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Announcements February 26, 2021

Leadership Transition for 2021-2022
After five years serving the students of Midlands Middle College, Mrs. Girolamo has decided to pursue other opportunities and will not be returning as Principal next school year. The MMC Board of Directors conducted a search and has selected our current Assistant Principal, Dr. Laurie Lee, to be promoted to Principal for the 2021-2022 school year. Dr. Lee is thrilled to continue working alongside the faculty and staff of the Middle College as we grow and support our students in pursuit of their high school diploma and prepare them for their academic and professional futures.

WIN Ready to Work (R2W) Testing
All third-year high school students are REQUIRED to participate in the state-mandated WIN Ready to Work (R2W) Assessment. This test measures a student’s career readiness in both academic achievement and soft skills. MMC students will take the test on Friday, March 12. All third-year (11th grade) students, including in-person and virtual learners, are expected to participate and should arrive by 8:45 a.m. More details will be sent via email early next week. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Lee

Dual Enrollment Interest Meeting
For any student (not a current dual enrollment student) who is interested in taking dual enrollment courses starting in the fall 21 semester, we will have an interest meeting on March 3rd and the 4th at 10:30. It will be required and will take place in the computer lab by the front office. Please submit this form if you plan to attend.

Future ASVAB Test
Most of our students took the ASVAB test back in October. If you missed that opportunity and would like to take it this spring, please reach out to Mr. Whatley as soon as possible. This test is a great opportunity to learn how your abilities and interests fit with certain careers. Especially if you are not sure exactly what you want to do after graduation, you don’t want to miss this! While the ASVAB is administered by military recruiters, the results you receive can relate to many careers outside of the military.

Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Ashley Cooper, the MMC 2021 Teacher of the Year! Mrs. Cooper has been teaching mathematics at MMC since 2008. She consistently provides a nurturing, caring, and informative presence for each and every student she teaches. She has taken it upon herself this year to further her knowledge of teaching in the digital world. We are proud of you, Mrs. Cooper!

Announcements February 19, 2021

VirtualSC Fast Track Courses
If you are interested in adding a virtual course this semester, VirtualSC has a “fast track” session that runs for only 8 weeks. Registration is open now and will close March 3. Please speak with a counselor or administrator if you would like to sign up.

ACT Testing
3rd-year students who signed up for the ACT will take it on Tuesday, February 23. Students should arrive by 8:45. Contact Mrs. Lee with any questions.

Leadership – MMC Rocks
The Leadership class would be honored if you would join our mission to promote positivity and spread kindness by following our Instagram page. Click on the link to follow. Follow our journey as we change the world!

Senior Portraits
If you missed our fall picture days and are interested in having senior portraits taken, please reach out to Vickie Lovett at Pretty Pictures Photography. She will schedule a private session for you at the studio, 1006 12th Street in Cayce. She can be reached at 803-739-2275 or prettypic@aol.com.

Graduation Tickets
Ticket sales will take place later this spring. With current safety guidelines, graduates will each be allowed to purchase TWO tickets to the ceremony. We will offer additional tickets if the guidelines change and we have space available. Please DO NOT send money at this time – we will reach out again closer to the graduation date.

Health & Safety Reminder
We are committed to keeping our students and staff safe during our in-person learning. Please remember to notify the school immediately if you test positive for COVID-19, or if you have been identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive. If you are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID, you should stay home and contact the school. 
Masks must be worn PROPERLY at all times on campus. This includes covering the mouth and nose. Parents, please ensure your student has a mask that fits well and stays in place. Thank you for helping to keep our campus healthy!

Announcements February 12, 2021

No School – Monday, February 15
In honor of President’s Day, MMC will be closed Monday, February 15. There will be no in-person classes or E-Learning assignments that day.

Inclement Weather/Hybrid-at-Home
Forecasters are predicting a slight possibility of severe weather in our area next week. If we must close school, we will revert to the “Hybrid-at-Home” learning model. On the days when students would normally attend classes in-person, instead they will attend live online via Google Meet. Attendance will be taken at these sessions. Students should look for specific instructions from their teachers in Google Classroom, and should reach out via email with any questions. 

If school is closed for weather or any emergency situation, the fastest way for you to receive this announcement is via Remind. Please follow these instructions to sign up for our school-wide Remind. Announcements regarding school closure will also be sent via email.

