FAC Weekly Update

October 16, 2020

Good morning, Fine Arts Center Family

I hope you had a wonderful week!

Believe it or not, we have arrived at the last week of the first Quarter of the 20-21 School Year. Getting to this point has taken a monumental effort from the entire FAC Family - Students, Instructors, Parents, and Staff. Thank you for your continued support as we navigate through uncharted waters. We are so fortunate to have the Arts as an outlet...something that brings us together, forms lasting bonds, and serves as a force for positivity!

Here is the latest from the halls of the FAC...


We are now up to over 80 colleges participating in our series of Virtual College Visits! Google Meet allows us to have 250 participants in each session, so we are extending the invitation to our Sophomores and Freshmen. Please join us for these wonderfully informative sessions.

The website for the full schedule and listing of participants is:



The application for the 2021-2022 School Year is now open via your child's GCS Backpack Account. All current 9th-11th Graders who wish to return to the FAC next year must complete an application. Current students do not need to attend an audition - they are evaluated for acceptance by their performance in classes and through their class assignments.

The application window is October 8 - November 12. Late applications will not be accepted, so please make sure that this task gets completed in a timely manner. Offers to attend the FAC will go out through Backpack on February 5, 2021.

Schedule for Week Nine

Week of October 19, 2020

  • Monday, October 19 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Tuesday, October 20 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Wednesday, October 21 - Blue and Green Groups
  • Thursday, October 22 - Red and Purple Groups
  • Friday, October 23 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - Staff Professional Development

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Quotes I'm Pondering (page 292)

“Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.”

- Fred Rogers

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be."

- Lao Tzu (Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)

Quotes I'm Pondering (page 463)

"You can do so much in ten minutes' time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into ten-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity."

- Ingvar Kamprad (Swedish business magnate, founder of IKEA)


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.

  • NEW - The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation - The Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $40,000 per year, college planning support, ongoing advising, and the opportunity to network with the larger Cooke Scholar community. Deadline: October 30, 2020. https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/

  • 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.

  • NEW - Prudential Spirit of Community Awards – State Honorees receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington D.C. National Honorees receive additional $5,000. Largest youth recognition program based on volunteerism and community service. Open to students in grade 5-12. More details at www.prudential.com/spirit. Deadline November 20, 2020.

GCS Job Fair - October 27, 2020

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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!

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 Plan 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.

  • 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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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