Knightly News: EXCEL

Week of January 31st:

Renewal, Focus and Motivation for Success!

3rd quarter is underway and expectations are still in place to ensure a


Please review with your child the expectations that fall under each area of EXCEL to ensure they are a positive member of the Knight Castle

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Ways to exemplify our CORE values-these are just a few--showcase others for all to see.

E=Epitomize Integrity-students set the right example

  • follow school rules (Level 0 in hallway, cellphones put up during school day, no hats/hoods in building, earbuds/air pods used for instruction only...)
  • complete assignments to the best of your ability
  • show kindness and compassion to others-help versus hinder or hurt

X=eXpress Respect

  • words and actions are of the highest with kindness, honesty and treating others they way you would like to be treated

C=Commit to Learn

  • Attend school when not sick
  • Be on time to all classes
  • Come prepared with school tools (chrome book, pencil, paper, workbooks, calculator..)
  • Ask questions
  • Engage in class activities
  • Complete all assignments in high quality

E=Exercise Responsibility

  • treat chromebook with care
  • use chromebook for instructional purposes only
  • Bring all supplies including homework assignments to class
  • Line up and use level zero in transitions
  • See something, say something..

L=Lead with Courage

  • leadership comes with following expectations
  • taking risks to try instructional challenges
  • help others
  • treat classmates and staff with respect

Athletics this week

Tuesday-2/1—Winter Athletic Pictures—4PM—Main Gym

Wednesday-2/2---BB—Ferndale @ SGMS—445PM—No 5th Quarter---Boys Play First

Thursday-2/3---BB---SGMS @ Ferndale---445PM---No 5th Quarter---Girls Play First

Unvaccinated athlete testing will be on Wednesday and Friday at SGMS. Parents of unvaccinated athletes please be sure to read the letter sent electronically or check out our SGMS website. Consent forms are needed to be tested and negative tests to be eligible to play. Reach out to Mr. Moore or Mrs. Roof if you have any questions. (contact info at the bottom)

Stay tuned CONCESSIONS are coming soon!

EXCEL at Athletic Events:


  1. Students may not stay after school unless they are an athlete supervised by coaches, or pep squad supervised by it's advisors.
  2. Masks are required by everyone except the 10 players on the court. Masks should cover nose and mouth at all times. Failure to follow this current ruling for schools will require dismissal from the game.
  3. Be respectful and mindful of those around you so that all that are in attendance can enjoy the game. Please stay seated while in the stands so all fans can see.
  4. Concessions and restrooms will be on the café hall so there should not be anyone in any other area.
  5. Please clean up after yourself and throw away all trash before leaving your area.
  6. Students must have rides pick them up in front of the school no later than 15 minutes after the game is over. Announcements will be made at the end of 3rd quarter and midway of 4th reminding students of the current time and to call or check in with your rides.
  7. After the game all fans, students, families etc. must exit the gym and building and meet their friend/child/athlete or ride outside. Only players may go with coaches to change and pick up belongings.
  8. Any student that is not picked up within 15 minutes after the game will not be able to stay for the next home game.

Spring Pictures--February 11th

These will be a Prepay event. Please be on the lookout for the information packet/flyer to ensure your child brings money the day of the event if you want their picture made.
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Counselors Corner:

Reflect and Renew : SEL focus

Focus on Social Emotional Learning: Read each of these quotes and reflect on what they mean and how you can apply in your daily life. Each week we will share other quotes to make a difference as we finish this school year STRONG!!

Counselors will be visiting with grade levels over the next month sharing about future decisions such as High school options for 8th grade and the YouScience assessment results.


1. "Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful." Margaret J. WheatleyBottom of Form

2. "Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, self-reflection, education, training, and experience." - Tony Buon

3. "Honest self-understanding liberates us from our stuck emotions." -

C Terry Warner

4. "Our self-image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become." - Maxwell Martz

5. "Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away." - Barbara De Angelis

8th grade High School options

Please reach out to Ms. Graham in our counseling department if you have any questions. I have included the PowerPoint shared with students for your reference.

Joshua Grade 6 and Maholic Walsh teams- Tonya Grade 8 and Nelson team-

Conferencing REQUIREMENT!!

As we closed our the first semester please ensure to reach out and set up a conference with your child's teacher to ensure your child is on the path for continued growth and success. Any student with a D or F for the semester is required to have a parent teacher conference. We will hold these virtually between now and the end of February. Please let your child's teacher(s) know what dates would work best for you. At this meeting the discussion will focus on what variables impacted their grade and a plan of action moving forward to ensure they will grow.

2nd Quarter Awards Recognition THIS WEEK—Join us Virtually!!

We will recognize students in early February for their success 2nd quarter and 1st semester. We will recognize academics, character and attendance.

Please make plans to join us online!

Join Zoom Meeting:

February 1st:

8:30 am 8th grade Fallon team

9:15 am 8th grade Williams team

10:00 8th grade Welder team

February 3rd:

8:30 am 7th grade Maholic team

9:15 am 7th grade Nelson team

12:15 7th grade Walsh team

February 4th:

8:30 am 6th grade Hauck team

9:15 am 6th grade Yakout team

1:45 pm 6th grade Groff team

8th grade Families: Yearbook dedications

As hard as it is to believe this is your childs final year in Middle school. If you would like to celebrate their middle school efforts through a yearbook ad please see the attached flyer below for more information. If you have any questions please reach out to the school or our yearbook advisor Jessica Yakout (6th grade teacher)

Student Leadership

It's important for students to experience leadership opportunities during their schooling, to learn the art of building relationships within teams, defining identities, and achieving tasks effectively. It also provides an opportunity to learn to identify and display effective communication and interpersonal skills. As we foster student growth we will have initiatives to implement student leaders.

Generally, teenagers don’t tend to like adult authority, so a leader of their age often becomes an example to follow.

Natural Helpers or Ambassadors

Natural Helpers have been chosen. If your child was chosen they are bringing home a contract that requires parent signatures. These are due back by January 31st.

This group serves as peer mediators and reporters of bullying, threats, etc., They help with school and community service projects, show new students around, serve as tour guides when the fifth graders visit in the spring, and work with our special needs students.

The NATURAL HELPERS program is designed to meet four basic goals:

  • to help young people learn how to prevent some of the problems of adolescence
  • to help them learn how to mediate/intervene effectively with peers
  • to help them choose positive ways of taking care of themselves and others
  • to help improve our school and community

Ms. Maholic is spearheading this iniative if you have any questions please reach out to her at or at the school # 336-674-4266

February--Month to show our LOVE of STAFF!

We want to show our love of custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, support staff, teachers and admin this month. If you would be willing to volunteer to coordinate a token of appreciation for your childs grade or homeroom or donate towards an event or come up with ideas please fill out the link below and we will reach out to you for your help.


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Our administrative team is available to assist with any and all SGMS questions or concerns. You may reach us at 336-674-4266 or by email. We love your partnership please reach out if you have suggestions or shout outs for our amazing staff.

Tracy Roof, (students with last names P-Z)

Lorie Rainey, Assistant (students with last names G-O)

James Moore, Assistant (students with last names A-F)