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News & Notes

A.R.M.E.S. Nomination Window Open

ARMES FlyerArts Reaching Middle and Elementary Schools (A.R.M.E.S.) is a tuition-free, rigorous, artistically gifted and talented program designed to meet the needs of identified 3rd through 8th grade Greenville County students.

Nominations for the 2023-24 school year close April 3, 2023. Rising 3rd through 8th grade students may be nominated by a teacher, parent, adult, or self. All interested students must have an on-line nomination form completed by the deadline. Late nominations are not accepted. If someone other than the student or parent nominates a student please be sure the student and parent are aware.

Students may apply to a program or multiple programs at any of the three sites of their choice. If a student applies to multiple programs and is accepted in multiple programs, they must select one program to participate in. Students wishing to apply to multiple programs must complete a separate nomination form for each program.

Find more information and nominate a student on the Greenville County Schools website.

Celebrate Your Birthday

Ellen Woodside Elementary offers a fun way to express your child’s birthday! For $10, a personal birthday message will be displayed on our roadside marquee and large screen televisions in the front office and cafeteria. The message will appear from 12:01am-11:59pm on the date you choose.

Weekend/Holiday Birthdays-Schedule message the Friday before, Monday after or a return date following a holiday.

Summer Birthdays-Messages can be displayed on date of birth or Celebrate Half Birthdays during the school year. Interested?

Complete the Birthday form, Include Payment ($10) and TURN IN NO LATER than 5 days prior to the birth date.

Backpack for Parents

Backpack for Parents Image We encourage all parents to sign up for a GCS Backpack account. 

A backpack for parents account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

*View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch  balances, and test scores
*Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
*Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
*View their student's school and contact information
Manage parent and contact information for their students

Register for a Backpack Account. 

See Something. Say Something.

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The single most effective preventative tool regarding school safety and security is the See Something, Say Something protocol, which every school in Greenville County utilizes. It is critically important that if students see or hear something that is concerning, they say something to a trusted adult or report it below.

The District is committed to fostering an environment that both promotes learning and prevents disruptions in the educational process. Accordingly, the District prohibits all forms of bullying, discrimination, harassment or intimidation. As provided in Board Policy and Administrative Rule JCDAG, students and parents may file a report of bullying, discrimination, harassment or intimidation by other students, employees of the District, or third parties involved in the school setting.

All reports should be filed with the principal or his or her designee. Reports may also be filed by a student’s parent. If the allegation is against the school’s administration, the student or parent should file a report directly with the District’s Parent Resource Representative. (See Policy JA for contact information). Anonymous reports may be made, but those reports must provide the District with adequate information in order to begin an investigation.

In the case of a life threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1

Call or text the Greenville County Schools Bullying Hotline at 864-794-6821, or email Greenville County Schools at, or report anonymously at the link below:

Report Bullying and Threats Anonymously