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PTO Yankee Candle Pick-up

PTO Yankee Candle orders will be available for pickup any time during the school day October 16th - 20th.  On Tuesday, pick-up will be available until 4:00 pm.  If you need to make other arrangements or schedule another pick-up time, please email Ms. Candy at 

Veterans Day Assembly Flag

Southside's Veterans Day Assembly is scheduled for Friday, November 10th.  This is one of my favorite programs of the year.  I would like to do presentation with veterans who are near and dear to the hearts of the #TEAMSouthside family.  If you would like to submit a picture for the slide show,  please email it to  Or if you would like to me to scan the photo for you, place it in an envelope clearly marked with your child's name.  I'll scan the picture and return it as soon as possible.  Please include the name of the veteran, the branch of military in which he/she served, and the student(s)/staff member associated with him/her.  

Ms. Candy - Library Media Specialist 

Family Fun Night - Thursday, October 26

Fun NIght

Volunteers Needed

Southside PTO's Annual Holiday Bash is scheduled for Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.  They are looking for volunteers to help make this event happen.  Click the following link to sign up for a time and help out #TEAMSouthside PTO.     Volunteer Sign-up for Holiday Bash 

Southside PTO's Holiday Bash



On-Line Book Fair

Check out the on-line bookfair! Everything we have at school plus MORE!!! 

Southside's On-line Book Fair!!! 

No School - Monday, August 21st

Picture of solar eclipseSolar Eclipse Day - No School

Woodford County Schools ordered eclipse glasses for our students; however, they have not arrived yet.  Therefore, school will not be in session on Monday, August 21st.  ETC will also be closed on Monday.

Photo credit: Time



The Fine Arts team at Southside Elementary would like to thank all the parents and kiddos for the "treats" we received during Teacher Appreciation Week! You certainly know how to make us feel special!! We are honored to be your teachers! =) 


Woodford READS...."The Mouse and the Motorcycle"

Stack of books
Earlier this week, Mr. Hawkins kicked off our
Woodford READS Program.
Click here to check out pictures of our of kids reading! 

Infinite Campus App Update

Infinite Campus LogoAttention Parents!

Recently there was an update to our Infinite Campus program, which in turn called for an update to the Infinite Campus App that many of you may use to monitor your students homework assignments and grades.  In the past, the app required an alpha code be entered to access your child's information.  With the update, users are now asked to enter the county and state of the school district their child is enrolled in currently.  This information should only need to entered with the initial download of the app.  However, you may be asked to log in with your username and password when using the app.  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail our District Student Information Systems Coordinator, Kathy Kurtz, at

Infinite Campus Log In Picture    Inifinite Campus Log In 2    Infinite Campus 3    Infinite Campus Log 4

Get ready for those April Showers!

Show your school spirit and get ready for those pesky April showers.  Buy a umbrella during the Southside PTO Spring Fundraiser!   Contact any Southside student or email Ms. Candy at  


Woodford READS - Coming Soon!!

A picture of a stack of three booksLove reading books with your kids?  Woodford READS is for you!

To support the important foundation of early literacy, we are excited to launch Woodford READS (Read, Explore and Discover Success).  Soon after returning from spring break, a common chapter book will be given to every student in grades PK-5.  The book is the student’s to keep.  Mr. Hawkins will kick off the program by reading the first chapter from the book with a group of students from one of our elementary schools.  This will be videotaped and placed on our website.  What we will then ask is for each family to take a few minutes each night and read a chapter from the book together.  For our preschool and early primary students, a parent, another adult or an older sibling can read the chapter to the child.  This helps expand the student’s vocabulary and build important literacy skills.  For our intermediate students, we would like for the child to read to an adult or even to a younger sibling.  While the book might be below the normal reading level of the child, they can practice reading with fluency and expression.   Be sure to click Read More for additional information below.

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Art to Remember News!!!

Art to Remember Update: Students have worked so hard to complete their Art to Remember artworks. They are impressive!

Important dates:Friday, March 24– Order forms sent home Friday,

March 31 (before Spring Break)– Online/phone orders due

Please make sure your Art to Remember order form has your student’s name and artwork on it. Each form is personalized, so it is very important that you have your student’s order form. *If you have another student’s order form, please return it to Ms. Baird so she can fix it.

Southside is using online or phone orders only. Directions on how to order are on the back of your order form. Please do not send completed orders, checks, or money to school.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Get your #TEAMSouthside Yearbook!!!

Southside 2017 yearbooks will be on sale March 7-17th. Order forms will be sent home with students.  Please return the form and payment to your child's teacher.  Yearbooks will be $20.  You may pay with cash or with a check payable to SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY! Yearbooks will be delivered the last few weeks of school.  Yearbooks are only on sale March 7-17th, there will not be any extras ordered. Thank you!!

#TeamSouthside Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the winners of our school-wide spelling bee!  


Carter Stewart, Jack Kincaid, & Callie Hudson

They will represent #TEAMSouthside at the Woodford County Spelling Bee on March 16th at Huntertown Elementary. 

