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Georgie D. Tyler Middle School

Information for the week of Nov. 11th - 15th

Report Cards will be issued on Thursday, November 14th

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Jr. Beta is starting for CURRENT members. New prospective members will receive invitation letters after report cards are issued

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The Code of Virginia (22.1-273.1 Annual Screening for Scoliosis) states that schools are to provide either educational information or actual screening for scoliosis for students in grades 5 through 10. IWCS provides written information for parents of this age group to educate and encourage them to schedule a scoliosis screening for their child with their personal health care provider. Please look over the attached information on scoliosis to understand why it is important to screen for the condition and a description of potential treatments. Please contact your school nurse if you have any questions.
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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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GTMS Art Club Information

Art Club will start meeting the second Wednesday in October and will run through the last week in February. We will meet from 2:45 to 3:45. All students MUST be picked up by 4:00. Dates for Art Club are:

October – 9th, 23rd and 30th

November – 6th and 20th

December - 4th

January – 8th and 22nd

February - 5th and 12th

Please Mark these dates on your calendar.

Please click HERE for more information

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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. 10/23- Picture day
  2. 10/25- Fall Dance
  3. 11/8 - Student Holiday
  4. 11/11 - Veterans Day Observed - School Closed