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GHMS Newsletter - 2/19/21

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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Important COVID Protocol Reminders

Please use this link to complete the district COVID form if your child is getting tested, having symptoms, or has been exposed to a positive case. You can also call the school directly to speak with the nurse. The health room number is 803-548-8313.

If your child has pending test results, please notify the school and keep them at home until a negative result has been received. They will be excused for the absence.

In Class COVID Parent Notifications:

  • If your child is considered a close contact of another student that has tested positive, parents will receive a phone notification from administration or the school nurse about quarantining. An email with detailed information will follow.
  • If your child is in a classroom with a student that has tested positive but is not considered a close contact, you will receive an email notification from administration.

Close contacts = A person within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes

Returning to Sports following Quarantine:

DHEC states that if a student athlete is determined to be a close contact to a positive case (inside or outside of the school setting) then the athlete must quarantine from sports for a full 14 days following the date of exposure. Please remember to wear a mask to all sports try-outs/practices.

District COVID Testing Information:

The Fort Mill School District is providing COVID-19 testing for students and staff who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Rapid COVID-19 tests will be administered to eligible students and staff, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, by appointment only, at the Catawba Ridge High School Sports Complex. Please review the information in the link below regarding testing eligibility, process and scheduling an appointment.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions concerning procedure. Thank you for your help in keeping our Bulldog family healthy and safe!

Important Points for Parents

Attention 8th Grade Parents

A/B day students have course request forms ready for you to review! Virtual students will receive theirs today. Please review these with your student and complete the information. Once completed, please scan and email the form to Mrs. DiMaggio at The form has to be signed by student and parent. If you are unable to scan the form, please have your student return it to their homeroom teacher. All forms are due by Tuesday, February 23rd.

You will receive an email with your date and time for your student's IGP meeting either today or Monday. Please reach out to Mrs. DiMaggio if you have any questions.

Parent Portal

Here is the link to Parent Portal.

Next Week - Polar Plunge Training!!!

First Fundraising Event - Ice Bucket Challenge - Warm up to the Plunge!!!

We are pushing the Ice Bucket Challenge back to Tuesday and Wednesday to see if we can reach our goals!!!

- If a grade level raises $200 by Tuesday, then students will be able to dump a cooler full of ice water on Mr. Eppes.

- If a grade level raises $300 by Tuesday, then students will be able to dump a cooler full of ice water on Mr. Eppes and Mr. Cheske.

- If a grade level raises $400 by Tuesday, then students will be able to dump a cooler full of ice water on Mr. Eppes, Mr. Cheske, and Mrs. Scroggs!

- If a grade level raises $500 by Tuesday, then students will be able to dump a cooler full of ice water on Mr. Eppes, Mr. Cheske, and Mrs. Scroggs! But wait there is more! Afterwards, students will be able to dump bags of powdered sugar on them as well. It will be a pretty mess!

Money will be taken up at lunch! The dumping will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday if the grade levels reach their goals!!! Virtual students can donate toward this as well. Just drop your donation off at the front office, and make sure they know the grade level. We will video tape the "dumpings"!!! :)

Bring in that Money!!!

Gold Hill Middle School Polar Plunge Team

We are bringing that championship back home to Gold Hill Middle School!

Here is our team page if you would like to donate on line!

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far!!! We are truly lucky to serve such a great community!

Kickball Tickets For Sale!!!

If you would like to buy a ticket to the GHMS vs. TCPD Kickball game, then you need to go onto Go Fan app and purchase tickets through the app. NO tickets will be sold at the gate. You can click on the picture above or follow this link.

We will be outside. We will be social distancing. Concessions will be sold, and ALL proceeds go to the Special Olympics!!! It should be a fun time!

Congratulations to Our Teacher of the Year!!!

This year's Teacher of the Year is Ms. Lindsey Everhart. Ms. Everhart is a phenomenal educational leader in our building. She teaches 6th grade science. She serves as our Science Department Chair, WEB Leader, and Head Volleyball Coach. Ms. Everhart has a heart for helping students and a smile that will light up a building! She is always good for a laugh and a smile! Her positivity and passion are both contagious and inspiring to everyone around her. This is actually her second time winning Teacher of the Year for Gold Hill Middle School, which is a tremendous honor. Ms. Everhart is truly a leader in this building, and we are so grateful to have as part of our family.

Congratulations Ms. Everhart! We are so proud of you!

Congratulations to our Support Staff of the Year!!!

Mr. Phillip Thompson is our day porter and head of our custodial crew. This is his first year here at Gold Hill Middle School, and he has quickly become one of the family. He works tirelessly to keep our building clean and our students and staff as safe as possible from germs. Even more importantly, Mr. Phillip and Mr. Lee work hard to build relationships with our students, whether that be talking sports with the students at breakfast or joking around with them during lunch. Mr. Phillip and Mr. Lee are the Dynamic Duo and Gold Hill is lucky to have both of them as part of our family!

Congratulations Mr. Phillip!!! We are so proud of you!

Congratulations All State & All Region Band!!!

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Yearbook Deadline is Approaching - February 23rd!!!

Tuesday, February 23rd is the final day families can order yearbooks and GUARENTEE you get one!!! After that, the school order will be placed so production can start, and all other yearbooks will be sold WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!

So PLEASE, if you are interested in purchasing a yearbook, then do so before Tuesday, February 23rd!

To order your yearbook, please go to the Josten's website or click on the picture below.

GHMS Athletics

Boys Basketball

The 8th Grade Boys lost to Springfield Middle School in the championship game on Tuesday night. Unfortunately, we were missing some players, but I was SO proud of how our team battled the whole game, never giving up!!!

You boys made me proud!!! Thanks for a great season!

Congrats to Claire Flowers - Clemson University C-CATS Program

Spring 2021 Clemson University C-CATS Program Participant

Each year Clemson University hosts its Challenge for Academically Talented Students (C-CATS) Program. The C-CATS Program is a part of Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute.

Congratulations to GHMS 7th Grader Claire Flowers! Claire applied and was accepted into the 2021 Clemson University C-CATS Program. Claire will get to spend a weekend on Clemson University’s campus. She will meet current Clemson University students, learn about leadership skills, and have exposure to academic programs, and student life at Clemson University.

We are so proud of you Claire!

GHMS Academic Team

The Academic Team had another convincing win over Banks Trail Middle School with a score of 33 - 17! They will look to continue their winning streak next week.

Good Luck Bulldogs!

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Special Shoutout - Blake Coston

I wanted to take a second and recognize former Bulldog - now Senior Yellow Jacket - Blake Coston. He has run the Jeans for Teens drive here at Gold Hill for several years now. The drive recently ended and he dropped off OVER 200 pairs of blue jeans to the children's attention home.

Thank you Blake for going out of your way to make a difference!!!

School Counseling Information!

Be sure to check out the new January edition of the Guidance Gazette attached below.

Check out the Counselors' Corner for more information from your school counselors.

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio, 8th grade

Ms. Lisa Ross, 7th grade

Mr. Marc Wesseling, 6th grade

Corporate PTA Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our PTA Sponsors for their continued commitment and dedication to our students and school!