Current Students (2012-2013 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)
8/22, Wednesday – orientation for Learning Outside the Classroom. Students will 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.
8/29, Wednesday – LOTC - IS students will work with Mrs. Koches on organization and have a core skills experience. MS students and faculty will conclude Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training.
9/7, Friday – University School students, faculty, and parents will take part in ten National Day of Caring service projects through the Trident United Way in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties: Angel Oak Elementary, Goodwin Elementary, Jane Edwards Elementary, Midland Park Elementary, Macedonia Middle School, Windwood Farm Home for Children, Trident Literacy Association, Salvation Army, Carter-May Assisted Living Center, and International Primate Protection League. *** Click here for the 2012 Day of Caring slideshow.
Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
9/12, Wednesday – LOTC - The whole school will reflect on the Day of Caring in the morning. Middle School students will spend some time practicing their Red Cross skills before exploring the Old Village and some of the newer parks within walking distance of USL. Intermediate School students will work on core skills and then also journey through the Old Village and experience some of the local parks.
9/18, Tuesday – Guest Speaker - Sally Hunt, Academic Magnet High School senior, will present her senior research project to the Middle School during Leadership & Life Skills class. Her project entails spreading awareness of deforestation in Haiti through disseminating information and creating recyclable paper beads.
9/19, Wednesday – LOTC - 1) a small USL community group will complete a rescheduled Day of Caring project at South Santee Senior and Community Center in McClellanville. 2) all other students will walk down Coleman Blvd. for a painting project at Art Buzz Kids Mount Pleasant. In the afternoon, we will enjoy lunch at Mount Pleasant's new Shem Creek Park.
9/26, Wednesday – Beginning at 9:00, we will take our school and individual photos with Pat Ring from Ring Photography at Alhambra Hall in the Old Village. Guest Speaker - At 1 PM, in preparation for November's elections, Julie Hussey, from the League of Women Voters, will discuss America's voting history, SC's current ballot issues, and other relevant voting topics.
9/27, Thursday – Mrs. Coll 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. This session will include tips for all 8th grade parents concerning the process and also a presentation on the important dates throughout the Fall and Winter at our local area high schools.
10/1, Monday – 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.
10/3, Wednesday – (A) LOTC - Middle School students will walk to Coastal Expeditions (514 Mill Street) for a kayaking activity on Shem Creek to Crab Bank Island. IS students - Pioneers, Pirates, and Patriots program at The Powder Magazine, Heyward-Washington House, and Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon - through the Charleston Museum. * Guest Speaker - At 1:30 PM, in preparation for November's elections, Larry Carter Center, Green Party candidate for South Carolina State House District #114 (Charleston and Dorchester Counties) will speak at University School about the Green Party, its platform, and his race as a third party candidate in South Carolina.(B) Optional Family LOTC - At 3 PM, we hope to 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)! *** Click here for the slideshow.
10/4, Thursday – Guest Speaker - At 11 AM, in preparation for November's elections, Bill Rogers, Executive Director of the South Carolina Press Association, will discuss the role of the press in South Carolina (and the Freedom of Information Act and our low ranking for government transparency, etc.) and the importance of the press in investigating/reporting/publicizing the actions of government, etc. Jen Barclay Madden, Assistant Director, will also address newer forms of media and the impact of the internet on traditional newspapers (i.e. hyperlocal news sites like Patch).
10/8, Monday – Guest Speaker - At 7:45 AM, U.S. State Department Consular Affairs Official Kevin Kreutner will speak at University School. Kreutner and his wife, Lourdes Lamela, are both Foreign Service officers and have been stationed at U.S. embassies in Mexico, Iraq, Spain, Saudi Arabia, and most recently in Syria until America's embassy was closed. A fluent Arabic speaker, Kreutner will speak about the Arab Spring, events in Syria, the role of the State Department, and his personal story and perspective as an American diplomat in the Middle East.
10/10, Wednesday – LOTC - We will visit North America's only tea plantation and the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River. The Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island is a working farm that uses tea plants dating back to the 18th century, and the tea is processed at an on-site factory. A horticulturalist will explain how tea plants are grown and nurtured. We will also learn about the processing of the tea and explore the 180 acre plantation by trolley. On the way to the Charleston Tea Plantation,we will stop and visit Angel Oak. This oak tree is estimated to be over 1000 years old. *** Click here for the slideshow.
