Welcome back to all of our returning parents and welcome to all of the new parents at Southern Middle. We hope that you will find your child’s tenure at Southern to be beneficial and rewarding. The PTA is here to keep you updated and informed in regards to your child’s education. Please look for the PTA News normally in conjunction with the school newsletter.
Please take the time to join the PTA and attend the monthly meetings the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Media Center. We look forward to seeing you all there.
SOUTHERN MIDDLE PTA
Board of Directors:
President: Peggy James 830-765-5958 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President: Melissa Coon 410-867-0342 email@example.com
Secretary: Laura Bardill 719-201-7822 Lbardill@aacps.org
Treasurer: Jessica King 443-532-6949 firstname.lastname@example.org
Enrolling at AACPS
Guidance Office Hours: 8:00am - 3:00pm
To register your student, specific documentation is required. Please click on the following link to review all enrollment requirements. Once you have obtained all required enrollment documentation, please contact the School Counseling Registrar, Mrs. Arey, at 410-222-1659 to schedule an enrollment meeting. Enrollments are done by appointment only to ensure that a counselor is available to meet with you and your child to discuss scheduling.
Make-Up Work Policy
If your child is absent for more than two days, you may request make up work. All requests for make-up work require 24 hours’ notice. Please call the guidance office at 443-482-2785 to request this. You can then pick up your child’s make-up work in the guidance office or have it sent home with a neighbor/relative.
Please keep in mind that not all work can be sent home and some assignments must be completed with the teacher (such as science labs or exams).
Please remember to send in an absence note when your child returns to school. Attendance notes should be given to the student’s Bulldog Block or 1st period teacher.
If you are planning a vacation, requests must be in writing and should go through your child’s administrator. Once approved, the attendance secretary will give your child a notice to take to all of their teachers prior to the absence.
Material drop off to students
Our school year has gotten off to a great start and our students and teachers are working hard in the classrooms. We realize at times that students forget important materials at home, but in an effort to minimize interruptions to the learning environment, items brought to the school by parents will be distributed to the student during their lunchtime only. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this matter.
Lunch times: TBA
EARLY DISMISSAL AND MESSAGES FOR YOUR CHILD DURING SCHOOL
Sometimes it is only possible to schedule doctors and dentist appointments during the school day. We can not call students down in advance. Please remember to bring a photo ID of yourself to sign out your child, once your ID is verified we will then call your child down to the main office.
There will be no students called down to the office for early dismissal after 2:55pm. Thank you for your understanding.
All students will, at one time or another, accidentally leave a lunch or assignment at home. If a parent needs to bring an item to school during school hours, the parent should drop off the labeled item in the office. The label should include the child’s name and grade. We will deliver the item to the student at the beginning of their lunch. It is not possible to call the students to the office, as this disrupts instruction in the classroom. It is also not possible to deliver telephone messages to students during the day. Should an emergency require immediate information to a student, the parent should request to speak with an administrator or guidance counselor, who will determine the best method to contact the child.
Bullying and cyberbullying, harassment and intimidation, hazing, and/or bias behaviors are unsafe behaviors that do not reflect respect for others as defined by the Code of Student Conduct. If your child is a target of one of these behaviors, you can report this using the Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation Reporting Form that is available on the school website or from the main office or the school counseling office. Students can also report directly to a staff member. When a situation that involves any of these behaviors is reported, staff members will respond quickly and will provide a practical, private, and safe place to report.
How to Tell If Your Child/Student Is Being Bullied...
- Change in school performance
- Truancy/drop outPeer rejection
- Fear of social situations
- Alienation and loneliness
- Poor self-esteem
- Chronic illness
What Can You Do?
- If the bullying is occurring at school, contact the teacher, school counselor, and/or administrator.
- Ask your child’s teacher questions about his or her interactions with other children.
- Look for help from the school counselor with social skills, assertiveness, or friendship skills training.
If it is determined by an administrator that bullying or cyberbullying, harassment, intimidation, hazing, and/or bias behaviors have occurred, the students involved in these behaviors will receive support from a school counselor, school psychologist, school social worker, pupil personnel worker, or school health staff person to be sure that everyone involved in the incident feels safe and supported and understands how to avoid these situations in the future.
What to do about the Flu
About 55 million students and 7 million staff attend the more than 130,000 public and private schools in the United States each day. By implementing these recommendations, schools and health officials can help protect one-fifth of the country’s population from flu. Collaboration is essential: CDC, the U.S. Department of Education, state and local public health and education agencies, schools, students, staff, families, businesses, and communities all have active roles to play. Please visit this website for more information: http://flu.gov/plan/school/schoolflutoolkit.pdf
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS:
We can no longer accept emails for absent/early dismissal notes....We must have a signature. If you are unable to send a note, please fax to 410-867-0231. Student's are no longer permitted to ride another bus home unless an exceptional traspertation request form has been filled out and approved by the Board of Education.
If you are looking for some inspiration or ideas to help shape your child’s behavior or habits please review the attached resources. There are some great ideas for how to reward/praise your child as well as how to give consequences. For a fun way to help your child stay organized, try one of the Binder Check games!
- 7 Binder Check Games Handout
- Behavior Consequences
- Family expectations
- Shaping Behavior and Rewards
- Tips for Positive Praise