News from the Upper School

Week of April 8
Week of April 8
Week of April 8

Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and enjoyable break! Spring colors are popping everywhere. The above photos were taken by photo digital photography students Fort Johnson and Khloe Goudelock. 

Whether you explored faraway places, visited colleges, spent time with family and friends, or just relaxed at home, I hope the week away from school brought you peace and happiness and allowed you to recharge for a solid finish to the year!

We open our return with an amended schedule due to the eclipse. Here is a snapshot of the all-school information sent before the break:

Schedule Changes:

  • School Start Time: 10 am.
  • School Dismissal Time: 4:30 pm.
  • Early Care: Available at 7:30 am for families that need regular drop-off times.
  • Extended Day: Available until 6 pm as usual.
  • Athletics: All events and practices will be delayed until 5 pm or later. Lower and Middle School events are canceled, and varsity coaches will communicate schedule updates directly.

These adjustments are being made to ensure student safety during the peak of the solar eclipse. In Spartanburg, the window for the eclipse spans from approximately 1:50 to 4:30 pm, with maximum coverage (estimated at 82 percent) occurring at 3:09 pm. The later dismissal time allows for the eclipse to occur before students are dismissed. 

In Upper School, weather permitting, students will have the option to view the eclipse while supervised by faculty (and with approved safety glasses). Alternatively, they may remain inside and view the official livestream. Aside from the amended schedule, we will hold regular classes, and students will be responsible for content and assignments. Please get in touch with us directly if you do not want your student to view the eclipse for any reason.

As we dig into quarter four, our last weeks of school will pass incredibly quickly! Staying focused and motivated as we close the academic year will be the key to a successful finish. April and May bring unbelievably full calendars. The week ahead carries us into a stream of activity that leads to graduation on Friday, May 24. 

Monday's eclipse events kick off the flurry of activity, and things speed forward from there. On Tuesday, College Counseling will host a senior series event led by Scott Cochran. The talk will take place during the MidMac and lunch window (11:30 - 12:30). We are grateful for Scott's willingness to share his sage insights on college life and success. The League of Women's Voters will be on campus this Wednesday (11:30-12:00) to register eligible and interested voters, followed by Upper School Game Night from 6:30 - 8:00. On Thursday, the Spring Band Concert begins at 6:30 in the Stone gym. We will close the week with our time-honored Spirit of the Griffin Assembly at 1:00 pm in the Stone Gym. Please check the athletic calendar and college counseling corner for more info. A quick collection of dates is below.


Warmest wishes,


Monday, April 8, 2024 First day back after Spring Break    
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 Herff Jones - final payments & pick up caps/gowns 11:30 seminar room
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 League of Women Voters on campus 11:30 Taylor Courtyard
Thursday, April 11, 2024 Spring Band Concert Stone Gym 6:30 PM
Friday, April 12, 2024 Spirit of the Griffin Assembly Stone Gym 1:00 - 2:15 pm
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 Seniors & Faculty Luncheon   11:30 - 12:25
Friday, April 19, 2024 Clemson Calculus Challenge Clemson all day
Saturday, April 20, 2024 Practice AP Stats test at Clemson Clemson

8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Friday, April 26, 2024 Envirothon Team Competition Columbia all day
Friday, May 3, 2024 Junior Senior Breakfast Dining Commons 7:30-8:30
Friday, May 3, 2024 Senior Parade    
Monday, May 6, 2024 AP Exams start    
Monday, May 6, 2024 AP Government exam   8:00 am
Monday, May 6, 2024 AP Chemistry and AP Art History   12:00 pm
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 AP Human Geography and AP Micro   8:00 am
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 AP Seminar and AP Statistics   12:00 pm
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 AP English Literature   8:00 am
Thursday, May 9, 2024 AP Environmental Science   8:00 am
Friday, May 10, 2024 AP European History and AP US History   8:00 am
Monday, May 13, 2024 AP Calculus AB and BC   8:00 am
Monday, May 13, 2024 AP Pre-Calculus   12:00 am
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 AP English Language   8:00 am
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 AP French and AP World History   8:00 am
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 AP Computer Science   12:00 pm
Thursday, May 16, 2024 AP Spanish   8:00 am
Thursday, May 16, 2024 AP Biology   12:00 pm
Friday, May 17, 2024 AP Physics   8:00 am
Friday, May 17, 2024 AP Latin   12:00 pm

Monday, May 13, 2024 SDS Exams start    
Monday, May 13, 2024 A Block Exam   9:00 am
Monday, May 13, 2024 E block Exam   1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 B Block Exam   9:00 am
Tuesday, May 14, 2024 F Block Exam   1:00 pm
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 C Block Exam   9:00 am
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 G Block Exam   1:00 pm
Thursday, May 16, 2024 D Block Exam   9:00 am
Thursday, May 16, 2024 H Block Exam   1:00 pm
Thursday, May 16, 2024 US Field Night   5:30 - 8:00 pm
Friday, May 17, 2024 Make-up Exams/last day of school    
Tuesday, May 21, 2024 Band Awards Night Dent Gallery 5:30-7 pm
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 Prom - 10th - 12th grades only   7:00 pm
Thursday, May 23, 2024 Upper School Awards Night Mandatory - Juniors and Seniors in Stone Gym 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Friday, May 24, 2024 Graduation Senior Courtyard 9:00 am
Wednesday, August 14, 2024 First day of '24-'25 school year early dismissal  

College Counseling Corner

Week of May 13

Attention Juniors - who are almost SENIORS!

Please remember that we have two opportunities for you to attend College Boot Camp. They will be the same, so you do not have to attend both. Please email us and let us know which one you plan to attend.

Session 1: May 29th - 31st from 9 AM until 12 PM in the Parents' Community Seminar Room

Session 2: August 12th - 13th from 9 AM until 12 PM in the Parents' Community Seminar Room




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