The Greene Devil Weekly News

Week of March 6-10

GMS Information and Announcements

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Spring Break Next Week! Cheer Tryouts Monday. Dance and Track Tryouts this week!

Please check our school website, Facebook, and Twitter accounts for information and updates over the next few weeks.

We will also share important communication via SwiftK12 emails, texts, and calls.


  • Underwater Robotics
  • GTC Open House and Silent Auction
  • Tour Crenlo
  • TennCare Kids Renewal is SOON
  • TCAP information
  • GreeneSpeaks Language Classes for Families
  • R.I.S.E. Survey
  • Free Reading Resources for Families
  • Nurse's corner
  • Counseling Corner
  • Computer Chargers
  • Parent Notes
  • Tech Info
  • Cafeteria Charges
  • Yearbooks
  • GSIA
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Current 6th and 7th grade Student-Athlete families:

Would you be interested in serving on the GMS Athletic Booster Club Board? If so, please fill out this 1 minute survey:


GTC is having their annual OPEN HOUSE and SILENT AUCTION on Thursday, March 9th from 5-7 pm. The GTC Team hopes you can attend their event in person. If, however, you are unable to be there – they still want you to have an opportunity to bid on some of the amazing offerings!

You can find all the details at GTC 2023 Spring Open House & Silent Auction Details and can submit your bid via email to Ginger at

Thank you for supporting the Greene Technology Center!


Engineering open house from 5 to 7 on March 7th. Presenters presenting from Quality, Manufacturing, and Project Procurement departments plus a plant tour. The location of the open house will be at the main location located at 115 Terry Leonard Road, off the Baileyton highway.

Underwater Robotics Opportunity from WSCC

We are thrilled to announce our upcoming robotics summer camp at the Walters State Community College Niswonger Campus. We are also happy to note that we have several scholarships available for Greene County students! This year, we are offering two program levels to cater to participants between the ages of 11 and 14.

We believe that your students would benefit greatly from this opportunity and would like to invite you to promote this summer camp to the appropriate contacts in your schools. To help you spread the word, we have attached two flyers for you to forward to interested students, parents, and guardians.

Our Level One event will take place from July 17th to July 20th and is designed for beginners interested in learning the fundamentals of robotics and programming. This program will provide a hands-on experience to help participants develop new skills, build confidence, and make new friends.

Our Advanced event, which will be held from July 10th to July 20th, is intended for participants who have completed our Level One program and gained robotics and programming experience. This program will cover more advanced topics and build on their prior knowledge. Our experienced instructors will provide guidance and mentorship to help participants take their skills to the next level.

We are confident that our robotics summer camp will provide a fun and educational experience that will benefit participants personally and academically. If you are interested in registering for our program or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our Students Do Great Things Every Day!

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Congratulations to Mr. Jones and Mrs. Powell on their Tenure!

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TCAP Information

This section will stay in the newsletter to keep all families updated with TCAP information. Testing will be completed ONLINE this year at GMS.

Mrs. Fox is our testing coordinator and does an amazing job keeping the website up to date. Please use the link below at any time or reach out to Mrs. Fox.


If your student attends RISE, please click the document below to fill out for Mrs. Tolley.

As part of ongoing evaluation work, TN Department of Education is conducting the Family Survey for the 21st Century Program. The survey will be available online February 6th. Completing the Family Survey allows us to aggregate results at the state level and inform progress towards our performance measures.

The Family Survey can be accessed on a computer, tablet, or mobile device. It consists of nineteen (19) questions and will only take a few minutes to complete. Parents and guardians may choose to complete the survey in English, Spanish, Arabic, or Kurdish. We ask that you complete the survey by March 11th.


As the weather changes every single day, please remind your student about our dress code policies and help us at GMS in that effort.

As a reminder, NO BLANKETS are allowed on both school buses and at GMS.

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TDOE and GELF Partner to Give Free Reading Resources to Tennessee Families

In partnership with Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), the department is opening up an opportunity for parents to order free at-home reading resources this winter for any of their children in grades K-2.

Through this partnership, the department and GELF want to encourage at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers outside of the classroom. Based on if a child is in kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, they will receive seven At-Home Decodable Book Series, which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice, and age-appropriate, high-quality books from Scholastic.

All Tennessee families can order one booklet pack for each of their kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students using this site.

This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students


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GMS classrooms are running low on hand sanitizer. If you could send in a bottle to your student's Leader in Me class it would be greatly appreciated.
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TennCare and Cover Kids

Renewals for TennCare and CoverKids will be starting soon. Normally TennCare and CoverKids are renewed on a yearly basis—this is a federal requirement. Because of the COVID 19 pandemic, Congress temporarily paused this requirement in 2020. The requirement is being reinstated in 2023.

Please see attached flyers about TennCare’s upcoming re-enrollment period. An estimated 500,000 TN children stand to lose coverage unless they re-enroll.

Student should not carry medication in their backpack

Families please remember that students should not carry medication with them in their backpack. This includes prescriptions and OTC medications. Everything should go through our nurse. If you have not filled out the medication release form with our nurse and need your student to have access to those during school hours, please email the GMS nurse:


Hard copies of tele-health visits offered by Ballad Health will be going out to students if they have not already brought those home. Ballad Health would like to have the student's information and packet complete to make the process easier by having the parents fill out the paperwork and have on file in case it's ever needed or utilized.


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Cafeteria Charges

Reminder to be sending in lunch money or use the online payment system to prevent charges.

Click here to make a payment

You can still register for the free and reduced plan HERE

TECH INFO- Broken and damaged computers

We are very blessed at GMS to not only have 1:1 technology for every student, but a tech team led by Mrs. Loewenkamp that ensures our devices are always running and working at our Greene Devil Standard. As of late, we are seeing many Help Desk Tickets with both intentional and negligent damage that are keeping students from completing work, taking tests, and overall inhibiting their success. Per our Responsible Use Policy Rules Section B numbers 10 and 23 any damage is the responsibility of the user and if found to be intentional will result in Level II consequences, after school detention.

Students with damaged devices will now be required to fill out a student statement form to keep on file before the device will be fixed or replaced and returned to the student. Thank you for continuing to support your student’s success at GMS.

Progressive Discipline Policy:

School store (protection plan, chargers, etc.):

No Outside Food

No outside food is allowed any time at GMS. We understand stopping for breakfast, but please have them finish any food or drinks before they come into the building. Our cafeteria is open at 6:55am every morning and also helps us with any food allergies at the tables.

Cell Phones

We appreciate everyone's efforts in our new cell phone policy to not only create a SAFE environment for all our students, but protect our instructional time from distractions as well.

-If your student does not follow the GMS Cell Phone policy and has their phone taken to the office, Parents and Guardians may pick those up that afternoon directly after school or the next morning during school hours.

Click HERE for pre-season updates on our GMS athletic site.

Other Resources, Links, & Reminders

REMINDER- No Office Check Outs Between 2:00-3:00

  • Arrive before 2:00 for all early dismissals.