Happenings @ the Hill

Volume 2, Issue 12

Quick List for the Week

Monday - OBOS Day 20 / $5 Sundaes on Monday! (We will have some ice cream novelties that will be nut-free available for donations as well.)

Tuesday - FLEX

Wednesday - Wear Pink / Stay FLEX (No clubs meeting due to alternate schedule) / PSAT Day for 8th graders (optional) / PTA Spirit Night @ DQ

Thursday - FLEX / Dress like Coach G day to demonstrate GHMS support! / Q1 Incentive Day! - Concessions will be open! Bring $!

Friday - FLEX (make up for Thursday of last week)

Upcoming Theater Production @ GHMS (8th grade student performers)

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GHMS Celebrates Our Veterans / Theme: Voices of Our Veterans

This year, GHMS, will host a Veterans Day Breakfast to honor and recognize our community Veterans. During the next several weeks as we lead into November, our students will be learning about Veterans Day with the focus: Voices of our Veterans.

We hope to honor and serve those who have served our country with a gesture of a family mealtime breakfast. Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to come together, build community and belonging, as well as establish bonds and learn together. We hope we will have many of our community Veterans join us.

Please complete this form if you are a Veteran.


Did you get your PTA Packet? The wish lists have been submitted and we need your help ($$$)!

One Time Donations - only half way to our goal!

  • Packets with information about our BIGGEST FUNDRAISER for the year - the ARMCHAIR FUNDRAISER - as well as Bulldog Ice last chance orders, loyalty programs, upcoming Charlotte Checkers event and our community partners came home with every student a few weeks ago. These packets also have an envelope to submit your donation.
  • We are ONLY HALF WAY TO OUR GOAL OF $14,000 for our Armchair Fundraiser. What do you need to do? Donate online or send in a check - it's that easy! Plus, 100% of the funds raised through this fundraiser go to the GHMS PTA. Other family members, friends, neighbors, and businesses can also support your student with a contributing or matching donation.
  • This is our MAJOR FUNDRAISER FOR THE YEAR and if we don't reach our goal we will have to have another fundraiser later in the year. Please visit our website or see the attached flyer for more details. http://www.ghmspta.org.
  • What do the funds raised go towards? Curriculum enhancements including IXL for math as well as Scholastic subscriptions for ELA. It also includes stipends for each grade level, Related Arts and Special Education for necessary purchases to add to their grade/curriculum as well as teacher appreciation luncheons and events and much more. We recently purchased a subscription to BrainPOP. BrainPOP is an online subscription and it covers a large variety of topics including science, social studies, English, math, art, music, and health as well as engineering and technology. There are many online videos, quizzes and interactive games that help teachers reinforce what they discuss in class and check for understanding. Additionally, BrainPOP offers worksheets, graphic organizers, related readings, and even coding projects for each topic. For more information on BrainPOP, please visit https://about.brainpop.com/.
  • You could be a winner - We've already had two! Be sure to look for the attached picture on your packet envelope. If your PTA packet has one of these stamps and the words 'You're a winner', please reach out to Carrie Shearin (carrie_shearin@yahoo.com). There are four packets that have this stamp and winners can choose between a $20 gift card to be used for spirit wear or Bulldog Ice for the remainder of the year. You do not have to submit your envelope or purchase anything in order to win.

October Spirit Nights

  • October 16th, 4 pm - 8 pm, Dairy Queen
  • October 26th, 6 pm, Charlotte Checkers Event
    • Flyer attached with all of the details
    • Enter to win a chance to ride on the Zamboni at half time! Visit our website for more details http://www.ghmspta.org

Bulldog Ice Last Chance Orders
- We are offering one more opportunity to order Bulldog Ice for the remainder of the year. Deadline is October 21st. Visit our website under the fundraising page for more details. http://www.ghmspta.org

Pink Out Shirts - There are still THREE MORE Pink Out Wednesdays. We have limited amount of shirts for sale in the Dawg Pound on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More sizes are arrived last week - $10 each.

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Congratulations to our #CheerDogs! 1st place in the middle division this weekend! You ladies are awesome!

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Pink Out Month @ GHMS, continues

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Susan G. Komen 3-Day Commercial

8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip News

The next Parent meeting regarding the optional 8th grade Washington, D.C. field trip will be November 4th @ 6:30pm-7:00pm in the GHMS Cafeteria. Contact Angie Harms for more information @ harmsa@fortmillschools.org.

