What are the school’s Big Founding Ideas?

In order to contribute to global sustainability, the new Middle School will empower our school community to:

  • Manage renewable and nonrenewable resources
  • Constructively connect to biological systems
  • Become environmentally literate leaders
  • Achieve optimal health and well being

What are the school’s colors and mascot?

The Middle School’s colors and mascot are:

  • Navy Blue and Green
  • Stingrays

Why does SGMS have a Unified Dress Code?

SGMS has a Unified Dress Code for the following benefits it provides:

  • Reduces peer pressure
  • Gears focus to learning
  • Increases school pride
  • Increases security by making it obvious who is not supposed to be on campus
  • Reduces discipline problems by “dressing for success”
  • Blurs socioeconomic lines and decreases possible bullying because people cannot judge others by their clothes

What is Pre-AP?

Pre-AP is based on the expectations that all students can perform at rigorous academic levels and that we can prepare every student for higher intellectual engagement by starting the development of skills and acquisition of knowledge as early as possible. These expectations are reflected in curriculum and instruction throughout the school such that all students are consistently being challenged to expand their knowledge and skills to the next level. Addressed effectively, the middle and high school years can provide a powerful opportunity to help all students acquire the knowledge, concepts, and skills needed to engage in a higher level of learning.

What are school hours?

School begins at 7:55 a.m. and dismisses at 2:46 p.m. Please arrive by 7:50 a.m. and pick-up by 3:15 p.m.  

Front Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If I live out of the school’s zoning area, can my child go to SGMS?

Parents can apply for an Out-Of-Zone Waiver for their student if they live outside of SGMS’s zoned area. The form and instructions can be found at the following District website:


Will bus transportation be provided if my child comes to SGMS on an Out-Of-Zone Waiver?

Bus transportation will NOT be provided for students attending SGMS on Out-of-Zone Waivers.

Does the District have an after school program at the Middle School?

The District does not provide after school programs for Middle and High School students.

Where do I get my transportation questions answered?

Transportation questions can be answered by calling the Transportation Routing Office at 772-978-8802. Bus Routes can be accessed at http://www.indianriverschools.org/SiteDirectory/Transportation/Pages/default.aspx

When will my child have supervision before and after school?

Section 1003.31, Florida Statutesprovides that students are considered under the control and supervision of the school when they are on the premises during a reasonable time before and after school and while attending or participating in a school-sponsored activity at the school site. Reasonable time is defined as 30 minutes before and after school, or before the school activity is scheduled or actually begins or ends.

Does my child have to purchase a school lunch or can he/she bring a lunch to school?

Your child does not have to purchase a school lunch. If bringing a lunch to school, all utensils, napkins, and condiments must be brought from home and no refrigeration will be provided. No knives can be brought to school. Ala carte items such as drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

How much do school meals cost?

Current school meal prices can be found at the District’s Food Service website: http://www.indianriverschools.org/SiteDirectory/FoodServices/Pages/default.aspx

How can I prepay for meals?

You may send a check or cash to the cafeteria to put on your child’s account or you can use a credit card and pay on-line (for a small processing fee). The website to do this is www.mealpayplus.com . Parents are encouraged to use the free services on that website which allows you to view your child’s purchases in the cafeteria. For any questions and concerns pertaining to Food Service you may call Laura Roberts, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at 772-564-4981.

Since this is a new school, will my child get Free or Reduced price meals if they are currently receiving those benefits at their school this year?

All students who receive Free or Reduced price meals currently in the District will receive those meals at the same meal status for a 30 day grace period or until a new meal application is processed.

Is there any previous experience required to join the 6th grade Beginning Band or Chorus?

No experience is required. Students will begin the year with a review of music notation and rhythm and then begin applying that knowledge to their band instrument or voice.

What is the School Advisory Council (SAC)?

SAC is a state-mandated organization consisting of parents, community partners and faculty which represents the diversity of the school community and which serves as an advisory board to the school's principal.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Assisting in the preparation and evaluation of the School Improvement Plan
  • Assisting the principal in the school's annual budget
  • Allocating school improvement funds received annually from the state to support the School Improvement Plan
  • Participating in determining how school recognition funds are distributed (given to schools receiving A on FCAT)
  • Conducting an annual Parent Survey

How is the School Advisory Council Organized?

SAC’s membership and organizational structure is as follows:

  • 51% of the members cannot work for the school district
  • Members are elected
  • Officers include Chairperson, Co-Chairperson, Recording Secretary
  • Meetings are typically held once a month, time and date to be determined

Where Do I Get More Information about SAC?

You can get more information about SAC from the following resources:

  • www.florida-family.net/SAC
  • Contact - Viola Harbaugh, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 772-564-6383

What is the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)?

PTSA serves as a type of forum where parents, teachers, students, administrators, and other concerned adults discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods. PTSA provides youth members with the opportunity to make a difference by developing leadership skills, learning about the legislative process, increasing their self-esteem, and contributing to the school. In turn, adult members gain a new perspective for program development, as well as acquire a better understanding of the youth of today.

Where Do I Get More Information about PTSA?

You can get more information about PTSA from the following resources:

  • www.pta.org
  • Contact - Nicole Harris, President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.