Current LCSD Student Update Information and Bus Registration

To update information and register for a bus on existing Lancaster County School District students

Starting May 18th, families must update all student information for the 2021-2022 school year, including bus registration by logging into the Parent Portal account before June 4, 2021.

  • Once you have Parent Portal, log in from a computer (not a mobile device); If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Rucker

  • If you have not created a Parent Portal account, contact the school's guidance office

  • Scroll to the bottom left, and

  • Select “Returning Student 21-22”

  • Complete a form for each student

  • Ensure that contact information is in the correct order and has the correct phone type and number listed.

  • The system will prompt you to complete medical information on your child.

  • ALL bus routes will be scheduled through the PowerSchool Parent Portal by the information entered on the Transportation Form. Only complete the bus form if your student plans on your child riding a bus next year.

  • You will have the option to pay fees– this is OPTIONAL. Payment is required by debit or credit when the form is submitted IF you have selected to pay any fees. You do not have to pay any fees at this time.

  • Chromebook Protection Plan can be paid by cash or check at the school or by credit or debit card online.

  • Please ensure that you update your student’s registration information, including registering them to ride a bus next year. **

To register a student new to Lancaster County School District


Other Information about school safety and transportation needs may be found on the District's website.

New Lancaster County School District Student Registration

Other Information about school safety and transportation needs may be found on the District's website.

Student Device Activation Instructions

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Vision/Mission Statement

Preparing Students to Succeed

This simple statement is the Vision and Mission of South Middle School.

However, what does it mean?

It means our students must have the capability and knowledge they need to be economically successful. They need to have a broad range of skills to be employable and hold a job and be a factor in a 21st century economy. Our students must be equipped to function as informed, active citizens and potential leaders in a 21st century world. It is our responsibility to ensure our students will be successful. Success means that all of our students will have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be continuous, lifelong learners. Success means they are educated in ways that prepare them to adapt and function in an ever-changing world.

At South Middle, we believe for our students to be successful; our students must be able to think critically. The National Education Association has a statement that, “The connection between critical thinking and education is obvious – one cannot learn well without thinking well”. Critical thinking aids in educational and career success, but also to success in life. It is vital that students be taught critical thinking and effective problem-solving skills in the classroom. Critical thinking skills also lead to enhanced concentration skills and greater analytical ability.

South Middle School continues to move forward with academic success and school-wide improvements. We were honored to be re-designated as a National School to Watch. Many of our students and teachers were recognized for their contributions and successes both in and out of the classroom. Our school and staff continue to focus on providing students with a rigorous academic program, opportunities for academic assistance during the school day, experiences in the related arts, student-centered activities such as clubs, WSMS, and student and adult advisor-advisee, rotating time of day instruction, and numerous extracurricular opportunities. South Middle School also has a strong commitment with community service projects. Donations were made to Relay for Life, United Way, SMS Clothes Closet, and various other causes.

The resources provided to support South Middle’s goal to prepare students to be successful in tomorrow’s world also includes technologies. Making our students confident with several platforms of technology includes computer labs, laptop labs, iPad sets, Kindle Fires, a Smart Board in each classroom, and a one-to-one Chromebook program that has our students eager and engaged in learning.