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Weekly Update (Week of April 22)

Here are the Updates for the Week

Parents - I need your assistance. The morning carline has one lane of traffic for morning drop-off. Please refrain from using the double lane in the mornings. All students should be dropped off in the carline. Parking is reserved for staff, families, and visitors who need to park to enter the building only.

Please help your student start their day off right by helping them arrive to school on time. Your assistance with getting students to Advisory on time is greatly appreciated. As a reminder, student attendance is taken during Advisory, which begins at 8:20 AM.

8th grade parents - Thank you for completing and returning the South Carolina State Department of Education Parent Survey. We are still collecting these surveys through this week. Your feedback is extremely important to me, so please return the completed survey to your child’s homeroom teacher by Friday, April 26. Several incentives will be provided to students to encourage parent participation!

Come out and support our Rams and Lady Rams teams as they take on Tanglewood MS on Monday! Gates open at 5:30 PM, and the cost to attend is $3.  

On Tuesday, students will receive a Parent Testing Letter that provides GMA families with dates for the SC READY and SCPASS assessments.

MathCounts will meet on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 PM.

Student Book Club will meet on Wednesday at 7:45 AM in the media center.

The ACTFL Assessment of Performance toward Proficiency in Languages (AAPPL) is a performance assessment of standards-based language learning across the three modes of communication. French Immersion students will take the APPL assessment on Wednesday.

Best of luck to our student athletes as they participate in this year’s Special Olympics on Wednesday at Furman University! Our entire school community is cheering for Team GMA!

There will be a combined Chorus Rehearsal during 3rd period on Thursday.

Detention will be held on Thursday from 3:15-4:15 PM.

GMA Honors Choir will meet on the stage Friday morning at 8:00 AM.

Safe travels and best wishes to our strings students traveling to Atlanta for their Concert Festival!

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

REMINDERS & REQUESTS:

Students in our Visual Arts classes are in need of old CD and DVDs for a project, as well as magazines or fashion catalogs with people. Please drop off items to the front office and labeled to Mrs. Foley. Thank you!

Students in Global Studies are working on a project and need spare art supplies (like popsicle sticks, material scraps, scrapbook paper, pipe cleaners, buttons, empty toilet paper rolls, paint) and boxes. We appreciate your help!

JUST FOR PARENTS:

Tdap Blast for Parents of 6th Graders - South Carolina state law requires that all 7th graders must have their Tdap vaccination, or religious exemption,  in order to attend public school. Over 80% of our current registered 6th grade students at GMA do not have their Tdap vaccination on record at school. Please send in any certificate to the school if it shows that your child has had the Tdap vaccine already. If your child has not had the Tdap vaccine, please schedule with your doctor or walk-in clinic and bring the completed certificate into school as soon as possible.  Please do not wait to complete this requirement.  Your child will not be allowed to start their first day of 7th grade until the school has the correct immunization form on record in school.


STATE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

This year, students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in South Carolina will take the SC College-and-Career Ready Assessment (SC READY), which is comprised of the ELA (writing and reading) and mathematics tests.  Additionally, students in sixth and eighth grades will take SC Palmetto Assessments of State Standards (SCPASS) science tests, and students in seventh grade will take the SCPASS social studies test.

Both SC READY and SCPASS, which are untimed tests, will be administered in an online-testing format. Items on SC READY will include selected response, short answer, evidence-based selected response, and text-dependent analysis. Evidence-based selected response will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and choose the best answer from answer choices. Text-dependent analysis will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and draw upon that text for their extended written responses. Items on SCPASS will be multiple choice.

SC READY and SCPASS tests are aligned to state standards and what is taught in your child’s classroom.

Please refer to the table below for testing dates.

TEST 6th  7th 8th
SC READY ELA (Writing) Wednesday, May 15th Wednesday, May 8th Monday, May 13th
SC READY ELA (Reading) Thursday, May 16th Thursday, May 9th Tuesday, May 14th
SC READY Mathematics Tuesday, May 21st Wednesday, May 22nd Monday, May 20th
SCPASS Science (6th and 8th) Friday, May 24th   Thursday, May 23rd
SCPASS Social Studies (7th)   Friday, May 17th  

A few reminders about testing:

Doctors’ appointments or other out of school functions should not be scheduled during testing times.
Cell phones, smart watches, and other electronics should be stored in the locker or left at home. Students may not be in possession of any electronic devices that can be used for communicating, timing, creating images, or storing images.  If brought into the test session, they will be collected by the test administrator and returned after the test session is complete. There is a protocol for devices necessary for medical monitoring.
Note that each grade level tests separately. ​The tests are not timed. The students may actively work on the test as long as needed, but they must complete the test by the end of the school day.  The majority of the students are projected to finish around 11:30 each morning.
Students will be provided state testing accommodations according to IEP, 504, or ESOL plans.
The policy for calculator use may be found at this website: https://ed.sc.gov/tests/tests-files/sc-ready-files/sc-ready-calculator-use-policy-for-2017-18/


Reading All-Stars!

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Greenville Middle Students, it’s time to exchange your Reading All-Stars vouchers for a ticket to the Monday, May 6th Greenville Drive game. You must exchange the voucher for a game ticket. There are three easy ways to redeem your voucher; by visiting the Greenville Drive website, going to the Drive ticket office on the corner of Main and Markley or by calling the Drive ticket office at 864-240-4528. Middle school students may Meet the Players beginning at 5:30pm. In addition, there will be a complimentary book fair, for you to choose a book to take home. There are in-game activities; to have a chance to participate, you must sign up in advance.  Greenville Middle has the tradition of having major league readers on our team!  Come and join the fun and hang out with your friends at the ball game.  Reading is a hit at GMA! The Drive has put together a video to help you: How to Redeem You Voucher.


2019 Middle School Tuition Summer School

GCSD Summer School is open to all county residents. The Summer School Fee is $150 per class. The dates are Monday, June 17 - Thursday, July 18, Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 12:30pm. (closed the week of July 1 - 4). Students must take the final exam on site on one of the following dates: June 27, July 11 of July 18. Summer school students may work at home, at their own pace, on their coursework OR at Rudolph Gordon or Fisher MS, the designated labs. 

For more information, call the Summer School Office at 864-355-6412. More information is available at the GCSD Summer School website. . Online registration and payment are available. A middle school summer  form for in-person school registration is assessible here.


8th Grade Day & Dance

Volunteers are needed for our 8th Grade Celebration and Dance on Friday, May 31. The success of this day depends on our many awesome parents who volunteer their time and effort to make this special day possible. We need volunteers who can procure donations of food items, gift cards and big ticket items for entertainment. We need set up crew, cooking crew, serving and clean up teams. Volunteers are also needed for the dance; creative, decor, serving and clean up crews are needed for the evening of May 31, from 4 - 11pm. Complete and return the volunteer sheet with your contact information or email our Teacher Representative Sandra Godfrey at skgodfrey@greenville.k12.sc.us. Parent Letter with complete information is here. Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you soon.

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