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VirtualSDOC Courses Available to Students in 7th-12th Grade 

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The School District of Oconee County offers students in grades 7 through 12 access to virtual, asynchronous, high school credit-bearing courses facilitated by district teachers.  Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters as well as during the summer.  

VirtualSDOC expands educational options for students who may want to graduate early, make room in their schedule to attend Hamilton Career and Technology Center dual enrollment classes, work a part-time job, catch up or get ahead on credits, or have a lighter course load during the school year.   Advantages of VirtualSDOC courses include the ability to work at the prescribed or at an accelerated pace; to complete assignments any time of the day;  and scheduled teacher office hours for questions and support.  

Available offerings for students in grades 9 through 12 include:  English 1, 2, 3, & 4 CP, Algebra 1 CP, Geometry CP, Algebra 2 CP, Probability and Statistics, IT Fundamentals, Personal Finance, Family Life Education, Medical Terminology, Physical Education, Human Geography, US History, Government(.5 credit), Economics(.5 credit), Biology, Anatomy, and Sociology

Middle School students in grades 7 and 8 may take IT Fundamentals during the fall, spring or summer.  Rising 9th grade students (just completed 8th grade) may take English 1 CP, Algebra 1 CP, Family Life Education, Personal Finance, Medical Terminology, Physical Education, Human Geography, Government, Economics,  IT Fundamentals, or Sociology during the summer.  

For more information, please visit the VirtualSDOC page on the district website or reach out to your student's guidance counselor. 

Please note: Final determination of course offerings each semester is based on student requests and teacher allotment. Summer courses are accelerated at an 8 week pace.

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When:  Friday, October 29, 2021

Time:  6pm-9pm

Location:  Clemson University Campus

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YMCA Fun Event

 The YMCA is offering a FREE Halloween Fun Event for all families!  October 29, 5:30pm-7:30pm

SDOC Announces Teacher and Support Employee of the Year

The School District of Oconee County held its annual employee recognition ceremony on Monday, October 4th to name the 2021-2022 Teacher and Support Employee of the Year. 

Teacher of the Year Cassie Moore with Dr. Thorsland & Dr. McDowell

Cassondra Moore was named Teacher of the Year. Ms. Moore, who serves as the media specialist at Seneca Middle School,  joined the district in 2017 as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher.  She is known for her unlimited enthusiasm, persistent commitment to her students and school community, and her positive outlook in all aspects of life. Moore will receive $1000 and will represent the district at the SC Teacher Forum Conference to be held in November.

“I sincerely love what I do; I love the students and faculty that I serve.  There is something magical about working with students, and that in itself is a pleasure.  But when you're able to do what you love in a welcoming, encouraging environment, that makes it all so much better. Coming to Oconee has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.  I am honored to be chosen and will do my best to represent our district well,” said Moore.

Darrel McDowell, principal of Seneca Middle School, said, “Cassie Moore has a deep understanding about how children think and learn.  She is relentless with her efforts to provide rich content and stimulating experiences for every child.  She is passionate about her mission as a teacher here at Seneca Middle School.

Support Employee of the Year Nancy Ratliff with Dr. Thorsland & Mr. Hudson

Nancy Ratliff, receptionist at Seneca High School, was named Support Employee of the Year.  Ms. Ratliff has been at Seneca High for four years. She is known for her warm welcome, positive attitude and willingness to help others in any situation. Mrs. Ratliff will receive $250.   

Dylan Hudson, principal of Seneca High School, said, “Literally, Mrs. Ratliff is the face of Seneca High School. She sets the tone for our students, staff and visitors as they enter the building. Her smiling face and caring demeanor makes strangers feel welcome and makes our Bobcats feel at home. What would be "just a job" for most, is a passion for Mrs. Ratliff. Seneca High School is a better place because of her.”

 

The top four finalists for the Teacher of the Year were Mr. Benjamin Bolin, Blue Ridge Elementary School;  Mrs. Fredda Shaw, Ravenel Elementary School; Ms. Cassondra Moore, Seneca Middle School; and Mrs. Brenda Cisson, Seneca High. Each of the three runners-up will receive $250.  

The top three finalists for Support Employee of the Year were Ms. Shauna Aluoto, West-Oak High School; Mrs. Nancy Ratliff, Seneca High School; Ms. Kim Williams, West-Oak Middle School. 