Whoo! Hoo! Kuddos to #TeamMusic

February 23 was Digital Learning Day and Quaver (the guy who stars in our main Music curriculum resource) issued a challenge/contest to create music using apps on the website. 

The 2nd and 3rd grade classes worked during their music class to create some compositions for entering into this challenge.  The results were announced and we are excited to share that Mrs. Hall's 3rd graders' song was picked as runner up winner!!!  Please click the link below to hear Quaver brag on their song and listen to the piece. 

Ms. Hall's 3rd Grade Class song 



Check out these great events at the Woodford County Public Library! 

Tractor Day! - Friday, March 3 at 5 pm  (Families)

Reading Roundup Musical Art - March 6 at 6:30 pm (Families with kids ages 4-9)

Super Saturday Storytime Technology Revealed - Saturday, March 11 from 11 am - 12pm (Families)

Reading Roundup Butterflies - March 13 at 6:30 pm (Families with kids ages 4 -9)

St. Patrick's Day Party - March 17 from 6 - 7 pm (Families)

Reading Roundup Treasure Hunt - March 20 at 6:30 pm (Families with kids ages 4-9)

Reading Roundup It's A Wrap - March 27 at 6:30 pm (Families wiht kids ages 4-9)


Wake up! to School Breakfast Contest

The Kentucky School Nutrition Association is pleased to announce the "Create An Ad for School Breakfast!" art contest, giving students the opportunity to design their own school breakfast artwork.

Entries will be judged at the local level and a winner from each group will forwarded to state for judging. 

  • The contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12
  • The illustration each student creates must be his/her own, unique inventions. Entries must be original, not plagiarized and not evocative of any existing commercial characters so as not to infringe on any copyrights and trademarks.
  • The illustrated artwork must be hand-drawn or sketched on the student entry form.  The design can be in color or black and white.
  • For the entry to be valid, the student must complete the contest entry form in full, including the fill-in-the blank section.

Click here for printable entry form! 

First Annual Attendance Madness Final Results

Our Attendance Madness has drawn to a close and the

Northside Elementary Kindergarten Class
is our big winner!

Congratulations to Mr. Asher and his K kids!

The final bracket can be seen here.  


Art to Remember!

Art to Remember

Southside will participate in Art to Remember this year. Art to Remember is a fundraiser that provides families with an opportunity to have their children's artwork printed on keepsakes, such as phone cases and water bottles. Students are creating work right now and personalized packets will be sent home in March. For more information, please check out Ms. Baird's website.



Check out this awesome opportunity at the Woodford County Public Library!!

Beach Party on Friday, Feb. 24 (Families)  6pm - 7pm  Science in Play 2Go 

Call 873-5191 for more information!



Book Fair

Kindergarten entry change to begin 2017-2018 school year!

Important information for incoming kindergarten students:  Per the Kentucky Department of Education, beginning with the 2017-2018 academic school, any student turning 5 years old by August 1st will be eligible to enter kindergarten.  This date was previously October 1st.  For more information regarding this change, please see the letter from our district here.

If your child will not be 5 years old by August 1st and you would like to be considered for early entry into kindergarten, please complete this Early Entry Application Form.

Two Hour Delay, Monday, January 30th

Woodford County Schools will be on a two hour delay, today, January 30th.  Schools will begin two hours after their normal start time.  There will be no morning preschool today.

Schools Closed Today

Cartoon Penguin holding a Snow Day sign


Woodford County Public Schools are closed today, Thursday, January 5th.
ETC will be held at Simmons Elementary School.


Winter Break begins December 21st!

Woodford County Schools will be in session on Monday, December 19th and Tuesday, December, 20th!  Winter Break begins Wednesday, December 21st.  Students will return to class on Wednesday, January 4th.  

Season's Readings

Temperatures are growing colder. Snowflakes will soon be falling.  It's the perfect time of year to curl up with a good book.  I am looking for more pictures to add to the "Got Caught Reading" display.  So if you catch your kiddos or your kiddos catch you reading, take a snapshot and send it to me.  Can't wait to see what you're reading!!   Ms. Candy (

Season's Readings

Southside Holiday Bash


Schools Closed, Friday, January 6th, NTI Day #1

Friday, January 6, NTI Day #1

Woodford County Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather; however, it is an NTI Day.  Students should complete the paper packets or online work as assigned by their teachers.  Teachers will be available via e-mail 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to answer questions.

ETC will be held at Simmons Elementary School.  All other activities will be cancelled unless otherwise notified.

Important Information Regarding Wind Chill Delays and Closings

How Does the Wind Chill Affect School Being Delayed or Closed?

During the winter months several factors come into play that could delay the start of school or cause school to be  closed all together. One such factor is the wind chill on a given day. On particularly cold mornings we continuously monitor the National Weather Service and closely monitor the weather conditions. There are two possible scenarios that come from the National Weather Service: a Wind Chill Advisory and a Wind Chill Warning. The National Weather Service in Louisville, KY defines the two as the following:

  • Wind Chill Advisory: Wind Chills between -10 and -24 degrees and at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.
  • Wind Chill Warning: Wind Chills -25 degrees and below with at least a wind of 10 MPH or more.

