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Announcements January 16, 2020

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
MMC will be closed Monday, January 20 in observance of the MLK Jr. Holiday – no school for students or staff.

Weather Makeup Day
We missed school back in September due to the impact of Hurricane Dorian. Therefore, our first scheduled weather makeup day (Monday, February 17) will be a REGULAR school day. If we have no other inclement weather or school closings, the second and third weather makeup days will be vacation days. You can view our full school calendar here.

Interact Club
All students are invited to attend the next meeting of our Interact Club on Wednesday, January 22 at 2:00 in Mr. Byrd’s classroom (124A). This organization is sponsored by the West Metro Rotary Club and focuses on service to our community and student leadership. Lunch will be provided to all participants.

VirtualSC Registration Deadline
Registration for VirtualSC courses ends Friday, January 17. Any student interested in taking a virtual course should speak to Ms. Epps or Mrs. Girolamo about course approval.

PLT & Attendance
Students must meet attendance and work requirements to earn the privilege of leaving early on Friday. Students who leave without permission during PLT will face consequences. Parents are strongly encouraged to use the PowerSchool app and have regular conversations with students about their attendance. Please contact the office if you need access to PowerSchool.

Individual Graduation Plans
Has your student had an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) meeting with Jeannie Epps, School Counselor, who coordinates our IGP meetings for ALL juniors and seniors? Parents are requested to attend these meetings if at all possible. Please contact Ms. Epps at jeannieepps@midlandsmiddlecollege.com or 803-822-7045 to set up a meeting for you and your student.

Prom
SAVE THE DATE! Prom 2020 is scheduled for Friday, April 3. Our student and parent committees are working hard to raise money and make plans for this special event. It is not too late to join either committee – contact Mrs. Laurie Lee if interested.

Senior Pictures
Pretty Pictures Photography is offering special prices for our senior portraits (cap & gown and tux/drape). Please see the details here and schedule your studio session today!

Cap & Gown Orders
Seniors, if you ordered your cap & gown before the October deadline, they are here NOW. Please come to the office to get yours. If you have not yet ordered your cap & gown, order forms and payment are due January 31.

Announcements January 6, 2020

Enrollment Documents
New students enrolling at MMC are reminded to submit all documents prior to starting classes. Paperwork may be turned into the office before 4:00 p.m. today or between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. Required documents include: enrollment packet, transcript, social security card, birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of residency.

2nd Semester Schedules
Returning students will find their schedules posted in PowerSchool. Newly-enrolled students may pick up their schedules in the office today or before school starts tomorrow. Any requests to change schedules should be made by completing this form no later than Friday, January 17.

1st Semester Grades & Report Cards
Final grades for 1st semester are available now in PowerSchool, and report cards will be mailed home by January 13.

Recovery & Online Classes
Registration for VirtualSC courses is now open. Students who failed a course due to absences (FA) or earned a final grade of 50-59 are eligible for Recovery. Any student planning to take Recovery or other online class should speak to Mrs. Epps or Mrs. Girolamo. Registration deadline is January 17.

Dual-Enrollment Classes
Students who have registered for dual-enrollment classes through Midlands Tech should plan to meet with Mr. Whatley on Thursday, January 9 at 10:30 to register for MyMTC, review course schedules, receive textbooks, etc. MTC Classes begin January 13.

Graduation Order Forms
Seniors planning to participate in the June graduation ceremony should submit the attached order form for cap & gown, tickets, etc. no later than January 31.

Announcements December 9, 2019

End-of-Course Exams
Students enrolled in US History must take the state End-of-Course Exam, which counts 20% of the final course grade. Below is the schedule:
2nd Block History – December 18 @ 12:30
3rd Block History – December 19 @ 11:00

Regular Fall Exams
All courses at MMC will end with a final exam the last week of the semester. A student may exempt the exam if he/she has a final course average of 80 or above. Exemptions do NOT apply to virtual school or courses that require an EOC exam. Below is the regular fall exam schedule:

1st Block – December 18 @ 11:00
2nd Block – December 18 @ 12:30
Students are dismissed at 1:55 this day

3rd Block – December 19 @ 11:00*
4th Block – December 19 @ 12:30*
*Please note this is different than the usual class time for 3rd & 4th block
Students are dismissed at 1:55 this day

Makeup Exams – December 20 @ 11:00
Students are dismissed at 1:55 this day

If you are planning ahead for the spring, our yearlong assessment schedule can be found under the Resources tab of our website or by visiting this link.

Attendance & PLT
This Friday (12/13) is the last PLT session and final opportunity for students to recover missed time. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to check attendance in PowerSchool. Students who have missed more than 5 unexcused absences in a single class (or 3 for a 9-weeks class), will receive a grade of Failure due to Absences (FA) and will need to complete a recovery course to earn credit.

