Patriot Points

Winter 2017

Principal's Corner

Todd Binnicker, Principal

The school year continues rolling along with numerous activities scheduled for February and March. Character education knighting ceremonies, recognition of Black History Month, Early Act Council Valentine dance, and our PTSO Fundraiser are just a few of these planned activities. Please see “Dates to Remember” in this edition of our newsletter and/or visit our website at to confirm the activities in which you may be interested.

Eighth grade parents, we will also be in the early stages of planning for next year as we begin preparation for CAPS (Career Action Plan for Students) conferences, which will be on March 24, 2017. Please see the CAPS section for more specific information.

Sixth and seventh grade parents, in a process called Plan of Action Toward High School (PATH), we will be meeting in May to introduce the teachers and explain expectations for the next grade level.

As always, thank you for your continued support of Powdersville Middle School: where character, confidence, and commitment abound.

8th Grade CAPS Conferences

Ansley Merritt and Anna Padgett, Guidance Counselors

Eighth grade parents, we will be holding our annual CAPS conferences on Friday, March 24, 2017. CAPS (Career Action Plan for Students) conferences are designed to formally begin or continue the process of developing a career action plan for our students. The recommendation and selection of classes for each rising ninth grade student and how those classes relate to the student’s placement in the Freshman Academy at Powdersville High School will be discussed. Current 8th grade students and their parents will be asked to meet at Powdersville High School for their conference. Parents and students may tour the high school afterwards if they wish. Please plan to attend either on Thursday, March 10 from 3:30 pm-6:30 pm or Friday, March 11 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. The conference will take approximately 15-20 minutes, and no appointment is necessary.

I sincerely hope all of our parents and students are able to attend. We believe it is never too early to plan for the future of our students.

Yearbook Order Deadline is February 24

The last day to preorder a yearbook is Friday, February 24. Because we were unable to take yearbook orders on school orientation night, many, many students have not ordered a yearbook. Yearbooks can be preordered for $34.25 with check or cash through Mrs. German in the library, or with a credit card online using this link:

Yearbooks cannot be preordered after February 24. Any extra yearbooks sold at distribution will be $40. Homeroom teachers have up to date lists of who has purchased a yearbook in their class or email Mrs. German.

Last Chance for 8th Grade Student Yearbook Ads

Parents of 8th grade students, if you want to purchase a recognition ad for your 8th grade student, the deadline for doing so is Friday, February 10. A recognition ad is a great way to congratulate your student on finishing middle school. The ads will appear in the back of the yearbook, in full color. Please go to the link on the front page of the school website for more information.

State Testing Schedule

Barbara Dansby, Testing Coordinator/Guidance Counselor

The State Department of Education has announced the standardized tests that students in grades 3-8 will take for the next five years. The new test is called SC READY and should be fairly similar to the PASS test with some modifications.

SC READY (ELA and Math)

6th and 7th grades - April 26 - 28

8th grade (online) - Current "testing window" is April 19 - 29

SC PASS (Science and Social Studies)

May 11 - 12

End-of-Course (Students in Honors English and Algebra 1)

May 16 - Algebra

May 17 - ELA

Let us Lead by Serving Others

Tammi Collins and Jean Nimmer, 7th Grade Beta Club Sponsors

The seventh-grade Beta Club continues an exciting year of learning and service. During our November meeting, members created Christmas cards for residents at Oakview Park Retirement Center and finished producing motivational posters to be displayed throughout our school.

December’s meeting was a highlight to our year. The club members and sponsors walked to Oakview Park Retirement Center, sang Christmas songs and carols, chatted with the residents, and delivered the cards that were created at November’s meeting. The residents and their family members enjoyed the music and the attention given by the seventh graders. Lots of smiles radiated throughout the room.

During our January meeting, members were challenged to create sentences using a given pattern. Mrs. Nimmer and Miss Collins enjoyed watching teams of students trying to create the sentences. We will continue this challenge at a future meeting.

Our seventh-grade Beta members have served for well over 300 hours in our community during first and second nine weeks. Third nine weeks’ service hours forms are due no later than March 21, 2017. Students have been reminded that service hour forms may be turned in at any time prior to the deadline. Once students have completed the required two hours of service and have their forms signed, they should go ahead and turn in the form.

We look forward to the remainder of the school year with our seventh-grade Beta Club members.

Middle School Wrestlers Place in Tournament

Sean Mascaro, Coach

The following middle school wrestlers placed in the top 6 in their respective weight classes in the first round of the Middle School State Wrestling Tournament: Tom Ross, Carson Syvock (undefeated), Jacob Cree, Robbie Dosher, Caden Beck, Matthew Cain, Blake Waugh, Nathan Stimmell, Luke Jordan, Alex Davis (undefeated), Connor Graham (undefeated). Congratulations to Alex Davis, who advanced to the Carolina Invitational Finals, where he went 1-2.

Students Receive Art Awards

Debra Limbaugh, 7th/8th Art Teacher

Congratulations to the following 7th/8th grade art students for their recent accomplishments.

Seventh grader, Abigail Jordan’s International Peace poster design was chosen to represent Powdersville Middle School in the Lions Club Upstate District competition. Abigail placed 2nd at this level. School runners up for the design contest were Olivia Kirkland, Makayla Riechmann, and Aiden Parisi.

Also, eighth graders, Wade Todd, Alexis Hickey, Morgan Bookbinder, Lauren Stover, Emmaline Few, Allie Hughes, and Avery Mustar had designs chosen to represent our school in the Keep Anderson County Beautiful Anti-Litter Art contest. Allie Hughes’ design was chosen to represent the month of September, and Avery Mustar’s design was chosen as grand prize winner to be displayed on the cover of the calendar.

