Thursday, November 12, 2015
As a nation, we join together on the 11th day of the 11th month each year in remembrance of those who have served to secure our liberties. As a school, we preserve the tradition of a Veteran’s Day observance to teach our children the legacy left to each generation by our men and women in uniform. We had the opportunity to express our gratitude to the veterans in our community at this year's Veteran's Day Observance Ceremony at South Side Elementary School. Thank you to all of our veterans for your service to our nation and your personal sacrifice for so many generations to come.
Posted by Alisa Smith at 9:16 AM
Thursday, October 8, 2015
For the last couple of winters, severe weather has forced many area schools to close multiple days. East Noble has been among them, leaving us to find creative solutions to meet the state requirement for make-up days including adding multiple days to the end of the school year. This year, the IDOE has once again entrusted our district to provide quality eLearning on days we close for snow. While it is never ideal to close school, it makes much more sense to provide quality instruction for our kids in "real time" with our curriculum and keep our students safe in severe weather.
Our district, our teachers, and our students are well-positioned to move into this next Indiana winter; and as we work to better serve our students and our community, we hope that the changes we’ve made to this year’s eLearning plan make e-learning as easy for you to manage as possible. In that spirit, I’d like to provide some details regarding expectations on an eLearning snow day:
- This year, every closed school day after October 30th will be designated as an eLearning day. October 30th is a professional development day for teachers and will serve as our “trial run” for our new eLearning plan, outlined here.
- All assignments will be posted to your child’s eLearning platform by 9:00am on the canceled school day. This platform will be Google Drive for K-4, and Canvas for 5-6. Our students are very familiar with working from these digital blackboards as they are used daily in their classrooms.
- For students who do not have internet access, our Media Center will remain open for an additional hour for three days following an eLearning day for students to download the content they need onto their devices so they can complete them at home. While the best-case scenario is for a child to complete their e-learning assignments on the date assigned, we understand that your family is busy, and your child may not be able to complete the full work load of eLearning in one day. Teachers are very flexible in allowing time in class for several days following an eLearning day for students to finish their assignments.
- Since the eLearning day does “count” as one of the state-mandated 180 days of school, students do need to attempt to make progress on their eLearning assignments on the actual eLearning day. Students who do not complete any of their eLearning assignments will be counted absent for the day.
- Teachers are available and eager to help students with their assignments and can be contacted through e-mail, Class Dojo, and by other means throughout the day. Each child will have an “eLearning Label” affixed to their agenda or take home folder with pertinent information to help them get the support they need for their eLearning, including teacher contact information, and logins and passwords to their eLearning platforms (Google Drive for K-4 and Canvas for 5-6) as well as other helpful information. Please contact your child’s teacher with questions or concerns or have your child make that contact themselves as they complete their assignments.
- Do not feel compelled to sit next to your child for five hours to complete the eLearning assignments. Our students function independently with the guidance of a teacher and frequent check-ins during their regular school day. Try getting your child started on a task, and walking away to allow them time to complete it or make progress before checking in with them. Obviously, younger students will need more frequent check-ins and support than our older students.
- Please remember, that during the course of a regular school day, your child has multiple “brain breaks” to relieve the stress and anxiety of a rigorous curriculum: recess, lunch, bathroom breaks, specials classes, and the occasional assembly or program, as well as frequent transitions help ease the monotony during the school day. Do not be afraid to allow your child to complete a couple of assignments at a time with frequent opportunities for play in between. After all—to a child, the best part of a snow day is the snow!
We appreciate your flexibility and your input as we continue to work to make the eLearning experience a positive one for our families. Thank you!
Posted by Alisa Smith at 9:54 AM
Saturday, September 12, 2015
We are already halfway through September and the school year is moving right along! This week, South Side is preparing for our fundraiser kick off for the 2015-16 school year. Our school fundraiser dollars are deposited directly into our student fund, and are used to fund activities and events that affect our whole student body. Our field trips are funded from these monies as well as our spring ISTEP cookout and ISTEP snacks during testing week. Our student awards at the end of the school year are also funded from this account. The fundraiser will begin this Friday, September 18th and will run through September 30th when all orders and funds are due. Our delivery date for goods purchased is scheduled for November 5th, so you’ll have all of your items well before the holidays. Thank you for supporting our South Side Trailblazers, and for all you do for your children and our students!
Posted by Alisa Smith at 7:34 AM