Stoneybrook Middle School, also known as SMS is a local middle school for kids in grades 6-8 in Stoneybrook, CT. All of the members of the Baby-sitters Club attend school here (except for Shannon Kilbourne). Students from SMS will eventually go on to Stoneybrook High School.

General[edit | edit source]

SMS is one of the middle schools in Stoneybrook, including Stoneybrook Day School, and Kelsey Middle School. In Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation the school has about 382 students give or take. There are about six black kids in the entire student body, and Jessi Ramsey is the only one in sixth grade in Hello, Mallory. Bart Taylor notes that it's bigger then SDS in Kristy's Mystery Admirer.

Homerooms are divided alphabetically and the homeroom period only lasts ten minutes. Stacey's homeroom has about seven rows of seats and a loudspeaker over the door in Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade. SMS bunches all of the grades into the high school for summer school in Sea City, Here We Come!. There is a PTO mentioned in Dawn and the School Spirit War. Lockers are numbered and combinations go right-twice to the left-right as mentioned in Mary Anne and the Memory Garden.

Their mascot is a jaguar as seen in Stacey's Secret Friend. There is a fight song that students sing at sports events. It was voted to change the mascot by the end of the book.

In Dawn and the School Spirit War there is a school song.

Classes are 45 minutes long in Kristy in Charge.

The final bell rings at 3:30 pm in Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost.

There's a PTA that is mentioned in Logan Likes Mary Anne!.

In Graduation Day, the school schedule times where students could tour Stoneybrook High School. For eighth graders moving on to high school, they sell memory boxes to put memorabilia in such as cards. The school also has a tradition of having it's eighth grade write letters to their older selves that will be mailed back to them when they graduation high school. It's not required and just for fun. Their robes are blue and students keep the tassels with the SMS charm on it. The school band plays at graduation. Mary Anne mentions that graduation is held in June in Logan Likes Mary Anne!.

Rules/Regulations[edit | edit source]

According to The Summer Before, the administration calls students at the end of the year if their lockers are not cleaned out neatly. Students are not allowed to put things up in lockers with tape in Claudia and the New Girl. Only one student at a time from each class is allowed to use the bathroom in Stacey's Ex-Best Friend.

Location[edit | edit source]

The school is located at 358 Elm Street. The school is within walking distance of Bradford Court.

The school is within walking distance to the Stoneybrook Public Library mentioned by Claudia Kishi in Claudia and the First Thanksgiving.

Lunch[edit | edit source]

Friday Lunch is: Sloppy Joes, red Jell-o with canned fruit, coleslaw, milk, & Fudgsicle in Kristy's Great Idea. The hot lunches cost under a dollar in Hello, Mallory. Each grade has a different lunch period which was mentioned in Mary Anne Misses Logan. Students aren't allowed to leave the school premises for lunch in Stacey's Ex-Best Friend.

Events/Dances[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]

  • Eighth Grade Awards Night (M#4)
  • Winter Carnival (SS#3)
  • School Spirit Month (#84)
  • Color War (#113)
  • Fire Prevention Week (mention in #131)
  • Sports Festival (#55)
  • Author Day (#46)
  • Auction (#62)

Dances[edit | edit source]

  • Halloween Hop (started in #2, #17, #38)
  • Remember September Dance (in #10)
  • Winter Wonderland Dance (in SS#7)
  • Cupid's Arrow Dance (in FF#7)
  • Prom (not like a high school one in #106)
  • Valentine's Day Dance (in #127)
  • Final Fling (mentioned in #6)
  • Graduation Ball (for eighth grade students in Graduation Day)
  • Spring Dance (#65)
  • Halloween Masquerade (M#22)
  • January Jamboree (#60)
  • Valentine Dance (#51)
  • Fifties Fling (mentioned in #10)
  • Snowflake Dance (mentioned in #3)

Plays[edit | edit source]

Layout[edit | edit source]

In Claudia and the First Thanksgiving, Claudia Kishi mentions that the building it has weathered red brick and worn granite front steps and the windows are big.

The school does not have air conditioning mentioned in Kristy's Great Idea. The old equipment shed is burned to the ground in Kristy and the Copycat. The faculty lounge is down a mysterious hallway that leads to the auditorium with no window on the door, just a sign that says faculty lounge in Stacey and the Mystery Money.

Members of the BSC like to gather by the fence at the back of the parking lot in Mary Anne and the Library Mystery.

