Calendar

2014-2015 School Year Calendar
2014-2015 Special Events
Summer Activities

2014-2015 School Year Calendar

University School will largely follow the calendar of the Charleston County School District. The following is a list of key dates for the academic year (click here for a printable version):

8/11 (Mon) - 8/13 (Wed).......Faculty In-Service (No Students)
8/14 (Th).......................Opening Day
8/25 (Mon).....................(Tentative) Back to School Night Open House at 6 PM
9/1 (Mon)......................Labor Day Holiday - School Closed
10/8 (Wed).....................Scheduled day for Parent/Teacher conferences
...................................Can arrange these at any point during the year
10/15 (Wed)...................7th-11th Grade PSAT
10/17 (Fri)......................End of First Quarter
10/24 (Fri)......................Faculty In-Service (No Students)
11/26 (Wed) – 11/28 (Fri)...Thanksgiving – School Closed
12/6 (Sat).......................7th Grade Duke TIP SAT Date - Option #1
12/19 (Fr)......................End of Second Quarter & First Semester
12/22 (Mon) – 1/2 (Fri).........Winter Break
1/5 (Mon).......................School resumes
1/15 (Th)........................Faculty In-Service (No Students)
1/16 (Fri).......................School Closed
1/19 (Mon).....................MLK, Jr. Day – School Closed
1/24 (Sat)......................7th Grade Duke TIP SAT Date - Option #2
1/28 (Wed).....................Scheduled day for Parent/Teacher conferences
...................................Can arrange these at any point during the year
2/16 (Mon).....................Presidents’ Day – School Closed
3/4-3/31........................Stanford Achievement Tests
3/13 (Fri)........................End of Third Quarter
3/27 (Fri)........................Faculty In-Service (No Students)
3/30 (Mon) – 4/3 (Fri)........Spring Break
5/22 (Fri)........................Last Day for Students
5/25 (Mon).......................Memorial Day – School Closed
5/26 (Tues) – 5/28 (Th).........Faculty In-Service (No Students)

2014-2015 Special Events

August 12 (Tues.)... USL faculty and interested parents will take Darkness to Light sexual abuse awareness training at 9:30 AM.

August 25 (Mon.)... Open House for Parents at 6 PM in the gym.

September 13 (Sat.)– All USL Community Event - the Horan family, including Matthew (6th) and Allison (10th), invite all past and present members of the University School community to a bonfire at the beach at 6 PM. Location - Station 25, Sullivans Island, SC 29482  

September 18 (Thurs.)...From 5:45-7 PM, University School students, faculty, parents and mentors will enjoy a community potluck meal and each other’s company.  Mr. Kreutner will also give a picture presentation about the opening weeks of school and the learning and activities the students and the community have been involved in.

September 26 (Fri.)...Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

October 1 (Wed.)...At 4 PM, we will help the Hibben UMC community unload and arrange the pumpkins on the lawn facing Coleman Blvd. Afterwards enjoy a free pizza dinner!

October 2 (Th.)...University School will be represented at the High School Fair at Mason Prep School from 6:30-8:00 PM.

October 6 (Mon.)...University School will be represented at the First Grade Fair at TBD from 5:30-7:30 PM.

October 21 (Tues.)...USL's High School Night.  8th graders and their parents are welcome to learn more about USL's Upper School and gain information about other options.  This meeting is from 6:30-7:30 PM.

October 14 (Tues.)....HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host Science of Sound for a performance of at 10 AM in the gym. Experience sound as you've never seen, felt, or heard it before. Use your voice to create a giant laser show. Run a resonance relay race. Rock out to odd instruments and sounds from students. Explore what makes music...musical! It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.

October 18 (Sat.)... The USL community will assist Hibben UMC with their annual Fall Festival from 10 AM - 2 PM.

October 19 (Sun.)... The USL community will have a game booth, assist with the CARTA info booth, and help with clean-up at the Mount Pleasant Children's Festival at Park West Recreational Complex (12 PM-5 PM)

October 30 (Tues.)...University School will have representatives at the Eighth Grade Fair from 6:00-8:00 PM at Moultrie Middle School. You are welcome to come and learn more about our High School.

October 28 (Tues.) – HOSTED LECTURE - University School will host Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer John H. Bracey Jr. Professor Bracey has taught in the W. E. B. Du Bois Afro-American Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1972. He is coeditor of Afro-American Women and the Vote 1837-1965 (1997); Strangers and Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks and Jews in the United States (1999); and African American Mosaic (2004). He also was coeditor of the microfilm edition of the Papers of the NAACP. The lecture is entitled "Strangers and Neighbors: Blacks and Jews in American History," and it will last about an hour. It begins at 10 AM and is free and open to the public.

November 4 (Tues.)....University School will conduct its annual exit polling exercise on Election Day at precincts across the Lowcountry. This cycle is statewide and Congressional elections, and parents, alumni and the USL community are welcome to take part in this activity during the school day.

