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Principal's Message

Mike Raters
Prinicpal

I have enjoyed getting to know the staff and students at Southside since my arrival in in October. We have worked hard to develop learning-centered focus; improve student behaviors; and enhance school spirit, and I appreciate all the support we have received. Through good collaboration and communication, we are establishing a student-centered, ever-improving culture, and I thank you for sharing in that effort!

Please help your students be prompt to school and prepared to learn every period of every day. As they know by now, I have high expectations of them and lots of energy to help them reach those. It’s part of my deep passion not just for their education, but for their overall development. They have done a great job of embracing the changes we have been implementing and, again, we are grateful for all the parents and guardians who have supported us in our efforts. Panther Pride is growing on a daily basis!

This year’s Community Sing will again be a virtual event. You can watch it on Christmas Day at noon on WIPB and online after that. On behalf of my family and the entire SMS family, I wish each and every one of you a safe, joyous and festive Holiday Season, and I look forward to a fun and rewarding 2022.

Go Panthers!

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