Patriot Points

May 2016

Principal's Corner

Todd Binnicker, Principal

As hard as it is to believe, this is our last newsletter of the year. My thanks go out to all of you for your continuous support this year for our school and its programs. Numerous activities are still planned for the remainder of the year. I encourage you to make note of them under “Dates to Remember” and stay involved. Parents of sixth and seventh grade students should plan to attend our “PATH” meetings. “PATH” stands for Plan of Action Toward High School. This is an opportunity for parents to be informed on grade-level expectations and curriculum for the 2016-17 school year.

I am very pleased with how our students and faculty continue to embrace our digital implementation which has aided our students on their journey to become twenty-first century learners. I am confident that we will continue to improve and am excited about how iPads and the use of technology will continue to be an integral part of our students' learning experience.

Our PTSO and School Improvement Council have once again proven to be tremendous assets for our school. Our PTSO raised over $7500 for student programs. Many thanks to all who participated and volunteered to help make our fundraising efforts such a huge success. I also want to thank Greenville Evening Rotary Club for continuing to sponsor our EarlyAct FirstKnight Character Education Program.

Volunteers and mentors this year were fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to volunteer at our school and mentor our students.

We are fortunate to have the very best faculty and staff. I want to thank them for their ability to build and foster student relationships and create a positive learning environment for our school. We will certainly miss the following faculty and staff who will not be with us next year due to either retirement or transfer: Mrs. Lynda Rigsby, secretary and bookkeeper; Mrs. Judy Wright, 1-on-1 assistant; and Mrs. Darlene Whitaker, ESOL teacher.

For those who have eighth grade students, I want to thank you for your support and dedication through the middle school years and wish you well in your high school transition. For those who have seventh and sixth grade students, I look forward to continuing to work with you next year. Summer letters regarding next year’s registration will be mailed out in late July. Please be sure we have your correct physical address on file before the end of the school year.

It has been my honor to serve as principal of Powdersville Middle School this year and I thank you for making Powdersville Middle School a place where Character, Confidence, and Commitment abound.

Testing Schedule

Barbara Dansby, Testing Coordinator/Guidance Counselor

Wednesday and Thursday will finish our schoolwide testing for grades 6 and 7. Honors ELA and Algebra students will test Monday and Tuesday of the next week. All homerooms that have perfect attendance during testing will have an ice cream party before the end of the school year. This is to celebrate the end of testing season and express appreciation for being in school and on time.

SC PASS (Science and Social Studies)

May 11 - 12

End-of-Course (Students in Honors English and Algebra 1)

May 16 - Algebra

May 17 - ELA

Forgot to purchase your 2016 yearbook? Reserve one NOW from our limited supply of extras. $37 - CASH ONLY - Yearbooks will be distributed on May 17.

From the Nurse...

Benita Kirkland, RN

If your child has medication at school, please make arrangements to pick it up in the health room by June 2, 2016 at 11:00 am. Our school district's medication policy requires all student medication remaining after the last attendance day to be destroyed if not picked up by a parent. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Parents of 6th grade students are reminded that all students entering 7th grade in South Carolina are required to have the Tdap vaccine or an exemption certificate prior to the start of school. Please contact me with any questions.

Media Center Memos

Monique German, Media Specialist

All library books are due to the library on Friday, May 20.

iPad Collection Dates:

Friday, May 20 - 6th and 8th grade iPads will be collected in the morning. Students will turn in their iPad in the case with the cover and their two-piece charger.

Tuesday, May 24 - 7th grade iPads will be collected after lunch.

Camp Greenville

Toni Carson, 7th Grade Science Teacher

Seventh grade students will be taking their annual Camp Greenville trip May 18-20. The trip includes hands-on environmental science opportunities, team building games, archery, zip lining, hiking, and much more.

PVMS Athletics

Kevin Williams, Athletic Director

Thank you to everyone who attended Powdersville Athletic Physical Night. It was a great success to get required physicals taken care of and raise money for our athletic training staff.

Be on the lookout for volleyball and basketball meetings for any interested players very soon.

Congratulations to all the PVMS student athletes who played tennis, golf, soccer, baseball, and ran track and field this spring. Each team had very successful seasons.

Glider Teams Compete in Regionals

Sean Mascaro, Gateway to Technology Teacher

On March 18, 2016 two glider teams traveled to Daniel High School to compete in the regional glider competition. The teams were "Tunnel Snakes, Reactivated" (Dustin Hollingsworth, Ethan Dent and James Tran), and the "Flying Potatoes" (Alex Davis, Robbie Dosher, and William Becknell). Both teams qualified by recording the longest flights out of all of Coach Mascaro's 8th grade classes.

Strings Notes

Heather Raffini, Strings Teacher

Take a look at our 7th and 8th grade string orchestra group that earned a Superior rating at Concert Festival held at North Greenville University! Over the past 4 years, our PVMS groups have earned an Excellent rating, which is great, but a Superior rating is the best a group can receive! I am beyond proud of these students and all of their hard work!

Congratulations go to 8th grade students who performed in Solo & Ensemble at Palmetto High School on April 29.

