Patriot Points

Powdersville Middle School - November/December 2015

Principal's Corner

Todd Binnicker, Principal

Even though the weather keeps changing on us and the leaves are falling outside the classrooms, the academics here at PVMS are staying constant. As I walk through the building and visit classrooms, there is a positive tone of enthusiasm around learning. I want to thank our parents for continuing to support our efforts in academic rigor and having all students complete all assignments to the best of their ability.

November and December will prove to be a very busy months for us at Powdersville Middle as numerous activities are scheduled including basketball games, musical concerts, and our PTSO Winter Dance. Please see “Events” section of our newsletter.

As we enter this wonderful time of year, on behalf of the faculty and staff of Powdersville Middle, I would like to take this opportunity to say I am thankful for our students, parents, and community and wish all of you a most joyous holiday season.


Mark McCall, Assistant Principal

Parents are reminded that there should be NO PARKING in the bus circle between 7:10 - 8:15 am and 2:15 - 3:45 pm. Please park in an available parking space ONLY so buses can drive thru the bus-loading area during those times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Reminder for Students Walking to Powdersville Elementary After School

If you have a child at Powdersville Elementary and Powdersville Middle, the middle school student may use the crosswalk to walk over and meet their ride at the elementary school. Parents must park in the elementary school parking lot and walk to the crosswalk to meet their child before the crossing guard will allow them to cross. Thanks for your cooperation in keeping all our students as safe as possible during dismissal. Call Mr. Binnicker or Mr. McCall at 269-1821 if you have any questions or concerns.

PVMS Athletic Update

Coach Kevin Williams, Athletic Director

The fall sports season has just finished up at Powdersville Middle, and what an exciting volleyball and football season it was. The football team finished up the season with a 4-4 record and a 4th place finish in the AOP Division 2 Region. Highlighting the season were wins against Gettys, West Oak, Pickens, and Walhalla. Congratulations to all the coaches and players on a great season.

Our volleyball team had an unbelievable season! Their final record was 12-4 with a 2nd place finish in the AOP Division 2 Region. The season was highlighted by sweeps against Palmetto and Wren. Congratulations to Coach Lynn and all the girls on the team.

Also, congratulations to all the middle school Patriots who were members of the cross country, girls golf, girls tennis, and competition cheerleading teams this fall.

The Fall Athletic Banquet will be held on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:30 in the Powdersville High Auditorium. All players and parents should plan to attend. Refreshments will be served.

As our fall season is ending, our winter sports season is getting started. Congratulations to the following for making the boys and girls basketball teams:

Girls Basketball:

Anna Leigh Bostic, Annelise Few, Rebecca Alls, Kerrigan Konkle, Kyra Floyd, Lauren Bufford, Madelyn Thobe, Madison Lance, Jennifer Becerra, Lydia Burrows, Isabel Jones, and Joye Elrod. Managers: Jenna McWhite and Taylor Davis.

Boys Basketball:

Jay Adams, Kavion Morris, Draylan Burton, Jacob Moore, Brandon Ballenger, Jackson Hardy, Tamajia Strickland, David Cordle, Joe McGuff, Brian Lowery, Quez Owens, Joey Holzhauer, Cameron Moore, and Walker Merritt. Managers: Jay Humphrey, Kai Williams, and Michael Testa.

Good luck to Coach Humphries, Coach Lockaby, and all the players this season.

Please consider having dinner at Zaxby's on December 7 between 5-8. The PVMS Athletic Department will receive 10% of all sales that evening.

Lady Patriot Volleyball Team Takes Second Place

Stephanie Lynn, Coach

Janice Rice-Kafafy, Assistant Coach

A huge congratulations goes to the Lady Patriot volleyball team who completed their 2015 season in 2nd place. It was a hard-fought battle, but the girls rose to the occasion, entered their division tournament in second place, and then maintained it throughout the tournament on October 24th at Palmetto High School. The team was made up of five returning eighth graders, Taylor Burger, Reagan Davis, Emma Love, Ellie Meyers, and Avery Stoneman; and seven first-time seventh graders, Abbie Brooks, Olivia Knutson, Carlie Mahon, Grace O'Neill, Madelyn Thobe, Lauren Waggner, and Aubrey White. The season was filled with many great accomplishments and the coaches would like to let the girls know how proud they are of the growth and sacrifices that each of them made throughout this amazing season!!!

ORDER YOUR GIFT CARDS FOR THE HOLIDAYS from PVMS! For more information, contact the school office or click on the link below.

