Paola Middle School Newsletter

November Edition

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Important Dates

1st- GBB vs. Woodland Spring; 8th @ Home; 7th @ Woodland

3rd- Wrestling @ Home- (Paola High School)

5th- Wrestling @ Emporia- 9:00 a.m.

7th- GBB vs. Spring Hill; 8th @ SH; 7th @ Home

8th- Wrestling @ Louisburg

10th- PMS Dental Clinic

10th- GBB vs. Ottawa; 8th @ Ottawa; 7th @ Home

12th- League Wrestling @ Baldwin

14th- GBB vs. Louisburg; 8th @ Home; 7th @ Louisburg

15th- GBB vs. Pioneer Ridge; 8th @ Pioneer; 7th @ Home

17th - GBB vs. Woodland Spring; 8th @ WSMS; 7th @ Home

23-25th - NO SCHOOL

28th- GBB vs. Eudora; 8th @ Eudora; 7th @ Home

29th- GBB vs. Spring Hill; 8th @ Home; 7th @ Spring Hill

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Honor Band!

Congratulations to Evan Avila, Joel Biggs, Jayde Moss, and Toby Walker for being selected to participate in the Kansas Music Educators Association 2022 Middle School Honor Band. These students will represent our school by performing as members of the honor band on December 3 at Blue Valley High School. The KMEA district honor band students were selected from all Franklin, Johnson, Miami, and Osage county schools.
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Panther Book Club had a record number 52 students who attended the first book club meeting of the year after reading the book, I Survived the Attacks of September 11, by Lauren Tarshis, a historical fiction graphic novel. The meeting kicked off with students answering book trivia questions and rewarded with mini candy bars. Guest speaker and middle school parent, Mr. Seth Katzer, gave a great presentation about his job as firefighter in both Paola and Johnson County. He put on all his firefighter gear for students to see and answered many student questions. The meeting concluded with refreshments.


Mrs. McDow, 8th Grade Special Education Teacher, applied for a grant through the national teaching sorority Alpha Delta Kappa. She wrote the grant because of a need to improve student focus in the classroom. In the past, many students have shown real improvement in focus by using fidgets. Spinners and popits have positively impacted students and Mrs. McDow wanted to make sure every teacher in the building had access to them. She got the grant and used $250 to buy fidgets for every classroom. Now students have the option of using them in any classroom at any point in their day.


Reminder that all phones should either be in the backpack or locker during school hours.
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Read Right!

The students will be presenting individual oral interpretations and partner presentations (acting out) stories from the Alvin Schwartz book, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. They have prepared scripts, decided on tone, character depiction, and actions to best represent the suspense and theme in the story. We also have students who are drawing comic strips/graphic novels of the story, and others doing a storyboard with details about the story's origin as well as explanations about the theme, the use of suspense, and other story elements.



A BIG thank you to all who participated. Prizes will be coming to you this week!

Student Spectator Expectations

Paola Middle School students are allowed free entry into all Paola Middle School home events by providing a current school ID. If students do not have their ID, they will be required to pay $5. This is ONLY for Middle School home events. Middle School Students are required to pay at HS events.

Students are expected to stay in the student section during the game. Students are allowed to visit the concessions and restrooms before the game, halftimes, and between games. We want all spectators to positively cheer on our students and coaches, to provide a fun atmosphere filled with school spirit.

Spooky Lab Fun!

Today in Level 3 the students created eyeball catapults. The students used popsicle sticks, plastic eggs, and rubber bands to create the catapult. They then determined which eyeballs could make it the farthest!