When the National Weather Service issues a Wind Chill Warning for Woodford County for the time the school day begins, we will make a decision to close schools.  It is quite likely we will make this type of decision on the morning of the day in question as it is hard to predict what the wind chill will be the night before.  If there is a Wind Chill Advisory for the county, schools will likely be open unless there are operational problems with the bus fleet or mechanical problem in the school buildings.  Buildings and the bus fleet are assessed in the morning prior to school by 6:00 am.

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Important Information regarding NTI Days

WCPS Non-Traditional Instruction Day LogoWoodford County Public Schools will continue to utilize NTI Days or "Non-Traditional Instruction" Days for the 2016-2017 school year.  This is a great opportunity for our district to allow our students to be engaged in learning at home on days when the weather does not allow school to be in session.  For much more information on this matter, please click here for a letter from Superintendent Scott Hawkins.

That's My Pan! STLP Fundraiser


Southside STLP is raising money to attend the State STLP Showcase in the spring.  You can help us out and purchase some super holiday gifts!! Items include personalized cake pans, cookie tins, pie pans, cutting boards, mugs and pet dishes.  

Visit our personalized sales website!  That's My Pan - Woodford STLP

Questions? Contact Ms. Candy - STLP coordinator. 

Thank you for supporting Southside STLP!!!! 


Get Caught Reading!!!

Greetings, TEAM Southside!  Summer is here.   I hope everyone is taking time to relax and read a good book!  I would love to see what our team members (parents, students and staff) are reading.  Send your "Got Caught Reading" picture to me at  Then look for our "TEAM Southside READS!" display when school starts back!  Happy Reading! 



Smile for the Camera!!!


Please join us... Flag

Southside's annual Veterans Day program will be on Friday, November 11 at 1:30 pm.  The program will be hosted by the 2nd grade students.  There will be a cookie reception for guests following the assembly.  Please join us as we celebrate America's Armed Forces. 

K/1 Art Exhibit Raises Money for American Cancer Society

Southside Elementary's Kindergarten and First Grade classes recently hosted their annual Art Exhibit.  The event raised over $1,200 for the America Cancer Society's Relay for Life event!  #TeamSouthside making a difference! 

Relay for Life

#TEAMSouthside Back-to-School

#TEAMSouthside is gearing up for a great school year. Here's some information to help you get ready to be a part of our team! 

Back-to-School Ice Cream Social (Grades 1-5)       August 3  5:00 - 6:30 pm

Pre-School and Kindergarten Orientation              August 4  6:00 - 7:00 pm

Back-to-School Supply List - click here

Fall Bookfair!!!


September 1st - 8th

Friday, September 1st       7:45 am - 2:30 pm

Monday, September 4th   NO SCHOOL LABOR DAY

Tuesday, September 5th   7:45 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday, September 6th   7:45 am - 4:00 pm

Thursday, September 7th  7:45 am - 2:30 pm (K - 2 Grandparents' Luncheon)

Friday, September 8th    7:45 am - 2:30 pm  (3 - 5 Grandparents' Luncheon) 

On Friday, Monday and Wednesday, the bookfair will close between 12:10 pm - 12:40 pm for LUNCH.  


Southside PTO Holiday Bash

Southside's 2nd Annual Back-To-School 5K & Fun Run/Walk Southside 5K

Mark your calendar now!! Southside's 2nd Annual Back-to-School 5K & Fun Run/Walk is August 18th.  Check out the race webpage for more details or to register for the race.  Back-to-School 5K & Fun Run/Walk 

Holiday Card Contest Holiday



Southside Back-to-School Fun Run and 5K

Southside Elementary held their 2nd annual Back-To-School Fun Run and 5K on Friday, August 18th!  The 5K Top 3 Men - Greg Snow, Walter Luttrell and Jeremy Reynolds.  The 5K Top 3 Women - Emily Gamper, Melissa Hudson, and Addison Moore.

Thanks to all who particiapted!!! 



#TEAMSouthside Reads!!!


Southside Elementary is proud to annouce that they had the most students complete and turn in reading logs during the Woodford County Public Library Summer Reading program.  Thanks to the Woodford County Public Library, Mrs. Becky, and Mrs. Bookie for helping us  inspire students to be life-long readers!  

Meal Prices for 2017-2018

The meals prices have been set and approved for the
upcoming 2017-2018 school year.  Please find them in the table below.

Level Breakfast Lunch
Elementary School $1.30 $2.65
Middle School $1.30 $2.80
High School and Alternative School $1.55 $3.00
Adult $2.50 $4.00
Reduced $0.30 $0.40


School Start and End Time Change for 2017-2018

On Monday, May 22nd, the WC Board of Education met and approved the following changes to the school day start and end times.

All elementary schools will begin at 7:40 a.m. and end at 2:40 p.m.
Early release will be at 12:40 p.m.

Middle and high school students will begin their day at 8:15 a.m.
and end at 3:15 p.m.

Early release for these students will be at 1:15 p.m.

Safe Harbor Academy will begin at 8:15 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.
Early release will be at 1:00 p.m.

The 2017-2018 School Calendar was also approved.
It can be seen by clicking here.