#sparkinfo. Monthly News Sept. 2019

Welcome Back!!

We are excited to see everyone back!

We were so excited to see students back on campus beginning last Tuesday! We will continue to update you monthly through the online newsletter. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments using the feedback link at the bottom anytime. The feedback link is also on our website.

Where are we headed?

Pickens Middle School is dedicated to helping students become better but also equipping them to make those around them better. This year, we will continue with our whole-child emphasis. In addition to Habitudes and Olweus, students will also explore the ideas in Jon Gordon's The Energy Bus! We are excited about the positive ideas in the book, and believe that students will experience greater academic success and personal growth if their mindset is right.

What's New At Pickens Middle?

Intramurals order has changed!

This year, students will have the opportunity to compete in intramurals during recess! Every nine weeks, we will have a different competition. The winning homeroom per grade level will display the trophy in their homeroom class. Winning homerooms and sponsors will also have the opportunity to purchase Intramural Champion Shirts for $4.99.

1st Nine Weeks- Dodgeball

2nd Nine Weeks- Volleyball

3rd Nine Weeks- Basketball/Bracket Challenge

4th Nine Weeks- Indoor Soccer


SPARK Celebrations

Pickens Middle School believes in celebrating the good things that students accomplish. The 2019-2020 school year will mark the second year for a new way to recognize how students are successful. SPARK Celebrations will concentrate on four components of student life:

  1. Academics

  2. Attendance

  3. Community/Service

  4. Discipline

Students will have the ability to be involved in various celebrations, rewards, and activities based on their accomplishments in the four areas of student life. Each element will be recognized every nine weeks with the hope of students excelling in all areas and becoming a SPARKS Finest: Students Promoting Attendance, Respect, Knowledge, and Service. Please encourage your student to complete service hours and document them for SPARKS finest.

Reverse Field Day- Thursday August 27th

On Thursday, students who showed significant growth in state testing qualified for our reverse field day celebration. Students who did not grow or did not take the test with us will be eligible for the next celebration. If they are eligible, a permission slip has come home. Please sign and return before the event on Thursday. We are very proud of our students and the progress they are making! Students may bring extra money for Pelican Sno Balls or Concessions but this is not necessary.

Early Release Day Science Camp

Pickens Middle School Science Club Is Offering:

Early Release Day Science Camp – This Thursday. Aug. 29th from 12:30pm-3:30pm

For All Pickens Middle School Students - A great opportunity for students to hang out with their friends and do Fun Science Activities and end the day at NORMAL time instead of parents having to make other arrangements for transportation due to Early Dismissal.

Where: Here at Pickens Middle at 12:30 Dismissal Time (Students meet in the Gym)

When: This Coming Thursday Aug. 29th Time: 12:30pm – 3:30pm

Cost: $35 - All money raised is completely used to help with the cost of our Science Club Field Trip to Florida in June at the end of the school year (Teachers volunteer their time). Water bottles and a snack will be provided (students will eat normal lunch at school before dismissal).

Where: Pickens Middle School

Science Activities Can Include: Animal Dissection, Bee Well Honey Presentation J, and Fun Chemistry experiments. For those who attended the Science Camp on August 6th we will be doing NEW science activities, NO REPEATS and NO OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES You can sign up and pay $35 (checks made out to Pickens Middle School) to participate through your Science Teacher anytime next week, Monday 8/26 – Thursday 8/29. Your ride needs to pick you up by 3:30 on Thursday afternoon 8/29.

PSAT- 8th Grade

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 8:30am

140 Torch Lane

Pickens, SC

Open to all 8th graders. $17.00 for test. Registration ends Monday September 19. No late registration due to deadlines in ordering. Tested here at Pickens middle school 8:30am.

Get Your Yearbook- Lowest Price of the Year!

