South Pontotoc High School
1523 South Pontotoc RD, Pontotoc, MS 38863
Phone: (662) 489-5925  •  Fax: (662) 489-8598
South Pontotoc High School
BITS-N-PIECES...     Roarbotics captures Rookie of the Year Award!     Band in Full Swing     Wreaths Across America!     Parent/Teacher Conference Day     FBLA Fundraiser     Soccer Practice     New Student Voting System Implemented     SPHS Bell Schedule

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Top of PageRoarbotics captures Rookie of the Year Award!

South Pontotoc Roarbotics competed at the Mississippi BEST Robotics Competition at Mississippi State University October 2nd -3rd and walked away with Rookie of the Year award.  This award is given to the highest placing team that is competing for the first time. 

The Roarbotics also placed 5th Overall in the BEST Award out of approximately 17 teams.  The BEST Award is given to teams that compete in all aspects of the competition.  Our team competed by making a marketing presentation in front of a panel of judges that included professors and other professionals. They created and manned a team exhibit booth in which they were judged on design as well as interviews with team members. They designed a team t-shirt that was entered into competition. They were judged on spirit and sportsmanship as well.  And for the focus of the competition, they designed and built a robot to compete in a course which was a simulation of a mine with various commodities they had to retrieve and bring back to sorting bins. As part of the robot design, they put together an Engineering Design Notebook which was critiqued and graded.

Makenna Cowsert, who served as the team's Project Manager, was extremely pleased with the outcome.  "It was an amazing opportunity to be able to be a part of this project.  Just over the past six weeks I have learned more than I had ever known about robotics and my personal leadership capabilities."

Sarah Hoing, the team's Design Manager, was elated with the results of competition.  "Over the past six weeks, we have definitely learned what hard work and dedication meant.  Also, we learned how to work together and developed teamwork skills, not only among ourselves, but also with our mentors and other teams at competition.  It was so rewarding to see all of our hard work pay off at competition, and we are so proud to be "Rookie of the Year."

The team's mentors were Ritchie Little of Pontotoc, Graham Jacobs of Tupelo, and Chad Bryant of Belmont, all representatives of Toyota.  Daniel Hoing of Pontotoc also mentored the students in software design and programming.  

Toyota not only provided mentors for each PUL team, they also donated tools and constructed a course which our team used for practice and troubleshooting.

Coaches are Sharon Schaefer, Cheryl Malone, and Brant Puckett.

Pictured left to right:  Karly Brady, Grant Hall, Sarah Hoing, Makenna Cowsert, Luis Gallegos, and Alex Ridge.

Team members not pictured:  Mary Lauren Cook and Hayven Lindsey

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Top of PageBand in Full Swing
The Cougar Band is definitely off to a great start as competition season kicked off Oct. 3rd.  They participated in the Southern Stars Invitational at Lewisburg High School.  The band was placed in class according to band size and were competing against multiple 5A groups.  The Cougars really shined and won the following awards:

Best in Class Percussion - Drums
Best in Class Guard
2nd Place Band in Class

Best in Division Percussion - Drums
Best in Division Guard
2nd Place Band in Division
1st Place Music Performance in Division
2nd Place General Effect in Division

Go Cougars!!

Top of PageWreaths Across America!
Throughout the month of October, students are urged to donate to Wreaths Across America by purchasing a flag "in honor of" or "in memory of" a veteran or current member of our military.  These paper flags will be displayed on the wall in the cross hall of the high school.  They are $1 each, and all proceeds go towards purchasing fresh green wreaths that will placed on veterans' graves in Pontotoc County.  The cost of one wreath is $15.  If you would like to purchase a wreath in memory of someone, please contact Mrs. Wendy Rogers in the high school.  Otherwise, all partial donations will go towards purchasing as many wreaths as possible.  A check of all proceeds will be presented to the Gold Star Moms during our annual Veterans' Day program in November.  Last year, South Pontotoc raised $2418...let's show our Cougar Spirit and donate today to give even more this year!

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Top of PageParent/Teacher Conference Day
The fall Parent/Teacher Conference Day will be held Monday, October 12th, beginning at 1:45 p.m.  Students will come to school that day as usual and be dismissed after 6th period (1:28).  Conferences will be scheduled from 1:45-7:00.  If you need a conference with a teacher, please send a note or call the school office to talk with the teacher and schedule a time.  Teachers will be making contact with parents this week regarding grades, attendance, behavior, etc.
Top of PageFBLA Fundraiser

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members will be selling BBQ plates through October 23rd.  Pickup for plates will be Thursday, October 29th from 4-7 p.m. at CVS Pharmacy.  Plates include meat, bread, beans, slaw, dessert, and drink.  Cost is $10 per plate.  Please see any FBLA member, Mrs. Cheryl Malone, or Coach Brant Puckett to purchase tickets.
Top of PageSoccer Practice

Junior High and High School Soccer Practice (7th-12th Grades) will begin October 19th after school.  Anyone wanting to play needs to notify Coach Horace Kitches immediately in order for uniforms to be ordered.  Late orders carry additional charges from the supplier.  You may also contact Melissa Kitchens at 662-419-5379.
Top of PageNew Student Voting System Implemented
Out with the old, in with the new...gone are the days of counting ballots by hand.  South Pontotoc High School has implemented another new piece of technology...this one to enhance our election system.  We will be using eduBallot, an online voting platform, for all of our elections this year.  This will eliminate any potential miscounts and speed up the election process significantly.  Students will be able to vote from anywhere they have Internet access.  The system is secure, allowing each student to vote only once.  Voting will take place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., similar to the voting process for public elections. 

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7:45                  Go to 1st Period
7:52-8:41         1st Period
8:45-9:32         2nd Period
9:32-9:40         Break
9:44-10:31       3rd Period
10:35-11:22     4th Period
11:26-12:13     5th Period
12:17-1:28       6th Period
1:32-2:19         7th Period
2:23-3:10         8th Period

3:15                  Bus Departure
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