Volume 12

This Week at South Vol. 12

Good Afternoon South Students, Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

Please find the Weekly Bulletin for November 25th through 29th (Also Attached)

Part I: The News

All School Pancake Breakfast Request from PTSO:

Hello, South High School Families!!

This year we are having our biannual FREE Pancake Breakfast on Friday, Dec.13th to kick off FINALS WEEK!! We need LOTS of helpers and donations!!

Please click on the link below to see what our needs are!!


Thank you for your support!                    South High PTSO

All State Music: 

Last week 32 of our students participated in the All-State Music Festival. First Chair for French Horn went to Abigail Webster, and First Chair for Tuba to Emma Hogge. Other participants in band were: Quinn Fedullo-Flute, Andrew Buckendorf-Clarinet, Skye Lee- Clarinet, Piper Spiro- Clarinet, Bryson Noble-Trumpet, Katelynn Swaim-Trumpet, Iain Cook- Trumpet, and Owen Nordstrom- Trombone. More results to come as I receive them. 

In addition to several individual honors, our students brought home the GPA Award as a group.  This is South’s fourth GPA Award in addition to State and Individual Titles across various extracurricular activities this fall and winter. 

Last Week in Sports:

  • South’s Wrestling Team blanked West, 76-0, at their dual last week. This weekend, 18 wrestlers traveled to Kodiak to compete in the Robin Hervey Invitational, and 12 of the 18 brought home individual titles. Another group was at the Eagle River Rumble, where three wrestlers took individual titles: Robert Allen, Jack Moore, and Maddison Ellis. This Tuesday, November 26th, the team will travel to Eagle River for their next dual meet. Here is a group photo of those who traveled to Kodiak.
  • The Girls Hockey Team faced off against Dimond/West this past Friday and played to a 1-1 tie. Senior Nicole Ness scored South-Bartlett’s lone goal. Friday’s tie brings their record to 3-0-1 on the season. Here is our team on defense during the game.
  • The Riflery Team participated in the Jordyn Durr Memorial Cup Riflery Meet alongside South AFJROTC with multiple stand out performances. Kylee Wagendorf earned first place and received a gold medal with a score of 674 with 32 bullseyes. Grace Fernandez earned third place and a bronze medal with a score of 669.6 with 34 bullseyes. For more details visit the ADN’s Article on the event. Additionally, here is a shot of the Sporter Teams
  • Boys and Girls Basketball will start on December 4th. All students intending to try out must have their yellow sheet from Mrs. Cravens in the Activities Office. Please see the linked bulletin above for more details. 

Thanksgiving Week Bell Schedules:

Please visit the following link or the bulletin linked above to review this week’s bell schedules. We will run a PLC schedule on Monday with blocks 1, 3, 4, 6, a regular Tuesday schedule, and an Assembly Schedule on Wednesday with blocks 2, 3, 5, 6. 

Student/Staff Volleyball Game & Activity Recognition:

We will be on an assembly schedule on Wednesday 11/27 in order to recognize our students who have excelled in extracurricular activities throughout this school year as well as to hold a student-staff volleyball game. This is another effort at building community and school spirit, and we hope all students will attend, celebrate, and make a smooth transition into Thanksgiving Break. 

Crystal Ball:

South will hold a Winter Semi-Formal dance on December 7th from 8-11 pm. The dance will follow the same expectations and routines as Homecoming. School dress code applies, and students will be expected to show their school ID along with their ticket at the entrance to the dance. Additionally, those students who are granted guest passes are expected to let their guests know they will also need a valid school ID and ticket. Cars will be checked as they enter the lot.

Part II: Big Ideas & Their Application

As we approach Thanksgiving, I’m going to depart from the normal big idea and application, and instead reflect on and be grateful for what we have been able to accomplish at South High School so far this school year. I am more energized than ever to continue building community, to focus positive, and to encourage a humble demeanor amidst the success we have experienced. 

The most outward sign of our success has been several State and Regional Championships in sports, top notch performances in the arts, and GPA Awards. We also just got through Kindness week, where over 1400 notes of gratitude were written in a single day, and canned goods were donated to a local food bank. The list goes on.

However, I’m most grateful for what lies at the foundation of the success we have experienced, and that is the people who work diligently everyday to support our students and enable them to compete at the highest level. Teachers, support staff, parents, coaches, mentors, and community members all make a difference when they choose to spend their time and effort helping students develop the kind of character and approach that underlies long term success.

So, to all of those who have invested time in our school community--Thank You!

Happy Thanksgiving,

Have a great week South!