Knightly News: EXCEL

Week of April 25th

Finish Strong!-

Reminders:

As warm weather approaches, we want to be proactive to avoid dress code and technology violations at school.

Parents, here are some quick reminders that I am asking you to share with your students:

* Hats, hoods, and toboggans, sunglasses and airpods/headphones may not be worn inside the building as it does conceal identity and can present a safety issue. It is important that as you move about the building that staff can see you and you can hear us at all times for safety reasons. The safety of my staff and students is always a top priority

Other dress code reminders:

* Tank tops, sleeveless tops, & spaghetti straps are prohibited
* Shirts/dresses that expose cleavage & midsection are also prohibited

Cell Phone Policy: Cell phones must be out of sight, silenced, and out of mind, except for instructional use under the direction of a teacher during the instructional day. If a teacher is utilizing cell phones as part of their lesson outside of the classroom, students should have a pass indicating that cell phone use is allowed during that time. Students should not be on their cell phones or have headphones/AirPods out between 8:00 and 3:45 or transitions as it will be subject to confiscation.

2022 BOND Information: SGMS can benefit from the BOND!

Meeting Safety and Technology Needs of All Schools


-In 2020, the board of commissioners allocated some funds to address specific safety upgrades for schools with critical needs, but the funding only covers a fraction of the problem.


--The 2022 bond will provide safety upgrades for all District schools across the county, not just the ones with immediate safety and security concerns.


Please watch here a Guilford county resident share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JigA546LvWQ&list=PLM0KwgOXn9jLO_ARiP7hGRxR3HxTay8zr

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BREAKFAST AND LUNCH INFO:

The federal waivers that allowed all schools to serve free breakfast and lunch to all students are ending this summer. To ensure that students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals are able to receive those meals on the first day of school, we are asking parents to fill out the application at www.lunchapplication.com. This will establish a family’s qualifications for meal discounts for the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year. We will also have paper copies for you to complete at our family night to take care of ASAP.

A new application must be completed after July 1 for the remainder of the school year. One application per family is required so please put all students from your household on same application even if they are at Elementary, Middle or High school.

Vaping Epidemic! Please take note:

The vaping epidemic continues to affect our students and our schools. The latest national statistics (2021 - NYTS) 11.3% of high school students and 2.8% of middle school students vape.

The GCS Nicotine Vaping Prevention Toolkit was adapted with permission from the Tobacco Control Branch of NCDHHS. It contains resources for families, and cessations programs to share with youth who want to quit. See attachment below for resources at your fingertips.

Attendance Matters--Compulsory Attendance Law in North Carolina states that all children AGES 7-16 must attend school

Please note that if your student is out of school you must submit a note upon return. Absences are excused for sickness, doctor appointments or educationally related absences.


Our School Social Worker will be following up on all Tier 2 and 3 attendance please ensure your child is at school when they are well.


Last quarter: Pope, Brown, Kane and Groff had the highest % of attendance for their homerooms at 94% or higher. Who will have the highest % for Quarter 3, announced this week?

Athletic Information

Monday-4/25---Baseball/Softball vs Ferndale @ SGMS---4:45PM


Tuesday 4/26-Baseball/Softball vs NE @ NE---4:45PM


Wednesday 4/27---Track and Field vs AJ @HPAC-5:00 PM


Thursday 4/28 Baseball/Softball vs AJ @ SGMS-4:45 PM

SCHOOL LIBRARY MONTH--THANK YOU MR. WILLIAMSON!!

April 2022 has been designated the 37th annual national School Library Month. School libraries engage students, teachers and the school community with resources and digital citizenship, encouraging reading for pleasure and supporting curricular goals. Our GCS libraries reflect the unique climates of our schools, inviting users to explore ideas and information in ways that reflect our students’ diverse interests. This month we celebrate our GCS school library media coordinators and the work they do every day in support of our students.

Did you know? GCS has 110 school library media coordinators serving 112 schools who manage library collections, teach classes, organize makerspaces, train staff, and plan engaging programs.

