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Announcement Archive

 
District Announcements
Vaccination Requirement for Rising 7th Graders
March 31, 2014
Current 6th grade students will need to receive a Tdap vaccine before the 2014-15 school year in order to meet the SC Immunization regulations.

To assist parents of rising 7th graders with this vaccine requirement ahead of the 2014-15 school year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is working with school districts to provide the Tdap vaccine to current 6th grade students.

This week, 6th graders will be receiving a packet with information and a permission form from school. If you would like for your student to receive the Tdap vaccine at the school based vaccine clinic, you will need to return the completed permission form to the school by Tuesday, April 8.

If you have any questions, you may contact your school nurse or Angela Watson, RN, coordinator of nursing for the School District of Pickens County at (864) 397-1048.

Town Hall Meeting and Auditorium Opening On February 25
December 9, 2013
Come out to see the newly renovated Gettys Middle School Auditorium and attend a town hall meeting with our superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew on February 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The auditorium, which was built in 1939 has been renovated to serve students. Dr. Pew is looking forward to talking with parents and community members about the state of the district. 

You can even email us your questions beforehand! Send them to
ask@pickens.k12.sc.us.

Important note: this meeting was originally scheduled for January 9. It was moved to February 25.



Substance Abuse Prevention
February 24, 2014
The School District of Pickens County has partnered with the Stepping It Up Coalition of Pickens County to take a stand for substance abuse prevention.
 
Please click here to participate in a short survey on alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and prescription drug use in Pickens County.

Your participation is important for us to help create a safe environment for our students. You must live in Pickens County and be the parent of a Pickens County student to participate. Please take this survey only once. All responses are confidential.


Schools Closed on Friday because of Winter Weather Storm
February 13, 2014
New...The School District of Pickens County will be closed on Friday, February 14th because of winter weather.  We hope our families stay warm and safe.

Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
January 31, 2014
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.

Pickens County Schools Delayed Until 10 a.m. on Tuesday
January 6, 2014
Because of extreme cold weather, schools in the School District of Pickens County will operate on a two-hour delay tomorrow, January 7. Classes will begin at 10:00 a.m.

Also, morning 4K classes are cancelled; afternoon 4K classes will continue as normal.

Please use caution and bundle up as you head outside!

Kindergarten Registration Has Begun!
January 3, 2014
Parents are encouraged to register kindergarten students during the scheduled dates of January 6 through January 31, 2014. However, students may be registered at the elementary school in their attendance zone during normal school hours anytime before the first day of school begins.
Children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2014 can register for four-year-old kindergarten, and children who are five years old on or before September 1, 2014 can register for five-year-old kindergarten.

More information

First Semester Exam Schedule
December 13, 2013
First semester exams are coming up!

Students, don't forget to study hard and get plenty of sleep. Exams begin on Tuesday, December 17, and end on Friday December 20.

Also, school will dismiss early on December 20. Elementary schools will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 11:50 a.m.

There will be no afternoon 4K classes on December 20. Morning 4K students who ride the bus will have to ride with 5K-12 students. Parents who don't wish for their 4K students to ride with older children should make arrangements to pick their children up at the 11:00 a.m. dismissal time.

Exam Schedule

Flu Season Is Here Again
January 13, 2014
Students have begun to come to school with flu symptoms over the past week, and we need the help of all our employees and parents to help stop the spread of disease!

We want to encourage our employees to be mindful of germs and wash their hands frequently and thoroughly. 

Parents, if you see any symptoms of illness, we strongly urge you to keep your child home. Please do not risk the well-being of your own child or others in order to pursue a perfect attendance certificate. Your child's health is much more important to us than his or her attendance record!


For more information on how to prevent and identify the flu, please click here.


School To Dismiss Early On November 14
November 6, 2013
Schools in Pickens County will dismiss early on November 14 because of anticipated traffic issues from the Clemson football game that night.

Elementary schools will dismiss at 1 p.m.; middle and high schools will dismiss at 2 p.m. Also, afternoon 4K classes will be cancelled. Morning 4K will continue as usual.

We anticipate that traffic in the Clemson area and around U.S. 123 in Easley would make it impossible for buses to take students home in a reasonable amount of time unless school is dismissed early. We also have concerns about the safety of student drivers in the heavy traffic.

Schools may continue after school activities such as athletic practices at the principal's discretion.

Community Invited To "Ask Anything" at Town Hall Meetings
February 20, 2014
We are inviting the community to aTown Hall Meeting with our Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to get feedback on how we can make our schools the best they can be. The meeting will be on February 25th at the opening of the renovated Gettys Middle School auditorium. The theme is “Ask Anything.”

Questions for Dr. Pew can be sent in advance to
ask@pickens.k12.sc.usQuestions will also be accepted during the meeting. Dr. Pew will be presenting information about the state of the district, and she will try to include answers to any questions we get in advance. See you there!

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Tell Us How We're Doing!
September 4, 2013
In an effort to make our schools the best they can be, the School District of Pickens County is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey about the school your child attends. The survey takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If you have more than one child enrolled in our district, you may re-use the same link to access other schools.

In order to complete the survey, just click here!

The survey will only be available until Friday, September 27.

Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  We appreciate your honest opinions, and they will guide our efforts to improve the learning experience for all children in our district.
Registration Dates Announced For 2013 School Year
May 6, 2013
Attention Parents!

The registration and Meet the Teacher dates for the 2013-2014 school year are set. 

Meet the Teacher day and registration for all elementary schools will be Thursday, August 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Registration times for middle and high schools vary by school and by grade. For a complete list of times and dates for middle and high schools, take a look at the Meet the Teacher Schedule.

2013 Registration Q & A

Vaccine Requirement for Rising 7th Graders
August 1, 2013
All South Carolina 7th graders now are REQUIRED to show proof of a Tdap shot to attend school. These mass vaccination clinics are a great opportunity for parents of rising 7th graders to get a free Tdap shot and meet entry requirements for the 2013-2014 school year.

The Tdap shot protects kids and adults from three dangerous diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough.

Students must have proof of having received the shot before school starts on August 20.


For a list of clinics offering the vaccine,
click here.

2013 Handbook Available
August 5, 2013
Back to School 2013: A Handbook for Students and Parents is ready to view and download. The student and parent handbook contains vital information for the coming school year. 

We want to encourage parents and students to help us "go green" by downloading the electronic version of the handbook as much as possible.

See you at school!



Checking Your Child's Grades
May 8, 2013
As the end of the school year approaches, we know many parents are giving added attention to grades. Don't forget that ParentLink is the place for parents to access grades, attendance and assignment information.

Instructions on how to use ParentLink can be found by
clicking here.

If you have lost or forgotten your ParentLink login information, please come to the school office, and we'll be glad to help you out!

Summer LEGO Robotics Camps Announced
May 17, 2013
Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) LEGO Robotics Camp is ready to gear up for the third summer in a row.  The camps are open to students from 1st through 8th grade, and they will be hosted at Clemson Elementary, Pickens High School, and East End Elementary (moved from Brice Middle School). There will be three classes at each camp based on grade level and experience:

WeDo Camp - designed for grades 1 and 2.

Basic NXT Building Camp - designed for grades 3-5.

Sumo Robot Camp - designed for grades 5-8.

To download a sign-up sheet with more information, click here!


Vaccination Required for Rising 7th Graders
March 19, 2013
Beginning with the 2013-2014 school year, all students entering seventh grade must have received a Tdap vaccine in order to attend school. The Tdap vaccine protects students from tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis). 

This vaccine is routinely recommended to be given at 11-12 years of age; however, if a Tdap vaccine was needed at an earlier age, a dose received on or after your child's seventh birthday will meet this requirement.  You must give your child’s school a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization to prove your child has had the shot.
 
Please avoid the last-minute rush.  Make an appointment with your rising seventh grader’s healthcare provider today to get the newly required Tdap vaccine, along with other vaccines that are recommended for your child’s protection.

View poster - More Information

Pickens County Has Talent Finalists Announced!
February 21, 2013
We are happy to announce the finalists for Pickens County Has Talent, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.

The contestants were chosen by audience votes at the four preliminary shows at Daniel High School, Pickens High School, Liberty High School and Easley High School, and they have beat out dozens of competitors for a chance at first place.
The Grand Finale will be at 6 p.m. on Saturday night in the Easley High School Auditorium. $500 will be awarded to the first-place winner, $300 to the second-place winner, and $200 to the third-place winner of Saturday’s contest.

Please come out to support our talented competitors and our schools!

News Release

Sneak Peek: New Pickens Middle School
February 21, 2013
Renovations are nearly complete to convert the former Pickens High School building into a new Pickens Middle School for the 2013-2014 school year. 

This month, construction crews have put some of the finishing touches to make the building finally look like the school that students will step into in August. The entryways, cafeteria, hallways and practice rooms have started to take on the appearance that we hope students will remember fondly for years to come. Click on the link below for a look inside the new Pickens Middle!

View Slideshow
All Schools Dismiss at 10 a.m. Today
January 25, 2013
Because of a high probability of ice on the roads in the afternoon, Pickens County public schools will be dismissed at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25. We have had early reports of freezing rain in the northern part of the county, and we are avoiding the risk of families driving home from school in dangerous conditions. All after school activities are cancelled as well. Activities will resume as normal on Saturday.

Again, all Pickens County public schools are dismissed at 10 a.m., Friday, January 25.


Pickens County Has Talent Is Back!
January 4, 2013
SDPC is holding its second annual Pickens County Has Talent Competition, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. The event is open to everyone in Pickens County!

Winners from the shows in the Daniel, Easley, Liberty and Pickens areas will compete for first prize on February 23. Every kind of talent is welcome as long as submissions remain “G-Rated.”

Proceeds from ticket sales and sponsorships will directly support Pickens County Schools. There will be a total of five shows: one in each region plus the Grand Finale.

Audition Times and Schedule

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2011-2012 Report To The Community
November 19, 2012
The 2011-2012 Report to the Community is ready to view!

As mandated by the Educational Improvement Act of 1984, each school district in South Carolina must publish by April 30th an annual report detailing financial and academic information for the preceding academic year. The report contains information about our district, including school and staff information, test scores, financial reporting, and enrollment.

Our report also includes Points of Pride and a summary of progress made on the Building Program over the past school year.

2011-2012 Report to the Community

Yearly Flu Vaccines
October 29, 2012
The school district is partnering with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to offer flu vaccines to our students.

Vaccine clinics will be held at Daniel High School on November 7, at Pickens High School on November 8, at Liberty High School on November 13 and at Gettys Middle School on November 14.

Parents are reminded to be sure to bring their child's Medicaid or health insurance card to the clinic.

Flu Clinic Flyer


We're Moving!
June 10, 2013
The offices at Pickens Middle School will be closed on Thursday, June 13, 2013, so that they can be moved to the new campus. Our offices will reopen at the new PMS campus on Monday, June 17, 2013, at 7:00 a.m. 
Attention Parents!
September 18, 2012
ParentLink, which is our new system for viewing student grades, assignments and attendance information online, is up and running.
 
A letter containing login information for each parent was attached to each student's interim progress report on Thursday, September 20. Once you have your login information, you can view your students' information on the ParentLink website.

Please click below to learn how to use our new system for checking grades, assignments and attendance.
 

Superintendent's Message Regarding Recent Employee Arrests
October 1, 2012
Dear SDPC Parents,
Please
click here to view a letter from Superintendent Dr. Kelly Pew regarding the recent arrest of district employees.

Student, Teacher Websites Still Under Construction
September 4, 2012
The school district is still in the process of upgrading to a new online information system for parents for the 2012-2013 school year. Until the upgrade is completed, grades, assignments and attendance information will not be available to parents. We expect this process to be complete within the next few days, and we will notify parents when they can begin logging in to check grades, assignments and attendance information.
 
We are also in the process of updating student information for teacher websites for the 2012-2013 school year.  We expect the websites to be ready within the next couple of weeks, and we will notify parents when they are complete. Until then, we appreciate your patience during this process. 

Teacher Websites Unavailable Until After Labor Day
August 16, 2012
The school district is in the process of updating student information for teacher websites for the 2012-2013 school year. Because this upgrade will be completed shortly following Labor Day, grades, assignments and attendance will not be available to parents online prior to September 3rd. Until then, information and instructions will be posted on district and school websites to help parents during the transition.
Letter to parents
Parents Asked for Technology Input
March 12, 2012
The School District of Pickens County is exploring an option that would allow students to bring their own technology devices to school next year.  Students would be able to connect their devices and use them on our network.  Before we make changes to our existing practices, we want to know what our parents think about the “Bring Your Own Technology” idea, so we’re asking all parents to take a brief survey.  The information we receive will help us move forward.  Thanks for your input, parents!  BYOT Survey
January 27, 2012
The Pickens Area preliminary event for Pickens County Has Talent will be held at Pickens High School this Saturday, January 28, starting at 6:00 p.m. Finalists for the event are Vataydra Ferguson, Lucy Porter, Caitlyn Howard, Samantha McClain, Laura Nelson, Hunter Holliday, Carley Scruggs, Jessie Lee Gilstrap, Chelsea Whitlock, Kaitlyn Holder, Kenneth Barton, Ruby Faith Dennis, Breann Griffin, Grace Chen, Chandra Murphy and Gracie Dellinger. More information
First Round of Finalists Chosen for PCHT
January 27, 2012
Congratulations to the first round of competitors for Pickens County Has Talent! Vataydra Ferguson, Lucy Porter, Caitlyn Howard, Samantha McClain, Laura Nelson, Hunter Holliday, Carley Scruggs, Jessie Lee Gilstrap, Chelsea Whitlock, Kaitlyn Holder, Kenneth Barton, Ruby Faith Dennis, Breann Griffin, Grace Chen, Chandra Murphy and Gracie Dellinger have been chosen from the Pickens area and will compete on Saturday, January 28, at the Pickens area preliminary event held at Pickens High School starting at 6:00 p.m. The audience will select the top four acts to represent the area in the competition on the final night, Saturday, February 25, at Pickens High. More information




Career & Technology Center Will Hold Open House for Prospective Students
January 18, 2012
Pickens County students and parents are invited to the Prospective Student Open House at the Pickens County Career & Technology Center (CTC), 990 Chastain Road, Liberty, on Thursday, January 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served by students in the CTC Culinary Arts Program.
 
Students and parents can visit twenty classrooms and labs to explore the wide variety of educational experiences CTC offers for students in grades 9 through 12.  Instructors and current students will be available to answer questions and demonstrate classroom activities. Programs offered by CTC


All-County Bands Clinic, Concert Scheduled
December 26, 2011
The Pickens All-County Bands will perform at a free concert on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in the new Pickens High School auditorium. The concert concludes a two-day clinic for the Pickens All-County Junior Band and the Pickens All-County Senior Band.  Clinicians Jocquin Fuller, from Dutchcreek Middle School in Rock Hill and Dr. Lorrie Crochet, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Winthrop University, will lead the bands.  

Earlier in December, over 300 students auditioned before the School District of Pickens County band directors for seats in the all-county band. With representation from all five middle schools, 78 students were seated in the
Pickens All-County Junior Band.  The Pickens All-County Senior Band includes 63 students from all four high schools “We are proud of these students and congratulate them on their accomplishment,” says Patrick A. Mainieri, director of bands at Gettys Middle School.  “We also want to express our appreciation to Pickens High School Principal Marion Lawson for hosting the event at Pickens High School this year.”  The concert on Friday is free and open to the public.

Holiday Break Begins December 19
December 8, 2011
Following a regular day of classes on Friday, December 16, School District of Pickens County students will begin a two-week holiday break.  December 19 is a Professional Learning Day for staff; students do not attend. Schools reopen on Monday, January 2, 2012.  First semester exams begin on Tuesday, January 24, continuing through January 27.  2011-2012 School Calendar


Get Ready for Winter Weather!
December 28, 2011
With the arrival of cold weather, we want to remind everyone of our inclement weather procedures.  Decisions to close schools or delay opening because of weather are always based on student safety.  Our goal is to communicate the decision by 6:00 a.m. through a ParentLink message and a website announcement. We also notify local television stations.  

In case of weather emergencies, we can also send text messages—if parents request the service.  Parents who request texts are responsible for all associated charges.  To receive a text, parents must complete the Text Messaging Permission form and return it to their child’s school.

Remember that ParentLink uses contact information from our PowerSchool student database.  To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify your school immediately when your contact information changes.

Pickens County Has Talent: Looking for Volunteers
December 5, 2011
Pickens County Has Talent is a county-wide talent show that will showcase the best of the best within Pickens County.  All proceeds from the family-oriented, fun event are specifically earmarked for education in Pickens County – all funds raised will be used for instructional supplies that directly benefit students.

We’re looking for volunteers to help with auditions and the final show.  Meetings to learn more about volunteering will be held at Liberty High (Room 208) on December 5, Daniel High (Room 112) on December 6, Easley High (cafeteria) on December 8, and Pickens High (cafeteria) on December 12.  All meetings are scheduled at 7:00 p.m.

Watch our websites and the local media for more information about Pickens County Has Talent.  The district-wide show is scheduled on February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Pickens High School Auditorium. More Information ... News Release from Pickens County Has Talent

FIRST LEGO League Contest
November 4, 2011
SDPC will be offering a first-ever "friendly" FIRST LEGO League “Coopertition” event on Monday, November 21 at Gettys Middle School from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  The competition will allow our teams to get together to participate in the LEGO League experience and will be very similar to an FLL regional competition except much smaller in length and scale. The contest will enable teams to experience a competitive event, including the actual table and contests with a referee, teamwork judging, presentation judging, and technical judging. No fees or registration is required, and there will be no winners or losers.  All LEGO League students, advisors and parents are invited. Pizza and soft drinks will be available for purchase.  FlierSDPC FIRST LEGO League Web Page
SchoolFusion Technical Issues Affecting Our Websites
September 8, 2011
Thursday, September 8:  Because of SchoolFusion technical issues, we are currently experiencing problems with creating and activating teacher Web pages, user logins, uploading and downloading files, display and speed.  We are working with SchoolFusion support to solve these problems. 

Please continue to check our website for updated information on these problems  We appreciate your understanding and patience.

April 4 Board Meeting Time Changed
March 29, 2011
The next SDPC Board of Trustees meeting will be a called meeting on Monday, April 4 at Liberty Middle School Auditorium.  The board will convene the meeting at 6:00 p.m. for public input. Check for the most recent agenda under Board of Trustees/Meetings on the SDPC website.


LunchBox Access Restored
March 17, 2011
The  upgrade of the LunchBox system that allows parents to access and manage a student’s lunch account online is complete. Internet access to student accounts through the Student Nutrition Services website has been restored. If you have questions, you may contact Student Nutrition Services at 397-1167.




SDPC Students to Return to School Tuesday, January 18
January 17, 2011
When students return to school on Tuesday, January 18 after the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, exams will continue based on this inclement weather exam schedule.




Best of the Web Awards
April 1, 2010
You can nominate a teacher with an outstanding Web site for a Best of the Web Award! Nominations will be accepted from April 1-9 . To nominate a teacher, look for the Best of the Web link at the top of each teacher’s page. Awards will be made by SchoolFusion, the company that hosts SDPC and school Web sites.  The company wants to recognize the year’s most innovative and exciting classroom pages, so nominate a teacher today!


School Announcements
Duke TIP Scholars Announced
April 23, 2014
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
April 23, 2014
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
April 24, 2014
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
April 24, 2014
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
April 22, 2014
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
April 22, 2014
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.  
Football Interest Meeting
April 11, 2014
An informational meeting for all 6th and 7th graders interested in playing football next year will be held on April 22nd towards the end of the day in the PMS Cafeteria.  Interested students will be called to the meeting over the intercom system.  

Beta Field Trip
April 22, 2014
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.  
Reading All-Stars Announced!
April 11, 2014
Congratulations to those students who were recently named READING ALL-STARS for reading five books within a five-week period.  They each earned a ticket to the Greenville Drive game on Tuesday, April 22nd, where they will be further recognized for their achievement.  

Special congratulations goes to Nikki King for being named the honorary bat girl for the game that night---she will be featured throughout the evening on the DriveVision screen and will be able to work directly with the team.  

Way to go, All-Stars!
  • Cody Barwick
  • Gabriel Dillingham
  • Chris Garcia
  • Sarah Greer
  • Justin Kay
  • Nikki King
  • Noelle Williams





Glider Competition Champs!
April 10, 2014
Pickens Middle School participated in the regional glider challenge at Liberty High School on April 10th.  The students designed and tested gliders constructed of Styrofoam sheets and balsa wood for the competition.  There were contests for distance flown, time aloft, and accuracy in landing near a target.  A composite score determined the winner. 

Our school fielded boys’ and girls’ teams.  The boys’ team won the overall competition with the HIGHEST total score. Our girls’ team did a great job and earned a respectable score as well.  Boys’ team members included Erik Roach, Jonathan Jones, Brandon Moore, and Wesley Patterson.  Girls’ team members were Brianna Gilstrap, Stephanie Chappell, Caitlyn Murphy, Cheyenne Durham, and Montana Long.  

Congratulations to these students and their sponsor, Dr. Alan Weekes, for a job well done! 

Summer LEGO Robotics Camp Information
April 11, 2014
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!
April 10, 2014
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
April 7, 2014
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
April 3, 2014
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
April 2, 2014
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).  
Tdap Clinic Scheduled
April 2, 2014
There will be a Tdap immunization clinic for sixth grade students in the media center on April 29th at 11:00am. Permission forms to receive the vaccine are due no later than Tuesday, April 8th.  Immunization is required before the student will be allowed to attend 7th grade.   Please contact the school nurse, Dawn Zercher, with any questions.  
Pickens Middle Continues Its Quest to GO GREEN!
March 27, 2014
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! 
PASS Writing Test This Week
March 17, 2014
The PASS writing assessment will be administered on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Please encourage your child to get plenty of rest and to eat a well-balanced breakfast, and please make sure he or she arrives at school on time.  Students will not be allowed to leave early during testing, so please plan accordingly with appointments.  We trust that ALL students will do their personal best on this year's test!        
Parent (PTO) Interest Survey
March 12, 2014
If you would like to become more involved in our school functions, please complete the attached interest survey and return it to your child's homeroom teacher.  We'd love to have more parents and guardians active in our school---thanks for supporting Pickens Middle!  
Volunteer Training in Media Center
March 5, 2014
There will be a volunteer training session in the media center on Friday, April 4th at 12:30pm.  Please contact Fran Sinkler in the Guidance office with any questions.  
Spring Pictures
March 5, 2014
Spring pictures will be taken on March 12th during 4th period.  These will be available on a pre-paid basis only.  A form for ordering these pictures will be sent home prior to March 12th---please return this form and the picture $ with your student so that he or she may have his or her picture taken on that day. 
Job Shadowing Day
March 5, 2014
  • Job Shadowing Day 2014 is Thursday, March 20th
  • The “Student, Parent, & Business Mentor Agreement” form (page 5 of the packet) is due March 13th to the Guidance office
  • The “Interview Questionnaire” form is due March 26th to the Guidance office-no late forms will be accepted
  • Job Shadowing 2014 packet is available at www.pickens.k12.sc.us (click on “Students” tab on the left hand side)


Rising 9th Grade Registration TONIGHT
March 3, 2014
All rising 9th graders should go to PHS tonight (3:30-7:30pm) to register for next year.  Please take the form that you were given two weeks ago so that you may choose your own classes. 
Youth Arts Month 2014
February 27, 2014
Our school would like to recognize these students whose artwork was chosen for the 2014 Youth Arts display at the Pickens County Museum.  Their work will be on exhibit during the entire month of March; we especially want to recognize Tyler Jackson (8th) for winning first place in the county for his graphite drawing "The Crow" (pictured at left).  Director's Choice certificates were awarded to Maggie Jordan, Maddie Gambrell, and Caitlyn Murphy for their artwork as well.  We are very proud of all of these students and their teacher, Avis Fisher; congratulations on a job well done! 
Flapjack Fundraiser
February 26, 2014
The Flapjack Fundraiser has been CANCELLED because of a scheduling conflict. 
Box Tops Collection Drive Scheduled
February 7, 2014
Students are encouraged to bring in Box Tops for Education to their homerooms between now and February 25th. Homerooms that have turned in Box Tops since the last collection will be given credit for those labels. The winning homeroom will receive baked treats at lunch. Students, please contact family members and neighbors about the Box Tops collection. Also, please check the expiration dates-the company will not accept expired Box Tops. Parents, please check when you order online to see if the website offers extra Box Tops. Thank you for supporting our school!

