SCWS News

A Monthly Newsletter - March 2022

SCWS! We need your help as we raise money for Relay for Life this year! Click here to learn how you can help support our team!



Baking Stars 2022 was a success! Check out a few of the amazing cakes from SCWS Students! Congratulations to Isabella Burnett, our 2022 Baking Stars Champion!

A message from our school leaders.

Course Announcement!

Are you interested in taking AP courses next year? If so, click here to let us know!

Counselor's Corner

Big picture

Counselor Tips for Success



Know your credits. At this point in the school year, you should have earned about 4.5-5.5 credits so far this school year. This information is on your Weekly Round-Up message. You will also want to know your overall credits. Schedule a meeting with your counselor if you are unsure.


Seniors graduating June of 2022: Be sure to meet with your counselor to be sure everything is in order.


Juniors: You will want to end the year with at least 18 credits (which includes 3 English credits and 3 Math credits)


Sophomores: You will want to end the year with at least 12 credits (which includes 2 English credits and 2 Math credits)


Freshmen: You will want to end the year with at least 6 credits (which includes 1 English credit and 1 Math credit)

Grade Level Meetings - These dates are added to student calendars as well.

12th Grade: March 14th at 1pm. Click here.

April 6th at 11am. Click here.

11th Grade: March 15th at 11am. Click here.

10th Grade: March 15th at 1pm. Click here.

9th Grade: March 16th at 11am. Click here.

Groups

Join Mrs. Gilbert for Lit Lunch on the 1st and 3rd Thursday each month from 1-2 pm. Come and share/get feedback on your latest creative projects, meet new friends, and chat about your favorite Netflix binge worthy shows. Bookmark our meeting link here. See you on March 3rd and 17th!

Recordings

Group recordings can be found here.

Events

Always check the calendar linked to your school email. Many events will be added there as well.

Seniors

  • Attend monthly 12th grade meetings and/or watch the recordings

  • Schedule and attend your IGP with your counselor (see below)

  • Order your cap and gown here by January 15th for guaranteed delivery

  • Gather pictures of you as a kid and now to submit for graduation.

  • Think of an idea to decorate your graduation cap.

IGPs

Attention all sophomores, juniors, and seniors: Please book your IGPs with your counselor ASAP.

Students with last names beginning with A-F Click Here Mr. Disbrow

Students with last names beginning with G-M Click Here Mrs. DeLong

Students with last names beginning with N-Z Click Here Mrs. Gilbert

To Do List: Start Thinking About:

  • Have I earned enough credits this year to start the 2022-2023 school year in the next grade level?

  • Have I talked to my counselor about my plans for courses next year? (what courses are you interested in? dual enrollment?)

Teacher Thank You Notes

It's that time of year again! Got a teacher or staff member that's made a difference in your life this year? Take a moment to write a note to a teacher and/or staff member here. All responses are due no later than midnight on April 29th.

Scholarships


Check out https://studentscholarships.org/scholarships.php for lots of opportunities including the following:


Folds of Honor Scholarship: $5,000 (Deadline Mar 31, 2022)

*Family member of military personnel or veteran.

*Enrolled or planning to enroll in accredited college, university, technical, or trade school.


Be Bold Scholarship: $25,000 (Deadline Apr 1, 2022)

*Show how earnest, determined, moving, and bold you are. Seize the day and apply!

Dual Enrollment

Are you an 11th or 12th grader looking to earn college credit while in high school?


*Limestone University is offering virtual dual enrollment courses! Check it out here and let your counselor know if you are interested.

*Piedmont Technical College is offering online dual enrollment courses! Registration for fall courses opens Apr 1, 2022.

*Many USC campuses offer online dual enrollment courses! Contact the branch near you for more information.

Opportunities

Game On! With the help of ITology, a non-profit company working to grow the number of IT professionals in South Carolina, students will create their own simple gaming app using text-based JavaScript coding and commands. Bitsbox is an exciting way for students to build and share their very own, personalized gaming app. The cost of this virtual workshop is $20 and is the responsibility of the student. Register for this event here.


Registration is now open for the CACRAO+StriveScan
Virtual College Fairs! Sign-up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free. Register for this event here.

Big picture

Class of 2022!

Attending graduation, order your cap and gown package online now, click here. *The last guaranteed shipment date was January 15th, 2022.


Graduation is Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. We want to ensure graduates have a safe and memorable graduation. We will provide more details about this event (guests, attire, honor cords) in the early Spring.


