Open House For Rising 5th Graders

Starting middle school can be both a scary and exciting time for students. To help ease the minds of our future Knights, the teachers, staff, and students held an open house for 5th grade students and their parents. All the teachers were dressed in school colors, and the halls and classrooms were welcoming for our visitors. Many of our current 6th graders either wrote letters or produced a video with questions and information they felt 5th graders might need. Choral and band students shared their talents with the visitors. Teachers conducted presentations and guided tours of the classrooms. It was a very nice evening and we hope everyone felt welcomed.

It Has Been a Busy 1st Semester

It is hard to believe that we are half way through the school year. Northside students have been involved in many activities through the year. Here is a sampling what they have been doing:

Language Arts

Read, wrote, debated, discussed and shared in language arts.


Calculated, explained, discussed and assisted in math.

Social Studies

Presented, simulated, discussed and welcomed state officials in social studies.


Tested, discussed, experimented and demonstrated in science.

Related Arts

Created, developed, played and performed in related arts.

But that is not all we did at Northside.

Broadcasted the morning news,

Danced at the PTO Fall Dance,

Showed our Northside spirit,

Received the Golden Apple Award,

Played some volleyball,

Won a championship,

Cheered for our teams,

Played some chess,

Donated food to the Salvation Army,

Produced a school newspaper, (The Reflector)

Held a school wide literacy day,

Helped PTO with a fundraiser,

Ate lunch with an author, and

have had a great semester.

Literacy Day

Literacy Day was a big hit last week at Northside Middle School. At the end of the 2007-2008 school year, each student choose a book from this list and was given his/her own copy to keep and read over summer break:

Code Orange by Caroline Clooney

Slam! by Walter Dean Myers

Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Double Dutch by Sharon Draper

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Stargirl by Jerry Spineli

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Cracker: The Best Dog in Vietnam by Cynthia Kadohata

The Trap by John Smelcer

Last week the students met in groups based on their book choice. These groups held book talks, student project presentations and discussions on book topics by guest speakers.

Did you participate? Which book did you read? What did you think of the book you read? Would you like to do this again next year?

Congratulations, Mr. Rice!

Northside received some terrific news last week. Mr. Greg Rice, 6th grade social studies teachers, was named Greenwood 50 District Teacher of the Year. We are so proud to have him as a member of our school family.

What a great way to start a new school year. Congratulations, Mr. Rice!

Have you been a student of Mr. Rice? Why do you think he has been chosen Greenwood 50′s District Teacher of the Year?

Beta Club – 20 Years


Beta Club, an organization that recognizes academic achievement, promotes character, develops leadership skills, and encourages service involvement of students in grades 5 through 12, has been a part of our school for 20 years. Last month students were inducted into Beta Club. Part of the induction program included this video featuring the many faces of our Beta Club students throughout our 20 year history. Watching this video, and remembering when they were walking the halls of Northside, makes me wonder what these students are doing now. I wonder what they chose to do with their lives. How many became college graduates? How many serve our country everyday? How many are engineers, teachers, business owners? How are married and have children who will soon walk the halls of Northside? Were you inducted into the Beta Club? What do you think you’ll be doing in 2o years?

Talented Students

Are you a fan of American Idol? What about Dancing With The Stars or Who’s Got Talent? These televison shows are very popular with Americans of all ages. Each week viewers are in awe of the amazing talents of the singers, dancers, jugglers, and magicians. Each week viewers submit their opinions of the various talents by voting who should stay and who should leave. It isn’t easy to stand before a crowd and perform. But nothing compares to live entertainment.

Last week, Northside held its annual talent show. We had students who sang, danced, cheered, tumbled, played various instruments, and skated. There were single acts as well as group acts. Each and every student shared with us their talents and shined on the stage. The audience was amazed with the talent and performance of our students. Thank you, Northside students for an enjoyable evening.

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What is Your Style?

Have you ever stopped long enough to look at the athletic shoes worn by students at Northside? I am sure in any school, the same observations could be made. Athletic shoes are not like they used to be. Check these out:

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November and December Activities

Time flies when you are having fun. Two months have already passed by and it is soon will be winter break. Check out all the activities our students and staff have enjoyed these last two months.

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The Reflector

Northside Middle School has been around for 50 years. Off and on throughout the years, the students have published a school newspaper called The Reflector. In the early days of Northside, students used typewriters to write their stories and literally cut and paste the stories onto paper so that the newspaper could be copied and distributed.  Today, technology has allowed the students to publish a newspaper for the whole world to see. Isn’t technology great?

 We are so fortunate to have a parent volunteer, Dr. Robert Stevenson, a Lander University Mass Communications professor,  and Mrs. Lynn Waldron, a Northside sixth grade teacher,  who are willing to help our students in publishing a monthly newspaper. Take a peek and tell us what you think about their first issue for the 2007-2008 school year.

The Reflector November 2007

October Activities

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It has been a very busy month here at Northside. The nine weeks period is over and teachers have been holding conferences with parents on the progress of students. We are hearing wonderful things about our students. This month has also shown us how wonderful our students and parents are with raising money for our school and for the community through the PTO cookie dough sales, United Way spirit links sales and Mr. Knight and Miss Northside. Additionally, there have been a variety of fun activities held this month: football and volleyball games, step team, dance team, and cheerleader practices, the book fair in the media center, spirit week, and student clubs. What have you participated in this month? Which activity did you enjoy participating in?