Current Students (2014-2015 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)
8/11-8/13, Mon.- Wed. – 9 AM-1 PM Faculty Inservice (babysitting provided by USL students and graduates).
8/13, Wednesday – Annual Alumni-Faculty Lunch - 11:45 AM in the gym
8/14-8/15, Th.- Fri. – 2014-2015 school year begins with Orientation activities led by USL Upper School students and graduates
8/18, Monday – Regular classes begin
8/20, Wednesday – orientation for Learning Outside the Classroom. As preparation for our field experiences, Middle and Upper School students will begin Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training. Students will also bake cookies, deliver them, and clean up the kitchen. This will allow students to gain practice with the responsibility inherent to LOTCs and meet our neighbors around Coleman Blvd.
8/25, Monday – Back to School Open House in the gym (6:00 PM)
8/27, Wednesday – LOTC - As part of preparation for our off-campus experiences, Mount Pleasant Police Department personnel will offer a personal safety course to the entire student body. All students will also learn practical skills for personal safety from instructors from Charleston Krav Maga. MS/US students will continue Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training.
8/29, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
9/1, Monday – University School will be closed in honor of the Labor Day holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 9/2.
9/3, Wednesday – LOTC - As part of preparation for our off-campus experiences, All students will continue learning practical skills for personal safety from instructors from Charleston Krav Maga. MS/US students will continue Red Cross CPR/First Aid/AED training.
9/6, Saturday – Optional Family LOTC - From 12-5, the Greater Charleston Chinese Association will host their Harvest Moon Festival under the "Big Oak" at Palmetto Islands County Park.
9/10, Wednesday – LOTC - We will travel to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw for a tour and flight demonstrations.
9/13, Saturday – All USL Community Event - the Horan family, including Matthew (6th) and Allison (10th), 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
9/17, Wednesday - LOTC - activities in and around campus. The main focus will be learning strategies (how to deal with anxiety, how to best take notes, the importance of sleep, how failing helps one learn, etc.) and advisory group activities. Some students will attend the annual Constitution Week Naturalization Ceremony at the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site. Students will witness as 95 people from over 45 countries will become United States citizens.
9/18, Thursday - From 5:45-7:00 PM. University School students, faculty, parents and mentors will enjoy a pizza meal together and each other’s company. Mr. Kreutner will also give a picture presentation about the opening weeks of school and the learning and activities the students and the community have been involved in.
9/24, Wednesday – LOTC - MS - tour of the Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center; IS - painting activity at ArtBuzz Kids and then lunch at Shem Creek Park. Mini Humanities class in the PM.
9/26, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity - USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.
10/1, Wednesday - (A) LOTC - MS/US tour of the Boeing plant, IS - Clemson University SCE&G Energy Innovation Center; (B) At 4 PM, we will help the Hibben UMC community unload and arrange the pumpkins on the lawn facing Coleman Blvd. Afterwards enjoy a free pizza dinner!
10/2, Thursday...University School will be represented at the High School Fair at Mason Prep School from 6:30-8:00 PM.
10/3, Friday – GUEST SPEAKER - In preparation for our annual exit polling exercise, the students have already looked at the 7-page ballot for next month and talked about some of the races, offices, and referendums. They will be learning a lot through classroom and Moodle preparation, but they will also be hearing from candidates. We expect to have Democrat, Republican, Green, and Libertarian (working on a representative from the new American Party also) candidates to meet and talk with the students. Our first speaker, Democrat Secretary of State candidate Ginny Deerin, will be speaking at USL today. Please see her post after her visit with us. For more on our 2014 election and exit polling efforts, please click here.
10/6, Monday – University School will have representatives at the First Grade Fair from 5:30-7:30 PM at Second Presbyterian Kindergarten (342 Meeting Street, Charleston 29403).
