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Announcements September 11, 2020

School Counseling Website
Our new counseling website is live! Be sure to check this out for information on all the services of our counseling department: college and career preparation, dual-enrollment, financial aid and scholarships, and much more! Visit the site here: https://mmcschoolcounseling.weebly.com

Be100 Challenge
Our school motto is “Be 100” which encourages students to strive to do their very best. Next week will begin our first Be 100 Challenge. Students may earn tickets for completing activities, and at the end of the month we will hold a LIVE prize drawing. This month’s prizes include an extended lunch period, with food provided by the school, and several other goodies. You may win more than one prize! This month’s activities are:

Well-Dressed Wednesday & Thread-Up Thursday:  Each Wednesday or Thursday, come to school dressed like you are interviewing for your dream job. Ms. Graham is the judge of whether you are dressed “up”. See her in the office to collect your ticket. We have an inventory of career-ready wear available – see Mr. Whatley or Ms. Epps if you are interested.

One Week of 100% On-Time Assignments: You can potentially earn a ticket for this EVERY week for EVERY class. See your teachers on Monday or Tuesday to collect your ticket from the previous week.

Staff Choice: Any staff member can award a student an extra ticket if they are seen exhibiting the spirit of “Be 100”. So do your very best and see what happens!

Hold on to your tickets. This month’s drawings will be held on September 29 (A-Day) and September 30 (B-Day). You must be present to win, and you must have a matching ticket. Good luck!

Announcements September 4, 2020

We have reached the end of our second week and everyone seems to be settling in nicely to the new routine. Below are your announcements for this week:

“Virtual” Attendance
For students in our hybrid model, please understand that attendance on an E-Learning day is determined by completion of assigned lessons that day. Students who fail to submit assignments by the deadline established by the classroom teacher will be marked absent. If you have any questions about your attendance, please speak first with your classroom teacher and then with Mrs. Lee.

Assessment Schedule
See this link for our 2020-2021 Assessment Schedule, and mark these dates on your calendar. It is crucial for students to be present on these important dates!

School ID Photos
If you did not have your picture taken at Open House/Orientation, or if you would like to have your picture retaken, you will have that opportunity at 11:00 on Wednesday, September 9 or Thursday, September 10. These photos will be used to create MMC student IDs. Although we do not require our students to wear their IDs, they can be beneficial as a form of identification, obtaining access to student-only events, etc. 

COVID-19 Cases
MMC is working closely with DHEC to identify and report any positive cases within our school community. At this time, we have had ONE positive case. The student contracted the virus and tested positive prior to the start of school and had not set foot on our campus, so there were no close contacts identified. If we do have a case of someone who has been on campus and has tested positive, we will again work with DHEC to identify any close contacts, who will be notified right away and advised to begin quarantine. 
Remember, all students and staff should be monitoring themselves daily for any possible symptoms and should NOT come to school if sick. Notify the school right away if you test positive, are experiencing symptoms, or have a confirmed exposure to someone who tested positive.

Internet Hotspots
We still have a number of FREE or reduced-cost hotspots available. If you do not have reliable internet access at home, please contact Mrs. Girolamo as soon as possible to secure one of these devices.

Labor Day Holiday
Please note that Monday, September 7 is a school holiday – there will be no in-person classes or E-Learning assignments that day.

Announcements August 30, 2020

We have wrapped up a successful first week of the 2020-2021 school year, and I believe the transition to our new Hybrid and Virtual Learning Models went quite smoothly. It is a pleasure seeing students and teachers back in action, finally! Below are your announcements for this week:

Hotspots/Chromebooks
We have a limited number of FREE and/or reduced-cost hotspots available through a statewide contract with Verizon. If you do not have reliable internet access at home, please contact Mrs. Girolamo as soon as possible to secure one of these hotspots. They are limited, so act quickly!

We also have a number of chromebooks available. For our on-campus students, remember the one issued to you by your Advisor is to be picked up each morning and returned at the end of the school day, NOT to be taken home. If you need a device to use at home, see Mrs. Graham or Mrs. Girolamo in the main office.

VirtualSC Courses
Registration has begun for VirtualSC courses and will continue through September 9. Any student wanting to take a virtual course should sign up as soon as possible. Classes do fill up quickly! See Ms. Epps if you need help with registration.

