SCWS News

A Monthly Newsletter - May 2022

SCWS! We need your help as we raise money for Relay for Life this year! Click here to learn how you can help support our team!



Our Adopt-A-Highway event 2022 was a success! We have some great events for May! Click here to RSVP!

It is officially Teacher Appreciation Week 2022!


Please make sure you send a nice message to your teachers thanking them for everything they do!

A message from our school leaders.

ACTION REQUIRED !!!

SCWS Parents and Students:


The SC Department of Education created the School Climate Survey for parents and a survey for students to share their feelings and experiences about SC Whitmore School. This feedback will help us understand how to make school more meaningful to you.


The deadline to complete this survey is May 4, 2022!


We are required to have 100% participation. The State Department of Education is monitoring completion rate and this will help give our school a good rating! We need your help to do this!


To access this survey, you will need to follow the instructions and steps sent to your email. Students will be sent a separate email to their school gmail with instructions on how to access the survey.


Parents, if your password does not work, you can reset your password.

Students, if you need your password reset, please send an email to office@scwhitmoreschool.org.


The survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete.


Thank you for helping us reach 100% participation!!


-SC Whitmore

Counselor's Corner

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Counselor Tips for Success


Summer To Do List


It’s here! Well, almost :). Summer is a great time to attend the Extended Year to: catch up on any credits/course you’re behind on, get ahead on courses/credits, or get a jump start on the 2022-23 school year. Click here if you have not filled out the Extended Year form yet.


Other great things to do in the summer:


  • Get outside! Walk, swim, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, picnic… being outside is great for our bodies and minds.
  • Build skills for the future: job shadow, volunteer, interview someone in the field you are interested in, work a part-time job. All of these will help you decide on what path to take your future plans and build your skill resume.
  • Apply for scholarships! There are a lot of options out there and many you can apply for before your senior year.
  • Consider options like Dual Enrollment to hear high school credit and college credit at the same time.
  • Practice your typing speed and accuracy with an online program.

Grade Level Meetings - 12th Grade: May 11th at 1pm. Final Meeting!

Groups

Join Mrs. Gilbert for Lit Lunch on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month from 1-2 pm. Come and share/get feedback on your latest creative projects, meet new friends, and chat about your favorite Netflix binge worthy shows. Bookmark our meeting link here. See you on May 5th and 19th!

Recordings

Group recordings can be found here.

Events

Always check the calendar linked to your school email. Many events will be added there as well.

Seniors

  • Attend monthly 12th grade meetings and/or watch the recordings

  • Schedule and attend your IGP with your counselor (see below)

  • Order your cap and gown here by January 15th for guaranteed delivery

  • Gather pictures of you as a kid and now to submit for graduation.

  • Think of an idea to decorate your graduation cap.

IGPs

Attention all sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Please book your IGPs with your counselor ASAP.

Students with last names beginning with A-F Click Here Mr. Disbrow

Students with last names beginning with G-M Click Here Mrs. DeLong

Students with last names beginning with N-Z Click Here Mrs. Gilbert

To Do List: Start Thinking About:

  • Have I earned enough credits this year to start the 2022-2023 school year in the next grade level?

  • Have I talked to my counselor about my plans for courses next year? (what courses are you interested in? dual enrollment?)

Scholarships


Check out https://studentscholarships.org/scholarships.php 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: https://bit.ly/SCWSUnion

Opportunities

Game On! With the help of ITology, a non-profit company working to grow the number of IT professionals in South Carolina, students will create their own simple gaming app using text-based JavaScript coding and commands. Bitsbox is an exciting way for students to build and share their very own, personalized gaming app. The cost of this virtual workshop is $20 and is the responsibility of the student. Register for this event here.

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The 2022 Fighting Words Poetry Contest is now open!


How can we use poetry to respond to current events, uplift underreported

stories, and make connections between global issues and our local and

personal contexts? Students are invited to explore these possibilities and make

their voices heard in their entries to the Fighting Words Poetry Contest.

Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2022, 11:59pm EDT.


K-12 students anywhere in the world are welcome to enter. Winners will receive

cash prizes up to $300 and publication on the Pulitzer Center website. Check

out last year's winning entries here!


Judges will have reading fluency in Spanish and English. For the first time this

year, you can access a Spanish-language portal for the poetry contest.


Interested in attending the College of Charleston? Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors check out their STEM 360, a pre-college summer program!

South Carolina Business Week

Each year, South Carolina Business Week presents four college scholarships totaling $14,500 to deserving students. The scholarships are: S. Hunter Howard, Jr. Business Week Scholarship ($5,000), the Ron McNair Leadership Scholarship ($5,000), the Mechanical Contractors of S.C. Scholarship ($2,500) and the Chelse Ward Elliott Scholarship ($2,000). Students who receive one of the first three scholarships must attend an in-state college or university to receive the scholarship money.


The application deadline is May 15, 2022. Visit www.scbusinessweek.com for more information.

Class of 2022!

Attending graduation, order your cap and gown package online now, click here. *The last guaranteed shipment date was January 15th, 2022.


Graduation is Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. We want to ensure graduates have a safe and memorable graduation. Questions about what to wear or how to get tickets? Click here to learn more.


The 2022 SCWS Graduation will be live-streamed. The link will be sent out on graduation day. We would like to encourage students and families to follow us on social media to make sure they have access to the link on graduation day.


Seniors, have you filled out your exit ticket? Click here to complete the form.


Oh the places we will go! - May 11th at 11 AM

We are excited to host a virtual event to celebrate the Class of 2022 called, Oh the places we will go! This will be an opportunity for our students to share their plans after graduation! Oh the places we will go, will be on May 11th at 11 AM streaming live on our Facebook and YouTube pages. Let’s celebrate the Class of 2022 together! #SCWSClassof2022


Seniors, click here to learn more about participating!

Military Honor Cords and State Recognition Event

The South Carolina Department of Education is pleased to recognize high school seniors who will be entering the military or attending a military service academy with a red, white, and blue honor cord to be worn during graduation ceremonies. In addition to wearing these honor cords at individual graduation ceremonies, eligible students are invited to attend a statewide recognition ceremony where state, education, and military leaders will publicly recognize them for their commitment.

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Time: 11:00 a.m.

Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201

You can read the full SCDE memo here: Military Honor Cords and State Recognition

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

Tutor.com 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 tutor.com 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.


https://lhh-tutor-com.scsl.idm.oclc.org/Landing.aspx

Username: discus2021

Password: think1!

Celebrating Black Writers


NCTE, in partnership with The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers

College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, invites high school and

college students of all ages to participate in a writing contest titled Celebrating Black

Writers: Voices Calling for Activism and Social Justice. Submissions in the genres of

fiction, prose, and essay are welcome. Learn more about the submission guidelines.


The writing contest celebrates the Center for Black Literature’s 20th Anniversary

Jubilee: Honoring Our Legacy and Celebrating the Black Literary Arts and the

National Council of Teachers of English’s annual National Day on Writing.


All students currently enrolled in secondary/high school or college, including community

college, are encouraged to participate by writing and submitting their own essays, prose,

or fiction.


Students have the opportunity to receive the following:


● High school students (includes juniors and seniors): first place $3,000; second

place $1,500

● College students (includes community, comprehensive, and senior colleges):

first place $4,000; second place $2,000


The application deadline is Monday, May 23, 2022. Please contact

NCTEAwards@ncte.org with any questions.


Learn more

Scholarships

Online Construction College: Check out Stonepile for degree options, financial aid and more information.

Testing Updates

EOC Exams

Please mark your calendar and check your email/messages for all EOC information. Please let us know in advance if you have any questions.


