Current Students (2013-2014 School Year)
“Learning Outside the Classroom” Experiences and Featured Speakers
Journals, LOTC experiences and archived Moodles from past years
Supplies & Parent/Guardian Forms
Courses (links to our online courses and webpages)
8/21, Wednesday – orientation for Learning Outside the Classroom. As preparation for our field experiences, Middle and Upper School students will begin Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training. Students will also bake cookies, deliver them, and clean up the kitchen. This will allow students to gain practice with the responsibility inherent to LOTCs and meet our neighbors around Coleman Blvd. At 9 AM, Post and Courier photojournalist Wade Spees will also conduct two sessions with some students to help impart advice about the composition of pictures in terms of art and journalism. Students carry reporter's notebooks on our LOTC experiences, and documenting experiences with pictures is also an important skill. Student-made questionnaire - due on Tuesday, August 20.
8/23, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
8/26, Monday – Back to School Open House in the gym (6:00 PM)
8/28, Wednesday – LOTC - As part of preparation for our off-campus experiences, Mount Pleasant Police Department personnel will offer a personal safety course to the entire student body. IS students will work with Mrs. Koches on organization and have a core skills experience. MS/US students and faculty will continue Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training.
University School has been awarded Darkness to Light's Partner in Prevention distinction every year since 2011. We were part of the inaugural class for this, and it honors our commitment to the prevention of child sexual abuse and to helping children grow up healthy and whole. USL faculty is trained in Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children program every August, and all parent volunteers for overnight trips take the same program and have their backgrounds checked. The USL faculty has on-site training this week, and we also periodically offer the same training to the members of our community. We will have a class for parents and the USL community on Wednesday, August 28 from 9 - 11 AM. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate acknowledging the completion of the course. Please email Robin Mann if you are interested in joining this. There is no charge for it.
9/4, Wednesday – LOTC - In the AM, Middle and Upper School students will continue their Red Cross training, alternating with an L&L class linked to the water theme of this year's Science class. In the AM, IS students will explore 1-2 cemeteries in the Old Village, examining markers from the past and making rubbings from some of the stones. They'll have lunch and recess at Alhambra Hall before returning to USL. In the afternoon, students will review and practice fire and lockdown drill procedures
9/11, Wednesday – As part of National Assisted Living Week, University School students will join our friends at Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village to make Fall Wreaths for the residents' doors. The MS will also conclude their Red Cross training in the morning. Students new to the Day of Caring will head to Sweetgrass Village in the PM, and the rest of the students will take part in learning activities at USL.
9/13, Friday – University School students, faculty, and parents will take part in twelve National Day of Caring service projects through the Trident United Way in the Lowcountry: Angel Oak Elementary, Midland Park Primary School , Jane Edwards Elementary, Windwood Farm Home for Children, Carter-May Assisted Living Center, Chicora School of Communications , Septima P. Clark Academy , South Santee Senior and Community Center , DisAbility Resource Center , International Primate Protection League, Charleston Habitat for Humanity, and East Cooper Land Trust. *** Click here for the 2012 Day of Caring slideshow.
9/18, Wednesday - (A) LOTC - we will travel to Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner. From 9:00-12:00, students will rotate among three distinct programs, including paddling the swamp, examining fossils, and learning more about what they catch in dip nets. After this we will explore the Butterfly House and Swamparium. Lunch in the afternoon will be at Gilligan's at the Dock in Moncks Corner. (B) From 5:45-7:00 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.
9/25, Wednesday – (A) LOTC - University School students will learn more about erosion, accretion and marine science through an exploration of Folly Beach Parkand Sullivan's Island. Folly Beach has been affected by jetties connected to the mouth of Charleston Harbor, and recent storms like Irene and Sandy have caused significant erosion and the temporary closure of the Park. Sullivan's Island, on the other hand, faces erosion on the northern end of the island and substantial accretion on the southern end. The accreted areas are highly contested because they have spawned fledgling maritime forests, and these are seen as desirable (more vibrant ecosystem and buffer areas to protect the barrier island in future storms) and detrimental (affecting property values by limiting ocean views and breezes) by different groups on Sullivan's Island. We will be joined by Bo Petersen, Post and Courier environmental reporter, at Folly Beach to hear his insight from his research and stories on the issue. Read the Island Eye News article about this experience. (B) At 6 PM, Mr. Medlock and Mr. Kreutner will lead a meeting for parents interested in learning more about the process of researching, visiting and deciding on the right high school for your child.
