April 19, 2021
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Upcoming School Events

March 29 – April 2 – 12:00 pm Early Release – Conference Week

April 5 – April 9 – No School – Spring Break

Friday, April 23 – 12:00 pm – Early Release

Tuesday, April 27 – 6:30 pm – Regular Board Meeting

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The Spring Newsletter is here!    Spring Newsletter 2021


Hello Southside Families,

Southside School District Presents:

Parenting and the Brain, by Author, Kristin Souers, via Zoom

April 27th 5:00-6:00pm

Let’s face it, stressed brains don’t teach well, and stressed brains don’t learn well. We are all impacted by stress in one way or anotherand stress can affect success!

In this engaging, relevant, and practical session, learn from Kristin Souers (lead author of the best-selling and award-winning Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom – ASCD, 2016 and Relationship, Regulation, and Responsibility: Trauma Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners-ASCD, 2019 ) about the importance of taking care of ourselves and our children.

The goal of this parent night is to enhance the adult-child relationship. In this class, parents and other adult caregivers (grandparents, aunts, uncles, coaches, child care providers, teachers,

foster parents, etc.) will learn practical skills for how to engage children and teens, use effective communication, and gain an understanding of how stress can impact brain development and learning.

We will empower folks to reinforce what the brain needs in order to beat its best!

The Zoom invite will be available as the date for this event nears. Contact the Southside office 360-426-8437 or  check back here for the zoom invite. 


Southside School Board Names New Superintendent

The Southside School District Board of Directors began an executive search in December to find a successor to replace Superintendent Doris Bolender who will retire at the end of June after nine years of dedicated service.

The search attracted highly qualified applicants and, after screening and interviews, the Board voted at a special meeting on February 25, 2021 to offer the position to Paul Wieneke, an educational leadership consultant and experienced school leader, pending mutual agreement on an employment contract.

Mr. Wieneke brings a broad range of training and experience to Southside, including Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees as well as specific training in public school administration. He has professional certification in Washington as teacher, principal, and superintendent. He served for 20 years as an elementary teacher and paraeducator in both urban and rural settings before beginning his administrative career which included 12 years of successful service as an elementary principal in Alaska and Washington (Tacoma).

He brings an impressive list of educational expertise including certification as a principal mentor and formal training in multiple instructional frameworks, social-emotional learning, culturally responsive teaching, and accelerated math and reading program design.  Mr. Wieneke has trained thousands of Washington teachers and administrators in the Collective Efficacy of Beliefs and Best Practices.  Throughout the interview process, he shared his core belief that, “All students are capable of success, no exceptions.”

Mr. Wieneke brings his talent as an accomplished musician, singer and performer of elementary children’s songs, and is also functionally fluent and bi-literate in Spanish. 

While Mr. Wieneke’s first official day on the job will be July 1st, he looks forward to engaging in transition activities later this spring.  He is excited about this opportunity and shared that he has, “…come to learn that Southside is a unique, caring, family-oriented community.  I believe it is important that a leader models methods of engagement with stakeholders that foster mutual trust.”

The Southside School Board welcomes Mr. Wieneke and thanks the many staff and community members who actively engaged in the screening and selection process.


Hello Southside Families,  As of January 25, we will only be able to provide food service for our students. Those who would like to pick up food for additional children in the home may do so through the Shelton School District at the sites they have posted. All of our students have been given the opportunity to sign up for breakfast and lunches for all days that lunch would normally be offered at school.


The school calendar is still in effect. Please note that Friday, January 29, is a 12:00 pm early release day and No school February 12 – 16 for Teacher Training day and Mid Winter Break .

Vision & Mission

Welcome to Southside School District- Best School Around. Celebrating 116 Years This Year.

“The mission statement of the Southside School District, as a small, community-centered school, is to inspire lifelong learning and to empower students of all ages to become knowledgeable, contributing citizens by meeting the diverse needs of the whole person in a safe and nurturing environment.”

Non-discrimination Statement:

Southside School District does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, creed, religion, age, veteran or military status, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. Read more…