Great Neck South Middle School

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What's Happening

    • The PTA will be holding a Kindness Counts initiative throughout the month of January.

    The grade that performs the most kind acts in the next three weeks will be celebrated and given a chance to help others by paying it forward.

    Do a kind act (hold a door, smile at a new student, throw out someone else’s trash at lunch, the possibilities are endless - check your calendar for ideas). Report your act of kindness to the PTA using this link: KINDNESS COUNTS. You can report your own kind act or report someone who was kind to you. The grade with the most kind acts wins. Students in the kindest grade will vote on how to spend the $1000 prize. The money must be used to celebrate your accomplishments as well as to help others.

    • Please join us for the sixteenth annual Cultural Heritage Celebration, "With Languages you are at home anywhere." The Celebration will be held on Thursday, January 30th.

      Food display: 6:00-6:45

      Performance:7:00-8:15​

      Tickets are $5.00 plus a can of food to be donated to the INN.

    • The ELA exam will be given on 3/25 - 3/26 (Wednesday and Thursday). 

      The State Math exam will be given on 4/21 - 4/22 (Tuesday and Wednesday). 

    • There's a new way to earn for our school!  Rather than clipping those Box Tops for Education, now you can simply scan them.  Download the Box Tops for Education app, and get started today.
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    Click on the icon above to start earning money now for SMS 24/7, 365 days a year.

Paint for A Cause Family Night

8th Grade Dancing Classrooms

Cultural Heritage Video

Cultural Heritage Montage 2018

The SMS Spotlight

  • Friday in the Front:

    Erin W., 9/13/19

    student playing the cello

    Shira L., 10/4/19

    Student playing the fiddle

     

    Micah C., 10/11/19

    student playing the piano

Accolades

  • Science Olympiad team

    • The South Middle Science Olympiad Team earned a total of 13 medals at the Long Island Invitational Olympiad Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

    This competition included the top 43 Science Olympiad teams from middle schools across the tri-state area. The nine-hour tournament was comprised of 23 events in which students demonstrated their ingenuity and knowledge in science, engineering, and technology.

    In addition to earning team points for successful challenges, medals were awarded to the top competitors in each event. South Middle students won medals as individuals and in pairs for challenges such as Dynamic Planet, Heredity, Rube Goldberg Machine, Ping Pong Parachute, Water Quality, Write-it Do-it, and Meteorology.

    Advisors for the South Middle Science Olympiad Team are Tobias Hatten, South Middle science department head, and Randy Lane, technology teacher. 

    According to Mr. Hatten, the Science Olympiad provides a team-sport atmosphere where students work together towards a goal. “It makes science social as it is in the real world,” explains Mr. Hatten. “The experiences from Science Olympiad could be the spark that allows students to become scientists and engineers to solve the biggest problems of the future!”

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  • Students holding No Place for Hate banner

     

    • On , Thursday, May 3, students at North and South Middle traveled to New York City for the No Place for Hate Recognition Ceremony. For the third year, South Middle has been recognized as a No Place for Hate School, and earned a gold star distinction. More pictures can be found in our News Archive.
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  • Science Research Team

     

    • South Middle students, Eric P., Tristan W., Erin W., Samantha Z., and Richard Z., participated in the Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington D.C. from April 25–29. earning South Middle’s best ever finish at the this national event to date.

     

    The event included two days of competition. On 4/27, teams participated in the academic portion of the competition, which features a fast-paced, question-and-answer format that covers a wide range of science disciplines. The South Middle team placed in the “elite eight” of this bracket-style competition, out of 48 teams. They won $1000 for the Science department.

     

    On 4/28, the team won the National Middle School Cyber Challenge, a “Jeopardy-like” question-and-answer-style Capture the Flag system. The team was awarded a trophy for their first-place finish and $500 for their school’s science research program. 

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  • Science Team members & Advisors
     
    • A 5 member team from South Middle won the LI Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Brookhaven National Laboratory on March 2. This is the second consecutive year that a team from South Middle has won this regional competition.
     
    The first-place team of Eric P., Tristan W., Erin W., Samantha Z., and Richard Z. competed against 19 other teams representing 12 school districts across Nassau and Suffolk counties. The fast-paced question-and-answer format covered a wide range of science disciplines, including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.
     
    The team is coached by Dr. Doris Stanick, an Earth science teacher at South Middle, and Ms. Diane Caplain, a biology teacher at South Middle. As the winners of the Regional Middle School Bowl, the South Middle team has earned an invitation to the National Middle School Science Bowl hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Washington, D.C.
     
    The Department of Energy National Science Bowl (NSB), established in 1991, is one of the nation’s largest science competitions. This year, more than 4,500 middle school students will compete in 50 middle school regional tournaments, leading up to the National Middle School Science Bowl competition in April.
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