#sparkinfo. Monthly News Sept. 2019
We are excited to see everyone back!
Where are we headed?
What's New At Pickens Middle?
Intramurals order has changed!
1st Nine Weeks- Dodgeball
2nd Nine Weeks- Volleyball
3rd Nine Weeks- Basketball/Bracket Challenge
4th Nine Weeks- Indoor Soccer
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:
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
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
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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
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
Student vs. Faculty Dodgeballl Game
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-
Fr., Sept. 27th-
Spirit Week Dance (PTO)
Mon., Sept. 30th-
B Team Volleyball-Glenview 7th
Pick-Up and 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.
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.
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.