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"Learning Outside the Classroom" Experiences & Featured Speakers

8/14-8/16, Mon.- Wed. – 9 AM-1 PM Faculty Inservice (babysitting provided by USL students and graduates).

8/14, Mon. – Annual Alumni-Faculty Lunch - noon in the gym

8/14-16, Monday-Wednesday - In-service for faculty and staff from 9 AM - 1 PM each day. Students and mentors will offer no-charge, on-site babysitting, and lunch is provided each day.

8/17, Thursday - First day of the 2017-2018 school year -- University School's 11th year! Orientation activities for all students today and Friday. These are valuable days to focus on our philosophies and expectations, and students and teachers will also have time for icebreakers and more to begin building and deepening relationships with each other.

8/21, Monday NO SCHOOL - We have NASA vendor-approved eclipse glasses for every student and faculty/staff member, and we will distribute them on Friday, 8/18.  Students are encouraged to enjoy this special experience safely and learn a lot! 

8/22, Tuesday – Regular classes begin

8/23, Wednesday – orientation for Learning Outside the Classroom and some additional Leadership and Life Skill activities. All students will also learn practical skills for personal safety from instructors from Charleston Krav Maga. 

8/25, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. Adult and Family Gathering at BurgerFi during Mentor Night.

8/29, Tuesday – Back to School Open House in Hibben’s Sanctuary (6:00 PM)

8/30, Wednesday – LOTC - All students have another session to learn practical skills for personal safety from instructors from Charleston Krav Maga. MS/US students will begin Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training.   Students will also have a session with Russell Horres, long-time friend of USL’s, about career exploration.  Part one focuses on process - how do I determine which career is best for me? Part two is specific to the health care professions and preparatory to job shadowing at in these fields (esp. connecting to our annual field trip there in December).

9/4, Monday – University School will be closed in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 9/5.

9/6, Wednesday – MS/US students will continue Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training. 

9/8, Friday - 9/12, Tuesday – CLOSED because of Hurricane Irma.

9/13, Wednesday – LOTC - We'll be open as normal, and it is a scheduled LOTC (Learning Outside the Classroom) day.  Our cookie dough arrived safely, and we are ready to bake cookies!  We will clean up the campus from debris related to Hurricane Irma. Students will also make cookies, deliver them, and clean up the kitchen. This much-loved annual tradition allows students to gain practice with the responsibility inherent to LOTCs, meet our neighbors around Coleman Blvd. and Mt. Pleasant, and spread some joy!  The Island Eye News showcased our annual tradition of baking cookies and delivering them to our neighbors across the Lowcountry as thanks and a random act of kindness ("Lessons in Gratitude") in the September 27, 2017 issue.

9/20-22, Wednesday-Friday – Intermediate School trip for the Barrier Island Environmental Education Program at Seabrook Island.

9/20, Wednesday – LOTC - MS & USl students will travel to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw for a tour and flight demonstrations.

9/25, Monday – Parent Coffee with Jason Kreutner (2-3 PM)

9/26, Tuesday – No Uniform Day

9/27, Wednesday(A) Middle and Upper School students will kayak Shem Creek with guides from Coastal Expeditions, and the IS will explore Shem Creek and the new phases of Shem Creek Park.  (B) This day is set aside as an opportunity for parent & teacher conferences.  Please remember that they can be arranged at any point during the year. (C) Chess Club (All Grades, 3:15).  (D) OPTIONAL FAMILY LOTC AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - At 4 PM (and it will last until 6:00 or 6:30 - so come when you can), 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! Please bring a dark t-shirt to wear because the pumpkins are dirty (straight out of the patch)!  This is a great annual tradition! 

9/28, Thursday(A) Novel Club with Sara Peck (MS & US, 3:15).

9/29, Friday(A) Middle and Upper School students will enjoy a 1:00 PM performance by the Mayhem Poets at the Gaillard Center. University School students attend 3-4 cultural performances each year at the Gaillard Center, Dock Street Theatre, and more. What distinguishes USL is how students are taught to be grateful, courteous, empathetic, and curious, and this behavior is on display in these public forums. As noted by Sterling DeVries, Director of Education at the Gaillard Center: "Your kids blow away our staff here! Out of the thousands of students that come through, University School stands out. Your children are respectful, well-spoken, kind, and leave a wonderful impression." (B) Photography Club with Jaime Zollars (5th-12th grades, 3:15). (C) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. Adult and Family Gathering at a nearby restaurant during Mentor Night.  

10/4, Wednesday(A) HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host Pacific Islands Dance Arts of the Carolinas for a performance of hula dancing and traditional accompanying music at 10 AM in the gym. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 50-60 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community. (B) Chess Club (All Grades, 3:15).

