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GHMS Newsletter - 5/6/2022

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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Important Points for Parents

Message from the Principal

Happy Mother's Day to all the great mothers in our community!

State Testing!

Please make sure you are getting a good night sleep the night before a test. You may want to eat a good breakfast before coming in the school. Please make sure you arrive at school on time. Testing will begin shortly after 8:10!

Dance Team Tryouts - 6th & 7th Graders

The GHMS Dance Team tryouts will begin Monday, May 9th! Please see the flyer below with more specific details and other dates. Be sure to get your physical uploaded to Arbiter before tryouts. Good Luck!

No Gum in School

Just a reminder that students should NOT have gum at school. We have seen some gum on our nice new floors, and we are trying to keep them clean. Please help us remind your children to not bring gum to school.

Help With Tardies

Parents, we are seeing an increase in the amount tardies from our car riders. Please be reminded that students should be IN their Homeroom class by 8:10. Your help in this matter is much appreciated. We know weather, traffic, and sleepy teenagers can be difficult!

Here is the link to Parent Portal.

Important Dates

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Parent Survey - Open until May 27

Parent Survey

The South Carolina Department of Education partners with the Education Oversight Committee to deliver a parent survey. The responses to the survey are collected and combined with other parent responses to provide information to the school and district leadership about how parents feel about the school. Parents with more than one student attending the school are able to fill out the survey for each student if they want to. The survey will remain open until May 27. Please see below for steps on how to access the survey. If you would like a PDF document with a QR code that has a direct link to the survey, please contact the school.

  1. Log in to PowerSchool Parent Portal
  2. Click on “Forms” in the Navigation bar on the left side of the page
  3. Click the link for the Parent School Climate Survey
  4. Follow the instructions and submit the form

On the PowerSchool App:

  1. Open the PowerSchool App
  2. Tap on “More”
  3. Tap on “Forms”
  4. Tap on Parent School Climate Survey
  5. Follow the instructions and submit the form

Special Thanks

I would like to say special thanks to our phenomenal parents and PTO who helped us to celebrate our dedicated teachers all week during Teacher Appreciation! We are extremely grateful to serve such an awesome community. The teachers were showered with gifts and notes from our parents and students. We are lucky!!!

honors theater auditions

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honors chorus auditions

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8th grade dance

8th Grade Bulldogs, get ready to dance the night away! This is a semi-formal event for 8th grade students only; dress in your best! Straps are required on dresses, no mid-drift, and mid-thigh skirts or longer.
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We are excited to celebrate our 8th grade bulldogs. Please limit your guest list to 4

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Attention 6th grade Parents/Guardians

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants to assure that all children and teens receive recommended vaccines to prevent disease. DHEC reminds parents and guardians that South Carolina law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects preteens and teens from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It is important to know that there are three other vaccines that all preteens and teens are recommended to receive: human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, a cancer prevention vaccine, meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) that prevents some types of meningitis, and the yearly flu vaccine.

We are reminding you now so that you have time to plan for your child to be vaccinated early, before the start of 7th grade. To beat the back to school rush, a good time to get these vaccines is during a yearly health checkup. Talk to your child’s health care provider about what vaccines he or she needs. You can ask about these vaccines at a physical exam required for sports, school or camp. Don’t forget request an updated SC Certificate of Immunization to give to your school nurse. NC providers can provide the SC certificate; however, you must specify that SC is needed. This certificate is required by state law for school attendance.

Your local DHEC health department also can provide these vaccines. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment. For more information about vaccinations in South Carolina, go to

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Attention Rising 7th and 8th grade bulldogs

Interested in Student Council? Applications are below. Applications are due by May 19, 2022.

Governor's School for Science and Math Summer Experiences 2022

We are excited to share with you 2022 summer camp opportunities for rising 6th through 10th grade students. This summer we are offering a variety of interactive learning opportunities covering a wide variety of STEM disciplines.

Below you will find the GSSM 2022 summer camp flyer(s) regarding GSSM’s summer camp programs.

All camp applications are open and filling quickly. The application deadline is May 13, 2022.

Families may apply for need-based financial assistance for GSSM Summer Experiences 2022. The financial assistance deadline is April 15, 2022 or until all funds have been awarded for these programs.

Learn more about each of our programs and APPLY TODAY

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Free Tutoring through Discus

Please see below for free tutoring offered by the State through

As we move into the last few months of the school year, some students may find themselves in need of additional academic support. The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) are partnering to offer free online tutoring services, provided by, to any student in South Carolina. In addition to tutoring in content areas, students may also drop off papers for review, seek help in test preparation, or ask specific questions about their work. The around-the-clock service is available seven days per week.

Students can access through Discus (students must access it this way – if they just go to if may not work). Every student has a link for Discus on their ClassLink LaunchPad. Elementary students have SC Discus Kids, and middle/ high have SC Discus. See pictures of the icons below.

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Congrats to Mr. Welch for being named the April Teacher of the Month!!

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Vote for May's teacher of the month here

Parents and Students,

Please take a second to recognize and nominate a teacher that has done something great for you or your child this month. You can find the link to nominate here!

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School Counseling Information!

Click here for the Counselor's Corner Newsletter for more information from your school counselors.

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio, 6th grade

Mr. Marc Wesseling, 7th grade

Ms. Lisa Ross, 8th grade

GHMS Parents,

Please take a minute and complete the two forms below. The first form provides the school with early dismissal, transportation and student pick-up information. The second form provides the school with information if your child would like to walk/bike to and from school. The data from these forms is captured confidentially for the front office at GHMS only. Click on the link to complete.

Early Dismissal, Transportation & Pick-Up Information

Walkers/Bike Rider Permission

refillable water stations

Please be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle. The nurse will NOT be able to distribute cups any longer. The school has refillable water stations on every hall. Thank you for your help with this.

Corporate PTO Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our PTO Sponsors for their continued commitment and dedication to our students and school! This community is amazing, and it is clear we care about our kids!!!