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GHMS Newsletter - 1/8/21

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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Important Points for Parents

Happy New Year to All of the Bulldog Families!!! It was great to see all of the students back, whether that be in person or virtually!!! We missed you guys!!!

ST-ARTS Program

There have been multiple emails about this program recently, but this is the final reminder! Deadline for the Intent to Audition Form is TODAY!!! Please see the embedded link in the attached flyer below.

Parent Portal

Here is the link to Parent Portal.

Virtual Job Shadow Day - 8th Grade Only

Attention 8th Grade Parents

Job Shadow Day is around the corner!!! The event will look a bit different this year; however we have an exciting activity planned for our 8th grade students. This coming Monday (A day) and Tuesday (B day) students will be engaging in an online Job Shadow experience. Students will watch videos of a chosen professional and will then complete a reflection activity. Please have your student bring a pair of headphones with them (Monday for A day students, Tuesday for B day students) for this activity. Bluetooth headphones will not connect in the building. Students will need a pair of "old school" headphones with a standard jack (see picture for an example). Our 8th grade virtual students will also be participating, but they will not have to have headphones. We look forward to our students learning about potential careers next week!

Student Council

We are going to be starting up our Student Council for the second semester. Please fill out this application if you would like to be considered for the 20-21 GHMS Student Council.

It is due by the end of the day FRIDAY JANUARY 15, 2021.

Important Information for PE classes!


ALL PE classes (face-to-face & virtual) will begin our Human Sexuality Unit on Monday, January 11th. Please see the attached, grade level specific, handouts for more information on what will be covered during their lessons. If you would like your student to opt out of the lesson please complete the form and/or communicate with Coach Hamilton or Coach Gesell.

Coach Hamilton -

Coach Gesell -

Need some extra help - Check out!

Hello Bulldog Families! As a reminder, we have access to a wonderful resource to help with your student's academic studies! The resource is called and includes real time tutoring from 8am-10pm Sunday through Saturday. This is a free resource added by the State Department of Education to assist students with their virtual or independent learning days.

To access the resource, simply click on the Discus icon in your student's ClassLink LaunchPad (this link can be found on the GHMS website page or by clicking here). We have heard great reviews from our students that have used it as a resource. All resources are listed alphabetically, by subject or by grade level. For more information, please read below!


The K-12 Student Center includes Live Homework Help, WriteTutor Center, Test Prep Center, and a SkillsCenter Resource Library. Tutors are available with no appointment needed! features a variety of resources for students of all ages:

  • Reading assistance for grades K-7 and grades 8-12 including genres, main idea, points of view, and text structures
  • Math assistance and drop-off for Algebra I & II, Pre-calculus and Calculus, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Statistics
  • Science assistance in biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics
  • Writing tutors
  • Computer literacy for Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • English assistance including grammar, literature, and vocabulary
  • ESL and ELL for grades K-7 and grades 8-12
  • Social studies – U.S. History, European History, World History, and Civics
  • World languages – French, German, Spanish, and Italian
  • SAT, PSAT, and ACT Test Prep
  • AP Test Prep
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School Counseling Information!

Be sure to check out the December edition of the Guidance Gazette attached below.

Check out the Counselors' Corner for more information from your school counselors.

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio, 8th grade

Ms. Lisa Ross, 7th grade

Mr. Marc Wesseling, 6th grade

Important Dates

Jan. 11th - Virtual Job Shadowing Day (8th grade only)

Jan. 11th - Basketball game vs. PKMS @ 5:00 (Girls - HOME / Boys - Away)

Jan. 14th - Basketball game vs. SFMS @ 5:00 (Girls - Away / Boys - HOME)

Jan. 18th - Martin Luther King Day - NO SCHOOL

Jan. 21st - Basketball game vs. BTMS @ 5:00 (Girls - HOME / Boys - Away)

Jan. 22nd - Instructional Half Day - Dismissal will be 11:35

Jan. 25th - Basketball game vs. FMMS @ 5:00 (Girls - Away / Boys - HOME)

Jan. 25th - Teacher Work Day

Jan. 28th - Basketball game vs. ILMS @ 5:00 (Girls - HOME / Boys - Away)

Feb. 1st - Basketball game vs. PKMS @ 5:00 (Girls - Away / Boys - HOME)

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Order your yearbooks today!

To order your yearbook, please go to the Josten's website. Click "Yearbook", and then type in Gold Hill Middle School. All orders will go through Josten's this year.

Back Pack Program

Fort Mill School District currently participates in the Backpack Program in collaboration with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide a “backpack” full of nutritious, ready to eat foods that is sent home on weekends and holidays to identified students at the elementary level. We would like to know if this is something any of our families need at the middle school level. If this is something that would benefit your family, please email your School Counselor.

6th grade: Mr. Wesseling,

7th grade: Ms. Ross,

8th grade: Mrs. DiMaggio,

Jeans for Teens

We have a very cool charitable opportunity that has been set up by one of our former Bulldogs, Blake Coston. Jeans for Teens helps to provide blue jeans for teenagers who are experiencing homelessness. Blake started this project several years ago, and is still working to provide this service for our community. Families can bring in new or lightly used blue jeans to donate to the Children's Attention Home. The Jeans for Teens box is located in the main lobby by the guidance offices. Just drop the jeans in the box and you are good to go! This is a cool opportunity to help one of our former Bulldogs make a difference in the lives of other teenagers.

Student Pick-Up List

Parents, please complete the form to identify anyone who is able to pick up your child. People who are not on this list will not be able to sign your child out without your permission, so please take a second to complete the form.

Please remember students are not allowed to be signed out between 2:40 and 3:10.

Corporate PTA Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our PTA Sponsors for their continued commitment and dedication to our students and school!