Current Students (2016-2017 School Year)

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“Learning Outside the Classroom” Experiences and Featured Speakers
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"Learning Outside the Classroom" Experiences & Featured Speakers

8/8-8/10, Mon.- Wed. – 9 AM-1 PM Faculty Inservice (babysitting provided by USL students and graduates).

8/10, Wed. – Annual Alumni-Faculty Lunch - noon in the gym

8/11-8/12, Th.- Fri. – 2016-2017 school year begins with Orientation activities led by USL Upper School students and graduates

8/15, Monday – Regular classes begin

8/17, Wednesday – orientation for Learning Outside the Classroom. As part of preparation for our off-campus experiences, students will learn practical skills for personal safety from instructors from Charleston Krav Maga. Middle and Upper School students will begin Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training.

8/19, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

8/23, Tuesday – Back to School Open House in the gym (6:00 PM). Middle and Upper School parents will provide complimentary babysitting for children of parents and faculty/staff.

8/24, Wednesday – LOTC - As part of preparation for our off-campus experiences, students will learn practical skills for personal safety from instructors from Charleston Krav Maga. MS/US students will continue 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.

8/25, Thursday – no uniform day

8/31, Wednesday – LOTC - MS/US students concluded their Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training. Connected to an after-school chess program we will have on Tuesdays, all students will have a sample chess class today. Students also will have a Flex class and a session on building relationships and tips for talking with people that you just met. Upper School students also explored the current exhibit at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston. Created by Emory doctoral student and multi-talented artist Fahamu Pecou, the exhibit, "Do or Die: Affect, Ritual, Resistance" included visuals, textiles, film, and music that he created. It also had links to the 2015 tragedy at Emanuel AME, and we reflected in front of the church on our way there (USL visited Emanuel and had a presentation from Pastor Clementa Pinckney a few years ago). We also stopped and visited the office of The Chronicle on King St. Publishing since 1971, we met with Damion Smalls, Editor and Web Manager.

9/1, Thursday – "Insights into College Admissions" presentation by Jason Kreutner and Don Burkard. This primer will be useful for students and their families at any point of high school and the college search.  It will include the latest insights into admissions for colleges and universities, and this information will prove useful in navigating the process in a knowledgeable manner.  It is intended for all students and parents of the extended University School community, including all graduates of USL's Middle School.  Mr. Burkard helps with college counseling at USL (especially focusing on our juniors and seniors), forming a team with Roger Smith, our Director of College Counseling.  Mr. Burkard came to University School from the College of Charleston.  He retired last summer after 30 years as C of C's Dean of Admissions and Vice President of Enrollment Management.

9/3, Saturday – Upper School students and invited guests will enjoy food and fellowship at an evening gathering at USL from 7-9 PM.

9/5, Monday – University School will be closed in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 9/6.

9/7, Wednesday – Because of the Labor Day Holiday, it is a short week so we will not have an LOTC. No uniform day.

9/8, Thursday (A) GUEST SPEAKER - current Peace Corps member Josh Gross will speak at 1 PM about his experiences in Ethiopia. He is home in S.C. at the midpoint of his two-year stint. (B) Support USL - Family-style Spaghetti Dinner and Salad (serves 4-6). Order from Mrs. Hubbard by Wednesday, 9/7 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today.

9/11, Sunday – Hibben UMC will honor University School's 10th anniversary at their services at 8:15 and 10:30 AM.  Mr. Kreutner will share some pictures and more.  All are welcome.

9/12, Monday – Parent Coffee at USL from 2-3 PM with Jason Kreutner and Amy Frain, Director of Family Engagement.

9/14, Wednesday – LOTC - In the morning, MS and US 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.  In the afternoon, the Charleston Waterkeeper, Andrew Wunderley, will share insights about the organization and talk about the water quality in Shem Creek (we will likely see them on the Creek that morning because they will be doing some water testing).

9/16, Friday – Special LOTC - A group of MS & US students will attend the naturalization ceremony for new citizens at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mt. Pleasant.

9/17, Saturday –Family Service Opportunity - Beach Sweep on the Isle of Palms.  Come join our team led by IS 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 ("University School Students, Faculty, And Alumni Participate In Beach Sweep") in the October 10, 2016, issue.