The basement has a dusty old storage room packed with ancient records in Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade. The BSC members go down to the basement through a door marked "No Entry" which leads to a dimly lit stairwell and heavy door. It also has janitors supplies. Cary Retlin likes to hang out in the basement sometimes.

The sixth grade wing is at the opposite end of the building from the eight grade wing. The library is near the eight grade wing in Don't Give Up, Mallory!.

In the far corner of the yard is a fat, comforting sycamore tree in Hello, Mallory. A tree is planted in Mallory Pike's name in The Baby-Sitters Club Secret Santa.

SMS has a new job board in Abby and the Secret Society. Room 116 is a biology classroom in Kristy and the Middle School Vandal. There is a playground and tetherball court outside of the gym door that Kristy and Mary Anne play on in Kristy's Great Idea.

At the end of Don't Give Up, Mallory! the library will have a lounge.

There is a memory garden in the courtyard, planted in honor of Amelia Freeman who had passed in a drunk driving accident. Barbara Hirsch and Josh Freeman speak at the groundbreaking ceremonies in Mary Anne and the Memory Garden. There is a big snowhill mentioned in Abby and the Best Kid Ever.

In Claudia and the Friendship Feud, Claudia's art teacher told her about a passageway next to the gym that teachers and janitors would use.

Normally the gym is divided into two parts by a moveable wall for boys and girls gym. There's bleachers at the far side of the gym in Mallory Hates Boys (and Gym).

The art room over looks the staff parking as mentioned in Kristy and the Middle School Vandal.

Publications[edit | edit source]

Student Officers[edit | edit source]

Sixth Grade[edit | edit source]

Seventh Grade[edit | edit source]

  • Joanna Fried (president)
  • Duryan Weinstein (vice president)

Eighth Grade[edit | edit source]

Athletic Department[edit | edit source]

Logan Bruno plays on the baseball, volleyball, track, and football teams.


The school as a swim team and Elise Coates is a member on it in Jessi's Gold Medal.

There is a girls basketball team which Liza Shore is part of in Claudia and the Perfect Boy.

There's a soccer team mentioned in Claudia and the Middle School Mystery.Coach Wu coaches Abby and the soccer team in Abby the Bad Sport. Petra Kosinki is on the junior varsity team.

Brick township is one of the athletic rivalries that SMS has, it's mentioned in Mary Anne Misses Logan.

Also see: SMS Girls Softball Team, SMS Track Team, SMS Football Team, SMS Cheerleading Squad, SMS Basketball Team and SMS Baseball Team

Classes[edit | edit source]

Short Takes classes are ones in which all the students in every grade take the same special class, it was first mentioned in Mary Anne and the Library Mystery.

There is an orchestra, one of the few in Stoneybrook, where Anna Stevenson plays the violin in Kristy and the Dirty Diapers.

There is a special education program mentioned in Kristy and the Secret of Susan.

Trips[edit | edit source]

Clubs & Organizations[edit | edit source]

In Mary Anne's Revenge, Cokie Mason and Rick Chow are the yearbook editors. Mary Anne Spier, Abby Stevenson, and Austin Bentley are part of the yearbook staff. Mariah Shillaber and Woody Jefferson are copyeditors.

Rick Chow, Todd Long, Grace Blume, and Cokie Mason were on the decorations committee with Stacey McGill in Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade.

History[edit | edit source]

The sixth class raises money to donate something to the school as a lasting legacy. The BSC's class had raised money and donated the trampoline in Don't Give Up, Mallory!.

Five years ago the sixth grade had pledged a thousand dollars to go the SMS library fund. The money was to go toward purchasing furniture and magazine subscriptions for a student lounge in the library. It was never built and the money went towards building maintenance fund. The money repaired the roof and repainting some classrooms. Mallory Pike and the other sixth grade officers learned what happened and talked to Mr. Taylor. They had arranged it if they could raise the original amount the school would match it. At the end of the fundraiser they had raised 1,352 dollars in Don't Give Up, Mallory!

SMS hosted the final meet of the Connecticut State Mathletes Championship in Stacey the Math Whiz.

Dawn Schafer organizes a campaign to bring a recycling center to SMS, she gives announcements over the PA, passes out questionnaires. Mrs. Gonzalez asks Dawn to co-chair with her in Dawn Saves the Planet.

The students run and plan an auction to raise money for new computers in Kristy and the Worst Kid Ever.

April is the school spirit month. Dawn Schafer protests, helps end, and then revives on a voluntary basis in Dawn and the School Spirit War.

In Welcome to the BSC, Abby! the school system's art and music programs are threatened by budget cuts, but are saved by a fund-raiser.

