Current Students (2016-2017 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)
8/8-8/10, 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 – (A) 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.
(B) All USL Community Event - the Horan family, including Matthew (7th) and Allison (12th), invite all past and present members of the University School community to a bonfire at the beach at 6 PM. Location - Station 25, Sullivans Island, SC 29482.
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.
October, weekday (tentative) – USL's High School Night. 8th graders and their parents are welcome to learn more about USL's Upper School and gain information about the transition to high school. This meeting is from 6:00-7:00 PM. Because our Upper School is a natural evolution of our existing program, we plan to share information with our families about our Upper School and the Middle School to High School transition at this time or at the end of their 7th grade year.
10/5, 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. (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." (C) 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.
10/10, Monday - 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."
10/11, Tuesday – SCISA High School Quiz Bowl regional at USL. We were Region Champs in 2015-2016!
10/14, Friday – End of the First Quarter
10/16, Sunday – The USL community will have a game booth and help with clean-up at the Mount Pleasant Children's Festival at Park West Recreational Complex (12 PM-5 PM). University School won Best School Booth in 2010 and 2013 -- and 2nd place in 2014 and 2016!
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 - In the AM, PSAT administration. All other students will engage in exercises to learn more about the upcoming elections that we will be exit polling on Tues., 11/8.
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 - South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) Middle School Math Meet in Sumter.
In 2015-2016 , we won First Place Team at the South Carolina Independent School Association Middle School Math Meet, and this included having two of the top three high scorers for the whole competition! Congratulations to all of the participating students and our Middle School Math teachers: Mrs. Brockman, Mrs. Lawrie, and Ms. Elmore. The following were our participating students: Thomas Boyle (Third overall individual), Ron Kalus, Sabrina Lawrence, Allison Li (First overall individual), Isabel Prioleau, Julian Hill, Daniel Kalus, Mary Lee, Cayleigh Nicholson, Alex Pawlik, Jack Woodward. This is our third year of participating in this competition, and we’ve now placed First, Second, and First. Coupled with our Second Place finish in the 2015-2016 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: Mrs. Brockman, Ms. Donoghue, Ms. Elmore, and Mrs. Lawrie. 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.
10/28, 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.
11/1, Tuesday – SCISA High School Quiz Bowl State Championship.
11/3, Thursday – 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.
11/8, Tuesday – LOTC - As we do every year on Election Day, students will administer exit polls and make election predictions. This year we'll be focusing 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 will canvass voters at two precincts, and we'll visit at least 26 total voting sites. Students will then compile the information in order to predict the outcomes using our exit poll results. We'll includ our own questions concerning the submarine Clamagore, preference for part-time or full-time mayor of Mount Pleasant, the proposed International African American History Museum, and quality of life questions. Here is some media coverage of our 2015 exit polling activity. The Post and Courier included a day-time update on our efforts on Election Day: "Lowcountry voters undeterred by wet weather, poll workers say." The P&C also featured a story on our exit polling on Election Night: "Exit poll smiles on John Tecklenburg, Leon Stavrinakis." The Moultrie News also spotlighted this experience for our students: "Students get it right with town council election predictions." In the November 8, 2015 edition, Post and Courier columnist Brian Hicks builds upon the results of a survey question in our exit poll from Tuesday about full vs. part-time mayor for Mount Pleasant ("Mount Pleasant should listen to voters on strong-mayor government"). After highlighting the history and reliability of our students' efforts over the years, Hicks focuses on the overwhelming support for a full-time mayor that was expressed in this survey question and expands upon it by looking at municipal government forms in other big cities in the region. The piece ends with a call to heed the exit poll results and move to a full-time mayor format in Mount Pleasant. Beyond the lessons already learned from Tuesday about social skills, math, governance, statistics, etc., the students have now played a role in agenda setting. This means their work has started/contributed to a public debate in Mount Pleasant. Click here for the results of our 2015 exit polling and predictions!
11/9, Wednesday - LOTC - review the results of Tuesday's election.
11/10, Thursday - SCISA State High School Chess Meet.
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!
Mid-November, Tuesday – Annual Family Potluck Dinner and Gathering at James Island County Park Wando 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.
11/18, Friday – LOTC - University School students, faculty, parents, alumni, and alumni parents will take part in National Day of Caring service projects at thirteen 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 we contributed over 500 hours of service for the 2015 Day of Caring at Midland Park Primary, Pinehurst Elementary, Jane Edwards Elementary, FamilyCorps, Carter-May Assisted Living Home, International Primate Protection League, South Santee Senior and Community Center, Tri-County Family Ministries, Fresh Future Farm, Footlight Players, Matilda Dunston Elementary, Chicora Elementary, 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. The Post and Courier had a nice article about the 2015 DoC ("Day of Caring turns out thousands to give back to community"), and it features pictures of some of our students at Fresh Future Farm along with an examination of our work there. Click here for the 2015 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.
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.
Late-November, early-December, Friday - Middle School Dance in the gym (6:30-8:30). Please enjoy this slideshow of 2015-2016 dance !
12/1, Thursday – 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.
December, 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!
12/16, 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. The 2016 agenda is to be determined. In December 2015, we visited Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim synagogue in Charleston. One of the oldest synagogues and congregations in America, KKBE also represents Charleston's significance as the birthplace of Reform Judaism. We last visited KKBE in 2009, and in the intervening years we have explored Conservative Judaism (Synagogue Emanu-El) and Orthodox Judaism (Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue) so that our students get a comprehensive view of the faith. We also toured and explored St. Michael's Church in Charleston. The oldest church building in Charleston, visiting St. Michael's allowed us to learn more about this church, its history, and the Anglican faith. 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 - SCISA Middle School Quiz Bowl regional competition. We were Region Champions in 2013-2014, and Region Champions and State Runners-Up in 2014-2015!
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.
2/27, 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.
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.
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
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.
Click here to go to the homepage for our on-line Moodle courses.
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).
- 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 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.
- 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.
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)
887 Ben Sawyer Blvd. (located inside East Cooper Sports - next to Royall Hardware)
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