School News

District-wide lockdown drills

On Monday, November 24th, all West Clermont schools will be conducting lockdown safety drills. Prior to conducting the drill, elementary school teachers will read the first part of a child-friendly book entitled,


Cookie Dough Order Pickup

Cookie Dough Order Pickup will be on December 8, 2014 from 6 to 8 the school gym.  In order to process the delivery of orders and set up, no early pick up will be available. All cookie dough will need to be picked up during the pick up time (Summerside does not have the ability to store orders.) If you have any questions please contact Kris Amshoff by email at

Weekly Update From Mr. Winterberger

Hello Summerside Families,

As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I tend to reflect on the many things to be thankful for: our families, our close friends, the community we live in, our school community, and the people who make a difference in our lives with a simple kind word.  I want to wish everyone a fun-filled upcoming Thanksgiving vacation.  There will be no school for students on November 26, November 27, and November 28th.   Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving with your family.

We have had a great week of Teaching and Learning at Summerside.  Our work ethic is strong heading into the Thanksgiving break and I couldn't be more proud of our staff, students, volunteers, and our PTO.  Typically, I showcase a classroom every week. However, this week I want to showcase that "kids learn from teachers; and teachers learn from kids"!  Last week, we had a training session where one of our teachers (Mrs.Karen Kunkel) taught a lesson to a small group of students while several of our teachers observed the process to hone their teaching delivery, to use Junior Great Books effectively with the skills groups and to challenge their students in the classroom.   

First Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our first quarter honor roll students!

Keep up the great work!!

K+ and Extended Day Delay and Closing information

If West Clermont is on a delay, Morning Extended Day and Morning K+ will be closed. Our afternoon K+ will run. Our K+ program begins at 12:50 pm. Parents will be able to drop their child off at that time to their K+ teacher. Students will not have a lunch period. Dismissal procedures will be the same. Afternoon Extended Day will run.  Summerside parents can bring their students to the K+ classroom and drop them off.  If West Clermont is closed our programs are closed as well. 


Winter Recess

During the winter months, we will have outside recess to give our kids the chance to get some fresh air and engage in active play with their friends.  Please make sure your children come to school dressed for the colder temperatures.  Students have a 30 minute recess each day and need hats, coats, and gloves to be prepared for the colder temperatures.  We will be going outside every day that it is not raining/snowing  as long as the temperature is above 32 degrees with the wind child added in.  Please send your children prepared to go outside every day.

Considering Weather Related Closings / Delays

In West Clermont, Superintendent Keith Kline makes the decision about emergency weather school opening delays or full school day closings.  Current weather conditions, weather forecasts, road conditions, ...

Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards help fund our annual 5th Grade Camp Trip.  Please click here for more infromation.

Artist Of The Month

Congratulations to Liam Judd from Mr. Wilson's 3rd grade class!  He was chosen by Mr. Conklin as Summerside's November Artist of the Month!

 Great Work Liam!

Progress Book

Progress Book allows parents and students online access to grades, interims and report cards.  Usernames and passwords we sent home with your child the first week of September. Use the link on the left-hand side to access the parent user guide and/or login to view your child's progress. Please call Karen Fields at 947-7901 with any questions.


Book It

 Pizza Hut Book It

Summerisde Elementary will be implementing the Pizza Hut Book It program. This reading program will run from Oct. 1st -March 31st. The goal of this program is to increase student involvement and engagement in reading at home.  Students will receive a monthly reading log from their classroom teacher, which they will use to track their time spent reading at home.  At the end of the month, students who meet their reading goal will receive a Pizza Hut coupon.


EZ Pay

EzPay allows parents to pay the annual $50 school fee and deposit money onto their child's lunch account.  To use EzPay, click the link on the left-hand side of the page.

After creating an account, you may simply log in to check your child's balances and send your payments to the school directly. In order to display your child's balance information, you must know your child’s student ID. which you can obtain by calling the Karen Fields in the school office at 947-7901.

