Friday, September 19, 2014
1000 Piedmont Park Road • Greenville, SC 29609 • (864) 355-8200 • FAX: (864) 355-8255

Falcon-Ball, Parent Forum & Volunteer Orientation
Join us on Monday, September 22 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm for our student Falcon-Ball Tournament, PTA Parent Forum and Volunteer Orientation. Students will begin a Falcon-ball Tournament in the Gym at 6:30pm, while parents meet in the Amphitheater for a brief Parent Forum and Volunteer Orientation. Parents will join students in the Gym by 7:00pm and the tournament will end by 8:00pm.  Park in the rear lot. Parent Forum topics include a review of school priorities and STEAM, and meaningful volunteer opportunities. We’ll take nominations for SIC that evening, as well. We encourage all to attend.  We hope to see you there.

Enrichment
We will begin our Enrichment Sessions for all students Friday, September 19th.  Our Enrichment Program provides timely and targeted academic support and advancement to increase achievement among students at every level. Other seminars develop a special area of interest or prepare students for academic competition. Click HERE to find out more about our Enrichment program.

Yearbooks on Sale
Purchase your yearbook now for $32 for basic and $37 for personalization.  Friday, September 12th is the last day to receive 4 free icons with personalization.  Click HERE for an order form to return with payments of cash or check payable to Sevier Middle.  You may also click HERE to order online.

PTA Fuss Free Fundraiser
 The Sevier PTA provides support and funding for many programs at our school including investments in technology, support of the music and arts programs, classroom supplies and student incentives. Supporting PTA fundraisers is so important to ensure we are able to continue offering these value added programs. This year, the PTA is hosting a Fuss Free Fundraiser asking families to donate to the PTA instead of selling items from a catalogue. 100% of all donations will go directly to our school to support educational programs.  If we collect 80% of our goal by October 1st, we will hold a school wide Dodge Ball Tournament to celebrate!   Click HERE for a copy of the fundraiser form.

Sexuality Education Course Exemptions
As part of the Greenville County Schools Health Education Curriculum, students taking  PE/Health Education at Sevier will take part in an age appropriate, abstinence based Sexuality Education Course.  Students may be excluded from the sexuality education component of the Health Education Program if the curriculum conflicts with the family’s beliefs.   Prior to instruction, schools mail parents information regarding the opportunity to preview all sexuality education instructional materials, and the parent’s right to exempt his/her child from any portion or the entire unit.   Sevier will have its Sexuality Education materials on display for preview from August 25 – September 5.  Opt-Out forms have been mailed home and extra copies are available in the front office.  Parents wishing to exempt their child from the Sexuality Education Course must complete the Opt-out form and deliver it to the front office in person.  Students may not turn in Opt-Out forms.  The first semester Sexuality Education Course will begin September 8 for girls and September 22 for boys.   The second semester preview dates are January 5 -16 and classes well be held February 2 - 27.

School Improvement Council
Our school needs you! 
Join the SIC and make a difference in our school!
The School Improvement Council (SIC) at Sevier Middle School is actively recruiting new members for the 2014/15 school year.  SICs are mandated by law and exist in every public school in South Carolina.  Their goal is to bring together parents, educators and community stakeholders to work collectively to improve our local schools.  At Sevier Middle we are fortunate to have an active and vibrant SIC.  We serve as an advisory committee to the Principal, staying abreast of school programming, providing real world feedback on priority objectives, and lending help as requested.

Being a part of the SIC is easy and rewarding.  Members develop a deeper understanding of the issues affecting our schools and have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas.  We all bring different perspectives to the table – differences that need to be voiced and understood to ensure all students at Sevier are challenged to reach their fullest potential.

Please consider joining the Sevier Middle School SIC.  Our meetings are on the second Friday of the month at 1:30 pm.  Our first meeting will be held September 12th.  For more information, contact the school at 355-8200.

Southside Magnet School Open House
Southside High School is an International Baccalaureate World School.  The IB program doesn't just focus on a student's best abilities but on the student's total abilities. It's a rigorous but well-rounded program which recognizes the need for technical skills as well as communication skills, team work, and international understanding. It's ideal for students seeking careers in business management, medicine, law, science, engineering, and computer science as well as the arts and humanities. It teaches students how to think and how to handle a challenging work load. SHS Magnet Open House will be held on Sunday, Oct. 12th at 1:30pm. This is open to all 8th graders and their parents are encouraged to attend in order to receive pertinent information. Click HERE for the flier with more information.

COPPA Internet Use Consent
Parents are asked to sign and return the following COPPA Law Internet Consent Form.  Without this form, we must restrict your child’s internet based learning activities beyond the usual protections provided by Greenville County schools.
COPPA Internet Consent form
COPPA Internet Consent form (Spanish) 

News from our Cafeteria
Please submit your Free & Reduced Meal Application as soon as possible.  Students who qualified for free or reduced meals last year have a grace period from 8-19-14 until 9-26-14. If  an application has not been submitted by this time, these students will return to full pay status on 9-29-14.  Apply on-line at http://greenville.schoollunchapp.com for faster processing.  Paper applications will still be accepted but have a longer processing period.

Our Cafeteria Staff is proud to announce the rollout of the Culinary Creations meal program.  We are now offering a Homemade Soup & Salad Bar on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; and a Fruit and Vegetable Bar on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Our Chick-Fil-A  Sandwich  is now a healthier grilled version on pumpernickel bread, and we are offering a healthier variety of baked chips and snacks.  Our School Store will be open each day during lunch and will  also offer a variety of healthier snack alternatives.