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C-Team Football Information

posted by Lee Stephens   [ updated ]

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.”

Students Head Over Heels for Reading

posted Mar 27, 2018, 10:24 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 10:25 AM ]

6th SCJBA field trip participants
In this year of the virulent influenza virus outbreak where medical officials debated whether or not the illness had officially reached epidemic or pandemic levels, a school having 20% of its student body absent on a single day would be alarming. Recently, however, over 20% of the entire Seneca Middle School student body was away from school for most of a school day and it was a cause of celebration not alarm - in this case because of an epidemic of reading. Over 170 sixth, seventh and eighth grade students participated in the 2017-2018 South Carolina Junior Book Award (SCJBA) contest. By reading at least three of the twenty nominated titles for the contest, these students earned the opportunity to go on a fun-filled field trip sponsored by the media center to Gravitopia (an indoor trampoline-filled play area) in Greenville followed by a tasty lunch at Golden Corral. Media Specialist Sydney Jones said of the record number of participating students, “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. They and their ELA teachers who helped encourage them are to be commended for their record-setting performance. I hope to exceed that number next year.”

7th and 8th grade SCJBA field trip participants
Unlike the influenza outbreak, this epidemic of reading is unlikely to wane. The students have already begun checking out and reading the newly nominated titles for the 2018-2019 SCJBA contest. Now that they have caught the bug of reading enjoyment, it is time to get ready for another record-setting year.

Students Talk Trash about Trash Cars

posted Mar 23, 2018, 12:28 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 23, 2018, 12:28 PM ]

Dr. Katie Gillespie and Maddie Welch
Trash talking in the world of sports is commonplace - in middle school science classes, not so much. Recently, at Seneca Middle School, however, a group of 8th grade students did a bit of trash talking of their own - this time about trash cars. The students were studying speed and the calculation of mass and friction in the science classes of Dr. Katie Gillespie. As an innovative way to learn and understand these concepts, students were asked to design and build their own miniature cars. The single restriction was to use only items considered to be trash – old soda cans and bottles, bottle caps, straws, damaged CDs, etc. The students then gathered to send their cars down a ramp and across the floor while measuring the distance travelled and the elapsed time in order to determine the car’s speed. Over the course of several runs, they also observed how different levels of mass and friction impacted those speeds. Afterwards, Dr. Gillespie observed that, “The students did a great job not only in building their cars but also in designing them. They showed great creativity in the design process and excitement in the performance results. It is always gratifying to see the kids grasp difficult concepts in such a tangible way.”

Students Place in State Essay Contest

posted Mar 20, 2018, 6:32 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 6:48 AM ]

Brianne Argo, Mrs. Stephanie Necessary and Ava Kelly
Stereotypes begin at a young age and middle school students are not immune to its touch and influence. Perhaps it is this experience that enabled two Seneca Middle School eighth grade students to write essays about stereotypes that earned them both recognition and prizes for their powerful work. Brianne Argo and Ava Kelly recently attended the awards ceremony for the 8th annual Atlantic Institute Essay Contest at the Booker T. Washington Auditorium at the University of South Carolina. This year's essay topic was "Looking Past Stereotypes: Accepting Others in Today's World." Argo wrote a fictional story and won 4th place in the state along with a $50 gift card. Kelly wrote a first-person narrative essay and won 1st place in the state. She was awarded a 7-day trip to Peru for her and her teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Necessary.

Necessary said of the contest, “I'm thankful for organizations like the Atlantic Institute that provide wonderful opportunities for our young people. In today's age, it is so important to encourage our youth to think beyond themselves, to prepare to be the leaders of tomorrow, and to have opportunities like this to shine. It takes a village to raise our children, and it is because of groups like the Atlantic Institute that we know the future of South Carolinian children are bright.” The Atlantic Institute is a non-profit organization that emphasizes the importance of education, dialogue and understanding in cross-cultural engagement.

Read on to appreciate the creative works that earned these young ladies and their teacher their amply deserved awards.

Stereotypes of the Eyes: by Brianne Argo


Out of breath, I took a seat on a bench close by.  I’d been running 5 miles every morning for a month, and I saw no change.

A group of thin women ran past with criticizing looks.

“Looks like she’s out of breath, especially for having only walked a few steps.” I overheard one of the woman.  

The others just chuckled amongst themselves and continued on.

I thought nothing of it and went on my way to work. A few moments later, I hurried through the door of Burger Barn.  

“Mornin’ Susan!” Someone called through the kitchen.

“Morning.”  

I snatched up my apron and set to work flipping patties and watching the orders.  

I could tell it was gonna be a rough day, and I had a doctor’s appointment later to tie it all off.

I wandered over to the window and took an old woman’s order.

“Welcome to Burger Barn, how may I help you?”  

