FAC Weekly Update

October 2, 2020

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope you had a wonderful week! Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

Students - Are You Reading Your Emails?

The FAC is fully invested in communicating regularly and thoroughly with our students and parents. We use our social media platform and this Weekly Update to keep our FAC families informed and inspired. Parents - please continue to stress to your child the importance of reading our communications. We take the time to get students valuable information, and we ask that they take the time to stay in-the-know.

As a parent of a child who is not "into" reading his emails, I know how tough this battle is. Let's keep fighting the good fight on this together. We want our kids to be the owners of information, and not relying on others to manage their responsibilities.

- Mr. Popat

Speaking of emails...

Students - watch this video made by our neighbors at Wade Hampton High School.


Very important information on how to communicate with your teachers. Learning how to write an email properly can be a game-changer for your future!


We are in the process of booking Colleges, Universities, and Conservatories for Virtual College Visits! There will be sessions on the following dates and times, with each session including 5 higher-education institutions. A website will be released next week with the list of schools and the Google Meet link for students to log on.

Please note - this is for Juniors and Seniors only due to the number of participants that can be accommodated via Google Meet.

  • Friday, October 9 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 13 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 15 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 16 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 20 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 22 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 23 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, October 27 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, November 5 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Friday, November 6 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 10 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 12 – 4:15 p.m.
  • Friday, November 13, 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, November 17 – 4:15 p.m.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Always Do Your Best

Under any circumstance, always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times it will not be as good. When you wake up refreshed and energized in the morning, your best will be better than when you are tired at night. Your best will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick, or sober as opposed to drunk. Your best will depend on whether you are feeling wonderful and happy, or upset, angry, or jealous.

Regardless of the quality, keep doing your best — no more and no less than your best. If you try too hard to do more than your best, you will spend more energy than is needed and in the end your best will not be enough. When you overdo, you deplete your body and go against yourself, and it will take you longer to accomplish your goal. But if you do less than your best, you subject yourself to frustrations, self-judgment, guilt, and regrets.

-Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements

News from the FAC Partners

The Partners Board of Directors is working on the establishment of four committees for this school year. More information will be coming about opportunities to help the following groups:

  1. Alumni Relations Committee
  2. Marketing and Messaging Committee
  3. Fundraising Committee
  4. Parent Engagement Committee

We are looking forward to having these groups work towards improving the FAC experience for our past, current, and future students!

Schedule for Week Seven

Week of October 5, 2020

  • Monday, October 5 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Tuesday, October 6 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Wednesday, October 7 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Thursday, October 8 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Friday, October 7 - All Students eLearning


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Horatio Alger Association - seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength in character, critical financial need ($55,000 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. Deadline October 25, 2020.

  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation - Achievement based scholarship for graduating seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve as well as their commitment to having an impact on their school and community. 150 Coca-Cola scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship. More information at www.coca-cola scholars.org. Deadline October 31, 2020.



Support the FAC When You Shop

Arts High Schools provide “above and beyond” experiences for our students that often fall outside of the normal school budget. Here are some easy ways to help us on a regular basis. Funds go to Guest Artist experiences, Masterclasses, and much more!

Are You a Follower?

Have you checked out the plethora of Social Media accounts at the FAC? No? Well, time to get on the communication train and follow us!



Many of our teaching studios have their own Instagram account as well, so follow us and you can easily find those pages through our account.

Building Hours

Building Hours - Attendance Plans 1 and 2

8:00 a.m. Classes

Building access at 7:45 a.m.

9:15 a.m. Classes

Building access at 8:30 a.m.

1:30 p.m. Classes

Building access at 1:15 p.m.

  • Should these restrictions result in a hardship to your family relative to the parent’s ability to get to work on time, please call our Main Office. Before doing so, we respectfully request that you attempt to work out a resolution with your workplace. If no compromise can be found, we can accept a very limited number of students before the above building access times.

  • If you have not done so, please read the emails and letters that I sent home. Many students who arrived at the wrong time, either in the morning or afternoon, had received my emails but had not read them. Students are sent the emails and therefore should get in the habit of staying informed.

  • Students who attend the FAC in the afternoon and go to Wade Hampton in the morning need to stay at Wade Hampton until 1:15 p.m. Dr. Grant has space for these students to sit, socially distanced, and work on homework. We do not have such a space at the FAC.

  • Studio Time is not available to students while we are under social distancing restrictions.

As always, please call or email with any questions!


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