Principal Update: Week of September 13
Connecting * Informing * Supporting
From Principal Andrews
We are excited to kick off our fall fundraiser, Step It Up, on Tuesday, September 14. Students will watch a video to kick-off this fundraiser during school and will be given an informational packet to take home that day. This is an online fundraiser, and students can earn prizes by completing their online registration and by collecting donations. We will also be doing some fun drawings for an Amazon gift card and four mini fridges filled with cash! We will post the video and instructions on our website so students who are absent can participate. Please support our fundraiser!
Greenville County Schools and Rethink Ed have partnered to provide you access to our online SEL program. This program provides videos and activities for both adults and children to support your social and emotional wellbeing. You will have access to strategies and tools that will help you and your child recognize and manage emotions, build stronger relationships, and develop skills to lead happier and healthier lives.
We hope you join us virtually on September 20, where our school counselors will share more about the SEL program and walk you through a classroom lesson.
- Sept 13 - PSAT Registration by 3:30 PM (no exceptions)
- Sept 13 - GMA Volleyball @ Beck Academy
- Sept 14 - PTA Fundraiser Kick-off
- Sept 15 - GMA Volleyball vs. Chandler MS
- Sept 17 - GMA Volleyball vs. Rudolph Gordon
- Sept 20 - PTA Meeting & Parent University (Virtual)
- Sept 24 - SIC Meeting (12:00 PM Virtual)
As always, thank you for your support of Greenville Middle Academy! Let's have a great week!
RAMS OF THE MONTH: September
The following students exhibit the RAM qualities of demonstrating respect, having a positive attitude, and promoting safety in our school. The bulletin board at the front of the building will recognize our students. Congratulations!
8th grade William Allender
7th grade Tess Gandolfo
6th grade Ellison Brown
PTA: Become a FRIEND OF THE RAM
The PTA campaign’s mission is to enhance students’ learning opportunities by providing additional financial support for the academic and learning environment. It is committed to augmenting and supporting the programs at Greenville Middle Academy that ultimately affect the success of our students, families, and community. Your generosity in this campaign enables Greenville Middle to make a difference in students’ lives, now and in the future.
- Company logo/Name on GMA school website as “Proud Ram” Sponsor
- Company logo/Name on all GMA newsletters
- Company logo/Name on PTA meeting agendas
PSAT Registration for 8th Graders
8th graders have the opportunity to participate in the PSAT/NMSQT test. There is an $18.00 fee for 8th grade students who wish to take the test. Parents should make payments to Greenville Middle Academy. Make sure to add your student’s first and last name and PSAT in the bottom left line of your check.
The PSAT/NMSQT test will be administered during the school day on October 13, 2021. You may explore the link below to learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT test. Should you have any questions about the test, please contact your school counselor. PSAT/NMSQT Parent Information can be found by visiting this link: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.
DEADLINE TO REGISTER: September 13, 2021 by 3:30 PM (no exceptions)
Parents are asked to report any COVID-19 exposures, quarantines within the home, and positive test results to the school principal or grade level assistant principal.
Parents are strongly encouraged to screen their students daily, at home, for COVID-19 symptoms (see below). If a student takes a COVID-19 test because he/she is symptomatic, the student should not be physically present in school until the test results are returned.
Keep students at home if they present with any of the following symptoms:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing - or –
- Loss of taste or smell - or –
- New or worsening cough
In order to return to school from this exclusion, student must provide one of the following:
- Return to school note from your student's medical provider indicating a medical evaluation has determined symptoms are related to another cause other than COVID-19 OR
- Documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.
Student are also required to exclude from school with one of the following symptoms but does not require COVID-19 medical clearance:
- Fever (100.4 or greater). Must be 24 hours fever free before returning to school. (this means without the use of fever reducing medications).
- Diarrhea (3 or more episodes of loose stools in a 24 hour period). Must be 24 hours diarrhea free before returning to school (this means without the use of diarrhea suppressing medication).