*Ezpay has a $3 per transaction fee.

Weekly Update From Mr. Winterberger

Hello Summerside Families,

We are having a terrific week in our classrooms!  Mrs. Duncan's 4th grade students have been working on types of matter:  solids, liquids, and gases. 

The students are learning how to measure mass using balance scales and volume using measurements and graduated cylinders.  The students are also learning about the Law of Conservation of Mass.  In the lesson Mrs. Duncan taught, students were comparing mass and volume of two different materials.  They then calculated the density of each and drew conclusions based on the mass, volume, and density.  Hats off to Mrs. Duncan's 4th grade scientists!!

Teaching and learning is the heart of our school day.   We also need to take time to recognize our students for their hard work in our classrooms.  This week we celebrated with our 5th, 4th, and 3rd grade students who earned First Honors (all A's) and Second Honors (which is at least 2 A's and the rest B's).  Our students were treated to pizza and drinks courtesy of our Summerside PTO.  Also our honor roll students will be recognized on our Summerside Website. A group photo of our first honors students will be displayed in our school lobby.   A sincere congratulations to our first quarter honor roll students for their hard work.  We are proud of them!!

Weekly Update From Mr. Winterberger

Hello Summerside Families,

We have charged into the month of November in our classrooms!  Our Kindergarten Skills Groups are working on phoneme segmentation.  They are using slinkies to stretch out words and to say sound words.  Phoneme segmentation is a vital skill in early literacy.  I am impressed with the learning taking place in our Kindergarten Skills Groups.  Our students are awesome!!!!   A sincere thank you to Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Beavers for their work in the classroom with our children.  We appreciate your commitment to excellence.

We just held our first round of conferences this week and it was exciting seeing our parents and teachers working together as a team to ensure our children are having a successful school year.  When we work as a team the sky is the limit for what our children can accomplish.  I am proud of our kids and I believe great things are in store for them. In conjunction with our conference night this week, we held our first bookfair and it was  huge success.  Our partner in education, Joseph Beth, will be partnering with our school to bring quality bookfairs to Summerside where our students can shop with their parents for quality reading materials to build that love of reading.  A sincere thank you to Joseph Beth!


Weekly Update From Mr. Winterberger

Hello Summerside Families!

It's hard to believe the month of October is almost behind us and we are heading into November next week.  I look back at where we have come as a Summerside community since August, and I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished together.  We lifted off our school year, and our classrooms are hitting on all cylinders.   The teaching and learning taking place during the school day is impressive.  I couldn't be more encouraged with what I observe daily in our classrooms.   A sincere thank you to our staff, students, and volunteers who work in concert daily to ensure our students receive a top notch academic day.

In addition, thanks to our PTO for providing a nice blend of after school events that allow our families to gather.  We have provided the following opportunities for families and students: Open House, Transportation Sessions, PTO Open Forums, Monthly Skating Parties, Monthly Family Nights at local eateries, an Evening Educational Session about the Third Grade Guarantee, a Father/Daughter Dance, a Hat Day Celebration, and the Stuff the Bus Collection for our local food Pantries.   Sometimes we need to slow down and look back and enjoy our accomplishments.  Hats off to everyone who worked together as a team.  I thank you!!

Weekly Update From Mr. Winterberger

Hello Summerside Families!

What a beautiful day!  Fall is in full swing.  I hope you are able to get outside this weekend and enjoy the weather we have coming our way.  It's great to see your kids engaged daily in active play at recess.  Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air gives our students a much needed break during our academic day and our students come back refreshed and ready to learn!

Speaking of the academic day, I am extremely proud of the teaching and learning taking place in our classrooms.  I dropped in multiple classrooms this week and our teachers and students are engaged in meaningful learning throughout the day.  Mrs. Cann's second grade students were recognizing and reading grade-appropriate irregularly spelled words.  In addition, the students were demonstrating the command of the conversation of standard English. 

