Happenings @ the Hill

Volume 2, Issue 11

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Some Reminders/Events for this Week

Monday - OBOS Day 18 / $5 Sundaes on Monday! / Volleyball - GHMS v. ILMS @ 5:30pm

Tuesday - FLEX (Web Leaders Training) / Disc Golf Club - after school

Wednesday - Stay FLEX - WEB Day for 6th Grade / Wear Pink / Football - GHMS v. ILMS @ 5pm

Thursday - FLEX (8th Grade Brief Beta Club Meeting for current BETA members to plan for this year's BETA Induction) / 8th Grade Band Night @ FMHS Stadium 6:20pm-7:30pm

Friday - OBOS Day 19 / $1 Hat Day!

UpStanders Club Update

We had an awesome turnout of students interested in joining Upstanders! Due to the high numbers at the informational meeting, we would like students to fill out a short application so that we know how many students are still interested. This group meets every first and third Wednesday during FLEX. Students applying need to understand that they will be giving up FLEX time to work on Upstanders' projects on those two Wednesdays each month. The projects address issues and topics that the students choose. If your student would like to apply, please go to this link. While we would love every student at GHMS to be an Upstander, this particular group will have a max of 25-30 students so that Mrs. Harms can work with them to insure their ideas and projects are successful!

If your student isn't selected, Mrs. Harms will reach out to him/her to see if s/he would like to still be involved throughout the year by signing up to be door greeters or participate in other projects when possible.

Upcoming 8th Grade Theater Production @ GHMS

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Pink Out Month @ GHMS, continues

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GHMS Celebrates Our Veterans / Theme: Voices of Our Veterans

This year, GHMS, will host a Veterans Day Breakfast to honor and recognize our community Veterans. During the next several weeks as we lead into November, our students will be learning about Veterans Day with the focus: Voices of our Veterans.

We hope to honor and serve those who have served our country with a gesture of a family mealtime breakfast. Family meals provide an opportunity for family members to come together, build community and belonging, as well as establish bonds and learn together. We hope we will have many of our community Veterans join us.

Please complete this form if you are a Veteran.


PTA Updates and Information

PTA Packets

  • Packets with information about our biggest fundraiser for the year - the Armchair fundraiser - as well as Bulldog Ice last chance orders, Loyalty programs, Charlotte Checkers event and our community partners came home with every student on Friday.
  • We are only half way to our goal of $14,000 for our Armchair Fundraiser. This is our major fundraiser for the year. Please visit our website or see the attached flyer for more details. http://www.ghmspta.org. These packets also have an envelope to submit your donation.
  • You could be a winner - Be sure to look for the attached picture on your packet envelope. If your PTA packet has one of these stamps and the words 'You're a winner', please reach out to Carrie Shearin (carrie_shearin@yahoo.com). There are four packets that have this stamp and winners can choose between a $20 gift card to be used for spirit wear or Bulldog Ice for the remainder of the year. You do not have to submit your envelope or purchase anything in order to win.

Bulldog Ice Last Chance Orders - We are offering one more opportunity to order Bulldog Ice for the remainder of the year. Deadline is October 21st. Visit our website under the fundraising page for more details. http://www.ghmspta.org

October Spirit Nights

  • October 16th, 4 pm - 8 pm, Dairy Queen
  • October 26th, 6 pm, Charlotte Checkers Event
    • Flyer attached with all of the details
    • Enter to win a chance to ride on the Zamboni at half time! Visit our website for more details www.ghmspta.org

Pink Out Shirts - We have limited amount of shirts for sale in the Dawg Pound on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More sizes are arriving on Thursday - $10 each.

Book Fair Volunteers Needed - November 18th - 20th


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September Students (Bulldogs) of the Month - Character Trait: Being Proactive / For the Month of October, our staff is looking for those Bulldogs who are best demonstrating the trait of "Determination - Beginning with the End in Mind"

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You Be the Chemist

The You Be the Chemist school level challenge will be held on Wednesday, 10/30/19, in the cafeteria during FLEX. The competition is different this year. Instead of competing individually, students will be in teams of 4. Please have your student see Mrs. Taylor if interested. Below are links to the website with study materials.



