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GHMS Newsletter - 6/11/21

Gold Hill Middle School

1025 Dave Gibson Blvd.

Tega Cay, SC 29708

(803) 548 - 8300

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Important Points for Parents

ALL Virtual Students

On June 15, please drop off all devices, hot spots and any textbooks you may have. During that time you will be able to pick up your yearbook if you ordered one.

There are some very fun events that we have planned here at school, and our virtual students are invited to them. We have already sent out separate emails with links and descriptions of the events along with a Google Form for parents to complete. Virtual parents, please make sure you have completed these forms so we can properly plan for our events. Please email your teachers and/or administration if you have any questions about these events. Here is a brief list of the events broken up by grades.

6th Grade - Field Day (June 15th)

7th Grade - Field Day (June 14th)

8th Grade - Spring Fling (June 16th), Field Day (June 17th), Recognition Ceremony (June 18th)

Face to Face Students with at Home Devices

Please bring in any devices, chargers, and bags that you have been using at home no later than June 15. All devices MUST be in by June 16 for inventory.

Please turn in any at home text books at that time also.


As of this Friday the 11th, Ms. Shrum will not be taking any orders for yearbook. We still have plenty of extras left, but she needs to get homeroom stacks ready for distribution.

Extra yearbooks can be purchased in the front office for $40 on a first-come, first-serve basis on June 16-18.

Parent Portal

Here is the link to Parent Portal.

Rising 9th Graders!

Summer/pre-course reading for Fort Mill HS students is optional. We have expanded the list from 1 book for each course/level to 3 books for each course/level. The expanded list incorporates a wide variety of writers from many different backgrounds.

Attached you will find the Pre-Course reading list.

Click the picture below for Summer Reading!

bulldogs don't stop for summer!

SC Governor's School for the Arts & Humanities - Accepted Students from Gold Hill Middle School

Congratulations to the students listed below that have been accepted into one of the programs at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities!!!

Angelina Hovey, Arts Odyssey Program - Drama & Visual Arts

Charlie Duda, Arts Odyssey Program - Drama

Gabby Knight, Arts Odyssey Program - Drama

Emmy Mochal, Arts Odyssey Program - Drama

Gold Hill Middle School's Got Talent

I was so proud of our Bulldogs today!!! Our students were showing off their talents during our talent show. I know there was some technical difficulty throughout the show, but I was so proud of our Student Council for planning, organizing, and conducting this Talent Show. There were some speed bumps, but all of the kids worked really hard to put on a good show. To our contestants, I am so amazed at your bravery and in awe of your talent!!!

Proud to Be a Bulldog!!!

Volleyball Tryouts

Next school year the volleyball tryouts will be held on...

Tuesday, August 10

Thursday, August 12

Monday, August 16 (First Day of School)

7th Grade 3:30 - 4:45

8th Grade 4:45 - 6:00

Cuts will be made throughout the tryout process. If you are unable to attend the summer tryouts, please reach out to the appropriate coach.

Shout out to Mrs. Smith and our 7th & 8th Grade Art Students!!!

Check out the mural that was created by our students! Created by 7th & 8th grade artists in collaboration with their art teacher, Mrs. Smith. Students were given pieces of a drawn portrait to paint in blocks and patterns in a style inspired by artist, Chuck Close.

Truly Amazing!!!

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End-of-Year Medication Pick Up

The last day to pick up your child’s medication (prescription or non-prescription) is Friday, June 18th by 11:45. Parents must come into the school to pick up the medication. The students are not allowed to carry medication home with them on the bus. Medication left after this date will be discarded per district policy. If you have indicated that your child has a medical condition that may require management in the school setting, please have all necessary paperwork completed during the summer before the start of the new school year.

The intention is to make it easier to obtain physician signatures and have the plans/medication forms in place by the first day of school. All paperwork must be updated by the physician annually. The paperwork was emailed in May. Please contact Staci Hyde, GHMS School Nurse, at 803-548-8313 or if you need a copy or have any questions. Thank you!

Welcome to our Newest Member of our Administrative Team!

It is my honor to announce that Mrs. Harms is leaving her role of Literacy Specialist here at GHMS next year, and will be the newest Assistant Principal for Gold Hill Middle School. We will have three assistant principals next year!!! Mrs. Harms has a tremendous passion for kids. Her love and dedication for Gold Hill Middle School is inspiring. Mrs. Harms has already made a tremendous impact on our students and our school. We can not wait to see what she can do in this new position! Congratulations Mrs. Harms!!!
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GHMS Important Dates

June 14 - 7th Grade Field Day (7th Grade Virtual Students Invited!)

June 15 - 6th Grade Field Day (6th Grade Virtual Students Invited)

June 16 - 8th Grade Spring Fling (8th Grade Virtual Students Invited)

June 17 - 1/2 day - 8th Grade Field Day (8th Grade Virtual Students Invited)

June 18 - 1/2 day - 8th Grade Field Day (8th Grade Virtual Students Invited)

8th grade recognition & Spring Fling

8th Grade Parents - Please see the attached letter that will begin to detail what the events during the last week of school are going to look like here at Gold Hill. The letter is attached below, and it will be coming out in a separate email to all of our 8th grade parents.

