PHS Update for Families
August is in the rearview mirror and September is here!
I hope everyone is doing well and excited about the upcoming school year. This enewsletter will be the first for this school year, with the goal of helping families be able to plan from month-to- month and to be informed about events happening on the PHS campus. All information found in our PHS Update will be useful for PHS families, whether they are enrolled on campus or virtually through PCVA. Important dates and key bits of information will be highlighted each month. All families are encouraged to continue to check our social media platforms for the most up-to-date information about what is happening on the PHS campus along with Schoology. Just becuase your student is in High School, please don't step away from checking on their grades and progress in their academic classes.
My name is Jeff Duncan and I am honored to be the new Principal at Pickens High School. As a member of the Class of 1998, I respect and honor the institution of PHS and the role that it plays in our local community. I'm excited in the days ahead to work alongside you as we support the most important resource in our community, our students. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions or concerns. I'm here to serve in anyway that I can to support your student on the PHS campus.
The most pressing issue at PHS at this moment is still COVID. I know we had all hoped this year would look and feel more like 2019, but it does not appear at this moment that will be the case. We are having a lot of members of the PHS Family impacted by COVID in our community. Please know that our teachers will work with all of our families to help keep students on track when they cannot be on campus. Regardless of what lies ahead, we'll work together to do what is best for our students and make it work.
Thank you for all that you do for the students of PHS!
COVID Reminders for Families
Have questions about the expectations for students at PHS? Please take a look at the PHS Student Handbook for details about the expectations for students on the PHS campus.
Cell Phone Reminders for Students at PHS
1st Offense: confiscation of the device; and, after a conference with the parent/legal guardian, the device will be returned to the adult.
2nd Offense: confiscation of the device; and, after a conference with the parent/legal guardian, the device will be returned to the adult after 14 calendar days.
3rd Offense: confiscation of the device; and, after a conference with the parent/legal guardian, the device will be returned after 60 calendar days.
4th and Subsequent Offenses: confiscation of the device and the device will be returned at the conclusion of the current academic year.
Headphones/earbuds etc. are not allowed in the halls or in classrooms unless being used directly for instruction with permission from the classroom teacher.
Thank you for your assistance as the Faculty and Staff of PHS work to provide a world-class education to our students in a classroom environment that is free of distractions and allows our students to be focused on the content being presented.
If you haven't already, make sure that you download the new SDPC App to get the most up-to-date information for SDPC and PHS.
Even though all meals are free for the 2021-2022 School Year, there are other financial supports available to families who qualify for meal assistance. Families must reapply each year to receive this opportunity. Only one entry needed per family.
Important dates on the PHS campus in September
~1 Q1 Interims Go Home
~2 Volleyball vs JL Mann 5:30pm
~3 Professional Development Day- No School for Students
~3 Football vs. Pendleton HS (7:30)
~6 Labor Day- No School
~7 Cross Country HOME
~7 Tennis vs Seneca
~8 VirtualSC classes begin
~9 Volleyball vs Powdersville
~9 Tennis vs Woodmont
~13 Tennis vs Walhalla
~20 Jr. and Sr. Ed-Op to SWU 8:00-10:15
~21 Volleyball vs Easley
~22 Cross Country Home
~23 Yearbook Pictures Faculty and Underclassmen
~24 Accuplacer Pre-Test Meeting with Juniors During HR
~28 ACCUPLACER: Juniors
~28 Volleyball vs Westside
~29 Graduation Orders for Seniors Due (During all lunches)
~29 ACCUPLACER: Juniors
~30 ACCUPLACER: Juniors
~30 Volleyball vs Walhalla
Blue Flame Sports Spotlight
Thank you everyone for your support of our Blue Flame athletic teams. Please excuse our mess around the track and soccer field as Operations is still continuing to finish work from the summer to get these areas ready for our student athletes to use.
Please note this year we will be charging admission for Home Cross Country meets on campus at PHS. As a region, all schools will charge $5 per person to help offset expenses with travel to away meets.
We did move our Homecoming week to October 8. Be on the lookout for more information about this week as we approach it.
Due to COVID protocols, school are trying to not physically take up cash as much as possible. To make payments for items at PHS, please go through the MySchoolBucks program. Click here to go to MySchoolBucks to access your account or create one.
PHS Counselor Corner
Accuplacer: Developed by the College Board, the Accuplacer assessment is an important part of our school's College Readiness Program. Colleges and technical schools use the Accuplacer to determine placement into various college level courses. This year, this assessment will be administered to all juniors on September 28th, 29th, 30th and October 1st. Juniors will be tested based on their Flame Friday group assignment. Whether your junior plans to attend a technical college after graduation or be a dual enrollment student with Tri-County Technical College as a senior, this assessment is important to that process
Sophomore Parents: You should have received an email with information about your sophomore's IGP meeting and you will also soon receive a postcard invitation with that same information. Please make sure to choose a meeting date/time through http://bit.ly/24PHS10.
Contact Mrs. Hulme if you need an alternate date/time not available through the Sign Up Link.
PSAT/NMSQT will be given on Wednesday, October 13 to Sophomores and Juniors. There are a limited amount of tests and registration will be given on a first come, first served basis. Registration will open on Monday, September 13 and the only way to register/pay is through MySchoolBucks. You will select "PSAT Test Fee" and pay the $19 to reserve your spot. Please do not come to Guidance to pay the fee, but do contact Mrs. Hulme with any questions. More information will be given closer to the test date.
Click on this link to access the Jostens School Store for Pickens High School.
Beginning October 11, 2017, you can receive a weekly email from Securly.com that will show you a preview of your child’s online activity. Click here for details!