Paola Middle School

December Newsletter

Important Dates

Dec. 1st- GBB 8th @ Trail Ridge/7th @ Home

Dec. 5th- GBB 8th @ Home/7th @ Baldwin

Dec. 8th- GBB 8h @ TBD/ 7th @ Home

Dec. 12th- 15th Dance Team Tryouts

Dec. 13th- Panther Book Club

Dec. 14th- BBB Tryouts 7th- 3:00- 4:30; 8th - 4:30- 5:45

Dec. 15th - BBB Tryouts

Dec. 15th- Band/Choir Concert @ 7:00 p.m.- PMS

Dec. 16th- BBB Tryouts

Dec. 18th- Family Music Bingo Night

Dec. 21st- Jan. 4th- NO SCHOOL

BOND Proposal

The photos below show renderings of one of the potential renovations to Paola Middle School that could be included in the potential Bond Proposal in 2023. The potential updates would create a modern multipurpose learning and activity space through a redesign of the current commons area. This is just one of the potential updates for modernization to the middle school. If you are interested in learning more about a potential bond, and what could be included, please visit the school website at

Photo 1 is facing the current auditorium.

Photo 2 is facing the current gymnasium.

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Paola Panther Families,

Student Council will be hosting a Christmas Music Bingo Night on Monday Dec. 19th at 6:00pm in the PMS gym. This is a free event but will have concessions to purchase. This event brings our Panther families together during the Christmas season.

We are looking for donations that can be used for prizes. This could range from Gift cards (Restaurants, Walmart, etc.), themed baskets (ie. Movie Basket, Candy Basket, Hot Chocolate Basket, etc.), or a purchased item (ie. Board games, outdoor games, etc.). Anything you can donate will be much appreciated. Please have the items to the school by Friday Dec. 16th.

We had an amazing turn out at our last Bingo Night and are looking forward to carrying on the tradition. We would love to see all Panther families join us for a great night of fun and entertainment.

Thank you, we hope to see you there!

2022-23 Student Council

*If you have any questions please feel free to email Mr. Hull (, Student Council Advisor

Veteran's Day

A Veterans Day assembly was held at Paola Middle School on November 11 to honor our veterans. Several students participated in the assembly. Kayla Hertel and Rose Simons sang the national anthem. Onye Smith read her winning VFW Patriot's Pen essay titled, "My Pledge to Our Veterans." Seventh grade students Esther Downum, Charley Stanchfield, Burke Argeropoulos, and Jack Schwatken read their original flag poems. Eighth grader Zach Westwater helped run the slideshow. Mrs. Seaman's students made a patriotic display that was placed in between the two auditorium entrances. Eighth grade students wrote thoughtful letters of appreciation that were given to veterans as they exited the auditorium. Other veteran appreciation letters were given to veterans at the Paola Applebee's and others were mailed to veterans in the Paola and surrounding area.

December 15th- FINE ARTS NIGHT

Please make plans to join us for a night of music and art on December 15th. Paola Middle School Choir and Band will be performing, and there will be an Art Show in the commons. The concert starts at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym.


Paola Middle School KAY Club volunteered to ring the Salvation Army Bell. They saw many familiar faces, and had a great experience.

Ms. Seamans Class

Students learned and played the traditional game, Hubbub, in class. Hubbub is a game played by the Wampanoag people and other Native American groups across America. In traditional tales, the Wampanoag people introduced this game to the Pilgrim children once the Mayflower arrived in America.

Kansas Counties Project!

There are 105 Kansas Counties. Each of Mr. Doolittle's 7th grade students have chosen one of them to research to learn and know about, and ultimately lead the rest of us on a virtual tour around the state. They also get to call and interview someone from a county office, anyone from a jailer to noxious weeds are being contacted. Lila Blackie talked to a clerk in Sherman, Co and found out it was snowing there. Diesel Meade learned what goes on in the Register of Deeds office in Meade Co. Nolan Hornbacher talked to the Ford Co. clerk and discovered that the best place to eat there is the food court at the mall. Brylen Sanders learned in his contact with the Osborne Co. 4-H coordinator that she visits classrooms and conducts STEM experiments, and also helps students prepare to display at the county fair. Emery Morgan was amazed that the public works supervisor in Riley Co. oversees 66 people in his department and also learned that he drives by the KSU campus twice every day on his way to work and back, EMAW!


Reminder: Students must pass 5 of their 7 fall semester classes (does not include seminar) to be eligible to participate in Spring semester activities. Please contact the office if you have questions.

Gifted Hubbard Math

On November 10, nine Paola Middle School students participated in the Hubbard Math competition. Developed as a part of the Hubbard Project at the Center for Science at Kansas State University years ago, this math competition uses the four mathematical operations and single digit numbers to create equations that equal a number selected by a moderator. Each team has 3 minutes to share their equation. After a team successfully creates a mathematical equation, they have to decide whether to forbid or require an operation or a number they just used. The only materials students can use are pencil and paper. The students competed against teams of gifted students from Osawatomie, Central Heights, Pleasanton, Jayhawk, Prairie View, Garnett, and Louisburg. Students who attended the competition from Paola Middle School were: Rosemary Blackie, Cruz Guzman, Emma Johnson, Zach Westwater, Lila Blackie, Will Hardwick, Violet Bennett, Massimo DiMartino, and Declan Bean.