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Georgie D. Tyler Middle School
Information for the week of Jan 13th - Jan 17th
Happy New Year and welcome back to the second half of the school year! Let's finish strong!
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.
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.
2nd Semester Schedule Change Request Information
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.
Students in 7th--11th grade are asked to complete a short survey to determine interest in new and existing Career and Technical Education courses and programs. Please encourage your child to complete the survey by Friday, January 17. Students can access the survey through the link that was sent to their IWCS email account. Parents can view the survey by clicking HERE
Greetings GTMS parents
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.
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
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.
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.
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 www.lunchprepay.com or send in cash or a check. Please don’t forget to complete and turn in the school lunch form.
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: https://www.iwcs.k12.va.us/apps/pages/parentresources
Dates to remember
- Winter break 12/18 - 1/6
- Winter Expo 2/16
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