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GHMS Newsletter - 3/17/23

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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Important Points for Parents

Message from the Principal

  • Kickball Tournament - The Booster Club is sponsoring a kickball tournament in all three grade levels. Please see details below!

  • First Ever BFF Night! - The School Improvement Council and the PTO are collaborating together to throw the first ever BFF Night - Bulldog Family Fun Night! Find details below!

  • Recreation Equipment - Parents if you have any new or gently use recreation equipment that you would like to donate to our "Toy Bin" for our blacktop time. As you can imagine, we go through a great deal of equipment throughout the school year. The ONLY equipment we would need is Basketballs, Volleyballs, Soccer Balls, Four Square or Kick Balls. Please no footballs. Thanks!

  • 8th Grade Dance - May 12, 2023 - Put it on your calendar!

  • Morning Bell Reminder - Students are supposed to be in their homeroom class by 8:10 when the bell rings, NOT just entering the building. The car rider line has gotten a little late recently, so help us by giving yourselves a couple of extra minutes to get to school.

  • Homework Helpers (7:45 - 8:10) - The school doors open at 7:45, and students can get extra help on their math from their math teachers during this time.

  • Pick Up For After School Events - Parents, we are asking that all after school clubs and programs pick up using the elementary car rider line. As you know, we do not have a track here a GHMS, so our boys and girls track team have to use our blacktop and front car rider line to practice. Using the elementary car rider line will be safer for our student athletes. Thank you for your help and understanding.

  • After School Event Parking - Two Things - (1) Parents we need your help when you are here for an after school event. Please do not park blocking the side entrance of Gold Hill Elementary. The Flyers program uses that door, and we are continuously blocking it and making it difficult for their students to be picked up. (2) Please be careful parking in the grass by the gravel lot leading to the cell tower. We have had several cars park there, and have trouble getting out due to the mud. That area does not drain extremely well. Please be careful.

  • Yearbooks on Sale Now - Be sure to purchase your yearbooks. See details below!

  • State Testing Dates are Set! - See details below...

  • Cell Phones/Smart Watches - If your student chooses to bring a cell phone or smartwatch to school, it should be turned off and put away.

  • Sick Students - Parents please take a look at this link with some helpful advice if and when your child needs to miss school due to illness.

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GHMS band

This weekend, eight of our Gold Hill students represented us at the South Carolina All-State Band. Through a highly competitive audition process, these students earned a spot to perform with the best students from across our state under the baton of Dr. Aaron Perrine of Cornell College. These students rehearsed and performed five difficult pieces of music, including the world premiere of a composition that was commissioned by the SC Band Directors Association. Congratulations to Agnes Zilinskaite (oboe), Aliza Gurbani (bassoon), Katherine Smith (contra clarinet), Paul Trease (alto sax), Robert Hildebrand (horn), Matt DiNapoli (trombone), Cole Monahan (trombone), Isabella Stricker (timpani) on this incredible honor and achievement!

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Earthshine by Aaron Perrine (World Premiere by the 2023 SC All-State Band)
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STEAM Career Day - Help Needed!

Do you have a job that involves Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Math?

Check out/fill out this form to help our 6th graders learn about your career for our 6th grade STEAM CAREER DAY on April 26!

spring raffle!!

Hello GHMS Community!

The PTO is super excited to announce these upcoming event!!

We are raffling off over $5,000 in cash, gift cards & prizes!! All money raised goes directly back to GHMS! There are some amazing prizes that you don’t want to miss! This raffle is open all! Feel free to share with family, friends & neighbors.

View prizes & sponsors here:

Click here to purchase raffle tickets!

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Clemson's YLI Summer Camp

Clink the link below for information on Clemson's Youth Learning Institute Summer Camp

attention: 6th grade students/parents

Please make an appointment for your child to update their Tdap vaccination before next school year. All seventh graders will be required to get the Tdap vaccine to protect them against whooping cough (pertussis). One (1) dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) administered on or after the 10th birthday will be required for all seventh graders. It is strongly recommended that adolescents who have not yet received a dose of Tdap vaccine be immunized in advance of this requirement. Students who are not up to date with their Tdap vaccination may not be allowed to attend school. For more information, please visit

Please send a copy of the SC immunization record to the school nurse once they receive the updated vaccination.

How to get student report cards in parent portal/student portal

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Social Media Help!

Parents, please be sure to have conversations and check in with your students on their social media usage. As we all gather back together, we want to make sure we are treating each other positively. Please check out the flyer below with some helpful tips.
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School Counseling Information!

For more information from your school counselors, please take a look at the Guidance Gazette attached below.

Ms. Lisa Ross - 6th grade

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio - 7th grade

Mr. Marc Wesseling - 8th grade

Voluntary SC student accident insurance and dental insurance

GHMS Parents,

Please take a minute and complete the two forms below. The first form provides the school with early dismissal, transportation and student pick-up information. The second form provides the school with information if your child would like to walk/bike to and from school. The data from these forms is captured confidentially for the front office at GHMS only. Click on the link to complete.

Early Dismissal, Transportation & Pick-Up Information

Walkers/Bike Rider Permission

Free Tutoring through Discus

Please see below for free tutoring offered by the State through

As we move into the last few months of the school year, some students may find themselves in need of additional academic support. The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the South Carolina State Library (SCSL) are partnering to offer free online tutoring services, provided by, to any student in South Carolina. In addition to tutoring in content areas, students may also drop off papers for review, seek help in test preparation, or ask specific questions about their work. The around-the-clock service is available seven days per week.

Students can access through Discus (students must access it this way – if they just go to if may not work). Every student has a link for Discus on their ClassLink LaunchPad. Elementary students have SC Discus Kids, and middle/ high have SC Discus. See pictures of the icons below.

Corporate PTO Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our PTO Sponsors for their continued commitment and dedication to our students and school! This community is amazing, and it is clear we care about our kids!!!

below is the presentation from the 8th grade IGP parent night