Valentine's Day Flowers
February 6, 2014
In order to limit classroom disruptions on Valentine’s Day, flowers will not be delivered to students during the school day. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this matter. 

PTO Interest Meeting-Change of Date
February 6, 2014
Any parent or guardian who is interested in becoming more involved with Pickens Middle School's PTO is encouraged to attend a meeting in the school library on Tuesday, February 27th at 6:30pm.  

This date has been changed to accomodate the Town Hall Meeting at Getty's Middle School on 2/25.  
Be a Reading All-Star!
February 6, 2014
It’s time again for the Greenville Drive’s Reading All-Stars Program! 
Here are the rules:
  • Any student may participate
  • Pick up the forms from Mrs. Dalton
  • Read 5 books within the five-week window (2/10-3/14)
  • Turn in the signed reading log by Monday, 3/17 and qualify for a FREE ticket to the game on 4/22 at Fluor Field
Info packets are available in the library. Please contact Mrs. Dalton with any questions. 
 

Zaxby's Night Fundraiser
February 4, 2014
The Science Club will hold a fundraiser at Zaxby's in Easley on Monday, March 3rd from 5-8pm.  A portion of all proceeds (eat-in and drive-thru) will benefit the club's field trip in the spring.  Please make plans to attend! 
Student Earns All-County Band Honors
January 29, 2014
Seventh-grader Thomas McCoy-Bruce will attend the All-County band clinic on Friday, January 31st at Pickens High School.  The day-long clinic will conclude with a free concert that night at 7:00pm in the PHS auditorium.  Come out and support Thomas while enjoying some of the best musicians in the district!  
Science Day Camp Information
February 4, 2014
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. 
Students To Participate In YAM Winter Jubilee
January 8, 2014
Several of Pickens Middle's current and former students will participate in this year's YAM (Young Appalachian Musicians) Winter Jubilee on January 18th from 10:30am-7pm at the PHS auditorium.  You can read more about all of YAM's happenings on their newsletter.  We are so proud of these talented students and wish them well as they continue developing and sharing their musicial abilities. 
Like Us on Facebook!
December 17, 2013
Pickens Middle has an official Facebook page, and we'd love to have you LIKE us!  Please find the page at www.facebook.com/pickensms and "like" or "share" it so that your friends and the community may see all of the wonderful things happening here at our school.  

TE21 Testing
December 6, 2013
TE21 testing will begin on December 10th.  It is important for all students to give their best effort on the test, and we expect to see high achievement from every student. 
Testing dates are as follows:
 
  • 12/10-11:  6th/7th/8th Grade Social Studies
  • 12/12-13:  6th/7th/8th Grade Science
  • 12/16-17:  8th Grade ELA
  • 12/18-19:  8th Grade Math


Newsletter Published
November 4, 2013
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!
Beta Club Text Messages
November 20, 2013
Beta parents:  Text @pmsb to 1-864-990-1411 so you can receive Remind 101 texts about upcoming Beta events.  Contact Mrs. Riddle for more information. 
Clemson Vs. Carolina Food Drive
November 18, 2013
Students are asked to bring in canned or boxed non-perishable food items through November 26th to support United Christian Ministries, a local charity which helps feed the hungry in our community.  Students may place their items on either the Clemson or Carolina side of the stage in the gym...the winning team will be announced before Thanksgiving break.  Thanks for supporting this worthy cause! 
Coupon Books for Sale
November 15, 2013
Pickens Middle's PTO has coupon books on sale for $10 each.  These have lots of great deals for local restaurants and would make excellent stocking stuffers for your holiday gifts, so please stop by the main office to pick up as many as you'd like.  They are on sale Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm, and all proceeds benefit our school.  Thanks for your support!  
Food for Fines
November 12, 2013
The library will collect canned and boxed foods during the week of November 18-22 to pay for overdue fines and lost books. Each can/boxed food item is worth $1.00 towards your fines-----for example, if you owe $1.30 in fines, bring TWO cans/boxes of food and you’ll be clear!
Please drop off items in the library beginning MONDAY, 11/18. All food items will be donated to a local food pantry to help feed the hungry in our community.   

Christmas Is a Time of Giving
November 5, 2013
From November 18th until December 13th Pickens Middle School will be collecting NEW toys for children ages 1 month through 17 years old for Country Santa. When you are out Christmas shopping, please remember to pick up an item for donation to the Country Santa organization. Collection boxes will be located in the café starting November 18th, or you can drop off your gift in the Guidance Office.  Thank you for your generosity!

Classes Enjoy the Fall Season
November 5, 2013
In October, Mrs. Bahs’s and Mrs. Wilkins’s classes were busy learning about internet and fire safety. The Pickens Fire Department gave a presentation and brought a fire engine for the children to see.  Students also enjoyed pumpkin carving and baking Rice Krispie treats in the new class kitchen on Halloween. They served up the treats in a long pan with tootsie rolls and frosting to create a graveyard, and each one loved learning to follow a recipe (and eating their own home-cooked goodies!). These students are blooming into wonderful readers and should soon begin to write using the words they have learned. In November, students will study about Thanksgiving and be able to participate in several activities to help them remember the true meaning of this special holiday.

Crenshaw Wins Poster Contest
November 4, 2013
Congratulations to sixth-grader Philip Chase Crenshaw for placing 2nd in the 2014 Solicitor’s Anti-Drug Calendar Art Poster Contest.  Chase was recognized on Thursday, October 31st at the Greenville County Courthouse, where he received a $50 check.  Each middle school student in Greenville and Pickens County will receive a calendar showcasing Chase’s artwork and his photo with the Solicitor.  Also, Chase’s artwork will be on display for the month of November at the Greenville County Courthouse. Good job, Chase!

Veterans' Day Program at PHS
November 4, 2013
Our students will travel to Pickens High School to participate in their Veterans' Day program on Monday, November 11th.  Field trip permission slips have been handed out to all students and are due to homeroom teachers ASAP.  Please contact Mr. Duncan at 397-4110 if you have any questions.   
Afterschool Program Cancelled
January 8, 2014
The afterschool program at Pickens Middle has been CANCELLED effective January 6, 2014, due to a lack of interest.  Please contact Mr. Duncan with any questions. 


Hat Day Fundraiser
October 29, 2013
Pay $1 to one of the cheerleaders as you enter the building on October 31st and you will get a sticker to wear on the front of your hat.  The sticker must be worn at all times during the day to be eligible to wear your hat.  Thanks for supporting the Sparks' cheerleading squad! 

Football Game Cancelled
October 17, 2013
Tonight's football game against Glenview has been cancelled because of rainy weather.   
Halloween Dance
October 16, 2013
The Science Club is sponsoring a Halloween Dance on Friday, October 25th from 3:30-5:00pm in the school gym. Tickets will be sold at lunch on 10/23-10/25 and can be purchased for $3 ($4 at the door). Science Club members are reminded to bring drinks, chips, and/or snacks to Mrs. Anderson or Dr. Hilyer on or before the day of the dance.
Students may wear Halloween costumes that meet dress code ONLY on the day of the dance (no masks, face paint, hats, etc. will be allowed, but dress code-appropriate costumes are okay). We will not allow students to dress up on Thursday, Oct. 31st. Please contact the school with any questions.  

Beta Club Announcements
October 16, 2013
Students who are active members of the PMS Jr. Beta Club are reminded of the following:
  • The club is collecting new or gently used coats for the needy during the month of October--students will receive one service hour for each donated coat 
  • Induction fees and paperwork for new members are due back to Mrs. Riddle by Nov. 1st
  • Induction ceremony for new members will be held on Nov. 25th at the PHS Auditorium at 6:30pm
Contact Melissa Riddle with any questions. 


Box Tops Collection Drive-GAME ON!!
October 10, 2013
We will have a homeroom competition for Box Tops collection beginning Monday, October 14th through Friday, October 25th. The homeroom with the largest number of Box Tops will be treated to a cookie party in the cafe during lunch. Encourage your family and neighbors to save Box Tops for you---the school receives ten cents for each Box Top that is turned in.  Thanks for supporting Pickens Middle School!

Plastic Bag Collection Drive
December 4, 2013
Students are asked to please bring plastic bags (grocery bags, bread and bottled water wrappings, etc.) to help our school win a TREX-brand bench.  The drive continues from now until April 22nd, so please make a conscious effort to send in plastic materials to help our school win!  Thank you for supporting Pickens Middle.  
Homework Center at Pickens Middle
August 30, 2013
Our afterschool homework center is now available to Pickens Middle students. All attending students will pay a $7 per day fee, and parents should fill out a registration form for their child to be able to attend.  Students will need to be picked up by 5:30pm daily, and no district transportation is provided for the program.  Additional information can be found in this brochure or by emailing the program director, Ms. Gabriela Interiano.  

Robotics Team Meeting
September 19, 2013
The Pickens Middle Robotics Team will begin meeting after school on Wednesday, September 25th in Mr. Davis’s room at 3:20. Any students interested in joining the team are encouraged to attend. For details, please contact Mr. Davis at danieldavis@pickens.k12.sc.us
Open House Scheduled
August 27, 2013
Students and parents are welcome to attend our annual Open House night on September 24th from 6-7:30pm.  Teachers and staff will be on hand for classroom visits, and we encourage everyone to come and see all of the great things going on at Pickens Middle!
Zaxby's Night Fundraiser
October 24, 2013
The Science Club is sponsoring a fundraiser at Zaxby's in Easley on Monday, November 11th from 5-8pm. Eat-in and drive-thru orders count towards the money raised, so please make plans to support the club!
Zaxby's Night Fundraiser
September 13, 2013
The Science Club is sponsoring a fundraiser at Zaxby's in Easley on Tuesday, September 17th from 5-8pm.  Eat-in and drive-thru orders count towards the money raised, so please make plans to support the club! 
Volunteer Training at PMS
September 20, 2013
Volunteer training will be held in the PMS Media Center on the following dates:
  • September 26th at 1pm
  • October 10th at 6pm
  • October 24th at 1pm
  • November 7th at 6pm
  • November 21st at 1pm
  • December 12th at 6pm


Science Club Information
September 13, 2013
Students who are interested in joining the Science Club should click here to read information about meetings and activities for this year.  The first meeting is Friday, September 27th from 3:15-4:30 in Mrs. Anderson's room (B120).   


Spirit Week!
September 5, 2013
Spirit Week will be held September 9th-13th, and all students and staff are encouraged to participate.  Each day's themes are as follows:
  • Monday- Neon Monday (wear your brightest neon colors)
  • Tuesday- Throwback Tuesday (dress like your favorite time period from the past)
  • Wednesday-Duck Dynasty/Camo Day (wear your DD gear or camo)
  • Thursday-Sparks Spirit Day (dress in PMS colors: navy, red, or white)
  • Friday-Sports Fan Friday (support your favorite team: middle school, high school, college, or pro)
Remember--dress code still applies, including no hats in the building, no face paint, and no masks (see agenda for more about the school dress code).  Thanks for supporting your PMS Sparks!

PSAT for 8th Grade
September 5, 2013
The PSAT test will be given to 8th graders on Wednesday, Oct. 16th.   A student must register and pay the $14.00 fee for the PSAT by Friday, Sept. 20th if interested in taking the test.  Checks can be made out to Pickens Middle School.  Any questions please call 397-4100.  
8th Grade Ads
August 30, 2013
The early deadline for 8th grade ads is Friday, September 6th.  Ads will continue to be accepted until Friday, September 27th but the price will increase $10 for all ads after September 6th.  Ad packets were distributed to 8th grade students the second week of school and are also available at the front lobby.  The 2014 Torch will be an all-color book, so ads will also be in color this year.  Please email the yearbook advisor, Mrs. Shipman, at MeganShipman@pickens.k12.sc.us if you have any questions.

Send Us Your Box Tops!
September 16, 2013
Pickens Middle School is participating in Box Tops for Education, a national school earnings program that has been around since 1996.  You can help by clipping Box Tops, found on hundreds of products, and sending them to your child’s homeroom teacher.  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents for our school.
If you shop for anything online-clothes, shoes, etc.- check BTFE.com/marketplace to see if the store is one of over 300 stores that have partnered with Box Tops.  Target, Walmart, Staples, Land’s End, Kohl’s, and Toys R Us are examples of some of the online participating stores.  You can automatically earn eBoxTops for our school with qualified purchases.  You can also sign up to help Pickens Middle at BTFE.com.  It is free and you can enter for chances to win extra cash for our school.  Thanks for supporting Pickens Middle!

This Month's Menu
September 1, 2013
Click here to see this month's cafeteria menu. 


Coming Soon...School Pictures!
August 23, 2013
Yearbook pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 4th in the school cafeteria during 3rd-5th period classes.  Please encourage your child to have his or her picture taken.   
Tools for Schools---We Need Your Help!
August 21, 2013
When you sign up for the Tools for Schools program and make purchases using your Ingles Advantage Card, Ingles will give our school a portion of the total sales so that we may purchase needed supplies. Re-linking must be done each year for our school to receive money. Pickens Middle School"s ID number is 11462.
 
To link your Ingles Advantage card:
Thank you for supporting our school! 

Fall Sports Tryout Dates
August 7, 2013
To try out for an athletic team for the 2013-2014 school year, students must have a sports physical dated after April 1, 2013, on file with the school. Sports physical forms can be picked up from the main office.

PHS Girls' Golf
7th and 8th grade girls only. Contact PHS for more information.

PHS Boys' and Girls' Cross Country
7th and 8th grade girls only. Contact PHS for more information.


Supply Lists
July 15, 2013
Here are this year's needed school supplies for each grade level:

Sixth Grade Supply List
Seventh Grade Supply List
Eighth Grade Supply List


Rookie Camp
July 15, 2013
Pickens Middle’s annual Rookie Camp for rising sixth-grade students will be held on Thursday, August 8th from 8:30am until 1:30pm. Parents are welcome to attend from 8:30 until 9:30 and students will remain until 1:30. Lunch will be provided, and T-shirts will be on sale for $5.00.  Information on busing, lunches, and health room procedures will be provided during the parent/student information hour that morning.  Students are to be picked up at 1:30pm.   

We look forward to meeting our new sixth-graders!  Please contact the Guidance office at 397-4104 for more information.  

Summer Hours
June 8, 2013
Pickens Middle School summer hours will be 7am-5pm (Monday-Thursday) beginning June 10th. The current goal is to be working out of the new school at the old Pickens High campus beginning June 17th. Also, please note that the school will be closed on July 4th.  Please contact the school at 397-4100 if you have any questions. 

Summer Science Camp
May 13, 2013
Pickens Middle will host its annual Summer Science Camp the week of June 24th - 28th for rising 6th-8th graders at our NEW school location (the former Pickens High School campus).  Campers will have a chance to learn about many different science disciplines including anatomy, astronomy, chemistry, biology and geology. They will participate in hands-on science activities such as dissecting an animal, using microscopes to view microorganisms, building a rocket, and making fossils.  
The fee is $70, which includes admission to the camp, materials required for the week, a drink for each day (students are encouraged to bring their own snack), and lunch on Friday. There are only 120 spots available on a first come, first served basis. A $35 deposit upon registration will reserve a spot.  Click here
for more information about the camp and to print a registration form.  Contact Laura Anderson at 397-4158 with more questions. 
Library Materials Past Due
May 14, 2013
All library materials are now past due; please send those materials in, pay all fines, and settle all accounts immediately.  
Talent Show
May 1, 2013
The Pickens Middle Beta Club will host its annual talent show on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:30pm in the gym. Students, parents, friends, and community members are welcome to attend.  Tickets cost $3 at the door, and children age 5 and younger are free.  A repeat performance of the show will be held on the last day of school, June 6th, beginning at 9am.  All proceeds from the show will go towards our school's donation to Relay for Life.  Thanks for supporting this worthy cause! 
PASS Testing
May 1, 2013
All Pickens Middle students will be required to take the PASS test May 7-10; this is a mandatory statewide assessment that is given to 3rd-8th graders in South Carolina.  Please do NOT schedule appointments on testing dates; students will not be allowed to leave early if testing is still taking place, per state requirements.  Students need to be here on time each day, well-rested and fed, so that they can be alert and ready to do their very best on the test.  
Library Materials Due May 13th
May 1, 2013
All library books need to be returned NO LATER THAN Monday, May 13th in order to prepare for the move to our new school.  All overdue fines and fees for lost materials need to be paid by this date as well.  Please contact Mrs. Dalton at 397-4117 if you have any questions.  
Clemson Offers Program for Students
April 11, 2013
Pickens Middle students are invited to participate in “E-magine Your Future” in the Death Valley Stadium at Clemson University on Saturday, April 20th from 9am to 3pm. Participants will be challenged by Clemson engineering & science faculty and students with hands-on activities to encourage them to consider STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) careers.  They will also hear from faculty and students about what they can do now to better prepare for their future. Please visit this site for more information or to register to attend. 

Beta Service Hours Due
November 1, 2012
Beta Club members are reminded that the final service hours for the 2012-13 school year are due by May 31st.  Students with 10 total hours (at least one hour per month) who have met all other Beta qualifications will remain active club members next year.  Please contact Mrs. Dalton with any questions. 
Festival Band Earns Superior Rating!
April 8, 2013
Thirty-eight students from the Pickens Middle School Festival Band received a SUPERIOR rating-the highest rating possible- in the State Concert Festival at Byrnes High School on Thursday, March 28th.  They played for five judges who rated them in ten categories based on two performances.  For the first performance, students played three pieces of music they had prepared ahead of time.  The second performance consisted of the students playing a piece of music that neither they nor the director had ever seen.
 
The band has been preparing for Concert Festival for about two months, and the students have put in countless hours of work during in-school and after-school rehearsals with their director, Mr. Mason Mumford.  The work paid off for them as they put on a fantastic performance to earn their Superior rating; we are very proud of them!

Energized Guyz Visit PMS
March 22, 2013
The Energized Guyz from Duke Energy made a stop at Pickens Middle on Friday, March 22nd to share ways that students and their families can help conserve electricity.  Sixth-grade students attended the assembly and had a few laughs while learning about their role in energy conservation.  All students will receive a flyer about the program with information about requesting a FREE energy kit from Duke Energy.  All families are encouraged to sign up for the free kit in Pickens Middle's name-we could win $2000 if our school has the most requests!  Special thanks to Mrs. Riddle for bringing the Energized Guyz to our school!
SGA Meeting on Tuesday
March 11, 2013
Student Government homeroom representatives and officers will meet on Tuesday, March 12th from 3:15-3:45pm in Mrs. Hendrix's room.  Please make arrangements to attend the meeting.   
Coming Soon...PASS Writing Test!
March 11, 2013
The PASS Writing assessment will be given on Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th.  PLEASE be sure that your children come to school well-rested and on time so that they will be able to do their best on the test!  Also, please do not schedule appointments or early dismissals for students on those days; no students will be able to leave before noon on testing days.  We want all of our students to be successful.  Thanks for your support! 
Director's Choice Winners
March 11, 2013
The following students received the Director's Choice Award for their artwork at the Pickens County Museum Youth Arts Month exhibit:
  • Dawson Duncan – “Skeleton Hand Drawing”
  • Cole Stewart – “Portrait of Bryce Coggins”
  • Danielle Yother – “God’s Creation” (quilling)
Also, Stephanie Demaio received 3rd place and $50 for her artwork “Portrait of Cole Stewart”.

Congratulations to these students and to their teacher, Mrs. Avis Fisher; we are so proud of you!  


Spring Pictures
February 26, 2013
Spring pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 13th from 8:00am to 12:00pm.  Pictures will be made during students’ morning Related Arts classes.  
Youth Arts Month Winners
February 25, 2013
Congratulations to the following students for having their artwork chosen for Pickens County Youth Arts 2013!  These students' works will be displayed at the Pickens County Museum from March 2-28. The reception and award ceremonies will take place on Saturday, March 2nd from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m (2:30 middle & high school awards).  We are so proud of these students and their teacher, Mrs. Avis Fisher, for all of their hard work to create pieces that showcase students' talents and abilities.  
 
 
Cooper Adams
Skylar Gilstrap
Catherine Merrell
Cole Stewart
Cassidy Barbrey
Emma Gravely
McKenzie Moffitt
Tanner Stewart
Grayson Broom
Jed Hager
Lilly Morris
Kaitlin Touzeau
Caleb Cassell
Lashanda Heard
Abby Nicholson
Christina Turner
Aaron Clayton
Leighanne Howard
Brooke Nicholson
Tahya Vallery-Ritchie
Olivia Clayton
Sarah Hunt
Jonathan O’Shields
Danielle Yother
Bryce Coggins
Eric Jones
Jacob Patterson
Paige Young
Brandon Conleay
Alexus Kearney
Mary Phillips
 
Connor Cox
Garrett Kloth
Shannon Polk
 
Stephanie Demaio
Ashley Letterman
Arianna Reid
 
Dawson Duncan
Adeline Martin
Eric Roach
 
Bridget Eddleman
Dakota McClain
Aubrey Stancil
 
Rachel Elrod
Harrison McClain
Morgan Stephens
 


Mrs. Mellett Wins the Golden Apple Award!
February 20, 2013
Congratulations to sixth-grade math teacher Penny Mellett; she received the Golden Apple Award for teaching excellence from WYFF after being nominated by one of her students.  Mrs. Mellett's segment will air on Thursday, February 21st in the 5pm news block on channel 4, so tune in to see her and her students in action!  You can also access the station's website to watch the video after the feature airs.  We are so proud of you, Mrs. Mellett! 
SGA Selling CandyGrams
February 11, 2013
Want to send a special message to a friend or a teacher on Valentine's Day?  Here's your chance!  CandyGrams are on sale this week at all lunches for $1.  You may buy one (or more!) for someone special, and they will be delivered on Valentine's Day.  See Mrs. Hendrix or Chloe Dalton for more information.  
Zaxby's Night
February 11, 2013
 The Science Club will host a fundraiser at Zaxby's in Easley tonight from 5-8pm.  The club will earn ten percent of all receipts for the evening, including the drive-thru, so please stop by and support our students!  
SC Junior Scholars Announced
February 8, 2013
Congratulations to our 8th grade Junior Scholars!  These students took the PSAT in the fall and qualified for this special honor by scoring 50 or higher in the Verbal, Math, or Writing section.  They will receive special recognition by our school and district at the end of the year for their achievements. 

2012-13 Junior Scholars:
Jada Barr
Nicholas Bergholm
Eden Cassell
Chloe Dalton
Katelyn Durham
Tiffany Patterson
Cole Seaborn
Elizabeth Ward
 
For more information about the SC Junior Scholars program, click here. We are very proud of these students!

Box Tops Drive
February 7, 2013
We will begin our Hearts for Box Tops campaign on Monday, February 11th. The homeroom competition will end February 22nd.  Students: please ask family members and neighbors to save Box Tops for us.  Our school received over $770 for school supplies from Box Tops for Education in the fall, and every Box Top counts! Thanks for your support of our school!

Valentine's Day Dance
February 7, 2013
The Valentine's Day dance will be held on Thursday, February 14th from 3:30-5:00pm in the gym.  Tickets are $3 and will be sold at lunch 2/11-2/14; students who do not purchase advance tickets will pay $4 at the door.  All proceeds will benefit the Pickens Middle literacy program. 


Job Shadowing
February 1, 2013
Students who are job shadowing on Friday, Feb. 1st will be marked absent until they return the Job Shadowing Questionnaire to their homeroom teachers.  The questionnaires are due by Wednesday, Feb. 6th.  They will not be accepted after that date.  Thank you!

8th Grade Field Trip Information
October 8, 2013
Eighth-grade parents and students:  field trip information for this year can be found here.  Please contact the school at 397-4100 if you have any questions. 
Finding Your Voice Camp Info
February 1, 2013
Finding Your Voice camp is available for 11-12 year-old females from our school; the camp’s goal is to improve girls’ self-confidence while teaching them about setting and achieving goals related to physical activity. The camp will take place March 8th-10th at the Clemson Outdoor Lab and includes all housing and meals from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. More information about the camp can be found by reading the parent letter or by checking out the camp flyer

Geography Bee Winner Announced
January 29, 2013
Congratulations to eighth-grader Jed Hager, our school Geography Bee winner.  Jed has taken a qualifying test that will be sent to Washington, DC; if he qualifies, he will participate in the state level test in Columbia.  We wish Jed much success as he attempts to advance to the next level of the Geography Bee. 

