Happenings @ the Hill

Volume 1 Issue 25 (Week of April 8 - 12)

Today's News

This is a link to our slide show of news and events happening at the Hill. This link is also posted on our school website. (Click the "Today's News" box above.) This slide show is on display during our homeroom period.

Report cards were sent home with students Wednesday, April 3rd. If you haven't seen your student's report card, please ask your student and then contact his/her homeroom teacher if needed.

Admin Update

We will be conducting our second semester Lockdown Drill this month.

You no longer have to walk your TARDY student into the building when dropping him/her off in the mornings.

Please help us ensure that our students are wearing appropriate length shorts/skirts/dresses to school. These items should not be shorter than 4 inches above the knee.

Thank you for reminding your student to place his/her cell phone in his/her locker during the school day.


Soccer Championship (Finals) Monday at Comporium Complex - Girls and Boys

We hope to see tons of Bulldogs Monday at the Comporium Athletics Complex to cheer on our boys and girls in the soccer finals.
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It's Not Too Late to Sign Up for Dodgeball! Sign Up By Wednesday! See Coach Gesell or Coach Hamilton.

Remember, this is a great way to show support of our athletic programs at GHMS!

Our ABC volunteers will be on hand to sell concessions during this event! Students should bring $ if wanting to make purchases.

Dodgeball Tournament

Friday, April 12th, 9am-3:15pm

GHMS Gymnasium during Related Arts periods

Do you have your Dodgeball Team organized, yet? Be sure to grab your forms, collect your fees, and submit the form to Coach Gesell or Coach Hamilton as soon as possible. This is one of our biggest fundraisers for GHMS sports!

Want to know how you can get involved in our Athletics Program and learn more about our ABC?

Our Athletics Booster Club (ABC) will be hosting its next meeting Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30pm in our Media Center. Our ABC is in need of parent representatives/volunteers from our rising 7th and 8th grade parent population. Thank you in advance for joining this meeting to learn more about how you may support your student athlete(s).

Quick List

  • Continuing SLO Post Assessments
  • SC READY/PASS Online Tools Training during ELA and SS Classes

Monday - ChessMates (After School)

Tuesday - UpStanders / Student Council / Disc Golf Club (After School)

Wednesday - Department Meetings (After School)

Thursday - Read-In Day at the Greenway for Book Club Members / Beta Club Meeting / StuCo Teacher Appreciation Breakfast Delivery Day

Friday - Dodgeball Tournament (During Related Arts) & Spring House Games Day

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WEB Leaders Needed! Rising 8th Graders - WEB applications due this week! (Additional forms are located outside Ms. Everhart's classroom.)

WEB, which stands for “Where Everybody Belongs” is a middle school orientation and transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, the program trains mentors from our 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders. As positive role models, WEB Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to middle school and help facilitate 6th grade success. http://www.boomerangproject.com/web/what-web
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Interested in Auditioning for Honors Art? (Rising 8th Graders) You may download an application below.

Honors art is a semester long course that is designed to use the elements and principles of design at an honors level and to prepare 8th grade art students for the high school visual art curriculum. Students will keep a class portfolio and sketchbook with notes and reflections as they are challenged by different media and techniques throughout the semester.
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Honors Chorus Audition packets may be picked up outside Mrs. Call's classroom.

This is for rising 8th graders as well.
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Spring Break is April 15-19

Silver Award Project - Create 100 Craft Kit Bags for Children in Levine's Children's Hospital

Dear GHMS Families,

Our Girl Scout Troop 2239 is working on our Silver Award by partnering with Levine Children’s Hospital. We want to create Craft Kits to help entertain children staying at the hospital.

Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, sees about 150 patients a day. They treat everything from minor injuries to major medical conditions. The average stay is about a week and children can become very bored.

Our troop hopes to help distract the children from their medical procedures by providing bedside crafts. Our goal is to collect craft items to create 100 Craft Kit Bags. You can help by donating the following items from April 22 to June 5:

  • Play Dough (small size)
  • Crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Plastic beads
  • Decorative beads
  • Alphabet beads
  • Stretch cords
  • Stickers
  • Coloring/Activity books

All items can be dropped off at the GHMS media center. Please contact Mrs. Michael, michaelw@fortmillschools.org if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you,

GSHNC Troop 2239

Elisabeth B, Isa R, Reagan M., and Kendall W.

Save the Date(s)

April 26 - Spring BBEL Walk during FLEX (details coming home later this week)

April 30 - STEAM Literacy Night (see flyer below) featuring a special Pay It Forward Basketball Game between TCPD and GHMS/GHES/TCES teachers.

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Save the Date(s) for 8th Graders

April 26th - 8th Dance (7:00-10:00pm) - Attire should be within dress code.

May 24th - Rising 9th Grade Tours

June 3rd - Recognition Practice Day

June 5th - Recognition Ceremony @ 9:00am (Half day of school.)

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Parent Night for Rising 6th Graders - May 6 @ 6:15pm - 7:15pm

This is an informational meeting held in our gymnasium for parents of rising 6th grade students. It is not a mandatory event. It is an opportunity for you to visit campus (especially if you haven't yet had a middle schooler), hear a little about how middle school is organized differently than elementary, learn about some of our classes, particularly Related Arts, and to meet some of our staff members.

Friday of that week (May 10th), the rising 6th graders will be coming to GHMS from their elementary schools for a building tour.

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May 8 is the Final Yearbook Purchase Deadline.

This is our school-specific link to your online Jostens yearbook offer.


This link prevents the purchaser from having to enter school name or city/state when going to www.JostensYearbooks.com.

*If you are uncertain as to whether or not you have purchased a yearbook, please contact Leslie Shrum @ shruml@fortmillschools.org or refer back to sites above.

End of Year Assessment Schedule

2/15-3/15 Student Engagement Survey

4/2-4/12 SC Ready/PASS Online Tools Tutorials

5/13-6/5 SC Ready/PASS Testing

  • 7th Grade 5/13-5/17
  • 8th Grade 5/20-5/24
  • 6th Grade 5/28-5/31

5/28-5/30 End of Course Exams for English 1 and Algebra 1

Thank you to the following corporate sponsors for your continued support!

Jackson Orthodontics - LEADER OF THE PACK SPONSOR!


Thank you Dr. Jackson for continuing to support our district athletic programs! You are our Leader of the Pack Sponsor by donating an additional $3,500 above your $5,000 donation to our district wide 5k!