Week of November 16

American Education Week

We are excited that November 16-20 is American Education Week! We hope you will join us in celebrating all the different departments that help support all the aspects of our schools.



Monday – School Support Staff

Tuesday – Transportation Staff

Wednesday – Educators (includes principals, APs, ICs, guidance, media specialists, and classroom teachers)

Thursday – Operations and Maintenance Staff

Friday – District Staff

Friday Remediation Sessions

We are excited to announce that the week of November 30, all GC middle schools will begin offering Friday remediation sessions for students who are struggling. Guidance counselors, teachers and administrators are currently contacting parents of students who did not perform well the first nine weeks. The sessions will run in the mornings and bussing and meals will be provided.


If you have questions about these sessions, please reach out to your grade level guidance counselor.

After School Tutoring

All GCS middle schools will also begin after school tutoring the week of Nov 30th. Tutoring will be offered 2 days a week, one day for students in groups A and C and one day for students in groups B and D. Busses will be provided as well as afterschool snacks.

Guidance counselors will be reaching out to parents with more information.

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Free Meals for All Students

All students will receive free breakfast and lunch everyday the rest of this school. Parents do not need to complete any paperwork to be eligible for this, students just need to select 3 of the 5 meal components and one must be a fruit or vegetable.

CDC Travel Guidelines

At this time, the CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel and both the CDC and SC DHEC asks persons returning from international travel within the past 14 days to monitor their health, stay home as much as possible and wear a mask while in public. Staff and students can return to school after U.S. or international travel provided they have not been knowingly exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms of illness in addition to adhering to all precautionary measures in place at the school. This is subject to change.

NEW PSAT DATE

Due to the test cancellation, the PSAT will now be administered to our 8th grade students in groups B and D on January 26th.


A message will be sent out from Morgan Swartz detailing how parents can register for the PSAT, if they have not already done so. The registration window will be November 16-24.

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Lunch Menu for October- December

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eLearning

We know that there have been many questions about how eLearning is working this year and how to best support students. I have included an explanation of how eLearning works on Monday-Thursdays and on Fridays. Please read through the information and use the graphics to help guide you and your child.


MONDAYS-THURSDAYS

On Mondays-Thursdays students will engage in elearning on the days they are not in school. Teachers are conducting in person lessons on those days but they also post lessons to their Google Classrooms for students to complete at home. Students do not have set times that they must log in however, they must log in each day to be marked present. Teachers have office hours each day to provide support to students who are at home completing eLearning. The office hours are posted on their webpage and on the document below.

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FRIDAYS

On Fridays, teachers will host live Google Meet sessions for each class. Students are not required to log into these classes but it is highly encouraged. Each live session lasts 20 minutes but students may have work to complete after the live session ends.


Teachers are covering new content every day with students whether they are at home completing eLearning or in the building for their 2 days of in person attendance.

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Chromebook Issues?

Chromebook Repairs – Face to Face/E-Learning Students

On days that students physically attend school, students may turn in their Chromebook for repair at the media center and receive a loaner device as long as one is available. Once repaired, the Chromebook will be returned to the school and must then be returned to the student.



On days when students participate in E-learning, students may call (864) 355-4357 for assistance with minor issues. If the Chromebook is not functioning properly, students should bring Chromebooks to the nearest career center (Mon-Thu, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) for repair and to receive a loaner device. Once repaired, Chromebooks will be returned to the student’s home school and must be returned to the student in exchange for the loaner Chromebook.



Chromebook Repairs – Virtual Students

Virtual students may call (864) 355-4357 for assistance with minor issues. They may also bring Chromebooks to the nearest career center (Mon-Thu, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) for repair and to receive a loaner device. Once repaired, Chromebooks will be returned to the student’s home school. The school staff will then contact the student to notify them that the Chromebook is available for pickup.


ETS loaner Chromebooks returned from students should be held at the home school until further notice from ETS.

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Studnet Illness and Exclusion from School

This guidance is intended to help parents know when to exclude students who have symptoms or have a diagnosis of COVID-19 from school and when these individuals can return to school.


Please contact your school to report COVID concerns. They will use the latest DHEC guidelines to determine if and for how long your student must be excluded from school.


Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 should be excluded from school if they have any one of the following with or without fever:


  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing -or-
  • Loss of taste or smell -or-
  • New or worsening cough
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Sexual Health and Responsibility Education

A goal of Greenville County Schools is to provide parents/ guardians with information to help make decisions regarding the sexual health & responsibility education of your child.

Complete details of the district’s age appropriate, abstinence-based sexual health & responsibility education curriculum can be found in the school’s main office.

If you do not want your child to participate in the sexual health & responsibility education class or a specific portion of the class, you must bring the signed exemption form to the school in person. By School Board Policy and SC Comprehensive Health Education Law, students who exempt sexual health & responsibility education will be required to complete other health-related self-study lessons.

Parent Preview Dates: September 1 - October 2

Lesson Dates: October 12 - 26, 2020

School Contact: Debbie Sanders, Phone: 864-355-1492, Email: dsanders@greenville.k12.sc.us

Meals and Water Fountains

Breakfast and lunch is now FREE for all students. Currently, students are eating lunch in their classrooms. Due to this, we ask parents to preload money onto students accounts from home using My School Bucks if they would like them to have it for additional items.


The lunch menu is more limited and this week they will be serving Cheeseburgers on Monday and Tuesday and Grilled Cheese Wednesday and Thursday.


Water fountains have been turned off but our water refilling stations are open. PLEASE REMIND YOUR STUDENT TO BRING THEIR WATER BOTTLE TO SCHOOL EVERYDAY. ESPECIALLY IF THEY HAVE PE.

To Go Meals

When we are on attendance plans 1 or 2, students are eligible to order meals to go for the days that they are not in school. If you would like to order these meals, orders must be submitted by Wednesday at 7:00pm the week prior. All To Go Meals will be provided free of charge for all students.

Order Your Yearbook Now

Parents,

Yearbooks are currently on sale and can be ordered by clicking on the link below. Remember to purchase your yearbook early before the price increase!

If you have an 8th grade student, don't miss this opportunity to purchase a personalized ad. Click the link below to sign in and design your own ad!

NEWS FROM PTSA

PTSA

Our award-winning PTSA is a vital part of our school community. They engage in many projects throughout the year that support our students and teachers. Through teacher grants and technology projects, our PTSA has funded many projects and initiatives throughout our school.


Our PTSA sends out informative newsletters every month and I encourage all parents to sign up. I also encourage you to join PTSA by clicking on the link below.

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