New State Tests This Spring
This year, students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in South Carolina will take a new test, the ACT Aspire. Students will take ELA (English, reading, and writing) and mathematics tests. Additionally, all students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades will take the SCPASS science and social studies tests.
ACT Aspire, which is a timed test, will require students to answer multiple choice questions and to write their answers. SCPASS, which is an untimed test, will require students to answer multiple choice questions.
Tdap Immunization Required for Rising Seventh, Eighth Graders
Clinics offered in all GCS middle schools
Parents are reminded that rising seventh and eighth grade students must have the Tdap vaccination or they must submit an objector’s statement to their child’s school for students to attend school prior to the first day of school in August.
The Tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). State Law began the requirement for the Tdap vaccination in the 2013-14 school year.
Greenville County Schools will partner with the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to provide Tdap clinics at all 20 GCS middle schools between Monday, April 13 and Friday, April 24. Contact your child’s school for specific dates and times.
Consent to Vaccinate forms will be sent home with all sixth grade students the week of March 2. The properly completed form must be returned to the school nurse by Thursday, March 12 if you would like for your child to receive the vaccine.
Eighth Grade IGP Conference Information
8th grade IGP conferences begin on January 27. This week, each 8th grader will receive an appointment letter for the student and parent/guardian to meet with Guidance personnel. Students will receive information about courses for 9th grade, IB, Bonds Career Center and, will choose a career cluster of interest. Contact Allison Rosemond/Career Specialist with questions at 864-355-5860.