Shiloh MS Weekly

January 13, 2023

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This is a time that you can have an open conversation with the principal.

Saturdays from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

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April 15

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We will meet in the Media Center.

Submit feedback to the Principal

Click on the button to submit feedback to our Principal Mr. Bess. Please include contact information, and he will reach back out to schedule a time to meet/discuss any and all concerns and constructive feedback.

Midcourse Corrections to the Implementation of Policy JCDI

Click here to review the midcourse corrections of Policy JCDI.
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Monday, January 16
  • No School - MLK Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 17

  • B Day Connections
  • JLC Raider Team Practice 7:30 - 8:30 am
  • FBLA 8:00-8:45 am
  • DECA 8:00-8:45 am
  • News Crew 8:15 - 9:20 am
  • Sources of Strength 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Basketball Practice (Boys & Girls) 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Debate Team 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Dance Team Practice 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Band 4:45 - 5:45 pm

Wednesday, January 18

  • A Day Connections
  • Wellness Wednesday 7:30 - 8:15 am
  • Wednesday Help Day 8:15 - 8:45 am
  • News Crew 8:15 - 9:20 am
  • Debate Team 4:30 - 6:00 am
  • Basketball Practice (Boys & Girls) 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Reader's Rally 4:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Cheerleading Practice 4:30 - 6:00 pm

Thursday, January 19

  • News Crew 8:15 - 9:20 am
  • Photography Club 8:15-8:45 am
  • Campus Life 8:15 - 9:10 am
  • Spanish Club 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • JLC Raider Team Practice 4:30-6:00 pm
  • Cheerleading Practice 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Dance Team Practice 4:30 - 6:00 pm
  • Basketball Game vs Trickum Middle 5:30-8:00 pm
  • Pep Band 4:45 - 5:45 pm

Friday, January 20

  • B Day Connections
  • Progress Reports (Electronically Delivered)
  • News Crew 8:15 - 9:20 am
  • Girls Empowerment Movement 4:30-5:50 pm
  • Basketball Game vs. Bay Creek 5:30 - 8:00 pm
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January Events

  • 1/13 - Fall Semester Report Cards mailed
  • 1/14 - Boys & Girls Basketball @ Baycreek (at Grayson HS); (Girls-9 AM/Boys-10:30 AM)
  • 1/14 - Coffee with the Principal (Media Center) 8:30-9:30 AM
  • 1/16 - MLK Day (No School)
  • 1/19 - Boys & Girls Basketball vs. Trickum @ Home (Girls--5 PM/Boys-6:30 PM
  • 1/20 - Progress Reports (electronic delivery)
  • The basketball game on 1/21 has been cancelled.
  • 1/26 - Boys & Girls Basketball @ Crews (at Brookwood HS); Girls--5 PM/Boys-6:30 PM)
  • 1/28 - GCPS Special Education Job Fair
  • 1/28 - Academic Assistance Program (AAP) 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • 1/31- Rising Ninth Grade Parent Night at Shiloh High School January 31 at 6:30 PM
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Ms. Bolden's 8th grade science class learning about atomic structure

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Ms. Bolden's 8th grade class experiementing with static electricity

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The fundraiser ends this Sunday, January 15.

The last day of our Shiloh MS Spiritwear Fundraiser is Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm. Scan the QR Code to order or go to: Thank you for your support! Let's show our SHILOH PRIDE!
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Operation Graduation: Supporting College, Career, and Other Post-Secondary Options

The Office of Family Engagement presents Session 2 of featuring GCPS Office of Assessment and Accountability, Tuesday, January 24th virtually from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm.

National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! Join the Shiloh Cluster Mentoring Program to be a helping hand to students in our school. The best part about being a mentor? Your time and work with our students make all the difference! Apply today using the link below.

Mentoring Opportunities for Our Students:

Beaming Brite Mentoring Inc. is a group that Promotes Self-love, Self-acceptance and Education. Ther mission is to Enrich, Enhance and Expand the thinking of youth through activities that promote self-love, self-acceptance and education. for more information visit their website at Bridge to Success will implement a Program entitled Junior Youth Empowerment Program (JYEP).

The JYEP is a comprehensive educational program designed for junior youth aged 12 to 15. The JYEP equips junior youth with a profound understanding of their own potential and empowers them to engage in acts of service to the community. If you are interested in enrolling your child in either of these Programs, contact Dr. Lawrence in the Parent Center at (770)736-4003 of by email

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Language Arts

6th Grade ELA is starting strong in our unit "Discovering Your Voice." Students are reading and writing about a variety of texts while considering the question, "What are the ways you can make yourself heard?"


In 6th Grade Accelerated Math, we're solving expressions and combining like terms. Please remind your child to complete the USA Test Prep extra credit assignment this weekend. Daily supplies: computer, pencils, calculator, and binder.