PLT/Attendance
Each Friday from 11:00 to 2:00, students have the opportunity to attend Personalized Learning Time (PLT) to work one-on-one with teachers and to make up both time and missed assignments. Any student with an unexcused absence, tardy, or overdue assignment is expected to attend PLT and will be marked absent if they do not. Contact Mrs. Lee with any questions about attendance or PLT.

College Visits
MMC is all about preparing our students for their educational future. If you are interested in either an in-person or virtual college visit, please speak with one of our counselors to help coordinate that opportunity. Both juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate. Please reach out to Mr. Whatley or Ms. Epps

ACT/SAT Testing
Any 4th-year high school student who did not take the free ACT or SAT last year will have the opportunity to take it for free this fall. Most of you indicated your selection at Open House/Orientation. If you did not tell us which test you’d like to take, please reach out to Mrs. Lee to let her know. The ACT will be held on September 22, and the SAT will be October 14. 

3rd-year high school students will take these tests in the Spring (ACT February 23, SAT April 27).

Labor Day Holiday
Please note that Monday, September 7 is a school holiday – there will be no in-person classes or E-Learning assignments that day.

Announcements August 21, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are thrilled to finally be back on campus and ready to welcome students next week. 

School starts Monday for EVERYONE!
If you are in Hybrid Cohort A or Fully In-Person, we will see you at school Monday morning. Please arrive early to find a parking spot and get to your class on time. Our staff will be in the hallways ready to assist you if you have any questions.

If you are in Hybrid Cohort B, you will have E-Learning assignments to complete on Monday. Please check your email and Google Classroom. Let us know if you are not able to login.

If you are a Fully Virtual student, be sure you have connected to Mrs. Goldin’s Google Classroom and signed up for your weekly check-in. If you missed Orientation last week, we have scheduled a makeup session for Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00pm. Please be there!

New Students: If you have not received your schedule, then we are waiting on records from your previous school. Please be on the lookout for an email containing instructions for the first day of school.

Pre-Orientation Videos
Here is another chance to learn what this school year will look like. This will be explained in more detail during the first week of school.
Pre-Orientation: Fully Virtual Learning Model
Pre-Orientation: Hybrid Learning Model
Pre-Orientation: Fully In-Person Learning Model

Testing Forms
Most of our students are eligible to take either the SAT or the ACT for free this year. Eligibility is based on how many years you have been in high school. Please choose the letter that applies to you, and return this to the school. If you came to Open House/Orientation, you may have already done this.
3rd Year Students: ACT/SAT Letter4th Year Students: ACT/SAT Letter

PowerSchool
Parents, communication with you will be more important this year than it ever has been. We strongly urge you to access your PowerSchool account and install the app on your phone so you receive instant updates regarding your child’s attendance and grades. Please contact us if you need your login information or have any questions.

Chromebooks & Internet Access
Students will pick up their chromebook from their Advisor each morning and return it to their Advisor at the end of the day. These devices should NOT be taken home. If you do not have a device to access E-Learning at home, please talk to Mrs. G about getting a second chromebook for home use.

Students who wish to bring their own devices to school may do so, and we will help them connect to the internet here.

If you do not have reliable internet access at home, please talk to Mrs. G about assistance with obtaining this access. We will have help available!

Parking
Midlands Tech students also start class next week, so our students will likely not be able to find a space in the lot right behind our building. There is plenty of parking in the Granby lot as well as parallel parking along Kentucky Avenue. All students must have a parking decal – see Mr. Whatley to get yours!

Pictures/Student IDs
If you did not have your picture taken at Open House/Orientation, please let us know during the first week of school. These photos will be used to create your MMC Student ID.

Dual Enrollment
Fall has barely started and we are already making plans for dual-enrollment courses in the Spring. If you are interested in taking college classes next semester, please talk to Mr. Whatley about taking the Accuplacer placement test in September. Be on the lookout for more details, including paperwork and enrollment deadlines, which will be coming soon!

Pre-Orientation Videos

MMC has prepared Pre-Orientation videos for all students and parents. This will explain how school will look this year. Please watch the video for the Learning Model YOU chose. If you are not sure which Learning Model you selected, please contact the school and we will be happy to talk with you.

Pre-Orientation: Fully Virtual Learning Model
Pre-Orientation: Hybrid Learning Model
Pre-Orientation: Fully In-Person Learning Model

Your video contains all the details about Open House/Orientation sessions being held next week – we ask that you watch the video BEFORE you come on campus. We look forward to seeing you then!

