Beginning next week, Greenville County Schools will start the process of returning middle school students to full-time in-person instruction. After consulting with medical professionals from DHEC and Prisma Health and reviewing our internal metrics, we believe GCS students and staff are safer from COVID-19 while at school than they are outside of school. We also recognize that students perform better academically in a face-to-face setting. Thankfully, GCS has received updated guidance on the use of plexiglass panels in classrooms. DHEC officials say students wearing masks can sit 3-feet apart instead of 6-feet while separated by a plexiglass barrier. It’s important to understand that our decision to return middle school students to 5-day-a-week in-person instruction was not reached overnight. Facilities personnel, including our on-staff architect, analyzed class rosters and classroom spaces at every middle school. These experts, with the help of principals and district administrators, designed a layout for every classroom. Some classes had to be moved to larger spaces, such as auditoriums and cafeterias, where safe social-distancing can occur. To better protect students, some class schedules have been altered to reduce the number of students in the hallway at one time. In most cases, lunches will be eaten in the classrooms behind the plexiglass barriers, with student encouraged to stay on task while the mask is off and given an opportunity to socialize once the meal is concluded. It is our hope that these and other protocols will lead to a safe and pleasant transition back to 5-day-a-week in-person instruction for middle school students and teachers.
Click here to view the dates for the process of returning to school. Please call 864-452-0800 with questions.
Parents of Greenville County 5th Graders, the School Choice Lottery Window is open from November 16 - December 2, 2020. We invite you to take a moment to learn more about Fisher Middle School and why it is a great option for your student. If you've never been able to visit Fisher, we would love to show you some of the amazing things happening in our building. From our beautiful campus to our class offerings to our extracurricular activities, watch this video tour to find out all the reasons it's great to be a Firebird! Check out this presentation to find out all that Fisher has to offer students and to get more information about the lottery process. We will not be able to host information sessions at Fisher this year, but you can contact the office at 864-452-0800 to schedule a single-family school tour. If you are interested in applying to attend Fisher Middle School for 2020-2021, please click here to view application instructions.
We have EXCITING NEWS! Fisher Middle School was recognized as the winner of the Palmetto State Arts Education 2020 STEAM School of Excellence Award. This award is a testament to Fisher's relentless pursuit for creating a STEAM-based education relevant to 21st Century learners. It is a reflection of the hard work put forth by the teachers and staff at PJFMS to create meaningful learning experiences for our students. A special shout out to PJFMS Chorus teacher Liza Manuel for leading the application process for our school. Be proud Firebird Family!
Our Yearbook staff is already capturing this year's activities and events around Fisher! Don't lose the memories - order a yearbook today. All you have to do is go to www.yearbookordercenter.com. The yearbook's cost is $35, and there is an additional option to purchase a nameplate for $5. If you are the parent of an 8th grader, you also have the option to purchase an ad for $30. Click here to view a video explaining the yearbook ordering process, including instructions on how to add a nameplate and purchase an 8th grade ad.
No extra yearbooks will be purchased this year, so don't miss out on your book! Order yours today, and don't forget to use our school code of 20893.