Blazer News- April 12

IMPORTANT DATES
April 12-19 – GMC Blazer Week (click to view calendar)
April 26- No School, Teacher Workday
April 26 – GMC Prom
May 13– GMC Awards Night@ Praise
May 16- Senior Project Presentation Night
May 24 – Graduation, 10 am, Taylors First Baptist Church
FRIDAYS
A: 4/19, 5/3
B: 4/12
All Snow Days have been used, April 18, 19, and 22 are regular school days.
Sign up to receive GMC Text Alerts: text @gmcal to 81010
 
2018-2019 Calendars:
GMC students were able to experience the effects of distracted driving on Wednesday through the Peers Foundation ZF North America Inc. Teach Teens to Drive Reality Simulator.
End of Course Testing Dates
May 10th: English 1 Writing and English 2 (Field Test)
May 13: English 2 (Field Test)
May 14: English 1
May 15: Algebra 1
May 21: US History
May 22: Biology
All Students should report to school by 8 am
Board of Directors Election
Candidate Bios are now available – click here to view. Voting links are emailed out to the primary email addresses in Powerschool. If you need to update your email, please contact Mrs. Clark.
Voting is done through SurveyMonkey.  Please make sure you have not opted out of other polls via SurveyMonkey or you will not receive the link.  To check, click here.
*Parents may log one service hour for voting in each election.

Junior Parent Survey
The Junior class was given surveys to take home to parents. Students and parents will receive 1 hour of service credit each for completing/returning surveys. Surveys are to be returned to Blazer Block teacher.
 
2019/20 Calendar Draft
The board approved the draft of the first reading of the 19/20 Calendar  It will go before the board at the April meeting for final approval.  Click here to view draft.
19/20 Lunch Leader Position 
The Parents in Partnership (PIP) committee is accepting letters of interest regarding the GMC Lunch Lead position at GMC.  Click here for details.
Please help us spread the word for anyone looking for part-time position. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 12.
Blazers Abroad 2021 Greece and Italy Trip
“Unveil the culture of the ancient world in Italy and Greece. Experience the

wonders of the Parthenon, Hadrian’s Arch, and the Acropolis in Athens. Visit Delphi and see where the oracle of legend shared her predictions at the Temple of Apollo. Visit Dante’s house in Florence. Then witness yet another remnant of the past, with a guided tour of the Colosseum.”

Mrs. Rouse, Ms. Sawicki, Ms. Earle, and Ms. Sho will be taking a group of travelers to Athens, Rome, and Florence in June 2021 with Explorica Educational Tours. GMC students, alumni, parents, and other family members are welcome to participate in the trip. In addition, travelers have an opportunity to earn a 3-hour Humanities credit while on the trip. Feel free to contact Mrs. Rouse at with any questions.

Egg My Yard Event
GMC’s Student Government will be selling and delivering Easter Eggs this Easter. This is a great opportunity for parents wanting a break from planning holidays. The eggs will be delivered the night before Easter, April 20. The price starts at $20 for 20 eggs and then it’s plus $15 for every 20 eggs after that (ex. $50 for 60 eggs). Order your eggs. If you have any questions or concerns please email STUGO.
Student Volunteer or Job Opportunity
Grace Church (Taylors campus) needs students to help with childcare during their Thursday evening services. To sign up, email or call 864-423-0981.
Volunteer for service hours or earn $10 per hour. (Do NOT log service hours if being paid.)
_______________________________
ATTENTION CURRENT AND NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS
 
Accuplacer Testing for Upperclassmen
Sign up sheets for Accuplacer are on the bulletin board outside of guidance. If you need to retake or take Accuplacer, be sure to sign up for a time.

Maymester or Summer Classes

Give checks payable to Greer Middle College for courses to Mrs. Small by May 10. Junior’s cost is $40/semester hour. Sophomore’s cost is $60/semester hour. Seniors pay Greenville Tech’s regular student price.

Sign the FERPA

All students planning to take college courses next year (excluding our new to college students) and their parents must sign the FERPA contract that Mrs. Bailey emailed ASAP. No college courses for next year will be submitted until those forms are received.

