2019-20 Leadership Advisory Opportunities

Students have lots of leadership opportunities as South.  There are four advisories that work on various activities throughout the year – Ambassadors, SWAT, Art Leaders, and Yearbook.  Our current 6th graders can apply for 1 or all of the leadership opportunities and will be notified of their placement later in May. You can learn more information HERE.   

We need your help and ideas!

Do you have an idea for a before or after school club, group or activity? You, a grandparent or friend could host a card game club, athletic activities, financial literacy, gardening, book clubs, etc. We’d love to keep adding to our offerings at South MS and you can help! Email Doug Barry or give him a call to share you idea and begin the planning!

Groups, Clubs or Activities @ South MS

Before and after school activities will be listed here during the course of the year.
There is also an activities calendar below for parents/students to use.

Chess Group- Tuesday mornings at 7:15am. The students will meet weekly. No cost! Please sign your child up here

We will start the FIRST LEGO League season on September 25 from 3:00-5:00 pm in Room 129. Please click here to get to the Community Ed Link to join the team

South MS’s Autism support group, Puzzle Pieces, will get underway in October. If you would like more information for your student, please email The group plans to meet during Advisory on Friday mornings. 

Anyone interested in Math Counts please meet in Mrs. Kuehl’s room in the 7 gold pod on Wednesday, September 26th at 7:00 am for the first meeting. We will discuss the upcoming season, have a breakfast treat, and begin preparing our math brains.

Do you have a passion for video games? Want to game with your classmates after school? The video game group will spend the first 20-30 minutes discussing, learning, and sharing information about games. The last 30-40 minutes will be dedicated to playing video games. Games will be played on equipment provided by the group leader or members playing on their phones and/or handheld devices. Games rated Mature, Adults Only, and Teen (with the exception of Super Smash Brothers Melee, a Nintendo GameCube game rated Teen ), as rated by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, will not be allowed. Grades 6-9. Group leader: Ryan Langel. Tuesday dates include: October 2 & 16, November 6 & 27, December 4 & 18. FREE to register on RevTrack here.

Ping Pong and Basketball – Students will play ping-pong and basketball after school. Students will build relationships and community with each other. Led by South Middle School Teacher, Gary Poppinga. Total cost is only $5 for all 6 sessions. Register on RevTrack here.

A Capella:  We are looking for 16 students who would love to break out their favorite pop tunes and perform! This group is open to all voices: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. Together, we pick the music, arrange parts and turn it into a spectacular medley that is performed by this unaccompanied vocal band. This is meant to be an awesome and fun, friendly group. Dedication and rehearsal attendance is a must. 20 minutes per day at home practice is requested. Final performance will be held on 11/15 @ 5:30pm.
Group Instructor: SMS Parent Stephanie Monaco; register on RevTrack here.
Strings Small Group Ensemble: Calling all interested string players at SMS, (violin, viola, cello and double bass). This is an incredible opportunity for string players to work in a small ensemble. The skills of the small ensemble are so different from that of a large orchestra this will undoubtedly sharpen players listening skills while working cohesively to perform with great precision. We will cover repertoire from major musical periods which will enhance musicality. This is open to all skill levels. Music will be arranged to meet the level of experience. Students should look to start or continue with private lesson instruction outside of the ensemble. This experience is meant to be a fun and encouraging experience. Dedication and rehearsal attendance is a must. 20 minutes per day at home practice is requested. Final performance will be held on 11/13 @ 5:30pm. Group Instructor: SMS Parent Stephanie Monaco; register online here.

Warrior Writers is a brand new club for 6th and 7th graders who enjoy creative writing. We will experiment with different forms of writing, share our own writing, and we will make a writer’s notebook you can use to inspire creativity. The first meeting is Thursday, September 6th. Students must register through community education to participate; the link is on Mrs. Snicker’s blog. See posters in your LA classes for more information or see Mrs. Snicker.

Art Workshops: If you are interested in some before school art classes please sign up on Ludwig’s website.  They are held on Thursday mornings before school starting at 7:15. First workshop is on September 6th.

Math Counts (information here):  Is your chid interested in spending more time with math?!  Have them join the Math Counts team at South Middle School!  Math Counts is a national program that South has participated in since the building opened.  It gives students more exposure and interaction with math of all types.  It is for ALL 6th and 7th grade students who are interested in math fun!   – Coaches Mrs. Kuehl and parents: Chervenka, and Brown.

Come join other Disney Fanatics each month as you have fun together with all things Disney. From Disney movies to Disney crafts and games, this club will allow you to feel the Disney magic here in Waukee. For students in grades 6-7. Group leaders: Mrs. Retzlaff and Mrs. Bobier. Please see them if you have questions. Begins Sign up here.

A student Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) will be held in Ms. Smith’s room (710) Fridays right after school. This club is for students who want to build support for/with and learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. It is also a place to share experiences and create a space for open conversation. Meetings will start on September 7th! No sign-up needed. Just talk to your parents about getting a ride at 3:30p and show up!

SMS Student Library Team: If you’re interested in joining the first EVER Student Library Team, please sign up in the library. You will help with book displays, book fair setup, shelving books, book recommendations, etc. We will meet the first week of September to talk about common meeting times and get started!

7th grade Drama Troupe will meet every Tuesday from 3-4 p.m. during the fall semester (or until 6th grade play rehearsals begin), beginning on 9/4. Drama Troupe is open to any 7th grader and is an hour of theatre games and experiences. Students typically make suggestions of the games they want to play, and new games will be introduced throughout the year. Students may join at any time. Questions? contact Ashley McGrath, 6th/7th Speech and Drama (515) 987-3222 ext. 2407
MakerspaceCome Explore and create after school once a month with us. Activities are different each time and allow students to create and explore. Sign up is required each time to ensure space and supplies for the events. Watch for information on our first event in September. 
HyperstreamStop by our first Meet, Greet, and Eat on Thursday September 6th, 2018 at 3 pm in room 522 (Taha) to find out more about Hyperstream. This is open to 6th and 7th graders to learn more about technology and career-related projects, competitions, and possible job shadowing opportunities this year. This club focuses on coding with options in gaming, app development, marketing, communications, robotics, and community service.Questions email 


Other South MS Activities

Chess Group-It is finally here! Our Chess Club is starting back up next Tuesday (October 9th) morning at 7:15am. The students will meet weekly. No cost! Please sign your child up here.