Welcome to Southern Middle School


Our Mission

Southern Middle School provides ALL students high levels of academic instruction while developing strong character and independence.

* School Supply Lists for 2017-2018 school year

* Playing sports in 2017-2018?

Any student planning to try out for a sports team will need to have a current Athletic Sports Physical. Click here for the form.

* Order SMS Spirit Wear

Hi5Prints will be at Southern Middle this week and next to take spirit wear orders! See the schedule below and come on by!

Thursday, Aug 3rd: 11am-2
Friday, Aug 4th: 3pm-6
Monday, Aug 7th: 11am-2
Tuesday, Aug 8th: 8:30am - Noon

* Cross Country Information

If you'd like to join the Cross Country team, email Coach Gerken to let him know. Click here for more information about the season.

* Volleyball Champions

Congratulations to our 8th Grade volleyball players who are the 2017 Bluegrass State Game Gold Division champions.

* TSA National Results

Sixth grader, William Allen, placed 6th in the nation in the Career Prep competition and 9th in the nation in Digital Photography. Alex Alaniz, Lucas Wright and Troy Nolan made the top 12 finalists in Medical Technology. There were over 8000 people in attendance at this year's conference in Orlando, Florida. Eleven Southern Middle students participated and represented Fayette County well.

TSA group TSA WA pins

* Run like the wind!
Congratulations to our girls’ track and field team! They tied for third place in the KTCCCA Middle School State Championships, held June 3 at the University of Louisville. Read the story here.

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* Summer Reading Challenge

Students have been challenged to read each week during summer break. Forms will be passed out during the last week of school or can be download and printed from here. Record what you read each week and turn in the form by August 22nd to Mrs. Smith, librarian, or to Languare Arts teacher to earn a popsicle party.

The Lexington Public Library sponsors a Summer Reading Program. Click here to read about it.

* Hard work pays off

Congratulations to the Technology Student Association Members that competed in the state competition this week.  They did a great job representing Southern Middle and are looking forward to the national competition in June. 
Students placed in the following events: Career Prep, Challenging Issues, Children's Stories, Digital Photography, Flight, Inventions and Innovations, Leadership Strategies, Medical Tech, Prepared Speach, Problem Solving, Structual Engineering, Tech Bowl, Technical Design, Video Game Design, and Web Site Design.

* FAME Award Nominations

We want to congratulate the following SMS teachers for their FAME Award nominations.  Ms. Weaver from the 8th Grade Titans team, Mr. Gerken and Ms. Marshall from the 8th Grade Warriors team, and Mr. Tyree from the 7th Grade Gladiators team were all nominated by former students who felt they made a big impact on their education.  We are so proud and lucky to have these teachers at Southern!

* Academic Team Moves On
Southern students did very well at the District Govenor's Cup competition. They earned 1st place in District 58 for quick recall by surviving two overtime matches. They placed 2nd in Future Problem Solving. Both the quick recall team and the Future Problem Solving team will advance to the regional tournament at Beaumont on January 30th and February 4th. Nine students also placed in their written assessments and will advance to regionals.

* Winter Garmet Drive
Student Council says a BIG thanks to Southern Spartans for donating winter coats, scarves, and other items for the Salvation Army.

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* Girls' Basketball
Congratulations to the girls' basketball team for earning the Academic Award for the highest GPA in the Middle School District. We are proud of your hard work in the classroom!

* Dance Team Wins
Big congratluations to the Spartan Dance Team. They won 1st Place in Jazz, Pom, and Group Combination (Small Team). In addition, they took home 2nd place in Hip Hop (Small Team) and they received the Leadership Award, an award given by the other teams.

* Volleyball Team Wins City Championship:
Congratulations to the B Team for winning the City Tournament. They will be honored by the School Board on Monday, October 24th for their success.

* Dress Code Policy:
The Dress Code Policy for the 2016-2017 has been updated.  Several changes have been made so more focus can be on instruction and student achievement.

* Leading the way: STLP Students
Congratulations to Duane Keaton and the Southern Films group for their outstanding showing at the State STLP Competition.  SMS Southern Films achieved 1st place in both the Cinemania and PSA categories.  They also received the award for Best Showcase Project from Regional Group.  Congratulations to Duane and these dedicated students for their hard work and their accomplishments!  Good job and keep up the great work!
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* Southern Students Supporting our Community
"Generousity: the habit of giving freely without expecting anything in return." What a giving group of students here at SMS!

* Canned Food Drive
Thanks to the families who brought in canned food to support God's Pantry. We appreciate your support.

** The volleyball team collected around $100 during their Dig Pink night for the American Cancer Society.

** TSA collected items for the Louisiana flood victims in support of "From the Bluegrass to the Bayou."





** Mrs. Turbek would like to give a big shout out to SMS students who paid $1 to wear a t-shirt or a hoddie to help riase money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A total of $276 was collected. To learn more about how this money is helping what this video. If you would like to doante more or participate in a walk, follow this link.

** Student Council raised money for the American Heart Association by oraganizing the Grade Level Penny War, Hoodie Day, & T-shirt/Hat days. The total collected was $450.

** Technology Student Association (TSA) would like to thank for your donations that totaled $519 in support of the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.

* PTSA Information
Want the latest and greatest from the PTSA?  Sign up for Remind text!  Just text @c3chk to 81010.