Open House & Orientation

Enrolled students are invited to attend our Open House and Orientation sessions next week! Be on the lookout for a Pre-Orientation video that will be sent via email in the coming days. We strongly encourage you to view this BEFORE attending Open House. Then we will be available to answer any questions you have about the start of school. 

Students who select the Hybrid or Fully In-Person learning models will attend one of the following Open House sessions:

Tuesday, August 18, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

At Open House, you will go through several “stations” to pick up your schedule, set up your PowerSchool account, see your classrooms, meet your teachers, purchase MMC shirts, and more. We will observe all campus safety protocols, so bring your mask and be prepared to practice social distancing!


Students who select the Fully Virtual learning model will need to register for a small-group, in-person Orientation Session on Wednesday, August 19. Here, you will meet the staff members who will support you throughout the year in your virtual learning experience. You will also create your virtual school account and register for your courses. Each session will be limited to five students, and each student may bring one parent to the orientation. Click here to register.

We look forward to seeing you next week!

MMC Reopening Plans 2020-2021

Midlands Middle College has announced its plans for welcoming students and staff back to campus in August 2020. By using a hybrid learning model, the school seeks to maximize in-person instructional time while also keeping health and safety a priority.

Students, parents, staff, and board members met virtually on June 24 to discuss the plans for reopening. Anyone unable to attend is encouraged to view the resources available on the school’s website and provide feedback until July 1.

The hybrid learning model means that students will be divided into two groups, with each group attending classes in-person two days per week: either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. This schedule mirrors the one used by Midlands Technical College and is already familiar to MMC’s dual-enrollment students. Alternating days will consist of E-Learning lessons developed by the teachers. Students will be dismissed at 3:30 to allow ample time for planning and collaboration among the staff. Fridays will be used for additional support and small-group activities.

MMC staff are highly skilled at identifying the needs of individual students and finding solutions to meet those needs. In developing the schedule for reopening, choice and flexibility will be provided for those with unique circumstances. For students who do not feel safe returning to school in August, fully virtual options will be available. Additional in-person learning time and support may be offered to students with disabilities who need accommodations and/or students who have limited access to the internet at home. Recognizing that needs and situations may change, the MMC staff will continue to monitor our students’ progress and provide them with opportunities for success.

As a public charter high school located on a college campus, MMC will be adhering to health and safety guidelines by various entities. The current campus guidelines can be found here, and additional guidelines for public schools can be found here. As conditions related to the pandemic continue to change, MMC staff will remain up-to-date on the latest guidance and ensure it is implemented fully throughout the school.

As students and staff return to campus in August, MMC seeks to continue furthering its mission: to prepare 11th and 12th grade high school students for a successful work and educational future through the integration of high school, technical college, and the world of work by providing targeted students with a rigorous and relevant academic program.

Announcements March 5, 2020

Dual-Enrollment Information Session
Any current junior who is interested in taking dual-enrollment classes this fall should plan to attend a dual-enrollment information session on Tuesday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. We will discuss eligibility requirements, the registration process, class expectations and more. Parents are also welcome to join this session.

Students who are already participating in dual-enrollment and wish to continue in the fall are not required to attend.

Leadership Conference
All MMC students will participate in the “Living, Learning and Leading” conference on Wednesday, March 11. NO classes will be held on our Airport campus, and all students will instead travel to the Midlands Tech Harbison Campus. The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m. Free lunch will be provided.

Refer to this MTC Harbison Campus Map for directions. Students may park or be dropped off in the large parking lot at the front of campus, then go into the theater building to register. All students should arrive at the Harbison campus by 9:00 a.m. Students who submitted permission forms for transportation to and from MMC should arrive at our campus by 8:15.

Senior Pictures
Vickie Lovett with Pretty Pictures Photography will be on campus Tuesday, March 10, from 1:00 to 5:00 to take “cap & gown” portraits of ALL our seniors. You will have the option to purchase photos, but are not required to do so. We want a great photo of everyone to include in the yearbook, so please come looking your best that day!

3rd Quarter Government – 4th Quarter Economics
When the 3rd quarter grading period ends March 11, our half-credit Government classes will be finished. Students have been reminded they are allowed only three unexcused absences in that class (as opposed to the five absences allowed in a typical semester class). All makeup work and recovery time for Government must be completed by March 11. The 4th quarter Economics classes will begin on March 16.

