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8040 Strawberry Lane
Charlotte, NC 28277
Courier #: 537
P: 980-343-3670  |  F: 980-343-3725 
Principal: Lisa Bailes
LC: South Learning Community
Bell Schedule: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Grades: 6-8
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See below for news stories about our school! 

  • SCMS HONORS ART CLASS visits nationally acclaimed artist, Andy Braitman

The Honors Art students of Dr. Ted Cooke went on an excursion last week to the Andy Braitman Studio to work on portrait skills. Andy Braitman, a nationally recognized artist, opened his studio and art school in 1995. His work can be found in galleries throughout the country, including an Easter Egg he was asked to decorate which is now on display in the Smithsonian Institute. His studio teaches serious art instructions to teens and adults. If you would like information on Andy Braitman or his studio, you can visit his website at

Andy personally gave the students a class in drawing charcoal portraits. Students were placed at easels and instructed in how to use the charcoal to create shadow and light to form facial features. After working individually on each feature, students finished the lesson with a complete portrait. All the students enjoyed the experience and learned a great deal on creating portraits.  Dr. Cooke is very grateful to the SCMS Fine Arts Network for funding the trip.


  • National Junior Honor Society Gives Back!

Members of the South Charlotte Middle School N.J.H.S. volunteered their time recently to clean up rooms in Charlotte’s Ronald McDonald House.  This is the 2nd time this school year that the chapter has performed community service at RMH.  In February, they created an art piece for each of the families staying at the house.  The N.J.H.S. is sponsored by Language Arts teacher, Alisa Yasurek.


  • SCMS Science Olympiad Team Sets New Record

South Charlotte Middle School competed in the Science Olympiad State Championship over the weekend of April 25-26th.  The competition was comprised of 100 middle schools, and over 1100 middle school students, all competing in 23 events for the gold medal.  This was the first time that South Charlotte Middle School had ever competed at the State Competition.  The competition began Friday afternoon with the introduction of the teams in a huge ceremony where each team had 4 team representatives carry their school flags around the Reynolds Coliseum at NC State University.  The kids had a blast and were able to get some of the jitters out of their systems, as the sheer size of the competition was very nerve racking.   When all the dust had settled, South Charlotte had pulled off an amazing 5 medals. Amanda Ferlisi and Gayatri Srinivasa took home the school's highest medal with a 5th place in Write it-Do it, Sunny Zhang and Aniketh Dumpala took 6th place in Shock Value, Max Mavian and Dominik Bettini took 8th place in Solar System, Damin Ryu and Gordon Rogelberg won 8th place in Boomilever, and George Zuang and Alexa Humphries won 8th place in Wheeled Vehicle. The South Charlotte Middle School Science Olympiad Team placed 14th overall in the competition out of 100 schools. This was the most medals and the highest ranking a first time State Contender had ever achieved; the previous record was 20th place.

The Coaches, Scott Brown and Reginald Aubry, are so very proud of all our Science Olympians.  They have given up countless Saturdays for most of the year to prepare themselves for this competition, and they performed beautifully.  We could not be any more proud of our students for all the hard work and their dedication to excellence as they have put South Charlotte Middle School on the map as being a formidable State Contender!  Congratulations to the South Charlotte Middle School Science Olympiad Team!

Team Members:  Amanda Ferlisi, Gayatri Srinivasa, Sunny Zhang, Aniketh Dumpala, George Zuang, Alexa Humphries, Damin Ryu, Gordon Rogelberg, Max Mavian, Dominik Bettini, Connor Delaney, Gargi Singh, Bansi Chhatrala, Alyssa Sharma, Mercedes Dermangozin, Andrea Ward, Clara Wang, Lisa Cai

Coaches:  Scott Brown, Reginald Aubry


  • PERFORMANCES by Band Director, Carl Ratliff

Mr. Carl Ratliff, band director at South Charlotte Middle School, will be performing on Sunday, April 27, from 4-6 pm for the Straight Ahead Jazz Series.  Mr. Ratliff is the saxophonist for A Sign Of The Times of The Carolinas jazz ensemble.  This performance will take place at Community Cultural Center, 401 N McDowell St., Charlotte, NC. Admission is $5.00.

 Recently in January, Mr. Ratliff, along with his group A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas, performed for the Bridging Musical Worlds:  Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert.  This performance was a partnership with the UNC Charlotte Music Department’s Brass Quintet and Faculty/Student Jazz Combo.  It also aligned with The Charlotte Symphony String Quartet.

 Also in April, Mr. Ratliff helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by being a guest artists performing at the Stepping Stones to Freedom:  Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement concert.  He performed with the UNC Charlotte Jazz Ensemble.  Music by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Strange Fruit was enjoyed.



