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SMS Students Selected to All-State Chorus

posted Apr 22, 2020, 7:47 AM by Lee Stephens

Choir Silhouette
Following a rigorous audition process, a number of SMS students were recently selected for the Junior High (Grades 7-9) All-State Chorus.  They will participate in a clinic and concert in October 2020 to take place at Furman University. Congratulations go to:

8th Grade: Sean Hoffman, Ally Moore
7th Grade: James Adams, Avery Butler, Brighton Hamilton, Riley Maney, Caleb Zeller
6th Grade: Nyterious Bradley, Tyler Johnson, Noah Odom

2020-2021 Sports Physicals

posted Mar 11, 2020, 1:25 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 11, 2020, 11:16 AM ]

Sports Physicals
CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Seneca Middle School will be hosting sports physicals for rising 7th and 8th graders, for the 2020-2021 school year on
Tuesday, April 14, from 2:15 - 5:00 PM. Physicals will cost $15. Packets may be picked up from and turned into the front office, Mrs. Greenlee or Coach Steading. The physical evaluation history form in the packet should be completed, signed, & returned, along with $15 (cash or check to SMS) by Friday, April 3rd. In addition to the physical form, please read over the ArbiterAthlete form. Students and parents will be required to submit all required documents through PlanetHS before the student may participate in any sport tryout. For questions, please contact Coach Mize at kmize@g.oconee.k12.sc.us.

Cheerleading Tryouts Information

posted Mar 10, 2020, 6:40 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Apr 11, 2020, 11:15 AM ]

Cheerleading Tryouts
CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

SMS C-Team Cheerleading tryouts for the 2020-2021 squad are approaching. Please note:
  • Clinics - April 14-16, 3:30-5:30 pm
  • Final Audition - April 17, 4:00 pm
  • Sports physical dated April 1 or later must be in Planet HS
  • SMS Physical Day - April 14, cost $15.00
  • All tryout paperwork is due by March 27
For complete details please click on the following links:

SMS Student Headed to State GeoBee

posted Mar 4, 2020, 8:43 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Mar 4, 2020, 8:43 AM ]

Logan Wilson
It is impressive enough to be the most geographically knowledgeable in your entire school, but to be among the best in the state is even better. Such is the case for one Seneca Middle School student. Several weeks ago, seventh grader Logan Wilson won his school-wide geography bee, the first step on the path to the National GeoBee. He then, along with hundreds of other school-wide winners, took a written test to determine his eligibility to participate in the South Carolina State GeoBee. Logan recently learned he indeed scored among the top 100 of the qualifiers to earn a spot in the State GeoBee to be held on March 27 in West Columbia. There he will participate in a number of preliminary rounds and hopefully the final round to determine the statewide winner. Not only will the statewide winner earn a cash prize, but also a trip to Washington, DC for the national championship – the National Geographic GeoBee.

Seneca Middle School Names South Carolina Junior Scholars

posted Feb 24, 2020, 9:13 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Feb 24, 2020, 9:14 AM ]

Seneca Middle School's 2019-2020 SC Junior Scholars
What student likes to take a test? Moreover, what student volunteers and pays a fee in order to take a test? At Seneca Middle School a very special group of students did just that. Based on previous standardized test scores, these students were invited as eighth graders to take the same PSAT test that high school sophomores and juniors take in preparation for entry into college. Ten of these students scored high enough to be named South Carolina Junior Scholars for 2019-2020. Those ten were: Sidney Doyle, Abigail Johnson, Zoe Liedlich, Claire Lindsey, Lydia Panu, Sean Reynolds, Jesse Smithson, Alice Story, Turner Wilson, and Cesar Vite. Along with bragging rights, this honor will bring with it invitations to participate in various summer academic enrichment opportunities at a number of South Carolina colleges and universities.

Garden Club Donates Tree to Seneca Middle School

posted Jan 16, 2020, 10:29 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Jan 16, 2020, 10:30 AM ]

Garden club members and SMS students plant a tree for Arbor Day.
Arbor Day may be a few months away, but recently the timing was just right for two members of the Lake and Hills Garden Club to donate a tree to Seneca Middle School and teach a group of students about the tree-planting process, the proper care of newly-planted trees, and the importance of trees for our environment. President of the club, Lynn Pode, along with club member Maria Calderwood coordinated with 7th grade science teacher Deborah Belflower to create a new home for a small red maple tree in a courtyard of the school’s campus. Mrs. Belflower’s students enthusiastically took turns digging an appropriate-sized hole, placing the tree within it, covering it with soil, and finally giving it water in order to thrive in its new home. These students, along with the rest of the students at the school, can now observe this tree’s growth along with their own.

