Fall Update for GMS Families

Gettys Middle School - Easley, SC

Gettys Middle School Students Excel

We are so proud of all our students are accomplishing in the First Quarter of this school year! We have a number of award-winning students that are showing #GettysGreatness and we would like to recognize them for their outstanding work!

  • The Gettys Middle School Student Recognition Program's focus for September was: Problem Solving and Adaptability. ELA and Social Studies teachers nominated students who personified these traits. Click HERE to see the list of September's Student of the Month. There were 31-6th grade students, 24-7th grade students and 27 8th grade students recognized. Each month there will be a colorful display in the cafeteria, grade level announcements and school-wide monitors featuring the student's names. Each student will receive their display item, a coupon and GMS PTO supplied treat at the end of each month.
  • State test results from May 2022 and overall we had more students meeting state levels of being on-track for college and career readiness. We also had several students with perfect scores and the highest results a student can achieve! Current 8th grade students that were perfect in Math were: Caleb Freeze, Felix Hood, Santiago Lozado, Daniel VanValkenburg. Current 7th grade students perfect in Math were: Chase Gerberich, Quinn Miller and Owen Riley. Current 7th grade students perfect in Science were Aiden Partridge. These students will receive a plaque and one will also be displayed in our main lobby with other perfect score recipients. They will be recognized at our academic awards at the end of the year.

We are proud of our students and staff for producing these results!

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Spirit Week Celebrates Our Students

Spirit Week will be September 19-23. The week will feature different themes each day for the students to have fun and show their school pride. We will have Music Monday on 9/19, Tourist Tuesday on 9/20, dress like it's Webex Wednesday on 9/21, Green and White Thursday on 9/22 and Fan Favorite Friday on 9/23. The flyer for the week with additional information is HERE. The week will also feature a pep rally as we recognize our student athletes on Thursday at 2:00 pm in the gym.

School Dance on Friday, September 23 from 4 pm to 6 pm

We will have a school dance to culminate Spirit Week on Friday in our gym from 4 pm to 6pm. Dance tickets will be $5 cash and will be sold in the auditorium on Friday. At dismissal, dance students will report to the auditorium at 3:25 under the supervision of our staff so students can remain at school and families can just pick them up in the car line at 6 pm on Friday. Students attending the dance have to stay for the entire time 4:00-6:00 pm as there will be no early dismissals or sign-outs. All of our staff is needed to supervise the dance and leaving early will not be an option. Students are under supervision of Gettys administration, our teachers and the Easley Police Department for this activity. All school rules apply during the dance. All dress code policies apply to our school dance. Students that received suspension level referrals during the first nine weeks are not eligible for the dance. Our students always have a good experience at our dances and we will dismiss to the normal car rider areas by grade level at 6:00 pm. We will have canteen items for sale also such as drinks for $1, snacks and chips for $1, candy items $2, and pizza slices for $2. Our DJ will be our very own Coach Austin. At the end of the dance, students will be escorted to the car loop benches and will remain there until a parent or guardian’s car arrives. Students are not allowed to walk from our campus and each student must have a parent/guardian picking them up. All families must enter the car line for dance dismissal student pick-up. Student bookbags will be placed in a grade level classroom during the dance and students will have an opportunity to pick-up their bookbag from that classroom as well as any band or strings instrument immediately following the dance. Our staff appreciates all of the hard work and success of our students during the first months of school!

STEM Programs at GMS Recognized for Commitment to Empowering Students

Our STEM Programs have been recognized as a 2021-22 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School. It is one of just 134 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, GMS had to meet the following criteria:

  • Have more than 50 percent of the student body participate in a PLTW Gateway unit
  • Have at least 25 percent of students who participated in a PLTW Gateway also participated in at least one other PLTW Gateway unity (two or more units total) during the tenure at the school
  • Offer at least one PLTW Gateway unit at each grade (6-8)
  • Have strategies and supports in place that support reasonably proportional representation with regard to race, ethnicity, poverty, gender and can support such claims with relevant data.

“We are honored to recognize Gettys Middle for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the last two years having been some of the most challenging in recent history for students and educators across the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dr. David Dimmett, Interim President and CEO of PLTW. “Gettys Middle School should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

Sport Tickets are Paperless and Online Only

All sport tickets are purchased online so be sure to check out our website prior to your event for online purchasing. The best way to secure a ticket for the big game is to purchase in advance of your contest.

Student Agenda and Handbook

Please review this student agenda and handbook with your child.

Care For School-Owned Devices and Library Books

There is a significant investment by The School District of Pickens County in providing devices for every student and having a large collection of library books available to all students. We need all students to care for these devices and library books. Please make sure water is away from these items and that students close the device screen prior to any movement with their device. Devices should not be left on the floor where a screen can be damaged or stepped upon. Shipping delays are also impacting these areas so even if we can fix or repair the item, there is a longer delay in having these items restored or returned. To prevent any disruptions to your child's learning, please encourage them to care for these district-owned resources.
Chromebook Technology Repair Form

Enter repair information into the Google Form and Ms. Stokes will provide additional support at school. Incident IQ is available from the student's LaunchPad.