October – High School exploration process meeting
10/8, Wednesday – (A) LOTC - PSAT preparation in the AM along with exercises to learn more about upcoming visiting political candidates and the Prof. Bracey lecture on October 28. Guest speaker - Green Party candidate, Sue Edward, running for the South Carolina House District #114 seat. Skill exercises and independent explorations of upcoming experiences and speakers in the afternoon. PM - Guest speaker - Libertarian Party candidate, Steve French, running for Governor. For more on our 2014 election and exit polling efforts, please click here. (B) This day is set aside as an opportunity for parent & teacher conferences.
10/10, Friday – On Friday, October 10, 2014, USL hosted an accreditation visit and received our annual financial audit. These forms of external review of University School are vital in validating and providing useful into our operations and the learning experience for our students.
A three-person team, comprised of college professors and independent school educators, from the South Carolina Independent School Association spent today at University School as part of our every-three-year accreditation cycle. They explored all aspects of USL, observed classes, and talked with a variety of members of our community. USL meets or exceeds all of the accreditation criteria, and their feedback was effusive and helpful. Here is the summary from their report:
"The team would like to commend the school on the following:
1. The positive school/church interaction
2. The healthy, positive school environment
3. Small class sizes
4. Flexibility that teachers have to instruct students that best matches the students learning styles
5. Student interaction with adults
6. The active engagement of students in the classroom
The team was extremely impressed with the school and had difficulty coming up with suggestions to improve the school."
Here are the summary results of our 2013-2014 school year audit from the accounting firm of GlaserDuncan. 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 2013-2014, $0.82 of every dollar spent went back to supporting the mission of the School. For our peer schools, the average is $.70.
10/14, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host Science of Sound for a performance of at 10 AM in the gym. Experience sound as you've never seen, felt, or heard it before. Use your voice to create a giant laser show. Run a resonance relay race. Rock out to odd instruments and sounds from students. Explore what makes music...musical! It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Trident Academy, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.
10/15, Wednesday – (AM) Younger grades - community building exercises and then community service by helping with Hibben Church's Pumpkin Patch and cleaning up in and around campus; older grades - take the PSAT in the morning and then community service at Hibben. (PM) Skill exercises and independent explorations of upcoming experiences and speakers in the afternoon.
10/18, Saturday – The USL community will assist Hibben UMC with their annual Fall Festival from 8 AM - 3 PM. To help support Hibben's meal outreach program, each USL family is asked to bring at least one canned good in advance of the Fall Festival.
10/19, Sunday – The USL community will have a game booth, assist with the CARTA info booth, and help with clean-up at the Mount Pleasant Children's Festival at Park West Recreational Complex (12 PM-5 PM). University School won Best School Booth in 2010 and 2013!
10/21, Tuesday – (A) Members of the Upper School will travel to Mason Prep to share USL with the 8th graders during a lunchtime presentation. (B)USL's High School Night. 8th graders and their parents are welcome to learn more about USL's Upper School and gain information about other options. This meeting is from 6:30-7:30 PM..
10/22, Wednesday – LOTC - After beginning the day with a Morning Meeting class, we'll walk to Alhambra Hall in the Old Village. We will then take our individual photos with Pat Ring from Ring Photography, and then students will enjoy lunch and recess there. We will then return to work on our Art by Me and the MS Holiday Lights Greeting Card. Students will also learn more background information for the Prof. Bracey presentation (next Tues., 10/28). At 1:30, Stephen Schabel from the Center for Birds of Prey will screen the video that they filmed when we visited back in September.
10/24, Friday – 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.
10/28, Tuesday –HOSTED LECTURE - University School will host Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer John H. Bracey Jr. Professor Bracey has taught in the W. E. B. Du Bois Afro-American Studies Department of the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1972. He is coeditor of Afro-American Women and the Vote 1837-1965 (1997); Strangers and Neighbors: Relations Between Blacks and Jews in the United States (1999); and African American Mosaic (2004). He also was coeditor of the microfilm edition of the Papers of the NAACP. His current research projects include the NAACP and organized labor, and the politics of the Black Arts Movement. His current teaching efforts consider the intersections and interactions between (traditionally defined) Native Americans and African Americans as well as between Afro-Latinos and African Americans. The lecture about Blacks and Jews in American history is geared to high school ages and above, and it will last about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Charleston-area homeschool families and other groups from the community.
