The Tiger's Roar

February 2023

Orange Grove Families,

We had a great time honoring so many of our 3rd-8th grade students during our first semester awards ceremonies. We saw a packed house at both campuses as well as over 200 viewers via our livestream option. In addition to the semester recognition for academic excellence, effort, and citizenship, we were excited to honor a record 21 students for earning a perfect score on a standardized test last spring. Excellent schools like Orange Grove have supportive parents as well as hardworking students and staff. Thank you, as always, for your support!

You will receive an email this coming Monday, February 27 with a link to our 23-24 Intent to Return Form. Please take a few minutes and complete this form to let us know if you are planning on your child(ren) returning to The Grove for the 23-24 school year. Please make sure to complete this form by Monday, March 6. With more than 1,100 new student applications, we want to make sure that we can offer as many seats as possible.

We are excited to announce that Orange Grove has the first school bus in the state operating on both diesel and natural gas. This partnership, through a generous grant from a local business, Ingevity, is the first of its kind in South Carolina but has recently been picked up by the State Department of Education for a similar program. Bus number 1 will now be running smoother, quieter, more fuel efficient, and with fewer emissions.


John H. Clendaniel


If you or someone you know has a child who is hoping to attend Orange Grove for the first time in the 2023-2024 school year, don’t forget that the 23-24 CCSD School Choice application window CLOSES today Friday, February 24, 2023.

  • You must apply during the application window (now - February 24) to be included in the lottery.
  • This includes siblings (rising K-8) of enrolled Orange Grove students who do not currently attend The Grove.
  • For students currently enrolled at Orange Grove, you do not need to reapply.

For information on how to apply, key updates, and important timelines, visit CCSD's School Choice website here.

For families applying to our 4-year old, Child Development program, completed applications must be turned into the Elementary Front Office no later than today Friday, February 24, 2023, at 4pm.

...that our OG Hurricanes FTC Robotics Team is headed to the East State Qualifier tournament in Columbia, SC this weekend?

Orange Grove Robotics is virtually unstoppable this year! Both our FLL (6th & 7th Grade) and our FTC (7th & 8th Grade) teams recently took their skills to the stage in two different settings. The FLL team competed in challenges like bridge building at Storm the Citadel, while our FTC team headed to Daniel Island for the FIRST Tech Challenge program. Check out the video below for our FLL Team's Storm The Citadel competition recap.

Robotics Competition Orange Grove

The OG Hurricanes FTC team took first place in multiple areas at the FIRST Tech Challenge and qualified for the East State Qualifier tournament in Columbia this weekend! The Hurricanes also walked away with one of the top awards you can receive called the Inspire Award. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. This team is a top contender for many other judged awards and is a gracious competitor. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm, and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team will have shown success in performing the task of designing and building a robot.

See our FTC Team in action at the FIRST Tech Challenge in the pictures below.

OG Hurricanes FTC Team Awards

  • 1st place Inspire Award- This is the highest overall award you can win.
  • 1st place Winning Alliance in Robot matches
  • Promote Award
  • Compass Award for Andrea Daniels a mentor

OG Hurricanes FLL Team Awards

  • 1st place Lego Mystery at Storm The Citadel (7th Grade FLL)

Best of luck to the FTC team this weekend in Columbia - Go Hurricanes!

February 24: CCSD School Choice Application Window CLOSES / Q3 Progress Reports home / Bingo Night @ Middle 6p

February 26: Elementary Chorus practice 2p

February 28: PTO Board Meeting 1:50p @ Elementary

March 1: March Madness EXTRA Style Day - Bring $1 / OG 2023 Summer Camp Registration opens @ 4p

March 2: West Ashley High School Information Night 6p @ Orange Grove Middle Cafe

March 8: March Madness EXTRA Style Day - Bring $1

March 10: Early Release (11:40a - Elementary / 12:15p - Middle) / 3rd - 5th Grade Career Day

March 14: PTO General Meeting & 4th Grade Show (5:45p - doors open / 6p - start)

March 15: March Madness EXTRA Style Day - Bring $1

March 16: OGCS Charter Board Meeting 6p @ Elementary

March 19: Elementary Chorus practice 2p

March 21: Elementary Spring Pictures

March 22: March Madness EXTRA Style Day - Bring $1 / Middle Spring Pictures

March 24: End Q3 / Teacher Workday / No School

March 27 - April 5: OGCS Book Fair

March 28: PTO Board Meeting 1:50p @ Elementary

March 29: March Madness EXTRA Style Day - Bring $1

March 31: Q3 Report Cards home with students

April 4: PTO General Meeting & 2nd Grade Show (5:45p - doors open / 6p - start)

April 5 - 7: 5th Grade Barrier Island Trip

April 7: Early Release (11:40a - Elementary / 12:15p - Middle) / CD - 2nd Grade Career Day

April 10 -14: Spring Break / No School

View the 2022-2023 OGCS Academic Calendar here.

