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A message from Principal Jerri Lynne
Just when we thought there may be a new
topic for the news to cover, the weather perhaps (curse that
groundhog), The Common Core has again grabbed headlines. You
may have heard that the Regents recently adopted changes to
The Core. How and when these will unfold and what the
effects will be is still being determined but will be
interesting to say the least.
Shaker Junior High Parent Orientation
One part of
6th graders’ transition to SJHS is providing their
parents with information to ease concerns, answer
questions and help prepare families for a different
educational experience. We are looking for input
from parents about what they would like to hear and what
they think would be most beneficial at orientation.
HERE TO READ MORE AND SHARE YOUR INPUT
Coffee with Cale: A discussion on
The next session is Wed. April 9,
from 9am-10am at Loudonville Elementary. The topic
will be "Teaching Family Values that Build Happiness and
Parents from all schools are invited!
Southgate students' Green Week posters
entered into statewide contest
14 posters will be entered in the NYS
Department of Environmental Conservation "NY Recycles"
poster contest. Judging for this statewide contest will be
in May and winners will be included in the NYSDEC 2015
6th grade play a huge success
57 sixth graders at Southgate Elementary
spent 10 weeks rehearsing for their production of 101
Dalmatians. The performance drew quite a crowd, selling out
Seymour Simon, award-winning author,
On November 8, Seymour Simon, an
accomplished nonfiction author, came to Southgate to share
some of his books and experiences as a writer with our
students, teachers and staff.
How Parents Can Help Kids Shift Their
Learning To The Common Core
You may not agree with it, and there is
certainly controversy associated with them, but today
students are studying math and English – language arts under
a new set of standards. Any changes designed to improve
schooling, no matter how perfectly conceived, need parent
involvement to succeed.
6th Grade Food Drive a success!
During the week of October 21 - 25, the
Sixth Grade Students participated in a Trick-or-Treat Food
Drive for the Food Pantry as a community service. The
students learned the importance of helping others and
eagerly took on the role of planning, advertising, and
encouraging each classroom to help contribute to the Food
Drive. The Sixth Graders learned how their efforts can have
a positive impact on others. As a result, the Sixth Graders
exceeded their goal and donated 1,317 items to the local
Food Pantry! The Sixth Graders are appreciative of
and thankful for everyone’s contributions which helped make
their Trick - or - Treat Food Drive for the Food Pantry such
a huge success!
Congratulations Southgate! For the first
attendance period, we not only met the district attendance
objective of 96.3% - we beat it! Our attendance rate was
98.2% Great job! Keep it up!
Southgate students wins top prize in
Mary Kate Sullenberger was the first
place winner in the K – 3 category for the Department of
Environmental Conservation's 2013 New York Recycles Poster
Contest. Her poster was selected from over 600 poster
entrees. This poster will be used in the 2014 NY Recycles
Calendar, and she is invited to be a special guest at an
Awards ceremony in Cooperstown, NY in November. The
calendars will be available in November.
Southgate lends a 'Helping Hand'
Southgate started its year with a series
of spirit days – one of which was “Helping Hands and
Hearts”. Students brought in pennies to support Albany
Children’s Hospital.” In total they raised $205.26! Way to
Open House packets/presentations
Southgate Elementary teachers will be
posting their Open House packets on the website as a
resource for parents. As they are submitted, they will be
added to this page. Please check back frequently.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRESENTATIONS
Individual student state test scores are
Individual scores for the English
and math assessments in grades three through eight and
the science assessments in grades 4 and 8, all taken in
the spring of 2013, are now available on the Parent
Drop off procedures
If you are dropping your child off,
please keep in mind that no cars will be allowed in the
front circle between 7:55 and 8:15 a.m. as students arrive.
Students are to be dropped off at the lower circle during
this time. Any student arriving after 8:15 a.m. must
be signed in with the main office by an adult.
Absent/Tardy - What to do?
It is very important that we are able to
account for students. When a child does not come to school and a
parent has not called to report the absence, we become concerned
about the safety of the child. »
Tips for parents from the school nurse
A child who is sick will not be able to perform
well in school and is likely to spread the
illness to other children and staff. We suggest
making a plan for childcare ahead of time so you
will not be caught without a comforting place
for your child to stay if he/she is ill.
Enroll for Price Chopper Tools for Schools
If you have not already done so, please
re-enroll your Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card in
the Tools for Schools Program. Price Chopper
cleared its Tools for Schools database last
spring, and all Southgate families must
RE-ENROLL in the Tools for Schools Program to
have dollars spent at Price Chopper be counted.