New Hamilton Career Center & Technology Center Renderings

posted May 17, 2019, 10:05 AM by Oconee Google

New Hamilton Career Center Aerial View
Aerial View
New Hamilton Career Center Front Entrance
Front Entrance
New Hamilton Career Center Side Entrance
Side Entrance

Blue Ridge Elementary School Gardening Assistance Program

posted Apr 23, 2019, 12:21 PM by Oconee Google

The School Garden and Education Instruction Assistance Program is administered by Clemson Extension's School Gardening for South Carolina Educators.  Clemson Extension offers the School Gardening program through a partnership with the College of Charleston's Food Systems Change Initiative with funding provided by Boeing South Carolina.

The goal of the program is to introduce children to hands-on agriculture and nutrition education as well as encourage public schools to use locally grown South Carolina produce in their school menus.  

After completing a competitive application process, representatives from the twenty awarded schools were required to participate in both online and hands on training sessions before receiving an all-inclusive gardening kit, The Garden STEM curriculum, and other materials used to grow their own vegetables at their schools.  Congratulations to Blue Ridge Elementary on being named a 2019 School Garden and Education Instruction awardee!

WOMS - Warehouse Theatre

posted Apr 1, 2019, 10:58 AM by Oconee Google

The English I students at West-Oak Middle School are practicing their "thous" and taking punctuation walks.  They are evaluating social atoms and determining stock character traits.  The students are dissecting a speech into "meat and potatoes" and practicing gestures to fit a scene.

What exactly are they doing?  They are studying Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet under the guidance of teaching artists, Katie Halstensgard and Libby Hawkins, from The Warehouse Theatre's This Wooden O program, which brings the actor's approach to Shakespeare into English Language Arts classrooms across the Upstate.

West-Oak Middle School teachers, Melissa Higgs and Kristen Gray, arranged for the March workshop.  The Warehouse Theatre has been visiting Higgs' English I classes for several years.  This year, the schedule allowed for two eighth grade ELA classes to be exposed to the program.

Higgs says, "It is always fascinating to see the students begin to understand the complex language of Shakespeare.  They grow to appreciate the rhythm and structure of his work."  The students enjoy the opportunity to be fully engaged in a text.  They move and speak throughout the workshop and realize their own acting abilities.

Thanks to generous support from The TD Charitable Foundation, The Warehouse Theatre is able to offer these Shakespeare workshops at a reduced cost to schools.  

Students Admitted to Governor's School Summer Arts Program

posted Mar 22, 2019, 6:27 AM by Oconee Google

Seneca Middle School students accepted to Governor's School
Following a rigorous and very competitive application process, six Seneca Middle School eighth grade students recently learned that they have been accepted to one of several South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities Summer Programs.  Each student will spend a week at the school in Greenville this June where they will participate in intensive work in their area of art.  They will also be exposed to other art areas and will be able to attend performances and hear guest speakers.  The six Seneca Middle School attendees and their area of art are:  Luke Bleuel (Violin), Keagan Hendrix (Creative Writing), Brandon Nixon (Cello), Ruby "Sam" Prosser (Clarinet), Kendall Willis (Creative Writing), and Bella Winkler (Viola).

Seneca area elementary schools learning about STEAM at Hamilton Career Center

posted Feb 25, 2019, 8:09 AM by Oconee Google

One Seneca
Seneca area elementary schools, in conjunction with EMAG!NE at Clemson University, enjoyed a night of learning about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) at the Hamilton Career Center.  Students and their parents had the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and learn how those related to the STEAM subjects and career interests.  Students and instructors from the Hamilton Career Center also showcased programs available to students once they reach high school to further learn about STEAM skills and careers.  Activities included Virtual Reality Simulations, Makerspace activities including 3D printing and button making, painting with rocks, making a model of an animal cell, learning about wound care from health science students, playing with robots built by high school students, making boats and testing them for buoyancy, working in the welding lab to weld their initials on metal, as well as many other activities.  

