Wednesday, September 03, 2014
1000 Piedmont Park Road • Greenville, SC 29609 • (864) 355-8200 • FAX: (864) 355-8255

Fundraiser Donations Accepted in Friday Carline
 FFF donationsThe 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. Representatives from the PTA will be in the car line Friday, September 5 before and after school to collect donations. Any amount is appreciated; however, if 80% of our families give as little as $15 we will exceed our yearly fundraising goal. Thank you for supporting our PTA!

6th Grade One to One Laptop Initiative
We will begin the roll out of our 6th Grade One to One Laptop Initiative on Tuesday, Sept 2, as we return from the Labor Day holiday. Parents of 6th graders should examine the issued One to One Device Handbook, and are required to attend one of the 30 minute meetings held Tuesday Sept 2 through Thursday, Sept 4. Meetings will be held during:

Tuesday (9/2): 7:45-8:15am, 12:15-12:45pm, & 3:45-4:15pm

Wednesday (9/3): 7:45-8:15am  & 12:15-12:45pm

Thursday (9/4): 7:45-8:15am, 12:15-3:45pm & 3:45-4:15pm

During this meeting parents will go over important information and will be asked to sign a user agreement and pay a $25 user's insurance premium. Payments are accepted in cash or check payable to Sevier Middle. Laptops will then be issued Friday, September 5 to those 6th graders who have completed this process.

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.

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.

Robotics Club

Congratulations to the following students for representing Sevier as our 2014-2015 Robotics Club.:

Parker Landolt, Caedmon Evans, Logan Harrison, Matthew LaPenna, TJ Green, Ahmed El Tarabily, Hallie Ward, Camden Kaminsky, Louden Craig, Mackenzie Clinch, Grace Brackett, James Stegall, Bryce Bridwell, Shives Rankin, Dalton Marshall, Ethan Rhodes, Skyler Wolf, Bryce Garrett, Nathan Steves, Noah Haughton, Liam LaBar, Conner Chambers, Noah Grashius, Nicholas Delk, John Cavanagh, Lydia Flackett, Gabe Cleveland, Dalton Price

Michelin YES! Program at The Children's Museum
The Michelin Youth Empowerment through Service (YES!) Program exists to provide middle school students with opportunities for leadership development, personal empowerment and community service initiatives. Students volunteer within the museum and at community events where the museum is represented. Volunteer opportunities include special events, museum exhibits, art, story time and much more! A minimum monthly commitment is required; please view the FAQs prior to submitting an application. FAQ 

The Fall 2014 Session Kicks Off September 4, 6pm at the Museum!  Middle School students are invited to the Children's Museum for a pizza party and learn more about the program and volunteer opportunities. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Sept 3rd and students must be accompanied by a parent.   Click here to RSVP and to learn more.   300 COLLEGE STREET, DOWNTOWN GREENVILLE / 864.233.7755 / TCMUpstate.org   Questions:  Contact Ali Cobb , 865-553-7911, email acobb@tcmupstate.org.

 

2014 Empowering Girls Symposium

Click on the flyer or this link to register online