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WMS 6th Grade Transitioning to Distance Learning beginning Tuesday, December 1, 2020

posted Dec 1, 2020, 5:56 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

School District of Oconee County
Due to a cluster of COVID-19 cases, SDOC has made the decision to move Walhalla Middle School 6th grade face-to-face students to distance learning for a period of 14 days
beginning on Tuesday, December 1st. Sixth grade students will not go to the school building during this time. Students will be able to return to the school building on December 15th unless under quarantine for another reason.  This decision was made in consultation with DHEC, the district leadership and nursing supervisor, and Walhalla Middle administration.

Face-to-Face students will transition to Distance Learning during this time. 

  • Students will receive instruction through Google Meets following their normal daily schedule beginning Tuesday, December 1st. These Google Meets will be recorded for those students without internet access.

  • Outside of Google Meets, teachers will communicate daily tasks, assessments, live meetings, student performance, and other instructional materials with families on a weekly basis through one of the school-level approved methods. 

  • Teachers will be available via email and should respond within 24 hours during the normal work week. They will continue to use Google Classroom for assignments and communication.

  • In order to support all students’ needs, 50% of instructional tasks will be downloadable for offline use. This would allow those students without the internet the ability to download a week’s worth of tasks at one time.

  • Attendance will be taken for all remote classes in PowerSchool, and participation is mandatory. Students must be in compliance with district and state attendance requirements.

We strongly encourage families to practice the following guidelines:

  • Students should STAY HOME and NOT CONGREGATE IN GROUPS for any reason.

  • Students will not be allowed to attend any school-sponsored events, including sports.

  • Students should be closely monitored for symptoms for COVID-19.  Please contact the school nurse with any new signs or symptoms or positive test result for COVID-19


Please note: This transition does not impact SDOC@Home students


SDOC COVID-19 Update

posted Nov 19, 2020, 8:02 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

COVID-19 Update
District leadership is closely monitoring the spike in COVID-19 cases  at a national, state, and local level, particularly with the approaching Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  It continues to be our goal to provide face-to-face instruction for as many students as possible while protecting the health and safety of our staff and students.

Through the first 12 weeks of school, the School District of Oconee County has had a total of 143 cases of COVID-19 among students and staff.  Over that time, 12 classrooms and one grade level were transitioned to distance learning for 2 week periods to mitigate the spread of the virus. Through this targeted approach and careful contact tracing, the vast majority of students were able to remain in face to face instruction.  The district will continue to use the targeted approach to address future clusters if they occur.  However, in light of the increase in cases, we would encourage all families to develop contingency plans for students in case there is a need to transition the entire district to distance learning for a period of time.  The decision to transition to distance learning will be made by district leadership in consultation with the SDOC Board of Trustees, the district nursing supervisor and officials from DHEC.

During a period of distance learning, students will continue learning through remote instruction via district-issued technology devices or learning packets.  Communication will come through the method regularly used by teachers such as email, Class Dojo, Google Classroom, or Canvas.  No on-campus activities will be held. All sports practices and competitions will be suspended until a return to in-person instruction. 

We continue to maintain safety protocols within our schools. However, our best chance to continue face-to-face learning is for our families and the community at large to be mindful of safety precautions.  We encourage everyone to be diligent in wearing masks while in public; to maintain social distancing, particularly at gatherings; to stay home when sick; and to get tested if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.  

Please note: a transition to distance learning will not impact SDOC@Home instruction.  However, any in-person activities or classes attended by SDOC@Home students will be suspended until the district returns to in-person learning. 

SDOC@Home Students - November Meal Pick-up Schedule

posted Nov 12, 2020, 12:47 PM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

SDOC@Home meals will be available for pick up on Thursday, November 19, 2020, as usual.  There will be no meal pick-up the week of Thanksgiving.  Students will receive 7 days worth of meals on Thursday, November 19, 2020.  This will provide meals for each school day from 11/19/20 through 12/2/20.  Meal pick-up will resume on Thursday, December 3, 2020.

Meals must be pre-ordered each week.  When ordering, please give the student's full name, school, and date of pick-up.  Meals must be ordered by 12pm (noon) on Monday to be picked up on Thursday.


