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GHMS Newsletter - 10/9/20

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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School Improvement Council

If you are interested or know of someone who would like to serve on the GHMS School Improvement Council, please complete the ballot below by Noon on Tuesday, October 13th. The School Improvement Council (SIC) meets throughout the year to discuss ways we as a collective community of administrators, faculty, staff, and parents can continue to improve the educational experience of all GHMS students.

If you are nominating a person other than yourself, please seek their permission prior to submitting this form. To nominate someone, please click on this link.

Important Points for Parents

Midterm Grades

Parents next week marks the midway point of the first quarter. We are asking that you log onto Parent Portal and take a look at your students' grades. We are not printing hard copies of midterms this year, but we are still encouraging everyone to look at grades and discuss/celebrate them with your children.

Parent Technology Support

Parents take a look at this new website to help with all of the different platforms and programs your students maybe interacting with this year. Check out the link, and it can also found on our school website on the "Parents" page.

Parent Portal

Here is the link to Parent Portal.

PSAT Reminder

8th Grade Parents and Students

Friendly reminder for those signed up to take the PSAT/NMSQT that the test will be given next Saturday, October 17th.

Check-in time will start at 8am and end at 8:30am. Late arrivals will not be allowed to take the test so please be on time.

Please see the attachment for important day of information including what to bring and what not to bring on test day. Contact Mrs. DiMaggio at if you have any questions! Happy weekend!

GHMS Volleyball

7th Grade

Our 7th grade girls won both of their games this week to remain UNDEFEATED. The week started by beating Banks Trail at home in two close games. They were able to win on the road against Pleasant Knoll on Wednesday. Our ladies are still sitting atop the 7th grade ranking going into the last week of the regular season. Their last game of the regular season will be this Monday on the road against a very strong Indianland Middle School team.

8th Grade

Our 8th grade girls lost both of their matches this week, but they battled hard and represented us well. Their last game of the regular season is also on Monday at Indianland Middle School.

Next Week

The playoffs start next Wednesday for our 7th graders. They will be playing at home. We will be the second game, and will play the winner of the first game between two teams that have not been determined yet. Our 8th grade will start their playoff run on the road on the following Monday, October 19th. The seeding for that match up is still unknown as well.

Good Luck Ladies! We are proud of you!

GHMS Football

Congratulations to our Football Team!!! They pulled off a big win again Pleasant Knoll marking the first ever victory Gold Hill has had over PKMS since they opened several years ago. The final score was 14 - 8.

We will play again next week at Fort Mill High School versus Banks Trail at 6:30.

Please remember spectators are limited to just family members. Only students that are watching siblings are allowed in the game. All tickets must be pre-bought through our Pay Fees Page. Face masks will be required, and families will be asked to socially distance while in the stands.

Good Luck Bulldogs!

Basketball Tryouts Are Coming!!!

The girls will be trying out for basketball on November 2nd, 4th, and 5th from 3:30 - 5:00.

The boys will be trying out for basketball the following week on November 9th, 10th, and 11th from 3:30 - 5:30.

There is a chance that football will still be going on that week. Any football player that would like to try out for the basketball team will be able to tryout once the football season is over. No worries!

Everyone interested in trying out must have an up-to-date physical uploaded onto PlanetHS prior to them being able to tryout. Please go to the athletic webpage for further instructions on how to upload. Athletes only need one physical per school year. If they are playing football, volleyball, dance, or cheer, then they are already covered to try out for basketball.

Good luck to everyone interested!

The GHMS Clothes Closet

The guidance department is setting up a Clothes Closet to help meet the needs of our students. The purpose of this closet is to help our students when there are random situations that may need additional clothes (i.e. - spilt milk, dress code, exploding ketchup packets, etc.). This situation happens more than you would think! :)

Please take a look at the attached flyer if interested.

The Novel Bunch

The Novel Bunch is an 8th grade book club that is sponsored by Mrs. DiMaggio and Mrs. Norcia. The book club will be meeting in the courtyard on Thursday afternoons from 3:15 - 3:45 beginning on Thursday, October 22. Please check out the attached flyer for more details.

School Counseling Information!

Below are links to information from your School Counselors.

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio, 8th grade

Ms. Lisa Ross, 7th grade

Mr. Marc Wesseling, 6th grade

Counselors' Corner

Check out the attachment for the latest edition of the Guidance Gazette (October 2020)!

Important Dates

Oct. 12 - Volleyball Game - Gold Hill @ Indian Land - 5:00

Oct. 13 - Mid-Term Date - Parents Check Parent Portal

Oct. 14 - Football Game - Banks Trail vs. Gold Hill @ FMHS - 6:30

Oct. 17 - PSAT - only for 8th graders that registered

Oct. 21 - Football Game - Springfield vs. Gold Hill @ FMHS - 6:30

Oct. 22 - PTA Spirit Day & Night - Taco Molino

Oct. 28 - Football Game - Gold Hill @ Indian Land - 5:00

November 2nd, 4th, 5th - Girls' Basketball Tryouts - 3:30 - 5:00

November 3rd - Election Day - No School!!!

November 9th, 10th, 11th - Boys' Basketball Tryouts - 3:30 - 5:30

New Free Resource -

The district is excited to share with you a new free resource added by the State Department of Education to assist students with their virtual or independent learning days. is now available for SC residents through Discus with real time tutoring from 8am-10pm Sunday – Saturday. is located on the A-Z list in Discus which is now available on your student’s ClassLink LaunchPad. To access all resources provided through Discus, including, simply click on the Discus icon in the ClassLink LaunchPad. All resources are listed alphabetically, by subject or by grade level.


The K-12 Student Center includes Live Homework Help, WriteTutor Center, Test Prep Center, and a SkillsCenter Resource Library. Tutors are available with no appointment needed! features a variety of resources for students of all ages:

  • Reading assistance for grades K-7 and grades 8-12 including genres, main idea, points of view, and text structures
  • Math assistance and drop-off for Algebra I & II, Pre-calculus and Calculus, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Statistics
  • Science assistance in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics
  • Writing tutors
  • Computer literacy for Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • English assistance including grammar, literature, and vocabulary
  • ESL and ELL for grades K-7 and grades 8-12
  • Social studies – U.S. History, European History, World History, and Civics
  • World languages – French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • SAT, PSAT, and ACT Test Prep
  • AP Test Prep

Jeans for Teens

We have a very cool charitable opportunity that has been set up by one of our former Bulldogs, Blake Coston. Jeans for Teens helps to provide blue jeans for teenagers who are experiencing homelessness. Blake started this project several years ago, and is still working to provide this service for our community. Families can bring in new or lightly used blue jeans to donate to the Children's Attention Home. The Jeans for Teens box is located in the main lobby by the guidance offices. Just drop the jeans in the box and you are good to go! This is a cool opportunity to help one of our former Bulldogs make a difference in the lives of other teenagers.

Order your yearbooks today!

To order your yearbook, please go to the Josten's website. Click "Yearbook", and then type in Gold Hill Middle School. All orders will go through Josten's this year.

Student Pick-Up List

Parents, please complete the form to identify anyone who is able to pick up your child. People who are not on this list will not be able to sign your child out without your permission, so please take a second to complete the form.

Please remember students are not allowed to be signed out between 2:40 and 3:10.

Does your child want to walk or ride their bike to school?

If so, then parents will need to click on this link and complete the form giving their child permission to walk or ride their bike to and from school.

Corporate PTA Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our PTA Sponsors for their continued commitment and dedication to our students and school!