Social-Emotional Learning Family Night
Please use this form to sign up for a virtual Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Family Night on 2/18/2021 from 7-8:00 pm, presented by SCPCSD SEL Coach, Wendy Ward. The topic for this session will be “How to Help Children Manage Fear and Anxiety.” All SCPCSD parents/guardians are welcome to attend. Tips will be presented for all school ages. Please complete this form in its entirety. A virtual meeting link will be emailed to you at the address you provide one day prior to the event. This session will be recorded and emailed to you the day after the event if you are unable to attend live. Please contact Wendy Ward (wward@sccharter.org) with any questions. https://forms.gle/XdwiCQQ4xcwz2NnD9

Senior Portraits
Pretty Pictures Photography has offered to set up an additional studio day for any senior who would like to have senior portraits taken. If you missed this opportunity in the fall and would like to participate now, please contact Mrs. G via email as soon as possible. If we have enough interest, we will schedule the additional day.

The following announcements are all reminders, just in case you missed anything!

ACT Testing
3rd-year students who signed up for the ACT will take it on Tuesday, February 23. Students should arrive by 8:45. Contact Mrs. Lee with any questions.

VirtualSC Withdrawal Deadline
If you are currently taking any courses through VirtualSC, the deadline to withdraw is Tuesday, February 16. Please speak to a counselor or administrator BEFORE this date if you are considering dropping a course. 

Senior Ordering
Did you miss the Jostens Graduation Meeting? No worries! You can watch the Jostens Senior Meeting Video HERE. Your order deadline is Monday, February 15th

Order Steps:
1. Visit RhodesGraduation.com/Seniors
2. Sign up for updates
3. Place your order

Please note: This new process gives you MANY more options for class rings, senior apparel, announcements, etc. However, the only items you MUST purchase to participate in the ceremony are your cap/gown/tassel and your diploma cover. Shipping on these required items is free to the school, and your total cost will be just $47.62. You will find these two items under the “Regalia” category.

Graduation Tickets
Ticket sales will take place later this spring. With current safety guidelines, graduates will each be allowed to purchase TWO tickets to the ceremony. We will offer additional tickets if the guidelines change and we have space available. Please DO NOT send money at this time – we will reach out again closer to the graduation date.

Health & Safety Reminder
We are committed to keeping our students and staff safe during our in-person learning. Please remember to notify the school immediately if you test positive for COVID-19, or if you have been identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive. If you are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID, you should stay home and contact the school. 
Masks must be worn PROPERLY at all times on campus. This includes covering the mouth and nose. Parents, please ensure your student has a mask that fits well and stays in place. Thank you for helping to keep our campus healthy!

Announcements February 5, 2021

ACT Testing
3rd-year students who signed up for the ACT will take it on Tuesday, February 23. Students should arrive by 8:45. Contact Mrs. Lee with any questions.

VirtualSC Withdrawal Deadline
If you are currently taking any courses through VirtualSC, the deadline to withdraw is Tuesday, February 16. Please speak to a counselor or administrator BEFORE this date if you are considering dropping a course.
 
Senior Ordering
Did you miss the Jostens Graduation Meeting? No worries! You can watch the Jostens Senior Meeting Video HERE. Your order deadline is Monday, February 15th

Order Steps:
1. Visit RhodesGraduation.com/Seniors
2. Sign up for updates
3. Place your order

Please note: This new process gives you MANY more options for class rings, senior apparel, announcements, etc. However, the only items you MUST purchase to participate in the ceremony are your cap/gown/tassel and your diploma cover. Shipping on these required items is free to the school, and your total cost will be just $47.62. You will find these two items under the “Regalia” category.

Graduation Tickets
Ticket sales will take place later this spring. With current safety guidelines, graduates will each be allowed to purchase TWO tickets to the ceremony. We will offer additional tickets if the guidelines change and we have space available. Please DO NOT send money at this time – we will reach out again closer to the graduation date.

Health & Safety Reminder
We are committed to keeping our students and staff safe during our in-person learning. Please remember to notify the school immediately if you test positive for COVID-19, or if you have been identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive. If you are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID, you should stay home and contact the school. 
Masks must be worn PROPERLY at all times on campus. This includes covering the mouth and nose. Parents, please ensure your student has a mask that fits well and stays in place. Thank you for helping to keep our campus healthy!

Announcements January 29, 2021

Friday Attendance
Please remember that Friday IS a school day! Students may earn the privilege of not being here on Friday by having zero unexcused absences and submitting all work on time. Otherwise, it is expected that the student will attend on Friday. Meet first with your advisor to develop a plan for the day, and be sure to have each teacher document your attendance. 

Senior Meetings
We are collaborating with Rhodes Graduation to offer online access for senior ordering: not just caps & gowns but a wide variety of graduation apparel, class rings, etc. We will hold two virtual meetings to explain your options, what is REQUIRED for graduation, deadlines, etc. 

