Stanley Middle School

Week of January 17

The Snow Came

The snow came and so did the ice. Quite possibly, there might be more of both to come.

Remember that tomorrow, January 17, is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and we are already scheduled to be out of school.

Any decisions about school/remote learning will come from Todd Hagans on behalf of Gaston County Schools. If a decision is made regarding remote learning, students will need to log into Canvas for their assignments. However, any decision regarding school/remote learning will come from Gaston County Schools.

The GCS app is the fastest way to get any district information.

If your student did not give you their report card last Thursday, please make sure and ask them for it.

If your student needs a great indoor activity during this weather, we recommend cleaning out their bookbag, It is amazing the amount they carry around that they do not need at school.

COVID-19 Symptom Reminders

Please keep students at home and notify our school nurse if they exhibit any of the following symptoms.

    • Fever above 100.4

    • Sore Throat

    • Shortness of Breath (above baseline)

    • Fatigue/Muscle Aches

    • Severe headache

    • Cough, congestion, runny nose (different from allergies)

    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

COVID-19 Updates

This is a link to the NC Public Health Toolkit which is the guide used to make decisions for all GCS schools. As you know, this is s fluid document which is updated as guidance is given.

Please reference the link to the most recent changes which are indicated in red.

Test to Stay

SMS will continue to be one of the 8 Test to Stay sites in the district. Students who have been exposed to COVID and meet the conditions of the Test to Stay program will be given a ticket to present at the testing site.

Students must be issued a ticket by the school nurse in order to test at any Test to Stay site.

Keep One Another Healthy

Unless a student is fully vaccinated and showing no symptoms, any student recently exposed to COVID-19, waiting for a COVID-19 test result, waiting for someone in the home to get a COVID-19 test result or symptomatic needs to remain at home and notify our school nurse.

You can notify the school nurse by calling the school or emailing her at

Our nurse interacted with an average of 25 students a day last week. Please be patient if you leave her a message or send an email. She will get to you as quickly as possible. Nurse Martin is an amazing nurse and we are so blessed to have her at our school.

Students are responsible for completing assignments when they are absent for any reason. Please connect with your child's teachers (or have your students email them) if they will be out for several days.


We are in the midst of a multi-year process of applying for and earning recognition as a North Carolina STEM School of Distinction. One part of that is to connect with various businesses men and women who are in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) field.

Additionally, we would like to make connections with parents who represent many careers. We are asking that our parents please complete the Google Form to help us build our Stanley STEM Network.

Thank you to those who have already completed the form. If you use STEM skills in anyway in your profession, we need you in one of many ways!


Click the button above for all the details.


8th graders - the time has come for you to start seriously planning with your families about your options for high school next year.

In the near future, you will be getting options about choice programs for high school, course registration, the PSAT and so much more.

We will make sure you have all you need, you just need to be mindful that the time to start thinking about this, if you have not been doing so already, is now.

On the Calendar

Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Jan. 19 - Impact Club Meets afterschool in BIG STEAM room - 3:45-4:!5 - rides must be on time

More information on morning announcements -

Jan. 22- GCS CHOICE FAIR - Gastonia Conference Center 9:00-3:00

Jan. 22 - Science Fair - Schiele Museum.

Science Fair, Envirothon, and Robotics Team practices

Science Fair Meetings: After School until 5:00 PM

January 18th

Envirothon Meetings: After School until 5:00 PM

January 25th