FAC Weekly Update

December 11, 2021

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

We hope you had a wonderful week. We're in the homestretch of 2021, and are ready for next week when our students get to enjoy their first showcase performances in two years! We've also enjoyed some terrific performances this week. Congratulations to the students of the FAC Theatre Program for their performances on Monday evening, and the Chamber Strings students on their performance last night.

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

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Manage Your Personal Life

"If you want to lead up, you must always lead yourself first. If you can't, you have no credibility. I've found the following to be true:

  • If I can't lead myself, others won't follow me.
  • If I can't lead myself, others won't respect me.
  • If I can't lead myself, others won't partner with me.

That applies whether the influence you desire to exert is on the people above you, beside you, or below you. The better you are at making sure you're doing what you should be doing, the better chance you have for making an impact on others."

Dr. John C. Maxwell - The Maxwell Daily Reader - December 9, page 375.

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Congratulations to Makiya Smith!

Congratulations to Creative Writing student Makiya Smith (grade 12) for winning a $2000 scholarship prize from the National Society of High School Scholars for her original poetry!

The National Society of High School Scholars is a distinguished academic honor society, committed to recognizing and serving the highest-achieving student scholars in more than 26,000 high schools across 170 countries. Makiya is one of three winners that were selected in this international competition. Her work will be published on the NSHSS website, and the scholarship will apply to the college of her choice.

Don't Miss the "FAC Jazz All-Stars" at the Peace Center

We are now in the fourth year of our performance partnership with the Peace Center. Next Wednesday, December 15, our "Jazz All-Stars" returns to Genevieve's, featuring:

  • Leah Rutherford - piano and vocals
  • Blake Slaughter - guitar
  • Carson Moore - banjo
  • Miles Jernigan - bass
  • Partick Lane - drums

Tickets are going fast! Visit https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/22-jazz-all-stars-2 for more information.

Reminder to Re-Apply to the FAC

The application to attend the Fine Arts Center for the 2022-2023 School Year is now open via the GCS Student Backpack account.

  • All current FAC students must re-apply for next year - please take care of this now so that it does not fall off your radar.
  • 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.

FAC Merch for Sale!

The FAC Parent Guild is clearing out our inventory of FAC merch! Please click on the following link to order a t-shirt, sticker, or magnet. We will be placing an order for new items after the new year, so act now to get your merch before the holidays.


Thank You - From the FAC Parent Guild

A big thank you from the Parents Guild Board to our fantastic FAC and ARMES parents. We raised enough money to do the following:

  • Have a coffee for the teachers and staff on November 30th
  • Stock the faculty bathrooms with seasonal soap and lotion.
  • Have a faculty/staff Christmas luncheon later this month
  • Give Holiday gifts to our amazing teachers and support staff

Your generosity is VERY appreciated!

If you would like to volunteer with the Parent Guild or need more information, please note the contact information for the Board members.

Visual Arts Holiday Sale - Ends Next Wednesday

The annual FAC Holiday Sale is almost over!

Sign in at the FAC front desk and then visit the FAC lobby to make your purchases of visual art student-made books, pottery, and jewelry! The goal of the sale is for students to learn entrepreneurship skills through art. Students earn 50% of the sale proceeds, while the FAC Visual Art areas earn the other 50%.

Cash, Venmo, and personal checks accepted.

Schedule for December 17, 2021

All Greenville County Schools will be running a half-day schedule on the last day of class before the Holiday Break - Friday, December 17. Since a large number of our students take bus transportation to/from their GCS high school to the FAC, and the elementary schools begin dismissal at 11:45 a.m., we need to adjust the FAC Schedule on 12/17 as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. classes - normal schedule
  • 9:15 a.m. classes - normal start time
  • 10:30 a.m. - dismissal for bus riders to the WHHS bus loop for return to their GCS High School
  • 10:40 a.m. - buses depart from FAC to GCS high schools; students to remain at their GCS High School for the duration of the half-day schedule
  • 11:05 a.m. - dismissal for all FAC students who attend Wade Hampton HS and Out-of-District Schools (Charter, Private, Home, Virtual). WHHS students will remain at WHHS for the duration of the half-day schedule
  • 12:30 p.m. - normal class schedule for FAC students - those in the embedded SC Virtual Courses and those in the Advanced Topics in Theatre Course
  • 1:15 p.m. - dismissal for all WHHS and FAC students;
  • NO 1:30 p.m. CLASSES


Scholarship Opportunities

James F. Brynes 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, 2022.

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. Deadline: February 8, 2022.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is once again offering the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public schools the opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. The deadline is Monday, February 21, 2022.

Silver Pen Writing Competition

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.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/


Don't miss the International Ballet Academy's performance of The Nutcracker - December 10-12 at the Peace Center! The cast features a number of our students in the FAC Dance Studio. Tickets can be purchased at the following website - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/ib-nutcracker-22.

Greenville Ballet - Nutcracker

Be sure to check out the Greenville Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker! on Saturday, December 18. Tickets are now on sale. The cast features FAC and ARMES students in our Dance programs. Reserved seats can be purchased at the Greenville Ballet School, Timmons Arena Box office at Furman University, and through Ticketmaster by phone, online, or at outlet locations.

Is Your Child Performing in the Community? The FAC is happy to publicize public performances and art exhibitions that feature our students. Please email Mr. Popat with any details of current or upcoming performances so that we can get the word out to our FAC Family!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • December 1-15 - Visual Arts Holiday Sale
  • December 15 and 16 - Showcase Performances for Students
  • December 17 - Half Day Schedule
  • December 20-31 - Winter Break

*Please note that we will have limited seating at performances to ensure adherence to social distancing expectations. Your child's Instructor will provide all information about performances. We plan to Live Stream all events so that those who cannot attend may still enjoy the performance and support our students from home.

Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools

Preparing dedicated students for 21st-century careers through rigorous, pre-professional arts training in a dynamic, inclusive, collaborative learning community.

Core Values

  • Creativity

  • Respect

  • Grit

  • Identity

  • Connection

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