Hughes Academy Weekly Update

September 18, 2023

A Note from Principal Mayes

Hughes Community,

Thank you for another great week at Hughes Academy! Our students and teachers are working hard and we are tracking our data to ensure success. As always, please be sure to check your student's grades, behavior, and peer influences. We are all working on the same team to produce productive and successful citizens.

A couple of things to remember/remind your student.

  1. Students must have IDs on at all times, have their chrome book charged, and be in dress code.
  2. Please talk to your students about grades and communicate with their teachers and counselors when needed.
  3. Get your students involved in our activities. We have a lot going on and would love more participation from parents and students.
  4. Join SIC and/or PTSA
  5. Students who are walking should be reminded to watch for motor vehicles and remain on the sidewalk as best they can.

Upcoming Events

September 15 - October 15 - National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 18 - Volleyball Game vs.Greenville Middle (Away) 5:30

September 19 - National IT Professional Day

September 20 - Volleyball Game vs. Bryson (Home) 5:30

September 25 - Volleyball Game vs. Ralph Chandler (Away) 5:30

September 22-29 - Book Fair

September 27 - High School Magnet Showcase

September 28 - Block Party Open House

September 29 - PSAT

October - National Principal Month

October 2- School Custodian Appreciation Day

October 3 and 4 - 7th Grade Field Trip to CMI Mechatronics

October 5 - Fine Arts Center visit Interested 8th graders

October 6 - Parent Party

October 7 - Robotics Scrimmage at JL Mann

October 10 - Prospective Parent/Magnet Night Open House 5:30 - 7:00

October 11 - End of Q1

October 12 and 13 - Teacher Work Days - No School for students

October 16 - ELA District Assessment

October 17 - Math District Assessment

October 18 - Science (6th grade only) District Assessment

October 19 and 20 - Make-up District Assessment

October 21 - Hughes Academy Robotics Competition

October 25 - 8th grade Field Trip to CMI Mechatronics

October 26 - PTSA Make-Up Testing (8th graders)

October 27 - Picture Day

Visit our Hughes PTSA Website

Follow Hughes on INSTAGRAM



By becoming a PTSA member, you'll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education as well as on being involved in their world. They'll see you taking a stand to make education better for them and their peers, and chances are they'll do the same. PLUS, IF YOUR CHILD JOINS THEY WILL GET A “DRESS-DOWN” DAY.


Support our school by being a Hughes Hero, Commendable Cougar, or Hughes Ambassadors. Visit MemberHub/GiveBacks store, or by reaching out to Lee Stalvey or Kristen McLean.

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See you there!

At Panera on Augusta Street, from 4-8 pm mention Hughes in person or use code FUND4U online and 20% come back to our school.

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Tickets are now on sale for the annual Hughes Parent Party! Join us for food, fun, and fellowship with other Hughes parents and staff. The party will be held Friday, October 6 from 6-9 pm at the home of Kaitlyn and Courtland Williams. Tickets are $40/person or $70/couple and include dinner from a local food truck, appetizers, drinks, and fun! Visit the MemberHub store to purchase tickets today!

Robotics Competition Volunteer Opportunity

We are very excited to host a Robotics Competition at Hughes this year! The Hughes Academy Robotics Competition will be held Saturday, October 21. We are looking for volunteers to help with concessions at the event. One shift will be from 8 am - 12 pm, and one shift from 12-3 pm. Here’s the signup link

Where is My Spiritwear?

All online orders of spiritwear are currently in production and will arrive sometime in October. They will be sent home with your student when they arrive. Check Hughes social media for updates, and thank you for your support of Hughes!

Media Center Volunteers Needed AND Amazon Wishlist

The Hughes Media Center still has a few spots left for Book Fair volunteers! These spots are during the Open House/Curriculum Night/Block Party on the evening of September 28. Click here to sign up to volunteer.

If you would like to support the Media Center by purchasing prizes for the Book Fair, an Amazon wishlist for prizes is below. You can bring the prizes into the media center anytime before September 22 or have them delivered to the school directly from Amazon if you would like to contribute.

Click here for the Amazon Wishlist.

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Shop and a % goes to Hughes! Sign up for a account and link Hughes to your account. Tell the cashier at Harris Teeter to add Hughes to your VIC card. All the details are HERE.


September 19 (Tue) – Spirit Night at Panera

September 29 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

October 6 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

October 6 (Fri) – PARENT PARTY – Backyard Bash (GET YOUR TICKETS)

