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Untitled PostArtist/Illustrator Visits Seneca Middle School

posted Sep 6, 2019, 12:57 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Sep 6, 2019, 12:58 PM ]

Mara Diaz, Michael P. White, and Sydney Jones
Quality education can take place in many ways and in many forms – some traditional and some not. A recent guest to Seneca Middle School certainly facilitated art education in a most innovative, entertaining, and non-traditional way. Artist and children’s book illustrator Michael P. White worked with the school’s media specialist, Sydney Jones, and art teacher Mara Diaz to introduce Diaz’s art students to a different and fun way of approaching art and illustration through imagination and ideas inspired through stories. The students knew they were in a for masterful class as soon as they entered the Media Center where they saw a dazzling display of a selection of White’s completed artwork. White, who is known for his whimsical as well as realistic drawings of animals, employed liberal doses of humor to engage the students as he walked them through the “construction” of artwork element-by-element. Along the way he also explained the book illustration process which often requires the artist to produce hundreds of pieces of art for each 32-page picture book. He also reassured the students that each drawing didn’t need to be perfect but to just continue experimenting with their ideas and interests. In addition, White demonstrated and explained the art of air-brush painting as he made the initial black and white drawings come to life with color.

Michael P. White
White is best known for his illustrations for the books The Library Dragon, Return of the Library Dragon, The Secret of Old Zeb, and Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day. He is currently at work on his own book, Beau’s Bayou Treasure. He also produces original artworks available for purchase at galleries in the Atlanta area and online at his website

Reading Program Allows Students to Fly High

posted Apr 29, 2019, 12:35 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 12:35 PM ]

South Carolina Junior Book Award Field Trip Participants
Three books – just three books were all that students at Seneca Middle School needed to read in order to fly high and get some Big Air – a trip to the Big Air Trampoline Park in Greenville that is. Approximately 120 students recently enjoyed the much-anticipated field trip sponsored by the school’s media center after participating in the South Carolina Junior Book Award Contest throughout the school year. To qualify, students had to read and submit online responses for at least three of the twenty nominated 2018-2019 titles. Seneca Middle School Media Specialist Sydney Jones said of the reading program and field trip, “Each year we strive to get our students reading and although this trip is used to motivate them, we are confident that it also sparks their interests and fosters a genuine desire to continue reading for pleasure. We are so thankful for all of our parent volunteers and a generous donor who made this trip possible for these hardworking students.”

Students Rewarded for Stellar Grades

posted Apr 29, 2019, 12:33 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 12:33 PM ]

Principal's List lunch participants
Seneca Middle School has a long tradition of not only naming students to the Honor Roll for either All As or All As and Bs but also recognizing the best of the best – the Principal’s List. The Principal’s List is composed of students who earned an average of 96 or above in all classes during a grading period. These students also are treated to a special lunch off campus in recognition of the hard work and dedication it takes to attain such a lofty status. Recently, twenty-two students enjoyed a lively and tasty lunch at Los Amigos restaurant for their Principal’s List status. These students are: James Adams, Breckenridge Alexander, Angie Diaz-Hernandez, Logan Dover, Sidney Doyle, Haley Fitzgerald, Samuel Goodroe, Celia Gully, Brighton Hamilton, Emily Ivey, Emily Kelley, Braedan Leroy, Claire Lindsey, Megan McConnell, Luke McGuffin, Annalise Rogers, Ariel Romero, Ethan Sullivan, Cesar Vite, Turner Wilson, Caleb Zeller, and Micah Zeller.

Band Earns Superior with Distinction Rating

posted Apr 29, 2019, 12:31 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 29, 2019, 12:31 PM ]

Symphonic Band
Every music group strives to do their best. Recently, the Symphonic Band from Seneca Middle School met that goal with ease. After performing both prepared and sight-reading pieces at their Concert Performance Assessment, the group was thrilled to learn they had earned a Superior with Distinction rating, meaning that they received the highest score possible in all categories. The Seneca Middle School Symphonic Band is led by Band Director Daniel Titus. After learning of their results, Titus said of the group, “They worked incredibly hard and poured months of practice into their music, and I couldn't be more proud of their terrific concert. They deserve all the praise they received from the judges.”

