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2018-2019 2nd Quarter Issue


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Message from the Principal

Kyle Spray

 Wildcat Parents, 

With second semester in full swing, I wanted to take a moment to share some important dates:

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be Monday, February 11th from 4:00-7:00.

Our final round of NWEA testing will occur on March 12, 13, and 14 at 9:00 each day.

The ILEARN testing window is from April 22 - May 17. We will conduct the Science 6 test on April 24th and April 26th. The English/Language Arts test for all grade levels will be April 30 - May 4, and the Math test for all grade levels will be May 7th and May 9th. We will conduct makeup testing for any students who miss during those days, but it's important for our students to try to avoid appointments and be at school on these days.

On a related note, ISTEP has been Indiana's state standardized test for roughly 40 years. ILEARN is taking its place this year, and we are eager to see if it brings about positive changes.

Stay warm and go Wildcats!

Kyle Spray
Southwestern Middle School
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Distinguished Honor Roll


Southwestern is proud to present its Distinguished Honor Roll students for the 2nd 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


Olivia Arndt, Brayden Ashley, Tess Bower, Megan Brigham, Carly Bryant, Emma Clouser, Sydney Copeland, Leah Criswell, Olivia Criswell, Jalynn Curwick, Tobiah Davis, Abigail Fitzmorris, Emmy Frier, Madelyn Gaeta, Keondre Garing, Geneva German, Trezdin Hair, Jaden Hewitt, Lora Hobson, Olivia Kays, Olivia Lansinger, Taylor Lennon, Sandra Magallanes-Ortiz, Marlee Matz, Alexander McGarvey, Caitlyn Miller, Kendall Nakaguchi, Carter Norsworthy, Andrea Nufer, Elizabeth Pelfree, Emily Ponce Alvarez, Nicholas Quednow, Cooper Rooze, Elizabeth Rose, Kaylee Rosenbarger, Ethan Smith, Sophia Spray, Timothy Swank, Mya Van Hook, Kaia Webb, Kole Williams, and Jaidyn Winstead.

7th Grade


Benjamin Arts, Knox Boyd, Jolea Chapman, Kaylyn Cheesman, Iris Clark, Kaitlin Crum, Olivia Foxworthy, Elizabeth Gamble, Cale Garriott, Wyatt Gasaway, Ava Harris, Alexis Heaston, Adalyn Ladeburg, Grayson Mullikin, Ava Piegza-Porat, Daniel Quednow, Alessandra Requierme, Jocelyn Roman, 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, Maddison Crum, Layla Ehresman, Jerrett Ehrie, Makenzie Frye, Julian Gaeta, Abigail Galinowski, 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, Diego Morales-Melchor, Kara Nading, Mayce Nobile, Samantha Parnell, Catherine Persin, Shawn Phosingkham, Alexys Redinbo, Scarlett Reksel, Mitchell Roberson, Raymond Rodriguez-Rios, Sophia Royer, Lucy Schenk, Kaitlyn Sliger, Cordell Smith, Owen Souligne, Faythe Stewart, Olivia Vaughn, Lilly Wagoner, 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 2nd 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


Crystal Carrillo Hernandez, Emma Carver, Brock DeFreese, Lucas Durham, Addison Edwards, Nicole Fields, Kevin Figueroa Marin, Bradley Gagnon, Alejandra Garcia Aguilar, Dane Garrett, Shaylee Goings, Makayla Grahn, Ethan Gutierrez, Lillian Helms, Isaac Johns, Hadley Johnson, Kyle Mansfield,
Ethan Neer, Mia O'Brien, Lexani Ozuna, Samantha Pelfree, Shayla Poore, Andrew Pursell, Skylar Seyfried, Reina Sheets, Daija Shepherd, Stephen Sherlock, Quintin Smith, Hannah Stanifer, Jesus Vargas, Geidy Weston, and Cole Wetli.

7th Grade


Gabriel Beeler, Aiden Dallinger, Anna Dick, Brooklyn Gates, Luke Illingworth, Drew Johnston, Noah Lyons, Carter O'Brien, Eli Russell, Lane Shepard, Brady Taylor, Chloe Walker,  Owen White, and Elizabeth Whitlock

6th Grade


Oscar Banuelos-Bugarin, Faith Bryant, Adelynn Burge, Orlando Castaneda, Alexus Clark, Landon Cordell, Zachary Crowe, Carter Crum, Daisy Daugherty, Molly Davis, Zachariah Davis, Paige Fenters, Colten Freeman, William Fultz, Olivia Gagnon, Kaelyn Kuipers, Addyson Lade, Evan Ladeburg, Morgan Laffoon, Darrick Lane, Trent Luckado, Gwendolyn McDole, Isabella Miller, Gwendalyn Poore, Zachary Reppert, Jesse Satterfield, Annika Seyfried, Benjamin Tesmer, Alyson Thompson, Richard Turnbo, Jasiah Tyler, Madison Vance, Hailey Wagner, Hayden Wagner, and Isaac Weiss.