Students are busy finishing their Science Fair projects. Please join us on Wednesday, January 18th from 5:30 - 6:30 to view projects.

Social Studies

In 6th grade, social students will be learning about the impact of environmental issues in Canada and be able to identify and explain the problem and alternative solutions. Students will take a formative quiz on Friday, Jan 20th.

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Language Arts

We are starting our first unit of the semester The Terror and Wonder of Space. We spent the week practicing new vocabulary words from our Sadlier Unit 10 Set A list. We then proceeded to work with how to determine the meaning of words in context using allusions, synonyms, antonyms, and other forms of figurative language.


In 7th grade Math, we will be continuing our work with proportions. We will continue to focus our attention on the two following AKS: 7.RP.3 Use proportional relationships to solve multi-step ratio and percent problems (e.g., simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, and fees) and 20.EE.2 Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can clarify the problem and how the quantities in it are related (e.g., a + 0.05a means that "increase by 5%" is the same as "multiply by 1.05"). On Tuesday and Wednesday, we will review these AKS and then students will have their first CFA of Semester 2 in Math on Thursday over the same AKS. On Friday, we will conduct CFA makeups, as well as work on reteaching the AKS as needed.


Students are busy finishing their Science Fair projects. Please join us on Wednesday, January 18th from 5:30 - 6:30 to view projects.
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Rising 9th Grade 2022-2023 Spring Schedule

The time has arrived to prpare our 8th graders for their transition to high school. Click the link below to view the schedule that contains important deadlines and events.

Rising 9th Grade 2022-2023 Spring Schedule

Coming up: Rising Ninth Grade Parent Night at Shiloh High School January 31 at 6:30 PM

Language Arts

We are completing our first informational text and have introduced our first set of Sadlier vocabulary. Words to study: accord, curt, engross, entail, impending, rue, transition, upbraid, veritable, and vitality. Your student can access these words AND definitions in their Sadlier vocabulary digital textbook on the student dashboard. We will begin practicing informational writing skills in addition to finishing our informational text. Unit 4a CFA is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th.


Students are busy finishing their Science Fair projects. Please join us on Wednesday, January 18th from 5:30 - 6:30 to view projects.

Social Studies

8th Grade Social Studies is learning about the New South, and the growth of Atlanta. Students will also have the chance to hear from the Gwinnett County library from January 23rd-25th about the south.

8th Grade Formal

Hello Shiloh 8th Grade Family,

The 8th grade formal will be held on Saturday, April 22 6pm-9pm. The theme for this year will be Hollywood Nights

The cost for the formal will be $65 and can be paid on My Payments Plus starting the week of January 17th. We look forward to seeing the students dressed in their “Hollywood” best.

GUIDE Speaker for 8th Graders

8th graders at Shiloh Middle are honored to have the Associate Executive Director of GUIDE speak to them in their classes during the week of January 17th.

GUIDE’s mission is to improve community conditions by utilizing collaborations, promoting positive youth development, delivering specialized training and resources, and preventing substance use and abuse.

GUIDE was formed in 1986 as a joint effort between the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett County Board of Education. They wanted to have a comprehensive, coordinated, and proactive approach to reducing and preventing substance use and abuse.

Preparing for High School

In just a few short months our 8th graders will be preparing to enter high school. It is hard to believe that this school year will be coming to an end soon. There are several steps we will need to take to prepare our rising ninth grade students for that next step:

Class Performance: It is essential that students are working up to their potential in all classes each day. The 8th grade core and connection classes are directly aligned to support the classes students will participate in next year. If your child is struggling in a class, reach out to his/her teachers immediately for support. Students must pass five out of six classes each semester. Two of the five classes must be language arts and math. If your child failed to pass a class in the first semester, you will receive Academic Assistance Program information.

Carnegie Credits: Current 8th students are in the process of earning Carnegie Credits. These credits contribute to the total number of units needed to graduate from high school. In order to claim the credit, parents must sign the appropriate documentation that will be shared with all families in late April. Students who attain an 85 average or higher for the courses listed below are eligible for Carnegie Credits.

  • Accelerated Algebra I

  • Foreign Language (Spanish I and French I)

  • Introduction to Business and Technology

  • Introduction to Digital Technology

Feel free to contact Nicole Carrington, School Counselor, at with any questions.

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Congratulations are in order!!!

Please join us in congratulating our Shiloh Middle School MegaMindz LEGO League team for advancing to next level of competition, the Super-Regional tournament! Our MegaMindz Team will compete at Trickum Middle School on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. We are so proud of our students!
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The Counseling Department will host a College and Career Fair this semester. Please contact your grade level counselor if you would like to participate or volunteer.

Meet the Shiloh Middle School Counseling Department

Why Middle School Counselors?

