Knightly News: EXCEL

Week of April 11th

Finish Strong!--Share with your child an inspiration story below as they EXCEL as SGMS Knights

The story of Tyrone Muggsy Bogues will inspire you. He lived in abject poverty while his father languished in prison. He was hit by a stray bullet at age five and grew up to be 1.6m tall.

All these challenges did not deter him from becoming the shortest player in the history of the National Basketball Association.

Tyrone had 6858 points, 1369 steals, and 6726 assists all through his NBA career.

Just like Tyrone, you should not allow life challenges to stop you down from finishing strong.

Here are some fun facts to support you and share why you need to push through to the end:

  • Most of the points scored in football occur a few minutes before the game ends.
  • The last seconds in a race determines who wins as every runner wants to give the most effort.
  • You work harder when there are deadlines to meet.

Here’s more proof of why the finish is highly significant.

People rate the quality of life higher when it ends better. So make a difference this last section of your school year. You have the supports AT SGMS WHERE WE CREATE A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE!

FAMILY NIGHT--THIS WEEK ON TUESDAY 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.

2022 BOND Information: SGMS can benefit from the BOND!

Meeting Safety and Technology Needs of All Schools

-In 2020, the board of commissioners allocated some funds to address specific safety upgrades for schools with critical needs, but the funding only covers a fraction of the problem.

--The 2022 bond will provide safety upgrades for all District schools across the county, not just the ones with immediate safety and security concerns.

Please watch here a Guilford county resident share:

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The federal waivers that allowed all schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students are ending this summer. To ensure that students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are able to receive those meals on the first day of school, we are asking parents to fill out the application at This will establish a family’s qualifications for meal discounts for the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year. We will also have paper copies for you to complete at our family night to take care of ASAP.

A new application must be completed after July 1 for the remainder of the school year. One application per family is required so please put all students from your household on same application even if they are at Elementary, Middle or High school.

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?

Athletic Information

Home games this week for Baseball and Softball and Home track meet at Southern High School!

Monday-4/11---Baseball/Softball vs PennGriffin @ SGMS---5:00PM

Wednesday 4/13-Southern Guilford HS Football Information Session---Location: The PIT---Time: 2:45PM-3:10PM---All 8th grade boys that are interested in playing FB next year at SGHS should report to The PIT at 245 to receive important information from SGHS HC Bradley in regards to playing FB next year at SGHS. This session will take approx. 30 minutes and students will report back to their classes for dismissal at 310-315PM.

Thursday-4/14---Baseball/Softball vs Welborn @ SGMS---4:45PM

Thursday-4/14---Track & Field vs Ferndale @ SGHS---4:45PM


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

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

April 11th: MAP testing-Reading-8:45-11:45 Modified schedule-1st encore for all grade levels; BaseBall/SoftBall vs Penn Griffin @SGMS

April 12th: Math walkthroughs at SGMS in the afternoon with district folks and math leadership team; Leadership team (we would love an additional parent rep-reach out if you are interested)

April 13th: MAP testing Math-8:45-11:45 Modified schedule-2nd encore for all grade levels;

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)