Fair-Oak 5th Grader Aubree Davis Named Elementary Winner of the South Carolina Arts Education Youth Art Month State Art Show

posted May 11, 2021, 7:17 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Aubree Davis, a 5th grader at Fair-Oak Elementary school, was named the Elementary Division winner of the South Carolina Art Education Association (SCAEA) Youth Art Month Show.  Aubree’s acrylic painting entitled “Donkey” was awarded 1st place out of the eight elementary finalists from across the state. Her piece was also awarded 1st place from among 75 elementary entries in the western region, qualifying her for the state show.

Mr. Stan DuBose, the art teacher at Fair-Oak elementary school, said, “Aubree is a wonderful art student who always tries her best and takes the time to let her artistic talent shine though. As a teacher, I was delighted and honored that one of my many talented students was recognized by the SCAEA for their artistic talent.

The South Carolina Art Education Association is a chapter of the ​National Art Education Association (NAEA).  It’s mission is to advance visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding. Each March, SCAEA hosts Youth Art Month (YAM),  a celebration of the visual arts among South Carolina students. Each of the four SCAEA geographic regions host a Youth Art Month Show.  Winners from the regional shows are entered into the State YAM Show.   This year, the state show was juried by Tom Richard, who is a Professor of Art at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He has had more than 50 solo exhibitions of his work as well as have been included in over 100 national juried and invitational exhibitions. 

2021 SDOC Graduation Details

posted Apr 12, 2021, 9:46 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 9:52 AM ]

SDOC Class of 2021 Graduation 

May 29, 2021   8:30am

Seneca High, Walhalla High, West Oak High Logos

To ensure the health and safety of all those in attendance, the following guidelines will be in place for graduation:

  • Each graduate will receive one ticket that allows up to eight guests into the stadium.  Guests must enter and sit together as a group.  No guests will be allowed into the stadium separately or without a ticket.  

  • Gates will open at 7:30am.  Entrance will be through the main gate on the home side; all other gates will be locked. Seating will be on a first come, first seated basis. In the case of rain, ceremonies will be moved to 8:00pm on the same day.

  • Guests will be escorted to their seats by a faculty member.  Guests will not be allowed to enter areas where graduates will report.

  • Individuals will not be permitted to leave seating areas to take pictures. School photographers will be taking pictures during graduation. These pictures will be available to graduates and families for no cost.  

  • No bags will be allowed into the stadium. Please leave all handbags, backpacks, etc., locked in vehicles.  No noise makers of any kind will be allowed in the stadium.

This information is subject to change due to the ongoing pandemic.  Specific details on social distancing and mask requirements will be released closer to the time of graduation. 

Weather Update concerning Thursday, March 18th

posted Mar 17, 2021, 11:03 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

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The School District of Oconee County is closely monitoring the weather situation for Thursday, March 18th. 
As of 1:30 pm Wednesday, the plan is  for schools to operate on a normal schedule for Thursday, March 18th. We will continue to monitor weather developments and communicate any change in that plan as soon as the decision is made. Please be aware that with the possibility of bad weather, buses could be delayed picking up or dropping off students on Thursday.  

We are keenly aware of the trauma caused to many students, staff members and the community with the devastating tornado that went through Seneca last April.  For the majority of our students, the safest place for them to be during severe weather is in our buildings. However, if any family feels that sending their student to school is not the best choice for their family, absences will be excused with a note submitted to the school upon return.  

Announcement of any change to the above plan will be made through the following outlets:

SDOC and school websites (immediate posting with up to date information)

School Messenger Call System (delivered to parents & staff via phone, email or text)

Radio (WGOG–101.7FM, The Lake 94.1 or 1150AM, WCCP-105.5FM, WJMZ 107.3)

Local TV (WYFF-4, WSPA-7, WHNS-21)

Twitter @OconeeSC_school

Facebook – School District of Oconee County

SDOC Names New Seneca High Principal

posted Mar 16, 2021, 11:41 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

At its regularly scheduled board meeting held on March 15, 2021, the School District of Oconee County Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Dylan Hudson as principal of Seneca High Schoo
l.  Mr. Hudson is coming to Seneca High School from Dorchester School District Two where he currently serves as an assistant principal at Summerville High School.  Mr. Hudson holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of South Carolina, a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Charleston Southern University, an Education Specialist degree from The Citadel, and is currently pursuing a Ed.D. in Education Systems Improvement Science from Clemson University.  Mr. Hudson taught middle school for four years before moving to administration.  Mr. Hudson will be moving to the area with his wife Jordan; they are expecting their first child in June.  

