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Hello South middle School families, today is Friday March 27th and I hope you are all doing well. This is Mr. Durham coming to you today from the guidance office of South Middle School. I want to take this opportunity to discuss to 2 topics with you. The first will be concerning turning in assignments and starting our next round of assignments. The second topic will be concerning our Friday school spirit day and a family assignment that we need your participation with.
First, we are asking students to turn in all completed work into their first period teacher electronically through google classroom. We have posted instruction on how to do that on our website. This will allow us to stay as germ free as possible. If you cannot turn in your work that way then please take a picture on your work with your phone and download that into google classroom for your first period teacher. If those two options do not work, we are placing a large maroon box outside our school for you to drop off your work. These assignments that you have already been working on will be due Monday March 30th. As of today, your next set of lessons are ready on google classroom. If you do not have internet please find a hotspot in order to download your lessons. AR will now be done from home starting next week check our school and district website if you need further directions or contact your teacher

Secondly: We have an assignment today for parents and students to collaborate together. Today marks school spirit Friday and we need your participation. As I watch governor Beshear’s daily Corona Virus update and watch large media stations I am hearing two words over and over again. Those two words are resilience and rise up. Those words symbolize what America is doing right now to defeat the Virus. These two words are words that have been used all year long here at South Middle School we preach to our students the importance of being resilient at school and in life during our assemblies and in our morning announcements. Rise up has been out motto since August and for us, it represents taking yourself to a higher level of achievement despite your circumstances. Bulldogs are resilient and will Rise Up to overcome these circumstances that we face.
We are asking you to take a picture of yourself and family if possible of you holding a piece of paper that says RISE UP! Please add any other message you want to add to that piece of paper to show support for each other and that we are not alone in this fight, that indeed the bulldog family and America are being resilient! We then intend to take those pictures and create a slideshow to share with our bulldog families so your participation is needed. We want to see all your faces and we want you to participate and show that you are strong and doing well.
We have posted on face book a few examples and directions. But let me sum it up this way
1) Create a sign highlighting "Rise Up" and any other messages you want to add to show unity
2) Gather your family or just yourself (selfie) and take a picture with the sign
3) Send that picture to
4) We will take all pictures and create a video showing our voices and unity
Please complete my end of the day Friday March 27th
Take care—get out and exercise and
Go Bulldogs!!!
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March 26 Message from SMS Principal

Good Morning, Mr. Reusch here from South Middle School. Thank you for sending those words of encouragement yesterday. Plus, the Tic Toc videos keep coming in and we are enjoying every one of them. Today's challenge is Throwback Thursday. Post something from the past. We plan on posting some of the SMS Staff in their younger years.
Let's get to some school business:
#1 Starting today, students will be able to take AR tests from home. Our students should know how to log on. If not, detailed instructions are on the DISTRICT Website. They no longer need a password. If it prompts them for a password, it means they are reading out of their ZPD zone (meaning the book is too easy for them which compromises their learning). Email their ELA teachers or Mrs. Buley-Coomes if you have questions. It is important that parents monitor AR testing to ensure honesty and integrity.
#2 Tomorrow, we will start accepting assignments from our 1st two weeks. They are not due until Monday, but will start accepting them tomorrow. We are pushing for assignments to be turned in electronically, but there will also be a drop box at the front door. Make sure your name is on them and it is together in envelope or stapled.
#3 New assignments that actually should start Tuesday will be available tomorrow for you early birds. Information is on our website. Check your email for this exact script of what I've said today. Jump on board with our challenges this week.
Go Bulldogs!!!!!
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NTI Update March 22,2020

Good afternoon South Middle School students and families!

First and foremost, I want to thank you for understanding the importance of academic learning from home and for working hard to keep up with the daily lessons. Your dedication to the Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) process validates that continued student learning is essential during this very different time. Reminder, that tomorrow, Monday, March 23rd is a scheduled day off in our regular 2019-2020 school calendar. So NTI Day 6 is on Tuesday!!

While students and families have been working very hard from home, teachers have been planning engaging new instruction for students to study and learn in the weeks to come. (or that will start on March 30th) Chromebooks and internet access either from home or at another source will be necessary for new instruction and learning. Students that do have internet access at home will simply access the assignments through Google Classroom.

For students that do not have internet access HCS is working on setting up some of our school buses to be hot spots around town for future downloads. Parents can also access the internet from the parking lot of any Henderson County School. Your students will be able to access any lessons placed in their Google Classroom by their teacher during this time from any of our schools or hot spots. Once they have access to their Google Classroom they will need to pull those assignments over into their drive to be able to work on them offline at home.

Our outside grab and go meal option will continue and is still available at our designated sites. This has not changed. That information can be found on our district website.

As your principal, I will continue to send out Parent Link messages in the morning with updates. As a district, our superintendent will continue to send out information in the afternoon hours. Henderson County Schools is working on maintaining a consistent approach to sending out our message. If for some reason HCS is unable to send a parent link message or communicate through social media please tune in to our local radio station WSON 860 AM 96.5 FM with updates and information.

Again, thank you to our students and families for your amazing work. Keep sharing the learning and creativity that is happening at home on social media. Use #wearehcs and #TeamKentucky

This unprecedented time has called for all of us to work together. We are doing that and we will continue to do that because We are Henderson County Schools.
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SMS Closed To The Public through April 17

Modified office hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. For assistance or to make an appointment to be seen, please call 270-831-5050.
Google Classroom assignments will be available to upload on Chromebooks by Thursday, March 26th at 2 PM. More Information to come.
For Chromebook assistance, please call 270-831-8759
which is the Chromebook Help Desk. They are located
at 1715 Second Street and will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m..
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SMS January Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following SMS Bulldogs for being selected as our January Students of the Month
6th grade
Noah Perkins , Awkin Rivera
Kamryn Trout, Ava Lucas
Taylor McCollum, Eli Schmidt
7th grade:
Will Salisbury, Daveon Gilmore
Jacob Edds, Allyson Rideout
Grace Gailbraith, Charli Keith
8th grade:
Ryan Pruitt, Parker Hamilton
Eli Green, Chloe Woodard
TreShaun Green, Brooke Stewart
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SMS 7th Grade Boys Are STATE CHAMPS

Congratulations to the SMS 7th Grade boys basketball team! They are your new state champions! The Bulldogs pulled off a comeback win against the unbeaten and defending champs from North Laurel. North Laurel had not lost a game in over 80 match ups until they were taken down in come back fashion by our mighty BULLDOGS. SMS celebrated the championship on Feb. 14th by hanging the state championship banner on the Wall of Champions. And to complete their total domination in 7th grade basketball, they returned from Lexington and won their District 7th Grade Boys Basketball Tourney held here at SMS. TOTAL DOMINATION!
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