 

School

Teacher

SUPPORT EMPLOYEE

Blue Ridge Elementary

Benjamin Bolin

Sandra Bomely

Fair-Oak Elementary

Dawn Ramey

Patricia Flores

James M. Brown Elementary

Courtney Dickerson

Billie Hancox 

Keowee  Elementary

Shannon Somerville

William “Gene” Crane

Northside  Elementary

Erin Hunter

Gaie Wilson

Orchard Park  Elementary

Nycole Hix

Ilia Schumacher

Ravenel  Elementary

Fredda Shaw

Toni Owens

Tamassee-Salem Elementary

Natalie Phelps

Tonya Rogers

Walhalla  Elementary

Sara Wright

Deborah Gardner

Westminster  Elementary

Lynn Lyles

Melaney Wolfe

Seneca Middle School

Cassondra Moore

Sabrina Glenn

Walhalla Middle School

Tiffany Holland

Cynthia Kelly

West-Oak Middle School

Amanda Young

Kimberly Williams

Seneca High School

Brenda Cisson 

Nancy Ratliff

Walhalla High School

Haley McAnally 

Amyie Crane

West-Oak High School

Lori Hendrix

Shauna Aluoto

Hamilton Career & Technology Center

Cheryl Williams

Donna Ferenchak

Oconee Academy

JoAnn Decossas 

Sherry McLaughlin

Oconee County Adult Education

Michael  Pearson

Cynthia Loggins

District Office n/a Barbara Ellenburg
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New COVID-19 Testing Option Available for SDOC Students and Staff 

 

 

The School District of Oconee County has partnered with DHEC to provide increased testing availability for SDOC students and staff.  Drive-thru testing will be available at the Bountyland Education Campus from 8:00am to 2:00pm, Monday through Friday, for those who would like to be tested.  

  • Testing is for SDOC staff and students only (substitutes & volunteer coaches are eligible).

  • The PCR test specimen will be collected through a nasal swab.

  • Results should be received within 24 hours; some results may take longer.

  • There is NO COST to the student or staff member.

  • Students and Staff may choose to be tested as frequently as they desire.

  • Testing Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 2:00pm; no appointment required.

 

IMPORTANT DIRECTIONS:

Employees/students/parents/guardians should enter the Bountyland Education campus from South Cove Road (Do not enter from Keowee School Road). Take the first left into Bountyland Education Campus (old Hamilton Career Center).   Testing will occur in front of the first breezeway.  Cars will exit onto Keowee School Road.This will facilitate a one-way line for testing and help avoid traffic issues.

 

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SDOC updates Mask Requirement for Buses

 

 

As the district announced last week, the SC State Department of Education re-instituted the requirement of face masks for students and drivers** on buses. School districts were given until August 30th to be in compliance.  The SCDE released a revised memo on Friday, August 26th, to clarify that  districts shall implement disciplinary measures for not wearing the mask.  The memo said: 

“...All districts must be in compliance with this requirement no later than Monday, August 30, 2021. School districts shall implement disciplinary measures designed to enforce this requirement, including, but not limited to suspending a student from riding a bus. However, no student should be placed in an unsafe situation as a result of attempting to board a bus without a face covering.”

The revised memo is linked on the SDOC COVID-19 page. The consequences for a student who refuse to wear a mask on the bus will include:

1st time:  Students will receive a warning

2nd time: A phone call will be made to the parents, explaining the consequences

3rd time:  Students will be suspended from the bus for one day.

Each additional refusal will result in an increase in the number of days the student is suspended from the bus.  It is possible with repeated refusal to wear a mask may result in suspension from the bus for the remainder of the school year. 

SDOC will begin implementation of consequences on Tuesday, September 7th. 

 

**A driver is not required to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.

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FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit to Families

 Assistance of up to $50 a month to those who qualify

 

 

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households (up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands). 

Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;

  • Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;

  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 a

    t or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or

  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

There are three ways for eligible households to apply:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.

  2. Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.

  3. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742

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SDOC Updates COVID-19 Guidelines

 Masks are now STRONGLY ENCOURAGED for all students & staff

 

The School District of Oconee 2021-2022 school year COVID-19 Guidelines have been updated and posted on the district website. A summary of the changes is included below; complete guidelines can be found on the COVID-19 page of the district website. 

  • Masks are now strongly encouraged for all students and staff

  • Visitors to school buildings will be limited to essential reasons only.

  • Elementary students will be “cohorted,” meaning classrooms will not “mix” with other classrooms throughout the day, including recess.  Elementary students will eat meals in the classroom.

  • Field trips are suspended for the 1st 9 weeks of school.

It is important to note that these guidelines can change at any time in response to the COVID-19 pandemic or legislative action.