September 9, 2018

Posted by Piper Boston on 9/9/2018

Dear South Families,

We hope this email finds you well. Here is this week’s administrative message and different South happenings. 

District 25 E-Flyers-

This District 25 E-Flyers link features communications, activities, and services available throughout Arlington Heights and neighboring communities.


PTA President’s Message-

Interested in Planning 8th Grade Dance? Please attend the PTA Meeting on Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00pm in the large conference room.

Take the Stress Out of Yearbook Ordering and Join PTA! Questions or to confirm your membership?  Email: 

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Mark Your Calendars!

  • 6th Grade Activity Night: Friday, September 28th from 7:00-9:00pm at South.  More information coming soon!
  • Picture Retakes- Tuesday, October 9th
  • 7th Grade Activity Night: Friday, October 12th from 7:00-9:00pm at Mt. Prospect Central Community Center.

.Follow/Like South PTA On Facebook: (South Middle School PTA) & Twitter (@SouthPTA).  South PTA Website: www.southpta.orgQuestions? Email


Curriculum Nights-

We enjoyed welcoming many of our seventh and eighth grade parents last Wednesday to their Curriculum Night. We know the “walk” in your child’s shoes becomes more rigorous with our three flights of stairs when they become seventh and eighth graders! 

Each year, we reflect on our 6-7-8 Grade Curriculum Night formats and make changes based on parent and staff feedback. Here is a link to a survey, and we thank you in advance for your time. 


AIMS web and MAP Assessments-

This District 25 Assessment Calendar was previously shared by our Department of Student Learning along with this letter overview. All 6-7-8 students have or will participate in short AIMSweb R-CBM and Math Concepts and Applications assessments during ELA and math classes this month. 

During the month of September, the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test will only be administered to new students or those being progress monitored; which largely consists of students in reading intervention, math intervention, or special education. 

All students in grades 6-7 will next take the reading and math MAP assessment in December. 


October Parent-Teacher Conferences-

District 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, October 18th and Friday, October 19th. This is a different timeframe than in past years, which will allow parents the opportunity to meet with their child’s teachers earlier in the school year. 

At South, we will be following the conference model of past years, where parents can sign up for morning, day, and evening times with as many or as few of their child’s teachers as they choose on Thursday, October 18th. Teams will schedule recommended Friday morning conferences. 

More information regarding our conference format and online scheduling will be sent home in the upcoming week(s).   

With PowerSchool, Schoology, and ongoing school-home communication, our students and parents are able to proactively track academic progress each week of school. We understand why some families choose not to schedule conferences for this reason. 


Lunch at South-

One of the settings we focus on to begin the school year is the lunchroom. Administrators and supervisors have reviewed lunch routines and expectations. With approximately 300 students eating together, it requires the cooperation of all to make it a safe and fun environment. Students do choose their own lunch tables and seats. Each quarter, we ask students to commit to a table after a transition period, so that we can quickly find/account for students as needed during lunch. If students have concerns with their table choices after they have committed to a seat, they can always talk with a lunch supervisor, teacher, or administrator and we will support them in making a short or long term move. We have a cabinet full of board and other games students can choose to take out and play at their lunch tables along with outside chess/checker tables. Mostly, though, they just enjoy sitting, eating, and talking with one another. There are special Cardinal Cash cafe/outdoor seating privileges and many students receive passes to visit different teachers/classroom spaces during the lunch periods. Lunch is always a busy, fun, social time in the school day. 


Safety Drills-

To begin each school year, teachers review important safety information with students. This month we practiced announced evacuation, hard lockdown, and shelter-in-place drills as a school. During the weeks of September-October, we will conduct some unannounced drills as a school and with the Arlington Heights Fire and Police Departments. We want students and staff to understand and be familiar with procedures in the event of each type of situation. 


Other South Happenings-

Our Cross Country and Girl’s Basketball teams’ seasons are fully underway, and they have been participating in their first games and meets. 

We had a wonderful turnout for Golf this year, which started even before the first day of school. Congratulations to the following students:  Luke Kruger, Natalie Von Oesen, and Kate Reising. They qualified to compete in the IESA State Golf Tournament next week!

As a reminder, there is no Activity Bus this Monday, September 10th and no students should be staying after school past 2:45 PM.

Students and parents can check out our announcements page to know other South happenings and student opportunities. You can also click on our @South Twitter and @ahsd25 Twitter pages for highlights and updates around South and Arlington Heights School District 25. 

We have been enjoying your children. Thank you for entrusting us with them each and every day!


Piper Boston, Principal 

Steve Perkins, Associate Principal

Sheri Rosen, Associate Principal


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