Nelda Smith, media coordinator for South Charlotte Middle School, was recognized as The Gertrude Coward Award winner for CMS for the 2013 school year.  The recipient of this award shows an outstanding commitment to the profession for excellence in achievement as a library media coordinator.  Mrs. Smith has shown distinguished service and success in media center programming.  She is the backbone of current technology, media, and research in our school every day.   Her love of reading is conveyed into the hearts of her students.  She has never turned away a child that asks for her opinion of what to read next.  Many students will leave SCMS with a respect for literacy all due to Nelda Smith.




Congratulations to Mrs. Francie Estro.  Francie is recognized as the Outstanding New Teacher of the Year from UNCC.  Francie was nominated by administration and her colleagues.  She competed against education majors from UNCC that have graduated within the past three years. We are very proud of her accomplishments.  In her short time at South Charlotte Middle School, Francie has embraced the role of teacher.  She has a strong connection with her students.  She absolutely loves this profession and all it stands for which is conveyed each and every day in the classroom. 


The South Charlotte Battle of the Books team was victorious when they travelled to Spaugh Professional Development Center on Monday, March 24, 2014 to compete against three other CMS zone winners.  All of these schools are champions so they we were playing the best of the best.  Our students won every round except for one loss by two points and one tie.  The scores from each round are added together to come up with the final cumulative score.  Everyone knew it was going to be close and when the final score was announced, South Charlotte students had squeaked by Northwest School of the Arts by three points.  Students in Mrs. Francis Estro's and Mrs. Nelda Smith’s 9th block Battle of the Books class were asked to read 26 books from a list published by the North Carolina School Library Media Association. Students would have 20 seconds to come up with the title of the book and the author.  The team will now travel to ImaginOn on April 8th to compete in the Region 6 championship against nine other school systems.  Team members are: Julia Chandler, Anuj Kalia, Hayastan Hensley, Hailey Carson, Claire Su, Caroline Jacobus, Gina Park, Ella Rohlinger, Daryl Shorter, Taylor Kerr, and Olivia Morrison.


  • SUPERIOR SCMS Orchestra  

On Friday, March 14, 2014, the South Charlotte 8th Grade Orchestra had the opportunity to perform 2 prepared pieces for a panel of judges at the North Carolina Western Region Music Performance Assessment Festival (MPA) held in Shelby, NC.  The group performed 2 contrasting pieces: an arrangement of Jupiter from the Planets by Gustav Holst, and an arrangement of Hopak from the Fair at Sorochinsk by Modest Mussorgsky. The students performed to their full capacity and received straight Superior ratings from all 3 judges that day.  The judges commended them on their musical abilities and their overall stage presence.  They look forward to hearing from the South Charlotte Orchestra in the future.

 Congrats Shocker Orchestra!



Our OM team competed at the regional Odyssey of the Mind competition at Wingate University on Saturday, March 15. The team came in first place in the "Spontaneous” event and third place overall.

The team performed an 8-minute skit about Alice in Wonderland visiting MySpace.  For technology points, a homemade air compressor blew air through a homemade air horn; Alice's dress grew on stage as it filled with air, and a huge pop-up add flipped out as a bicycle wheel turned and pulled two scenery panels out of the way. Also, with the help of a flashlight, Plexiglas and the Cheshire Cat, a creepy illusion was created in a dark box, making it look like a cat head was floating in the air.  For performance and style points, the half black/half white rabbit with a dual personality narrated the story as the Mad Hacker and his minions, Twitter Dee and Twitter Dum attempted to scare Alice away.

The team members spent weeks designing, making, and decorating all of the costumes, scenery and props. The play was very funny and the actors were wonderful!

The team members are: Lake Smith, Sam Hannon, Luke Gura, Tayo Fasan, Kate Hammermeister & Olivia Matthews. Great job guys!



  • Congratulations to South Charlotte Middle School’s National Academic League (NAL)

Congratulations to South Charlotte Middle School’s National Academic League’s (NAL) last minute 59 to 56 victory over Utah’s, Weber Middle School. The competition was held at Providence High School via video in the first round of the national playoffs. The team is coached by 8th grade teachers, Mr. Norman Getsinger and Mr. Blake Gross, and consists of 22 hard-working students loaded with positive attitudes and knowledgeable in all core subjects. The next playoff match for South Charlotte Middle School will be on March 19th at Providence High School with the opponent to be announced.