 Last but not least, the students mastered spelling words which were plural nouns with regular and irregular spelling patterns.  I was very impressed with the instruction Mrs. Cann delivered and it was terrific to see her students excited about their newly mastered skills.  Awesome class period!!



Weekly Update From Mr. Winterberger

Hello Summerside Families!

I trust all is well with you as we work through the Fall season at Summerside. Parent/Teacher Conferences are being scheduled for early November after school. Information went home with students this week. Please look for that communication and respond to your child's classroom teacher if you would like a conference.  Conferences are an important time to build that home/school connection and most importantly to work together as a team for our children.  I am excited about the upcoming conferences and look forward to seeing our parents who sign up.  We are here to make a difference!!

Our school is focused on teaching and learning during the school day.  This is our top priority!  Our school is a family and our students need a balance of academics and other school activities to have a well-rounded experience. Included in October 16th Weekly Update is this year’s calendar with all of the extracurricular events available for our families and students.  These include: Skating Parties, Dances, Carnivals, Camps, Field Trips, Honor Roll Pizza Parties, PTO Forums, and Classroom Parties.  We'll have a nice balance of events for our community to build the relationships essential for a healthy school community.  I look forward to meeting everyone at these events


Weekly Update From Mr. Winterberger

Hello Summerside Families!

Wow! We are having a great week in our academic classrooms. I have been in multiple classrooms and we are right on track.  Our classrooms are the "Hub" of our school and one subject that is crucial is Reading. This week I stopped in Mrs. Alexander and Mrs. Beavers’ Reading Skills Group classes.  All students at Summerside receive 30 targeted minutes daily of small group reading at their reading level.  This is in addition to their core reading class time.  

Reading is the foundation for all learning in all subject areas and I can guarantee you that it is a priority at Summerside every day.  Mrs. Beavers’ first grade skill group was reviewing letter names and sounds, as well as correct letter formation.  Students were practicing listening comprehension as Mrs. Beavers read a story aloud to the group. These bedrock skills will prepare her students to excel in reading.  Super job Mrs. Beavers and her students!!  Mrs. Alexander’s

 first grade skill group was working on decoding short vowel words and reading fluency.  Students were practicing listening comprehension as Mrs. Alexander read a story aloud.   As you can see these two first grade skills groups are working on specific skills tailored to the students’ needs.  We are differentiating instruction to meet individual student needs.  


Summerside Daily Schedule and Transportation Information

Click here for the Summerside daily schedule and transportaion information.


Math Websites

                              Math Websites


Here are a few great websites to use and play.  This site is approved by the National Council of Mathematics.   The students really like the video on 7 X 8, the 9s tables and the word problems.   This site has a complete set of activities/review for grades K-8.  It will only let you play a  ertain number free per day unless you subscribe to the site.


Click "View All" for more websites.

Reading Websites

                Great Reading Websites

Clermont County Public Library

This site includes several stories for beginning readers, and is part of the Internet Public Library complied by the University of Michigan School of Information.

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Marco's Pizza Challenge

Summerside Elementary/Marco’s Pizza  Home Room Challenge – everybody wins!

On Thursday, November 20th order Marco’s Pizza (dine-in, carry-out, or delivery) and Summerside will receive 15% of the order. It’s simple – when ordering, just mention the name of your Home Room teacher (and feel free to use your existing coupons or take advantage of the daily specials). Marco’s will tally the total for all the Home Room teachers and send Summerside Elementary School a check for 15% of that total. 

The Homeroom teacher with the highest individual total, wins a free Pizza Lunch for that class!  Congratulations to Mrs. Glenn's 4th grade for being to top homeroom  in October!

So please mark your calendar for Thursday, November 20th and encourage your friends and neighbors to join our cause. Need coupons? See the attached flyer for challenge details and pizza savings.

Upcoming Events

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