Middle school students are characterized by their rapid physical growth, curiosity about their world, and an emerging self-identity. Middle school counselors have an impact on these years by implementing a school counseling program and collaborating with school staff, parents, and the community to create a safe, respectful learning environment whereby young adolescents can maximize personal and academic achievement.

Middle school counselors enhance the learning process and promote academic, career and social/emotional development. School counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set informed career goals, and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community.

From American School Counselor Association

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Track Tryouts

Track Club tryouts will be Monday - Thursday January 23-26 from 4:30 - 6:00 pm. Students should pick up the physical forms in their grade level office, or click the link below to download a form. Completed forms are required prior to tryouts.

The track team will have a fee for the students who make the team, to cover uniforms and meet fees. Meets will be on 4 to 5 Saturdays.

Click here for a physical form.

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Baseball Tryouts in Late January

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Upcoming Basketball Games

Saturday, January 14 - Basketball Game @ Grayson High School vs. Bay Creek MS

  • Girls 9:00 a.m.
  • Boys 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 21 - Basketball game has been cancelled.

Thursday, January 26 - Basketball Game @ Brookwood HS vs. Crews

  • Girls 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys 6:30 p.m.

**All middle school students must be accompanied by an adult at all times while attending the games.

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Interested in jobs in GCPS?

Click the link below to apply to any job openings at Shiloh MS. Contact Lisa McCalla for more details.

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Media Center & Technology: Info and Tips

Technology Tips

1. Students should charge their Chromebook every night.

2. Students should bring their charged Chromebook and the charger to school every day.

3. Students should keep their Chromebook in the case.

See the video below for some additional tech tips.

1:1 Chromebook Camera & Student Understanding
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Lost chargers will now be $10.00, even if it is the first time being lost.

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Medical Authorization

A parent or guardian must bring any / all medications to the school and fill out a medication administration form. Students are not allowed to carry any medications with them at school or on the bus. This includes any over the counter medication, for example; cough drops, Tylenol, etc. If you would like your child to have any OTC medication left in the clinic, you must bring to school with a completed medical authorization form.

To give us authorization to give your student their medication you will need to complete the Medication Authorization Form. You may print it, complete it, and bring it in or you can pick one up to complete in the clinic. A separate form is required for each individual medication.

If your student requires an inhaler and/or an Epi-pen you will need to complete the appropriate form.

For your student to be permitted to carry their inhaler and/or Epi-pen on their person, their physician will need to complete the section of our form advising us of their authorization. If the student will be carrying their inhaler and/or Epi-pen on their person, we ask that you also provide the clinic with a backup in case one is needed.

Medication Request Form

Shiloh Middle School Clinic

Phone: 770-736-4030

Vaccination Clinic

Please look at the upcoming dates and locations for added vaccine clinics for those 7th and 11th grade students still requiring their grade specific immunizations.

GCPS has partnered with GNR Public Health to offer required vaccinations for students attending 7th and 11th grade. Through this partnership, students can receive Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine) and MCV4 (adolescent meningococcal vaccine). In addition to these required vaccinations, GNR will have limited supplies of flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccines.

Families will need to provide proof of insurance for Tdap, MCV4 and flu vaccines. Students 18 years of age and younger who do not have health insurance will be eligible for vaccines at no charge through our mobile clinics under the Vaccines for Children program. COVID-19 vaccinations are available regardless of insurance status.

All Clinics are from: 3p-6pm

Jan. 25th Duluth High School

Jan. 30th Central Gwinnett High School

Feb. 9th Archer High School

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Inclement Weather Procedures

As we enter the winter season, it is important to know what to expect from GCPS in case of inclement weather. If weather conditions pose a potential safety concern, the decision to cancel school or delay opening might be made.

It is more likely for school to be canceled in the early morning — due to dangerous road conditions that formed overnight — than for school to let out early because bad weather is moving in.

If bad weather causes school to be canceled or dismissed early, public announcements will be made on GCPS TV, on the school system’s website (, on Twitter and Facebook, through SchoolMessenger calls and optional texts, and via metro-Atlanta radio and television stations. Full-day cancellations usually are announced by 6 a.m.

GCPS TV can be found on the following Gwinnett County cable channels:

  • Charter - Channel 180

  • Comcast - Channel 24 or 26 (depending on location)

  • Visit us on our GCPS TV app on Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, and Roku devices or view the live stream at

You can access current or potential weather hazards for north and central Georgia here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When will I receive my child's report card?

Report cards will be mailed on January 13.

2. How do I pay for my child's missing/damaged Chromebook?

Have your child come to the media center. A fine will be place on his/her account and can be paid with cash or through

3. What if I pay for my child's lost Chromebook and then it's found?

You will receive a refund.