November Meal Schedule

To pick up meals on:

Order by noon on:

Thursday, November 19th

Monday, November 16th

NO PICK UP THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING

Thursday, December 3rd

Monday, November 30th

To place orders call: (864) 718-5147


Pick-up Location and Time

Meals will be available for curbside pick-up on Thursdays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at the Bountyland Education Campus (former Hamilton Career Center) located at 100 Vocational Drive in Seneca.  Parents will not enter the building; meals will brought to cars.  Students do not have to be present, however; parents will need to present identification when picking up meals.

SMS Chorus Places Many in All-County Group

posted Nov 12, 2020, 10:31 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Nov 12, 2020, 10:31 AM ]

Cats
The novel coronavirus may have changed many things, but not when it comes to the outstanding performances of the chorus students at Seneca Middle School.  Recently, chorus students across the District auditioned to be a part of the annual All-County Chorus.  When Seneca Middle School Choral Director Carla Brock saw the results, she was thrilled to see that 32 of the 36 All-County members are faces that she sees everyday in her SMS classes.  Even with coronavirus safety protocols, Brock has worked hard to maintain her exacting standards, which regularly bring award-winning results.  As Brock put it, "I am so proud of our students, who even through a pandemic, singing with masks and distancing, continue to strive to their best, work hard and keep great attitudes despite difficulties.  Making music has given us all lots of hope!"

The Seneca Middle School students who qualified by audition for the 2020 All-County Chorus are:  James Adams, Nyterious Bradley, Avery Butler, Lillian Cook, Nora Coutu, Kaitlyn Day, Grant Duvall, Sadie Goodroe, Olivia Gray, Hayden Haas, Brighton Hamilton, Claire Hart, Emily Ivey, Ava James, Tyler Johnson, Kylie Kalchthaler, Riley Maney, Riley Martin, Sawyer Moss, Meg Nation, Anna Campbell Nations, Noah Odom, Cole Palmer, Sydney Parkhurst, Kaitlyn Patterson, Campbell Roberts, Chloe Sayres, Avery Smith, Trinity Traynum, Macie Ellen White, Nation Williams, and Caleb Zeller.

Thirty-two members of the Seneca Middle School chorus program were named to the 2020 All-County Chorus.

District Cross Country Teams Compete at State Qualifiers

posted Nov 2, 2020, 4:42 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

School District of Oconee County
The SC High School League 3A and 4A Cross Country State Qualifiers were run Friday, October 30, 2020, in Columbia and Chapin, respectively.  Teams for each class were split into two race groups, even-seeded teams and odd-seeded teams, to help limit the number of competitors on the courses.  Teams finishing in the top 6 and individuals finishing in the top 20 in each race move on to compete at the state championships.

In 3A action, the 2-time defending state champion Seneca Girls Teams, seeded 2nd, won the 3A "Even" race, with Carson Towe (2nd), Lexi Ransom (4th), Nicole Feagan (6th), Ava Nimmons (7th), and Micayla Collins (8th) all finishing in the top 8 runners.  The 8th-seeded West-Oak Girls Team finished in 4th place, led by Sarah Jacobs (5th) and Kaylee Potts (15th).  The Seneca Boys Team, seeded 7th, finished 6th in the boys "Odd" race.  They were led by Tristan Wood (17th).  All three teams will compete at next week's state championship.

In 4A action, the 7th seeded Walhalla Girls Team finished 3rd in the "Odd" race, led by Emily Arenas (2nd) and Abby Thorsland (17th).  The Walhalla Boys Team finished in a tie for 6th place, led by Elijah Poore (6th) and Chance Bloodworth (10th).  While the girls team will move on to compete at the state championship, the boys team was edged out by Irmo in the tie-break.  However, both Elijah Poore and Chance Bloodworth will compete individually.

