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GHMS Newsletter - 09/15/23

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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Important Points for Parents

Message from the Principal

  • Blue Ribbon School of Excellence - Parents, unfortunately, we were experiencing some technical issues with the Blue Ribbon survey. Parents were logging in to complete the survey, and it was not being recorded. As you know, your feedback and opinions are very important to us. We have been told the problem has been fixed. We resent the letters out yesterday with the codes. I know many of you have completed the surveys yesterday and they are being recorded, so it appears the issue has been corrected. We still need more parents to complete the survey. Our percentage is not very high right now. So please, use your code, log on to the sight, and complete the survey. If your code works, then that means your survey was not recorded the first time you attempted the survey. It will not record your survey twice, so please at least check to see if your code works. The link to the survey is here. Remember, you will need your code (from the letter). Thank you so much for your support! If you have trouble or have misplaced your code, then please email me at

  • School Improvement Council - We would like to welcome Liz Haen to this year's School Improvement Council. She is the newly voted parent representative. Congratulations!!!

  • Dress Code - Parents, please help us with some dress code issues that are becoming more prevalent. I am attaching the district dress code. Two things that are popping up more frequently these days, short shorts (guys and girls) and mid-drift shirts. Shorts, skirts, dresses, etc. are suppose to be mid thigh. Shorts may look different depending on how they are worn these days. Now, everyone, is rolling their shorts up, which obviously makes them shorter. Mid-drift shirts are not allowed. We should not be able to see a student's belly. The policy states that shirts should be long enough to be tucked in. I do not want to be someone who focuses on minor things, but there is a need for consistency. I am asking that you work with us and help with these two issues.

  • FMHS JROTC - 8th Grade Only - The Fort Mill High School Marine Corps JROTC is opening up its precision drill team to any interested 8th graders. The drill team competes regularly and is asked to perform at local events. No drill experience is needed to join the team. The team practices 3 times a week from 4 - 5:30. If interested contact Major Ratliff at

  • Bulldog Bash 2023 - The GHMS Booster Club is hosting the Bulldog Bash! See details below!

  • Clear Bag Policy - New district policy requiring the use of clear bags at all ticketed school functions. The GHMS Booster will be selling clear bags with our GHMS logo on in it at all of our sporting events. Be sure to purchase one! Details of the new policies are mentioned below.

Congratulations Miss Weaver!

FMSD Teacher of the year, our very own Bulldog, Miss Weaver, received the keys to her car today! We are so proud and excited for you! Thank you Stateline Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram!

Check out the video below celebrating Miss Weaver!

2023-2024 Fort Mill School District's Teacher Of The Year Announcement

beta club brag!

A group of our Beta Club students went to Hope of Rock Hill to help organize the food they give out. The coordinator was very complimentary of our students. She said they look forward to Gold Hill coming because our students work so hard, have positive attitudes, and have great manners!

We are so proud of our students!

Spirit Week 9/11 - 9/15

spirit week - dress like your 25!

Mr. Hornes was our most spirited teacher. Coach Hamilton found the Spirit Stick in Locker 25! Our most spirited students were: 1st place: Quinn Scroggs (6th grade), 2nd place: Sam Neu (8th grade), 3rd place: "new moms" Laney Bathrick, Annalise Miller and Lila Freeburn (8th grade

Back to the future - dress in the past or future

Miss Guilbault found the Spirit Stick. Most Spirited Teacher (our judge couldn't decide so we went top 3) 1st Place = Urban 2nd Place = Flippo 3rd Place = Hilt

Most Spirited Homerooms - admin couldn't decide so they went with the Top 6!

Guilbault found the spirit stick!

Black & Blue Day!

Mrs. Harms found the Spirit Stick in the Cafeteria. The Most Spirited Teacher was Mrs. Taylor.

Most Spirited Students.

1st Place = Adrianna Amici (8th grade)
2nd Place = Andrew Blocher (7th grade)
3rd Place = Makenzy Loeffler (6th grade)

the Dance team/staff dance!

Spirit Week 23/24

Shimmer and shine!

Our Most Spirited Teachers

Ms. Weaver, Ms. Morrow, Ms. Nunn, Ms. Laine, Ms. Morrell, Mr. Hornes

We go together!

Today was a great day and our staff went all out today! Barbie and Ken made an appearance, 8th grade was all dads, and 6th grade teachers were from Shrek! It was a great week!
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GHMS Booster Club Presents...

Bulldog Bash 2023!!! Only 1 week left to register for Bulldog Bash! The Bash will be held on Wednesday, September 27 before the Gold Hill vs. Pleasant Knoll football game. This pre-game celebration will take place immediately after school and includes food, activities, music, and lots of fun! Tickets are $20 which includes a dinner, supervised activities, an event souvenir, and entry to the football game. All students are welcome, including our fall sports athletes! To register and purchase a ticket, please click here. The deadline to register is September 22. IMPORTANT - Please be sure to put your student's name in the name field under shipping address on the registration form.

