News from the Upper School

Week of March 11
Week of March 11
Week of March 11

Today closes week one of quarter four. Report cards will be visible in FACTS by 5:00 today. Students and parents are welcome to contact the appropriate teacher(s) for feedback or to ask performance-related questions. 

Upper School students in grades 9-11 will soon begin the course selection process. Once we start the process, students will receive information about the available courses for the 2024-2025 school year. Through conversations with advisors, teachers, and family, students should consider courses of interest. It is a healthy exercise for students to list their potential courses and commitments outside of class (i.e. athletics, clubs, spiritual life, personal wellness, social obligations, etc.). Considering individual courses in a vacuum is less productive than a more holistic approach. Many students could succeed in a single AP course; however, a collection of classes (and activities) tends to create a more challenging scenario. Balancing rigor with passion and interest is important for overall well-being. College Counselors are the perfect go-to for guidance in this area and are eager to help your students make informed, healthy decisions throughout the process. Students will obtain signatures from the appropriate teachers and parents before entering potential courses into RenWeb. We will keep you informed as we navigate this process.

Below, (1)Middle and Upper School students participated in the Jazz Festival at Newberry College last weekend. As always, they delivered stellar performances and walked away with notable recognition. (2) Katherine Bauer donned her space suit to deliver the Space Camp Special Studies presentation in assembly. 

Lastly, the week ahead brings several spring athletic events, an early dismissal on Thursday, and Lower and Middle School conferences on Friday. Please note that while LS and MS students do not have class on Friday, Upper School is in session, and classes will proceed as normal. Monday is an E day. The schedule for Thursday (an A day) is below.

Enjoy the weekend!


Important Dates:

Sunday, March 3 SAT Prep with Dr Duncan Seminar Room 1:00 - 3:00
Thursday, March 14 Early Dismissal 12:05  
Friday, March 15 Upper School in session (LS/MS Conf Day)    
Thursday, March 21 Upper School Play 6:00 PM Dent Gallery
Friday, March 22 Upper School Play 6:00 PM Dent Gallery
Friday, March 29 Good Friday - school holiday    
Monday, April 1 Start of Spring Break    
Monday, April 8 Return from Spring Break    
Wednesday, April 10 Herff Jones - final payments & pick up caps/gowns 11:30 seminar room
Wednesday, April 10 League of Women Voters on campus 11:30 Wallace Taylor Courtyard
Thursday, April 11 Spring Band Concert Stone Gym 6:30 PM
Friday, April 12 Spirit of the Griffin Assembly Stone Gym 1:00 - 2:15
Wednesday, April 17 Seniors & Faculty Luncheon   11:30 - 12:25
Friday, April 19 Clemson Calculus Challenge Clemson all-day
Saturday, April 20 Practice AP Stats test at Clemson Clemson

8:00 - 2:30

Friday, April 26 Envirothon Team Competition Columbia all-day
Friday, May 3 Junior Senior Breakfast Dining Commons 7:30-8:30
Friday, May 3 Senior Parade    
Monday, May 6 AP Exams start    
Monday, May 6 AP Government exam   8:00 AM
Monday, May 6 AP Chemistry and AP Art History   12:00 PM
Tuesday, May 7 AP Human Geography and AP Micro   8:00 AM
Tuesday, May 7 AP Seminar and AP Statistics   12:00 PM
Wednesday, May 8 AP English Literature   8:00 AM
Thursday, May 9 AP Environmental Science   8:00 AM
Friday, May 10 AP European History and AP US History   8:00 AM
Monday, May 13 AP Calculus AB and BC   8:00 AM
Monday, May 13 AP Pre-Calculus   12:00 AM
Tuesday, May 14 AP English Language   8:00 AM
Wednesday, May 15 AP French and AP World History   8:00 AM
Wednesday, May 15 AP Computer Science   12:00 PM
Thursday, May 16 AP Spanish   8:00 AM
Thursday, May 16 AP Biology   12:00 PM
Friday, May 17 AP Physics   8:00 AM
Friday, May 17 AP Latin   12:00 PM
Monday, May 13 - Thursday, May 16 SDS Exams     
Thursday, May 16 US Field Night   5:30 - 8:00 PM
Friday, May 17 Make-up Exams/last day of school    
Tuesday, May 21 Band Awards Night Dent Gallery 5:30-7:00 PM
Wednesday, May 22 Prom - 10th - 12th grades only   7:00 PM
Thursday, May 23 Upper School Awards Night Mandatory - Juniors and Seniors in Stone Gym 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Friday, May 24 Graduation Senior Courtyard 9:00 AM
Wednesday, August 14 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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