10/5, Thursday(A) Novel Club with Sara Peck (MS & US, 3:15). (B) University School will be at the High School Fair at Mason Prep School from 6:30-8:00 PM.  Mr. Kreutner and some of our Upper School students will represent USL.  Interested 7th and 8th graders and their families can attend to explore area high schools beyond University School's Upper School.

10/9, Monday (A) Special Learning Outside the Classroom experience for members of the Upper School and Faculty -- "Behind the Scenes" tour of the American College of Building Arts at 6:00 PM. (B) Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 10/9  - On Monday, October 9, University School of the Lowcountry will have an Open House. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

10/10, Tuesday – SCISA High School Quiz Bowl regional at USL.

10/11, Wednesday(A) LOTC - In the AM, PSAT administration.  All other students took part in a Challenge Island STEAM activity with Cristan Lawrie. In the afternoon, Mt. Pleasant Mayor Linda Page, running for re-election, will present and have a question-answer session. Her opponent, Town Council Member Will Haynie, will speak on Wednesday, 11/.1 (B) Chess Club (All Grades, 3:15).

10/12, Thursday Novel Club with Sara Peck (MS & US, 3:15).

10/13, Friday(A) USL T-shirt Day (B) Photography Club with Jaime Zollars (5th-12th grades, 3:15). (C) Upper School Lock-In!

10/15, Sunday – On Sunday, October 15, we'll have a game booth and concession stand at the Mt. Pleasant Children's Day Festival at Park West from noon-5:00 PM. 

10/18, Wednesday(A) End of the First Quarter (B) LOTC - This month marks the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. We will explore two houses of faith and their practitioners to discover more about this critical event and its impact. In the morning, we will visit St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Charleston to learn more about Martin Luther, this Christian denomination, its history, and beliefs. In the afternoon, we will visit Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church on Sullivan's Island to learn more about the Catholic Church and hear some Mass elements in Latin (all of our 3rd-8th graders take Latin).

10/20, Friday – There will be no school for a faculty in-service day from 9:00-noon. USL students will offer complimentary babysitting for faculty members' children and lunch will be provided.

10/21, Saturday – Family Service Opportunity - Beach Sweep on the Isle of Palms.  Come join our team led by IS/MS Science & Math Teacher Beth Donoghue. Meet at the IOP Exchange Club (201 Palm Blvd.) at 9 AM and finish at 11/11:30 AM.  Gloves needed. Please let Ms. Donoghue know if you are interested. The Island Eye News spotlighted our efforts last year ("University School Students, Faculty, And Alumni Participate In Beach Sweep") in the October 10, 2016, issue.

10/23, Monday – USL Community Pizza Dinner and Slideshow Presentation about our learning adventures in the First Quarter (5:45-7:00 PM).

10/24, Tuesday – Special Shakespeare's Othello workshop in the PM for MS & US students in preparation for next week's performance at The Gaillard Center.

10/25, Wednesday (A) LOTC - We'll visit the nationally-recognized statuary collection at Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach and learn more about Gullah culture from noted interpreter Ron Daise (B) USL won First Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet today, and this included having the top two high scorers for the whole competition! Our other team placed Third overall! This is our fifth year of participating in this competition, and we’ve now won four times and placed second once! Congratulations to all of the participating students and our Middle School Math teachers: Nikki Brockman, Chelisa Elmore-Williams, and Tiffany Thompson. Thanks to Mrs. Brockman and Mrs. Thompson for leading the team to Sumter for the competition. The following were our participating students: Charlotte Adragna (10th Place Overall Individual - tie), Merritt Baldwin, Emma Bluestein (10th Place Overall Individual - tie), Dylan Brockman, Bailey Chave (2nd Place Overall Individual), Mikhael Douglass, Caleb Herold, Mia Leone, Mariam Nguyen, Caitlin Parkman, and Leo Vaglienti (1st Place Overall Individual). Our consistent success is quite a testament to our Math program at University School, and the credit goes to our Math teachers in all three divisions: Mrs. Brockman, Ms. Donoghue, Mrs. Elmore-Williams, and Mrs. Thompson. Our students also benefit from our individualized approach to the subject. In the Middle School, for example, students take classes at the level where they need to be. This includes 8th graders taking Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II. No other school in the state does this.

10/27, Friday (A) Photography Club with Jaime Zollars (5th-12th grades, 3:15). (B) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a Halloween-themed evening that includes a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. (C) Adult and Family Gathering at a nearby restaurant during Mentor Night.