Rylei Foy - violin - Superior / Superior

Zari Richardson - cello - Superior / Superior

Lauren Harris - cello - Superior / Superior

Jeydi Pelaez - violin - Excellent

Faith Saunders - violin - Excellent

Solo and Ensemble

Chris Mitchell, Band/Choral Director

The Powdersville Middle School Bands had 19 students attend the South Carolina Solo and Ensemble Festival. This festival took place at Southwood Academy of the Arts in Anderson on April 23, 2016. The band earned 8 Superior ratings and 2 Excellent ratings at the festival. Listed below are the students who performed, the pieces they performed, and the ratings they received:

Ryann Roth- Xylophone Solo- Sonatina by Clementi- Superior

Michael Kesler, Abby Grimes, and Trevor Neuburger- Saxophone, Flute, and Horn Trio - Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach- Superior

Katherine Ream and Abigail Conlin- Trumpet Duet

Trumpet Fanfare by Snell- Superior

Morgan Bookbinder, Lexi Smit, and Sophie Hawkins- Flute Trio

Pipers Three by Forrest L. Butchel- Superior

Jesse Vite- Clarinet Solo- Hunting Song by Fritz Spindler- Superior

Emilee Cluxton- Trombone Solo- Leaving Hogwarts by John Williams- Superior

Macy Forthun and Jesse Vite- Clarinet Duet - Bouree by George F. Handel- Excellent

Kalieb Turner- Trombone Solo- Emerald by H. A. Vandercook- Superior

Trevor Neuburger- Horn Solo- Reverie by Robert Schumann- Superior

Morgan Bookbinder- Flute Solo- Tambourin by Joseph Gossec

Michael Kesler- Alto Saxophone Solo- Can You Feel the Love Tonight by Elton John

Madison Wethington, Luke Hiller, Brandon Keyes, Curtis Wallace, and Corbin Hudgins - Xylophone, Xylophone, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, and Tuba Quintet -

Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart- Excellent

We are extremely proud of these students for representing our band program and our school!

Students Receive Art Awards

Debra Limbaugh, 7th/8th Art Teacher

Congratulations to 8th grader, Juliana Hawkins for placing 2nd in the ASD1 Youth Art Month show. Juliana took home 2nd place honors with her self-portrait pencil drawing.

Also, receiving Best In Show in the middle school division was 8th grader, Maggie Ahern, with her charcoal drawing of piano keys. Both girls received gift bags during the Opening Awards Reception. We are very proud of their artistic accomplishments.

Congratulations to 8th grade student, Lauren Harris. Her sculpture was chosen during the Youth Art Month Exhibit to be on display at the Women and Childrens facility at AnMed for the next year.

Champion Speller!

Congratulations to Avery Mustar, winner of the 2016 PVMS Spelling Bee. Avery is our two-year reigning champion! Avery also placed second in the Regional Spelling Bee at Anderson University in March. She competed against school winners from all over Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties and represented Powdersville very well!

PTSO Offers Exclusive 24 oz. Powdersville Patriot Tervis Tumblers

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PVMS Goes to Washington!

Powdersville Middle School is working with Good News Travels to provide an opportunity for middle school students and parents to be a part of the 2017 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. Details of the trip are listed below. If you are interested and would like more information, please email and let me know your name and student's name.

January 19-22, 2017

Package Includes:
Motorcoach Transportation
Hotel Accommodations

Nightly Hotel Security

Services of a Good News Travels Tour Manager

Inaugural Events:

-President’s Swearing-In Ceremony

-Inaugural Address

-Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue

3 DC Area Attractions of your choice
Inaugural Student Ball in a Smithsonian Museum
10 Included Meals

Additional Benefits:

Good News Travels will purchase the Student Protection Plan from Travel Insured on behalf of all travelers.

Personalized Webpage with Online Registration and Online Payment (optional)


Q $799 (Q = 4 to a room)
T $849 (T = 3 to a room)
D $939 (D = 2 to a room)
S $1099 (S = 1 to a room)

*Pricing is based on 40 paying passengers per motorcoach. Maximum of 52 passengers per motorcoach.

Payment Schedule:
$200 by September 14th (non-refundable, transferable)
$200 by October 14th
Balance by November 14th
Cancellation policy:
$200 non-refundable deposit (transferable to another paying participant up to 30 days prior).
75% of remaining is refundable up to 30 days prior (by December 20, 2016).
No guaranteed refunds within 29 days prior to departure.

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May Events

9 - Zaxby's Night (benefits 7th grade Beta Club) - 5 - 8 pm

10-13 - EA Council Campaign Week

10 - 6th GT field trip parent meeting

11 - PASS testing (all grades)

12 - PASS testing (all grades)


EOC test - Algebra I

Band Concert at PVHS Auditorium - 7:00 pm


EOC Test - English I

7th Grade Knighting Ceremony - 8:05 am

6th Grade Knighting Ceremony - 9:00 am

EA Council speeches - 10:00 am

Yearbook distribution - 1:30 pm

PATH Night - rising 6th grade students - 6:00 pm - Cafeteria

18 - 20 - 7th graders at Camp Greenville

20 - 6th and 8th grade iPad Collection

23 - 25 - 6th GT field trip to Chattanooga


7th Grade Beta Club to Dream Center

PATH Night - rising 8th grade students - 6:00 pm - Cafeteria


7th Grade iPad Collection

8th Grade Awards - 8:30 am

8th Grade leaves for NYC - 7:00 pm

24 - 29 8th Grade NYC trip

26 - PATH Night - rising 7th grade students - 6:00 pm - Cafeteria


7th Grade Awards Day - 8:15 am

6th Grade Awards Day - 10:00 am

28 - Carowinds Festival of Music

30 - Memorial Day Holiday


1/2 day for students

6th grade 3-on-3 tournament - 8:15 am

8th Grade Dance - 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm - Cafeteria

June Events


1/2 day for students

7th Grade 3-on-3 tournament - 8:15 am


Last day for students (1/2 day)

8th grade 3-on-3 tournament - 8:15 am

3 - Staff Development Day


Students' first day for 2016-17 school year is TUESDAY, AUGUST 16.