Southside Middle School students, teachers, and coaches have been very busy so far this summer! Read about the awesome things happening at SMS below!

Robotics Camp

Mr. Hilbish, Science Teacher at THS, conducted a Robotics Camp for students in grades 4-8. Students were able to learn about basic engineering and how robotics works! Students enjoyed the camp and look forward to another opportunity next summer! 

Eco Camp

Ms. Merle, 8th Grade Science Teacher at SMS, provided a camp for students in grades 6-8 that was an environmentally focused STEM challenge. Students also had the opportunity to attend a field trip to Lanark Nature Center in Millbrook on June 16th to conclude the camp. Students truly enjoyed this opportunity for enrichment.

Empower Girls Camp

The Empower Girls Camp was planned by our Tallassee City Schools' Mental Health Coordinator, Mrs. Jen Bafford, for girls in grades 5-8. Mrs. Bafford collaborated with the Council on Substance Abuse-NCADD (COSA) to create the opportunity for our young women at SMS. The evidence-based curriculum, SMART Girls, developed by the Boys and Girls Club of America is being used. This program gives girls the space, support, and tools to navigate adolescence and to emerge strong, healthy, young adults. Our girls are having a blast this week growing and learning together.

Summer Learning Academy

Students and teachers have been working diligently to complete coursework to elevate their academic performance through instruction and Edgenuity courses. Enrichment opportunities have also been provided to these students through art, social emotional learning, and physical education. 

SMS Athletics

Students involved in all SMS sports have been busy with workouts throughout the month of June. We look forward to all of their hard work paying off during their seasons. See below for specifics on several teams. 

SMS Dance Team Camp & Practices 

SMS Dance Team kicked off the pre-season activities with a team building afternoon painting door hangers for their doors at camp. The team attended camp, alongside our THS Dance Team, at Great Wolf Lodge June 3rd - 6th. Our girls participated as the only middle school team and performed very well!  SMS Dance Team won the spirit stick each day of camp, and they finished camp with Superior ratings on all routines. They were also awarded most improved team. Several dance team members were awarded All American including Mollie Branch, Jaycee Gaines, Kyli Jeffery, and Brook Barrett. Practices have already begun to perfect the routines they learned for the upcoming season. 

SMS Cheer Camp & Practices

This week our SMS Cheer Squad is participating in camp to learn routines, cheers, and techniques to prepare for the upcoming cheer season. The girls are being instructed by our THS Varsity Cheer Squad, and they are working hard to learn the material. It is an awesome bonding experience for the two squads to learn and grow together.

SMS Football Workouts

Our SMS Football team has been completing summer workouts to prepare for the upcoming season. We look forward to watching our SMS Tigers under the lights this fall. 

SMS Basketball Workouts & Scrimmage Event

SMS Boys' Basketball Team has also been busy this summer with workouts! The team hosted a scrimmage event on Monday, June 19th. 

We are looking forward to finishing the summer strong and moving into an excellent school year!