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Principal Update for Week of December 5

Here are the updates for the week:

Please join me in congratulating, Sonya Sullivan, on her promotion to school secretary at Wade Hampton High School. Ms. Sullivan will begin her new role on Wednesday, December 7.

Help us thank the GMA teachers and staff this holiday season with gifts for a white elephant swap! Sign up to donate a gift of appreciation, valued around $10, to be used in a white elephant swap among the teachers and staff this holiday season. This is a fun and creative way to say thank you for all they do for our children. Please be sure the gift is WRAPPED, but don’t include any names on it, and drop it off in carline on Tuesday, December 13. Sign up here to donate.

The Reflections Contest, “Show Your Voice,” has a new deadline. All students now have until January 6 to submit their entry form, along with their submission. Please see the link on our website, and get encouragement from your teachers about entering. Students who enter, along with their teacher, will have their names placed in a special drawing for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Good Luck creating!

Help support the Special Education Department and purchase Holiday Candy Cane Grams for $1. Sales begin Tuesday through Thursday in the cafeteria in the mornings.

Frosty Friday Parent volunteers are needed to help with Frosty Fridays in the New Year. Frosty Fridays consist of selling $1 ice cream to students during lunch times. Sign up for a shift(s) here.

GMA is in need of restocking our clothing closet with new or gently used clothing, especially with winter items. Sweatshirts (no hoodies), sweaters, long sleeve shirts, and long pants are needed, particularly in adult small, medium, and large sizes.

There will be a Fine Arts Center Visitation Day on Friday, December 9 at 9:30 AM. Parents are responsible for transporting their student to the FAC for a tour (Note: this is different from the program coming to GMA on November 30). Pick up a pre-arranged absence form from Mrs. Cao, 8th grade school counselor.

Looking Ahead! When scheduling appointments, be mindful that our next set of district benchmarks are January 23 – 27.

We are still in need of Career Day speakers for our event on February 1. If you would like to volunteer to be a part of our career fair, please complete this form.

Consider becoming a Friend of the Ram! With your generous support, your donation is used to support our school in numerous ways. Learn more and consider a donation (in any amount) by visiting our MemberHub Store.

We are looking for parents who would be interested in serving as a teacher substitute. The Substitute Teacher position serves to fill in regularly for teacher and aide absences. Application instructions and the application process can be found here.

Mark Your Calendar:

Don't forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

As always, thank you for your support of Greenville Middle Academy. Let's have a great week!

School Bulletin - Week of December 5


GCS Magnet Academies Information

Magnet Application Windows. Learn More Here.

Admission into magnet academies is open to all eligible students, but spaces are limited. Students may apply to more than one magnet academy. Applications are scored based on four criteria: attendance, discipline, grade average (student interview in Grades K-5, 1, 2), and a student statement indicating why the student would like to attend the magnet academy. Students who apply and qualify during the first application period have a greater chance of being offered a slot than those students who apply and qualify in later rounds.

Greenville Middle Academy Virtual Tour

GCS Magnet Academies Application Round Schedule

Magnet Academy Frequently Asked Questions


SC PTA Reflections Program

Do you enjoy art, music, and dance, or have an interest in writing, producing films, and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! Share Your Voice is the theme this school year. The OFFICIAL GMA Reflections Google entry form is now available and is necessary for submission.

We look forward to seeing all that you create! Reminder: The Deadline is Friday, January 6. For more inspiration - visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards. Questions? Email our PTA Reflections coordinator, Mrs. Graham Reese at grhmsmyth@gmail.com.

GMA PTA Reflections Google Entry Form

PTA Reflections Entry Form

Reflections Contest Details

PTA Reflections


Career Day Speakers Needed

On Wednesday, February 1, students at GMA will have the opportunity to hear about different careers and gain more knowledge about opportunities available to them. If you would like to volunteer to be a part of our career fair, please complete this form.


The New Cashback App for Families & Schools is Here!

When you sign up for Givebacks, you’ll earn an average of 5% cashback on your everyday purchases and our school will receive up to 1% every time you shop. Plus, we’ll receive a $5 donation for each new active supporter, so please join!

It’s as simple as adding a browser extension to your desktop and phone, and you and our school will start earning cashback. Like magic!

Sign up here: https://www.givebacks.com/causes/detail/GreenvilleMiddleAcademyPTA 


Reporting Flu / COVID-19 Positive Test Results & Free Testing Locations

Parents are asked to report any Flu & COVID-19 positive test results to your student's grade level administrator or school nurse. 

Parents are strongly encouraged to screen their students daily, at home, for COVID-19 symptoms (see below). If a student takes a COVID-19 test because he/she is symptomatic, the student should not be physically present in school until the test results are returned.

Keep students at home if they present with any of the following symptoms:

Please also keep students home they are presenting with two or more of the following symptoms: headache, fatigue, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea. Speak with your doctor and/or have your student get tested for COVID.

Flu/Covid Drive-through Testing Sites:

Starting Monday, November 28, there will be free, drive-through testing for both Flu and Covid-19 provided at three locations. GCS students, employees, and their household contacts can get tested. Results will be provided in approximately 1 hour. An important change from last year: parents and employees are responsible for reporting any positive results directly to the school or their supervisor. DHEC has again contracted Mako Medical to administer the testing, and the three sites are the same as last year:

All of the information has been updated on the GCS website, which includes flyers in both English and Spanish.

Flu/Covid Drive-through Testing Sites

GCS Covid-19 Parent Resources