July 18 , 2013
I hope that you and your family are enjoying the summer so far. The weather has certainly been hot over this past week.
Please check out our PTA Newsletter (available on this website as well) to get a sense as to the scope and depth of both the academic as well as extra-curricular program your child is experiencing at our school each day. Our goal is always to challenge our students but to do so in a developmentally appropriate and enjoyable way. Our students arrive each and every morning with big smiles on their faces and an eagerness to "get to work." I see that as I greet each student each morning as they arrive at school. That is a tribute to you and I want you to know how much it is appreciated. We all feel blessed each day to work with such motivated, caring students.
As a reminder, school opens on Tuesday, September 3rd. We have our "walk-through" for our sixth graders and our new seventh and eighth graders on Thursday, August 29th beginning at 10:30 AM. You will be receiving an several emails from us in August with important information regarding the opening of the 2013-2014 school year. Please be on the lookout for them around August 15th.
Schools are complex organizations. Many different individuals serve student needs in a variety of capacities. Often, when a question arises, parents are unsure as to whom to call to have their questions answered. If a parent has a question about homework, tests, quizzes, assignments, grades, or any aspect of classroom life, parents are strongly advised to call the teacher first! In the majority of cases, conversations between parents and teachers resolve most questions. If you have a question concerning your child’s adjustment to school, issues regarding friendships or peer pressures, or general academic adjustment concerns, please call your child’s counselor. Questions regarding school behavior/consequences and or buses should be directed to the deans or to the assistant principals. Questions regarding curriculum, budget, and staffing, should be directed to the principal.
To assist you in expediting communication, the following is a list of the new telephone numbers here at South Middle School:
Principal – Dr. James Welsch – 441-4600
Assistant Principal – Jerry Cozine – 441-4600
Assistant Principal – Dr. Gina Cartolano – 441-4600
Deans’ Office – Ms. Karla Krupala -- 4604
Counselors’ Office – Grade 8 -- Mrs. Gerstein – 441-4621
Grade 6 – Mr. Nadherny – 441-4622
Grade 7 -- Ms. Horowitz – 441-4623
Main Office – 441-4600
Art Department – 441-4640
Computer Department – 441-4642
English Department – 441-4644
Health Education Department – 441-4647
Home and Careers Department – 441-4646
World Language Department – 441-4648
Library – 441-4649
Math Department – 441-4649
Music Department – 441-4651
Nurse’s Office – 441-4610
Physical Education Department – 441-4652
Psychologists – 441-4636 (Dr. Rolih); 441-4635 (Dr. Erstein)
Reading Department – 441-4653
Science Department – 441-4654
Social Studies Department – 441-4655
Social Worker – 441-441-4637
Special Education Department – 441-4656
Technology Department – 441-4659
I hope you find this information helpful. Thank you for your continued support of our school and for sending such wonderful students to us each day! Have a wonderful summer. See you all in a few short weeks.
James R. Welsch, Ed. D.