10/29, Wednesday – LOTC - (A) University School will field two teams in the SCISA Middle School Math meet in Sumter, SC. Students will travel in the USL bus with Mrs. Brockman and Mrs. Lawrie.; (B) Preparation for exit polling.
10/30, Thursday – (A) Guest speaker - American Party candidate, Jill Bossi, running for the unexpired term of the US Senate seat currently held by Tim Scott. For more on our 2014 election and exit polling efforts, please click here. (B)University School will have representatives at the Eighth Grade Fair from 6:00-8:00 PM at Moultrie Middle School. You are welcome to come and learn more about our High School.
10/31, Friday – 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.
11/4, Tuesday – ELECTION DAY LOTC - Our main effort will be exit polling at various precincts around the county. Each student will visit at least two precincts in different areas of the the Lowcountry to get a sense of what is motivating voters at the polls. We will also make an effort to predict the outcomes using our exit poll results. Click here for the results of our 2013 exit polling.
11/5, Wednesday – LOTC - review the results of Tuesday's election.
11/6, Thursday - LOTC - 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 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.
11/7, Friday - (A) University School MS&US students will attend the YALLFEST preview symposium in the afternoon.
11/8, Saturday - Optional Family LOTC - YALLFEST - Charleston's Young Adult Book Festival (420 King Street from 10 AM - 6 PM). YALLFEST is a Young Adult Literature Festival founded and based in Charleston, and the second year of the event was held in 2012. USL is friends with Jonathan Sanchez, the owner of Blue Bicycle Books and the driving force behind YALLFEST. We were able to participate in the Middle School Writers' Symposium associated with it the last three years. This invitation-only event takes place on Friday, and the students get to meet and hear from many of the leading authors in attendance. Most of the Middle School was able to attend this, and they took some pictures of the activities. For a full review of the event, please read USL 8th grader Olive Gardner's article in the City Paper about the experience. A large group of students also attended YALLFEST on their own on Saturday, and I am very happy about this. Pleasure reading is to be cherished, and it is terrific that University School's culture celebrates outside reading. Thanks to our teachers, students, and parents for valuing reading!
October-November, Monday – Open House for prospective and interested families at 6 PM. Meet teachers, students, and parents and learn more about University School.
early-mid November, Tuesday – Annual Family Potluck Dinner and Gathering at James Island County Park Wando Shelter (including the Holiday Festival of Lights).
11/12, Wednesday – LOTC
11/14, Friday – LOTC - University School students, faculty, and parents will take part in several National Day of Caring service projects through the Trident United Way in the Lowcountry. *** Click here for the 2012 Day of Caring slideshow.
11/19, Wednesday – LOTC
11/20, Thursday – Special LOTC - IS & MS SCISA Regional Battle of the Books competition
mid/late-November, Monday – 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. Mrs. Logan's brainchild is a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving!
Fall, Weekday –Intermediate School Family Day in the morning. IS students will share what they have learned this year with members of their family in this morning event.
12/3, Wednesday – LOTC
12/10, Wednesday – LOTC- Medical University of South Carolina - It is a December tradition to visit and learn more about MUSC. The theme of this year's experience is TBD. The day will conclude wth visiting and delivering holiday cards to patients at the Hollings Cancer Institute.
12/19, Friday - 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.
12/22, Monday - 1/4 Sunday - Winter Break Holiday. Classes resume on Monday, 1/5.