  •  SCMS Science Olympiad Team Heading to State Finals

This past Saturday, March 8th, the South Charlotte MS Science Olympiad Team participated in the Charlotte Regional Tournament at the beautiful UNCC Campus.  Science Olympiad is a STEM-based competition.  Subject areas ranged from Anatomy Testing and Bottle Rocket Building to solving Crime Scenes and identifying Rocks and Minerals indigenous to North Carolina. The competition was fierce.  The students arrived at UNCC bright and early at 7am for a full day of competition. When all was said and done, the South Charlotte MS Team medaled in 14 of the 23 events, and placed 6th overall out of 45 teams entered in the competition, earning an invitation to compete at the State Championship Tournament to be held at NC State University on April 25th – 26th in Raleigh.  Our event medal winners at the Regional Competition were as follows:

Aniketh Dumpala - 2nd Shock Value, 8th Entomology
Sunny Zhang - 2nd Shock Value, 2nd Anatomy
Max Mavian - 5th Solar System
Mercedes Deramgozin - 8th Experimental Design, 8th Dynamic Planet
Connor Delaney - 8th Experimental Design
Gayatri Srinivasa - 8th Metric Mastery, 8th Road Scholar, 4th Rocks and Minerals
Alyssa Sharma- 8th Sounds of Music,4th Meteorology, 8th Metric Mastery
Damin Ryu - 3rd Simple Machines, 8th Heredity
Clara Wang - 3rd Simple Machines
Bansi Chhatrala - 4th Water Quality, 4th Meteorology, 8th Road Scholar, 4th Rocks and Minerals
Andrea Ward - 4th Water Quality, 8th Dynamic Planet
Lisa Cai - 2nd Anatomy, 8th Heredity
Gargi Singh - 8th Entomology
Dominik Bettini - 5th Solar Systems
Gordon Rogelberg - 8th Sounds of Music

Mr. Brown and Mr. Aubry are extremely proud of our South Charlotte Science Olympiad team for all their efforts and dedication to excellence. Hard work does pays off, and the South Charlotte MS Science Olympiad team is heading to the State Tournament! Goooo Shockers!!



  • SCMS Battle of the Books Team reads their way to the TOP!

The South Charlotte Battle of the Books team was victorious when they travelled to Mint Hill Middle School on Monday, March 3, 2014 to compete against four other schools:  J.M. Robinson, Community House, Crestdale, and Mint Hill.  Our students won every round except for two and they kept the score close during those two rounds.  Students in Mrs. Estro's and Mrs. Smith's 9th block class were asked to read 26 books from a list published by the North Carolina School Library Media Association.  Students had to answer questions such as “In which book do artists sketch an event for a newspaper?”  The team would have twenty seconds to come up with the title of the book, Iron Thunder: The Battle Between the Monitor and the Merrimac, and the author, AVI.  The team will now travel to Spaugh Professional Development Center on March 24th to compete against the other CMS area winners.

 “The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level. Students, regardless of the ability are exposed to the quality literature representing a variety of literacy styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading.  Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading material, and acquire a broader knowledge base.” NCSLMA Battle of the Books Manual, pg. 4



  • SCMS National Academic League to Compete for the STATE Championship

    The South Charlotte NAL team will be competing in the 2014 National Academic League State Championship.  Our team competed throughout the year beginning in December and through their efforts emerged as the winner in a hard fought battle with Crestdale Middle School affording them the opportunity to become the CMS NAL District Champion.  The winning team will advance to the state level and represent our district for the chance to become NAL State Champion.   The tentative date  and location for the match is March 12 at Providence High School.

     NAL is a curriculum based contest that matches the skills and depth of knowledge between two opposing teams.  It is solely about the ability of students to remember facts, calculate mathematical problems and work together in groups faster and better than the other team. 

     NAL was introduced into South Charlotte Middle in 2003.  Since then we have won the state championship once and been league champions three times.

     We are very excited about our team and wish them well in the upcoming competition.   A special thank you goes to Mr. Norman Getsinger and Mr. Blake Gross for coaching the team throughout the year.






    The South Charlotte Middle School MathCounts competition team won 3rd place at the South Piedmont Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition, on February 4, 2014.  Because of our high scores and ranking in the local competition, we have been invited to join the 31st annual North Carolina State MATHCOUNTS Competition at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham, on Friday, March 14, 2014.  The SCMS 8th-grade Varsity team will attend, along with their coaches, Ms. Raffensperger and Mr. Aubry.



  • MATHCOUNTS Team Places at Competitive Event

    The South Charlotte Middle School MATHCOUNTS competition team won 3rd place at the South Piedmont Chapter MATHCOUNTS Competition, on February 4, 2014, at the Cone Center on the campus of UNC-Charlotte.

    The 8th-Grade team was composed of Bansi Chhatrala, Kevin Lu, Damin Ryu, and Sunny Zhang. The 7th-Grade team was composed of Alyssa Bernstein, Crystal Doan, Margaret Wu, and Xiaoming Zhuang.

    The coaches (Mr. Aubry and Ms. Raffensperger), as well as the entire MathCounts team, would like to thank the friends, families, staff, and administrators who helped us get to the competition and make the team a success!


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