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

    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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 Students will release at 11:30 on Thursday, May 21.  Breakfast will be served, but no lunch due to early dismissal.  Have a great summer!
8th Grade Recognition will be Friday, May 22nd at 9:00am in the South Gymnasium.  
As the year winds down to an end, South would like to honor our four retiring staff members.  They are Vivian Caughey, school nurse; Marcia McPhail, school librarian; Sandy White, school counselor and Sharon Wright, food services.
Thanks to all of you for your dedication and hard work. 

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 
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)