Seniors, have you filled out your exit ticket? Click here to complete the form.

Dialogue Virtual Mental Health Counseling

SC Whitmore School has partnered with Dialogue, a virtual mental health counseling program that is FREE to students. They offer help with anxiety, depression, grief, and much more. If you have more questions click here to learn more about Dialogue, and how to sign up.

Free Tutoring

Tutor.com offers real-time tutoring to K-12 students in Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, etc. The South Carolina State Library provides the service for free. The student can quickly connect with a tutor using the “Connect with a tutor now” option, or they can create a free tutor.com account to drop off a math question, submit a paper for review, or connect with their favorite tutor. Creating an account is optional and is not needed if using the “Connect with a tutor now” option.


https://lhh-tutor-com.scsl.idm.oclc.org/Landing.aspx

Username: discus2021

Password: think1!

Airline Internship Opportunity

The Southwest Airlines Careers Team invites you to join us for our High School Internship Info Session. Come learn about upcoming summer internship opportunities at Southwest and the details on how to apply. You'll learn the basics of building a resume and what it looks like to walk through a job application. This session will be on Wednesday, March 9, from 5-6pm CT.

Celebrating Black Writers


NCTE, in partnership with The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers

College and the University of Pittsburgh School of Education, invites high school and

college students of all ages to participate in a writing contest titled Celebrating Black

Writers: Voices Calling for Activism and Social Justice. Submissions in the genres of

fiction, prose, and essay are welcome. Learn more about the submission guidelines.


The writing contest celebrates the Center for Black Literature’s 20th Anniversary

Jubilee: Honoring Our Legacy and Celebrating the Black Literary Arts and the

National Council of Teachers of English’s annual National Day on Writing.


All students currently enrolled in secondary/high school or college, including community

college, are encouraged to participate by writing and submitting their own essays, prose,

or fiction.


Students have the opportunity to receive the following:


● High school students (includes juniors and seniors): first place $3,000; second

place $1,500

● College students (includes community, comprehensive, and senior colleges):

first place $4,000; second place $2,000


The application deadline is Monday, May 23, 2022. Please contact

NCTEAwards@ncte.org with any questions.


Learn more

Scholarships

Call Me MiSTER


Call Me MiSTER (CMM) program is a leadership development opportunity for qualified students that comes with great professional and personal development opportunities as well as financial scholarship support. Learn more about Call Me MiSTER at Columbia College on March 11-12, 2022. https://bit.ly/SCWSCMM

Online Construction College: Check out Stonepile for degree options, financial aid and more information.

Voorhees College invites you to their Annual Spring High School Visitation Day on March 18, 2022. Click here to learn more https://bit.ly/SCWSVoorheesCollege2022


Testing Updates

ACT WorkKeys (April 4-8)

In April, students who are in their 3rd year of high school (19-20 cohort) will take the WorkKeys Career Assessment. Some employers will use your results to determine if you have the skill level they require for employment. Some employers include school districts, local municipalities, and manufacturing companies to name a few. The ACT WorkKeys Assessment replaces the former assessment called WIN (Ready2Work).


Testing Dates

Monday, Apr 4, 2022: Conway

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2022: Charleston

Wednesday, Apr 6, 2022: Rock Hill

Thursday, Apr 7, 2022: Spartanburg

Friday, Apr 8, 2022: Columbia


EOC Exams (May 16-20)

We will soon be identifying students who should be ready to take the EOC in May. Stay in communication with your teacher to work on finishing all lessons and gain valuable review materials. Also, if you are enrolled in an EOC course, please make sure you are working at a steady pace to finish by May. EOC’s are required and cannot be waived for any reason. Any make-up EOC’s will take place in Columbia.


Do your best and show us what you’ve learned!

February 2022 Student All - Stars

How do you become a Student All-Star?

Each month the SC Whitmore School Faculty and Staff identifies 4 students that really stand out. The student All-Stars will receive a $100 reward. These students are: most improved, best all-around, monthly standout, and the SCWS All-Star.


Most Improved - Jack Tedesco

A student who has shown an increased effort in their course(s).


SCWS All-Star - Jaylon Williams

A student who has done well in their courses and engages with the teachers.


Best All-Around - Britton Kithcart

A student who has consistently demonstrated their ability to earn great grades and stays on pace. this student is also engaged, reaches out for help, and shows up to one-to-one meetings.