9/21, Wednesday – After beginning the day with a Morning Meeting class, students will have their individual photos taken by Ring Photography.  Make-up and all-school photos will take place next semester. In the morning, we have an LOTC that was re-scheduled from last week.  MS and US 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. 

9/22, Thursday – Support USL - Family Meal of Teriyaki Chicken, vegetable fried rice, and broccoli (serves 4-6). Order from Mrs. Hubbard by Wednesday, 9/21 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today.

9/23, Friday (A) Afternoon for MS & US - in preparation for their attendance of a production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Gaillard Center on October 10, a teaching artist from The Warehouse Theatre will conduct a student workshop at USL. (B) Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

9/24, Saturday (A) Parent Coffee at USL from 9-10 AM with Jason Kreutner and Amy Frain, Director of Family Engagement. (B) Join the USL Grounds Committee and help Hibben for some needed shrubbery & tree trimming.  Work begins at 9:00am. Trimming tools are limited, so additional tools are welcome. Gloves needed.

9/28, 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, 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) A representative from Marlboro College (VT) will be visiting at 9:45 AM. (C) GUEST SPEAKER - Libertarian Party candidate, Michael Grier, Jr., running for U.S. House District Seat #1, will speak in the AM. (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 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)!  This is a great annual tradition! Please enjoy this video from the day! (E) 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.

October, weekday –  University School will be represented at the First Grade Fair at location TBD from 5:30-7:30 PM.  This program is geared to current kindergarten students and allows us to share USL with families to think of down the road.   Please share this information with families you know may be interested in University School.

10/5, Wednesday - LOTC - (A) GUEST SPEAKER - Ernesto Acosta, Green Party representative, will speak from 8:30-9:30 AM. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation. (B) Intermediate School students will visit and explore the Old Slave Mart Museum and then enjoy lunch in a downtown park. Curated and for years managed by friend-of-USL and Lowcountry-native Nichole Green, the Museum tells important stories powerfully and with clarity. A few years ago, Green joined the effort to create the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum for African American History and Culture.  (C) Middle and Upper School students will enjoy a 10:30 AM performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem 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."  (D) GUEST SPEAKER - Michael Scarborough, American Party candidate for the US Senate seat currently held by US Sen. Tim Scott, will speak from 1:30-2:30 PM. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation. 

10/6, Thursday(A) Parent Coffee - Please join Jason Kreutner and Amy Frain, Director of Family Engagement, from 7:45-8:45 AM for an informal chat around the table about all that is USL-related. (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.  (C) Support USL - Family Meal of Meatloaf and Baked Macaroni and Cheese (serves 4-6). Order from Mrs. Hubbard by Wednesday, 10/5 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today.

Hurricane Matthew left death and destruction in its wake in America and in the Caribbean, and I know we will all do what we can to support the survivors.
1) If you'd like to donate to the domestic relief effort, you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10, or visit their website to give other donations.
2) If you'd like to assist efforts in Haiti, UNICEF has a specific program for this.

10/10, Monday - We will offer a Leadership & Life Skills-type day for any students who'd like to join us.  No students or teachers are required to attend.  There are a lot of good and productive activities in which the students can learn and engage.  Students will not have regular classes, so there are no worries about falling behind, missing something, etc.  The day will begin as normal (arrive 7:20-7:40) and end at 3:10.  We will not have Extended Day.  Students will need to bring their own lunch/snack.  We may do some outside cleaning up, so students can wear "no uniform" clothes that are appropriate for this type of work.  Our aim is help our families with short-notice child care and the need to work / take care of home repairs, etc.

10/11, Tuesday - We expect to have a regular day of school.  The High School Quiz Bowl Regional that we were slated to host on this day has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 11/29.

10/12, Wednesday – LOTC - We will visit Middleton Place in West Ashley. It is one of the three major plantations that are adjacent to each other on Highway 61 (Magnolia Plantation and Drayton Hall are the others). This is in line with our effort to visit a different plantation each year (recent LOTCs include Magnolia Plantation, Mount Pleasant Plantation in Andrews, Hampton Plantation in McClellanville, etc.).

10/14, Friday – End of the First Quarter

10/16, Sunday – On Sunday, October 16, we won Best School Booth at the Mt. Pleasant Children's Day Festival at Park West!  A month ago, USL's Art teacher Jaime Zollars led students through exercises to generate ideas for our booth that corresponded with the Election theme. The booth design was beautiful and the game was fun!  Children visiting our booth got to "vote" for their favorite ice cream flavor by throwing a scoop into the cone!  Thanks to Mrs. Zollars and all of the USL community members who helped set up/clean up our booth and represented University School at the Festival! 