SMS Honors Chorus Earns Superior with Distinction

posted Apr 23, 2019, 12:06 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 23, 2019, 12:06 PM ]

SMS Honors Chorus
Considering the outstanding quality of the choral program, the result was really no surprise. However, it was still gratifying for the Honors Chorus at Seneca Middle School to learn of their outstanding results at the state choral Concert Performance Assessment held recently in Columbia. After performing several prepared pieces, as well as a sight reading selection, the group received Superior ratings from all three judges in performance and a Superior rating in sight-reading, thus earning them a Superior with Distinction overall rating. They had the highest score at the Columbia location (one of three in the state) with a 98, 98, and 99 in performance and a 97.6 in sight-reading, and the second highest score in the state regardless of performance location.

Directed by Mrs. Carla Brock the 2018-2019 Honors Chorus is composed of seventh and eighth grade students selected by audition. This year’s members are: Nadia Alexander, Luke Bleuel, Vanessa Bravo, Makayla Brewer, Ian Brock, Savannah Burress, Campbell Crenshaw, Mason Crenshaw, Drake Denney, Lacey Edwards, Isaiah Glenn, Samuel Goodroe, Mary Alice Harben, Marett Hart, Rhiannon Hicks, Sean Hoffman, Dalton Land, Jack Lee, Madelyn LeRoy, Devon Lewis, Amy Long, Megan McConnell, Madison McNair, Mallie Merck, Reid Merck, Ally Moore, Elliot Moulder, Grace Orrey, Emma Padgett, Mattie Padgett, Lindsey Rackley, Delane Rosemond, Caroline Ross, Olivia Sires, Taylor Sires, McKenzie Sluder, Stella Smith, Kaydee Stanton, Mali Treadway, and Turner Wilson.

SMS Orchestra Tops All in Region

posted Apr 23, 2019, 12:04 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 23, 2019, 12:04 PM ]

The SMS Orchestra received the highest score at the SCMEA Concert Performance Assessment
Each year, middle school orchestras from across the region gather for the South Carolina Music Educators Association (SCMEA) Concert Performance Assessment Festival to be judged by a professional panel on their prepared concert and sight-reading skills. Every group has spent many weeks preparing for this all-important assessment and wishes to achieve a Superior rating – the top rating available. Not only did the Seneca Middle School Orchestra earn a Superior rating, as they have done each year for the past several years, but they also achieved the highest point total of all middle school orchestras at the festival.

The Seneca Middle School Orchestra is directed by Mr. David Warlick who said of their achievement, “I am extremely proud of this group. They are very talented, they listen well, and care very much about doing their best. Ultimately, they enjoy making music, which is the best part.” The Seneca Middle School Orchestra participants are: Camryn Bay, Luke Bleuel, Christopher Duran, Marcos Amador Flores, Ella Goitz, Isaiah Harvey, Keagen Hendricks, Chloe Hunter, Lyssia Jesmer, Emily Kelley, Hannah Leach, Jack Lee, Amy McKee, Payton Morris, Alicia Nicholson, Brandon Nixon, Shelby Orren, Elinor Owenby, Ruby Sam Prosser, Abigail Romero, Alexis Scruggs, Elizabeth Sharpe, Rachael Sharpe, Kamryn Speed, Kaydee Stanton, Nate Thorsland, Alexandria Winkler, and Katelyn Walters.

Students Qualify for Region and All-State Band

posted Apr 23, 2019, 11:59 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 23, 2019, 12:00 PM ]

Ruby Sam Prosser, Brady Bowen, Shelby Orren, Sidney Doyle, Hazael Carrera, Sydney Sorber, Elliott Moulder, and Logan Neal
A measure of natural talent, quality instruction, and hard work combined to enable several Seneca Middle School students to earn spots in the South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Region 1 Honor Band or the All-State Band for the 2018-2019 school year. Sydney Sorber, Sidney Doyle, Shelby Orren, Brady Bowen, and Elliot Moulder were chosen among students from Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, and Greenville counties for the Region 1 Honor Band with Hazael Carrera and Logan Neal named as alternates. These accomplishments were impressive enough but one additional student, Ruby “Sam” Prosser earned a place in the All-State Band as 4th chair clarinet and also recently attended the All-State clinic. These students are all taught at Seneca Middle School by Band Director Daniel Titus.

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!

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