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SMS Students Salute Veterans

posted Nov 9, 2018, 11:12 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Nov 9, 2018, 11:12 AM ]

Veterans' Day guests and the students who invited them.
It may having been pouring rain outside but nothing could dampen the spirits of the Seneca Middle School student body, faculty and staff as they celebrated and honored local veterans at the school’s annual Veterans’ Day assembly. Over 70 veterans and active duty service members gathered in the school’s Media Center and enjoyed refreshments and social time with each other before joining the assembled student body, faculty and staff for a moving Veterans’ Day ceremony in the gymnasium. After marching into the gymnasium to a standing ovation, the honored guests and all others in attendance were treated to rousing performances of patriotic music by the school’s award-winning chorus, orchestra and band programs. Student leaders also gave brief histories of the musical selections as well as the Pledge to the U.S. Flag. Following the performances, each veteran was individually recognized and escorted from the assembly by the student and/or staff member who invited them. In the end, no one cared about or was even really aware of the rain, not when the day was brightened by those who serve and sacrifice.

Seneca Lions Club Chooses Peace Poster Contest Winners

posted Oct 26, 2018, 12:56 PM by Lee Stephens

Lions Club Peace Poster Contest winners
Peace and kindness. It doesn’t take much to understand that you can’t achieve one without the other. For more than 25 years, Lions Club International has sponsored a Peace Poster Contest for children ages 11-13 in an effort to encourage “young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.” Sponsored locally by the Seneca Lions Club, art students at Seneca Middle School worked hard over the course of several weeks to create posters that portrayed this year’s contest theme of “Kindness Matters.” After a thorough review, five works were judged to be the best. Seneca Lions Club member Nancy Bock came to the school to award the top five. They were: 1st place – Aurora Negro, 2nd place – Leah Broome, 3rd place – Lily Foster-Kyle, 4 place – Caroline McElroy, and Honorable Mention – Brianna Bates. Aurora’s artwork will now move on to district-level judging and then hopefully further to the International level. All of their artwork may be seen hanging in Ye Olde Sandwich Shoppe over the next few weeks.

SMS Family Night

posted Oct 25, 2018, 6:15 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 25, 2018, 6:16 AM ]

Family Night
Calling all Seneca Middle School parents! Join us at Family Night November 1 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm to learn about what life is like for your student at Seneca Middle School. Drop in to have a chance to learn about the technology tools that your child uses, internet/school safety issues, and grade-specific field trips and/or clubs. Pizza dinner will be available for purchase.

Sizeable Group Earns Place in All-State Chorus

posted Oct 22, 2018, 12:44 PM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 12:44 PM ]

SMS All-State Chorus members
In the life of a teenager, the passage of a just few months can seem like a lifetime. For a very talented group of Seneca Middle School students, the months between learning they had been selected for the elite All-State Chorus and the actual All-State event not only seemed lengthy but also saw roughly half complete their last year at Seneca Middle and move on to the ninth grade at Seneca High School. The All-State Chorus audition and selection process starts in the spring yet the clinic and concert don’t take place until October; thus the departure of those moving on to high school. For Seneca Middle School Chorus Director Carla Brock, however, they will always be “her” students. She gladly still oversaw the travel and participation of both the Seneca Middle and Seneca High School delegations to Charleston for the All-State clinic and concert in early October. She said of the event, “This year’s All-State conductors were extremely inspiring and gave our students an extraordinary experience. Our kids worked very hard and had a blast.”

The large number who qualified from Seneca Middle tied for the second most from any school in the state only trailing a magnet school for the arts. The current Seneca Middle School students who qualified for All-State Chorus are: Luke Bleuel, Drake Denney, Isaiah Glenn, Mary Alice Harben, Sean Hoffman, Dalton Land, Jack Lee, Madelyn LeRoy, Megan McConnell, Emma Padgett, Delane Rosemond, Olivia Sires, and Stella Smith. The group now at Seneca High School are: Kirsten Brown, Payton Burkett, Camille Ellenburg, Nicole Feagan, Kaidence Hamm, Brooke Lindsey, Nick Mack, Amari McCalope, Anais Puffer, Corbin Shirley, Connor Sluder, and Donovan Williams. Two additional students also qualified while at Seneca Middle School but have since moved to a new school district.

