September 14, 2017
Welcome back to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope you had a great summer of fun and relaxation with your family.
We are off to an absolutely wonderful start to this new school year. We had a very successful Open House just one week ago. Our students have made a great transition to their new grades and are involved in excellent learning experiences in every class. I want to again thank you for sending us the best middle school students in the world to work with each day. I considerate a true honor and privilege to be able to spend time with them on a daily basis.
I want to welcome all of our new families to the South Middle School family. We registered over 60 new students to the District in August, and we welcome our new sixth grade class to our school.
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 –Brian McConaghy– 441-4600
Assistant Principal – Dr.. Gina Cartolano – 441-4600
Deans’ Office – M.S.. Karla Krupala -- 4604
Counselors’ Office – Grade 6 -- Mrs.. Gerstein – 441-4621
Grade 7 – Mr.. Nadherny – 441-4622
Grade 8 -- M.S.. Chase – 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.
Finally, my best wishes to your children for a most successful 2017-2018 school year.
James R. Welsch, Ed. D.