9/26, Thursday – University School will have representatives at the First Grade Fair at First (Scots) Presbyterian at 53 Meeting Street in Charleston from 5:30-7:30 PM.
9/27, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
10/2, Wednesday- (A) LOTC - Middle and Upper School students will walk to Coastal Expeditions (514 Mill Street) for a kayaking activity on Shem Creek to Crab Bank Island. Intermediate School students will engage in water sampling and testing learning activities at Shem Creek. (B) At 5 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 in the gym!
10/3, Thursday...University School will be represented at the High School Fair at Mason Prep School from 6:30-8:00 PM.
10/9, Wednesday – (A) LOTC - Honey bees play a crucial role in our food system, and they are under siege across the world. Colony collapse disorder threatens honey bees and many foods cannot be economically produced without bee pollination. Students will extensively examine this issue before visiting Bee City in Cottageville (B) This day is set aside as an opportunity for parent & teacher conferences.
10/15, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host artist Jerry DeCaire for a performance of Science of the Superhero at 10 AM in the gym. It is a demonstration of how mathematics, science and art merge to create a superhero! It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Christ our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Crown Leadership Academy, East Cooper Montessori Charter School, Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.
10/16, Wednesday – (AM) 4th-7th grades - community building exercises and then community service by running Hibben Church's Pumpkin Patch and cleaning up in and around campus; 8th & 9th grades - take the PSAT in the morning and then community service at Hibben. (PM) On-campus art projects.
10/17, Thursday – As preparation for our annual exit polling LOTC on Election Day (Tuesday, November 5), some MS students will attend the Mount Pleasant Business Association's Monthly Luncheon at the Mount Pleasant Holiday Inn (250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.) from 12:00-1:30. The format is a "Meet the Candidates" event featuring those running for election for Town of Mount Pleasant Mayor and Town Council. Here is the link if you are interested in getting tickets to attend.
10/19, Saturday – The USL community will assist Hibben UMC with their annual Fall Festival from 10 AM - 2 PM. To help support Hibben's meal outreach program, each USL family is asked to bring at least one canned good in advance of the Fall Festival.
10/20, Sunday – 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). University School won Best School Booth!
10/22, Tuesday – University School won First Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, and this included having two of the top three high scorers for the whole competition. Congratulations to the participating students (Alex Adragna - 3rd overall, Thomas Boyle, William Eustis, Jack Frain - 2nd overall, Ron Kalus, Reiley Lake, Annabella Leone, Allison Li, Alex Pawlik, Hayes Richards, Gabby Villacres) and the Middle School Math teachers (Mrs. Brockman, Mrs. Lawrie, Mr. Zenauskas, and Mrs. Callahan).
10/23, Wednesday – LOTC - USL will visit the Charleston Museum for a full-day of learning activities. Students will rotate among three experiences: gaining insight into the Native American tribes that lived in the Lowcountry, exploring the Joseph Manigault House, and getting a full-sense of the current exhibits of the Museum itself.
10/30, Wednesday – LOTC - Beginning at 8:30, we will take our school and individual photos with Pat Ring from Ring Photography at Alhambra Hall in the Old Village. We'll then proceed to downtown Charleston to meet with Mayor Joe Riley, explore City Hall, and tour the vicinity of the "Four Corners of Law."
11/5, Tuesday – ELECTION DAY LOTC - ELECTION DAY LOTC - Our main effort will be exit polling for the Mount Pleasant municipal races, and students will be canvassing at precincts across the town. We will also make an effort to predict the outcomes using our exit poll results. Click here for the results of our 2012 exit polling.
11/6, Wednesday - LOTC - review the results of Tuesday's election. USL's exit polling of the Mount Pleasant municipal races and our history of accurate election predictions formed the main elements of the lead election story ("School’s exit poll predicts Linda Page will be Mount Pleasant’s next mayor") for the Post and Courier on Election Night (November 5, 2013), and the results of the survey we administered were cited the following day in a story about the mayoral race results. USL's survey and its results were discussed -- especially the full-time mayor question -- in a feature article on Linda Page("From Just Passing Through, to Town Hall") (November 10, 2013). Click here for all of the information about our 2013 exit polling.
