GHMS Dawg Bites

Volume 5, Issue 1

Welcome Back Bulldog Family!

We simply have the best middle school I could imagine! We have amazing kids, a phenomenal faculty, and an incredible community that embraces high involvement at Gold Hill Middle School!


I cannot put into words how blessed I feel everyday to work with your children and all of you. This is going to be an amazing school year at GHMS. I am so excited to share the adventure of middle school with your families.


Truly, We Are .... Gold Hill!


Sincerely,
Matt Wallace

Principal

Student Administrator and Guidance Counselor Assignments

Assistant Principal – Richard Eppes - eppesr@fortmillschools.org

Guidance Counselor – Marc Wesseling - wesselingm@fortmillschools.org


  • Students in 6th Grade Homerooms: Bryant, Craddock, Everhart, Gregory, Weaver, White
  • 8th Grade – All students


Assistant Principal – Daniel McCallum - mccallumd@fortmillschools.org

Guidance Counselor – Lisa Ross - rossl@fortmillschools.org


  • 6th Grade Homerooms: Beebe, Miller, McGill, Newlands, Skipper
  • 7th Grade – All students

WEB Day 2017

  • August 15th
  • Grade 6 Only
  • 8 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.
  • Buses will run normal routes for pick up
  • Buses will depart at 1:00 P.M.
  • Parents may also drive their students
  • Sixth grade parents will receive additional information


***All students need to bring a sack lunch

Click video below to get a snapshot of our WEB Program!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyGFxptx5VE

Meet the Teacher*

  • August 15th
  • Grades 6-8
  • 6th – 6 P.M. – 7:15 P.M. (Beginning in the gym)
  • 7th & 8th – 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. (Beginning in the gym)

***Detailed information to follow

Athletic Tryouts - Football

7th Grade Football
July 31st
4 P.M. - 5 P.M.
at Gold Hill Middle School

August 1st - 3rd
4 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
at Gold Hill Middle School

8th Grade Football
July 31st
4 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Comporium Athletic Park

August 1st - 3rd
4-5:30 P.M.
Tega Cay Elementary School


7th Grade Coach: Ed Davis - edavis@businesscapitalsolutionsllc.com

8th Grade Coach: Tate Hamilton - hamiltont@fortmillschools.org

Athletic Tryouts - Volleyball

Conditioning
August 14th and 16th
3:30 P.M. - 5 P.M.

Tryouts
August 17th, 18th, 21st (If necessary)
3:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.


7th Grade Coach: Joan Gesell - gesellj@fortmillschools.org

8th Grade Coach: Lindsey Everhart - EverhartL@fortmillschools.org

Student Schedule Distribution

  • Student schedules will be mailed out on the afternoon of August 8th.
  • Parent Portal will open on August 9th.

7th Grade Health Information - Very Important!!! 7th grade parents please read and assist GHMS.

As of August 2013, South Carolina requires that ALL seventh graders receive the Tdap vaccine to protect them against whooping cough (pertussis).


Turn in forms to Rachel Miles, GHMS School Nurse. This has been a major undertaking for us to collect the required documentation. Please bring forms in ASAP if you have not done so already. Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated. For any questions call the GHMS health room at 803-548-8313 or e-mail milesr@fortmillschools.org.

Schedule Changes/Requests

These policies are for Gold Hill Middle School and have been developed to ensure accurate and adequate scheduling for all students.


Core Content Classes

  1. No changes will be made to core content teachers or team assignments.
  2. Students who do not qualify, through the South Carolina Department of Education, are not eligible for Gifted and Talented courses. Parents are not able to request that a child move into Gifted and Talented.

Related Arts Classes

  1. Related arts classes are assigned based on date and time of registration.
  2. 7th and 8th grade students who sign up for band are committing to band for the entire school year. Students cannot withdraw from band once the school year has started.
  3. 8th grade students who sign up for Honors Chorus are committing to Honors Chorus for the entire school year. Students cannot withdraw from Honors Chorus once the school year has started.

Please contact your designated assistant principal, listed above, if you have a scheduling question.

Student Drop off Before 7:40 A.M.

Students that are dropped off prior to 7:40 A.M. should wait outside the doors of the school’s main entrance. Students should stay near the school entrance and not go past the first set of gym doors where the blue line is located.

Morning Procedures


  • The doors at Gold Hill Middle School open for students at 7:40 A.M.
  • All car riders will enter through the main doors of the school.
  • Bus riders will enter through the bus doors by the cafeteria.
  • All students will go to their grade level hallway and sit in order of their arrival.
  • Teachers on duty will direct students where to sit as they arrive.

