Knightly News

Week of October 4th

E.X.C.E.L.

Creating and maintaining a Culture of Excellence!!


E-Epitomize integrity

X-eXpress Respect

C-Commit to Learn

E-Exercise responsibility

L-Lead with Courage


Our students are working hard to showcase these on a daily basis. We have recognized leaders in each class once this quarter on the morning show and they will be bringing home a certificate that shares why they are being recognized. Please celebrate their greatness. We will be recognizing others as the year continues. Please encourage your child to EXCEL as this sets them up for continued success

NWEA Assessments, One Card and Arrival and Dismissal Information

This week our students will take the fall NWEA Assessments on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child is on time and showcases their very best. These are Nationally normed test that will help our staff assess the students' current level of learning, bridge gaps and inform future instruction. We know Covid has created a deficit for many students and this will help guide our paths as we move each child further down the ROAD of SUCCESS. Please see the letter that was sent home with students last week for more information.

Also, this week our students will start scanning their One Cards as they enter the school building. We realize that the first few days we will have some back up with the scanning stations but after a few days things should start moving quickly as students get accustomed to the new routine. It is very important that every student wear their One Card to school and that they have it out and ready to scan as they enter the building. Any student who does not have their One Card will be asked to step to the side and have their information manually entered by staff. This will take much more time so please do what you can each evening to ensure your child places their One Card in a location where they will remember to grab it on the way out the door each school day.

Parents, please limit late arrivals and early dismissals as this creates a disruption in the classroom as students enter or exit during class time. We understand that some late arrivals or early dismissals cannot be avoided due to appointments but please send a note with your student on the day of their early dismissal, this makes for a faster check-out process. Students can turn in the note to their homeroom teacher or to the front office staff. Please include the student's first and last name, the time for the dismissal, and the reason for leaving early. Also, please note we are limiting early dismissals to 3:00 pm. Please do not come between 3:00 and 3:20 for an early dismissal as this is the time we are closing out classes and we want to ensure safety for all students at dismissal.

Dismissal begins promptly at 3:20 pm and we ask that all car rider families please have your child's car rider tag/sign displayed visibly to provide efficient dismissal. If you do not have a tag/sign please reach out to your child's homeroom teacher. Also, please note that your child may not dismiss by a text you have sent to them. They may only be dismissed once the car rider staff enters their name in the Dismissal app showing supervising staff that their ride is in line and in safe distance for dismissal. We are typically finished entering names each day by 3:40 pm so please be on time.

SAY SOMETHING/SEE SOMETHING--IMPORTANT!!

Over the course of this school year, there have been several social media challenges that have focused on damaging school property, communicating false threats and harming students or adults. We want to remind students and parents about the expectations we have at SGMS. Students are not allowed to have their cell phones out during the school day. Cell phones should remain in their bookbag at all times and they should not travel with them to lunch or the bathroom. Students are also expected to wear their masks properly at all times they are inside the school - this means that the mask covers both their nose and mouth at all times. If a student's mask does not fit properly we will replace their mask with a disposable mask that will fit. As a reminder, we have cameras in our hallways that we monitor as needed to determine who is entering bathrooms or participating in activity in our hallways. We expect students to always follow our school wide expectations and we appreciate parents having conversations with your children about their behavior and choices made during the school day. We greatly appreciate your support and partnership as we aim to have a safe and quality learning environment for all students. Please remind your child that any of these items are unacceptable. At SGMS we will not tolerate acts that do not exemplify EXCEL. All students who participate will have disciplinary consequences. Please continue to encourage your student to say something if they see or hear something. Thank you for your support.

Fall Pictures

Fall Picture Day is October 8th. Everyone will have their picture made for the school yearbook on this day. A picture order form will be sent home by homeroom teachers. If you are not in school on Friday there will be a make-up picture day on November 19th.

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Athletics

Girls Soccer and Boys Volleyball tryouts begin Oct. 4th after school. Anyone trying out for a sport will need to turn in all completed paperwork by 9am on the first day of tryouts to Coach Hinerman. Paperwork can be turned in anytime before the day of tryouts. Completed paperwork should include all of the forms on the SGMS website under athletics. This includes the physical form, medical history, Covid-19 questions, concussion form, and the Covid-19 testing consent form. If the student is vaccinated, a copy of the vaccination card should be sent in with the testing consent form. Any questions about athletics should be directed to Coach Hinerman.


Shoutout to our Girls Volleyball team, Coach Crigger and Coach Mabe for achieving a Conference Championship. We are super excited about the EXCEL-lent performance on and off the court.

SGMS Parent Teacher Organization

We are excited and interested in starting a parent teacher organization (PTO). This organization gives parents and teachers the opportunity to work together to enhance and supplement the educational experiences of all teacher, students, and their families at SGMS. PTOs can be a massive resource to schools in terms of communication, fundraising, and achieving curricular goals schoolwide. Ms. Yakout, parent and 6th grade teacher is interested in spearheading this initiative. We have great families at SGMS and want to partner with you to continue moving us forward.


Please fill out the link below if you would be interested in learning more or volunteering to be a part.

SGMS ADMINISTRATION:

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, Principal-rooft@gcsnc.com (meeting/conference students with last names P-Z)


Lorie Rainey, Assistant Principal-raineyl@gcsnc.com (meeting/conference students with last names G-O)


James Moore, Assistant Principal-moorej5@gcsnc.com (meeting/conference students with last names A-F)