10/17, 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 grade - take the PSAT in the morning and then community service at Hibben. (PM) On-campus art projects. * Guest Speaker - At 1:30 PM, in preparation for November's elections, Eaddy Willard, of the Southeastern Institute for Women in Politics, will speak at University School about the past and present status of female representation in elected offices in South Carolina and the efforts of the SIWP to address this. South Carolina currently has no females in our State Senate, and the state is ranked 50th for women in elected office (furthermore, 4 women ever elected to statewide office, 1 women in Congress from 1987-1993, and women make up only 17.5% of trustees at South Carolina public colleges and universities). Willard is a former Republican Congressional staffer and has served in many functions in the party. She is the immediate past Secretary of the SCGOP having served in that position for a decade. She is the former president of the Capital City Republican Women.
10/19, Friday – Guest Speaker - In preparation for November's elections, Bakari Sellers, South Carolina State House District #90 (Bamberg, Barnwell, and Orangeburg Counties) representative since 2007 will speak at University School. Sellers, a member of the S.C. Democratic Party, was elected in 2006 at the age of 22, and he is the son of civil rights activist (Orangeburg Massacre at S.C. State in 1968) and current president of Voorhees College, Cleveland Sellers. In 2010, Time Magazine named Sellers one of its top 40 civic leaders under the age of 40 in America. He will speak about the upcoming election, his party, its platform, and other issues relevant to politics in South Carolina and America.
10/20, 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.
10/21, 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).
10/24, Wednesday – LOTC - At University School, we believe in learning about religious faiths first hand. In this light, we will visit The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints location in West Ashley for a presentation, tour and exploration of the Family Research Center. In preparation for November's elections, Keith Blandford , Libertarian Party candidate for US House District #1, will speak at University School about the Libertarian Party, its platform, and his race as a third party candidate in South Carolina.
10/25, Thursday – Students & Mentors Halloween edition Mentor Night - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. * Special night because Friday, October 26 is a CCSD and USL student holiday.
10/31, Wednesday – LOTC - USL students will enjoy the Charleston Stage production of Nevermore, based on the life and works on Edgar Allan Poe, at the Dock Street Theatre.
11/4, Sunday – University School will hold its Annual Auction and Oyster Roast at Goldbug Island (1560 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Mount Pleasant), and all members and supporters of the USL community are invited to join us for this event. Click here for more information, and click here to register for your tickets.
11/5, Monday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host USC School of Music professors Rebecca Hunter and Lynn Kompass for a classical music performance at 10 AM in the gym. They will discuss and then play parts of the following works: Ayala Asherov's 4 movement work "Sunsets", Beethoven's Violin and Piano Sonata Op. 12 No. 1 I. Allegro con brio, and Brahms Violin Sonata Op. 78 G Major II. Adagio and III. Allegro molto moderato. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 60 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Christ our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Montessori of Mount Pleasantl, Hibben UMC Preschool, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.
11/6, Tuesday – ELECTION DAY LOTC - Our main effort will be exit polling at various precincts around the county. Each student will visit at least two precincts in different areas of the the Lowcountry to get a sense of what is motivating voters at the polls. 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.
11/7, Wednesday - LOTC - review the results of Tuesday's election. We will also examine national and international perspectives on the outcomes. The MS will also hear a presentation from a guest speaker and the guide for next week's LOTC. Russell Horres will provide an overview of the rice culture in the Lowcountry and specific details related to Hampton Plantation.
11/10, 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 last Friday and Saturday. 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 last year and this year. 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 slideshow.
11/13, Tuesday – Annual Family Potluck Dinner and Gathering at James Island County Park Wando Shelter (including the Holiday Festival of Lights). *** Click here for the slideshow.
11/14, Wednesday – LOTC - We explored the rice culture of the Carolina Lowcountry. The itinerary included traveling to the Rice Museum in Georgetown and then exploring 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 plantation each year to compare and contrast them (Magnolia Plantation in '09-'10, Middleton Place in '10-'11, Drayton Hall in '11-'12, etc.).
11/19, 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 slideshow.
11/20, Tuesday – Special 8th grade joint LOTC with Christ Our King-Stella Maris School. Students will take an earthquake tour of downtown Charleston with Geology students from the College of Charleston, explore the Natural History Museum at CofC, and enjoy lunch together at Waterfront Park.
