Week of December 6, 2020
This week:
  • Sea Perch Team members will meet Monday afternoon in Ms. Cates's room at 3:15pm.
  • Lowcountry Science Fair- If you are interested in participating in the Fair this Spring, please email Mrs. Kendrick by Dec 15th to sign up.
  • Yearbooks are available for the reduced price of $45 until the end of the month. Orders can be placed online through December 30. For more information, contact Mrs. Sonnycalf via email. Use school code: 21359 at http://www.yearbookordercenter.com
  • See below and the CCSMS Riptide Athletics website for athletic updates. Join us online at CCSMS Facebook Page for the live feed of the basketball games this month.
  • English II EOC writing test - Wednesday. (Martin's Class)
MAP Testing Dates:
  • All A-Day and B-Day scholars will test in person when they are here on campus.
  • Remote learning scholars are testing virtually. (Note, scholars considering applying to a magnet school with testing requirements will need to test in person on campus. They can not test from home. Please contact Mrs. Carter for arrangements. )
A-Day Scholars (6th-9th grade):
  • Math: Monday, 12/7 8am to 11am
Remote Scholars learning virtually from Home (6th - 9th grade):
  • Math: Wednesday, 12/9 8am to 11am
  • (Note, scholars considering applying to a magnet school with testing requirements will need to test in person on campus. They can not test from home. Please contact Mrs. Carter for arrangements. )
Make up times will be communicated by Mrs. Carter to the scholars who missed their original times.
 Other links and info:
  • Help Desk Form. Continue to use the help desk form if you need tech support for Chromebooks, passwords reset, or have other concerns you need help with.
  • Please note high school final exam week for Semester 1 will include testing on Friday, December 18th for some high school scholars.
  • Please complete all forms for Operoo if you are receiving notifications. We are starting to carefully plan field trips, but those without completed forms including the Emergency contact and health forms on file will not be able to attend. Please email the frontoffice@CharlestonMathScience to request paper forms or assistance with logging into Operoo.
Calendar Updates
Please review the following sections concerning High School exams and the first week of Semester 2.
HS Final Exams for Semester 1
High School Final Exam week will be December 14th-18th (and Dec 9 for the English 2 Writing section)

EOC State Testing for Biology, Algebra 1, US History, and English 2:
  • ALL scholars taking a class with a state-mandated End of Course must come onto campus for the test per SCDE. These courses include Biology, Algebra 1, US History, and English 2. A, B and D day scholars must come in on the 9th, 16th and/or 18th if they have an EOC exam per the schedule above
  • Chromebooks must be fully charged for EOC testing.
  • EOC assessments must be administered to every student enrolled in a designated EOCEP course, as required by federal accountability requirements and according to state administration guidelines. 
  • A teacher-made final exam for all EOC courses will also be administered to all students enrolled in these courses. 
  • Teachers will apply the higher of the two grades earned on the EOCEP exam or the teacher-made final exam as the 20 percent course grade exam requirement for all EOCEP courses.
Finals for other courses:
  • Finals for scholars may include teacher created exams, projects, or papers. Final exams will be open book and scholars will participate from the location they are scheduled to be located in for that day. 
  • HS scholars do not come to school on Dec 16 or 18 unless they are taking an EOC exam.
  • On Tuesday, December 15, A day scholars will also be on campus, we will follow a regular bell schedule with blocks 1 and 3 having exams. 
  • B day scholars come to school on Thursday Dec.17. We will follow a regular bell schedule with blocks 2 and 4 having exams.
  • Scholars should bring chromebooks fully charged to school each day.

Middle School Schedule - Stays the Same in December
Middle school will follow their regular schedule during this time.
Semester 2 StartUp Plans
Please note the plans for the start of Semester 2 after the holiday break. Scholars who will be staying remote for second semester will have the opportunity to pick up items and may have parent/guardian meetings planned with teachers or staff on Tuesday. Scholars joining us for the first time for Semester 2 will have orientation on Wednesday, January 6th.

Week of January 4th:
Remote learning for majority of scholars with times to come to campus for those remaining for remote learning for Semester 2, orientation for those joining us for the first time, and those high school scholars who need to make up exams from Semester 1.
Week of January 11, 2021:
Same as Hybrid in Semester 1 Hybrid rotation starts January 11, 2021 and continues for the following weeks. The A and B days will be the same as Hybrid in Semester 1. If Covid-19 numbers reduce significantly in the region, we may add additional days on campus or make other adjustments.
Covid Testing Offered on Campus
Please do not come to school with symptoms to be tested. Please contact your medical provider or MUSC.

However, those scholars and staff who develop covid related symptoms while on campus have the option of completing a saliva test prior to leaving campus.

Please note:

  1. A consent form will have to be signed by the parent or legal guardian prior to testing and the scholar will go home IMMEDIATELY once the specimen is taken.
  2. A second covid test may be needed as the test is only 90-92% accurate.
  3. Only scholars with symptoms will be tested. This test will NOT detect close contact or asymptomatic persons.

We will also be included in the new testing program being offered by DHEC and Governor McMaster.
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Resources for Families
Please reach out to our school counselors to additional supports and resources to support your scholar during this time. We know that consistent routines and positive relationships help them build their resilience.

Class of 2021
Senior Privilege: Starting Monday, December 7, 2020 Seniors do not need to wear uniforms, but the dress code still applies. We will still have high expectations of what the CCSMS Dress Code is at CCSMS. Please be excellent examples for our younger scholars or we may have to go back to uniforms.

Athletics Updates
Basketball continues this week. Please follow all Covid-19 related protocol and please do not come to practice or games if you are sick.

We will not have spectators for the month of December.

Soccer Updates:
  • Please find the information about CCSMS Athletics, Varsity HS Soccer Conditioning, and Middle School Soccer on the CCSMS Riptide Athletics site: https://ccsmsathletics.org/
  • Men's Varsity Soccer Conditioning is 3:15pm - 4:45pm afterschool and continues to the holiday break. All paperwork and current physical must be on record to participate.