Manufacturing Field Study
This Friday (12/13) we will be taking a group of students on a Manufacturing Field Study to Nephron Pharmaceuticals and Charter NEX Films. Any interested student should see Mr. Whatley or Mrs. Epps for a permission form.

Supporting our Prom
To keep ticket prices low, we are encouraging students to participate in numerous small fundraisers throughout the year. Students may purchase coffee, hot chocolate, and doughnuts this Wednesday before school, and we will have SantaGrams (candy) on sale next Monday and Tuesday.

Parents, do you need stocking stuffers? We have Krispy Kreme certificates on sale now – one dozen glazed doughnuts for only $8.

When putting away your holiday decorations, please consider donating any unwanted but working Christmas lights. Our prom theme is Enchanted Garden and we plan to decorate with LOTS of white lights.

Second Semester
Our 2nd semester courses begin Tuesday, January 7. (That Monday is a teacher workday.) Student schedules for 2nd semester will be available before Winter Break. Any requests to change schedules should be submitted by January 13.

Announcements November 13, 2019

Thanksgiving Break
MMC will be closed Wednesday-Friday, November 27-29 for Thanksgiving Break. We hope you enjoy this time with your family and friends! View our full calendar here.

Virtual School Exams
Students taking initial-credit courses through VirtualSC will take their final exams on December 3rd or 4th @ 9:30 AM. Students taking Recovery courses through VirtualSC do not have a final exam.

End-of-Course Exams
Students enrolled in US History must take the state End-of-Course Exam, which counts 20% of the final course grade. Below is the schedule:

2nd Block History – December 18 @ 12:30
3rd Block History – December 19 @ 11:00

Regular Fall Exams
All courses at MMC will end with a final exam the last week of the semester. A student may exempt the exam if he/she has a final course average of 80 or above. Exemptions do NOT apply to virtual school or courses that require an EOC exam. Below is the regular fall exam schedule:

1st Block – December 18 @ 11:00
2nd Block – December 18 @ 12:30
Students are dismissed at 1:55 this day

3rd Block – December 19 @ 11:00*
4th Block – December 19 @ 12:30*
*Please note this is different than the usual class time for 3rd & 4th block
Students are dismissed at 1:55 this day

Makeup Exams – December 20 @ 11:00
Students are dismissed at 1:55 this day

If you are planning ahead for the spring, our yearlong assessment schedule can be found under the Resources tab of our website or by visiting this link.

Attendance
The fall semester will end in just a few weeks, and students must be caught up on their attendance in order to receive credit for their current classes. We have only FOUR more Friday PLT sessions this semester. Students who are struggling with attendance are encouraged to join our small group discussion each Friday at 2:30. See  Mrs. Girolamo, Mrs. Epps, or Mr. Whatley for details. Parents who have any questions about attendance should reach out to their child’s Advisor, or review our attendance policy in the handbook.

Course Requests for Spring Semester
Students now have access (through Google Classroom) to request courses for the spring semester. Students are encouraged to submit this right away, but they may make changes up through Tuesday, November 26. In developing the school-wide schedule, student preferences will be considered, along with what courses are needed for graduation. First priority will be given to graduating Seniors and to students who need to schedule around college classes. Spring schedules will be available to students before Winter Break.

Individual Graduation Plan Meetings
Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) meetings are needed for all students. Parents are encouraged to attend. If your child has not had an IGP meeting yet, please email Ms. Epps, School Counselor, to schedule one as soon as possible. jeannieepps@midlandsmiddlecollege.com

Prom Fundraisers
We have a small but dedicated group of students and parents working to plan a fabulous prom experience for our students in April. In order to keep ticket prices low, we will be conducting fundraisers throughout the year. Every Wednesday, we are selling a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and bottle of water for $5. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Please encourage your student to participate! If you are interested in helping to plan the prom and/or fundraisers, please contact Laurie Lee at llee@midlandsmiddlecollege.com.

Habitat for Humanity
Our Interact Club is organizing a service day with Habitat for Humanity. On Friday, November 22, we will be participating in “Keisha’s Build” in Columbia, from 11:30 to 4:00 PM. Our role will be painting the interior of the home. Any student interested in participating should see Mrs. Girolamo for a permission form.

“Teen Toy” Drive for Happy Wheels
Happy Wheels is a local nonprofit that provides books and toys to patients in the local children’s hospital. One of their greatest areas of need is toys for the teenage patients. The MMC Interact Club will be collecting donations up until Winter Break. Suggested items include puzzles, over-the-door basketball hoops, board games, card games, lego sets, craft sets, etc. Due to health concerns, the hospital requires all items to be new, not used. Please consider purchasing an item to brighten the day of a hospitalized teenager in our community!

