Paola Middle School Newsletter

May 2023


May 2nd- Blue Jeans Concert @ 7:00, PMS Auditorium

May 5th- League Track- Field Events, 7th PV, 3200m @ 4:00- Eudora

May 6th- League Track- Running Events, 8th PV @ 9:00 - Eudora

May 10th- District Band Concert @ 7:00 p.m.

May 11th- FCA to Royals

May 15th- 7th Grade to Main Event

May 16th- Dental Clinic

May 18th- 7th Grade History Field Trip

May 18th- 8th Grade to Main Event

May 18th- Spring Art Show 4-6 p.m.

May 19th- 6th Grade Trip to JCCC

May 22nd- 8th Grade Last Day of School Release at 11:15

May 24th- Last day of School

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Civil War Netflix

Teacher: Mr. Riedel

Students were tasked to create a Netflix series where each episode served as a cause of the United States Civil War. Students had to title the series and write a summary for each episode (cause). Next, students had to choose four people involved with their causes and create four additional documentaries and summaries about those people that Netflix would suggest in the "More Like This" section. Student's did an awesome job in their work. (Student work in photos).


Every student that wants to participate in a KSHSAA sport, MUST have an updated physical on file dated after May 1st.

23-24 physical packets are available in the office and must be completed prior to the start of practices. Any student in a Fall Sport must have a physical on file by August 14th to start practice.

Summer Camps!

Summer Sports Camps

23-24 Season Camps

Football (7th/8th)

July 10-13th


Football (5th/6th)

July 10-13th

9:30- 11:00

Non-contact, no pads or helmets.

Girls Basketball (7th/8th)

June 12th- 15th

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Paola Middle School

Link to Sign-up:

Volleyball (7th/8th)

July 10th - 13th

10:30 - 12:00 a.m.

Paola Middle School

Link to Sign-up:

Cross Country (7th/8th)

May 2nd- Meeting during seminar.

6 a.m. Workouts:


Tues/Thurs, June 13th & 15th

Tues/Thurs, June 20th & 22nd

Tues/Thurs, June 27th & 29th


No work-outs week of July 3rd

Tues/Thurs, July 11th & 13th (TBA)

Tues/Thurs, July 18th & 20th (TBA)

Tues/Thurs, July 25th & 27th

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End of Year Reminder

Just a reminder to make sure to pick up any medications that are in the nurse's office. Prescription medications must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Please make arrangements with the school nurse by Friday May 26th. No medications can be stored over the summer and will be disposed of after May 26th



Breakfast by Chris Cakes, free for all 8th grade students starting at 8:00 a.m.

After breakfast there we will be a few awards presented, and then students and teachers will have the opportunity to do activities and games together in celebration.

8th grade students will be released at 11:15 a.m.

No lunch will be served, and buses will not be provided on this day for 8th grade release.


As of May 12th, there will be NO MORE CHARGING ALLOWED for breakfast, lunch and ala carte. Please make sure ALL negative balances have been paid on or before May 12th. Please make sure your student's account has money to cover any and all purchases through May 24, 2023. Payments can be made online using Infinite Campus or by cash or by checks made payable to USD368. If you have any questions, please call Cheryl Nagel at (913)294-8030, ext. 5104. Thank you!
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Cheryl, Peggy, Alice, Sondra and John

Thank you for allowing us to serve you! Have a great summer! Best wishes

to the Class of 2029 as they move up to Paola High School!

The Giver

Teacher: Mrs. Pratt

The Giver is an American dystopian novel by Lois Lowry, set in a society that initially appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. In the novel, the community has taken away pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan to take away emotional pain from their lives. In an effort to preserve order, the community lacks color, climate, terrain, and a true sense of equality. A 12-year-old boy named Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before sameness. Jonas struggles with concepts of the new emotions and things introduced to him, whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is possible to have one without the other.

The 8th graders in Mrs. Pratt's class read this classic novel by Lois Lowry. While reading, it brought many discussions on what utopia is and if creating a world of sameness would create a utopian society - one of perfectionism. The students enjoyed learning about Jonas as the memories from the past were transmitted to him for safekeeping. Concepts that were explored during the novel were - character development, theme, irony, and morals. "The Giver" also led to a great comparison between the society that the Greaser, from "The Outsiders", lived in vs. the society that Jonas lived in. As a final unit project, the students completed a One-pager to highlight one of the lessons that were taught, attached are some of the final projects.

Math meets Cooking!

Teachers: Ms. Hines & Ms. Ingle

Students in Mrs. Ingle’s study skills and Mrs. Hines’ math lab practiced their math skills by making treats. Students found their recipes, shopped for the ingredients by using their knowledge of finding the best buy, and practiced fractions by measuring out the ingredients to make their yummy creations. Students were able to sample the treats made such as deviled eggs, punch, birds nest cookies, and spring trail mix.

6th Grade Track Day!

Track Day

The 6th grade, weather permitting, will be having a “Track Day” Monday, May 22nd at PHS Stadium.

We will walk to the track at approximately 8:15 a.m. and return to school after the meet. Parents are more than welcome to come and watch the events that your child is in on that day. Field events will take place around 8:30 a.m. with the running events after.

Times are subject to change depending on weather.

You might want to make sure your child has sunscreen and a hat since we will be outside most of the day.

The students are allowed to wear athletic shorts, t-shirt, and athletic shoes. Depending on the weather, you may also want to send a jacket.


Johnny Hull

6th PE/Health Teacher

Head Coach Paola MS Girls Basketball

Student Council Advisor

"You can't have successes without failures!"


Teacher: Katie Johnson

In an effort to increase the STEM-related opportunities at Paola Middle School and to spark interest in Career and Technical Education classes at Paola High School, some of our students had the privilege of attending the I-Build Showcase on Friday, April 28th at Bartle Hall. Students who attended were chosen based on a strong worth ethic in STEM class, positive behavior, and the potential to represent Paola Middle School well. Sponsored by N.I.C.E., the National Institute for Construction Excellence, the iBuild Showcase is an annual exposition, inviting metro area students to actively connect with construction and business-related trades, contractors, architects and engineering firms. While at I-Build, students and teachers participated in hands-on activities such as: a nail-driving contest, bricklaying,and heavy equipment. It is critically important that these students not only have the opportunity to perform hands-on activities while at the iBuild event, but to interact directly with the men and women that are doing the work and represent the industry so well every day of the year.


Teacher: Ms. Yerkes

All students were exposed to a poetry lesson through their library class in April. Sixth grade students selected a poem out of poetry books from well-known poets such as: Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Robert Frost, copied the poem and illustrated it. Mr. Scott’s eighth grade classes researched one of those well-known poets and created a slide to coordinate with the sixth grade poems. Seventh graders all read the novel, War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. They created a six line poem about one of the characters from the novel using adjectives, verb phrases, and figurative language Finally, Mrs. Pratt’s eighth grade students read a biography about someone who was in the Holocaust and wrote a free verse poem as a tribute to that person to coordinate with their upcoming unit: The Diary of Anne Frank. Mrs. Yerkes was extremely pleased with the students’ poems, and their poetry will all be displayed around the library.

Library Books Due!

It is that time of year when all library books are due soon. If your child has lost a library book, he/she will need to pay for the book. Check Amazon for the current lowest price of the book. Mrs. Yerkes has already printed copies of missing books for students. If you need to contact her, please e-mail Mrs. Yerkes at:

8th grade library books are all due: Friday, May 12

7th grade library books are all due: Tuesday, May 16

6th grade library books are all due: Wednesday, May 17


7th Grade Field Trip!

Teacher: Dan Doolittle

On Thursday, May 18, our seventh grade class has an opportunity to experience history in a truly unique way. We will be traveling to the John Brown Museum State Historic Site in neighboring Osawatomie. Chances are, most of us have been there, some of us maybe as a student in school in Oz or even here in Paola on a field trip of your own!

Students will participate in four stations, all instructed by local history experts. John Brown's own great great granddaughter will be in reenacting mode, Grady Atwater is probably the number one historian in Miami County, he will be leading one of the stations. And the kids will learn more about the Indian Removal Act, presented by Jeanne Dagenet, who we heard speak earlier in the year during our study of the Indian tribes who were living in our area in the early to mid 1800s. Lloyd Peckman, a representative of our MiCo History Museum, will also be lending his expertise about the site. And one of the stations will consist of a scavenger hunt right there on the grounds.

We will eat our lunches there on the grounds and then load the buses for Lane, just over the line in Franklin Co, very near the sight of the infamous John Brown Massacre. The expert presenters will teach us more about that event and other fascinating history about Lane, including the fact that Laura Ingalls Wilder and her husband Almonzo spent a night in the stone house that still stands!

We are all very excited about this fabulous living history experience so close to home, look for permission slips coming home to be signed and brought back later this week!

Art Class with Ms. Goldman