The Book Fair Is HERE!
January 8, 2013
This year's BOOK FAIR will be held this week, January 28th-31st, in the media center.  We've added online shopping to this year's fair. Parents are welcome to come to the fair as well, and we hope that this year's fair will be the best ever!
The fair will be open from 7:50am-3:30pm, and we accept cash, checks (payable to Pickens Middle School), and credit/debit cards [adults only].  Hope to see you there!

Students Named to All-County Band
December 5, 2012
The following students recently auditioned for and were accepted into the Pickens All-County Honor Band:
Clarinet
7th chair—Zane Piper
8th chair—Chloe Brandt
12th chair—Allison Sims
15th chair—Thomas McCoy-Bruce
French Horn
5th chair—Elizabeth Bramel
Trumpet
4th chair—Justin Kelly
Euphonium
1st chair—Soloman Wilkins
These students will next compete at the All-Region Honor Band auditions in January.  Congratulations!

 
Students Earn Seats in All-County Orchestra
November 20, 2012
Congratulations to the following students for earning a place in the All-County Orchestra!  They auditioned on Monday, November 19th at Gettys Middle, competing against orchestra students from across the county, and were awarded their spot based on their performance.
  • Riley Rahn- 8th grade (cello)
  • Chloe Dalton- 8th grade (violin I)
  • Ciera Bodden- 7th grade (violin II)
  • Barbara Fincannon- 7th grade (violin II)
  • Katie Dorr- 7th grade (cello)
  • Cassie Dorr- 7th grade (bass)
  • Sarah Braudrick- 7th grade (violin II)
These students will represent our school in January at the county-wide concert.  We are proud of you!

Student's Talents Featured in Magazine
November 16, 2012
Danielle Yother, a multi-talented eighth-grade student at Pickens Middle, is featured on page 19 in this month's South Carolina Living magazine, sponsored by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.  Danielle has won several accolades for her guitar and mandolin playing and is busy most weekends performing around the region at festivals and other gatherings in the Appalachian/bluegrass music scene.  We are proud of you, Danielle!   
Canned Food Drive
November 20, 2012
The Beta Club is sponsoring a canned food drive for a local food pantry the week of November 26th-30th.  Non-perishable food items (boxes or cans) will be accepted and donated to help those in need in our community.  Students who bring in items may waive up to $1 (per can/box) of library fines during that week as well!  Thank you for helping others during this season of giving.
Shampoo Bowl
November 12, 2012
In support of Miracle Hill Children’s Home, Pickens Middle School is sponsoring a Shampoo Bowl. Bring in a bottle of shampoo or conditioner or a stick of deodorant to the library and place it in the box of your favorite football team - CLEMSON TIGERS, CAROLINA GAMECOCKS, or PICKENS SPARKS. 

The Shampoo Bowl will run through Tuesday, November 20th

Thank you for supporting this local charity! 

SGA Sponsors Country Santa Toy Drive
October 25, 2012
The Pickens Middle SGA is sponsoring a TOY DRIVE for Country Santa, a local charity that collects and distributes toys to needy children each year.  Students are asked to bring in new, unwrapped toys to their homeroom until December 7th.  Some of the needed toys are: baby toys, baseballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, dolls/doll accessories, games, Legos, puzzles, toy trucks, and teen gifts (flat irons, hair dryers, makeup, jewelry, watches, wallets, etc.).  Contact Guidance at 397-4104 with any questions.  Thanks for supporting this worthy organization! 
Poster Competition
November 7, 2012
Beta Club members who plan to participate in the poster competition should meet in the media center with Mrs. Dalton on Wednesday, November 14th from 3:15-4:00pm. 


Beta Service Hours Opportunity
November 7, 2012
Beta members are asked to bring desserts for teachers on Friday, November 16th as part of American Education Week.  Students will earn one service hour for this project, and they will make their teachers happy, too!  Please contact Mrs. Masters with any questions. 
Cookie Dough Sale
November 2, 2012
We will be selling cookie dough November 2nd-15th.  Students have brochures showing all the delicious flavors and details, and the student who sells the most will receive a $100 prize!  The second-place salesperson earns $50, while the third best seller gets $25.  The top-selling homeroom will be rewarded with a cookie party, and students who sell at least five tubs will earn a free tub!  All money and forms should be turned in by November 15th, and the cookie dough may be picked up after 12:00pm on December 6th. 
Career Day for 8th Graders
November 12, 2012
Career Day for all Pickens County eighth-grade students will take place at the SDPC Career and Technology Center on December 5, 2012.  PMS eighth-graders will attend the afternoon session from 12:00pm until 1:10pm.  Buses will leave the school around 11:15am and return around 2:00pm. There is no charge but permission forms must be returned in order to participate. Look for the permission forms the week after Thanksgiving.  For more information please call Guidance at 397-4104.

Announcement for Beta Club Members
November 1, 2012
Beta Club members are reminded to show their report cards to a grade-level sponsor by Friday, November 2nd.  Those who meet the 92 cumulative average (as stated in the guidelines signed by members and parents upon joining) will remain active.  Those who fail to meet the 92 average, have any grade lower than a C, or do not show their report cards to their sponsor will be listed as inactive and will not be able to participate in club activities, including the state convention.  This is a requirement of Beta membership; please remind your students to fulfill their Beta responsibilities.  Thank you for your support!
Pancake Parent Breakfast
December 13, 2012
All Pickens Middle parents are invited to eat pancakes with their students in the cafeteria on Wednesday, January 16th.  Breakfast is $1.15 for students and $1.95 for adults.  Parents are invited to stay after the breakfast for an anti-bullying program entitled Gum in My Hair. We hope to see you there! 
Picture Money Due
May 1, 2013
Picture money is due now.  Please send back pictures or money to pay for them to your child's homeroom teacher if you have not already done so; thank you! 
We're Batty for Box Tops!
October 24, 2012
Students are asked to please bring in BOX TOPS this week to help raise needed supply money for our school.  Each box top is worth $.10, and the homeroom that brings in the most BOX TOPS will receive a cookie party.  Thank you for supporting our school! 
Sparks----Igniting the New Year!
March 1, 2013
Parents of rising sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are invited to meet with the teachers to receive information about the 2013-14 school year.  More information will be announced at a later date...we hope to see you there!
Gravy for Grands Breakfast
January 17, 2013
All Pickens Middle parents and grandparents are invited to enjoy gravy biscuits with their students in the cafeteria on Wednesday, February 13th.  Breakfast is $1.15 for students and $1.95 for adults.  A cyber-bullying program entitled The Wild, Wild Web will be presented after the breakfast for those parents and grandparents who wish to stay.  We hope to see you there! 
New Physical Form for Athletics
April 9, 2013
Any rising 7th or 8th grade student who wishes to participate in middle school athletics or cheerleading for the 2013-14 school year must have a physical form dated after April 1, 2013. Forms may be picked up at the front desk or downloaded from this linkPlease note that this is a new form. Physicals must be turned in before summer practices begin.

Rolling with the Sparks Breakfast
November 15, 2012
All Pickens Middle parents are invited to enjoy our yummy cinnamon rolls on Wednesday, December 12th in the cafeteria.  Breakfast is $1.15 for students and $1.95 for parents.
Parents are also welcome to stay over to hear the Christmas serenade by the band, strings, and chorus groups as they kick off the holiday season.  We hope to see you there! 

Gravy for Grands Breakfast
October 24, 2012
All Pickens Middle parents and grandparents are invited to eat breakfast with their students during our "Gravy Biscuits for Grands" meal on Wednesday, November 14th in the cafeteria.  The cost of breakfast is $1.15 for students and $1.95 for adults.  We hope to see you there! 
Sparks Volleyball Tri-County Conference and Tournament Champions!
October 21, 2012
The Lady Sparks Volleyball team was crowned Regular Season Champions on October 16th following their 3-0 victory over Liberty.  The Lady Sparks went 12-1 for the season, losing only to Edwards during the regular season.

On October 20th, the volleyball team won the end-of-season tournament by defeating Liberty, Edwards, and Gettys on their way to the tournament finals where they had to again defeat Gettys.

Congratulations to our Sparks Volleyball team coached by Mellie Durham Crumpton!


Band Students Recognized
October 22, 2012
The PHS marching band had its highest placement in history this past weekend at the Upper State 3A Championships.  They finished 3rd with a score of 93.4, only .3 points behind 2nd place and two points behind 1st place.  The band will compete this Saturday at the 3A State Championships.  We have 5 students from Pickens Middle who compete in the marching band: Chloe Brandt, Allison Sims, Justin Kelly, Elizabeth Bramel, and Myles Bryan.  Congratulations! 

Halloween Dance
October 1, 2012
The Science Club is sponsoring a Halloween dance on Friday, October 26th from 3:30-5pm in the gym. The cost for tickets is $3 in advance and $4 at the door. Students wishing to wear a dress-code appropriate costume may pay $1 at the door, and there will be a costume contest during the dance. Club members need to bring drinks or snacks or plan to help with the dance that day. See Mrs. Anderson for more information.
Beta Service Hours Opportunity
September 27, 2012
Easley's Habitat for Humanity ReStore is in need of volunteers today through Saturday to help sort through a large amount of donations.  Beta Club members are encouraged to donate their time to this worthy organization, and service hours may be earned for helping sort the items.  Please contact M. K. Yanarella, General Manager, at 859-5999 with any questions about how students can help.  The store's address is 807 Liberty Drive, Easley (near Skate-A-Round USA, just off Hwy. 93). 
Veterans' Day Tribute Photos Needed
September 26, 2012
We want to honor military members in our Veterans’ Day ceremony, and we need your help!  Pictures of veterans and active servicemembers may be brought in between now and October 25th. These need to be in an envelope with the student's name on the outside. 
An information slip about the veteran should be included in the envelope, and these can be picked up from the library bulletin board. Turn in the envelopes to Mrs. Reeves in room 406 by October 25th. Thank you for supporting our military!

Explore Testing for 8th Grade
September 25, 2012
All PMS 8th graders will participate in the EXPLORE test on October 2, 2012 .  The test has four 30-minute sections (ELA, Math, Reading, Science) and a career inventory.  All School District of Pickens County 8th graders will be taking this test between Oct. 1 and Oct. 12.  Please call the Guidance office at 397-4104 if you have any questions.

Beta Club Induction Ceremony
September 25, 2012
The Beta Club induction ceremony for NEW members will be held in the PMS gym on Monday, October 22nd at 6:30pm.  All new Beta members and their guests are invited to attend.  Light refreshments will be served in the cafeteria afterwards.  Please contact Mrs. Riddle with any questions. 
Beta Club Induction Postponed
September 7, 2012
The Beta Club induction ceremony scheduled for September 24th has been POSTPONED because of a scheduling conflict.  The new date will be announced soon.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  Thank you for your support of our school! 
Zaxby's Night Fundraiser
September 24, 2012
Zaxby’s night is this Tuesday from 5:00pm till 8:00pm. You can eat at the restaurant or order through the drive-thru, and all proceeds will benefit our school's Science Club.  See Mrs. Anderson (lauraanderson@pickens.k12.sc.us) with any questions or for more information about the club.   

Pedal Pickens County Fundraiser Scheduled
September 17, 2012
Pickens Middle Beta Club members are participating in the Pedal Pickens County-Minutes for Meals Charity Ride fundraiser on October 13th to collect money for Meals on Wheels.  This year's county-wide goal is $5000.  We want our students to be a part of ensuring that the elderly and disabled in our community have nutritious meals, so students are asking for pledges for each lap that they complete as part of this fundraiser.  More information and pledge forms can be found by clicking here; see Mrs. Riddle with any other questions. 
Box Tops Collection Drive Scheduled
September 13, 2012
Our school will have a BOX TOPS collection drive from September 17th through September 28th called "Raking in the Box Tops."  The homeroom with the most box tops collected will receive a cookie party!  Each box top gives us needed money for our school, so please consider clipping and sending them our way.  Thank you, as always, for your support of Pickens Middle!

Beta Convention Payment Due 9/28
September 10, 2012
Active Jr. Beta Club members who plan to attend the state convention in January need to pay their initial $50 payment by Friday, 9/28.   Students who do not pay by the deadline cannot be guaranteed a spot on the trip, so please send in the necessary paperwork and money on or before the deadline.  See Mrs. Riddle with any questions. 


Science Club Meeting
September 7, 2012
The first Science Club meeting will be Friday, September 28th in the Library from 3:15 – 4:30pm.    There will be a special speaker at the meeting.  Please make plans to attend if you would like to be a part of the club or if you are a returning member.  Hope to see you there! 

School Pictures
August 23, 2012
We are having picture day on Wednesday, September 5th.  Students will have their picture taken during their morning related arts time.  Make-up pictures will be made on Wednesday, October 17th. 

August 31, 2012

Eighth Grade Ads
August 23, 2012
Eighth grade ads are now available for purchase.  Packets were handed out at Meet the Teacher night and during the first days of school.  Ads are currently available in quarter ($45), half ($85), and full page ($165) sizes.  Please see (Room 112), e-mail (MeganShipman@pickens.k12.sc.us), or call (864-397-4122) Mrs. Shipman if you need a packet of information, have questions, or would like to order an ad. Prices will go up on ads after September 30!

Library Announcement
August 21, 2012
Welcome back to school!  We hope that this will be a fantastic year for all of our students, and we are eager to see each of you in the library.  The library is now open for students to conduct research, work on assignments, or to just enjoy reading.  We plan to open for checkout beginning on Monday, August 27th, and all students will receive a new library card within the first few weeks of school.  We look forward to a great year at Pickens Middle!
Congratulations to Our Employees of the Year!
August 9, 2012
Pickens Middle is proud to recognize Ms. Libby Tye as Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Gail Edwards as Support Employee of the Year.  These ladies are invaluable assets to our school, and we appreciate all of the hard work and extra miles that they travel to make sure that our students succeed.  We are proud of you!
Important Registration Information for NEW Students
August 9, 2012
Students who are NEW to Pickens Middle School (who did not attend our school or a feeder school last year, were homeschooled, or attended private/virtual school) should register in the Guidance office before "Meet the Teacher" time on August 16th.  Guidance is open from 8am-3pm daily.  Please call Lynne Romanczuk at 397-4114 if you have any questions about new student registration. 
Football and Volleyball Practice to Begin Aug 6
July 28, 2012
Practice will begin Monday August 6 for Volleyball and Football at Pickens Middle School for interested 7th and 8th graders.

Football practice will begin at 6:00 pm on Aug 6 for interested 7th and 8th grade students.  Volleyball practice will be from 9:30-11:30 for 7th graders and 12:30-2:30 for 8th graders beginning Aug 6.  Students wanting to participate in either of these two sports need to have a current physical on file in order to participate.  Physical forms may be downloaded from Athletics page of this website or picked up at the school.  Students cannot participate until a physical has been turned into the Athletic Director.
Save the Date for "Meet the Teacher" Time
July 17, 2012
This year's Meet the Teacher time for upcoming 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will be on Thursday, August 16th from 3:30pm -6:30pm.  Mark your calendars and make plans to attend! 

Supply Lists for 2012-13 School Year
June 15, 2012
Please look in the appropriate section for your child's required supplies for next school year.
Sixth Grade
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade
Mrs. L. Davis

Honors English I Summer Reading
June 15, 2012
Honors English I students should complete the following assignment over the summer in order to prepare for their coursework in the fall:
Summer Reading Assignment Details 
Lois Lowry's Newbery Award Acceptance Speech (support document)


The Turtles Have Made It To Our Town!
June 12, 2012
"Turtles On the Town" is finally a reality, thanks to the hard work of Dr. Susan Hilyer, Ms. Louise Hope, their students, and countless other community members.  They have worked all year to research and design the turtles that have been placed in various spots around Pickens.  Take the tour and learn all about the turtles in our town!
Math Department Fundraiser at Wendy's
June 1, 2012
The 8th grade math department is sponsoring a fundraiser at Wendy's in Pickens on Thursday, June 7th between 5-8pm. We receive 10% of the sales during those 3 hours which will be used to buy manipulatives and technology resources to help implement the new Common Core standards. Students and teachers who bring in a Wendy's receipt dated June 7th will receive a coupon for a free 5-piece nugget and Frosty. Thank you for supporting our school!

Donations Needed!
May 30, 2012
Parents, we need several items for our World-Wide Olympics celebration.  Please consider donating any of the following items:  bottled water, cups, paper plates, napkins, potato chips, pretzels, Cheetos, Doritos, squeezable mustard, and ketchup.  Please send all items by Friday, June 8th.  Thank you so much for your support of our school! 
Artwork On Display at PHS
May 21, 2012
The Pickens Middle Art Department will have artwork hanging at PHS during the band concert (7pm) on Tuesday, 5/22.  Please stop by to view the creative artwork and watch a performance by the talented students at PMS!

Talent Show!
May 17, 2012
The annual PMS Talent Show will be held this Friday, May 18th beginning at 6:30pm in the school gym.  Admission is $3 (kids 5 and under are free), and concessions will be sold.  Please come out and enjoy watching the many talented students that we have here at Pickens Middle!  The show is sponsored by the Beta Club, and all proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 
Library Materials Due June 1st
May 15, 2012
Please turn in all library books and fines by June 1st.  The library is open from 7:40am-3:40pm each day, so students have ample time and opportunity each day to take care of library business.  Please see Mrs. Dalton or Mrs. D. Anderson if you have any questions about your library account.  
Student Medications
May 17, 2012
All medications must be picked up from the nurse's office by NOON on the last day of school, June 14th. 
Dress Code Reminder
May 11, 2012
Students are reminded that the dress code remains in effect as follows:
  • Shorts, skirts, and dresses should be NO SHORTER than one (1) inch above the knee. 
  • No tank tops or see-through clothing. 
  • No holes above the knee.
  • No pajamas or pajama bottoms.
Other dress code rules can be found in the student agenda.

Thanks for your support in ensuring that all students come to school "dressed for success."  

 
Final Science Club Meeting
May 10, 2012
The last SCIENCE CLUB meeting for this year is Friday, May 18th.  The club will travel to Pickens High School for the meeting.  If you plan to attend, you must stop by Mrs. Anderson’s room to pick up a permission form; all forms must be returned by Wednesday, May 16th.  See Mrs. Anderson with any questions.
April 30, 2012


Spring Football Practice
May 7, 2012
Spring football practice for seventh-graders only will be held May 14th-17th from 3:45-5:15pm.  Wear shorts and t-shirts; cleats are optional.  Only those seventh-graders with current physicals on file will be allowed to practice.  See Coach Bowman with any questions. 


Beta Service Hours Opportunity
May 3, 2012
Many of our Betas still need service hours.  We have an opportunity to help MARY's House, a domestic violence shelter, by donating needed supplies.  Betas can earn hours for bringing in items such as toilet tissue, paper towels, Kleenex, laundry detergent, dish liquid, dishwasher detergent, or gas cards.  Betas may earn a maximum of three (3) hours, one hour for each product brought in by May 10th.  Please bring these products to your Beta sponsor so that she can record your service hours.  Thanks for helping this community charity with your donations!


Pre-PASS Activities
April 24, 2012
Students are encouraged to get involved in a week-long celebration of the upcoming PASS test by participating in the following:
  • Monday, 4/30- "Thinking Cap Day"- Wear a hat!
  • Tuesday, 5/1- "Scorching Up the PASS"- Wear sunglasses and yellow or orange clothing!
  • Wednesday, 5/2- "Burning Up the PASS"- Wear red!
  • Thursday, 5/3- "PASSing the Blue Flame of Success"- Wear a Pickens Middle t-shirt!
  • Friday, 5/4- "Pumping Up for PASS"- Wear purple- get a chance to bash a pinata!


Library PASS Schedule
April 27, 2012
The library is still open for student business, but students may not physically come in to use computers or browse the shelves.  A checkout table and catalog computer will be set up before and after school just outside the library doors, and students may knock on the door if they need help throughout the day.  Students are welcome to check in, check out, renew, pay fines, or do any other "library business" as needed until all PASS testing materials have been packaged and returned after testing.  Thanks for your understanding.   
Newsletter Published
January 23, 2013
The Sparks' Highlights newsletter for our third quarter can be viewed here; students received a paper copy as well.  Please contact us at 397-4100 if you have any questions about the newsletter's contents.  Thank you for supporting our school!
 
Send a Note to Your Child During PASS
April 23, 2012
Parents and caretakers are invited to send a note of encouragement to their child during PASS testing this year.  We are making a school-wide effort to boost confidence about the PASS test and would love to have our parents involved in making this happen.  Please print this template, write your note of encouragement on it, and place it in an envelope with your child's name and homeroom teacher on the front.  We will deliver the notes during testing.  Thank you for all you do to support your child's education at Pickens Middle!
Pickens Middle Goes Green!
August 15, 2013
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.

Parent Night This Thursday
April 10, 2012
Parents of rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students are invited to attend a meeting this Thursday, April 12th from 6:30-7:30pm.  Meetings will be held as follows:
  • Sixth grade- Gym
  • Seventh grade- Cafeteria
  • Eighth grade- Media Center
Teachers and administrators from each grade level and subject will give an overview of what to expect next year, and all parents are encouraged to attend.  Thank you for supporting your child's education at Pickens Middle!

Zaxby's Night Fundraiser
April 11, 2012
The Science Club will hold a fundraiser on Tuesday, April 24th at Zaxby’s in Easley.  Please eat there (or go through the drive-thru) between 5-8pm to help earn money for our students.  Thank you!

PMS Earns Palmetto Silver Recognition
April 9, 2012
Pickens Middle recently earned its first Palmetto Silver Award from the South Carolina State Department of Education! Our school met the criteria for the Palmetto Silver Award for consistent growth in student achievement over three years. Section 59-18-1100 of the EAA established the Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards Program to give recognition to schools that attain high levels of absolute performance and schools that attain high rates of growth. Our Palmetto Silver Award is in recognition of three years of strong performance.  Congratulations to all students, faculty, and staff whose hard work earned this award for our school!

Spring Pictures
March 28, 2012
Spring pictures will be handed out on April 10th.  All money is due back to homeroom teachers on or before April 23rd. 

Congratulations, Reading All Stars!
March 19, 2012
Congratulations to the following students for being named Reading All Stars!  These students read enough books to meet the challenge set by the Greenville Drive baseball team and will be rewarded with a ticket to the game on May 14th.  They will also get to be a part of numerous activities that night and could possibly be chosen to throw out the first pitch.  Thanks for your hard work, students---we are proud of you!
Eden Cassell
Chloe Dalton
Mary-Kate Dunn
Deandre Ellis
Dustin Gilstrap
Melodie Hodge
Hannah Holcombe
Krista Just
Kit Lusk
Malcolm McGowens
Joshua Rusher
Jesse Soles
Carol Beth Wilson
Paige Young
Megan Yount

Beta Club Service Hours Reminder
April 16, 2012
All Beta Club members are reminded that ten (10) service hours are due to their grade-level sponsor by May 10th.  Students may work as much as they wish in order to be recognized as the Beta with the most service hours at the end of the year, but only two (2) hours per project can count towards the yearly required total.  Please see your grade-level sponsor with any questions.     
Free Energy Efficiency Kit!
March 14, 2012
Every family in our school community is entitled to a FREE energy efficiency kit from Duke Energy through the Energized Guy program. These kits contain several tools (including a low-flow showerhead, hot water gauge card, and numerous other items) to help you conserve energy at your home and save up to $200 on your energy bill every year!  The school with the most free kit sign-ups will win $1,000!  More information about the program can be found here; you can also go to MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548 to get your free kit.  Spread the word---we'd love to have $$ for our school!
Artists Earn Recognition
March 6, 2012
The following students were named district winners in the Pickens County Youth Arts Month celebration.  Congratulations to each student and to their art teacher, Mrs. Avis Fisher, for all of the dedication that went into producing such quality work!
  • Second-place Overall Winner at the Middle School LevelMary Gamble for her pieces Ostrich Face (pictured at left) and Balance + Origami
  • Directors' Choice Certificate WinnersDrew McHone and Landon Smith
These and other student winners' work (see below) will be featured at the Pickens County Museum through March 29th.  Great job, students!