October 12-13 (Thur & Fri) – NO SCHOOL FALL BREAK

October 27 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

November 3 (Fri) – Cougar Shack

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Business Sponsors

Charter Capital - Nicole Cheeves

Theodore Group CPA - AJ Theodore

Pintail - Tyson Smoak, Ross Kester, Penn Williams

SPECO Contracting LLC - Evan Proffitt

PRODOH - Mell Proffitt

Carolina Pools - Mary Adam

Davis Orthodontist - Buddy Davis

Blair Miller - Wilson Associates Real Estate

United Community Bank - Michelle Seaver

Palmetto Family Orthodontist - Rush Baker Caldwell

ANVIS Alarm - Drew Sturtevant

Catharine Sturtevant Realtor with Coldwell Banker Caine

United Home Loan Services - Billy Howard

Lowcountry Male - Mario Menendez MD

Ashley Swann Coldwell Banker Caine land M Industrials - Tracy Mardre

Cintas - Lewis Lowry

Holder Electric Supply - Justin Blum

Cassidy Coates Price - Amber Glidewell

Amanda Harbin - McGehee Real Estate

HPL+P Law - Stokely Holder, David Padgett, Will Littlejohn and Lee Prickett Bell Carrington Price & Gregg Attorneys at Law - Johnny Walker Katharine Phipps LLC-Attorney at Law - Katie Phipps Todem Brands - Rhem Galloway

NAI Earle Furman - Jon Good

The Boardman Group - Farrah Redmon

Gossett Concrete Pipe Co. Inc - Janie G. Marchbanks

Savvy Inc - Caroline Kimball

Stanley Steemer

ARCooint Labs of Greenville - Byron Perry

SGC Surveying - Jason Henry Connelly

Senior Helpers - Courtney Bohman

Caroline Croft, Realtor - Coldwell Banker Caine Lucas Systems, Inc. - Brad Lucas Southern First Bamk - Sylvia King

Jeannette Schell / Realtor at Coldwell Banker Caine

Majestic Builders

Bannister, Wyatt & Stalvey Attorneys at Law

Hughes Heroes

Tara Langston

Monica Callahan

Julie Ball

Lacey Morgan

Ashley Swann

Sydney Mercurio

Jeanette Van Ginhoven

Kathleen Lominack

Lindsey Batavia

David & Janie Marchbanks

The Bryan Family

Commendable Cougars

Rebecca and Corey Gault

Eldon and Meredith Gowens

Ann and Cotton Clarke

Hedrick and Derek Lewis

Jonathan and Emily Cole

Jeff and Julie Wilson

Anna Blair and Price Cameron

Kristen & Andy Minaudo

Brooke and Eddie Smith

Mary Lois and Zac Freeland

Kelly and Charles Warren

Mae Todd and Bo Mullins

Radford and Kyleigh Jenkins

Billy & Kimberly Howard

Justin & Mary Douglas Hirsch

Kevin and Kristy Laird Emily and John Merrell

Meredith and Lee Prickett

Sheet-Perry Family


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GCS Graduation Plus

As part of the GCS Graduation Plus initiative, the district-wide 7th Grade Career Fair is coming up on November 8th! All 7th-grade students will be bringing home a permission form for an adult at home to sign on Monday (9/18) afternoon. This event is FREE for all students, but they HAVE to bring a signed permission form back to school to attend by October 6th at 3:30 pm. There will be no late permission forms accepted. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Torlay or Mrs. Tenholder.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Activities 9/15 - 10/15

This year Hughes Academy is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month! Check out the school activities and the community activities available.

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Hughes Academy Magnet/Prospective Parent Open House

October 10, 2023

5:30 to 7:00

This meeting is for all interested magnet and prospective families!

Come and experience our 21st-century middle school activities from 5:30 to 7:00!

We will have an informational meeting about Hughes Academy and the Magnet Process from 6:00 to 6:30.

Magnet Windows, Application Process, Open House Schedule

The GCS Magnet Academy application window for the 2023-2024 school year will open on Monday, November 13, 2023. Magnet applications will be available in “Parent Backpack.” For more information, visit the GCS Magnet Page .

Click here for the Greenville County Magnet Round Schedule. I encourage 8th grade families interested in applying for a Greenville County Magnet High School to apply in round one. Schools do fill up in quickly.

Click here for the Magnet Schools Open House Schedule.

Contact Mrs. Marsha Patry, Hughes Academy Magnet Coordinator, at or (864)355-6224 if you have any questions.

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The School Counseling Department invites you to join us for our fall School Counseling Advisory Council meeting. They will talk about this year's data goals for the year and how they plan to work with ALL students this year. Please join them for a cup of coffee and give input on what you would like to see from your counseling department this school year! See the attached flyer for the date, location, and time.

Greenville County Needs Bus Drivers!

Greenville County Schools is hiring bus drivers and bus aides to be everyday heroes for 27,000 students. Salary ranges are $14.33 – $17.96 for a Bus Driver and $10.22 – $15.58 Bus Aide.

Benefits include health and dental, retirement, sick leave, and free life insurance for employees who work 30 or more hours per week. Training is provided. New employees who drive 45 school days will receive a $450 bonus.

If you are interested in working at a job where you can impact the lives of children, improve the quality of our community and receive great benefits, we encourage you to apply.

For more information contact INFOLine at 355-3100 or visit the Employment section of our website.

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Mentor Update

We had a great turnout at our Mentor Breakfast this week. If you were unable to make it, here is the presentation with information on becoming a mentor at Hughes, including upcoming training dates.

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Individual Graduation Plans

Individual Graduation Plans (IGPs) are beginning for our 8th graders! Mrs. Torlay and Mrs. Gibson spoke to every 8th grader during their science class to chat about High School Graduation Requirements, Magnet programs, GPAs and more! Every 8th grader has to have an IGP meeting with a counselor and a parent or guardian. The goal of these meetings is to review each student’s goals for the future to make sure they are on track for promotion and graduation.

