Eau Claire HS Shamrock Update

April 2022 Parent and Community Newsletter

Eau Claire High School's Mission...

Our mission is to provide all students with a high-quality education that leads to productive citizenship in a global society.

Spring Break - No School April 11 - 18, 2022

Students and staff return on Tuesday, April 19.

SC Department of Education Parent Climate Survey

Richland One Parents,

The South Carolina Department of Education has released the Parent Climate Survey in the Parent Portal. It will be available tomorrow (Wednesday, April 20) at noon for Richland One parents/guardians.

Once you log in to the Parent Portal, click on the Forms link and the survey will have tabs for each student (if you have more than one child attending school in Richland One). You will click on the tab(s) and complete the survey for each student.

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, May 27. We are aware of reports statewide of issues with the survey, such as not being able to take it more than once if you have more than one student, but the state has assured us that it is working now.

If you do have an issue with the survey, please use this link to report the issue: https://forms.office.com/r/R9PE8E3hDe.

If you do not have a Parent Portal account, please contact your school’s database specialist who can provide a printout with detailed instructions on how to set up an account. If it is not possible to create an account at this time, the school database specialist can provide a one-time QR code for your student(s) that can be scanned with your smartphone, and this will allow a parent/guardian to complete the survey. If you have more than one student, you will need a separate QR code for each student from their respective school.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school.

Thank you.

Karen E. York

Executive Director of Communications

Richland County School District One


Warm Weather Dress Code Reminder!

As the weather begins to change, please make sure your student wears clothes that are appropriate for school. Please make sure they do not wear:

  • Short pants or skirts that are very short. The length of lower garments should be within 3 - 4 inches from the top of the knee.
  • Jeans with excessively large holes in the thigh area exposing bare skin.
  • Bonnets, do - rags and head scarfs that cover the entire head.
  • Cropped shirts and jackets that expose midriffs and stomach areas.

Saturday School

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Attendance Reminders and Updates

Attendance Policy and Procedures

At Eau Claire High School, we take daily attendance. A student is coded absent for the day if he/she is absent from 3 or more of their assigned classes for that day. When students accumulate three days in a row or a total of five unexcused days at any time in the school year, parents will be contacted to schedule a meeting to discuss the absences and develop an Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP). Should the student continue to accumulate unexcused absences, ECHS will prepare a truancy petition requiring the parent and student to appear before a Judge in Family Court.

Attendance and Grades

Students are more likely to succeed in academics when they attend school regularly. Students who are absent from a class for 10 or more days from a yearlong class or 5 or more days from a semester class will not receive credit for that class and will receive a grade of Failure due to attendance (FA).

Excused (Lawful) Absences

A student who is absent from school must present a note to the attendance office within 48 hours of his/her return to school. ECHS has placed on its website, under “Quick Links”, an easy to complete form to report student absences. No more than 10 parent notes can be accepted during a school year.

Submit Excused (Lawful) Absence Notes Here

Excused Absence Notes are submitted here

Title I Planning Meetings

Please be sure to join us and other stakeholders as we plan for our 2022 - 2023 Title I School wide plan. For more information, please contact our our Title I facilitator Morondo Lewis. Meetings will be virtual and in person.

Meeting 2: April 27 at 1:00 pm

Meeting 3: May 18 at 1:00 pm

*Meeting 4 (if necessary): May 19 at 1pm

Reminder Notes from our Nurse Tiffany Davis, RN:

If your student is sick, please make sure you keep them at home and make our our school nurse aware that the student is sick. Also, please be sure to call and make the school or school nurse aware if someone in the household has tested positive for COVID.

Eau Claire High School's Nurse: Tiffany Davis, RN (803) 735 - 7639.

Guidance Counselor Corner

Graduating Senior Update

Herff Jones will deliver your caps & gowns and other accessory items to the school on April 28th. Balances must be paid in full to receive your items.

Save the Date: Graduation for the Class of 2022 - Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:00am

Location: The Stadium at WJ Keenan High School

More information is forthcoming!

Searching for college money/scholarships? Join our Scholarship Information Email Group!!

Good Stuff!

FCCLA students Compete!

The Eau Claire FCCLA Chapter traveled to Charleston, SC from March 8-11 for the SCFCCLA State Conference. These young ladies worked VERY hard during conference on their STAR Events projects that they presented.

Please help me CONGRATULATE each of these ladies. They all have received GOLD and are headed to Nationals in California this summer.

We also have one State officer, Ms. Cherielle Branton. Mrs. Asia Watson concluding her duties as the SCFCCLA State President, and she did an AMAZING JOB.

Congratulations to our Miss and Mr. Shamrock Winners!

Miss Shamrock: Blonzine Louis

Mr Shamrock: JaNeem Burrell

Miss Senior Runner Up: D'Asia Mayers

Miss Senior: Khamiyah Smalls

Mr Senior: Tykavious Jackson

Miss Junior Runner Up: Shakari Jones

Miss Junior: Arica Spencer

Miss Sophomore Runner: Camille Carter

Miss Sophomore: I'Carole Williams

Miss Freshmen Runner Up: Gabrielle Gambrell

Miss Freshmen: Ziniya Thurman

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month!

Our Social Worker, Mrs. Jones and some of our ECHS seniors have partnered with the non profit organization, Restoration803 and former ECHS social worker Ms. Primus to spread awareness!
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Unified Special Olympics at Eau Claire!

On April 8, 2022, Eau Claire High School will celebrate Unified School Olympics.

Our goal through Special Olympics is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.


Parent Information Meeting for Football

There will be a football Parent and Player information session on Monday April 4th starting at 5:30 P.M. All students and parents/guardians are welcome to attend. It will be in the Auditorium. Come get information about the upcoming season and meet the coaches for the season.

Check out our new Eau Claire Athletics Website!

Fine Arts Updates!

Spring Orchestra Concert - Thursday, May 19 at 6 pm

In honor of Music in Our Schools Month (March), 4 of my 2B Orchestra students and I wanted to share a couple of selections we are working on for our Spring Concert (see attachments), coming up on Thursday May 19 at 6:00pm in the ECHS Theater. Admission will be free and we would love to see as many of you as possible there, so please save the date now

"Harlem Dream" Fine Arts Musical - May 5 and May 7

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April Dates to Remember

April 5th - 9th and 10th Grade Presentation - The Mentality Changer Presented by Kyle Greene

April 7th – A/B Honor Roll Celebration – Spring Fling

April 7th – South University Lunch Visit

April 8th – Principal’s List Lunch with the Principal Incentive

April 20th – AVID Field Experience – Charleston Southern University

April 21st – Accuplacer Exam (Midlands Tech Entrance Exam)

April 22nd – Career Field Experience – Riverbank Zoo

April 27th – College Campus Tour – Coastal Carolina University

April 29th – ASVAB Administration (Military Entrance Exam)

May 4th – College Decision Day

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4800 Monticello Road

Columbia, S.C. 29203

Phone: (803) 735 -7600

Fax: (803) 754-6036




Neshunda Walters


Samuel Murphy, Asst. Principal

803 735-3232


Danielle Reilly, Asst. Principal

803 735-3231


Dr. Solomon Smalls, Asst. Principal

803 735-7633


Curtis Bates, Assistant Administrator

803 735-7600 ext. 61720


Kimberly Onley, Attendance

803 691-4954

Anna Downs Counselor (H - Q)

803 735-7654


Catina Grant, Lead Counselor (R -Z)

803 735-7637


Alice Washington Counselor (A-G)

803 735-7651