FAC Weekly Update
April 14, 2023
Good Morning, FAC Family
We hope that you had a fantastic week! We'll start out this newsletter by congratulating our FAC Dancers and Jazz Musicians on their fantastic spring concert performances. It is so wonderful to see the huge amount of growth that occurs throughout the school year. Please come celebrate the efforts of our students and faculty at one (or more) of our upcoming events.
Here’s the latest from the halls of the FAC…
This Week's Student Leadership Lesson
Moving from Dependence to Independence
The more we grow, the more we know we need to grow.
“The illiterate of the future are not those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” –Alvin Toffler
“I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” –Abraham Lincoln
FOUR DEVELOPMENT LEVELS TO MOVE FROM DEPENDENCE TO INDEPENDENCE
by Ken Blanchard
1. ENTHUSIASTIC BEGINNER - This is the first level of development. This person is excited about doing something but has little knowledge about how to proceed.
» Never allow enthusiasm to replace discipline or a plan.
2. DISILLUSIONED LEARNER - Soon after beginning a new task, an individual commonly experiences reality shock (the difference between what they expected and the reality of the situation). While a disillusioned learner knows more than when they started on a job, goal, or task, the excitement and enthusiasm has decreased.
3. CAPABLE but CAUTIOUS PERFORMER - Most individuals enter a stage of self-doubt and become a capable, but cautious, performer. They know how to do the task but are nervous about doing it on their own.
4. SELF-RELIANT ACHIEVER - With proper support, an individual can eventually reach this stage and be able to perform the task independently.
Characteristics of people who learn after they “know it all”:
3. Willingness to change.
4. Good listening skills.
5. Continually being growth-conscious.
From the FAC Parent Guild
FAC Friends and Families,
We are a few short weeks from the largest event of the year that the Parent Guild runs – Staff Appreciation Week (May 8-12). In past years, we’ve been able to celebrate our wonderful teachers, administrators, and support staff with desserts, meals, gifts, games – something special every day to let them know how much we appreciate them, and we’d really like to continue this tradition for these wonderful people who give so much of themselves to our students.
To make this happen – we need your help.
We’re asking for donations – anything you’re comfortable giving – to fund these events. To donate, you can Venmo our Parent Guild Account at “@FACParentGuild” – or scan the link below. If you chose to donate this way, PLEASE indicate in the Venmo that it is for “Staff Appreciation” – we have other events that use Venmo (ticket sales, merchandise) and it’s necessary to keep these donations credited to the correct area. You can also send a check to the front office made out to FAC Parent Guild with “Staff Appreciation Week” in the memo.
If you’re interested in donating a dessert, we are wrapping up Staff Appreciation Week with “Dessert Day” – we have a sign up at FAC Volunteers: FAC Staff Appreciation Week - Dessert Day (signupgenius.com) to sign up to send a sweet treat in!
Thanks! Please contact me if you have any questions.
FAC Parent Guild Treasurer
The FAC has several student performances in April with great opportunities for parents to get involved! These evening shifts will only take an hour (or less!) of your time.
Volunteer shifts are not limited to parents of that evening's performers! In fact, you'll see a note beside each shift indicating whether that shift will work well for parents of a student performing in that night's show... or if it's better suited for a parent from a different art discipline who can wrap up the shift after the performance has started. We encourage visual arts, architecture, and creative writing parents, as well as performing arts parents whose students are in a different show, to help out so parents of performers to take their seats before the show starts! If we have enough volunteers, we can offer FAC merchandise sales prior to each performance.
Parents can sign up for volunteer shifts at the following link - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090949A9AB23A7F85-facapril
If you have any questions about volunteering, please email email@example.com. Thanks!
Congressional Art Competition
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 650,000 high school students have been involved with the nationwide competition.
Congratulations to Jane Kihne for earning the "Best in Show" award, and to Lindsey Guertin for winning 3rd Place!
