Knightly News: EXCEL

Week of April 4th

Finish Strong!--Team work makes the dream work as we move students down the Road of Success

Teamwork is the collaborative effort of a group to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way. This concept is seen within the greater framework of a team, which is a group of interdependent individuals who work. Our common goal is nurtured and exemplified within a Culture of Excel-lence. Help your child EXCEL:

E-epitomize integrity-perfect example of being honest

X-express respect-students and staff accept somebody for who they are, even when they're different from them or don't agree with them.

C-commit to learn-students that have values and skills that include the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one's own ability.

E-Exercise responsibility-students that show accountability, reliability and trustworthiness in all items..

L-lead with courage -students that exhibit the desire to succeed in school, a sense of the lasting importance of learning, and a belief in one's own ability.


2022 BOND Information: SGMS can benefit from the BOND!

The $1.7 billion school bond will allow the county to address critical safety and maintenance

needs in our schools. It builds on an initial $300 million bond referendum passed by Guilford

County voters in 2020.

Bonds are a critical funding instrument that local governments, including school districts,

use to generate resources for long-term capital infrastructure, particularly the construction,

renovation, and upgrading of buildings.

The age of the building does not mean there are not needs for upgrades and critical maintenance. SGMS can benefit.

Austin Scarborough, Milliken Excellent Educator recipient shares how the bond will make a difference.

Please watch here:

Below you will also find a digital copy of the Bond booklet that has a lot more info to help you make an informed decision. Copies in English and Spanish will be available at our Family Night this week as well. Please reach out if you have any questions.

REMINDER CELL PHONES and Air Pods/headphones ARE NOT TO BE OUT OR ON DURING THE SCHOOL DAY! THEY MUST STAY OFF AND IN THE BOOKBAG IF THEY CHOOSE TO BRING TO SCHOOL. If students have them out they will be taken and parents will be required to pick up. Please make sure your child is not taking pictures or posting videos of students or staff as this is a violation of the Code of Conduct and Law enforcement will be involved.

Vaping Epidemic! Please take note:

The vaping epidemic continues to affect our students and our schools. The latest national statistics (2021 - NYTS) 11.3% of high school students and 2.8% of middle school students vape.

The GCS Nicotine Vaping Prevention Toolkit was adapted with permission from the Tobacco Control Branch of NCDHHS. It contains resources for families, and cessations programs to share with youth who want to quit. See attachment below for resources at your fingertips.

Attendance Matters--Compulsory Attendance Law in North Carolina states that all children AGES 7-16 must attend school

Please note that if your student is out of school you must submit a note upon return. Absences are excused for sickness, doctor appointments or educationally related absences.

Our School Social Worker will be following up on all Tier 2 and 3 attendance please ensure your child is at school when they are well.

Last quarter: Pope, Brown, Kane and Groff had the highest % of attendance for their homerooms at 94% or higher. Who will have the highest % for Quarter 3, announced this week?

Academically Gifted Information

Guilford Partners for the Advanced of Gifted Education (PAGE) is a non-profit organization supporting our community’s brightest young minds with strong advocacy for the advancement of appropriate programming for academically gifted students. The organization provides the tools to engage and empower all those involved with gifted children, thereby building tomorrow’s leaders today. The organization is restructuring and is currently offering free members to educators and families. To accept your free membership, simply respond to this form:

If you have any questions please reach out to our Team for Academically Gifted chair:

Becky Hines:

Athletic Information

2 HOME GAMES this week! We hope you will support our Knight athletes. Shout out to the track team that ran their first meet last week. We appreciate your dedication and hard work.

Monday-4/4---Baseball/Softball vs Ferndale @ SGMS---4:45PM

Thursday-4/7---Baseball/Softball vs AJ Prep @ SGMS---4:45PM

3rd quarter celebrations!

We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our students in 3rd quarter this week! Parents may join virtually at the following link:

We hope you can log on and join us in celebrating "our students".

Grade and Team times are noted below.