- Vomiting (2 or more times in a 24 hour period). Must be 24 hours without vomit and able to have 1 to 2 meals before returning to school. (this means without the use of vomiting suppressing medications)
Set Up Parent Backpack - An App for Parents & Guardians
To access Parent Backpack, go to https://parents.gcsbackpack.com and create an account. Please access directions by clicking on Creating a Parent Backpack Account. Parent Backpack is an online application that allows parents and guardians to view your student's grades, school attendance, and discipline when you are logged into the system. English Directions / Direcciones en español
2021-2022 Reflections Arts Program Theme: “I Will Change the World By...”
Student Attendance & Arrival
The school year contains 180 days. To earn credit, students must attend 85 days of each 90-day (semester) course and at least 170 days of each 180-day course. Any absence in excess of ten (10) days may cause the loss of credit for the year. Morning Announcements will begin at 8:20 AM. Students will need to be in their 1st class, in their seats by 8:30 AM, otherwise, they will be marked Tardy.
Perfect Attendance Criteria:
The definition of an absence at a Greenville County Middle School is missing more than one-half of any single class period for which a student is enrolled, or multiple class periods for which a student is enrolled, during a school day. Absence in any part of the school day for a minimum of more than one-half class period, even if the student was present for all other portions of that same school day, by definition excludes a student from being determined to have Perfect Attendance for the year.
Students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner while on school district property or representing the school. Personal appearance shall be such that it does not disrupt student work or school order, become distracting to students, or violate health and safety guidelines.
The following standards apply and will be vigorously enforced. Principals may make additions to these standards as they deem necessary.
- Hoods from sweatshirts/jackets cannot be worn inside the building.
- No skin showing through the jeans above the knee. Leggings are allowed under clothing that meets the dress code.
- Shoes must be worn at all times. All sandals must have a hard sole. Slides, bedroom slippers and shower shoes are prohibited.
- Shorts, dresses, and skirts must be mid-thigh when standing up straight. Leggings under dresses and skirts are recommended.
- All shirts/tops must be at least one ID card width at the shoulder. Low cut tops, mid-drifts, tanks, and off-the shoulder shirts are prohibited.
- No cut-off pants, yoga pants, biker shorts or pajamas.
- Undergarments are to be covered by outer clothing. No see-through garments.
- No pants or shorts hanging too far below the waistline (no “sagging”).
- No profane or vulgar language; no drawings containing alcohol, tobacco or illegal drug advertisements on any part of clothing or jewelry.
- No hats, bandanas (any color), shower or hair caps, skullies, curlers or sunglasses.
Student Technology & Cellphones
Each student will be checked-out a Chromebook provided by Greenville County Schools. Chromebooks are permitted to go home with students for educational use. However, students will be responsible for maintaining their good condition and returning the Chromebooks at the end of the school year.
- The expectation is that all students bring a charged Chromebook to school each day and practice responsible digital citizenship at all times.
- A consequence matrix addressing infractions is included in the Student Handbook.
- Cell phones should be turned off and stored in the bookbag during the school day.
- Smart watches may be worn during the day, but are only permitted to be used to keep time.
- Students are not permitted to wear wireless headphones/earbuds unless directed to by a teacher. This includes arrival, dismissal and transitions between classes.
More information about Chromebook use and expectations will be shared by teachers at the beginning of the year.
Bookbags & Student ID Badges
As part of our school district’s continuing efforts to provide a safe learning environment, all middle school students and staff will be required to wear Photo ID badges.
- Students must wear their ID badge whenever they are on campus.
- Students who do not have their ID badges will receive a temporary ID.
- Lost, stolen, or defaced ID badges must be replaced at a cost of $5.00
- Stickers, writing, or other defacing of the ID badge is not be permitted.
- ID badges will also be used to purchase lunch and check out media books & textbooks.
- After the first week of school, students not wearing their ID badge will be subject to disciplinary action.