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Announcements January 8, 2021

Return to Campus on Monday, January 11
MMC will resume “normal” operations on Monday, January 11. Hybrid and everyday students should follow the same schedule as before the holidays on Monday and Tuesday. First semester exams begin Wednesday – see the full exam schedule here.

College Courses begin Monday, January 11
Midlands Tech will begin their spring semester on Monday, January 11. Please note this is BEFORE the high school classes change, which will cause a scheduling conflict for some students. You MUST attend your college classes the first week, even if it conflicts with a high school class or exam. Please speak with your high school teacher about making up missed work.

All students taking college courses should contact Mr. Whatley about setting up your MyMTC account, picking up your textbooks, and scheduling your weekly check-ins.

MLK Jr. Holiday
MMC will be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. There will be no in-person classes or E-Learning assignments that day.

Spring Semester Schedules
MMC’s Spring Semester begins Tuesday, January 19. New schedules have mostly been updated in PowerSchool. This is still a work in progress, and courses have not yet been finalized. If you would like to request a change to the courses you currently see, please complete this form as soon as possible.

For students who will be taking courses through VirtualSC, registration begins Wednesday, January 13 and ends January 27. Be sure to register early so you get the courses you want/need for graduation! VirtualSC courses begin February 3.

Carpooling Arrangements
As a public charter school, MMC does not provide transportation which may make it difficult for some students to attend school regularly. We are trying to gather interest in starting a carpool service for our students. If you could use help finding a ride to/from school OR can help in providing someone a ride, please complete this form. Thank you!

Refer a Friend!
MMC has several open spaces for new students in the spring semester. We encourage you to share this 30-second MMC commercial with anyone who may be interested. This is also our BE100 challenge for January – any student who shares this on their social media and takes a screenshot will earn a ticket for the next prize drawing. Anyone who refers a student who actually enrolls will receive a $20 gift card to a local restaurant!

2021 Graduation Ordering

It’s finally 2021 and time to start planning for graduation!

If you (or your student) will graduate this January, June, or August, please complete the attached order form and submit with your payment by Monday, February 1. Items available for purchase include our royal blue cap & gown, a white ’21 tassel, diploma & diploma cover, and tickets to the ceremony. 

The spring ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 4th at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The summer ceremony is still TBD. At this time, tickets are limited to TWO per graduate. You may indicate on the form if you wish to purchase extra tickets, and you will be notified if they become available. We will comply with all safety requirements for public gatherings.

Graduation announcements, class rings, and other graduation products are available for purchase at http://www.Jostens.com. Choose “Midlands Middle College, West Columbia, SC” as your school. 

Virtual Learning for all Students January 4-8

Due to the current situation with COVID-19 and the expected surge in cases, MMC will have a week of fully-virtual learning for all students and staff. This will allow time for any travel-related cases to be identified and prevent them from being further spread at school. We continue to ask that if you have tested positive or been in close contact with anyone who is positive, please notify us immediately.

What does this learning model shift mean for you? It depends which learning model you originally chose for the fall semester:

Hybrid Cohort A (Monday/Wednesday)
You will now shift to the “hybrid-at-home” model we practiced just before Thanksgiving. On Monday and Wednesday, you will login at your regular class time to each of your teachers’ Google Meet. These links will be posted in Google Classroom. If you are not sure how to access this, email your teacher to find out! During this session, you will be able to interact with other students and your teacher will explain the expectations for the day. Attendance will be taken each block!

On Tuesday and Thursday, you will have regular E-Learning assignments to complete, the same as before. On Friday, you may schedule individual help from any teacher by reaching out via email. There will be no attendance recovery on Friday.

Hybrid Cohort B (Tuesday/Thursday)
You will now shift to the “hybrid-at-home” model we practiced just before Thanksgiving. On Tuesday and Thursday, you will login at your regular class time to each of your teachers’ Google Meet. These links will be posted in Google Classroom. If you are not sure how to access this, email your teacher to find out! During this session, you will be able to interact with other students and your teacher will explain the expectations for the day. Attendance will be taken each block!

On Monday and Wednesday, you will have regular E-Learning assignments to complete, the same as before. On Friday, you may schedule individual help from any teacher by reaching out via email. There will be no attendance recovery on Friday.