10/30, Monday - 11/3, Friday - Students and parents will receive skill wheels, narrative comments, and, for the MS/US, grades.  Students will get printed copies, and parents will receive PDFs electronically.  At USL, we believe that our emphasis on skills helps our students learn and grow efficiently.  Skill Wheels use numerical ratings to chart out how well students perform in approximately thirty areas that are vital to personal success as an individual and within a group setting.  They provide critical insight for one to use in improving oneself. Using a spreadsheet, students then average the numbers for each skill, sort them, and analyze them.  This includes determining their top skills and the ones that are their weakest.  This process concludes by writing a reflection and answering questions about the skills and their narrative comments for Leadership & Life Skills class on Moodle, and this includes tracking the changes in their skills over time (and how they succeed and stumble as they go after their goals). There are several model reflections posted, and I'll also talk with the IS about current older students and their reflections from their time in the IS.  These activities allow the students, especially the younger ones, to see that their role models have struggled and made vast progress in their experiences at University School.  Knowing this helps students accept and learn from constructive criticism, and this is an important characteristic that we focus on at University School. 

10/31, Tuesday - It is an annual tradition for students and faculty to "dress up" for Halloween.  This is optional.  Please just make sure your costume is Hibben Preschool-appropriate. 

11/1, Wednesday - LOTC - MS & US students will enjoy a production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird at the Dock Street Theatre. In January, as part of the weeklong trip to Alabama, MS students explored Monroeville and sites that inspired the author -- like the Old County Courthouse. IS students will travel to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw for a tour and flight demonstrations. In the afternoon, all students will meet, talk with, and have a Q&A session with Mt. Pleasant mayoral candidate Will Haynie. This follows a similar experience with Mayor Linda Page on October 11.

11/2, Thursday - In the afternoon, MS & US students will experience a production of William Shakespeare's Othello at the Gaillard Center.

11/3, Friday - SCISA State Teachers' Conference and Art & Photo Competition at Pinewood Prep.

11/4, Saturday - Optional Latin LOTC – Classics Day at College of Charleston

11/6, Monday - Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 11/6  - On Monday, November 6, University School of the Lowcountry will have an Open House. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

11/7, Tuesday – LOTC - On Election Day students administered exit polls for the Mount Pleasant mayoral and Town Council races, Charleston City Council races, and Isle of Palms mayoral and Town Council races. Each student interviewed voters at two precincts in two different municipalities, and USL visited 26 total voting sites. Students then compiled the information and predicted the outcomes using our exit poll results. WCBD-2 featured our efforts ("Lowcountry students conduct exit polling following elections") and the Island Eye News spotlighted our canvassing of the Isle of Palms races ("Students Learn Through Exit Polling") you can read more and compare our predictions to the actual results here

11/8, Wednesday - LOTC - We'll review yesterday's election results and compare them to our predictions from our exit polls. Students will also have a presentation from Dr. Russell Horres about rice growing culture and Hampton Plantation in McClellanville in advance of our trip there later this month.

11/10, Friday - University School MS & US students will host YALLFest author Soman Chainini in the afternoon for an on-campus symposium. Students will also have a presentation from and Q & A session with MacMillan Imprint publisher Erin Stein.

11/11, 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. USL is friends with Jonathan Sanchez, the owner of Blue Bicycle Books and the driving force behind YALLFest.  USL's own MS & US English teacher, Sara Peck, is also one of the organizers!  Traditionally a large contingent of University School's students attend YALLFest on their own on Saturday. Pleasure reading is to be cherished, and it is terrific that our culture celebrates outside reading.  Thanks to our teachers, students, and parents for valuing reading!

11/14, Tuesday - (A) SCISA State High School Chess Meet. (B) Annual Family Potluck Dinner and Gathering at James Island County Park Stono Shelter (including the Holiday Festival of Lights and the opportunity to see the Greeting Card our Middle School students made). Students will depart by bus at the end of school, and dinner is at 5:45.  A separate email about food sign up, etc. will be sent by the Social Committee.

11/15, Wednesday - First thing in the morning, students will get their school photos taken with Ring Photography. We'll then explore the rice culture of the Carolina Lowcountry. The itinerary includes exploring the Rice Museum in Georgetown and Hampton Plantation in McClellanville.  Hampton was home to Archibald Rutledge, S.C. Poet Laureate, and the site also allows visitors to better understand the lives of enslaved people and the system of slavery. This is in line with our tradition of visiting a different Lowcountry plantation each year to compare and contrast them. We'll be guided by Dr. Russell Horres.

11/17, Friday – LOTC - University School students, faculty, parents, alumni, and alumni parents will take part in National Day of Caring service projects at 11 sites across Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties through the Trident United Way in the Lowcountry. This is one of the biggest Days of Caring in America, and University School expects to contribute 500+ hours of service to the community at Midland Park Primary, Carter-May Catholic Assisted Living Center, Jane Edwards Elementary, International Primate Protection League, South Santee Senior and Community Center, Fresh Future Farm, Hunley Park Elementary, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Whitesville Elementary, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, and Windwood Farm Home for Boys. Our relationship with some of these organizations extends back to the founding of University School, and it is neat to support and learn about these schools and non-profits in the greater-Charleston area. This is our ninth consecutive year of participating in the Day of Caring! Click here for the 2016 slideshow of our day!

