Hughes Academy Weekly Update

Week of 1/30/23

Upcoming Events

January 30 - ACCESS testing starts

February 1 - Schools to Watch visit

February 3 - 8th Grade deadline for Baby Ads

February 3 - Winter Dance 6:00 - 8:00

February 3 - Cougar Shack

February 6 - Curriculum Night

February 6 - 10 - National School Counselors Week

February 10 - Drama Fieldtrip

February 16 - 8th Grade Band and Strings Recruiting trip

February 16 and 17 - 6th Grade Roper Mountain Fieldtrip

February 20 - Presidents Day - No School

February 21 - 24 - 6th and 7th Grade Registration

February 24 - ROCKstar Luncheon

March 9 - Strings Concert Performance Assessment

March 13 - Spanish Family Games 3:45 - 4:45

March 17 - 24 - Spring Break

March 29 - Faculty Meeting

March 30 - Q3 Report Cards Distributed

March 30 - ROCKstar Luncheon

March 31 - Deadline to order yearbook

April 3 - 6th Grade Field

April 3 - 7 - Assistant Principal's Week

April 4 - 5th Grade Tours

April 6 - 5th Grade Tours

April 7 and 10 - Student/Teacher Break

April 13 - Drama Spring Play 6:00 pm

April 25 - National Bus Driver Day

April 26 - National School Secretary Day

April 27th - The Hughes Experience 5:00 to 7:00

April 28 - ROCKstar Student Luncheon

Hughes Academy Spring Sports Schedule

Click here to see the softball, baseball, and soccer schedules.

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WINTER WONDERLAND DANCE FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3 from 6-8pm. All Grades invited! PTSA will be selling $5.00 WRIST BANDS on 2/2 and 2/3 in the morning in the atrium and then in the cafeteria during lunch time for those two days only. We will hand over WRIST BANDS to each student when they pay . We suggest not putting the band on until time for the dance . Students will be going home before coming back at 6:00pm.*Cougar Shack will be open for kids to purchase snacks.

FYI – The kids will never know it’s a gym. The lighting, decorations, backdrops, and DJ set up are amazing! We look forward to your kids having a great time.

Dance Dress Code: Dress to Impress

We want the students to dress up if they wish to get fancy. DRESS TO IMPRESS! Greenville County Dress Code Rules apply.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd the COUGAR SHACK is back! Everything is a $1 or $2 and bring exact change. This is also one of the days you can purchase Winter Wonderland Tickets, so bring enough for Tickets & Cougar Shack!

Continue your SUPPORT for Hughes Academy!

Your tax-deductible donation will be used to purchase technology, assist with school improvements and beautification, and provide funding that our teachers put to work in their classrooms every day. Click HERE for several ways to contribute.

Please scroll to the bottom as we THANK ALL of our current sponsors.

Shop and a % goes to Hughes! Sign up for a account and link Hughes to your account. Tell the cashier at Harris Teeter to add Hughes to your VIC card. All the details are HERE.


February 3 (Fri) – Winter Wonderland Dance (6-8pm details above)

February 3 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

February 17 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

February 20 (Mon) No School – President’s Day

February 27- March 14 – PTSA Cookie Dough Fundraiser

March 10 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

March 16 (Thur) – End of Q3

March 20-24 (Mon-Fri) No School – Spring Break

March 31 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

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Schools to Watch Update with Mr. Finlay
The 4 Pillars of Schools to Watch with Ms. Manuel
Hughes Creative: Short Story & Poetry Publication
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The Hughes Experience 2023

Do you know a rising 6th grader that will attend Hughes Academy next year? Please share this amazing event with the family!

2023-2024 Registration Information

*The High School Registration Timeline will be announced next week.

Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is coming up! See the timeline below. More information to come from your Counseling Department via all social media outlets and back pack notifications!

Current 6th and 7th Graders

February 17 - Students attend Essentials Showcase to learn about all essentials classes offered next school year

February 17 - Students bring home scheduling cards

February 21 - Students return scheduling cards to advisory teachers

March 29 - Request Letters sent home for parent/guardian approval

April 4 - Request Letters returned to advisory teachers

Current 8th Graders

March 3 - Students come home with High School registration cards

March 6-10 - Students meet with School Counseling Department by High School for registration

March 29 - Request Letters sent home for parent/guardian approval

April 4 - Request Letters returned to advisory teachers

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Furniture Donations

Our Immersion Department is is in need of a couch and two comfortable chairs for a classroom Spanish reading corner. If you are willing to donate these used or new items, contact Mr. Nelson Cortes at Gracias!

Magnet News and a note to 7th grade parents/guardians

We are now in round 3. Round 3 is 2/6/23 at 8:00 am and ends on 3/17/23 at 4:00 pm. Notification letters for Round 2 will be emailed on 1/27/23.