Yearbooks are on sale for $37, this is the lowest price of the year! If you order personalization for your yearbook, you can add 4 icons for free! This sale price ends 9/6. This year, if you pay with cash or a check, you will be charged a $5 fee. The easiest way to pay, and avoid all fees, is to order your yearbook from Jostens using the yearbook link on our school website. Since you cannot order personalization for your yearbook on MySchoolbucks, the best way is through our school website.

Order Here- Jostens's Link

This year's regular bell schedule has some minor changes.

Students report to assembly- 7:53 (All students should be seated by 8:00 at the latest.)

Morning Assembly Drawings, Icebreakers, and announcements- 8:00-8:03

Morning Assembly8:03-8:13Day officially begins

1st period- 8:20-9:15

2nd period- 9:19-10:14

3rd period- 10:18-11:13

4th period– Lunch & Extension Classes11:17 -- 12:19

8th grade lunch11:17-11:47

8th grade will be in instructional time from 11:47-12:19

7th grade lunch11:33-12:03

7th grade will be in instructional time from 11:17-11:33 and 12:03- 12:19

6th grade lunch11:49-12:19

6th grade will be in instructional time from 11:17- 11:49

5th period12:23-1:18

6th period1:22-2:17

7th period2:21-3:15

Afternoon Announcements (Beginning) 6th grade dismissed at 3:13

55 minute classes

30 minute lunches

4 minutes between classes

What's Happening in September

Th., August 29th-

Early Release---School Day PD

Reverse Field Day for Qualifying Students (SC READY/PASS)

Students dismissed at 12:15 PM

Mon., Sept. 2nd-


Tues., Sept. 3rd-

A & B Team Volleyball @ Gettys

Wed., Sept. 4th-

Football Jamboree-Liberty High School

Th., Sept. 5th-

A & B Team Volleyball @ Riverside

PTO Wendy's Spirit Night

Fr., Sept., 6th-

Science Club Meeting

Mon., Sept., 9th-

B Team Volleyball-Liberty

Tues., Sept. 10th-

A & B Team Volleyball @ Powdersville

Wed., Sept.11th-

Student vs. Faculty Dodgeballl Game

(#sparkfun schedule)

Th., Sept. 12th-

Football @ Liberty

Mon., Sept. 16th-

Pickens Area Data Day Pres.

A & B Team Volleyball @ Wren

Tues., Sept. 17th-

1st Nine Weeks Progress Reports

A & B Team Volleyball-Powdersville

Th., Sept. 19th-

Football @ Edwards 7:30pm

Fr., Sept. 20th-

Apprenticeship meeting with Mrs. Smith during 5th period


Mon., Sept. 23rd-

A team Volleyball @ Palmetto

Tues., Sept. 24th-

A & B Team Volleyball-Riverside

Th., Sept. 26th-

Football- Gettys

Fr., Sept. 27th-

Spirit Week Dance (PTO)

Mon., Sept. 30th-

B Team Volleyball-Glenview 7th

Pick-Up and Drop-Off

A.M. Drop-Off

Please remember that in the morning, the lane which comes straight to the school will close at seven. All vehicles should approach the school through the car loop. Please pull forward and fill in all available space to ensure that we can unload as many students as we can and keep the line as short as possible. This is a single lane in the morning. Student should be dropped off in plenty of time to ensure they are in the gym for assembly by 7:55.

P.M. Pick-UP

For the safety of our students in our carline, Pickens Middle will not allow signing out of students after 2:30 PM. Please pick up your student prior to that time for any appointments or events which require early pick up. The barrier to the straight left lane will close at 2:30 and we do not want cars coming around the barrier into oncoming traffic. All vehicles must use the car loop after that time. Parents/guardians who arrive before 2:30 for afternoon pickup may wait in the car loop at the final stop sign at the top of the hill until dismissal. Please see the video below for car pickup instructions.

*Students with parent/guardian permission must have a walkers pass to leave campus on foot.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please let us know.

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Pickens Middle Student Handbook 19-20

Please review general rules and expectations with your student either found here or in the student agenda. School policies align with district policy. Please let us know if you have any questions.