11/21, Tuesday – The IS just finished reading Wonder, and they'll enjoy an afternoon screening of the new film version.

11/22-24, Wednesday-Friday – University School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, November 27.

11/29, Wednesday – 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. We'll have several schools and community groups as our guests. In the PM, the IS and MS will go with their Spanish teachers to see Coco, a Disney Pixar film inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos ("The Day of the Dead").

12/1, Friday – SCISA re-accreditation team will be on campus.

12/2, Saturday - 7th graders take the SAT as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 12/4  - On Monday, December 4, University School of the Lowcountry will have an Open House. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

12/6, Wednesday – LOTC - Middle and Upper School students will enjoy Charlton Singleton's Periods of Jazz demonstration at the Gaillard Center. In the afternoon, the IS & MS will go with their Spanish speaker

12/7, Thursday – Special LOTC - a group of students will attend the Pearl Harbor Anniversary Memorial Service on the USS Yorktown and escort a US WWII Pacific Theatre veteran for this ceremony.

12/13, Wednesday – LOTC- Medical University of South Carolina - It is a December tradition to visit MUSC. Students will tour and take part in activities to learn about Radiology, Medical School, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing. As is customary, the day will end with our visiting and delivering holiday cards to patients at the Hollings Cancer Institute.

12/15, Friday (A) Special Intermediate School LOTC - students will attend an 11 AM performance of Charleston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker (we have a student performing!). (B) 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. (C) Adult and Family Gathering at a nearby restaurant during Mentor Night.

12/21, Thursday - (A) 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. This year, we'll visit the Church of Jesus Christ-Latter Day Saints Temple in West Ashley and then Mother Emanuel AME in downtown Charleston. In 2016 Talim Lessane from the College of Charleston taught us more about Kwanzaa, which is celebrated on December 26-January 1. Students also visited the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Charleston and toured the Central Mosque of Charleston to learn more about Islam. (B) End of Second Quarter and First Semester.

In December 2017, USL hosted an accreditation visit and received our annual financial audit.  These forms of external review of University School are vital in validating and providing useful into our operations and the learning experience for our students.

Accreditation
A three-person team, comprised of college professors and independent school educators, from the South Carolina Independent School Association visited University School as part of our every-three-year accreditation cycle.  They explored all aspects of USL, observed classes, and talked with a variety of members of our community.  USL meets or exceeds all of the accreditation criteria, and their feedback was effusive and helpful.  Here is the summary from their report: "The team would like to commend the school on the following:
1. Meeting individual needs of students
2. The strong teacher/student relationships
3. Challenging learning opportunities
4. Small class sizes
5. Excellent test scores
6. Building a good teaching/administration team
7. Outstanding opportunities for field trips"
The team was extremely impressed with the school and had only one minor suggestion for our Board related to long-term planning.

Audit
Our prudent financial model has enabled us to minimize tuition increases and provide an incredible value in relation to our peer national-caliber independent schools. These principles can be seen in our 2016-2017 school year audit from the accounting firm of Glaser and Company.  USL has its business-side in good order and carries no debt.  Although financial measurements will never be a true indicator of the School’s success, some are very important for the long-term health and viability of the school.  One of these is how much of every dollar the School spends that goes to supporting its mission. In the case of University School for 2016-2017, $0.93 of every dollar spent went back to supporting the mission of the School. For our peer schools, the average range is $.68-75. Approximately 25% of the student population receives financial assistance. For more information, please see the Admissions page.

12/22, Friday - 1/2 Tuesday - Winter Break Holiday.

1/3 Wednesday - Classes resume. Faculty will also have Inservice today in the AM.

1/10, Wednesday - LOTC - IS & MS - classes and L&L. Special US programs for healthy relationships and insights about college.

1/15, Monday – University School will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr.  University School of the Lowcountry seeks to develop active and informed citizens of America and our world who can think for themselves, serve the greater community, and successfully chart a path through life. Click here to read more from this reflection from January 15, 2018.

1/16, Tuesday – SCISA High School State Math Meet in Sumter.

1/17, Wednesday – LOTC - Inservice and Mid-Year Refresher Orientation for Teachers and Students.

1/18, Thursday – 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 50 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Meeting Street Academy, Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community. Click here for a slideshow of their 2016 performance at USL!

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 1/22  - On Monday, January 22, University School of the Lowcountry will have an Open House. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

1/24, Wednesday – no LOTC - classes to make up for the Snow Days

1/26, Friday - (A) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. (B) Adult and Family Gathering at Juanita Greenberg's during Mentor Night.

1/29, Monday (A) Head of School Jason Kreutner at Palmetto Association of Independent Schools Mid-Year meeting in Columbia (will also deliver a presentation "The Power of Weekly Field Trips"). (B) YA Author Sarah Mlynowski, author of theUpside-Down Magic series, will visit and have a session with our Intermediate School students.

