SPHS Weekly Newsletter

October 5th - 10th

Academic Schedule for the Week of 10/5 - 10/10

Monday, October 5th: C Day

The first four C-Days of the year (Sept. 14th, 21st, 28th, and Oct.5th) are reserved for groups of students in select classes (IB, AP, ESOL, ESE). Those students have received communication from their teacher about attending either through Canvas or personal communication.

For those not attending school on any of the first four C-Days, the expectation is that these students will complete four hours of remote learning by logging into each of their courses in Canvas and complete each remote learning assignments. Attendance for all students will be taken for each class; therefore, each student at home needs to access Canvas and complete assignments to be counted present.

Tuesday, October 6th: A Day

Wednesday, October 7th: B Day

Thursday, October 8th: A Day

Friday, October 9th: B Day

All students should log into each of their CANVAS courses and complete the learning activities for each course. All students should engage in at least four hours of remote learning activities during your remote learning days. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE ACTIVITES FOR EACH COURSE TO BE MARKED PRESENT FOR THE DAY.

Virtual Academy Updates from Dr. Marshall

Please click here to view information and updates regarding the Virtual Academy.

The first progress reporting period is Wednesday, October 7th. Please review your student progress in Canvas. Feel free to contact your student's teacher with any questions or concerns.

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Updates from Your School Counselors

Canvas Class Pages

Canvas class pages are used to send important announcements to students and parents. All students should enroll in their Canvas class page if they have not done so already. Use the appropriate link below to enroll.

Class of 2021 - https://rockhill.instructure.com/enroll/3JTPM9

Class of 2022 - https://rockhill.instructure.com/enroll/CGD8YY

Class of 2023 - https://rockhill.instructure.com/enroll/8PY8FT

Class of 2024 - https://rockhill.instructure.com/enroll/RFJ7KE

Canvas Parent Observer Account

Parents are encouraged to create a Canvas Parent Observer account to monitor their student’s assignment completion/grades, receive class communication from teachers, and to receive posted announcements.

Follow the steps below to create your account:

1. Request a pairing code from one of the below staff members: Ms. Davis-McCoy (Admin Assistant) - kdavis-mccoy@rhmail.org Ms. Catherine Reid (Guidance Secretary) - creid@rhmail.org Ms. Rhonda Gamble (Attendance Clerk) - rgamble@rhmail.org

2. Go to https://rockhill.instructure.com

3. Click “Click Here For an Account” (top right corner)

4. Enter the requested information

Class of 2021

Senior IGP Meetings will begin the week of October 12th. Meetings will be held via Zoom. You should receive a letter with your appointment date and time this week. If you do not receive a letter by Wednesday, October 7th please reach out to your assigned counselor.

❏ The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now open

for parents and students to submit for the 2021-2022 academic year. All students planning to attend college should complete this free application so college/university financial aid offices can determine your eligibility to receive financial aid. Some aid is awarded first come, first served so submit your FAFSA ASAP!

❏ For more information and to get started go to www.fafsa.ed.gov

❏ FAFSA Workshop - October 13th 6:00pm-8:30pm

See details under Upcoming Events

Senior Contact Info - Use the link below to ensure we have correct contact information for you so you will receive all senior information and stay in the loop!

Class of 2021 Contact Information

Upcoming Events

CACRAO Virtual College Exploration September 14-October 9

Students and parents are encouraged to register for the various informational sessions offered by CACRAO. Students and parents will gain a wealth of knowledge regarding college preparation, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and be able to ask questions to admissions counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment.

Session participation is free and sessions will be held via Zoom webinar. Students and parents must register for each session they would like to attend in order to receive access to the Zoom login information. If students and parents are unable to attend live, they are still encouraged to register for the sessions as recordings will be available on the CACRAO website afterwards. Use the link below to register for sessions.

2020 CACRAO Virtual College Exploration Registration

FAFSA Information Session & Workshop (virtual) USC Lancaster Financial Aid Office

Tuesday, October 13th 6:00pm-8:30pm

Parents and students can hear more about the FAFSA and get assistance while completing their FAFSA through a secure live chat system.

Registration and session login information will be posted in the Class of 2021 Canvas page this week.

