FAC Weekly Update
December 16, 2022
Good Morning, FAC Family
On behalf of the Fine Arts Center Faculty and Staff, we wish you and your family a very happy and healthy holiday season. We are grateful for the opportunity we have to mentor and inspire the next generation of artists, and thank you for your support of our school's mission and vision. Please have a wonderful holiday break. We'll see you in 2023!
Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…
This Week's Student Leadership Lesson
YOU MAY BE WRONG
For any disagreement with others, you must first consider that you might be wrong. Whether it’s with a family member, a team member at work, or our boss, when we disagree about something or don’t seem aligned, you need to start with humility. The biggest obstacle to keeping the ego in check is the inability to detach. You must be able to detach.
Don’t fall into the trap of assuming the other person is wrong and you’re right, so you can forge ahead with self-righteous indignation. Consider that you may, in fact, be wrong.
- Why do they disagree?
- What do they see that I don’t see?
- What am I missing?
Don’t Believe Everything You Believe
Not believing everything you believe forces you to put your ego in check, detach from your emotions, and examine if your perspective is correct. Instead of insisting you are right, this mindset enables you to keep an open mind and listen to others to better understand their perspective. You can then, from a detached perspective, determine if you are truly right or if someone might have a better way to accomplish the mission and win.
Leif Babin, The Extreme Ownership Rundown
2023-24 and 2024-25 Final Calendars Released
The final 2023-24 and 2024-25 student calendars have been released on the Greenville County Schools website. Students will start the new school year on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. The last day of school will be Wednesday, May 22, 2024.
GCS is releasing two years of calendars for the first time this year. Moving forward, the district’s Calendar Committee will provide a recommendation for an annual calendar two years in advance so families will have two years of school calendars to use for planning purposes.
The calendars reflect a shift of starting and ending one week earlier to allow the fall academic semester to end prior to winter break. This adjustment will be academically beneficial to students since midterms, finals and state testing will be completed before students leave for winter break, rather than in January when they return to school after an extended break. Before approving the calendars, GCS requested feedback from parents and guardians, and the feedback received was extremely positive with 74% of respondents in favor. The district also received feedback from students and staff through the review process that happens each year. GCS appreciates everyone who took the time to provide valuable feedback.
Please note that schools will work with students’ families who have previously scheduled, paid commitments that were made prior to when the final calendars were released on December 14, 2022. Families will need to provide documentation of those commitments. Please reach out to the front office if you have a conflict that you need to work through.
The calendars, details about the feedback that was received, and answers to frequently asked questions are available on the GCS website.
Summer Arts Intensives - Request for Financial Support
Each year, we have a number of current FAC students who choose to spend their summer months expanding their artistic horizons at a summer arts intensive program. These programs can be located locally or across the nation - for more information on recommended programs, please have your child speak with their FAC Instructor.
The FAC Partners will once again offer financial assistance to students in grades 9-11 who have been accepted into Summer Intensive Programs for their area of study at the FAC. Students who apply for financial assistance must be committed to attending the FAC next year. Recipients will be chosen first by financial need (as determined by P.I.P. status) and then by merit (Grade Point Average), with teacher input into the student's performance also being a factor. You will need to provide proof of acceptance into the program/camp (email or hard copy) along with the submission of the form. The form is due Thursday, March 16, 2023, and can be accessed at the following link - https://forms.gle/pWjKiqTxcisxBWf37.
Please note - the form should be completed by the student via their GCS Google Account. Call or email us with any questions.
Thank You - Donations to the Parent Guild
FAC Application - Open Until 1.27.23
FAC students do not need to re-audition for their current program - we assess their qualifications through their daily class performance, on-time submission of assignments, and demonstration of progress via grades. Should a current FAC student wish to apply for a different area of study, they will need to go through the audition process for that program. A student who is in good standing with their current program does not need to worry about "losing their spot" if they audition for (and accept an offer from) a new program, as long as they make certain to re-apply for their current program.
Educational Partnership - Canopus Drums
For more information on Canopus Drums, please go to https://canopusdrums.com/en/.
Scholarship Opportunities for FAC Seniors
Students may log on to https://www.schoolinks.com/ to access a comprehensive scholarship list. Click on “Finances” and “Scholarship Matching.”