Announcements October 28, 2019

Spring Dual Enrollment
Many of our students are eligible to take FREE dual-enrollment classes through Midlands Tech. If you are interested in taking college classes in the spring, see Mr. Whatley. All paperwork is due this Friday, November 1.

College Tour – Winthrop
Our counselors will take a group of students to tour Winthrop University in Rock HIll, SC on Wednesday, November 13. See Mr. Whatley for a permission form.

Habitat for Humanity
The Interact Club will participate in a community service project through Habitat for Humanity on Friday, November 22. Permission forms will be available at the club meeting this Wednesday, and are due back to Mrs. Girolamo by November 20.

Graduation Orders
Seniors planning to participate in the June graduation ceremony should order their cap, gown, diploma, tickets, etc. The graduation order form is attached here, and printed copies are available in the office. Return the form and payment by October 30 for earliest shipment. We will place a second order in the spring.

Prom Updates
We are actively working and planning for our prom which will be held on April 3, 2020 at the Chickawa Center at Saluda River Club.  This year’s theme will be Enchanted Garden.

Fundraisers have begun.  Boo Grams are being sold this week (Monday-Thursday) 10:30-11:00 and at lunch for $1.00.  Chick-fil-A sales are taking place on Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 for $5.00.

The next planning meeting for parents will be Wednesday, November 6th (next week) at 4:30 pm in room 124.  Students will meet again on November 14 at 10:20 in room 124.

Spirit Week
We are “kicking off” spirit week at MMC with crazy socks today. Plan ahead for the rest of the week:
Tuesday: Sleepy Spirit Day (wear pajamas)
Wednesday: Spirit of Kindness Day (bring nonperishable goods for Harvest Hope & perform acts of kindness)
Thursday: Spooky Spirit Day (school-appropriate Halloween costumes)
Friday: Team Spirit Day (wear college/team colors)

Entrepreneurship Escapes!

This week, our Entrepreneurship classes sat down with Lexie Fenske, owner of The Final Door Escape Room in Columbia. Students were able to learn from her experience as a small business owner, and from experiencing the escape rooms themselves.

MMC Senior Quintez E. said he gained team building skills and got to know his classmates on a different level – seeing how they react in a vulnerable state. From Ms. Fenske, he learned how a business owner has to be creative and keep giving customers new experiences.

Senior Ashanti W. also found this to be a valuable learning opportunity. She witnessed the creative mindset and willingness to try new things that are critical to running a business. She also saw how important leadership skills and team bonding are to completing a task together successfully.

MMC appreciates this opportunity to collaborate with The Final Door!

   

Announcements October 3, 2019

Parent/Teacher Conferences
We will hold parent/teacher conferences on Friday, October 11 (no school for students this day). Parents, if you would like to request a conference, please contact your child’s Advisory teacher.

IGP Conferences
ALL students will participate in an Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) conference each year, and we would love 100% parent participation. Use this link to select a time that suits your schedule. Our School Counselor Mrs. Epps will review the credits your student has earned and what he/she still needs to earn for graduation, as well as discuss career/college plans. She looks forward to meeting with you and your child!

Testing Schedule
As a public charter school, MMC participates in all state-mandated assessments. Please review the 2019-2020 Assessment Schedule and mark these dates on your calendar.  This is also posted on the “Resources” tab of our website, for future reference.

Attendance
Consistent attendance is a critical habit we want our students to develop before graduation. We have begun disciplinary consequences for students who skip classes or do not stay for PLT on Fridays as required. We also have a new procedure for students to check into the office first if they return late from lunch. Parents, we encourage you to get PowerSchool notifications on your phone to keep check on your child’s attendance and have consequences at home as well. Please remember that students must meet attendance requirements in each class to receive credit.

Dual Enrollment Interest Meeting
Mr. Whatley will hold a mandatory meeting for all students who are interested in taking dual enrollment classes for the Spring 2020 semester. The meeting will be Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30 in Mrs. Lee’s room. We will discuss the process and timeline of enrolling in dual enrollment courses at Midlands Tech.

