Knightly News: EXCEL

Week of May 2nd

Finish Strong!-

STAFF Appreciation Week: Please join us by sending in gifts of your choice or things to support the admin theme days

If you are contributing to the Admin Theme gifts please send to the front office and note which day it is for or hand to a staff member on duty in the mornings or afternoon.

Please note we want to honor all staff so don't forget we have encore teachers, support staff, teacher assistants, custodial, office, cafeteria etc that help SGMS be the great school it is where we CREATE a CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE!

Monday: Caramel Apple Bar-You are the apple of our eye-we couldn't have picked a better staff!

Consider sending in toppings such as caramel, chocolate syrup, toffee bits, sprinkles, mini marshmallows, graham cracker crumbs...

Tuesday: Sunshine Sacks--Thank you for brightening our year

All things yellow--Consider sending in items to add to the sack full of sunshine for each staff with all yellow items:

Examples: Yellow lotion, soap, Peanut M&M's, pineapple, post it notes, lemonade; yellow pens, highlighters, yellow flower, anything in a yellow box or cup (lemon heads, Swedish fish, vanilla oreo mini's,...the sky is the limit.

Wednesday: Cool Treats-Here is the scoop, hands down we think you are COOL!

Consider sending in a box of ice cream treats (hand held varieties-fruit bars, nutty buddies, Klondike...) or tubs of icecream and/or cones or cups for staff to enjoy at lunch or end of day or both.

Thursday: Important Piece--We are all an important piece that makes the world go round

Multi -Cultural Fair day--Consider sending in a token that represents your culture or ways we work together.

Friday: Noteworthy-Take note we think you are Awesome--

Consider sending in cool pens,sticky notes, classy note pads or have your child or family write a note thanking staff for all they do.

Reminders: It's now May and testing season and warmer weather are both coming in.

We need your help in the following ways:

  • Have your child in attendance each day on time unless they are sick
  • Ensure they are following dress code (see reminders below)
  • Ensure they are prepared with charged chrome book, paper, pencils, assignments
  • Ensure they are bringing a positive attitude and ready to learn
  • Ensure cell phones and Air Pods are out of sight, silenced, and out of mind, except for instructional use under the direction of a teacher during the instructional day. If a teacher is utilizing cell phones as part of their lesson outside of the classroom, students should have a pass indicating that cell phone use is allowed during that time. Students should not be on their cell phones or have headphones/AirPods out between 8:00 and 3:45 or transitions as it will be subject to confiscation.

Dress Code reminders: Please review with your child

  • no shorts/skirts above finger tip lenght with an outstretched arm
  • NO biker, spandex style shorts
  • Leggings, tights must have a shirt that extends over child's bottom
  • no pants that have holes that expose bear skin above the knee
  • no hats of any kind during the school day
  • no sunglasses
  • no crop tops, spaghetti straps, shirts showing midriff
  • no undergarments showing anywhere
  • shoes must have back straps and in position around the foot (which means no slides, no crocs in sport mode, no flip flops)

See student handbook for other items that are not listed above. When in doubt ask before wearing or Don't wear.

2022 BOND Information: SGMS can benefit from the BOND!

Do you know what the school bond will do for GCS?

Do you know what the school bond will do for SGMS?

Do you understand the specifics of the bond and 1/2 cent tax?

Each week I have provided video's and facts to help you be informed. You can also check out the GCS website that has more information if needed.

The ballot will include a proposal for a school bond that will address critical safety and maintenance needs in our schools. Guilford County Schools currently has more than $2 billion in facility needs, including more than $800 million in deferred maintenance. The ballot will also include a question about a fraction of a penny sales and use tax, which will help keep property taxes low and spread the cost of the bond to those who visit Guilford County. Please cast your vote on or before May 17, early voting opened April 28th, please make sure to complete your entire ballot.

I will continue to provide information in staff newsletter, provide connect eds and social media posts as well as host a Bond info session virtually on May 12th at NOON and in the media center at 5:00 pm prior to ARTS night. If you would like to hear this informaiton for a better understanding please join us.

The NOON session is accessible at this link:

Tracy Roof is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Bond Presentation

Time: May 12, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 705 217 1567

Passcode: 2J1muj

We will also talk to students and have them record a video to post to be a part of these communications and understand how this impacts everyone. Feel free to join us or view recordings that will be availabe for furture access. Please reach out if you have any questions.