Horatio Alger Association—seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need ($50,000 or less adjusted gross income per family), good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education and a desire to contribute to society. www.horatioalger.org/scholarships Opens: December 1, 2022
GE-Reagan Foundation Scholars earn a $10,000 renewable scholarship - up to $40,000 total - for tuition, school fees, books, supplies, and on-campus room and board. They also attend an exclusive, all-expenses-paid Scholars Retreat in California. Candidates must
- Demonstrate the attributes of leadership, integrity, drive, and citizenship within their communities, schools, and workplaces
- Display strong academic performance (minimum 3.0 grade point average/4.0 scale or equivalent)
- Be citizens of the United States of America
- Be current high school seniors attending high school within the United States, (including any U.S. territories or commonwealths), and graduating in winter 2022 or spring 2023. Applicants living on a U.S. Armed Forces base and attending high school outside the U.S. are eligible.
- Plan to enroll in a full‑time undergraduate course of study at an accredited four‑year college or university in the United States for the entire 2023-2024 academic school year https://www.reaganfoundation.org/education/scholarship-programs/ge-reagan-foundation-scholarship-program/
- Deadline 1/5/23
Kitty Moss Fairey Trust Fund Scholarship – Must attend SC college or university. GPA 3.0. Based on financial need. Income not to exceed $40,000. https://www.csascholars.org/incapp/indexcss_std.php# Deadline: January 9, 2023
RON BROWN SCHOLAR PROGRAM Amount: $10,000/year, renewable. Requirements: African-American high school seniors who excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need, must plan to attend a 4-year University. https://ronbrown.org/about/about-rbsp/ Deadline: January 9, 2023
VSA International Young Soloists Award: Calling all musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25! Each year outstanding young musicians from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to participate in professional development and performance opportunities provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/competitions-and-commissions/vsa-international-young-musicians/ Deadline: January 18, 2023
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp Scholarship: National Scholarship selectees (Navy, Nurse and Marine Options) must attend and complete New Student Indoctrination during the summer (during July) prior to reporting to their assigned Unit. The NROTC scholarship is merit based and, once activated, minimum levels of academic, aptitude, and physical fitness performance are required to maintain the scholarship. https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NROTC/Requirements/ Deadline: 1/31/23
The Princeton Prize in Race Relations is a non-academic cash prize ($1,000) for high school students who have done work to advance racial equity in their high schools or communities. We select a winner from 29 different regions around the country, and in addition to the cash prize, winners attend an all-expenses-paid symposium on racial justice and advocacy at Princeton University in the spring. The application is open now until January 31, 2023. More information can be found here or on the Princeton Prize in Race Relations website: https://pprize.princeton.edu/
James F. Byrnes Foundation - $4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2023
The Wofford Department of Art and Art History is excited to announce the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Fine Arts Scholarship, which provides for approximately a third of tuition costs over four years. This substantial scholarship is designed both to recognize the work of serious studio artists and to facilitate their continued artistic and academic growth throughout their Wofford careers. Prospective first-year Studio Art majors planning to matriculate in Fall 2023 may apply to receive this scholarship, which can be combined with any other scholarships they may receive. To apply, please follow this link to find instructions on submitting a portfolio before the February 1st deadline https://www.wofford.edu/admission/scholarships/art-and-art-history-scholarship
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. Details at www.watson-brown.org. February 8, 2022
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 13, 2023
Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is announcing the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers public school twelfth-grade students the opportunity to compete for a scholarship worth approximately $2,000 in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, and visual arts. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program information is available on the SCDE website. Applications are due February 20, 2023.
Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $30,000 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. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm Deadline: February 20. 2023
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. silverpen-slc.com Deadline: February 21, 2022
FAC Students Performing in the Community
Greenville Ballet - The Nutcracker
Andrew Kuharsky's annual production of the Tchaikovsky holiday classic has been a mainstay of the community for over 30 years. Guest dancers from Dance Theatre of Harlem join local dancers and children in this beautiful production.
- Friday, December 16, 2022; 7:00 p.m. – McAlister Auditorium, Furman University
- Tickets are $31 and are sold through Greenville Ballet School
- 105 Woodruff Industrial Lane; Greenville, SC 29607
Hours: Monday thru Thursday 3:45-6:00 p.m.
- 105 Woodruff Industrial Lane; Greenville, SC 29607
Milltown Players - The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Is your child performing in the Greenville community?
- December 18 through January 2 (2023) - Holiday Break
- Tuesday, January 3, 2023 - First day of school after Holiday Break
- Friday, January 13 - No School for Students; teacher work day
- Monday, January 16 - No School for Students or Staff; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools
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