Monday, November 30, 2015
1000 Piedmont Park Road • Greenville, SC 29609 • (864) 355-8200 • FAX: (864) 355-8255

$1 Dollar No Collar Spirit Day
Sevier is holding a $1 No Collar / Spirit Day this Thursday, December 3rd to support the Basketball teams as they play at home against League.  Students may bring $1 in exchange for a no collar privilege.  Students are encouraged to wear Falcon Blue and cheer on our teams at the games.  Girls play at 5:30 and the Boys follow around 6:45pm.   Admission is $3 and concessions will be sold.

Voluteers Needed for No Collar Day

Volunteers are needed Thursday morning from 7:40am - 8:30am for No Collar / Spirit Day.  CLICK HERE to learn more and sign up.

Change in Assignment Lottery Process
2016-17 Change in Assignment Choice Lottery Window is Monday, December 7, 2015 through Friday, December 18, 2015.  Parents are notified of school assignment no later than Thursday, March 24, 2016.
Parents with a student(s) currently attending a school on Change in Assignment Choice must declare their intent for their child to return to their choice school for the following school year by completing a renewal form by Wednesday, December 2, 2015. Those students are provided a slot at the requested school the following year unless extreme circumstances limit space or they have attendance and/or discipline issues. Parents are sent a renewal form by their child’s school.  CLICK HERE for full details of the Change in Assignment Lottery Process.

Band, Strings, Chorus and Drama Picture Day
Band, Strings, Chorus and Drama members will have professional portraits taken on Friday, November 4.  Band, Strings, and Chorus members should come dressed in concert black.  Drama students should have full costumes ready for pictures.  Group and individual portraits will be taken.  These members and these members only, will be allowed to wear their concert black attire without a collar on this day.

Veterans Day Ceremony
Thank you to all who joined us for our annual Veterans Day Ceremony and for all who helped make it possible.  CLICK HERE to view the ceremony in its entirety.

Report Bullying
Students are encouraged to report any instances of bullying, whether they are the target of bullying or a bystander.  Please CLICK HERE to report a bullying incident.

Attendance & Early Dismissals
As our holiday season begins, please encourage your child’s attendance at school.  Absences due to vacation or family events are considered unexcused.  Per district policy, 3 unexcused absences result in a student referral.
Early dismissals must be pre-arranged by sending a parent note with the student stating the time and reason for dismissal.  Students will turn in notes to the front office at the beginning of school to receive a dismissal slip.  Walk-in dismissals will require students to be dismissed between class change, as our policy does not allow the front office to call into a classroom to interrupt instructional time.

Join the Chess Club
The Chess Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 3:45 - 4:45pm.  There is no fee to join.  Students of every skill level are welcome.  Prior to attending, students must return the completed permission form to the front office.  CLICK HERE for a copy of the permission form.

8th Grade Service Project: Caring for the Cobras
8th Grade Academy will be working on a series of service projects this year. Our first project, in progress through the month of November, will help Rosemary Middle School whose students not only lost home items but school items as well. We ask that all Sevier families try to help with this effort.   We will collect the following items the entire month of November. We will also be collecting money November 2-13 at lunches and in the car line. Our goal for the two weeks will be $1000!  We greatly appreciate your support!‚Äč  We have assigned items for each grade level, however if you have any of these items available, we would gladly accept these donations.
Supplies needed:

Students will place items in bins located in homeroom classes and these will be collected by 8th graders.  Parents and community members may drop off items to the front office.  CLICK HERE for a more extensive list of suggested items.

ACE Award Nominations
ACE AwardsACE (Advocates for Character and Education) Award
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 3rd 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. Paper nomination forms are available.  CLICK HERE for a copy or  pick one up in our school office. The best way to nominate is to go to  ALL nominations need to be submitted to Darcy Storm, school counselor, by January 29, 2016.  An ACE Awards Advisory Committee will choose the finalists at each school.

Yearbooks & 8th Grade Ads
Yearbooks are $35 each, the lowest price of the school year. The option for personalization is $5 extra. Icons can be added to personalization for $3.00 per icon.   Click HERE for an order form to return to the front office with payments of cash or check payable to Sevier Middle.  CLICK HERE to order on-line.  8th Grade Yearbook Ads are on sale and must be submitted by December 11th.  Order online or CLICK HERE for an 8th Grade Ad order form to turn in at our front office.

Students can log into Naviance through Backpack for college and career information and exploration.  The school district will have parent logins available soon.  Until parents have access, we encourage parents to accompany their child while they view their account from home.  CLICK HERE to access the website for more information.

Falcon Fly Card Exchange
Falcon Fly Card Exchange is held Friday mornings.  Students earn Fly Card Signatures from teachers and staff members throughout the week and exchange these for various incentives or privileges.  A Fly Card will hold 10 signatures.  CLICK HERE to view the Falcon Fly Card Incentive menu.

One to One Devices
Chromebooks will be issued  to 8th graders on Friday, August 21.  7th graders will receive Laptops on Wednesday, August 26 and 6th graders will receive their Chromebooks on Thursday, August 27. Before 6th graders, 8th graders, and new 7th graders may take home their device, parents must participate in a One to One Device Orientation, sign the user agreement, and pay the one-time $25 user insurance premium. Seventh graders who paid the $25 premium last year will not have to pay a second time.  Parents who were unable to come to previous orientations may follow the following steps to allow their child to bring home their issued device.

  1. View the following instructional video.  (CLICK HERE to view)
  2. Complete the online form (CLICK HERE to access)
  3. Print out and complete the User Agreement and send your $25 payment in cash or check payable to Sevier Middle. (CLICK HERE)  Forms and payments should be given to the front office, where responses from the online form will be reviewed prior to accepting payment.

Message from PTA

The PTA is hoping to eliminate traditional fundraising again this year by encouraging each family to make a donation of $15.00 per student. Our school hopes to raise $10,000 in PTA funds this year. These funds help provide programs for the students, faculty, and staff. We appreciate any amount that your family can provide! 100% of donations through this FUSS FREE FUNDRAISER will be used to support school programs such as Red Ribbon Week, Veteran’s Day, school technology, and classroom materials, while also enhancing the beautification of our school grounds throughout the year. Last year, PTA purchased 32 Chrome Books and awarded $3,000 in teacher grants! Please help support the SMS PTA in the ongoing challenge of enhancing our children’s education by sending in your donation today! Thank you to the following businesses for their sponsorship: OnPoint, Money Mailer, PRO Pitch Hit Run, Calder Brothers Corporation, DOT2DOT, Craft Stove Store & Patio, Georgia Luquire with SunTrust Mortgage, Edwards Insurance, Harvey's Original Family Restaurant, Sharp Business Systems, Babb Painting, Beauty for Ashes Counseling, Professional Engineering Associates, Vision Screenprinting and Graphics, Inc., Showcase Marketing, Kirby Bridwell with Keller Williams Realty, Chick-Fil-A in Taylors and Cherrrydale, Play It Again Sports, Cross Mechanical, Betwixt, Emergency MD, Pebble Creek Pizza, and Marquee Custom Home Builders.

Thank you for supporting our Sevier PTA.  CLICK on the items below to access documents.
PTA Calendar of Events
PTA Annual Budget
PTA Corporate Fuss Free Fundraiser Donation Form
Fuss Free Fundraiser Form 
PTA Text Remind Invite  
PTA Membership Form 

PTA Board 2015-16
PTA Spirit Gear Order Form
PTA is selling T-shirts for $15, and water bottles and car magnets for $5 each.  These T-shirts will be able to be worn every 2nd Monday of each month as a special privilege.  Items can be purchased in the front office.