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Middle School

2018-2019 1st Quarter Issue


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Message from the Principal

Kyle Spray

Greetings from Southwestern Middle School!


The school year is in full swing, and we have many student accomplishments to celebrate. Our fall sports season has concluded, and SMS was well-represented. Congratulations to our 8th grade B team for winning the TSC volleyball tournament, and congrats to our 8th grade A team for winning the Western Boone invitational! Southwestern's cross country team included 55 runners this year, and we are looking to build on that number with our new running club after school. Our football teams showed tremendous improvement throughout the season, with both teams earning several victories, including a win for both teams in WCJC crossover game during the final week of the season. The SMS Cheerleading and Dance teams are strong in numbers and are highly successful.


Furthermore, Southwestern is proud of all of our students who are involved in clubs. Lego League, Wildcats for Change, Student Council, NJHS, Game Club, Art Club, Speech Team, and Students in Action are some of our clubs that are busy with activities that enhance our school and our community. We encourage every student to join a club or a team in order to maximize their middle school experience.


Academically, we are continuing our Newsela reading initiative and a school-wide focus on English and Math IXL work as part of our school improvement plan. Among other strategies, we have added academic interventions throughout our school day to help ensure that students are at or above grade level. Please take advantage of the PowerSchool Parent Portal if you have not done so already. Once you have an account, you can keep up-to-date on your child's progress in each class. As always, we hope to remain a partner with you in your child's education.


Kyle Spray


Southwestern Middle School

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Distinguished Honor Roll


Southwestern is proud to present its Distinguished Honor Roll students for the 1st quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.  In order to receive the Distinguished Honor Roll, a student must have no less than 6 A's with the remaining grades of B. 


Congratulations to our students and their academic success!

8th Grade


Tess Bower, Megan Brigham, Carly Bryant, Emma Clouser, Sydney Copeland, Jalynn Curwick, Tobiah Davis, Abigail Fitzmorris, Madelyn Gaeta, Keondre Garing, Dane Garrett, Geneva German, Shaylee Goings, Trezdin Hair, Lora Hobson, Olivia Kays, Olivia Lansinger, Taylor Lennon, Kyle Mansfield, Marlee Matz, Caitlyn Miller, Kendall Nakaguchi, Carter Norsworthy, Andrea Nufer, Elizabeth Pelfree, Emily Ponce Alvarez, Calvin Reeves, Cooper Rooze, Elizabeth Rose, Kylee Rosenbarger, Skylar Seyfried, Daija Shepherd, Stephen Sherlock, Quintin Smith, Timothy Swank, Mya Van Hook, Kaia Webb, Kole Williams, and Jaidyn Winstead.

7th Grade


Benjamin Arts, Jacqueline Bennett, Jolea Chapman, Iris Clark, Kaitlin Crum, Aiden Dallinger, Olivia Foxworthy, Elizabeth Gamble, Ava Harris, Alexis Heaston, Nathan Huang, Adalyn Ladeburg, Daniel Quednow, Alessandra Requierme, Jocelyn Roman, Elizabeth Whitlock, and Andrew Young.

6th Grade


Jackson Arndt, Broderick Arnold, Gillian Ayala, Mallorie Beutel, Zachary Brenner, Brianna Carroll, Peyton Clouser, Amelie Coolman, Emily Courtney, Caidence Craven, Carter Crum, Maddison Crum, Daisy Daugherty, Layla Ehresman, Jerrett Ehrie, Makenzie Frye, Julian Gaeta, Easton Gibb, Rayne Gilbert, Aidan Glista, Irelin Hair, Niyah Henry, Elley Inskeep, Ralph Jackson, Kieraan Jordan, Savannah Justice, Burgen Kannal, Emily Kendall, Mason Lee, Reanna Lee, Avery Lennartz, Grace Lorton, Megan Melton, Connor Menon, Isabella Miller, Diego Morales Melchor, Mayce Nobile, Catherine Persin, Shawn Phosingkham, Alexys Redinbo, Scarlett Reksel, Zachary Reppert, Raymond Rodriguez, Sophia Royer, Lucy Schenk, Annika Seyfried, Kaitlyn Sliger, Cordell Smith, Owen Souligne, Hayden Wagner, and Carlie Woods.

