Happenings @ the Hill

Volume 2 Issue 30 (Week of March 9-13)

No School for Students Friday, March 13th

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Cafeteria Breakfast Reminders

  • Students coming to the cafeteria in the morning are expected to be purchasing breakfast, not consuming items brought from home.
  • Students are not permitted to come hang out in the cafeteria in the morning if they are not purchasing breakfast. They should report to their hallways as expected.
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Congratulations to our February Teacher of the Month, Mrs. Connors!

Here are just a few of the student comments made about Mrs. Connors:

  • Her teaching style makes learning fun and easy.

  • She is one of the most loving and caring teachers I’ve ever had.

  • She always says good morning to me and that makes my day.

  • I love ELA because of her.

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Big Weekend for Our Bulldogs

Dylan Patel has Qualified for the State Level Geography Bee!

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Please Help Our GHMS PTA Put $ in Our Classrooms!

Visit our Webpage to Help!


Dawg Pound - Celebrate Saint Patrick's Day!

  • Please stop by the Dawg Pound to check out some fun novelty items for Saint Patrick's Day and newly stocked spirit wear inventory.
  • Open every Tuesday during lunch in the cafeteria.
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This Week's Track Schedule

Monday: Meet at Springfield

Tuesday: Practice until 5pm at GHMS
Wednesday: Practice until 5pm at GHMS

Thursday: Practice until 6pm at Pleasant Knoll

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Below is the link to our newsletter, Guidance Gazette

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Nurse's News - Proper Hand Washing is Key

YOU can help prevent these infections!

Hand washing is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy and prevent the spread of illness. Please make sure your students wash their hands before snack and lunch, after using the restroom, and if hands are visibly greasy or dirty. Washing with soap and running water is the best way to reduce the number of germs on hands in most situations. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Hand washing with soap removes germs from hands. This helps prevent infections because:

  • People frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose and mouth and make us sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make people sick.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to another person’s hands by touching objects such as door handles, tabletops, and other high contact areas.
  • Removing germs through hand washing, therefore, helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.

Other recommended prevention and control measures for students and staff include:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Place tissue in a trash receptacle after use.
  • Avoid close contact will ill people. Stay home when experiencing flu-like illness until free from fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, tables, desks, computer keyboards, handrails, etc.

COVID-19 News

COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus, has continued to spread overseas and there have been 14 confirmed cases in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), of those 14 confirmed cases 12 are travel related and 2 are person to person transfer. While the virus has not become widespread in the United States and government agencies are working to prevent or contain any cases identified on U.S. soil, our district continues to monitor the situation. We will work closely with our contacts at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to stay informed of any developments of confirmed cases in the U.S. and implement any recommendations or guidelines from the CDC or SC DHEC as they are determined.

While this virus has not impacted our area, there are great resources available to learn about the virus symptoms, preventative measures and current confirmed cases. Links to these resources can be found below.

The district has protocols in place to address multiple forms of illness should they arise. Our housekeeping staff will continue to do a thorough job of cleaning our schools and if needed will provide specialized services in areas an illness has been identified. If you have questions about cleaning services in your school please address them with your administrative team.

As always it is extremely important to encourage everyone to practice proper handwashing, cover mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and children or staff should stay home if they are ill.

Online Resources

SC DHEC Guidance for Schools and Out-of-Home Child Care Centers

SC DHEC COVID-19 Information

CDC COVID-19 Information

World Health Organization COVID-19 Q&A

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You (pdf)

COVID-19 Quick Facts


Stop the Spread of Germs

FAQ Videos

What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?

Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection?

