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  • Fiscal and Operations Manager Position Open

    Southside is searching for a person to perform the role of fiscal and operations manager. Position will begin January 1, 2015. Application is located under the announcements section of this website or may be picked up in person from the school office. Click headline for additional infomation.

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  • School Board Meeting on Wednesday, July 30.

    The Southside School Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 30, during the month of July in the school library at 7:00 p.m. We will go back to Thursday evenings beginning on August 28.

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  • Americorps Reading Position Available

    Southside received an AmeriCorps Washington Reading Corps (WRC) grant to hire an interested person to serve as reading support in our K-2 program. If you are interested, you must complete the application with AmeriCorps directly. The direct link to the application is https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=56733&fromSearch=true Thanks.

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  • Two Part-time Custodial Positions are open.

    Southside has two part-time custodial positions available at this time. Complete a classified application if interested.

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  • Special Education/Assessment Coordinator Position Open at Southside

    We are seeking a special education endorsed and highly qualified elementary teacher to work within our resource level program. Additional time available for assessment coordination.

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  • Thank You Voters

    The Southside School District levy passed with a 56.34% yes votes. Thank you for supporting Southside and keeping this district going after 111 years of serving our students and our community. Your support counts.

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  • Register for Southside

    Now is the time to register students for Southside if you haven't already done so. Registration may be picked up in the office prior to June 20 or after August 18. We look forward to serving students.

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Welcome to Southside School District! We are located in Shelton, Washington, 15 miles Northwest of Olympia, off Highways 101 and 3, on the beautiful Hammersley Inlet of Puget Sound. We have the pride of a smaller, family-oriented community with the benefit of many desired amenities nearby. We are celebrating the 112th Anniversary of Southside School District.

Southside School District has about 200 students in grades K-7 on one campus. Our teachers are all highly qualified, meeting state requirements, to meet the educational needs of our students while maintaining the personalization of a small district setting. Most of our employees have worked at Southside for over 10 years and their average years of experience in education are over 18 years. Generations of families have attended Southside. Approximately 40% of our student population is students and families who waiver into the school district due to the positive attributes of Southside. If you are looking for a quaint and nurturing learning environment with scaffolded, rigorous, and engaging curriculum, Southside School District meets these criteria.

Supported immensely by involved parents and active community members, and led by a capable and caring school board, our principal/superintendent, teachers, and support staff are committed to helping students reach their full potential as students and positive contributors to our community. The Southside community has continued to demonstrate a belief in the importance of education by continually supporting the levies needed to operate this district. Lastly, Southside is successful because of the support of the many parent and community volunteers. We have a parent/community booster club that works collaboratively with the school to ensure that our students have opportunities not afforded at other places. Together, our staff and community have a positive impact on the exceptional education of all of our students.

Doris Bolender, Principal/Superintendent
Southside School District


  • Southside Receives State Award for Academic Achievement. Southside was recognized with a Washington Academic Achievement Award for High Progress based on their 2013 state test scores. Only 85 elementary schools in Washington received this award. This award is the result of efforts from students, staff, parents, and our community all working to support the education of our Southside students. Congratulations to all.
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    Please copy and complete the appropriate attached application with disclosure form if you are interested in an open position at Southside. This is only one of the pieces of information required. Check the job description for possible additional information needed.
    Please contact Doris Bolender at dbolender@southsideschool.org if you should have any questions.
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  • Southside Non-Discrimination/Affirmative Action Statement

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