1/31, Wednesday (A) LOTC - Annual Personal Health Symposium. Dr. Janice Key,Professor of Pediatrics, Division Director of Adolescent Medicine, and the Boeing Center for Children's Wellness' Director of School and Community-based Programs at The Medical University of South Carolina, and member of University School's Board of Visitors, will be coming to USL along with some of her residents to educate our students on personal health and hygiene.  The students will be divided by age and also separated by gender and they will be learning about puberty and common changes associated with puberty. They will also learn the basics of hygiene and self-care, and tips for staying healthy and safe through these changes. The 8th grade and high school students will also receive education on the basics surrounding human reproduction and sexual maturation. (B) - Teacher & Parent Conference Opportunity. They can also be scheduled at any other time of the year.

2/2, Friday - Special LOTC - IS Students will head to the North Charleston Performing Arts center to enjoy "Black History Heroes" at 10 AM.

2/5, Monday – USL Community Pizza Dinner and Slideshow Presentation about our learning adventures in the Second Quarter (5:45-7:00 PM).

2/7, Wednesday - (A) SCISA Middle School Quiz Bowl regional competition. We have been Region Champions 4x in the last five years ('13-'14, '14-'15, '16-'17, and '17-'18) and State Runners-Up 2x in the last three years (2014-2015 and 2016-2017)! (B) LOTC - South Carolina State Museum (including the Planetarium show about Galileo and the Moon).

2/9, Friday - Middle School Dance in the gym (6:00-8:00).

2/12, Monday Intermediate School students will enjoy a 1:00 PM performance of "Harriet Tubman at the Gaillard Center. University School students attend 3-4 cultural performances each year at the Gaillard Center, Dock Street Theatre, and more. What distinguishes USL is how students are taught to be grateful, courteous, empathetic, and curious, and this behavior is on display in these public forums. As noted by Sterling DeVries, Director of Education at the Gaillard Center: "Your kids blow away our staff here! Out of the thousands of students that come through, University School stands out. Your children are respectful, well-spoken, kind, and leave a wonderful impression."

2/14, Wednesday Classes because the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition LOTC is on Friday

2/15, Thursday - SCISA Middle School State Quiz Bowl Championship.

2/16, Friday - LOTC - we will make our annual 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, local foods, and the presence of government and non-profit experts on the environment and wildlife are the highlights of this experience. We will also explore the College of Charleston's Mace Brown Natural History Museum and/or the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. Please enjoy this recap and pictures of the day!

2/18, Sunday - USL Community Gathering opportunity - under the guidance of our Mandarin teacher, Wei Ma, some Intermediate School students will perform a traditional Ribbon Dance at the Chinese Association of Greater Charleston's New Year's Celebration at Burke High School (11:30-4:30). All are welcome to come and enjoy this incredible cultural event!

2/19, Monday - University School will be closed in observation of the Presidents' Day Holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 2/20.

2/21, Wednesday - Classes instead of an LOTC because of the short week.

2/22, Thursday - 2/27 Tuesday - MS Gulf States Trip - (*rescheduled because of weather from 1/4-1/9) - Poarch Band of Creek Indians, USS Alabama and USS Drum, Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Gulfquest Museum of the Gulf of Mexico (Mobile, AL); National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Air Station Pensacola (Pensacola, FL); Mission San Luis, Florida State University, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Tallahassee, FL), Tampa Bay Times - environmental reporter Craig Pittman - update on Gulf Coast Oil Spill, the Everglades, and Hurricane Irma (Tampa, FL); Pinecraft - Amish vacation spot and lunch; The Ringling art museum (Sarasota, FL); Kennedy Space Center (Titusville, FL), Castillo de San Marcos (St. Augustine, FL).  Each year's MS trip is distinct, and prior years have been to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Eastern-Tennessee & Western North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Alabama, New Orleans, and Columbia.

2/27, Tuesday - special LOTC - a group of USL students will take part in the Charleston Air Force Base's Tuskegee Airmen program for male students. The local CBS station, Channel 5, composed a video story about the 2016 event for their evening news broadcast. The day provides a neat compelling connection for our students who learned more about the Tuskegee Airmen on the Middle School trip to Alabama and Moton Field in January 2017!  Click here to read a student recap of the experience (including our presentation of framed photos from the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site and see some pictures.A similar event will be held for girls in March (Women in Aviation Career Day).

2/28, Wednesday – LOTC - Several groups of students enjoyed learning more about Charleston through Alphonso Brown’s Gullah Tours Charleston, and this included exploring the home and workshop of the late renowned blacksmith Philip Simmons. Many spots and people that Mr. Brown spoke about are ones we have learned about and visited before, like Mother Emanuel AME Church in December, and field learning like this only reinforces the lessons. Lots of connections were made by the students. For example, as they saw Simmons' gates and his joint garden with Pearl Fryar near the Gaillard Center, many remembered earlier explorations as we've traveled to Bishopville 4x in the last 10 years to speak with Pearl Fryar and tour his garden.

