Dr. Felicia McAllister

Dear Parents or Guardians of South Middle School Students,

This is a reminder that students are permitted to bring water bottles only. Travel mugs and hot beverage containers are not permitted. Parents and students are reminded that any drinks other than water are not permitted at school. ONLY clear water bottles (that contain water) are permitted during the school day.  Thank you for your cooperation with this school policy.

SCN meeting for December was held on Monday, December 4. Each meeting is held in the library and begins promptly at 7 p.m. If you plan to attend any SCN meeting, please enter the building through door #19.  Our current SCN officers are looking for parents who are willing to step into the roles of president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary.  Please see the flyer below for details on how you can become involved.

South’s SCN is sponsoring the winter dance. This dance is scheduled for Friday, December 15.  Any student wishing to attend must return a signed permission slip and pay $5 for a ticket in advance of the dance. The dance is from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Ticket sales begin next Monday, December 11 and will end Friday, December 15. All students are expected to follow the dress code, which will be strictly enforced. The winter dance is a sock hop and will be held in the gym. Please remind your student that socks need to be worn at the dance. Absolutely no shoes. Student drop-off and pick-up is at the back of the building. 

On Friday, December 8, South Student Council invites all students and staff to donate $1 to CHOP and wear your PJs to school.  Remember that the dress code still applies and we hope that everyone will participate in helping us support the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

We have several major events that will occur in December. Our Orchestra Winter Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 5 at South Middle School. Our annual Chorus Winter Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12 and will take place at Central Middle School. Parents, please note that you are not permitted to park in the fire lane. Many of our parents have been ticketed in the past. The Band Winter Concert is scheduled for Thursday, December 21 at South Middle School. All concerts will begin promptly at 7 p.m. We hope you will enjoy the concerts. Our students have been practicing to make the winter concerts a memorable experience for the audience.

The Scripps Spelling Bee is back at South! If your student is interested in participating in the Spelling Bee this January, they must sign up with their English/Language Arts teacher during class or see Mrs. Brennan in the library. We had a great group of participants last year and hope to have the same for this year’s event.  An informational meeting will be held soon, so please encourage your student to continue to listen to announcements. Please add these dates to your calendars:

First Round: 

  • Thursday, January 4 – 8th grade (plus 8th grade students in Student Council & Jazz Band)
  • Monday, January 8 – 7th grade (plus 7th grade students in Student Council & Jazz Band), 
  • Tuesday, January 9 – 6th grade (HRs 202, 203, 204, plus 6th grade students in Jazz Band)
  • Thursday, January 11 – 6th grade (HRs 205, 206, 208)

Second Round:

Thursday, February 8 – finalists; audience members will consist of first round participants and invited guests of finalists.

We have also been encouraging our students to start brushing up on their geography knowledge because the National Geographic Bee will be here before you know it! All students will compete in the first round of questions in their Social Studies classes within the next month and the top 50 students will advance to Round 2 after the winter break. If the students have any questions, they should talk to their Social studies teacher. 

The winter recess will begin Monday, December 25 through January 1st. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 2. Please read the attached document regarding attendance.


Felicia E. McAllister, Ed. D.