Newsletter November 2019
SOUTH PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
1551 DELAWARE STREET
OSHKOSH, WI 54902
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.
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.
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 the teacher.
INFINITE CAMPUS MESSENGER
One of the benefits of our student information system, Infinite Campus, is the messenger program. Through the Parent Portal you have the option to set up your account to receive messages in your Portal Inbox, via E-mail, 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.
Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will be held on November 14th & 19th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. These conferences will be open for any parent to come and see their child's teachers. Your presence is important because it is an opportunity to establish a relationship with the teacher and discuss the progress of your child. It is strongly recommended that your child attend the conferences with you so that you, your child, and the teacher/s can work as a team to help ensure your child’s success.
Conferences will be located in the teacher's classrooms. You are encouraged to see all of your children’s teachers during your stay. We ask that you keep your visit with a teacher to approximately five minutes so that all parents get a chance to see that teacher. We look forward to seeing you at conferences.
VETERANS DAY ASSEMBLY
South Park Middle School will be holding their annual Veterans Day Assembly on November 11th at 10:30 am in the school gymnasium. The assembly will include a color guard presentation, musical performances, student involvement with readings, and the playing of Taps. This year we will also have several trucks from Oshkosh Corporation on display. There will also be a speaker who will share their experiences with the student body. The public is encouraged to attend and a social will be offered afterwards. Please feel free to tell relatives, friends, and neighbors to attend. All are welcome.
BOOK FAIR NOVEMBER 18-22, 2019
South Park will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair during the school day from Monday, November 12 to Friday, November 16 in the Media Center. The Book Fair will also be open during Parent / Teacher Conferences on the evening of November 14 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
WHAT IS A “TEAM MEETING”?
A “Team Meeting” is a grade level teacher team that meets weekly to discuss students, curriculum, and to plan grade level activities. If you ever need to meet with your child’s teachers in person or on the phone, this team time would be a perfect opportunity to speak to several of your children’s core teachers all at once. Just contact the school counselor or the teachers to arrange a meeting or phone conference. Teams meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday as follows:
6th Gr. Team meets at 12:59 – 1:49 p.m.
7th Gr. Team meets at 11:20–12:10 p.m.
8th Gr. Team meets at 10:26-11:16 a.m.
- Academic Action Team
- Behavioral Action Team
- Parent/ Community Action Team
- Technology Action Team
- Media Center News
- Canvas Information
- Art News
BEHAVIORAL ACTION TEAM
October has been a great month for the Panther Way at South Park Middle School! The students have been respectful, responsible and safe and earning their Panther Paws. There have been some great drawings using the Panther Paws such as donuts for homeroom, Buffalo Wild Wings gift cards, and a pizza lunch. It is great to see all of the earned Panther Paws in the showcase in the main hallway of the school! In November we are planning on giving away some Packer apparel, book fair coupons and more.
South Park will be celebrating the Panther Way and the end of the first quarter with an incentive in which students will get to attend a mini lock-in, near the end of the day on November 1st. Students will have the option to play in the gym, watch a movie, play board games, music, table tennis, and many more fun things. There will also be concessions for sale.
Be Respectful-Be Responsible-Be Safe
PARENT/COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM
The Parent/Community Action Team is busy planning different times to showcase our students' work and accomplishments this year. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming events.
Our team is working on creating meaningful opportunities for parents, community members and students at South Park to volunteer this year. Also, here is the link if you plan to volunteer and need to have a background check.
The Box Top collection program is transitioning to an online program. We will continue to collect any remaining box tops you have saved.
We are always open to ideas for how we can support a more engaging environment at South Park. Ideas can be submitted via the suggestion box in the newsletter.
TECHNOLOGY ACTION TEAM
The South Park Technology Team has been working hard in year three of Learning without Limits!
Ask your child to log into their chromebook and see what learning has been taking place--Google Docs and Drive would be a good place to start. Some teachers are also using Canvas as a learning management system. Parents can create an account to observe student progress in those classes. Instructions are linked here. Students will need to generate a "join code" with instructions here. If you need the information, please email email@example.com.
We encourage parents to set their own household rules in regards to chromebook use. For example, assign locations and times when your child can use the device or designate chromebook use for homework only.
Here are a few reminders for families:
• Students should charge Chromebooks nightly.
• Please keep the charger at home (unless the student will be going to another location after school).
• Only earbuds (or small headphones) should be in the pocket of the Chromebook.
• Please be mindful of food & drink around Chromebooks.
We are sensitive to having appropriate reading material in the library. That said, what is considered “appropriate” may vary from one parent to another. Please be aware that the selections in the library, just like any public library, range from elementary to high school level reading material. We request parents to remain aware throughout the school year to the books their child has chosen to read, and assist them in gauging appropriateness. Reading for pleasure has many benefits. According to Common Sense Media, “It builds vocabulary and improves reading comprehension, writing, spelling, grammar, and knowledge of the world. It also boosts test scores.”
The Media Center has many fun literacy activities going on in October including black out poems, ransom note poems, bookface selfies, a digital citizenship lesson on phishing, and a bookmark and shredded book contest. Encourage your child to take part in one or more of the activities. Battle of the books participants are choosing teams on 10/15 and should be reading books from the battle list.
Digital Citizenship week is October 14-18th. Digital Citizenship week will serve as a "kick off" for the OASD's new digital citizenship curriculum. Our district uses lessons and concepts taught in Common Sense Media's newly-revised K-12 Digital Citizenship curriculum. Check out a "sneak peek" of the first lessons here: 6-8 Digital Citizenship Scope & Sequence The OASD Media Specialists have created a Facebook page in hopes to provide up-to-date information regarding keeping our kids healthy and safe when living in our digital world. Please like or follow the page.
Cindy Wolf and Angie Kese
On Saturday November, 2nd the Oshkosh Area School District Art Department will be conducting our annual student art show at the Masonic Center in downtown Oshkosh. This student art show will feature hundreds of original works of art created by art students in kindergarten through twelfth grade from throughout the Oshkosh Area School District. A Reception will be held at the Oshkosh Masonic Center located at 204 Washington Avenue, on Saturday November 2nd from 6-9 P.M. Students that have their artwork selected for the exhibition will be notified by their art instructor; however, all students, families, and Oshkosh residents are encouraged and welcome to attend.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2ND FROM 6PM TO 9PM
THE MASONIC CENTER
204 WASHINGTON AVE. OSHKOSH, WI
As the weather remains warm in the fall, we want to remind students about dressing appropriately at school. At South Park Middle School, we want to create an environment conducive to learning. We view the school as a work site with the expectation of professionalism and success. Therefore the following dress code exists:
• Hats/headwear allowed only outside
• Undergarments, cleavage, & midriffs should not be showing
• Shoulders should be covered
• Short shorts/skirts should not exposure of buttocks or undergarments.
• No wearing of items that reference alcohol/tobacco/illegal drugs, sexual references, or other inappropriate topics for a school setting
• Pajamas/pajama or lounge pants/slippers should not be worn at school (unless there is a special dress up day)
If dress is deemed inappropriate, the staff or principal/designee will ask the child to change, cover up, or go home to change. In some cases items may be confiscated until parents are able to pick them up.
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 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.
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.
HAVING DIFFICULTY FINDING THE RESOURCES YOU NEED
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