SMS Women in Charge Soar Over Female Pilots

posted Dec 19, 2019, 5:27 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Dec 19, 2019, 5:27 AM ]

Women in Charge
While the number of pilot certificates held by females has certainly increased in the last few decades, according to the latest FAA statistics the percentage of female pilots is still quite small. In fact, just over 6% of pilots are female. Fortunately for a group of young ladies at Seneca Middle School, two of those women pilots, Carrell Dammann and Julie Ibrahim, are local and agreed to come and speak to their Women in Charge mentoring class, which is designed to expose and encourage promising middle school girls to careers in STEM fields. Dammann and Ibrahim not only spoke about their individual pathways and struggles to become a pilot, but also what obstacles keep more women from becoming pilots. They also emphasized the different scientific subjects such as mechanics, radar, and weather which play important roles in safe flight and gave the ladies an idea what a career in aviation might be like.

Dammann and Ibrahim also spoke to the girls about a locally run chapter of a program for young people called Young Eagles. The Young Eagles program gives kids ages 8 to 17 an opportunity to fly in a general aviation airplane and learn about airplanes, runways, and airport functions. They also told the girls about the planes they personally own and how they use them for both personal and professional purposes. Finally, Dammann shared with the girls, “It takes courage to get in an airplane and fly solo, and it takes perseverance to become a pilot; but, great outcomes and experiences open many doors.”

Local Educator Wins Big in Big Game Contest

posted Dec 18, 2019, 7:23 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Dec 18, 2019, 7:23 AM ]

Cassie Moore
This season’s Clemson-University of South Carolina football game may have come and gone but the impact will last in a variety of ways. The athletes and fans of the two schools will either continue to tout the win or bemoan the loss. For Seneca Middle School English/Language Arts teacher Cassie Moore, however, the impact will likely take a completely different form. Moore was one of many teachers in South Carolina who encouraged their students to participate in the Read Your Way to the Big Game Contest sponsored by the South Carolina Department of Education. She was recently thrilled to learn she was one of just five educators statewide to win a $500 prize for that participation. Being an enthusiastic lover of books herself and one who has a gift for inspiring a love of reading in her students, Moore undoubtedly has a plan for the prize money that involves books. In fact, Moore said of her win, “I'm so glad that the Seneca Middle School media center promoted this event and supported all the students who participated. It's wonderful to see that everyone knows how important it is to read. The $500 will be used to buy class sets of novels so that all students can enjoy this generous gift.”

SMS Hosts Annual Veterans Day Observance

posted Nov 11, 2019, 1:06 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Nov 11, 2019, 1:06 PM ]

Veterans Day Assembly
Any school year is filled with events of all sorts. At Seneca Middle School, one of the most revered events of the year is the observance of Veterans Day. Each year students may invite the veteran(s) in their life to attend a reception and assembly in their honor. This year approximately 60 veterans of all ages gathered in the Media Center to mingle and enjoy a morning snack before heading to the Tim Howard Gymnasium where they were greeted with a standing ovation from the assembled audience of students, faculty, and staff. Upon being seated in places of honor, the visiting veterans were treated to excellent performances of patriotic music performed by the school’s award-winning Honors Chorus, Orchestra, and Symphonic Band programs. The selections included the Armed Service songs during which the veterans stood to be recognized as their service branch’s song was being played. The program ended with each veteran being individually recognized and escorted out of the gym by the student(s) who invited them.

A Call to Action Visits Middle Schools

posted Oct 31, 2019, 9:33 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 31, 2019, 9:33 AM ]

Covenant Players
Domestic and dating violence and bullying have no demographic bounds. These scourges of society exist and persist in homes and schools across the country regardless of income, race, heritage, or gender. In Oconee County, the organization, A Call to Action, is working diligently to combat these issues. This year the group is visiting each middle school in the county to bring awareness and share ways to identify and combat these problems. However, instead of providing a lecture or dry reading material to the students, the group is providing an entertaining and engaging way to introduce and discuss the problems.

Recently, a three-person unit from the acting group Covenant Players based in Oxnard, CA presented a series of skits with themes about sexual harassment, bullying, family dysfunction, and substance abuse before assembled groups of students at Seneca Middle, West-Oak Middle, and Walhalla Middle Schools. Following each skit, the troop members addressed the skit’s theme and solicited feedback from the student audience.

Covenant PlayersAccording to A Call to Action member Celeste Norris, “We are putting all of our efforts this year into area schools. We hope that these entertaining presentations will prove to be memorable and provide valuable information and insight for these young people and hopefully produce lasting results in their lives. It takes a community to target these issues and we seek to call people to action wherever they are in the community.” She and organization president Robbin Potrafka accompanied the acting group to each school. Afterwards, upon addressing the students following each session, green wristbands with the words, 'STAND UP, SPEAK OUT!' were made available encouraging all the students to do just that when they encounter any form of bullying.


The Covenant Players, which has been in existence since 1963, not only perform before school groups but also work with the military, prisons, churches, retirement homes, and various organizations serving at risk children. According to troop member Robin Goettl, “We will perform material geared to any theme, any age.” The unit, which performed before these Oconee County schools, consists of Suzanne Goettl, Robin Goettl, and Erin Goettl.

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