1/7, Wednesday - LOTC -
1/7-1/13 or 1/14, Wednesday-Tuesday/Wednesday - MS/US trip - likely dates
1/14, Wednesday - LOTC -
1/28, Wednesday - (A) LOTC - Teacher & Parent Conference Opportunity; (B) LOTC
2/4, Wednesday - LOTC - SCISA State Literary Meet
early-February, Friday/Saturday - University School will hold its Annual Auction at 6:30 PM. All members and supporters of the USL community are invited to join us for this event.
2/11, Wednesday - LOTC
2/13, Friday - our LOTC activities for this week will include a trip to Marion Square in downtown Charleston for the first day of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Flight demonstrations by the Center for Birds of Prey, specialty breeds of dogs, various forms of wildlife art, and the presence of government and non-profit experts on the environment and wildlife are the highlights of this experience.
2/16, Monday - University School will be closed in observation of the Presidents' Day Holiday. Classes resume on Tuesday, 2/17.
2/18, Wednesday – LOTC -
2/19, Thursday – Middle School Regional Quiz Bowl
2/25, Wednesday - LOTC - Students who have recently completed their job shadows will present their experience and field questions from the students and staff, and we will also take practice sections of the Stanford Achievement Test. Students will also watch and discuss the classic Brown Eye / Blue Eye experiment that was featured on PBS Frontline "A Class Divided."
2/26, Thursday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE - University School will host One World Taiko for a performance of at 10 AM in the gym. Taiko means "drum" in Japanese and One World Taiko is a professional Japanese drum ensemble that captivates audiences of all ages with their heart pounding beats, dynamic movement and rhythmic grooves. One World Taiko's music is drawn from Japan's tradition of lively festival drumming along with their own creative rhythms, arrangements and choreography, adding their energetic spirit to the ancient art of taiko. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Hibben UMC Preschool, Moultrie Middle School, Charleston-area homeschool families, and other groups from the community.
3/4, Wednesday – LOTC - Students who have recently completed their job shadows will present their experience and field questions from the students and staff, and we will also take a few sections of the Stanford Achievement Test.
Spring, Monday - Open House for prospective and interested families at 6 PM. Meet teachers, students, and parents and learn more about University School.
3/11, Wednesday – Students who have recently completed their job shadows will present their experience and field questions from the students and staff, and we will also take a few sections of the Stanford Achievement Test.
3/12, Thursday – SCISA State Music Festival at USC School of Music
3/18, Wednesday – Students will take sections of the Stanford Achievement test.
March-April, Friday - Community Potluck Dinner and All-School Talent Show (5:45 in the gym). ** Click here for the 2014 slideshow.
3/25, Wednesday – Students will finish the Stanford tests and complete any make-ups if needed.
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).
3/30, Monday - 4/3, Friday – Spring Break - school resumes on Monday, April 6.
4/8, Wednesday – LOTC
4/11, Saturday – Optional Family LOTC - the US Navy's Blue Angels will be performing at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort for the "Blues over Beaufort - Airshow 2015."
4/15, Wednesday – LOTC
4/22, Wednesday – LOTC
Spring, Wednesday – LOTC - Personal Health Symposium. Physicians from MUSC's Department of Adolescent Medicine will guide this day.
4/29, Wednesday – LOTC
5/6, Wednesday – LOTC -
5/13, Wednesday – LOTC -
Mid-May, Thursday - Eighth Grade Graduation and Lunch - eighth graders will cook and serve lunch for their families, USL faculty, and the Middle School in appreciation for their support and their experience at University School. Seventh graders will serve as apprentices, and the event will include speeches delivered by the eighth graders in which they thank their families, teachers, and friends and a slideshow.
5/20, Wednesday – LOTC - This day is set aside for the "Special Memory" trip chosen by consensus by the 8th graders.
5/22, Friday – Last day of classes for students
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
The school day begins at 7:45 AM and ends at 2:55 for the Intermediate School and 3:10 for the Middle School. Students may be dropped off beginning at 7:20 AM (when adult supervision begins) until 7:40 AM. IS students may be picked up at 2:55, or they can wait (under supervision) for their ride during MS pick up. University School's Extended Day program offers care for students from the end of day up to 5:30. For more information about Extended Day, please click on the link.
