News & Notes
Here are the Updates for the Week of May 20
STATE TESTING: This week, our 6th, 7th and 8th graders will take part in the SC READY state assessment in Mathematics on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 6th and 8th graders will also take part in the SCPASS state assessment in Science on Thursday and Friday. Parents, please ensure your student is here and on time on their testing days. We ask that students are well-rested and have eaten breakfast before the tests.
Textbooks were checked in last week. Any missing or lost textbooks need to be replaced, otherwise, fees will be issued and report cards withheld. We appreciate your assistance with returning textbooks.
Students who participated in spring Sports are asked to return their Sports Uniforms this week.
MathCounts will meet on Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 PM.
Please join us for our Spring Strings Performance Concert on Tuesday at 7:00 PM in the auditorium of Wade Hampton HS.
Student Book Club will meet on Wednesday at 7:45 AM in the media center.
Detention will be held on Thursday from 3:15-4:15 PM in the media center.
GMA Honors Choir will rehearse on the stage on Friday at 8:00 AM.
Greenville County Schools and Offices will be closed for the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday, May 27.
Join us for a Sports Celebration on Tuesday, May 28, where student athletes will be recognized.
Students recognized at our Awards Day Programs will receive a parent invitation for their family. Dates of our Awards Day Programs are:
8th grade on Friday, May 31
7th grade on Monday, June 3
6th grade on Wednesday, June 5
As always, thank you for your support of Greenville Middle Academy. Let’s have a great week!
REMINDERS & REQUESTS:
Medications in the school Health Room are required to be picked up by an adult no later than the last day of school. School District policy requires us to destroy all medications not picked up at the end of the year. If your medications are not picked up before June 5 at 12:00 PM, they will be destroyed. For safety reasons, medications cannot be sent home with students. Parents/guardians must pick up medications from the nurse in the Health Room. If you have any questions, please call the Nurse Manske at 864-355-5607.
Tdap Blast for Parents of 6th Graders - South Carolina state law requires that all 7th graders must have their Tdap vaccination, or religious exemption, in order to attend public school. Over 80% of our current registered 6th grade students at GMA do not have their Tdap vaccination on record at school. Please send in any certificate to the school if it shows that your child has had the Tdap vaccine already. If your child has not had the Tdap vaccine, please schedule with your doctor or walk-in clinic and bring the completed certificate into school as soon as possible. Please do not wait to complete this requirement. Your child will not be allowed to start their first day of 7th grade until the school has the correct immunization form on record in school.
STATE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM
This year, students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades in South Carolina will take the SC College-and-Career Ready Assessment (SC READY), which is comprised of the ELA (writing and reading) and mathematics tests. Additionally, students in sixth and eighth grades will take SC Palmetto Assessments of State Standards (SCPASS) science tests, and students in seventh grade will take the SCPASS social studies test.
Both SC READY and SCPASS, which are untimed tests, will be administered in an online-testing format. Items on SC READY will include selected response, short answer, evidence-based selected response, and text-dependent analysis. Evidence-based selected response will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and choose the best answer from answer choices. Text-dependent analysis will require students to read a piece of text or a passage and draw upon that text for their extended written responses. Items on SCPASS will be multiple choice.
SC READY and SCPASS tests are aligned to state standards and what is taught in your child’s classroom.
Please refer to the table below for testing dates.
|SC READY ELA (Writing)||Wednesday, May 15th||Wednesday, May 8th||Monday, May 13th|
|SC READY ELA (Reading)||Thursday, May 16th||Thursday, May 9th||Tuesday, May 14th|
|SC READY Mathematics||Tuesday, May 21st||Wednesday, May 22nd||Monday, May 20th|
|SCPASS Science (6th and 8th)||Friday, May 24th||Thursday, May 23rd|
|SCPASS Social Studies (7th)||Friday, May 17th|
A few reminders about testing:
Doctors’ appointments or other out of school functions should not be scheduled during testing times.
Cell phones, smart watches, and other electronics should be stored in the locker or left at home. Students may not be in possession of any electronic devices that can be used for communicating, timing, creating images, or storing images. If brought into the test session, they will be collected by the test administrator and returned after the test session is complete. There is a protocol for devices necessary for medical monitoring.
Note that each grade level tests separately. The tests are not timed. The students may actively work on the test as long as needed, but they must complete the test by the end of the school day. The majority of the students are projected to finish around 11:30 each morning.
Students will be provided state testing accommodations according to IEP, 504, or ESOL plans.
The policy for calculator use may be found at this website: https://ed.sc.gov/tests/tests-files/sc-ready-files/sc-ready-calculator-use-policy-for-2017-18/
2019 Middle School Tuition Summer School
GCSD Summer School is open to all county residents. The Summer School Fee is $150 per class. The dates are Monday, June 17 - Thursday, July 18, Monday - Thursday, 8:30am - 12:30pm. (closed the week of July 1 - 4). Students must take the final exam on site on one of the following dates: June 27, July 11 of July 18. Summer school students may work at home, at their own pace, on their coursework OR at Rudolph Gordon or Fisher MS, the designated labs.
For more information, call the Summer School Office at 864-355-6412. More information is available at the GCSD Summer School website. . Online registration and payment are available. In addition, one may register in person.
8th Grade Day & Dance
Volunteers are needed for our 8th Grade Celebration and Dance on Friday, May 31. The success of this day depends on our many awesome parents who volunteer their time and effort to make this special day possible. We need volunteers who can procure donations of food items, gift cards and big ticket items for entertainment. We need set up crew, cooking crew, serving and clean up teams. Volunteers are also needed for the dance; creative, decor, serving and clean up crews are needed for the evening of May 31, from 4 - 11pm. Complete and return the volunteer sheet with your contact information or email our Teacher Representative Sandra Godfrey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Parent Letter with complete information is here. Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Register Now for Archery Camp
Archery Camp for rising 4th - 9th grade students will be held at J.L.Mann High School. The camp will be held in the evenings Monday - Friday, July 8 - 12 from 5:30 - 8:30pm. The fee to register is $60. No experience is necessary and all equipment will be provided. To sign up go to Facebook @JLMannArchery or email JLMannArchery@gmail.com, or call 864-775-1237.
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Documents and Forms
- Extended Day After School Program Student Application Form
- Student Enrollment Forms