Stanley Middle School

Week of February 6


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 Pre-ACT 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.

CHOICE FAIR DATES -February 12. As of 1/23 and March 5.

IMPORTANT - Students who are at SMS via lottery (not in the attendance zone) and qualify to attend East Gaston, must still complete the lottery form and choose the pathway they want in the Medical Science Academy.




Gastonia Conference Center

On the Calendar


7- HOME BASKETBALL GAME - Ride Pick Up at 6:15

8 - PTO Meeting - check PTO FB page for meeting link

9 - Math NC Check In

10 - Interims

10 - Basketball@WCF

14 - Basketball@SMS

16 - Pre ACT - All 8th Grade

17 - Basketball@SMS

21 - Optional Workday

24 - Basketball@MHMS

25 - Battle of the Books Comp.

28 - Basketball@SMS


3 - Basketball Playoffs

5 - RoboGaston

5- Choice Fair 10:30-4:00 - Gastonia Conference Center

8 - Boys Basketball Championship

9 - Girls Basketball Championhip

10 - Parent Conferences / Early Dismissal

11 - Workday

16 - MathElite

16 - NIne Weeks Ends

COVID-19 Symptom Reminders

Please keep students at home and notify our school nurse if they exhibit any of the following symptoms. Students who come to the nurse and express they have these symptoms will be sent home and be asked to return with a negative COVID test or non-COVID diagnosis from a doctor.

    • 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.

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

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.

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.


Click the button above for all the details.


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!