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A-B Honor Roll

Southwestern is also proud to present its A-B Honor Roll students for the 1st quarter of the 2018-2019 school year.  To qualify for the A-B Honor Roll, a student must have all A's and B'c with no C's.
Congratulations to our students and their academic success!

8th Grade


Brayden Ashley, Crystal Carrillo Hernandez, Aysia Clevinger, Connor Coddington, Jenna Cook, Leah Criswell, Olivia Criswell, Brock DeFreese, Claire Delcourt, Ryan Denham, Addison Edwards, Nicole Fields, Kevin Figueroa Marin, Donovan Flynn, Emmy Frier, Ethan Gutierrez, Paris Hall, Lillian Helms, Jaden Hewitt, James Hunt, Grace Lathrop, Hope Leon, Sandra Magallanes-Ortiz, Mikylah Marshall, Alexander McGarvey, Caleb Milligan, Caitlyn Morris, Ethan Neer, Mia O'Brien, Lexani Ozuna, Samantha Pelfree, Nicholas Quednow, Fisher Redinbo, Reina Sheets, Ethan Smith, Haylee Smith, Sophia Spray, Hannah Stanifer, Colton Strickler, Jesus Vargas and Wyatt Wolf.

7th Grade


Hunter Baldwin, Gabriel Beeler, Knox Boyd, Jackson Burton, Kaylyn Cheesman, Anna Dick, Saniyah Dunbar, Cale Garriott, Wyatt Gasaway, Wyatt Gilman, Matthew Hughes, Drew Johnston, Grayson Mullikin, Carter O'Brien, Lucas Persin, Ava Piegza-Porat, Eli Russell, Mekala Sandifur, Logen Sims, Parker Sorrells, Brady Taylor, Jordan Tunis, and Owen White.

6th Grade


Oscar Banuelos-Bugarin, Taylor Blaising, Gia Bridges, Adelynn Burge, Paige Fenters, Colten Freeman, Caidance Griffith, Kaelyn Kuipers, Addyson Lade, Evan Ladeburg, Morgan Laffoon, Darrick Lane, Kara Nading, Samantha Parnell, Mitchell Roberson, Jesse Satterfield, Madison Stall, Faythe Stewart, Sequoya Stigers, Jacob Tunis, Richard Turnbo, Jasiah Tyler, Olivia Vaughn, Wyatt Vaughn, Hailey Wagner, and Lilly Wagoner.

AHERA Logo & AHERA Notification Letter

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Notification Letter


Click here to see the October 15, 2018 letter from Steven Tobias, TSC's Director of Building and Grounds confirming that Southwestern is in compliance with the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act.

Veterans Day and American Flags

Veteran's Day


Southwestern will host its annual Veterans Day program on Monday, November 12 at 11:00 a.m.
Veterans and active-duty military members are invited to attend and be lauded for their contributions to our nation. The program will be narrated by Student Council members and will feature the talents of Southwestern's band, directed by Mr. Tom Eisan and choral groups, directed by Mrs. Camden Ritchie.

Please contact Mrs. Headley to register any veterans or military members for the program and the lunch to follow.

All Veterans and active-duty military members will be seated in a place of honor on the gymnasium floor as the Southwestern family expresses its gratitude for the special contributions of these individuals to our American history.

We would like to ask all other guests to sit in the south bleachers.

All guests this year will enter through the gymnasium doors where guides will greet them and show them to their seats.

US Capitol Building

8th grade Washington DC Trip Information


The Southwestern Booster Club is in the planning stages of an 8th grade educational trip to Washington D.C. We are just now gathering information and finding out how many 8th graders are interested in possibly going on the trip. By signing up, your student is not obligated to go, but it lets us know that you are interested. However, by not signing up, you are forfeiting your student's opportunity to go.


  • What: 8th grade Educational Trip
  • When: evening Thursday, May 9, 2019 – morning Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • Where: Washington D.C.
  • Cost: Approximately $550 per student (exact amount determined once set and we know how many are going) – to be paid in 3-4 installments over a few months.
  • Who: All students, but must be in good standing based on discipline, attendance, and grades.
  • Details: Parent/student informational meeting November 15th @ 6 pm in SMS cafeteria


If you did not already sign up, please email our Booster Club at by October 31st if you are interested in your 8th grade student going to Washington DC.


