FAC Weekly Update

January 8, 2021

Good Morning, Fine Arts Center Family

Happy New Year!

I hope that you and yours had a wonderful break, and that the start of 2021 has been good to you. We are off and running at the FAC, working hard to put the finishing touches on the first half of the school year. The end of Quarter 2/Semester 1 is just 5 school days away!

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

Reminders for the End of Semester 1/Start of Semester 2

  • Visual Arts students will be changing to a new class on January 19. Students are responsible for knowing which class they are going to. This information is located on their class schedule in Backpack. All supplies from the Semester 1 Visual Arts courses must be returned to Instructors per the directions that are given during class.

  • As of now, we are still planning on moving to the increased attendance plan on January 19. Please review the graphic below and mark your calendar for the appropriate days of attendance.

  • On eLearning days, students are expected to be participating at home on their class schedule. In other words, students who have a 9:15 a.m. class must be in attendance online at that time. No other activities such as work or extra-curricular events should be scheduled against our classes.
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Zoom Meetings: Increase to 75% Attendance

Earlier this week, I resent an email that went out before Holiday Break regarding the move to 75% attendance. In this email are links to departmental Zoom meetings that I have been/will be holding for parents. This week, the following meetings took place:

  1. Architecture
  2. Creative Writing
  3. Dance

If your child is in any of the above programs and you missed the meeting, please email me for the meeting recording link. The schedule for next week's meetings is:

  • Monday - Digital Filmmaking
  • Tuesday - Music (all areas)
  • Wednesday - Theatre (Performance and Design/Production)
  • Thursday - Visual Arts (all areas)

Please check your email for the Zoom links.

This Week's Student Leadership Lesson

Values Create an Environment of Integrity

“Leadership is about more than just forcing people to do what you say...A good leader creates belief - in the leader's philosophy, in the organization, in the mission. Creating belief is difficult to do where a vacuum of values exists, where the only thing that matters is the end result, whether it's beating the competition on the court or increasing profit margins in the books.

Character counts, and without it, even the most talented individual is hamstrung - a potential danger to the team. This holds true whether it's the owner, the leader, the coach, or any other member of the group.

I prized the simple rules of behavior...Never lie, never cheat, never steal. Don't whine, don't complain, don't make excuses.”

John Wooden (with Steve Jamison), Wooden on Leadership, p. 69-71


Scholarship Opportunities

  • Case Western Theater Scholarship -

    Case Western Reserve University has made merit-based scholarships available for prospective theater students. Each year, the department of theater awards four full-tuition scholarships to students who intend on majoring in theater, and two $10,000 scholarships to students who intend on minoring in theater, or those interested in pursuing theater as an extracurricular activity at CWRU. For the full-tuition awards, the student must declare theater as a major by the end of their freshman year. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website: https://theater.case.edu/academic-programs/undergraduate-scholarships/ Deadline: January 15, 2021

  • 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. Deadline: February 8th. Details at www.watson-brown.org.

  • The Silver Pen writing competition is 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. Deadline: February 12, 2021. http://silverpen-slc.com

  • SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition - The SCAD Challenge 2-D Scholarship Competition is offered to current juniors and seniors in high school. Entrants may use any traditional 2-D medium; digital works are not permitted. Winners will be notified in March. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.scad.edu/admission/financial-aid-and-scholarships/scholarships/scad-challenge Deadline: February 15, 2021

  • Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarships (posted in School Links) - Due to the generosity of an anonymous donor, The Vegetarian Resource Group each year will award $20,000 in college scholarship money to graduating U.S. high school students who have promoted vegetarianism in their schools and/or communities. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or fowl. Vegans are vegetarians who do not use other animal products such as dairy or eggs. One award of $10,000 and two awards of $5,000 will be given. Entries may only be sent by students graduating from high school in SPRING 2021. Deadline: FEBRUARY 20, 2021. https://www.vrg.org/student/scholar.htm

  • Archibald Rutledge Scholarship - Offers South Carolina seniors the opportunity to compete for a scholarship in creative writing, dance, music, theatre, or visual arts. Five scholarships of approximately $2000 transferred to the college or university of the student’s choice. Students should be planning to attend an SC college or university. Access applications from SC Dept. of Education website. Deadline: February 22, 2021.

  • Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarship Program - The Glenn Miller Birthplace Society offers an annual scholarship competition open to high school seniors and college freshmen who intend to make music a part of their future. Students from across the country apply for the scholarship, and 10 vocal semi-finalists and 10 instrumental semi-finalists are chosen to compete at the Glenn Miller Festival. Three winners are selected from each category and perform at the Stage Show the next day during the festival. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. https://www.glennmiller.org/scholarship/scholarship-information March 1, 2021

  • Music Club of Greenville School Scholarship: Applicant must plan to major in music at any college, university, or conservatory in the U.S to be eligible for this scholarship. Open to vocalists for performance degrees, music ed, or musical theatre. Must apply and audition. Audition areas include voice, piano, strings (including guitar), winds, brass, and percussion. Must permanently reside in Pickens, Greenville, or Spartanburg counties. More details and applications available at https://musicclubgreenville.org. Deadline: March 6, 2021.

Updated DHEC Regulations - Return to School Procedures

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Arts in Basic Curriculum

The Fine Arts Center has been named an ABC Certified School by the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project (https://www.abcprojectsc.com/). This honor offers our school the opportunity to serve as a model educational institution to schools across South Carolina and will allow us access to grant funding that is only available to ABC Certified Schools. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to being part of this prestigious group!

National YoungArts Winners!

This year, the FAC sent the highest amount of submissions in our school's history to the National YoungArts Competition. We are so proud of all of our students who went through the rigorous application process. The following Fine Arts Center Students were among the 659 students nationwide selected as National YoungArts Winners!

  • Thomas Hicks - Grade 12; Honorable Mention Award, Photography
  • Philip Rawlinson - Grade 12; Merit Award, Classical Music (Viola)

Treats for the FAC Staff

At the end of each quarter, the FAC Administration would like to treat our faculty and staff with a snack and beverage cart. If you are interested in helping supply items, or to make a donation, please contact Assistant Director, Kaci Cotter or Secretary, Erin Poole. Contact information is below.



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