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Students Admitted to Governor’s School Summer Arts Programs

posted Mar 22, 2019, 4:55 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 4:55 AM ]

Luke Bleuel, Bella Winkler, Brandon Nixon, Kendall Willis, and Ruby “Sam” Prosser.  Not pictured: Keagan Hendricks.
Following a rigorous and very competitive application process, six Seneca Middle School eighth grade students recently learned that they have been accepted to one of several South Carolina Governor’s School of the Arts and Humanities Summer Programs. Each student will spend a week at the school in Greenville this June where they will participate in intensive work in their area of art. They will also be exposed to other art areas and will be able to attend performances and hear guest speakers. The six Seneca Middle School attendees and their area of art are: Luke Bleuel (Violin), Keagan Hendrix (Creative Writing), Brandon Nixon (Cello), Ruby “Sam” Prosser (Clarinet), Kendall Willis (Creative Writing), and Bella Winkler (Viola).

Cheerleading Tryouts

posted Mar 11, 2019, 5:37 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 11, 2019, 5:37 AM ]

Cheerleading Tryouts
Parent Informational Meeting
SMS Physical Day
  • Wednesday, April 10th 
Tryout Packet Due
C-Team Tryout Clinics
  • April 22-24 from 3:35 pm to 5:30 pm in the SMS Gym
C-Team Final Auditions
  • April 25 from 4:00 pm - *Until* in the SMS Gym

8th Grade IGP Conferences

posted Mar 5, 2019, 9:21 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 5, 2019, 9:21 AM ]

IGP Conferences
All SMS 8th Grade Parents!!

IGP's are March 12-15. You should have received a yellow postcard with the time and date of your meeting. Please contact the Guidance Department if you did not receive a postcard so we can make sure you are on the schedule!

SMS Observes Read Across America Week

posted Feb 25, 2019, 10:55 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 4:36 AM ]

Read Across America
For Read Across America Week we invite students, faculty, and staff to participate and special dress-up days as follows:

Read Across America sign
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

    Wear a shirt naming or depicting a favorite place you have travelled.

Tuesday—Green Eggs and Ham!

    Wear something green or camouflage.

Wednesday—Crazy Fox in Socks!

    Show off your crazy or mismatched socks.

Thursday—Thing 1 and Thing 2!!

    Pick a friend and dress alike..

Friday—Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

    Wear a Cat in the Hat or crazy or favorite hat.

SMS Student Earns Spot in All-State Orchestra

posted Feb 13, 2019, 7:20 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 4:37 AM ]

Luke Bleuel
By now, eighth grader Luke Bleuel should be accustomed to receiving accolades. Whether it is for academic achievements or his amazing musical talents, the Seneca Middle School student already has quite the long list of honors. The latest of these accomplishments is earning placement in the South Carolina All-State Orchestra for middle school. Not only did he earn a spot in the orchestra, his audition landed him in the violin section as second chair. This placement gives him the distinction of being the assistant concertmaster – quite the feat.

Luke is taught at Seneca Middle School by Orchestra Director David Warlick who said, “This is a huge accomplishment! He has worked very hard and it obviously has paid off.” Luke will soon travel to Lexington for the All-State clinic. A concert will follow on February 24 at Lexington High School.

Safe Harbor Donation Drive

posted Jan 28, 2019, 5:12 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 4:38 AM ]

James and Eddie Adams
collected a total of 1559 items (mostly paper products, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies).  James and his father, Mr. Eddie Adams also presented Safe Harbor with $3850.00 in monetary donations.  Thank you to all who donated items to this important cause.  