36th Annual Tornado Safety Poster Contest Winners

posted Mar 11, 2021, 10:19 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Mar 11, 2021, 10:21 AM ]

Tornado Safety Poster contest winner

1st - 3rd grade winners4th & 5th grade winners

The School District of Oconee County would like to congratulate the winners of the  36th Annual Tornado Safety Poster Contest conducted by Oconee County Emergency Services.  Bailey Moore, a Ravenel Elementary School 2nd grader, was selected as the overall winnerThe goal of the contest is to help educate students and the community on the dangers of tornadoes and protective actions that should be taken in the event of a tornado in their area. The winning posters will be displayed in the County Administrative Building through mid April. 

All winners received a weather alert radio in addition to a cash prize.  First place winners received $50; second place received $35;  and honorable mention winners  received $20. The Overall Grand Prize Winner also received an emergency supply kit. The winners are listed by grade level as follows:

1st Grade

Ciara Aparicio: 1st Place (Tamassee-Salem Elementary)

Karissa Smith: 2nd Place (Tamassee-Salem Elementary)


2nd Grade

Bailey Moore: 1st Place (Ravenel Elementary)

Joseph Bouldin: 2nd Place (Blue Ridge Elementary)

Madeline Bradley: Honorable Mention (Ravenel Elementary)

3rd Grade

Evan Smith: 1st Place (Keowee Elementary)

Keeley Bright: 2nd Place (Keowee Elementary)

Jason Harman: Honorable Mention (Keowee Elementary)


4th Grade

Sadie Tyler: 1st Place (Keowee Elementary)

Swaylyn Carranza: 2nd Place (Keowee Elementary)

Riley Donald: Honorable Mention (Keowee Elementary)


5th Grade

Kylie James: 1st Place (Orchard Park Elementary)

Valerin Hernandez: 2nd Place (James M. Brown Elementary)

Riley Medlin: Honorable Mention (James M. Brown Elementary) 

School Choice, Virtual Academy Applications and Kindergarten (K5) Pre-Registration Now Open

posted Mar 2, 2021, 9:13 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

The School District of Oconee County opened several applications for the 2021-2022 school year on Monday, March 1, 2021. Families may visit the district website to access the applications for School Choice, Virtual Academy, and Kindergarten Pre-Registration.

School Choice
School Choice
- Families who wish for their child to attend a school other than the one they are zoned for must complete a school choice application. The application must be completed by Friday, June 4, 2021.   School choice applications are required annually, even for those currently on school choice. There are currently no restrictions on specific schools and/or grade levels for 2021-2022. Once enrollment numbers are finalized, it is possible that some schools and/or grade levels may not accept school choice students.   Students currently on school choice will be grandfathered in as long as they continue to meet the requirements. The School Zone Locator tool is available for families to determine what school their child is zoned to attend. SDOC School Board Policy JFB School Choice governs the school choice process. That policy includes the following parameters:
  • Only students that reside in Oconee County are eligible for school choice.
  • Transportation to a "choice school" is the responsibility of the parent/guardian (no bus service). 
  • Principals will consider behavior, attendance, and grades before approving applications.
  • A lottery system will be used to fill spaces if more applications are received than available space.

SDOC Virtual Academy
SDOC Virtual Academy - Families who wish for their elementary or middle school student to attend the Virtual Academy for the 2021-2022 school year must complete an application. The application must be completed by 8:00am, Monday, March 15, 2021. Students must meet all requirements to attend.  Please note that space is limited; if more qualifying applications are received than spots available, a lottery system will be used to choose students. You may read more about virtual options for the 2021-2022  by viewing this document:  2021-2022 SDOC Virtual Instruction Options

School Bus with students
K5 Pre-Registration - Students 5 years of age on or before September 1, 2021 are eligible for Kindergarten (K5) for the 2021-2022 school year.  Families are encouraged to complete the pre-registration form for any children eligible to attend.  Children presently attending an SDOC  K4 program do not need to pre-register. Those students will be included with returning-student registration that will open in July 2021.  Parents who pre-register their student will receive email notification when online registration becomes available. If families wish for their student to attend the virtual academy or a school other than the one they are zoned for must also submit a Virtual School or School Choice application. The School Zone Locator tool is available for families to determine what school their child is zoned to attend.