Now Hiring for the 23-24 School Year!

Know of any teachers who are looking for a change and would be a good match for Orange Grove? Make sure to share our 2023-2024 OGCS Job Opportunities with interested friends and family. If you have any questions, please email for assistance.

Attention 7th and 8th Grade Families

Whether you’re interested in hearing more about West Ashley High School, or if you’re on the fence about where to send your child for high school, please join Mr. Ryan Cumback, Principal at WAHS, on Thursday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm in the cafeteria at Orange Grove Middle School. Hear more about West Ashley, their vision/mission, and the many opportunities available to WAHS students as well as ask any questions you may have.
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OG 2023 Summer Camp - Registration opens 3/1 @ 4pm!

Summer is around the corner and OG is ready! This year we will be offering 6 weeks of Summer Camp for all currently enrolled CD-7th grade students. For camp dates, pricing options, and more, check out our Summer Camp '23 Flyer.

Registration will open on March 1st at 4pm for everyone on RevTrak. Registration and enrollment are on a first come basis, so please be prompt with registering any campers. If you have further questions, please email Neen Citizen or Mindy Mullison for assistance.

Girls on the Run: Registration closes TODAY 2/24

The Middle School will be hosting a Girls on the Run team this spring – the season begins on February 28th and it ends with the 5K in May. Registration will close today Friday, February 24, so make sure to sign up now.

Questions? Please email Bronwen O'Shea for assistance.

Please use crosswalks while on campus

Parents and students must use sidewalks and crosswalks during morning arrival and afternoon dismissal. Thank you for your support in keeping everyone safe during these busy times on campus.

Attention 7th Grade Parents!

Enroll you student on the trip of a lifetime to the Swiss Alps and the Mediterranean during the summer of 2024. Sign up NOW to secure your student's spot. Questions? Email Kaitlin Dahl for more information.
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January Student Athlete of the Month

Our January Student Athlete of the Month goes to a new member of our OG Middle School Athletics Teams. Sixth grader, Theo G., has shown the ability to play a high level of basketball. Starting at shooting guard for the Junior Boys Basketball Team, Theo’s hustle and competitiveness rubs off on his teammates.

No matter the score, Theo does not give up. He continues to dive and hustle every minute on the court. While the Junior Boys Team just missed the playoffs, Theo and his team were able to end the season on a high note, finishing off a blowout victory over Haut Gap.

Basketball is not the only area Theo finds success. In the classroom, Theo stays focused on his studies and has earned over a 95 average throughout the season. Congrats Theo!

February Student Athlete of the Month

Eighth grader, Rhyan R., has dominated on the mound this season for our OG Softball Team. She has helped lead her team to a 4-1 record so far, putting them in 2nd place with 3 games remaining. Her competitiveness and ability to forget mistakes has helped her improve tremendously and continues to separate her from her opponents. Coach Butler says that Rhyan will have a bright future in softball at the next level, as some of these attributes are hard to teach!

When not on the field, Rhyan is always the first to lend a hand of support to any classmate or teacher. Her teachers describe Rhyan as a positive and upbeat person, as she is always smiling and working positively with whomever she is with. Rhyan is also getting ready to play the role of an Ancestor in this years student led remake of Moana. As she gets ready to finish her softball season, we want to congratulate her on all of her accomplishments, on and off the field.

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Keep up-to-date on Orange Grove athletics' game schedules, practice details, and more on our OG Athletics page!


Reach out to our Athletic Director and Middle School PE Teacher, Alex Matos.

Dear OGCS Families,

THANK YOU for supporting the Orange Grove PTO with your Nothing Bundt Cakes Orders! This year's fundraiser was a GREAT success! Together we sold, packed, and distributed over 4,000 bundlets and bundt cakes - raising a total of just under $9,000 for our school! We've said it before and will say it forever, we could not be more appreciative of the constant support of our OG families & community. We hope you all have thoroughly enjoyed your sweet treats!

