Georgia Morse Middle School

Georgia Morse Middle School
309 E. Capital Ave. | Pierre, SD 57501
P: (605) 773-7330 | F: (605) 773-7338


Georgia Morse Middle School is the home to the community’s sixth through eighth grade students.  The middle school approach used allows for smaller communities within the school of 700+.  Each grade level is broken down into two core teams of 100+ students; current teams are Village and Copperhead (6th), Summit and Riverview (7th), and Governors (8th). The team aspect provides a better support system for the needs of adolescent students, academically, socially, and emotionally.  Core teams consist of the Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies teachers that closely monitor student academic progress.  Each core team has weekly meetings that allow for collaborative discussion regarding the common 100+ students that they teach.  Each core team sends a parent email weekly to keep parents informed on team and school happenings along with a “week at a glance” schedule.   

GMMS understands that the adolescent age is one of trials and challenges, ups and downs.  We strive to help all of our students be successful in all areas of life. Students have the opportunity to be challenged in a high school Algebra and World History class in 8th grade.  GMMS also provides many interventions for those that need help to complete homework to be academically successful.  The school has adopted a Professional Learning Community approach in order to ensure that all students master the essential standards in each content area. 

6th and 7th grade student schedules include yearlong PE and Health.  Encore classes for sixth graders include Computers, STEAM, Art, Music, Life skills and (optional) band.  Seventh grade encore classes include Family and Consumer Science, STEAM, Art, Writing, and Computers.  Chorus and Band are also offered in 7th and 8th grade. Eighth graders choose their encore classes.  GMMS utilizes technology to enhance the instruction and learning activities in the classroom.  All GMMS students are assigned a Chromebook to use throughout the school year.  Google Classroom is the platform used by teachers and students.

Two counselors serve the three grade levels and support student leadership, character education, and citizenship.  Student involvement is highly encouraged; opportunities include youth leadership activities, sports, yearbook, acalympics, inclusion activities, and the school musical.  The school has both their school web page and a Facebook page to keep parents informed on the happenings at GMMS.  We strive to create a positive climate and culture at GMMS that emphasizes meaningful relationships with our students in safe and engaging classrooms that both support and challenge our students.

Kyley Cumbow

Principal, Georgia Morse Middle School