All of March, Wednesdays - Students in grades 3-8 will take sections of the Stanford Achievement test on Wednesdays in March. Paired with field trips, this allows us to stay on our regular class schedule and keeps the testing in proper perspective. Unlike the SC public schools, using a nationally-normed standardized test allows for insights and comparisons for each student based on a national pool and not just comparisons within South Carolina (SC Ready).

Early-March, 2017 - announcement of results for the 2017-2018 Scholastic Art & Writing competition for national recognition. This competition is for 7-12th graders.

3/1, Thursday - Congratulations to our students who participated in the SCISA Elementary and Middle School State Tournament on March 1, 2018. In our second year of participation, our students had fun and were terrific! We are proud of all of our participants, and kudos to Lucas Helferich -- Elementary School State Chess Runner-Up!

3/1, Thursday and 3/2, Friday - MS/US small group LOTC - some students will attend sessions of the Symposium on Southern Politics at The Citadel. This event is held every two years (in conjunction with the federal election cycle), and we have attended the last four. 

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 3/5  - The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

3/7, Wednesday – LOTC - (A) Preparations for Stanford Testing; courtesy car wash by students for faculty, staff, and Hibben Preschool teachers and Hibben UMC staff; members of the Upper School took part in a companion to last week's Gullah Tour of Charleston with Alphonso Brown by exploring the history and present of African Americans in Mount Pleasant (including watching the documentary Bin Yah).  (B) SCISA State Literary Meet

3/9, Friday - End of the Third Quarter

3/14, Wednesday - LOTC - Students who have completed their job shadows will present their experience and field questions from the students and staff, and students will also take a few sections of the Stanford Achievement Test. 

3/16, Friday - Potluck Dinner and Annual All-School Talent Show (5:45 in the gym, talent show begins at 6:30). This is in lieu of the Monthly Mentor Night Gathering, and all friends and members of the USL community are invited.

3/17, Saturday - (A) 8-10 AM campus clean-up/landscaping/mulching led by the Facilities and Grounds Committee; (B) South Carolina Junior Classical League Spring Forum in Lexington, SC

3/20, Tuesday - special LOTC - a group of USL students will take part in the Charleston Air Force Base's Women in Aviation program for female students. The local CBS station, Channel 5, composed a video story about the 2016 event for their evening news broadcast. The day provides a neat compelling connection for our students who learned more about the Tuskegee Airmen on the Middle School trip to Alabama and Moton Field in January 2017!  A similar event will be held for males on February 8 (Tuskegee Airmen Day).

3/21, Wednesday - LOTC - Intermediate and Middle School students will take a few sections of the Stanford Achievement test. In the morning, Upper School students will tour a cemetery for BSBI Synagogue, the Humane and Friendly Society Cemetery (examining markers for key figures of the Reconstruction, like Stephen Swails, whose grave was discovered and marked in the early-2000s. He was the first black commissioned officer in the Army), and Magnolia Cemetery. Magnolia is the resting place for Charlestonians dating back to the 1700s, including the three Hunley crews. Two miles away the US will tour a counterpoint that attests to how far America has come in living up to the promises of its founding documents -- one of the Navy's newest vessels, the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). This visit is very poignant because the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named for the Charleston-native and Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life to save the lives of two of his fellow Marines in Vietnam in 1968 by jumping on a grenade. It is in Charleston for its formal commissioning ceremony on March 24.

3/22, Thursday - Special PM LOTC - A group of Intermediate and Middle School students will tour one of the Navy's newest vessels, the USS Ralph Johnson (DDG 114). This visit is very poignant because the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is named for the Charleston-native and Medal of Honor recipient who sacrificed his life to save the lives of two of his fellow Marines in Vietnam in 1968 by jumping on a grenade. It is in Charleston for its formal commissioning ceremony on March 24.

3/23-24, Friday-Saturday - SCISA Spring Heads' Convention

3/28, Wednesday - LOTC - Make-up day for Stanford testing. 7th graders will ALSO take part in a check-in assessment of the NCES Middle Grades Longitudinal Study they began last year, and 8th graders will be evaluated for their advanced math skills in Geometry and Algebra II. Upper School students will spend the day at the College of Charleston, auditing classes to gain better insights into learning at the college level.

3/30, Friday There will be no school for a faculty in-service day from 9:00-noon. MS/US students will babysit for faculty members' children, and lunch will be provided by USL parents.

4/2, Monday - 4/6, Friday – Spring Break - school resumes on Monday, April 9.

4/10, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host a Drum and Dance troupe from Senegal for a performance at 10 AM in the gym. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 50 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Meeting Street Academy, Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.