Every Day Students
You will now shift to the “hybrid-at-home” model we practiced just before Thanksgiving. You will follow the exact same schedule as before, but instead of physically going to each of your classes, you will login at your regular class time to each of your teachers’ Google Meet. These links will be posted in Google Classroom. If you are not sure how to access this, email your teacher to find out! During this session, you will be able to interact with other students and your teacher will explain the expectations for the day. Attendance will be taken each block!

For your Facilitated Learning classes, you will need to do a quick check-in with Mrs. Goldin or Mrs. Knight – see the link in your Google Classroom. You can use the remainder of that time to work on your E-Learning assignments for other classes. On Friday, you may schedule individual help from any teacher by reaching out via email. There will be no attendance recovery on Friday.

Fully Virtual Students
Your Fall classes should have ended before the break. Continue to work on any year-long classes. 

Be sure to meet with Mrs. Goldin sometime this week to confirm which classes you will be taking in the spring. Registration opens January 13 and you want to be ready to sign up so you get into the classes you want! Spring classes will start February 3.

Dual Enrollment Students
Mr. Whatley will be holding virtual meetings to help new dual-enrollment students set up your MyMTC account and learn how to navigate your courses. Look for an email from him with times and the link to attend!
College classes through Midlands Tech begin January 11.

Everyone
Our counselors will both be available to hold IGP meetings virtually. Mrs. Epps will send you a link to attend. They are both also available for any individual counseling meetings – please email Mrs. Epps or Mr. Whatley if you need to set up a virtual meeting or phone call.

We anticipate this shift in our learning model will be for this one week only, and we will return to our regular operations on Monday, January 11. We appreciate your flexibility as we work to maintain a safe learning environment.

Announcements December 18, 2020

MMC Commercial & Enrollment for Spring
MMC has several open spaces for new students in the spring semester. We encourage you to share this 30-second MMC commercial with anyone who may be interested. This is also our BE100 challenge for January – any student who shares this on their social media and takes a screenshot will earn a ticket for the next prize drawing. Anyone who refers a student who actually enrolls will receive a $20 gift card to a local restaurant!

Announcements December 11, 2020

EOC Score Policy Change
Students enrolled in Algebra 1, Intermediate Algebra, Biology 1, English 1, English 2, and/or United States History are required to participate in the End-of-Course (EOC) exams, which normally count for 20% of the student’s final grade in the course. For this year only, the South Carolina State Department of Education is allowing individual districts and charter schools to determine how the score will count. The MMC Board of Directors has determined the EOC exams will count for 10% of the student’s final grade. For first semester courses, the exams will be administered on January 14 (Algebra) and January 15 (History). 

Exam Schedule for January
The first semester is rapidly coming to an end! All in-person courses will conclude with a final exam according to the following schedule.

“A-Day” Exams: Wednesday, January 13
“B-Day” Exams: Thursday, January 14
Makeup Exams: Friday, January 15 @ 11:00
Intermediate Algebra EOC: Thursday, January 14 @ 9:00
US History EOC: Friday, January 15 @ 9:00

Courses taken through VirtualSC do not have a proctored final exam.  

Learning Model Changes
REMINDER! If you wish you CHANGE your learning model (everyday, hybrid, or virtual), please submit this form as soon as possible. We are creating the spring schedule now! Printed copies of the form are available in the office.

MMC Television Commercial Filming
Next Wednesday, December 16, a small crew will be on our campus to film a short television commercial promoting our school. If you do NOT want your child to appear in the video, please let us know before Wednesday. The commercial will be released over the winter break – please share with any friends or family who may be interested in enrolling for the spring semester!

Food Drive for Mission Lexington
We have extended our food drive for Mission Lexington through next week. Any five nonperishable items will earn students a ticket for the next prize drawing, which includes an opportunity for a longer lunch! A few teachers are also awarding extra credit for donated items. Let’s show our community our generous spirit!

IGP Meetings
If you have not yet met with our counselors for your Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) meeting, please click this link to sign up for your appointment. All students in both 11th and 12th grades will have this meeting, and parents are highly encouraged to participate. Meetings can be held virtually, if you prefer.

PLT/Attendance Recovery
Our first semester classes will end Friday, January 15. Students will have two additional PLT sessions to recover absences for first-semester classes. January 29 is the final deadline.

Winter Break
MMC will be closed December 21 through January 1 for Winter Break. Students and staff return on Monday, January 4. 