April 4th:

8:30 am 8th grade Welder team

9:15 am 8th grade Williams team

10:00 8th grade Fallon team

April 5th:

8:30 am 7th grade Maholic team

9:15 am 7th grade Nelson team

12:15 7th grade Walsh team

April 6th:

8:30 am 6th grade Hauck team

9:15 am 6th grade Yakout team

1:45 pm 6th grade Groff team

FAMILY NIGHT--THIS WEEK ON THURSDAY FROM 5:30-7:30--Please come out!!

This will be an event you do not want to miss!

Location: SGMS front walking track area and front awning area. 5:30-7:30

  • Activities/Games in each academic area and SEL
  • Report card pick up
  • Resources for parents--Attendance, Test taking strategies and bond information; tutoring info and a QR code that will take parents to "Parent Portal" instructions

  • Free book give away
  • Free food
  • Free photo booth for family pictures
  • Free giveaways
  • Music and Fun

Homerooms with largest % of participation will earn extra prizes so be sure to pick up your report card as that is how attendance will be checked along with the sign in sheet.


April 2022 has been designated the 37th annual national School Library Month. School libraries engage students, teachers and the school community with resources and digital citizenship, encouraging reading for pleasure and supporting curricular goals. Our GCS libraries reflect the unique climates of our schools, inviting users to explore ideas and information in ways that reflect our students’ diverse interests. This month we celebrate our GCS school library media coordinators and the work they do every day in support of our students.

Did you know? GCS has 110 school library media coordinators serving 112 schools who manage library collections, teach classes, organize makerspaces, train staff, and plan engaging programs.

Please take a moment and share with Eric Williamson the amazing job he does for our SGMS Knights and ask him how you can help make our library better.


As a look ahead, CTE will be offering approximately 26 summer camp experiences for students to engage, explore, and innovate through career acceleration and STEMulating experiences. All offerings will be finalized and available for registration through the GCS Summer Enrichment Catalog.

Click here for a preview: of the CTE Summer Enrichment Offerings 2022

8th grade students please note magnet choice timeline that concludes this month:

Magnet/Choice Timeline 2022

HS Lottery and Notification

Friday, April 8

HS Families Accept or Decline Offers

Friday, April 15

Calendar info: Subject to change but will give you an idea of things to come

April 4, 5 and 6: 3rd quarter awards-times and teams above-parents may join virtually-link posted above

April 6th: Science Interim-8th grade

April 7th: Title 1 Family Fun Night 5:30-7:30 on SGMS WALKING TRACK--this is a location change; Please join us for some great academic, social and emotional resources wit fun and engaging activities. Baseball/Softball vs AJP@SGMS

April 11th: MAP testing-Reading; BB/SB vs Penn Griffin @SGMS

April 12th: Leadership team (we would love an additional parent rep-reach out if you are interested)

April 13th: MAP testing Math

April 14th: MAP testing make up's; Track vs Ferndale @ SGHS

April 15th -April 22nd Students out (4/15-Holiday, 4/18-4/21 Spring Break and 4/22 Teacher Workday)

April 26th: BB/SB vs NE @ NE

April 27th: Track vs AllenJayPrep @ HPAC

April 29th: 7th grade to Carowinds

May 3rd: Tentative 6th grade enrichment trip

May 5th: Cultural day event during school hours-more info to come

May 12th: Band and Chorus spring concert-more info to come

May 13th-Computers no longer go home to be ready for testing online

May 20th-June 3rd EOG Testing Window

June 1st 6th and 7th grade EOY awards (12:15-7th; 2:00-6th)

June 2nd 8th grade Celebration of Excellence 9 am and Tentative 8th grade Formal 6 pm-8pm

June 3rd: Last day of school

SGMS Cultural Day--May 5th 9 am to 11 am

Shout out to our Diversity and Title 1 committees who are facilitating a great time of learning and respecting other cultures. Please stay tuned for how you can help share about your culture.


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)