Patriot Points

April 28, 2021

A Message From Mr. Binnicker

It is hard to believe this time last year we were not in school and everyone was participating in e-Learning. Many schools across the state of South Carolina are just now allowing for five-day-a-week face-to-face learning. I know there have been struggles this year, but I feel confident that our instructional program, both face-to-face, and VLA, and our health protocols are working well and our students are better prepared. I personally would like to thank our students, parents, faculty, staff, and community members for all of their support during this challenging school year.


Currently, we are preparing for state testing. Please see the article below for testing information.


A final newsletter will be sent out toward the middle of May to discuss our end-of-the-year procedures.

Testing

All face-to-face (F2F) and Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) students will take SCREADY (ELA and Math) May 17-19. All 6th graders will also take SCPASS (Science) May 20. Please avoid appointments, late arrivals, and early dismissals on these days. Make-up test sessions will be offered May 21-26.


All Honors Algebra 1 Students (F2F and VLA) will take the Algebra 1 EOC Wednesday May 26. A make-up session will be offered Friday May 28.


Relevant testing information for VLA students and parents, such as drop-off and pick-up, is being communicated directly to parents via e-mail by Ms. Collins, VLA Liaison. Be on the look-out for these e-mails.


On testing days, students should come to school well rested. Enjoying a balanced breakfast is encouraged. Students will not be able to wear smart watches, so please have your student leave that at home. Cell phones will also be turned off while students are testing. We want students to do their best, but we do not want them to stress! Standardized testing is a helpful data tool, but it is one piece of the big picture!

Report Cards

As a reminder, report cards are no longer printed and distributed. Please use your Parent Portal account to view grades and attendance.

2021-2022 Virtual Learning Academy

The deadline for applying for the 2021-22 Virtual Learning Academy (VLA) was April 12. We are currently finalizing staffing for next year’s VLA. If you are interested in VLA next year but have not returned your physician-signed VLA form to your current school, please do so immediately. Failure to submit the form immediately could result in a student not being able to attend the VLA next year. Please click on the link below for more information.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher’s Appreciation Week is May 3 - 7, 2021. The PVMS Student Council is planning several treats for the teachers during that week. Please consider reaching out to your child’s teachers to let them know how much they are appreciated!

Shorts Weather

It's that time of year when the weather warms up and students wear shorts. This is a reminder that shorts must be in compliance with our dress code (length must be mid-thigh or longer with no holes/rips above mid-thigh). The policy can be found in our Parent/Student Handbook on our middle school website under the "Our School" tab. Or, Click on this link below.

https://www.anderson1.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=21129

6th Grade Parents.....

6th grade parents- please turn in a copy of your updated immunization certificate with the Tdap vaccine if you have not done so already. You can also email a copy to pencej@apps.anderson1.org

Medication Pick Up

The last day to pick up medications from the health room is Monday, June 7. District policy states that no medication can be held over the summer. Please make arrangements to pick up by 3:10 PM on June 7th. The only medications that can be sent home with students are emergency medicines in which self-carry paperwork is on file. All other medications must be picked up by an adult. Any medications left after this time will be discarded.

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PVMS Named National Beta School Merit

Mr. Mustin, Mrs. Moon, and Mrs. Golden are proud to announce that Powdersville Middle School was recently named as a National Beta School of Merit for the 2020-2021 school year. Junior Beta Club is open to students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades. Members must maintain an average of 85 or higher in all of their classes. Beta Club isn’t exclusively about academics, however. The true focus of the club is the community service projects that the members perform. Beta Club members are required to complete three community service hours per nine weeks. This is how students at Powdersville Middle School live out of the Beta Club motto: “let us lead by serving others.” Our chapter has almost 300 members in it, including over 100 new inductees in the spring of 2021. The thousands of community service hours that have been worked by our members, in just this year alone, are the reasons we qualified for national recognition. The advisors would like to thank all of our members, as well as their parents, for all of the support in making community service a priority for our students.
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Battle of the Books

The PVMS Battle of the Books competition took place on Thursday, April 15. All of the teams did a wonderful job and this year was incredibly competitive. Congratulations to the winners of the school competition, the Book Bandits! Congratulations also go out to our second place winners, the Guardian Readers of the Galaxy. Both teams will go on to the district competition later this month.


The district Battle of the Books competition will take place on Thursday, April 29 at 4:00 pm in the Powdersville Middle cafeteria. Participants will receive a letter home along with two tickets each. Please contact the librarian, Amanda Squires, if you have any questions.

