South Middle School

South Middle School


Office Hours
7:30am - 4:00pm
2734 Louisiana Street
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: (785) 832-5450
Fax: (785) 832-5453
Assistant Principal: Mr. Lynn Harrod
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  • Message From the Principal

    What makes South Middle School unique? It's the warm educational climate, where students come first and our teachers focus on 21st century educational skills, emphasizing technology integration and active learning as primary forms of engagement. Our staff understands the social and development needs of young adolescents and with this in mind we promote positive social interaction, school spirit, and a persistence in rigorous instruction. We thank you for sharing your child with us, and I encourage you to contact me with questions or suggestions at any time.
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  • Mission Statement

    At South Middle School, we believe that students, when provided a safe environment and personal attention from caring adults, will develop knowledge and skills to become confident, independent problem solvers, responsible citizens, effective communicators, and lifelong learners.
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  • Daily Announcements

    Good morning!  Today is Tuesday, November 25, 2014.  Please rise for the pledge of allegiance.

    Today's main dish lunch choices are:  cheeseburgers, hummus w/cheese & pita bread, pb&j w/string cheese, chef salads, hamburgers or spicy chicken sandwiches.

    8th grade boys interested in trying out for's still not too late to get all your 5 sports forms turned in!!  They are available at the sports table near the main office or ON-LINE.  Tryouts begin the Monday after Thanksgiving break​, December 1 from 3:30-5:30 and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, December 2, 4 and 5--same time.  Remember, you MUST have all 5 forms turned in to tryout!!

    8th grade girls' basketball game today @ home vs. Washburn Rural @ 3:30 pm.  Please allow players to dismiss @ 2:40 pm.


    Last Garden Club til spring

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    Penny Wars continues through Monday, December 8!!

    T-shirt drive continues through winter break!!

    CPO SPIRIT NIGHT @ Freddy's Frozen Custard and Steakburgers tonight between 4 and 8 pm.  A percent of proceeds from the sales during this time will be given back to South CPO.


    A new Wednesday afternoon activity will begin after winter break...January 7 to be exact.  Pick up a flyer at the Sports Table near the office.  The activity will be held at Watkins Museum downtown from the time school dismisses until 4 pm.  You must provide our own transportation to the activity, but it sounds REALLY interesting, especially for those interested in history, Lawrence and art!!


    Thanks to Ms. Hochman's Advisory Class, it is a Turkey-ish Tuesday to be Cougars!!  Have a special Thanksgiving holiday.  See you in December!!

    Good morning!  Today is Monday, November 24, 2014.  Please rise for the pledge of allegiance.

    Today's main dish lunch choices are..........CHICKEN STRIPS!!!!!​


    parfait w/muffins, pb&j w/string cheese, chef salads, hamburgers or bbq ribette sandwiches.

    One week from today will be the 8th grade boys' basketball tryouts.  Are all your sports forms turned in?  You must have all 5 sports forms turned in.  Check the list next to Mr. Thornburg's room 600 to make sure you are eligible or check with Mrs. Rea or Mr. Thornburg to see!!

    8th grade girls' basketball game today right after school @ 3:30 vs. West!  Come out and support your Lady Cougars as they take on their cross-town rivals, the Warhawks!!  Please releae the players @ 2:40 pm.


    Penny Wars continue through December 8.  Bring your pennies to put into your team's jar!!

    T-shirt drive goes through winter break for South's Christian Club.  Bring old t-shirts to your Advisory class so they can be upcycled and sent to Third World countries in baby kits.

    LHS PACK THE HOUSE IS TONIGHT!!  Plan to head to LHS @ 6 pm to see performances by Cheer & Pom, Girls and Boys' Basketball, Wrestling, Swimmng and Diving, Faculty Bubble Soccer Game, Band, Drumline and more!!  Admission is a non-perishable item such as peanut butter, canned fruit or meat or healthy cereal---OR you can give a cash donation!  There will also be PACK THE HOUSE t-shirts for sale for $12 at the door!


    SOUTH CPO is sponsoring a spirit night at Freddy's tomorrow night.  If you didn't get to Freddy's last week to support GRRRRRRL POWER!, then you have an opportunity to head out tomorrow night to support South CPO.  A percent of all food sold between 4 and 8 pm will go back to South CPO.  Come and celebrate the beginning of your fall break with a burger and fries...AND one of their delicious concretes!!

    Thanks to Mr. Barker's Advisory class, it's a minty Monday to be Cougars!


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