11/8, Friday - (A) University School MS&US students will attend the YALLFEST preview symposium in the afternoon. (B) University School students, faculty, parents and mentors will enjoy a pizza dinner and each other’s company from 6:30-8:30 PM in the gym.
11/9, Saturday - Optional Family LOTC - YALLFEST - Charleston's Young Adult Book Festival (420 King Street from 10 AM - 6 PM). YALLFEST is a Young Adult Literature Festival founded and based in Charleston, and the second year of the event was held in 2012. USL is friends with Jonathan Sanchez, the owner of Blue Bicycle Books and the driving force behind YALLFEST. We were able to participate in the Middle School Writers' Symposium associated with it in 2011 and 2012. This invitation-only event takes place on Friday, and the students get to meet and hear from many of the leading authors in attendance. Most of the Middle School was able to attend this, and they took some pictures of the activities. For a full review of the event, please read USL 8th grader Olive Gardner's article in the City Paper about the experience. A large group of students also attended YALLFEST on their own on Saturday, and I am very happy about this. Pleasure reading is to be cherished, and it is terrific that University School's culture celebrates outside reading. Thanks to our teachers, students, and parents for valuing reading! *** Click here for the 2012 slideshow.
11/11, Monday – Open House for prospective and interested families at 6 PM. Meet teachers, students, and parents and learn more about University School.
11/12, Tuesday – Annual Family Potluck Dinner and Gathering at James Island County Park Wando Shelter (including the Holiday Festival of Lights). *** Click here for the 2012 slideshow.
11/13, Wednesday – LOTC - We will visit Patriot Points to learn more about the aircraft carrier Yorktown, destroyer Laffey, and to explore the submarine Clamagore for the final time . Because there are no financial resources to repair or move it, the sub is slated to be towed out into the Atlantic and sunk as a reef. A member of the USS Clamagore Veterans Association will join us for this experience. On November 25, 2013, Channel Four profiled our lobbying efforts on behalf of the submarine USS Clamagore at Patriots Point. The coverage included a presentation that Bob Howard, Operations Director, asked to make to our students in order to recognize their efforts and answer their questions.
11/20, Wednesday – LOTC - On-campus activities and reflection exercises based on the LOTCs so far this year.
11/25, Monday – Middle School students, their families, and the faculty will enjoy the annual Middle School luncheon, and it will feature Mediterranean dishes. Themes from earlier years include items from Charleston Receipts and a traditional Southern picnic. Mrs. Logan's brainchild is a wonderful way to begin the Thanksgiving week! *** Click here for the 2012 slideshow.
11/26, Tuesday –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.
12/4, Wednesday – LOTC - on-campus art experiences.
12/11, Wednesday – LOTC- Medical University of South Carolina - It is a December tradition to visit and learn more about MUSC. The theme of this year's experience is "The Brain." After an overview of MUSC by Dr. Gerard Silvestri, Pulmonologist, students will learn about brains and how they work from Dr. Robert Turner, Pediatric Neurologist. Dr. James McElligott, Information Technology Director, will explain Telemedicine and the MUSC Reach Stroke Network. Students will then explore Neuroimaging with Dr. Maria Spampinato, Neuroradiologist. The day will conclude wth visiting and delivering holiday cards to patients at the Hollings Cancer Institute.
12/13, Friday - Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. The evening includes the annual showing of Home Alone. We also ask that each student bring a few durable food items that we will donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank and Holy Trinity AME Church. This is an annual tradition to support the Food Bank and the food outreach efforts of HT AME.
12/19, Thursday - LOTC - As is customary, we will have our annual Winter Faiths/Holidays Interdisciplinary Day on the last day of the semester. We will learn about holidays and how they are celebrated by various faith and ethnic groups. In the morning (approximately 9:00-11:00), we will visit the Central Mosque of Charleston (1082 King Street - intersection with Romney Street). Students will learn first-hand about the pillars of Islam and the traditions and routines that Muslims take part in at a mosque. In the afternoon (approximately 12:30-2:00), we'll visit to Brith Sholom Beth Israel synagogue (182 Rutledge Avenue) to learn more about Orthodox Judaism. *** Click here for the 2012 slideshow.
12/20, Friday - 1/5 Sunday - Winter Break Holiday. Classes resume on Monday, 1/6.
