The Titan Times

Georgie D. Tyler Middle School

INFORMATION FOR THE WEEK OF May 27th - May 31st

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There will be no school on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day

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6th and 7th grade students getting an award will receive a notification letter. All 8th grade students will receive a promotion certificate

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Please pick up items from the lost and found by May 31st. All items remaining will be washed and donated to the GTMS Clothes Closet

Does your child have medication in the school clinic? If so, all medication must be picked up by Thursday, June 13 at 3:30pm. An adult must pick up medications and sign that they have been returned. Per policy, all remaining medication will be destroyed at the end of the day on Thursday.

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Parent reminders as we move into the last 9 weeks

Greetings Parents,


As we move into the final 9 weeks of school, below are a few reminders regarding dress code, behavior, and grades.


Dress code: All students are expected to adhere to the Georgie D. Tyler Middle School dress code provided at the bottom of this document. Slides, flip flops, hats/hoods/scarves worn indoors are not allowed. Shorts and skirts must rest at fingertip length and low cut tops and crop top/midriff shirts are prohibited. Ripped jeans that expose the thigh area are also not allowed. If a student is found to be in violation of the dress code, they will be asked to change into appropriate attire. If they do not have appropriate clothing available at the school, they will be permitted to make a phone call for someone to bring them a change of clothes or they will have the option of choosing attire from the GTMS clothes closet which contains clean, gently worn items that have been donated. Refusal to comply with the dress code may result in disciplinary action. We request your help in cutting down on time out of class for students by checking to make sure they are in compliance with dress code if at all possible.


Behavior: All students are expected to adhere to the Georgie D. Tyler Middle School student code of conduct. Failure or refusal to comply can result in disciplinary action up to suspension from school. Teachers are encouraged to reach out to parents regarding behaviors, however repeated acts of defiance will result in administrative involvement. Bullying, whether in person or online is not permitted and if found to be occurring during school hours, will result in disciplinary action. Students are able to report concerns to administration and the school counselor by filling out a student incident report. Students may also speak to school administration or guidance to report any concerns.


Grades: Grades are provided online through powerschool. You may log into powerschool to view grades at any time. If you have a question regarding grades or an assignment, please do not hesitate to call/email your child teacher with questions. Please also encourage your student to complete all assignments in a timely fashion. https://powerschool.iwcs.k12.va.us/public/


If you have any questions regarding the above topics, please do not hesitate to call the main office at 757-242-3229. Let’s work together to finish the school year strong. Go Titans!

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Isle of Wight County Schools Announces Calendar Change for 2018-2019 Last Day of School for Students will be Thursday, June 13; Last Day for Teachers and 10 Month Employees will be Friday, June 14

*When you click the image, it will take you to the form that must be filled out and turned into the main office. The yearbook is 30.00

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WHS Athletic Booster Club

Each year parents serve the school through the WHS Athletic Booster Club. This organization provides scholarship opportunities for students, concessions at sporting events, and funds many additional needs for our athletic teams. Due to a lack of consistent participation this organization will dissolve at the end of this school year if additional parents do not volunteer to help. A interest meeting will be held on June 5th at 5:30. If you would like to see the WHS Athletic Booster Club continue, please attend this meeting.



Future Duke Cookout

Windsor High School will be having a cookout and all freshmen (rising 9th graders) and transfer students and their families are invited! Make new friends, see old ones, and enjoy one last cookout with your Duke Community before summer's end! The cookout will start at 4:00pm on Thursday, August 29th prior to Open House, which will begin at 4:30pm and run until 7:30pm. This event will take place rain or shine (if it's raining, we will be inside the cafeteria). Please click https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScJk2tua95pfpuTx8YZb3jGS9fLL3MX2SGMeMcE4VOjtlwM4w/viewform to complete the RSVP form by 8/23 to help us better prepare.
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Parents, below is digital copy of the 2017-2018 Superintendents Annual Report. You may pick up a hard copy in the main office or request that one be sent home with your child

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Visitors to the school are not permitted to park in the fire lane in the front of the school unless it is dismissal time. Dismissal begins at 2:35 and finishes around 2:45. Please do not park in the fire lane or block the handicapped parking spaces during any other time of day. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

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Information Regarding Student Arrival Times and Supervision

Georgie D. Tyler Middle School doors open at 7:25am daily and students are released at 2:35pm unless there is an early release day. We do not currently offer a before school care or after school care program at GTMS. Staff are obligated to be in the building to receive students by 7:25am. We do not offer student supervision prior to the start of the school day. Also, our school nurse does not arrive until 7:25am. I do understand that as the weather changes, it may not be beneficial for students to arrive prior to 7:25am as temperatures have recently been in the 20's and 30's in the morning. I would like to remind parents that we do offer transportation services to all students who are zoned to attend GTMS. Students who take the bus will remain out of the elements until the bus is unloaded at 7:25am. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the main office at 757-242-3229. Thank you for your assistance with this matter.




