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Welcome Back Letter from Mr. Ackerman, Principal

August, 2021

Dear Granite Falls Middle School Family:

The 2021 - 2022 school year begins with an incredible building that is new and exciting, filled with state-of-the-art furniture and technology. We will continue to build and change throughout this year. Please be patient with us. Hickory Construction is putting the final pieces together for the school building in these final weeks of summer. The 1950 building and administrative offices have been demolished and students will see a new soccer field and bus circle being built this fall. The 1935 building has been gutted and the renovation process is in full swing for the new cafeteria, media center, new exploratory classrooms and renovated auditorium. The gymnasium renovation is progressing and hopefully students will be able to use this new facility by December.

Construction will be a challenge for all of us this year. Since we will not have a cafeteria, student meals will be prepared off site and delivered to GFMS. Two classrooms have been set up as a temporary kitchen where students will get their meals and take them back to classrooms to eat. Breakfast and lunch continue to be FREE this school year for all students. We highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity! The media center is set up in two classrooms at the end of the 8th grade hallway. Although book circulation will be mobile, students will still have access to reading resources. Physical Education will have two classrooms on the 6th grade hallway as well. Coach Prince and Coach Whitman will take students outside as much as possible when the weather permits.

Sixth Grade floating orientation will occur on Tuesday, August 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Seventh and Eighth grade floating orientation will occur on Thursday, August 19th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Teachers will give parents a class syllabus that contains all information for their classes. Ms. Hollar will have bus information ready as well. If you need of bus transportation, please be prepared to give a complete home address and working number where you can be reached. This will make the process much smoother. **At this time all bus riders MUST wear a mask at all times. Be aware that we continue to share our buses with Granite Falls Elementary School. The main entrance to the new school building is now located off of West Highland Avenue. Students will receive homeroom and schedule information during orientation. Parents who need Parent Portal access for Powerschool can follow this link to request access.

Please remember that school starts each day at 7:50 am. Students arriving after 7:50 am will need to report to the front office and will be coded as tardy. Students may be dropped off in the car rider line as early as 7:30 am each morning. Students may not enter the building until 7:30 am. We do not have staff available to monitor student safety until 7:30 am. Students who arrive to campus before 7:30 am each morning should remain in their vehicle until a staff member allows entrance to the school. School dismisses at 2:45 pm. Students should be picked up no later than 3:00 pm in the car rider line.

Understand that Covid regulations and guidelines continue to change in our state and our country due to the delta variant. At this time our students and staff have the option to wear a mask if they choose to do so. We are also making every effort to ensure that our students remain socially distanced (3 feet) when possible. Cleaning procedures such as wiping down desks and disinfecting rooms will still be done daily. Close contact tracing and quarantining procedures are still in effect and applicable this year. However, this process may look different than it did last year. Please be patient with us as we continue to venture through unchartered waters. If your child exhibits any signs or symptoms of illness such as: fever, coughing, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, respiratory or digestive problems, muscle aches, fatigue, etc. please keep your child at home. If you have any questions or concerns please call our school nurse, Denise Fleming, or email her at **At this time bus riders MUST wear a mask at all times.

See you Soon:

Chris Ackerman, Principal

Kristy Hollar, Assistant Principal

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Student Handbook 2021 - 2022

Our student handbook will be online for the 2021 - 2022 school year. Please take a few minutes to read through our handbook with your child. We want this to be our best year yet!

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Dates to Remember!

Monday, August 9th - Friday, August 20th - Football practice (5:00 - 7:00)

Tuesday, August 10th - PTA Meeting @ 2:00 pm

Monday, August 23rd - Football practice changes time (3:30 - 5:30)

Wednesday, August 11th - School Improvement Team Meeting @ 10:00 am

Tuesday, August 17th - 6th grade Open House (5:00 - 7:00)

Thursday, August 19th - 7th and 8th grade Open House (5:00 - 7:00)

Monday, August 23rd - FIRST DAY BACK FOR STUDENTS!

Monday, August 23rd & Tuesday, August 24th - Softball tryouts (3:30 - 5:30) @ Sawmills Municipal Park - Bair Drive in Sawmills

Tuesday, August 24th - Boys soccer tryouts (3:00 - 5:00) @ Sawmills Veterans Park

Thursday, September 2nd - Football @ Heritage Middle School

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day Holiday

Tuesday, September 7th - Softball/Soccer @ William Lenoir Middle

Wednesday, September 8th - Football @ Gamewell Middle

Thursday, September 9th - Softball/Soccer @ Home

Tuesday, September 14th - Softball/Soccer @ West Alexander Middle

Wednesday, September 15th - Football @ Home vs Hibriten

Tuesday, September 21st - Softball/Soccer @ Hudson Middle

Wednesday, September 22nd - Football @ Watauga

Thursday, September 23rd - Softball/Soccer @ home vs William Lenoir

Tuesday, September 28th - Softball/Soccer @ Gamewell Middle

Wednesday, September 29th - Football @ home vs West Alexander

Thursday, September 30th - Softball/Soccer @ home vs West Alexander

Friday, October 1st - Football @ Heritage Middle

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GFMS SPORTS - Try Out Dates and Information

Girls Softball:

Monday, August 23rd & Tuesday, August 24th - Softball tryouts (3:30 - 5:30) @ Sawmills Municipal Park - Bair Drive in Sawmills

Boys Soccer:

Tuesday, August 24th - Boys soccer tryouts (3:00 - 5:00) @ Sawmills Veterans Park


Monday, August 9th - Friday, August 20th - Football practice (5:00 - 7:00)

Monday, August 23rd - Football practice changes time (3:30 - 5:30)

Wednesday, August 25th - Last cut for team made

Cheerleading: TBD

Volleyball: TBD

Boys Basketball: TBD

Girls Basketball: TBD

Girls Soccer: TBD

Boys Baseball: TBD

Wrestling: TBD

Track & Field - TBD