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 (7:30-11:30 am) or 785-832-5450 (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.
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6th Grade Orientation (Optional): Thursday, August 13th from 9am-10am in the Auditorium.
Incoming 6th graders will get their schedules in advance and have the opportunity to walk the hallways, meet their teachers, counselors, and administrators and practice opening lockers. Come join us!
First Day of Classes for Student: Wednesday, August 19th!
Note: Sixth graders will start at 8:00am that morning. School for seventh and eighth grade students will start at 10am that morning. Busses will be running for both morning routes.
Open House for All Parents: Thursday, August 20th at 5:30pm!
This time is designed for parents to meet core and elective teachers, hear more about classes, curriculum, and student expectations for the year. We hope to see you this evening! 
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.  
  • 2015-2016 School Supply Lists Attachment Below!



    Applications for FREE school supplies are due by July 31

    Penn House and the Salvation Army are accepting applications for free school supplies, backpacks, and shoes through July 31. Parents are asked to show proof of free/reduced school lunch program or proof of income, personal identification, and the student's social security number. Apply at Penn House Monday-Friday from 8am-noon at 1035 Pennsylvania St. 842-0440 or at the Salvation Army Monday-Friday from 9am-3:30pm at 9:40 New Hampshire St 843-4188. School kits will be distributed by appointment the week of August 10-14 at the East Lawrence Recreation Center. 

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Help Us Grow the South Garden!

Come join our garden fun Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays this summer!
Supervised hours 9am-11am 
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  
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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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