FAC Weekly Update

January 15, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope that you had a terrific week!

When we started the 2020-2021 School Year, there were many unknowns. And while many things are still unknown, and the future still remains challenging to predict, we know this - together as a FAC Family, we have successfully completed the first half of what has likely been the most challenging school year of our times. We are about to embark on the next chapter, with increased enrollment and more in-person days at the FAC. Again, many unknowns exist; but we can confidently proceed forward as a FAC Family and be successful with this endeavor. We've proven we can do it. Looking forward to forging ahead and striving for our best year yet.

Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

Video from Mr. Popat to Students


The below video was shared with students yesterday at the start of each class period (9:15 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.). I hope that your child found it informative and helpful as we aim for a safe and productive 2nd Semester.

-Mr. Popat

Mr. Popat - Students 75%

New Website - Resources for the 75% Attendance Plan

Thanks to our amazing Main Office Staff, we have a new webpage that provides resources on the 75% Attendance Plan. Please click on the following link to access downloadable calendars and an infographic that should help you and your child manage the new schedule.


This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Perks to Price

“The choice to lead because of benefits, benefits no one, not even the leader. Focusing on perks won't take you anywhere worthwhile because deeper inner fulfillment never comes from perks. What they offer is ultimately hollow. And they have never helped a leader to reach his or her potential. Leaders who focus on perks end up misusing their leadership, and because they love perks more than people, they are continually tempted to misuse people to receive, maintain, or improve their perks.

If you want to reach your potential, become the best leader you can be, and make the greatest impact, then you must shift from perks to price in your leadership. A price is what stands between you and your potential. If you want to be a better leader, you need to pay for it.”

John C. Maxwell, Leadershift - The 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace, p. 62-63

Is Your Child Performing in the Greenville Community?

While many live performance event venues are still understandably closed, there are a few locations that are offering safe, socially-distanced performances that feature FAC Students. Is your child performing at this time? If so, please send me an email so that I can share the event(s) with our FAC Family.

Email me at vpopat@greenville.k12.sc.us.

ATTENTION FAC PARENTS! We want your input!

The Fine Arts Center Partners' Parent Engagement Committee is looking for your help with...Parent Engagement! We want to hear from you about the ways you would like to be involved in the FAC. Please mark your calendar for:

Tuesday, February 2 at 6:00 p.m.

We'll meet via Zoom at the following link - https://greenvilleschools.zoom.us/j/88085308392?pwd=WklObWFLaFc1MkxMVU5KTVJpQ3A1dz09.

The meeting will be recorded in case we have over 250 participants. However, we hope to have as many people attend in person as possible so that we can have a productive conversation. See you soon!

Summer Intensive Study - Scholarship Funds Available!

The Fine Arts Center Partners have pledged $10,000 towards financial assistance for our students to participate in Summer Intensive Programs! Many of our students choose to apply to programs hosted by major art institutions - The Juilliard School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Interlochen, and many more upper-echelon programs that provide top-notch training. These programs often involve travel, room, and boarding expenses, and we hope to use these funds to help offset the costs to our students.

An application will be shared in the near future, where students can outline their goals and the accompanying program costs. The priority of funding will be given to students who are P.I.P. status or demonstrate financial need through the application.

Many thanks to our Partners for their generosity!


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Watson-Brown Foundation - Provides need and merit-based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Deadline: February 8th. Details at www.watson-brown.org.

  • The Silver Pen writing competition is hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25-mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. Deadline: February 12, 2021. http://silverpen-slc.com

  • SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition - The SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition is offered to current juniors and seniors in high school. Entrants may use any traditional 2-D medium; digital works are not permitted. Winners will be notified in March. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/scad-challenge Deadline: February 15, 2021

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships (posted in School Links) - Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2021. Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2021. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship - Offers South Carolina seniors the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. Five scholarships of approximately $2000 transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice. Students should be planning to attend an SC college or university. Access applications from SC Dept. of Education website. Deadline: February 22, 2021.

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Program - The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offers an annual scholarship competition open to high school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a part of their future. Students from across the country apply for the scholarship, and 10 vocal semi-finalists and 10 instrumental semi-finalists are chosen to compete at the Glenn Miller Festival. Three winners are selected from each category and perform at the Stage Show the next day during the festival. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.glennmiller.org/scholarship/scholarship-information March 1, 2021

  • Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university, or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed, or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass, and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville, or Spartanburg counties. More details and applications available at https://musicclubgreenville.org. Deadline: March 6, 2021.


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Updated DHEC Regulations - Return to School Procedures

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Reminders for the End of Semester 1/Start of Semester 2

  • Visual Arts students will be changing to a new class on January 19. Students are responsible for knowing which class they are going to. This information is located on their class schedule in Backpack. All supplies from the Semester 1 Visual Arts courses must be returned to Instructors per the directions that are given during class.

  • On eLearning days, students are expected to be participating at home on their class schedule. In other words, students who have a 9:15 a.m. class must be in attendance online at that time. No other activities such as work or extra-curricular events should be scheduled against our classes.

Arts in Basic Curriculum

The Fine Arts Center has been named an ABC Certified School by the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project (https://www.abcprojectsc.com/). This honor offers our school the opportunity to serve as a model educational institution to schools across South Carolina and will allow us access to grant funding that is only available to ABC Certified Schools. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to being part of this prestigious group!

Treats for the FAC Staff

At the end of each quarter, the FAC Administration would like to treat our faculty and staff with a snack and beverage cart. If you are interested in helping supply items, or to make a donation, please contact Assistant Director, Kaci Cotter or Secretary, Erin Poole. Contact information is below.



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