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Announcements October 23, 2020

COVID-19 Reminder
Parents and students, please remember that if you (or anyone with whom you’ve had close contact) tests positive for COVID-19, or if you are experiencing any suspected symptoms, you should not come on campus. Please contact us right away so that we can determine if there were any close contacts here at school, and so that we can discuss plans for attendance and missed work. We are striving to maintain safety protocols here at school, and we need your assistance to help keep everyone safe. This document contains many frequently asked questions, and we encourage you to contact us with any other questions or concerns. Thank you for your cooperation.

Spring Dual Enrollment
Registration for Spring classes at MTC began this week. Any student who is interested in taking college classes should speak to Mr. Whatley SOON to discuss placement testing and the application process – classes do fill up! Continuing students should also speak to Mr. Whatley about course selection. 

Virtual College Fair
Please consider checking out this virtual college fair! It’s a great opportunity to learn more about scholarships and what different colleges have to offer. The virtual fair will feature over 20 different schools and it’s a chance to learn about how to get scholarship money you don’t have to pay back!

Reports Cards
The first nine weeks ends October 26 and report cards will be mailed home on November 2. If your mailing address has changed since your enrollment at MMC, please contact us to update your address this week.

MMC Board of Directors: Nominations & Elections
Nomination Forms for the MMC Board of Directors will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on October 30. Election forms will be mailed home with report cards and should be returned by November 16. 

Learning Models – Spring 2021
YOUR INPUT NEEDED
We are nearly halfway through the Fall semester and are beginning to make plans for the Spring. Students and parents, we need YOUR input on the learning model options that will be available next semester. Please respond to this brief survey by Friday, October 23. Our intent is to finalize plans for the spring by early December.

WIN Testing Reminder
All students in their FOURTH YEAR of high school are reminded that the WIN Ready to Work Assessment is required. This will be administered on Friday, October 30. Students should arrive at 9:00. Again, all fourth-year students are expected to participate, including Cohort A, Cohort B, everyday students, and our fully-virtual students.

Announcements October 16, 2020

Learning Models – Spring 2021
YOUR INPUT NEEDED
We are nearly halfway through the Fall semester and are beginning to make plans for the Spring. Students and parents, we need YOUR input on the learning model options that will be available next semester. Please respond to this brief survey by Friday, October 23. Our intent is to finalize plans for the spring by early December.

WIN Testing Reminder
All students in their FOURTH YEAR of high school are reminded that the WIN Ready to Work Assessment is required. This will be administered on Friday, October 30. Students should arrive at 9:00. Again, all fourth-year students are expected to participate, including Cohort A, Cohort B, everyday students, and our fully-virtual students.

Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop
On Wednesday, October 21, the Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop will be visiting our campus. This is an “A-Day” and all students present will have an opportunity to visit the workshop. Any student who normally attends only on “B-Days” but would like to participate in the workshop, we would love to have you! Please check in with Mr. Whatley to let him know you’re interested. Visit this website to learn more about this opportunity.

MMC Board of Directors Nominations
The MMC Board of Directors consists of nine members, five of whom shall be elected by the employees of MMC and by the parents or guardians of students enrolled in the school. At least five of the nine Board members shall be individuals who have a background in K-12 education or in business. All Board members must be residents of the State of South Carolina.

The MMC Board has responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, signing the charter school contract and ensuring compliance with SC Charter School laws, approving the annual budget, setting policy for employment of teachers and non-teaching employees, contracting for other services, developing pay scales and performance criteria and discharging policies for the charter school employees.

To nominate yourself or another individual to serve on the MMC Board of Directors, complete this Nomination Form and return it to the school by 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2020.

Congressman Joe Wilson Visit to MMC
On Wednesday, October 21, United States Congressman Joe Wilson will be visiting our school. This is an opportunity for us to advocate for charter schools, and we have nominated several student ambassadors to share their personal message about what MMC has meant for them. We hope the conversation will have a positive impact on the educational experience here and for all charter schools in SC.

January Graduation Application
Any senior who is planning to graduate this January should complete and submit this Early Graduation Application. If all requirements are met, your last day of school will be January 15. Mid-year diplomas should be available for pickup in February.

Senior Photos
Our photographer has added an additional date for individual portrait sessions. Use this link to sign up for Wednesday, October 28, or Tuesday, November 10.

Announcements October 9, 2020

Spring Dual Enrollment
Registration for Spring classes at MTC will begin October 21. Any student who is interested in taking college classes should speak to Mr. Whatley before that date to discuss placement testing and the application process. Continuing students should also speak to Mr. Whatley about course selection. 

