INN the Know
Fountain Inn High School Newsletter
Welcome to the first edition of INN the Know for the 2020-2021 school year! We are looking forward to begin a new year and continue to plan for the opening of Fountain Inn High School (FIHS) next fall. This past spring and summer have challenged us all to think differently about so many aspects of our lives. Although we have not been able to be physically together, we have still made significant progress in planning for our new high school. Main areas of focus have been athletic programs, instructional pathways, and planning for the furnishing of all spaces in the building. In this edition, you will learn more about all of these activities.
This year we have added a school secretary, instructional coach, and athletic director to the faculty and staff at FIHS. Our home base is at Rudolph Gordon School in a classroom upstairs in the middle school wing. We are thankful for Mrs. Parker and the wonderful staff at RGS for continuing to welcome us as we plan for FIHS to open in Fall 2021.
As we move through this school year, there will be many opportunities for you to be involved in the process of opening FIHS. I encourage you to get involved #RISEUP and be a part of our school community. We are excited about the possibilities for new growth this school year will bring!
Committed to the success of all children, I remain.
Maureen S. Tiller
Fountain Inn High School
Meet the New Faces at FIHS for 2020-2021
Mrs. Nolen is the School Secretary and Bookkeeper for FIHS. She comes to us from Mauldin High School where she served as the Principal's Secretary. Mrs. Nolen has already begun assisting the team in the procurement, ordering, and organizing process for our new school.
Mrs. Beam is the Instructional Coach for FIHS. She is a Biology and Chemistry teacher. She has experience as a science teacher and leader at Riverside High School and has also taught at Newberry High and Hillcrest High School. Since joining the team on July 1, Mrs. Beam has already begun leading the development of two new pathways at FIHS in Biomedical Engineering and Health Science.
Coach Bell is the Athletic Director for FIHS. He is a Social Studies teacher and lead the Hillcrest Rams to win the 5A State Championship in Wrestling in 2020. Coach Bell grew up in Fountain Inn and is excited about the opportunities a new high school will bring to our community.
Welcome to the first Beam’s Bulletin! My name is Lindsey Beam and I am the Instructional Coach at Fountain Inn High School. I have spent the last seven years teaching Biology and Chemistry and advising Youth in Government at Riverside High School. While I have spent most of my career as a Warrior, I’m ready to #RiseUp as a member of Fury Nation! I am most excited about the innovation and student-centered environment of Fountain Inn High.
On a personal note, I am married to Zee, and we have two labs, Tank and Dex! We enjoy traveling (when we can) - some of my favorite trips have been to Las Vegas, Jamaica, and Honduras. I love spending my time with friends and family grilling out, tailgating at sporting events, attending concerts, and playing yard games like cornhole and giant Jenga!
Throughout the school year in this section of the newsletter, I’ll highlight what a Fury student can expect out of their education.
Sizing for Football Equipment
Prospective D Team Fury Football players will be the first to wear the Phoenix! These guys were sized by First Team Sports in August for the inaugural uniforms of the Fountain Inn Fury.
Topping Out Ceremony
Signing the last beam to be placed at FIHS. This beam was signed by members of the construction team and school team. It will be placed in the theater of our school.
Fountain Inn Sign
We are official! The city of Fountain Inn has placed a sign pointing out the location of our school to community members and visitors.
Sizing for Football Equipment
Topping Out Ceremony
Milestones along the Journey
We have been busy this spring and summer! Here are some of the milestones we have accomplished along the way:
An athletic director and head football coach have been hired.
We have begun conditioning and practice for D team football.
Football equipment and uniforms have been ordered.
A timeline to add athletic programs has begun based on feedback from student surveys from 2019-2020. A new survey will be released in September 2020 to gather additional feedback.
A weight room has been set up for D team football at Rudolph Gordon School.
An instructional coach for FIHS has been hired.
Pathways in Biomedical Engineering and Health Science have been added to the instructional program.
We had a Topping Out ceremony onsite and the final beam has been placed in the building of our school.
We have an official sign in the town of Fountain Inn pointing to the location of FIHS.
The process to apply for membership to the South Carolina High School League has begun.
We have met with furniture vendors and will begin the process of planning for each of the spaces in the school next month.
A school secretary has been hired and we have set up a school bank account.
We have completed one year with our Principal's Cabinet and are looking forward to welcoming new members to the group this year!
Have a Wonderful Start Back to School!
The new FIHS building is moving along. Brick is going up on parts of the school, and the fields in front of the school are green and almost ready for mowing. Drive by sometime if it’s been a while since you’ve seen it!
Until the school is ready for us, we are now in our temporary office at Rudolph Gordon School. We are on the second floor overlooking the middle school cafeteria on the eighth-grade side. . Come by and say hello sometime - we’d love to meet you!