Eau Claire HS Shamrock Update

January 2022 Parent and Community Newsletter

Eau Claire High School's Mission...

Our mission is to provide all students with a high-quality education that leads to productive citizenship in a global society.

School Safety and Security

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As you may remember, there was an incident on our campus at dismissal on December 17 where gun shots were fired near our bus loop. Your cooperation and support is absolutely necessary in helping us keep our campus safe.

Please remember to:

  1. Routinely check your students’ book bags and other personal items that they’re bringing on campus to make sure they are only bringing items needed for instruction or after school extra-curricular practices and games. No weapons of any kind (ex. Guns, knives, Taser guns, cans of mace, brass knuckles, etc.) are allowed on campus at any time.
  2. Speak with your student in regards to their relationships with others and report any instances of bullying or intimidation to a school administrator.
  3. Review their social media accounts for possible disagreements or threats with others and report any potential threats to our school administrators.

Our faculty, staff, and school resource officer will continue to work diligently to protect our students during the school day but your help is needed where our reach does not extend after they leave our campus.


Semester 1 Report Cards - January 20, 2022

All report cards will be mailed to parents by January 20, 2022. Current grades can be accessed through Parent Portal and you can contact our guidance office if you need help getting into Parent Portal.

End of Course Testing - Semester 1

January 6: English 2 - Multiple Choice

January 7: Algebra

January 11: Biology

January 12 - 13: Makeup EOCEP Testing

Please make sure your students are submitting all missed assignments!

Students are responsible for all of the assignments that they have missed from absences due to quarantines and illness.
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Attendance Reminders and Updates

Please make sure your students report every day by 8:00 am!

Students arriving after 8:30 am will remain in ISS until the end of 1st period.

Attendance Policy and Procedures

At Eau Claire High School, we take daily attendance. A student is coded absent for the day if he/she is absent from 3 or more of their assigned classes for that day. When students accumulate three days in a row or a total of five unexcused days at any time in the school year, parents will be contacted to schedule a meeting to discuss the absences and develop an Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP). Should the student continue to accumulate unexcused absences, ECHS will prepare a truancy petition requiring the parent and student to appear before a Judge in Family Court.

Attendance and Grades

Students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school regularly. Students who are absent from a class for 10 or more days from a yearlong class or 5 or more days from a semester class will not receive credit for that class and will receive a grade of Failure due to attendance (FA).

Excused (Lawful) Absences

A student who is absent from school must present a note to the attendance office within 48 hours of his/her return to school. ECHS has placed on its website, under “Quick Links”, an easy to complete form to report student absences. No more than 10 parent notes can be accepted during a school year.

Submit Excused (Lawful) Absence Notes Here

Excused Absence Notes are submitted here

Reminder Notes from our Nurse Tiffany Davis, RN:

If your student is sick, please make sure you keep them at home and make our our school nurse aware that the student is sick. Also, please be sure to call and make the school or school nurse aware if someone in the household has tested positive for COVID.

Eau Claire High School's Nurse: Tiffany Davis, RN (803) 735 - 7639.

Good stuff!

Congratulations NJROTC!

Our NJROTC Drill Team had five 2nd place finishes at the Richland District One Drill meet held at Dreher High School in December!

They won second place in the following categories:

Platoon Basic Armed

Color Guard

Squad basic armed

Squad basic armed

Individual armed Regulation

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Wreaths Across America!

The photo below is from December's Wreaths Across America event where our NJROTC cadets laid a wreath on ECHS teacher, the late Col. Sass's head stone, along with other departed veterans at Ft. Jackson's Veterans Cemetery.

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Shamrock Athletics!

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Winter Sports Update!

Destiny Tiller was named to the All Tournament Team in the Lexington Holiday Shootout.

Joshua Simms All Region Football Region 3AA

Nazir Wilson

Jamadacus Singleton

Lamar Eddy

Honorable Mention All Region 3AA Football.

Khamiyah Smalls won her 1st wrestling match vs WJ Keenan HS. She is the 1st female Shamrock to win a wrestling match.

Boys Basketball competed in the Heathwood Holiday Tournament

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Guidance Counselor Corner

It's IGP (Individual Graduation Plan) Conference season!

Parents of current Juniors and Sophomores should be on the look out for invitations from their guidance counselors for your annual IGP meetings. It is very important that you (parent) participate in the conference alongside your student in order to ensure on time graduation and to hear more about how you assist us in making sure your child is college and/or career ready by the time they graduate from high school.

Save the Date: Graduation for the Class of 2022 - Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:00am

Location: The Stadium at WJ Keenan High School

More information is forthcoming!

Senior Graduation Cap & Gown Information:

Senior Parents: Make sure you place your order online by January 18, 2022!

Searching for college money/scholarships? Join our Scholarship Information Email Group!!

Upcoming Events

Parent Engagement Activities

January 26th - “Freshman Academy Workshop: Finishing Freshman Year Strongly, Preparing for Sophomore Year Effectively”

January 31st - “Financial Literacy and Résumé Building” (this workshop will be geared towards our non-diploma/resource students’ parents, but will later be opened to more families)

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7 Algebra I End Of Course Testing, Semester 1 Final Exams - 1B and 3B

10 School Improvement Council Meeting , Semester 1 Final Exams - 2B and 4B

11 Biology End of Course Testing, Semester 1 Final Exams - 2B and 4B

12 Semester 1 Final Exams - 2A and 4A

13 Semester 1 Ends



20 Report Cards

20 All In ACT Test prep workshop - 11th graders

26 All In SAT Test prep workshop - 11th graders


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4800 Monticello Road

Columbia, S.C. 29203

Phone: (803) 735 -7600

Fax: (803) 754-6036




Neshunda Walters


Samuel Murphy, Asst. Principal

803 735-3232


Danielle Reilly, Asst. Principal

803 735-3231


Dr. Solomon Smalls, Asst. Principal

803 735-7633


Curtis Bates, Assistant Administrator

803 735-7600 ext. 61720


Kimberly Onley, Attendance

803 691-4954

Anna Downs Counselor (H - Q)

803 735-7654


Catina Grant, Lead Counselor (R -Z)

803 735-7637


Alice Washington Counselor (A-G)

803 735-7651