GHMS Newsletter - 9/30/2022
Important Points for Parents
Message from the Principal
- We hope everyone has a safe, wet weekend! It was great to jump on some of the Google Meets today during our virtual learning. It is always fun seeing the kids in their home.
- PINK OUT MONDAY - We are all wearing PINK on this coming Monday to show our support for Coach G and spark the beginning of Booster Club's Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser.
- Sundae on Monday - This Monday! - This year the Booster Club is partnering with Coach G to help raise money for breast cancer. They are kicking this off this Monday with a Sundae on Monday treat during lunch. For $5, you get to make your own ice cream sundae during lunch. All proceeds go to the Booster Club and their Breast Cancer fundraising efforts.
- Important Announcement for Sporting Events - I am sure you all saw the email from the district office explaining the new rule that all elementary and middle school students must be accompanied by an adult at ALL after school sporting events. This rule is effective immediately, so please try to plan accordingly.
- School Improvement Council - Time To VOTE! - We have a list of several awesome parents that are interested and willing to serve on this year's School Improvement Council. Please take a look at this form, read about the candidates and place your vote. Thank you to everyone who was willing to serve!
- PTO Announcements - Check out the PTO section below for some exciting announcements!!!
- School Picture Day - October 7th
- 8th Grade Only - PSAT - October 12, 2022
- Cell Phones/Smart Watches - If your student chooses to bring a cell phone or smartwatch to school, it should be turned off and put away.
- Sick Students - Parents please take a look at this link with some helpful advice if and when your child needs to miss school due to illness.
- Here is the link to Parent Portal.
Are you ready for a reading competition!
Does your homeroom have what it takes to out-read all other homerooms this quarter?! I’m so excited to share with you the GHMS Reading Dashboard (link also available on the GHMS website) we will be using to track all independent reading our students complete throughout the year!
Our first quarter competition has started and will end on Friday, October 14th. The homeroom that reads the most total pages will receive a donut breakfast thanks to our PTO!
How does the Dashboard work? Check out this video!
Washington DC Trip
Mark your calendars! We will have an informational parent meeting for those interested in attending the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip this upcoming spring. We will meet in the gym or cafeteria at 6:00 on Tuesday, October 18th. You can park in the back lot and enter through the doors nearest the cafeteria/gym. Please see the attached flyer. Mrs. Harms will send out additional information as the date approaches including a custom website where you can go to sign up, make payments, and turn in forms for the trip! Thank you!
Gold Hill Volleyball
The 7th grade volleyball team won both of their matches this week beating Springfield and Forrest Creek!
The 8th grade girls lost to Springfield on Monday in another close 3-set match, but rebounded to beat the #1 seed, Forrest Creek, in a close 3-set match. That was an exciting win for the girls, finally pulling out a win in one of these 3-set nail-biters!
Next week, we finish off the regular season with Fort Mill Middle coming here on Monday, and on the road at Banks Trail on Thursday.
Monday's home game is a PINK OUT game supporting Coach G!!!
Good Luck Ladies!
Notes from the nurse
School Health Rooms
Every school's health room is managed by a registered nurse. Any student who is not feeling well should obtain a pass from the appropriate staff or faculty member to visit the health room. The health room is designed to assist students with chronic health conditions and is an emergency station to care for minor injuries and illnesses that occur at school. Injures that occurred outside the school environment should be treated at home or by a health care provider prior to returning back to school. Our school nurses cannot diagnose illnesses. A nurse cannot administer any medications without a medication consent form (see link below for form M105) completed by health care provider and/or parent or guardian.
The health and well-being of all students is of utmost importance. Procedurally, our nurses work towards returning students back to the classroom as soon as it is advisable. However, sometimes a student may need to go home due to illness. We will request that you pick up your child if his/her medical condition is unstable, or if he/she is not capable of participating in the daily school activities. This decision is based upon an assessment conducted by the school nurse. In addition, the school must also follow the DHEC School Exclusion List for specific medical conditions to be in compliance with SC State Health guidelines.
Voluntary SC student accident insurance and dental insurance
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
Free Tutoring through Discus
Please see below for free tutoring offered by the State through tutor.com
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 Tutor.com, 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 Tutor.com through Discus (students must access it this way – if they just go to tutor.com 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.