Former Solicitor Chrissy Adams may have succumbed to cancer several years ago, but thanks to her son James her support for Safe Harbor lives on. For several years running, James has asked his school community to join him in providing support for this worthy cause through a schoolwide donation drive. Between January 28th and February 22nd, students are asked to bring donation items to their 1st period class. The class which donates the most items will be rewarded with a pizza party.  Suggested items to donate include:
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper 
  • Dish soap 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Paper plates 
  • Disposable gloves 
  • Composition notebooks 
  • Disposable cleaning cloths (Clorox wipes) 
  • Hair bows, small black rubber bands
The donations are coming in!  See the images below for our progress.  Remember the deadline is February 22.  Let's make it a towering success!
 February 6 donations  February 12 donations
 Donations as of February 6  Donations as of February 12
 February 14 donations  February 19 donations
 Donations as of February 14 Donations as of February 19 
 February 21 donations  February 22 donations
 Donations as of February 21  Donations as of February 22
 February 22 donations  This donation drive was also supported by Ms. Adams's former colleagues at the 10th Circuit Solicitor's offices in both Anderson and Oconee Counties.  At left, 10th Circuit Solicitor David Wagner and Ms. Catherine Huey from the Anderson office stand with our principal, Dr. Darrell McDowell, Drew Hammett, James, and Caleb Zeller, two friends who were instrumental in coordinating the donation effort.

SMS Duo Top Ten in Essay Contest

posted Jan 17, 2019, 7:45 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Feb 28, 2019, 4:39 AM ]

Collin O'Donnell and Hannah Leach
Two Seneca Middle School 8th graders have placed within top ten in the 9th annual Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest for South Carolina. Collin O’Donnell and Hannah Leach both penned their essays back in November of 2018 addressing the topic: “Building Community: The Role of Teens.” They focused on the positive leadership and innovation teens can offer their community and highlighted the achievements of teens from around the world like Easton La Chappelle, Mary Grace Henry, and Malala Yousafzai. The contest, hosted by Columbia-based nonprofit, Atlantic Institute, exists as a way to promote mutual respect and “facilitate dialogue and bridge cultures around the globe.” O’Donnell and Leach will head to historic Allen University in early March to attend the annual awards ceremony where they will learn their rank within the top ten and the prizes they will receive. Both O’Donnell and Leach stand to win a variety of cash prizes as well as the grand prize, a seven day trip to Peru.

When asked about her accomplishment, Leach said, “I would like to thank the Atlantic Institute for giving me the amazing opportunity to become more aware of how teenagers can be involved in the community through this essay contest.” O’Donnell followed by saying, “I just want to thank my writing teacher, Mrs. Necessary, for giving me a way to win this honor. I didn't expect to win an award, and I am very pleasantly surprised.” Teacher Stephanie Necessary encourages her students to participate in a variety of essay contests to gain confidence in their writing skills while also giving them a number of different forums to express themselves. According to Necessary, “The Atlantic Institute Art and Essay Contest challenges teens to think about the world’s problems that their generation will be faced with solving. I believe the exposure to important issues and real-world problem solving practice is invaluable. I am so thankful for organizations like the Atlantic Institute who not only challenge students intellectually and artistically, but choose to invest in their success.”

SMS Student Places Third in State Level of Essay Contest

posted Jan 15, 2019, 5:48 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 5:48 AM ]

Angie Diaz-Hernandez
It is impressive enough for a student to earn 1st place in the local and also the district level of an essay contest, but Seneca Middle School student Angie Diaz-Hernandez surpassed even those feats when she also placed third in the state with her essay submission to the Patriot’s Pen essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW). Diaz-Hernandez’s essay on the topic of “Why I Honor the American Flag” first took first place honors at the local level sponsored by VFW Post 6830 in Walhalla. Her essay then took top honors for VFW District 4 before moving on to the state level and third place placement. Her English/Language Arts teacher, Stephanie Necessary, who worked with Angie on her essay said, "I am so thankful for the VFW who provides amazing opportunities like this to our young people. Contests like this not only support our students but also serve as teachable moments for students to reflect on the sacrifices our armed forces have made to protect our nation."

