Stanley Middle School

Week of November 15

Interims Go Home Thursday

Interims will go home with students on Thursday. Please make sure and sign the interms and have students return them to their homeroom teacher.

As a reminder, students must have a passing average at the end of first semester in 4 of 5 classes, in addition to meeting attendance requirements, to be eligible to try out for any sports team second semester.


On Friday, 8th grade teachers, Mrs. Ballard (ELA) and Mrs. Tant (Math/Math 1) were notified that they were recipients of a $20,000 grant from The Citadel.

They have completed a multi-summer program through the STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel which focused on Infusing Computing onto their curriculum.

Through their work with this program they were eligible to apply for a grant to provide training to SMS classroom teachers at Stanley Middle on what computational thinking is and how to implement computational thinking into their instruction. The implementation of computational thinking into instruction, and allowing students to use the process for themselves, is also one of the components of the NC STEM School of Distinction Rubric.


PTO will be selling all remaining spiritwear in the parking lot in front of the gym beginning at 3:15 Monday afternoon (11/15). They will sale throughout the volleyball/soccer match or until they run out of items.


This week is Mental Health Awareness Week. If you ever have any questions about your students' mental health or mental health services, please reach out to your students' counselor.


We are excited that we will once again collect cans and non-perishable food for the Stanley Community Food Bank. This year, we will collect as grade levels with the winning grade level (most cans collected per grade level) being treated on Friday, December 17.

The can food drive will be held from December 1 - December 15 at dismissal.

Test to Stay

On Friday, November 5, SMS became one of the 8 school sites in Gaston County Schools to open as a Test to Stay location. Test to Stay is completely optional and requires parental consent to participate.

Any GCS staff member or student, who is a contact to a positive COVID-19 case at school, and has no symptoms is eligible to participate in Test to Stay. Test to Stay allows exposed students who stay symptom free and continually test negative on days 1, 3, 5, and 7 to remain in school for the instructional day only , instead of an at home quarantine.

If students are a contact, Nurse Martin will explain the details of the Test to Stay procedures and drive-up/parking logistics to parents when she calls for notification.She will also continue to remind parents of all options available regarding an exposure at school.

Parents and students will remain in their car for the entire testing process.

Students who are vaccinated with no symptoms will continue with the current procedures in place.


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!


Click the button above for all the details.


Band and Chorus students are selling butterbraids between October 25 and November 19. You can order directly from a band or chorus student, or order online from one of the links below.

ButterBraids Band Store - make sure to note which student you are ordering from

Chorus ButterBraid Store - make sure to note which student you are ordering from

On the Calendar

Nov. 15 - Soccer/VB@SMS

Nov. 16 - Wrestling@WCF

Nov. 18 - Interims go home

Nov. 18 - Soccer/VB@SMS

Nov. 19 - Wrestling@SMS

Nov. 23- Wrestling@SMS

Nov. 29 -Soccer/VB@MHMS

Looking Way Ahead

December 14 - Chorus Program (save the date - details to come later )

December 16 - Band Program (save the date - details to come later)

December 15 - Stanley Christmas Parade - we will dismiss early on this date due to road closures on Main Street and on the back roads.

Second Semester Athletics

Students wanting to tryout for sports teams second semester can upload their sports physical to at any time.

Also, as a reminder to be eligible for athletics, students must have no more than 13 absences (or you must see Coach Radford for an appeal form) and you must meet athletic academic eligibility requirements. Athletic acsdemic eligibility requirements mean that students must have a passing average of 4 out of 5 courses for the semester.