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Powdersville Middle School - Winter Newsletter 2021-2022

Principal's Corner

Todd Binnicker, Principal

In September, the United States Department of Education made the official announcement that Powdersville Middle School was named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Powdersville Middle is proud to be one of five South Carolina schools and the only middle school in SC to be recognized for this prestigious award.

I had the distinguished honor of representing our school at the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on Friday, November 5, 2021. I was able to accept a plaque and flag on behalf of our entire school community. Our school will serve as an example for other schools throughout our nation. I am so proud of our school! Thank you to our students, faculty, staff, and families, both past and present, for all your efforts to make Powdersville Middle such an amazing school. Congratulations!

The next few months will prove to be very busy for us at Powdersville Middle as numerous activities are scheduled including basketball games and musical concerts. Please see “Events” section at the end of this newsletter.

As we enter this wonderful time of year, on behalf of the faculty and staff of Powdersville Middle, I would like to take this opportunity to say I am thankful for our students, parents, and community and wish all of you a most joyous holiday season.

Veterans Day

Every year we celebrate Veterans Day in November. We take time to appreciate the time, efforts and commitment to all those who have served in the United States military. This year our celebration was virtual. Below is the link to our program. Veterans, thank you very much from all the students, faculty, and staff from Powdersville Middle School.
PVMS Veterans Day 2021

Report Cards - Quarter 1

All parents/guardians should have received an email with your student’s first quarter final grades. If you did not receive an email, first check your spam folder then call the front office to verify we have the correct email address on file. Grades are always available for viewing in Parent Portal.


What is ICU? ICU stands for the Intensive Care Unit, just like a hospital. ICU is an academic support system for students and a communication tool for teachers and parents and is built around a school-wide electronic database that tracks missing assignments. All students completing all assignments is the foundation of this program. Students learn quickly if they have one missing or poor quality assignment, their learning is suffering and needs attention.

Students with missing or poor quality assignments have their names placed on an ICU list that can be viewed by all staff members. Students are asked by a variety of staff members: "Who do you owe?" "What do you owe?" "What do you need?" "How can I help?" Staff members re-teach content material and provide students with extra assistance to complete their work: before school, during lunch, after school, etc. Names are removed from the ICU list when assignments are completed and quality work has been done.

It is crucial that parents, teachers, and administrators are all on the same page and convey the message that "All students will complete all assignments and do quality work."

If your child's name is placed on the ICU List:

You will receive a text and email message.

Your child will be given an opportunity to complete the assignment on his/her own.

If the work remains unfinished, additional arrangements may become necessary for your child to complete the assignment (e.g. before school, during lunch, after school, etc.)

Time Management Tips

Does your student have trouble managing their time? Are you receiving multiple ICU notifications saying your student hasn’t turned in xyz… Perhaps your student needs to work on their time management skills! Whether your student struggles in this area, procrastinates, or so far seems to do well, appropriate time management skills are essential to success in life. You can help by developing an after-school schedule with your student each week. Start by penciling in time for the obvious (supper, shower/bath, bedtime). Then schedule time for chores and any practices or extracurricular events. From there help your student assess how much time they have left between the time they get home and bedtime to complete assignments and study. Many students discover they have more time than they thought. Some students find that weekends need to be utilized more, especially if they are super involved in after-school activities. Don’t forget to schedule some downtime too! School is a full-time job, and middle school students’ bodies are changing and developing more than ever before. All of that consumes a lot of energy! Having some downtime where they can relax and destress is essential too. Showing your student how to purposefully schedule fun, like playing Xbox for 30 minutes vs 3 hours, actually helps them establish appropriate boundaries. Helping your student learn time management skills in middle school will increase their likelihood of success in high school and beyond. It will reduce your stress as well!

Counseling Corner - Grieving During the Holidays

The holidays are quickly approaching, and while for many this is a season of joy and celebration, for some it may not be such a joyous time. Holidays tend to highlight our grief as we are reminded of those we’ve lost. Know that you are not alone. Consider this - add a candle to your place setting and burn in loving memory of those who are not there, but who are forever in your heart. For additional holiday grief survival tips, check out this resource:

Yearbook Deadlines

Megan Cole, Yearbook Manager

Yearbook sales are underway. They can be purchased online through a link on our website or you can bring cash or a check made payable to PVMS to the school office or Mrs. Cole. If you want to personalize your yearbook, you must order it through the Josten's website. The link is on our website.

