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
ATTENDANCE:  785-330-4848 (7:30-9:30 am) or 1:30-3:30 pm (afternoons)
Assistant Principal: Mr. Lynn Harrod
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  • Our Mission Statement

    South Middle School will empower our learning community to think intensively and critically; we will cultivate intellect with character to develop 21st century learners.


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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.
    Jennifer Bessolo, Ed.D. 
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Start and Dismissal Times:
Reminder of the change in start and dismissal times starting the 2015-2016 school year. School will begin at 8:00am and end at 3:05 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, school will begin at 8:00am and end at 1:35pm due to early release.  
Intramural Clubs will begin soon!  So far, there are several clubs that are available to all grades.  There is intramural wrestling club.  Mr. Dave Olson is the sponsor for this club.  Please pick up your gold permission slip from him in room 307.  This club begins October 12 and the 4 dates it meets are listed on the South website calendar.
Coding Club begins September 14 right after school in Mr. Barker's room 409.  Pick up your gold permission slip from Mr. Barker in order to participate. 
Another club that is offered after school on monthly Tuesdays listed on the website calendar is GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance Club).  Sponsors of this club are Ms. Kim Kreicker and Ms. Arla Jones, room 103.  Please pick up gold permission slips from them and return to them to participate in this club.
Running Club begins Thursday, September 10.  The sponsors for this club are Carol McFall and Jennifer Scotten.  This club runs the entire year right after school until 4 pm.  Please pick up your gold permission slip from Mrs. McFall in room 305 in order to participate in this club.

Help Us Grow the South Garden!

Feel free to take a walk through our garden anytime to see what's growing! 
Farm to School Coordinator, Crystal Hammerschmidt
South Middle School Assistant Garden Coordinator, Becky Chappell  
  • Our Daily SMS Cougar Announcements! 

    Good morning! Today is Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Please rise for the pledge of allegiance.

    Today’s main dish lunch choices are: chicken quesadillas, black bean quesadillas, tuna sandwiches, pb&j w/string cheese, chef salads w/breadsticks, or hamburgers.

    Today is our first girls’ tennis match @ West @ 3:15. Good luck!

    What a tenacious Tuesday to be Cougars!


    Good morning! Today is Wednesday, September 2, 2015, CLUB day. 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 w/breadsticks, hamburgers or rice bowls.

    Auditions are beginning for the school play THE WIZARD OF OZ. Please check outside room 101 for sign-up. Auditions will be held September 8 and 9 and are open to ALL grades. Be sure to stop by to sign up for ONE audition day and to pick up a permission form. Students interested in working on building the set, costumes, lighting, sound, publicity, student directing or stage managing can sign up and pick up CREW information in the same location.

    What a winning Wednesday to be Cougars!










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Direct Line  785-330-2650 
Counselors:  Barbara James (Last names A-K)   Marc Conover (Last names L-Z)      
Cougar Parent Organization - Parents are always welcome!
Please call the direct attendance lines to report student absences:
Mornings: 785-330-4848  (Ms. Anna Bollig)
Afternoons: 785-832-5450 (Mrs. Julie Rea)
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