SM South News

Platko’s Pride and Joy: South’s New Screens

Administrator Nicholas Platko stands next to the new TV screens added to the front hall over the summer. There has been talk of plans to add more screens in different places throughout the school in the future. 
Photo By Cassandra Awad

Miah Clark and Pablo Jimenez

September 12, 2017

Students expecting the same old sight of the same old trophy case were most likely shocked on their first day, as the longstanding trophy case was replaced by three television sets during renovations. “...When I walked in I kind of realized that [the trophy case] was all past accomplishments, ...

Construction continues on theatre

As of August, 23, theatre lobby construction is still underway. Besides receiving a new coat of paint, the entrance was also getting new bathrooms.

Addie Soyski, Brett Conner, and Lily Wagner

August 23, 2017

New screens. New paint. And most popular of all, a new coffee shop. But away from the bustling lobby and library, more renovations are being done to the theatre. For the first time in years, the theatre entrance was given a renovation. The theatre itself was updated in 2005 with a catwalk and flying...

New Library Offers More Options

New Library Offers More Options

Sophia Belshe, DJ Gill, Weston Glendenling, Abby Cox, Staff writers and photographers

August 22, 2017

This year, major changes to the space formerly known as the library were unveiled. The new Learning Commons features more space for students and a new coffee shop set up. Beyond the surface changes in carpet and general setup, new tables and chairs on wheels were added to the open library space. ...

Recycle changes

With the custodians now picking up recycling in classrooms, staff is hoping recycling won't build up each month. Recycling is now being picked up on Saturdays to prevent build up.

Blake Atkinson, Parrish Mock, and Jillian McClelland

August 21, 2017

Over the last two years the school has seen some changes with its recycling policy. For years, Environmental Education II students gathered the recycling. However, with the start of the new school year the job will be handed over to the custodians for weekly pickup. “This year we are picking up weekly to pre...

Spotlight On: Debate

Debate teacher Natalie King teaches debate basics to novices.

Gini Horton, Nichole Thomas, Madison Holloway, Daniella Campos, Writers

August 18, 2017

With two of last year’s leading seniors gone, the debate team is preparing the new class of freshmen for competition season. Whether they joined with aspirations of becoming a lawyer, or simply to improve their speaking skills, new students have joined this year’s debate team? Teacher Natalie Ki...

Renovations Coming to the Library

Renovations Coming to the Library

Yanelis Perez, 21st Century Journalist

May 5, 2017

Get ready Shawnee Mission South students because there’s going to be some changes. Librarian Debi O’Brien said that the changes in the library should be done by the beginning of the next school year. The coffee bar is still going to be open from 7 a.m to 7:35 a.m. The wall will have outlets for ...

Breaking: Superintendent Jim Hinson to Retire

Sophia Belshe, Assistant Editor-in-Chief, Opinion Editor

April 19, 2017

After 34 years in public education, superintendent Jim Hinson will retire at the end of the school year, he announced in a statement Wednesday. Hinson took over as Shawnee Mission's superintendent in 2013, after spending 11 years as superintendent of the Independence Public School District. In...

Administrators Immplement Tardy Round Up

Administrators Immplement Tardy Round Up

Addie Soyski, Staff Writer

April 10, 2017

Shawnee Mission South is attempting to remedy its growing number of first hour tardies with the newly instated "Tardy Round Up." The new policy comes after increased concern about the number of students arriving after the bell rings, not only to their classrooms, but to the South campus, thus making...

StuCo Volunteers at Adelante Thrift

Madison Holloway, Ads Editor, Writer

March 14, 2017

Student Council is not just about what goes on inside the school, another important aspect is reaching out into the community to help effect positive change. On Saturday, March 4, 17 members of StuCo drove downtown to volunteer at Adelante Thrift. Adelante Thrift was founded in 2005 by Jarrett ...

Lady Law Mock Trial Results

Lady Law Mock Trial Results

Nichole Thomas

March 13, 2017

Usually walking into a courthouse you picture big, intimidating lawyers standing in front of a jury. Mock trial got to try their hand at being one of those lawyers at their competition March 4 at Johnson County Regional Courthouse. They missed qualifying for State after their last round against SM Eas...

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