Jessica Harding

Principal

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Student Lunch Accounts

Greetings parents,


Please check with the cafeteria manager to ensure that you are up to date with your student's lunch accounts. Letters have been mailed home to the parents of students who owe money on their accounts. If you have any questions, need to fill out a free or reduced lunch form or would like to know the balance of your student's account, please call the main office at 757-242-3229.

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Reminder of Attendance Procedures at GTMS

Attendance:

Did you know? Research shows that children who are in school most of the time do better on state tests. Studies also show that kids who are absent more often score lower on state tests. Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year. Thank you for partnering with us to provide your child with the best possible education.


Please note, when students are absent they are required to bring documentation of that absence upon their return to school. Please bring all notes to the main office.


Board Policy:

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Parent Reminders

Cell Phones:

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy is designed to challenge students academically. Students are required to abide by the policy. Students are permitted to use their own devices in classrooms, at the discretion of their teachers. Please note, devices are not to be used for personal or leisure activities during school hours. Students who do not abide by the policy are subject to disciplinary action. Please review the policy with your child and contact administration with any questions.

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Dress Code:

The student dress code, as outlined in the student handbook, is as follows:


Dress guidelines are designed to promote a standard of appearance that complements the learning environment.

* Appropriate clothing must be worn at all times.

* Dresses, skirts, or shorts are permitted as school attire as long as when the student stands, the bottom of the attire extends from the waist to below the fingertips (even when tights, leggings, or “jeggings” are worn). Skirts with slits that are above the extended fingertips may not be worn. Soffe shorts are prohibited.

* Items of clothing that expose midriffs or bare shoulders (i.e. tube tops) may not be worn.

* Tank tops or sleeveless shirts may be worn; however, the straps must be at least three inches in width.

* Tank top style undershirts may not be worn as shirts.

* The wearing of hats, bandanas, curlers, or sunglasses is forbidden.

* No student will be allowed to wear his or her pants below the waist exposing undergarments.

* Students are not allowed to wear ripped jeans that expose areas above the knee

* See-through clothes may not be worn at any time (e.g. lace shirts in which undergarments can be seen).

* Shirts, tops, dresses, blouses, may not be worn that expose cleavage.

* Items of clothing with advertisements of cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, pictures of weapons, offensive, obscene, or suggestive language/pictures may not be worn.

* Clothing that is distracting or hazardous (bedroom slippers, pajamas, etc.) to the normal operation of school is not allowed.

* Flip Flops and slides may not be worn (this causes a hazard on the stairs during emergencies).

* The administration reserves the right to deliver the final decision regarding appropriate dress. Students who are dressed inappropriately may be asked to change into an appropriate outfit. If necessary, the parent may be notified to bring appropriate clothing or pick up the student.


Students who are in violation of the dress code will first be asked if they have a change of clothes with them and given the opportunity to change. If the student does not have a change of clothes, they will be directed to the nurses office to determine if a change of clothes can be provided and/or to call home for a change of clothes. Thank you for your support in this matter.


Attendance:

Did you know? Research shows that children who are in school most of the time do better on state tests. Studies also show that kids who are absent more often score lower on state tests. Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the year. Thank you for partnering with us to provide your child with the best possible education.


Please note, when students are absent they are required to bring documentation of that absence upon their return to school.


Board Policy:

https://1.cdn.edl.io/Rlmu92O6OTfTGlE17nh9wrSRlVYzfHHCsVk4FXim0XRagfaX.pdf

Click below for GTMS Booster Club Information!

Please consider participating in our 2018-2019 fundraiser. All proceeds go towards the support of students and staff.


Booster club— https://gtmsboosterclub.webs.com/

Fundraiser site — https://gtmsboosterclub.webs.com/gtms-forms

Important Reminders and Updates

  • School hours are 7:25AM -2:35PM. Students can arrive starting at 7:25AM. There will be no adult supervision before 7:25AM. Office hours are 7:00am - 4:00pm

  • Breakfast is served in the cafeteria starting at 7:25AM each morning. The cost of breakfast is $1.25 and lunch is $2.65. You may upload money onto your child’s account at www.lunchprepay.com or send in cash or a check. Please don’t forget to complete and turn in the school lunch form.

  • Please see the school nurse for prescription medicine intake. All medicine must be accompanied by a parent and include a physician’s prescription. Students are not allowed to transport medicine to school.

  • Please ensure that you have completed or updated all yearly forms in powerschool.

Please click below for the 2018-2019 GTMS Drop off and Pick up Procedure Form

***Please be reminded that during drop off and pick up times, it is our expectation that all participants will remain respectful of all traffic laws. While we know that everyone is in a hurry to pick up their child, we ask that you please be aware of your surroundings and look both ways before pulling out. The safety of all participants is most important to us. Drop off and pick up times usually last about 10 minutes on average.***

Please click below for a copy of the 2018-2019 IWCS school calendar