National High School Dance Festival
Congratulations to the following FAC Dance students who were awarded scholarships at the National High School Dance Festival for summer intensive study:
- Point Park International Summer Dance
- University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Joffrey NYC Trainee Program
- Summer Pre-college scholarship at Ohio University
- Joffrey Ballet School NYC
- Point Park International Summer Dance
College of Creative Studies
The Fine Arts Center has two students who have been offered a full scholarship to attend the College of Creative Studies Precollege Summer Workshop! Congratulations to Anna Cassell (Visual Arts, Grade 10) and Sophia Delgado (Visual Arts, Grade 11). For information on the CCS workshop, please click on the following link - https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/admissions/undergraduate-admissions/precollege-summer-scholarships/
Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars
In its 15th year, Rising Stars Piccolo Spoleto provides artistically talented youth of the US Southeast (SC, NC, GA, TN, AL, MS, and FL) with a high profile performance venue that recognizes their exceptional artistic talent. The programs are presented on Memorial Day and the following two Saturdays and Sundays during the 2023 Spoleto USA/Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, being held from May 29th through June 10th.
Congratulations to the following FAC students for being named Rising Stars!
- Dorrell Howard - Visual Arts
- Karis King - Visual Arts
- Amara Listar - Visual Arts
- Grace Peters - Visual Arts
- Myles Thompson - Visual Arts
REMINDER FOR FAC SENIORS
FAC Class of 2023 Website
The Fine Arts Center has assembled a website for our Senior Class with all of the information they need to complete their FAC career. Please bookmark the following site - https://sites.google.com/greenvilleschools.us/fac-class-of-2023/home. There is a to-do list at the top of the website with due dates. We appreciate our students completing these tasks early or on time!
Roy S. Fluhrer Scholarship - Due May 5
Dr. Roy S. Fluhrer served as the Director of Greenville County School District’s Fine Arts Center from 1989 to 2017. Upon his retirement, a scholarship in his name was established and will be awarded to a graduating Senior on an annual basis. This needs-based scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrate artistic excellence along with the intent to study the arts at the collegiate/university/conservatory level.
Interested students apply via this Google Form - https://forms.gle/JKzR1fyesh9Rj7fD7 - by Friday, May 5, 2023. A committee will review all applications and the winner will be announced at the Fine Arts Center Commencement on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
All applications should include two letters of recommendation - one from a teacher and one from a community member who is familiar with your artistic growth and drive for excellence. Please either email or submit a hard copy of the letters to Mr. Popat by the May 5 deadline.
Upcoming FAC Performances
Voice Scenes - April 20 and 21
For tickets, go to fine-arts-center.ticketleap.com/voice-scenes-2023--/. FAC/GCS students attend for free by using the ticket code STUDENTFAC.
FAC Jazz All-Stars at Genevieve's - April 26
The final concert of the Jazz All-Stars series is on Wednesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Peace Center Genevieve's Lounge. This show is nearly SOLD OUT, so act fast if you want to go! Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/fac-jazz-all-stars-4.
FAC Students Performing in the Community
Greenville County Youth Orchestras
The Greenville County Youth Orchestras have two exciting concerts coming up:
- May 2: Peace Center at 7:00 pm. All Orchestras performing. Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/gcyo-spring-23.
- May 6: Peace Center, Gunter Theatre at 7:30 pm. Winners of the GCYO Concerto Competition performing with the Young Artist Orchestra and Philharmonic. Tickets - https://www.peacecenter.org/events/detail/gcyo-phil-22.
The Addams Family - Woodmont High School
Don't miss FAC Theatre students Lauren Laxton and Olivia Marseil perform in the Woodmont HS production of The Addams Family. The show runs from April 21-30. For tickets, please go to https://Showtix4u.com/event-details/72775.
Is your child performing in the Greenville community?
- Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21 - Voice Scenes; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; For tickets, go to https://fine-arts-center.ticketleap.com/voice-scenes-2023--/
- Monday, April 24 - Spring Theatre Presentations; 7:00 p.m., Black Box Theatre; Tickets are $5
- Tuesday, April 25 - Winds Chamber Music Concert; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
- Wednesday, April 26 - FAC Jazz All-Starts at Genevieve's; 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, April 27 - Strings Chamber Music Recital; 7:00 p.m., Recital Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults, free to GCS students and children 12 and under
Fine Arts Center - Greenville County Schools
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