Southside School

Niles Vikings

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Dynamic Learners * Diverse Opportunities * Driven to Succeed

  • Viking Pride!

    Viking Pride! It is more than what we do on the athletic field or court. It epitomizes how we feel about being part of the Niles community. Niles is a great place to live. It is also a great place to learn, to play and to be. Viking Pride embodies how we feel about ourselves and our community. Niles Community Schools, in partnership with the community, is dedicated to inspiring and preparing all learners through diverse opportunities to challenge the present and enrich the future. Viking Pride is Alive!

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  • Parent Information Regarding Today's Dismissal

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  • 2019-2020 Preschool and Kindergarten Registration Dates

    Kindergarten Registration - March 6th at 6:00p.m. (Click to get more information)

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  • YMCA 2019 Summer Jobs

    The YMCA of Southwest Michigan is excited to be offering many summer job opportunities (More)

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  • Bond Construction Updates

    * Updated February 2018! See the construction as it unfolds. (More)

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  • District Lays Out Strategic Plan

    After months of gathering information from community stakeholders through surveys, workshops, forums and other means, leaders of the Niles Community Schools district have developed a new strategic plan that will help guide the district in reaching future goals. On February 1, 2016, the Niles school board ratified the plan by approving the district’s new mission statement, vision statement, beliefs and goal statements — all of which are components of the strategic plan. “To use a Viking analogy, we wanted everybody to have their oars in the water at the same time and all pulling together,” said Greg O’Toole, school board president. “I think this was critical to getting to that point.”

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  • Inclement Weather and School Closings

    When it comes to severe weather and the potential for a school closure, I know that the sooner the decision is made the better for staff, students, and parents. Typically, we make a decision to close for inclement weather collectively with Brandywine and Buchanan. Our goal is to make this decision before 6:00am. (More)

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  • Indoor Walking Schedule

    Indoor walking set for winter months. (More)

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  • Welcome to Southside!
    Paula Hopkins, Principal
    Southside School operates two center-based programs for low incidence special needs students and students who are not achieving, primarily due to an inability to control their behavior.  Both programs require a full time placement.  We serve all of Berrien County with the majority of the students coming from the southern half of the region.  Referrals for placement are made to Southside only after the resident district has exhausted all other less restrictive interventions.
    Safe and Civil Schools played a key roll in our district. After three years of training, we have taken on a new and improved Southside.
    We were taught how to implement the Foundations program which involved a positive behavior support program designed to make your school safer, more civil and more productive.  With that we also went over the importance of School Culture and School Connectedness.
    At Southside, we examine key issues related to our building and develop policies that will be implemented and monitored to address behavioral expectations for students and staff.  We have implemented Guidelines for Success which is 3 - 5 lifelong character traits that students need in order to be successful in school and in life.  Our staff has been trained on the positive, proactive classroom management as well as TCI (therapeutic crisis intervention.)  This Foundation program is an on-going collection of interpreting data to help revise policies and procedures on learning how to effectively address the basic needs of all students.
    Southside Mission Statement
    Our mission is to uphold a safe, caring and respectful learning environment where high expectations, independence and responsibility are promoted.  We stress the importance of life long learning because we believe our students can meet the demands of a rapidly changing society.