Friday Attendance
Please be reminded that Fridays ARE school days. We have Personalized Learning Time (PLT) each Friday from 11:00 to 2:00. If students have any unexcused absences or missing assignments, they are expected to attend and will be marked absent if they do not. This is an opportunity to get personalized help from teachers as well as recover time. Parents, if you have any questions about PLT, please contact Mrs. Lee.

WIN Testing Friday, October 30
As a public school, our students are required to participate in certain state assessments. All students in their fourth year of high school must take the WIN Assessment on Friday, October 30. This includes Cohort A, Cohort B, everyday students, and our fully-virtual students. Please arrive by 9:00. We will serve a light breakfast and will begin testing promptly at 9:30. Any questions regarding state testing should be sent to Mrs. Lee

Parent Contacts Today
Today was an “unofficial” parent-teacher conference day, and our staff made attempts to contact home for each student. Please check your voicemail or email for our messages. If you did not receive a contact, please contact Mrs. Girolamo. Thank you!

Announcements October 2, 2020

January Graduation Application
Any senior who is planning to graduate this January should complete and submit this Early Graduation Application. If all requirements are met, your last day of school will be January 15. Mid-year diplomas should be available for pickup in February.

COVID-19 & Learning Models
As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, you may hear about other schools and districts making changes to their learning models to transition students back to five days a week. In order to provide our students with consistency, MMC has planned to keep our current learning models through the end of the first semester in January. As we get closer to that date, a decision will be made about learning models for the spring semester. All students will have the opportunity to choose the same or a different learning model from the options available at that time. 

PSAT Registration
Attention 11th graders! We have just a few spaces remaining for the PSAT. Submit this form and $17 payment to register. Participation in the PSAT could qualify you for the National Merit Scholarship. Visit this website to learn more!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Attention seniors and parents/guardians of seniors! If you plan to attend college starting in the fall 2021 semester, the FAFSA has officially opened as of October 1st. The sooner you complete your FAFSA, the better! Completing your FAFSA helps with financial aid, scholarships, and grants. Please contact Mr. Whatley for more details. Don’t delay!

Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop
On Wednesday, October 21, the Be Pro Be Proud Mobile Workshop will be visiting our campus. This is an “A-Day” and all students present will have an opportunity to visit the workshop. Any student who normally attends only on “B-Days” but would like to participate in the workshop, we would love to have you! Please check in with Mr. Whatley to let him know you’re interested. Visit this website to learn more about this opportunity.

Senior Photos
Reminder: Be sure to sign up for your free portrait session on October 6, 12, or 28.

Announcements September 25, 2020

Charter Choice Survey
Many members of the General Assembly and the Governors’ office are interested as to why our families chose a charter school in the time of COVID-19 and before. At your convenience, please complete this brief parent survey so the data can be collected by our district and presented to our elected officials. The hope is this will help with funding and support for charter schools across South Carolina.

Testing Reminders
Please put these dates on your calendar! Testing may require students to attend on a day that isn’t a normal “in-person” day, and most of the tests start earlier than our usual 11:00 start time. Not all students will take all of these tests. If you are not sure which tests you will take, please check with Mrs. Lee.

ASVAB: Wednesday (10/7) or Thursday (10/8) at 11:00 a.m. (Cohorts A and B only)
SAT – Wednesday (10/14) at 9:00 a.m. (Select 4th year students)
ACT – Tuesday (10/20) at 9:00 a.m. (Select 4th year students)
PSAT – Thursday (10/29) at 9:00 a.m. (By registration only. Registration is due October 1!)
WIN – Friday (10/30) at 9:00 a.m. (ALL 4th year students)

VirtualSC Withdrawal Deadline
The last date to withdraw from a VirtualSC course, without it affecting your GPA, is Tuesday, September 29. Please speak with one of our counselors or administrators if you are considering dropping a course so that we can assist with that decision.

Tuesday, September 29 is also the deadline for fully-virtual students to switch to our hybrid learning model. 

Be100 Challenge
The first drawings for the Be100 Challenge will be next Tuesday (B-day) and Wednesday (A-day). You still have time to earn tickets!

Our new challenge for the month of October will focus on attendance. Students can earn one ticket each week that they have perfect attendance. We will continue to award tickets for participating in Well-Dressed Wednesday and Thread-Up Thursday, and for any other evidence of “Be 100”.

Previous Announcements
Did you know? All announcements are posted to our website:  Midlands Middle College.com/news. If you are looking for a specific message or just want to make sure you haven’t missed anything, that is the best place to look!

