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2nd Grade Playground Rules Winners
6th Grade Math Masters
Results from the Southland 6th grade Math Masters competition on March 5th in Austin: Kelsey Mensink - 13th out of 109 in the Fact Drill portion. Max Schmitz - 10th in the individual portion and the team overall was 3rd out of 24 teams. Pictures above are Laura Nelson, Kylie Kiefer, Kelsey Mensink, Natalie Zettles, Lydia Wik, Max Schmitz and Susan Ydstie
FCCLA Members to State
FCCLA members participated in their Regional Qualifying Contest on January 23. Those participating were Lindsey Sheely, Alex Mullenbach and Heidi Unverzagt. All 3 advanced to state competition with their presentations. Lindsey shared her project at the Grand Meadow nursing home. Heidi shared her project on texting and driving and Alex changed a recipe to make it more nutritious.
February Elementary Rebel Pride Winner
April 1 - Early Childhood Special Event
An Early Childhood special event for April 1st will be at the “Creativity Jam” at the MN Children’s Museum in Rochester. We will meet at the museum at 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Come and have a great time with your child or grandchild. Stay as long as you wish and then have lunch on your own. The museum is open until 1:00 p.m. that day. Location is 1643 N Broadway Suite A in River Center Plaza (Northgate Shopping Center). Cost is $5.50. Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 582-3405 Ext.1 to let us know you plan to come.
April 2 - No School - Spring Break
April 3 - No School - Spring Break/No SAC
April 6 - No School - Spring Break
April 7-13 - New York/Philadelphia Trip
April 9 - Kindergarten Round-Up
All families with a child eligible for kindergarten next year are invited to our Transition to Kindergarten/ Round-up Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Elementary School in Rose Creek. This evening is designed as an overview of kindergarten requirements to include registration, school policies, transitioning and preparing your child for kindergarten. Please bring your child’s birth certificate and current immunization record with you. Free childcare will be offered.
April 10 - Elementary Art Show and Supper
The Elementary Art Show and Supper will be held on Friday, April 10th from 5:00-7:45 PM, the annual art show and dinner sponsored by PTO will be served and consist of BBQ sandwiches, chips and a drink. There is no cost for the event; however a freewill donation will be requested to cover the cost of the meal.
April 11 - Mother/Son Event
The Elementary Student Council Mother/Son event will be on Saturday, April 11th. Details to come.
April 13 - PTO Perkins Fundraiser Event
Monday, April 13th the PTO has partnered with Perkins Restaurant in Austin to receive a percentage of all sales for that day. The more sales the restaurant has, the larger the percentage is given back to the PTO. Please consider picking up a pie or having a meal at Perkins to support the PTO. Click here for more information.
April 13 - Scholarship Fundraiser
The Adams Lions Club is sponsoring a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch in Austin on Monday, April 13th from 4:00 PM to close. This money will go towards providing local scholarships for Southland seniors.
April 14 - PTO Meeting
PTO meeting will be Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 PM.
April 15 - Romeo and Juliet Performance
The ninth and tenth grade students at Southland will take a field trip to Park Square Theatre in St. Paul, MN on Wednesday, April 15th for a performance of Romeo and Juliet.
April 16 - Elementary Evening Conferences
April 17 - Rube Goldberg Competition
The Rube Goldberg team, "Rube's Diner" will compete at Nationals in Milwaukee.
April 24 - Elementary Spring Concert, Grades 1, 4, 5
1st, 4th and 5th grades will present a concert on April 24th at 10 a.m. - “Being Our Best.”
April 25 - MSHSL Visual Art Contest
MN High School League Visual Art Contest at the Rochester Civic Center. Doors are open to the public at 1:00 p.m.
April 27-29 - 7th Grade to Eagle Bluff
April 30 - AARP Safe Driving Refresher Class
New AARP Safe Driving Refresher Class scheduled for April 30th from 6-10 pm. Register on-line from the Southland District Website or call Cathy Sumner at 440-5068.
May 1 - 4th Quarter Midterm
May 1 - Kindergarten Meet-Your-Teacher Day
Students eligible for kindergarten in the fall are invited to come meet their teachers on Friday, May 1st. Sign-up and times will be discussed at Kindergarten Round-Up on April 9th. Please call the elementary school with any questions.
May 2 - Prom
May 7 - Elementary Spring Concert, Grades K, 2, 3
Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grades will present a concert on May 7th at 1:30 PM - "Learning in our World."
May 14 - Art Show and Taco Feed
The Second Semester Art Show and Rebel Nation Taco Feed will be held on Thursday, May 14th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the American Legion in Adams.