Weekly College Admissions Information Sessions:

Wofford College

Monday, October 5th 11:45am-12:20pm Register for the session:

https://begin.wofford.edu/register/?id=5bd0f363-a7dd-46bc-9c99-c 8c82756b2b0

Join the session: https://wofford.zoom.us/j/92742341816

❏ Winthrop University

Tuesday, October 6th 11:45am-12:20pm

Join the session: https://zoom.us/j/2997530565#success Email Ms. Williams (lswilliams@rhmail.org) if you are interested in attending any of the below sessions.

❏ Clemson University

Monday, October 12th 11:45am-12:20pm

❏ Spartanburg Methodist College

Tuesday, October 13th 11:45am-12:20pm

❏ Anderson University

Monday, October 19th 11:45am-12:20pm

NEW Counselor Student Assignments

❏ Last Names A-D

Brian Rogers


❏ Last Names E-J

Greg Tolliver


❏ Last Names K-Le/GSSM

Sonya Williams


❏ Last Names Li-Ri

Stephanie Cocchiaro


❏ Last Names Ro-Z

Jan McKiver


Mark Your Calendars for Updates to CDay on 10/12

F2F students will begin attending school on rotational C-days beginning October 12th. A-Day or B-Day students who are not schedule to attend on select C-Days will remain at home and engage in remote learning.

All A-Day students will attend C-Day on the following C days through December:

October 12 (half day only – school will dismiss at 11:45)

November 2

November 16

November 30

All B-Day students will attend C-Day on the following C days through December:

October 26

November 9

November 23

December 7

School Improvement Council (SIC)

Next Meeting will be Tuesday, October 13th

Topic: October SIC

Time: Oct 13, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 857 460 0481

Passcode: OH2021!

PSAT WILL BE on Wednesday October 14th to all 10th graders. 11th graders who would like to test see below.


PSAT is October 14th

Sign Up deadline is October 8th

Payment is $24

Sign up and payment information is in canvas under announcements or below

Online Link: https://rb.gy/tzfwii

or Scan QR Code to the left

PSAT Online Practice Materials from CollegeBoard

Be prepared for the PSAT by clicking here to go to the College Board site and have access to practice materials and test information.

Picture Schedule for Face to Face Students (October 13 & 14)

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Virtual Academy Student Pictures will be taken on Monday, Oct 12. Appointment times will be sent this week!

Picture ordering information will be sent from Lifetouch. Even if your student is not purchasing a picture package, we still encourage them to participate in picture day. Our goal is to have 100% of our students pictures in the yearbook. We will also be taking ID pictures on these days as well for students who do not already have their school ID.


Congratulations to our Students of the Month For September!

The South Pointe Math Department would like to recognize Freshman Italia Bush. Her nominator says this about Italia, "She has been encouraging and completed all assignments on time."

The South Pointe Science Department would like to recognize Sophomore Duncan LaBorde. His nominator had this to say, "Duncan is an exceptional student. He attends class everyday, checks in on his virtual day, and works really hard. If he is struggling on a topic, he has no issues with asking for help and keeps asking for help until he understand. Duncan is able to take constructive criticism and he very polite to teachers and peers."

The South Pointe Fine Arts Department would like to recognize Freshman Jackson Archie. His nominator shared this, "Jackson shows up every single day ready to learn and give 110%. He is polite, kind, friendly, and helpful to everyone--he holds the door, volunteers to wipe chairs after class, and always says "hello" and "have a great day." In addition, he is a model student to his peers, participating fully each day, giving his best effort, and showing responsibility through timely completion of his assignments and effective communication. I am so glad to have his positive presence and energy in my classroom!"

The South Pointe World Language Department would like to recognize Freshman Sydney Hornor. Her nominator shared this "Sydney is a very respectful, focused and conscientious young lady who advocates for her own education. She has been diligent in submitting excellent work and communicates well with her teacher. In addition to being a great student, she always displays an excellent attitude!"

Congratulations Mrs. Dawson

Over the weekend, Mrs. Dawson was recognized as this years Central City Optimist Club Educator of the Year. Please join us in sending her Virtual Shout Outs of Congratulations! This is a well deserved honor! Mrs. Dawson teaches English, Creative Writing and Journalism at South Pointe High School.

Congratulations to our Teachers being recognized for the month of September!

The following teachers were recognized by their own department members for being outstanding!!

Mr. James Turner: Marching and Concert Band Instructor, Fine Arts Department Chair. Mr. Turners department members recognize the work that Mr. Turner puts in. He is organized and always on top of everything! He holds the whole team together!

