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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!

Announcements February 17, 2020

Leadership Conference
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.

MMC School IDs
Any student who needs an MMC school ID may do so on Wednesday, February 19 (10:00-11:00 or 12:30-1:30) or on Thursday, February 20 (12:00-1:00 or 3:00-4:00). This is completely optional but highly encouraged. Students must bring a driver’s license, photo ID, or original birth certificate in order to get a school ID.

ACT Administration
Students who signed up to take the ACT will do so next week, on Tuesday, February 25. Testing will begin at 9:00 and last until approximately 1:00.

ASVAB Interpretations
Students who took the ASVAB career assessment last week will receive their results next Thursday, February 27, during 1st Block. We will have experts here to help students interpret their results and learn how to use them in making future plans.

Senior Day at Midlands Tech
All seniors are encouraged to participate in Senior Day at MTC on Friday, February 28, from 9:00 to 12:30. See Mrs. Epps for more details.

Baby Photos Wanted
Each year, we put together a senior presentation to show at graduation and on our social media. We encourage ALL seniors to submit a baby photo to be included. Check out last year’s Class of 2019 Presentation to see what the final product will look like!

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!

There is still time to schedule a private session with the photographer if you want the full experience – cap & gown, drape/tux, etc. Contact her at 803-739-2275 to schedule your session. If you schedule a private session, you will NOT have your picture taken on March 10th.

Prom Tickets & Planning Committee
Prom tickets are on sale NOW, through March 20. Students have received a list of prom expectations and permission forms for guests who do not attend MMC. Tickets to the event are only $10 each.

Are you a parent interested in helping the planning committee make this a memorable event? Please attend the next parent meeting on Thursday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m.

Attire for Prom
Are you looking for something to wear to the prom? Two midlands organizations offer gently-used prom dresses and/or tuxedos to students (WITH A SCHOOL ID – GET YOURS THIS WEEK!)

The Cinderella Project (dresses only) will be March 7, 8:00-11:00, at Brookland Baptist Church.

Project Prom (dresses and tuxes) will be two weekends in March – check the link for exact dates and times.

Both of these events are also looking for items to be donated. Please contact them directly if you have formal wear in your closet you no longer need!

Announcements February 10, 2020

ASVAB Today
All students will be participating in the ASVAB career assessment today. We will begin at 11:00 and end around 2:00-2:30. We may make adjustments to lunchtime and 3rd/4th block depending on what time the assessment ends.

Friday & Monday
This Friday, February 14, is a teacher workday – no school for students. Monday, February 17 is a weather makeup day and will be a NORMAL school day for students and staff.

Leadership Conference
On Friday, students received permission forms for the March 11 Leadership Conference at the Harbison campus. Additional printed copies are available in the office. Forms are due back by February 28.

FAME Scholarship Representative
On February 11th at 11:15, a representative for the Fame scholarship will visit our campus to discuss this amazing opportunity to learn about the mechatronics program at MTC. You will learn how to earn this associate’s degree for FREE! This program combines both electrical and mechanical systems.  It includes robotics, electronics and computers. This will be at Mrs Lee’s room. See Mr. Whatley for more details.

Prom Tickets
Prom tickets are on sale NOW, through March 20. On Friday, students received a list of prom expectations and permission forms for guests who do not attend MMC. Tickets to the event are only $10 each.

February Attendance Incentive
The attendance challenge is going well! There are 14 more school days this month. Students, keep up that perfect attendance and earn lunch and a movie, on us!

Announcements February 3, 2020

Leadership Conference – ALL STUDENTS
We are excited to announce our school’s participation in the “Living, Learning and Leading” conference on Wednesday, March 11, sponsored by the Midlands Education and Business Alliance (MEBA) and the SC Department of Commerce.

On this day, no classes will be held on our Airport campus, and ALL students from Midlands Middle College will instead travel to the Midlands Tech Harbison Campus for this day-long event. Students will hear from keynote speakers and participate in breakout sessions. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

The conference will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is different from our normal school day, so please make plans NOW around work, medical appointments, and other commitments. All students are expected to participate, and attendance will be taken. If there are any extraordinary circumstances that might prevent attendance, a parent/guardian should contact Mrs. Girolamo no later than February 28.

Students are encouraged to drive directly to and from the conference, but transportation will be provided from the Airport campus to the Harbison campus, if requested. A permission form will be sent home with students next week.

ASVAB
On February 10th at 11:00, our school will be administering the ASVAB career assessment to all students. This assessment is a great tool used by individuals to help figure out which career path to look into. Since it’s an aptitude test, it doesn’t just tell you what you’re currently good at, but what you may be good at learning in the future. The assessment results are also good for two years. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about career paths.

Please keep in mind, taking this assessment does not commit you to the military in any way. It’s simply used as a tool to help guide students and give them direction regardless of military interest or college and career interest.

The assessment will last for about 3 hours. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Whatley.

February Attendance Incentive
There are 19 school days in February. Every student who has perfect attendance for those 19 days will be invited to attend lunch and a movie on Friday, March 6. Parents, please encourage your students to earn this incentive!

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.

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.