2020-2021 School Year Update MCHS Parents, Students and Staff, First and foremost, we hope all of you are safe and well. We are all united and care deeply for the well-being of our students and staff. As positive COVID-19 cases continue to rise daily, our students, staff and their families’ safety is our number one priority. As we explore every option for the best route to return to school, we all must acknowledge the uncertainty and unpredictability of next school year due to the pandemic. As we plan for the 2020-2021 school year there is much to examine, plan for and safeguard. Scheduling for the 2020-2021 school year poses unique challenges that have never before been faced in our schools. Schools are faced with the task of building schedules that are aligned to best practice and research on student learning while also adhering to the new health and safety protocols implemented due to COVID-19. This task is further complicated by the impossibility of projecting with certainty the health conditions in August 2020 as well as the possibility of a resurgence of the virus in the fall. As we move into the 2020–2021 school year, schools will continue to face extraordinary, new challenges that will require unprecedented levels of cooperation and coordination among students, families, staff, and school communities. Our district personnel, administrators, teachers, and staff are working together diligently to provide all students with a safe and equitable learning environment for the 2020-2021 school year. In order to best guide school and district decision making, the SCDE in collaboration with DHEC have provided recommendations for safely re-opening schools along with clear criteria for determining the rate of spread of COVID-19 in our surrounding community. This information was provided on June 22 meaning that schools and districts now have the information needed to plan for a safe return to school. As we make decisions please know that all our focus, and every single one of our priorities, are directed toward protecting the health, safety and wellness of students and staff while giving students the best possible learning experience that is as close to normal as health and safety will allow. While much has changed our commitment to engaging students at all levels in educational experiences that ensure success and life-long learning will not. MCHS has always been more than a school. We are a family and we are MC strong. We are all in this together and together we will overcome any and all obstacles. As such, Mid-Carolina High School welcomes feedback and will provide timely updates to keep our MC Family informed as updated information becomes available. Please stay connected to us by: Checking our Facebook and school website. We will continuously keep you updated as new information is released. Providing feedback to the district: A Re-Opening survey for staff and families will be released by our school district. Survey responses will provide important information that will help guide decisions being made. School Re-Opening Staff Survey Link: https://bit.ly/2020EmpSur School Re-Opening Family Survey Link: https://bit.ly/2020FamSurv School and District Re-Opening Task Force: In addition to sharing information, we want to provide opportunities for the community to share feedback. Mid-Carolina High School is in the process of establishing a Re-Opening Task Force that will assist in developing plans for re-opening school. Link to NCSD recorded school board meetings AccelerateED Task Force Final Guidance and Recommendations 2020-2021 School Year RECENT DISEASE ACTIVITY BY COUNTY (as of 6.21.20) FOR SC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Updates regarding summer programs, re-opening and athletics will continuously be released by the school and the district as information is made available to us. If you have any questions, or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact me personally at 803-364-2134 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Your input is valued and myself and my staff are available to answer any questions. Sincerely, Ray Cooper Principal, MCHS
From the District: Due to the rise in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Carolina and Newberry County, we have decided to postpone the start of fall sports summer workouts until further notice. Please know that this decision was made in an effort to protect the health and well-being of our student athletes, coaches, and staff. We will closely monitor this situation and stay in contact with DHEC as we move forward. We look forward to getting back to practice and play as conditions permit.
MCHS 2019-2020 Yearbook Distribution June 16th The 2019-2020 MCHS Yearbook distribution will take place on Tuesday, June 16th from 9 am to 11 am in the front of the school. If you have purchased a yearbook, you are asked to drive-through the main office parking area and remain in your car. One of our staff will bring the yearbook to you.
GRADUATION THURSDAY, JUNE 4TH! CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE INFO: https://www.mid-carolinahighschool.org/article/253401?org=mchs
Graduation News: At last night’s School Board meeting the final NCSD graduation plan was announced. The Mid-Carolina High School Graduation Ceremony will be held on June 4 at 9:00 AM. The graduation ceremony will be an in-person social distancing ceremony held outside, and will take place in Lon Armstrong Stadium with a limit of two tickets per graduate. All graduates and ticket holders will be socially distanced in the stadium. Graduation will be video-taped and a commemorative copy will be presented to each graduate. The rain out make-up date will be June 5 at 9:00 AM.
