Theresa Garcia, Principal

207 High Street, Lordsburg, NM 88045 Phone (575)542-9222


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

August Newsletter

Central and SouthsideTimes

Battle of the Books

This year
the students will be able to participate in a state-wide competition that celebrates the power and enjoyment of reading books. This competition requires students to read at least 10 books from the selected list of books for the 2011-2012 school year. I expect every student to read several of the books on the list during the coming months and I will outline more details about forming our
Central and Southside teams in later newsletters.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 2, 2011    District Inservice, NO SCHOOL
Sept. 7, 2011    Picture Day SS, CES
Sept. 9, 2011    Report Cards go home
Sept. 23, 2011  EARLY RELEASE, SLI
Sept. 23, 2011  LHS Homecoming Game


Walking Clubs have been started at both Central and Southside. We want to see how many miles we can walk each nine weeks. We will then change it into distance across the United States. Students can walk before school, at lunch time and are walking during PE. Pedometers are available for students to check out and use.

Reader of the Week

Both Southside and Central Elementary Schools have set a school goal to read 10 million words this year. We are tracking the number of words each student is reading and combining their words to create the schools’ totals. The students’ first goal is to read 100,000 words. Once students have read 100,000 words, we will take their picture for the newspaper and place their name on our Wall of Honor. Look for your child’s picture in the coming weeks and support your child by insisting on reading at home.

Family Book Night
August 29 was our first Family Book Night for this school  year. We had an amazing turnout for our first celebration with reading books.
We read the book Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson. Please stop by either Southside or Central to read the responses to this book. They are posted outside each library.


August 29     Southside
October 3     Central
November 7     Southside
January 9    Central
February 6   Southside
March 5       Central
April 2         Southside
May 7          Central

Bullying Issues

We continue to have issues with bullying at both Southside and Central. Please take a moment to read the following tips on how you can help your child and the school combat this problem. Each month more tips will be given.
1. Encourage your child to report bullying incidents
to you. 

  • Validate your child's
    feelings by letting him/her know that it is normal to feel hurt, sad,
    scared, angry, etc. 
  • Let your child know that
    s/he has made the right choice by reporting the incident(s) to you and
    assure your child that s/he is not to blame. 
  • Help your child be specific
    in describing bullying incidents: who, what, where, when. (Look for
    patterns or evidence of repeated bullying behaviors.)
2. Ask your child how s/he has tried to stop the

3. Coach your child in possible alternatives. 
  • Avoidance is often the best
    • Play
      in a different place.  
    • Play
      a different game.  
    • Stay
      near a supervising adult when bullying is likely to occur.
  • Look for ways to find new
    • Support
      your child by encouraging him/her to extend invitations for friends to
      play at your home or to attend activities.  
    • Involve
      your child in social activities outside of school.
4. Treat the school as your ally. 
  • Share your child's concerns
    and specific information about bullying incidents with appropriate school
  • Work with school staff to
    protect your child from possible retaliation. 
  • Establish a plan with the
    school and your child for dealing with future bullying incidents.

Criminal Justice Careers


Crime scene investigators are trained to examine the evidence and elements that comprise the scene of a murder, robbery, rape, or other crime. To become a crime scene investigator, you will need to be an experienced police officer who receives specific professional training. If you aren’t already a police officer, you will need to have at least a college degree.
Average yearly salary = $58,750

As a forensic psychologist, you may work in the court system as a jury consultant or as an expert witness testifying on the mental state of a defendant when a crime was committed. You may provide evidence regarding the competence of a person to stand trial. As a forensic psychologist, you are combining psychology with law and may work with correctional facilities, psychiatric hospitals, or community agencies in performing risk assessment of future behavior of an individual. You may also provide psychotherapy or agency referrals to alleviate psychiatric symptoms that led to criminal behavior. In addition to an undergraduate degree in psychology, you will need a Master’s Degree to qualify for a career position inforensic psychology.
Average Salary = $59,440


The requirements for becoming a paralegal vary based on the work environment you wish to work for. Some law firms may require you to have a complete four-year degree in paralegal studies, while other offices may only ask applicants to have earned an Associate’s degree or shorter professional program from a business school or trade school. Paralegals may want to consider taking the national certification exam for legal assistants, but it usually isn’t needed.
Average Salary = $43,040

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