Monthly Standout - David Sales

A student who has shown tremendous efforts this month overall.


Learn more about our All-Star Students here.

Staff Spotlight

Paula Hurley, Graduation Coach


What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I am not working, I am usually hanging out with family and friends playing games, reading, and riding my bike. I also enjoy going for walks with my dogs.


Tell a little bit about your background.

I graduated from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, and counseled families and students in reaching their goals. I continued my education and earned my Masters degree in School Counseling from Cambridge College in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduation, I worked as a School Counselor. This is my third year at SCWS as a Graduation Coach.


What do you do at SCWS and what do you enjoy most about your role?

What I enjoy most about being a graduation coach is helping students reach their goals.


What do you want the students to know about you?

You are not alone. I am here to help. You can do this!

Meet the Student Resource Coordinator

Hello SC Whitmore Students and Families!


My name is Ms.L’Etoile. I am the school’s Student Resource Coordinator. I am excited to be working with you all this upcoming year!


Experience: I am originally from Massachusetts, and made South Carolina my home in 2017. I received my masters degree in educational counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. I previously worked as a graduation coach, school counselor, social worker, case coordinator, crisis counselor, and therapist. I am honored to be able to serve the state of South Carolina in providing social support services to our students and their families. I am here for YOU!


As your Student Resource Coordinator, I will be working alongside students, parents, teachers, administration, school counselors, and other supportive staff to deliver individualized social support services.


Some of the services I provide include:

• Assessing your student’s overall well being, including any potential mental health needs.

• Communication and consultation with you and your family, your student’s teachers, and other supportive services for monitoring your student’s progress.

• Identifying barriers that may be hindering your student’s education and/or connecting you and your family with community resources to ensure basic needs like food, shelter, and clothing are being met.

• Providing trauma informed individual and group counseling services.

• Providing monthly life skills groups.

• Psycho-education for parents and teachers.


Contact: CLETOILE@scwhitmoreschool.org (803) 216-1721 (call or text) CLICK HERE FOR REFERRAL FORM!


Resources: COMMUNITY RESOURCES FIND A COUNSELOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGENCIES


Upcoming Events:

3/8/22: Discovering Your Student’s Pathway Workshop

4/12/22: Student Self Advocacy Workshop


Click here to watch a video from Ms. L’Etoile.

Clubs

Interested in joining a club at SCWS? Check out some of the clubs we offer and email prscws@scws@scwhitmoreschool.org to learn more.
National Beta Club

Beta Club is a group of students committed to leading through serving others in their community and state. These students are selected based upon their GPA, attendance and behavior. Students work to complete volunteer hours, as well as come together as a team to complete a service project. Induction Ceremony is held in the fall.

Coding Club

if youAreInterestedIn == “Learning a computer language.” print “Come to coding club.”


elsif youAreInterestedIn == “Sharing a software or hardware project you are working on.” print “Come to coding club.”


elsif youAreInterestedIn == “Learning about the language this part of the description is written in.” print “Come to coding club.” End


curiousabout = {‘Ruby’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘Python’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘C++’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘BASIC’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘JavaScript’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’, ‘other’ => ‘ComeToCodingClub’}


reasons_for_not_coming_to_coding_club = nil

Lit Lunch

Lit Lunch is a virtual meet-up for creative students who want to meet new friends and share what latest creative project they’re working on. Whether you’re into cosplay, digital art, drawing by hand, photography, rapping, writing or playing instruments, this is the space for you! We meet on the first Thursday of each month from 1-2 p.m

National Honors Society

The SC Whitmore National Honor Society is an organization for students in grades 10-12. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Members complete volunteer hours and work together to complete at least one service project each school year. Membership into the National Honor Society allows students to apply for over 400 college scholarships not available to other students. Members also have access to numerous college planning services.

Photography

The SCWS photography club works to improve students’ photography skills beyond point and shoot. We meet on the first Wednesday of every month and look at the pictures that the students took that month. We also explore a photography topic that interests the members of the club. Students get the opportunity to share their photographs with other members and learn how to make their photographs better.

Student Council

S.C. Whitmore Student Council is an organization of student leaders who are elected by the student body. The Council is led by the Student Body President along with offices of Vice President and Secretary. The Council provides input into how to make student life better at SC Whitmore School. They also plan events and contribute in other areas the administration of the school sees fit. The Council is advised by a faculty sponsor who attends all meetings.