Click here to go to the homepage for our on-line Moodle courses. You do not need to login to view the calendar on the right side of the page. Click on today's date (or the nearest prior school day), and it will tell you the homework that is upcoming.
- Bottoms - Students will wear khaki or navy shorts/skirts/skorts or pants. Denim is not acceptable.
- Tops - Students will wear collared shirts (oxford or polo style) in solid colors with the University School logo.
- Footwear - Because of the active nature of our days, students must wear shoes in which one can exercise. Athletic shoes (crosstraining/tennis/running/etc.) that are appropriate for PE and for outdoor wear are required.
- Outerwear - Outerwear such as sweaters and sweatshirts worn over collared shirts are allowed only with no team names, slogans, logos, or messages other than those of University School. Only small breast-pocket logos are acceptable on outerwear. Here are the details about each form of outerwear:
(a) Jackets: Dark navy, no hood, full-zipper preferred, fleece (not sweatshirt material), can be found at Land’s End but not required to be from there, with USL logo.
(b) Coats: Dark navy is the recommended color for all outerwear. Heavy coats do not need a USL logo.
(c) Rainwear: Dark navy, poncho or coat, no USL logo required, umbrellas are not permitted on LOTCs.
For “Learning Outside the Classroom” days:
- For Formal LOTC days, students should be dressed in khaki bottoms and white USL-embroidered collared shirts. For Traditional LOTC days, students should be dressed in khaki bottoms and white USL t-shirts. Students may wear USL-embroidered hats only. Outerwear must be dark navy with the USL logo.
Notes for Boys:
- Tops - Shirts can be untucked if the tail is not long
- Belts - Belts should be worn if there are loops
- Undershirts - If wearing an undershirt, it must be white and must remain tucked in at all time
Notes for Girls:
- Skirts/Skorts/Pants – Girls may wear solid color (khaki/navy) skirts, knee-length shorts, skorts, and slacks. All skirts should be just above the knee or longer.
- Footwear - Athletic shoes (crosstraining/tennis/running/etc.) that are appropriate for PE and for outdoor wear are required.
- Tops – Girls are expected to wear acceptable shirts with the school logo visible. Any other layer should also be a solid color and beat the school logo. Cardigan, v-neck, and crew neck sweaters are permitted as long as the school logo is visible. Tee shirts and camis must be white and tucked in and should not be pulled out over the skirt or pants’ top.
- Leggings and Tights – Girls may wear black, navy, or white solid color tights, but leggings are not permitted. Knee socks of a solid color may be worn, but patterns and stripes are not permitted. Natural color hose are also okay.
- Belts – Belts should be worn if there are loops
There are two options for embroidering. Students can purchase them at Lands' End School (embroidery is an additional charge) or bring their own shirts to be embroidered at the embroidery store:
(1) Lands' End School (www.landsend.com/school). School code is 9001-3154-1
(2) Wear it Out (#388-4093)
887 Ben Sawyer Blvd. (located inside East Cooper Sports - next to Royall Hardware)
- Intermediate School supply list (2014-2015) (PDF)
- Middle School supply list (2014-2015) (PDF)
- headphones for use with laptops/netbooks
- organizer/planner (each student will receive one the first week of school)
- reporter's notebook (each student will receive one the first week of school)
- Additional requirements for each division course will be promulgated during the first week of classes
Medical Forms and Brochures (click on name to download)
- H1N1 Flu Resources and info for the USL community
- 2014-2015 USL Health Forms Overview Letter
- Student Medical Info Form (must be completed annually)
- 2014-2015 DHEC School Exclusion Brochure (“When Your Child Should Stay Home From School”)
- 2014-2015 DHEC Required Standards of Immunization for School Attendance
- Prescription Medicine Administration Form
- Non-prescription Medicine Administration Form