Our school has a wide variety of clubs and activities to appeal to all interests…from sports, music, reading, crafts, international culture to robotics! There is something for everyone!
Parents, if you would like to be involved in any way, big or small, many opportunities exist at GMA. Make sure PTA has your email address so we can keep you informed with the latest information on activities and volunteer needs. We hope you have a great year and…GO RAMS!
Beta Club The Junior Beta Club is an organization that is designed to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership, and service among students. Members meet throughout the year at club meetings and community service projects. School Leaders and achievers are recognized throughout the year. Students who have a 3.62 GPA (all A’s and 2 B’s minimum) are invited to join the club beginning the second semester of 6th grade. A minimal initial fee is required for new members. An invitation is extended for 7th and 8th grade students to run for Beta Club office. Betas attend the state conference in Myrtle Beach or go on another educational field trip based on service and academics. [Jr Beta Club webpage and information]
Book Club Book Club meets before school on Wednesdays, at 7:45am, for breakfast and to discuss student-selected literature in the library. Limited to 30 students. Sign up in media center. (Contact Mrs. Carey)
Book Fair Our annual Scholastic Book Fair is held for one week in the media center. Volunteers will be needed daily and snack donations for the teacher preview are greatly appreciated. (Contact Mrs. Carey or PTA)
Career Day School Counselors facilitate a Career Day Fair each November. The Career Fair showcases about 30 parents and business partners who share their career with each grade level. The PTA provides breakfast for the presenters before the event. (Contact Ms. Giordani )
Frosty Friday Each Friday the school store is open to sell ice cream to the students during their lunch hour. The cost is $1. Parent volunteers are needed to “work the ice cream shop”. Commitment time is generally for 1.5 hours during lunch hour. Shifts run from 10:30 until noon or noon until 1:30. It’s a great way to see your student and their friends! (Contact PTA)
Gateway to Technology Gateway to Technology are classes where students apply the design process to solve problems and to understand the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They work in teams to design toys and braces for children with Cerebral Palsy, while capturing ideas and research in their engineering notebooks. (Contact Mr. Young)
Incentives for Good Grades At the end of the first 3 quarters, students who have all A’s and B’s are rewarded with coupons for awards from participating businesses. The students with all A’s receive an invitation for a party in the gym during lunch. They are provided with lunch or a special treat as well as free time to celebrate their achievement. Parent volunteers are needed to hand out the coupons and invitations as well as a few volunteers to help hand out lunch at the party. (Contact PTA)
Intramural Sports Open to all students after school. Each grade level meets one day a week for 30 minutes (3:20p-3:50p) and participates in a variety of sports and games. Students must have transportation home. (Contact Ms. Ross) Mondays: 6th grade; Tuesdays: 7th grade; Wednesdays: 8th grade
Mock Trial GMA’s Mock Trial program was recognized by the SC Bar Association in 2015 for Excellence. Announcements are made at the beginning of the year concerning sign ups during morning and afternoon announcements. (Contact Mrs. Hasenkamp)
NJHS (National Junior Honor Society) The cornerstones for membership in the society are scholarship, leadership, service and citizenship. Students are considered for membership at the end of their 7th grade year. Students must have all A’s and B’s in all subjects to be considered. Students will be notified if they meet the academic criteria and will be given a Student Activity Form to complete. Once membership status has been obtained, students become active members as 8th graders. NJHS meets 3 to 4 times per year at 7:45 a.m. in the Media Center. Meetings will be announced during morning and afternoon announcements. NJHS sponsors two main projects: Angel Tree Project during the holiday season and Stop Hunger Now during the spring. (Contact Ms. Wassynger)
Peer Tutoring Peer tutoring is a great opportunity for students who have a heart for assisting students with special needs. Peer tutors assist special needs students with their schoolwork, interact and play games with them, and can eat lunch with the students to help them learn social and conversational skills. Requirements for being a good peer tutor are: a willingness to be a friend to someone who does not have a friend, have a good attitude and behavior during the school day, and patience.
Performing Arts Programs
Band is offered, beginning in the 6t grade, to all students. No experience is required. Students learn one of the following – brass, woodwind, or percussion and will participate in competitions, trips, and concerts throughout the year. (Contact Ms. Templeton-Kellett)
Chorus is offered, beginning in the 6th grade, to all students. No previous experience is required. Students participate in concerts and performances throughout the year. (Contact Ms. Webb)
Strings is offered, beginning in the 6th grade to all students. No previous experience is required. Students learn one of the four instruments – violin, viola, cello, or bass and will participate in competitions, trips, and concerts throughout the year. (Contact Ms. Matthews)
Quiz Bowl Sharpen your pencils and get your buzzer fingers ready! The GMA favorite “Quiz Bowl” is 3 rounds of tournament play that includes two teams competing head-to-head to answer questions. The questions come from all areas of knowledge: history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture. Students love it! Teachers host individual classroom quizzes to determine which students will best represent their homeroom. Parent volunteers are needed to help with the timer, buzzer, and keeping score. It is a super fun way to be involved in what is sure to be one of your child’s favorites! (Contact PTA)
RAMbassadors The RAMbassadors at Greenville Middle, are a group of students selected for their leadership, kindness, and dependability. They put action behind these character traits every day to make a positive difference in our school. These students reach out to others who may be new or who may need a friend. They have the courage to "step out" of their social group to help others when needed. These students receive a nomination from their classroom teachers and are extended an invitation by our school administration. Students assist with PTA and Magnet Open House events, serving as tour guides and role model student representatives. (Mrs. Rollison is the coordinator)
Spirit Week/Red Ribbon Week This exciting week, sponsored by the PTA, is held the last week of October. Each day, a variety of games are held on stage in the cafeteria during lunch period for all grades. The cost to play the games is $1 and prizes are awarded. We have music playing and even faculty and staff get involved in the fun! Each day of the week has a theme (themes in the past have included 50’s day, Wacky Tacky day, ect.) where students are encouraged to show their spirit by dressing up. Parent volunteers are needed to help staff the games, judge the costumes, as well as to send in prizes/gift cards/ etc. (Contact PTA)
Teen Read Week Guest speakers and special activities are scheduled each October to encourage students to read for pleasure. Activities are scheduled through student literature classes. (Contact Mrs. Carey)
Yearbook Yearbook is an academic class for 8th graders. Interested students submit applications to participate in the spring, and the staff is selected from those applications. This activity counts as an elective class. (Contact Ms. Godfrey)
Youth in Government Students participating in the Youth in Government program take on the role of a South Carolina Congressional representative and take their bills through committee meetings to full Senate and House debates and finally to the Youth Governor to sign. At the end of the session, the bills are presented in a bound copy to the legislature, and some student bills have become the basis for actual laws.