The federal waivers that allowed all schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students are ending this summer. To ensure that students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are able to receive those meals on the first day of school, we are asking parents to fill out the application at This will establish a family’s qualifications for meal discounts for the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year. We will also have paper copies for you to complete at our family night to take care of ASAP.

A new application must be completed after July 1 for the remainder of the school year. One application per family is required so please put all students from your household on same application even if they are at Elementary, Middle or High school.

Vaping Epidemic! Please take note:

The vaping epidemic continues to affect our students and our schools. The latest national statistics (2021 - NYTS) 11.3% of high school students and 2.8% of middle school students vape.

The GCS Nicotine Vaping Prevention Toolkit was adapted with permission from the Tobacco Control Branch of NCDHHS. It contains resources for families, and cessations programs to share with youth who want to quit. See attachment below for resources at your fingertips.

Attendance Matters--Compulsory Attendance Law in North Carolina states that all children AGES 7-16 must attend school

Please note that if your student is out of school you must submit a note upon return. Absences are excused for sickness, doctor appointments or educationally related absences.

Our School Social Worker will be following up on all Tier 2 and 3 attendance please ensure your child is at school when they are well.

Last quarter: Pope, Brown, Kane and Groff had the highest % of attendance for their homerooms at 94% or higher. Who will have the highest % for Quarter 3, announced this week?

Athletic Information

Monday-5/2-Softball (No Baseball) vs Ferndale @ AJ Park—4:45PM

Tuesday-5/3-Baseball/Softball vs Welborn @ SGMS---4:45PM AND

Track & Field vs Penn Griffin @ SGHS 5:00 PM

Wednesday-5/4-Track & Field vs AJ/Ferndale @ HPAC---4:45PM

Thursday—5/5—BB/SB vs AJ Prep @ AJ Prep---4:45PM AND

Track & Field GCS @ Dudley HS 4:45 PM


As a look ahead, CTE will be offering approximately 26 summer camp experiences for students to engage, explore, and innovate through career acceleration and STEMulating experiences. All offerings will be finalized and available for registration through the GCS Summer Enrichment Catalog.

Click here for a preview: of the CTE Summer Enrichment Offerings 2022

Yearbooks can now be ordered!!

You can now purchase yearbooks for this school year! Yearbooks are $20. Students can see Mrs. Yakout or you can order online with this website:

Calendar info: Subject to change but will give you an idea of things to come


May 3rd: 6th grade enrichment trip

May 5th: Cultural day event during school hours-thank you to the families that have agreed to come share Time 8:35-11:03 (students will pick up with modified schedule for instruction and lunches)

May 9th-19th EOG Boot Camp: Students will be reviewing standards for performing their best on EOG's please be sure your child is in attendance. Boot camp 8:30-9:20 with a modified schedule folllowing.

May 12th: Band and Chorus spring concert

5:15 8th grade advanced band students arrive to pit and warm up

5:30 6th and 7th grade beginning band students arrive to the pit and warm up

6:00 Band performance begins

6:15 6th grade chorus arrives through auxiliary gym entrance (6th grade morning entrance)and reports to auxiliary gym

6:30 7th/8th grade chorus arrives through auxiliary gym entrance (6th grade morning entrance)and reports to the gym

6:45 Chorus performance begins

Art gallery on display in Main hallway 5:30-7:30 (Parents and students will view as they enter and exit)

May 16th-20th: EOG Boot Camp Theme Adventure--Spirit Week style additions to Boot camp--stay tuned

May 18th-Computers no longer go home to be ready for testing online

May 20th-June 3rd EOG Testing Window

May 24th: Rdg EOG

May 26th: Math EOG and 8th grade Math 1 EOG

May 31st Science EOG-8th grade and 7th grade Math 1 EOG

June 1st 6th and 7th grade EOY awards (12:15-7th; 2:00-6th)

June 2nd 8th grade Celebration of Excellence 9 am and Tentative 8th grade Formal 6 pm-8pm

June 3rd: Last day of school


Our administrative team is available to assist with any and all SGMS questions or concerns. You may reach us at 336-674-4266 or by email. We love your partnership please reach out if you have suggestions or shout outs for our amazing staff.

Tracy Roof, (students with last names P-Z)

Lorie Rainey, Assistant (students with last names G-O)

James Moore, Assistant (students with last names A-F)