FAFSA Workshops
If you have a student that is starting college (or even considering starting) in the Fall of 2020, October 1st is the start date to complete your FAFSA. FAFSA is federal student aid that helps pay for college. It also must be completed in order to receive a scholarship such as the Life or Hope. The Education Opportunity Center is working with us again to provide services in helping students complete their FAFSA. Below are dates and times of when you and your student can complete your FAFSA:

FAFSA Friday
8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
10/04/19, Airport Campus, Health Science Bldg., Rm 141
11/15/19, Beltline Campus, Student Center, Rm 227

FAFSA after Five
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
10/09/19, Airport Campus, Health Science Bldg., Rm 141

FAFSA Midday
12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
10/24/19, Airport Campus, Health Science Bldg., Rm 141
11/07/19, Beltline Campus, Student Center, Rm 227

Please keep in mind, parents/guardians will need their 2018 taxes when completing the FAFSA.

Prom Committee
The next meeting of the prom committee will be Thursday, October 10 at 10:20 a.m. in Mrs. Lee’s classroom (124). All interested parents and students are invited to attend.

Senior Pictures
Please see the attached letter for details on ordering senior pictures. We encourage you to contact the photographer directly and schedule a personalized appointment at her studio (the same prices, but a better experience for you). If you prefer to wait, she will be coming on campus in March. This year, our photographer will be taking both the cap & gown AND the traditional black drape/tux photo.

Graduation
Our spring graduation ceremony will be held the first week of June in downtown Columbia. We are working to finalize the exact date, time, and location, and we will share those details with you just as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience!

Enrollment for 2020
We have approximately 25 open spaces for new students to enroll with MMC in January 2020. If you know any student who would be a good fit here, please let them know how much you love MMC. For each new student you refer, your name will be entered into a drawing for a prize, to be announced!

Announcements August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian
This storm has the potential to impact our state early next week. If you haven’t already, please sign up for our Remind Alerts. If we have to close school, Remind is the fastest way for you to receive notification. You are also encouraged to check our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter accounts, or local news media. Please note: we do NOT necessarily follow other districts in the decision to close school, so please look for a message directly from MMC.

Labor Day Holiday
MMC will be closed Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day.

VirtualSC
Any student who registered for a course through VirtualSC should be receiving emails directly from that program. If you have not received any messages, check with Mrs. Epps to verify your correct email address. It is VERY important to check those messages regularly throughout the course.

Interact Club – Invitation
All students are invited to attend the first meeting of our Interact Club on Wednesday, September 4 at 2:00 in Mr. Byrd’s classroom (124A). This organization is sponsored by the West Metro Rotary Club and focuses on service to our community and student leadership. Lunch will be provided to all participants. Sign up in Mrs. G’s office if you are interested.

Prom Committee
All parents and students are invited to attend the first meeting of the Prom Committee on Wednesday, September 11, from 1:55-2:15, in Mrs. Lee’s classroom (124).

Announcements August 22, 2019

New Student Orientation
Any student who was not present during 1st Block on the first day of school is invited to attend a New Student Orientation on Friday, from 3:00 to 4:00, in the computer lab next to the office.

Doughnut Time
Mrs. Epps and Mr. Whatley invite all students to join them for Doughnut Time on Friday, August 30, from 10:30 to 11:00. Come get to know our wonderful counselors!

Friday Schedule
Please note that our daily schedule is different on Fridays:
1st Block 11:00-11:40
2nd Block 11:45-12:25
Advisory 12:25-12:45
Lunch 12:45-1:05
3rd Block 1:05-1:45
4th Block 1:50-2:30
PLT 2:30-5:00

First Friday PLT
Our first Personalized Learning Time (PLT) will be held this Friday, from 2:30 to 5:00. Students are EXPECTED to stay, unless they have earned the privilege of leaving early with perfect attendance. Each student should see his/her Advisor to verify attendance before leaving on Friday.

Schedule Change Requests
All requests to change schedules have been considered and made, if possible. Any additional requests should be made before Monday, August 26.

MTC Classes Start Monday
Students taking dual-enrollment classes are reminded that those begin Monday, August 26. We have enjoyed the campus to ourselves this week, but the college students will be returning and the halls will be more lively next week!

Parking
With MTC classes starting up, the parking lots will also be more full. Be sure to allow time in the mornings to find a space. Also, be sure you have a NEW parking sticker for this year. See Mr. Whatley if you need a form.

VirtualSC Registration
Students who wish to take a class through VirtualSC must register before August 28. Classes DO fill up, so sign up early. See Mrs. Epps for instructions and approval.

December Graduation Application
Any student who plans to graduate in December should submit an application by Friday, August 30. See Mrs. Girolamo for details.

Tobacco/Nicotine & Cell Phone Policies
Parents and students are reminded to review the entire Student Handbook. This was distributed to students on the first day of school and is also available on our website. In particular, please note that tobacco/nicotine products are not permitted anywhere on campus, and cell phones are not permitted to be in students’ possession during class time. Our goal is to have a safe, healthy, and productive learning environment every day!