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Panther Pride

Principal Newsletter


May 1st, 2015



     Wow, we are approaching the end of the school year already!  I want to thank you for your support during testing time.  In all the years I have been a principal, I have never seen a group of students work so hard and intensely on the April state assessments!  Our kids are putting in their best effort and I am proud of them.  The entire school will enjoy a pizza party after 5th grade completes testing next week.   

     I also ask that you pay close attention to your child’s attendance.  We have students who have gone over the 20 day limit.  We want to limit this number as much as possible.  Not only do we have the district policy on retention, but we are required to stay above a 94% attendance rate.  We were very close to going under this cut off last year, which means we could end up as a focus school based on our attendance.  Again, we are seeing a lot of absences and tardies, so we ask that you have your child in school on time unless they are sick or unable to attend for an acceptable reason. 

     PTO will be holding a book fair May 11th – 15th.  Hours are; Monday and Friday 8:30 – 10:00 and 2:00 3:30, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 – 3:30 and Wednesday 8:30 – 1:30. 

     Other events:

  • May 20th 1:00 Talent Show
  • May 20th PTO Pizza slice sale after the talent show
  • May 21st 1:30 5th grade graduation
  • May 22nd Last day of school ½ day – dismiss at 11:15 AM

     Lastly, I want to take a moment to thank you for allowing me to serve the South Park community for the past 13 years.  I am being transferred to Valley View Elementary next year.  It is with a sad heart that I leave my South Park family.  I have spent almost half of my career here and feel like this is my home.  You all have been wonderful to work with.  I will miss the kids dearly.  I have seen many families move through South Park over the years and have been honored to be part of their education and lives.  This school community will always have a very special place in my heart.  I will miss you all. 

     Thanks again for the support you provide for our school.  Together we can provide the children of South Park a quality education.   

     This newsletter is also available on our school website which can be found at:  





                                                                                                Mr. Haugen

                                                                                                South Park Principal


South Park target parent goals:

Read at least 15 minutes nightly with your child.

Play up to 10 math games or more weekly.