FMHS Info Swarm

8/23/19

Message From The Principal

If you are new to our school, let me be the first to say “welcome,” and if you are returning, let me say “welcome back.”


Our school is an amazing place, one which boasts a rich history of academic, artistic, athletic, and extracurricular achievement. It is a place where students are challenged to pursue rigorous coursework, providing them with a world-class education in an innovative and dynamic atmosphere. But most importantly, it is a family of students, educators, and parents that together create a vibrant, positive culture that is second to none.


I am thrilled to be the principal of Fort Mill High School. Each day, I am overjoyed by the privilege I have to lead the greatest school in the world: Fort Mill High School. I hope my passion for this school and your child's success as an individual member of the Fort Mill Family shows in my actions.


I look forward to connecting and collaborating with families to support students and give them the best high school experience possible. While we want students to grow, become independent, and master self-advocacy, we still believe that parents are vitally important to their children’s success. I encourage you to take an active role in your child’s education by talking with them daily about their classes, friends, and involvement at our school. When concerns arise I encourage you to reach out directly to our teachers, counselors, and administrators to partner with us to help your child.


Our school is a very special place, and it is our people—the students, teachers, families, and community members that make up the Yellow Jacket Universe—which make it special.


Together We Swarm!


Gales Scroggs

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Open House

Fort Mill High School will hold an Open House next Tuesday, August 27th. Beginning at 6:30 pm, parents invited to walk through their child’s schedule, meeting the teachers they’ve been hearing so much about since school began. Parents can attend sessions with their child’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th block teachers. We will kick off the event at 6:30 pm. Parents should report directly to their child's 1st block classroom. (There will not be a Homeroom session.) Teachers will discuss grading policies, expectations, and important dates and projects for their course. This is a great opportunity for families and teachers to establish a solid rapport and open a very important line of communication for support throughout the semester. I sincerely hope you will come join us on Tuesday evening.



Helpful Tip: Remember to bring a copy of your child's schedule. Having the teacher names and corresponding room numbers will help you navigate our campus and make the best use of your time.
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Friday Night Lights

Your Fort Mill High School Yellow Jackets will host their first home football game tonight--Friday, August 23rd--in Bob Jones Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm. Whether you are there to support a player, a cheerleader, a dancer, an athletic trainer, a member of the marching band, or just the school and community as a whole, we appreciate your support. The strength of the Yellow Jacket Universe is in our people. We rise together. And Together We Swarm!


Please note the following important rules for the game this evening:


  • Alcohol is not permitted on school grounds
  • Tobacco products, of any type, are not permitted on school grounds
  • No reentry (neither students nor adults may be permitted to leave and reenter; a new ticket is needed for each admission to the stadium)
  • No outside food or beverages are permitted in the stadium
  • Students must be picked up promptly after the conclusion of the game
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FLEX Begins Tuesday, August 27

Our school's Focused Learning Experience (FLEX) block begins Tuesday, August 27th. FLEX is an academic support which provides our students with opportunities to make-up missed assignments, get extra help, or simply have a block of time for self-directed study.


FLEX takes place throughout our campus each Tuesday and Thursday from 11:40 am to 12:40 pm. During this hour-long block, students are charged with eating lunch and reporting to a teacher for academic support. B lunch teachers offer FLEX time supports to students from 11:40 am to 12:10 pm, and A lunch teachers offer FLEX time supports from 12:10 pm to 12:40 pm.


While teachers can and do make appointments with students to see them during FLEX, our students are largely tasked with taking responsibility for deciding which teachers they will visit and when they will see them. This empowerment to structure and take responsibility for their own time is a critical preparation for life after high school. Additionally, transportation dependent students, student athletes, and students that work after school are provided two opportunities each week to see teachers without giving up their time before or after school.


We feel that FLEX has become an essential element of our academic culture because it removes barriers for our students to access their teachers outside of class time.

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Parking Permits

Supply and Demand--While our student population was reduced by approximately 270 students, the demand for student parking did not see much relief this summer because we kept the senior students that would otherwise have been reassigned to new high schools under the attendance area redesign. With a current population of more than 2,100 students--more than half of which are eligible to drive--demand for parking continues to exceed the available supply.


This summer Fort Mill High School was fortunate enough to have our student parking surfaces repaved. Part of this project involved numbering individual parking spaces for student drivers. As we transition towards a campus where individual spot assignment is possible for all student drivers, we decided to assign individual spots to senior drivers in the student parking lot only. By making all other parking areas "first come, first served" we established flexibility that allows us to offer more total spaces on our campus since absent students in these areas do not leave us with a spot that cannot be used by another student.


Additional Sales--Since the school year began, we have released additional parking spots to seniors who did not purchase a parking pass during the initial sales window (May through July). If your child is a senior and has not yet received a parking spot, please direct them to speak with Mr. Zulka, our assistant principal overseeing parking. We do not expect to be able to accommodate any additional underclassmen requests for parking, and we have ceased the sale of parking permits to underclassmen at this time.


Know Where To Park--All student drivers received a parking pass that designates their assignment to a specific parking lot. This designation is communicated with the first letter(s) on their parking permit tag, as follows:


  • S= senior parking--fist 10 rows of the student parking lot and all side spaces along the tennis courts and baseball field through the 10th row
  • A=arts parking--parking lot just behind the fine arts parking lot nearest the auditorium entrance
  • AX=annex parking--parking lot off of Harris Street that sits behind the C, F, and G wing annex
  • U=underclassmen parking--area of the student parking lot behind senior parking (first 10 rows and corresponding side spaces facing the tennis court and baseball field) and into the overflow lot nearest the football stadium entrance
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Important Links

Faculty & Staff Directory—This link will take you to a directory of teacher and staff email contacts.

Parent Portal – This is the window for students and families to access our online gradebook system. If you need a login or assistance please contact your child’s counselor.

Athletic Information –This website has links to schedules for all our athletic teams, forms, and booster club information.

Weekly Announcements–This link will take you to a list of weekly announcements about club meetings, upcoming events, important guidance information, and other activities on campus.

Important Dates

Below you will find a list of important dates over the next two weeks. These include school events and home athletic, arts, and extracurricular events.


August 23rd First Home Football Game vs River Bluff @ 7:30 pm

August 26th Girls Varsity Tennis vs Catawba Ridge @ 5:00 pm

August 27th FLEX Begins

August 27th Open House @ 6:30 pm

August 27th Volleyball vs Catawba Ridge (JV @ 5:00 pm & Varsity @ 6:30 pm)

August 29th JV Football vs Chester @ 7:00 pm

September 3rd Girls Golf vs Rock Hill @ 4:00 pm

September 5th Senior IGP Meeting @ 6:00 pm

September 6th Varsity Football vs Lancaster @ 7:30 pm