“Morning dear, I’d like a Bacon Whopper with a small fry and diet Pepsi please.”

“Yes ma’am, that’ll be six fifty-five when you round  the next window.”

She drove off while I stood and stared out the window.  I couldn’t wait for this day to be over, even though home had nothing better. Going home had its own list of disappointments.

Three hours later, I punched my card and swiped up my purse. On my way out I saw a little brochure for a fitness center a few minutes down the road.  I gathered the papers in my hands and examined them. Cornell Fitness, it read, a swell looking gym that holds all your exercising needs. I scanned through a few more paragraphs before I stopped abruptly.  I was staring at my name scrawled out in black pen on top of the first page. What’s this? I searched for an answer and found one on the bottom of the page.

From:Dan

In a flurry of anger, I found myself standing by Dan’s desk, looking down on him.  

“Susan! I thought you left!”

“I think I should’ve left sooner.” I steamed.

“What’s wrong? You look upset.”

“I believe I have good reason to be upset.”

I slammed the papers on the table and pointed at my name scribbled at the top.

“Oh! You found it! I was hoping to give it to you before you left for work, but I figured you’d already left.”

“What’s this Dan!?”  I stabbed my finger into the name.

“Well, I thought you could use some help with--with, you know.”

“Oh I know! I Know that this is none of your business.” I scolded as I pointed to my stomach. I slapped down my name tag and stormed out of the room leaving an astonished and angry Dan behind.  


I tossed my purse on the wooden coffee table and stomped over to the couch, where I flipped on the TV.  

I awoke to the phone, and gritted my teeth ready for an ear full from Dan.  I punched the talk button and growled.

“What do you want Dan?! I quit, and there’s nothing you can do.”       

“Um, Mrs. Sanders?”    

I froze, and the anger dropped from my face.   

“Uh, hello?”  I lifted the phone up.

“Yes, this is she.”

“Oh, well, sorry to bother you, but are you ready for your appointment?”   

I looked over at the clock ticking happily on my mantle.  4:45? I must have slept a lot longer than I thought.

I scurried out the front door to my old, Honda Civic. I turned the key and drove off. I tried not to floor it.

I pulled up to the small building. Then I hopped out of the car and wandered on up the same path like everybody else, except, I wasn’t everybody else, I wasn’t here today because I was sick, or injured. I was here for different reasons, reasons people would never ask about, like, “Are you alright?” or, “Get well soon.” My reasons were because of something that people wouldn’t call a disease, or an actual sickness, but something that people would explain as laziness or disrespect to self.

The lady at the front desk called my name and had me right down some information on a clipboard.   When I finished, she lead me to the back and did some measurements. Then, she had me step on the scale. My cheeks flushed in embarrassment, but when I looked up, she just nodded to herself as she jotted down some information.

I was lead farther back, and sat down on an examination table to wait for the doctor.

“Good afternoon, Susan. I’m glad you could clear your schedule to be with us today.”

Oh yeah, I thought, I’ll have plenty of time on my hands now that I’m unemployed.

“Yeah.” I sighed sheepishly.  

He leaned over the back counter and sifted through some things before he looked back at me and frowned.

“Have you been doing the daily exercises we recommended for you?”  

“Yes sir, but they haven’t done a thing, in fact, I believe I’ve gotten worse.”    

“Let’s have a look.”  

He did some tests and walked me through some of the procedures.

After a while, he came back with a printed white sheet of paper.

“Susan, I’m afraid we have some bad news.”  He looked at me, then continued on. “We have discovered, that your obesity is not only caused by a genetic inheritance, but because of a serious disease called Cushing’s syndrome.  Your body is producing too much of a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol throws off the rest of the body’s systems. Though it’ll take some time for the symptoms to ease up, this disease is curable.”  

No wonder I’ve been fighting so hard. It’s not just laziness like everyone says, or that I don’t have any self respect, it’s because of something I can’t help.

People care too much about what they see, and not what they know.  The stereotypes of the eyes are stronger than we show.



The Separation of Billions

by Ava Kelly

Where I am, there is always a separation.  Whether it be gender, race, or something else, I will label you.  Because of me, you will think you are different. Maybe you will believe you are better than others, but most likely you will feel you are less than others.  I can ruin your reputation in a heartbeat, so be wary if you stray from the path I have made for you. I make it impossible for you to know others honestly. I steal opportunities by closing your mind to the idea that those different than you could be a best friend or soulmate.  Unknowingly and silently they pass each other in the hallway, no signs of recognition, never speaking to each other.

I have created the clique, an evil thing that makes it virtually impossible for different people to interact or become close.   I bring forth and motivate the bully and mob mentality. I break apart long-term friendships and relationships through lies, gossip, and inaccuracies.  I make people who refuse to submit to me outcasts and misfits in their schools, workplace, and even in their own homes.

