Southside School

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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

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  • Summer My Way 2017

    Summer My Way is gearing up for SUMMER 2017! (More)

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  • Attendance - Every Minute Counts

    Every minute counts. Students late to school each day by as little as 10 minutes adds up to 33 hours of missed class time. Attend school ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.

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  • Niles Athletic Summer Sports Camps

    Campers have the opportunity to work with Niles High School Varsity Coaching Staff (More)

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  • Preschool and Kindergarten Registration

    Niles Community Schools registration dates for its preschool and kindergarten programs for the 2017-18 school year have been set. The following dates are applicable to anyone interested in registering their child to attend early education programs at schools throughout the district. (More)

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  • Latest Edition of District Newsletter

    The April 2017 District Newsletter is now available. (More)

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  • Captured by the Superintendent

    Pictures taken by Dr. Applegate as he attends events and visits schools throughout the district.

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  • YMCA Offering After School Programs

    The Niles-Buchanan YMCA is offering safe, top quality, enriching after school programs for your child! (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated 3-21-17! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • District Announces School Calendar Changes for 2016-2017

    The state is requiring five additional student instructional days next year. As we did not receive an increase in funding to offset the cost of these days, we had to add a few more 1/2 days to the district calendar. We know that we have many working parents who this affects. (More)

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  • Bond 2015

    We wish to extend our sincere gratitude to all the community members who came out to vote on the bond proposals. (More)

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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Welcome to Southside!
Diane Curry, Principal
Southside School operates two center-based programs for low incidence special needs students and students who are not achieving, primarily due to an inability to control their behavior.  Both programs require a full time placement.  We serve all of Berrien County with the majority of the students coming from the southern half of the region.  Referrals for placement are made to Southside only after the resident district has exhausted all other less restrictive interventions.
Safe and Civil Schools played a key roll in our district. After three years of training, we have taken on a new and improved Southside.
We were taught how to implement the Foundations program which involved a positive behavior support program designed to make your school safer, more civil and more productive.  With that we also went over the importance of School Culture and School Connectedness.
At Southside, we examine key issues related to our building and develop policies that will be implemented and monitored to address behavioral expectations for students and staff.  We have implemented Guidelines for Success which is 3 - 5 lifelong character traits that students need in order to be successful in school and in life.  Our staff has been trained on the positive, proactive classroom management as well as TCI (therapeutic crisis intervention.)  This Foundation program is an on-going collection of interpreting data to help revise policies and procedures on learning how to effectively address the basic needs of all students.
Southside Mission Statement
Our mission is to uphold a safe, caring and respectful learning environment where high expectations, independence and responsibility are promoted.  We stress the importance of life long learning because we believe our students can meet the demands of a rapidly changing society.