Announcements September 18, 2020

Dual Enrollment Interest Meeting
Any student who is interested in taking college classes through MTC next semester should attend a meeting next Wednesday or Thursday at 10:30. See this flyer for details. If you are unable to attend, please contact Mr. Whatley to schedule a virtual meeting. Parents are also encouraged to participate!

PSAT
PSAT registration is now open. This test is recommended for high-achieving juniors who would like a chance to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship. Submit this form and $17 payment to register. Contact Mrs. Lee with any questions.
Registration deadline: Thursday, October 1
Test Administration: Thursday, October 29 @ 9:00 a.m.

Free Tutoring
Free tutoring is now available for SC students through SCDiscus.org with real time tutoring from 8am-10pm, Sunday-Saturday. This includes Live Homework Help, WriteTutor Center, Test Prep Center, and a SkillsCenter Resource Library. Tutors are available with no appointment needed!

Senior Photos
Seniors, it is already time to start planning for graduation! We have partnered with Pretty Pictures Photography to take your senior drape/tux and cap/gown photos. Use this form to sign up for your personal portrait session on October 6, 12, or 28.

Announcements September 11, 2020

School Counseling Website
Our new counseling website is live! Be sure to check this out for information on all the services of our counseling department: college and career preparation, dual-enrollment, financial aid and scholarships, and much more! Visit the site here: https://mmcschoolcounseling.weebly.com

Be100 Challenge
Our school motto is “Be 100” which encourages students to strive to do their very best. Next week will begin our first Be 100 Challenge. Students may earn tickets for completing activities, and at the end of the month we will hold a LIVE prize drawing. This month’s prizes include an extended lunch period, with food provided by the school, and several other goodies. You may win more than one prize! This month’s activities are:

Well-Dressed Wednesday & Thread-Up Thursday:  Each Wednesday or Thursday, come to school dressed like you are interviewing for your dream job. Ms. Graham is the judge of whether you are dressed “up”. See her in the office to collect your ticket. We have an inventory of career-ready wear available – see Mr. Whatley or Ms. Epps if you are interested.

One Week of 100% On-Time Assignments: You can potentially earn a ticket for this EVERY week for EVERY class. See your teachers on Monday or Tuesday to collect your ticket from the previous week.

Staff Choice: Any staff member can award a student an extra ticket if they are seen exhibiting the spirit of “Be 100”. So do your very best and see what happens!

Hold on to your tickets. This month’s drawings will be held on September 29 (A-Day) and September 30 (B-Day). You must be present to win, and you must have a matching ticket. Good luck!

Announcements September 4, 2020

We have reached the end of our second week and everyone seems to be settling in nicely to the new routine. Below are your announcements for this week:

“Virtual” Attendance
For students in our hybrid model, please understand that attendance on an E-Learning day is determined by completion of assigned lessons that day. Students who fail to submit assignments by the deadline established by the classroom teacher will be marked absent. If you have any questions about your attendance, please speak first with your classroom teacher and then with Mrs. Lee.

Assessment Schedule
See this link for our 2020-2021 Assessment Schedule, and mark these dates on your calendar. It is crucial for students to be present on these important dates!

School ID Photos
If you did not have your picture taken at Open House/Orientation, or if you would like to have your picture retaken, you will have that opportunity at 11:00 on Wednesday, September 9 or Thursday, September 10. These photos will be used to create MMC student IDs. Although we do not require our students to wear their IDs, they can be beneficial as a form of identification, obtaining access to student-only events, etc. 

COVID-19 Cases
MMC is working closely with DHEC to identify and report any positive cases within our school community. At this time, we have had ONE positive case. The student contracted the virus and tested positive prior to the start of school and had not set foot on our campus, so there were no close contacts identified. If we do have a case of someone who has been on campus and has tested positive, we will again work with DHEC to identify any close contacts, who will be notified right away and advised to begin quarantine. 
Remember, all students and staff should be monitoring themselves daily for any possible symptoms and should NOT come to school if sick. Notify the school right away if you test positive, are experiencing symptoms, or have a confirmed exposure to someone who tested positive.

Internet Hotspots
We still have a number of FREE or reduced-cost hotspots available. If you do not have reliable internet access at home, please contact Mrs. Girolamo as soon as possible to secure one of these devices.

Labor Day Holiday
Please note that Monday, September 7 is a school holiday – there will be no in-person classes or E-Learning assignments that day.

Announcements August 30, 2020

We have wrapped up a successful first week of the 2020-2021 school year, and I believe the transition to our new Hybrid and Virtual Learning Models went quite smoothly. It is a pleasure seeing students and teachers back in action, finally! Below are your announcements for this week:

Hotspots/Chromebooks
We have a limited number of FREE and/or reduced-cost hotspots available through a statewide contract with Verizon. If you do not have reliable internet access at home, please contact Mrs. Girolamo as soon as possible to secure one of these hotspots. They are limited, so act quickly!