11/28, Wednesday – LOTC - AM, students will take part in relationship building activities, Wellness workshops, and an extended L&L class. PM, the MS will visit our friends at Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village to make wreaths for all of the residents. The IS will work with Mrs. Koches on study skills and the USL newspaper. *** Click here for the slideshow of the wreathmaking at Sweetgrass.
11/30, Friday – (A) USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. (B) Parent Gathering at "The Southern" (730 Coleman Blvd) during mentor night for drinks, food and conversation. The Southern is a new spot right down from Mozzo at 730 Coleman Blvd.
12/5, Wednesday – LOTC - AM, students will have presentations by and questions for students who have had their job shadow experiences already this year, Wellness workshops, and an extended L&L class. PM, Our original afternoon experience, chainsaw artist Jake Marzullo, has been postponed. Students will either walk down Coleman Blvd. for a painting project at Art Buzz Kids or walk and have lunch at a Soul Food restaurant in the Old Village (H&R Sweet Shop). *** Click here for the slideshow.
12/12, Wednesday – LOTC- Medical University of South Carolina - It is a December tradition to visit MUSC. Students were greeted with an exercise involving how does one assess a potential cancer patient with Dr. Gerard Silvestri. Students then rotated through several experiences: making and delivering holiday cards to cancer patients, touring the Cancer Genomics lab with Dr. Bob Wilson, understanding drug development through a discovery tour with Dr. Patrick Woster, and learning more about the use of computerized mannequins at the Simulation Center with Dr. Nicholas Pastis. *** Click here for the slideshow.
12/15, Saturday – Optional Family LOTC - On Saturday, December 15, the Society for Creative Anachronism is holding the Feast of Saint Andrew at the Colleton Saddle Club in Walterboro (this is the link to the event description). It will feature Middle Ages-style fighting events and period-appropriate arts and science activities. For those who are interested, there is also a feast of food items of the time. Several USL families went a similar SCA event a few years ago. We had a nice time in New Ellention, and the SCA participants were gracious hosts and did a terrific job of explaining the activities and events of the day. This is not a Renaissance Fair, but it is a formal SCA event and guests are welcome. *** Click here for the slideshow.
12/20, Thursday - LOTC - We will have our annual Winter Faiths/Holidays Interdisciplinary Day. We will learn about holidays and how they are celebrated by various faith and ethnic groups. We will visit Holy Ascension Orthodox Churchin Mt. Pleasant, and Father John Parker will provide some information about the Orthodox Church and Christmas (many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7: this is December 25 according to the Julian calendar that the Orthodox Church follows). We will visit "Mother" Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Students will learn about this historically African-American denomination and how they celebrate Christmas. One interesting fact about Emanuel AME is their pastor is also a S.C. State Senator - Rev. Clementa Pinckney. We will then explore Synagogue Emanu-El in West Ashley for a presentation and tour by Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum. He will teach us more about the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, celebrated from December 8-16 this year. Talim Lessane from the College of Charleston will teach us more about Kwanzaa, which is celebrated on December 26. *** Click here for the slideshow.
12/20, Thursday - On Thursday, December 20, 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 and Holy Trinity AME Church. We are friends with the Lowcountry Food Bank and Pastor Brown at Holy Trinity AME Church on Mathis Ferry in Mount Pleasant (we have visited both places and gave food donations to them), and it would be great if we could provide some durable food items to them for the holidays. This is an annual tradition to support the Food Bank and the food outreach efforts of HT AME.
1/2, Wednesday - LOTC - current events catch-up and critical thinking and note-taking exercises in an extended L&L class. Various relationship and community-building activities.
1/9, Wednesday - LOTC - We will travel to the Gibbes Art Museum for two tours and lunch. In the morning, we will learn about Charleston's story as told through art from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. We will then have lunch in the courtyard. At noon, our second tour will be an exploration of the elements of art through various forms. *** Click here for the slideshow.
1/16, Wednesday - LOTC - AM - Dr. Peter Kalivas, Chair of the Neurosciences Department at MUSC, will give separate presentations to the Intermediate and Middle Schools. His research interests are addiction and the brain and how growing up in an impoverished environment can result in learning and memory deficits. PM - Students who have completed their job shadows will share their experiences and answer questions about their chosen field. *** Click here for the slideshow.