Ms. Taylor Madsen: The Math Department want to recognize Ms. Madsen, she is a South Pointe Alum, teaching Algebra 1 and Pre Calculus. Ms. Madsen is 100% dedicated to South Pointe and is always willing to help/participate where needed. Her attitude towards everyone (staff AND students) is always positive and friendly! She fully exemplifies what it means to be an SPHS Stallion!

Mr. Samuel Chintapalli: Mr. C is pulling double duty between the Science and Engineering Pathways departments. His team members in the Engineering Department recognize all of the hard work and effort he is putting in. He goes above and beyond to help others, while making sure his students are engaged daily.

Ms. Gabrielle Davis: Ms. Davis is a Biology teacher at South Pointe. She is definitely living the South Pointe Way. Ms. Davis is a hard working teacher who creates amazing relationships with her students. She is very willing to help anyone out when they ask her. Students are not afraid to come to her for advice or help.

Ms. Susan Fields: Ms. Fields also pulls double duty, teaching in both the Health and Science Departments. This recognition comes from our Exceptional Students Department. This shows Ms. Fields desire to work with everyone in the school. Mrs. Fields always goes the extra mile to include the special education kids in anything she does. She is a strong advocate for them and is always willing to attend IEP meetings and meet parents. She is always pleasant and respectful to all students while on duty. She has always made sure the self contained students and teacher are included in the activities where most other sponsors leave m out. She is a true definition of community and a champion for our students.

Ms. Anna Padgett: Ms. Padgett is teaching History, Sociology and taking on the Yearbook this year. This recognition comes from Ms. Padgett's peers to recognize all of her hard work during this transition. Anna has done a phenomenal job transitioning into the yearbook advisor role. She has cooperated with multiple school leaders to work on the yearbook and has been an outstanding leader both in and outside of the classroom. She is crazy organized and involved and just doing an amazing job!!

Ms. Jessica Gregory: Ms. Gregory is teaching English 4 and our College and Career Readiness courses. She is also our English Department Chair. Her colleagues recognize her hard work and efforts. Ms. Gregory has done a fantastic job leading the English department, making sure that we are up-to-date, on time, and understand all of the initiatives we've got going on. She embraces all of the school spirit and is always upbeat and positive. She's working hard handling all of the leadership and her students, and I think she deserves to be recognized for her efforts.

Ms. Lovelynn Bradford: Ms. Bradford teaches AP US History and American Government and Economics. She is a rock star in the Social Studies Department. Ms. Bradford is always there to encourage or help everyone in the department. She always has a positive attitude, even in these crazy times! Even when she doesn't, she finds a way to make us smile. Teaching AP in 45 minutes has not been an easy adjustment, but she figures it out like a champ!

Ms. Moriah Melvin: Ms. Melvin teaches American Government and Economics this year, and is another rock star in the Social Studies Department. Ms. Melvin is so empathetic to all of her students and strives to get to know them as individuals with needs that go beyond just academics. She has also demonstrated outstanding leadership in her work thus far with her PLC (Professional Learning Community) as the lead teacher for the Government and Economics team.

Ms. Jocelyn Gordon: Ms. Gordon is our Science Department Lead, she also teaches AP and IB Biology as well as Dual Credit Anatomy and Physiology. She always goes above and beyond to help others, and ensure that everyone is taken care of. Within her department, she is always willing to collaborate with others, and displays leaderships by helping folks when they need new ideas or tactics in the classroom.

Congratulations Stallion Swimmers 2020 Region Champs

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RHSD Real Time COVID Dashboard

Content in the dashboard is updated no later than 5 p.m. each week day. Data is provided as cumulative totals since the first day of school by each location, by grade bands, by non-school locations, overall summary, and "week-at-a-glance", which shows new reports for the current week. Information shown may differ from the SC Department of Health and Control reports, which are released on Tuesday and Friday each week.

Dashboard Link

Rock Hill Inclusive Tech Expo (ITX)

We are excited to be able to offer FREE tickets to 20 South Pointe Students to attend this event. To sign up your student, please click on the picture to be taken to a sign up link.

This is a great opportunity for students interested in Technology, Graphics or Media, Business and Entrepreneurship. We know we have the perfect students to attend.

This event will be held virtually, students will be able to attend from home, after school on October 27-29.

Coming Soon....The POINTE...SPHS School Store

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