Students Take Top Honors at PCHT
March 5, 2012
Seventh-grader Danielle Yother won first place at the recent Pickens County Has Talent competition; she was awarded $500 in cash and a guitar autographed by Miranda Lambert.  Earning $350 and second place for the contest was the band Redwire, which consists of Bryson Capps (6th), Jake Gantt (7th), Jed Hager (7th), and Morgan Parton (7th).  We are so proud of these talented students and look forward to celebrating their success many more times in the future!
Pickens Middle Receives National Recognition
March 2, 2012
Pickens Middle teachers Ms. Louise Hope and Dr. Susan Hilyer recently received national recognition for their work in the "Using the Environment as an Integrating Context for Learning" (EIC) program for the past ten years.  The program's authors, Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Grace Lieberman, presented the teachers with an award recognizing their hard work and commitment to the program.  Read more about their involvement in the program by clicking here
Youth Arts Winners
March 1, 2012
Please congratulate the following students (and their teacher, Mrs. Avis Fisher) whose artwork was selected for the Pickens County Youth Arts show at the Pickens County Museum. The reception and awards ceremonies are Saturday, March 3rd from 1:00 until 4:00 (Middle and High school awards will be at 2:30 on Saturday). Their work will hang at the museum until March 29th; please feel free to stop by and check out all the amazing artwork created by our talented students in Pickens County. 
 
8th
7th
6th
Cindel Jones
Dakota Coggins
Maggie Jordan
Zach Lawson
Christina Branham
Dylan Eades
Blair Bagwell
Danielle Oliver
Stephanie Chappell
Morgan Trotter
Bridget Eddleman
Jacob Williamson
Drew McHone
Lashanda Heard
Haley Bridgman
Darra Long
Layton Smith
Blake Cummings
Landon Smith
Megan Anders
Jonathon Jones
Ryleigh Wright
Morgan Stephens
Raven O’Shields
Adrian James
Dylan Baynard
Izzy Wallace
Brooke Saxon
Eden Cassell
Madison Mobley
Kayela Fowler
Hayden Gravely
Andrea Chavous
Christina Turner
 
Felicia Jenkins
Christina Branham
 
Christian Gainey
 
 
Ashley Rose
 
 
Alex Nickell
 
 
Brandi Durham
 
 
Elizabeth Shaulis
 
 
Mary Gamble
 
 
Nick Doomey
Mikey Dare

 
Reading All-Stars Challenge
February 16, 2012
Students have received a packet of information about the Greenville Drive's Reading All-Stars Challenge, and we hope that every child will participate!  Participating readers need to read five approved books in a five-week period (now until March 16th) and turn in their signed forms to Mrs. Dalton in the media center by March 16th.  Those students will receive a FREE ticket to the May 14th Greenville Drive baseball game at Fluor Field and will have lots of rewards awaiting them at the game, including a chance to throw out the first pitch!  Please contact Mrs. Dalton (397-4117) with any questions or for additional reading packets. 
New Immunization Requirements
December 13, 2012
Beginning in August 2013, ALL seventh-grade students will be REQUIRED to get the Tdap vaccine to protect them against whooping cough (pertussis).  Children who have not been vaccinated may not be allowed to attend school.  For more information on this and other teen and preteen vaccinations, visit DHEC's website or call 1-800-277-4687. 
Parent Night Scheduled
February 17, 2012
Mark your calendars!  Parent Night for rising sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students will be held on Thursday, April 12th at 6:30pm.  Hope to see you there!
"Sparks Read" Blog Launched!
March 14, 2012
Students are invited to join Mrs. Dalton on the new "Sparks Read" blog. Share your favorite books or comment on books that others have read---anything related to promoting reading at our school is allowed!  Visit http://sparksread.blogspot.com to see what it's all about! 
Girls' Basketball Team Scores Big!
February 10, 2012
Congratulations to the Lady Sparks Basketball team and Coach Andrew Shipman on a great season!  After a stellar 12-2 regular season, the team lost to Glenview Middle School on Thursday night, Feb 10th, in the conference championship game. The girls finished second in conference play and placed 2nd in the tournament.  Way to go, team!   
Box Tops Needed
February 8, 2012
Please send in your BOX TOPS to help raise money for needed school supplies.  Thanks for supporting the students of Pickens Middle!
Zaxby's Night
January 16, 2012
Please support our school by eating at Zaxby's in Easley on Monday, February 13th during the hours of 5 and 8pm.  Drive-thru and dine-in orders will count towards our total $ raised, so please make plans to enjoy some delicious food while supporting our students!  Thanks!
Got Fines?
January 28, 2012
Do you have library fines? If so, THIS WEEK ONLY you may bring in a canned or boxed food item for each dollar (or partial dollar) that you owe and we’ll excuse your library fines! For example, if you owe $1.50 in fines, you will need to bring two (2) cans or boxes of food to cover your fine. Thanks for clearing your library accounts and supporting the Souper Bowl of Caring at the same time! See Mrs. Dalton with any questions. 

"Souper" Bowl of Caring
January 10, 2012
The Beta Club is sponsoring its annual "Souper" Bowl of Caring to benefit United Christian Ministries January 23rd through February 3rd.  Canned, boxed, and other non-perishable food items will be accepted for the drive, and all items will benefit needy families in Pickens County.  Thanks for supporting this worthy cause!
February 8, 2012

Job Shadowing Day
January 11, 2012
Our annual Job Shadowing Day for students is Friday, February 3rd.  Packets, which are being sent home today, are due to the Guidance Office by Wednesday, January 25th. NO LATE PACKETS will be accepted because of the short turn-around time. 
Students must follow these guidelines when job shadowing:
  • Seventh-graders cannot shadow at the same site (or type of site) as last year. For example, if a student shadowed in a third-grade classroom last year, he or she cannot go back to an elementary school this year. The student may, however, shadow at a middle or high school.
  • Students may not shadow at Pickens Middle School.
  • A student who job shadows will initially be marked absent that day; when the student turns in the required Job Shadowing Interview Questionnaire to his or her homeroom teacher, the absence will be changed to present
Please call the Guidance Office at 397-4104 with any questions. 
   

Students Earn Seat in All-Region Honor Band
January 9, 2012
Congratulations to Zachary Chastain, Matthew Martin, and Michael Nelson for earning a seat in the prestigious 115-member South Carolina All-Region Honor Band.  This is a tremendous honor for these eighth-graders who competed against numerous high-schoolers and who now have the opportunity to audition for the All-State Honor Band on January 30th.  We are proud of you and your teacher, Mr. Mason Mumford, for achieving this success.   
Beta Pancake Breakfast Benefits Relay for Life
January 10, 2012
The PMS Jr. Beta Club will sponsor a pancake breakfast at Applebee's in Easley on Saturday, February 11th from 7:45-9:45 am; all proceeds from the meal will benefit Pickens County's Relay for Life fundraiser in the spring.  Tickets are available from any Beta member for $5 each and will be sold until February 5th.  Beta members should turn in money and/or unsold tickets to Mrs. Riddle by February 6th.  Hope to see you at the breakfast! 
Title I Letter to Parents
February 9, 2012
Please review the Title I Letter about our district's Annual Yearly Progress as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. 
Important Transportation Changes
January 4, 2012
Parents, PLEASE READ the following announcement about changes in our handling of afternoon transportation for students.  Please contact the main office at 397-4100 if you have any questions.  Thank you!
Library Announcement
January 6, 2012
Students should return overdue library materials within ten (10) days of their due date in order to avoid library fines.  We have a very large number of students who owe books and/or money to library, and this needs to be settled as soon as possible.  Parents, please ask your students if they have overdue materials and encourage them to return them.  Thank you! 
Turtles on the Town
January 4, 2012
Pickens Middle Community Education students, led by teachers Ms. Louise Hope and Dr. Susan Hilyer, are participating in the downtown Pickens initiative, "Turtles On the Town", as part of their class curriculum. You can learn more about the program by reading the promotional flyer that local merchants and community members have received by clicking here.

A $25 or more contribution will gain your name on the sponsorship page in the back of our student-generated coloring book (showing locations and turtles). You can put the name of a child or grandchild if you prefer! We would love for our sponsorship page to be full of Pickens County residents, all showing support for this project.  Coloring books will be distributed through the businesses who have adopted a turtle. People on the sponsorship page of the books will receive a book for free.

Many thanks to Ms. Hope and Dr. Hilyer for their continued efforts to encourage our students to the explore the history and culture of our town!
Beta Trip Information
December 5, 2011
Students attending the Beta Club Convention trip should see Mrs. Dill or Mrs. Dalton ASAP to get your information on what to bring, when you are leaving, and other important details. 
Country Santa Donations Needed
November 28, 2011
Pickens Middle is collecting URGENTLY needed toys for Country Santa, a local charity that helps give needy children gifts at Christmas.  New or like-new unwrapped toys can be donated now through December 9th, and all donations are greatly appreciated.  Thanks for spreading the joy of giving this holiday season!
Pageant Winners Announced
November 21, 2011
Nearly ninety young ladies from our school sparkled and shined as they represented Pickens Middle in high fashion in the new PHS auditorium on Friday, November 18th at the annual Miss Torch pageant (see pageant pictures here). Congratulations to each of these young ladies who placed at the pageant, and special thanks to Mrs. Megan Cole, pageant coordinator, and to the Annual Staff and all other helpers who made this event possible.  Winners were as follows:

Miss Torch: Meaghan Stewart

Miss 8th Grade
: Somer Anthony
1st Runner-Up: Breanna Gibson
2nd Runner-Up: Journie Crenshaw

Miss 7th Grade:
 Abby Keller
1st Runner-Up: Layton Smith
2nd Runner-Up: Ashlyn Terry

Miss 6th Grade: Sarah Porter
1st Runner-Up: Brook Nicholson
2nd Runner-Up: Shelby Nicholson 

Hat & PJ Day
November 21, 2011
There will be a hat/pajama bottom day on Wednesday, November 23rd.  Students wishing to participate will need to pay as follows to obtain a sticker: 
  • $1 for pajama bottoms
  • $1 for a hat
  • $2 to wear both


Special Friends Walk
September 30, 2011
The Beta Club will sponsor the 2nd annual Special Friends Walk to raise money for Special Olympics Area 13 (Pickens and Oconee County) on Wednesday, November 23rd at the PMS track. This walk is designed to raise awareness of various disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy. We will “kick off” the walk at 8:30am with a pep rally, and participating students will then walk the track in honor of our friends. Each student will receive a treat before going back to class at 10am.
 
The entrance fee for participation is $10. A t-shirt may be pre-ordered by November 9th for an additional $7. Students are also encouraged to ask friends and family for donations for the Special Friends Walk.
Please see Mrs. Masters in room 210 for additional information.

Canned Food Drive
November 9, 2011
The Beta Club is sponsoring a Clemson-Carolina Food Bowl from now until November 18th.  Score for your favorite team by bringing in canned goods or non-perishable boxes of food.  For every three (3) cans or boxes a student brings, he or she will be given a ticket for a drawing for Clemson, Carolina, and Furman gifts.  All donated food will be given to United Christian Ministries to help meet our community's needs during the holiday season. 
Recycling Sticker Contest
November 16, 2011
Students are encouraged to create an original sticker design to promote recycling in our school's Recycling Sticker Contest.  Entries are due November 22nd to Ms. Hope.  See more information about the contest by clicking here.  Thanks for caring about the environment!
Zaxby's Night
November 9, 2011
Please support the Science Club on Monday, November 14th by eating at Zaxby's in Easley between 5-8pm.  Dine-in and drive-thru orders count towards the money raised, so please stop by and help our students.  Thanks!
Students Collect Soda Tabs for Charity
October 27, 2011
Pickens Middle Community Education students are collecting soda can tabs to help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House®, a nonprofit organization which provides housing for families whose children are undergoing cancer treatments and other long-term illnesses.  Please send in your tabs so that they can be converted to money for this wonderful charity.  Thanks for helping the community!
Turn Recyclables Into Cash
October 31, 2011
Pickens Middle School Community Education students are collecting empty ink cartridges and outdated/discarded cell phones. These items are packaged and sent to The Funding Factory, who then sends our school a check for these recyclable items. The money raised will be used to purchase new recycle bins and school supplies. Thank you for your help in this ongoing project.

Student Athletes Shine!
October 31, 2011
Pickens Middle's athletics department has lots to be proud of this year!  Our VOLLEYBALL team, coached by Chelsea Gambrell, was once again the COUNTY CHAMPION with no losses to any district team and only one loss during the entire season.  They also took 2nd place in the Tri-County Middle School Atheltic Association's tournament on October 22nd, competing against and defeating multiple teams from Pickens, Anderson, and Oconee County.  Congratulations, girls, for exhibiting excellence on the court! 

Cheerleaders Take Top Honors
October 31, 2011
Congratulations to the CHEERLEADING SQUAD for taking 1st place in their division at four out of four cheering competitions over the last two months.  The squad, led by Mrs. Kelly Jones, has reignited the spark of school spirit among our students and student athletes---thanks for your energy and excitement!  Go Sparks! 


Register for Ingles Tools for Schools
November 15, 2011
Parents, if you have not already done so, please register your Ingles Advantage card by filling out the slip (attached to your child's report card) and sending it back to school.  Each registered card will give our school the chance to earn money for needed supplies.  Thank you!
8th Grade Field Trip Information
September 29, 2011
Students in the eighth grade will have several opportunities to travel on field trips throughout the school year.  This parent information letter describes all trips with costs, dates, and details about eligibility.  The calendar gives an "at-a-glance" outline of all upcoming important dates (please note that each trip has a separate payment due date).  Students traveling on the overnight trip to Atlanta can see the trip itinerary in more detail.  Please see the eighth grade teachers for more information about these trips or with any questions. 


Band Members Earn Recognition
October 24, 2011
The Pickens High School Marching Band competed in the 4A Upper State Marching Band Championship on Saturday.  The band had their highest placement ever at Upper State, placing 4th out of 14 bands and qualifying to compete at the State Championship this Saturday. A significant part of the band’s success can be contributed to the high level of performance of our PMS 8th graders (led at our school by Mr. Mason Mumford) in this varsity-level activity.
 
Our 8th grade marching band members include:
  • Allison Gardner, clarinet
  • April Simms, flute
  • Kera Cobb, clarinet
  • Kyia Blythe, clarinet
  • Michael Nelson, clarinet
  • Lauren Villano, French horn
  • Adam Dykens, percussion
 
These students have a full week of rehearsals ahead as they prepare for the State Championship at Spring Valley High School this Saturday.  Pickens will perform at 12:45pm.  Be sure to support them as they gear up for the big performance this weekend!

Spirit Week
October 20, 2011
October 24-27 is Spirit Week at Pickens Middle!  Students are encouraged to dress according to each day's theme as follows (dress code still applies):
  • Monday- Class T-Shirt Day
  • Tuesday- Western Day
  • Wednesday- Beach Day
  • Thursday- School Spirit Day
We hope to see all students participating so that our school spirit will shine brightly all week!  Go Sparks!
Trivia Winners
October 20, 2011
We've celebrated Teen Read Week with lots of activities in the library, and we'd like to send out congratulations to the following students for correctly answering the trivia question for one of our contests:
  • Wes Harris
  • Rachel Tinsley
  • Aaron Brooks
  • Brandon Moore
  • Analia Garcia
Each student received a $10 Wal-Mart gift card as a prize.  Thanks to everyone who helped make Teen Read Week a success in the library!  Keep on reading!

Websites & Grades Now Available
October 19, 2011
Parents and students are now able to log on to our school website to access student accounts and teacher webpages; this access also allows parents and students to view assignments, grades, and other necessary information and to communicate with teachers.  Directions for how to access student accounts can be found here.  Thank you for your patience and understanding over the last few weeks as the problems with our webpages have been resolved. 


Celebrate Teen Read Week in the Library!
October 17, 2011
Students, please stop by the library to celebrate Teen Read Week with the different activities that will be going on Tuesday-Thursday of this week.  We hope all of you will fall in love with reading! 
Volunteer Training
October 3, 2011
Parents who wish to chaperone field trips and volunteer their time with our school need to be trained according to SDPC guidelines.  Ms. Mary Batson, our school's volunteer coordinator, will hold a training before Open House (10/13) at 6pm in the media center.  Please call her at 397-4115 or email her with any questions prior to the training date. 
Open House
October 3, 2011
Pickens Middle parents and students are invited to our annual Open House night on Thursday, October 13th.  We will begin in the gym at 6:30pm for a short meeting and will then break off into groups by grade level (locations TBA).  Parents will have the opportunity to meet with team teachers and may tour classrooms as well, and the evening will conclude at 7:30pm.  We look forward to seeing all of you at Open House! 
Save the Date! Rookie Camp Announced
January 26, 2012
This year's Rookie Camp for upcoming sixth-grade students will be on Thursday, August 9th from 8:30am-1:30pm.  Mark your calendars and make plans to attend!  More details will be announced at a later date.  
School Report Card for 2010-2011
November 29, 2011
You can view our school's 2011 report card by clicking here


Beta Convention Attendees
September 26, 2011
Active Beta Club members are reminded that their t-shirt designs, essays, or poems are due by this Friday, September 30th, if they are planning to attend the state convention in December. 


Beta Club Induction Ceremony
September 26, 2011
The Beta Club will induct new members this Thursday (9/29) evening at 6:30pm in the gym with a reception following in the cafeteria.  Any current Beta member interested in helping that night needs to see Mrs. Riddle. 
Science Club Meeting
September 20, 2011
The Super Science Club will meet on Friday, September 23rd, from 3:15-4:30pm in Mrs. Anderson's room (408); attendees may go to the dance afterwards and pay a $1 admission fee at the door.  Please see Mrs. Anderson with any questions.


Beta Meeting TODAY
September 19, 2011
All NEW Beta Club members are reminded of the meeting today in the media center from 3:30-4pm.  If you joined the club last week, you are expected to be at the meeting. 
Back-to-School Dance
September 19, 2011
Students are invited to attend the Back-to-School Dance this Friday, September 23rd, from 3:30-5pm in the gym.  Tickets will be sold during all lunches and will cost $3; tickets purchased at the door will be $4.  Come on out and have a GREAT time with your friends!
Zaxby's Night
September 14, 2011
Our school will hold a Zaxby's fundraiser night on Monday, September 19th from 5-8pm at their Easley location on Highway 123.  We will receive a percentage of all food sales during that time period, so please make plans to eat some delicious chicken and support our school at the same time! 
Picture Day Is Coming!
September 9, 2011
School pictures will be taken on Wednesday, September 21st for this year's annual.  Say cheese!  
Excuses, Excuses!
September 14, 2011
Parents and Caregivers,
Please remember to send an excuse for your child's absence within 3 days of his or her returning to school. This is extremely important and is required by the School District of Pickens County.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 
T-Shirts for Sale
September 9, 2011
Student Council is selling class t-shirts for $8.00.  Money and forms should be turned into homeroom teachers by September 16, 2011. 

Teen Talk
September 9, 2011
Teen Talk is a youth development program administered by Baptist Easley Hospital for the purpose of building strong families and communities.  This is a weekly volunteer program that is offered during lunch time.  All students are welcome to attend and must have signed parental consent to join.  In addition to free lunch, various incentives are offered to students that participate.  In each session, students meet in a group setting with a trained facilitator to discuss and learn about issues such as life-skill building and emotional, physical, and sexual health.  Group sessions start the week of Sept. 19th, and consent forms are available in the guidance office.  For more information please contact the guidance office at 397-4100. 

Meet the Teacher Night
August 29, 2011
Students and parents are invited to Pickens Middle on Tuesday, August 30th from 3:30-6:30pm to meet their teachers and receive schedules for the upcoming school year.  Students who are NEW to the district or to Pickens Middle must bring proof of residency (e.g. current utility bill--no wireless phone bills, please) in order to register.  We look forward to another successful year at Pickens Middle!
2011-2012 School Supply Lists
July 28, 2011
Please see the attached school supply list for the grade level your child will enter this fall. 
Reading Rocks!
May 30, 2011
All rising PMS sixth, seventh, and eighth graders are invited to attend our Reading Rocks! summer reading celebration.  Please see the attached brochure for more information and for the sign-up sheet.  Hope to see you rocking and reading all summer long!
Rookie Camp for Rising Sixth Graders
August 1, 2011
PMS will once again host Rookie Camp for rising sixth graders on Thursday, August 25th from 8:30am-1:30pm.  Parents are invited to attend with their child from 8:30-9:30am, and students will stay until 1:30pm to learn all there is to know about becoming a successful sixth-grader at Pickens Middle!  Please look over this flyer for more information, and please register your child by August 20th if he or she plans to attend.  Contact Lynne Romanczuk at 397-4114 with any additional questions.  Hope to see you there! 
Summer Science Camp
May 20, 2011
Summer Science Camp will be held Monday, June 20th through Friday, June 24th from 9am-12pm.  The cost is $60 and there are still spaces available, so please stop by Mrs. L. Anderson's room (408) to pick up a form.  You may contact Mrs. Anderson via email or by dialing 397-4158 if you need more information about the camp. 
Congratulations!
June 8, 2011
Pickens Middle teachers and staff recently selected Mrs. LeAnn Masters as Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Gail Gwinn as Support Employee of the Year.  Congratulations to these two deserving ladies; thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our school! 
All Library Books and Fines Due Monday!
May 20, 2011
All library books and fines are due no later than Monday, May 23rd.  Students, please settle your accounts so that you may enjoy the many year-end activities we have planned at Pickens Middle.  Thank you for being responsible citizens. 

Come to the Talent Show!
May 18, 2011
You are invited to attend the 2011 Talent Show on Friday, May 20th at 7pm in the school gym.  Admission is $3 (children <5 are free), and all proceeds will go towards our school's Relay for Life donation.  There are many talented performers scheduled for the evening, so please come out and support your fellow classmates and teachers as they perform for your viewing pleasure. 
Coming Soon...World-Wide Olympics Day!
April 5, 2011
Parents, we need your help!  Our school is sponsoring its second annual World-Wide Olympics Day on Thursday, May 26, 2011, from 8-11am, and we invite all parents to help us run events that day.  We will hold volunteer training for those who are not already qualified to chaperone events, so please contact the Guidance office at 397-4104 to sign up or with any questions.  See the attached flyer for more information. 
All Materials and Fines Due Now
May 24, 2011
All textbooks, library books, locks, and other school-supplied materials are due NOW.  Students owing materials and money should settle their accounts as quickly as possible.  Parents, please check with your children to be certain that they have returned all school materials and settled all fines.  Thank you so much for helping your child become a responsible citizen!
Get Caught Reading This Summer!
June 1, 2011
Students---we would love to have pictures of you READING over the summer!  Email a picture to Mrs. Dalton or bring her a 4x6 photo of yourself during the first week of school in September and we'll showcase you on our "Sparks' Celebrities" board.

Please be sure that the book title is showing in the picture, and please include your first & last name, upcoming grade level, and where you were caught reading when you email or bring in the picture.  Have a restful, reading-packed summer! 

Medications
May 18, 2011
Please pick up your child’s medication from the school health office on or prior to June 2, 2011.  Medication not picked up will be destroyed.

May 2, 2011
 Purchase your yearbook by clicking on the button at the left. 
WWO Survey--PMS Students Only
April 29, 2011
Students, click here to take the World-Wide Olympics survey. 