What about sports?

Students are eligible to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities at their local high school. Contact your local high school for more information.

Big picture

TECH TIP OF THE MONTH

There is an easy keyboard shortcut to reopen tabs that were previously closed.

If you closed a tab by accident, simply click Control + Shift + T (or Command + Shift + T on a Mac) and the closed tab will reopen.


UPCOMING EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lit Lunch! - March 17th from 1 PM - 2 PM

Join us to take a break from schoolwork, meet new friends, and share any creative projects you're working on. RSVP here and click here to join.

Game Night! - March 23rd from 4 PM - 6 PM

Are you interested in playing virtual games with your peers at SCWS? SCWS will host a virtual game night from 4 PM until 6 PM on March 23rd. Learn more about the Roblox game night by clicking this link. RSVP here.

Lit Lunch! - April 7th and April 21st from 1 PM - 2 PM

Join us to take a break from schoolwork, meet new friends, and share any creative projects you're working on. RSVP here and click here to join.

Adopt a Highway clean-up! - April 20th from 11 AM - 12 PM

Join the SCWS Student Council as we Adopt a Highway, on Wednesday, April 20th from 11:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the SC Whitmore School. We are excited to make a positive impact on our community with the students, faculty, and staff at SCWS. RSVP here.

Lit Lunch! - May 5th and May 19th from 1 PM - 2 PM

Join us to take a break from schoolwork, meet new friends, and share any creative projects you're working on. RSVP here and click here to join.

Illustration Class, honoring the life of Jessica Munyon - May 25th from 10 AM - 11 AM

Do you love drawing? Attend this virtual art class as we honor the life of one of our beloved teachers, Jessica Munyon. Click here to learn about the Jessica Munyon Memorial Scholarship at SC Whitmore School. RSVP here.

How to Access the New SCWS Library!

Attention, students! We are proud to announce the launch of the brand new SCWS library! This library is completely free and completely virtual and offers hundreds of e-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, and texts in Spanish.


See this flyer for information on how to download the Sora app and access the SCWS library titles. See also Dr. White's video on how to use the app once it's downloaded.


Please contact Dr. White at jwhite@scwhitmoreschool.org with any questions or concerns. Happy reading!

We need your feedback!

Thank you for your support of SCWS! We appreciate all the review we have received. Word of mouth is one of the most valuable ways we continue to grow our school. Please click here to leave SCWS a Five-Star review on Google or Facebook.

Help support our school!

Please help support our school by registering to support SCWS as a Publix Partner. Click here to learn more.

Who should I contact?

If you have any questions feel free to contact the office directly at 866-476-6416. Or you can contact these individuals for your specific question.


Office: SC Whitmore School

General questions. The office will be able to point you in the right direction.

866-476-6416 - office@scwhitmoreschool.org


SC Whitmore Principal: Ebone' Adams

General student concerns.

803-768-8310 - eadams@scwhitmoreschool.org


Director of Compliance: Michelle Bishop

Questions about compliance, Special Education, 504 or IEP.

803-768-8306 - mbishop@scwhitmoreschool.org


Enrollment Coordinator: Pam Chick

Questions about re-enrollment or enrollment status.

866-476-6416 - pchick@scwhitmoreschool.org


Attendance Coordinators

Questions about attendance.

Troy Crump - A through I - 803-768-8318 - tcrump@scwhitmoreschool.org

Sam Dotson - J through Z - 803-768-8309 - sdotson@scwhitmoreschool.org


Director of School Counseling: Amber Goff

Questions about your courses, graduation requirements, plans after graduation.

Please call or text the numbers below.

Amber Goff - 803-768-8314 - email: agoff@scwhitmoreschool.org

Traylor Disbrow - A through F - 803-768-8302 - email: tdisbrow@scwhitmoreschool.org

Cameron DeLong - G through M - (803) 881-8077 - email: cdelong@scwhitmoreschool.org

JaQuette Gilbert - N through Z - 803-768-8305 - email: jgilbert@scwhitmoreschool.org


Testing Coordinator: Patrick Bowers

Questions about all things testing (SAT, ACT, EOC, WIN, PSAT)

803-786-8313 or email pbowers@scwhitmoreschool.org


Public Relations Manager: Ashten Latta

Questions about social media, newsletter, events, press release or do you have a story to tell?

803-768-8315 or email alatta@scwhitmoreschool.org