December Update for GMS Families

Gettys Middle School - Easley, SC

Gettys Middle School Fine Arts Winter Concerts

One of the greatest traditions of our school is the annual Fine Arts Winter Concerts. Our students amazing talents will be on display at each of these award-winning program's concerts. We hope to see you there:

  • Strings Orchestra Concert on Tuesday, December 6 at Easley High School Auditorium. The 6th grade Strings will perform at 6:00 pm. 7th grade Strings at 6:30 pm. 8th grade Strings at 7:00 pm.
  • Chorus Concert on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 pm at Easley First Baptist Church.
  • Winter Band Concert on Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30 pm at Easley High School Auditorium.

Half-Day Dismissal Time December 16

SDPC will have a half-day dismissal on December 17 just prior to the holiday break. The dismissal time for SDPC middle schools will be 11:45 am. School will have a modified schedule on that day with students attending each class for an abbreviated time.
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Students Showing Gettys Greatness

We have a number of award-winning students that are showing #GettysGreatness and we would like to recognize them for their outstanding work!

October Students of the Month

November Students of the Month

The Gettys Middle School Student Recognition Program's focus for October was courage and November's focus was kindness. Each student was nominated by one of their teachers. Each month there will be a colorful display in the cafeteria, grade level announcements and school-wide monitors featuring the student's names. Each student will receive their display item, a coupon and GMS PTO supplied treat at the end of each month.

Mr. Lewis Recognized as October Teacher of the Month

GMS students voted for their Teacher of the Month and Mr. Lewis was named the Teacher of the Month. Kim Acker of Pizza Inn- Pickens contributed a prize package to Mr. Lewis for this honor. Pizza Inn is a great supporter of public education so please thank them if you visit their restaurant in Pickens. Makayla Vandekerkhove said, "I chose Mr.Lewis because he makes singing so much fun. And he just has the energy you want in a teacher." Bella Stoddard said, "He always makes the chorus class tons of fun by making our vocal warm ups into little competitions that are funny! He turns the most boring stuff into fun ways to learn and sing! He always says our class is a family and we all need to help each other out! Mr.Lewis is the best teacher for creativity because he always uses his skills to help us learn how to harness our voice and do great things!"

Congratulations Mr. Lewis!

Gettys Students and Staff Help Out Easley Community

Gettys Breakers raised over $2,300 to support United Way of Pickens County during the month of November.

Gettys Middle Honors Our Veterans

We honored all of those that served in the military with a Veterans Day program presented by our Fine Arts Department and coordinated by Ms. Atkins. Our school’s namesake Richard H. Gettys served in the military as well as former student Capt. Kimberly Hampton whose service is honored every time you visit the public library. Our students also learned about former students like JT Spitzmiller. Sergeant John Thomas Spitzmiller, former GMS student, received the Purple Heart for his brave and heroic actions in Afghanistan. He refused medical treatment for the shrapnel in his neck and leg while he pulled his deceased and injured comrades out of harm’s way at the airport in Afghanistan after the explosion. He was the last Marine to raise the United States flag in Afghanistan in honor of his fallen Marines.

Sergeant John Thomas Spitzmiller

Captain Kimberly Hampton

Gettys Supports Red Ribbon Week

A week of highlights about the benefits of living drug-free included: a writing contest, a door decorating contest and a spirit day coordinated by Ms. Holly Harden, guidance counselor. The winning essay was written by Cayla Romero, 7th grade. The door contest winners were: Mrs. Dill and Ms. Jones' homerooms in 6th grade, Mrs. Anderson and Mr. Gray's homerooms in 7th grade and Mrs. Bracken's homeroom in 8th grade. The 2022 National Red Ribbon Week Theme: "Celebrate Life. Live Drug Free" was created by Emily King, Chelsea Abbott, and Celise Wicker, 7th graders at Wayland-Cohocton Middle School in Wayland, New York. This theme is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free!

