A Monthly Newsletter - September 2022

Welcome to the 2022 - 2023 school year!🎉

Check out all of these amazing #FDOS pictures from students, faculty, and staff at SC Whitmore School!

A message from our school leaders.


Your voice matters! We need to hear what's working for you and what you need. This year we will send routine text messages and emails with a few simple questions asking for feedback on your experience with school. You will receive these messages from Possip, an organization we have partnered with to learn your needs. We are excited to hear from you via Possip this school year!

Counselor's Corner

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Counselor Updates

Remember to check social media platforms on Thursdays for new updates and tips from your counseling department. These posts will include:

*A calendar of the upcoming month’s events

*Videos containing tips to aide your success at SCWS and into the future

*Interviews with various professionals

Watch the - Welcome to SCWS and Success Tips Video here.

Upcoming September Events -

Sept. 6---New Parents Group @7pm

Sept 10-Sept 17--- In-person Books a Million Book Fair: Multiple locations around the state

Sept 12---1st Senior Group @12pm

Sept 13---Qtr 1 9th Grade Group @10:30am

Sept 13---Qtr 1 10th Grade Group @11:30am

Sept 13---Qtr 1 11th Grade Group @1pm

Sept 15---Lit Lunch Group @ 1pm

Sept 16---Open House @10am

Watch the - Investigating Careers with SchooLinks video here.

Course Drop Deadline

Have you started a course that isn’t quite what you thought it would be? Do you need to adjust your course schedule for any reason? Remember, there is a 5 day course drop deadline. This means, if you choose to drop a course, you must do so by the 5th school day you are in that course.

For example: If you started courses September 7th, your course drop

deadline is September 13th.

Please contact your school counselor if you have any questions. *Dropping a course after the 5th school day may impact your transcript and GPA.


Check out for lots of scholarship opportunities.

Dual Enrollment

Are you an 11th or 12th grader looking to earn college credit while in high school?

  • We are excited to announce a new partnership with the University of South Carolina Union (USC Union), which will allow SCWS students to complete an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree online by the time they graduate from high school. Read more about the partnership and how to sign up here:

Dialogue Virtual Mental Health Counseling

SC Whitmore School has partnered with Dialogue, a virtual mental health counseling program that is FREE to students. They offer help with anxiety, depression, grief, and much more. If you have more questions click here to learn more about Dialogue, and how to sign up.

Free Tutoring offers real-time tutoring to K-12 students in Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, etc. The South Carolina State Library provides the service for free. The student can quickly connect with a tutor using the “Connect with a tutor now” option, or they can create a free account to drop off a math question, submit a paper for review, or connect with their favorite tutor. Creating an account is optional and is not needed if using the “Connect with a tutor now” option.

Username: discus2023

Password: read1!


Save the Date -

Columbia College SLP Day - Learn more about the exciting field of Speech-Language Pathology and career opportunities.

September 30, 2022

9:30 AM - 2:30 PM


Check out the first Testing Tuesday Podcast with Mr. Bowers!

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Interested in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program or the military after high school? Sign up to take the ASVAB Test by September 23rd!

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How do you become a Student All-Star?

Each month the SC Whitmore School Faculty and Staff identifies 4 students that really stand out. The student All-Stars will receive a $100 reward. These students are: most improved, best all-around, monthly standout, and the SCWS All-Star.

Most Improved - Madison Hall

A student who has shown an increased effort in their course(s).

SCWS All-Star - Brendan Ballenger

A student who has done well in their courses and engages with the teachers.

Best All-Around - Joche Ollennu

A student who has consistently demonstrated their ability to earn great grades and stays on pace. this student is also engaged, reaches out for help, and shows up to one-to-one meetings.

Monthly Standout - Larrissa Mock

A student who has shown tremendous efforts this month overall.

Staff Spotlight

Robin Carter, Science Teacher

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy reading (novels mostly) and volunteering/serving with my church where I serve as President of the Board of Trustees this year.

Tell a little bit about your background.

I was born and raised in Alabama where I graduated from Troy University (which is also where I met my husband) and the University of Alabama in Huntsville where I decided to become a science teacher. I've always enjoyed science and math and am naturally drawn to those subject areas. I enjoy teaching Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biology, and Genetics and have done so in some shape or form since 2001.