Stop the Spread of Germs (COVID-19)

2020 Census

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Accurate and Complete Count Means $$$ in Schools

The first census was conducted in 1790, and it continues every decade. A “complete count” is important for our state and for York County. Billions of federal dollars (over $675 Billion!) are allocated based on census data and will be allocated for the next 10 years. In 2010, nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 were not counted. This year’s census will be ground-breaking in several ways, but mainly for the additional ways that households can complete the census. This year, a household will be able to complete the census online or via telephone in addition to the traditional mail options. The online and phone options will hopefully make completion more convenient for all involved and result in a more accurate count. In mid-March, homes across the country will begin receiving invitations to complete the 2020 census. Once your invitation arrives, you should respond for your home either online, by phone, or by mail. Watch for more information as we approach Census Day on April 1, 2020! More details can be found here: https://2020census.gov/en.html

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The Hill - Professionals

At GHMS, we pride ourselves on demonstrating professionalism at all times, and we appreciate it when we are treated as professionals. Specifically, I am asking our Bulldog parents and guardians to remember that our staff have supervisory duties in the mornings and use this time before school starts to finalize preparations for the day's lessons. Oftentimes, they are also assisting our substitutes or working on student clubs and other activities, as well.

If you need to see one of your child's teachers, please make an appointment to do so.

If you drop in at GHMS in the morning to speak with a teacher without an appointment, our receptionist(s) will take a message and let the teacher know to reach back out to you during his/her planning period later that day, or within 24-48 hours. I also encourage you to email the teacher to request an opportunity to meet to discuss any concerns you may have. Thank you in advance for honoring this request.

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  • March 10 - SIC Meeting
  • March 11 - 15th - 8th Band/Honors Chorus Florida Performance Trip
  • March 16 - School Board visit
  • March 20 - Q3 Incentive Date
  • March 25 - 6th graders change to Quarter 4 Related Arts
  • March 27 - Career Fair for our 7th Graders @ PKMS
  • April 3 - Dodgeball Tournament for ABC during Related Arts / Report Cards Go Home
  • April 6 - 13 - Spring Break
  • April 14 - SIC Meeting
  • April 21 - STEAM/Literacy Night with Charity Basketball game: Bulldogs v. TCPD
  • April 22 - Administrative Professionals Day (Be sure to thank our office support staff!)
  • April 23 - 25 - "Thoroughly Modern Millie" Performances at FMHS
  • April 29 - Spring HOUSE Games (Wear HOUSE shirt!)
  • May 1 - 8th Grade Dance (7pm-10pm) / 4th Quarter Progress Grades Due
  • May 7 - Spring Band Concerts
  • May 8 - Rising 6th graders visiting GHMS / SC Ready and PASS Testing Window Opens
  • May 13 - Rising 6th Grade Parent Night @ GHMS
  • May 14 - 7th Band Carowinds trip
  • May 15 - Rising Yellow Jackets tour FMHS
  • May 26 - 30 - 0ptional 8th Grade D.C. Experience
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SC Ready and PASS Testing Calendar - Please help make sure your student(s) is/are present.

Monday, May 18 - Writing - all grades

Tuesday, May 19 - Reading - all grades

Wednesday, May 20 - make up testing as needed

Thursday, May 21 - Math - all grades

Friday, May 22 - Algebra 1 End of Course Exam for Algebra 1 students & Science for 6th grade

Social Studies and English 1 are not testing for the 19-20 school year.

May 26-29 will be make up testing as needed.

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Links to Fun Friday Jokes & Weekly Quotes

Are you interested in submitting a character quote or positive affirmation for Mrs. McNeil to read during the week? What about a Fun Friday (corny) joke? Submit your ideas using the links. Perhaps, yours will get chosen!

https://forms.gle/UxP8N7JeNzPF7ZJs5 Fun Friday Joke Link

https://forms.gle/UMezZXdxH9dmSMX67 Quotes Link

Thank you to the following corporate PTA sponsors for your continued support!

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Gold Hill Middle School will be a school where all students learn as a result of our teaching talent and the positive human connection that leaves us feeling safe, loved, valued, heard, and respected. #BulldogsLEAD

· Love to learn

· Engage our minds and hearts

· Achieve our goals together

· Do what we say we are

Let’s all be #differencemakers this year!

Best Regards,

Christine V. McNeil, Principal

Remember to download the new FMSD App!

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