The cost of the full color, 90+ page yearbook is $45 through December 30th

Beginning on January 1st, yearbooks cost $50

8th Grade Ads may be ordered online until February 4th

Last day to personalize your yearbook is February 21st

The final day to order your yearbook is April 24, 2022. After this date, yearbooks will only be available for purchase if there are extra ones, on a first-come-first-serve basis, and they will cost $50, cash only.

Book Club

The "Wings of Fire" book club meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Please contact Ms. Gillespie with any questions at .

Chorus Concert

PVMS chorus classes will perform their annual CHRISTMAS CONCERT on Monday, December 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. at Powdersville High School auditorium.

Band's Winter Festival

Band's Winter Festival will be held on Tuesday, December 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the Powdersville High School auditorium.

Orchestra Christmas Concert

The Orchestra Christmas Concert will be held on Thursday, December 9th at 6:30pm in the PVHS auditorium. The call time for students will be 5:30pm. The concert is free and all are welcome!

Positive Patriots Week is November 15-19

The PVMS Student Council is sponsoring “Positive Patriots Week” from November 15 - 19. Students and staff will participate in activities throughout the week to encourage having a positive attitude each day! See the photo below for what we are doing each day. As a fundraiser for future service projects, the PVMS Student Council will be selling doughnuts. Students may pre-order doughnuts in their first period classes from Wednesday, November 10 - Tuesday, November 16. Doughnuts will be delivered to 1st period classes on Friday, November 19. Doughnuts are $1.00 each or $10.00 for a dozen.

PVMS is participating in the 1st Annual Anderson District One Food Fight Food Drive through November 22. Please donate non-perishable food items for United Christian Ministries. Our school is competing against other Anderson One middle schools to see which school can collect the most items. Help us win this competition and provide food for those in need during the holiday season!

We are looking forward to a great month of positivity!

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Volleyball Champions!

Congratulations to the PVMS volleyball team for capturing the school’s first ever AOP Division 2 Championship on Saturday, October 16! The team, captained by London James, Caroline Sweet, and Alyssa Whiteside, first defeated Palmetto in straight sets in the tournament semifinals. Then, avenging their only loss of the season to West Oak, the Patriots took down the Warriors in 2 sets. After falling behind 9-2, the Patriots rebounded to take the first set 25-22. Kaylee Hughes and Peyton Carmen both had strong serving runs at the end of the set.

In the second set, the Patriots jumped out to an early lead of 5-1 and 8-2, then maintained the margin on the way to a 25-21 set victory. Counting games from both preseason and postseason tournaments, the Patriots finished the season at 20-1! The Patriots defeated the Middle School teams of AA school Liberty, plus Dacusville (the smaller middle school which goes to Pickens High), AAA schools West Oak, BHP, Pendleton, and Palmetto, AAAA schools Walhalla, Travelers Rest, and Greenville, and AAAAA schools JL Mann and Hillcrest.

Congratulations on a fantastic season!!!

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Football Champions!

With Wednesday’s win at Walhalla, the Football team capped off another championship season!

They finished the season with a 6-1 overall record and were 6-0 against AOP Division II

opponents. The only loss came in the hard-fought season opener against perennial power

Jefferson GA. In conference play they outscored their opponents 192-53 en route to their fourth

consecutive AOP Div. II title! Congratulations to the players and coaches on an outstanding


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Toys for Tots

Powdersville Middle School will be partnering with the Wren Hurricane Navy in coordinating this year's "Toys For Tots" toy drive with our local Marine Reserve and seeks your help now through December 8 to make a donation to an Upstate child in need. Please drop off a new, unwrapped toy in the "Toys For Tots" bins located near our school's front office.

Please visit for more information or to donate directly online.

Gift Card Program - The last day to order gift cards for holidays is Monday, December 13th by noon!!! After that, only cards we have in inventory will be available on a first come basis.

Powdersville Middle School offers the opportunity to purchase gift cards as a great way to earn credit for your child’s school field trips and to help Powdersville Middle reach its goals for school improvement! Every gift card you purchase gives you 100% of the purchase value in addition to a designated credit percentage (80% of profit) towards your child’s trip and a designated percentage (20% of profit) towards the school's improvement goals. This program has paid the entire field trip cost for many of our students and their parents in past years. Consistency is the key! Don’t buy gas without gift cards! Ingles and WalMart/Sam’s Club give discounts on gas if you buy with gift cards! Don’t buy groceries, eat out, or go to the movies without gift cards! Don’t buy birthday, wedding, or shower gifts without gift cards! Don’t do home improvements or purchase appliances without gift cards! Definitely don’t go shopping without gift cards! Encourage relatives, neighbors, and co-workers to order gift cards in your child’s name.

