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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.

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!