Our school is working with our wonderful bus drivers to help provide relief for the victims of the recent Tornado in Western Kentucky. If possible, please bring blankets and/or personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste etc. This is a county wide campaign. Other schools are providing different types of materials. Students that bring items, will drop them off in their Advisory classes. Our drivers will collect the donations this Friday. Thank you for your support!
We are pleased to inform you that students who took the West Virginia General Summative Assessment or SAT School Day in spring 2021 will receive an email at their K12 student email account on December 10, 2021, containing a link to an individual student video score report. Parents with emails on file with the school will also receive the link to the video score report. Although students received their printed score reports earlier this school year, the West Virginia Department of Education is piloting exciting new video score reports designed to be more engaging for students and their parents or guardians. Please have your student check his or her email account for the link, and parents and guardians should also check to see if it has been received. Simply copy and paste the link into your web browser and enter the student's date of birth to access the video score report customized specifically for the student. Also, be sure to check out the links to resources in the video report. If you have any difficulty accessing the report, please contact the school for assistance.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is offering a $150 gift card to any Grandfamily that has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, meaning the grandparent(s) and any grandchild that is eligible to be vaccinated. To enroll, contact the Healthy Grandfamilies Coordinator in your county or Program Director Bonnie Dunn at (304) 204-4007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Virtual Device Collection will be Tuesday June 1st from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. Parents and/or Students need to bring Laptops, Chargers, Cases, and Hotspots to the front door. Students will also return any other school materials that had been provided during the year. Parents and Virtual Students will be met by school personnel outside and all items will be dropped off at the table in the front entry. Masks are to be worn by all parties and sanitation supplies will be on hand. Before collecting laptops from students, teachers will do an audit of each device to make sure it is working properly and not in need of repair. Students will be asked to power on their device. The device will be examined for physical damage. A $25.00 fee will be assigned for any missing power cords. Checks are made payable to PCS. This should be a very quick process. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Technology Helpline Beginning next week, the evening Technology Help Line schedule will change. For the remainder of the school year, the Help Line 304-586-4946 will be operating on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:00-6:00 p.m.
BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Basketball Teams as they advance to the Championship Games for the Black Diamond Conference Tournament. On Saturday the Girls play at 2:00 at GWMS. Boys play at 7:00 at Chapmanville. LETS GOOOOO!!!!!! Attendance Guidelines still apply.
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Spring Sports: Practices begin March 22. Students need to check with Mr. White to make sure physicals and other school paperwork is completed. If a student has participated in a sport at GWMS this school year, then they will be eligible to begin Spring Practice. Details regarding each sport will be provided in the near future. We offer Baseball, Softball and Track
Spring Break Meal Distribution: GWMS will do our best to provide take home meals for our students to cover 3-5 school days over Spring Break Week (March 29-April 2). In-Person students will be able to receive their take home meals on Friday, March 26 at the end of the day. Virtual students can pick up their meals on Friday, March 26 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am by the kitchen door.
7th and 8th Graders, see the following letter about the Governor's Stem Institute Program. https://5il.co/pu4i
School Excuses: School excuses need to be dropped off in the main office first thing in the morning on the day students arrive back to school from being absent. There is a box labeled School Excuses. Bus notes are also dropped off in the main office.
Please see this letter for GWMS parents regarding helpful strategies while students are remote learning. https://5il.co/pcjp
Please remember that GWMS does not open the doors for students until 7:50 AM. We do not want our students standing in the cold, and teachers do not arrive until that time. Thank you for your help with this.
January 29th, 2019 will be a remote learning day for students. Students do not report to school. This is due to the vaccination of staff members.
PUTNAM COUNTY SCHOOLS COVID-19 CASE CONFIRMATION On January 22, 2021, Putnam County Schools was notified that an individual at George Washington Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual was last in school attendance on Thursday, January 21, 2021. The individual testing positive is not permitted to return to school until cleared by the Putnam County Health Department (PCHD). In accordance with privacy laws, information specific to these cases will not be released publicly; however, details are being made available to keep the community informed of the transmission of COVID-19 locally. Putnam County Schools is working closely with the PCHD. The PCHO investigates each positive COVI0-19 case to identify and notify those known to be in close contact with a confirmed positive individual. As a result, 20 individuals have been asked to quarantine at this time. PCS continues to follow the guidelines for COVID-19 Outbreaks in Schools as outlined by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (WV DHHR) such as additional cleaning protocols. For more information about COVID-19 and to view the WV DHHR's guidelines, please visit www.coronavirus.wv.gov. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone is urged to follow best health practices as issued by the Governor's Executive Orders and outlined by the WV DHHR and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) guidance. This includes, but is not limited to, properly wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, properly and frequently washing hands, and cleaning regularly. For more information about COVID-19, please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. For details about the WVDE and WV DHHR guidance documents, visit https://wvde.us/COVID19. The safety and well-being of our students and staff is always our top priority at Putnam County Schools. We will continue to work jointly with our local health officials to monitor this situation.
We are excited to see the return of In-Person students on Tuesday January 19. Please know that we are doing our best to create a safe environment for all staff and students. Virtual students will maintain their Virtual schedule. There will be no changes to those who have continued to remain in the Virtual Instructional model. The January 19th return date, only refers to In-Person students. Parents of virtual students please contact the school if you are wanting to have 5 day boxed meals. In-Person students make sure to bring the following items: laptop fully charged, water bottles, gym clothes, band instruments, library books, novels from language class, etc. Tutoring for In-Person students will begin next week. In-Person tutoring runs Tuesday for 6th grade, Wednesday for 7th grade and Thursday for 8th grade. All days are after school until 5:30. We have bus transportation and snacks. Virtual tutoring is available on each of those days for all students from 3:30-5:30. For those students struggling academically we are making a big push as we move toward the second semester. Please reach out to the school regarding any concerns. Please remember that Monday, January 18th there is no school as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr's birthday.
Putnam County Schools has established an Emotional Support Phone Line for families and students in need of emotional support during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Phone Line number is (304) 586-4947 or extension 1960. Feeling isolated, overwhelmed, or alone? Need to talk? Do you or does your family need emotional support during the COVID 19 pandemic? The Putnam County Schools Emotional Support Phone Line provides resource referrals for students and families experiencing emotional distress. Student support staff are available to talk, offer resources, and provide referrals to other local agencies if needed Monday thru Friday 10am to 6pm. If you are experiencing an emergency crisis, please contact the West Virginia Children’s Crisis Line at 1-800-HELP4WV (1-800-435-7498) or call 911 immediately. West Virginia Children’s Crisis can also be reached on their website: https://wwwhelp4wv.com/ccl .
Congratulations to Cole Whittington for winning this year's Spelling Bee!
FREE MEALS AVAILABLE FOR ALL PCS STUDENTS: This meal service is free of charge and available for ALL students, whether or not enrolled in the meal benefit program. Therefore, we encourage all families to take advantage of this opportunity. Daily pick-up times for meals are from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at each school. Families will pick-up meals at their students’ home school location, curbside while remaining in the vehicle. If transportation is a problem, families may contact their home school to request meal delivery assistance.
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope everyone has a great break. As a reminder, there will be no class meetings or new assignments required during the break.