What do you do at SCWS and what do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy working one on one with students - I find the 30-minute appointments most beneficial for students needing a bit of guidance and because it's very focused on the specific needs of each student, it's amazing how much those short appointments can make such a pivotal difference for a student's success.

What do you want the students to know about you?

I'm really good at explaining things and don't believe there is such a thing as a "dumb question", so if you're ever stuck, I would relish the opportunity to work with you to help you get unstuck!

Check out a video of Mrs. Carter from the 2022 graduation below!

Mrs. Carter, SCWS Science Teacher


Hello SC Whitmore Students and Families!

My name is Ms.L’Etoile. I am the school’s Student Resource Coordinator. I am excited to be working with you all this upcoming year!

Experience: I am originally from Massachusetts, and made South Carolina my home in 2017. I received my masters degree in educational counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. I previously worked as a graduation coach, school counselor, social worker, case coordinator, crisis counselor, and therapist. I am honored to be able to serve the state of South Carolina in providing social support services to our students and their families. I am here for YOU!

As your Student Resource Coordinator, I will be working alongside students, parents, teachers, administration, school counselors, and other supportive staff to deliver individualized social support services.

Some of the services I provide include:

• Assessing your student’s overall well being, including any potential mental health needs.

• Communication and consultation with you and your family, your student’s teachers, and other supportive services for monitoring your student’s progress.

• Identifying barriers that may be hindering your student’s education and/or connecting you and your family with community resources to ensure basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing are being met.

• Providing trauma informed individual and group counseling services.

• Providing monthly life skills groups.

• Psycho-education for parents and teachers.

Contact: (803) 216-1721 (call or text)


Click here to watch a video from Ms. L’Etoile.


Interested in joining a club at SCWS? Check out some of the clubs we offer and email to learn more.
National Beta Club

Beta Club is a group of students committed to leading through serving others in their community and state. These students are selected based upon their GPA, attendance and behavior. Students work to complete volunteer hours, as well as come together as a team to complete a service project. Induction Ceremony is held in the fall.

Coding Club

if youAreInterestedIn == “Learning a computer language.” print “Come to coding club.”

elsif youAreInterestedIn == “Sharing a software or hardware project you are working on.” print “Come to coding club.”

elsif youAreInterestedIn == “Learning about the language this part of the description is written in.” print “Come to coding club.” End

curiousabout = {‘Ruby’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘Python’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘C++’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘BASIC’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘JavaScript’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘other’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’}

reasons_for_not_coming_to_coding_club = nil

Lit Lunch

Lit Lunch is a virtual meet-up for creative students who want to meet new friends and share what latest creative project they’re working on. Whether you’re into cosplay, digital art, drawing by hand, photography, rapping, writing or playing instruments, this is the space for you! We meet on the first Thursday of each month from 1-2 p.m

National Honors Society

The SC Whitmore National Honor Society is an organization for students in grades 10-12. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Members complete volunteer hours and work together to complete at least one service project each school year. Membership into the National Honor Society allows students to apply for over 400 college scholarships not available to other students. Members also have access to numerous college planning services.

Student Council

S.C. Whitmore Student Council is an organization of student leaders who are elected by the student body. The Council is led by the Student Body President along with offices of Vice President and Secretary. The Council provides input into how to make student life better at SC Whitmore School. They also plan events and contribute in other areas the administration of the school sees fit. The Council is advised by a faculty sponsor who attends all meetings.

What about sports?

Students are eligible to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities at their local high school. Contact your local high school for more information.


Download Kami. It's a Chrome extension allowing students to edit and type directly onto the PDF note guides (if they don't have access to a printer).

With all guided notes in Edgenuity being PDFs, students will either need to print them out to handwrite on them or need some software like Kami giving the ability to type into the spaces provided in the notes.

This software would be a great option especially if you are using a Chromebook, students can add this as a Chrome browser extension.


Check out the awesome school events we have planned for September and October.

Who: SCWS Students, families, and staff

What: in-store shopping event with discounts!

Where: Books a Million stores across the state

When: September 10-17, 2022

Why: To celebrate reading and raise funds for SCWS!

Shop at your local Books a Million store Sept 10-17 and receive 20% off your total purchase. Simply state that you are with SCWS and Dr. Josie White. (School staff can use any Educator account.) Any funds raised for SCWS will go towards supporting student programs.

