Happenings @ the Hill

Volume 2 Issue 41 - Final Weekly Issue of 2019-2020

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June 1 - 3 (8:10am-3:10pm) End of Year Procedures

Next week is "End of Year Processes" week. Please plan to come on your designated day so that your teachers can bid you "good summer!" and to limit the number of people in our building at one time. Anyone entering the building should have a face covering. Below is a copy of the Student End of Year Checklist for your review and planning purposes. We will provide a paper copy when you come for your day. Parents/Guardians do not have to come into the building to assist, but are welcome and encouraged to supervise your student during this process regarding his/her social distancing and safety.


If you have a student in more than one grade, you do not have to make two trips, just know that your students' teachers have been invited to be at school on their designated day.


Plan to ENTER the building through our cafeteria doors.


**Special Note: Monday folks will want to park at the front of the building if you plan to come between 10-12 because GHES is hosting a reverse parade in our bus lot.


Plan to EXIT the building via our front doors and bid "farewell" to your teachers!


Helpful Hint: Bring your back pack and/or trash bag for locker clean out(s). It will be most helpful if you would just get all of your items and sort them once you get home.


June 1st (**Monday)

6th Grade Team A: Weaver, Thrasher, Everhart, McGill

7th Grade Team A: Gallert, Flippo, Lovell, Cheske, Warren

8th Grade Team A: Cook, Urban, Rice, Harris

Ms. Harm's class


June 2nd (Tuesday)

6th Grade Team B: Miller, Morrow, Newlands, White, K., Skipper

7th Grade Team B: Grupp, Kiggans, France, London

8th Grade Team B: Jenkinson, Keene, Russell, Warner, Gano

Ms. Ferguson's class


June 3rd (Wednesday)

6th Grade Team C: Gregory, Hammond, Bryant, Stalions

7th Grade Team C: Connors, White, W., Taylor, Clarke

8th Grade Team C: Robertson, Hinson, Blair, Guilbault

Mrs. Morgan's class

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In case you missed it, here is Mrs. McNeil's video update from Friday.

Final Friday 5-29-2020
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How to Determine What Work has been Submitted in Google Classroom:

Are you still unsure how to tell if work has been truly submitted and received a grade or returned to the student by the teacher for completion? Teachers are noticing that a lot of students are submitting blank work!


Remember: Quarter 4 grades in grade level classes will be based on Pass / Fail of completing the assignments with passing accuracy. If 34 assignments were given from March 18 until now and a student has successfully completed 21 of those, he/she would pass the class. *60% of all assigned work must be completed successfully for the student to receive a passing grade for Q4.


Numerical grades will be earned for the quarter in Algebra 1 and English 1.

Google Classroom Tips for Parents
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Good news! Yearbook signing IS NOT cancelled!

Bulldog Families,

We are excited to announce that the GHMS yearbook signing tradition is alive and well, and it’s fully digital to suit our socially-distanced students!

Jostens has just launched a new platform, Yearbook Digital Signing Pages, that gives all students in our school the chance to create virtual signing pages, invite their friends to leave messages, and print out the final pages to keep with the yearbook as a permanent keepsake. This is free for every student, whether he or she purchased a yearbook or not.

If you would like, register an account for your student today at https://yearbooksigning.jostens.com/home.
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Message from our Literacy Specialist, Mrs. Harms

It is really important that you return all ELA books to your classroom teachers. This includes class novels and classroom library books that you may have borrowed.


Some titles to look for are:

6th grade - Freak the Mighty, Because of Mr. Terupt

7th grade - Resistance, Prisoner B

8th grade - The Giver, The Outsiders, Animal Farm, A Separate Peace, I am Malala, A Long Way Gone, The Other Wes Moore, First They Killed My Father, Night, Prisoner B, Born A Crime.


If you borrowed any literature circle books, please return them May 29 or when you come to your designated day June 1 through June 3.


Want to donate books to a classroom? If you have any current books in good condition that you would like to donate to your teachers' classroom libraries, we would truly appreciate those donations. These books can be turned in to a bin outside of the library or to your specific ELA teacher's classroom bin when you come to school for all of the other end of year processes.


Please know that you can continue to login to Study Island over the summer. This is a great way to keep working on and improving your literacy skills!


All my best,

Angie Harms

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Message from Mrs. Michael, our Media Specialist

The media specialists from Fort Mill have recorded ourselves reading the summer reading books. https://sites.google.com/fmsdmail.org/read-with-us

So far, 10 of the 20 choices have been recorded. This website has to be disabled by the end of the day on June 30 per the publishers' regulations. We hope you will enjoy using this resource to get a head start on your summer reading!

