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Southgate promotes peacable schools

The school success committee at Southgate organized a school wide character education activity to engage students to creatively express their thoughts. To kick off the activity, classroom teachers led discussions to raise awareness of the difference between street art and graffiti. »READ MORE

Southgate Elementary supports medical mission to Uganda

One of Southgate Elementary's third grade teachers, Patty Pinkham, is involved in supporting missions around the world. Recently, she supported a medical mission to Uganda by collecting flip flops and Crocs for the villagers. »READ MORE

April edition of the Gatepost now available

Click here to download the April edition of the Southgate newsletter [PDF].

Third graders research historical figures

Third graders recently researched an important historical figure and wrote a biography about what they learned. They then held a "living museum" where they dressed up as their person and shared what they learned. To see some pictures of the students,  »CLICK HERE

Southgate receives two generous donations to allow handicap access to playground facilities

One donation of $8,000 was from Mr. and Mrs. David Jojo, in honor of their daughter Ashton, via the Ashton Jojo Memorial Fund.  Another dontation was from Berkshire Bank Foundation, Inc. of $5,000. »READ MORE

Students celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with "Seuss-A-Palooza"

During the week, students in all grade levels created Seuss characters that included their pictures. Each grade level was assigned its own character.  On Tuesday, students and staff wore red and white and created "Seussisms" to go along with "Word of the Week".  The Seussisms included a definition that might have been used by Dr. Seuss. »READ MORE

A message from Principal Jerri Lynne Dedrick

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. » READ MORE

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 calendar.


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 both shows. » READ MORE

Seymour Simon, award-winning author, visits Southgate

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. » READ MORE

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. » READ MORE

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!

Attendance 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 poster contest

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 go, Southgate!

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

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. » READ MORE

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. » READ MORE

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. » READ MORE


Ms. Jerri Lynne Dedrick
30 Southgate Rd.
Loudonville, NY 12211
Phone: (518) 785-6607
Fax: (518) 783-8878

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