We also have a number of chromebooks available. For our on-campus students, remember the one issued to you by your Advisor is to be picked up each morning and returned at the end of the school day, NOT to be taken home. If you need a device to use at home, see Mrs. Graham or Mrs. Girolamo in the main office.

VirtualSC Courses
Registration has begun for VirtualSC courses and will continue through September 9. Any student wanting to take a virtual course should sign up as soon as possible. Classes do fill up quickly! See Ms. Epps if you need help with registration.

PLT/Attendance
Each Friday from 11:00 to 2:00, students have the opportunity to attend Personalized Learning Time (PLT) to work one-on-one with teachers and to make up both time and missed assignments. Any student with an unexcused absence, tardy, or overdue assignment is expected to attend PLT and will be marked absent if they do not. Contact Mrs. Lee with any questions about attendance or PLT.

College Visits
MMC is all about preparing our students for their educational future. If you are interested in either an in-person or virtual college visit, please speak with one of our counselors to help coordinate that opportunity. Both juniors and seniors are encouraged to participate. Please reach out to Mr. Whatley or Ms. Epps

ACT/SAT Testing
Any 4th-year high school student who did not take the free ACT or SAT last year will have the opportunity to take it for free this fall. Most of you indicated your selection at Open House/Orientation. If you did not tell us which test you’d like to take, please reach out to Mrs. Lee to let her know. The ACT will be held on September 22, and the SAT will be October 14. 

3rd-year high school students will take these tests in the Spring (ACT February 23, SAT April 27).

Labor Day Holiday
Please note that Monday, September 7 is a school holiday – there will be no in-person classes or E-Learning assignments that day.

Announcements August 21, 2020

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are thrilled to finally be back on campus and ready to welcome students next week. 

School starts Monday for EVERYONE!
If you are in Hybrid Cohort A or Fully In-Person, we will see you at school Monday morning. Please arrive early to find a parking spot and get to your class on time. Our staff will be in the hallways ready to assist you if you have any questions.

If you are in Hybrid Cohort B, you will have E-Learning assignments to complete on Monday. Please check your email and Google Classroom. Let us know if you are not able to login.

If you are a Fully Virtual student, be sure you have connected to Mrs. Goldin’s Google Classroom and signed up for your weekly check-in. If you missed Orientation last week, we have scheduled a makeup session for Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00pm. Please be there!

New Students: If you have not received your schedule, then we are waiting on records from your previous school. Please be on the lookout for an email containing instructions for the first day of school.

Pre-Orientation Videos
Here is another chance to learn what this school year will look like. This will be explained in more detail during the first week of school.
Pre-Orientation: Fully Virtual Learning Model
Pre-Orientation: Hybrid Learning Model
Pre-Orientation: Fully In-Person Learning Model

Testing Forms
Most of our students are eligible to take either the SAT or the ACT for free this year. Eligibility is based on how many years you have been in high school. Please choose the letter that applies to you, and return this to the school. If you came to Open House/Orientation, you may have already done this.
3rd Year Students: ACT/SAT Letter4th Year Students: ACT/SAT Letter

PowerSchool
Parents, communication with you will be more important this year than it ever has been. We strongly urge you to access your PowerSchool account and install the app on your phone so you receive instant updates regarding your child’s attendance and grades. Please contact us if you need your login information or have any questions.

Chromebooks & Internet Access
Students will pick up their chromebook from their Advisor each morning and return it to their Advisor at the end of the day. These devices should NOT be taken home. If you do not have a device to access E-Learning at home, please talk to Mrs. G about getting a second chromebook for home use.

Students who wish to bring their own devices to school may do so, and we will help them connect to the internet here.

If you do not have reliable internet access at home, please talk to Mrs. G about assistance with obtaining this access. We will have help available!

Parking
Midlands Tech students also start class next week, so our students will likely not be able to find a space in the lot right behind our building. There is plenty of parking in the Granby lot as well as parallel parking along Kentucky Avenue. All students must have a parking decal – see Mr. Whatley to get yours!

Pictures/Student IDs
If you did not have your picture taken at Open House/Orientation, please let us know during the first week of school. These photos will be used to create your MMC Student ID.

Dual Enrollment
Fall has barely started and we are already making plans for dual-enrollment courses in the Spring. If you are interested in taking college classes next semester, please talk to Mr. Whatley about taking the Accuplacer placement test in September. Be on the lookout for more details, including paperwork and enrollment deadlines, which will be coming soon!