Southland Elementary is an exceptional School offering students a safe and comfortable learning environment. Southland teachers and staff are dedicated to see that all students develop academically, socially, and emotionally.
Southland Elementary opened in 1974 and currently has 28 fully contained classrooms and 7 portables. The school serves approximately 800 students in grades K-6. Southland has an exciting Chinese Immersion Program for students in grades 1 through 6.
In 2012, Southland became a “Leader in Me” school and encourages all students to employ The 7 Habits of Happy Kids that are the basis for this program. The 7 traits are: Be Proactive, You’re in Charge; 2. Begin with the End in Mind, Have a Plan; 3. Put First Things First; Work First, Then Play; 4. Think Win-Win, Everyone Can Win; 5. Seek First to Understand – Then to Be Understood, Listen First, Then Talk; 6. Synergize, Together is Better; 7. Sharpen the Saw, Balance Feels Best; and 8. Find Your Voice, recently added.
Southland offers a full curriculum with emphasis on reading, math, and language arts with a liberal sprinkling of arts and science. All students at Southland enjoy small group instruction in their Guided Reading Groups with their teachers daily. Extra reading fluency help is also available for students with Success Maker and Tier II. Southland prides itself in meeting its reading goals each year.
Southland has two up-to-date Computer Labs with 32 iMacs in each for student use. There are two mobile labs available for student use, as well as an iPad Lab. Last year we added two more iPad Labs for student use. We have also added Chromebook Labs for our upper grades. Document cameras, projectors, and audio systems enhance each classroom in our school.
Southland operates on a traditional calendar with an early day on Friday. School begins at 8:40 AM, Monday – Thursday, and dismisses at 3:20. Friday afternoons are preparation time for teachers and school dismisses at 1:40. We offer both AM and PM Kindergarten sessions. Breakfast and Lunch programs are provided by an excellent Nutrition Services Team.
Southland enjoys the support of an incredible PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and SCC (School Community Council). The PTO provides many enrichment experiences for our students, including providing one field trip per year for every grade. The PTO also sponsors our maturation programs, an Evening of the Arts, Math Club, Jump Club, Science Club, Chess Club, the School Musical and many other programs that broaden the horizons of our students. Our School Community Council plays an integral roll in the use of Trustland Funds at Southland and is involved in school leadership and direction. Trustland Funds are used in our Reading Program, Collaboration and PLC, and for ongoing technology support.
By: Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller
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The First Law of Homework: Most children do not like to do homework. Kids do not enjoy sitting and studying. At least, not after having spent a long school day comprised mostly of sitting and studying. So give up your desire to have them like it. Focus on getting them to do it.
The Second Law of Homework: You cannot make anyone do it. You can not make your child learn. You cannot make him hold a certain attitude. You cannot make him move his pencil. While you can not insist, you can assist. Concentrate on assisting by sending positive invitations. Invite and encourage you child using the ideas that follow.
The Third Law of Homework: It's their Problem. Their pencils have to move. Their brains need to engage. Their bottoms need to be in the chair. It is their report cards that they bring home. Too many parents see homework as the parent's problem. So they create ultimatums, scream and shout, threaten, bribe, scold, and withhold privileges. Have you noticed that most of these tactics do not work? Our responsibility as parents is to provide our children with an opportunity to do homework. Our job is to provide structure, to create the system. The child's job is to use the system.