New PMS Cheerleaders Announced
April 27, 2011
Congratulations to the following young ladies for being named to the 2011-2012 Sparks' cheerleading squad:

Sarah Beth Aiken Kaylee Arment
Journie Crenshaw Jayden Crisp
Alex Evett MacKenzie Fisher
Sally Hall Shannon Hudson
Breanna Jackson Tori Kennedy
Kaera Martin Bradlee Moon
Karleigh-Grace O'Shields Layton Smith
Meaghan Stewart Kenzie Tate
Ashlyn Terry Kaylee Young

 


Teacher Appreciation Week Goodies
April 26, 2011
The PMS PTO will sponsor a "Goodies Day" for teachers on Wednesday, May 4th.  Parents, please send homemade goodies that day to share with all teachers as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please contact Janet Chastain at 397-4100 with any questions. 
Free Summer Meals
May 6, 2011
The USDA is sponsoring a free meals program for Pickens County children age 18 and younger this summer at West End Elementary and Pickens Elementary.  Breakfast (7-8am) and lunch (11am-1pm) will be served Monday through Friday from June 6th through August 19th, with no meals being served July 4th.  Please contact Sally Nicholson at 397-1166 for more information about this program. 
The Summer Food Service Program is federally funded by the USDA and administered through the South Carolina Department of Education and the School District of Pickens County. 
Law Enforcement Expo Safety Day
April 11, 2011
The Clemson Police Department has invited Pickens Middle students to participate in its annual Law Enforcement Expo Safety Day on April 22, 2011, at Nettles Park from 10am-3pm.  There will be K-9 demonstrations, helicopters, a hot air balloon ride, FREE food and drinks, and much, much, more, so please make plans to attend!  See the front office for a flyer with more information, or call Jimmy Maw at 624-2013 with additional questions.
Tobacco Use Prevention Rally Scheduled
April 11, 2011
Patrick Reynolds, grandson of tobacco tycoon R.J. Reynolds, will speak to students and the community about the dangers of smoking and tobacco use at the John T. Simpson Alternative School this afternoon from 6:00-8:00pm.  Please see the attached flyer for more information about this program. 
New Phone Numbers for Our School
April 26, 2011
A new phone system has been installed at our school, and all teachers and staff members now have individual phone extensions that can be accessed by clicking here.  Please note that teachers are only able to receive voice mails during the day and will return calls during their planning period or after school.  You may use the direct extension if you know the specific person you are contacting; otherwise, dial 397-4100 (or 878-8735) to reach the main office switchboard. 
Help Our School By Eating at Chick-Fil-A!
April 4, 2011
Pickens Middle has partnered with the Easley Chick-Fil-A this week (April 4-9) to help raise money for our school.  Each student has a "Spirit Week" card that, when presented, will earn our school 10% of the total spent on that meal.  Thanks for any support you can give! 
Youth Board Applications
March 31, 2011
Application packets for the 2011-12 Youth Board are now available in the Guidance office.  The purpose of the Pickens County Youth Board is to provide the community and its schools with alcohol and drug abuse awareness; portray Board members as role models to the community and its schools; and to provide the community with drug- and alcohol-free projects and events.  Membership is open to any rising 9th through 12th grader in a Pickens County high school.  The deadline for receiving all applications is 5:00pm on May 20, 2011.

Summer Volunteers Needed
March 15, 2011
Baptist Easley Hospital is recruiting teens ages 13-22 for its summer student volunteer program.  The purpose of the Student Volunteer Program is to introduce young people to a variety of health care careers and to provide supplementary assistance to the professional staff at the hospital.
Applications are located in the guidance office and should be completed and mailed to Baptist Easley Hospital by May 20th

Clemson University Summer Programs
March 1, 2011
When school is out, Clemson University offers summer camps and programs.  Clemson offers athletic, educational, outdoor, sleep-away, and day camps for most ages – even one for adults and a trip abroad to Ireland!   Clemson’s goal is to give students another opportunity to explore and nurture their interests and passions by bringing together like-minded students and creating a community of motivated and engaged learners. 

If you have questions about any of Clemson’s summer programs, please call the Youth Learning Institute office at (864) 878-1041 or visit online at
www.clemson.edu/yli.


Moss Wins Writing Contest
February 22, 2011
Congratulations to eighth-grader Brye Moss for being chosen as a district-level representative for the 2011 South Carolina Young Writers' Conference in Columbia on March 19th.  Her language arts strategies teacher, Mrs. Dottie LaMance, submitted Brye's short story and others from her classes for consideration in the contest, and Brye was chosen to represent our district at the state level.  Great job, Brye and Mrs. LaMance!
Winning Writers
February 10, 2011
Congratulations to the following 8th grade students for being chosen as winners in the South Carolina Young Writers' Conference Contest and the Superintendent's Essay Contest:

SC Young Writers' Conference
*School Winner: Brye Moss
*Class Winners: Daniel Corn, Allycia Hommes, Alex Hommes, Tyler Henry, Tiffani Pace, Allison Rogers, Brandie Duncan, and Katie Williams

Superintendent's Essay Contest
*School Winner: Casey Stancell
*Class Winners: Tai Anderson, Keelie Mlay, Kalyn Cassell, Micheila Looper, Kacy Roper, Faith Dickard, Lexi Perdomo, Brandie Duncan, and Morgan McConnell

Keep up the great work! 


The Book Fair Is HERE!
February 7, 2011
Our annual BOOK FAIR will be held this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7:50am-3:30pm in the media center.  We will be open during Parent Night as well!  Bargain books, new books, and all-time favorites will be available, so make plans now to attend!
Parent Night Scheduled
February 8, 2011
Tuesday, Feb. 22nd is rising 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parent night in the gym. For rising 6th graders, it will be at 6:00pm; rising 7th and 8th grade parents will meet at 7:00pm for short introductions and a short presentation.  Parents and students will then be dismissed to tour the classrooms.  Parents and students are welcome to stop by the media center during this time to purchase books at the Book Fair as well.  We look forward to seeing you then!

Library Overdue Fines
January 31, 2011
Beginning March 1st, the media center will begin charging $.10 per day for library books that are ten (10) or more days overdue.  For example, a book that is 20 days overdue will accrue a fine of $2.00 when turned in to the library.  Fines are being reinstated because of the high number of late books over the past months.  Please remind your child to return his or her books in a timely manner so that others may enjoy them. 
Students Explore Career Interests
February 7, 2011
Approximately 250 sixth- and seventh-graders spent last Friday exploring various career fields in the local community.  Students were able to work alongside adults for the entire day at jobs of interest during our annual Job Shadowing Day.  Special thanks to the Guidance staff for coordinating this fun-filled day for our students as they prepare for their future careers.  
We are a School to Watch!
February 7, 2011
Pickens Middle received the news last week that we are officially a SCHOOL TO WATCH!  PMS and four other middle schools from South Carolina earned this award for the programs we have implemented that ensure we are on the path to excellence.  Congratulations to all of the students, teachers, faculty, and staff members who worked so hard to win this award.  Keep striving for excellence in every area each day!   Click here to read the official press release from the SCMSA's Schools to Watch division. 
Staying Well
February 9, 2011
Parents, please help all of our children at Pickens Middle stay well by keeping your child at home if he or she has the following symptoms:
  • Fever of 100 degrees or more (MUST be fever-free with NO MEDICATION for at least 24 hours)
  • Fatigue, nausea/vomiting, chills, headaches, severe sore throat (difficulty swallowing) and/or body aches [or any combination of these]


Also, please teach your children to observe these healthy habits daily to avoid contacting or spreading various illnesses:

  1. Wash hands regularly (especially before eating) with soap and water
  2. Cough and sneeze into the crook of the elbow, not into the hands
  3. Keep hands away from the mouth, nose, and eyes
We hope that all of our children will STAY WELL so that they can be here with us each day at Pickens Middle! 




Volunteer Training on 2/3
January 26, 2011
Ms. Mary Batson will hold a volunteer training session here on Thursday, February 3rd @ 8am in room 116 for anyone who plans to chaperone field trips or work with students at our school.  You will need to sign in at the front office when you arrive to secure a visitor's pass.  Please contact Ms. Batson at 878-8735 with any questions. 
Snowball Dance
January 25, 2011
Make plans to attend Thursday's Snowball Dance from 3:30-5pm in the school gym!  There will be dance contests, prizes, refreshments for sale, and tons of fun, so tell your friends and come on out for a great time.  Tickets will be on sale Wednesday and Thursday during all lunches for $3, or you can wait and buy your ticket at the door for $4.  Hope to see you there!

Job Shadowing Day
January 25, 2011
Students in 6th and 7th grade may participate in Job Shadowing Day on Friday, February 4th; information packets were given out last week, but students may stop by Guidance if they did not receive a packet.  ALL packets are due no later than this Friday, January 28th.  No late packets will be accepted.  Thanks for supporting your children as they begin their journey towards choosing a career. 
 
Parent Breakfast/Seminar This Thursday
January 18, 2011
Parents, you are invited to eat breakfast with your child on Thursday, January 20th from 7:30-8:00am in the school cafeteria.  The cost of breakfast for adults is $1.85, and all parents are welcome to join us that day. Please fill out the slip and return it with your child by January 19th, or call the school at 878-8735 so the cafeteria staff can get an accurate count of those attending.   
Also, Scott Ellenburg, Branch Manager at Pickens’s Carolina First Bank, will present a program on credit and financial matters at 8:15 in our media center.  Hope to see you there!
Thank You, School Board!
January 1, 2011
Pickens Middle extends many thanks to all of our school board members for their dedication to education in Pickens County.  We are grateful for their many hours of service that benefit our school's students and programs.  While we acknowledge that the board has tough decisions to make in the future, we know that all decisions will be made with the best interests of our students in mind.  Thank you for caring about the future of Pickens County.  
Country Santa Toy Drive
December 10, 2010
The SGA is sponsoring a Country Santa toy drive through December 17th, and students are asked to bring in new (or gently used) unwrapped toys for needy children in our area.  Country Santa is not able to accept stuffed animals at this time, but each homeroom teacher has a list of the most-needed toys for each age group.  Thanks for supporting this local charity during the Christmas season of giving. 
Candy Grams
December 10, 2010
The SGA is selling CANDY GRAMS at lunch December 13-17 for $1 each. 


Science Club Update
December 1, 2010
There will be a MANDATORY parent meeting on Thursday, December 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the PMS library for all students going on the manatee field trip; all parents who plan to go on the trip need to bring the 1st payment of $50, unless you have already paid. There will be no after-school monthly club meeting in December. 

Parent Breakfast
December 1, 2010
Parents are invited to eat breakfast with your child on Wednesday, December 8th from 7:30-8:00am in the school cafeteria.  The cost of breakfast for adults is $1.85, and all parents are welcome to join us that day.  Please fill out the slip that comes in your child's newsletter on December 6th or contact the school at 878-8735 to let us know that you will be attending. 
8th Grade Career Fair
December 1, 2010
Eighth-grade students will be traveling to Rock Springs Baptist Church to participate in our district’s annual Career Fair on Thursday, Dec. 9th.  Representatives from many area businesses will be presenting career information for students from the sixteen Career Clusters.  If you need to print a permission form, click here; forms are due no later than Dec. 8th

Pageant Winners Shine
November 22, 2010
Congratulations to all of our pageant winners from Friday night's competition in the Pickens High School gym.  Eighty-five young ladies entered the pageant and showed off their beauty and style, and winners were named for each grade level as follows:
  • Miss Torch- Emily Roper
  • Miss 8th Grade- Jenna Hogan
    • Miss 8th Grade (1st Runner-Up)- Ainsley Smith
    • Miss 8th Grade (2nd Runner-Up)- Sam Isaacs
  • Miss 7th Grade- Journie Crenshaw
    • Miss 7th Grade (1st Runner-Up)- Skylar Ashemore
    • Miss 7th Grade (2nd Runner-Up)- Somer McDaniel
  • Miss 6th Grade- Sarah Aiken
    • Miss 6th Grade (1st Runner-Up)- Madison Edens
    • Miss 6th Grade (2nd Runner-Up)- Mary Brooks Thrift
Pictured above are the eighth grade winners and Miss Torch, Emily Roper.


Careers Poetry & Poster Contest
November 15, 2010
Students who were in Ms. Mize's first quarter class that participated in the Careers poetry and poster contest need to turn in their entries to Guidance by Wednesday morning.  Entries will be judged and a school winner will get a cash prize! 

Tower Power Meeting
November 15, 2010
Students participating in Tower Power need to meet Tuesday (11/16) and Wednesday (11/17) in Mr. Davis's room from 3:10-4:10pm.   
Thank You, Veterans!
November 11, 2010
Thank you to all of the veterans and community members who joined us on Thursday, November 11th for our annual Veterans' Day program.  We appreciate your selfless service to our country so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have each day.
Science Club News
November 1, 2010
  • Science Club meeting Friday, Nov. 19th from 3:15-4:30 in the 7th grade science lab
    • Must attend this meeting if you are going on the manatee trip 
    • Wear tennis shoes
    • Bring calendar orders and money
  • Rock-a-Thon is Saturday, 11/20 from 9am-4pm

Fall Dance
November 11, 2010
There will be a fall dance on Thursday, November 18th from 3:30-5pm in the gym.  Tickets are $3 and will be sold at all lunches beginning on Monday.  Door prizes will be given at the dance, so come out and have a GREAT time! Hope to see you there!
Dance Cancelled
October 28, 2010
There is NO dance after school this week.  We apologize for any misinformation in the newsletter.  Thank you!

Spirit Week October 25th-29th
October 14, 2010
Pickens Middle will host its annual Spirit Week October 25th-29th.  Students are encouraged to participate by dressing according to each day's theme but are reminded to follow the dress code. 
  • Monday- Tacky Day
  • Tuesday- Decades Day
    • Sixth grade- 60s
    • Seventh grade- 70s
    • Eighth grade- 80s
  • Wednesday- Dress like your favorite staff/faculty member
  • Thursday- Sparks' Spirit Day (wear Sparks' colors)
  • Friday- Pay $1 and wear a costume (NO MASKS or face paint)
Show your school pride all week long! 

ZAP Program
October 30, 2010
Please read more about our new program, Zeros Aren't Permitted (ZAP), by clicking here
Red Ribbon Week (10/19-22)
October 12, 2010
Pickens Middle will celebrate Red Ribbon Week October 19-22nd.  Students are asked to wear RED on Friday and to bring in a RED canned food/nonperishable food item on Friday for a local food bank.  Please support this program which encourages kids to be drug free!
Students and Faculty See RED
October 23, 2010
Pickens Middle students and faculty members wore red on Friday, Oct. 22nd to commemorate Red Ribbon Day and to make a promise to be drug free.  Students were also encouraged to bring in a red canned food item for a local food bank, and several students participated in this charitable outreach.  Pictured at the left is one of the boxes of food that will help feed the needy in our community.  Thanks to everyone who made this year's Red Ribbon Day a success! 

 
Special Friends Walk
October 25, 2010
On Tuesday, November 23rd the Beta Club will sponsor a Special Friends Walk to promote awareness and acceptance of children with disabilities. All students may participate by paying a $10 entrance fee with the option of collecting donations from family and friends. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Area 13 (Pickens and Oconee County). We will start with a pep rally at 8:30am, and the walk will conclude at 10:00am. Please consider joining this worthy cause.
 
Thanks, Wal-Mart!
October 21, 2010
The Science Club would like to say a very special thank you to Jordan and Jessica Marhanka (pictured at left) and their mom, Ginny, for securing financial support for our school through the Wal-Mart in Central.  Wal-Mart donated $250.00 towards the Science Club field trip. Thanks so much! 

Science Club Fundraisers
October 11, 2010
Please support the following fundraisers for the Science Club's upcoming manatee field trip:
  • Tuesday, October 19th- Order from Domino's Pizza and the club will receive $1 for every order; please mention the ad that your student brings home that day to ensure the school gets the donation
  • Thursday, October 21st- Eat or order from Zaxby's in Easley from 5-8pm and the club will receive 10% of each total
Thanks for supporting the Science Club! 

Space Camp Fundraiser
October 11, 2010
Team Discovery (7th grade) will hold a fundraiser at Fatz in Easley on Saturday, October 30th from 7:30am-10:00am to help offset the cost of the Space Camp field trip next spring.  Team members are selling $5 tickets for the breakfast, which includes one short stack of pancakes, sausage patties, fruit cup, and a choice of coffee, tea, milk, or juice.  Thanks for supporting Team Discovery!


Library Lunch Bunch
September 29, 2010
The library has begun hosting a Lunch Bunch gathering for students who come in and play board/card games, read magazines, or just enjoy time reading.  More details are posted on the library's bulletin board for those interested in participating...hope to see you in the library!
Beta Club Induction
September 28, 2010
The PMS Jr. Beta Club will hold its induction ceremony for new members on Monday, October 4th @ 6:30pm in the cafeteria (please note change of place and time from previous announcement). 
Music Department Dance
October 4, 2010
The Music Department will host a dance this Friday from 3:30-5pm in the gym.  Tickets are $3 at lunch and $4 at the door. 
Newsletter
May 18, 2011
The latest edition of our Sparks' Highlights newsletter can be viewed by clicking here
Dance
September 20, 2010
The Science Club is hosting a TEAM SPIRIT dance for all students this Thursday, September 23rd from 3:30-5pm in the school gym.  All sports teams' members will be introduced at the dance.  Tickets are $3 in advance and $4 at the door. 


 

Science Club Field Trip Meeting
September 20, 2010
The Science Club is planning a field trip to Florida to swim with manatees in February.  If your child attended the first Science Club meeting on Sept. 17th and is still interested in going on the manatee field trip, then the child and a parent/guardian must be at the parent meeting in the library on Monday, September 27th (Open House Night) at 7:15 p.m.  If you do not attend this meeting then you will no longer be eligible to go on this field trip.  Please contact Mrs. Laura Anderson if you have further questions. 

 
 
CARE and Interim Progress Reports on Thursday
September 20, 2010
Students will meet for the first time with their CARE advisors this Thursday, where they will receive PASS scores and interim report cards.  CARE time, which will occur each time interim and final reports are handed out, will also be used to discuss steps to student success and other school-related topics. 
See You at the Pole
September 20, 2010
Mr. Bob Owen, Release Time coordinator, will lead students in the annual "See You at the Pole" prayer time on Wednesday morning, September 22nd from 7:30-8:00am.  All students are welcome to attend.   

Free & Reduced Lunch
June 1, 2010
Please remember that you must reapply each year for free and reduced lunch status.  You may apply for meal benefits by clicking here, or you may stop by the front office for a new form for the 2010-2011 school year. 
Open House Scheduled
September 14, 2010
Pickens Middle welcomes all parents to its annual Open House on Monday, September 27th.  Parents will meet as a group in the gym at 6pm and will receive further instruction at that time about the evening's activities, which will wrap up by 7:30pm.  We hope to see all of you there! 
Science Club Meets Friday
September 14, 2010
The Pickens Middle Super Science Club will meet this Friday after school from 3:15-4:30pm in Mrs. Anderson's room (408).  Students must attend this meeting if they plan to go on the "Swim with the Manatees" field trip next year.  All students are welcome to attend! 
Make-Up Pictures
September 9, 2010
Make-up pictures will be taken on Monday, September 20th for anyone who missed picture day or was completely dissatisfied with his or her photograph.  Students who do not have their pictures taken will not be in the yearbook. 
8th Grade Ads
September 9, 2010
Eighth grade ads for the yearbook are due to Mrs. Cole by 9/24. 
Teachers Win Big!
September 7, 2010
Ten lucky Pickens Middle faculty members were drawn for $100 Wal-Mart gift cards in an after-school meeting on Thursday, September 2nd. Mr. Lee Jolly and Ms. Judy Bates of Wal-Mart in Easley presented the recipients with the cards, designed to be used for purchasing classroom supplies and healthy snacks for children. The winners (pictured left to right with Dr. Floyd and Mr. Jolly) were Katie Gowan, Meghan Greer, Mason Mumford, Dottie LaMance, Shana Dalton, Becky Bowman, Alan Weekes, Michelle Hickey, Paula Reinovsky, and Heather McCall (not pictured). Congratulations!


Author Visits Pickens Middle
September 2, 2010
Author Dr. Crystal O'Connor will visit Pickens Middle during the week of September 7th-10th to help eighth grade students perfect their writing craft and to share some of her own works with the students.  Dr. O'Connor will also provide ordering information for any students or parents interested in purchasing her original titles.  Welcome, Dr. O'Connor!
BRIDGE Program Begins Soon
September 2, 2010
Pickens Middle's 21st Century After-School BRIDGE Program will begin on Monday, September 13th.  Students will receive information about the program from their homeroom teachers, or you may contact Mrs. McJunkin or Dr. Floyd at the school (878-8735) with further questions. 
Dance and Bullying Session Postponed
August 19, 2010
The Back-to-School Dance has been rescheduled for Friday, 8/27 from 3:30-5pm in the school gym.  Parents are invited to attend a session on bullying with SRO Smith from 4-5pm during the dance as well (location TBA). 
"Meet the Teacher" Scheduled
June 14, 2010
Pickens Middle's "Meet the Teacher" time will be on Thursday, August 12th from 3:30-6:30pm.  Be sure to review the registration requirements by clicking here
It's Time for Summer Reading!
June 10, 2010
Please see the following information about summer reading. **NOTE:  8th Grade Honors English I reading requirements will be posted in a separate announcement. 

6th Grade Summer Reading Expectations
Project Suggestions
Project Rubrics
Reading List- Student Recommendations
7th Grade Expectations & Project Choices
Project Rubrics
Reading List- Student Recommendatons
8th Grade Expectations, Reading List, Project Ideas, & Rubric

 

Links to Various Reading Lists

We Need You!
April 9, 2010
Parents, we need your help!  Our school is hosting a World-Wide Olympics Day on June 7th from 8am-3pm, and we need at least forty (40) volunteers to make this happen. Please contact Lydia Trotter if you are able to help that day with supervising games and other activities. We appreciate any time you can give us! 

NOTE: SDPC policy requires that you be a trained volunteer to help at this event, but you do NOT have to have a SLED check to participate. We will hold volunteer training on May 28th AND on the morning of the Olympics @ 8am for anyone who needs to be trained. Thanks so much for supporting your child!

Awards Night
May 24, 2010
Pickens Middle's Awards Night program will be held on Monday, June 7th at 7pm in the gym. 
Honors English I Summer Reading
June 10, 2010
Please click here to read the details about Honors English I summer reading requirements. 

Wanted: Summer Pictures!
August 9, 2010
Submit your Summer 2010 pictures online.  Go to the following website…
Password: sparks
The annual staff cannot promise that your picture will be used, but we look for good group pictures and unique shots and will notify you if we choose your photo.  Thanks for all of your submissions!

Middle School Football Jamboree Scheduled
August 9, 2010
The first annual School District of Pickens County Middle School Football Jamboree will be held on Monday, August 30th at 5:30 pm at the Liberty High School Stadium. The first half will have Gettys Middle School and Edwards Middle School playing each other. In the second half, Liberty Middle School will line up against Pickens Middle School. Tickets for this event will be $5.00 and the proceeds will benefit all four teams. Please come out and support your favorite team as they kickoff the middle school football season.
School Supply Lists for 2010-11
June 11, 2010
Supply lists for each grade level for the 2010-11 school year are listed below.  Additional back-to-school information can be found by clicking here

6th Grade Supply List
7th Grade Supply List
8th Grade Supply List

Space Camp Pictures
June 7, 2010
Click here to view pictures from the recent 7th grade Explorer/Challenger trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. 
Summer Hours
June 11, 2010
Pickens Middle's summer hours will be Monday-Thursday, 7am-5pm, beginning June 14th through July 29th.  The school will be closed on Fridays.   


8th Grade Extravaganza
June 3, 2010

8th Grade Parents are reminded of the donations needed for the 8th Grade Extravaganza on Tuesday, June 8.  If you would like to help out with donations, please send the following based on your child's homeroom:
 
Hiott – Canned Drinks          
Reinovsky – Dessert  
Leo – Bottled Water           
Bridges – Chips
Hendrix – Canned Drinks      
LaMance- Dessert     
Pruitt – Bottled Water                    
Tankersley - Chips
Masters – Canned Drinks      
Eller – Dessert            
Simpson –Bottled Water     
Alston – Chips
Weekes – Canned Drinks                  
                         
If you would prefer to donate money instead, please make checks payable to Pickens Middle School.All donations should be sent to Mrs. Hendrix on or before Tuesday, June 8.

