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GMA Principal Update - Week of August 3

I hope you and your family are healthy and well. I’m excited to welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year! It’s sure to be one of the most memorable years for all of us. It's hard to believe the start of the school year is just three weeks away! I'm super excited to begin and to welcome our students and families to a new year.

Week of August 3 - https://www.smore.com/7t8nx 


Yearbooks Are In

Yearbooks, for students who pre-purchased them, are ready for pick up. Please come by Monday - Thursday, from 9:00 - 4:00 PM.


LEAP Days

LEAP stands for Learn Evaluate Analyze Prepare and is a legislative mandate. Recently the legislature approved a plan requiring districts to hold five (5) days of school prior to the official start date for grades 4K-8th.

Students who attend LEAP will take pre-assessments in math and ELA. These assessments are part of the legislative mandate requiring schools to administer a pre- and post- assessment. The pre-assessment will be given during LEAP for both in-house students and virtual program students. The post-assessment will be given in December.

Middle schools will run two schedules each day during the week of August 17-21.

Students will be expected to wear a mask during the duration of their LEAP session. If a student does not have a mask, one will be provided.

To learn more about LEAP, click the button below. Indicate whether your student plans to attend LEAP.

Deadline for completing this form is August 10. 


Distribution Week: August 17 - 21

School forms, student schedule, car tags, student IDs, Chromebooks, and more will be distributed the week of August 17. The process for pick-up will be a Drive-Thru style. Students should remain in their vehicles, as we will have staff to assist with the distribution of items.

Students will pick up their school items based on their assigned color group day. Please only come during the times listed below, as we will also be conducting arrival and dismissal of students attending LEAP.

Note: There will be an option for late pick-up on Thursday.

Students who have not turned in their Chromebook will not receive another Chromebook or their schedule.


School Supply Lists

Supply Lists have now been posted to our website. If you have concerns about acquiring supplies, please reach out to your student's assigned school counselor:

Access: School Supply Lists


Enrollment for 2020-21

Welcome! Please complete all enrollment forms before contacting the school. Click on Enroll Now to access the forms. Our office will be open for enrollments on the following dates from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM:  

June 30
July 1, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
Aug 3, 4, 5, 6

Please note that rising 6th graders zoned for GMA do not need to enroll. Students will automatically roll up from their GCS elementary school. 


New Transportation Form for 2020-21

Greenville County Schools is asking ALL families who will have a student or students enrolled for the 2020-21 school year to complete a new Transportation Request Form. The form should be completed for EVERY student, including bus riders, car riders, walkers, bicyclists, and daycare bus riders.

It is very important to complete the form so GCS can efficiently plan for how students will arrive and depart campuses daily. It is particularly important for students who have moved or changed schools. 

In order to ensure school bus transportation on the first day of school, forms are due by Wednesday, July 15. School bus requests submitted after July 15 will not be routed until after Labor Day.


Parent Backpack

Backpack LogoWhat is Parent Backpack?

Parent Backpack is an online application that replaces the PowerSchool Parent Portal. With Parent Backpack, you are able to view your child's grades, school attendance, and any discipline incidents when you are logged into the system. Best of all, Parent Backpack works on any device and is mobile friendly.

To access Parent Backpack, go to https://parents.gcsbackpack.com and create an account. Please access directions by clicking on Creating a Parent Backpack Account.

English DirectionsDirecciones en Español

 

To view a video on how to create your Parent Backpack, click on the blue Backpack icon. 

An additional Student Backpack link is provided, however many homes have restrictive firewalls or pop-up blockers that may make access difficult.

PLEASE NOTE:

Report Cards will be accessible through Parent Backpack. Report Cards will only be mailed if a parent contacts the school to make this request. 


Tdap Vaccination Required to Enter 7th Grade

State law requires that all students have a Tdap vaccination to begin school their seventh grade year. Students who have not been vaccinated cannot attend school and will not receive a schedule at orientation in August. Parents should contact their health care provider or the county Health Department, 282-4100, to make arrangements as soon as possible and provide a copy of the South Carolina Certificate of Immunization to the school. Documentation can be mailed or faxed to the school or you can email documentation to administration at gmaoffice@greenville.k12.sc.us. Remember that this vaccination is required in order to begin school for the 2020-2021 school year for all 7th grade students.


Free & Reduced Applications For School Lunch

Online Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications are now available for the 2020-2021 school year. They can be accessed at http://greenville.schoollunchapp.com. The online Free and Reduced Price Meal Application process is the quickest and most accurate method to apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals.

