News & Notes
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.
|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|
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.
Weekly Update (Week of April 8)
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.
On Monday, students will receive a Parent Testing Letter that provides our families with dates for the SC READY and SCPASS assessments. Please ensure that appointments are scheduled around testing dates. We appreciate your help!
8th grade parents will receive an envelope on Monday with the South Carolina State Department of Education Parent Survey to complete. Your feedback is extremely important, and I ask that you complete and return the survey to your child’s homeroom teacher by Thursday, April 11. We have several incentives for students to encourage parent participation!
We look forward to providing our 3rd Quarter recipients of Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance with incentives during lunch on Monday! The Principal All A Honor Roll Luncheon will take place on Tuesday from 11:30-12:30 PM.
Benchmark #3 will continue through April 12. Students will participate in benchmarks for all tested subject areas on SC READY and SCPASS. The schedule for this week’s benchmarks includes Science for grades 6 and 8 and Social Studies for grade 7. Make-up benchmark testing will be scheduled on Friday.
Intramurals will continue for 6th grade this week. Schedule: 4/8 Wentzel vs. Hall; 4/9 Burdette vs. Baker; 4/10 TBD.
Best of luck to our Rams teams as they take on Greer MS on Monday! Gates open at 5:30 PM, and the cost to attend is $3. Come out and support our Rams!
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.
Detention will be held on Thursday from 3:15-4:15 PM in the media center.
We look forward to the Jr. Beta Club Induction Ceremony on Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 PM in the cafeteria.
GMA Honors Choir will meet on the stage Friday morning at 8:00 AM.
There will be a combined Chorus Rehearsal during 1st period on Friday.
Hope our GMA Family has a safe, enjoyable and restful Spring Break. As a reminder, GCS schools and offices will be closed Monday, April 15 - Friday, April 19. We’ll see everyone on Monday, April 22!
As always, thank you for your support of Greenville Middle Academy. Let’s have a great week!
REMINDERS & REQUESTS:
Attention 7th graders who are interested in serving on the Yearbook Staff in 8th grade: Applications are now available in your ELA class. Students must be on the Principal's Honor Roll or advanced English to qualify. If you are self motivated, can problem solve, are creative, like people and can meet deadlines--then Yearbook is for you! Applications are due back by Friday, April 12th. See Ms. Godfrey if you have any questions.
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:
ARMES Nominations Open - ARMES (Arts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools) is a tuition-free program for gifted and talented students in 3rd through 8th grade who live in Greenville County. Instructional classes in Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Strings and Visual Arts are offered after-school at the Fine Arts Center. Current 2nd through 7th grade students may be nominated by any teacher, parent or other advocate. Students must have an online nomination form completed by April 11, 2019 in order to be eligible for the program. Once the nomination is submitted, the nominator will receive an email confirmation.
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.
If you are a rising 8th grade student interested in joining an elite group of singers at GMA, come see Mrs. Webb for information about next year's Honors Chorus for high school credit! We will travel and participate in lots of fun events! We will need dedicated students ready to learn, sing, and have fun.
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Documents and Forms
- Extended Day After School Program Student Application Form
- Student Enrollment Forms