FMHS Info Swarm
Message From The Principal
On Wednesday, we began school with a brief but special acknowledgment of the 18th anniversary of September 11th, 2001. We took time to recount the events of that tragic morning, call attention to the thousands of Americans that needlessly lost their lives in the attack, and acknowledge the thousands who have died since due to cancer and illnesses related to response efforts.
Nearly every one of our students was born after September 11th, 2001, which is why we take the time each year to talk about the event as a Fort Mill Family. For this younger generation, it has the potential to be as abstract an event as the attack on Pearl Harbor is to them, something that they read about but something that remains intangible, unrealistic, and distant from directly impacting their lives. That is why we give pause to share memories of a defining moment in our nation's history.
We express the shock and heartbreak surrounding the day, but our focus is not anger or hate, but rather unity. We explain that hate and terror do not and should not be allowed to divide us.
It was a somber, but important morning and our students responded well.
Together We Swarm!
Exam Schedule and Senior Exemption
1st Semester Exam Schedule:
3rd & 4th Block Exams (All Students) Wednesday, January 15th
1st & 2nd Block Exams (All Students) Thursday, January 16th
The Senior Exam Exemption Policy: As outlined on page 41 of the Student Handbook (updated 9/12/19) states, "that seniors may exempt exams if they satisfy each of the following three criteria:"
- The senior has no more than 2 unexcused absences for the term;
- The senior has not been assigned an out of school suspension or a full day of in-school suspension during that semester;
- The senior has a term average of 80
Thursday, we announced a big change regarding the senior exam exemption policy, one which was well received by the seniors. We are leaving the unexcused absence requirement at 2, as printed in the Student Handbook, but we are reversing the term average requirement of 90 or better to the previous requirement of 80.
This was not done because of complaints, but rather out of a sense of including stakeholder input in large changes. We believe the jump to a 90 was a big adjustment for our students, and one that deserved a conversation where students, teachers, and parents have input in the matter. To that end our school improvement council will discuss the issue this year to solicit input from stakeholder groups.
Regarding the 2 unexcused absences, this is something that has needed to be addressed for quite some time. Previously seniors could exempt with three unexcused absences, provided no more than two of these absences occurred in the 3rd six weeks of the semester in which they are taking an exam. So a senior could miss one day in the 2nd six weeks and two days in the 3rd, but not three days in the 3rd. If that sound a little bit confusing, it’s because it is, and that’s why we changed it. We had teachers and students questioning the exemption status of students up through the day of the actual exam. Eliminating the restrictions on where these absences fall allowed for a logical fix.
Our hope is that parents and students will recognize the importance we place on working together and making sure everyone is heard.
FMHS Pink Out
Every year for the past 10 years, we have held the FMHS Pink Out during a varsity home football game. During those games, players wear pink accessories provided by the Carolina Panthers and the NFL. We are asking that everyone help us turn Bob Jones Stadium pink on September 20th for our home varsity football game against Lugoff Elgin and help us raise money for the American Cancer Society and the NFL’s Crucial Catch program. We also have a ceremony during the halftime where we honor our school family's “Cancer Warriors”.
Students can purchase Pink Out T-Shirts for $15 at lunch from September 16th through September 20th.
Spirit Week 2019: September 30th-October 4th
Spirit Week is a very big deal at Fort Mill High School. Students express their school spirit by participating in grade-level competitions to see which class has the most spirit. Grades receive points for the number of students dressed in each day’s costume theme, participation in various games, and of course winning the pep rally spirit competition. Please encourage your child to participate. We honestly believe their high school experience is better when they join in the greater positive culture present at our school. Also please be sure to talk with your student about remembering there are rules regarding student dress (e.g. no masks or face coverings) and what they can bring to school (e.g. no toy weapons, no scooters, skateboards, or anything with wheels, and no whistles). If your child has any questions about whether something is appropriate to wear or bring, please have them contact an assistant principal.
Sprit Week Theme Days
- Monday, September 30th--“Blast to the Past” Day
- Tuesday, October 1st--“Olympics and Olympus”
- Wednesday, October 2nd--Class Day (9th--Wild West / 10th--Area 51 / 11th--Disco/ 12th--Jazzercise)
- Thursday, October 3rd--Group Day
- Friday, October 4th--Fort Mill Friday
The Buzz—Click this link for Season 12 Episode 3 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.
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 16th Senior Pictures Make-Up Day 1
September 16th Girls Tennis vs York @ 5:00 pm
September 17th Senior Pictures Make-Up Day 2
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***
September 24th Girls Tennis vs Nation Ford @ 5:00 pm
September 25th Volleyball vs South Pointe (JV @ 5:00 pm & Varsity @ 6:30 pm)
September 26th Girls Golf vs Nation Ford @ 4:00 pm
September 26th Girls Tennis vs Northwestern @ 5:00 pm
September 26th Volleyball vs Rock Hill (JV @ 5:00 pm & Varsity @ 6:30 pm)
September 26th JV Football vs York @ 7:00 pm
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 was today 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.