7th and 8th Grade Art Classes Use a Variety of Media

Debra Limbaugh, 7th/8th Grade Art Teacher

Mrs. Limbaugh’s 7th and 8th grade art and gifted art classes have been very busy and focused this year as students have experimented with various media to create oil and chalk pastel dragons, acrylic impressionist paintings, sculptures, clay faces, posters, door decorations, and Christmas card designs.

Recently, students participated in three contests…..the Lion’s Club International Peace poster contest, the Anderson One Christmas card design contest, and the Decorate Your Way to the Big Game decorating contest. The top three entries for the International Peace poster contest were submitted by 8th grader, Ashley Holliday, and 7th graders Lauren Stover and Olivia Parsons. Ashley’s poster was chosen as the first place winner to represent our school. Her work has now been sent to the Lion’s Club district competition. We wish Ashley continued success in this competition, and we are very proud of how well she represents our school and art program.

Each art student also created a Christmas card design for the ASD1 Christmas card design contest. The top 3 designs chosen were designed by 8th graders, Macy Forthun and Maggie Ahern, and 7th grader, Abbie Brooks. Each of these students created a wonderful design inspired by the theme, Symbols of Christmas. Macy Forthun’s design depicting a display of beautifully colored Christmas lights was chosen to represent our school in the contest. Congratulations to Macy.

The third contest was a door/bulletin board decorating contest. Read Your Way to the Big Game is sponsored by the Education Oversight Committee. One 8th grade art class worked diligently to create a ‘balanced’ Clemson vs Carolina display to encourage a love of reading in all South Carolina youth. This has been a very busy year, but the PVMS art students are rising to the challenge.

Drama and 6th Grade Art Classes

Ms. Julie Richard, Teacher

The drama classes are in full swing! Eighth grade drama students have written and performed an original piece for the Veteran's Day performance. Sonya, one of our parents, donated the military uniforms for our part in the program. Thank you so much!!! 7th grade drama classes are in the middle of two projects: creating a short play based on a children's book for an elementary age audience and a murder mystery they hope to share as an evening performance.

Sixth grade art students finished their fiber arts unit, creating a weaving from yarn donated by the wonderful owner of Yarn and Y'all ( Some students wove on a card and some chose to weave a branch. Come see the display of their amazing work in the library. Their next unit will focus on learning the elements of design and composition through photography.

Faith Bates was the winner of the holiday card contest in the 6th grade. Faith's winning design will go onto the district level for a chance to be the district's holiday card. Congratulations to Faith!

If you have any art supplies or costumes you would like to donate, we would love to have them!!!

Becoming College and Career Ready

PVMS eighth grade students participated in the 2015 Anderson-Oconee-Pickens Business & Industry Showcase at the Anderson Civic Center. Our students had the opportunity to visit different business displays from various career clusters and discuss with the employers what education and skills are needed to be a member of their team. Over 40 local companies were on hand to share information about their area of expertise and job opportunities available. This was a great experience for our students as they continue their career development and begin the Individual Graduation Planning process for high school and beyond!

Students in Mrs. Rice-Fafafy's Class Prepare for Projects

Janice Rice-Kafafy, Teacher

We're excited about receiving the Special Olympics Project UNIFY grant. This grant will fund activities that will promote the unification of typically developing students with their special needs peers. In addition, there are already motions in progress to begin a Bocce competition next Fall season between Powdersville and Palmetto.

"Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Patriot Prints is up and running!! This is a new classroom business that we're beginning and to start us off, we're selling monogrammed Christmas tree ornaments. You can get these in Clemson, USC, and Patriot colors and in two different sizes, 60mm or 70mm. Get your orders in so we can have them ready by Christmas break. You can find a flyer for these in the front office and you can e-mail Mrs. Rice-Kafafy at if you have any questions.

Camp Greenville Update

Toni Carson, 7th Grade Teacher

Seventh graders are planning their annual trip to Camp Greenville for May 18 - May 20. The total cost for the trip is $155 and all money is due by the end of January. There are still a few spots left!! If you want to participate and have not yet signed up, be sure to pay the deposit to save your space! Parents who wish to chaperone must complete a Volunteer Application, which is available on the school website and in the school office.

2016 Yearbook...You Need to Know!

Julie Richard, Teacher/Advisor

The yearbook staff has been working very hard to make our yearbook a documentation of 2015-16 that students will enjoy for years to come. The cost of the yearbook is $37 and can be purchased by sending a check to Mrs. German, by making a payment on our school website, or by purchasing online through the Jostens website. The Jostens website even offers a payment plan.

Donations are being accepted at this time for yearbooks to be given to deserving students who may not be able to purchase one. Our goal is to see every 8th grade student leave PVMS with a memento of his/her time here. Please help us make a smile happen on yearbook distribution day.

