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  • South Mesa Elementary Front of building.

    SMES Front

  • South Mesa Knights mascot.

    Knight Mascot

  • South Mesa Elementary outdoor marquee.


  • First day of school front of school students and staff.

    First Day of School

  • 4th grade play on the stage in the gym.

    4th Grade Play

  • Give me Liberty Award Winners.

    Give Me Liberty Award Winners

  • 2nd Grade Students in a classroom.

    2nd Grade Students

  • 1st grade students holding up a blow up dog with paper made dog ears on their head.

    1st Grade Students

  • Students reading books with black lights on and wearing neon light up items.

    Neon Read-on Day

  • Kindergarten program on the stage at the school.

    Kindergarten Program

  • 5th Grade students holding up homemade frames  pretending to be a wax museum.

    5th Grade Wax Museum

  • Kindergarten students with parents at a mom and muffins day outside on benches.

    Kindergarten Moms & Muffins

  • 4th Grade field day with students eating popsicles.

    4th Grade Field Day

  • 2nd grade assembly with Dragon Masters.

    2nd Grade Dragon Masters

  • Students in the library reading to each other in the library.

    Student Read-Aloud in the library

  • Students holding a big check in a classroom that a teacher received.

    Mrs. Pursel -Teacher Award

  • 1st grade students in paper airplanes pretending to go around the world.

    1st Grade Around the World

  • Principals 200 Club Pizza Party winners.

    Principals 200 Club Pizza Party

  • South Mesa's Librarian outside her door with wall sign.

    Our Librarian, Mrs. W

  • 3rd grade student being "knighted" by a staff member.

    3rd Grade Knighting Ceremony

  • Students lining the halls while giving high 5's to staff members as they walk by.

    Lego League Winners

  • Hydroponic Garden.

    Hydroponic Garden

  • School crossing guard dressed up as Santa.

    Our Crossing Guard Mr. Gary

  • Assembly in the gym with The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who.

    The Grinch!

  • Portuguese Brazil presentation in a classroom.

    Portuguese Brazil presentation

  • 5th Grade US History Students standing against a history board.

    5th Grade US History Students

  • School choir singing at a Veterans Day Assembly.

    Choir at our Veterans Day Assembly

  • Student Storytellers standing out front of school.

    Student Storytellers

  • Large bin full of blankets gathered to send to Ukraine.

    Blankets for Ukraine

  • Crown of Kindness & Armor of Achievement winners.

    Crown of Kindness & Armor of Achievement

  • Portuguese Students holding Brazil flag and Brazil name on banners.

    Portuguese Students

  • Staff Halloween Picture - dressed up as minions.

    Staff Halloween Picture – Minions


Welcome to South Mesa!  This is a place where students learn, grow, and become contributors in a 21st century world. At South Mesa, our motto is: 

We are Courageous, We are Kind, We Strive for Excellence

We are the South Mesa Knights!

I know that each student at South Mesa embodies each of these three character traits. As a staff, our ultimate goal is to accomplish our mission:

High Levels of Learning for Every Student

and purpose:

Through meaningful and heartfelt relationships with students and our community,
we will inspire tomorrow’s readers and leaders

We are excited to partner with you to make your child’s learning experience exceptional. Thank you for entrusting us to teach, learn, and grow with them this year.

We are excited to announce our reading program for the 2023-24 school year. It is called America’s Battle of the Books. This is a national program and has been around for several years. This program is NOT in the normal school curriculum but is just a fun addition to the school reading program.

What is it: Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program to encourage kids to read a high quality and a high quantity of books. They are grade appropriate with easy and more difficult books within each grade level lists. Students will read about 6-7 (or all if they want) out of the 12-20 books on a provided list. Reading can begin in the summer and needs to be finished by mid-March. The battle will take place the middle of March. Teams will be made up of 3-4 students per team. Teachers may require participation or make it optional. We will also have an adapted battle for the younger grades.

What kids need to do: Get one of the books on the provided list from the school library and read! They are familiar titles and you may own them already or you can check them out from the public library. Encourage your
student to read for understanding so they don’t rush through too quickly. When they finish the story then will need to write a summary about the book
in their “battle book” provided. They will need to hang onto this all year as this will provide a great resource as they get ready for the final battles.

What is the Battle: It is a game show type question battle. Teams will be asked a question regarding a book and they must say the title of the book and the author to get the points. We will do a classroom round and grade
level round. It is a lot of fun! Prizes and Incentives will be awarded throughout the year and the day of the Battle. If you have any questions, please email Kristie Rindlisabcher at:!

Now let’s get reading!

Mrs. Ginny Nobis, Principal

Important Events

  • School Hours

    Mon-Thurs: 8:25-2:35, Fri: 8:25-1:00


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PTA Highlights

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SMES PTA on Facebook

School Hours

  • Monday – Thursday

    K – 5th Grade
    8:25  a.m. – 2:35 p.m. 

    Regular School Day
  • Friday

    K – 5th Grade
    8:25 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Early Release Fridays
  • Min School Day

    Dec 20 & May 22 & 23 
    K – 5th — 8:25 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

    Min School Day

Lunch Times

  • Kindergarten Lunch

    10:45 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • 1st Grade Lunch

    11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • 2nd Grade Lunch & 1st/2nd DLI Lunch

    11:20 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

  • 3rd Grade Lunch & 3rd/4th DLI Lunch

    11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

  • 4th Grade Lunch

    11:50 p.m. – 12:20 p.m.

  • 5th Grade Lunch

    12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

SEP Scheduler

Schedule your parent/teacher Diagnostic Testing or Student Education Plan (SEP) appointment by signing up for a time with your child’s teacher.


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