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Announcements

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parents have the opportunity to sign up for optional Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for Monday, October 22, during our upcoming Teacher Workday.    The deadline to schedule an appointment is Thursday, October 18th.  Parent conferences require an appointment, as we do not have time available for walk-ins.  These optional conferences will be brief in order to accommodate as many parents as possible.  We ask that all parents arrive on time and bring their driver’s license when they check in at the front office.   Current grades are available on the Parent Portal and your student’s Backpack account.   Parents wishing to gain access to the Parent Portal must present their driver’s license to the front office to receive their access code.  Parents of 8th graders should note that Parent Conferences and IGP conferences are separate meetings.    Parents attending IGP conferences should have their child accompany them.

Red Ribbon Week

Sevier will celebrate Red Ribbon Week next week on October 29 - November 2, 2018.  This year's theme is "Life Is Your Journey, Travel Drug Free!"  Students will participate in daily activities.  Students are encouraged to participate in the daily dress theme.  Dress code still applies.  
Monday: “Rev-Up Your Journey, Travel Drug Free” -- wear red.
Tuesday: “Keep Your Life’s Journey Bright, Travel Drug Free ” --wear bright neon colors. 
Wednesday: “You Can Travel Far, If You Have Good Character” -- Dress as a literary character or grade level word/concept.  Rules Apply.
Thursday:  “It Doesn’t Take A “Jeanius” To Travel Drug Free” --wear jeans. If students wear jeans they can have “no collar” day.
Friday:   “Team Up In Your Life’s Journey, Travel Drug Free” -- wear their favorite sports team paraphernalia. Must follow the dress code.
Costume Rules and Guidelines
Students must dress as a literary character or grade level word or concept, something related to academic subject
NO ghoulish or witches/monster, violence-focused costumes
MUST NOT be distracting or disruptive.
A label naming your character or word must be displayed on the costume. 
NO masks, excessive makeup, or look-alike weapons are allowed.
Collar is not required — modesty IS required.
If in doubt about the appropriateness of any attire, DON’T wear it.

Red Ribbon Week Volunteers Needed

Red Ribbon Week is October 29 through November 2.  We are looking for a few volunteers to lend a hand.  Please access the attached RRW Volunteer Signup to learn more and sign up.

8th Gr. IGP Meetings

An Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) meeting for your 8th grade student will need to be scheduled before he or she transitions to high school.  This year, the dates available for meeting with you and your child will begin Thursday, October 18th through Friday, November 30th.  These meetings will last approximately 15 minutes.
     The Sign-Up Genius scheduling window was October 1st  through October 14th.      If you did not schedule a meeting through the Sign-Up Genius by October 14th, a letter will be mailed to you by our office with an assigned time for your meeting. Please call Melinda Howard, our School Counseling Office Clerk, if you have any questions regarding scheduling. Mrs. Howard’s number is 355-8204.

Basketball Tryouts

spinning basketballBoys Basketball Conditioning is scheduled for Oct. 16, 18, and 23 from 4:00pm -5:30pm.  Athletes must have a completed physical, parent permission, and concussion form on file in order to participate.
Boys and Girls Basketball Tryouts is scheduled for October 29, 30 and 31. Girl's tryouts are from 4:00-5:30pm. Boys tryouts are from 5:30-7:00pm.  Athletes must have parent and student accounts created and linked in PlanetHS, and have all pre-participation forms completed in order to participate.  See Coach Burrell with any questions.    Parents new to PlanetHS are welcome to view PlanetHS quick tips.
planet HS logoAll Greenville County Schools are now using www.PlanetHS.com for school athletics. This is the method for completing all required athletic forms in order to participate in any school athletic program. Both students and parents will have to create accounts, then link them together in order to finish the forms.  Students must use their student email to create their account (ex.:  jdoe5432@greenvilleschools.us).

Veterans Day Ceremony

Please join us for our 22nd annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, November 9, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Veterans Day ceremony at Sevier is very special – unique to Sevier as we attend school each day on the grounds of the World War I Army facility – Camp Sevier.  We will honor all veterans and active military, beginning the day with speakers in each classroom.  ALL members of the community are invited to attend this extraordinary event. We guarantee you will leave with an overwhelming feeling of pride in our country and your school!  Any veteran who is willing to share a story or two with small groups of students needs to be at school at approximately 8:20am. Special seating will be available for all veterans.  Please call the school if you are willing to speak with a student group or need special accommodations (355-8200).  Students and parents are asked to invite any veteran or anyone they know who is currently serving in the military to join us as a guest speaker and our honored guest at the ceremony.     
Wall of Honor Submissions
Sevier proudly displays a Wall of Honor that names people who have been identified by Sevier Middle School students, faculty, and friends as individuals who have served in any branch of the military at any time. The information has been accumulated since the first Return to Camp Sevier event, observed on November 11, 1996.  Each year, as new students and faculty arrive at Sevier, the list grows longer.  Please print out the attached Wall of Honor Submission Form to have your loved one's name placed on our Wall of Honor.   We will include the name(s) you supply on the updated list.  Please understand that we can only list what we can read, so it is very important that all information you provide is spelled correctly and legibly.
Volunteers and Items Needed
PTA is hosting a luncheon after the ceremony for our Veterans and are in need of volunteers willing to donate food items or their time to make this event possible.  S signup will be available soon.

