FAC Weekly Update

January 21, 2022

Good afternoon, Fine Arts Center Family

Thank you all for your engagement throughout this truly unique week! The students and faculty did a wonderful job in the quick transition to eLearning, especially since it coincided with the start of the second semester. We are looking forward to warmer temperatures next week, and of course to seeing each other in person again!

Here is the latest from the halls of the Fine Arts Center...

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

“Our culture has become hooked on the quick-fix, the life hack, efficiency. Everyone is on the hunt for that simple action algorithm that nets maximum profit with the least amount of effort. There’s no denying this attitude may get you some of the trappings of success, if you’re lucky, but it will not lead to a calloused mind or self-mastery. If you want to master the mind and remove your governor, you’ll have to become addicted to hard work. Because passion and obsession, even talent, are only useful tools if you have the work ethic to back them up.”

David Goggins, Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Returning Students: FAC 2022-2023 School Year

Thank you to our FAC students who re-applied for the 2022-2023 school year! Please note the following information to lock in your spot.

  • Remember to maintain good attendance, a strong work ethic, and timely submission of assignments. At the FAC, excellence is not a single act, but a daily expectation.
  • If you are auditioning to move to a different program, pay close attention to your email and the audition timeline (posted on our website).
  • ALL students will need to accept their offer to attend the FAC, which will be pushed out through your student Backpack account on Monday, March 28. The deadline to accept your offer will be Monday, April 4. If you do not accept the offer, you do not get your spot.

FAC/ARMES Students Sweep Creative Writing Awards

Congratulations to Emily Allison, a sophomore in the FAC Creative Writing Program, for winning the Jan Bailey Prize for Poetry at the "Govie Writing Awards" - a state-wide writing contest sponsored by the SC Governor's School. Emily is the High School Division winner, with her classmate, Patricia Manley, earning the Honorable Mention award.

Two students in the ARMES Creative Writing Program earned recognition in the Middle School Division, with Riley Mann winning the contest and Anya Sexton earning Honorable Mention.

Please click on the following link to read the winning entries - https://www.scgsah.org/blog/govie-writing-awards-jan-bailey-prize-poetry-winners.

Congratulations to these students and their fabulous Instructors - Ms. Adrienne Burris (ARMES) and Ms. Sarah Blackman (FAC)!

COVID Reporting - Request from the FAC

Has your child tested positive for COVID, or are they a close-contact with someone who has? Given the large volume of reports that GCS High Schools are doing, there are times when we do not get reporting information from them. Therefore, please be sure to notify both your home-base high school AND the FAC when you report a positive COVID test and/or close-contact scenario. Doing so will help us to keep accurate attendance reports.

Thank you for your help with this!

Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital - RESCHEDULED

Due to school closures this week, the Tri-M Music Honor Society* Recital has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.

*Tri-M membership is open to FAC Juniors and Seniors via nomination by the Studio Instructor. The next round of nominations will occur at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.


Scholarship Opportunities

James F. Brynes Foundation

$4500 each year for four years. One or both parents must be deceased, South Carolina resident, pursue a bachelor’s degree, satisfactory academic record, need for financial assistance. www.byrnesscholars.org. Deadline: February 1, 2022.

Watson-Brown Foundation

Provides need and merit-based scholarships to select Georgia and South Carolina students attending accredited four-year colleges and universities in the United States. The scholarships are renewable in amounts of $3000 and $5000. Details at www.watson-brown.org. Deadline: February 8, 2022.

Archibald Rutledge Scholarship

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is once again offering the Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program. This annual program offers twelfth-grade students in public schools the opportunity to compete for a scholarship valued at approximately $2,000. The purpose of the competition is to encourage and recognize academic and artistic excellence. Scholarships are awarded and applicants may participate in one of the following discipline areas: creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. The deadline is Monday, February 21, 2022.

Silver Pen Writing Competition

Hosted through Cascades Verdae and is open to high school seniors that attend school within a 25-mile radius of the Cascades Verdae. To apply, you must write a 1000 word essay on the assigned topic. silverpen-slc.com. Deadline: February 21, 2022.

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships are micro-scholarships that high school students can earn by taking steps on their path to college. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/


FAC Theatre Senior Caroline Belangia will be performing in SC Children’s Theatre’s production of Robin Hood from January 28-Feb 6. Tickets and more information can be found at https://scchildrenstheatre.org/robin-hood/.

Is Your Child Performing in the Community? The FAC is happy to publicize public performances and art exhibitions that feature our students. Please email Mr. Popat with any details of current or upcoming performances so that we can get the word out to our FAC Family!

Important Dates/Upcoming Events

  • February 3 - Tri-M Music Honor Society Recital, 7:00 p.m., Sutherlin Recital Hall*
  • February 18, 21 - No School for Students and Teachers - Presidents' Day
  • February 26-March 12 - In-Person Auditions for FAC Programs

*Please note that we will have limited seating at performances to ensure adherence to social distancing expectations. Your child's Instructor will provide all information about performances. We plan to Live Stream all events so that those who cannot attend may still enjoy the performance and support our students from home.

FAC Merch for Sale!

The FAC Parent Guild is clearing out our inventory of FAC merch! Please click on the following link to order a t-shirt, sticker, or magnet. https://forms.gle/zgmpDdyW2a7iPmVY8

From the FAC Parent Guild

Want to get involved at the FAC? Reach out to our Parent Guild to learn how you can help!

The contact information for the Board members of the Parent Guild is as follows:

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