10/18, Tuesday – Special Service Opportunity - It is an annual tradition to help Chicora Elementary in North Charleston with their CD/Kindergarten Math and Literacy Night. We are gathering early reader books to donate to them, and our students will prepare, cook, and deliver refreshments for the children and their families on this night.

10/19, Wednesday – LOTC - (A) In the AM, PSAT administration.  All other students took part in a Challenge Island STEAM activity with Cristan Lawrie. In conjunction with our Water-themed year and the recent hurricane, students were formed into teams and tasked with building a dam to protect a house (and compete to see which team could hold back the most water)!  In the afternoon, all students engaged in exercises to learn more about the upcoming elections that we will be exit polling on Tues., 11/8. (B) GUEST SPEAKER - Ernesto Acosta, Green Party representative, will speak from 1:00-2:00 PM. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation.

10/21, 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.

10/24, Monday – We 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. 

10/26, Wednesday - LOTC - (A) GUEST SPEAKER - S.C. State Senator Marlon Kimpson, Democratic Party, will speak from 8:30-9:30 AM.  He is running unopposed for re-election to S.C. Senate District #42.  Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation. After this, students will head to downtown Charleston to meet with the Post and Courier's environmental reporter, Bo Petersen, about the growing challenges facing the Charleston area in terms of flooding and rising sea levels.  (B) South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Middle School Math Meet in Sumter.

We won First Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet today!  This included having two of the top six high scorers for the whole competition, and our other team placed Sixth overall! Congratulations to all of the participating students and our Middle School Math teacher, Nikki Brockman. The following were our participating students: Bailey Chave, Pai Doesburg, Zoe Gregg, Jack Lee (Sixth overall individual), Mary Lee, Juliana Leone, Anna Misciagna, Evan Turk, Leo Vaglienti (First overall individual), and Jack Woodward.  Thanks to Mrs. Brockman for taking the team to Sumter and Ellie Manucy (11th grade) for helping as cheerleader and supporter.  Congratulations to the teachers and the students, and our gratitude to SCISA the Sumter County Civic Center for hosting this event!  This is our fourth year of participating in this competition, and we’ve now placed Second and First (x3). Coupled with our Second Place finish in last year's High School Meet, we are on quite a roll in Mathematics! This is quite a testament to our Math program at University School, and kudos go to our Math teachers in all three divisions: Nikki Brockman, Beth Donoghue, and Chelisa Elmore Williams. 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, Thursday (A) Support USL - Family Meal TBD (serves 4-6). Order from Mrs. Hubbard by Wednesday, 10/26 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today. (B) Larry Kobrovsky, Chair of the Charleston County Republican Party, will speak at 1:15 PM. Parents are welcome to join us for this presentation. (C) 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.  

10/28, Friday – 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.

10/31, Monday - 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. 

11/2, Wednesday – LOTC - We will travel to the Gibbes Art Museum for two tours (with interactive activities) and lunch in the courtyard. All students will learn about the elements and characteristics of portraiture. Intermediate School students will also learn about Charleston's story as told through art from the Revolutionary War through the Civil War. MS & US students will compare and contrast works that embody characteristics of Neoclassicism, Realism, Romanticism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, and more. We are excited to explore the newly-renovated Museum and see the special exhibition of the Guggenheim Collection!

11/3, Thursday(A) Parent Coffee - Please join Jason Kreutner and Amy Frain, Director of Family Engagement, from 7:45-8:45 AM for an informal chat around the table about all that is USL-related. (B) SCISA Heads' Fall Conference.

11/5, Friday – SCISA Teachers' Fall Conference and Art/Photography Show.

10/31, Monday - 11/4, 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. 

