A Message from GMA Student Body President, Ella Arnold
We're excited to share a Message from our Student Body President, Ella Arnold. Thank you, Ella, for your positive and encouraging message!
8th Grade Ram Send Off
GMA Principal Update (Week of May 18)
eLearning Updates for the week:
- Monday begins Day 6 of eLearning 4.0 lessons. Students should connect with teachers daily through Google Meets and submit assignments for participation and engagement grades each week. Check the Google Meets Schedule to connect with teachers and classmates.
- eLearning lessons for 4.0 will be due by 11:59 PM on Tuesday, May 26.
- Consider using Destiny Discover to access books online. View the Video on Accessing eBooks, and contact Kathleen Carey, with your questions.
- A reminder that Memorial Day Holiday will be observed on Monday, May 25. There will be no classes or assignments due on this day. Enjoy the long weekend!
- Our school staff has planned an 8th Grade Send Off for 8th grade students only. GMA teachers and staff will be placed around the car line at the entrance of the school to bid farewell and our happy wishes to our 8th graders as they move on to high school. Students must be in a vehicle and will remain inside the vehicle as you drive through the line. We hope our 8th graders will join us on Thursday, June 4!
- Club Unified and Peer Tutor applications are now available! If you are interested in working with and forming connections with students with disabilities at GMA, please complete one or both applications by May 25. Returning Club members and Peer Tutors should complete an application. We look forward to spreading awareness and inclusion with you next year.
- The R-Word is a discriminatory word that is harmful to those with disabilities. Just because GMA wasn't able to have our Inclusion Spirit Week doesn't mean that we can't celebrate inclusion at our school. Pledge to end the R-word by visiting spreadtheword.global!
Process for Returning School-issued Items / Retrieval of Student-owned Items:
Click for: GRAB & GO / PICK UP SCHEDULE
- June 1-4 have been designated days by the district for students to return school-owned items (Chromebooks, library books, sports uniforms, instruments) as well as pick up student-owned items left at the school.
- Student items in lockers and gym lockers, yearbooks, awards, etc. will be placed in large paper bags that will be picked up when students return school-owned items.
- Parents will enter school grounds at the entrance and remain in vehicles at all times. One single car line will be created.
- School-owned items will be collected as your vehicle pulls to the front of the school.
- Staff members, who will be practicing social distancing and wearing PPEs, will be assisting in the collection of items.
- Once you arrive at the entrance of the school, staff will distribute student bags, which will contain student -owned items. Bags will be labeled with the student's first and last name, grade, and homeroom teacher.
- Students who need to pick up medication, will exit the school to the right and enter the bus loop. Nursing and school staff will be at the bus loop to return student medications on your student’s assigned day.
- Each grade level has been assigned a day, with 8th graders scheduled on June 1, followed by 7th grade on June 2, and 6th grade on June 3. Additionally, homerooms have been assigned to hour increments. Please come on your scheduled date and time so that we can provide as orderly a process as possible.
- We recognize that with parents returning to work, the schedule posted may not be feasible for some. If this is the case and you need a different time, please complete the ALTERNATE DROP OFF FORM and we will make that accommodation.
- Complete the ALTERNTE DROP OFF FORM if you have more than one student at GMA so that we can provide all items to your student on one day. Please attend the older or oldest student’s scheduled day.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we return items to your student.
Resources for Families:
- Consider filling out a Free and Reduced Meal application. Upon approval, it could afford you Free or Reduced meal benefits for the first 30 days of the next school year. The online application can be found here: http://greenville.schoollunchapp.com.
- GCS has expanded its meal program to now include meals for Saturday and Sunday. A listing of Additional feeding sites are posted on our website.
- The United Way is available to assist families in numerous ways, including food, coronavirus services, employment, income support, and health care, to name a few.
eLearning Calendar / eLearning Grading
Visit our eLearning Page for the latest information, including calendar with deadlines.
Please Note: All teachers are required to have contact with students at least twice a week. Students should be checking in on Google Classroom and responding to emails daily. If our teachers do not hear from your student, they will contact parents. For parents who wish to know whether students are missing assignments, please note that Google has a Guardian feature that allows you to receive email summaries of your student's missing work, upcoming work, and class activity. More information can be found by accessing the Google Guardian Feature Parent Guide. There is also an extremely helpful Parent Video Guide to Google Classroom that can be viewed.
- Based on direction from the State Department of Education, students in grades 6-12 will not receive a standalone grade for 4th quarter. Instead, South Carolina students will only receive a second semester grade that combines 3rd quarter grades completed at school with participation and engagement grades completed during the closure. When you pull up Parent Backpack to view student grades, you will not see a Q4 grade, rather you will see S2 grade.
- Students will receive participation grades that correspond to a numeric grade based on the following four categories: Meets Expectations (100), Approaches Expectations (85), Does Not Meet Expectations (70) and Not Handed In (50).
- We realize that it is difficult for students to learn some concepts without direct, in-person access to teachers. We also recognize that students and families have varying levels of support. We are asking parents to do the best they can to help students complete the assigned work.
- eLearning 1.0: March 18 - April 2
- Deadline for eLearning 1.0 Lessons - 11:59 PM on Monday, 4/6
- eLearning 2.0: April 3 - 9 & April 20 - 24 (new content may begin)
- Deadline for eLearning 2.0 Lessons - 11:59 PM on Monday, 4/27
- eLearning 3.0: April 27 - May 8
- Deadline for eLearning 3.0 Lessons - May 11
- eLearning 4.0: May 11- 22
- Deadline for eLearning 4.0 Lessons - May 26
- eLearning 5.0: Review/Reflection (NO New Content)
***Deadline for all eLearning Make-Up Work - June 2 by 11:59 PM
GMA Talent Show Awards
Congratulations to our GMA's Got Talent Award recipients:
Most Broadway Bound - McKayla Kennedy
Most Perfect Pitch Singing a Capella - Ava Watson
Most Amazing Singer/Musician - Haven Ebel
Most Empowering & Precise - Louis Afeli
Most Artistically Creative & Uplifting - Morgan Zimmerman
Most Dedicated Vocalist - Tanyeah Barnes
Most Heartfelt Performance & Beautiful Tone - Tiffany Buress
Most Exquisite Writing/Text Imagery - Gracie Howard
Most Amazing Pop Singer - Isabelle Horne
Best Dancer & Choreographer - Shariah Thomas
Most Daringly Mind-Blowing & Creative - Andrew Manriquez
View GMA Virtual Talent Show.
Reading: Pass It On!
Greenville County Media Specialists want you to find a good book, read it and pass it on!
ACE Awards Nominations
The ACE (Advocates for Character and Education) Awards program recognizes 72 courageous 8th and 12th grade student leaders from Greenville County Schools as “unsung heroes” based on their outstanding character, community service, and academic efforts. Congratulations to these outstanding individuals. They are to be saluted for overcoming odds and performing amazing deeds in their homes, schools, churches and communities. Congratulations to our Greenville Middle ACE winners, Diana Elas and Ashton Stasney! We are so proud of you!
Flipster Digital Magazines!
Our new subscription to digital magazines is available for your reading pleasure. Check with the library for the school User ID and Password and login and read on your Chromebook or any other digital device. Enjoy Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic, Discover, Guinness World Records 2019 and more!
What 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.
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.