I would like to thank everyone for their understanding during this difficult time of year. We want to celebrate ALL of our students as much as possible and as safely as possible. There will be more information coming out next week.

Teacher of the Month - June Vote Now!!!

Hello Bulldog Parents!

Last month GHMS Student Council started up our Teacher of the Month (TOM) initiative again. We use it to have students show love to all our amazing teachers and staff in our school. But now we want to extend this to parents! If there is a teacher or staff member that you would love to give a nice message to, then this is the opportunity for you! All you have to do is click this link and fill out the form. Your vote will count towards TOM and your comments will also be shared with that teacher. We hope that you can use this to spread some happiness to our wonderful teachers and staff.

Click the link to vote!!!

School Improvement Council (SIC) - Report to Parents

Please click on the link to see the Report to Parents that was created by the SIC. We would like to thank all of the members who served on the SIC this year for their hard work and dedication to our school.

Here are the members of the SIC.

Aaron Duda - Parent / President

Jeremy Robertson - ELA teacher / Secretary

Andrea Drake - Parent

Angie Harms - Literacy Specialist

Matt Hilsmier - Parent

Amy Rhodes - Related Arts Teacher

Carrie Shearin - PTA President

Ann Slater - Community Member

Amy Wilson - Parent

Richard Eppes - Principal

David Cheske - Assistant Principal

Caryn Scroggs - Assistant Principal

PTA Update

Upcoming Spirit Event

Welcome to Moe’s! Gold Hill Middle School - POP-UP FUNDRAISER!

FEED YOUR FAMILY and support the Gold Hill Middle School PTA

WHAT/WHEN/WHERE Moe’s Southwest Grill will be delivering to Gold Hill Middle School 1025 Dave Gibson Blvd, Tega Cay, SC 29708 Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 5:30- 6:30 PM


  1. Order and pay online in advance, drive up to the main student drop off area on the date and time listed above and we will place your Family Taco Kit in your car and off you go.
  2. The Moe's team will be wearing a mask and gloves for the safety of our community.
  3. Click here to order:


Our Taco Kit feeds 4-6 people - $34.99 (Plus tax)

Each Kit will provide Chicken & Ground Beef, Black Beans, Rice, QUESO, Shredded Cheese, Shredded Lettuce, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream, Salsa, Chips & 12 Flour Tortillas.

*No Substitutions*


Congrats to our 2021-2022 PTA Executive Board

  • Brittany Giametta - Co-President
  • Carrie Shearin - Co-President
  • Andrea Drake - Co-Vice President
  • Kim Miller - Co-Vice President
  • Maria Somers - Treasurer
  • Carissa Wiand - Secretary

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masks on busses

We at transportation want to thank all of you for your support through this year. To say that 20/21 school year has been different and challenging would be an understatement!

With the district’s change in policy regarding face coverings we have started to see a trend where many students feel they do not have to wear a mask while riding the bus. We are asking for your help in communicating to our students that, in accordance with federal regulations, all occupants of a school bus are required to wear a face mask. Our drivers will continue to remind them, and we still have masks available if a student forgets theirs at home.

Thank you in advance for helping the kids navigate these confusing times.

Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns,

We are all in this together!

John Weston

Assistant Supervisor of Transportation

Project Wise - Rising 7th and 8th Graders

Check out the cool summer camp opportunity through Clemson University for our RISING 7th and 8th graders! Check out the flyer below for details.

FMHS Middle School Volleyball Camp

Coach Seidel, along with his staff and varsity players will host Volleyball Camp at FMHS this July

Click here for Volleyball Camp information!

parents of current 6th graders

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) wants to assure that all children and teens receive recommended vaccines to prevent disease. DHEC reminds parents and guardians that South Carolina law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects preteens and teens from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). It is important to know that there are three other vaccines that all preteens and teens are recommended to receive: human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, a cancer prevention vaccine, meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) that prevents some types of meningitis, and the yearly flu vaccine.

We are reminding you now so that you have time to plan for your child to be vaccinated early, before the start of 7th grade. To beat the back to school rush, summer break is good time to get these vaccines during a yearly health checkup. Talk to your child’s health care provider now about what vaccines he or she needs. You should also ask about these vaccines at a physical exam required for sports or camp. Don’t forget to make sure you get an updated SC Certificate of Immunization at the visit to give to your school nurse. This certificate is required by state law for school attendance.

Your local DHEC health department also can provide these vaccines. Call 1-855-472-3432 to make an appointment. For more information about vaccinations in South Carolina, go to

School Counseling Information!

Check out the Counselors' Corner for more information from your school counselors.

Mrs. Ashley DiMaggio, 8th grade

Ms. Lisa Ross, 7th grade

Mr. Marc Wesseling, 6th grade

GHMS Vision, Mission and Belief

Click here to see a great reminder of what WE BELEIVE as we continue our 20-21 school year. Excellence is our cornerstone, our tradition, the Bulldog way! Thank you for this awesome video Mrs. McNinch!

Corporate PTA Sponsors

We would like to thank all of our PTA Sponsors for their continued commitment and dedication to our students and school!