Happenings @ the Hill

Rising 6th Grade Information 2019-2020

This is a newsletter specifically designed for our rising 6th graders and parents.

I will be updating this newsletter as the year ends and we move into the summer. Please plan to check this newsletter regularly as we close out this year and during 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

About Gold Hill Middle School

School Motto

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


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.


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.


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.

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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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Self-Guided Tour (Lots of good information in this document.)

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School Supply List

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Summer Reading Information

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Celebrating and Welcoming Our Newest 6th Graders with WEB Day (Where Everybody Belongs)

Dear 6th Grade Bulldog Parents and Students,

Hello! I wanted send specific information to all of you regarding our 6th grade WEB Day Wednesday, August 14th. The purpose of this day is to create on opportunity for sixth grade students to share in a positive experience at Gold Hill Middle School before the first day of school (August 19th). Students will be in the gym, in sixth grade classrooms, have a meal in the cafeteria, experience black top time (middle school term for recess), and experience the car rider and bus experience all before their first day of school. In addition, there will be team building, opportunities to learn strategies for being successful in middle school and taught Gold Hill traditions. Finally, they will have the opportunity to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, receive their Class of shirt, and interact with 8th grade students that have been successful at Gold Hill Middle School. It is truly one of the best events of the school year!

Here are the details you need to know in preparation for the day:

• All students need to bring a lunch. We will have a safe place for students to put their lunch when they enter the building.
• Students do not need to bring anything else. All supplies are provided for them.
• Please do not send school supplies with your student during this time.
• Dress code does apply.
• Buses will run at their regular pickup times. I have attached the current bus routes.
• The WEB program will start at 8:10 A.M. and end at 12:10 P.M.
• Doors for GHMS will open at 7:40 A.M.
• Bus riders will come through the bus doors and be directed to the 6th grade hall.
• Car riders should be dropped off in the main car rider line and come through the main doors where they will be directed to the 6th grade hall.

The day's schedule:

8:10 - 9:30 A.M. - Kick off assembly in Gym
9:30 - 10:40 A.M. - Small group activities with WEB Leaders*
10:40 - 11:10 A.M. - Lunch and black top time
11:10 - 11:50 A.M. - Afternoon Assembly
11:50 - 12:10 P.M. - Organize Car and Bus riders
12:10 P.M. Buses Depart GHMS / Car riders are dismissed to car rider line (Main car rider line at GHMS -- Not the GHES elementary line)

*WEB groups consist of 8-10 sixth graders and 2 8th grade WEB leaders

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Yours In Education,

Christine McNeil, GHMS Principal

This system is made up of eight Bulldog Houses consisting of students in grades 6-8. Character education based HOUSE meetings are held monthly along with House Games hosted each semester. We also offer HOUSE incentives during the school year, and the winning House claims the traveling trophy for that time frame.

If you have a sibling at GHMS, you will automatically be placed into that HOUSE. Otherwise, you will be randomly placed into one of the Bulldog Houses.

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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).


On this webpage: To find your student's route/bus number, please click Bus Transportation Routes from left hand column. Then, scroll the page to find Gold Hill Middle School. Select our school. This will download a pdf file of the routes. This document will have dates posted on them regarding how current they are to the route.

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Meet the Teacher Night @ GHMS

Wednesday, Aug. 14th, 6pm

1025 Dave Gibson Boulevard

Fort Mill, SC

Please plan to join us August 14th for our Meet the Teacher event @ Gold Hill Middle School.

Need Help Understanding Your 6th Grader's Schedule?

Download the document found below.

One Book, One School 2019-2020

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FLEX (8:15-8:45am)

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. We utilize this time at the beginning of the year for our One Book, One School read as well. This year's book will be "I Will Always Write Back." Mark your calendars now for our Spring STEAM Inspired by Literacy Night - April 21st. Come meet Caitlin!

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1:1 Next Year

Every student will have access to a chromebook beginning 2019-2020 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
  • First Lego League/Robotics
  • UpStanders
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Disc Golf
  • All Inclusive Book Club

During the 2018-2019 school year, we also hosted Golf Squad , Girls on the Run, and Let Me Run (boys) on our campus after school. We hope to offer those again in 2019-2020.

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.


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.

Who is my student's Guidance Counselor? Administrator?

Ms. Ross serves as the 2019-2020 6th grade guidance counselor. Mr. Eppes and Mr. McCallum will serve as assistant principals for the 6th grade. We also have two other guidance counselors on staff: Mrs. Dimaggio (7th grade) and Mr. Wesseling (8th grade). If your student prefers to speak to a male guidance counselor, you can make that request in an email or phone call when needed.

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.

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

What are the district guidelines for outdoor activities?

Your Administrative Team

SIC Report to Parents for 2018-2019


Best Regards,

Christine V. McNeil, Principal