Students in Cohort A will attend Monday, February 1 at 3:00.

Students in Cohort B will attend Tuesday, February 2 at 3:00.

Our virtual and MTC students may choose to join in either session. They will both have the same information, so you only need to attend one.

Parents, you are welcome to join either session as well! Please try to attend live so you can ask questions. However, the video recording will be shared after the initial meetings.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/99036634391?pwd=Q2VEdjN3Z3BXL0tDeGZQaUtHaVdmdz09
Webinar ID: 990 3663 4391
Passcode: RHODESGRAD  

Calendar Approved for 2021-2022
The calendar for next school year has been approved by our Board. Please visit the link below to view the calendar:
https://midlandsmiddlecollege.com/calendar

IGP Reminder
Parents, please contact Mrs. Epps by email if you have not yet had a meeting with our counselors this school year. All students should participate in their Individual Graduation Plan (IGP) meeting annually. 

Health & Safety Reminder
We are committed to keeping our students and staff safe during our in-person learning. Please remember to notify the school immediately if you test positive for COVID-19, or if you have been identified as a close contact to someone who tests positive. If you are experiencing any possible symptoms of COVID, you should stay home and contact the school. 

Masks must be worn PROPERLY at all times on campus. This includes covering the mouth and nose. Parents, please ensure your student has a mask that fits well and stays in place. Thank you for helping to keep our campus healthy!

Announcements January 22, 2021

Welcome New Students!
We have fifteen new students who have just enrolled at MMC. I hope you will all make them feel welcome and help them adjust to being on our campus. New students and parents, I send this weekly email to keep you informed of everything happening at school. I encourage you to read it thoroughly, or at least skim the headlines, every week. All previous announcements can be found on our website in case you miss anything.

VirtualSC Registration Deadline
If you plan to take any online courses through VirtualSC, the deadline to register is this coming Wednesday, January 27. Submit those course requests today!

Schedule & Learning Model Changes
All requests for in-person class schedule changes should be submitted on this form no later than Friday, January 29. 

Any hybrid student who is considering switching to fully virtual must do so by the course registration deadline, January 27.

Any virtual student who is considering switching to in-person must do so by the course drop deadline, February 16.

Senior Meetings & Graduation Ordering
We are excited to collaborate with Rhodes Graduation to offer online access for senior ordering: not just caps & gowns but a wide variety of graduation apparel, class rings, etc. We will hold two virtual meetings to explain your options, what is REQUIRED for graduation, deadlines, etc. 

Students in Cohort A will attend Monday, February 1 at 3:00.
Students in Cohort B will attend Tuesday, February 2 at 3:00.

Our virtual and MTC students may choose to join in either session. They will both have the same information, so you only need to attend one.

Parents, you are welcome to join either session as well! Please try to attend live so you can ask questions. However, a video recording will be shared after the initial meetings.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://zoom.us/j/99036634391?pwd=Q2VEdjN3Z3BXL0tDeGZQaUtHaVdmdz09

Webinar ID: 990 3663 4391
Passcode: RHODESGRAD

The deadline to order caps & gowns will be Monday, February 15. Please wait until after the meeting to place your order! If you already placed a paper order form and payment, we will return it to you and help you order through the new online system.

Leadership Survey
Our Leadership class has created a survey to get others’ ideas and opinions about leadership. We encourage ALL students and parents to take just a moment to respond – this will provide them with REAL information to support what they are learning in class.  The survey is anonymous so you may respond freely. 

Technology
Chromebooks should be picked up from advisors each morning and returned/plugged in at the end of the day. If you need another chromebook for use at home, please see Ms. Graham in the office. And if you have issues with connectivity/wifi at home, please see Mrs. G. We want to support all students in their E-Learning and make sure everyone has access. Just let us know what you need!

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!

Announcements January 15, 2021

No School Monday
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
Our Spring Semester begins Tuesday, January 19. Students, please report first to your advisor to pick up a printed copy of your schedule. If you would like to request any changes, complete this form no later than Friday, January 29. 

Students in Cohort A (Monday/Wednesday): please note we do not have school on Monday, so your first day will be an E-Learning day on Tuesday. Please check Google Classroom for your first assignments!

VirtualSC Registration
Registration is now open for online courses through VirtualSC. The deadline to register is January 27, and courses begin February 3.

Graduation Orders
STOP! If you have not already turned in your graduation order, please don’t. We are working with our representative from Jostens to offer students more options and the ability to order online. Please stay tuned for an update on that process soon. If you have already submitted your order form, we will be in touch with you individually about your next steps.

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!

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.