South School

Dear Families,


As you may have heard already, South school’s new home next year will be in the current RDMS building!  This is a wonderful building with lots of possibilities and lots of room for us to grow!  Each grade will be together in a wing with Kindergarten & 1st grades occupying the first floor and 2nd through 5th grades occupying the second floor.  We will have use of the entire cafeteria (in the past we had to share the room with RDMS) and will have a wonderful new gym including bleachers and a stage which will be new for us! 


With this move will come several new rules and procedures mainly due to the physical makeup of the building and grounds.  We will inform you, prior to the start of school, what new procedures are in place so that you will be prepared.  Rules and procedures will also be listed in our South School’s student hand book which is posted on our website. 


South School’s transition committee has been inspecting the RDMS building to determine what will work for South School’s younger students and what needs to be changed a bit.  We have had many discussions and feel that overall, the building is going to work quite nicely for us.  Our staff is excited about this move and are looking forward to making a new home next year in our new building -  we hope you are too!


It that time of year when students take several assessments to see where they are academically.  Grades 2-4 are due to take the NWEA assessment in the areas of reading and math.  The NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) test is computerized.  Other tests given are Text Leveling Benchmark System.

Once the tests are given we spend a great deal of time determining student’s strengths as well as areas in which they might need additional support.  All data is used to help us make sound educational choices in our instruction.  It’s very important for students to be prepared for their tests.  Please help your child by making sure they get a good night’s sleep and have a healthy breakfast. 


NWEA Testing Schedule

Testing Time:  9:00—10:30 AM

 Second Grade: May 11th, Reading & May 17th, Math

Third GradeMay 10th, Reading & May 16th, Math

Fourth GradeMay 12th, Reading & May 18th, Math


2016-2017 kindergarten screening is taking place on Tuesday, May 31st.  On this day, there will be no school for current KINDERGARTEN students.  We are so excited to meet our new incoming kindergarten students!


We had a great Family Literacy Night!  We spent the evening playing word, listening, and fine motor games.  Families and students discovered connections between literacy and music which was great fun!  We also explored online apps that support literacy.  Also, families created a family memoir!  Students visited Books in every Nook to get free, gently used children’s books.    There was a representative from RSU #13 Adult Education so that parents could learn about continuing their own education and a representative from the Rockland Public Library was present so that students could sign up for a Rockland Library card and hear about the great opportunities available at our local library.  Thank you to all the families who attended this wonderful event!


In April, South School staff and students celebrated the spirit of Aloha.  The halls donned festive decorations and staff and students dressed in a Hawaiian theme.   Teachers had Hawaiian themed activities this day such as teaching students how to say their name in Hawaiian!  So, what does Aloha mean, you ask….  Besides the common meanings such as hello and goodbye, the literal meaning of aloha is “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.”  Aloha is a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. Its deep meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and afterwards to spread the love to others.  


This is National Screen Free Week and with the weather finally warming up, what better time to go out and play, play, play! 


As always, students continue to learn great things here at South School and we are working hard to develop a great home/school connection for our students.  Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns!


South School 



Weekend Backpack Program:  South School has been invited to be a part of the AIO Food Pantry Weekend Backpak Program.  This program supplies extra food for the weekend for families who might like to have it.  If you are interested, please see the attachment at the bottom of this page for more information.




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YMCA After School Program at South School.pdf472.25 KB
New Parent Packet PTF.pdf201.69 KB
What are the Common Core State Standards and why are they coming to our schools1.pdf419.79 KB
Notice Regarding School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policies.pdf6.37 KB
School-Parent-Student Agreement.pdf222.19 KB
Home and School Connection_Working Together for School Success.pdf801.97 KB
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