Thursday, April 30, 2009

Deadline to sign up for talent show is Friday

Room 210 Staff Writer

Auditions for the South Middle School end of the year talent show begin May 7th.
Mrs. Lana Maddock, Julia Yonkers, Arekka Worku, and Bonnie Turner will all be present for judging followed by Mr. Rocky Biggers. Performance day will arrive soon, held on June 1st.

Final SMS Essay Contest being held

Room 210 Staff Writer

Entries are being accepted for the final annual South Middle School Essay Contest. The contest is open to all students in grades six, seven, and eight. This year`s topic is "What can be done to reduce the dropout rate at Joplin High School?"

A total of $50 in cash prizes with the first place winner receiving $15. Entries must be at least 200 words. They will be judged on quality of writing, effectiveness of the lead, strength of arguments, and effectiveness of the closing.

Entries will be judged by high school students who were previous SMS Essay Contest winners. The deadline for entering the contest is Friday, May 8. All entries should go to Mr. Turner in Room 210.

"We do this every year to give students a chance to show off their writing skills." said Mr. Randy Turner, eighth grade communication arts teacher.

Youth Orchestra of the Four States

Room 210 Staff Writer

The Youth Orchestra of the Four States is beginning its third session. The theme is Classical Matinee, where the full orchestra will perform pieces such as "Amadeus" and "What`s up at the Symphony; Bugs Bunny`s Greatest Hits".

The concert will take place Saturday, June 6, at 2 p.m. They will perform at the Joplin Performing Arts Center on 15th and Pearl. For contact information, go to

Monday, April 06, 2009

Rooker, Thompson celebrate birthdays

SMS staff helped sixth grade math teacher Mrs. Barbara Rooker and seventh grade science teacher Mr. Brent Thompson celebrate their birthdays last week.

Kevin Henderson leaves for position at North

South Middle School said goodbye last week to Kevin Henderson, who has been the custodial staff for the past three years. Henderson has been transferred to North Middle School.

Bass, Thompson featured on district website

A photo of South Middle School eighth graders Abby Bass and Victoria Thompson has been featured on the homepage of the Joplin R-8 School District website for the past several days.

The picture was taken at the first "Are You Smarter Than a MAP Tester?" and was placed on the website to note that R-8 middle school are taking the MAP tests.