Thank you!


The Southwestern Booster Club

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Volunteer Procedures Have Changed


It is a priority of the Tippecanoe School Corporation to provide a safe learning environment for all of our students and employees. In an effort to continue our due diligence, we now require all volunteers having ongoing contact with children and/or supervising students (field trips, etc.) to have cleared an expanded criminal background check. These background checks are conducted through Background Investigation Bureau (BIB).


The criminal background check will search national sex offender databases, court records,and other sources. The cost of the criminal history check is $17.95 (base cost) and is paid for by the volunteer through a link on our website.


Once approved, the volunteer will receive a TSC Volunteer identification card that will be valid for a period of three (3) years. If you volunteer in multiple buildings, you will only need to complete one background check.

Volunteer background checks may take several business days to process so it is important to plan ahead.

We appreciate your understanding of this important safety guideline.

Top Reader and Open Book

7th Grade Top 10 Readers


The following students were the top ten readers for seventh-grade, based on Accelerated Reader points as of October 12th.

Knox Boyd - 54.0
Alessandra Requierme - 46.2
Drew Johnston - 33.0
Bradyn Bearden - 27.0
Owen Jordan - 22.0
Owen White - 21.9
Jake Hoversland - 21.2
Parker Sorrells - 21.1
Andrew Young, Andrew - 21.0
Carter O'Brien and Elizabeth Whitlock - 19.0


These students received a small prize at the beginning of the new grading period, and will be eligible for a larger reward at the end of the semester. All other seventh-graders may also compete for the prize by doing a great job with their reading tests!

Stars and Walk of Fame

School Dance



The Student Council will host the first evening dance of the year on Friday, November 9. Walk of Fame will feature an entertainment theme. Students, if they like, may come dressed as their favorite entertainer, movie star, or artist. Tickets for the dance will be on sale during lunch on October 24, 25, 30, 31, and November 1. The advance ticket costs $4.00 and includes admission to the dance, movie snacks and drinks. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be on sale at the door on the night of the dance for $5.00. Pick-up time for the dance is 8:30 at the front of the SMS building. Parents who wish to serve as chaperones are invited to contact

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Fund Drive


Southwestern is a community of caring people! Each year, the Student Council coordinates a fund drive which benefits cancer victims right here in our community.

Through October 25, any form of donations will be collected during the homeroom period. The top homerooms will not only have the satisfaction of knowing they helped a neighbor in need, but they will also receive a build-a-sundae bar.

Please consider making a donation of any amount to help in this important cause!

Life is Your Journey. Travel Drug Free Compass.

Red Ribbon Week


The theme for this week's Red Ribbon Week is Life is your Journey; travel drug free! Students may dress according to the following themes, provided the clothes adhere to the school dress code. If a SMS staff member deems some element of the attire to be inappropriate or distracting, the student may be asked to remove that element.

Wednesday, October 24: Don't be crazy; avoid substance abuse (crazy hats, glasses, socks)
Thursday, October 25: Follow your dreams substance free (pajamas)

Cold & Flu Season with Thermometer and Tissues

Health Office News


Dear Wildcats,


We are entering a time of increased viral illness. This is largely due to a greater amount of person to person contact from more time spent indoors and an increase in social gatherings for the season. Please consider being vaccinated for the flu and remember that hand washing is your greatest weapon in preventing the spread of infection and illness. For your information, please review the TSC school exclusion criteria: Students with vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed skin rashes, eye infections, or fever over 100° should not attend school. Students exhibiting these symptoms at school will be sent home. Students with vomiting, diarrhea, or fever over 100º should not return to school until the symptoms have resolved without medication for 24 hours. Students with pink eye may return to school with a doctor's note when the symptoms subside or when a student shows treatment has begun with appropriate eye drops. Contagious skin rashes should be reported to your school nurse and a note will be required by your child's physician to return to school.


