Stanley Middle School

Week of November 8

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.

Road Closure in Stanley - Monday 11/8

From our friends at the Stanley Police Department:

On Monday November 8, 2021 from 8 a.m. until approximately 4 p.m. , West Dallas Road will be closed from Highway 27 South to South Main Street for work being completed. If you are unfamiliar with this location it is the road between CVS Pharmacy and the new Circle K convenience store. Please make your staff, parents and students aware of this information and plan routes accordingly.

Veterans Day Holiday - Thursday, November 11

On Thursday, we will observe the Veterans Day holiday. We are thankful for the members of our SMS faculty and community who have served and continue to serve in the United States military. We appreciate your service to our country.


7th and 8th grade science teachers, Mr. Lewis, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Tobiasson, and Mrs. Czekaj and out STEAM lead teacher, Mrs. Baxter, received grant money totaling over $2100 for hands on materials for students to use in science classrooms.

Thank you to Amy Spencer and the Gaston County Education Foundation for sponsoring grant opportunities for teachers and ultimately our students.

Math Check-In this Week

Students will be taking their NC Check-In this week in Math. Students will begin testing on Monday. We will do make-up testing throughout the week.


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



Thank you to our PTO who treated all students who made all A's, B's or A's and B's on their report cards last Tuesday morning. We are proud of all of our Honor Roll students.

On the Calendar

Nov. 8 - Math/Math 1 Check-In (all grades)

Nov. 8 - Soccer/VB@SMS

Nov. 9 - Wrestling@SW

Nov. 10 - Soccer/VB@WCF

Nov. 11 - Veterans Day - Holiday

Nov. 12 - Wrestling@SMS

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.