May 15 - Elementary Spring Carnival
The elementary spring carnival will be held on Friday, May 15th from 6:00-9:00 PM
May 20 - High School Awards Ceremony
May 20 - Senior Boards from 3:30-8:00 PM
May 24 - Commencement
Commencement will be held at 2:00 PM
May 25 - No School - Memorial Day
June 2 - End of 4th Quarter/2nd Semester - 43/86 days; Last Day of School
June 18 - Minnesota Twins Summer Rec Trip
Minnesota Twins Summer Rec Trip is Thursday, June 18, 2015, when the Twins host the St. Louis Cardinals! Put it on your calendar - details will be out soon.
August 24th – Early Childhood Fundraiser
The Adams Lions Club is sponsoring a fundraiser for Early Childhood at Pizza Ranch in Austin on August 24th from 4:00 PM to close.
Field Trip to Limb Lab
On Friday March 27th, Mr. Guthmiller’s Anatomy & Physiology class along with Mrs. Mortenson’s Physics class had the opportunity to visit the Limb Lab in Rochester MN. Students were able to see the entire process of fitting and creating a custom prosthetic for a patient. Owner and operator Brandon Sampson took students through this process creating a “tool” to improve the quality of life for the patients that come to the Limb Lab for that specific purpose. Brandon and technician Arlen also showed the students the newest state of the art engineered computerized hands that can do most anything an original limb is capable of doing. Both Brandon and Arlen also shared their personal stories of how they came to work in the profession, their education, and passion for making the lives of their patient’s quality of life better.
FFA Nursery/Landscaping Team Places 1st
Pictured above are Breanna Douglas, Opal Troxel and Brady Kiefer, members of the FFA Nursery/Landscaping team who took 1st place at the Region 8 FFA contest on Tuesday at RCTC. Brady placed 1st individually and Opal placed 2nd individually. The team will move onto State at the end of April along with the other 8 teams that qualified earlier in the year. Super Job kids!!!
Middle School Service Project
The middle school student council is holding their last service project of the year to benefit MACV (Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans). They are collecting NEW items to help those who honorably served our country and are now in need of help. The deadline has been extended through Friday, March 27th. Please see attached list if you can help!
Carnival Raffle Baskets Needed
The PTO is asking for individuals, families or organizations to donate a basket toward the annual carnival raffle. Please indicate a value and name of who the basket is from. They will be collected in the elementary office.
Books Wanted at the Elementary
As you go through your child’s books that your children no longer use, the elementary school is collecting them to build up classroom libraries. Please consider donating them to your child’s classroom. We greatly appreciate it and you can drop them off in the office.
March Elementary Rebel Pride Winners
Knowledge Bowl Qualifies for Region Finals
Congratulations to Southland Knowledge Bowl Team #1 for qualifying for Region Finals on March 20th in Rochester. Team members include Mike Schmitz, Boyd Mortenson, Tess Douty, Michael Bauer and Marvin Heimer. Top 12 teams out of 36 teams advanced to Region finals. Cool beans and good job, folks.
Graduation Rate Commendation
From a letter to Superintendent Jeff Sampson from the Minnesota Department of Education: "I am reaching out to congratulate you on your district’s success in attaining a 90 percent graduation rate. This is a commendable accomplishment. As you know, Minnesota has a goal to reach a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020. Your district not only demonstrated a 90 percent graduation rate overall but also has no student group below 90 percent. I want to congratulate you and your staff for your tireless efforts to make sure students are put on a path for success in college or career."
Ag Mechanics Team Qualifies for State
The Southland Ag Mechanics team placed 2nd out of 13 teams at Kenyon on March 6th. Members were responsible for knowing sprayers, tractor power, concrete, surveying, MIG and Oxy welding while also knowing information about electric motors. Mike Stout top the Southland team placing 4th individually, Colton Smith 6th, John Heller 8th and Mike Merten and Marcus Thompson completed the team. They will compete at state at the end of April making the total number of Southland FFA teams qualifying for state now at 8 teams.
Board Approved Budget Reductions
Click here to view the budget reductions recently approved by the Southland School Board.
"The Southland School District strives to prepare its students to lead fulfilling lives as responsible citizens in today’s society. The learning environment will be inviting, respectful, supportive, inclusive, and flexible for student success. We believe that all learners must become: Inspired learners who are accountable for demonstrating, assessing and directing their present and life-long intellectual growth; Effective communicators who will use verbal, written, artistic and technological forms of communication to give, send and receive information; Productive workers who perform collaboratively and independently to create quality products and services that reflect personal pride and responsibility; Responsible citizens who have a global and multicultural perspective, and who take the initiative for improving the quality of life for self and others; Resourceful thinkers who independently and creatively strive to solve complex problems through reflection, appropriate risk taking, and critical evaluation."