September 23, 2014
I hope that the 2014-2015 school year has started well for you and your child(ren). Here at South Middle School, I believe that we have had a fabulous start to this school year. Literally by the second hour of school on September 3rd, instruction was underway and students were settling into the new school year.
Our Open House took place on September 11 and by all indications it was a most successful evening. We were honored to host our Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz and Trustee Don Ashkenase who attended this wonderful event that evening. It is my hope that parents who attended found the meeting both helpful and informative.
We are blessed at South Middle School to be able to work with the best middle school students imaginable. Every day we marvel at their courteousness, diligence, and hard work. We have been in school a total of three weeks (15 school days) and our school has the "feel" of it being mid-year. That is a direct reflection on our students.
Our club, activity, and sports programs are 'in full bloom" as of this writing. It is my hope that your children are finding activities that are of interest to them. If you look at the front page of our school's website, you will see our "Club Fair" booklet that was given to every new student in our school to let them know of the many kinds of extra curricular activities we have going on here.
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 6 -- Mrs. Gerstein – 441-4621
Grade 7 – Mr. Nadherny – 441-4622
Grade 8 -- 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!
James R. Welsch, Ed. D.