New to College
All new to college students for the 2019-2020 school year need to have a state issued photo ID by April 12. We will be completing college enrollment paperwork during Blazer Block. The ID can be a permit, license, passport, or a DMV state id. If you have any questions contact Miss Looper.

Each family is asked to either volunteer for
36 hours per school year at GMC or donate items the school requests
through the Charter Barter Program – $10 = 1 service hour
 
Opportunities to Serve
 
Lunch Volunteers Needed
We are in desperate need of lunch volunteers for April! Please signup here.

Senior Project Presentation Night

Senior Project Presentation Night will take place on Thursday, May 16,

beginning at 4 pm.  We are in need of community volunteers to judge and provide feedback to our students.
Parents, please send this link out to any community members you know that might be interested in experience. Parents, of non seniors may signup to judge using the link below. You may log 3 service hours for your time.

https://gmcseniorprojectpresentation.eventbrite.com

 
Charter Barter Donations  |  $10 = 1 Service Hour
  • Classroom needs by teacher – view the list
  • Plastic eggs or assorted fun-sized candy for STUGO’s Egg My Yard Event. Sign up for items
  • Lowes gift cards or garden gloves for students to wear for planting and working in the school vegetable Garden in partnership with Clemson University. Give to Mrs. Clark.
  • Mac Computer and Editing Software – Contact Mr. Cook
    Click here for computer specs   |   Click here for editing software
  • Gift Cards for Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6-10 – Give to Mrs. Clark
    $5 increments to places like Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Panera, etc.
  • School needs
    • facial tissue (we are running very low!)
    • disinfectant wipes
    • disinfectant spray (Lysol etc.)
    • hand sanitizer
    • white copy paper
    • coffee (K-cups or ground)
Log parent hours at myfooddaysDemo
 
Upcoming Athletic Events
Date
Event
Time/Location
Friday, April 12th
Soccer vs Landrum *SENIOR NIGHT*
Girls at 5:30, Boys at 7:30 at GTC Northwest
JV Soccer at Landrum
5:30 at Landrum
Saturday, April 13th
Track at Blue Ridge Relays
Blue Ridge High School
Monday, April 14th
Golf at Landrum
Links O Tryon
Tuesday, April 16th
Golf at Eagle Invitational
Meadowbrook Country Club
Baseball at GTC
6:00 at Shoeless Joe Baseball Field
Varsity Boys Soccer vs GHS
6:00 at GTC Northwest
Wednesday, April 17th
Baseball vs GTC *SENIOR NIGHT*
7:00 at David Jackson
Thursday, April 18th
Varsity Soccer at GTC
Girls at 5:30, Boys at 7:30 at Legacy Charter
Friday, April 19th
JV Soccer vs Chapman
5:30 at GTC Northwest


Rain Plans
GMC Athletic Department will monitor the weather and make decisions for game play with the safety of our athletes in mind. If games are cancelled or postponed we will alert Coaches, Athletes, and Parents as soon as possible.*
Senior Night
Senior Night will be held on Friday, April 12th at GTC Northwest for our Soccer and Track and Field teams. We look forward to honoring our Seniors in between the girls and boys games.
Senior Night will be held on Wednesday, April 17th at David Jackson Park for our Baseball, Golf, and Fishing teams. We look forward to honoring our Seniors before the Baseball game begins.
*IF the rain prohibits Senior Night on Friday, April 12th we will have a combined Senior Night on Wednesday, April 17th. Stay tuned.*

Sports Physicals

Physicals will be offered at GMC on Wednesday, May 1, 2:00 – 6:00 pm for $25.  Students interested in participating in sports for the 2019-2020 school year will need an updated physical on file with the Athletic Department. Physicals after April 1, 2019, are sufficient for the 2019-2020 school year. In order to participate in summer conditioning an up to date physical must be on file. Contact Mrs. Bailey with any questions or concerns. Reserve a time for your physical here.


Entry to GMC Sporting Events:
$5 for adults
Free for children 12 and under
$1 for students on Spirit Nights
Passes available for all sporting events. Contact Mrs. Bailey with any questions!
Blazer News is brought to you each week by:
Mr. Fred Crawford – Principal/Executive Director
Mr. James Dillard – Assistant Principal
Mrs. Heather Timanus – Development Director
Mrs. Kelley Bailey – Athletic Director