SMS Students Earn South Carolina Junior Scholar Designation

posted Jan 14, 2019, 11:57 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Jan 14, 2019, 11:57 AM ]

Seneca Middle School's SC Junior Scholars
Based upon their PSAT scores and/or Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) recognition, thirty-three Seneca Middle School students recently learned that they have been named as South Carolina Junior Scholars. The South Carolina Junior Scholars program was established to identify 8th grade students with exceptional academic talent and to sponsor summer programs at participating South Carolina colleges and universities. These programs are designed to further their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement.

The thirty-three Seneca Middle School students who have been named South Carolina Junior Scholars are: Camryn Bay, Luke Bleuel, Brady Bowen, AnnaBelle Bowling, Anna Brewer, Angie Diaz-Hernandez, Logan Dover, Samuel Goodroe, Paul Hainisch, Camryn Hanson, Conner Henderson, Jessica Hendricks, Madeline Kanagy, Hannah Leach, Megan McConnell, Logan McIntyre, Amy McKee, Christopher Brandon Nixon, Collin O'Donnell, Grace Orrey, Mattie Padgett, Ruby Prosser, Reese Robinson, Abigail Romero, Riley Schrader, Rachel Ann Sharpe, Ethan Shaw, Sydney Sorber, Cierra Stone, Ethan Summerville, Lillianna Taft, Alexandria Winkler, and Micah Zeller.

Clemson Football Players Serve as Inspiration to Area Students

posted Dec 19, 2018, 11:18 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Dec 19, 2018, 11:19 AM ]

SMS Students at Kicks, Cleats, and Kids program at Clemson University
Recently, when the students from Seneca Middle School arrived at the Clemson University football complex for the Kicks, Cleats, and Kids program, they immediately saw that the Clemson football players’ shirts read “Serve Others.” Little did one of those football players know how he had already served as inspiration to one of these sixth graders before even meeting him. Zi Walker, a sports-loving child, was struggling to find that just-right novel to read. His ELA teacher, Laurie Skrobola, suggested he try a sports-themed book. He took her suggestion and chose Touchdown Turmoil by Jake Maddox as his next novel. While he enjoyed the book, he had difficulty summarizing a chapter about a football wide receiver who runs a slant pattern because he couldn’t visualize what a slant pattern looked like. To help him better understand, Skrobola, an avid Clemson fan, suggested that Zi watch Clemson football game clips and watch out for #13, Hunter Renfrow. Thereafter, as Zi continued reading the book, he thought of the main character as #13 and had no trouble finishing the book. Imagine his amazement and joy as he had the opportunity to meet and share his story with the real #13, Hunter Renfrow. Renfrow later even sought out Skrobola, who was also on the trip, to let her know how much this connection meant to him.

Zi Walker and Hunter Renfrow
Zi was among a group of 19 sixth grade boys chosen to participate in the program as Junior MiSTERS by science teacher Daniel Spencer, a long-time participant in the Call Me MiSTER program at Clemson. While at the Clemson football facility, they had the opportunity to eat lunch with players, play with them in the outdoor playground, tour the facility, receive free athletic shoes and hear an inspirational message from Coach Dabo Swinney. The remaining Seneca Middle School participants were Leeland Bond, John Brewer, Richard Brooks, Avery Bulter, Nick Carver, Jalon Foster, Kai Harrison, Sincere Holden, DJ Holland, Chester Jefferson, Kaden Jenkins, King Jones, Payson Jones, Rafael Little, Zy Paul, Zyan Prater, Cincere Stone, and Tariq Watt. Spencer said of the trip, “Call Me MiSTER has five pillars that we learn in the program: Brother's Keeper, Ambassadorship, Personal Growth, Professional Growth, and Servant Leadership. I work hard each day as an Ambassador of both Clemson University and Call Me MiSTER to ‘serve others.’ There is no greater token of appreciation that I can give Clemson and Call Me MiSTER than to serve in the community I love dearly.” It appears that both he and the Clemson University football program have definitely embraced the “serve others” philosophy. These young MiSTERS can have no better role models.

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