Spirit Nights for Trip
October 30th @ Sonic 5pm-8pm (Place receipt in bucket at registers inside dining area.)
November 20th @ Dairy Queen 5pm-8pm

You Be the Chemist

The You Be the Chemist school level challenge will be held on Wednesday, 10/30/19, in the cafeteria during FLEX. The competition is different this year. Instead of competing individually, students will be in teams of 4. Please have your student see Mrs. Taylor if interested. Below are links to the website with study materials.



Basketball Tryouts (7th and 8th Graders) - updated 10/14

Basketball tryouts will run November 4th – 7th.

Nov 4th and 5th

Boys - after school until 5:00pm

Girls - 5:00 to 7:00pm

Nov 6th and 7th

Girls - after school until 5:00pm

Boys - 5:00 to 7:00pm

Students wanting to tryout need to have their information uploaded into PlanetHS in order to tryout. Information on how to upload forms is on Gold Hill’s Athletic Website. https://www.fortmillathletics.com/page/show/514738-gold-hill-ms

Students wanting to tryout need to have their information uploaded into PlanetHS in order to tryout. Information on how to upload forms is on Gold Hill’s Athletic Website. https://www.fortmillathletics.com/page/show/514738-gold-hill-ms

Wrestling Practice

Middle school wrestling practice will begin on Thursday, November 7th. Practices will be held in the Fort Mill High practice room from 5:30-7:00pm. More information and details can be picked up from Mrs. Hudson in the GHMS main office. 6th graders interested in wrestling may pick up information as well.

Upcoming Events


October 22nd - Mix It Up Day @ Lunches

October 23rd - End of 1st Quarter / October House Meeting Day (Wear House Shirt!)

October 24th - 6th Graders change Related Arts classes (except Band and PE)

October 25th - PTA Bulldog Ice Day @ Lunches / Theater Arts Black Box Production Night

October 26th - PTA Charlotte Checkers Event @ 6pm

October 31st - 8th Grade Guest Speaker @ GHMS / Report Cards Going Home


November 1st - Athletic Boosters Club Kickball Tournament during Related Arts

November 5th - PTA Spirit Night @ Brixx in Kingsley

November 11th - Veterans Day Breakfast in Cafeteria (RSVP required)

November 14th - Night of Invention for 6th Grade (Times to be Confirmed)

November 18th - 22nd - Book Fair (Media Center)

November 26th - Fall HOUSE Games

Mark Your Calendars:

December 17th - Festival of the Arts (Related Arts Showcase Night) 6-8pm

February 7th - 8th Grade Job Shadow Day

February 8th - 2020 Polar Plunge for Special Olympics @ Baxter YMCA

March 27th - Career Fair (7th Grade @ PKMS)

April 6th - 13th - Spring Break

April 21st - STEAM/Literacy Night

April 29th - Spring HOUSE Games

May 7th - Spring Band Concerts

May 8th - SC Ready and PASS Testing Window Opens

8th Grade Ads for Yearbook

Want to purchase an ad recognizing your 8th grade student's completion of middle school?
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Club Update

GSA club starts Wednesday, October 23rd

A Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) is a student-run club, typically in a high school or middle school, which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia. (source: gsanetwork)

Mrs. Bleau is the faculty sponsor/supervisor of the club. Her role includes supervising the students who attend the meetings making sure the topics are appropriate to the group’s mission and insuring respectful behavior of all students who are present.

The GHMS GSA Mission Statement:

To have a place where all students can have a place to talk and feel safe.

Meetings will be held on Wednesdays starting October 23rd from 7:35am – 8:00am in Mrs. Jenkinsons room (218) on the 8th grade hall.

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Links to Fun Friday Jokes & Weekly Quotes

Hey Students! Are you interested in submitting a character quote or positive affirmation for Mrs. McNeil to read during the week? What about a Fun Friday (corny) joke? Submit your ideas using the links. Perhaps, yours will get chosen! You will be required to sign in to google to use the links and be limited to one submission per link at this time.

https://forms.gle/UxP8N7JeNzPF7ZJs5 Fun Friday Joke Link

https://forms.gle/UMezZXdxH9dmSMX67 Quotes Link

Fort Mill App - Your One Stop Shop!


Thank you to our PTA Sponsors!

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Dr. Jackson is our Athletic Boosters Leader of the Pack.

My Vision for Gold Hill Middle School

Gold Hill Middle School will be a school where all students learn as a result of our teaching talent and the positive human connection that leaves us feeling safe, loved, valued, heard, and respected. #BulldogsLEAD

· Love to learn

· Engage our minds and hearts

· Achieve our goals together

· Do what we say we are

Let’s all be #differencemakers this year!