Participating stores:

164 Forum Drive, Columbia

918A North Lake Drive, Lexington

1057 Broad Street, Sumter

800 Coastal Grand Circle, Myrtle Beach

10177 North Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach

2150 Northwoods Blvd, North Charleston

540 John Ross Pkwy, Rock Hill

SCWS Virtual Open House! - September 16th from 10 AM to 11:30 AM

We are very excited to announce our first school event of the 2022 - 2023 school year! It is called, Check In With SCWS. This is your opportunity to get some questions answered, learn more about our school and possibly get a refresher on some of the topics you already knew about. Click here to RSVP:

On September 16th, 2022 we will share a live link with all of our students and their guardians where they can watch introduction videos from their teachers and school counselors welcoming all of our new and returning students to SCWS for the 2022 - 2023 school year!

Please take some time to look over the Google Site on September 16th, 2022, and watch the videos from your teachers and school counselors. Remember that a full list of the classes you are enrolled in are listed on your Student Dashboard. RSVP here:

Lit Lunch! - September 1st and September 15th from 1 PM to 2 PM

Join us to take a break from schoolwork, meet new friends, and share any creative projects you're working on. RSVP here:

Best Charter School in Irmo Chapin Life Magazine

We would love your support as we enter the Best Charter School in the Best of Irmo Chapin Life competition. Please click this link, and click on the VOTE NOW ribbon to vote for SC Whitmore School. Voting is open from September 1 - September 21.

Thank you!

Midway Physics Day 2022! - October 18th - 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Are you interested in learning more about the physics behind the rides and games at the SC State Fair? Join us at Midway Physics Day to learn physics from USC Professors and Graduate Students. Register early to save your spot! RSVP here:

Lit Lunch! - October 6th and October 20th from 1 PM to 2 PM

Join us to take a break from schoolwork, meet new friends, and share any creative projects you're working on. RSVP here:

October Virtual Information Session! - October 27 from 10 AM to 11 AM

Are you looking to learn more about SC Whitmore School? Maybe your friend or neighbor would like to learn more about SC Whitmore School? Sign up for our information session today! Our goal is to give students, parents, and counselors across SC the opportunity to speak with the faculty and staff at SCWS, ask questions and fully understand how we serve high school students in South Carolina. We are excited to meet you virtually! RSVP here:

How to Access the SCWS Library!

Attention, students! We are proud to announce the launch of the brand new SCWS library! This library is completely free and completely virtual and offers hundreds of e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, and texts in Spanish.

See this flyer for information on how to download the Sora app and access the SCWS library titles. See also Dr. White's video on how to use the app once it's downloaded.

Please contact Dr. White at with any questions or concerns. Happy reading!

We need your feedback!

Thank you for your support of SCWS! We appreciate all the review we have received. Word of mouth is one of the most valuable ways we continue to grow our school. Please click here to leave SCWS a Five-Star review on Google or Facebook.

Help support our school!

Please help support our school by registering to support SCWS as a Publix Partner. Click here to learn more.

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions feel free to contact the office directly at 866-476-6416. Or you can contact these individuals for your specific question.

Office: SC Whitmore School

General questions. The office will be able to point you in the right direction.

866-476-6416 -

SC Whitmore Principal: Ebone' Adams

General student concerns.

803-768-8310 -

Director of Compliance: Michelle Bishop

Questions about compliance, Special Education, 504 or IEP.

803-768-8306 -

Enrollment Coordinator: Pam Chick

Questions about re-enrollment or enrollment status.

866-476-6416 -

Attendance Specialist: Christine Featherstone

Questions about attendance.

(803) 768-8300 -

Director of School Counseling: Amber Goff

Questions about your courses, graduation requirements, and plans after graduation.

Please call or text the numbers below.

Amber Goff - 803-768-8314 - email:

Traylor Disbrow - A through F - 803-768-8302 - email:

Cameron DeLong - G through M - (803) 881-8077 - email:

JaQuette Gilbert - N through Z - 803-768-8305 - email:

Testing Coordinator: Patrick Bowers

Questions about all things testing (SAT, ACT, EOC, WIN, PSAT)

803-786-8313 or email

Public Relations Manager: Ashten Latta

Questions about social media, newsletter, events, press releases, or do you have a story to tell?

803-768-8315 or email

Have a wonderful September!🎉