1/8, Wednesday - LOTC - The Intermediate School will travel to Columbia to explore the special exhibit, Tutankhamun: Return of the King, at the South Carolina State Museum.
1/8-1/14, Wednesday-Tuesday - MS/US trip - we will travel to Florida to explore the Everglades, discover more about the Miccosukee Indians, visit the University of South Florida, learn more about the ecological changes that are affecting manatees, tour Kennedy Space Center, explore Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, experience the Redlands Heritage Festival at the Fruit and Spice Park, find out more about St. Augustine, tour the Coral Castle, visit HM69 Nike Missle Base, and get an update on the Gulf Oil Spill and hurricane impacts (which we did when we visited New Orleans in January 2011) from the environmental reporter at the Tampa Bay Times, Craig Pittman, and the Director of the USF Coastal Research Lab, Professor Ping Wang.
1/15, Wednesday - LOTC - MS/US students will craft reflections, make slideshows based on the Florida trip, and write thank you cards. IS students will have an on-campus activity and learn about the Florida experience.
1/22, Wednesday – LOTC - IS - Students will create a painting project at Art Buzz Kids and then have lunch at a Soul Food restaurant in the Old Village (H&R Sweet Shop). MS/US students will finish reflections and assignments related to the Florida trip and then have long Writing and Science classes.
1/29, Wednesday - (A) LOTC - Teacher & Parent Conference Opportunity; (B) LOTC - USL students will engage in a day of experiences to learn more about Chinese culture and foodways in preparation for the Chinese New Year and in anticipation of the performance of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats in April. We will then head to a Chinese grocery store, H&L Asian Market, to learn more about ingredients and foodways. After this, we will go to an Chinese restaurant, Ocean Buffet, for a behind-the-scenes tour and explanation, and then we will enjoy lunch there.
2/5, Wednesday - LOTC - (A) participating students will travel to Faith Christian School in Summerville for the SCISA Literary Meet. (B) HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host the Plantation Singers at 10 AM in the gym. They feature traditional gospel songs honoring the Gullah culture of the Lowcountry. The show is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 60 minutes.
2/8 Sunday - On Saturday, February 8, 2014, University School will hold its Annual Auction "Back to the Future" at Hobcaw Yacht Club at 6:30 PM. All members and supporters of the USL community are invited to join us for this event.
2/11, Tuesday - (A) special LOTC - half of the Middle & Upper Schools will take part in Piccolo Darwin week at the College of Charleston. Today's session is The Universe Verse by Mr. James Lu Dunbar ("From the Big Bang to the scientific method, Jamie Dunbar explains the origins of the universe, life on Earth and the human race in The Universe Verse, a series of scientifically accurate, rhyming comic books. Mr. Dunbar uses captivating illustrations and whimsical rhymes to make challenging and abstract concepts accessible and engaging for a wide audience. ") (B) special LOTC - SCISA Regional Quiz Bowl at Mason Prep (along with Northwood Academy and Palmetto Christian Academy).
2/12, Wednesday - special LOTC - half of the Middle & Upper Schools will take part in Piccolo Darwin week at the College of Charleston. Today's session is Animal Attraction by Mr. Scott Snider - POSTPONED BECAUSE OF WINTER WEATHER - SET FOR 2/28
2/13, Thursday - special LOTC - half of the Middle & Upper Schools will take part in Piccolo Darwin week at the College of Charleston. Today's session is Your Most Ancient Relatives: Chemosynthetic Bacteria by Dr. Leslie Sautter and Dr. Craig Plante - POSTPONED BECAUSE OF WINTER WEATHER - SET FOR 2/27
2/14, Friday - (1) our LOTC activities for this week will include a trip to Marion Square in downtown Charleston for the first day of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Flight demonstrations by the Center for Birds of Prey, specialty breeds of dogs, various forms of wildlife art, and the presence of government and non-profit experts on the environment and wildlife are the highlights of this experience.
2/17, Monday - University School will be closed in observation of the Presidents' Day Holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 2/18.
2/19, Wednesday – LOTC - First thing in the morning, we will take our All-School photo and individual re-takes with Ring Photography. LOTC - USL students will engage in a day of experiences to learn more about Chinese culture and foodways in preparation for the Chinese New Year and in anticipation of the performance of the Fabulous Chinese Acrobats in April. We will then head to a Chinese grocery store, H&L Asian Market, to learn more about ingredients and foodways. After this, we will go to an Chinese restaurant, Ocean Buffet, for a behind-the-scenes tour and explanation, and then we will enjoy lunch there. * Rescheduled from January 29 because of the Winter Weather closings.
