South Lake Newsletter - September 17, 2021


Good Afternoon Sharks,


South Lake is a Title 1 school and as a result receive additional federal financial assistance to be able to offer additional supports and interventions for all students at our school. Every year we conduct a Comprehensive Needs Assessment to identify how these resources are allocated. We use our Climate Survey, state-wide assessments and local data to assist in this process. Through Title 1 funding we are able to keep our class sizes smaller with additional teaching staff, offer intervention courses during the school day like Reading Lab, Math Lab and Guided Studies, and purchase technology licenses and classroom resources for all classes. Please see the Parent Right to Know  document about the legalities of Title 1.


We also offer Parent Engagement activities and speakers throughout the year to support you as parents about topics such as cyber trends, navigating social media, strategies for supporting your student at home with their academics, executive functioning skills, mental health supports, effective parenting tips, and many more. We would like to hear from you in this short survey about topics you are interested to learn about to be able to support or better understand your middle school student.


Should you want to know more about how resources are allocated within our school and give input or bring feedback, please consider joining our School Site Council. This governing body is comprised of students, staff and parents to assist in overseeing our Schoolwide initiatives and funding sources. Please fill out this short SSC Interest Form if you would like to join the committee. We meet 4-5 times a year after school.


With care,

Belinda Averill



South Lake Announcements

Schedule for September 20th – 24th   






Anchor Day

8:30am – 2:55pm  

Odd Periods

8:30am – 2:55pm

Even Periods

9:20am – 2:55pm

Odd Periods

8:30am – 2:55pm

Even Periods

9:20am – 2:55pm



Please make every effort to remind your student to bring their Chromebook charged to school every day. One strategy is to create a routine to plug it in next to their backpack in the evening…thank you! October 1st is the deadline to purchase IUSD Chromebook Insurance for your student. Parents have the option to purchase a $20 warranty from IUSD to cover accidental damage and theft. This is a one-time fee for the school year to cover potential incidents like cracked screens, missing keyboard keys, damaged plastics, liquid spills, and theft. 


Dress Code

Please make every effort to support our dress code. While fashion trends are all about short/cropped tops, we ask that students not wear them to school. Thank you!


Instructional Assistants Needed

Like all school districts across the county, IUSD is in need to hire Instructional Assistants. Please see this information for the link to apply. IA’s are typically 25 hour positions and are for all grade levels at this time. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in education and teaching.


Snack & Lunch Line

While the snack and lunch line is long, please know that we have plenty of food for all students. We ask that if your student is struggling with the wait, they can either bring snack or lunch from home or socialize until the line thins. We have been timing the lunch line and it is down to about 15 minutes. Lunch is 35 minutes long which gives students more than sufficient time to eat. Students do need reminders about exiting to lunch safely and not running full speed to the cafeteria.


Vaccination Attestation

IUSD is committed to following the guidance from state and local healthcare agencies. As we implement this guidance, knowing our students’ vaccination status against COVID-19 will enable us to provide more specific direction to our families and can improve the efficiency of our contact tracing. COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for students, and self-attesting your student’s vaccination status is voluntary and not required. If you would like to provide information regarding your student’s vaccination status, please log on to your Aeries Parent Portal and complete the information in the Student COVID-19 Vaccination Attestation Form under the Student Information tab for each student.  


For the purposes of this guidance, people are considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19: two weeks or more after they have received the second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna or other vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization), or two weeks or more after they have received a single-dose vaccine (Johnson and Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).


PTSA Reflections Contest

Calling all South Lake students, it is time for the annual Reflections Contest! The National PTA Reflections Program is an over 50 year old program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life.  


The 2021–2022 Reflections theme is I Will Change the World By… Students submit their original works of art in one or all of the available arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, and Visual Arts. All students must complete and submit the South Lake Reflections Entry this form. All entries must be received by October 25, 2021 at 9PM and must be new pieces of artwork inspired by this year's theme. Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography and Visual Art entries must all be submitted via the entry form and must be less than 1GB in file size. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Stephens at Thank you for your participation!



Please consider becoming a member of South Lake PTSA. For more information about PTSA and to join visit the South Lake PTSA website and webstore at or see South Lake PTSA. Also, follow our PTSA on Instagram @southlakeptsa.


Safety Procedures

Please refer to IUSD’s Safety and Planning Guide  for current information and resources. We ask that you continue to Health Screen your student every morning before they leave for school and to keep students at home when they are sick. The Safety and Planning Guide includes the Student Symptom Decision Tree to assist with identifying symptoms. Students exhibiting high or low risk symptoms at school will be sent home immediately. In addition, IUSD will continue to implement health and safety mitigation measures, including upgraded HVAC systems, standalone air purification units in learning and office spaces, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols, access to frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer stations, and the use of outdoor and flexible learning spaces to the extent possible. Everyone is required to wear masks when inside regardless of vaccination status. Students and staff are not required to wear masks when outside.


Upcoming Dates:

September 20th – Make Up Picture Day

September 29th – PTSA Meeting