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A Message from our SMS Principal

September 20 - 25, 2021
Principal’s Message:
We are beginning the sixth and final week of the 1st Six Weeks grading period. The end of the 1st Six Weeks will be this Friday, September 24th. First Six Weeks Exams are scheduled for this week as follows: Tuesday (Even Periods), Wednesday (Odd Periods), with Make Up Exams Thursday. Encourage your students to study for their exams to ensure at least an A and B Report Card. The sooner our students develop consistent study habits, the better off they will be for their high school and college courses.
As of today, Monday, September 20, 2021, our enrollment at South Middle School is as follows: 378 6th graders, 413 7th graders, and 419 8th graders for a total of 1210 students.
Our SMS cheerleaders and dance teams have been working very hard under the expert tutelage of Ms. Alyssa Badillo, Ms. Jessica De La Garza and Ms. Dalia Quick. Good luck to all football and softball players this week. We are proud of you! Thank you, sponsors, and coaches for all your hard work and dedication to our SMS fine cheerleaders, dancers, and athletes!
ECISD/SMS will be offering After School Dinner Meals Monday through Friday from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. Students will be served an entrée, one vegetable, one fruit and their choice of milk. Students are encouraged to go daily to pick up their meal before going home or to their SMS after school activities.
Parents, this is a reminder that the drop-off/pick-up area is located on the west side of the campus. The east side fenced in parking lot is for SMS staff parking and school bus traffic only. The front office parking area is for Special Education buses and the parents of our students with special needs. Please abide by these SMS traffic/parking guidelines to ensure the safety of all our students. We have supervision in our SMS Gym as early as 7:00 a.m. with breakfast in student’s 1st period classroom at 7:50 a.m. Please drop your students off as early as possible after 7:00 a.m. to avoid the drop-off line that begins around 7:35 a.m. We would like students seated in their classrooms, ready for instruction, by 8:15 a.m.
Several dates that our students are looking forward to are as follows:
Oct. 15: SMS Picture Day through History classes, Gym (All day)
Nov. 22 – 26: Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 14, 15: Semester Exams for High School Credit Courses
Dec. 17: Last Day of 1st Semester for Students/Early Dismissal 2:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 – Jan. 3: Christmas Break
Jan. 4: Teacher Workday/No School for Students
Dr. Mary Frances Garza
SMS Principal
Calendar of Events
Monday – September 20, 2021
ECISD Special Called Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Boardroom
Tuesday – September 21, 2021
SMS PTO Meeting, 5:30 p.m., Google Meet link: (All SMS parents and teachers invited)
Wednesday – September 22, 2021
Thursday – September 23, 2021
ECISD Payday
Friday – September 24, 2021
Last Day of the 1st Six Weeks
Saturday – September 25, 2021


The TEAM of South Middle School administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, and community, in partnership with public and private agencies, is committed to provide the support, resources, and academic rigor to ensure that all students achieve educational and social excellence.

Facts & Numbers

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  • 100% Graduation Rate