Parents play an important role in helping

students make good choices for high school. Every 8th grader received their IGP invitation with a date and time for their parents to attend their child's meeting. Please RSVP using the QR code.

Here is the link to the presentation:
Have questions? Please email Mrs. Torlay at



We want to take this opportunity to inform you about an exciting new program that our school has implemented called LiveSchool. This program aims to enhance communication and engagement between parents, teachers, and students.

LiveSchool is an online platform that allows parents to have real-time access to their child's engagement during the school day. Through this program, you will be able to monitor your child's engagement, track their behavior, and stay updated on their performance in the classroom.

In order to access your parent account on LiveSchool, your child should have brought home information containing a unique code and instructions. This code is necessary to set up your account and start utilizing the features offered by LiveSchool. If, for any reason, you did not receive this code and information, we kindly request you to contact your child's teacher, counselor or administrator. They will be happy to assist you and provide you with the necessary details.

We believe that LiveSchool will greatly benefit our school community by fostering a stronger partnership between parents and teachers. It will allow us to work together in supporting your child's educational journey and ensuring their success.

We are excited about the possibilities that LiveSchool brings and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our school community. We believe that by working together, we can create an environment that fosters growth, motivation, and success for all our students.

Thank you for your continuous support and involvement in your child's education. If you have any further questions or need assistance regarding LiveSchool, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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Boys Basketball Information

Contact Coach Lilliston if you have questions.

Hughes Academy's Clubs are now open!

Clubs are a great way to make new friends and learn something new! Please see the club list attached for a list of our clubs. Each title is hyperlinked with either information on when the club meets or with a google form to fill out to join. Please make sure your child is logged into their school issued chromebook so they are able to fill out the club interest forms. If you have questions about clubs, please contact the sponsor that is listed on the list. Thanks!

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Early Dismissals

Early dismissals must be done before 2:45 this year due to traffic.
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Spanish Liaison - Enlaces en español

Hughes Academy is looking for two volunteers to serve as the 2023-2024 Spanish Liaisons for PTSA. These individuals need to be able to speak Spanish and English fluently. If interested, please email our Magnet Coordinator, Mrs. Marsha Patry, at for more information.
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Hughes Academy está buscando dos voluntarios para servir como enlaces en español para 2023-2024 para PTSA. Estas personas deben poder hablar español e inglés con fluidez. Si está interesado, envíe un correo electrónico a nuestra Magnet Coordinator, la Sra. Marsha Patry, a para obtener más información.
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Hughes Dispatch Update - Volume II Begins!

Hello Hughes Academy community!

Welcome back to another thrilling year. It's that time again when we embark on our annual project, the highly anticipated Hughes Dispatch.

For those unfamiliar, the Hughes Dispatch is our school's annual publication showcasing the incredible creativity of our talented students. Last year's Volume I was a remarkable compilation of captivating short stories, poetry, and artwork, capturing a wide range of themes and styles. This year, we're starting early and accepting your superb poems, engaging short stories, and captivating artworks from DAY 1 of the school year until the end of the first semester. Get ready to unleash your imaginations and create another unforgettable masterpiece for Volume II!

To submit your work, find out the requirements, or order your copy of Volume I, please visit

Stay creative, Hughes Academy!

— Patrick Burell & Toni Heyward

23-24 Cougar Shack Dates

September 29th

October 6th

October 27th

November 3rd

November 17th

December 1st

December 15th

January 12th

January 26th

February 9th

February 23rd

March 1st

March 8th

April 12th

April 26th

May 3rd

May 10th

Parent Backpack

A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

  • View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
  • Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View their student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

To access Parent Backpack, go to and create an account. Please access directions by clicking on Creating a Parent Backpack Account.

Backpack para los padres es una herramienta valiosa para ayudar las escuelas y las familias a comunicarse entre sí. También permite a los

padres / tutores supervisar las calificaciones, las asignaciones y la asistencia de sus hijos, y les da a los padres / tutores acceso para actualizar

la lista de personas que pueden recoger a sus hijos de la escuela. Los padres también podrán invitar a otras personas es decir, (abuelos, niñeras,

etc.) a tener derechos de visualización de la información de sus hijos sindarles acceso para cambiar ningún dato o derechos de recogida.

Aquí están las instrucciones escritas sobre cómo crear a Backpack Account.

Aquí hay un video de cómo registrarse en el Programa Backpack. .

Llámeme al (864)355-6224 o envíeme un correo electrónico si tenga más preguntas sobre cómo registrarse. ¡Estaría más que feliz de reunirme con usted y ayudar!

Marsha Patry

English Directions

Direcciones en español

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SIC - School Improvement Council

SIC is a broad-based body intended to advise the principal and school and is focused on helping to achieve school improvement.

The Hughes Academy SIC is looking for parent/guardian volunteers who are willing to serve on the SIC for two years. Meetings are on the second Monday of each month at 2:00.

For more information or to volunteer, click here to contact our SIC President, Mrs. Millie Thomasson.