Tutors from the University of Illinois come to South Side weekly to tutor students in grades K-5. America Reads and America Counts are literacy and math programs that send us U of I students to assist South Side students.
South Side is proud to offer mentors to students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Currently, South Side students have mentors from the CU One-to-One mentoring program. Relationship-building is at the core of mentoring which meets on the school grounds during the school day. Mentors follow the student through elementary school into middle school, and even on to high school. Students can be placed with mentors by teacher recommendation or parent request. Mentoring makes a difference in the lives of South Side students!
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) defines our school-wide discipline and management plan. It is a proactive, preventative, whole approach to achieving sustained improvement in the academic and social climate of elementary, middle, and high schools. PBIS has emerged from years of educational and applied behavior research. As a scientific approach, its successful implementation relies on the gathering and analysis of data to guide decision-making. Students strive to follow the “Big Four” of Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Respectful, and Be Ready. These universal behavioral expectations are defined, taught, modeled, and practiced throughout the school day. We believe a school-wide emphasis on positive behaviors and an attitude of tolerance and understanding will improve school climate and enrich the lives of those who are part of the South Side School community.
South Side has a very active, involved PTA. Our PTA Fine Arts Enrichment Committee has provided the following activities: Artist in residence, South Side Studio Literary magazine, workshops, and many assemblies to develop appreciation of all areas of the fine arts. PTA also provides the Tim Stafford Academic Fund for teachers and promotes enrichment activities. PTA usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month. Beyond PTA, parents serve on some school committees, help with homework, assist with conflict resolution, and help out in the classrooms. South Side recognizes the importance of parental involvement and we encourage the involvement of all parents in any way they can contribute.