Perfect Scores on SC Ready Recognized

Dr. Cory presented students with appreciation cards from Dr. Merck, Superintendent, for their 2022 perfect scores on the state tests of SC READY and SC PASS. The SC READY and SC PASS assessments are very rigorous and these students have done an exceptional job: Caleb Freeze, Felix Hood, Owen Riley, Chase Gerberich, Santiago Lozado, Quinn Miller, Owen Riley, Daniel VanValkenburg and Aiden Partridge. These students will receive a plaque at the end-of-year Academic Award Programs and one will be displayed in the main lobby where all former students that earned this high academic achievement are presented.

Spirit Week December 12-16

Winter Spirit Week will be Dec. 12-16. December 12, Monday will be “Mad about Plaid Day”-wear your flannel and plaid. Tuesday will be “Holiday Movie Character Day”-dress like your favorite movie character day. Wednesday is “Green Grinch vs Red Santa vs White Frosty Day”-wear red, white or green to pull for your favorite holiday character. Thursday is “Ugly Sweater Day”-wear your tackiest holiday attire. Friday is “Holiday Pajama Day”-wear your cozy holiday pajamas.

8th Grade Families

The Pickens County Career and Technology Center has outstanding programs to prepare students for college and career-ready skills. 8th grade students received a tour of this facility and it time to make final decisions if you plan to have the PCCTC as one of your courses for next school year as a 9th grader at Easley High School. This information was provided to 8th graders earlier but you still have an opportunity to request your enrollment in the Career and Technology Center's offerings. You may only confirm with your registration one time, if you have already completed this step there is no need to complete it again as they already have your information.

Confirm Your PCCTC registration here.

Safety First at Arrival and Dismissal Times

For student safety to be at its highest levels at arrival and dismissal times, we need the cooperation of families to adhere to our expectations for proper procedures. Car-rider families should not enter the main office parking lot to drop-off a student during morning arrival as that area is only for handicap or approved medical students. GMS will be addressing violating cars through our staff identification of license plates and our security cameras to maintain safety for students. Personal convenience or insufficient planning is not a higher priority than student safety. This area is also adjacent to our Pendleton Street Parking lot that should not have a high volume of cars leaving our main office parking lot while EPD works the student crosswalk. We have consistently maintained the car-rider expectation is to enter the car line for arrival and dismissal. Please be respectful of handicap families and students with severe medical issues that need this area to be safe and are the only authorized families in this area with staff members parking.
Sport Tickets Are Paperless and Online Only

Our basketball season is launching and it is time to secure your tickets for the big game and you can purchase them online in advance of the event.

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Student Agenda and Handbook

Please review this student agenda and handbook with your child.


  • 11/28 to 12/2 English teachers window for giving Winter MAP
  • 12/5 to 12/9 Math teachers window for giving Winter MAP
  • 12/5 Boys Bball (A) at Seneca 5:30
  • 12/5 Girls Bball (H) vs Seneca 6:00 pm
  • 12/6 PCVA Reading Winter MAP
  • 12/6 Winter String Orchestra Concert at EHS auditorium. 6th grade at 6:00 p.m, 7th grade at 6:30 p.m, 8th grade at 7:00 p.m.
  • 12/7 PCVA Math Winter MAP
  • 12/8 Boys Bball (A) at Robert Anderson 6:00 pm
  • 12/8 Chorus Winter Concert at Easley First Baptist Church 7:30 pm
  • 12/12 Girls Bball (A) vs Glenview 5:30
  • 12/12 Boys Bball (H) vs Glenview 5:30
  • 12/13 Band Concert at EHS auditorium 6:30 pm
  • 12/15 Boys Bball (A) at McCants 5:30
  • 12/15 Girls Bball (H) vs McCants 6:00
  • 12/16 Half-Day Dismissal. SDPC middle schools dismiss at 11:45 am
  • 1/3 Classes Resume from Winter Holiday
Parents: Sign Up For Schoology Here

It is important that all families sign up for Schoology on their computer or the app for their phones. You can have access to daily grades, upcoming assignments and information from teachers. This is a great resource!

A Tradition of Excellence in Easley Since 1962

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