Because of me, people will make assumptions about people they have never met.  They assume to know who a person is from rumors, without actually getting to know the person or even talk to them.  No one cares to know that the single mom is a volunteer at the orphanage every day and is loved by the children, so much, so she and her family foster them.  Because of me, people make up stories about individuals outside of their group, and people will never mingle with others and form any meaningful relationships with those considered to be below their group.  

I make it so people who have a lot of piercings and tattoos that they are unable to cover up cannot get a good job because people assume that they are troublemakers, alcoholics, druggies, and will scare people away.  They will never know that the man they are so afraid of lets children with cancer pick out tattoos for him to get. He wears the tattoos they picked out proudly to symbolize those who have survived and those who have lost their battle to cancer.  

I make it so people are too afraid of the delinquent to realize he is losing in an intense battle with depression and will soon add to the increasing suicide rate.  No one noticed or cared when he came to school. They never saw how truly drawn and weary he looked whenever the school bell rang, signaling school’s end. No one noticed the bruises, both new and old that increased in number over the academic year.  They never saw how his home life had taken a toll on his mental and physical health, and, because of me, no one noticed that he was being beaten up by his abusive, alcoholic of a father and that it was slowly killing him inside.

I can cause heartache, loneliness, and depression.  I can cause people to think they are not good enough, that they do not fit the mold they received or the mold that has been chosen for them by myself, their friends, or their family.  People have tried to break their mold but it usually backfires, and people stop trying to converse with them. Although I am a cause of depression and the skyrocketing suicide rates, still few try to stop me.  I am the reason some people think boys are better at sports than girls, blondes are unintelligent, unemployed people are lazy, or all Muslims are terrorists. I can cause wars to break out because people think their country or way of life is superior to every other.  

I increase the death rate through wars, self-destruction, killings, and more.  I can cause mental and physical harm to those who crave my approval. Some people feel the need of my acceptance and are willing to do anything to feel like they belong, not caring how unhappy it may make them.  I can be the voice in your head telling you to eat less, exercise more, buy the shoes, or not to let her sit at your table because you’ll never fit in. It’s likely that all of the people I’ve marked as outcasts and misfits will have an extremely tough time finding friends and will not only battle me but will also fight loneliness, sadness, isolation, and anger.  With no one helping them win the war, there is a high chance they will have to admit their defeat and succumb to the depression they had been fighting, or, in some cases, worse. If you have even a moment of weakness, I can influence and overpower you. When in my clutches you listen to me and obey me, there is barely a ghost of a chance you will be able to stop my mindset.

Although my power is mighty, people have slowly begun making dents in my armor, but there are still too few trying to make a change to truly damage me.  One day, maybe my reign of terror will be over, but that will be a long time off because I divide the people that need to assemble to defeat me. I am the stereotype.

Cheerleading Tryout Information

posted Mar 14, 2018, 11:36 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 7:15 AM ]

Cheerleading icon
The Seneca Middle School and Seneca High School cheerleading tryout process is rapidly approaching. To make sure all prospective cheerleaders and their parents/guardians are aware of the policies, expectations and timeline of the cheerleading program, Coaches Grant (SMS) and Powell (SHS) have developed a cheerleading tryout packet and an informative PowerPoint to make sure each cheerleading candidate is fully informed and ready to give it their all during the clinic and tryout sessions. Highlights of the tryout process include:

Seneca Middle School - C-Team Cheerleading
  • There will be a C-Team Cheer informational/interest meeting during CAT Class this Friday, March 16. Tryout packets will be available for interested students during this meeting. Completed packets are due by March 30. 
  • C-Team cheerleading tryout clinics will take place on Monday, April 23rd - Wednesday, April 25 in the Seneca Middle School gym from 3:45 to 5:30. Final auditions will be held on Thursday, April 26th. 
  • Save the Date: SMS $15 Physical Day is scheduled for April 18 after school. (Up-to-date physicals are REQUIRED and must be dated on or after April 1 to participate, so this on-site clinic may prove to be a convenient and cost effective way of obtaining the necessary physical.) 
  • See the PowerPoint below for more details regarding commitment, financial deadlines, tryout details 
  • Email Coach Grant at egrant@g.oconee.k12.sc.us if you have any questions. 

Seneca High School - JV Spirit, Varsity Spirit, and Competition Cheerleading

  • High school cheerleading tryout clinics will be held in the SHS gym from Tuesday, April 10 - Thursday, April 12 from 4:00-6:00. Final auditions are scheduled for Friday, April 13, from 4:00 - until. 
  • Tryout packets are due by March 30 to Coach Powell. Middle school students may submit theirs to Coach Grant and she will send them to the high school. 
  • See the PowerPoint and documents below for more details.

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