2/26, Wednesday - LOTC - Students who have recently completed their job shadows will present their experience and field questions from the students and staff, and we will also take practice sections of the Stanford Achievement Test. Students will also watch and discuss the classic Brown Eye / Blue Eye experiment that was featured on PBS Frontline "A Class Divided."
2/27, Thursday - special LOTC - half of the Middle & Upper Schools will take part in Piccolo Darwin week at the College of Charleston. Today's session is Your Most Ancient Relatives: Chemosynthetic Bacteria by Dr. Leslie Sautter and Dr. Craig Plante ("In 1977, scientists diving in the submersible Alvin made a stunning discovery on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean: vents pouring incredibly hot, mineral-rich, acidic fluids from beneath the seafloor, inhabited by previously unknown organisms thriving on "toxic" compounds in the absence of sunlight. These discoveries forever changed our understanding of Earth and life on it. Marine geologist Dr. Leslie Sautter and marine biologist Dr. Craig Plante will present awe-inspiring video of the one-mile deep hydrothermal vent ecosystem found on Axial Seamount, located 300 miles off the Oregon coast, and discuss new discoveries leading to implications for the origin of life on earth.")
2/28, Friday – (A) special LOTC - half of the Middle & Upper Schools will take part in Piccolo Darwin week at the College of Charleston. Today's session is Animal Attraction by Mr. Scott Snider ("What do females want? And just how far are males willing to go to win a mate and pass on their genes? You'd be surprised at what animals do for love! International wildlife photographer Scott Snider will present a fun and fascinating look at courtship in the animal kingdom, revealing amazing discoveries which give new meaning to the words "animal attraction." Mr. Snider will share some of the behind the scene moments and unorthodox techniques used by scientists to reveal some of the sexual selection strategies animals have evolved to find their mates. ") (B) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
3/3, Monday – (A) MS/US Guest Speaker - Dientje "Diny" Krantz Kalisky will speak at USL at 10:30 AM. She survived the Holocaust as a child in Holland, but the ordeal traumatized her and she lost over 85 members of her family. (B) After-school Sweetgrass Basketmaking class with the Plantation Singers begins today at 3:30 (four consecutive Mondays).
3/4, Tuesday - Our Middle School Quiz Bowl team won their region. We will take part in the State Quiz Bowl on April 2. All of our region competitors (Mason Prep School, Palmetto Christian Academy, and Northwood Academy) were adept and kind, and we all had a fun time. This was an amazing outcome considering it was our first time ever participating in a quiz bowl competition.
3/5, Wednesday – LOTC - Students who have recently completed their job shadows will present their experience and field questions from the students and staff, and we will also take a few sections of the Stanford Achievement Test. IS students will also have an a session to learn more about yoga.
3/10, Monday - Open House for prospective and interested families at 6 PM. Meet teachers, students, and parents and learn more about University School.
3/12, Wednesday – Students who have recently completed their job shadows will present their experience and field questions from the students and staff, and we will also take a few sections of the Stanford Achievement Test. We will also visit Mount Pleasant Waterworks Reverse Osmosis Plant #1.
3/19, Wednesday – Students will take sections of the Stanford Achievement test.
3/21, Friday - Community Potluck Dinner and All-School Talent Show (5:45 in the gym). ** Click here for the slideshow.
3/25, Tuesday – Students attending next week's presentation by Robert Edsel, the author of The Monuments Men, at The Citadel will watch the film "Monuments Men" at a local theatre.
3/26, Wednesday – Students will finish the Stanford tests and complete any make-ups if needed. Tour of Mount Pleasant Waterworks Reverse Osmosis Plant #1. ** Click here for the slideshow.
3/28, Friday - (A) Student Holiday / Faculty Inservice Day (9-noon) (B) SPECIAL OPTIONAL LOTC - We are friends with Sweetgrass Village Assisted Living Center on Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant. They attend all of our cultural events throughout the year, and we help them with their annual Easter Egg Hunt for their residents. Sweetgrass is holding this activity in the afternoon (1:15-2:30) in conjunction with students from MUSC, and it is always a fun and nice event. * *** Click here for the slideshow.
