The Bark

GHMS Newsletter - 5/12/23

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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Important Points for Parents

Message from the Principal

  • Everybody Wear Purple on MONDAY! - Support a member of our Bulldog Family, Keira, and wear purple on Monday! See details below.

  • 8th Grade Recognition - May 25th @ 9:00 AM in the GHMS Gym (more details to come)

  • Related Arts Selection - (6th & 7th Grade Only) - Mrs. Scroggs sent an email with this information. Students will be requesting related arts on Monday.

  • Morning Bell Reminder - Students are supposed to be in their homeroom class by 8:10 when the bell rings, NOT just entering the building. The car rider line has gotten a little late recently, so help us by giving yourselves a couple of extra minutes to get to school.

  • State Testing Dates are Set! - See details below...

  • Recreation Equipment - Parents if you have any new or gently use recreation equipment that you would like to donate to our "Toy Bin" for our blacktop time. As you can imagine, we go through a great deal of equipment throughout the school year. The ONLY equipment we would need is Basketballs, Volleyballs, Soccer Balls, Four Square or Kick Balls. Please no footballs. Thanks!

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sanfilippo syndrome awareness day - may 15

Sanfilippo Syndrome awareness day is Monday, May 15. One of our Bulldogs was diagnosed with this syndrome. We are asking everyone to wear PURPLE on Monday in support of Keira and to help raise awareness for this rare disease. Read more about Keira and Sanfilippo Syndrome in the flyer below.

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Welcome Rising 6th Graders!

Our Bulldog Mascot greeted our rising 6th graders when they came to tour GHMS! Big shout out to our new WEB Leaders for doing a great job leading the tours for our soon-to-be Bulldogs! Great Job!

Last Kona ice on Friday May 19!

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FMHS Summer Academic Camps - July 10 - 13

This is for rising Freshman only. Here is the link for Summer Academic Camps at FMHS

Governor's School

We’re excited to share that the students listed below, have been accepted into programs at the Governor’s School!

Brennan Chwaszczewski: Arts Odyssey Summer Program for Creative Writing
Celeste Marzoratti: Arts Odyssey Summer Program for Visual Arts

Congratulations Bulldogs!

There are still a few spaces open for upcoming programs, listed here under “See Our Available Spaces,.

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2023-2024 spirit week shirts will be available on payfees may 1st

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2023 - 2024 Bulldog robotics!

Our GHMS Bulldog Robotics team has just returned from the 2023 VEX IQ World Championship and is ready to prepare for the new season and challenge – Full Volume. Applications for the 2023-2024 Bulldog Robotics team are live and available! Please see the graphic below for more information.

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notes from the nurse

Dear Parents,

Just a few end of the year reminders from the Health Room:

Medications: Prescription and OTC
• If your student has an over the counter medication in the Health Room, please pick up no later than end of school day (half day) Thursday May 25 2023. Medications will not roll over to the next school year. Any unclaimed medication will be disposed of after this time.

• If your student has a prescription medication in the Health Room a parent must pick up by the last day of school. Prescription medications will be released to a parent only, regardless of the age of the student. Any unclaimed prescription medication will be disposed after the time designated above.

• Medication permission forms (Form M105) for prescription and OTC medications can be found on the FMSD website under Student Health Services. If your student has his/her yearly physical during the summer months and will need prescription medication available at school for the 2023-2024 school year, it would be a good idea to take a form with you to the appointment for physician completion and signature. These are also the same forms used for OTC medications, such as Advil or Tylenol, but OTC only requires a parent signature.

FMSD medication policies can be reviewed through this link:

Medical Paperwork
If your student had medical paperwork on file in the Health Room this school year you will receive and email with attached forms for the 2023-2024 school year. Please complete these forms and return to the Health Room on or before the first day of school. Keep in mind that if your student requires medication at school or needs to carry an inhaler or epi pen, the appropriate paperwork needs to be completed by parent and physician per district policy. Forms must be updated each school year.

Please feel free to contact the Health Room with any questions or concerns. Wishing you and your family a healthy and relaxing summer!

attention: 6th grade students/parents

Please make an appointment for your child to update their Tdap vaccination before next school year. All seventh graders will be required to get the Tdap vaccine to protect them against whooping cough (pertussis). One (1) dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) administered on or after the 10th birthday will be required for all seventh graders. It is strongly recommended that adolescents who have not yet received a dose of Tdap vaccine be immunized in advance of this requirement. Students who are not up to date with their Tdap vaccination may not be allowed to attend school. For more information, please visit

Please send a copy of the SC immunization record to the school nurse once they receive the updated vaccination.

see the flyer below for links for summer activities

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SC 4-H Pinckney Leadership Camp

The South Carolina 4-H Pinckney Leadership program has added additional spaces to their Leadership Camp for middle school students!

Do you know a middle school student looking for summer leadership opportunities? Then have them apply to join The 4-H Pinckney Leadership Program this summer!

Founded after the late Senator, Clementa Pinckney, the program aims to set forth the standards and principles valued by Senator Pinckney. Their goal is to empower students to serve with compassion, lead with humility, and inspire others through integrity. They hope to do just that through their summer programs.

Rising 7th and 8th grade students can have the full camp experience at Camp Long in Aiken, SC from July 16-21! The new application deadline for the additional camp spots is April 24th.

The application can be found on their website

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Clemson's YLI Summer Camp

Clink the link below for information on Clemson's Youth Learning Institute Summer Camp

How to get student report cards in parent portal/student portal

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School Counseling Information!

For more information from your school counselors, please take a look at the Guidance Gazette attached below.

Ms. Lisa Ross - 6th grade

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio - 7th grade

Mr. Marc Wesseling - 8th grade

Voluntary SC student accident insurance and dental insurance

GHMS Parents,

Please take a minute and complete the two forms below. The first form provides the school with early dismissal, transportation and student pick-up information. The second form provides the school with information if your child would like to walk/bike to and from school. The data from these forms is captured confidentially for the front office at GHMS only. Click on the link to complete.

Early Dismissal, Transportation & Pick-Up Information

Walkers/Bike Rider Permission

Corporate PTO Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our PTO Sponsors for their continued commitment and dedication to our students and school! This community is amazing, and it is clear we care about our kids!!!