3rd Learning Packet link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bxa8gKrcZTJ_lgi7holGKl8wcBgo9HCo/view?usp=sharing
Seniors: please read the following about dropping off your work on April 29 & 30: https://www.mid-carolinahighschool.org/article/238096?org=mchs
All Newberry County School District schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year, per the governor’s announcement. Additional information regarding instructional packets, graduation, textbook returns, etc. will be provided at a later date. We thank all of our students and parents for their cooperation during this time. We also want to thank all of our teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, administrators, and all other staff members for the work they are doing while our students are not in school. We miss you all and look forward to when we can get together again.
Jostens will do a drive-through order pick-up on April 15 UPDATE FROM JOSTENS: Senior Supply Delivery Date has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020. REMINDER: Balances must be paid in full before seniors can receive their supplies. Parents may pay online at www.rhodesgraduation.com and only need their invoice number and student name, school, etc. If you have questions concerning your balance or have not yet placed your order please contact Rhodes Graduation Services (Jostens) at (803) 485-4503. You may also contact them at email@example.com. Delivery event details and the pickup schedule: Wednesday, April 15 at 10:00-1:00; using a pickup appointment schedule. 10:00-11:00 Last Names A-H 11:00-12:00 Last Names I-P 12:00-1:00 Last Names Q-Z For the safety of all involved and to keep this event as efficient as possible, please follow the steps below: All orders must be paid in full prior to the delivery day. If you have a balance, please pay online at www.RhodesGraduation.com. Follow the designated signs when you arrive at your school. Stay in your vehicle and provide the delivery team your student name along with ID. Once you receive your graduation items, you will also receive an information card with how to contact our team for additional questions or concerns. Rhodes Graduation Services and Jostens is proud to be a part of your senior year! We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 virus and will be ready to work with your school for your big event. Congratulations on this huge milestone!
Packet Pick-Up for the second set of lessons will be on March 30 and 31. Click here for the details: https://www.mid-carolinahighschool.org/article/221060?org=mchs
Important information for AP-Advanced Placement Course students: https://www.mid-carolinahighschool.org/article/218291?org=mchs
Please read about the NEW meal service schedule in our news feed: https://www.mid-carolinahighschool.org/article/216691?org=mchs
Online Links for Teachers' Lessons for March 16-27, 2020: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HGEfgP2MXUu1QxZQYrU426VxFPmDcmK8nBUjOVBxukM/edit?usp=sharing
A message from Piedmont Tech: Good Morning Everyone – As you all know, PTC will be transitioning to all online course delivery by Wednesday, March 18th. As a result, our leadership team met this morning to discuss next steps. Please note, the Office of Dual Enrollment plans to provide an update by close of business today. However, for now, please refer to the information listed below and www.ptc.edu/covid-19-information for full details. Thanks in advance! Kris Burris
From the School District of Newberry County's District Office: Assignment pick-ups will be available at MCHS on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18 between 8:00am – 4:00 pm. If the times available do not work for you to pick up assignments, please contact your child’s school. Each school will be posting a link requesting information from parents regarding Internet access. Please complete the survey posted on the school website and social media account to give us important information regarding your Internet access. Here is a link to that survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wka9PtvNnADyP_02jReTH3AzeDoHr2u2RekN3QWwS3w/viewform?ts=5e6f9c82&edit_requested=true If you are experiencing any symptoms of the virus, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please do not come to the school to pick up assignment packets. Please call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. We will be sending out additional information regarding breakfast and lunch as soon as available.
With the Governor’s proclamation for closing schools, the School District of Newberry County will not have school through March 31. Students and families are asked to continue to practice good hygiene by washing hands and also maintain social distancing by staying six feet away from others. We will be sending out information about meals being provided to students, including locations to pick up breakfast and lunch in the near future. We will also provide information regarding student assignments to be completed during the closing. Additional details will follow soon.