3/29, Saturday – Students will participate in Christ Our King-Stella Maris' 4th annual Mathletics Competition. The University School team was one of the top performers, collectively and individually, at the competition. Over 200 students competed and came from as far as the Midlands of South Carolina. Congratulations to our students and teachers!
* Individual Event (Grades 5-6) - Thomas Boyle - 2nd place, Allison Li - 3rd place, Jonathan Roberts - 4th place
* Team Event (Grades 5-6) 1st Place - Thomas Boyle, Hannah Godsill, Mary Lee, Allison Li, Jonathan Roberts
* Individual Event (Grades 7-8) - Annabella Leone - 3rd place
* Team Event (Grades 7-8) 2nd Place - Alex Adragna, William Eustis, Annabella Leone, Sandy Otap, Campbell Sheidow
4/2, Wednesday – (A) University School students will explore two faith sites in the Charleston-area to learn more about each one first-hand. (1) Charleston Tibetan Center (near Hampton Park by The Citadel); (2 ) Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Charleston (near Orange Grove Road in West Ashley). Our lead guide for the day will be Elijah Siegler, College of Charleston Religious Studies professor. (B) MS Quiz Bowl team will compete in the State Championship.
4/3, Thursday – optional Family LOTC - The Citadel is hosting Robert Edsel for a free presentation at 6:30 PM in McAlister Fieldhouse. Edsel wrote The Monuments Men (movie recently released). The content and delivery of his multimedia presentation is highly appropriate for students interested in learning more about WWII, The Holocaust, and Art History.
4/5, Saturday – Upper School gathering at USL from 7-9 P
4/8, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host the Jabali African Acrobats for a performance at 10 AM in the gym. Their thrilling performance exemplifies the link between athletics and the arts. One will witness incredible acrobatics, contortions, tumbling, human pyramids, and chair balancing skills turn to dance. Featured are the Congo Snake Dance, the Flaming Limbo Bar Dance, Skip Rope Footwork techniques, and comedy paired to electrifying music. Audience participation is always included. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. We will be joined by our friends from Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Hibben UMC, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Meeting Street Academy, Moultrie Middle School, Hibben Preschool, Trident Academy, and Charleston-area homeschool families.
4/11, Friday - World Languages Day - USL will host guest speakers, performers, and musicians representing the countries and cultures of the three languages each student learns (Latin, Spanish, and Mandarin). Representatives from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (we visited them last year in North Carolina) will be on-hand for a presentation, dancing, and crafts! *** Click here for the slideshow.
4/14, Monday 4/18, Friday – Spring Break - school resumes on Monday, April 21.
4/23, Wednesday – LOTC - exploration of the aquaculture of clams, oysters and shrimp at Bill Cox's farm, Island Fresh Seafood, on Yonges Island.
4/25, Friday - Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
4/30, Wednesday – LOTC - Personal Health Symposium. Physicians from MUSC's Department of Adolescent Medicine will guide this day. The day will conclude with a presentation by Dr. Zihai Li, Chair of MUSC's Department of Microbiology and Immunology, about the human immune system.
5/7, Wednesday – LOTC - Tours of Mount Pleasant Waterworks Water Treatment and Wastewater Treatment plants.
5/14, Wednesday – LOTC - Everyone will enjoy skating and playing games at Hot Wheels Skating Rink on James Island from 9-11 AM. In the PM, the IS will have several activities with Youth Author Art Collins, and the MS/US are participating in SC Department of Natural Resources Spartina Grass Restoration project at Fort Johnson (which has included our growing Spartina Grass in a Greenhouse at USL this year).
5/15, Thursday - Eighth Grade Graduation and 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 include speeches delivered by the eighth graders in which they thank their families, teachers, and friends and a slideshow.
5/17, Saturday – Upper School gathering at USL (evening).
5/21, Wednesday – LOTC - This day is set aside for the "Special Memory" trip chosen by consensus by the 8th graders. Students will will visit the Grigorieff/Maybank farm on James Island near Morris Island. Students will actively learn about farming from Meg Moore of Dirthugger Farm. Moore's land is a part of the Maybank family farm on James Island. Students will also go in groups by boat to Morris Island to explore the waterways and learn first-hand about marsh and barrier island ecology with a naturalist.
