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District Announcements
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
Duke TIP Scholars Announced
Congratulations to these five 7th graders who were recently named Duke TIP Scholars for their outstanding scores on the SAT/ACT:  Tristan Bolding, Thomas McCoy-Bruce, Jenna Jones, Hamp Roper, and Noelle Williams.
These students join an elite group from the country because of their performance, and we are very proud that they are part of Pickens Middle! 

Students Win at Youth Symposium
The Pickens Garden Club sponsored several PMS students at the 2014 Youth Symposium in Columbia, SC, on March 29th. Ms. Louise Hope sent in the entries for the middle school, and Logan Crowe (6th) won first place for his incredible locomotive engine made from recycled Dr. Pepper cans. Other winners were Claire Lee (8th), Ashlyn Raby (7th), and Josh Mitchell (6th). All three of these students won second place for their grade level in Garden Poetry. Logan was also recognized at the next level of judging by the South Atlantic Region. Congratulations on a job well done!

8th Grade Dance
The Pickens Middle SGA will host a dance for eighth-grade students on Saturday, May 17th from 7-10pm in the PMS Cafe.  All participating students will be required to sign a contract before being allowed to attend. Tickets will be sold for $6 at lunch beginning May 5th.   
PMS Joins Skyline Conference
Pickens Middle will join the Skyline Athletic Conference for all sports in the 2014-15 school year.  Student-athletes will compete against new teams next year in football, volleyball, and basketball.  Members of the Skyline Conference include Dacusville MS, Liberty MS, Palmetto MS, Powdersville MS, Riverside MS, Starr-Iva MS, Walhalla MS, and West-Oak MS.  We are very excited about the prospect of playing against more middle school programs that feed into the same high schools that Pickens High School will compete against next year in Western 3A. This is a great opportunity for our student-athletes to compete against other student-athletes beginning in 7th grade and continuing all the way through their senior year.  
Volleyball Spring Practice
Seventh graders who wish to try out for the volleyball team in the fall should attend spring practice from 5/5-5/22.  Practice will be held from 3:30-5:30pm after school in the gym each day.  See Coach Gowan to sign up.   
Football Workouts Cancelled
There will be no middle school football workouts on 4/22 or 4/24; workouts will resume after spring practice on Monday, June 9th at 6pm.  
Beta Field Trip
Active Beta members who plan to attend the field trip to Gravitopia have until 3:10pm on Friday, April 25th to turn in forms and $$ to Mrs. Riddle.  
Summer LEGO Robotics Camp Information
Students at Pickens Middle are invited to be a part of the STEM LEGO Robotics Camp in June.  Our sixth-graders may attend the Advanced Robotics Camp and seventh- and eighth-graders may go to the VEX Robotics Camp.  More information, including dates and payment guidelines, can be found here
T-Shirts On Sale!
Pickens Middle t-shirts are on sale for $4.99---get them before they're gone!  
T-shirts are available in the following colors and sizes:
  • Red with navy school name and logo
  • Grey with navy school name and logo
  • Sizes: Youth Large (14-16) and Adult Sm., Med., Large, & XLarge
Order forms are available from homeroom teachers; please make checks payable to Pickens Middle School.
JV Cheerleader Tryouts
Sign-ups for Junior Varsity cheerleading will be April 21-25 in Mrs. Hendrix’s room. Selections for the 2014-15 team will be based on teacher recommendations and tryout scores. Tryouts will be held May 5-9 from 3:30-5:30 each day in the Cheer Room at Pickens High School.  Please have a ride pick you up at 5:30. You MUST have a CURRENT physical (dated 4/1/13 or later) on file in the PHS Athletic Office in order to participate.
Dress Code Reminder
Parents, we need your help!  As warm weather approaches, please ensure that your child dresses appropriately each day according to the following guidelines:
  • Skirts, dresses, and shorts should all fall within one inch above the knee
  • Spandex shorts, yoga pants, and leggings must be covered by a top that comes to one inch above the knee
  • Tank tops are to follow the “four-finger” coverage rule; shirts should not be cut out under the arms
  • Sheer shirts and blouses need a dress-code appropriate top underneath them
  • Skin-tight, revealing apparel is not allowed
We want our students dressed for success each day at Pickens Middle.  Thank you for helping us make this happen! 

Beta Club Elections and Field Trip
Beta elections will be held at the May 7th meeting.  Any currently active Beta member interested in running for office needs to see Mrs. Riddle to sign up to be placed on the ballot.  Also, there will be a Beta trip to Gravitopia on May 21st.  Forms and money should be turned into Mrs. Riddle by April 21st (all Beta requirements must be up to date).  
Pickens Middle Continues Its Quest to GO GREEN!
This year Pickens Middle continues to work on its Green Steps program.  A $500 merit grant was awarded to Ms. Louise Hope by DHEC’s Champions of the Environment.  This grant assists in beginning the development of a Conservation Gallery, an inner concreted courtyard area that will be available for classes, teachers, and even parents to visit to learn more about conservation of our environment.  The project is just beginning, and students are involved in the beautification and educational process.  For more information, read the attached grant application.  We certainly welcome volunteers and assistance! 
Science Day Camp Information
This year's Science Camp will be a one-day experience held on Tuesday, June 10th from 9am until 3:30pm at Pickens Middle School.  More information about the camp can be found here; students must sign up by May 23rd in order to participate.  Please contact Mrs. Laura Anderson with any questions. 
Newsletter Published
The current edition of the Sparks' Highlights newsletter is now available online.  You may also request a print copy from the front office, if desired.  See what great things have been happening (and are going to happen!) at Pickens Middle!
Pickens Middle Goes Green!
Keep the Midlands Beautiful, Sonoco Recycling, and DHEC's Office of Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling established Green Steps Schools in 2003 as part of South Carolina’s “Resource Conservation Challenge.” This environmental education initiative encourages individual schools to take annual steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible. Pickens Middle School has taken the environmental challenge this school year and will become certified as a Green Steps School. Check out these documents that describe the two projects (water and recycling) completed by the Community Education class, led by Ms.Hope.

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