Volunteer Training
May 14, 2010
Volunteer training will be held on May 25th, May 28th, and June 7th at 8am in room 111.  Chaperones attending the Washington, DC, field trip should be trained on May 25th in order to allow ample processing time for the required SLED checks.  Please contact Mary Batson at 878-8735 for more information. 
Students Win Big at Special Olympics
April 28, 2010
Pickens Middle is proud to announce multiple winners from the Special Olympics held Friday, April 23rd at Clemson University.  Mrs. Petrillo's and Mr. Shipman's classes represented our school well and earned second place in the spirit competition in addition to winning multiple individual events.  Thanks to all of the parents, student helpers, teachers, and assistants who made this day possible for a very special group of students!  
Super Science Club Summer Camp
March 1, 2010
The PMS Super Science Club is hosting a summer camp from Monday, June 28th through Friday, July 2nd.  Rising 7th and 8th graders are invited to attend this camp where they will get to dissect a pig fetus, shoot rockets, and participate in fun physics experiments and other scientific adventures.  The cost of the camp is $60 for the week, and anyone interested should contact Mrs. Laura Anderson at 878-8735.  Click here to read more information about this exciting event, or you may view a short video about the camp as well.  Hope to see you there! 
Spring Prom for Special People
April 6, 2010
The special education department will host its annual Spring Prom for Special People on Saturday, April 24th from 5-9pm in the Pickens Middle gym. This year’s theme is “Beach Party,” and local citizens served by the Pickens County Board of Disabilities will be invited to be a part of this fun-filled evening. 

We will accept donations of chips and desserts for the event and monetary donations are gladly accepted as well. If you have questions or donations, please contact Heather McCall or Lynne Romanczuk at the school.  

   
 
Free Parent Breakfast
April 23, 2010
A free parent breakfast will be served on April 27th at 8am in the teacher workroom (116).  Lisa Fields from the Parenting Place will hold a workshop during the meal entitled "Going Platinum: Improving Relationships."  Please contact the school by Monday morning if you will be able to attend.  Thanks for supporting your child's education!
Free Parent Breakfast on 4/15
April 8, 2010
A free parent breakfast will be served in the PMS cafeteria beginning at 7:30am on Thursday, April 15th.  In addition to breakfast, Lisa Fields from Parenting Place of Pickens County will offer a workshop entitled "Becoming an Expert on Your Child" from 8-9am in the teachers' workroom.  Breakfast and the presentation are funded through our school's 21st Century Grant.  Your child has a slip for you to sign and return by Tuesday, April 13th if you plan to attend.  Hope to see you on the 15th! 

Bookmark Winners Announced
April 7, 2010
Three students were chosen from a stack of entries as winners of this year's bookmark contest.  They were challenged to promote reading in a creative, eye-catching way, and each contributor did a FANTASTIC job of meeting and exceeding the challenge!  All entries will be submitted to the Pickens County Library's contest as well, so the winners (and even the ones who did not win at the school level) will have a chance to place at the county level. 

Congratulations to the following students for snagging top honors in this year's contest:
  • 1st place- $15- Caleb Cartee (bookmark is pictured at left)
  • 2nd place-$10- Angel Duncan
  • 3rd place- $5- Becca Kennedy


Spring Fling Thing @ Simpson Academy
April 6, 2010
Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County is holding a town hall meeting entitled “The Spring Fling Thing” at J.T. Simpson Academy in Easley on Monday, April 12th from 5:30-7:30pm. The Pickens County Youth Board and Simpson’s PRIDE students will perform skits on how underage drinking negatively affects our schools and community in Pickens County.  Hope to see you there!

Sparks' Drawstring Bags for Sale
January 26, 2010
Sparks Cheerleaders are selling navy blue Pickens Middle drawstring bags for $8.00. You may purchase one from any cheerleader, Miss Childs, or Nurse Higgins. Thanks for supporting the Sparks Cheerleaders!


Volunteer Training Scheduled
April 6, 2010
Ms. Batson will hold a volunteer training session on Wednesday, April 7th @ 8:15am in the professional development room on the 100 hall.  Any parents or other family members who wish to attend field trips or be involved with student activities must be trained per district policy. 
FFA Team Receives Recognition
March 25, 2010
Pickens Middle's FFA Round Robin Team traveled to Gettys Middle on Tuesday, March 23rd to compete in the FFA Middle School Round Robin Competition. The team, consisting of Becky Tarone, Davis Hendricks, Sissy Riddle, and Kelcie Smith, placed 3rd in the competition. The team also took first place for highest score in the Team FFA Creed Event, while Sissy, Kelcie, and Davis received a certificate for having a perfect score on the tool identification part of the competition. Congratulations, girls!

SC Junior Scholars Announced
March 18, 2010
We are pleased to announce that 27 of our students have been named South Carolina Junior Scholars! Junior Scholars are eighth grade students who score high on the verbal and/or math portion of the PSAT and have shown exceptional academic talent and high scholastic achievement. We are proud of these students and the teachers and parents who have had a part in their academic success! Congratulations!
 
2010 SC Junior Scholars:
Skyler Ashe, Brennan Brooks, Anna Chastain, Cameron Childs, Madalyn Dalton, Ginny Sue Dillard, Kerrigan Galloway, Jessica Gravely, Lucas Gravely, Kevin Ashley Hendricks,  Beth Horton, Logan LaMance, Michaela Leslie, Tyler McJunkin, Jessica Nichols, Casey Owens, Noah Porter, Brittney Ramey, Jacqueline Ruiz, Valerie Riddle, Brooke Stewart, Luke Stewart, Juston Talley, Brooke Thomas, Samantha Wagner, Tabitha White, and Antonio Worley

Young Inventors Share Their Ideas
March 15, 2010
Pickens Middle School students, along with Mrs. Riddle, participated in the Bi-Lo Invention Convention on Wednesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 11th.  They created wonderful inventions to help make life easier for themselves and others.  Pictured from left to right are:  Sydney Kidder, Anaston Broom, Jennifer Tapp, Mackenzie Weeden, Clay Adcox, Riley Nicholson, Skylar Ashemore, Kody Bennett, Courtney Kanning, Cameron Galloway, Kyia Blythe, Matthew Wimpey, and Andrew Duncan

School Science Fair Winners Announced
March 12, 2010
We are proud of these students for winning our school science fair!  Their entries will be taken to the SDPC fair at the B.J. Skelton Career Center on March 23rd for judging against other school-level winners across the county.  Winning students are:
  • Brittany Cox – 7th Grader (Dr. Hilyer)
  • Sarah Long – 7th Grader (Dr. Hilyer)
  • Tyler Owens – 7th Grader  (Mrs. Anderson)


Book Fair Is Here!
February 15, 2010
The Pickens Middle media center is hosting a spring book fair March 8th-12th.  There are lots of new titles, bargain books, and other treasures for you to buy, and we look forward to celebrating our school-wide love of reading during this event! 

Parents are WELCOME to drop by the fair anytime during the week to do some browsing or shopping, and the hours of operation will be 7:50am-3:30pm each day with the fair closing on Friday morning at 8:30am.  Hope to see you there!  
Young Artists Shine!
March 10, 2010
Several Pickens Middle artists were recently recognized at the Pickens County Museum in honor of Youth Arts Month 2010.  Eighth grader Kyle McManis, whose work Landscape is featured at the left, won FIRST PLACE in the entire county for his pastel drawing.  Director's Choice certificates were given to Anna Chastain, Olivia Pridgen, and Megan Smith for their entries as well.  The students' pieces will be on display at the museum through March 25th, and the public is invited to stop by and see the wonderful young talent we have in Pickens County.  Congratulations on a job well done! 
Students Named to All-County Orchestra
March 10, 2010
Congratulations to the following students who auditioned and were named to the All-County Orchestra on March 9th:


  • Brooke Thomas
  • Ashley Roberts
  • Kayla Nix
  • Mattie Dalton
  • Chandler Alexander
These students will perform with other gifted musicians from the district at the All-County Orchestra Festival on March 22nd at Liberty High School.  Thanks for making Pickens Middle proud!

PMS Celebrates Read Across America Day
March 3, 2010
Pickens Middle students participated in Read Across America Day- which coincides with Dr. Seuss's birthday- on Tuesday, March 2nd.  Mrs. Hope's class enjoyed hearing The Cat in the Hat and delving into Dr. Seuss's biography, while Mrs. Reeves's classes explored his works through a Webquest online. The media center also got into the spirit of the day by donning the signature tall hats and by hosting a contest where students named a Dr. Seuss book for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the book fair!  Pictured here is Mr. Shipman reading to his and Mrs. Petrillo's classes just before they dined on- you guessed it- green eggs and ham! 
Spring Pictures
February 19, 2010
Spring pictures will be taken in the gym on Tuesday, March 2nd during related arts classes. 
Super Science Club Meeting
March 1, 2010
The Super Science Club will meet from 3:15-4:30 on Thursday, March 25th. 
Rookie Camp Is Coming!
June 11, 2010
Rookie Camp general information and intent to attend forms are now available for all upcoming 6th graders.  Hope to see all of you on August 3rd!  
Parent Night
February 19, 2010
Parents of rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are invited to attend Parent Night on Thursday, February 25th.  Rising 6th graders' parents will meet in the gym at 6pm and rising 7th and 8th graders' parents will meet in the lunchroom at 7pm.  Parents of current students will be able to explore their children's classrooms to see completed projects and activities while parents of future "Sparks" will get to see what their children will be learning next year.  Please make plans to join us! 
New Chicks Join the PMS "Brood"
February 26, 2010
Mrs. Davis's and Mrs. Lilland's class has been studying the reproductive cycle of chickens for the last few weeks and was able to welcome ten new chicks to our PMS family at the end of the process.  The first chick, Primo, is shown here breaking through his shell.  His nine siblings soon followed and all are doing well as they begin a new life in the big, big world.   
Volunteer Training at PMS
February 17, 2010
Pickens Middle will offer volunteer training on Thursday, February 25th at 6:30pm as part of Parent Night.  Please make plans to attend this training if you haven't already been trained so that you can be a part of our school's trips and other activities in the future.  More information about Parent Night will be posted soon. 
Students Enjoy Literacy Reward
February 19, 2010
Students who have read six out of the seven books and completed their literacy projects earned a "Triple H" reward this week.  They enjoyed hot chocolate at lunch on Thursday and were able to wear a hat on Friday.  Each deserving student also received a homework pass.  Students will continue to be rewarded in the months ahead for their hard work, and we are happy to see all of the excitement about reading at Pickens Middle! 
World Wide Olympics Survey
February 1, 2010
Students, click here to choose your games for our World Wide Olympics in June.  You will need to carefully follow the directions to pick your events for that day, and you may only take the survey one time.  Once the events have been chosen, you may not go back to the survey.  Thanks!  
  
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Have Lunch With Your Child!
January 6, 2010
Parents- you are invited to have lunch with your child on the following dates:
  • Sixth grade- Thursday, January 14th (11:20-12:05)
  • Seventh grade- Thursday, January 21st (12:30-1:10)
  • Eighth grade- Thursday, January 28th (10:35-11:15)
Officer Smith will offer a short presentation on the topic "As Text Messages Fly, Danger Lurks" during each lunch.  Please fill out and return the slip your child brings home so that the lunchroom staff will have an accurate count of those eating.  We look forward to seeing you, and thank you for your continued support of Pickens Middle! 
Job Shadowing Day
January 20, 2010
Sixth and seventh graders are invited to be involved in this year's Job Shadowing Day on Friday, February 5th.  Students have received information packets with requirements and deadlines, and these should be followed carefully if they choose to participate.  Please contact the Guidance Office at 878-8735 with any questions. 
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Valentine's Dance
January 29, 2010
The PMS Annual Staff will host a Valentine's dance on Thursday, February 11th from 3:30-5pm in the school gym.  Pictures will be taken for $2 (to be delivered on Friday, Feb. 12th), and students will have the chance to hear their favorite songs while they dance, dance, dance!  Tickets will be on sale during all lunches beginning February 1st. 
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Valentine Grams and Roses
January 26, 2010
Pickens Middle cheerleaders will be selling Valentine Grams and red roses to be delivered during 7th period on February 12th.  Valentine Grams cost $1 and a single red rose is $4.  Students may purchase these during lunch from February 1st through February 9th.  Remember your special friends on Valentine's Day!
School Report Card
April 16, 2010

Our 2009 School Report Card has been released.  To access the full report card click
here.  To view just a summary of our school, please click here.

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H1N1 Flu Clinic
January 8, 2010
The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control will be sponsoring an H1N1 flu shot clinic for Pickens Middle School students, faculty, and staff on January 11th.  These are the vaccines for the "Swine Flu."  Only students whose parents have indicated that they wish them to receive the vaccine and who have turned in a signed permission form to this effect will be given the shots. 

Additional information on these shots can be found at the DHEC website
Students Named to All-County Band
January 6, 2010
Several of our students auditioned and were selected for the middle school "All County" band.  Congratulations to the following students for all of your hard work to receive this honor: 
  • Anna Chastain- 5th chair, clarinet
  • Zachary Chastain- 2nd chair, euphonium
  • Hayley Cheek- 1st chair, bassoon
  • John McManus- 4th chair, trumpet
  • Madison Vaughn- 1st chair, oboe 


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Snowball Dance
January 6, 2010
The second annual Snowball Dance will be held on Thursday, January 14th from 3:30-5pm in the school gym.  Students can strut their stuff at the dance contest for prizes, and refreshments will be sold.  Please make plans to come out and have a GREAT time! 
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Musicians Shine Again in All Region Band!
January 14, 2010
All Region Band auditions were held the 2nd weekend in January at Greer High School.  The following students were selected to participate in the 2010 All Region Band:
 
Anna Chastain – 32nd chair clarinet
Zachary Chastain – 2nd chair baritone
Hayley Cheek – 3rd chair bassoon
Kyle McManis – 5th chair baritone
John McManus – 3rd chair trumpet
Madison Vaughn – 6th chair oboe
 
The All Region Band is made up of students from Cherokee, Spartanburg, Greenville, Pickens, and Oconee Counties. Congratulations to these students for their musical accomplishments!
 

Christmas Break
December 16, 2009
There will be no school 12/21/09 through 1/1/10.  Students and staff will return on January 4, 2010. 


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Santa Stops By PMS
December 16, 2009
Santa Claus, escorted in a police cruiser by SRO Brad Smith, arrived at Pickens Middle on Tuesday, December 14th to spend time with some very special students.  Santa stopped by Mrs. Petrillo's class to give each child a bag of surprises and then enjoyed cake and goodies with several students, parents, and staff members.  Santa's visit is always a highlight of the Christmas season here at Pickens Middle- thanks to everyone who joins with him to make this day possible for these precious children!
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Band Concert
December 7, 2009
The PMS band will join the Pickens High and Dacusville Middle bands for a holiday concert on 12/15 in the PHS auditorium.  The concert schedule is as follows:
  • Sixth grade- 6pm
  • Seventh/Eighth grade- 7:30pm


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Thank You, SDPC Board Members!
January 1, 2010
Pickens Middle would like to recognize our district board members for their dedication to the students of Pickens County.  Their decisions help this school district to provide a quality education for thousands of children each day, and we appreciate their support in our educational endeavors. 
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Chorus Program
December 7, 2009
Chorus classes will host their annual holiday concert on Tuesday, December 15th at 7pm in the gym.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
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Santa Pictures Cancelled
December 7, 2009
Because of low ticket sales and impending inclement weather, pictures with Santa will NOT be taken on Tuesday, December 8th.  Refunds are available in the media center. 
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Strings Concert
December 7, 2009
Strings classes will perform for their families and the community on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:30pm in the gym. 
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Students (and Staff!!) Enjoy Literacy Dance
December 15, 2009
Students who read and completed the first four literacy projects this year were treated to a dance during their afternoon classes on Monday, December 14th.  Staff members also came out to help celebrate students' success as readers. Congratulations students, and keep up the great work!
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Beta Wins Big!!
December 11, 2009
The PMS Junior Beta Club won numerous awards at the state convention in Myrtle Beach.  We are proud of each student who participated in the competitions, and we would like to recognize those who placed in the following areas: 
  • Hayley Cheek, South Carolina Jr. Beta Club President (PMS has won this office nine years in row!)
  • Scrapbooking- 1st place (Christian Hayes, Morgan McConnell, Brye Moss, Faith Dickard, Emily Brazinski, Alexis Felipe, Emily Cisson, Sarah Katherine Short, and Rebecca Durham)
  • Speech-1st place (Jacob Wagner)
  • Quiz Bowl- 1st place (Matthew Martin, Andrew Lathe, Riley Nicholson, Logan Lusk, Zach Cantrell)
  • Living Literature- 3rd place (Valerie Riddle, Breanne Griffin, Tiffany Stewart, Chayce Durden, Faith Dickard, Rebecca Durham, Savannah Masters, and Brooke Thomas)
  • Sarah Katherine Short-top 5 finalist in the Individual Talent category
Congratulations, and thank you to all of the chaperones and sponsors who made this trip possible! 






AAA Assembly
November 12, 2009
The first AAA assembly of this school year will be held on Tuesday, November 24th during morning related arts classes.  Students who have shown excellence in Academics, Attitude, and Attendance will be honored on that day. 
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Miss Torch Pageant
November 19, 2009
The annual Miss Torch pageant will be held Friday, November 20th at 7pm in the Pickens High School auditorium.  Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door. 
Soccer Conditioning Cancelled
November 19, 2009
There will be no soccer conditioning today; conditioning will resume on Monday. 
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Lost and Found Clothing
November 23, 2009
Several jackets, coats, and hoodies have been sent to the "Lost and Found" box.  If you have lost one of these items, please go to the guidance office and claim it. 
Pageant Pictures
November 23, 2009
View pictures from the recent Miss Torch pageant by clicking here.  The photographer's photographs are available for viewing online as well. Congratulations to all of our winners!
  • Miss Torch- Breann Griffin
  • Miss Eighth Grade- Kamila Reeves (1st Runner-Up: Kerrigan Galloway)
  • Miss Seventh Grade- Allie Strickland (1st Runner-Up: [tie] Ainsley Smith and Kelcie Smith)
  • Miss Sixth Grade- Claire Kaplan (1st Runner-Up: Meaghan Stewart)


Literacy Reward
November 12, 2009
The first literacy program incentive will be held on Wednesday, November 18th for students who have read all three books.  Students will be treated to popcorn and their choice of drink from the canteen during all lunches.  Thanks for supporting the literacy program! 

November 19, 2009
 You may purchase your yearbook from Josten's by clicking on the button at the left.    
Newsletter
November 11, 2009
You can read the current edition of Sparks' Highlights by clicking here

Also, the 8th grade Palmetto Team's news was inadvertently left out of the newsletter.  Here is that team's information:

 
Palmetto Pieces- (8th Grade- K. Bridges, A. Hiott, A. Leo, P. Reinovsky)
 
We are getting ready to write linear equations and solve and graph linear inequalities in algebra.  In prealgebra, we will be working with multiplication and division of fractions and decimals.

We are continuing the study of colonization of Carolina, with emphasis on the profitability of rice production and the resulting slave labor.

Science classes are studying rocks and minerals.  We are also beginning science projects.

In Honors English 1 and 8th Grade English, we have expanded our detective skills. We have used Greek and Latin Word Roots to help decode words; additionally, we have searched for foreshadowing clues and words that evoke mood in short stories.   All ELA classes will read the novel Cast Two Shadows, set in Camden, SC, during the American Revolution. 

You're Invited To Have Lunch With Us!
October 2, 2009
Parents are invited to eat lunch with their children on the following dates:
  • 6th grade- Wednesday, October 28th (11:22 AM– 12:02 PM)
  • 7th grade- Thursday, October 29th (12:31 – 1:11 PM)
  • 8th grade- Friday, October 30th (10:34 – 11:14 AM)
Cost for parents is $3.10. Thanks for supporting your child and our school!
 

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Veterans' Day Program Scheduled
October 26, 2009
Our annual salute to veterans will be held on Wednesday, November 11th @ 9am in the school gymnasium.  All current and former servicemembers are invited to attend the program; a reception will follow in the school media center.  Thank you for your service to our country!
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Red Ribbon/Spirit Week Schedule
October 7, 2009
PMS will show its school spirit and promote a drug-free lifestyle during Red Ribbon Week on Oct. 26-30, 2009.  The themes for each day are as follows:

Monday- Tacky Day

Tuesday- Hippie Day
Wednesday- Superhero Day
Thursday- School Spirit Day
Friday- Radical Red Day

Thanks for making the commitment to be drug-free!



8th Grade Career Fair
October 28, 2009
The second annual SDPC 8th Grade Career Fair will be held at Rock Springs Baptist Church on November 19, 2009, from 8:30am until 2pm.  Over thirty business community speakers will give eighth graders a glimpse into the world of work. PMS students will take buses to the event in the afternoon, returning to school before dismissal time.  All counselors, 8th grade teachers, and students will be onsite to make this a meaningful, standards-based learning activity.  Students will choose their speakers online before the day of the event and will have a list of where they are to go before they arrive at the career fair. This is an Education and Economic Development Act Initiative supported by the SC legislature and the business community.  We appreciate our corporate sponsors who are helping make this county-wide learning activity possible. 

Eighth-graders should take the career survey here

Biology Club
October 28, 2009
Students interested in joining the Biology Club should see Mrs. Anderson in room 408.  The next meeting is December 3rd from 3:15-4:15pm.
Miss Torch Pageant Information
October 28, 2009
Girls who plan to participate in this year's Miss Torch pageant should turn in their questionnaires and $25 entry fee to Mrs. Cole by Friday, Oct. 30th.  Also, girls who wish to borrow a dress should stop by for the fitting this Saturday from 8:30-11:30am (drop-in) in Mrs. Cole's room.
   
Wrestling Practice
October 28, 2009
7th and 8th grade students interested in wrestling with the high school team will begin practice on Monday, November 2nd.  See Nurse Higgins for more details. 


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Book Fair
October 7, 2009
The media center will host a book fair in conjunction with National Teen Read Week on Oct. 19th-22nd. Students and teachers will have a chance to buy the latest titles and some great bargains, too, so please stop by and see what kind of GREAT READS are available in this year’s fair! 



Football Game Postponed
October 15, 2009
The PMS football game scheduled for Thursday, October 15th has been postponed until Monday, October 19th @ 6pm at home. 
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Celebrate Teen Read Week!
October 7, 2009
The PMS media center will observe Teen Read Week a little early by offering some fun activities and treats for students during the week of Oct. 13th-16th.  Stop by the media center each day to join us as we celebrate Pickens Middle's love for reading!
  • Tuesday- Get a free bookmark and register to win a copy of the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days book that hits shelves on Oct. 12th
  • Wednesday- Stop by the desk OUTSIDE the media center to take the book trivia challenge (PSAT will be going on in the library!!); top two winners will receive a $10 gift certificate to the upcoming BOOK FAIR
  • Thursday- Vote for your favorite series...top three vote-getters will be announced on Friday
  • Friday-  Come by for a little treat to remind you just how "sweet" reading is!


8th Grade Yearbook Ads Still Available!
October 28, 2009
There are still some spots remaining in the yearbook for 8th grade ads.  Please see Mrs. Cole for details. 

CARE Meets on Thursday
October 7, 2009
Students will meet with their CARE advisors on Thursday, Oct. 8th after homeroom.  Homeroom teachers will give students their CARE assignments. 

PMS T-Shirts Available
October 21, 2009
Beginning Monday, 10/26, the Special Education Department will be selling gray long-sleeved "Pickens Sparks" t-shirts to the faculty, staff, and students during all lunches.  The cost for the shirts will be $12 (S,M,L,XL), $13 (2XL), and $14 (3XL).  The money raised from the t-shirt sales will be used to assist special education students with field trip costs and to help fund the Spring Prom for Special People in April. 



Progress Reports
October 12, 2009
Progress reports were sent home with all students on Thursday, Oct. 8th. 
PSAT Information
October 7, 2009
Eighth-graders who have been invited to take the PSAT should turn in their permission forms by Thursday, Oct. 8th.  The test will be administered on Wednesday, Oct. 14th in the media center. 