4/11, Wednesday – LOTC - (A) Middle and Upper School students will travel to Columbia to learn more about the USC School of Law and the South Carolina Honors College. Our tour guides will be David Leggett (2nd Year Law Student, Carolina Scholar, Graduate - South Carolina Honors College) a long-time USL Mentor and member of our Board of Visitors and Allison Horan, USL graduate and 1st year Honors College student. (B) Intermediate School students will prepare for Quiz Bowl and meet and talk with artist Nathan Durfee about his work.

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Thurs., 4/12  - The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

4/12, Thursday SCISA Lower School Regional Quiz Bowl. Our Lower School Quiz Bowl team won their region today!  The students went 4-0 in their matches. This means we will take part in the State Quiz Bowl Championship on Wednesday, April 25. We are especially pleased because this was our 3rd year participating in the Lower School Quiz Bowl competition, and it was our second Region Championship. We are proud of the team members: Henry Gilmore, Ada Kennelly, Waverly Lansford, Sean Murphy, Kate Paczkowski, Riley White.  

On Saturday, April 14, University School was one of the top performers, collectively and individually, at the Mathletics Competition hosted by Christ Our King-Stella Maris school. USL has participated in this competition for 6 years, and for the 6th year in a row our students won at least one of the three Team Events!  3rd/4th Grade Team Champions (Lucas Helferich, Ada Kennelly, Waverly Lansford, Sean Murphy, and Gabby Perrone).  7th/8th Grade Team Second Place (Charlotte Adragna, Merritt Baldwin, Bailey Chave, Mikhael Douglas, and Leo Vaglienti).  7th/8th Grade Team Third Place (Emma Bluestein, Finn Doesburg, Caleb Herold, Kessler Kreutner-Eady, and Caitlin Parkman).  Top individual performances included Leo Vaglienti (3rd place, 7th/8th Grade) and Waverly Lansford (5th place, 3rd/4th Grade).

4/18, Wednesday - LOTC - MS & US students will enjoy a production of Shakespeare in Love at the Dock Street Theatre. PM - Spring Service Day Preview

4/19, Thursday-4/23, Monday - Upper School trip to Toronto. Students will explore the CN Tower, Casa Loma (and Escape Casa Loma!), Niagara Falls, the University of Toronto, Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial, Dundas Square, Ontario Science Center, Kensington Market, Six Nations, Aga Khan Museum, and Queen St. West.

4/20, Friday - (A) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. (B) Adults! Brews with the Auction Crew! Dads bring your plus one for a drop-in from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Westbrook Brewery on Longpoint Road. Email or text Tasha for any questions or to let us know you will be stopping by: 843-425-9976 or tashakeady@gmail.com

4/25, Wednesday (A) Spring Service Day - projects at Lowcountry Food Bank, Tricounty Family Ministries, and Lowcountry Orphan Relief (B) SCISA Lower School State Quiz Bowl Championship

4/26, Thursday - Special LOTC - several MS & US students will attend Dig South at the Gaillard Center.

4/27, 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). The lunch of many food cultures is a highlight! Special activities run from 10 AM-2 PM, and the public is welcome.

5/1, Tuesday – Special LOTC - A group of students will lead second graders from Pinehurst Elementary (one of our Day of Caring partners) on our annual buddy-buddy trip to Bee City in Cottageville.

5/2, Wednesday – LOTC - Mighty Eighth Airforce Museum and Hunter Army Air Base at Fort Stewart in Savannah, GA.

5/5, Saturday - Salsa your way over to University School of the Lowcountry's 11th Annual Auction! The Schoolhouse (720 Magnolia Road, West Ashley, 29407)
Silent and Live Auction
6:00 PM - Check-in Begins
7:00 PM - Live Music
Click the link to purchase your tickets and register to bid!
Can participate from your phone in case you cannot attend using Bidr!

5/9, Wednesday 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.  This is a great event for parents, current and prospective, to attend and experience.  One can attend just the speeches (about an hour, 11-noon) or the full slate of activities (lunch and the slideshow).  Please just RSVP with Judy Hubbard in the USL office.

Open House for Interested and Prospective Families on Mon., 5/14  - The event will begin at 6 p.m. at USL’s campus (690 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant), and interested families are welcome to drop by and learn more. There will be a formal presentation from 6:15-7 p.m., and there will be time beforehand and afterward to meet and ask questions of students, teachers and parents. 

5/16, Wednesday - LOTC - exploration of SPAWAR

5/18, Friday - (A) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. (B) Adult and Family Gathering at a nearby restaurant during Mentor Night.

5/21, Monday - (A) Twelfth Grade Graduation - 9:30 AM. This is a great event for parents, current and prospective, to attend and experience. (B) We will thoroughly clean and organize the campus and rooms so that everything is in order for Hibben UMC for the summer. 