Announcements November 20, 2020

Thanksgiving Holidays
Next week, Monday (A) and Tuesday (B) will be normal school days. MMC will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 25-27, for Thanksgiving Break. Have a happy Thanksgiving, and stay safe!

Learning Model Selection for Spring 2021
For the spring semester, we will be offering the same three learning model options – Hybrid, Fully Virtual, and Fully In-Person. If you are satisfied with your current learning model, you can continue with that through the spring. If you would like to CHANGE your learning model to one of the other options, please complete this form and return it to the school by Friday, December 11.

VirtualSC Course Deadline
If you are taking any course(s) through VirtualSC, please note the deadline of December 13 to submit all work. 

Save the Date: June 2021 Graduation
Our spring graduation ceremony has been booked for Friday, June 4, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. It will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Lincoln Street. More details will be coming soon, including information on purchasing cap & gown and tickets. Stay tuned!

MMC Food Drive
As we approach the holidays and in the spirit of generosity and kindness,  MMC is collecting nonperishable food items to donate to Mission Lexington. We will be collecting items through Friday, December 11th. Please consider donating to our cause and join our mission to spread kindness throughout the community. You can send items with your student and they will receive a ticket for a drawing to win various prizes. Thank you for your continued support of MMC.

Announcements November 13, 2020

Individual Graduation Plan Meetings
Each year, students and their parents are invited to discuss their individual progress toward graduation. Please check your email for the IGP Sign Up Genius. If the times provided do not work with your schedule, or if you have any questions, contact Ms. Epps. Please note that virtual meetings can be scheduled if needed. Our goal is 100% parent participation in these IGPs. 

MTC Manufacturing Tour – NEXT WEEK!
Are you interested in any of the manufacturing programs that Midlands Tech has to offer? Or, are you curious to know what those programs are? Join the tour on November 18 to learn more. Space is limited to 10 students, so sign up with Mr. Whatley soon!

MMC Board Elections
Election forms were mailed home with report cards last week. Please remember to return them by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16.

Food Drive for Mission Lexington
Our theme for the November Be100 Challenge is “Thanksgiving, generosity, and kindness”. We will be accepting donations of nonperishable food for Mission Lexington, and awarding tickets for other acts of kindness. Let’s show how kind MMC can be!  

Thanksgiving Break
Thanksgiving Break will be Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27. Please note that Monday and Tuesday of that week will be in-person school days. There will be no PLT session that week.

Announcements November 6, 2020

Dual Enrollment Courses – Spring Semester
The deadline to COMPLETE the registration process for Spring Dual-Enrollment courses is Friday, December 11. The process includes permission forms, placement testing, online application, and course selection. If you are interested in taking college classes next semester, contact Mr. Whatley right away!

Enrolling now for January 2021
MMC has the capacity for up to 135 students, and we will have spaces open for the spring semester. If you have any friends or family members who would be a good fit for our school, please recommend us to them! We encourage them to apply on our website or call 803-822-7043 for more information.

Be100 Challenge
Our theme for the November Be100 Challenge is “Thanksgiving, generosity, and kindness”. We will be accepting donations of nonperishable food for Mission Lexington, and awarding tickets for other acts of kindness. Let’s show how kind MMC can be!

MTC Manufacturing Tour
Are you interested in any of the manufacturing programs that Midlands Tech has to offer? Or, are you curious to know what those programs are? Join the tour on November 18 to learn more. Space is limited to 10 students, so sign up with Mr. Whatley soon!

MMC Board Elections
Election forms were mailed home with report cards this week. Please remember to return them by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 16.

Snack Donations
MMC strives to provide snacks and bottled water for all students, particularly now that our water fountains and the campus Subway are closed. Parents, we encourage you to help by donating a case of water and/or individually packaged snacks such as trail mix, chips, noodle cups, etc. Thank you for your support!

Announcements October 30, 2020

Election Day
MMC will be closed Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day. There will be no in-person or E-Learning assignments that day.

College Application Days
College Application Days will be Wednesday and Thursday, November 4th and 5th. Students will have the opportunity to apply to various colleges, including many who waive their application fee these days. We look forward to seeing those acceptance letters!

MMC Board of Directors: Elections 
Five seats on our Board of Directors are currently open for election. Ballots will be mailed home with report cards on November 2 and should be returned by November 16.