PVMS Pageant

The Miss Patriot and Class Beauty Pageant was held on Saturday, April 24th. We are all so proud of each and every one of the PVMS pageant contestants from Saturday. The stage was full of beauty and confidence the entire evening. A special congratulations to our overall category winners:


Miss 6th Grade - Sterling Ragsdale

Miss 7th Grade - Wylie Callaham

Miss 8th Grade - AJ Irby

Miss Patriot - Hayden Ratliff

Robotics

Our VEX robotics teams had another fantastic season! All 3 of our VEX IQ teams qualified for and competed at the state competition. Our 5 VRC teams also qualified for and competed at state. We had 1 team advance all the way to finals before losing out. Another team finished with a 2nd place finish overall in the skills-only competition. We are super proud of all of their work. Three of the VRC teams have also qualified for and will be competing in the VEX Robotics World Championship in May. This event was scheduled for Dallas in April but has been rescheduled as a virtual event in May. We will be competing against teams from 30 different countries around the globe. Good luck to our teams!

High School Musical Jr.

Just wanted to let you all know about our different ADVENTURE this year. Instead of performing live, our music theatre classes have decided to try and film the musical like a movie. We have an AWESOME videographer that will be recording all our music, filming our scenes and putting them together in a cool movie. I hope you will want to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase a copy.

Our music theatre department will get 50 percent of the sales to put back into our program for next year. I have attached the order form for you here, or you can use the online website listed on the order form. I have also attached a list of characters in the musical so you will know who is in it.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for supporting our music theatre program!


www.snapsterbooth.com/pms2021.html

Yearbooks

Yearbook and WPPL (Broadcast) News

Good news! The Patriot Yearbook Staff has ordered extra of our historical yearbooks, but they are first come, first served! They are now $40 cash (give to Mrs. Cole and she will give a receipt) or you can order online. Our distribution event will be at the beginning of June and we are working out those details now! Contact Mrs. Cole colem@apps.anderson1.org with any questions. If you would like to donate a yearbook to a student that cannot afford one, please contact Mrs. Cole to set up arrangements.

WPPL


We continue to fine tune our WPPL (We’re Patriot Primetime Live) broadcasts daily. These have daily announcements and fun activities that our student staff has created, along with birthdays etc. Please feel free to watch all of these on our school broadcast YouTube channel, PVMS Memories. See the QR code above.

Duck Derby - PVMS Student Council

The Rotary Club of Reedy River Greenville will be hosting a Virtual Duck Derby on May 1, 2021. Adoptions may be made through reedyriverduckderby.com for $10 per duck or $30 for five entries. The Rotary Club of the Reedy River Greenville will once again partner with Publix for the grand prize of one year’s worth of groceries. A full list of other prizes may be found on the race website.


The PVMS Student Council is helping to raise money for the Rotary Club by encouraging duck adoptions. Please consider “adopting” some ducks to support the community service projects of the Rotary Club. Please select the “Powdersville Middle School Team” so that our team will receive credit for the adoption.

Fellowship Benches

A big thanks to eighth-grader Bailey Hicks for choosing our school to benefit from her Girl Scout Silver Project. Bailey designed the beautiful beaches that are now outside of our library. She wanted students to have a nice area to sit and be able to fellowship with each other. She also built the benches and raised all the funds necessary for the building materials. Our students now have a place to sit while completing outside projects and while waiting on their bus to arrive. Thanks, Bailey!

Sports

Both our Girls and Boys Basketball teams finished their respective seasons as AOP DIV 2 Conference Champions!


The Lady Patriots finished the season 10-3, and defeated Riverside Middle (44-32) in the AOP Semifinals, and Wren Middle (46-21) in the AOP Finals!


The Boys finished the season 12-1, and defeated Riverside Middle (51-29) in the AOP Semifinals, and Wren Middle (64-56) in the AOP Finals!

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Gift Cards - Last Day To Order

The last day to order gift cards will be the morning of June 1st and pick up will be on June 3rd.

The gift card program will resume August 17th.

April Events

29 - Battle of the Books @ 1:00 p.m. in the cafeteria (parents welcome)

May Events

03 - 07 - Teacher Appreciation Week

04 - Jazz Gala at 3:00 p.m. in the cafeteria

06 - National School Nurse Day

07 - Band Concert at 3:30 p.m. in the gym

07 - Strings Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. at PVHS

14 - Cheer Tryouts @ 4:00 p.m. at PVHS gym

17 -26 - GCR Testing

17 - Testing ELA Day 1 (F2F & VLA)

18 - Testing ELA Day 2 (F2F & VLA)

19 - Testing Math (F2F & VLA)

20 - Testing 6th grade Science (F2F & VLA)

21 - Testing Make-up Day (F2F & VLA)

24 - 26 - Testing Make-up Day (F2F & VLA)

26 - Testing - Algebra 1 EOC (F2F & VLA)

28 - Testing Make-up Day for Algebra 1

June Events

08 - Last day of school for students

14 - Summer School begins @ 8:30 a.m.