Bus Riders

Morning Arrival:

  • Students that ride the bus will enter the building through the bus doors by the cafeteria.
  • Students that need to use the restroom should use the bathroom on their grade level hall.
  • Restrooms should be used before students sit down on their hall.


Afternoon Dismissal:

  • Students that ride the bus will be dismissed at 3:20 P.M.
  • Students will exit the building through the bus doors by the cafeteria.

Car Riders

Morning Arrival:

  • All students enter the building through the school's main entrance.
  • Parents are asked to pull their cars up as far forward as possible before student departure in the morning.
  • Please follow the direction of the faculty on duty.
  • Students should not exit vehicles unless they are located in the blue curb area.


Afternoon Dismissal:

  • 7th and 8th grade students will exit through the front doors of the building and report directly to their designated car rider areas (7th and 8th grade students are picked up via the GHMS loop).
  • Any 7th or 8th grade student with a 6th grade sibling should exit the building through the bus doors, walk under the breezeway, and meet their sibling in the car rider line at GHES.
  • All 6th grade students are dismissed at 3:20 P.M. Car riders will exit through the bus doors and walk under the breezeway to GHES and utilize the elementary loop for pick up.
  • The 8th grade car rider bell will ring at 3:20 P.M. The 7th grade car rider bell will ring at 3:22 P.M.
  • Parents are asked to pull their cars up as far forward as possible when dropping their children off in the morning or picking up their students in the afternoon. Please follow the direction of the teachers on duty. Students can only ride with those designated by their parents on the student checkout sheet.

Breakfast


  • Breakfast is available for students in the cafeteria.
  • Breakfast will run from 7:40 A.M. – 8:05 A.M. each day.
  • Students that want breakfast must go to the cafeteria and eat as soon as they arrive at school and then report to their grade level hallway.
  • Students will sit in the order they arrive.
  • Teachers on duty will help direct students.

Student Store – The Dawg Pound


  • Our student store, The Dawg Pound, is located in our cafeteria.
  • The Dawg Pound is open during lunch and run by our PTA.
  • It will officially open in August/September and operate on designated days, which will be determined in August.

Morning Equipment Drop Off - Musicians and Athletes (Revised Policy)

  • At 8:00 A.M. a bell will sound.
  • At that time students may take their instruments to the band room or athletic equipment to the designated classroom on their hall (7th – 317 & 8th – 220).
  • Only athletes currently in season should take equipment to the athletic room at this time.
  • The locker room is off limits in that A.M.

GHMS offers the following systems of academic support for students:

Math Homework Help:

  • Math homework help will be available four mornings a week in the Media Center from 7:40 A.M. – 8:05 A.M.
  • There will be a math teacher from each grade level present during each session.
  • Homework Helpers will be available Tuesday through Friday.


Flex Time:

  • Flex Time occurs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:20 A.M – 8:50 A.M.
  • Students are in an extended homeroom period where they participate in silent reading, are permitted to see their core teachers for academic assistance, collect make-up work, take make-up tests, etc…


Working Lunches:

  • Working lunches are assigned, as needed, to provide students the opportunity to make corrections on assignments (per teacher discretion), make up missed work, and/or receive individual instruction.
  • Teachers assign working lunches at their discretion to best serve the student. Working lunches will take place in a teacher’s classroom.


Make-up Testing:

Make-up testing is available for all students during Flex Time Monday – Friday from 8:15 A.M. – 8:45 A.M.

Cell Phone Policy (Revised Policy)

The FMSD Middle School Principals developed the following cell phone policy for middle school students across the district.


Cell phones must be turned off and not be visible in the building/school grounds from 7:40 A.M. – 3:20 P.M. Cell phones should be placed in each student’s secure locker when the homeroom bell rings. A cell phone may not be used during the school day unless an employee at GHMS gives permission. Cell phones are not permitted for use in the hall while students wait for the homeroom bell to ring. In addition, students may NOT use a cell phone to contact parents during the school day without an employee’s permission. There is a phone in the office for student phone calls.


Devices may only be used in the classroom for educational purposes while under the supervision and permission of a teacher.


Any visible sign of a cell phone is a violation of the cell phone rules.


  • 1st violation – warning and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
  • 2nd violation – ISS lunch detention and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
  • 3rd violation – 1 day of ISS and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
  • 4th violation – 1 day of ISS and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
  • 5th violation and beyond - 1 day of ISS for each offense and conference with parent to develop a plan for future cell phone use at school


Violation and refusal to give school employee the electronic device will result in additional punishment and will result in no less than one day of in-school suspension.

Current – FAQs (New Information)


  • Fidget spinners are not allowed at school. They will taken to the front office if they are scene on campus. They can only be returned to a parent.
  • Toys of any kind should not be brought to school.
  • Wheeled Heal Shoes are prohibited from school.
  • Headphones are not allowed to be worn in the building from 7:40 A.M. – 3:20 P.M.