The SCHSL State Championships will be held at Sandhills Research and Education Center in Columbia on November 5-6th.  Spectators will be allowed to attend.  Race times are below:

3A Girls:  9:00 am
3A Boys:  9:30 am
4A Girls:  11:30 am
4A Boys:  12:00 pm

DHEC Children's Flu Clinic - Rescheduled

posted Oct 28, 2020, 10:42 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Friday, October 30th, 3pm to 6pm
Oconee County Health Department
Drive-thru in the parking lot
609 N. Townville Street, Seneca, SC  29678

DHEC Flu Clinic Information

SDOC will observe eLearning Day on October 29, 2020

posted Oct 28, 2020, 8:25 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

SDOC eLearning
South Carolina bus safety regulations limit the use of school buses during periods of sustained winds of 30mph and higher or gusts of 40mph and higher.  Due to the predicted high winds during school hours for Oconee County, Thursday, October 29th will be an eLearning Day for students.

Students will not come to school buildings.  Assignments will be posted by 10:00 am.  Teachers will be available for office hours from 10:00 to 11:00 am and 2:30 to 3:30 pm.  Students will have 5 days upon returning to school to turn in assignments.  If assignments are not completed and turned in by Friday, November 6th, students will be marked absent for October 29th.

For those families who have pre-ordered SDOC@Home meals, pick-up will remain as scheduled.

SDOC Receiving DHEC Recycling Grant

posted Oct 28, 2020, 8:21 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Water filling station

The School District of Oconee County was awarded a $25,500 DHEC Recycling Education Grant last month.  The Recycling Education Grant is a competitive program that allocates funds to schools and districts within South Carolina to support school recycling, composting, waste reduction activities, or for costs associated with field trips designed to improve understanding of recycling issues.

The grant will provide two water bottle filling stations for 17 school sites including all elementary, middle and high schools, as well as the Bountyland Education Campus.  The units have a traditional water fountain (currently covered up due to COVID-19) in addition to sensor-activated water bottle filler.  The first units were installed last week at Seneca Middle School.  When asked about the stations, Dr. Darrell McDowell, principal of Seneca Middle, said, "The new filling stations will provide safe and convenient hydration opportunities for the students and adults at SMS.  These will serve our school well long after COVID-19 is a distant memory."

Each unit tracks the number of "water bottles saved" based on a standard size disposable water bottle.  In the first week of operation, the two stations at Seneca Middle School saved 750 bottles, an average of 150 bottles per day.  If all 17 schools average that for each day of the school year, SDOC students and staff will save more than 450,000 plastic bottles in a normal school year.

Units have also been installed at Keowee Elementary, Walhalla Middle, West-Oak Middle, West-Oak High, Orchard Park Elementary, and Westminster Elementary.  The remaining stations will be installed as they are delivered in the coming weeks.

SDOC has received this grant in the past.  Projects have provided recycling containers for all classrooms, as well as the needed equipment to establish "Share Tables" in each school.  Share tables allow students to place specific food and beverage items that they choose not to consume on a designated table or cart.  This provides an opportunity for other students to take the items at no cost.  This strategy, encouraged by the USDA, helps feed hungry children and prevent food waste.

DHEC Children's Flu Vaccine Clinic

posted Oct 22, 2020, 7:52 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Oct 28, 2020, 8:19 AM ]

DHEC Flu Clink
DHEC CHILDREN’S FLU CLINIC

Thursday, October 29th  3:00 - 6:00pm

Oconee County Health Department

Drive-thru in the parking lot

609 N Townville St, Seneca, SC 29678 

The flu vaccine offers the best protection against getting the flu. When most people in a school get the flu vaccine, the flu can’t spread as easily. You can get your flu vaccine from your doctor, local health department or pharmacy (depending on age). Everyone 6 months of age and older should get the flu vaccine every flu season.



November 25th eLearning Day

posted Oct 20, 2020, 11:59 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Oct 20, 2020, 12:00 PM ]

SDOC eLearning Logo
The School District of Oconee County will observe an eLearning day on Wednesday, November 25th.  

Students will not come to school buildings on that day.  Assignments will be posted by 10:00am.  Teachers will be available for office hours from 10:00 to 11:00am and 2:30 to 3:30pm.  Students will have 5 days upon returning to school to turn in assignments.  If assignments are not completed and turned by Friday, December 4th, students will be marked absent for November 25th. 


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