5/22, Tuesday – Last day for students. This includes traditional activities such as distribution and signing of yearbooks, passing out of end-of-year t-shirts, walking the Vincent Drive loop, and watching slideshows of the year.

5/23-25, Wednesday-Friday – Faculty end-of-year inservice - lunch provided. Students and Alums will provide babysitting for faculty/staff children.

Summer 2018 (6/4-6/8, Monday-Friday) "Young Explorers" Day Camp - Exploration, hands-on learning, individualized attention, leadership and life skills--these are all hallmarks of a USL education. This summer we're offering a special "Young Explorers" Day Camp to help high-achieving, rising 3rd-5th graders experience a week of fun and learning. The camp is open to current students, incoming students, and those who want to sample what USL is all about beyond our Shadow Day experiences. Participants will enjoy a full day of activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including a daily field trip, language immersion, culinary lessons, and more. The cost is $200 for the week of June 4-8 (downloadable registration form). We hope you'll share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors. For more information, please contact Intermediate School Director Alauria Corbin.

Summer 2018 - 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, alumni, teen and young adult mentors). Our list of activities for the Summer of 2018 is forthcoming.

 

Journals, LOTC experiences and archived Moodles from past years

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
2013-2014 LOTC experience and speakers
2014-2015 LOTC experience and speakers
2015-2016 LOTC experience and speakers
2016-2017 LOTC experience and speakers

Archived Moodles for Current Students, Faculty and Alumni:
2008-2009
2009-2010
2010-2011
2011-2012
2012-2013
2013-2014
2014-2015
2015-2016
2016-2017

School Hours

The school day begins at 7:40 AM and ends at 2:55 for the Intermediate School and 3:10 for the Middle & Upper Schools. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:20 AM (when adult supervision begins) until 7:40 AM. IS students may be picked up at 2:55, or they can wait (under supervision) for their ride during MS/US pick up. Supervised pick-up concludes at 3:20, and all remaining students will move to Extended Day. University School's Extended Day program offers care for students from the end of day up to 5:30. For more information about Extended Day, please click on the link.

Homework

Click here to go to the homepage for our on-line Moodle courses.

Dress Code

Upper School :
- US students will wear their key card and USL magnetic name tag every day. Students can dress as students in college, but the attire should be nice and suitable for daily PE. For LOTCs or other special days, US students will wear formal or traditional LOTC attire (spelled out below).

General Guidelines:
- Bottoms - Students will wear khaki or navy shorts/skirts/skorts or pants.  All skirts should be just above the knee or longer.   Denim is not acceptable.
- Tops - Students will wear collared shirts (oxford or polo style) in solid colors with the University School logo.  Cardigan, v-neck, and crew neck sweaters are permitted as long as the school logo is visible. 
- 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.

Additional Notes:
- 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
- Leggings and Tights – Students may wear black, navy, or white solid color tights.   Navy leggings are acceptable but the student must wear a shirt or top that reaches at least to their fingertips.  Knee socks of a solid color may be worn, but patterns and stripes are not permitted.  Natural color hose are also okay.

Embroidering:
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 (#843-388-4093)
1125 Bowman Road, Suite 101 - Mt. Pleasant 29464

Lunch Provider

USL works with an optional food delivery program called Food for Thought.  Students and faculty/staff may take part in the service any time you'd like.

FFT is a school lunch program with a focus is on fresh, local and organic meals, conscious of allergens and dietary needs.  Food for Thought, a subsidiary of Dish & Design Catering, is located in Mt Pleasant. With a 24 hour minimum notice policy, Food for Thought provides ease and convenience for busy parents on the run.  The large `a la carte menu offers lots of variety and allows parents to build a lunch desirable to their children's taste and/or needs.  There is no minimum order requirement, and lunches are delivered free of charge to University School. Each lunch box is labeled with the student's name and contents of the order.  There is a three checkpoint process to make sure that no lunch is left behind and guarantees every child will receive their lunch.  With an easy to use website, parents can go online and order as they prefer, whether it's month to month, week to week or 24 hours before the lunch is due. Payments are made online and charge to a credit card.  Parents may pay for their order one of two ways:  either by paying lunch to lunch or by depositing money into a personal online account that they may draw from and replenish as needed.

Supplies & Parent/Guardian Forms

Supplies
- Intermediate School supply list (2017-2018) (PDF)
- Middle School supply list (2017-2018) (PDF)

Medical Forms and Brochures (click on name to download)

- H1N1 Flu Resources and info for the USL community
- 2017-2018 USL Health Forms Overview Letter
- Student Medical Info Form (must be completed annually)
- 2017-2018 DHEC School Exclusion Brochure (“When Your Child Should Stay Home From School”)
- 2017-2018 DHEC Required Standards of Immunization for School Attendance
- Prescription Medicine Administration Form
- Non-prescription Medicine Administration Form

On-line Pages for Courses

The Homepage for our on-line Moodle courses