Congratulations to all of these students. We are so proud of your hard work and excellence.

Band Students Chosen for All-County and Region Bands

Chris Mitchell, Band/Choral Director

Congratulations to the following students who were chosen as members of the Anderson All-County Band, which performed at Anderson University in January: Morgan Bookbinder, Abbie Grimes, Sophie Hawkins, Trevor Neuburger, and Kalieb Turner.

Congratulations also go out to Jesse Vite, Morgan Bookbinder, and Trevor Neuburger for being chosen as members of the Region Band, which will perform at Lexington High School on February 27.

EarlyAct Council (Student Council) News

Jean Nimmer, Kim Goforth, EA Council Sponsors

In December, the Student Council sponsored a Book Drive. Students were encouraged to donate new or gently used books. The participation was outstanding! Over 1700 books were collected and donated to the Greenville Literacy Association whose mission is “to enrich our community by increasing literacy.” A competition was held among the Advisory classes to see who could donate the most books. The winning classes received a doughnut party. The winning classes were Mrs. Davis’s 6th grade Advisory class; Mrs. Nimmer’s 7th grade Advisory class; and Mrs. Robinson’s 8th grade Advisory class. Thank you for making this Book Drive such a success!

During February, the council is sponsoring several activities and fundraisers for Valentine’s Day. Students may purchase “Send-A-Kiss” vali-grams for all of their friends! Each small bag of Hershey Kisses is $1.00 and may be purchased during lunch through February 9th. We are also sponsoring dress-up days. For a requested donation of $3, students may dress up on Monday, Love Your Team Day; Tuesday, Pajama Day; Wednesday, Monochromatic Day; and Thursday, Tacky Day. Finally, the Valentine’s Dance will be held on Friday, February 12 from 3:00 - 5:00. The cost of admission is $5 for all students. All proceeds from these fundraisers will benefit the Cancer Association of Anderson. This is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to Anderson County residents who are undergoing treatments for cancer. We look forward to this fun afternoon!

Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students

Benita Kirkland, RN

All students entering 7th grade in South Carolina are required to have the Tdap vaccine or an exemption certificate prior to the start of school. In an effort to help, DHEC will be hosting a Tdap Clinic at PVMS in late March/early April (date to be determined). Please be watching for a letter and consent forms to come home with your student in the next couple weeks. Please contact me with any questions.

Anderson School District One Illness Policy

Benita Kirkland, RN

In an effort to decrease the spread of contagious illness at school, the school district would like to remind you of the following:

· If your student has a fever, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. (This means without the use of fever reducing medications). Fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4 or greater.

· If your student has diarrhea, he/she must be diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school. (This means without the use of diarrhea suppressing medication). Diarrhea is defined as 3 or more episodes of loose stools in a 24 hour period.

· A student must not come to school if vomiting 2 or more times in 24 hours. A student should have 1 or 2 meals without vomiting before returning to school.

As we are still in the midst of flu season, please click on the following link for additional information concerning what to watch for and how to care for family members with flu symptoms:

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February Events

8-12 - Spirit events to raise money for the Cancer Association of Anderson

8 - Love Your Team Day ($3 to dress up all week)

9 - EarlyAct Council meeting - 7 a.m. - Room 103

9 - Pajama Day

9 - Zaxby's PTSO fundraiser - 5:00-8:00 p.m.

9 - Mandatory NY trip meeting - 7 p.m. - cafetorium

10 - Monochromatic Day

11 - Tacky Day

12 - Valentine Dance 3:00-5:00 pm - $5 admission for all students

12 - Spelling Bee - 1:00 - Media Center

15 - Staff Development - Students do not attend

17 - Progress Reports Issued

16 - 7th Grade Beta Club – 2:30 p.m.

23 - Beta Club Induction – 6:30 p.m. – cafetorium

29 - Guardians of the Library meeting – 2:45 p.m. – Media Center

March Events

8 - EarlyAct Council Meeting - 7am

11 - Staff Development – Students do not report

11 - Scholastic Book Fair begins (through March 22)

14 - Zaxby’s Night sponsored by 7th Grade Beta Club

15 - 7th Grade Beta Club meeting – 2:30pm

18 - Knighting Ceremonies

8:05 7th Grade

9:00 6th Grade

10:00 8th Grade

22 - End of 3rd nine weeks

22 - Scholastic Book Fair ends

25 - School is in session (Snow make-up day)

28 – April 1 Spring Break

April Events

4 - Spring football conditioning begins – 3:00-4:30 pm

(every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in April)

7 - Strings Concert – 6:30 pm @ PVHS

8 - PTSO sponsored Fun Day – 1 pm

11 - Guardians of the Library meeting – 2:45-3:25pm

12 - EarlyAct Council meeting – 7 am

14 - Football parent meeting – 5 pm – Gym

19 - 7th Grade Beta Club – 2:30 pm

19 - Online "testing window" begins for 8th grade ELA and Math (through May 29) SC READY

25 - Zaxby’s night 5:00-8:00 pm

26 - 28 SC READY - 6th and 7th grades, ELA and Math

Plan Ahead...


1 - 29 Online "testing window" continues for 8th grade ELA and Math - SC READY

25 - PVHS Graduation - 12:30 - Bon Secours Wellness Center, Greenville

30 - Memorial Day Holiday

31 - 8th Grade Dance - 6 pm


2 - Last day of school for students