Parents are asked to report any COVID-19 exposures as well as quarantines within the home to the school principal.
The CDC recommends avoiding all non-essential travel and both the CDC and SC DHEC asks persons returning from international travel within the past 14 days to monitor their health, stay home as much as possible and wear a mask while in public. Staff and students can return to school after U.S. or international travel provided they have not been knowingly exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms of illness, in addition to adhering to all precautionary measures in place at the school.
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:
Per DHEC regulations, any staff or student identified as having spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of a positive case are considered close contacts and will be excluded from school for a minimum of 14 days. Students and staff who were not close contacts will be allowed to remain at school. We will be sure and let you know if these notification requirements change. Additional information is available on the GCS Parent Resource webpage.
It's hard to believe we're heading into the last week in January! We are well into the third quarter, and I want to remind students that our next No NHI Celebration is scheduled on February 19. Students are encouraged to arrive early, by 8:00 AM, to work on missing assignments in their homeroom and to request help from teachers during this time. I hope to see all of our students participate in this celebration next month!
Students are reminded that masks and student IDs should be displayed upon entering the building. Administrators will meet with students, as needed, to address any violations to our school rules and safety protocols.
If our staff can assist you or your student, please let us know. We appreciate your support!
In this week's GMA Bulletin, you'll find information about:
As always, thank you for your support of Greenville Middle Academy! Let's have a great week!
Looking forward to next school year, Greenville County students have the opportunity to enroll in the full-time GCS Virtual Program. Registration for the 2021-22 GCS Virtual Program opens Tuesday, January 19 and will continue through Tuesday, February 9.
To register, students must be enrolled in Greenville County Schools and parents must have a Backpack account. This first registration window is for those who are certain they want to participate in the Virtual Program next fall. NOTE: The Virtual Program will not be offered at Specialized/Magnet programs such as Charles Townes Center, Language Immersion and preschool/self-contained disabilities.
January 19 Virtual Parent Information Sessions:
8th grade Ads are due February 5. Parents can create their own ads online on the Jostens' website. Access the link though the yearbook webpage on our school website.
REMINDER: Yearbooks must be ordered by February 28.
Make-up Pictures for Virtual Students will be scheduled on Thursday, January 28 from 9:00-12:00.
Strawbridge is asking that parents sign their student up for their make-up picture. Please click on GMA Retake Picture Day to sign up for your time on January 28.
Congratulations to our newly elected members of our Greenville Middle Academy Student Council. This year's members are: President- Benja Hwang, Vice President- Charlie Billig, Secretary- Lala Lazano, Treasurer -Lenah Villaran. Historian- Caroline Caldwell, 6th Grade Governor- Reagan Hill, 8th Grade Representative- Meredith Warthen,
7th Grade Representative- Lauren Deaton, 6th Grade Representative- Elizabeth Watson, and 6th Grade Reporter- Lilly Scott. Student Council will meet with Ms. Looper this week before school. This group of students will make important school decisions to create a inclusive community at GMA.
Spring Sports are currently scheduled to start February 15, 2021. All 7th and 8th graders who want to tryout must complete a physical and permission form and a Covid-Waiver before being admitted to the playing field. These must be turned into Athletic Director Nicholas Hall. If interested in trying out, please email the coach of your intentions and pose any questions to the following e-mail addresses.
Softball: Ruth Forbes email@example.com
Baseball: Stephen Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Soccer: Matthew Giacalone email@example.com
Boys Soccer: TBD, send questions to A.D. Nicholas Hall firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACE Awards (Advocates for Character and Education) was created by Greg Blatt, Founder and Executive Director of Coaches 4 Character. It is an annual award given to 74 male and female students from each of the 36 Greenville County middle and high schools.
It will honor one male and one female from each middle and high school in grades 8 and 12 who are considered the true “unsung heroes” in their schools. These are students who might go unnoticed for one reason or another, students who are role models, who work hard and give their best effort, students who are all too often not recognized for their accomplishments, or students who demonstrate unusual commitment to academics despite various obstacles. The award ceremony will be organized and hosted by Coaches 4 Character and Greenville county school counselors.
Anyone can nominate a student: faculty and staff, parents, community members, and students. There is an online nomination form. Nominations open December 7, 2020 and close February 8, 2021.