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Georgie D. Tyler Middle School

Information for the week of Jan 13th - Jan 17th

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Happy New Year and welcome back to the second half of the school year! Let's finish strong!

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The end of 1st semester is fast approaching! 1st semester ends on Jan. 29th and second semester starts on Feb. 3rd. Please work with your child to ensure that all missed assignments and make up work are being turned in as no work will be accepted after the end of the semester.

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8th grade students will be taking their Civics and Science SOLs during the week of Jan 21st - 25th. Students will be receiving a letter with more information. Please call the main office if you have any questions.

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2nd Semester Schedule Change Request Information

As a reminder, all students were given the opportunity to select elective courses during the spring of 2019. Student schedules for the 2019-2020 school year have been crafted with great care and consideration. Changes to student schedules create an impact on many other courses, and therefore are only made on a limited basis. Schedule changes must be approved by the principal. Schedule change requests for this school year were due on September 6, 2019. If there is a significant issue that has arisen that is requiring a schedule change for semester 2, please submit your request in writing to Mrs. Harding for consideration no later than January 29, 2020.

Unacceptable reasons for requesting a schedule change:

  • Student wants a different teacher

  • Student wants to be with friends

  • Student wants to change a class because he/she does not want to do the class work

  • Student does not want to be classmates with the students in a particular class.

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Greetings GTMS parents

It is my hope that everyone has had a safe, restful, and relaxing winter break. I would ask that you help us to ensure a smooth transition back to school this month by continuing to monitor your student's social media accounts. While most of the content can be harmless, we have seen an uptick in the sending of negative and bullying messages being shared by students outside of school hours on sites such as Snapchat, Ticktock, and Instagram. This behavior can be disruptive to the learning environment and students can be held responsible for messages they send. Below are links to helpful websites with more information on the dangers of social media, cyberbullying and how parents can stay informed. As always, please call the main office if you have any questions or concerns. Have a wonderful break!

Jessica Harding

Principal GTMS

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WHS will hold a Career Academy Pilot Program Informational Session for parents whose student(s) are planning to be a part of a Career Academy next year. The session will be on Jan 14th @ 6 in the auditorium. This will be a session that offers the opportunity to learn about the updated proposed schedule, as well as plans for courses of study. If your student is interested in taking Agriculture, Building Trades, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Nursing and/or Welding, please attend. On this night, our new CTE counselor, Mrs. McMillan will also be available for a Meet and Greet.

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Parent Information Update


Over the summer, our student information system, PowerSchool, went through a significant upgrade. One of the changes affected how contact information (phone numbers, email addresses) is stored in PowerSchool, which, in turn, impacted how Connect 5 pulls this information. We have been made aware that some of our families may not be receiving emails to primary, or multiple, email addresses, or possibly calls to certain numbers. These issues can be resolved by setting up a Parent Portal Account in Connect 5. To do this, you will need your child's school ID number to complete the process. Just follow the detailed steps on the attached document found at the bottom of this message. If you previously created an account, it's possible that you need to associate your child to the account, or you may need to update your contact information. The document will walk you through those steps as well. If you have any issues creating or updating your account, please call the main office at 757-242-3229. You may also drop by and office staff can update the information for you. Please be sure to bring a valid ID.

Connect 5: Mass Notification System Directions

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Food Services Reminder: Please send a note to the school (main office) if you do not want your child to have breakfast, lunch or snacks from the cafeteria. Once a note is received, this information will be placed on your child’s account.

Parent Information

This is Mrs. Harding with a few reminders:

If your student is a walker, they have received a permission slip that needs to be signed and returned to school as soon as possible. Students must walk home and are not allowed to walk to any other location. You can find the permission slip Here

Students have received an Annual student update and agreement registration form. There is a unique number on this form that you will need in order to update your registration information. If you need another copy, please stop by the main office

Please ensure that all of your information is up to date in powerschool so that you do not miss any division phone calls or weekly parent newsletters.

Please also note that there is no adult supervision at school before 7:25 am. Please refer to the student handbook below for more information.

Lastly, we are asking that there be no parent pick up after 2:15 pm with the exception of emergency only. All students are released at 2:35 pm. Please refer to the student handbook below for more information.

You may also find the weekly parent newsletter on the GTMS website and on our Twitter page.

Thank you!

Important Information in the GTMS Student Handbook

BYOD: Students are expected to adhere to the procedures set forth by their teachers regarding cell phones and devices. AT NO TIME ARE STUDENTS PERMITTED TO USE THEIR PHONE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA, TEXT MESSAGING, OR PHONE CALLS. DEVICES ARE ONLY PERMITTED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES.

PICK UP PROCEDURES: Changes to transportation must be made in writing and turned in to the main office. Phone requests for changes to emergency contacts or transportation information will not be granted. NO EARLY DISMISSALS WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN 2:15 AND 2:35. Students being picked up after 2:15 will be released at 2:35 through the front door.

DRESS CODE: See the handbook for the full dress code. *NOTE* Slides and flip flops are not permitted, dresses and shorts must be finger tip length when standing up, mid drifts may not be exposed. Administration reserves the right to deliver the final decision regarding appropriate dress.

ATTENDANCE: Please make every effort to have your child present from 7:40-2:35 daily. Students who are absent must bring a valid note stating the reason for absence upon returning to school. Notes are due on the day the student returns to school and should be turned in to the main office.

Important Reminders and Updates

  • Tuesday, September 3rd - First Day of School.

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

  • 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 or send in cash or a check. Please don’t forget to complete and turn in the school lunch form.

  • New Technology Allows Parents to apply for School Meal Benefits Online - allows for secure, quick, anonymous, and paperless applications online

  • Please see nurse Jennifer Pierce 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.

  • 7th grade students must have a completed T-Dap form on file in order to remain at school.

  • The IWCS Parent resource page is located here:

Dates to remember

  1. Winter break 12/18 - 1/6
  2. Winter Expo 2/16