Prom – Parent Volunteers Needed
Our Enchanted Forest Prom is shaping up to be a beautiful evening for our students and their guests. We could use help from several parents to make this event a success – you could donate time, money, food, or decorations. Click the volunteer form and indicate how you can help! Contact Mrs. Laurie Lee if you have any questions.

Also, remember the deadline to purchase prom tickets is March 20!

Student Teachers at MMC
This semester, we are pleased to have two students from Western Governors University gaining teaching experience in our classrooms:

Emma Dailey is pursuing her Bachelor’s in Special Education and Elementary Education. Her supervising teacher at MMC is Mrs. Laurie Lee.

Rachel Farrell is pursuing her Master of Arts in Teaching, English Education (Secondary). Her supervising teacher at MMC is Mr. Cameron Oswald.

Please help us make these two ladies feel welcome at MMC!

Baby Whatley
Our school counselor Jeff Whatley and his wife Katy recently welcomed their first child! Jackson Whatley was born February 20. Mom, Dad, and baby are all doing well. Mr. Whatley returns to his counselor duties here at MMC on March 6.

Upcoming Dates
March 6 – Deadline to register for VirtualSC Credit Recovery
March 10 (10:00) – Dual Enrollment Information Session
March 10 (1:00-5:00) – Senior Pictures
March 11 (9:00-2:30) – Leadership Conference at Harbison campus
March 12 – No School
March 13 – No School
March 16 – Begin 4th Nine Weeks (for Government/Economics classes)
March 20  – Deadline to purchase prom tickets
March 25 – SAT Administration
March 31 – Ready to Work Assessment (all 3rd-year students)
April 3 – Prom
April 6-10 – Spring Break
April 13 – Third Weather Makeup Day (as of now, no school this day)

Announcements February 27, 2020

Leadership Conference – Forms Due THIS FRIDAY!
Permission forms for the March 11 Leadership Conference at the Harbison campus are due by February 28. Printed copies are available in the office. ALL students are expected to attend.

Registration is now available for the breakout workshops. Students should follow this link and register for ONE session at 10:45 and ONE session at 11:45. If you choose Stop the Bleed Training, register ONLY for that workshop, as it will last through both sessions.

Student Engagement Survey
Each year, the South Carolina Department of Education conducts a survey of all public school students to learn how they engage in learning and what they feel is important in school. Students will complete this survey during 2nd block today. Any student who is absent today or does not have a 2nd block should see Mrs. Girolamo by March 10 to complete the survey. It should take no more than 10 minutes.

Dual-Enrollment Information Session
Any current junior who is interested in taking dual-enrollment classes this fall should plan to attend a dual-enrollment information session on Tuesday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. We will discuss eligibility requirements, the registration process, class expectations and more. Parents are also welcome to join this session.

Students who are already participating in dual-enrollment and wish to continue in the fall are not required to attend.

Graduation Tickets
Additional tickets for the graduation ceremony are on sale NOW and will be available until they are sold out. Tickets are $5 each and are available for order in the front office. Students will receive their tickets at graduation practice on June 1.

If you recently ordered your cap and gown, they are tentatively scheduled to arrive on April 1.

Upcoming Dates
March 6 – Deadline to register for VirtualSC Credit Recovery
March 10 (10:00) – Dual Enrollment Information Session
March 10 (1:00-5:00) – Senior Pictures
March 11 (9:00-2:30) – Leadership Conference at Harbison campus
March 12 – Second Weather Makeup Day (as of now, no school this day)
March 13 – No School
March 16 – Begin 4th Nine Weeks (for Government/Economics classes)
March 25 – SAT Administration
March 31 – Ready to Work Assessment (all 3rd-year students)
April 3 – Prom
April 6-10 – Spring Break
April 13 – Third Weather Makeup Day (as of now, no school this day)

New Assistant Principal for 2020-2021

Midlands Middle College is pleased to announce Mrs. Laurie Lee has been promoted to Assistant Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Lee currently serves as

Mrs. Lee is a lifelong learner and has earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina, Master of Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Education Specialist from Liberty University. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Education degree from Liberty University. Mrs. Lee has over 23 years of experience in teaching and leadership roles. She has developed a strong rapport with the students at MMC and will be an excellent fit for this new role as Assistant Principal.

MMC is seeking to fill the vacancy of her Special Education Coordinator/Teacher position. Interested candidates may view the job description and apply via the CERRA website or send a cover letter and resume to info@midlandsmiddlecollege.com.

Congratulations to Mrs. Laurie Lee!