ACE Awards Nominations

Coaches for Character, a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach at-risk youth the value of education and character development, will hold its annual banquet this year.  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 learning academics despite various obstacles. The award banquet 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. Nomination forms are available online at www.coaches4character.com/ace-awards  from October 15th through January 31, 2019. 

High School Open House Events

8th Graders & Parents are invited to the following High School Open House events.

Free & Reduced Lunch Application
All students receive free breakfast.  Student lunch meals cost $2.50, reduced price is $0.40.  All are encouraged to complete a free/reduced lunch application.  Paper applications will be provided at school, however for quicker processing, complete the online application at http://greenville.schoollunchapp.com.  CLICK HERE for free/reduced lunch webpage for more information.  Please turn in your application as soon as possible.  The free/reduced lunch grace period for last year's participants ends October 1st.

WHHS Boys JV Lacrosse
WHHS JV Boys Lacrosse off season conditioning is on-going on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 - 7:30pm at the WHHS practice fields (located off campus).  Interested 7th and 8th graders who are zoned for WHHS are encouraged to attend.   Before participating, students must be signed up and have all athletic participation forms completed on PLanetHS.com.   The first Parent & Athlete Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 6pm in the PE classroom.   All players need to be signed up for the text blast system (text 81010, type @WHHSL)    Please call Coach Whiteman at 864.316.9482 (after 5 pm) with any questions.

8th Grade Washington Trip
Washington DC clipart8th graders and parents are invited to attend the grade level trip to Washington D.C. and Williamsburg, VA.   This trip is scheduled for March 6-9 2019.  The Washington Trip Informational Flyer is attached and contains trip details and payment scheduling.  The first deposit  is due  September 21, 2018.  Parents of 8th Graders are asked to attend one of the the 8th Grade Washington Trip Parent Meetings scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, at 4:00pm and 7:00pm.

Sevier PTA

Sevier appreciates our PTA and their efforts to support our school by providing parent volunteers and school funding. Money raised by our PTA goes directly back to our school to fund teacher grants, school supplies, student incentives, school events, Chromebooks, and other forms of technology. 
Please help our school by supporting Sevier PTA.  Sign up to volunteer and learn more about our chair positions and receive volunteer updates through SignUp.com.  Purchase PTA memberships and Sevier Shirts/Gear.  Participate in our Fuss Free Fundraiser - a $20 donation per household.   Parents who own a business are asked to consider becoming a Business Sponsor or to spread the word of our sponsorship program to family or friends who own businesses.   Don't forget to signup to receive our PTA text reminds by texting @sevier-pta to 81010.

Parent Contact Information
Parents, please take time to complete the attached online Parent Contact form.   Please check "Yes" to the PTA contact information option to receive information regarding volunteer opportunities and PTA updates.  

One to One Device Procedure

Before students may take home the device, parents are asked to review the One to One Device Student Handbook, sign the user agreement, and pay the annual $25 Device Fee.  
   1.   Review Student One to One Device Handbook.
   2.   Print and complete the 1 to 1 Device Agreement to have ready to turn in with your $25 payment.

Order your Yearbook
order your yearbook imageOrder you yearbook now!  Prices increase as the school year progresses!   View the attached yearbook order form or order online from Jostons!  Basic yearbooks are $35.  Early Bird Special through September 7th:  add personalization for $6 and select up to 4 free icons as an early bird special!

GCS Clear Bag & Search Policy
clear bag policy descriptionBeginning with the opening of the 2018-19 athletic season, Greenville County Schools is instituting a clear bag policy for all athletic venues.  This means spectators prohibited from entering athletic venues with camera cases, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, large purses, and similar items.  Approved bags include clear, gallon-sized zip storage bags, clear totes (12”x 6”x 12”) and small purses.  Folding chairs and blankets will be allowed, but are subject to search.  For more information, visit the GCS Clear Bag announcement link.