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Phone: 480-484-5500
Fax: 480-484-5501
Office Hours: 7:00am - 3:30pm
School Hours: 8:15am - 2:50pm
Mountainside Middle School
11256 N. 128th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85259   
Terri Kellen, Principal
Mary Loehnis, Assistant Principal
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SUSD to Host PBIS Film Festival

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) will host a Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) Film Festival from 5-7 p.m. on April 30 at Coronado High School, 7501 E. Virginia Ave. Scottsdale 85257. See PBIS Film Festival
Mountainside Middle School Announcements
Internet Safety Class At Mustang Library April 24

A class for parents to learn how to keep their kids safe on the Internet is being offered by the Scottsdale Police Department this Thursday, April 24 from 6-8 PM at the Mustang Library Auditorium.  Scottsdale Police Department Detective Tanya Corder fro the Special Victims unit will address issues such as: How to Data Mine your Children; How to filter and safeguard your computer, and social media and apps your children are using. For the flyer, please click here.

Java is sending out an optional update today. If you see a prompt to update,  you can either chose to do so or follow these instructions click here to NOT have to update until the end of the school year. 
Thank you for your continued support of Successmaker.  As you know, continued use of SM can significantly close the gap on any skills that need more time and support.  Each session is individualized to meet the needs of your student. We are working closely with Successmaker (Pearson) to make it more user friendly for home use.
Mountainside Film In First PBIS Film Festival

Coronado High School will be hosting the first annual SUSD PBIS film festival April 30 from 5-7PM.  Mountainside students will have an entry for the R.O.A.R. program at Mountainside. For more information click on the link below:
Students Take Part in PARCC Field Test

This May, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium will be conducting a field test of the new standards assessment.  Mountainside has agreed to be involved in this important process.  Mountainside students will only take one part of the whole assessment in one content area in order to "test the test." By taking part in the field tests, teachers and students will play an important role in the development of next-generation innovative tests. To view the letter from State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal click here.
All Star Sports Summer Programs

Mountainside Teacher and Coach Max Slovis will be conducting several sports camps at Mountainside in May, June and July. All Star Sports Camp is from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday.  Volleyball and Basketball will be available in the afternoons.  For Sports Camp info click here for Volleyball click here and for Basketball click here. Registration is available through the Community Education website.  You can email Coach Slovis at for more information.
Summer Science Camp Registration Is Now Open

Registration has begun for the Super Star Science/Tech Camp to be held at Mountainside Middle School in June.
The camp will introduce campers to concepts in chemistry, physics, earth science, biology ecology and computer technology.  This hands-on summer camp will awaken the scientist within your student!  Camp is for boys and girls entering grades 3-7, and will be held at Mountainside from 9:00 AM - 3 PM Monday through Friday.  For more information and to register for camp visit the SUSD Community Education web page or click here.
Sports Physicals Available April 26; May 10

Mountainside students who wish to participate in Athletics in the 2014-15 school year must have a sports physical sometime after March 1, 2014.  The SUSD sports medicine team provides these physicals at a reduced cost.   They are offered April 26 and May 10 at the Arizona Sports Medicine Center.  Cost is $20 cash or check. Appointment required.  For more information click here.
Mountainside to Host "Get Charged" Summer Program

Mountainside will offer "Get Charged" academic program this summer Monday through Thursdays from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM facilitated with Mountainside staff members June 9 to 26.  Registration is available through SUSD Community Education.  For more information click here.
2014 Middle School Track Schedule

The 2014 Middle School Track Meet Schedule can be viewed here.
2014 Course Offerings

Spring 2014
Dear Mountainside Parents/Guardians:
As we begin to wrap up another year of learning, we start to look forward to the 2014–2015 school year. We would like to first take this opportunity to commend our student body on an excellent year of academic and personal growth. Mountainside is the only SUSD middle school to earn an A rating from the State of Arizona! Mountainside is the best choice!  2014-15 Course Selection materials will be sent home with students Tuesday, March 25.
These past years have been full of economic uncertainty, and our state legislature is again attempting to balance a difficult budget deficit. As they tackle this challenge, funding and resources at the district and school level will be in constant flux. What does this mean for Mountainside? We have little flexibility when it comes to your child’s schedule. We are grateful for the opportunities we can provide and we will make the most of them.  Despite these challenges, our teachers will continue to work as teams in order to offer your child the quality education you have come to expect. 
Mountainside will continue to offer “Reading” in our academic programming. Every day, before or after lunch, students will report to a Reading class to read a book associated with their English Language Arts (ELA) class for approximately 20 minutes. Students will not receive an academic grade for Reading time. Students will receive a conduct grade for Reading time.
Please fill out the included “Student Information Profile” with any relevant information that will help us to create the optimal learning environment for your student. The information you provide will help us create the best schedule for your child. All information provided will be kept confidential. We cannot accept or honor teacher requests.   
Remember, there are two types of elective classes: year-long and semester-long. Students will enroll in two periods of electives. This could be two year-long classes, one year-long and two semester-long classes, or four semester-long classes.
Keep in mind the following information when selecting your enrichment classes:
·         Course descriptions can be found here.
·         If you select Band or Strings – you will get that selection.
·         StuGo and Yearbook are very popular requests. Not. all students selecting these courses will get in. All eligible students will be randomly placed in the class by lottery. Students must submit an essay (minimum of 1 paragraph) and obtain teacher recommendation.
·         It is strongly recommended that you rank ALL semester-long enrichments to aid in scheduling.
Although we will make every effort to honor your requests, we cannot guarantee that students will be placed in their top semester-long requests. Course Request forms and Student Information Profile forms must be returned by April 4, 2014 to your student's first period teacher. 
Please email either Terri Kellen ( or Mary Loehnis ( with questions.
Terri Kellen                                         Mary Loehnis             
Principal                                              Assistant Principal     
Purchase Yearbooks OnLine!

Yearbooks can now be purchased on line!

Below is the link to pay on line.  Sign in using your student id number as the user name and student last name with a capital letter for the password.
1.       Sign into link
2.       Click on student name
3.       Click on Items at Student’s School
4.       Scroll down to Yearbook item
5.       Click Buy
6.       Click on Checkout – upper right hand side
    7.       Confirm amount and click on Checkout
    8.       Enter card information
    9.       Click on Pay Now

Order a Yearbook TODAY!
Free Homework Club Available Every Tuesday and Thursday

All students needing help with homework are invited to attend Mountainside's Homework Club every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7 AM.  Homework Club is free.   No registration is required, but students must enter and sign in with the front office.  Students are asked to bring their homework and any additional materials needed to complete their work.  Homework Club is held in Room 151 and facilitated by Mrs. Goodman-Herman.
Mountainside Parent-Student Handbook Available Now

For detailed information regarding procedures, policies and expectations at Mountainside, please refer to the 2013-14 Mountainside Parent-Student Handbook found here.
Crossing Guard Needed at Mountainside

Mountainside is in need of a crossing guard for two hours a day to assist students crossing Via Linda during arrival and dismissal.  If you, or someone you know, is interested, please contact the office at 480-484-5500.
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