We'd also like to extend a great thank you to all of those who volunteered their time to tackle order-packing and distribution! We could not have done it without you!

And finally, we'd like to offer our sincere thanks and high praise of fundraising to Rick Giecek of Nothing Bundt Cakes Mt. Pleasant. They were truly a joy to work with!

With Gratitude,

Orange Grove PTO

Upcoming PTO Events

Our next Board Meeting is on Tuesday, February 28 at 1:50 pm at the Elementary campus. This is a great time to learn about the PTO's plans for the remainder of the school year and the many ways you can get involved. If you are unable to join us in person, a Zoom link will be available. Please email for details.

Join us for our next General Meeting on Tuesday, March 14 @ 6p at the Elementary campus. Fourth Grade will also be performing during this meeting.

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Frequently asked library questions:

  • How can I access my student's AR test results? For more information, check out the AR Update for Parents page.

  • Where can I pay my student's library fees? You can take care of your library-related fees on RevTrak.

  • How can I purchase a Birthday Book for my student? Click here for more information about the Birthday Book Club and to download the order form.

  • Who can I contact for library-related questions? Please email Lisa Schaffer or Reese Williams for assistance at both the middle and elementary campuses.


There are several illnesses currently going around. Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well. If they visit a Doctor and get a Doctor’s excuse, they must not return to school before the date of return listed. If they return to school before the day of return on the Doctor’s excuse, they will be sent home.

If your child has a fever, they must be fever free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications (Ibuprofen/Tylenol) before they can return to school. A fever is defined at 100 degrees or higher.

Thank you for helping us keep our students and staff healthy!

Melinda Westall, Elementary campus


Leah Mosqueda, Middle campus


CCSD: Free COVID & Flu Test Clinics extended through early March

Charleston County School District, through a grant from DHEC, will provide free COVID-19 and FLU A and B testing for all students and staff, who wish to be tested. To view dates, times, and locations, click here.

For registration instructions, please see flyer here.

6th Grade Parents / Guardians

South Carolina law requires that all students entering seventh grade receive one dose of Tdap vaccine. The Tdap vaccine protects children from three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (often called whooping cough). If your child has already had the vaccine (this vaccine is usually administered at their 11 yr old well check), you must provide the school with proof that they have had it on an official DHEC Immunization form provided by their health care provider.

If your child hasn’t received the vaccine, please contact your health care provider to schedule an appointment. Once your child has received the vaccine, please remember that you must provide proof to the school nurse. Students entering the seventh grade who have not received the Tdap vaccine by the beginning of the next school year (Aug. 2023) will not be allowed to attend school until they have received the vaccine and provided proof to the school nurse.

If you have any questions, please contact our nurse at 843-852-7927 or email

For information about this vaccine click here.

Thank you,

Leah Mosqueda, RN

100th Day Bingo

There were quite a few "old" people roaming the halls of both campuses on February 2, better known as Orange Grove's 100th day of school. Our first graders celebrated with a lively round of Bingo to honor the day. Check out the video below and see how two surprise visitors (Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Tosti) took the 100th day fun to a whole new level!

OG Chorus & Steel Drums @ CofC

We are so proud of our Orange Grove Chorus and Steel Drum Band and their performances during the College of Charleston Basketball game on February 13. The Chorus sang the national anthem before the game while the Steel Drum Band captivated the audience at half time. Thank you, College of Charleston Sports, for having us! Enjoy a recap of the big night below.
Orange Grove Chorus and Steel Drums at COFC

3rd Grade Text "Surgery"

Our third graders suited up and tackled their day of text surgery like seasoned physicians this year. During this exercise, each “patient” has a problem and students must locate the important remedy they need from their text. Students applied "band-aids" ranging from text boxes to titles and glossaries.

Thankfully, Dr. White and Dr. Holmes showed up just in time to help them finish the job! This is always a special day for our students that really helps them remember this important material. See our third grade "text surgeons" in action in the video below.

Orange Grove Charter School

Elementary Campus

1225 Orange Branch Road, Charleston, SC 29407

(843) 763 - 1520

Middle Campus

505-B Arlington Drive, Charleston, SC 29414

(843) 852 - 7929