GHMS Newsletter - 11/18/2022
Important Points for Parents
Message from the Principal
- Short Week Next Week! We only come to school Monday and Tuesday next week. I hope everyone enjoys their Thanksgiving Break. Please safe if and when you are traveling with your families.
- Reminder - Please make sure you are sending your children to school with a coat or sweatshirt. The temperature is dropping and we will still be going outside for blacktop time during lunch. Of course, for our middle school boys, I would still recommend shorts to go with that sweatshirt or coat! :) Just kidding!
- Jake Miller Hero Run - Be sure to check out the details below to see how you can help and even participate in this year's Hero Run!!!
- 8th Grade Job Shadowing Day - Tuesday, November 22nd (8th Grade Only)
- Angel Tree - Please see the slide for these important event down below.
- 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip - The deadline to register for the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip is quickly approaching! See below for details
- Student Council Dance - December 9th - Let's Glow!!! A GHMS school dance for all three grade levels put on by our awesome Student Council. You can buy tickets through Pay Fees! Please see details below!
- PTO - If you are interested in signing up to help work the Dawg Pound during lunch, then please sign up using this form.
- Yearbooks on Sale Now - Be sure to purchase your yearbooks now to try to save some money. $40 if you order before 1/27/23!!! See details below!
- Cell Phones/Smart Watches - If your student chooses to bring a cell phone or smartwatch to school, it should be turned off and put away.
- Sick Students - Parents please take a look at this link with some helpful advice if and when your child needs to miss school due to illness.
- Here is the link to Parent Portal.
This Year We Run For Jake Miller!
The Fifth Annual Hero Run will be taking place this Saturday (11/19/22) in benefit of the Veterans Bridge Home. The Hero Run is held in the heart of South Park. The race begins at 8:00 AM at Fairview Plaza office buildings. The 5K course takes runners through scenic South Park neighborhoods while the 1K Fun Run keeps runners close to Fairview Road. The festivities include music, activities, some live superheroes and the real heroes, members of all 5 branches of the U.S. Military. Check out the flyers posted below!
8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip
The deadline to register for the 8th Grade Washington D.C. trip is quickly approaching! Please click here to go to the trip website, create an account, and pay the $5 deposit BY November 28th. If you do not follow these steps by November 28th your student will not have a secured spot on the trip.
If you have any questions please contact Angie Harms at email@example.com.
congratulations to our students of the quarter!
Renzo La Cruz Luque
GHMS Basketball is Heating Up!
All four teams have their first game on Monday, November 28th. Good Luck Bulldogs!
International Peace Poster Contest
The Tega Cay Lions club honored the 3 local middle schools and their winning student designs for the International Peace Poster contest. Evie, pronounced (Eh-vie), and her father joined Mrs. Smith. They presented them with a certificate and gift. Her poster will now move up to the district level competition and if selected then to state and nationals. Congratulations Evie!!
notes From the nurse
With coats and hats come nits and lice. The best way to combat head lice is with knowledge, prevention, and honest communication. Anyone who has been in contact with someone with lice can become infested, and having lice is nothing to be embarrassed about. If your child has lice, please contact the school nurse and families that your child has been in contact with so they can be diligent in checking their child’s hair.
Unfortunately, it is becoming harder to treat lice on your own, because the over-the-counter products are 45 – 85% effective; and if you miss one egg in the combing process, the infestation will begin again. Prevention is the key, and this is why it’s very important to educate your child on the ways to avoid getting them, head-to-head contact being the most common way.
Avoid head-to-head contact while at play, sports, or sleepovers.
Do not share combs, hair accessories, towels, or brushes.
Tightly braid long hair if possible. Long hair does not provide a better environment for lice to live, but long hair is more likely to hang over and come in contact with an infested friend’s hair.
Sprays are available for daily use that will repel lice. They don’t like the smell of the spray. The sprays are sold at Clipper Doodles in Fort Mill and Pediatric Hair Solutions in Pineville. I believe the sprays make a difference and smell like mint, rosemary, or tea tree oil.
Do weekly head checks. Focus on hot spots such as the nape of the neck, behind the ears, and part lines. Unless the infestation is heavy, you are more likely to see nits instead of the live louse.
Purchase ear buds or headphones for your child to use at school for the computer lab and related arts.
Encourage your child to put their coat in their book bag; and if it will not fit, place in a trash bag and hang on the hook in their room.
Lice are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears, and near the neckline at the base of the head. Viable eggs are usually ¼ of an inch from the scalp. Only 50% of people with head lice experience itching.
Cleaning your House
It is necessary to clean your house after a lice infestation has been discovered. Lice can’t live off the human host for more than 8 hours; and because they don’t have feet, they can’t crawl well on smooth surfaces. They can’t jump or fly.
Clean all bed linen and outerwear worn within the last 8 hours in hot water and most importantly dry on high heat for 30 minutes.
Vacuum carpets, floors, mattresses, and furniture where there has been contact within the last 48 hours. Don’t forget the car.
Many items that cannot be placed in the dryer must also be treated. Isolation is the best method for dealing with these items, including stuffed animals, pillows, helmets, and headphones. You should expect these items to be out of commission for at least 48 hours.
All hair accessories need to be placed in zip-lock baggies, put in the freezer for 48 hours, and then washed thoroughly in hot, soapy water.
This only needs to be done once on the day of treatment.
Don’t use pesticide sprays as lice.
Voluntary SC student accident insurance and dental insurance
Please take a minute and complete the two forms below. The first form provides the school with early dismissal, transportation and student pick-up information. The second form provides the school with information if your child would like to walk/bike to and from school. The data from these forms is captured confidentially for the front office at GHMS only. Click on the link to complete.
Early Dismissal, Transportation & Pick-Up Information
Free Tutoring through Discus
Please see below for free tutoring offered by the State through tutor.com
As we move into the last few months of the school year, some students may find themselves in need of additional academic support. The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) are partnering to offer free online tutoring services, provided by Tutor.com, to any student in South Carolina. In addition to tutoring in content areas, students may also drop off papers for review, seek help in test preparation, or ask specific questions about their work. The around-the-clock service is available seven days per week.
Students can access Tutor.com through Discus (students must access it this way – if they just go to tutor.com if may not work). Every student has a link for Discus on their ClassLink LaunchPad. Elementary students have SC Discus Kids, and middle/ high have SC Discus. See pictures of the icons below.