1/23, Wednesday – LOTC - AM - IS takes a tour of College of Charleston and The Citadel (a focus on architecture, public colleges, and comparing and contrasting). MS will be assisting the Charleston Park Conservancy as they prepare a public garden in the South Windermere Shopping Center. PM - All School exploration of significant points of interest in Charleston that USL has not been able to fold into earlier experiences. There will be an emphasis on parks and public spaces, and the issues of tax base and creating value / desirability through public spaces.
1/30, Wednesday - LOTC - Students traveled to Robertson's Farm on Wadmalaw Island to glean kale through the Fields to Families program. F to F connects farmers who wish to donate crops to those in need with volunteers who do the harvesting. We gathered over 1000 pounds of kale, and we enjoyed sampling it and kohlrabi from the farm. On our way back to USL, we stopped at the Lowcountry Food Bank (our LOTC site for next week) to donate it. We also brought back and shared kale with Hibben UMC and our families. *** Click here for the slideshow.
2/5, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host Wona Womalan, a West African drum and dance ensemble. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 60 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Christ our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Hibben UMC Preschool, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.
2/6, Wednesday - LOTC - AM - we will visit Rob Fowler at WCBD in Mt. Pleasant. He will give us a tour of the weather forecasting components of the station and share a meteorology & weather lesson with us. PM - we will travel to the Lowcountry Food Bank and learn about its role as a hub for food collection and disbursement to non-profits in our area. Since USL last visited, the Food Bank has built a kitchen for on-site preparation of meals. *** Click here for the slideshow.
2/15, 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. *** Click here for the slideshow.
(2) Middle School Dance - 6:30-9:00 PM *** Click here for the slideshow.
2/20, Wednesday – LOTC - We went to the Naval Weapons Station to learn about the Army's Prepositioned Stock program. It provided a lesson in logistics and advance planning as we learned that America has fixed sites all across the globe with material for the Army, and this Program manages the four ships in the Indian & Pacific Oceans that are floating vehicle warehouses. Students learned about this program, toured the site, and explored some of the vehicles and inventory. We also had lunch at the Officers' Club. *** Click here for the slideshow.
2/22, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
2/27, Wednesday - LOTC - In the morning, students will also engage in some practice testing to get acclimated to the Stanford Achievement test. In the afternoon, we will take part in a Peruvian experience led by IS Spanish teacher Tania Schettini. We will travel to Pollo Tropical for a demonstration of preparing ceviche and a Peruvian-style lunch.
3/6, Wednesday – LOTC - We have scheduled our all-school picture and individual make-ups (for students who did not get their photo taken in the Fall) for this morning with Ring Photography. 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.
3/12, Tuesday – All of the students (both MS and IS) competed in a creative writing competition they completed for Mrs. Scarafile's Writing class called "The Great Potato Disguise." Students and parents enjoyed all of the potatoes and the accompanying stories, and votes were tallied in the categories of Best Writing, Best Disguise, Most Creative/Funniest, and Best Overall for both the Intermediate and Middle Schools. *** Click here for the slideshow.
3/13, 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.
3/20, Wednesday – Students will take sections of the Stanford Achievement test and have Talent Show practice. Students will prepare sandwiches and desserts for our Fellowship Lunch (12:30) with members of Hibben UMC. This involves USL students eating in small groups with small groups of Hibben UMC: we share a meal that both groups provide (Hibben soup and table settings, USL dessert and sandwiches). It is a nice annual tradition that gives students practice conversing with adults with whom they are not familiar. *** Click here for the slideshow.
3/22, Friday – Please join us for the Annual Talent Show and Potluck Dinner at 5:45 PM in the gym. This is a chance to catch up, socialize, and enjoy and evening with other members of the University School community.
3/27, Wednesday – Students will finish the Stanford tests and complete any make-ups if needed. The MS will have a special guest speaker, Alan Moskin -- grandfather of 8th grader Rory Corcoran. He was a World War II American soldier who helped liberate the Gunskirchen Lager concentration camp in May 1945. We will then travel to Hollywood, SC to meet with Frank Marvin, retired owner of Marvin's Meats. He will provide an overview of meat processing, and this is one of the three parts of our farm to table exploration. *** Click here for the slideshow.