On November 8, 2016, as we do every year on Election Day, students administered exit polls to voters. We focused on President and Vice President, Congressional races, some local races including the Charleston County School Board, and the Charleston County transportation and green space sales tax referendum. Each student canvassed voters at two demographically different precincts, and we visited 26 total voting sites (24 in Charleston County and 2 in Berkeley County). Students then compiled the information in order to predict the outcomes using our exit poll results. Our 2016 efforts were spotlighted in one of the evening's lead articles on the Post and Courier ("Exit polls show Clinton wins Charleston County") and WCBD Channel 2 profiled our civics and exit polling program ("Kids conduct Lowcountry exit polls") on their evening broadcast. On November 10, Post and Courier reporter Paul Bowers gave a comprehensive look at our exit polling ("Student exit pollsters saw the election unfold up close"). On November 13, Robert Behre of the Post and Courier showcased the agenda-setting role of our exit polling by citing the results of an opinion question we posed to voters in Mt. Pleasant about full-time or part mayor and another about the idea of single-member districts for Town Council ("Mount Pleasant closer to a single-member district vote"). On November 16, Charlie Morrison of the Daniel Island news focused on our efforts at precincts on Daniel Island and shared the story of each member of our group ("The Polling Prodigies"). Click here for the results of our 2016 exit polling and predictions!

11/9, Wednesday - LOTC - Rescheduled from 10/10. We will visit Middleton Place in West Ashley. It is one of the three major plantations that are adjacent to each other on Highway 61 (Magnolia Plantation and Drayton Hall are the others). This is in line with our effort to visit a different plantation each year (recent LOTCs include Magnolia Plantation, Mount Pleasant Plantation in Andrews, Hampton Plantation in McClellanville, etc.). We will also review yesterday's Election results.

11/10, Thursday - SCISA State High School Chess Meet.

November 2016, we received the results of our 2015-2016 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 2015-2016, $0.90 of every dollar spent went back to supporting the mission of the School. For our peer schools, the average range is $.68-75.

11/11, Friday - (A) University School MS & US students will host a YALLFest author in the afternoon for an on-campus symposium. (B) In honor of Veterans Day, a group of students will tour the visiting USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51) at the Columbus Street Terminal. Thanks to our friends from the Charleston Navy League for making this opportunity possible.

11/12, 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, Monday - rescheduled from 10/5 because of Hurricane Matthew - Middle and Upper School students will enjoy a performance of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night by The WarehouseTheatre 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."

11/17, Thursday - (A) Morning Open House: Experience USL from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. - If you have a student in 3rd-12th grade who is smart, curious, and kind, University School of the Lowcountry could be an ideal place for him or her to learn and grow. We hope you'll join us on Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 a.m. for coffee, conversation, and a chance to briefly immerse yourself in the student experience at University School of the Lowcountry.   At the Open House, you'll have the chance to observe our school-wide Morning Meeting, where we focus on discussing current events. We'll follow that up with a time for you to ask questions about our experience-based learning, individualized academics, leadership & life skills focus, or anything else you might want to know more about.   There will even be time for a quick tour if you'd like to see more of our learning environment. We look forward to meeting you and showcasing how at USL, the world is our classroom!  Please RSVP to Judy Hubbard or (843) 884-0902 if you plan to attend. (B) Support USL - Family Meal Cornbread Stuffed Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli (serves 4-6). Order from Judy Hubbard Wednesday, 11/16 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today.

11/18, Friday – LOTC - University School students, faculty, parents, alumni, and alumni parents took part in the Day of Caring service projects at twelve sites across Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties through the Trident United Way in the Lowcountry. This year we served at Midland Park Primary, Pinehurst Elementary, Jane Edwards Elementary, International Primate Protection League, South Santee Senior and Community Center, Fresh Future Farm, Footlight Players, Whitesville Elementary, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Chicora Elementary, Windwood Farm Home for Boys, and the Dorchester County Library. 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 was our eighth consecutive year of participating in the Day of Caring, and we contributed 500+ hours of service to our community. Click here for the 2016 slideshow of our day!

11/23-25, Wednesday-Friday – University School will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

11/29, Tuesday (A) 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. (B) SCISA High School Quiz Bowl regional at USL. We were Region Champs in 2015-2016! Rescheduled from 10/11 because of Hurricane Matthew.

11/30, Wednesday – LOTC - explore the State Ports Authority (SPA) Wando Welch Terminal and learn about the Charleston Port and Seafarers' Society.

12/1, Thursday (A) - HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host Skateboard Science for a performance of 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, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community. (B) Support USL - Family Meal TBD (serves 4-6). Order from Judy Hubbard Wednesday, 11/16 for $25. Take home at car-pool pick-up today.