5/23, Friday – (A) Last day of classes for students; (B) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
These pages include photos, links and/or reflections about Learning Outside the Classroom experiences and featured speakers.
2007-2008 daily journal - including reflections on all LOTCs
2008-2009 LOTC experiences and speakers
2009-2010 LOTC experiences and speakers
2010-2011 LOTC experience and speakers
2011-2012 LOTC experience and speakers
2012-2013 LOTC experience and speakers
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- Bottoms - Students will wear khaki or navy shorts/skirts/skorts or pants. Denim is not acceptable.
- Tops - Students will wear collared shirts (oxford or polo style) in solid colors with the University School logo.
- Footwear - Because of the active nature of our days, students must wear shoes in which one can exercise. Athletic shoes (crosstraining/tennis/running/etc.) that are appropriate for PE and for outdoor wear are required.
- Outerwear - Outerwear such as sweaters and sweatshirts worn over collared shirts are allowed only with no team names, slogans, logos, or messages other than those of University School. Only small breast-pocket logos are acceptable on outerwear. Here are the details about each form of outerwear:
(a) Jackets: Dark navy, no hood, full-zipper preferred, fleece (not sweatshirt material), can be found at Land’s End but not required to be from there, with USL logo.
(b) Coats: Dark navy is the recommended color for all outerwear. Heavy coats do not need a USL logo.
(c) Rainwear: Dark navy, poncho or coat, no USL logo required, umbrellas are not permitted on LOTCs.
For “Learning Outside the Classroom” days:
- For Formal LOTC days, students should be dressed in khaki bottoms and white USL-embroidered collared shirts. For Traditional LOTC days, students should be dressed in khaki bottoms and white USL t-shirts. Students may wear USL-embroidered hats only. Outerwear must be dark navy with the USL logo.
Notes for Boys:
- Tops - Shirts can be untucked if the tail is not long
- Belts - Belts should be worn if there are loops
- Undershirts - If wearing an undershirt, it must be white and must remain tucked in at all time
Notes for Girls:
- Skirts/Skorts/Pants – Girls may wear solid color (khaki/navy) skirts, knee-length shorts, skorts, and slacks. All skirts should be just above the knee or longer.
- Footwear - Athletic shoes (crosstraining/tennis/running/etc.) that are appropriate for PE and for outdoor wear are required.
- Tops – Girls are expected to wear acceptable shirts with the school logo visible. Any other layer should also be a solid color and beat the school logo. Cardigan, v-neck, and crew neck sweaters are permitted as long as the school logo is visible. Tee shirts and camis must be white and tucked in and should not be pulled out over the skirt or pants’ top.
- Leggings and Tights – Girls may wear black, navy, or white solid color tights, but leggings are not permitted. Knee socks of a solid color may be worn, but patterns and stripes are not permitted. Natural color hose are also okay.
- Belts – Belts should be worn if there are loops
There are two options for embroidering. Students can purchase them at Lands' End School (embroidery is an additional charge) or bring their own shirts to be embroidered at the embroidery store:
(1) Lands' End School (www.landsend.com/school). School code is 9001-3154-1
(2) Wear it Out (#388-4093)
1111 Bowman Rd Ste E (next to Kiln' Time)
- Intermediate School supply list (2013-2014) (PDF)
- a minimum 1 gb flash/USB 2.0 drive (preferably with a lanyard)
- headphones for use with laptops/netbooks
- pens and pencils
- white out / liquid paper
- writing paper
- organizer/planner (each student will receive one the first week of school)
- MS Spanish 1A & 1 B (3 ring binder with side pockets and dividers, marble composition book)
- MS Math (1.5" binder, 5 dividers with tabs for binder, graph paper with hole punches at least 200 sheets, wide-ruled loose leaf paper at least 250 sheets, pencil case with #2 pencils)
- Additional requirements for each division course will be promulgated during the first week of classes
Medical Forms and Brochures (click on name to download)
- H1N1 Flu Resources and info for the USL community
- 2013-2014 USL Health Forms Overview Letter
- Student Medical Info Form (must be completed annually)
- 2013-2014 DHEC School Exclusion Brochure (“When Your Child Should Stay Home From School”)
- 2013-2014 DHEC Required Standards of Immunization for School Attendance
- Prescription Medicine Administration Form
- Non-prescription Medicine Administration Form