Upcoming Spirit Days for the 8th Grade Washington DC Trip

  • October 30th @ Sonic 5pm-8pm (Place receipt in bucket at registers inside dining area.)
  • November 20th @ Dairy Queen 5pm-8pm

Dates to Take Note Of:

October 16th - PSAT (optional) for 8th graders

October 17th - Q1 Incentive Day (Bring $ for Concessions)

October 18th - No School (Staff and Student Holiday)

October 21st - Teacher Work Day

October 22nd - Mix It Up Day @ Lunches

October 23rd - End of 1st Quarter / October House Meeting Day

October 24th - 6th Graders change Related Arts classes (except Band and PE)

October 25th - PTA Bulldog Ice Day @ Lunches

October 31st - 8th Grade Guest Speaker @ GHMS / Report Cards Going Home

November 1st - Athletic Boosters Club Kickball Tournament during Related Arts

November 11th - Veterans Day Breakfast in Cafeteria (RSVP required)

November 14th - Night of Invention for 6th Grade (Times to be Confirmed)

Links to Quotes and Fun Friday Jokes

Hey Students! Are you interested in submitting a character quote or positive affirmation for Mrs. McNeil to read during the week? What about a Fun Friday (corny) joke? Submit your ideas using the links. Perhaps, yours will get chosen! You will be required to sign in to google to use the links and be limited to one submission per link at this time.

https://forms.gle/UxP8N7JeNzPF7ZJs5 Fun Friday Joke Form Link

https://forms.gle/UMezZXdxH9dmSMX67 Quote Form Link

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Basketball Tryouts (7th and 8th Graders)

Basketball tryouts will run November 4th – 7th

Nov 4th and 5th

Girls - after school 'til 5:00pm

Boys - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Nov 6th and 7th

Boys - after school 'til 5:00pm

Girls - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Students wanting to tryout need to have their information uploaded into PlanetHS in order to tryout. Information on how to upload forms is on Gold Hill’s Athletic Website. https://www.fortmillathletics.com/page/show/514738-gold-hill-ms

Don't let this be you! (Pre-Order Deadline is May 1st! - If you do not order a yearbook by then, you are not guaranteed to get one.)

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Add the yearbook to your cart using the Pay Fees tab in the right hand corner of webpage.

Eighth grade ads ON SALE NOW! Contact Ms. Shrum for details @ shruml@fortmillschools.org

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Fort Mill App - Your One Stop Shop!


Thank you to our PTA Sponsors!

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Dr. Jackson is our Athletic Boosters Leader of the Pack.

My Vision for Gold Hill Middle School

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 this year!

Begin with the End in Mind (Determination) Habit #2

We are more than half-way through our 1st nine weeks. As you and your student(s) review grades, please note any missing assignments, incompletes, or zeros. We expect our students to complete their work as assigned and meet designated deadlines as determined by the teacher for assignments. It is important to ask the student why s/he may have any incomplete, missing work, or zeros. In order to attend our end of the 1st quarter incentive, students cannot have any missing assignments, must be passing all of his/her classes, and cannot have spent more than 11 periods in our ISS room which includes STOP visits (Student Time-Out Periods, Lunch Detentions, and Office Referrals). We do offer restorative practices for students in ISS. Students who receive Out of School Suspensions are not able to attend our end of the nine weeks incentive event. Our Make Today Count program was communicated to our students during our first few days of school. I encourage you to check your student's Make Today Count (MTC) sheet to see how she/he is doing overall with this program. During the nine weeks, your student(s) have a variety of additional opportunities to complete their work such as working lunches, FLEX time, before school appointments, and in some cases, after school appointments when the teacher's schedule permits. Late work acceptance is determined by the grade level subject and teacher. If you have any questions regarding a grade or assignment, please reach out to the specific teacher who will have first hand knowledge and best be able to assist you and your student.