Popcorn!
October 7, 2009
Freshly popped popcorn will be on sale for $1 a bag this Friday during all lunches in the canteen. 
Grab-N-Go Breakfast
October 7, 2009
Starting Thursday, Oct. 8th, students will be able to pick up a "grab-n-go" breakfast from the lunchroom to eat in the gym.  Various biscuits, muffins, and other items will be available.  The cost is $1.00 ($.30 for reduced lunch). 
Eye Exams
October 26, 2009
Nurse Higgins will conduct eye exams for seventh-grade students on November 2nd, 4th, and 6th. 
BRIDGE 21st Century Learning Community Center
September 28, 2009
Our BRIDGE After School Program started on September 28, 2009.  Homework assistance, STEP dancing, YAMS, tutorial sessions, robotics and YMCA activities are included in the program. Transportation is provided. For more info please contact :
Nancy R Bagwell
Pickens Middle School BRIDGE Coordinator
(864)508-2135
E-mail: nancyrbagwell@pickens.k12.sc.us

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Open House Scheduled
September 29, 2009
Pickens Middle's annual Open House night will be held on Monday, October 5th from 6:30-7:30pm.  Everyone will meet in the gym at 6:30pm briefly to elect PTO and School Improvement Council officers.  At 6:45pm, students and parents will be dismissed to various locations in the school as follows:
  • 6th grade- stay in gym
  • 7th grade- lunchroom
  • 8th grade- media center
Teachers will break into teams in the respective locations so that each group can discuss relevant team matters with parents.  We look forward to seeing you then!

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Make-Up Pictures
September 28, 2009
Make-up pictures will be made on Monday, October 5th in the gym.  This is for students and faculty who did NOT have a picture made in August or whose pictures did not turn out as expected (e.g. eyes closed, blinking, bad hair day, etc.). 
Lost and Found Items
October 7, 2009
There are several nice jackets and other clothing items already in the Lost and Found box.  Please stop by Guidance to claim yours.

Newsletter Published
October 12, 2009
The October 8th issue of Sparks' Highlights is now posted in the "What's New" section at the top of this website, or you may access it by clicking here
H1N1 September Update
September 24, 2009
Hat and Pajama Bottom Day
September 23, 2009
Students may pay $1 to wear either a hat or pajama bottoms to school this Friday.  Pay your money in the gym to get your stamp for the day. 

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Basketball Conditioning
September 23, 2009
Seventh and eighth grade girls who are not playing a fall sport, who have a physical on file, and who are interested in playing basketball should attend conditioning beginning Tuesday, September 29th on the blacktop.  Boys who meet the same requirements should see Coach Lilliston about conditioning. 


Beta Club Meeting
September 21, 2009
The PMS Jr. Beta Club will meet this Wednesday after school in the media center. 

YAMs Program
September 17, 2009
Students interested in participating in the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program should stop by Mrs. Pepper's room (the Orchestra room) for a registration form.  Completed forms are due back to Mrs. Pepper by 9/21. 
After-School Drink Sales
September 17, 2009
The PMS Jr. Beta Club is selling cold canned drinks after school daily for 75 cents each. 
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Beta Club Shirts
September 17, 2009
Junior Beta Club shirts are on sale for any members who would like to purchase one.  See Mrs. Dill or Mrs. Riddle for ordering information by 9/24. 
Teen Talk
September 17, 2009
Students interested in joining Teen Talk should pick up an application form in the Guidance office. 
Student Insurance
September 17, 2009
Parents who would like to purchase student insurance should notify Mrs. Stewart in the front office or send a note to their child's homeroom teacher in order to receive a registration packet. 
SGA Elections
September 17, 2009
If you are interested in running for a Student Government Association (SGA) office, please see Mrs. Greer in room 102 before or after school for more information. 
Biology Club Dance Thursday
September 11, 2009
The Biology Club is sponsoring a dance on Thursday, September 17th from 3:30-5pm in the gym. 
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Rookie Camp 2009
September 9, 2009
Pickens Middle School’s “Rookie Camp” day was held on August 24th with over 200 students and 225-plus parents participating in the day’s events. This was an increase of 40 students from last year’s inaugural event and represents almost 70% of our current sixth graders! Administrators, guidance counselors, a representative from bus transportation, and members of our faculty and staff met with parents and students the first thirty minutes of the day. The parents were then dismissed and the students rotated through their schedules finding their classrooms, receiving their locks/lockers, meeting all of their teachers and classmates, learning school procedures, and participating in fun activities. Lunch was provided by the school.  We wish all of our new sixth-graders a successful, exciting year here at Pickens Middle! 
Homework Center
September 9, 2009
PMS is now offering a homework center after school from 3:10-5pm each day.  The cost is $5/day per student and includes a snack.  Please contact the main office for more information at 878-8735. 
Fundraiser
September 8, 2009
Fundraiser sales are due by September 22nd.  Our goal is that each student and teacher will sell one item for this fundraiser...thanks for supporting our school! 
Back-to-School Dance This Thursday!
September 1, 2009
All students are invited to the Back-to-School Dance this Thursday, September 3rd, from 3:30-5pm in the gym.  Tickets are $3 in advance and will be sold at all lunches; admission will be $4 at the door.  Stop by the table in the lunchroom to pick out your favorite songs to be played at the dance.  We look forward to seeing everyone there! 
School Pictures
August 26, 2009
School pictures for all students will be taken on Thursday, September 3rd, during related arts classes. 
Needed Items
August 26, 2009
Cold and flu season has arrived, and we'd like to ask that parents donate boxes of tissue (such as Kleenex) and hand sanitizer for our classrooms, if possible.   Also, please help us remind students that basic good hygiene practices can make the difference between getting sick and staying healthy.  Thank you!   
Registration Is Almost Here!
August 25, 2009
Registration for seventh and eighth graders will be this Thursday, August 27th, 2009, from 4:30-7:30pm at Pickens Middle.  Students will receive their schedules for the upcoming school year, and parents will be able to deposit money in students' cafeteria accounts or purchase PMS Coupon Cards for $10.  We look forward to seeing you then!  
Rookie Camp is Coming!
July 9, 2009
Rising sixth-graders are invited to Pickens Middle on Monday, August 24th for our second annual Rookie Camp.  Information about the camp has already been sent to parents, but please contact the school for more information and further details. 
September 29, 2010

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8th Graders Visit Nation's Capitol
June 3, 2009

Recently the 8th graders took their annual field trip to Washington, D.C.  There were 145 students, 33 parents/adults, and 16 Pickens Middle personnel on the trip.  They left the school Wednesday, May 27th at 4 am and were mostly traveling that first day but were able to visit Mount Vernon, the estate of President George Washington.  The next day was a very full day of visiting the Smithsonian Museums, Monuments and Memorials at the nation’s capitol.  On Friday, they visited Arlington National Military Cemetary and watched the changing of the guard at The Tomb of the Unknowns.  They left Washington late in the morning and arrived back in Pickens at about 10:30 pm.  Everyone was very tired, but it was one of the best Washington trips yet.
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Students Step Back in Time
May 22, 2009
Mrs. Lisa Davis's classes have been studying the Middle Ages and recently hosted a Medieval Museum to showcase all they have learned about this exciting period of history.  Students were able to show off their hand-built medieval manors as well. 
Annual Day
May 22, 2009
Annual Day is Tuesday, May 26th; this is when students will get those yearbooks that they've been waiting for all year long!  A few yearbooks are still available for purchase and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis for $48.15.  See Mrs. Cole ASAP if you want to purchase one. 
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Passing the Baton
May 22, 2009
The Pickens Middle Band played its final performance under the direction of Mr. Bob Powell on Wednesday, May 20th in the school gym.  Mr. Powell is retiring this year and leaves an amazing legacy through the program that he has built while teaching here at PMS.  Thank you for many great years of music, Mr. Powell!
Track Uniforms Due
May 22, 2009
All track uniforms were due to Nurse Higgins by Friday, May 22nd.  PLEASE return these on Tuesday, May 26th if you failed to get them in on time.  Thank you!
Youth Basketball Camp
May 22, 2009
Pickens High School will be offering a youth basketball camp for boys and girls ages 13 and under this summer.  The camp will be held from 9am until noon each day during the week of July 13th-17th.  Please see Coach Morris if you are interested in attending. 
Last Dance
May 22, 2009
The last dance of the school year will be held Thursday, May 28th from 3:30-5pm in the gym.  There will be a hat contest and a prize for the most outrageous pajama bottoms, since Thursday is also both hat and PJ day!  Tickets will go on sale Tuesday during all lunches. 

8th Grade Washington Trip Meeting
May 15, 2009
There will be a meeting Tuesday, May 19th at 6 pm for students, parents and chaperones for the 8th grade field trip to Washington, D.C.  The meeting will be held in the school cafeteria.  At the meeting we will discuss rules and expectations for the trip and give additional information.  Participants will also receive their trip t-shirts.  If a parent going on the trip has not received the required volunteer training, Dr. Floyd will conduct a training session at 5 pm.
 
Awards Night
May 13, 2009
Pickens Middle School's annual awards night program will be held June 1st at 7:00 pm in the school gym.  Parents of students receiving awards will recieve an invitation in the mail.
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Book Fairy Visits PMS!
May 8, 2009
Pickens Middle School students who have read 9 out of the 11 literacy program books received a special surprise on Thursday- they were able to pick out a book to keep for their personal libraries!  We distributed 588 books to these deserving readers, and they all seemed very excited to have their choice of titles.  What a well-deserved reward...congratulations!
E-letter Will Not Be Sent
May 8, 2009
The PMS Sparks' Snippets Weekly E-letter will no longer be sent.  Please continue to check the school website for announcements and updates. 
The Talent Show Is Coming!
May 8, 2009
Everyone is invited to attend the Pickens Middle School Talent Show on Saturday, May 30th at 6:00pm in the school gym.  Admission is $2 per person (children 5 and under are admitted free), and all proceeds will go towards the PMS Junior Beta Club National Convention trip this summer.  There are many exciting performances and talented acts, so please make an effort to come and support your fellow classmates and teachers. 
Annual Staff Dance
May 8, 2009
The Annual Staff is hosting a dance on Friday, May 15th from 3:30-5pm in the school gym.  Tickets are $3 and will be on sale May 11th-15th during all three lunches; tickets will cost $4 at the door.  There will be refreshments for sale and lots of fun, so don't miss it!
Homework Center Announcement
May 8, 2009
There will be no homework center for the remainder of the school year.  Please make arrangements for your child to go home immediately after school at 3:10pm. 
Pennies for Prevention a Success!
May 4, 2009
PMS students raised $1114.09 for Pennies for Prevention during the month of April.  Mrs. Pruitt's eighth grade homeroom was the overall winner, raising $182.02 to help prevent child abuse in Pickens County.  Other winning homerooms were Mrs. Dunn (6th) and Mrs. Cole (7th).  Thanks to everyone who gave to this worthy cause!
Eighth Grade Dance Tickets
May 4, 2009
Tickets for the 8th grade dance will be on sale all week for $6 in Ms. Leo's room. 
Spring Football Practice
May 4, 2009
Spring football practice begins Monday, May 11th and runs through Thursday, May 14th from 4:00-5:15pm.  All current 7th graders with an up-to-date physical are eligible to participate (physical forms on file from the fall are okay).  Wear shorts, t-shirts, and cleats or tennis shoes to practice.  NOTE: Sixth graders are NOT eligible for spring practice but are welcome to come out in August for practice and tryouts.  If you have any questions, please see Coach Bowman.  Be a part of the Sparks' football tradition!   
Color Guard Tryouts @ PHS
May 1, 2009
Varsity color guard tryouts will be Tuesday, May 5th through Thursday, May 7th from 3:30-6pm at the old PHS gym; those trying out should wear gym-type clothes and be in the old gym no later than 3:30pm.  Contact Mrs. Brooks at Pickens High School (878-8730) if you have any questions. 
Star Runners Shine
May 1, 2009
Eighth-graders Sydney Alexander and Mak Higgins and seventh-grader Brooke Stewart will be representing Pickens High School in the 4x400 at the Upper State finals in Columbia on Saturday, May 9th.  Sydney and Mak will also be representing PHS in the 4x800 that day.  An extra congratulations goes out to Mak Higgins who broke the PHS 800 meter record on April 30th at the regional competition with a time of 2:35; she will compete in this event as well in the Upper State finals.  Way to go, girls! 
Parents, We Need You!
April 29, 2009
If you are a trained volunteer, we need your help selling sno-cones this week during all three lunches.  Any amount of time you can donate would be GREATLY appreciated; if you are able to help, please call (878-8735) or email Lydia Trotter in Guidance (lydiatrotter@pickens.k12.sc.us).   Sno-cones sales will benefit our Bi-Lo fundraising event.  Thank you so much for supporting Pickens Middle School!

Lunch times are as follows:
7th grade- 11:18am-12:02pm
6th grade- 12:05pm-12:49pm
8th grade- 12:52pm- 1:36pm
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PMS Earns Recognition from March of Dimes
April 29, 2009
Pickens Middle School recently earned recognition for raising the most money of any middle school during the Pickens County March of Dimes annual fundraising drive.  Pictured here are Beta Club members and sponsors at Saturday's March for Babies receiving the plaque from Erin Reid, county MOD coordinator. Not pictured is Mrs. Beth Dill, Beta Club sponsor.
*NEW* Volunteer Training at PMS
April 23, 2009
Nurse Higgins and Mrs. Batson will train volunteers (including chaperones) on Wednesday, April 29th at 8:30 am in the first floor teacher workroom. 
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PMS Student Wins County Bookmark Contest
April 21, 2009
Seventh-grader Destin Nix was named overall winner in the children's category of the Pickens County Library's bookmark contest.  Destin received a certificate and a cash prize, and his design will be used on the library's bookmarks over the next year.  Destin also placed 2nd in our school's contest.  Great job, Destin!

March of Dimes Money Due
April 21, 2009
Beta Club students should turn in their March of Dimes Walk America packets to their grade-level sponsor NO LATER THAN Wednesday, April 22nd. 
Beta Officers Needed
April 21, 2009
Any rising 7th or 8th grade Beta Club member who plans to run for office for our school Beta Club should see Mrs. Dill before Monday, April 27th. 
JV Volleyball Sign-ups
April 21, 2009
Eighth grade girls interested in playing JV volleyball next year should sign up in Coach Hiott's room by this Friday. 
Students Ride High in Contest
April 21, 2009
Congratulations to Kelley Welborn, Levi Lance, Jessica Tarone, and Leanna Bearden for receiving 2nd place at the FFA Middle School Round Robin Competition in Columbia this past Saturday!  The Round Robin team tied for the highest score on the tool identification part of the test, and Levi Lance scored highest of any competitor on the horticulture portion of the test.  This team was led by their teacher, Mrs. Amy New.  Way to go, team! 
Hat and PJ Day
April 21, 2009
This Friday, April 24th will be hat day and pajama day.  Pay $1 to wear either a hat or pajama pants, or pay $2 to wear BOTH.  Remember- dress code applies to pajama pants, and no slippers are allowed. 
Talent Show Info
April 21, 2009
Any student interested in performing in the PMS talent show on May 30th (6:00pm) and June 4th (during school) should see Mrs. Riddle.  Applications are due by THIS Friday, April 24th.  Auditions will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009. 
Sports Physicals Available to PMS Students
April 17, 2009
Although our school will not be able to offer physicals this year, Pickens Middle students will be allowed to participate in Easley High School's physicals on Saturday, May 9th in the McKelvey Gym at EHS. The cost is $20 and the physicals will be given from 9am until noon.

The last day to register and pay for a physical is May 6th. You must be registered and have paid for your exam by this date to receive a physical on May 9th.  
Physical forms with further instructions can be picked up from Nurse Higgins.  Anyone participating in spring training, spring sports, spring tryouts or participating in any sports next year must have a physical on file.
Volunteer Training Scheduled
April 17, 2009
The school district will offer volunteer training (a requirement for chaperones and others involved with school-related functions) on the following dates: 
  • Monday, April 20th from 6:00 pm-7:15 pm
  • Tuesday, May 5th from 8:30 am-9:45 am
Both trainings will be held in the professional development center at the Central Services office.   
Bookmark Contest Winners
April 17, 2009
Congratulations to the following students for winning the Pickens Middle bookmark contest:
  • Leanna Bearden- 1st place ($15)
  • Destin Nix- 2nd place ($10)
  • Brandon Ferrell- 3rd place ($5)
These students' and all other entries were submitted to the county library's annual contest.  We hope to have a PMS winner this year, so good luck to everyone who entered! 
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Spelling Bee Winners
April 16, 2009
Congratulations to this year's school spelling bee winner, Brooke Stewart.  Brooke spelled "haiku" and "solstice" correctly to take top honors in the schoolwide contest on Thursday, April 16th in the media center.  She will represent Pickens Middle at the district-wide contest on May 4th.  Alex Dalton was the second place winner and will serve as Brook's alternate.  G-r-e-a-t j-o-b! 
8th Grade Field Trip Notice
January 28, 2009
Notice to those intending to go on the Washington Field Trip: Students that are signed up to participate are reminded that any infraction resulting in OSS may disqualify then from participating in the trip.  If a student is disqualified from going for that reason, money will be refunded for any part of the trip that has not been prepaid as a deposit.
The FINAL payment is due this Friday, April 3rd.
PMS Raises Money to Fight Cancer
April 1, 2009
Pickens Middle School students recently joined the fight against cancer by raising $1500 for the Relay for Life challenge.  The PMS Jr. Beta Club sponsored this fundraiser as part of their service-learning goals, and all monies collected will go towards cancer research and prevention.  Thanks to everyone who generously gave to this cause. 
Bookmark Contest
March 25, 2009
All students are invited to participate in this year's bookmark contest.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners ($15, $10, and $5, respectively), and all entries will be submitted to the Pickens County Library's bookmark contest as well.  Entries must be received by Friday, April 3rd in the media center.  Please stop by the media center for more information. 
All County Orchestra News
March 23, 2009
The following students from 7th and 8th grade Orchestra auditioned and made All-County Orchestra:

Mattie Dalton
Taylor Dunson
Maris Monroe
Brooke Thomas
Sebastian Vance
Thomas Ward

They will be participating in the All-County Festival at Liberty Middle School on March 26th.  Congratulations! 
Temporary Online Grade Glitch
March 13, 2009
If you are checking your child's online grades this week and noticed a problem, here is what has happened:
          •If you match the numbererd tab at the top with the course number showing on the Summary tab, you will get the grades for that subject.
          •If you click on the subject name, the grades displayed will be for the next class. If you click on the last subject name, no grades will display.

This is a known issue at SchoolFusion and their engineers are currently working on a solution. The issue should be fixed by next week's import.

Fifth Grade Parent Night
March 6, 2009
Rising sixth grade parent night will be held on Monday, March 9th @ 6pm in the PMS gym.  Parents of current fifth-graders from all feeder schools are invited to attend this informative meeting. 
Ninth Grade Registration
March 6, 2009
Registration for rising ninth-graders will be held Monday, March 9th at Pickens High School from 3:30-7:30pm. 
Stress & Depression in Adolescents Seminar
March 6, 2009
Behavioral Health Services of Pickens County will be here on Thursday, March 12, 2009, to discuss signs and symptoms of stress and depression in adolescents. Youth Court will also be here to present a skit on the same topic. ALL parents and interested community members are invited and encouraged to attend. The seminar will begin at 6pm in the school media center.
Yearbooks Going Fast!
March 6, 2009
There are only 35 yearbooks remaining to sell.  Please send $40.66 to Mrs. Cole ASAP to reserve a yearbook for this year.   Also, PMS t-shirts are still available for $8; see Mrs. Cole for those as well. 
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Inventors Show Their Ideas
March 9, 2009
Mrs. Riddle recently traveled with Tessa Dunaway, Coleman Gilstrap, Davis Hendricks, Austen McPeters, Skye Schade, Tyler Stockton, Antron Wakefield, Skyler Walker, and Silas Whitmire to the 2009 BiLo Invention Convention.  The students displayed their original inventions along with hundreds of other students at the BiLo center on Wednesday 3/4 and Thursday 3/5.  Although none of the students from Pickens Middle School placed in the event, it was a great opportunity for all of them.
Orchestra Selling Canned Drinks
March 6, 2009
The PMS Orchestra is selling drinks after school for 50 cents each. All profits benefit those attending the Carowinds Festival of Music trip in May.
Cheerleader Tryouts
March 26, 2009
Sign-ups for next year’s cheerleading squad will continue through April 14th. Those interested may pick up a packet from Coach Hendrix or Coach Higgins. Everyone trying out MUST have a physical on file before tryouts begin. The MANDATORY parent meeting is April 14th @ 6:30pm in the school gym. 
 
Spring Pictures
February 18, 2009
Spring Pictures will be taken Tuesday, March 3.
School Supplies Reminder
February 17, 2009
Please check your child's school supplies to be sure that he or she has enough pencils, pens, and/or paper to be adequately prepared for class.  As the year progresses, supplies tend to dwindle, so please be certain that your child is well-stocked with what he or she needs each day.  A few supplies are available in the Guidance Office as well.  Thank you for supporting your child's education here at Pickens Middle.  
Important Yearbook Announcement!
February 13, 2009
Yearbooks are still on sale, but the yearbook price has now gone up to $40.66, tax included.  We are not ordering any extra yearbooks this year, so it is very important that you order one during the month of February.  The company has always sent us extras to sell at the end of the school year, but this year they will not.  Please see Mrs. Cole ASAP place your order during the month of February...don't miss this last chance!
The Book Fair Is Coming!
February 13, 2009
Our annual book fair will be held February 23rd – 27th in the school media center. Students, teachers, and parents will be able to buy the latest titles and should find some GREAT bargains, too! A flyer with more information will be sent home this week. 
PMS Aids Gleaning House
February 13, 2009
PMS students collected 900 cans and $250.00 for our local food pantry, The Gleaning House.  The seventh grade focus is our community. Ms. Porter's ELA classes wrote public service announcements, made daily announcements, and other publicity for this event.  Seventh grade math classes worked with measurement in conjunction to this project.  These activities made our effort to help others a true service learning experience.  Gleaning House also receives help from Bob Owen's students as they assist in sorting donations and packing food boxes for families served by this organization. 
8th Grade Field Trip Payment Information
February 13, 2009
The next payment for the 8th grade field trip to Washington, D.C. is due on Friday, February 20th.  It is for $100 if other standard payments have been made.  The last payment of $75 is due by April 3rd.  If students have raised money for their trip by selling coupon books they will be able to deduct that from their payment.  Dr. Weekes, Ms. Leo or Mrs. Lawson can tell students how much they have to apply to the trip balance.  There are still some coupon books that can be sold.  Please see Mrs. Lawson if you would like to buy one or sell others.  The coupon books can quickly pay for themselves in discounts.
Sparks' Aglow Health Fair Is Coming!
February 3, 2009
Pickens Middle will host a health fair on Tuesday, February 10th from 6pm-8pm in the school gym.  ALL parents, students, and community members are encouraged to attend this informative, FREE event!  Representatives from various health agencies will be on hand to offer FREE information about services you have access to in Pickens County.  There will also be FREE eye screenings, blood pressure checks, blood sugar testing, and immunization verification, among other services.  Please make plans to attend!  
Support the Souper Bowl of Caring
January 28, 2009
We are collecting non-perishable food items for the Souper Bowl of Caring this week.  All items will go to the Gleaning House food pantry in Pickens, and we would like for all students and faculty to bring in at least one food item to support this worthy cause.  Thanks for caring for our community!
Show Your School Spirit!
January 28, 2009
Spirit Week will be held 2/2-2/5 and will include:
  • Monday- Multiplicity Day (dress like as many others as you can)
  • Tuesday- Pajama Pants Day 
  • Wednesday- Tacky Day
  • Thursday- School Spirit Day (wear your blue, red, and white!)
PMS Recycling
March 6, 2009
Did you know that PMS recycles old ink cartridges and old cell phones?  Send these to your child’s homeroom teacher, if possible. The school makes a small profit for each item collected. 
Newsletter Delay
January 21, 2009
Our newsletter, Sparks' Highlights, will not be sent with report cards on Thursday as originally scheduled.  You will receive a copy next week, and we apologize for the delay.  Thank you!
Come to the Snowball Dance!
January 15, 2009
PMS will hold a Snowball Dance on Friday, January 23rd from 3:30-5pm in the gym.  Tickets are $3 ($4 at the door) and will be sold during lunches during the week of the dance.  Make plans to come and "chill out" with all your friends! 
District Offers Volunteer Training
January 15, 2009
Central Services is offering Volunteer Training at the Professional Development Center (at the District Office) on the following dates:  2/10/09 at 6:00 p.m.; 3/10/09 at 8:00 a.m.; and 4/7/09 at 6:00 p.m.  If you are interested in chaperoning a field trip, you MUST complete volunteer training prior to the trip.  Please call Mary Batson in the Guidance Office (878-8735) with any questions. 
Sparks' Parents' Night Out is Tuesday!!
January 2, 2009
All parents are invited to our school on Tuesday, January 6th, for "Launching Into the Future."  Pickens High School guidance counselors and a representative from the BJ Skelton Career Center will be here to give parents timely advice about helping their children as they begin to plan their future.  The meeting starts at 6pm in the PMS media center.  