3/28, Thursday – 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). *** Click here for the slideshow.
4/10, Wednesday – LOTC - AM - IS Students will continue their practice and lessons in cursive handwriting. At 11:00 they will walk to the new Shem Creek Park for lunch, and then they'll have a Georgia O'Keefe-inspired mixed media art class with the staff of Art Buzz Kids (Wine and Design) from 12:00-1:30. The MS will remain at USL to prepare for the upcoming Middle School trip to the mountains of North Carolina.
4/12, Friday - SPECIAL IS 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 in conjunction with students from MUSC, and it is always a fun and nice event. * This year's activity is being held after Easter because of scheduling conflicts. *** Click here for the slideshow.
4/14, Sunday - Friday, 4/19 - Middle School trip - the MS is headed to western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee from approximately Sunday, April 14 (AM) to Friday, April 19 (PM). We have created our own itinerary for this trip, and we will be using our regular bus charter service (Mott's) for transportation. We have an enlightening and fun itinerary planned, and themed days include experiences and activities involving the Cherokee tribe, Biltmore House and Asheville, mountains/caverns, farming, mountain culture -- including bluegrass -- and includes a college tour of Western Carolina University (their Cherokee culture department is helping orchestrate some of our experiences).
4/17, Wednesday – LOTC - IS Students will travel to Kiawah Island for two neat educational programs: beach ecology and reptiles of the Lowcountry. Between the two activities, students will eat lunch at Mingo Point or another outdoor venue at Kiawah. *** Click here for the slideshow.
4/24, Wednesday – LOTC - We will head to Walterboro to Keegan-Filion Farm. Keegan-Filion Farm specializes in free-range chickens, cows, turkeys, and pigs. They do this without using hormones or antibiotics, and the cows are grass-fed (not corn or grain-fed). The farm is held in high regard for its practices and its products, and they supply many of the finest Lowcountry restaurants.
5/1, Wednesday – LOTC - University School will celebrate the end of the year by the beach on Isle of Palms: this is an annual tradition.
5/2, Thursday – Parent Workshop with Mrs. Coll and Dr. Ken Coll - 6:30 PM in the Long Room - "Anxiety and Families" - How anxiety develops in the context of family dynamics, learning ways to recognize patterns that promote anxiety, and strategies to alleviate it
5/7, Tuesday – Hosted Performance - University School will host Billy Jonas, a perfomer known for his original voice and percussion-based songs. While heavily involving the audience, Jonas plays conventional instruments (guitar, bass, marimba) and homemade creations (using buckets and barrels, keys and cans, bells and body percussion). This performance is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 60 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Moultrie Middle School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Hibben UMC Preschool, Trident Academy, East Cooper Montessori Charter School, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community. *** Click here for the slideshow.
5/8, Wednesday – LOTC - Annual Personal Health Symposium - Dr. Lynn Manfred, Clinical Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at MUSC, will come to University School with some of her residents, to educate our students on personal health and hygiene.
5/15, Wednesday – LOTC - USL students will explore several areas of responsibility overseen by the Charleston County Department of Environmental Management. We will visit the Bees Ferry Landfill -- including its Composting Site, and our exploration will also include the County's Recycling Center on Romney Street in downtown Charleston. We will also visit GrowFood Carolina to learn more about their efforts to support local farmers by more efficiently connecting them with potential customers.
5/16, 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.
5/22, Wednesday – LOTC - This day is set aside for a "Special Memory" trip chosen by consensus by the 8th graders. It will entail an LOTC, perhaps one they had in earlier years, that they wish to share with all of the other students.
5/24, Friday - 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
The school day begins at 7:45 AM and ends at 2:55 for the Intermediate School and 3:10 for the Middle School. 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 pick up. 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.
Click here to go to the homepage for our on-line Moodle courses. You do not need to login to view the calendar on the right side of the page. Click on today's date (or the nearest prior school day), and it will tell you the homework that is upcoming.
- 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)
- 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
- 2012-2013 USL Health Forms Overview Letter
- Student Medical Info Form (must be completed annually)
- 2012-2013 DHEC School Exclusion Webpage (“When Your Child Should Stay Home From School”)
- 2012-2013 DHEC Required Standards of Immunization for School Attendance
- Prescription Medicine Administration Form
- Non-prescription Medicine Administration Form