Happenings @ the Hill

Volume 1 Issue 21 (Week of March 11 - 15)

Today's News

This is a link to our slide show of news and events happening at the Hill. This link is also posted on our school website. (Click the "Today's News box above.)

During FLEX This Week (8:15-8:45am)


  • Monday - Literacy FLEX Day
  • Tuesday - FLEX
  • Wednesday - Literacy FLEX day
  • Thursday - FLEX
  • Friday - Pay It Forward Friday (Literacy/STEAM FLEX day)

Quick List - On Campus This Week

Student Engagement Surveys continue this week in 7th and 8th grade as required by the SC Department of Education.


Monday - ChessMates (After School)

Tuesday - UpStanders / Disc Golf (After School)

Wednesday - STEAM Coach Visit / Faculty Meeting

Thursday - Beta Club Meeting (Cafeteria)

Friday - School Board Visit

6th Graders Change to Q4 Related Arts Classes On March 26th (Excluding Band)

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Lost and Found Items - Please Claim by March 22nd.

Our Lost and Found closet is full again! We have lots of unclaimed clothes, water bottles, books, jackets, and miscellaneous items. Please have your student claim these items in the morning or lunch. We will be donating any gently used, unclaimed, and applicable items to local shelters and places in need. The deadline for pickup/claim will be March 22nd.

Administrative Updates

Dear Bulldog Families,

Recently, we have been discovering some academic dishonesty as well as classroom disturbances involving smart watches. If your student has one of these devices at school, s/he will be asked by his/her teacher to remove the smart watch when classroom assessments are given. The student(s) are being asked to place these devices in their backpacks until the assessments are collected. Regarding students who choose to use these devices during class for non-instructional purposes, the teachers have been directed to treat this as they would cell phone violations. Information regarding how our district handles cell phone violations is found in our student agenda. We are also asking our parents/guardians to help us ensure that our students follow reasonable dress code requirements regarding blue jeans with holes/tears. Please do not allow your student to wear items like these to school that have holes/tears more than 4 inches above the knee where skin is exposed. You may find information regarding our district dress code in your student's agenda. These updates were shared with our students at our House Assembly February 25th. Our student handbook may be found online on our GHMS webpage for your review. Thank you for your assistance and continued support!

Kindest Regards,

Christine V. McNeil, Principal

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May 8 is the Final Yearbook Purchase Deadline.

This is our school-specific link to your online Jostens yearbook offer.

http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A01085939

This link prevents the purchaser from having to enter school name or city/state when going to www.JostensYearbooks.com.

*If you are uncertain as to whether or not you have purchased a yearbook, please contact Leslie Shrum @ shruml@fortmillschools.org or refer back to sites above.

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Save the Date (s) - ALL Bulldogs

March 18th - Spring Golf Squad @ GHMS begins / https://golfsquad.com/school/gold-hill-middle/ email: kate@golfsquad.com with questions.

March 19th - Bulldog Bash (Home Soccer Game - Hang out after school at our Stadium $2.00 admission to the game, and bring cash for concessions! - Pizza, Candy, Drinks!)*flyer below

March 22nd - Incentive Day / 3rd Quarter Celebration Day

March 25th - Q3 Ends - 135th Day of School

March 29th - Teacher Work Day* (*weather makeup, if needed)

April 3rd - Report Cards Go Home

April 12th - Dodgeball Tournament during Related Arts (optional participation)

April 15th - 19th - Spring Break

Save the Date(s) for 8th Graders

April 26th - 8th Dance (7:00-10:00pm)

May 24th - Rising 9th Grade Tours

June 3rd - Recognition Practice Day

June 5th - Recognition Ceremony @ 9:00am (Half day of school.)

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Nurse's Update

The health and well-being of all students is of utmost importance. School nurses 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.

Need Access To Your Student's Grades, Attendance, Lunch Balance, and Other Info?

Use Parent Portal - access the link below to learn how to use this tool.


http://fortmill.ss11.sharpschool.com/parents_summary_from_fmsd/parent_portal


Please note that we are not sending home written progress reports this year.


If you are having any issues with Parent Portal, please notify Dawn Fite @ fited@fortmillschools.org.

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End of Year Assessment Schedule

2/15-3/15 Student Engagement Survey

4/2-4/12 SC Ready/PASS Online Tools Tutorials

5/13-6/5 SC Ready/PASS Testing


  • 7th Grade 5/13-5/17
  • 8th Grade 5/20-5/24
  • 6th Grade 5/28-5/31


5/28-5/30 End of Course Exams for English 1 and Algebra 1

Thank you to the following corporate sponsors for your continued support!

Need More Information About Athletics?

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Jackson Orthodontics - LEADER OF THE PACK SPONSOR!

http://www.drjacksonsmiles.com


Thank you Dr. Jackson for continuing to support our district athletic programs! You are our Leader of the Pack Sponsor by donating an additional $3,500 above your $5,000 donation to our district wide 5k!