Testing Dates


  • Monday, May 16, 2022: Conway

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

2050 HWY 501 E

Conway, SC 29526

Building 300 Classroom 110


  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022: Charleston

Hilton Garden Inn Charleston Airport
5265 International Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29418


  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022: Rock Hill

TheStudios@Loom

120 Academy St

Fort Mill, SC 29715


  • Thursday, May 19, 2022: Spartanburg

SPARTANBURG MARRIOTT

299 North Church St.

Spartanburg, SC 29306

*Testing Rooms are located on 2nd Floor of hotel


  • Friday, May 20, 2022: Columbia

Courtyard Marriott

630 Assembly St

Columbia, SC 29201

*Free parking is available in the parking garage

*Lexington Room

April 2022 Student All - Stars

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 - Ian Bowers

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


SCWS All-Star - Olivia Medeiros

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


Best All-Around - Kiersten Boulden

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 - Thomas Burnett

A student who has shown tremendous efforts this month overall.


Learn more about our All-Star Students here.

Staff Spotlight

Christina L'Etoile, Student Resource Coordinator


What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love spending time with my daughters, my boyfriend, and my animals. I love to run, listen to music, and binge on good mystery shows.


Tell a little bit about your background.

I have my master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston. I have years of experience working as a social worker, school counselor, graduation coach, and mental health clinician.


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

I am the Student Resource Coordinator for the school. What I enjoy most is being able to meet students and their families, and assist with connecting them to local resources they are in need of.


What do you want the students to know about you?

I am available if they or their family is in need! Call or text me and I will respond.


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: CLETOILE@scwhitmoreschool.org (803) 216-1721 (call or text) CLICK HERE FOR REFERRAL FORM!


Resources: COMMUNITY RESOURCES FIND A COUNSELOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGENCIES


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

Clubs

Interested in joining a club at SCWS? Check out some of the clubs we offer and email prscws@scws@scwhitmoreschool.org 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.

Photography

The SCWS photography club works to improve students’ photography skills beyond point and shoot. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month and look at the pictures that the students took that month. We also explore a photography topic that interests the members of the club. Students get the opportunity to share their photographs with other members and learn how to make their photographs better.

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.

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH

Need to have Better Organization?

You might already have bookmarks in your browser, but did you know that you can organize those much better with folders and quick ways to open the ones you need every single day?

Try these tips to help you with your bookmarks for daily use:

Bookmarks in your Chrome Browser


SCWS Gmail, SCWS Calendar, Dashboard login, School Libary….

What else do you check regularly?

UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lit Lunch! - May 5th and May 19th from 1 PM - 2 PM

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

Illustration Class, honoring the life of Jessica Munyon - May 25th from 10 AM - 11 AM

Do you love drawing? Attend this virtual art class as we honor the life of one of our beloved teachers, Jessica Munyon. Click here to learn about the Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship at SC Whitmore School. RSVP here.

How to Access the New 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 jwhite@scwhitmoreschool.org 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 - office@scwhitmoreschool.org


SC Whitmore Principal: Ebone' Adams

General student concerns.

803-768-8310 - eadams@scwhitmoreschool.org


Director of Compliance: Michelle Bishop

Questions about compliance, Special Education, 504 or IEP.

803-768-8306 - mbishop@scwhitmoreschool.org


Enrollment Coordinator: Pam Chick

Questions about re-enrollment or enrollment status.

866-476-6416 - pchick@scwhitmoreschool.org


Attendance Coordinator

Questions about attendance.

Troy Crump - 803-768-8318 - tcrump@scwhitmoreschool.org


Director of School Counseling: Amber Goff

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

Please call or text the numbers below.

Amber Goff - 803-768-8314 - email: agoff@scwhitmoreschool.org

Traylor Disbrow - A through F - 803-768-8302 - email: tdisbrow@scwhitmoreschool.org

Cameron DeLong - G through M - (803) 881-8077 - email: cdelong@scwhitmoreschool.org

JaQuette Gilbert - N through Z - 803-768-8305 - email: jgilbert@scwhitmoreschool.org


Testing Coordinator: Patrick Bowers

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

803-786-8313 or email pbowers@scwhitmoreschool.org


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 alatta@scwhitmoreschool.org