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Student Volunteers Learn Flag Protocol
January 12, 2009
Sgt. Reginald Perry of the John T. Simpson Academy recently worked with some of Mrs. Deb Pruitt's eighth-graders to teach them about the proper treatment of the American flag.  Several volunteers are shown here listening to Sgt. Perry as he describes proper procedures for raising and lowering the flag each day.  

Sixth Literacy Project Due Friday
January 2, 2009
We will reach the halfway mark with our literacy program on Friday, January 9th, so please remind your students to be ready to present their sixth literacy project that day.  We have read over 3,200 books so for this year- what an amazing accomplishment!  Keep up the great work!  

Students of the Month for December
January 6, 2009
Congratulations to these students for their outstanding work and for being named Students of the Month for December: Rebecca Aiken, Austin Breazeale, Kalyn Cassell, April Davis, Tessa Dunaway, Natasha Elkamand, Laura Galloway, Dakota Gamble, Imari Gowens, Heather Gravley, Donald Guzman, Peyton Haney, Ryan Haynes, Faith Hein, Mak Higgins, Kayla James, Katie Jones, Hannah Loftis, Morgan McConnell, Tyler McJunkin, Michelle Morgan, Daniel Morgan, Alyssa O'Kelley, Tiffani Pace, Wade Patterson, Casey Porter, Gabby Robinson, Amanda Rogers, Sonny Roper, Sarah Short, Daniel Soto, Alexus Spencer, Eden Stancil, Hannah Tate, Jessica Thomas, Monique Walker, and Mitchel Whitten.
Early Dismissal On Friday
December 16, 2008
Car riders will be dismissed at 11:30am on Friday; bus riders will dismiss at ~11:50am or when buses arrive.  Have a wonderful, restful holiday break! 

Hat Days
December 16, 2008
Students can pay $1 on Thursday and Friday to wear their favorite hat; if 400 students participate, all three administrators (Dr. Floyd, Mrs. Ashton, and Mr. Evans) will don their craziest hats and join in on the fun!
Dance on Thursday
December 16, 2008
A special "Merry Christmas Dance" will be held this Thursday from 3:30-5pm in the gym.  Tickets are $3 during lunch and $4 at the door.  All students are invited to come out and share in the joy of the season!
Beta Club Takes Top Honors
December 15, 2008
We are pleased to announce that for the ninth year in a row, Pickens Middle is the home school of the South Carolina Beta Club President! Seventh-grader Samantha Wagner was elected to this coveted position on Friday at the state convention in Myrtle Beach.  Our campaign skit troupe also took top honors, and the Tower Power team placed 2nd out of 48 schools in their competition.  Congratulations to our Beta students for exhibiting excellence in and out of the classroom!
Beta Convention Trip
December 8, 2008
Students and parents going on the Beta Club Convention trip to Myrtle Beach need to meet this Wednesday, December 12th, at 6:30am in the cafeteria.  The buses will depart at 7am SHARP!  See your Beta sponsor for more information. 

Miss Torch Pictures
December 2, 2008
Check out the Annual Staff Webpage for links to the Miss Torch Pageant photographs.
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Pageant Winners Announced
November 24, 2008
The Miss Torch Pageant was held Friday, November 21, 2008, at Pickens High School.  Young ladies from all three grade levels enjoyed a night of glitz, glamour, and fun as they competed for their respective grade-level crowns and the coveted title of Miss Torch.  Winners pictured here are Allie Strickland (Miss Sixth Grade), Taylor Underwood (Miss Torch), Sydney Alexander (Miss Eighth Grade), and Kamila Reeves (Miss Seventh Grade).  Congratulations to these young ladies and to the runners-up in each grade level- you make Pickens Middle proud!
American Education Week
November 14, 2008

National Education Association's 87th annual American Education Week (AEW) spotlights the importance of providing every child in America with a quality public education from kindergarten through college, and the need for everyone to do his or her part in making public schools great.”
During this week, parents, guardians, and students may participate in this celebration by writing notes of thanks to teachers.  On Friday, November 21, parents and guardians are asked to send treats for the faculty and staff to enjoy during their planning periods. 
If you will be able to participate, please contact Guidance Counselor Mary Batson at 878-8735 or MaryBatson@pickens.k12.sc.us.  Thank you!
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$1000 Goal Met for Mill Preservation Project
November 18, 2008
On October 31st, Sparks' Dream Team and Team Phoenix sponsored a Halloween Dance and were able to meet their goal by raising $1000 for Hagood Mill.  Pickens County is in the process of raising money for the new Rock Art Center which will soon be built to preserve the ancient petroglyphs found near the mill.  Many thanks to all the students who attended the dance and bought refreshments; your monetary support helped the teams reach their goal.  Additional thanks go to the parents and students who helped with the dance- you should be proud of your service to your community!
Hot Off the Press! Calendars For Sale
November 12, 2008
We have a limited number of 2009 Veterans' Day calendars for sale featuring PMS students' artwork.  Calendars are $5 each and can be purchased in the main office.  Thank you for supporting our school!  
Veterans' Day Program on Tuesday
November 7, 2008
All veterans and active military servicemembers are invited to attend our annual Veterans' Day program on Tuesday, November 11th @ 9am in the school gym.  A reception for veterans and their guests will be held in the school media center after the program.  Please make plans to attend this special event. 
Parents' Night Out TONIGHT!
November 6, 2008
Sparks' Parents' Night Out is tonight, and the topic will be "Raising a Teenager".  Behavioral Health services will share ways to communicate better with your middle-schooler.  Please join us at 6pm for this informative, enjoyable session!
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Team Phoenix Tours Pickens
October 31, 2008
Team Phoenix went on a historical tour of Pickens on Wednesday, Oct. 29th. The morning tour, guided by Mrs. Una Wellborn and several volunteers from the Pickens Historical Society, included the Griffin House, Colonial House, and the Hagood-Mauldin House. Students were then treated to a tour of the courthouse which included a mock trial and scavenger hunt. After a restful lunch break at the First Pickens Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, students continued their tour past other sites such as the old Hiawatha Hotel and ended at the Boggs House where students made entries into their sketchbooks and journals. Finally, after a drink of water kept cool for them by the Corner Grill, students headed back to school, tired but wiser.
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Congratulations, Volleyball Team!
October 27, 2008
The PMS Lady Sparks' Volleyball team ended a PERFECT season on Saturday by taking top honors at the regional tournament.  The girls, headed by Coaches Chelsea Gambrell and Becky Knoll, were undefeated this season-an amazing feat!  Congratulations on your success, ladies! 
Football Game Moved to Thursday
October 27, 2008
The middle school football game for this week has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday at 6:00.  There will be no Wednesday game, but there is still a doubleheader on Thursday with Pickens MS vs. Edwards & the JV game vs. Daniel. 
Computer Safety @ Sparks' Parents' Night Out
October 17, 2008
Please join us this Tuesday, October 21st, from 6-8pm.  A representative from the Greenville County Sheriff's Department will be here to talk with parents, grandparents, and community members about computer safety for their children. 

Red Ribbon Week
October 17, 2008
Red Ribbon Week is a time to increase awareness about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, and Pickens Middle will once again be participating in this nationwide event beginning October 23rd. Events include:
 
  • 10/27- NO SCHOOL for students (Teacher In-Service)
  • 10/28- Wear red ribbons- prizes will be randomly given throughout week
  • 10/29- Door judging; wear ribbons
  • 10/30- “Wear Red” Day…the redder the better!
  • 10/31- “Sock it to Drugs” Day- wear your wildest, craziest socks; party for the door-decorating contest winner
Thanks for supporting this great cause!
 
8th Grade Field Trip
October 16, 2008
The Eighth Grade Teachers are pleased to announce that the annual field trip to Washington, D.C. has been approved by the District Office.  The trip will be May 27th through May 29th.  The cost this year will be $325 and will include all meals.  Students have received information sheets from their science teachers.  Please read the sheets handed out to the students as well as check out the links below for further information.  If you have any questions contact Dr. Weekes.
Trip Announcement
Permission to Participate
Parent Participation
Medical Information
Veterans' Day Art Contest
October 10, 2008
Students are invited to participate in this year’s Veterans’ Day Art Contest by drawing an original patriotic-themed work and submitting it to Mrs. Dalton in the media center by Thursday, October 16th. Twelve winners’ pieces will be selected to include in a calendar that will be given to our guests during the Veterans’ Day reception. Artwork should be hand-drawn (not computer-generated) on an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of white paper and should include the student’s full name on the back. Please see Mrs. Dalton with any questions. 
Have Lunch With Us!
October 10, 2008
Parents are invited to eat lunch with their children on the following dates:
  • Monday, October 20th- 6th grade (12:05-12:45pm)
  • Tuesday, October 21st- 7th grade (12:50-1:35pm)
  • Wednesday, October 22nd- 8th grade (11:15am-12:00pm)
Please sign the slip that your child brings home to indicate whether you will join us for lunch that day; the cost is $3 for parents. Thank you for supporting your child!
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Order Your Annual Now
October 9, 2008
Click on the icon below to preorder your annual now.
Football Game Canceled
October 8, 2008
The football game scheduled for tonight has been canceled.  A rain date will be posted as soon as information is made available.  Please check the athletic pages for more information.
Email Problems
October 7, 2008
We are having difficulty with Yahoo and AOL email accounts receiving district/school emails.  Please note that AITS is working with Yahoo and AOL to correct this problem. 
Sparking Parents' Knowledge Night
October 6, 2008
PMS will host "Sparking Awareness" night for parents and the community this Thursday, Oct. 9th, from 5-7pm.  Seventeen local agencies will be in the gym to give out FREE information about services available to Pickens County students, parents, and other citizens.  Everyone in the community is invited and encouraged to attend.  Call the Guidance Office at 878-8735 with any questions. 
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT SCHOOL PICTURES
October 2, 2008
Please make certain that your child has returned either his or her unwanted school pictures or the money to pay for the desired pictures.  This was due September 30th. 
Students Tell Some Tales
October 3, 2008
Mrs. Spivey's Team Phoenix students have written Tall Tales and bedtime stories that will be featured at Hagood Mill's Storyteller's Convention on October 18th. This sharing is an outcome of the ongoing partnership between Hagood Mill and Pickens Middle School's Team Phoenix. 
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Horses Visit PMS Agriculture Class
October 2, 2008
The 7th Grade Pickens Middle School Agriculture Class had some very interesting visitors this week. Splash, an American Quarter Horse, and Beam, a Tennessee Walking Horse, visited the class to help teach them about the different breeds of horses, the colors, body parts, saddles, and horse equipment. Pictured are Tyler Luker, Nathan Cantrell, Kelley Welborn, Agriculture Teacher Amy New, Tamra Thompson, and Jessica Meyer.
 
Technology Class for Parents TONIGHT!
September 30, 2008
Please come to our first technology class for parents tonight from 6:00-7:30pm.  We will discuss the school website and email and will show parents how to access student assignments, grades, and other valuable information via the Internet. 
Students of the Month Announced
September 23, 2008
The following students at Pickens Middle School were recently recognized for being September Students of The Month: Stephanie Dalton,  Autumn Holcombe, Tim Duncan, Sara Dooley, Davis Hendricks, Peyton O'Kelley, Katie Williams, Rebecca Aiken, Christian Hayes, LaChandre Dukes, Caleb Howard, Michael Ross, Kerrigan Galloway, Tristen Thomas, Zach Roper, Esther Carillo, Sam Anthony, Levi Tallon, Nathan Baldwin, Amanda Marshall, Casey Owens, Elizabeth Branham, Chandler Vinson, Tyler Luker, Harley Grant, Brooke Ann Bishop, Lauren Denton, Sydney Stancell, Lindsey Anderson, Brett Harris, Maris Monroe, Levi Lance, Lindsay Witt, Wyn Mellett, DeChane Chapman, Stephen Beck, and Emily LawsonCongratulations, students!  
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Team Phoenix Soars
September 23, 2008
Team Phoenix, led by Dr. Susan Hilyer, is part of the South Carolina State Department of Education and one of 25 such teams across the state. Dr. Hilyer states, "Our goal is to incorporate state standards with a community project outside the classroom. This year our project will include the investigation of the recently discovered petroglyths (ancient rock carvings) and the other local history found at Hagood Mill and within Pickens City Limits. We have just made the first of four trips to the Mill. We thank Mrs. Ginger Chastain and Mrs. Mickey Miller who helped us. Students learned about old-time measurements, participated in scavenger hunts, hiked a trail, and wrote and drew in their sketch books. We look forward to our next trip on October 10th." Any parents interested in going on the trip should call the guidance office for volunteer training. 
Congratulations Mrs. Reinovsky
September 18, 2008
Congratulations goes out to Mrs. Paula Reinovsky for receiving the Picturing America Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Click here to see the letter from Congressman J. Gresham Barrett.
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Team Phoenix Ties the Knot
September 18, 2008
The sixty-five members of seventh grade's Team Phoenix recently participated in a color-combining, team-building exercise of tie-dying t-shirts.  Their science teacher, Dr. Susan Hilyer, led the group in binding and dipping their shirts in order to create a phoenix design in the center- and some of them actually worked!
Pickens County Library Card Drive
September 11, 2008
The Pickens County Library will have a table set up at Friday's Pickens-Easley football game so that students, parents, and community members may sign up for library cards.  PMS students are encouraged to get a card so that they can take advantage of all that the public library has to offer, including a variety of great READING materials for this year's literacy program!
Open House September 15th
September 4, 2008
Pickens Middle will host "Launching into Middle School" for all parents on Monday, September 15th from 6-8pm.  Everyone will meet in the gym at 6pm for a brief overview of the evening and then disperse to various locations by grade level.  Parents, please attend so that you can learn about the great happenings in store at PMS this school year!
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Agriculture Classes Have Visitor
September 11, 2008
Eighth grade Agricultural Education classes are studying wildlife in South Carolina, and teacher Amy New was fortunate to find a visitor to bring in the fur of a black bear to accompany the lesson.  Pictured are PMS student, Kelley Welborn, and her father, Pat, who brought the bear skin to class. 
Register Ingles Cards Online
September 9, 2008
Did you know that your Ingles Advantage Card can help our school's instructional programs? We're asking all parents to register (or re-register) their cards so that we can maximize our benefits.  Please enroll in the program at http://www.ingles-markets.com/advantage_card/tools_for_schools/cardlink_step_1.php.  Our school's ID number is 11462.  Thanks for supporting our school!   
Literacy Program Launches
September 4, 2008
The PMS literacy program has begun!  Every teacher, staff member, and student in the school will read 12 books outside of school this year, and we know that we will see GREAT gains in students' reading abilities.  The first project is due September 19th, and students have a reading schedule in their agendas to keep them on track.  Happy reading! 
Ordering Yearbooks
September 4, 2008
Look for an envelope in the mail from Jostens containing information on ordering this year's annual.  This easy at-home ordering program will eliminate the need for your student to bring money to school and will provide an efficient way to purchase a yearbook.  Contact Megan Cole (megancole@pickens.k12.sc.us) with any questions.   
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"Rookie Camp" a Success
August 13, 2008
Pickens Middle School's first "Rookie Camp" for rising sixth graders was a huge success.  Over 160 students attended the one day camp aimed at assisting sixth graders in adjusting to middle school.  The students walked through a typical day of their schedule, met their teachers, learned how to use their locks and had lunch at the middle school.
Welcome to Pickens Middle School
June 30, 2008
The main office will be open from 7:00 AM until 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday from June 16 through August 7.
FOOTBALL PRACTICE
August 6, 2008
Middle School Football practice will begin on Monday, August 11 at 5:00PM.  Practice will conclude at 8:00PM.  Coaches will inform the students of the times and dates of the remainder of the practices at that time. 
6th Grade "Rookie Camp"
July 2, 2008
In order to make the transition to sixth grade a smooth one for our students and parents, Pickens Middle School will be hosting a "6th Grade Rookie Camp" for our rising sixth graders.  Rookie Camp will be held on Monday, August 11, 2008 from 8:30am until 1:30pm.  Parents are invited to attend, with their child, from 8:30am to 9:30am.  Students will remain at the school until 1:30pm.  A free lunch will be provided.  We are also offering a t-shirt this year for $5.00 which the students will pre-purchase and receive at camp.

The students' schedule for the day includes:
  • Meeting their techers
  • Receiving their schedules, lockers, and agendas
  • Following their schedules and going to each class for a short activity
  • Becoming familiar with homeroom, lunch/blacktop, and dismissal procedures
  • Practicing using locks and lockers
  • Participating in games and team-building activities
  • Discussing attendance, dress code and discipline rules
  • Having FUN!
Please contact Pickens Middle School at 878-8735 by July 31 to register and pre-purchase t-shirts.  We look forward to meeting you and your child on Monday August 11.
2008-2009 Sparks Cheerleaders
May 16, 2008
The following girls have be named 2008-2009 Sparks Cheerleaders: Ashleigh Abercrombie, Madison Ellenburg, Breann Griffin, Mak Higgins, Sabrina House, Audrey LeClair, Stephanie Moody, Naideli Pinedo, Sarah Powell, Kadron Reeves, Kamila Reeves, Gladys Sosa, Tessa Stancell, Ashley Whaley, Jada Williams, and Hunter Winchester.  Mak Higgins and Ashley Mulkey will serve as Co-captains.  Congratulations to all of the girls for their hard work.
 
PACT Testing Starts May 13
May 9, 2008
Parents are reminded that PACT testing will start on Tuesday May 13, and continue on May 14, 15, 20, 21, and 22.  Students need to get plenty of rest and eat a good breakfast in order that they may do their best on the test.  We ask that there be no late arrivals or early dismissals those days because we can not interrupt testing to call a student to the office.  Testing times are approxiamtely 8:15- 12:00 Noon.
8th Grade Field Trip
May 2, 2008
There will be a meeting for students and parents for the 8th Grade Washington D.C. Field Trip on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00 pm.  Students will be given an information sheet on the Thursday before the meeting.  Copies will also be available at the meeting.  T-shirts for the trip will be given out at this time.  Rules and guidelines will be discussed at the meeting.
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SEVENTH GRADER WINS PICKENS MIDDLE SPELLING BEE
April 14, 2008
Congratulations to our Spelling Bee winner, seventh grader, Naideli Pinedo. Also, congratulations go to runner-up, Brooke Stewart.   Naideli will represent Pickens Middle School in the Pickens County Spelling Bee scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, 2008.
          Classroom winners were Whitney Argenbright, Seth Ballard, David Browne, Anna Chastain, Morgan Cisson, Brandon Crane, Nicole Darnell, Denver Elrod, Austin Gilstrap, Brett Harris, Ashley Gibson, Noah Hayes, Ryan Haynes, Chandler Stewart, Zach Masters, Mandy McDonald, Isaac Miles, Darrian Mitchell, Nikki Peace, Leann Pilgrim, Zach Rhodes, Desiree Rogers, Samantha Sherburn, Keaton Shipman, Johnathon Sorrells, Daniel Soto, Candice Springs, Mikey Holcombe, Megan Thomas, Levi Todd, Karson Waldrop, Jake Willimon, Macie Wilson, and Matthew Wilson. All of these winners are to be congratulated on a job well done!
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Bookmark Contest Winners
April 14, 2008
The media center would like to send congratulations to our schoolwide bookmark contest winners:
  • 1st Place- Camille Beavers ($25 prize)
  • 2nd Place- Will Raines ($15 prize)
Thanks to everyone who entered the contest...all entries have been submitted to the Pickens County Library's annual bookmark contest, and we hope to have a prize winner from our school!  Happy reading!
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April 14, 2008
Science Fair Winners
March 26, 2008
Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the AOP Regional Science Fair Awards Ceremony held at the Brooks Center at Clemson University.  We are very proud of them!  PMS was very well represented.
 
Allie Lofink-7th grade      Gold medal in Chemistry
Spencer King-8th grade    Silver medal in Engineering
Jenna Rampey-8th grade  Silver medal in Earth/Space Science
Abby Thompson-8th grade  Silver medal in Chemistry
Sarah Fishburne-8th Grade   Gold medal in Zoology
Camille Beavers--8th grade   Silver medal in Environmental Science
Kiersten Emmons- 8th grade  Silver medal in Earth/Space Science
Guidance News
March 25, 2008
2008/2009 registration is complete for all grades.  If you have not turned in your registration and health history forms, please turn in to the guidance office as soon as possible.   

Individual Graduation Plans
(IGPs) for
rising ninth-graders are still being held.  If you have not been contacted, please call the guidance office at 878-8735 to schedule your child's conference.  Mrs. McEwen will complete student IGP conferences with students whose last names begin with A-K.  Mr. Lilliston will complete student IGP conferences with students whose last names begin with L-Z.  
Cheerleading Tryouts
March 17, 2008
Cheerleading signups for next year are going on now. Any 6th or 7th grade student wanting to try out for a spot on the Sparks Cheerleading Squad needs to  sign up in Nurse Higgins or Mrs. Hendrix's rooms between now and March 25th .Pick up an information packet from them. We will not accept any signup after march 25th.
Athletic Physicals for Next School Year
February 26, 2008
Once again, Pickens Middle School, in conjunction with the local medical community, will be offering physical examinations for all present 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The cost for this exam will be just $15.00, and will be held on Tuesday, April 15, beginning at 5:15pm at the school. 

This exam on April 15 is for any present 6th, 7th, and 8th grade student who is considering playing a sport at Pickens Middle and/or Pickens High in 2008-2009. If your child is thinking about trying out for a team next year, take advantage of this opportunity. The physical is required of all student/athletes on a yearly basis by the South Carolina High School League before the prospective participants can try out for a team.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Coach Hiott at the school athletic number (878-8716) or email (AlHiott@pickens.k12.sc.us).

Miss Torch 2008 Crowned
February 14, 2008
Camille Beavers was crowned Miss Torch at the annual pagaent held at Pickens High School on Jan 25, 2008.  Alexa Wood was selected as Miss Eighth Grade and Chandler Moore was the runner-up.

Sydney Alexander was crowned Miss Seventh Grade with Taylor Underwood selected as the runner-up.  Miss Sixth Grade is Michaela Leslie and Samantha Anthony was the runner-up.

Congratulations to all of our winners and all of the young ladies who participated in the pageant.

Click here for a slide show of images from the pagaent.

Teacher Websites
February 5, 2008
Teacher websites are not currently available.  We are attempting to  link their old site to the new Pickens Middle School Site.  Some teachers will be creating new sites.  We apologize for any inconvienence and we will rectify the situation as soon as possible
Welcome
January 6, 2008

Welcome to our new web site!  Pickens Middle School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a Palmetto's Finest School serves the Pickens area and is the middle school for students from Ambler, Hagood, A.R.Lewis, Pickens and Holly Springs Elementary schools.  We invite you to stop in and visit and see what makes us an Excellent school!

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Lawson Elected State Beta Club President
January 6, 2008
Emily Lawson was elected South Carolina Junior Beta Club President at the annual convention on December 6-7 in Myrtle Beach.  This marks the eighth consecutive year that a Pickens Middle School student has been elected as State President.  Pictured from left to right are newly elected President Emily Lawson and out-going President Dewey Evans.

Miss Torch Pageant
January 6, 2008
Make plans now to attend the 2008 Miss Torch Pageant at Pickens High School on January 19 at 7:00 pm.

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Newsletter link
January 6, 2008
Did you fail to receive our school newsletter?á Maybe it was eaten by the dog or maybe your child lost it in the hundreds of papers stuffed in his or her backpack or maybe it is just misplaced.á Whatever the reason you can access our on-line version of the latest newsletter by clicking on "What's New" from the top links and selecting Newsletter.
The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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