Thursday, January 29, 2009

Social studies dropped to prepare for MAP

Room 210 Editor

The sixth grade block teachers at South Middle School have stopped teaching social studies for the time being to use that hour to prepare for the MAP test.

“We want to make sure that the students are fully prepared for whatever may appear on the MAP,” said Kim Frencken, sixth grade block teacher. The teachers are feeling comfortable about using the social studies time to prepare the sixth grade students for the MAP.

“We would like the students to feel confident that they will do well on the MAP,” said Lisa Simmons, sixth grade block teacher.

Eighth grade to play Nevada tonight


The South Eagles Eighth Grade Basketball team known as “A team” will take on the Nevada Tigers 5:30 today at the Memorial Middle School Gym.

Center Stefon Rich said, “We will beat them because we have a height advantage and Nevada is short and fast.”

Sixty sign up for track

Room 210 Staff Writer

Track will begin soon! There are at least 60 people who have signed up to try out for track. This is the schedule for track:

Tues. Mar. 31 Carthage 7th/8th Carthage 4:00
Thurs. Apr. 2 McDonald Co. 7th/8th McDonald Co. 4:00
Fri. Apr. 3 Webb City 7th/8th Webb City 4:00
Tues. Apr. 7 Carthage 7th/8th Carthage 4:00
Thurs. Apr. 9 Neosho 8th Neosho 3:45
Tues. Apr. 14 Carl Junction 7th/8th Carl Junction 4:00
Thurs. Apr. 16 Nevada 7th/8th Nevada 4:00
Tues. Apr. 28 Joplin Meet 7th/8th Junge Stadium 4:00
Tues. May 5
(rain date: May 7) Tri-County Conf. 7th/8th Carthage 4:00

School back in session today

Joplin R-8 schools are back in session today after two snow days.

The district has had five snow days during the 2008-2009 school year.

Friday, Jan. 30 final day to order yearbooks online

The final day to order the South Middle School yearbook online with a credit card is Friday, Jan. 30, according to sponsor Mrs. Barb Rooker.

The website is

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Basketball schedule provided

The Schedule for the eighth grade basketball team are followed:

Tues. Jan. 27 Seneca 7th/8th A HOME MMS Gym 5:00
Thurs. Jan. 29 Nevada 7th A/B HOME Mem. Hall 5:00
Thurs. Jan. 29 Nevada 8th A/B HOME MMS Gym 5:00
Mon. Feb. 2 Memorial Middle 7th A/B HOME Mem. Hall 5:00
Mon. Feb. 2 Memorial Middle 8th A/B HOME MMS Gym 5:00
Tues. Feb. 3 College Heights 7th/8th A Home MMS Gym 5:00
Feb. 9, 10, 12 Tri County Tourn. 7th McDonald Co. TBA
Feb. 9, 10, 12 Tri County Tourn. 8th Neosho TBA

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Lunch Menu for January 20th thru 23rd

TUESDAY- Breakfast will be Oatmeal with Whole Wheat Toast, and Lunch will be Hot and Spicy Chicken Patty on a bun
WEDNESDAY- Breakfast will be Scrambled Eggs with Whole Wheat Toast; Lunch will be Baked Potato Bar or Chili Dog w/ a Cinnamon Roll.

THURSDAY- Breakfast is French Toast Sticks w/ a Sausage Patty; Lunch is Popcorn Chicken.

FRIDAY- Breakfast is Biscuit & Sausage Gravy; Lunch will be Nacho Grande and a Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Reading promotion success turns out to be thriller for SMS students

Story and Video by
Room 210 Staff Writers

South Middle School students shattered their goal of reading 1,200 books, finishing with 1,742 during the annual Reading Promotion.
The promotion concluded during an assembly Friday, in which Principal Mr. Ron MItchell, Assistant Principal Mr. Jarrett Cook, and Officer Jared Delzell, accompanied by Ms. Lara Stamper and her drama class, danced to the Michael Jackson hit "Thriller."

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Reading promotion to end, suffering to stop

Room 210 Staff Writer

As of Jan.8, South Middle School students are short from their Reading Promotion goal by nine books.

Everyone is waiting and reading books for the final score. SMS students have to read 1,200 books to reach the goal. By Jan. 7, students had read 1,021 books. In one day, they read 170 books putting us at 1,191 books. Seventh hour, Jan. 9, they will find out truly if they reached their goal.
You may be wondering why students are reading all these books. If SMS students make the goal, an assembly will be held seventh hour Jan. 9. Mr. Ron Mitchell and Mr. Jarrett Cook will dance to “Thriller.”

Eighth grade boys basketball team chosen

Room 210 Staff Writer

The South Middle School 8th grade basketball opened its season this week. Players on the team are:

Caleb Garton, Stephon Rich, David Hoosier, Spencer Patterson, C.D. Smith, Cheslie Cook, Devin Plassman, Gabe Sachetta, Nate Brummer, Kaleb Owens, Michael Oyler, Dalton Anderson, Axle Vene, Dakota Reasoner and Hunter Miller.