The yearbook staff is taking orders for business and 8th grade personalization ads. Please see the link on our school webpage or go to the Jostens website and create your own ad. If you need any help with ads please contact Ms. Richard at

Buy your yearbook early...don't risk missing this great keepsake!


Julie Forthun, PTSO President


In lieu of product sales or collecting pledges this year, we’re simply asking our PVMS families for donations to PTSO. Your donations will help support many activities throughout the year that focus on student learning as well as fun! You may send your donation to school with your student (checks made payable to PVMS PTSO), or for your convenience you may donate online on the school website. No amount is too small! If we all give a little, our PTSO can do great things for our kids this year. Students who donate $20 or more will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card. (If your family has more than one PVMS student, each will be eligible for the drawing.) Students who donate an amount under $20 will be entered for a prize drawing.


  • Popcorn Day/Hat Day - November 20 - Students may purchase popcorn for 50 cents and they may wear a hat for $1
  • Christmas Dance - December 15 from 3:00-5:00 - **Please note that this is a date change from the previous newsletter
  • Fun Day - April 8 - Students will enjoy an afternoon of outdoor fun! Look for more details in a future newsletter.
  • 8th Grade Farewell Dance - May 31 from 6:00-8:00


Thanks to Janice Gaskill and her team of volunteers for a fabulous haunted house! We also appreciate everyone who supported our recent Spirit Nights at Brushy Creek BBQ and Chick-fil-A! Look for more spirit night dates to be announced soon.


PTSO will be selling concessions at our home basketball games! If you are interested in helping, please contact Julie at or Jessica at This job will be fun and easy and will just require a couple hours of your time during the games. The dates for the games are: December 3, December 7, December 12, December 17, January 4, January 11, January 14, and January 25. You may help at one or all of the games. Any time that you can volunteer is appreciated!

Our dance committee welcomes your help as well! If you’re interested in volunteering (decorating, concessions, set up, clean up), please contact Annie at 864-908-9343.

Our Fun Day committee will be meeting in January to make plans for this spring event. If you’re interested in helping to make our Fun Day exciting for our students, please contact Julie at

As always, we thank you for supporting PTSO!

Upcoming Christmas Concerts

  • Strings Christmas concert - Thursday, December 3 - 6:30 pm - Powdersville High School auditorium

  • Chorus Christmas concert - Monday, December 7 - 6:30 pm - Powdersville Middle School cafeteria

  • Band Christmas concert - Thursday, December 10 - 7pm - Powdersville High School auditorium

It's easy! Help our school earn free equipment and classroom supplies!!

We Appreciate our Community Businesses!!

Many thanks to Mary Thomas and Brushy Creek Bar-B-Q for their $100 donation to Powdersville Middle School PTSO and their support of our Spirit Night Fundraiser!

Thanks, also, to Five Guys of Easley, for their donation of gift cards to our PTSO and their support of Powdersville Middle School!

We also appreciate Chick-Fil-A of Powdersville for their support of our Spirit Nights sponsored by PTSO, athletics, and Beta Clubs.

November Events

2 - Fall Break

6-17 Scholastic Book Fair

11 - Veterans Day

17 - 7th grade Beta Club - 2:30-3:15 p.m.

23 - Basketball at McCants - 5:30 p.m.

25-27 Thanksgiving Holidays

30 - Guardians of the Library - 2:45-3:25 p.m.

30 - Basketball at Honea Path - 5:30 p.m.


3 - Basketball vs Belton - 5:30 p.m.

7 - Basketball vs Honea Path - 5:30 p.m.

7 - Chorus Concert - 6 p.m. - PVMS Cafetorium

7 - Spirit Night at Zaxby's - 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

10 - Basketball at Belton - 5:30 p.m.

10 - Band Concert - 7:00 p.m. - PVHS Auditorium

14 - Basketball at Palmetto - 5:30 p.m.

15 - Christmas Dance - 3:00 - 5:00 - Sponsored by PTSO

17 - Basketball vs Riverside - 5:30 p.m.

18 - Last school day before Christmas holidays

December 19 - January 3 - Christmas Holidays


4 - Students and staff return to school

4 - Basketball vs Pickens - 5:30 p.m.

7 - Basketball at Wren - 5:30 p.m.

11 - Basketball vs Walhalla - 5:30 p.m.

13 - End of 2nd nine-weeks

14 - Basketball vs Palmetto - 5:30 p.m.

15 - Staff development - Students do not report

18 - Martin Luther King Holiday