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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  • Our 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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  • 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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For Parents of Incoming Freshman: 
Lawrence High School is hosting a Parent Information Meeting Night for incoming freshman students and their parents on Wednesday, February 4th at 7pm in the LHS Auditorium. LHS staff will provide information on course offerings and teachers will assist students with specific questions on elective classes offered prior to their enrolling. Students in the LHS Link Crew will also be available to provide  tours of the building and answer questions. 
For Parents of Incoming 7th and 8th Graders:
South Middle School will host a Parent Information Night on Monday, February 16th at 6pm for parents of incoming 7th and 8th grade students. Extracurricular activities and courses will be discussed in more detail as well as the enrollment process. Incoming seventh grade parents will meet in the Music Vocal room and incoming eighth grade parents will meet in the Auditorium. We hope to see you there!
For Parents of Incoming 6th Graders:
South Middle School welcomes you!! Our annual 6th grade Parent Information Night will be Thursday, May 7th at 6pm in the SMS Auditorium. Incoming 6th grade students will have the opportunity to tour the building prior to this information night! We welcome parents and students to walk the building after our meeting in preparation for this important transition to middle school!
You can access more enrollment information at the following link!

School Mail-In Ballot: Sign it, Seal It, Send it Back!

The Lawrence Board of Education will ask voters this January to voters in January for approval to maintain current school funding. Ballots must be marked and received by the Douglas County Clerk's Office by January 27th. Public approval will not increase local taxes. Without public approval, the school must identify approximately $1.4 million in program cuts or reallocations. Find more information at

Direct Line  785-330-2650 
Sandy White (Last names A-K)   Marc Conover (Last names L-Z)      
Please call the direct attendance lines to report student absences:
Mornings: 785-330-4848  (Ms. Anna Bollig)
Afternoons: 785-832-5450 (Mrs. Julie Rea)