FMHS Info Swarm

9/6/19

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Message From The Principal

This year we begin with an enrollment just under 2,100 students. We have a faculty and staff comprised of 165 employees (125 teachers, 6 counselors, 6 administrators, 6 specialists, 22 and support staff.) Our campus includes 4 large buildings and stretches over a mile from the back of R Wing, off of Harris Street, to Bob Jones Stadium. It is probably an understatement to say it this plainly, but Fort Mill High School is big.


Despite the size of our school, our focus remains on the individual. We recognize that in education, as in life, it's all about relationships. The connection between our students and the caring adults they encounter each day at our school is critical to success. So while our school as a whole is large, when the bell rings and teachers close their doors, we try to foster a personal, close-knit feel that we believe is in our students' best interests. At our school, we subscribe to the district motto of "Children First, Every Day."


So whether our school size is 200 or 2,000, it is my sincere hope that our students are able to honestly say they are at a school that cares about them. That they can feel that their teachers are invested in their individual success and that they have adults in their building that they could approach about concerns and struggles.


Because...Together We Swarm!


Gales Scroggs

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FMHS Club Rush

Here at Fort Mill High School, we find that students who engage in an activity beyond their academic coursework feel a greater connection to their school and a greater sense of satisfaction with their high school experience. That's the type of experience we want for every student in the Yellow Jacket Universe. We want them to feel that they are an important part of our school, and find an opportunity to explore an interest, hobby, or passion.


To that end, our school hosted its annual Club Rush this past Thursday, September 5th. This is an event where club sponsors set up displays and engage students about their respective organizations in both the R Wing and Main Commons during FLEX to share information about our school's clubs and how to get involved. Whether its athletics, arts, or extracurriculars, we want our students to plug-in and get involved. Club Rush is our way to help make it easier for students to start that relationship with one of our more than 30 clubs.

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PSAT & ASVAB Testing

On Wednesday, October 16th, we will administer the PSAT and ASVAB assessments to sophomores and juniors. All 10th grade students will take part in a free administration of the PSAT on October 16th. Current 11th grade students are also permitted to sign up to take the PSAT for preparation for the SAT as well as for participation in National Merit Scholarship identification, however, there is a cost of $17 associated for 11th grade students. Juniors may visit our website and click on the “Pay Fees” tab, use the "FMHS Fees" link in the Important Links section of the Info Swarm below, or stop by the main guidance office to pay to reserve their spot for the PSAT. Please note that the deadline to register is next Friday, September 13th. Any juniors who do not take part in the October 16th administration of the PSAT will take the ASVAB Career Assessment. Seniors may also sign up for a free administration of the ASVAB. Feel free to contact Guidance for more details.

Important Links

The Buzz—Click this link for Season 12 Episode 2 of our national award-winning student television program: The Buzz.

Faculty & Staff Directory—This link will take you to a directory of teacher and staff email contacts.

FMHS Fees—This link will take you to the page where you can pay fees for the 2019-2020 school year.

Parent Portal – This is the window for students and families to access our online grade book system. If you need a login or assistance please contact your child’s counselor.

Athletic Information –This website has links to schedules for all our athletic teams, forms, and booster club information.

Weekly Announcements–This link will take you to a list of weekly announcements about club meetings, upcoming events, important guidance information, and other activities on campus.

Important Dates

Below you will find a list of important dates over the next two weeks. These include school events and home athletic, arts, and extracurricular events.




September 6th Varsity Football vs Lancaster @ 7:30 pm

September 10th College Application Day

September 10th M1 Midterm Distribution

September 10th 11th & 10th Grade Pictures

September 10th Girls Golf Tri-Match @ 4:00 pm (Tega Cay Golf Course)

September 10th Boys & Girls Cross Country vs Northwestern @ 5:00 pm (ASC Greenway)

September 10th Volleyball vs York (JV @ 5:00 pm & Varsity @ 6:00 pm)

September 11th 9th Grade Pictures

September 12th Girls Tennis vs Clover @ 5:00 pm

September 12th JV Football vs Camden @ 7:00 pm

September 16th Girls Tennis vs York @ 5:00 pm

September 17th Volleyball vs Northwestern (JV @ 5:00 pm & Varsity @ 6:30 pm)

September 20th Varsity Football vs Lugoff Elgin @ 7:30 pm ***Pink Out***

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Midterm Progress Reports

Believe it or not, we are rapidly approaching the halfway point of the first 6 week marking period. Monday, September 9th marks the 15th day of school. On Tuesday, September 10th we will distribute hard copy grade reports for marking period 1 (M1) in each block. Be sure to ask your child for their midterm grade report so that you can stay up-to-date on their academic performance. As always, you have access to Parent Portal, which provides real-time access to teacher grade books 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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College Application Day

Fort Mill High School is excited to announce that we will host College Application Day on Tuesday, September 10th. College Application Day is a collaboration between our school and college admissions offices throughout the Carolinas. The event is aimed at assisting our seniors to complete and file college applications. FMHS Counselors and admissions counselors from partnering universities will be on hand to answer questions, provide tips, and help troubleshoot as students submit their applications. Participants will have the opportunity to win college swag, prizes, and more. Some students may have the opportunity to receive application fee waivers from participating colleges.


The event will take place in the Fort Mill High School Learning Commons from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The event is open to current seniors and is capped at 100 participants. Registration is required. To register your senior, click this link.


Contact the FMHS Career Development Facilitator (CDF), Edward Young, for more details younge@fortmillschools.org

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Underclassmen Pictures

Schedule the hair cut and have your child pick out their favorite outfit now, FMHS school pictures are scheduled for underclassmen on Tuesday, September 10th for 10th &11th graders and Wednesday, September 11th for 9th graders.


There is no need to make an appointment. Students will be called alphabetically on their respective day to the picture location on our campus: FMHS Auditorium for 10th &11th graders and the R Wing Gym for 9th graders.


There are two ways to order your student’s picture:


Ordering option #1: You may order your student's pictures online at www.mylifetouch.com. Fort Mill High School's picture day ID is NR019159Q0. You may use this method now. It ends 24 hours after your child’s picture day.

Ordering option #2: You may also order your student's pictures by sending your payment with the Lifetouch order form. Students should have received order forms through their second block class. There are extra order forms available in the main office, the R-wing office, and in Mr. Kivett’s room (B213).

There is no charge for a student's picture to appear in the yearbook.

Retakes and absentee pictures will be Thursday, October 24 during the lunch periods.

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Save The Date--ACT Workshop

Wednesday, Nov. 13th, 8:45am-3:30pm

Fort Mill High School Auditorium

Fort Mill High School will host a full day ACT prep workshop facilitated by All In Test Prep. This workshop will be open to current juniors. More details to follow.