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C-Team Football Game Date and Time Change

posted Sep 12, 2018, 4:52 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Sep 13, 2018, 5:39 AM ]

Update
Please note: 
The  SMS C-Team football game on Thursday, September 13 has been changed to Friday, September 14 at 5:00 pm.

Chromebook Accessories Fundraiser

posted Sep 6, 2018, 5:50 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Sep 6, 2018, 5:51 AM ]

Bobcat logo
Each year the 8th grade at SMS offers students the opportunity to go on a special, multi-day field trip.  This year, they are offering a selection of Chromebook accessories for sale as a fundraiser with the proceeds going towards the trip.  Looking for personalized headphones, earbuds, a neoprene case, sleeve, or wireless mouse?  Look no further.  Orders and payment are due by September 12.  Checks should be made payable to Seneca Middle School or payment may be made through SchoolPay.  See the order form below for details.

SMS Teacher One of 60 in U.S. and Canada to Win Grant

posted Aug 21, 2018, 1:12 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 7:21 AM ]

Cassie Moore with her Tuesday morning book club
Cassie Moore loves reading. More than that, she loves inspiring young people to enjoy reading as much as she does. Luckily for Seneca Middle School students, she focuses that passion on them. As a seventh grade ELA teacher, she could limit her outreach to those students assigned to her classes but that is not enough for her. Last year, in her first year at the school, she organized and led a school-wide book club – Books and Biscuits – each Tuesday morning before school started. Approximately 25 students across all grade levels joined her in the Media Center each week to talk about the current selection. She also blogged about books and invited students to participate in that forum as well. Also, those students fortunate enough to have her as a teacher benefited on a daily basis from her gift of teaching and inspiring students to develop their own appreciation of reading.

Stocking her classroom with books and providing the book club with reading material costs money, however. While Moore has taken on a part-time job to help fund her passion, the cost of books adds up quickly and there never seems to be enough to satisfy the insatiable readers she has helped develop. Thus, she applied for a grant to the Book Love Foundation, a group “dedicated to teachers who inspire a love of reading.” Recently, Moore learned she is one of just 60 teachers in the United States and Canada to be awarded a $2000 classroom library grant from the foundation. Moore said of the grant, “I am so excited and appreciative of this grant. I am already eagerly awaiting a shipment of books funded by the grant and can’t wait to put them in my students’ hands and spread the joy of reading.”

With the new school year just started, given the impact Moore had in her first year at SMS, who knows what she can do in year two. Stay tuned to see where the Moore reading whirlwind leads in 2018-2019.

UPDATE - The books have arrived!!!  Mrs. Moore and her partner teacher, Ashley Levesque, spent a delightful afternoon after school opening box after box of books and making plans to arrange and shelve them by genre for their students to enjoy.

 Cassie Moore with books Ashley Levesque and Cassie Moore Cassie Moore

Volleyball Tryouts

posted Jul 31, 2018, 6:39 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 7:22 AM ]

Volleyball
Tryouts for C-team volleyball will take place in the Tim Howard Gymnasium from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm August 6 - 9.  Participants must have a current physical on file in order to tryout.

C-Team Football Information

posted Jul 18, 2018, 1:27 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Jul 18, 2018, 1:33 PM ]

Football and helmet
August Schedule for C-Team Football
  1. August 1 (9:00 am - 10:00 am) - Issue football equipment
  2. August 6-8 (3:45 pm - 5:30 pm) - 1st day of practice (helmet, shorts, t-shirts and cleats)
  3. August 13 - 1st day with helmet, shoulder pads, shorts and cleats)
  4. August 15 - 1st day with full gear - helmet, shoulder pads, practice pants and cleats)
  5. August 27 - possible scrimmage with Wren Middle (time TBA)
  6. August 29 - AOP Jamboree (see details below)


Important Info
  • No practices on Friday.
  • All equipment furnished except for cleats.
  • Once school starts, practice will be immediately after school until 5:40 pm.
  • All paper work (physical, parent permission form, concussion form and athletic policy form) must be turned in before a player will be allowed to play.  This should be done before the first day of practice on August 6.
AOP Middle School Jamboree (Oconee County) 
August 29, 2018 
Tom Bass Field, Seneca High School

 Home TeamVisiting Team Time
 Seneca (7th) Edwards (7th) 6:00 pm
 Belton Walhalla  6:30 pm 
 St. Joseph Edwards (8th)  7:00 pm 
 Seneca (8th) Riverside  7:30 pm 

Home Team wears solid color jerseys.
Visiting Team wears white jerseys. 
Play two 8 minute quarters.
No tie breaker for jamboree.
A trainer will be on site. 
$5.00 admission charge.

