October Update for GMS Families
Gettys Middle School - Easley, SC
Gettys Middle School Students Excel
We are so proud of all our students are accomplishing in the First Quarter of this school year! We have a number of award-winning students that are showing #GettysGreatness and we would like to recognize them for their outstanding work!
- The Gettys Middle School Student Recognition Program's focus for September was: Positive and Encouraging. ELA and Social Studies teachers nominated students who personified these traits. Click HERE to see the list of September's Student of the Month. There were 33-6th grade students, 24-7th grade students and 22 8th grade students recognized. Each month there will be a colorful display in the cafeteria, grade level announcements/hall posters and school-wide monitors featuring the student's names. Each student will receive their display item, a coupon and GMS PTO supplied treat at the end of each month. Exploratory teachers will select October nominees with the focus of: Courage and Honesty.
- State test results from May 2021 are in and we had several students with perfect scores and the highest results a student can achieve! Current 7th grade students: Joslyn Bakeman, Anna Owens, Anders Mikkelson: 8th grade students: Aiden Sewell and Afton Staudt as well as current 9th grade student: Michael Tate were all PERFECT! These students will receive a plaque and one will also be displayed in our main lobby with other perfect score recipients. They will be recognized at our academic awards at the end of the year.
We are proud of our students and staff for producing these results!
STEM Programs at GMS Win National Award
Our STEM Programs have been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for the fourth year in a row providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. We are just one of just 158 middle schools across the U.S. to receive this honor. To receive this honor, GMS has offered broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway Programs that emphasize STEM skills for future careers.
“It is a great honor to recognize Gettys Middle School for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”
Dr. Yemothy Recognized as a PLTW Outstanding Teacher of the Year
Dr. Yemothy inspired and encouraged her students by her dedication to drive exceptional student learning outcomes. She is one of only 79 PLTW teachers across the U.S. to earn the 2021-22 PLTW Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. Whether she delivered learning experiences in a classroom, distance, or hybrid setting, Dr. Yemothy showed up every day to “Lead The Way.” We are thankful for Dr. Yemothy’s outstanding leadership in the classroom! Dr. Nicole Yemothy continues to set a standard of excellence in STEM education.
All sport tickets will be handled online so be sure to check out our website prior to your event for online purchasing. The best way to secure a ticket for the big game is to purchase in advance of your contest.
Families Opportunity to Teach Students about Social Media Safety
Social media accounts from Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and others have user agreements that require a person with an account to be 13 years of age or older. If students establish their own individual social media accounts when they are 11 or 12 years old, they are violating these companies user agreements. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA, imposes certain requirements on operators of websites and online services – including social media sites. Many social media sites track your child's data, share the data and actively mine the data. GMS recommends that students should wait until they are 13 years of age to create any individual social media accounts and when they do that parents should actively be involved in monitoring their incoming and out-going content. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that they do not sleep with devices in their bedrooms, they avoid using devices for an hour before bedtime and they avoid using devices during family dinners.
In the past month, internal research from Facebook and the owner of Instagram featured a negative impact on teens' mental health from Instagram. In one study of teens in the U.S. and U.K., Facebook found that more than 40% of Instagram users who reported feeling “unattractive” said the feeling began on the app. About a quarter of the teens who reported feeling “not good enough” said the feeling started on Instagram. In their report on body image in 2020, Facebook’s researchers found that 40% of teen boys experience negative social comparison. Many also said the app undermined their confidence in the strength of their friendships. “Teens told us that they don’t like the amount of time they spend on the app but feel like they have to be present,” an Instagram research manager explained to colleagues, according to the documents. “They often feel ‘addicted’ and know that what they’re seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.” The entire article can be found HERE.
Please review this student agenda and handbook with your child.
Care For School-Owned Devices and Library Books
Enter repair information into the Google Form and Ms. Stokes will provide additional support at school. Incident IQ is available from the student's LaunchPad.
592 GMS Students Completed a High School Course Last Year
Easley Schools in K-12th Grade Contribute To Our Best High School Graduation Rate
Reading and the 25 Book Challenge This Year
This year our students have been challenged to read a total of 25 books. Research states that students who read a lot tend to be more empathetic, something we could all use right now. Did you know that statistics show that 53% of 9-year olds are daily readers but 17-year olds are only at 17%? That is why we are issuing a challenge to our students to read 25 books this school year. This will help build our students’ vocabulary, their writing skills, improve their comprehension of nonfiction content reading, be more creative, and yes, it will help to raise their reading scores. So encourage your child to read. Buy them books for presents for birthdays, holidays and just because they are a good kid. Find books that interest them. Read a book together with your child. You read a chapter and have them read aloud the next chapter. Have fun reading with your child!
After-School Program Gettys U Has Begun and Is Accepting Applications
Gettys 3 pm to 6 pm Programs Offer Clubs To Increase Student Engagement
It is important that all families sign up for Schoology on their computer or the app for their phones. You can have access to daily grades, upcoming assignments and information from teachers. This is a great resource!
PSAT at GMS October 13
Contacts for COVID-19 Reporting
Keep Safe and Helping Decrease COVID Cases at GMS
- Week One: 8 positive student cases
- Week Two: 10 positive student cases
- Week Three: 15 positive student cases
- Week Four: 15 positive student cases
- Week Five: 19 positive student cases
- Week Six: 12 positive student cases
- Week Seven: 7 positive student cases
- Week Eight: 4 positive student cases
GETTYS CALENDAR OF EVENTS
- 10/4 Volleyball (H) vs Glenview 8th Grade Student Recognition Night
- 10/6 End of First Quarter
- 10/6 Volleyball (A) at McCants
- 10/11 No School for students
- 10/12 No students SDPC PD Day
- 10/13 PSAT given at GMS
- 10/13 History Club to meet 3:30-4:30
- 10/13 Football (A) at RC Edwards Mental Health Awareness Game
- 10/13 Volleyball (H) vs Pickens
- 10/16 Region Volleyball Tournament
- 10/18-22 Spirit Week
- 10/21 Football (H) vs Wren
- 10/26 6th grade Band Concert in GMS Gym 6:30 PM
- 10/27 Football (A) at Robert Anderson
- 11/1 No school
- 11/3 Football (A) at Glenview 6 pm
- 11/3 School Picture Day for 6th and 7th grade
- 11/4 School Picture Day for 8th grade