South Pontotoc High School
1523 South Pontotoc RD, Pontotoc, MS 38863
Phone: (662) 489-5925  •  Fax: (662) 489-8598
South Pontotoc High School
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Top of PageHoliday Wishes
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at SPHS!!
Top of PageBand in Full Swing
The Cougar Band ended its marching season and parade season and headed straight into concert and Winterguard season. Individuals have been auditioning for honor bands and South is proud to recognize the following members for making Delta State Honor Band and Mississippi State University Honor Band:

Delta State Honor Band

Kat Fletcher - Honor Wind Ensemble (Top Honor)
Anna Bailey
Alex Barron
Hailey Brewer
Michael Collins
Mary Katherine Davis
Katie Garrison
Marissa Johnson
Emily Shankle
Kristen Shields
Gavin Webb
Jacob Wooldridge

Mississippi State University Honor Band
Michael Collins - Honors Wind Symphony (Top Honor)
Anna Bailey
Alex Barron
Hailey Brewer
Mary Katherine Davis
Katie Garrison
Kat Fletcher
Marissa Johnson
Emily Shankle
Kristen Shields
Gavin Webb
Jacob Wooldridge

Congrats Cougars!!

Go Cougars!!

Top of PageCougars Signing
Congratulations to two South Pontotoc Cougar student athletes who have signed scholarships to continue playing sports at the next level. 

Farris Bradley-  Farris has signed a scholarship to play soccer at Itawamba Community College

Andrew Rackley- Andrew has signed a scholarship to play football at Northeast Mississippi Community College

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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

Top of PageWreaths Across America!
Throughout the month of October, students raised money for 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 were displayed on the wall in the cross hall of the high school.  All proceeds go towards purchasing fresh green wreaths that will be placed on veterans' graves in Pontotoc County.  The cost of one wreath is $15.  A check of all proceeds was presenteded to the Gold Star Moms during our annual Veterans' Day program in November.  In total, South Pontotoc raised almost $1300 this year. We are very proud of our veterans and honored for the opportunity to show our appreciation for their sacrifice!

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Top of PageContest Winners
The National Day on Writing celebrates the importance of writing in our everyday life.  ICC holds an annual high school competition where students can enter essays, poetry, short stories, music, and artwork in celebration of this day.

South Pontotoc High School sophomore art student Karina Sanchez won first place in painting with her artwork "Sonic Boom" in the contest.  Sophomore art student Ashter Mesh won Honorable Mention in drawing with his artwork "I'll Tell You Later."

Congratulations Cougars!!

Top of PageTurkey Teachers!

Congrats to the following Turkey Teachers at South Pontotoc for raising the most money in our annual feather sale!  This sale supports the Student Council's quest to provide Christmas to our own South Pontotoc Angel Tree participants.  This year the three schools raised over $7800!!  Way to go Cougars!!

Top Turkey Teachers:
Top Secretary--Donna Morgan
Top Assistant--Patricia Fernandez
Top Elementary School Teacher--Calli Broom
Top Middle School Teacher--Amy Holladay
Top High School Teacher--Laura Howard
Honorable Mention High School (Close 2nd place!)--Nathan Young
Top of PageNew Student Voting System Implemented
Top of PageRelay for Life

The high school Relay for Life team is gearing up for major fundraising to surpass the $10,000 raised last year by our students and faculty.  Our first major fundraiser will be a Womanless Beauty Review on Monday, January 25th at 7:00 p.m.  We are opening the pageant up to any community member that wishes to participate to help with this very worthwhile cause.  It will be tons of fun while supporting a cause that is near and dear to almost every one of us in some way!  If you would like to participate, please contact Mrs. Cheryl Malone or Mrs. Courtney Allen for details! 

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South Pontotoc High School Schedule

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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