Fall & Winter Athletic Banquet scheduled for Monday, March 16th, POSTPONED Due to uncertainty of the current situation, the Fall & Winter Athletic banquet will be combined with the Spring Sports banquet in May. All money for the Shealy’s BBQ dinner will be refunded by the Booster Club as soon as possible. Please pay attention next week to the Mid-Carolina athletic web-site and Booster Club Facebook page for information regarding refunding money. We apologize for any inconvenience due to uncertain circumstances
Our district continues to monitor the emerging novel coronavirus outbreak. We will work closely with our contacts at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to stay informed of any developments of confirmed cases in the US and implement any recommendations or guidelines from the CDC or SC DHEC as they are determined. While this virus has not affected our area at present, DHEC and CDC have great resources available for parents and community members to learn about the virus, symptoms, preventative measures and current confirmed cases. As always, we encourage everyone to practice proper handwashing, cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and stay home if ill. It is all of us working together that will help decrease the spread of germs. To say up to date on this ever changing situation, go to: https://scdhec.gov/COVID19 Nuestro distrito continúa monitoreando el emergente brote de coronavirus. Trabajaremos en estrecha colaboración con nuestros contactos en el Departamento de Salud y Control Ambiental de Carolina del Sur (SC DHEC) para mantenernos informados de cualquier evolución de los casos confirmados en los Estados Unidos e implementar cualquier recomendación o de guía estrategias del CDC oSC DHEC según se determinen. Si bien este virus no ha afectado a nuestra área en la actualidad, DHEC y CDC tienen grandes recursos disponibles para que los padres y miembros de la comunidad aprendan sobre el virus, los síntomas, las medidas preventivas y los casos confirmados actuales. Como siempre, animamos a todos a practicar el lavado adecuado de manos, cubrir la boca y la nariz al toser o estornudar y quedarse en casa si está enfermo. Todos trabajamos juntos y ayudaremos a disminuir la propagación de gérmenes. Para estar al día sobre esta situación siempre cambiante, vaya a: https://scdhec.gov/COVID19
March 12- Lander University in the library and Lincoln Tech in the cafeteria during the lunch hour- interested prospective students, please note!
Tonight: Revision (3/9) Baseball Playing Whitmire Tonight/Not Strom Thurmond- MCHS C-Team Baseball & Varsity Baseball vs. Whitmire
IMPORTANT ACT INFORMATION! On Tuesday, March 10 all 3rd Year Students at MCHS will take the ACT, unless he or she has chosen to take the SAT later in March. This school day test administration is of no cost. The test will be administered during the school day on Tuesday, March 10th. Testing will begin promptly at 8:00 AM. Please make sure your child gets adequate sleep, has a good breakfast, and arrives promptly on testing day to ensure a successful testing experience. If your child normally reports to the Newberry County Career Center or Piedmont Tech on March 10, he or she will report to the high school for testing on that day instead. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact your child’s counselor at 803-364-2134. Thank You.
Fall/Winter Athletic Banquet- Will be held on Monday, March 16th in the gym at 6:00PM. Click here to see the invitation/reservation sheet for Shealy's BBQ: https://5il.co/d7gi
Important Message Thursday, February 20th & Friday, February 21st (2 hour delay schedule) Due to the threat of winter weather and hazardous road conditions, all after school activities for the Newberry County School District have been canceled for Thursday, February 20th. Canceled activities include all athletic games and practices, Boys and Girls Club after school care, meetings, programs, adult education classes, and all other activities and events. The District will also operate on a two-hour delayed schedule for Friday, February 21st. Buses will run two hours later than their regular route time with schools and offices beginning two hours later than usual. Tomorrow buses will arrive at MCHS around 9:35 AM. Students will report directly to their lockers and then report directly to their 3A class since we will not be serving breakfast due to the delayed start. Classes will begin at 9:55 AM. Morning Career Center students will report to the bus loop at 9:45 AM.We will be on regular schedule for the remainder of the day.
Admissions counselor from USC Columbia will be with us both lunches tomorrow Feb 21st From 11am-12noon Table in front of the media center Please make him feel welcome!
ACCUPLACER testing will be March 23! Monday, March 23- 8:15am @ MCHS Media Center- Current 10th and 11th grade students who plan to take PTC dual enrollment or middle college courses for FALL 2020. This is the LAST ACCUPLACER test that will be offered on campus at MCHS this school year.
PALMETTO GIRLS STATE! It's time to apply for Palmetto Girl's State. Any Junior (11th grade) high school girl that would like to apply to attend the Palmetto Girls State this summer on the Campus of Presbyterian College needs to see Ms. McAllister in Guidance to pick up an application packet. Palmetto Girls State is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary Department of South Carolina. The deadline to return packets to Ms. McAllister is Wednesday, March 18, 2020.
FAFSA Workshop, Wednesday, February 19 at 5:30- 12th grade students and their parents are invited to come to a FAFSA workshop in the MCHS Library's computer lab (room 703) to meet with a FAFSA representative who will help fill out the FAFSA application.