Red Ribbon Week Activities

posted Oct 22, 2018, 7:58 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 22, 2018, 7:59 AM ]

Red Ribbon Week
Help support the fight against drugs by participating in themed dress-up days during Red Ribbon Week - October 22-26.

  • Monday - Wear Red Day
  • Tuesday - Crazy Hat Day
  • Wednesday - Superhero Day
  • Thursday - Crazy Socks Day
  • Friday - Blue and Gold Day

Middle School Football Teams Show a Lot of Class and Heart

posted Oct 11, 2018, 8:48 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 8:49 AM ]

As a coach, Stanley Leroy strives to teach the young men on his team more than just the fundamentals and techniques of football.  It is also a chance to teach them about teamwork and about being upstanding individuals.  On a recent October evening, Coach Leroy's Seneca Middle School C-Team football team faced another team and coach with the same values and goals in football and in life.  The Liberty Middle School C-Team football team is composed of a variety of boys from all walks of life.   That variety also includes a young man with special needs whom they have heartily embraced.  In fact, this young man featured in the night's game from start to finish.  From kicking the opening kickoff to scoring a touchdown on the final play, this young man was able to fulfill a few of his dreams while each and every player on the field showed they had learned the lesson of class from their coaches.  

Seneca vs Liberty

SMS Students Named to All-Region Orchestra

posted Oct 11, 2018, 8:23 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 11, 2018, 8:24 AM ]

Alexandria Winkler, Brandon Nixon, Ruby "Sam" Prosser and Luke Bleuel
Competing against musicians from all over Anderson, Greenville, Pickens and Oconee counties, four Seneca Middle School students recently learned that they have made the cut and earned spots in the Region 2 Orchestra. In fact, one – Luke Bleuel – performed so well that he was named 1st chair violin, an amazing accomplishment. Also named to the Region 2 Orchestra were Ruby “Sam” Prosser – 2nd violin, Alexandria Winkler – viola and Brandon Nixon – cello. These outstanding musicians are taught at Seneca Middle School by Orchestra Director David Warlick. They will participate in the Region 2 clinic and concert in November at Furman University. Warlick said of his All-Region students, “I am extremely proud of these students. They have worked hard outside of class time and their dedication has paid off. I would like to credit three private teachers as well - Luke studies with Jennifer John; Alexandria with Carla Rogers; Brandon with Laura Koelle.”

SMS Teacher Wins Belk Gift Card

posted Oct 10, 2018, 11:20 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 11:21 AM ]

Carolynne Nix, Delaine Childress and Chip Forester
The world is full of surprises, some pleasant and some not. Thankfully, a recent surprise for Seneca Middle School teacher Delaine Childress was most definitely a pleasant one. Two representatives from the Seneca Belk store – store manager Chip Forester and human resources manager Carolynne Nix – came to the school to award her a $500.00 gift card as the winner of their Educator Charity Day event. Childress, who is also the current Teacher of the Year for her school, was entered into the contest by her school’s principal, Dr. Darrell McDowell. The nomination letter said, in part, that, “Delaine exemplifies all that is good about the education profession: a true passion and love for children, devoted and innovated instruction, committed practice and advocacy of her school and community, and willingness to do whatever necessary to foster home / school relations.” It was this evidence of her superior and inspired teaching that led to her being selected from among all entrants in Oconee County and to one of the most pleasant surprises she has had in some time.

8th Grader Named Region Player of the Year in Golf

posted Oct 10, 2018, 9:15 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 9:15 AM ]

Congratulations to 8th grader Mattie Padgett who was named Region Player of the Year in Golf by winning the region tournament held recently.  The girls' golf team placed second in the region to Pendleton by only one stroke.  Other SMS students on the team are Caroline Childs, Lacey Edwards and Megan McConnell.  These ladies along with their high school teammates will play in the Upper State qualifier on October 15 at Boscobel Golf Course beginning at 9:00 am.  

Football Game Date Change

posted Oct 10, 2018, 6:28 AM by Lee Stephens   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 9:16 AM ]

Please note that the Thursday, October 11 football game has been moved to Wednesday, October 10 at Liberty at 5:30.

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