12/7, Wednesday – LOTC- Medical University of South Carolina - It is a December tradition to visit MUSC. In 2015, students took part in several activities to learn about Pediatric Cardiology, Interventional Neuroimaging, Meducare (medical helicopter transportation), and Telehealth (allowing rural schools and other healthcare providers to consult with MUSC physicians using the latest technology). As is customary, the day ended with our visiting and delivering holiday cards to patients at the Hollings Cancer Institute. Click here for a slideshow of our day!

12/8, Thursday – Special Intermediate School LOTC - students will attend an 11 AM performance of Charleston Ballet's production of The Nutcracker (we have two students performing!).

12/10, Friday - Middle School Dance in the gym (6:30-8:30). Please enjoy this slideshow of last year's dance !

12/12, Monday Open House on 12/12 from 6:00-7:30 P.M. If you have a student in 3rd-12th grade who is smart, curious, and kind, University School of the Lowcountry could be an ideal place for them to learn and grow. We hope you'll join us on Monday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments, conversation, and a chance to learn more about University School of the Lowcountry.   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 for you to ask questions about our experience-based learning, individualized academics, leadership & life skills focus, or anything else you might want to know more about.  There will even be time for a quick tour if you'd like to see more of our learning environment. We look forward to meeting you and showcasing how at USL, the world is our classroom!  Please RSVP to Judy Hubbard or (843) 884-0902 if you plan to attend.

12/16, Friday - (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. In 2015 we visited KKBE synagogue and St. Michael's Church in downtown Charleston. This year Talim Lessane from the College of Charleston will teach us more about Kwanzaa, which is celebrated on December 26-January 1. In the mornign, we will visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Charleston. After lunch at a downtown park, students will then tour the Central Mosque of Charleston to learn more about Islam. Please enjoy the 2015 slideshow from this day (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. 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. (C) End of Second Quarter and First Semester.

12/19, Monday - 1/1 Sunday - Winter Break Holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 1/3.

1/4, Wednesday - 1/11, Wednesday (approximate dates) – The Midde School trip this year is to Alabama. Our tentative itinerary (traveling from North to South): Huntsville - Space and Rocket Center; Muscle Shoals - Helen Keller's home, WC Handy's home, and the Rosenbaum House (only Frank Lloyd Wright in AL); Birmingham - Sloss Furnace and Civil Rights Institute; Selma - Edmund Pettus Bridge and Voting Rights Museum; Montgomery - Civil Rights attractions; Tuskegee and Auburn universities; Monroeville - Harper Lee's home; Mobile - TBD. Each year's MS trip is distinct, and prior years have been to Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Eastern-Tennessee & Western North Carolina, Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Columbia.

1/13-17, Friday-Tuesday – University School will be closed on Friday, 1/13 and Monday, 1/16 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Students will not have classes because of faculty in-service on Tuesday, 1/17. Classes will resume on Wednesday, January 18. * Exception for High School students participating in the SCISA State Math Meet on Tuesday, 1/17.

1/17, Tuesday – SCISA High School State Math Meet in Sumter.

In 2015-2016 , we won Second Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association High School Math Meet! We are proud of all of the participating students -- Anne Adragna, Thomas Boyle, Allison Horan, Allison Li, Sandy Otap -- and our Upper School Math teachers, Mrs. Brockman and Mrs. Elmore! As our current highest grade is 11th, this is an amazing accomplishment -- including a top 3 individual high scorer! This is our second year of participating in this competition, and we’ve now placed Second and Fourth. For the Middle School, we have participated for the last three years, and we’ve now placed First, Second, and First. This is also quite a testament to our Math program at University School, including the strong foundation that is established in the Intermediate and Middle Schools with Mrs. Brockman, Mrs. Lawrie, Ms. Elmore, Ms. Donoghue, and Mrs. Koches.  Congratulations to the teachers and the students!

1/24, Tuesday - Intermediate and Middle School students will enjoy a performance of "The Science of Magic" by Bill Blagg 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."

1/25, Wednesday - (A) LOTC - TBD; (B) - Teacher & Parent Conference Opportunity. They can also be scheduled at any other time of the year.

February, weekday – College Counseling session for our Upper School students and their families (6-7 PM).  Both members of our College Counseling team will oversee the session.  Roger Smith, our Director of College Counseling, and Don Burkard, recently-retired from 25+ years at the College of Charleston -- most recently the Associate Vice President for Enrollment Planning, comprise a talented team with experience and insights on both sides of the process. Mr. Smith meets throughout the year with all of the Upper School students.  Mr. Burkard currently works with USL Upper School students in their junior and senior years.  They both help our students look ahead to the next transition and with life planning, and they enable us to provide a strong and comprehensive college counseling program.  They will make a presentation, share information, and will be happy to answer any questions about high school to college, etc.