There are many gift cards available through our online ordering. To get started, go to Our group ID is 864269PMS. It is best to use your child’s name when you register as a new user.

  • Order by Tuesday morning and get them Thursday afternoon. You may pick them up at the school or we can send them home with your child.

  • We are not able to accept postdated checks.

  • A record is kept of your child’s credit through our online software. A record of your credit may be requested through e-mail (

  • We are not able to exchange gift cards after they have been picked up or sent home by your child. Please check your written or online order carefully before submitting. If we make a mistake in filling your order, we will be glad to make the necessary correction. We keep order forms on file for verification.

  • Plan ahead for what you will need for holidays. Filling orders the week before holidays is very challenging and availability is not guaranteed. Order early to ensure that you get what you need!

November Events

11 - Veteran's Day Virtual Program

24-26 - School Closed

29 - Basketball game at Dacusville Middle - Girls @ 5:30. Boys follow immediately after.

December Events

02 - Basketball @ Home vs. Belton - Girls @ 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

03 - Wrestling-Anderson County @ TL Hanna - Individual Tournament - 4:00/5:00 p.m.

06 - Basketball @ Starr-Iva Middle - Girls @ 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

06 - Chorus Christmas Concert @ PVHS at 6:30 p.m.

07 - Wrestling PVMS vs Easley @ JL Mann at 5:00 p.m.

07 - Winter Festival for Band @ PVHS at 6:30 p.m.

09 - Basketball @ Liberty Middle - Girls at 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

11 - Wrestling-Patriot Scuffle @ PVHS at 8:00/9:00 p.m.

13 - Basketball @ Palmetto Middle - Girls @ 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

14 - Student Council Meeting in the Media Center @ 7:00 a.m.

15 - Wrestling @ West Oak High School - Dual Match at 5:00/6:00 p.m.

16 - Basketball @ Home vs. Walhalla - Girls @ 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

17 - Last day of school before Winter Break (School Dismissal at 11:30 a.m.)

18 - Wrestling-Rebel Duals @ Byrnes High School at 8:00/9:00 a.m.

20 - January 2 - Winter Break - School Closed

January Events

03 - Basketball @ Belton Middle - Girls at 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

06 - Basketball @ Home vs. West Oak at 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

06 - Wrestling-Dual Match vs. Palmetto, Robert Anderson, West Oak @ PVHS 5:00/6:00 p.m.

08 - Wrestling-Area 2 Qualifier/Individual Tournament @ Liberty High School at 8:00/9:00 a.m.

08 - Region Band Auditions @ PVHS

10 - Basketball@ Riverside Middle/Pendleton-Girls @ 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

12 - End of Second Quarter

13 - Basketball @ Home vs. Palmetto - Girls at 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

13 - Wrestling-Dual Match @ Crescent High School at 5:00/6:00 p.m.

14 - School closed for students. Professional Development Day for teachers.

15 - Wrestling-Area 1 & 2 Sectional (Qualifiers Only) @ Hillcrest High School at 7:30/9:30 a.m.

17 - School Closed

17 - Basketball @ Walhalla - Girls at 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

20 - Wrestling-Dual Match vs. TL Hanna, Laurens, Greer @ PVHS at 5:00/6:00 p.m.

22 - All-State Band Auditions @ Lexington High School for Callbacks

22 - Wrestling-Carolina Invitational/State Finals (Qualifiers Only) Individual State Championship @ Lexington High School at 7:30/9:00 a.m.

24 - Basketball @ West Oak Middle - Girls at 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

27 - Basketball @ Home vs. Riverside - Girls at 5:30 p.m. Boys follow immediately after.

31 - Basketball Conference Tournament - TBA

February Events

04 - Last day to order 8th grade yearbook ads online

08 - Student Council Meeting @ 7:00 a.m. in the Medial Center

12 - PVMS Pageant @ PVHS

18 - No School for Students. Professional Development Day for teachers.

22 - Pre-Festival CPA Band Concert @ PVHS at 5:30 p.m.

28 - CBPA Rehearsal/Band Room @ 3:30 p.m.

Lost & Found Items To Be Donated on November 19th

There are many items collected in our Lost and Found bin. We have displayed these items near the front office. Please have your student stop by to take a look, to find that item that has been misplaced. Unclaimed items will be donated November 19th.

Also, please mark your child's clothing, lunchbox, and water bottle with their full name to assist us in returning items lost to your child.