The Bulldog Bark

October 2016

Reusch Report

Here at South we know that being a good human being is just as important as getting excellent grades. Building strong relationships is vital in every aspect of life. Employers always tell us, “Give me someone with a great attitude, a kind spirit and a solid attendance record.” Our staff works to teach our students these social skills which are key to a successful life.

The following are what we call the “Essential 10” and they are taught every day at SMS:

SMS Essential 10 (adapted from Ron Clark)

1. When responding to an adult, always use "Ma'am" or "Sir".

2. Make eye contact when someone is speaking to you.

3. Respect other students' comments, opinions, and ideas.

4. If you are asked a question in conversation, ask a question in return.

5. Do not show disrespect with gestures.

6. Always say "Thank you" when given something.

7. Surprise others by performing random acts of kindness.

8. When someone bumps into you say “Excuse me” even if it is not your fault

9. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

10. No matter the circumstances, always be honest.

Check Out Our KPREP Ratings!

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The above chart is our KPREP rankings over the last few years. The highlighted column on the far right is what our outstanding bulldogs accomplished last year in 2015-2016 as we climbed to the top!

Reading and Math are tested in all three grade levels, Social Studies (SS) is only the 8th graders, Writing is our 6th and 8th graders, and Language Mechanics (LM) is only 6th grade.

If you see any of our bulldogs out and about, be sure to congratulate them! All the hard and dedication continues to pay off!

Click Here for: Middle School Years

This month's issue talks about disciplining tweens and staying on task.

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50% of AR is due November 11, 2016

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All Kentuckians play an important role in school safety efforts. Visit the Kentucky Center for School Safety website, to take part in this year’s theme:

“Be the HERO; STOP the Bullying!”

"Honor", "Encourage", "Respect" and "Opportunity" are the powerful words we want to emphasize!

Join us as we honor our everyday heroes and choose to “Be the HERO and STOP the Bullying!” in our schools and in our community! Being a HERO isn't just a label for a time it's an attitude and a code to live by.

September Students of the Month

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6th Grade

Justice Floyd ~ Tyler Brocato ~ JJ Poynter ~ Keke Marshall ~ Emma Thompson ~ Maddie Chrisman

7th Grade

Parker Pierson ~ Wesley Tompkins ~ Marquis Adams ~ Simone Gordon ~ Elise Hibbs ~ Jorday Troutman ~ Richecade Fleurlot

8th Grade

Wesley Smith ~ Brennen Stone ~ Steven Kirkman ~ Zoe Stone ~ Yasmine Santana ~ Serya Baltzell

Scholastic Book Club Orders

Orders are due back to your student’s reading teacher by Friday, November 4th


Go to

Enter our one-time Class Activation Code HWPTL

Shop and submit your child's book order.

Your books will be delivered directly to the classroom.

Yearbooks for Sale!

Yearbooks will be on sale next week! They will be $20.00 if purchased before winter break and $25.00 after winter break. Please make checks payable to South Middle School. The delivery date for the yearbooks is May 2017.

If you have any questions regarding the yearbook sale, please contact Mrs. Bullock:

Want to See the Presidential Inauguration?

There are still some openings for this year’s Student Travel Educational Program trip to Washington DC. For the Presidential Inauguration.

When: Sat. Jan. 14 - Sat. Jan. 21

Cost: $550


  • Fords Theater (where Lincoln was shot)
  • Mount Vernon (George Washington’s home)
  • The Kennedy Center
  • National Cathedral
  • Night tour of all the monuments
  • Bureau of Printing and Engraving (where the money is printed)
  • Arlington Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  • The Inauguration of the New President

If you have questions call Mac Grace at 270-860-1875.

Sign up packets are at the front desk.

All The Extras!

18 SMS Choir Students Selected to All State

Congratulations to 18 members of the SMS choirs! They have been selected to participate in the KYCDA All State Choirs on Oct. 28th/29th in Bowling Green. Over a thousand 7th, 8th, and 9th graders from across Kentucky sent in auditions for the event and the top 400 were chosen to create two incredible choir groups. SMS had the 2nd highest number of students selected from across the state.

If you see any of these students, give them a pat on the back and an SMS “WAY TO GO!”

Taylor Utterback ~ Madeleine Johnson ~ Samarah Courtney ~ Bryson Whitesides

Molly Reed ~ Alexis Bond ~ Brooklynn Chesser ~ Lauren Vick ~ Chloe Griffith ~ Sarah Tuma

Audrey Kugler~ Ava Herron ~ Kaitlyn Hobbs ~ Katherine McCarthy ~ Piper Brewer

Jack Ferguson ~ Jernaz Peartree ~Connor Hogan

SMS Mock Election

As part of our desire to encourage our students to become well informed citizens we, as a Social Studies Department, are going to host a South Mock Election. In the days leading up to Election Day, we will discuss the American political process and who is running for what offices. The election will take place November 6th and every student will have their chance to cast their ballot for the election during their Social Studies class. Results of the election will be announced prior to leaving school that day.

Veteran's Day Assembly

Friday, Nov. 11th, 9am

800 South Alves Street

Henderson, KY

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AR Home Connect

Reminder: 50% of AR is due November 11, 2016.