Please remember with all of these exclusion criteria that our job is to facilitate students remaining in school. Our goal is to have the child miss as little class time as possible. Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions,


Shari Van Hook, RN

Tippecanoe School Corporation Nurse

Mintonye Elementary: 765-269-8835
Southwestern Middle School: 765-269-8673

State of Indiana and Ilearn Assessing Student Readiness

SBOA Adopts a New Method of Assessing Student Readiness


The State of Indiana has adopted a new way of assessing student readiness.  It is called ILearn.  Click here to read about the 5 Key Points for Families to Understand About Indiana's Assessments.



Chromebook Insurance Option


TSC families who have students participating in the 1:1 initiative are encouraged to purchase an insurance policy from Worth Ave. Group to protect against potential damage and loss charges. Worth Ave. offers a variety of coverage options for each of the devices TSC students rent. Listed below is information about the insurance policies as well as instructions on how to file a claim. If covered damage/loss occurs, the upfront cost is paid by the student and a reimbursement claim is filed with Worth Ave. The TSC does not receive payments from Worth Ave.


More information can be found at

TSC E-Flyers and Community Organizations Logo

TSC supports "green" efforts and as such to help ensure students receive information about community services or events, flyers from non-profit outside organizations are posted online in a section called E-flyers. All E-Flyers can be accessed from any TSC School website:, by clicking the 'students' or 'parents' link in the upper right hand corner of the webpage. E-Flyers will be posted on the 15th and 30th of the month so be sure to check regularly for newly posted information. If your qualifying organization is interested in posting an E-Flyer, go to E-flyers section to submit the information.

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Indiana started the 21st Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition* at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

If you attend a private or an independent institution, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public institution. If you attend a participating proprietary (private career) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.

As a 21st Century Scholar, you can get help finding free tutoring, a mentor and a part-time job, and once you get to college, students who are 21st Century Scholars receive support to finish their college degrees.


But first you have to apply. Students and their parents must complete and return the application by June 30 of the 8th grade year. Don't wait. Apply today:

*The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student's family to contribute to college.

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The Kroger Co. Family of Stores is committed to bringing hope and help to the local neighborhoods we call home. Our stores are on a mission to not just part of, but to help create a stronger community. We recognize that every community has unique causes that need support. Thank you for being such an important organization in our community.  From April 1 to June 30, 58 households contributed $323.78 to Southwestern Middle School.



We have recently upgraded our Community Rewards system, and as a result, your Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number. (VS815) Please reference the new number when contacting us for assistance. We recommend communicating this new number to your members, and updating any marketing materials with this change. While the previous number will continue to be associated with your organization, it will not be visible to your members when enrolling. New members can enroll by searching for either the new number or the name of your organization.


If you have any questions, please email or visit our website at .


Thank you for being such an important organization in our community,


Community Rewards Staff.

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Stay informed of weather delays and closings

Snow, fog and other conditions can cause a delay to the start of our school day. Make sure you are signed up for TSC alerts and notifications so you will be informed about a change in the regular school schedule.


Families can receive instant messages via email or text from the TSC through our website. Click on the "Parents" tab at the top and look for the link to "TSC Alerts & Notifications" with instructions on how to create an account. Make sure you are signed up for the "TSC alerts, delays and closings" option, not just for your school's news and alerts.


A delay or cancellation will also be posted on our websites. You will get a pop-up message as soon as you go to the TSC or any TSC school website.


TSC officials notify numerous media outlets if there has been a change to the regular school schedule. These media outlets include, but are not limited to, 105.3 FM-WKOA, 98.7 FM-WASK, WLFI-TV 18, 96.5 FM-WAZY, Journal & Courier and Indianapolis TV stations.


Several factors are considered when making the decision to delay or cancel school. They include road conditions, temperatures, the ability to safely operate buses and the condition of our buildings and parking lots. To learn more, check out the responses to these Frequently Asked Questions.

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2018 McCutcheon Dance Team Clinic

Join the McCutcheon Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance Team's

"Greatest Show"


The McCutcheon Dance Team is hosting a dance clinic that includes a performance at the December 1st girls' basketball games (McCutcheon vs. Marion). Click here for more information.


Or..follow this link to the registration page.

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October - 2018
Thursday - October 25, 2018
3:40 PM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday - October 30, 2018
3:35 PM - 5:00 PM
November - 2018
Thursday - November 1, 2018
5:45 PM
Southwestern Middle School
Tuesday - November 6, 2018
3:35 PM - 5:00 PM


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