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District Announcements
Dr. Danny Merck Named New Superintendent
We're happy to introduce Dr. Danny Merck as the new Superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. Dr. Merck comes to the position with 23 years of experience in education, most of which were spent right here in the district. Dr. Merck has served in roles including teacher, coach, principal and district administrator. For the past two years, he has been the principal of Daniel High School.
He will officially step into his new leadership role on May 1. Until then, he will work with the board of trustees and our current Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to ensure a smooth transition.

Changes To School Calendar!
The 2013-2014 School Calendar was revised for the remainder of the school year on March 24. These calendars reflect changes because of snow days. We are using all three of the snow days that were built into the calendar at the start of the year, and the remaining snow days were forgiven by the board.

Key Changes:
  • School ends on June 6.
  • Exams (except for seniors) will be from June 3-6.
  • Schools will be open on April 21, May 23 and June 6.
  • Several grading period and report card dates have shifted.
Download Revised Parent/Student Calendar - Download Revised Teacher Calendar
Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.


Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

School Announcements
GMS DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS
Click HERE for Daily Announcements.

GMS SPIRIT CHEERLEADING MEETING APRIL 3
Girls interested in GMS Spirit Cheerleading for 2014-2015 are invited to a cheerleading meeting on Thursday, April 3 at 6 pm in the GMS cafeteria. Information will be provided on upcoming tryouts and other important information. Our GMS Spirit tryouts will be April 28-May 2 in the GMS gym. Students must have a current physical on file prior to any participation in cheerleading tryouts.

CURRENT 6TH GRADE IMMUNIZATIONS AVAILABLE APRIL 30
DHEC staff will be at our school on April 30 starting at 9:30 am to administer the Tdap vaccine to current 6th grade students that have parent permission and completed form that was sent home on March 31 to receive the shot. This immunization is required before students can be admitted to the 7th grade. Parents can avoid the rush and have this required item taken care of during this school year. If your child already received this immunization you can provide a copy of their records to our school nurse. Click HERE for more information.
RISING 6TH GRADE FAMILY INFORMATION
The current 5th graders will visit and tour Gettys Middle School on April 1 starting at 8:30 am and ending at 10:30 am. They will receive a 6th grade Registration Card that they should complete and return to their 5th grade homeroom teacher by April 9. Click HERE FOR 6th Grade Registration Card. Our 5th grade parents can tour our new facility on April 29 at 6:00 pm and we will meet in the auditorium. Our 8th grade students will visit each elementary school so students can answer the 5th grade students questions on May 29. We will also conduct the 6th grade Meet the Teacher event on August 13 to receive schedules and important back to school information.
ADVANCED MATH CRITERIA and GIFTED/TALENTED
The SDPC Advanced Math Criteria for 2014-2015 establishes the requirements for our 6th grade Advanced Math, 7th grade Advanced Math, Algebra I CP, and Algebra I Honors classes. Click HERE for the Advanced Math Criteria. If a student was enrolled in an Advanced Math class in 2013-2014 they will automatically be in an Advanced Math class for 2014-2015. Only students that meet the state criteria for Gifted and Talented will be enrolled in our 6th grade GT English, 7th grade GT English, or English I Honors classes.
RUN FOR 51 SATURDAY MAY 3
National Junior Honor Society will host the 2nd annual "Run for 51" on Saturday, May 3rd at Easley High School track field.  This event was created to honor the memory of a former student, Daniel Smith, who lost his life last year to domestic violence.  Registration is $16.51 and includes a t-shirt. Money raised will be given to Mary's House and Safe Harbor, two domestic violence non-profit organizations.  Late registration and check-in will begin at 9:00 A.M and the race will take place from 10:00-10:51!  Participants can run or walk! Please consider joining us as we remember Daniel and "Run for 51"! Click here for a registration form!  Forms and money can be turned in to the main office or to one of the NJHS advisers: Mrs. Cindy Whittemore or Mrs. Tara Hamlett.  Checks should be made to GMS!
CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM.

 

NEW 7TH GRADE IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED
Current 6th grade students are encouraged to obtain the DTAP vaccination now and beat the rush for this new vaccination that will be required prior to entry into 7th grade. The 2014-2015 school year will include an immunization requirement for all 7th graders.  All 7th graders will be required to have a Tdap vaccine on or after their 7th birthday to protect themselves from whooping cough. Students who have not had a Tdap vaccine may not attend school as of August 2014; therefore, we recommend that you make an appointment soon and avoid the rush. You should have the approved DHEC form completed.
GETTYS MIDDLE THE BEST CHOICE IN EASLEY
Today's education marketplace offers parents a number of choices in education in Easley including Gettys Middle, private schools, home schools, and charter schools. Gettys Middle School has offered a tradition of excellence in our community since 1962 and has been recognized as an award-winning middle school at the state and national level with outstanding instruction, fine arts programs, STEM academy, sports, extended school day opportunities with Gettys University until 6:00 pm, and one of the best middle school facilities in the state. Our educational results show that Gettys Middle School continues to be the best for our students in Easley:

School
SC Report Card Rating 2013
Federal Numerical Report Card
Gettys Middle School
3.24
85.2 or a "B"
Connections Academy Middle
2.97
77.9 or a "C"
SC Virtual School Middle
2.76
66.8 or a "D"
Legacy Charter School of Greenville-proposed bid for old GMS property
2.39
42.4 or a "F"

Thanks to all of our outstanding students, staff, and community that continue the tradition of academic excellence known as "Gettys Greatness!"


