Thursday, August 25, 2016
1000 Piedmont Park Road • Greenville, SC 29609 • (864) 355-8200 • FAX: (864) 355-8255

8th Grade Mixer
Our 8th Grade Mixer has been moved forward to Thursday, September 1st from 3:30 - 5:30pm.  Great Music! Games! Concessions with pizza, sodas and yummy baked goodies will be available!  The PTA will be selling tickets for $5 per student during 8th grade lunch Tuesday through Thursday.  Make sure you have your ticket for lots of fun with your classmates!  Permission forms will be available Monday.  Volunteers Needed!  Parents interested in volunteering their time or donating concessions items for Thursday's 8th Grade Mixer, please sign up to help by using the following link. Sevier PTA is using Signup.com, formally Volunteer Spot, to organize volunteers for this event.  We thank you for your support.   Sign up HERE.

Tech Fit Program
Sevier will begin a Tech Fit program in September.  This is a free after-school program that combines technology, fitness, and fun.   CLICK HERE for more information.  There is a mandatory Parent Meeting on August 30 from 5:30 – 6:15 in the Cafeteria for those interested in joining. 
***Sign-ups will begin after the meeting. Participants will be selected through a lottery. (only 35 spots available).   Parents must attend the parent meeting in order to be eligible to participate in the lottery process.  If you are not able to attend, contact Kevin Duncan by August 29th.

One to One Device Requirements
Before purchasing device insurance to allow a student to take their device home, parents must watch the following One-to-One Device Orientation video and complete the online form.  Staff will verify prior to accepting payment. This is a one-time fee. Those who have already paid the $25 premium will not have to pay a second time.  

  1. View the following instructional video.  (CLICK HERE to view)
  2. Complete the online form (CLICK HERE to access)
  3. Print and complete the 1 to 1 Device Agreement to have ready to turn in with payment. (CLICK HERE to access)

Parent Contact Information
Parents, CLICK HERE  to take a moment to submit your contact information.  This link is available to help you save time during Open House.

Spirit Gear On Sale
PTA will have Spirit Gear for sale during Open House and also accepting orders for spirit gear until September 2nd.  CLICK HERE to view the selections.  CLICK HERE to access the order form.  New this year, dress code allows Sevier Spirit Gear (unaltered) to be worn without collar.

Sexuality Education Course Exemptions
As part of the Greenville County Schools Health Education Curriculum, students taking  PE/Health Education at Sevier will take part in an age appropriate, abstinence based Sexuality Education Course.  Students may be excluded from the sexuality education component of the Health Education Program if the curriculum conflicts with the family’s beliefs.   Prior to instruction, schools mail parents information regarding the opportunity to preview all sexuality education instructional materials, and the parent’s right to exempt his/her child from any portion or the entire unit.   Sevier will have its Sexuality Education materials on display for preview for 1st Semester from 9/12/16 to 9/23/16 and for  2nd semester from 1/23/17 - 2/4/17 .  Opt-Out forms have been mailed home.  CLICK HERE for a copy or visit the front office for an extra copy.  Parents wishing to exempt their child from the Sexuality Education Course must complete the Opt-out form and deliver it to the front office in person.  Students may not turn in Opt-Out forms.  First semester classes will be held September 9/26/16 - 10/7/16 for girls and 10/17/16 -  10/28/16 for boys. Second semester classes will be held from 2/6/17 - 2/17/17 for boys and from 2/21/17 - 3/3/17 for girls.

Yearbook on Sale
Yearbooks are are on sale for $35, the lowest price of the year.  Prices will increase as the school year continues.  Add Personalization for $5 more, and receive 4 free icons with personalization.  This special expires September 9th.  CLICK HERE for an order form.

Free/Reduced Lunch Applications
All students receive free breakfast.  Student lunch meals cost $2.40, 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 guidelines.  Please turn in your application as soon as possible.  The free/reduced lunch grace period for last year's participants ends 9/28/16.

Athletic Insurance Update
Athletes participating in school team sports must purchase althetic insurance.  The cost of insurance is $22 for Middle School and $40 for High School.

Dress Code Update
Sevier Student Dress Code -- Amended to include this change: Official and unaltered Sevier T-shirts or Spirit-wear or closed-neck Sevier hoodies will be allowed without a collared shirt on ANY day. On game days only, school athletes (MS or HS) may wear their jerseys (with sleeves) without a collar underneath.

School Athletics Update
All 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. There is also an option to receive updates and notices via text and/ or email.  CLICK HERE for instructions and to access the complete manual.

Rosetta Stone
Parents who would like to learn English and become more involved in their child's academic achievement now have a free program available. Rosetta Stone Community Solution will provide an opportunity to learn and develop English Language Skills. The program is available on a first come, first serve basis. It is accessible from any internet access point at home, work or on your phone.

If you're interested, please contact your child's ESOL teacher, Mrs. Alicia Haack. She has an access code to share and general login instructions. Contact Mrs. Haack at ahaack@greenville.k12.sc.us. The district has more information at the following GCSD website.