Southside was fortunate to add a new parking lot to the premises to accommodate the many families that bring their students to school and attend the many school associated events including concerts, Winter Fest, Community Day, etc. Southside community members also use the Southside facility for additional purposes. To complete this capital project, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) opportunity was utilized that promoted education, career awareness, and environmental and fiscal responsibility. Thanks to Mason County Conservation District for their design and engineering of the storm water retention areas.
Southside‘s highly capable students and advisor, Tracy Oppedahl, met with the Mason County Engineer and an Americorp Conservation representative following the paving of the property to help design and plan for rain gardens around the lot. Students learned about enviroscapes and the attributes of various types of plants. With this knowledge, they were able to make suggestions toward a placement plan for our new gardens.
Kudos to a local nursery for donating 200 plants to this project. Native plants were used for the rain gardens. This was an example of a wonderful STEM project that incorporated students, local businesses, and community partnerships.
Following planning, additional interested students were invited to help with the physical portion of placing and planting the donated vegetation. The benefits of their labor will be evident this spring with the flowering of some of the plants. A pizza celebration was provided for the students at the conclusion of this project.
Dec. 12 – 6:30 pm – Winter Program
Dec. 13 – 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Southside Booster Club’s – Winter Craft Night and Tree Auction
Dec. 17 – 6:30 pm – School Board Meeting
Dec. 20 – 12:00 pm – Early Release
Dec. 23 – Jan 3, No School – 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.”