Early-February, 2017 - announcement of results for the 2016-2017 Scholastic Art & Writing competition for the Southeast Region. This competition is for 7-12th graders.

In 2015-2016, our 7th-11th graders entered 120 works of fiction, nonfiction, personal memoir, and poetry and received an amazing 94 awards!  84% of our students were honored. 17 Gold Keys were won, and these pieces will move on to the national level. Typically the number of submissions in the region numbers in the tens of thousands and for the country is 250,000+. It is our practice and belief to have all of our eligible students take part in this competition.  Our talented and driven group of learners have been inspired and guided to become better and more confident writers by their devoted teachers -- success that has been recognized by the Scholastic Writing Awards!

Late-February/Early-March, Saturday - University School will hold its Annual Auction at 6:00 PM at Hobcaw Yacht Club. All members, supporters, and friends of the USL community are invited to join us for this event. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Buying tickets and bidding on items is done through a program called Bidr -- a venture based right here in Charleston! You can even preview auction items on the site! Bidr allows friends, family, and supporters the opportunity to bid and donate from their cellphones if they cannot attend in person!

2/1, Wednesday - SCISA State Literary Meet

We had a very successful time at the 2015-2016 SCISA State Literary Meet, and we are proud of our participants and are grateful to Ms. Peck, our Middle and Upper School English teacher, for inspiring and chaperoning them.  As with our LOTCs that place students in all sorts of situations to learn, competitions like this allow students to test and push themselves -- and then learn from the experience.  We participated in 1-2 events a few years ago, and this was only our third year fielding a full-complement of students in the array of fields.    It was a busy day with a large contingent of schools present.  Congratulations to following top finishers:
Allison Horan, 11th grade, for winning 2nd Place in High School Girls essay writing. Gabby Villacres, 8th grade, for winning 3rd Place in Middle School Girls extemporaneous speaking. Allison Li, 8th grade, for winning 1st Place in Middle School Girls essay writing.

2/8, Wednesday - (A) SCISA Middle School Quiz Bowl regional competition. We were Region Champions in 2013-2014, and Region Champions and State Runners-Up in 2014-2015! (B) Middle and Upper School students will enjoy a 10:30 AM performance by the Dance Theatre of Harlem 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."  

2/17, 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. Please enjoy the 2016 slideshow of the day of the day!

2/20, Monday - University School will be closed in observation of the Presidents' Day Holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 2/21.

2/21, Tuesday - SCISA Middle School State Quiz Bowl Championship. We were Region Champions in 2013-2014, and Region Champions and State Runners-Up in 2014-2015!

2/22, Wednesday - classes today instead of an LOTC because of the short week for observing the Presidents' Day Holiday.

2/23, Thursday special LOTC - Charleston Air Force Base's Tuskegee Airmen program. Several interested students took part in this in 2016, and the local CBS station, Channel 5, composed a video story about it for their evening news broadcast. It is neat to see some of our students taking part.

2/27, Monday - All University School students will enjoy a performance of "I Have a Dream" by the Virginia Repertory 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."

Early-March, 2017 - announcement of results for the 2016-2017 Scholastic Art & Writing competition for national recognition. This competition is for 7-12th graders.

In early-March, 2016, four USL students were named Scholastic Art and Writing national award winners, and University School won 4 of the 50 national awards for writing that students in South Carolina received! We had 17 regional Gold Key winners, and they proceeded to the national competition.  National medalists represent the top 1% of submissions to the 2016 Scholastic Awards. This competition is for 7-12th graders, and this year our 7th-11th graders entered 120 works of fiction, nonfiction, personal memoir, and poetry and received an amazing 94 awards at the regional level!  84% of our students were honored, and over 90% of our 8th graders garnered an award for writing in 7th or 8th grade.  Typically the number of submissions in the region numbers in the tens of thousands and for the country is 300,000+. University School has four national medalists (attached picture with MS/US Writing Teacher Sara Peck): 
Anne Adragna (11th) - National Silver Key for her poem "The Grass 524 Miles Away"
Hannah Godsill (7th) - National Gold Key for her poem "Bullet Stains"
Daniel Kalus (8th) - National Gold Key for his short story "Three Views on the Same Matter"
Allison Li (8th) - National Gold Key for her poem "As the Months Drag On"

March/April, Friday - Community Potluck Dinner and All-School Talent Show (5:45 in the gym). Students should sign up with Mr. Medlock, and details about the dinner are forthcoming.  ** Click here for last year's slideshow.

