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The Luminary

The Luminary is a monthly addition to Blazer News, and it provides information from Mrs. Derrick, Ms. Looper, and Mr. Whatley. Look for The Luminary on the 2nd Friday of each month.

Junior and Senior Families

During the week of September 26th, Mrs. Derrick will visit College Seminar sections to meet individually with juniors and seniors. Greenville Tech’s Spring 2023 course schedule will be available so she will discuss Spring 2023 courses with each student and have  them plan those courses in their GTC4me accounts.

On Monday, September 26th and Tuesday, September 27th, Greenville County is holding its annual College Fair at Greenville Convention Center. Normally, over 100 colleges and universities are represented. This is an excellent opportunity for families to speak with college admissions counselors and to gather booklets and information about colleges. Please see this website for more information:

Senior Families

On Friday, September 2nd, Mrs. Derrick sent three separate emails to seniors and to parents. Please look for those emails as they all contain important information.

Seniors IGPs with Mrs. Derrick will begin Monday, September 12th. Mrs. Derrick emailed the Sign-up Genius link to seniors and parents on Tuesday, September 6th. During the 20-minute IGP, Mrs. Derrick will review credits, talk about plans after GMC, talk about standardized testing, and talk about career possibilities.

On Friday, September 16th, seniors will have the opportunity to participate in College Application Day. Held in the Learning Commons, seniors will work on college applications. College Admissions Counselors will be on campus to assist seniors not only with questions about college applications but also about the colleges where they work. The is a great time for seniors to spend quality time on college applications while being supported by Mrs. Derrick, Ms. Looper, and the college admissions counselors. There are two sessions, and spaces are limited. Mrs. Derrick emailed a link to seniors on Thursday, September 8th.

On Thursday, September 29th, a financial aid expert will make a presentation in the gym. The program begins at 6PM. Hopefully the program can be recorded and the PowerPoint shared. Mrs. Derrick is waiting on confirmation. The presenter will cover financial aid in general and talk about scholarships, loans, and grants.

Monday, October 10th is FAFSA Night at GMC. This is a golden opportunity for families to fill out the FAFSA while college financial officers are on the GMC campus to help and to answer questions. A sign-up email will be sent to seniors and parents on Monday, September 26th.

Junior Families

The PSAT will be held on the GMC campus on Wednesday, October 12th. Even though juniors took the PSAT last year, they should consider taking it again this year. It is much shorter than the SAT, given on a school day, and is much cheaper than the SAT. benefits of taking the PSAT again include having another practice test under true testing parameters as well as receiving another set of scores - a more recent set - to link to Khan Academy. Khan Academy will take the PSAT scores, look at what the student answered right and wrong, and develop an improvement plan that is customized to that student.

Ms. Looper sent an email to juniors and their parents on Wednesday, September 7th at 2:04PM. The email contains a link to sign-up for the PSAT. The deadline to sign-up is Friday, September 23rd.

Sophomore Families

During the week of September 26th, Ms. Looper will visit College Seminar sections to meet individually with sophomores. Greenville Tech’s Spring 2023 course schedule will be available so she will discuss Spring 2023 courses with each student and have them plan those courses in their GTC4me accounts.


Sophomores and their parents received an email regarding taking the PSAT. Please complete the attached form whether you would like your student to take the PSAT or not. Any student who does not complete the form and turn it in will be assumed to not want to take this test.

The PSAT is a great way to see where your student is in regard to taking the SAT next school year. It is a great resource as students will receive the answers to their test as well as their test booklet to review before beginning the SAT test Junior year.

The PSAT will be given on October 12th beginning at 8:00 am

Suicide Prevention Month

This month is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. While it may be difficult for some, talking about suicide is one of the best ways to prevent it. Service Learning class has placed Suicide Prevention materials throughout GMC to help save lives from Suicide.

Mr Whatley has visited Freshmen Success classes to introduce mental health services and wellness coaching at GMC. You can check out the information presented to students here. The entire country is in the midst of a suicide pandemic and through the slides and their content, you can check out the startling statistics on how suicide has become the third leading cause of death amongst young people aged 12-25, and what we can all do to save the lives of the people we love and care about. If you or anyone you know is struggling, ask them if they’re ok, help them get help, and if needed call 988 or 911 to get emergency help.

Wall of Awful & How to Get Past It

GMC Wellness led Blazer Block on Sep 2, 2022. You can check out the information provided to students through this powerpoint and its videos. The presentation talks about the “Wall of Awful” and the emotional barriers we all face when we have something we need to do but feel like we can’t.

If you have any questions about the Wellness program at GMC and how we can support student and family mental health, check out Mr Whatley’s website.