740 GMS Students Completed a High School Course Last Year

740 students completed rigorous high school credit courses last school year and were successful in these rigorous courses while earning credits towards their high school diploma. These classes typically include Algebra 1, English 1, computer classes such as Computer Fundamentals 1 or 2, virtual school classes, Cybersecurity, American Sign Language or Spanish classes. It is important for students to know that these classes are starting their high school transcript and high school GPA as they earn high school credits. These are high school courses and students should be prepared to work harder in these 9th grade classes. South Carolina has several in-state scholarships for college that are based on a student's high school GPA. Therefore, if they are enrolled in high school courses they should be aware of these scholarships and their requirements to focus their efforts. South Carolina offers the Palmetto Scholarship, Life Scholarship, and Hope Scholarship. The link is below for a brochure on these scholarship programs that your student can earn.

After-School Program Gettys U Has Begun and Is Accepting Applications

Gettys University, our after-school program, has now begun Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30 pm. Parents can pick up their child any time after 4:30 pm or have their child ride the bus starting at 5:00 pm. This program is free for students through a state grant we secured. It offers homework help after school for the first hour and clubs and activity time after that daily. You can contact Mrs. Gilcrease, Director at 397-3900 extension 3941.

Gettys 3 pm to 6 pm Programs Offer Clubs To Increase Student Engagement

Our school knows that engaged students are present students that attend daily. A great way to get your middle school student engaged is through our school activities or clubs. All of our clubs meet after school hours.

History Club will meet after school from 3:30–4:30 on Wednesday, September 21. Please see Mrs. Bishop in B-224 for more information and a permission slip.

Gettys Game Club every Monday after school from 3:30 to 4:30. Please return your permission slip to Ms. Connell in the media center prior to staying.

Book Club will meet for the first time on Friday, September 30th from 3:15 to 4:15 in the Gettys Middle School library. Come by Ms. Konczal’s room, C-205, for a parent permission form & more information.

School Improvement Council

We receive feedback from various groups and our PTO serves as an integral part of that input. You may get involved in our PTO by contacting Stacy Sanders at stacysanders@pickens.k12.sc.us.

In addition, we will have a school improvement council input night on November 3 from 6 pm to 7 pm for those interested families. You may sign-up for this evening by registering HERE. Please enter the main lobby and we will move the group to the meeting location together.

Parents Sign Up For Schoology

It is important that all families sign up for Schoology on their computer or the app for their phones. You can have access to daily grades, upcoming assignments and information from teachers. This is a great resource!

PSAT at GMS October 12

8th grade students that preregistered will take the PSAT at GMS. The PSAT is the Preliminary SAT. The PSAT is a great primer for the SAT, and even the ACT, but it’s more than just a trial run. PSAT scores are used to identify SC Junior Scholars, which is a high academic honor for 8th grade students across South Carolina. The criteria for a SC Junior Scholar is: students who score 550 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing subtests of the PSAT or who score 530 or higher on the Math subtest of the PSAT. Interested students: You can pay through My School Bucks or send a check or cash for $20 to Mrs. Arciniegas in the guidance office. Spots are limited so please sign up and pay as soon as possible!

Process for COVID-19 Reporting

The QR code below will take you to the COVID reporting form that must be filled out if your child tests positive for COVID. It automatically provides all the information to our school nurses once you complete this form and link. If you have any questions, you may contact Mrs. Leslie Butts and Ms. Lesley Ellison. They are available by calling our school 397-3900.
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  • 9/19 Spirit Week Begins: Music Monday, Tourist Tuesday, Dress Like Webex Wednesday, Green and White Thursday, Fan Favorite Friday
  • 9/19 Volleyball (H) vs Pickens
  • 9/21 Volleyball (H) vs Wren
  • 9/22 Football (H) vs McCants at 6 pm
  • 9/23 School Dance 4 to 6 pm. Students must stay the entire time until 6 pm as there are NO early sign-outs.
  • 9/26 Volleyball (H) vs Seneca 5:30
  • 9/28 Volleyball (H) vs Robert Anderson 5:30
  • 9/28 Football (A) at Westside High vs Robert Anderson 6 pm
  • 9/28 All Pro Dads at Rock Spring Baptist Church 7 am to 7:30 am old gym area
  • 10/3 Volleyball (A) at Glenview 5:30
  • 10/5 End of First Quarter
  • 10/5 Volleyball (A) at McCants 5:30 pm
  • 10/6 Football (A) at Wren High vs Wren Middle: pink for breast cancer awareness
  • 10/10-10/11 No School For Students
  • 10/12 PSAT given at GMS for registered students
  • 10/12 Football (A) at Seneca High vs Seneca Middle
  • 10/12 Volleyball (A) at Pickens Middle 5:30
  • 10/20 Football (H) vs RC Edwards 6 pm Go Lime Green for mental health support
  • 10/21 School Picture Day
  • 10/27 Football (H) vs Pickens Middle 6 pm with 8th grade Recognition Night and EJHS
  • 11/1 6th grade Band Concert in GMS Gym 6:30 pm

A Tradition of Excellence in Easley Since 1962

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