Hughes Academy Weekly Update

September 19, 2022

2022 SCPass and SCReady Performance Update

While some media outlets have reported that schools and districts around our state have "regressed" in terms of standardized testing performance, I am excited to celebrate our progress with you! When considering all the challenges we have faced together over the past two years, I believe we are recovering from the pandemic at an impressive rate!

Our school was presented with some recognitions at our most recent Principals' Meeting, which you can see below.

As a district, Greenville County Middle Schools demonstrated some incredible growth, when compared to pre-pandemic performances.

When comparing the 2021 test results to the 2022 test results:

  • 80% of GCS middle schools showed growth in ELA
  • 86% of GCS middle schools showed growth in Math
  • 81% of GCS middle schools showed growth in Science (6th grade only)

At Hughes Academy, not only did we exceed ALL of our standardized testing goals for the year, but we also had more students score "Met or Exemplary" on these standardized tests than we ever have before, including pre-pandemic performances.

Upcoming Events

September 19 - Volleyball vs Greenville Middle (home) 5:30

September 21 - Volleyball at Bryson 5:30

September 26 - Volleyball vs Ralph Chandler (home) 5:30

September 27 - High School Magnet Coordinators Showcase - 8th graders

September 28 - Volleyball at Greer Middle 5:30

September 29 - Jimmy John's Spirit Night 4:00 - 8:00

September 30 - ROCKstar Student Luncheon

September 30 - Parent Party

October 12 - PSAT

October 13 - Prospective Parent/Magnet Night 5:30 - 7:00

October 14 - End of Q1

October 14 - Career Day

October 17 - Student Break/Teacher Work Day

October 19 - Family Fest 2022

October 20 - Report Cards distributed

October 24-28 - Red Ribbon Week

October 25 - Moes on Augusta Spirit Night 5:00 - 8:00

October 28 - Rockstar Luncheon

November 1 and 2 - 7th Grade Career Fair

November 4 - Q1 Reward Day

PTSA MEMBERSHIP- Join the PTA for $5

Faculty, Students & Parents

View our 2022-2023 Budget HERE.


Join the PTA for $5 (Faculty, Students & Parents)

Student members will be rewarded with a “Dress-Down” day. We are only 5 members away from our goal of 50% of enrollment. Please join PTSA TODAY!

*APPAREL ORDERS Orders were placed on September 1st through BSN Sports. The items should arrive by the end of September. We will keep you updated.

We need your SUPPORT for Hughes Academy! Your tax-deductible donation will be used to purchase technology, assist with school improvements and beautification, and provide funding that our teachers put to work in their classrooms every day. Click HERE for several ways to contribute. FYI - Business sponsors must join or renew by September 30 in order to get a carpool banner

Please scroll to the bottom as we THANK ALL of our current sponsors.
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Cougar Shack returns! Friday, September 23. Everything is $1 or $2. Please bring exact change!

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HUGHES SPIRIT NIGHT @ JIMMY JOHN’S – Sept. 29! Jimmy John’s will donate %15 of net sales to our school on Thursday, September 29th from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. So we will see you there for dinner!

We’re having a PARENT PARTY! Join us on Friday, September 30 from 7-10 pm at the home of Katie & David Phipps, 107 Meyers Drive. Tickets are $40 each and $70 per couple. The evening includes appetizers, assortment of beverages, and dinner from Local Pie Pizza Co food truck.

Come meet and mingle with other Hughes parents while helping our school! Get Tickets HERE.

Shop and a % goes to Hughes! Sign up for a account and link Hughes to your account. Tell the cashier at Harris Teeter to add Hughes to your VIC card. All the details are HERE.


September 23 – Cougar Shack

September 29 – SPIRIT NIGHT at Jimmy John’s

September 30 – Parent Party

September 30 – Sponsor deadline to get carpool banner

October 7 – Cougar Shack

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Mid-quarter Grades:

Please check Parent Backpack to view your student's Quarter 1 grades, attendance, etc. Feel free to contact the teacher, if you have any questions.



The 8th grade counselors will be doing an information session on Monday, September 19th during Advisory class for 8th grade students who have signed up to take the PSAT. We will be going over how students can prepare for the test and what they can expect the day of the test. The PSAT will be administered on Wednesday, October 12th.

Clemson's Math Plus Tutoring Program

Please register before accessing the Zoom link.

Registration Link:

Math-Plus tutoring link:

CLUBS 2022-2023

Check out our 2022-2023 Club List! Individual Club information and meeting times will be on the TV announcements. A video about all our clubs will be published soon.

Magnet Open House Flyer

Is your student interested in a Greenville County Magnet School? Check out the Open House Schedule!

Hughes Academy Magnet/Prospective Parent Open House

Hughes Academy Magnet/Prospective Parent Open House

October 13, 2022

5:30 to 7:00

This meeting is for all interested magnet and prospective families!

Come and experience our 21st century middle school activities from 5:30 to 7:00!

We will have an informational meeting about Hughes Academy and the Magnet Process from 6:00 to 6:30.

Click here for more information!


Greenville County Schools is excited to announce the addition of online magnet applications to the Parent Backpack Portal. Paper copies of applications for the 2022-2023 school year will still be accepted, but parents now have the option to apply online through their backpack accounts. To access the online version of the magnet application, parents should login into their parent backpack account. Parents of students outside of Greenville County Schools can create a new user account. Select "Programs" from the column on the left. Then select "Apply to a Program." Available programs will show on the screen. Select "Apply" beside Magnet Academies to begin the application process. Parents will be able to apply for multiple magnet academies in the online system, but they will only be able to submit the magnet application once. Parents should make sure to select all schools for which their student desires to apply and complete all sections of the application before selecting submit.

Magnet Applications

The GCS Magnet Academy application window for the 2023-2024 school year will open on Monday, November 14, 2022. Magnet applications will be available in “Parent Backpack.” For more information, visit the GCS Magnet Page .

For more information on the magnet process, please click here and visit the Hughes Academy Magnet Page

Fifth Third Bank - Back to School Supply Drive

Hughes Academy is excited to have FIFTH THIRD BANK as a business partner! For the month of September they are hosting a Back to School Supply Drive for Hughes Academy! Thank you Alan Suchy, bank officer, for organizing this event.

PEER & WISE/NEXT Engineers Social Media Information - CLEMSON

Twitter: @ClemsonWISE

Facebook: @peerwiseclemson

Instagram: @cu_peerwise

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College and Career Day

College and Career Day will be Friday October 14th, 2022 from 8:30-10:05 AM. If you are interested in talking to our students about your career please fill out the following form so that we can get you registered. Here is the link to the form

Teacher Vacancies

Hughes Academy is looking for the following teachers for the 2022-2023 school year....

Spanish Teacher

GTT - Gateway to Technology (Engineering)

English Language Arts

Part-Time Special Education

Full Time Special Education Aid

Please contact our principal, Mr. Jordan Finlay, at if you are interested.

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Family Fest 2022

We are looking for community sponsors for this event.

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Parent Backpack

A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

  • View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
  • Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View their student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

To access Parent Backpack, go to and create an account. Please access directions by clicking on Creating a Parent Backpack Account.

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Congratulations to our EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH!