FAC Weekly Update

August 19, 2022

Good Morning, FAC Family

We hope you had a terrific week! The 2022-23 School Year off to an amazing start. Our students have transitioned smoothly to their FAC schedule and have begun digging into their first assignments. We are excited to offer them a rigorous pre-professional arts education in a warm, caring school climate. This will truly be our best year yet!

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

"You are not a failure until you start blaming someone else for your weaknesses and mistakes. Be a realistic optimist and remind yourself that things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."

- Coach John Wooden, from "Wooden on Leadership" (p.228)

Amazing Concert Opportunity at the FAC

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music with guitar legend Mike Stern and his band. One of the great jazz guitarists of his generation, Mike Stern has the unique ability to play with the finesse and lyricism of Jim Hall, the driving swing of Wes Montgomery, and the turbulent, overdriven attack of Jimi Hendrix. A player of remarkable facility whose searing lines are informed mainly by bebop and the blues while also carrying a rock-tinged intensity, Stern made his mark with Miles Davis in the early ‘80s before launching his solo career in 1985. Since then he has released 18 recordings as a leader, six of which were nominated for GRAMMY® Awards. Stern was presented with Guitar Player magazine’s Certified Legend Award on January 21, 2012.

Performing with Mike will be an all-star group comprised of his wife, Leni, on guitar; Moto Fukushima (from House Of Waters) on bass; Danny Walsh on Saxophone; and Juan Chiavassa on drums.

Ticket Link - https://fine-arts-center.ticketleap.com/mike-stern/

FAC Event Calendar

The 2022-2023 FAC Event Calendar has been published and is ready for you to view. Simply click on the button below this section of the newsletter. Please note that changes to the calendar may occur, and will be communicated to students and parents as soon as they are made.

For ticketed events, we will accept cash, credit card, or Venmo. Credit card payments will incur a processing fee.


Absences from the FAC

Parents and students should be fully informed of the GCS and FAC procedures on attendance through the reading of pages 3, 4, 22, and 23 of the Student/Parent Handbook. Parents should use the following link to report an absence to the Fine Arts Center - https://forms.gle/ZArp88MeToYZzYPG9. The Google Form allows you to upload a documentation such as a medical note or parent note. Please remember that all documentation must be turned in within two (2) days of the student's return to school. Failure to do so will result in the absence categorized as "unexcused."

The following website contains both the link to report absences and a link for the Pre-Arranged Absence Form - https://www.fineartscenter.net/page.asp?titleid=absences. The procedure for Pre-Arranged Absences is outlined on page 22 and 23 of the Student/Parent Handbook.

Reminder - Sign Up For Text Messages

The Fine Arts Center would like to reach our FAC Families via text message, sending reminders and event announcements on a regular basis. This process can be accomplished through the GCS Parent Backpack account. Please click on the below link for instructions:


Opportunities to Buy FAC Merch

Orders for FAC Merchandise can be placed at the following link - https://forms.gle/WEFX3U7ViNaUt67T7. Please note that vendors require a minimum order of 24 items. If we do not get at least 24 orders of a particular item, we will need to cancel the order. A refund will be provided in this case.

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  • Monday, September 5 - No School; Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 6 - Student Recital: Michelle West, Cello
  • Friday, September 16 - Thursday, September 22 - Dance Artist-in-Residence: Carlos DeBarros
  • Monday, September 19 - Wednesday, September 21 - Chamber Strings Artists-in-Residence: The Cerruti Quartet
  • Tuesday, September 20 - Professional Recital: The Cerruti Quartet
  • Friday, September 23 - FAC College Day

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