In Mary Anne and the Library Mystery, a fire is caused by electrical problems. One classroom is put out of commission.

The school hosts a formal dance called prom in Claudia, Queen of the Seventh Grade. There is a tradition where students vote for a king and queen. The king and queen form their own court of friends to help organize the prom. The tradition goes back to the Great Depression and celebrated it's 61 year of doing it in the book. They have a fake crown and robe given in a ceremony. The Stoneybrook News covers the event.

In Claudia Makes Up Her Mind, the school hosted a color war. The color war is a competition among the grades in sports, spelling bees, bake sales, games, etc. The winning class receives a check from the Stoneybrook Chamber of Commerce to be donated to charity. In the book the sixth grade is white, seventh is orange, and eighth is blue. The seventh grade chose to donate to the Stoneybrook Adult Literacy Program if they won. During one period a day students did events.

28 years ago the school held the first Masquerade dance in Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade. Someone had turned out the lights and then pulled the fire alarm causing a stampede. A teacher, Mr. Brown, had died of a heart attack in the middle of it.

There is an old equipment shed, the girls softball initiates had to graffiti it in Kristy and the Copycat. Later it had burned down with one person injured trying to stop it. The boys baseball team was blamed for the fire and the team was disbanded. A couple of students from Stoneybrook High School ended up being the ones to light the fire. They felt bad for the boys team being disbanded. The person injured is expected to make a full recovery.

In Kristy and the Middle School Vandal the teachers wanted to draw up a new contract and negotiating salaries. They went on a strike one two weeks later and ended before the end of the month. The new contract also says not to cut the maintenance budget.

Office/Administration[edit | edit source]

  • Mr. Benjamin Taylor - principal
  • Mr. Howard Kingbridge - assistant principal
  • Mrs. Downey - secretary (#12, #58)
  • Mrs. Amer - guidance counselor
  • Mr. Seitz - guidance counselor
  • Ms. Hartley is chairperson of the math department
  • Ms. Breer is the head of the English department

Teachers/Staff[edit | edit source]

Sixth Grade[edit | edit source]

Seventh Grade[edit | edit source]

Eighth Grade[edit | edit source]

Substitutes[edit | edit source]

  • Mr. Bellafatto - substitute computer programming (in #75)
  • Ms. Bryan - substitute home economics (M#22)
  • Ms. Dewey - English in (Kristy Power!)
  • Mr. Zorzi - remedial math in (#40)

Unknown grade[edit | edit source]

Janitors[edit | edit source]

  • Mr. Halprin (M#33)
  • Mr. Milhaus (M#33 and M#25)
  • Mr. Steinmetz

Other/All Grades[edit | edit source]

  • Mr. Counts - librarian
  • Mrs. Ensign - lunch monitor
  • Mrs. Dwyer - art (M#22)
  • Mrs. Pinelli- music/orchestra
  • Miss Stanworth - home economics
  • Mr. Wong - art
  • Mrs. Orr - cafeteria worker (M#33)
  • Ms. Kolinsky, teacher's aid
  • Mr. Kirkwood - woodshop (M#20)
  • Mrs. Ploof - home ec

Students[edit | edit source]

This is a running list of students in the school, at the time of BSC graduation from 8th grade in the final book Graduation Day. For more information about the individuals mentioned less then three times throughout the series and left no impact on the novel please see Miscellaneous Students.

Sixth Grade[edit | edit source]

Seventh Grade[edit | edit source]

Eighth Grade[edit | edit source]

Unknown[edit | edit source]

  • Jennifer Abrams
  • Corrine Baker
  • Barbara
  • Danny Olssen
  • Tara Valentine
  • Shawn Benedict
  • Roger Bucknell
  • Carly
  • Madeline Carver
  • Coreen
  • Miranda Elliot
  • Franklin Enell
  • Fran
  • Bobby Henson
  • Alvin Hopper
  • Malik Jaffrey
  • Andrea Kirkland
  • Kurt
  • Francie Ledbetter
  • Dennis Malek
  • Marcia
  • Lindsay McManus
  • Terry Morgan
  • Nathan
  • Harry Nolan
  • Steve Randazzo
  • Darcy Redmond
  • Bob Stillman
  • Tallie
  • Theresa
  • Ethel Tines
  • Alex Turnbull
  • Amelia White
  • Petra Kosinski
  • Danielle Pitchard
  • Marcus Brown

Former Students[edit | edit source]

These are a list of students that had left the school by the end of the series

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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