Happenings @ the Hill

Rising 6th Grade Information 2020-2021

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This is a newsletter specifically designed for our rising 6th graders. Welcome to the Bulldog Family!

I will be updating this newsletter as the year ends and we move into the summer. I look forward to meeting our rising Bulldogs in the weeks and months to come!

Kindest Regards,

Christine McNeil, Your Middle School Principal

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About Gold Hill Middle School

School Motto

Excellence is our cornerstone, our tradition, the Bulldog way!

Vision

Gold Hill Middle School, distinguished as a school of excellence, is centered on student learning that focuses on academic, social, and emotional growth that bridges the transition for students between elementary and high school.

Mission

The mission of Gold Hill Middle School is to provide learners with a rigorous education where all students are valued, and the faculty exhibits academic excellence by advancing knowledge through high expectations, collaboration, and engagement.

Beliefs

Here at Gold Hill Middle School, we believe:

  • The learning environment will be emotionally safe, physically safe, healthy, nurturing, and positive.
  • Our students will be held to consistent high expectations academically and behaviorally.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to be successful.
  • Good citizenship is important and valued.
  • Students are more successful when there are positive relationships between the school, parents, and community.

Middle School Hours & Lunch Time

8:10am-3:10pm (Students are expected to be seated and in homeroom class by 8:10am).


Currently: 10:50-11:30am (6th Grade Lunch) - To Be Finalized in June: Parents/Guardians & Grandparents may eat lunch with their students, but must sign in at the main office and be escorted to the cafeteria.

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Do you want to be in the Bulldog Band? Watch this Virtual Tour and then Let Us Know by filling out the google form below.

Your student will need to be logged into his/her google account to watch the embedded student videos in the tour.

Please complete this form to indicate if your student will enroll in Band next year. This is the only Related Arts choice for 6th graders.

Flexible Learning Experience (FLEX) @ the Middle School

What is FLEX?

FLEX is a 30 minute period where 6th grade students are able to receive additional instruction, complete make-up or missing work, study, read, complete enrichment and exploratory projects/assignments. This period of time is used also for scheduled literacy and math enhanced instruction as needed.

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Summer Reading Information Coming Soon

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Bus Riders

Please be sure to check our district transportation page regularly regarding updated bus routes for your student. In middle school, we use the bus numbers as reference (referred to as the

'routes"), not the animal. The student should know his/her bus number (black and white # signs on front and rear of the bus).

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School Supply List Coming Soon

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Meet the Teacher Night @ GHMS (To Be Confirmed)

Wednesday, Aug. 12th, 6pm

1025 Dave Gibson Boulevard

Fort Mill, SC

Please plan to join us August 12th for our Meet the Teacher event @ Gold Hill Middle School.
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1:1 in the Middle School

Every student will have access to a chromebook at the middle level. Students will pick up their chromebooks during homeroom and return them prior to school dismissal. Each student will receive a zippered bag with a strap to use when carrying his/her chromebook from class to class. Details will be shared during the first few days of school regarding policies associated with the chromebooks. Parents will sign a responsible use policy along with their technology web tools agreement when registering students.
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What clubs/extra curricular activities can my 6th grader be involved in @ GHMS?

Here is a list of some of our club/activities:

  • Student Council
  • Academic Challenge Team
  • VEX Robotics
  • UpStanders
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Disc Golf
  • All Inclusive Book Club
  • Golf Squad
  • Girls on the Run
  • Let Me Run
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Need immediate access to your student's grades, attendance, meal balance, and other info?

Use Parent Portal - access the link below to learn how to use this tool.


http://fortmill.ss11.sharpschool.com/parents_summary_from_fmsd/parent_portal


Please note that we do not send home written progress reports. An email alert and this newsletter will include progress report dates encouraging you to check Parent Portal.


If you are having any issues with Parent Portal, please notify Dawn Fite @ fited@fortmillschools.org.

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Who is my student's Guidance Counselor? Administrator?

Mr. Wesseling serves as the 2020-2021 6th grade guidance counselor. Mr. Eppes and Mr. Scroggs will serve as assistant principals for the 6th grade. We also have two other guidance counselors on staff: Mrs. Dimaggio (8th grade) and Ms. Ross (7th grade). If your 6th grade student needs to speak specifically to one of our female counselors, you may request that in an email or phone call to Mr. Wesseling who can make those arrangements for your student.

Who is our school nurse?

We also have a Mental Health Counselor (Mrs. Rachel Norris), School Psychologist (Mrs. Elizabeth Jackson) and a Behavioral Interventionist (Mrs. Brandi Ruth) on our staff.

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Want to be involved in our PTA? Be sure to check out our PTA page.

Your Administrative Team

This is our previous SIC Report. We have not done one for 2019-2020 as of yet with school closures.

I am looking forward to meeting you all! Stay tuned for a virtual 6th grade Welcome Tour!

Best Regards,

Christine V. McNeil, Principal