Please take a moment and share with Eric Williamson the amazing job he does for our SGMS Knights and ask him how you can help make our library better.

CTE SUMMER CAMPS

As a look ahead, CTE will be offering approximately 26 summer camp experiences for students to engage, explore, and innovate through career acceleration and STEMulating experiences. All offerings will be finalized and available for registration through the GCS Summer Enrichment Catalog.

Click here for a preview: of the CTE Summer Enrichment Offerings 2022

Yearbooks can now be ordered!!

You can now purchase yearbooks for this school year! Yearbooks are $20. Students can see Mrs. Yakout or you can order online with this website: https://www.k12paymentcenter.com

Calendar info: Subject to change but will give you an idea of things to come

April 25th: BB/SB vs Ferndale @SGMS

April 26th: BB/SB vs NE @ NE

April 27th: Track vs AllenJayPrep @ HPAC

April 29th: 7th grade to Carowinds

MAY 2ND-6TH: TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!

May 3rd: 6th grade enrichment trip

May 5th: Cultural day event during school hours-more info to come

May 12th: Band and Chorus spring concert-more info to come

May 13th-Computers no longer go home to be ready for testing online

May 20th-June 3rd EOG Testing Window

June 1st 6th and 7th grade EOY awards (12:15-7th; 2:00-6th)

June 2nd 8th grade Celebration of Excellence 9 am and Tentative 8th grade Formal 6 pm-8pm

June 3rd: Last day of school

SGMS Cultural Day--May 5th 9 am to 11 am

Shout out to our Diversity and Title 1 committees who are facilitating a great time of learning and respecting other cultures. Please stay tuned for how you can help share about your culture.

Teacher Appreciation Week: CONSIDER SHOWING OUR STAFF HOW MUCH THEY MEAN TO YOUR FAMILY!

As an administrative team we know and value the importance of our staff and though their job is hard they go above and beyond each day to ensure OUR students succeed. We will be hosting some small tokens the first week in May to share our love for their hard work. The token may be small in the big picture but their worth is INVALUABLE. Please consider recognizing your child's academic team of teachers. You can do things individually or partner with the admin team in our daily expressions of LOVE. You can send in this week to have for next week or on the day(s) you wish to participate. (One, two, three, four or five days...)

Monday May 2nd: "You are the apple of our eye--I couldn't have picked a better teacher"

Caramel Apple Bar--We will have sauces for the apples and toppings--consider sending in apples, apple slices or $ to purchase.

Tuesday May 3rd: Thank you for brightening our year! All things yellow--Send in items to add to the bucket full of sunshine for each staff with all yellow items:

Examples: Yellow lotion, soap, Peanut M&M's, pineapple, post it notes, lemonade; yellow pens, highlighters, yellow flower, anything in a yellow box or cup (lemon heads, Swedish fish, vanilla oreo mini's,...the sky is the limit.

Wednesday May 4th: Here is the scoop hands down we think you are Cool--enjoy a cold treat--Send in a box of ice cream treats (hand held varieties-fruit bars, nutty buddies, Klondike...) for staff to enjoy at lunch or end of day or both.

Thursday May 5th: "We are all an important piece that makes the world go round"-Cultural Fair day--give a token that represents your culture or ways we work together.

Friday May 6th-Take "note" we think you are awesome--Send in cool pens, I have some note pads or send your own and have your child or family write a note thanking staff for all they do.


You may send in items to the front office this week or the day you choose next week. Please label with your name and Day 1, 2, 3 ,4 or 5. Reach out if you have any questions. 336-674-4266

SGMS ADMINISTRATION:

Our administrative team is available to assist with any and all SGMS questions or concerns. You may reach us at 336-674-4266 or by email. We love your partnership please reach out if you have suggestions or shout outs for our amazing staff.


Tracy Roof, Principal-rooft@gcsnc.com (students with last names P-Z)


Lorie Rainey, Assistant Principal-raineyl@gcsnc.com (students with last names G-O)


James Moore, Assistant Principal-moorej5@gcsnc.com (students with last names A-F)