Degrees and Certifications:
BA in History-North Carolina State University
Mr. Dennis Draughon
Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year! This is my 12th year of teaching here at SMS, but only my second year teaching the 7th grade curriculum. I look forward to exploring European history with all of my new 7th Grade students!
For the first quarter we will be learning about the fundamentals of social studies, like the difference between primary and secondary sources and how to read maps! We'll also learn about the different forms of government and the different economic systems that governments sometimes use. Then we will start to learn about the history of Europe from the time of the Renaissance and the Age of Exploration!
As the year progresses, we will learn about the Enlightenment and the Scientific Revolution, the French Revolution, and others. We will see how the world became industrialized and how nations fought to establish empires! We will learn about the two World Wars and how they helped to create the world we live in today.
I'm excited about helping you discover this new information, and I hope it will help you have a better understanding of your world and where you fit in it.
Knights in New IB Armor Family Night On Mar 28th
Come and join us for our Knights in New Armor Family Night on March 28th from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Learn more about our journey to become an IB World School. Student work will be displayed as well as booths from community organizations, food, and prizes.!
Diverse Universe Now on Sale!
Get your copy of our award-winning literary magazine and yearbook on sale now. The presale price is $20. Only a small quantity of yearbooks will be available at a later date for $25.
JCPS Summer Career Accelerator Program
Free career exploration, preparation, and networking opportunities for rising grades 6-12. Transportation and lunch will be provided for JCPS students. The following programs are open for registration: Career Investigations, Startup High, and Leaders at Work. Priority Registration Deadline is April 14th. The Final Deadline is May 12th.
Front Entrance Canopy Project
The Smithfield Middle front entrance canopy construction project is in progress.
SmMS Zaxby's Spirit Night
SmMS Zaxby's Spirit Night will be on Thursday, January 19, 2023 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
Multilingual Family NIght
In order to build connections and strong partnerships with our multilingual families, we will have a Multilingual Family Night on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 from 6:30 to 7:30. Please see attached flyer.
Winter Spirit Week
January 23 - January 27 - Winter Spirit Week
High School Choice Programs Information Night
Johnston County Public Schools invites STUDENTS and PARENTS to learn more about our Choice Program options for high school students at Smithfield-Selma High on November 17, 2022.
Information Night for High School Choice Application Programs for the 2022-2023 School Year
Information Night for High School Choice Application Programs for the 2022-2023 school year will be held virtually from 5:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 30th for our 8th grade families. Families will be able to virtually explore the booths beginning at 5:00 PM, and a live stream presentation from the Choice Program coordinators will begin around 5:30 PM.
Career & Technical Leadership Academy's Open House
Current 8th graders and their families are invited to the Career & Technical Leadership Academy's (CTLA) Open House.
AVID - Sponsored Food Drive
Help by donating non-perishable items such as canned food, boxed meals, bagged foods, etc. Donations can be dropped off at Smithfield Middle School from November 7 - 18.
Winter Sports Tryouts
Tryouts for all Winter Sports will begin on Monday, November 14. Tryouts will be November 14-16. Girls' tryouts will be held from 3:30 to 5:00. Boys' tryouts will be held from 5:00 to 6:30.
SmMS McDonald's Spirit Night
SmMS McDonald's Spirit Night will be held at the McDonalds at 884 W Market St, Smithfield, NC 27577. Spirit Night will be on Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. A portion of all proceeds from dining in or the drive-thru will be donated to Smithfield Middle School. Please come out to support our school!
Fall Picture Day!
Fall Pictures will be taken on Monday, October 3, 2022. Forms will be sent home with ordering information. If your student is paying with a check or cash, the money will need to be brought in on October 3rd. Lifetouch also does online orders. Please see below for ordering information.
Fall Spirit Week in Color!
Join us for Pink Out Monday, Twin Tuesday, Knight Pride Wednesday, Red Ribbon Thursday , and Team Colors Friday.
2023-2024 School Calendars Approved
The Johnston County Board of Education approved the 2023-2024 Traditional Staff and Student Calendars at their March Board of Education meeting.
New Wellness Opportunity for JCPS Students, Staff, and Families
Johnston County Public Schools is committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. With that in mind, we are excited to announce to you our partnership with Care Solace, a mental health care coordination service.
JCPS to hold Job Fair on April 15
Johnston County Public Schools will hold a Job Fair on Saturday, April 15 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at West Johnston High School.
Updated School Nutrition Information for 2022-23
We hope that you and your student have already noticed some of the exciting new food and meal opportunities we are offering in our cafeterias this school year. Our new options will include more fresh produce, vegetarian options, and opportunities for students to customize their meal choice. These new offerings will be available at both breakfast and lunch.
2022 Growth Needs Update
Johnston County Public Schools Chief of Facilities and Construction Brooks Moore presented the 2022 Growth Needs Update to the Johnston County Board of Education at their March meeting.