SDOC to offer Virtual Instruction Options for 2021-2022 School Year

posted Feb 19, 2021, 10:50 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Student and Laptop with SDOC Logo
After reviewing student data and community needs, the School District of Oconee County will offer virtual learning opportunities at all levels for the 2021-2022 school year.  It is important to note that these options are intended to support families that have determined virtual instruction is the best academic option for their students, not as a means to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Requirements to participate in virtual learning will be released in the coming weeks. Families will be required to submit an application for each student interested in participating in virtual instruction. 

Students in K5 through 8th grade will have the ability to be fully virtual. High school students will have virtual options, but there is not a guarantee that a student will have a fully virtual schedule. It is important to note that students will be required to take all state-mandated tests (SC Ready, MAP, EOC, progress monitoring, etc) as well as final exams, from a school building.  There will not be an option for remote testing. 

Elementary School - Students will receive a blended model of synchronous and asynchronous instruction through a variety of teaching methods and technology. In early grades (K5 - 3rd), students will be strongly encouraged to attend up to 4 hours of in-person instruction most weeks. Students will receive electives virtually, including classes such as Art, Music, and PE. 

Middle School - Students in 6th through 8th grade will receive all core classes (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies) virtually, with a blended model of synchronous and asynchronous instruction through a variety of teaching methods and technology. There will be some options for virtual electives; however, any student wishing to participate in fine arts (Visual Arts, Strings, Band, and Chorus) will be required to attend those classes in person at their home school. 

High School - Students will have the opportunity to enroll in asynchronous, virtual class options through both VirtualSC and VirtualSDOC.  VirtualSC is a state-sponsored online program that offers free, rigorous online courses aligned to state standards that are developed and taught by highly qualified, SC licensed teachers, but not necessarily SDOC teachers. Students register for classes through the VirtualSC website, not through the registration process at SDOC high schools. VirtualSDOC classes are for SDOC students and are taught by SDOC teachers using the same curriculum as VirtualSC. Students register for SDOCVirtual classes through the normal high school registration process. Students will not be guaranteed a full virtual schedule; they may take a combination of virtual and face-to-face classes. It is important to note that all fine arts, JROTC, and Hamilton Career and Technology Center classes will only be offered in-person.

*Synchronous learning is interactive, two-way online instruction that happens in real time with a teacher. Asynchronous learning occurs virtually, through prepared resources, without live, teacher-led interaction. K5-8th grade virtual classes will use a blend of both types of instruction.

Preventative Healthcare Screenings for Retirees and Spouses of Current Employees

posted Feb 17, 2021, 5:57 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Feb 17, 2021, 6:02 AM ]

Retiree & Spouses of Employees Preventative Healthcare Screenings

Appointments are available for Thursday, April 15th 
To schedule an appointment, please call   864-916-0236

Retirees, COBRA subscribers and covered spouses whose primary coverage is the State Health Plan may participate in the preventative health care screenings at no cost.  Optional tests will be available; all optional tests must be paid for in cash the day of the appointment.   Please note:  Fasting for 12 hours (may drink water) before testing is required.  Participants must bring their insurance card and photo ID (i.e. drivers license.) with them to their appointment.   List of Available Optional Tests

SDOC 2021 Graduation Information

posted Jan 21, 2021, 5:01 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

All SDOC high school graduations will be held at the school's football stadium on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 8:30 am.  If rain is predicted for the morning, ceremonies will be moved to 8:00 pm that evening.  If rain is predicted for that evening, ceremonies will be moved inside to the gymnasiums.  More details concerning precautions and guest limits due to COVID will be announced closer to the date of graduation.

SDOC Board of Trustees Approves 2021-2022 School Calendar

posted Jan 15, 2021, 11:52 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Jan 15, 2021, 11:54 AM ]

picture of calendar
At its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021, the SDOC Board of Trustees approved calendars for the 2021-2022 school year.  Middle and high school students will begin on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, and end on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.  Elementary school students will begin on Monday, August 16, 2021, and end on Friday, May 27, 2022.  All inservice days and holiday breaks are identical between the two calendars.

Associate Superintendent Mr. Steve Hanvey said, "State law says schools cannot begin before the third Monday of August.  Last year, we were granted permission to start middle schools and high schools prior to the third Monday to allow us to complete the first semester before Christmas break.  This is very beneficial to our high school students.  While we would love for all our schools to be able to begin at the same time, there are not the same compelling reasons for elementary schools.  We are hopeful that the state legislature will give districts more flexibility with the calendar start date in the future."

School calendars on the district website under the Calendars tab or by clicking  on the links below.

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