Greenville County Schools is excited to announce the addition of online magnet applications to the Parent Backpack Portal. Paper copies of applications for the 2022-2023 school year will still be accepted, but parents now have the option to apply online through their backpack accounts. To access the online version of the magnet application, parents should login into their parent backpack account. Parents of students outside of Greenville County Schools can create a new user account. Select "Programs" from the column on the left. Then select "Apply to a Program." Available programs will show on the screen. Select "Apply" beside Magnet Academies to begin the application process. Parents will be able to apply for multiple magnet academies in the online system, but they will only be able to submit the magnet application once. Parents should make sure to select all schools for which their student desires to apply and complete all sections of the application before selecting submit.

Magnet Applications

The GCS Magnet Academy application window for the 2023-2024 school year will open on Monday, November 14, 2022. Magnet applications will be available in “Parent Backpack.” For more information, visit the GCS Magnet Page .

Attention 7th Grade Parents and Guardians,

The district looks at 7th grade second semester - grades, attendance, and discipline when applying for a Greenville County High School spot. Please remind your child of the importance of their second semester 7th-grade year if he/she is interested in applying to a Greenville County Magnet High School.

For more information on the magnet process, please click here and visit the Hughes Academy Magnet Page.

FEBRUARY 3RD DEADLINE IS COMING ! - 8th Grade Families..... Baby Ads

8th Grade Families.....

Baby Ads Are On Sale Now!!!

Send your eighth grade student off to high school in style.

  • The cost is $25.00 for a quarter page ad
  • You may purchase online using MySchoolBucks or send a check for $25.00 to Mrs. Fink before 11:30 am.
  • Please email up to 2 photos and message to ( or you may submit hard copies of your photos and a message to Mrs. Fink for her to scan and add our yearbook.

Deadline to Order is February 3, 2023!

Thanks for helping us wish our 8th graders the best as they say goodbye to middle school and hello to high school!

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ACCESS Testing/El examen ACCESS at Hughes 1/23/23 - 3/10/23

We are getting ready to test ELLs for their proficiency in the English language. The state test called ACCESS for ELLs will be administered 1/23 - 3/10 at Hughes. You will receive a letter with exact dates and times if you have an ELL student. You can help your ELL learner by ensuring that he/she gets plenty of rest and is prepared on their test dates.

Nos estamos preparando para evaluar el dominio del idioma inglés de los estudiantes ELL. El examen estatal llamado ACCESS para ELL se administrará del 23 de enero al 10 de marzo en Hughes. Recibirá una carta con fechas y horas exactas si tiene un estudiante ELL. Puede ayudar a su estudiante ELL asegurándose de que descanse lo suficiente y esté preparado para las fechas de su examen.

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Greenville High Football Informational Meeting

Greenville High is having a prospective parent/player informational meeting on Thursday, February 23, at 6 pm in the GHS Auditorium.
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Girls and Boys Soccer Conditioning

7th and 8th grade Girls Soccer Conditioning is on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5:00. All girls must have a physical for conditioning and tryouts on file dated after 4/1/22. Tryout dates have not yet been determined. Contact Coach Addison at if you have any questions.

Boys soccer conditioning will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5pm starting 1/10. You must have a physical on file dated after April 1st. 2022 in order to participate.

Teacher Vacancies for this year!

Hughes Academy is looking for the following teachers for this academic year and next year!

Spanish Teacher

STEAM Teacher

Please contact our principal, Mr. Jordan Finlay, at if you are interested.

Individual Graduation Plan

Attention 8th grade parents! IGPs (Individual Graduation Plan) meetings are happening now! Every 8th grader at Hughes is required to complete an IGP meeting with a School Counselor before April. Your child will be bringing home a letter with your assigned day and time for this meeting. Please make sure to scan the QR code or head to the link below to RSVP to your meeting. Can't make it? Let us know your availability and we will reach out to reschedule.

If you have questions please contact Coach Lilliston at or at 864-355-6242.

Fine Arts Center

Hey parents! If your child loves to dance, sing, paint or do anything else in the art realm please talk with them about applying to the Fine Arts Center. The Fine Arts Center serves EVERY High School in Greenville County. Below is the timeline for the audition process. If your child is accepted to this program, transportation is provided!

Members of the Hughes Leadership team have toured the Fine Arts center twice. Check out the Highlight reel on the Hughes Academy Counselor page @hughesacadcounselors to see more inside the Fine Arts Center.

For more information about different programs offered at the Fine Arts Center, please visit their website at this link:

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Clemson's Math Plus Tutoring Program

Please register before accessing the Zoom link.

Registration Link:

Math-Plus tutoring link:

PEER & WISE/NEXT Engineers Social Media Information - CLEMSON

Twitter: @ClemsonWISE

Facebook: @peerwiseclemson

Instagram: @cu_peerwise

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Parent Backpack

A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

  • View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
  • Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View their student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

To access Parent Backpack, go to and create an account. Please access directions by clicking on Creating a Parent Backpack Account.

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