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Congratulations Kaia Webb!



Southwestern 8th-grader, Kaia Webb, was presented with the Distinguished Middle School Student Award on December 11th by the Indiana Association for the Gifted. Kaia, a student in Southwestern's Honors English program and McCutcheon's Honors Geometry class, keeps busy outside the classroom as well. Kaia is president of Southwestern's Student Council, a member of the Wildcats for Change service organization, a soprano in the school's Jazz Choir, a three-year Circle-the-State with Song participant and a three-year Indiana Honor Choir selectee. Kaia has been the winner of her school-wide spelling bee since 5th grade, and last year placed second in the Regional Spelling Bee. Kaia was extended an invitation to The 2018 Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. To receive the Distinguished Middle School Award, Kaia had to be nominated by an educator and submit an essay for consideration. The field was open to all middle school students in Indiana. Speaking of Kaia's qualifications, Meg Strnat, IAG Governance Secretary remarked that the IAG does not always present the award, and that it requires an exceptional candidate, such as Kaia, to merit its presentation. Kaia was presented her award and recognized as part of the IAG's annual convention in Indianapolis which was attended by 1,000 Indiana educators.

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8th Grade Scheduling Information


  • 2/4/19: For students- Question and Answer session with McCutcheon High counselors at Southwestern at 9 am
  • 2/4/19: 8th grade Parent Night and Elective Fair at McCutcheon, beginning at 6:30
  • 2/8/19: McCutcheon counselors visit Southwestern to schedule classes with students at 1 pm 
February 18 Calendar

School is in Session on February 18


School is in session on February 18, 2019. This day was allocated as TSC's only snow make up day. Because we missed school on November 15, we will be in school on February 18. Any future school cancellations will be added to the last day of school (currently identified as May 23).


Additionally, with the two school cancellations this week, the end of the school year has been extended to Tuesday, May 28th.


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504 Education Plans


Over the last few months, the Section 504 process has undergone some changes to improve efficiency. The next step is implementing the online Teacher Input process. When the 504 team schedules a meeting to discuss a student, the District Coordinator will send the student's teachers a link to an online form. This form will allow the teachers the opportunity to provide information to the 504 team about the student. The form should take no longer than 5 to 10 minutes to complete.


This process is being implemented to achieve three main goals: (1) To ensure classroom teachers' input is considered when making decisions about Section 504 Eligibility, (2) ensure classroom teachers' input is considered when developing/modifying the Section 504 Plan, and (3) increase meeting efficiency by allowing the District Coordinator to synthesize TSC staff input in draft form before the meeting.


If you have any questions, please contact the District 504 Coordinator, Richard Huffer.

If you have questions regarding Section 504 Plans, please contact the District Coordinator:
Richard A. Huffer
Phone: 765.772.4927

To request a 504 Review Meeting or refer a student for evaluation, please speak to the student's counselor (Middle/High Schools) or a building administrator (elementary Schools).
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The Tippecanoe School Corporation is partnering with Bright Bytes, an educational research organization, in order to learn more about our students' school and home technology use for learning. We are reaching out to ask you to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. Your participation is essential in helping us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in your students' lives. Please know that all of your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy.


Additionally, we ask if you have students in multiple buildings, please be sure to fill out the survey for each building. Thank you for your participation in this activity.



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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.

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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

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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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7th & 8th Grade Parents


Indiana's 21st Century Scholars Program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school.  (The scholarship amount may be adjusted based on the family's ability to contribute to a college education.)  In middle and high school, Scholars are connected to programs and resources to help them plan, prepare and pay for college.  Once in college, Scholars receive support to complete their college degrees and connect to career opportunities.  7th and 8th grade Indiana students whose family meet income eligibility guidelines can apply to become a 21st Century Scholar.  Applications must be received by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year.



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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 October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, $296.70 was donated because of our 61 households participating in the program.


We have recently upgraded our system, and as a result your Non-Profit Organization (NPO) has a new account number. Please reference the new number when contacting us for assistance. 


Please be sure to link your rewards card to Southwestern Middle School.  Community Rewards is easy to use, The more your supporters shop with us, the more money your organization will earn!


We are committed to carefully protecting our customer's personal information. In order to meet their expectation of privacy, we have adopted a simple policy to never share a customer's personal information. Our privacy policy applies to Community Rewards participation as well.


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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February - 2019
Monday - February 4, 2019
9:00 AM
5:45 PM - 8:00 PM
Southwestern Middle School
Tuesday - February 5, 2019
3:35 PM - 5:00 PM


2100 W 800 S • Lafayette, IN 47909 • (765) 538-3025

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