Bullying

Bullying occurs when one or more students single out another student and deliberately engage in behaviors intended to cause harm. Bullies target victims repeatedly over time. Physical harm, emotional distress, social embarrassment, fear, and/or humiliation are results of harassment, intimidation, and bullying behavior.


Any student who feels he or she has been harassed/bullied should file a complaint with a school administrator, Officer Bell and/or a faculty member. All allegations will be promptly investigated. Students who file a complaint will not be subject to retaliation or reprisals. Students filing fraudulent claims may be subject to disciplinary action.


Consequences for Bullying:


  • 1st report – conference with counselor and parent contact by staff
  • 2nd report – conference with administrator and school resource officer, parent contact/conference
  • 3rd report – 1 day of ISS
  • 4th report – 2 days of ISS
  • 5th report – 1 day of OSS
  • Future violations – multiple days of OSS and possible referral to the alternative school



The school board expects students to conduct themselves in an orderly, courteous, dignified, and respectful manner. Any student who is found to have engaged in the prohibited actions outlined in this section will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Students may also be referred to law enforcement officials. The district will take all other appropriate steps to correct or rectify the situation.

Dress Code (Revised Policy)

Please review the dress code with your son/daughter so that students are dressed appropriately and successfully on the first day and throughout the school year.


The following regulations will be followed:


The Fort Mill School District’s Student Policy JICA Student Dress/Uniforms states “Although the responsibility for the dress and appearance of students rests with each student and his/her parent/guardian, students are expected to show pride in themselves and their schools by having their dress and appearance in accordance with good acceptable standards. The school administration and board discourage extreme styles of dress and grooming. Students will dress in appropriate attire. Students are expected to dress in clothing that abides by the district dress code policy. Logos or clothing that promotes alcohol, drugs, tobacco, racism, hate, gang affiliation, nudity, or profanity is not allowed. No clothing or accessories are allowed to disrupt the educational process. The administration reserves the right to determine what is appropriate for school.

Gold Hill Middle School students are expected to adhere to these administrative dress guidelines:


  • Proper shoes must be worn at all times for safety reasons. Shoes with cleats may not be worn. Bedroom shoes/slippers are not appropriate for school. Flip flops are permitted.
  • Students may wear shorts, dresses, skirts, etc. whose length is no shorter than four inches above the knee.
  • All tops/shirts must have sleeves that cover/conceal the underarm area.
  • Tops/shirts must be long enough that they can be tucked into pants or shorts and shall cover the belt line when the arms are raised above the head.
  • Tank tops, halter tops, crop tops, strapless tops, and see through garments are not appropriate/permitted for school.
  • Sports jerseys must be worn with a sleeved shirt underneath that covers/conceals the underarm area.
  • Underwear must not be visible.
  • Pants or jeans with holes, tears or tattered to the extent that skin or underwear is visible above the knee are not appropriate for school.
  • Pants are to be worn around the natural waist line (no sagging).
  • No headwear (hats, bandanas, caps, hoods, etc.) or sunglasses may be worn in the building by students upon arrival until dismissal.
  • Long chains and jewelry which could be deemed a safety hazard or a distraction to the learning environment should not be worn.
  • Accessories that distract from the learning environment will not be allowed.


If there is a disagreement between students and/or parents/legal guardians and the staff regarding the appropriateness of clothing, the principal will use his/her discretion to make the final decision. Disciplinary action regarding the enforcement of this policy is listed below.


Violations will result in the following:

  • First offense – change clothes/in-school suspension (ISS) until clothes are brought
  • Second offense – parent conference/ISS remainder of day, regardless; change clothes
  • Third offense – ISS and/or detention, regardless; change clothes
  • Subsequent offenses – suspension

Classroom Activities/Celebrations – Acceptable Food Guidelines

Effective with the 2014-2015 school year, homemade or home baked foods are no longer allowed to be distributed to students within the classroom or applicable classroom setting. Acceptable foods for distribution are those items that were prepared in a commercial and/or licensed kitchen, and most importantly, are packaged with a label clearly listing the contents and ingredients of the food item. With the continued rise in severe and often life-threating food allergies, this policy is designed to provide consistency and minimize allergy risks in all classrooms district-wide, while maintaining a safe and positive learning environment for all students. It is important to note that the policy does not apply to a student’s personal lunch.


The policy is part of a larger, comprehensive Food Allergy Guideline approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2014, which can be found on the district’s website at http://www.fortmillschools.org/ under “Board Policies.” Further questions can also be directed to the principal, school nurse, or by contacting the district office at 803-548-2527.