Two Students from Oconee County make All State Band

posted Feb 20, 2019, 5:48 AM by Oconee Google

The South Carolina Band Association held All State auditions in Lexington, SC on February 2, 2019, where students traveled from all regions to compete for a spot in the All State Band.  Out of 6 Regions and hundreds of students who auditioned, two students from Oconee County were selected.  Luke Riley Smith, a junior at West-Oak High School - 2nd Chair Contrabass; and Ellie Cannon, junior at Seneca High School - 5th Chair Trombone, will be representing not only their school but Oconee County and Region 1 in the 2019 All State Band.  Congratulations!

SMS Student Earns Spot in All-State Orchestra

posted Feb 13, 2019, 8:16 AM by Oconee Google

By now, eighth grader Luke Bleuel should be accustomed to receiving accolades.  Whether it is for academic achievements or his amazing musical talents, the Seneca Middle School student already has quite the long list of honors.  The latest of these accomplishments is earning placement in the South Carolina All-State Orchestra for middle school.  Not only did he earn a spot in the orchestra, his audition landed him in the violin section as second chair.  This placement gives him the distinction of being the assistant concertmaster - quite the feat.

Luke is taught at Seneca Middle School by Orchestra Director David Warlick who said, "This is a huge accomplishment!  He has worked very hard and it obviously has paid off."  Luke will soon travel to Lexington for the All-State clinic.  A concert will follow on February 24th at Lexington High School.

Make-up Days

posted Feb 12, 2019, 8:17 AM by Oconee Google

Make-up days

Due to time missed from school on December 10th & 11th, 2018, for inclement weather, the School District of Oconee County will use the first two scheduled inclement weather days as make-up days.

SDOC schools will now be in session on February 18, 2019 and March 25, 2019 to make up for the two days missed.

Students Earn South Carolina Junior Scholar Designation

posted Jan 15, 2019, 6:32 AM by Oconee Google

Based upon their PSAT scores and/or Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) recognition, thirty-three Seneca Middle School students recently learned that they have been named as South Carolina Junior Scholars.  The South Carolina Junior Scholars program was established to identify 8th grade students with exceptional academic talent and to sponsor summer programs at participating South Carolina colleges and universities.  These programs are designed to further their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement.

The thirty-three Seneca Middle School students who have been named South Carolina Junior Scholars are:  Camryn Bay, Luke Bleuel, Brady Bowen, AnnaBelle Bowling, Anna Brewer, Angie Diaz-Hernandez, Logan Dover, Samuel Goodroe, Paul Hainisch, Camryn Hanson, Conner Henderson, Jessica Hendricks, Madeline Kanagy, Hannah Leach, Megan McConnell, Logan McIntyre, Amy McKee, Christopher Brandon Nixon, Collin O'Donnell, Grace Orrey, Mattie Padgett, Ruby Prosser, Reese Robinson, Abigail Romero, Riley Schrader, Rachel Ann Sharpe, Ethan Shaw, Sydney Sorber, Cierra Stone, Ethan Summerville, Lillianna Taft, Alexandria Winkler, and Micah Zeller.

Student Places Third in State Level of Essay Contest

posted Jan 15, 2019, 6:23 AM by Oconee Google

It is impressive enough for a student to earn 1st place in the local and also the district level of an essay contest, but Seneca Middle School student Angie Diaz-Hernandez surpassed even those feats when she also placed third in the state with her essay submission to the Patriot's Pen essay contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW).  Diaz-Hernandez's essay on the topic of "Why I Honor the American Flag" took first place honors at the local level sponsored by VFW Post 6830 in Walhalla.  Her essay then took top honors for VFW District 4 before moving on to the state level and third place placement.  Her English/Language Arts teacher, Stephanie Necessary, who worked with Angie on her essay said, "I am so thankful for the VFW who provides amazing opportunities like this to our young people.  Contests like this not only support our students but also serve as teachable moments for students to reflect on the sacrifices our armed forces have made to protect our nation."

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