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.
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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.  

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 Monday, August 31, 2015. Please rise for the pledge of allegiance.

    Today’s main dish lunch choices include: pasta fazool, hummus w/cheese & pita brad, pb&j w/string cheese, chef salads w/breadsticks, hamburgers or fish sandwiches.

    Also, beginning today, as you were reminded last week, you cannot go into the negative with purchases from the cafeteria. There must be enough in your account to cover any purchase you will be making. Thank you.

    Don’t forget that it’s still not too late to enter the DOUGLAS COUNTY CONSERVATION DISTRICT POSTER, ESSAY AND LIMERICK CONTEST. Deadline is September 15. This will be your last reminder. If you have any further questions or need an application, please contact

    What a magnificent Monday 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)
Bully Hotline: