Saluda Trail Wildcats

January 22, 2023

Principal's Corner

Good evening STMS Families,

I trust we all had a good and restful weekend. This upcoming week our students will complete Winter MAP testing on Tuesday and Thursday. We ask that families encourage students to focus and put forth their best effort when completing MAP testing. Winter MAP testing provides us all with an opportunity to see how students have grown so far this school year. Additionally, as a faculty, we get to modify and make any needed instructional adjustments to meet the learning needs of our students. Please be sure to review all information in our weekly update. We look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.


Dr. Marek Marshall


Saluda Trail STEAM Middle School….Where You Will Experience Excellence Without Excuse!

Grade Level Administrators and Counselors

Our grade level administrators and counselors are here to provide support. Please reach out to them should you have questions or concerns. Their contact information is as follows:

6th Grade Assistant Principal: Ms. Reed

6th Grade School Counselor: Ms. Johnson

7th Grade Assistant Principal: Ms. Hall

7th Grade School Counselor: Ms. Hardy-Holmes Wilson

8th Grade Assistant Principal: Mr. Newton

8th Grade School Counselor: Ms. McCoy

Technology Update

Families, we ask that students have their laptops fully charged prior to coming to school each day. In the event your child's device is not charging or working properly, please have your child inform their teacher and their teacher will submit a technology help ticket, so the issue can be resolved. In the event an issue arises after school hours, please email your child's grade level administrator. Thank you.

The Saluda Trail Paw Print

The STMS Paw Print, the official student-run newspaper of Saluda Trail Middle School, has been released. Students who take Mrs. Dwyer-Dantzler Journalism class produce and run the online news site. To check out our stories, please visit the website below. Excellent job by Mrs. Dwyer-Dantzler and STMS Journalism students.

Heart and Soul (Extension of Girls on the Run)

We are planning to have a Heart & Sole team at STMS this semester. The season will run from February 13 to May 6, and we will meet after school on Mondays and Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration begins this week at the Girls on the Run Tri-County SC website. The cost ($150 per girl) includes curriculum & materials, a t-shirt, a water bottle, 5K registration fee, and a 5K medal. Scholarships/Financial assistance is available through the registration link. Parents can email Mrs. McCoy ( or Mrs. Hopper ( if they have any questions.

School Counselor Update (8th) Grade IGPs

Please contact Mrs. McCoy with questions regarding IGP letters and IGP appointment times sent home. Additionally, please see important dates pertaining to 8th grade students.

  • Applied Technology Center Winterfest (Open House) -Thursday, January 19 5:00-7:30
  • Rising 9th Grade Orientation Night (located at each High School)- To Be Determined
  • IGP Conference for Team 8-1 (Choose 1): January 30, February 2, February 8
  • 8th Grade Job Shadowing Day- Friday, March 3
  • Rising 9th Grade Jump Up Day (during school day at zoned high school)- March 28, 2023
  • 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony- Wednesday, May 24 at 6pm at South Pointe High School auditorium (tickets will be given closer to date)

Rising Ninth Grade Orientation Night

Are you excited about high school next year? Do you want to know more about what it will be like as a freshman Trojan, Bearcat, or Stallion? Please attend this year’s Rising Ninth Grade Orientation February 1, 2023, beginning at 6 p.m. Parents and rising ninth graders are welcome to attend the high school orientation for your zoned school. High schools will be sharing information about schedules, expectations for freshman, clubs and activities, athletics, and more! No tickets are needed – just come ready to meet the staff that will help make your freshman year a success!

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Important Dates

Tuesday, January 24, 2023- Winter MAP Testing Reading

Wednesday, January 25, 2023- Winter MAP Makeup Testing Reading

Thursday, January 26. 2023- Winter MAP Testing Math

Friday, January 27, 2023- Winter MAP Makeup Testing Math

Wednesday, February 1, 2023- Rising Ninth Grade Orientation Night

Friday, February 17, 2023- Early Release Day

Monday, February 20, 2023- Rock Hill Schools Closed- President's Day

2023 STMS Softball Tryout Info Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd!!! Softball? Yep, info on Saluda Trail’s tryouts below.

Any 7th or 8th grade student athlete that wants to try out for softball. Tryouts for the softball team will be on Feb 15th & Feb 16th from 3:45pm until 5:45pm. Students interested in trying out should email Coach Jennings @ to express their interest in order to tryout. All students must have physical, and paperwork completed and sent to Coach Dunham @ prior to workouts. If you have any questions, you can email Coach Jennings or Coach Dunham at the email addresses listed above. Thanks in advance and see you at the field!

2023 STMS Track Tryout Info On your marks! Get Seeeetttttt! GO!!!! It’s time for track, info on Saluda Trail’s tryouts can be found below.

Workouts will start on Feb 21st at 3:45 pm at Saluda Trail’s track for any 7th or 8th grade student athlete that’s interested in this year’s track team. There will be a one-week workout period, before we’ll have our team trials on March 2nd. We will end workouts and practices each day at 5:15pm. The trials for this year’s team will be like that of last year’s process, and those that make the cut will be notified on March 3rd of their status on the team. The workout/trial period will give all interested students the opportunity to come out and learn the events to give them the opportunity to get their best time, distance, or heights in before the March 2nd trial date.

Students interested in trying out should email Coach Dunham @ to express their interest in trying out. All students must have all physicals and paperwork completed and sent to Coach Dunham @ prior to the 21st in order to tryout. If you have any questions, you can email Coach Dunham at the email address listed above or reach him via phone call @ (803) 980-2130. Thanks in advance and see you at the track!!!

South Pointe High School Spring Sports Update

SPHS Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls soccer will have workouts on Monday-Wednesday of this week from 4:00-6:30. Official tryouts for all Spring Sports will be on 1/30 from 4:00-6:30.
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7th Grade Career Fair Update

Dear Parents,

Career Fair is rapidly approaching and we need YOUR experiences! Whether you are a nurse, mechanic, astronaut, custodian or business owner- we need you! We are looking for a variety of people interested in spending time talking to our students about their career. Many of our students are unaware of the career opportunities available to them and this is a fantastic way to provide them with first hand knowledge of potential career paths. This is also a great way for you to get involved at Saluda Trail Middle and make an impact on the students’ future. If you are not interested but know someone who is, please give them the necessary contact information. Saluda Trail 7th Grade Career Fair March 31, 2023 from 8:30-12pm.

Thank you in advance for your involvement!

(If you have any questions or would like to get further information please

contact Ms. Jennifer Massey-Blanding at (803)981-1866 or email at