All proceeds benefit the athletic program here at GHMS.

IMPORTANT - Please be sure to put your student's name in the name field under shipping address on the registration form.

All proceeds benefit the athletic program here at GHMS. Please reach out to with questions or to volunteer.

This event is for students only, but adults are welcome to attend the game. Please follow Gold Hill Athletic Boosters on Facebook for event updates!

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Any young lady interested in participating in Fall workouts to prepare for the Spring softball season, that is not involved with another sport at this time, is asked to attend an interest meeting at 6:00 PM at the softball field on Tuesday September 19th. In order to participate in the upcoming workouts, a student must have all forms complete in Planet High School. If there is someone involved in another sport at this time and is interested in playing softball this coming season, please let Coach Jameson know through email at
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We are in need of coaches!

We are in need of some Let Me Run coaches. At least two coaches would be ideal. Take a look at the information below and see if you are interested.

Give today’s boys the tools to be tomorrow’s men with the skill-building, confidence-inspiring Let Me Run program. Gold Hill Middle School hopes to offer this 7-week running and character development program to our boys in grades 6-8, but to do that we need you!

Want to help build resilient boys for a brighter future? Join the team of volunteer coaches at GHMS! Watch this Coach Impact Video, and then contact Nikki Prenoveau at if you're curious.

Ready to coach? Register Here.

Let Me Run wants to identify coaches by Friday, September 22nd. The fall season will run from mid-October through December 9th. For more information -

Helpful Tips for PowerSchool

Parents, please take a look at the graphic below that highlights some symbols that you might see in PowerSchool along with their meaning. We are stressing with our students how important it is to check their PowerSchool weekly. Students will looking at PowerSchool every Monday during their Monday Meeting!
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Backpack Program

Please see the flyer below for information regarding our Backpack Program for families in need of weekend food supplies. The link for the form with additional information can be found here.
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GHMS Volleyball

7th Grade

The 7th grade team pulled out their first victory of the season against Fort Mill Middle School on Monday, but then came up short in a tight one against Indian Land, losing in 3 sets! They are improving so much!

8th Grade

The 8th grade team lost their first game against Fort Mill, but were able to bounce back with a victory against Indian Land Middle on Thursday!

Good Luck Next Week Ladies!

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GHMS Football

The GHMS football won their second straight game against Forrest Creek Middle School to remain undefeated on the season! They won by a score of 22-0! Great job guys!

Check out this incredible picture taken by Mrs. Shannon Walton, who is an amazing photographer. This is Aiden O'hara on an awesome touchdown run! His knee is NOT down, and the ball is breaking the plane! TOUCHDOWN!!!

We are proud of the whole team! Good luck next week!

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clear bag policy

As we draw closer to the start of the school year, we want to remind you of some district event policies. These policies help ensure the safety of our students, staff and community at afterschool events.

Clear Bag Policy for Ticketed Events

The district will require the use of clear bags at all ticketed events held at schools or district facilities. Please review the below picture for more information on permitted bags at events.

Elementary and Middle School Students at High School Athletic Events

All elementary and middle school children must be accompanied by an adult to enter a high school athletic event. Children of this age will not be permitted to enter the athletic facility or event without an adult accompanying them.

We appreciate your help with ensuring the safety of our students, staff and guests at all athletic events.

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GHMS Parents,

Please take a minute and complete the two forms below. The first form provides the school with early dismissal, transportation and student pick-up information. The second form provides the school with information if your child would like to walk/bike to and from school. The data from these forms is captured confidentially for the front office at GHMS only. Click on the link to complete.

Early Dismissal, Transportation & Pick-Up Information

Walkers/Bike Rider Permission

School Counseling Information!

Mr. Marc Wesseling - 6th grade

Ms. Lisa Ross - 7th grade

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio - 8th grade

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The School Store, the Dawg Pound, is now open September 12th! It will be open Tuesdays and Fridays during all lunches. For those of you that are new, the Dawg Pound carries basic school supplies along with inexpensive fun trinkets your children will love. Are you curious about what exactly the school life of your middle schooler looks like and able to spend an hour or two at the school to help the PTO raise funds toward curriculum improvements? Click the link to volunteer in the Dawg Pound.

Dawg Pound: Dawg Pound Volunteer 2023 (

Our First PTO meeting will be Thursday, September 21st at 9:00am in the school cafeteria.

Our First Spirit Night will also be Thursday, September 21st at Whit’s Frozen Custard from 12pm – 10pm. We hope to see you there!!

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