Summer Reading Challenge - print pdf below

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June 4 @ 9am - Our 8th Grade "Moving On" virtual ceremony will be posted for viewing!

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Attention: Rising 7th Grade Parents/Guardians

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants to assure that all children and teens receive recommended vaccines to prevent disease. DHEC reminds parents and guardians that South Carolina law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects preteens and teens from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It is important to know that there are three other vaccines that all preteens and teens are recommended to receive: human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, a cancer prevention vaccine, meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) that prevents some types of meningitis, and the yearly flu vaccine.

We are reminding you now so that you have time to plan for your child to be vaccinated early, before the start of 7th grade. To beat the back to school rush, a good time to get all these vaccines is during a yearly health checkup. Talk to your child’s health care provider now about what vaccines he or she needs. You should also ask about these vaccines at a physical exam required for sports, school or camp. Don’t forget to make sure you get an updated SC Certificate of Immunization to give to your school nurse. This certificate is required by state law for school attendance.

Your local DHEC health department also can provide these vaccines. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment. For more information about vaccinations in South Carolina, go to scdhec.gov/Health/Vaccinations/

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Here is the tentative rising 6th grade list. Other lists will be posted to our website and sent out via email later this summer.

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Update: End of Year Report Cards will be available in Parent Portal on or after June 8. They will not be printed and sent home.

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Summer School will be conducted via eLearning (including paper packets, if needed) June 15-25 [Only ELA and Math is offered.]

Students must pass, earn a grade of 60 or higher for the year, in Math and ELA to be promoted to the next grade level. For students that do not meet this requirement, summer school is offered. Summer school will be hosted by Banks Trail Middle School, June 15-25 (Monday-Thursday each week) and will follow our online and paper packet format. If you need more information regarding summer school, you may contact Tyson Gardin @ gardint@fortmillschools.org. Registration information is included below along with a google form to complete.
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Focus on the Middle Schools 2020-2021

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

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Message from our Athletic Director, Tate Hamilton, Regarding Sports Physicals

Hello Bulldog Parents/Guardians,

I hope you are all staying well during this time. The current situation has thrown us all for a loop with the cancellation of sports this spring and the uncertainty of what things will look like as the new school year begins. The South Carolina High School League will be setting new regulations on how schools are allowed to hold tryouts and practices with the COVID-19 virus. When these guidelines are presented to Gold Hill, we will get a plan in place for our Fall Sports Season. One thing you can do at this time to prepare for the 20-21 Athletic Season is to go ahead and get a valid physical from a healthcare provider. A valid physical is required to tryout or participate for all SCHSL teams. For a physical to be valid it has to be completed after April 1st, 2020.

I am reaching out to you to let you know about a good opportunity to get your son or daughter a sports physical for the 2020-2021 school year. Per the South Carolina High School League, all students participating in athletics for their school are required to have a sports physical completed and on file with their school. The physical from must be completed on the SCHSL physical form and completed by a trained professional. The forms are located HERE which is under the forms/information section on the fortmillathletics.com website.


Doctor’s Care is offering a $15 Sports Physical.


Once the physical is completed, it needs to be uploaded to PlanetHS (formerly Arbiter Athlete). Please make sure that all signatures and dates are written on the physicals when uploaded. Parents can combine their account with their students if they are under 13. Directions and other information on how to join are located on the main athletic page for Gold Hill Middle School

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Congratulations to our Fall and Winter Sports Athletics Team Award Winners

Fall Sports

Football: Andrew Turner, Logan Shope, and Brent Laughter

Volleyball: 7th - Danica Lindquist, Lydia Pelfrey, Stephanie Solano

8th - Tori Boling, Brennan Ainsley, and Ashley Kirby

Winter Sports

Basketball (Girls): 7th - Nicolette D'Alto, Eliza Adams, and Caile Talbot

8th - Tori Boling, Allison Parham, and Mia Scott

Basketball (Boys): 7th - Brady Ambrose, Logan Parker, and Trent Farley

8th - Kishawn Anderson, Ryan Ickert, and Adam Coleman

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HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER!


Gold Hill Middle School will be a school where all students learn as a result of our teaching talent and the positive human connection that leaves us feeling safe, loved, valued, heard, and respected. #BulldogsLEAD


· Love to learn

· Engage our minds and hearts

· Achieve our goals together

· Do what we say we are


Let’s all be #differencemakers!



Best Regards,

Christine V. McNeil, Principal

Remember to download the FMSD App!

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