Winter Update for GMS Families

Gettys Middle School - Easley, SC

3M Donates STEM Supplies To GMS Teachers

The holiday season brought donations from 3M to Gettys Middle teachers totaling over $5,800! We have outstanding support from our community in making the middle school years a great experience for our students and we appreciate this contribution from the 3M corporation. The items funded included graphing calculators and marker boards for Mrs. Ducker's class, books for 6th grade Scientists in Mrs. Marchbanks' classroom and a set of virtual reality glasses, rocket launch kits, and dissection supplies for STEM in Dr. Yemothy's classes. Thank you 3M!

Top International Country in Education Visits Gettys and SDPC

Educators from Finland visited the School District of PIckens County and designated two days to visit with our students and teachers. What a blessing to learn from and teach those of another country, culture and educational system. These Finland educators have never been to our country and they chose to learn from Pickens County!

Finland educators toured several of our classes including: Project Lead the Way STEM classes, 8th grade Math classes, 7th grade Social Studies classes, Olweus Bully Prevention Program in 7th grade classes, Fine Arts classes of Band and Chorus, 6th grade Science classes, Self-Contained classes and our Book Bunch Video Production Club in our media center.

Individual Graduation Plans or IGP Conferences for 8th graders with Guidance

Our guidance department is coordinating Individual Graduation Plans or IGP Conferences over the next month or so with our 8th grade families. Per state requirement, all 8th grade students and their families are required to complete this IGP Conference. This will occur with guidance counselors each year from grades 8-12. An IGP is like a road map to your future. Individual Graduation Plans are designed to guide students toward their education, career, and employment goals. During your Individual Graduation Plan meeting we will discuss general graduation requirements, coursework, and opportunities related to the student's future goals. IGPs also help students align their high school course with college entrance requirements. These plans are flexible and can change based on the student's aspirations, abilities, and interests. You may contact our Guidance Department (397-3917) to set up an appointment time with 8th grade guidance counselor, Mrs. Arciniegas (397-3919). A sample IGP link is below that is completed with the help of our guidance counselor. Rising 9th grade students are also eligible to enroll in some classes at our award-winning career center and their staff has visited with our students during their social studies class to provide information about their programs.
Attendance Information

Attendance Matters

Reminders:

  • No early dismissals after 2:30 pm from the main office.
  • Bus transportation can only be provided to a student's home address.
  • All after school transportation plans should be communicated to your child prior to coming to school.
  • Please address any negative balances in your child's cafeteria account or for previously lost textbooks or technology items.
  • The SDPC Dress Code includes: "Garments worn on the legs (pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, etc...) must have a length that comes to within one inch of the top of the knee; with no holes or slits above this line." Please help your child be in accordance with this board policy.
  • Be sure to login to the Schoology app to check on your child's grades daily as the Third Quarter is a very important nine weeks.
  • Required state testing begins May 4 and all students should plan to attend school daily during state testing from May 4 to May 22.

Mental Health Support

Our guidance counselors, on-site mental health counselor and administrator team are always able to support students and families requiring mental health support. Mrs. Hannah Boyd (397-3921) is mental health counselor based daily at GMS. Services are available 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. On-call staff respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

(864) 878-6830 main line and this is also the after-hours emergency line. Pickens Mental Health Clinic is the main provider of community mental health care in Pickens County. There is also a national crisis text line available for support. Just text HELLO to 741741 to be connected to a trained Crisis Counselor.


Greenville Memorial Emergency Room provides mental health evaluations for students with suicidal thoughts requiring evaluation. They are located at 701 Grove Road in Greenville, SC and their phone numbers are: 864-455-8988 or toll-Free: 888-852-8520. We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals at 1-800-273-8255.

GETTYS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

1/21/20 Boys Basketball (H) vs Seneca 7th grade starts 5:30 and 8th to follow

1/21/20 Girls Basketball (A) at Seneca 7th grade starts 5:30 and 8th to follow

1/23/20 Winter Pep Rally 2:00 pm

1/23/20 Boys Basketball (H) vs RC Edwards 7th grade starts 5:30 and 8th to follow

1/23/20 Girls Basketball (A) at RC Edwards 7th grade starts 5:30 and 8th to follow

1/27/20 Basketball (H) vs Gray Court with Girls 5:30 and Boys to follow

1/28/20 GMS Pageant: Roaring 20’s-Parent Meeting 7pm in GMS auditorium

1/30/20 Basketball (A) at Hickory Tavern with Girls 5:30 and Boys to follow

2/12/20 Third Quarter Interim Reports

2/14-17/20 No School For Students

2/20/20 Black History Month Program

2/21/20 Winter School Dance

2/27/20 5th grade Tours and dress rehearsal for Lion King Jr

2/28/20 7th grade Job Shadowing Day

2/28 & 29 Lion King Jr Musical

3/6 & 3/7 Lion King Jr Musical

A Tradition of Excellence in Easley Since 1962

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