If you have any questions about the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application process please contact Bonnie Hogue, Free and Reduced Project Manager at 864-355-1251 or by email at bhogue@greenville.k12.sc.us


Destination: Return to School Parent Resource Guide

The following Parent Resource Guide is Greenville County Schools Re-Opening Plan in response to COVID-19. Click the icon below to access the Parent Resource Guide.


GMA Summer Reading!

WHO?- Rising 6-8th Graders

WHEN?-Starts June 8th, ends August 28th

WHAT?-Read a minimum of 4 books (min. of 100 pages, please).Select diverse books; something from the South Carolina Junior Book Award list or maybe a book about a character different than yourself, a multicultural book. Read a book about a topic you know nothing about. Read a book in a format you don't normally, a graphic novel or an ebook.  A Newbery selection is always good or maybe some nonfiction? You get to select the books you read.

HOW?-After you finish reading each book, complete this Google Form (it is also linked on the GMA Media Center website. No device or internet over the summer? No problem, just keep a list of the books you read (title, author, what you liked about the book, favorite character, etc.) and you can complete the Google Form for each book once we are back at school in the Fall. 

WHY?-Take your pick; Reading increases knowledge, improves writing, expands vocabulary and deepens empathy. Also, it’s fun! In addition, the first 100 students who read 4 books and complete the Google Form, for each book, will be invited to a Summer Reading Celebration in the fall.  

**Need books?- ebooks and audiobooks are free and available on Sora and Destiny Discover. Links to both, along with other book resources are on the Media Center Website. GMA Summer Reading Google Form

 


Immersion Program Pathways for the 2020-2021 School Year

For students who elect to stay enrolled in their immersion academy for the 2020-2021 school year, immersion instruction will continue regardless of the learning format (i.e. full e-Learning, hybrid learning, or full in-person instruction). ​ Immersion teachers will prepare lessons and instructional materials with guidance from the GCS academics and instructional technology departments. Instructional pacing will continue to follow GCS pacing guides and cover all South Carolina standards in each content area. In a hybrid or full e-Learning model, immersion instruction will continue through live virtual lessons, pre-recorded lessons, and engagement with target language materials. Students will have some flexibility in completing assignments, but the daily learning schedule will be structured with specific times for live virtual lessons and support from teachers.

For students who elect to enroll in the GCS Virtual Program for the 2020-2021 school year, immersion instruction will not be available. Due to staffing challenges, the ​ district will not be able to offer the full continuum of K-8th grade immersion classes in the virtual program. ​ However, to offer support to the immersion students who are enrolled in the virtual program, our three immersion schools will recommend resources so the students can continue to practice the target language at home. Blythe Academy will maintain an online blog with resource lists for families while Hughes Academy and Greenville Middle Academy will post immersion course syllabi and reading lists for students. Additionally, 7th and 8th grade students at Hughes Academy and Greenville Middle Academy will be encouraged to pursue Spanish I / French I (7th grade) or Spanish II / French II (8th grade) within a virtual platform (GCS Virtual Program, VirtualSC) in order to maintain contact with the target language. This will also allow those students to earn a Carnegie unit for high school world language studies.

All immersion students who participate in the GCS Virtual Program in 2020-2021 will maintain their magnet spots for the 2021-2022 school year, but a brief target language screening will be administered to students before they re-enter their immersion programs to determine potential learning gaps with the target language. The screening will assess the students’ interpretive and interpersonal skills based on topics from the previous year. The information gathered from the screening will allow schools to identify points for remediation and guide instructional planning. The information will also aid parents in understanding where their children may have gaps and struggle with the content and/or language upon their initial return to their magnet programs.


6th Grade Band

band instruments

The Band Director at Greenville Middle Academy, Heidi Templeton, would like to give everyone some information about our band program, instrument testing procedures, instrument rental options, and some other basics about band. Please email her with your child's name (please also let her know what name they prefer to go by), email address, and cell phone contact numbers. This will allow for early communication throughout the summer months; email her at hrizzitano@greenville.k12.sc.us or call 864-355-5629. Band Instrument Rental Night will be held on Thursday, August 27th from 5:00-7:00PM in the GMA cafeteria, with an the online rental option. In addition, a Parent Information Packet will be sent home within the first full week of school. The annual band fee, for method book, performance t-shirt, and transportation, is $35.


New Class - Beginners Strings for 7th Grade

We are creating a 7th Grade Beginner Strings class for next school year. The class is intended for students who did not participate in Strings as a 6th grader, but interested in taking Strings as a 7th grader. This is a wonderful opportunity for students! Instruments will be provided and space is limited. If you are interested, please complete this Interest Form.

Did You Know? The College Entrance Examination Board found that students involved in public school music programs
scored 107 points higher on the SAT's than students with no participation.