery student/parent/guardian will be emailed the student handbook with the school rules, policies and procedures.  Pay special attention to the expectations for The Panther Way and procedures updated due to COVID 19.

band and orchestra studentsBand and Orchestra students do not need their instrument the first day of school.

physical education uniformsDue to COVID 19, students will not have access to the locker rooms and therefore will not be changing for PE. 

Course changes (add/drop)Students will only be able to drop a course within the first 5 days of the quarter/semester and only if there is an error in the schedule, a valid medical reason, or extenuation circumstances. Students or parents wishing to request a schedule change should do so by picking up and completing an add/drop form in the office. Changes will only be made if they better the overall master schedule. 

First day of schoolThe first day of school is Tuesday, September 1. School starts at 8:19 a.m. and ends at 3:37 p.m. Students are to arrive no earlier than 8:10 a.m. everyday to ensure proper supervision. Students arriving at school prior to school starting must remain on school grounds and must socially distance. We would ask that all 6th graders enter/exit the building through Door #3 on Delaware Street, 7th graders should enter/exit the building through the main entrance (Door #1) on Delaware Street, and 8th graders should enter/exit the building through Door #19 which is the entrance near the parking lot on Delaware Street. Students who come for the breakfast program from 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. should also enter through Door #19. 

Students will begin their day in an extended Morning Meeting on the first day. Students can sign up for hot lunch and will receive other important school information at that time. Due to COVID 19 and students not being able to walk their schedules prior to Sept. 1, Morning Meeting teachers will pick up their students the first day at their entrance so they know where to report. Teachers will be in the halls throughout the day and the first weeks to assist the students in finding their classes. Plenty of time will be given in Morning Meeting for students to ask any questions they may have. The school supply lists are included in this newsletter and are available at local stores. Students will not be assigned a locker due to COVID 19 and will be allowed to carry a backpack to classes. 

The 6th grade staff will be escorting their students into the building and will be walking them through their classes and school procedures the first several days of school (SPARK Days). There will be additional time for them to walk their schedule. 

Additional staff will be outside after school to assist students in getting on their buses. Bus riders will have assigned seats and will be seated by their route. Students should be on their way home no later than 3:45 p.m. due to COVID 19 and to ensure proper supervision. 

Medications at schoolAll medications, including over the counter types, need to be provided to the office personnel and a medication form must be on file. Please contact the school office prior to the first day for medication forms, especially if medication needs to be dispensed the first day. 

6th grade students will need to receive the Tdap additional vaccine(s) in order to be compliant with Wisconsin Law. It is extremely important to have your child update his/her immunizations before the start of school this fall. 

If you have any questions or want to give the date(s) of when your child received their immunizations, please contact health services at 424-0431. Please let them know also, if you have any health concerns regarding your student that the school should be aware of. 

Medication/Treatment Request Form

Hot LunchHot lunch students will have assigned seating in the cafeteria in order to socially distance.  Families must keep a positive balance in the family lunch account in order for the child to receive a meal. The price is $2.85/day and $14.25/week. Reduced price lunch is $2.45/week. Breakfast price is $1.50/day and $7.50 per week. Reduced Breakfast price is $1.20/day and $6.00/week. Payments are accepted in the school office by check only (no cash), in the Food Service Office at 375 N. Eagle St., Oshkosh, WI 54902, or through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. 

Infinite Campus parent portal

The school lunch is designed to provide all nutrients required to meet the US Dietary Guidelines and 1/3 of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA).  In addition, it costs less than purchasing an ala carte lunch! mIf a student forgets their lunch a hot lunch may be purchased in the morning before 9:00 a.m. with payment due that day or the following.  Hot lunch will be ordered for interested students that sign up during Morning Meeting.

Any student that was receiving or was eligible for free or reduced price meals at the end of the last school year will be temporarily eligible in the beginning of the school year until a new application is received.  The student must have been in the school district last year for this to occur. 


sack lunchSack lunch students will have assigned seating in the balcony in order to socially distance. Students are welcome to bring a sack lunch to school. Milk is sold for $.40 per carton a daily basis in the ala carte line. The types of milk available are skim white, 2% white, and skim chocolate. Microwaves will not be available due to COVID 19.

ala carte lunchThe ala carte service at the middle schools is available for a student who forgets to bring a sack lunch or for the student who would like an item to accompany his/her sack lunch or school lunch. Students may purchase items from the limited service such as pizza, pretzels, fruit, bag snacks, Peanut Butter and Jelly Uncrustables, applesauce, milk, cookies, etc., in the Cafeteria.  No student will serve themselves due to COVID 19. All food, milk and ala carte items will be served to the students.  Also, no sharing of food between students will be allowed. 

ordering in foodStudents are not allowed to order food to be delivered to the school. They should be eating hot lunch, cold lunch, ala carte, or be going home for lunch. 

going home for lunchParents must notify the school if their child will be going home for lunch by calling or writing a note for the office. Students going home for lunch must sign out/in the office before proceeding home or back to class. If a student does not go home for lunch, they must remain on school grounds during the lunch hour. Students are not allowed to go to other student's homes during lunch time. 

Middle school low balance accountsNo meals will be sold to students with a balance of $0.00. Check payments will be accepted at any school or may be made electronically through e-funds for schools which is located on the district's website. 