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).

3/10, Friday - End of the Third Quarter

3/13, Monday - Intermediate and Middle School students will enjoy a performance of Doktor Kaboom 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."

3/14, Tuesday - SCISA State Elementary and Middle School Chess Tournament.

Early-April (5-6 days) - The Upper School trip this year is to Seattle, Washington. We'll explore area cultural and historical treasures and examine other area attractions. Students will also visit and tour two area colleges/universities. Each year's US trip is distinct, and prior years have been to Texas, Georgia, and Florida.

March/April, 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.

3/24, Friday (A) There will be no school for a faculty in-service day from 9:00-noon. Babysitting for faculty members' children and lunch will be provided by MS/US students and mentors.  (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 special activities and their annual Easter Egg Hunt for their residents.  Sweetgrass is holding this activity in the afternoon (1:15-2:45), and it is always a fun and nice event.  It was wonderful to have almost 20 students volunteer for a fun and meaningful time with others!* *** Click here for the 2016 slideshow.

3/25, Saturday - 7th Annual COK-SM Mathematics Competition

4/5, Wednesday – SCISA Lower School Regional Quiz Bowl

In 2015-2016 , our Lower School (grades 4-5) Quiz Bowl team won their region! This means they will take part in the State Quiz Bowl later this month. We competed against Pinewood Prep, Charleston Collegiate, and Coastal Christian, and our students won all three of their matches. We are proud of the students: Charlotte Adragna, Jackie Berenyi, Kessler Kreutner-Eady, Mia Leone, Caitlin Parkman, and William Wettengel. We are grateful for the generosity of our hosts at Pinewood and all of the teams for a good competition and time together.

4/10, Monday - 4/14, Friday – Spring Break - school resumes on Monday, April 17.

4/19, Wednesday – SCISA Lower School State Quiz Bowl Championship

April, Saturday - University School will participate in Christ Our King-Stella Maris School’s Mathletics Competition.

Early-May - 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) or the full slate of activities (lunch and the slideshow).  Please just RSVP with Judy Hubbard in the USL office.

5/16, Tuesday 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, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community. Click here for a slideshow of their 2016 performance!

Late-May - Twelfth Grade Graduation - more details forthcoming. If you'd like to attend, please just RSVP with Judy Hubbard in the USL office.

5/22, Monday we will thoroughly clean and organize the campus and rooms so that everything is in order for Hibben UMC for the summer. 

5/23, 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.

5/24-26, Wednesday-Friday – Faculty end-of-year inservice - lunch provided. Students and Alums will provide babysitting for faculty/staff children.

End of May, weekday – 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.

End of May, Friday – LOTC - Mentor Night from 6:30-8:30 in the gym.  Students will enjoy food, fun, and fellowship.

Summer 2017 - (A) We'll have a 1 week camp for students in rising grades 3-5. Overseen by USL's Intermediate School Director Alauria Corbin, t will include hallmark aspects of University School like fun and compelling field trips. More information will be available in December 2016/January 2017. (B) 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). The list of activities will be forthcoming in Spring 2017.

TBD (Originally 11/1, Tuesday) – SCISA High School Quiz Bowl State Championship.

Late-November, early-December – Middle School students, their families, and the faculty will enjoy the annual Middle School luncheon. Themes from earlier years include items from Charleston Receipts, Mediterranean dishes, and a traditional Southern picnic.

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

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

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. 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

Supplies & Parent/Guardian Forms

Supplies
- Intermediate School supply list (2016-2017) (PDF)
- Middle School supply list (2016-2017) (PDF)

Medical Forms and Brochures (click on name to download)

- H1N1 Flu Resources and info for the USL community
- 2016-2017 USL Health Forms Overview Letter
- Student Medical Info Form (must be completed annually)
- 2016-2017 DHEC School Exclusion Brochure (“When Your Child Should Stay Home From School”)
- 2016-2017 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