GETTYS MIDDLE SCHOOL ON FACEBOOK
Our school's official school sponsored Facebook page is available and we encourage all families to "like" us or "share" our page with family and friends. School news, photos, events, and updates will be posted to this page for all families that use Facebook. The new page is located at: https://www.facebook.com/gettysmiddleschool

MAKEUP SCHOOL DAYS
As of Feb. 16 we have missed six school days due to winter weather. The following days will be used as snow make up days and we will have school on Monday, April 21; Friday, May 23 and June 6, 2014. These three dates were already published on the SDPC calendar for this purpose. The additional three days of school closure may be waived by state legislation if approved.

DAILY AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM: GETTYS UNIVERSITY
GMS has received a grant to offer our students and families a daily after school program from 3:15-6:15 pm Monday through Friday. Click HERE for a brochure of the program and sign-up sheet. Free and reduced lunch students will be enrolled by scholarship with bus transportation available. Full pay lunch students may also participate for $40 a week. The program will include a homework center as well as fun and engaging activities with several community agencies such as the YMCA, United Way, and others. The program coordinator is Ms. Alecia McJunkin and she can be reached at 397-4015 once the phone is installed or call our main office at 397-3900.

VETERANS HONORED AT GMS
Gettys Middle School hosted more than 400 veterans and their families today in a ceremony filled with music and memories. There were selections by strings, chorus, and band students, and the library once again sponsored America's White Table. Guests enjoyed refreshments afterwards. View the slideshow HERE.


MS. RAINEY AND MR. SCRIVNER EARN NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION
Congratulations to Ms. Rainey, Self-Contained teacher, and Mr. Scrivner, 8th grade Science, who earned National Board Teacher Certification. The National Board Certification is the highest certification a teacher can earn through an extensive and rigorous evaluation system.  Like board-certified doctors and accountants, teachers who achieve National Board Certification have met rigorous standards through intensive study, expert evaluation, self-assessment and peer review. We congratulate Ms. Rainey and Mr. Scrivner on this achievement and their dedication to lifelong learning.  They join other outstanding National Board Certified teachers at GMS that include Mrs. Whittemore, Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Giacci, Mrs. Ault, Mrs. Warren and Mrs. Evatt.

PEP RALLY
Breakers rocked the house on Thursday, October 17, as Gettys celebrated its first pep rally at the new school location. Students demonstrated Gettys Greatness throughout and really showed their green and white spirit in the grade-level cheer competition, which was won by Grade 8! Spirit Week was a great success thanks to everyone's participation. Click HERE for pictures of the Pep Rally.


BUS PROCEDURES AND HELP
The phone number for any bus questions or assistance is 855-1088.  Our bus drivers will be sure to get all students home safely.  If you want to know the status of any bus that may be in route call the Easley Bus Office 855-1088.

CAR- RIDER PROCEDURES
All car-rider students and their parents are expected to review the following map regarding our car-rider procedures. Student safety is our highest priority and all car-rider families are expected to enter the GMS Traffic Loop in the morning and afternoon. It is important that our students see all of us following procedures and demonstrating cooperation. We expect delays the first two weeks as all learn the new route. Arrive early-between 7:30 am - 7:45 am. No unloading on nearby streets. The red dots on map shows no access or no unloading areas. The green shows the school procedures. As cars approach the gym area, students should be ready to unload. You may also view the TRAFFIC LOOP MAP by clicking on this link. In the afternoon, our entire loop is full by 2:45 pm. Therefore, we recommend arriving between 3:45-4:00 pm. Your child should wait in the same area every day and remind them they should look for your car. Click TRAFFIC PROCEDURES for detailed instructions. Walking students are encouraged to take the sidewalk and crosswalk area at the rear of the school near the bus loop and cafeteria area. Walking students should NOT cross the four lanes of S. Pendleton Street as this is a safety hazard and students shoud only cross that street at appropriate traffic lights.
GMS EXCELS ON 2013 SCHOOL REPORT CARD
Gettys Middle School achieved a "Good" absolute rating on the SC Department of Education 2013 Report Card!  Our school performed higher than 70% of all middle schools in the state of South Carolina.  We are extremely grateful for the hard work of all of our students that achieved these results. I am also thankful for our outstanding staff members and teachers that are "Making Gettys Great" every day!  Click HERE to review our outstanding results.

STOP BULLYING NOW
Gettys Middle School has implemented the STOP BULLYING NOW PROGRAM. This program will help our staff/students/parents better understand the nature of bullying and its effects, how to respond to bullying, and how to work with others at school to help prevent bullying. For more information about the program click HERE. We also recommend parents to review these research-based TIP SHEETS of recommendations. Students should follow the following GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS if they encounter this issue. Always know that communication with the student, family, guidance counselors, and administration is one of the most effective strategies.

2013 REPORT TO PARENTS
Click HERE to view Gettys Middle's 2013 Report to Parents.

GMS PHONE DIRECTORY: CALL DIRECT
Our school has a phone system with all staff having individual phone numbers. We encourage you to use the new phone numbers that will take you directly to your contact. Teachers can be called at anytime as it will just go to voicemail during their class time. PHONE DIRECTORY Our main office number is 397-3900. The nurse office is 397-3907. The cafeteria is 397-3908. The office staff number for students with last names A-J should call 397-3915 and K-Z is 397-3916. 
2013-14 TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Gettys Middle School is very proud to announce the Teacher of the Year for 2013-14, chorus teacher Mrs. Amy Byrd. Also, Mrs. Byrd has been named a SDPC district finalist for District Teacher of the Year that will be announced soon. Congratulations, Mrs. Byrd!
2013-14 SUPPORT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
The 2013-14 Gettys Middle School Support Employee of the Year is media clerk Judy Roe. She has been an outstanding asset to our school library! Way to go, Mrs. Roe!
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in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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