November 6 (Thurs.) - HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats for a performance at 10 AM in the gym. Presenting feats of extreme balance, contortion, and athletic skill, these teenage acrobats travel the world thrilling audiences and representing Chinese culture. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.

November 14 (Fri.)... University School students, faculty, alumni, and parents will take part in National Day of Caring service projects through the Trident United Way in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

November 14 (Fri.) ...Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

November 18 (Tues.).....USL community gathering for the James Island County Park's Holiday Festival of Lights

December 11 (Thurs.) ...Open House for prospective and interested families at 6 PM. Meet teachers, students, and parents and learn more about University School.

December TBD ( ).....MS students will bring food dishes for a USL community lunch celebrating another culture

December 19 (Fr.)...University School students, faculty, parents and mentors will enjoy a pizza dinner and each other’s company from 6:00-7:30 PM in the gym.  Mr. Kreutner will also give a picture presentation about the first semester and the learning and activities the students and the community have been involved in. We also ask that each student bring a few durable food items that we will donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank. This is an annual tradition to support the Food Bank.

Nov.-Jan. TBD (Sat.).....USL Board Retreat

January TBD (Sat.) ...Optional Family LOTC to the Charleston Chinese Association's Chinese New Year Celebration.

February TBD .....Intermediate School Family Day in the morning. IS students will share what they have learned this year with members of their family in this morning event.

February 7, (Sat.) - University School will hold its Annual Auction at 6:30 PM at Hobcaw Yacht Club. All members and supporters of the USL community are invited to join us for this event.

February 13 (Fri.)....University School will enjoy the annual LOTC to the Southeastern Wildlife Expo and other attractions downtown. Parents, alumni and the USL community are welcome to take part in this activity during the school day.

February 26 (Thurs.)– HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host One World Taiko for a performance of at 10 AM in the gym. Taiko means "drum" in Japanese and One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble that captivates audiences of all ages with their heart pounding beats, dynamic movement and rhythmic grooves. One World Taiko's music is drawn from Japan's tradition of lively festival drumming along with their own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography, adding their energetic spirit to the ancient art of taiko. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.

February TBD (Fri.)...Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

March TBD (Mon.) ...Open House for prospective and interested families at 6 PM. Meet teachers, students, and parents and learn more about University School.

March TBD (Fri.) ...Community Potluck Dinner and All-School Talent Show (5:45 in the gym)

April TBD (Fri.)...Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

April 28 (Tues.) – HOSTED LECTURE - University School will host Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer Charles L. Cohen. Dr. Cohen is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions and the director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Winner of the Society of American Historians' Allan Nevins Prize as well as several distinguished teaching awards, he works on early American history, American religious history, and the braided history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He is a coeditor, with Paul S. Boyer, of Religion and the Culture of Print in Modern America (2008); with Leonard V. Caplan, of Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State (2010); and, with Ronald Numbers, of Gods in America: Religious Pluralism in the United States (2013). The lecture is entitled "Jews and Muslims in Christian America " and it will last about an hour. It begins at 10 AM and is free and open to the public.

May 14 (Thurs.)...Eighth Grade Graduation Lunch - eighth graders will cook and serve lunch for their families, USL faculty, and the Middle School in appreciation for their support and their experience at University School. Seventh graders will serve as apprentices, and the event will conclude with speeches delivered by the eighth graders in which they thank their families, teachers, and friends

May TBD (Fri.)...Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

2014 Summer Activities

USL hosts several activities in the summer to allow incoming students and interested families to spend time with members of the USL community (fellow students, faculty, teen and young adult mentors). Please be sure to RSVP to Judy Hubbard (jhubbard@uslowcountry.org) by email at least two days before the activity you plan to attend.

Thursday, June 12 - LOTC Experience for Incoming USL Students
Redux Contemporary Art Center and Santi's Restaurant
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: $5 for lunch
Depart from University School’s gym
Please RSVP by Tuesday, June 10

Friday, June 20 - Indoor Games to Stay Cool!
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: no charge
University School’s gym
Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 18

Tuesday, July 8 - Printmaking Class at Artists' Loft School in Mt. Pleasant
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Cost: $20 (10 students max, 2 mentors at no charge)
1125 Bowman Road
Mount Pleasant 29464 - #637-4229
Please RSVP by Monday, July 7

Thursday, July 17 - Bowling!
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $10
Sparians Bowling Alley
613 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.
Mount Pleasant 29464 - #884-7735
Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 16

Friday, July 25 - Indoor Games to Stay Cool!
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: no charge
University School’s gym
Please RSVP by Thursday, July 24

Sunday, August 3 - Charleston RiverDogs - kids eat free, free parking
5:05 PM
Cost: $7 admission cost, but kids eat free - sign up at www.tinyurl.com/uslc14
Joe Riley Stadium, Charleston
Please RSVP by Thursday, July 31

Thursday, August 7 - Painting Pottery at USL
10 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $5
University School’s gym (this is in place of Kiln' Time which has closed)
Please RSVP by Tuesday, August 5