Food service/district website

WATER FOUNTAINS/bubblersBubblers will be turned off due to COVID 19, however water bottle fillers will be operational so students are encouraged to carry a water bottle with them that they can fill. 

RecessRecess will be a time for students to socialize while social distancing.  Unfortunately due to COVID 19, equipment will not be available for use because it can not be safely shared and sanitized in between use. 

Monthly parent newsletterThe monthly newsletter will be emailed to families and posted on the school's website. A hard copy of the newsletter can be picked up in the office as well. 


  • Your child's success depends on good attendance. 
  • If your child is ill, has doctor's appointments or wedding/funeral, out of town, hunting, etc. Notify the office by 9:00 a.m. the day of the absence.
  • Absences in excess of 10 days are considered unexcused.
  • Students must be present in classes in order to practice or perform in any school event later in the day/evening. 
  • Tardiness turns into an absence after 10 minutes.
  • Request for homework when absent should be done by having the student email the teacher/s or a friend. 

Bus informationThose students who will be riding the yellow school bus should receive bus information the week before school starts. Questions regarding this information should be directed to Kobussen at 424-7575. Students riding the yellow school bus are dropped off and picked up on Delaware Street. Bus students will be released a few minutes early the first week so students can establish their patterns of going to their lockers an then directly on the bus. Students will be assigned seats based on the pick up/drop off routes due to COVID 19 and in order to socially distance. 

City transit systemCity bus transportation is available on South Park Avenue. ROUTE #8- 20TH/SOUTH PARK. This arrives/leaves from the S.E. corner of South Park Avenue and Delaware Street (INBOUND) at :20 and :50 minutes after the hour. The cost is $1.50 and exact change is required. A monthly bus pass costs $35.00. More information is available at 232-5340 or the Go Transit Website. 


  • Bike racks are available for students:
    • 6th grade and 7th grade bike racks are on the corner of Delaware and Florida Street. 
    • 8th grade bike rack is by their entrance/exit near the parking lot. 
  • Students should be sure to ALWAYS lock their bikes.
  • Students should walk bikes, skateboards and scooters, or roller blades once they are in front of school due to the high pedestrian traffic. We have 2 skateboard racks available to students. 


 volleyball & cross countryFall middle school volleyball or cross country has been postponed due to COVID 19.  No final decision has been made yet regarding boys basketball which starts in the middle of October.

Student id's/picture dayStudents will receive their ID's on Picture Day which is September 9th. The links for ordering pictures online are below.  For security purposes and due to students wearing masks, students will need to wear their ID's on a lanyard (school will provide) around their neck. ID's are needed to get into high school events such as football games. Students are able to use their ID from last year if attending events prior to September 9th. 

school safety/entering the buildingWhere to enter the building during the day: Before school the three grade level entrances will be open. After 8:30 a.m. all doors will be locked for the safety of our students and staff. You can be buzzed at the main entrance (Door #1) closest to the office. At this point, due to COVID 19, no visitors will be allowed. If a parents needs to drop of an item they will be met at the front door. If a child needs to be picked up by a parent early, the child will walk or be brought to the front door and sent out to the vehicle. Parents can either call the office at 424-0431 or press the buzzer to let the office know what the purpose of their visit is.

dropping off/picking upBus students arrive in the morning; therefore, it is important that you make sure that you are not parked in the bus drop off zone if you are dropping your child off at that time. Also after school, if you are picking your child up, be sure not to park  in the bus-loading zone. The bus-loading zone both in the morning and after school is marked with signage and is on the school side of Delaware Street. Violators will be ticketed by the Oshkosh Police Department if parked in the zone. Students should not arrive before 8:10 a.m. and must leave by 3:45 p.m. and must socially distance when waiting outside. 

school safety in school zonesKeeping our kids safe in and around school zones is EVERYONE'S concern. Every time a child is injured or killed by an unintentional injury, everyone suffers; the child, his or her family, classmates and friends, and the entire community.  Prevention and safety of children is not the responsibility of one entity. Schools, city/county officials, parents and the community all have a role. Please follow and adopt this simple set of rules below to ensure the health and safety of our children. 

Thank you for helping to keep the students at South Park Middle School safe!

  • Slow down
  • Be alert
  • Be patient
  • Review and know our school rules and procedures
  • Cross only at crosswalks
  • Stay off cellphones
  • Stop the car completely when loading/unloading your children
  • Drop off/pick up students on side of the street, not in the middle of the street.
  • Watch for hazardous/slippery roads


Telephone calls & CellphonesStudents are permitted to use the office phones or classroom phones in an emergency and when authorized by school staff to do so. 

If parents need to contact their student(s) they should do so by calling the office at 424-0431. We would ask that parents not text or call their child's cell phone because phones are to be turned off and kept in their backpack during the day. 


Upcoming Important Dates

September 1- First day of school 8:19 a.m. - 3:37 p.m. 
September 9- Picture day in the morning (Group  A)
September 16- Picture day in the morning (Group B)
Early release at 1:26 p.m. 


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 a video surveillance/electronic monitoring to observe, monitor, and/or record the behavior and activity of all persons 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 424-0431. 

Non-Discrimination Statement

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, pregnancy, marital status or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability. Therefore, no student shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination 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. 

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