Summer Sizzle Registration Date Set

posted Jul 17, 2018, 10:51 AM by Lee Stephens

Summer Sizzle Registration
The heat and humidity of summer may be in full force, but the 2018-2019 school year is approaching quickly.  As you make plans for the remainder of the summer break, please note that the SMS registration date - Summer Sizzle - has been set for Thursday, August 16th. Rising 6th grade students will register from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and rising 7th and 8th grade students will register from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm on that date.  Parents-student registration emails are being sent out for the 2018-2019 school year. The online component may be completed now; however, please understand student schedules are not complete and adjustments are still being made. Schedules will be finalized in August.

Academic Achievement Equals Food for Thought

posted May 18, 2018, 12:51 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated May 18, 2018, 12:51 PM ]

SMS Principal's List students for the third nine weeks
Recognizing the academic achievements of the highest of the high performing students has long been a tradition at Seneca Middle School. Going beyond the traditional AB and All A Honor Rolls, the school also has a Principal’s List Honor Roll recognizing those students who have earned an average of 96 or higher in each and every class. A part of this unique recognition is the tradition of a special lunch out with an administrator at the school. Recently, Chris Parker, Seneca Middle School Guidance Counselor, took sixteen highly deserving students to Los Amigos for the third Principal’s List luncheon of the school year where each student got his or her reward for an academic job well done.

The students who were eligible for the Principal’s List Luncheon were: Sidney Doyle, Isaiah Glenn, Claire Lindsey, Emma Padgett, Turner Wilson, Thatcher Wittrock, Anna Brewer, Angie Diaz-Hernandez, Logan Dover, Madeline Kanagy, Emily Kelley, Megan McConnell, Lindsey Rackley, Riley Schrader, Adyson Stinnett, Michael Davis, and Anika Putman.

Knights of Columbus Donate to Special Education

posted May 18, 2018, 12:48 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated May 18, 2018, 12:49 PM ]

Knights of Columbus members donate a check to the Special Education department.
Most people encounter the Knights of Columbus only as members seek donations through their Tootsie Roll campaign at area retail outlets. Our local schools, however, know these generous individuals for the good work they do throughout the year for the kids in our area. The donations they solicit, large and small, add up to a substantial amount that is parceled out to the Special Education departments throughout the School District of Oconee County. Recently, Knights of Columbus members Larry Patten and Frank Kler of Council 6884 delivered a check to Seneca Middle School with its portion of this year’s donations. Special Education Department Chair, Stephanie Shepherd, gratefully accepted the donation by saying, “We truly appreciate the dedication and support of the Knights of Columbus each year. These funds help our students to participate in educational field trips and purchase needed supplies. The impact felt by our students through the generosity of the Knights of Columbus is immeasurable.”

SMSl Music Programs Score Big in Orlando

posted May 9, 2018, 12:30 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated May 9, 2018, 12:30 PM ]

Seneca Middle School Symphonic Band
A long weekend in Orlando recently proved to be quite rewarding for two Seneca
Middle School music programs. The school’s Honors Chorus and Symphonic Band travelled there to participate in Orlandofest, a well-known music festival where various musical groups perform and are reviewed and rated by nationally renowned adjudicators. Both groups gave superb performances. In fact, the Symphonic Band placed first in their division while the Honors Chorus not only placed first in their division, but also was named Overall Grand Champions. The Seneca Middle School Symphonic Band is directed by Mr. Jason Ray and the Ho
nor Chorus is directed by Mrs. Carla Brock. Both groups are composed of seventh and eighth grade students chosen by audition.Seneca Middle School Honors Chorus

Seneca Middle Honors Chorus Places Second in State

posted Apr 30, 2018, 12:05 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 30, 2018, 12:05 PM ]

Seneca Middle School Honors Chorus with their Superior with Distinction trophy.
The Seneca Middle School Honors Chorus has proved once again why they are perennially considered one of the best choral programs in the state. In April, the group travelled to Columbia to perform in the SC State Choral Performance Assessment. Competing in the Advanced Choir Division, the highest division available, they received an overall rating of Superior with Distinction, the highest rating available. Earning this rating means that they received a Superior rating from all three judges for their prepared performance as well as a Superior rating in sight-reading. Their performance scores of 98, 96 and 96 counted 80% and their sight-reading score of 97 contributed 20% to their overall total score of 96.73. This score placed them second in the entire state while their sight-reading score of 97 was the highest in the state. The chorus program at Seneca Middle School is directed by Mrs. Carla Brock who said of their performance, “These students are some of the most talented singers that I have had in my 20 years of teaching, but it is their dedication to hard work combined with their talent that helped them achieve at this level! They are wonderful musicians and I am so proud of them.”

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