7001 Madison Street
Holland, Ohio 43528
419.867.5644 (office)
419.867.5732 (fax)
419.867.5662 (attendance)

Principal: Mr. Jeff Pendry
Asst. Principal: Mrs. Angie Duckworth
Dean of Students: Mr. Gary Devol
Athletic Director: Ms. Pam Vinkler
Doors Open at 7:15 AM
School Starts at 7:30 AM
Dismissal: 6th/2:22; 7th,8th/2:25 PM



Click here for the SMS EVENTS - Calendar on Google

Click here for the link to the SHS Parent Engagement Survey- 2016-2017 Planning

Welcome to Springfield Middle School (SMS).  Meeting the educational needs of young adolescents requires special curricula that feature content that connects with the everyday lives of students as well as activities that actively involve them in the learning process. SMS academic standards are high. Although the Ohio Department of Education's rating system has recently changed, it is important to reflect that SMS has consistently achieved the highest possible ratings over the past several years!   

We are very proud of the entire SMS family - students, parents, faculty, and staff - for consistently being recognized for outstanding academic achievement. We truly are committed to being exceptional - - without exception! 

Opportunities to enrich student learning, including the availability of Honors courses, foreign language offerings, problem-based learning approaches all challenge today’s learners to develop and refine the critical thinking skills they will need to become tomorrow’s leaders.  Classes are offered to students on a trimester schedule.  The school mascot is the Blue Devil.

Our high academics are complimented by equally high expectations for behavior and character!  To challenge students to realize their full potential, we offer a full range of creative, athletic and extracurricular programs, including:

Chess Club Basketball Band
Robotic Lego League Cheerleading Choir
Math Counts Cross Country Newspaper-Devils’ Dispatch
Quiz Bowl 7th Football; 8th Football Power of the Pen
Science Olympiad Track Yearbook ID: WP155192Y0

Click here for information and access to School Messenger, the district's Instant Alert System
Click here to download instructions to receive frequent email updates
Click here for SMS Happenings
Click here to link to the SMS Technology Resource Page
Click here for the link to the SHS Guidance Facebook Page
Click here for the SMS Media Center Link
Click here for Miss Holden's Webpage
Click here for the link for students on formatting papers MLA-style
Springfield Middle School
Parent Testimonial
"As an alumnus of Springfield Local Schools, one may expect my opinion to be nothing less than favorable.  I can tell you that as an active parent and community member, Springfield Local Schools consistently raises the bar for producing a quality education. 

The staff amaze me on a daily basis as to their willingness to go the extra mile and put forth consistent effort both in and out of the classroom. I am very pleased to see the tradition continue as I watch my own children receive the same first-class education that helped make me the person I am today."


Helen Darrah
SLS Parent and Alum


Principal's Weekly Message
Mr. Jeff Pendry

Being the Best Citizens We Can Be

This week, I invited SMS teacher Ms. Lisa Holden to recap for us the experience her students enjoyed when 1st Sergeant Ricky Thomas visited her classroom to present Springfield JROTC: Creating Better Citizens:

On February 4th, Springfield Middle School was honored to have 1st Sergeant Ricky Thomas from the Springfield High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) speak to our 7th Grade Career Exploration class. 

1st Sergeant Thomas began his discussion with the mission of the JROTC Program.  He said, “Our mission is to create better citizens, and our goal is to get you to graduation.”  In the scope of creating better citizens, 1st Sergeant Thomas spoke about respect, commitment, and honor.

The discussion then turned to 1st Sergeant Thomas’ biography and credentials.  He entered the military in 1976.  For 24 years, he experienced multiple deployments all over the world.  His only regret is missing some of the activities of his children while they were growing up.  He has been a member of the National Guard and in uniform a total of 41 years. 

1st Sergeant’s credentials are most impressive.  Academically, he has the following degrees:  AA, AS, BS, and MS.  He is also a graduate of the Ohio Police academy and is sworn in as a reserve police officer.  He has completed all of the requirements by Cadet Command to teach JROTC.  Further, he is a head coach of the Emerald Guard and Grenadiers exhibition and IDR drill teams.  1st Sergeant Thomas is quite proud that the Springfield High School JROTC Drill Team is nationally recognized for their success in regional and national level competitions.

The Career Exploration class learned many insights about the role of the JROTC program.  First, their mission is not to recruit members for the armed forces.  Second, their goal is to make sure that students graduate from college and in doing so, the JROTC can assist them with applications for college degree programs, vocational and trade schools, and other career options. 

The class learned that should they decide on a career in the military, there are over 150 professions available in the various branches of the Armed Forces.  A sampling of career opportunities include, doctors, nurses, mechanics, manufacturing, horticulture, culinary, and many more.

In planning for future goals, 1st Sergeant Thomas conveyed the importance of effort, academics, and grades.  “Your GPA follows you the rest of your life.  Always do the absolute best that you possibly can.”  Graduating with a 3.8 GPA enabled Sergeant Thomas to have employment opportunities in the private sector, in addition to the military.  He speaks of his greatest achievement, teaching at the University of Michigan.  “Unknowingly, while in high school and then college, and graduate school, I was preparing myself for this opportunity.  It would be impossible to be offered a job teaching at a nationally respected university like the U of M with lousy grades!”   This was another clear example to the students that what they do now and in high school, lasts a lifetime. 

1st Sergeant Thomas’ passion and commitment to learning and to our youth is truly exemplary.  I sincerely appreciate him for taking the time to share with our class.  We can all continue to aspire to the mission of the JROTC:  be the best citizens we can be!





Springfield Middle School continues to integrate technology on a daily basis. During the 2015-2016 school year, one of our key goals involves a heightened effort to communicate more frequently and through a variety of social media sites.

SMS leaders encourage parents and community members of to follow us on Twitter @smsbluedevils. Twitter will serve as a source to remind parents and students of upcoming events and also highlight interesting educational moments at SMS.

Those interested can also follow us on Facebook - springfield middle school-sms. SMS Athletics is also utilizing social media sites to keep parents informed, and everyone is encouraged to follow our athletes on Twitter @athletics_sms.

SMS administration will also use school messenger and send out email and text alerts regarding upcoming events. There is a link on the district's website ( to help parents register for alerts.

Don't look now - you're getting "tech-ie", too!