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GCS Foundation Golf Tournament Scholarships

 

Graduating seniors attending GCS high schools are eligible to apply for the GCS Foundation Golf Tournament Scholarship. At least half of the scholarships are designated for children of permanent full- or part-time district employees. Students may obtain the application from their school counselor, and completed applications must be returned to the counselor by Friday, March 5, 2021.


ARMES Program

 

It is once again time to nominate rising 3rd - 8th graders for the GCS ARMES program. These students are identified as Artistic Gifted and Talented and served through an after school program at the Fine Arts Center.

Nominations will be open from February 1, 2021 through April 1, 2021 on the ARMES website.


MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest

 


The third-annual MUSC Septima P. Clark Poetry Contest is now accepting submissions through March 15. The theme for the 2021 contest will be “Life during COVID-19.” Accepted poems will include any topic that may have impacted the writer during the pandemic.

Poetry submissions will be accepted from students in kindergarten through grade 12 across the state. Finalists will be announced in late April, and they will be invited to read their poems at the awards reception April 30. Registration is required and is found on MUSC’s website.

As in previous years, MUSC partnered with Charleston’s first poet laureate Marcus Amaker for the competition.

 


Career Centers Accepting 2021-22 Applications

GCS high school students who are interested in enrolling in a career center program for the 2021-22 school year may apply online through March 19 using their GCS Backpack account. Interested students should click on "Programs" and "Apply to a Program" to access the appropriate Career Center.  Applications must be completed by Friday, March 19 to be considered in the first round of applications. Students returning to the same Career Center program for a second year do not need to re-apply.

GCS Career Centers offer a wide array of programs including cosmetology, barbering, mechatronics, building construction, automotive technology, culinary arts, HVAC, and much more. Through participation in these programs, GCS students earned 3,607 Industry Certifications last year.

Donaldson Career Center

Students who are not currently enrolled in Greenville County Schools but would like to participate in a career center program should reach out to the career center counselor for instructions on how to enroll. Please note that current GCS students will be given first priority.

For more information about the programs available at each of our career centers, visit the district Career and Technical Education Website.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to your school counselor. 


2021-22 School Calendars Announced

Greenville County Schools has released the 2021-22 student calendar. Students will start the new school year on Tuesday, August 20, 2021. The last day of school will be Friday, June 3, 2022. In accordance with state law, the calendar includes 180 scheduled instructional days and ten professional development/teacher workdays. Under existing state law, students may not start school prior to the third Monday in August.

Because Greenville County Schools is an approved eLearning district, the district is not required to build in makeup days for inclement weather. GCS will automatically operate on Attendance Plan 0 (eLearning) if school buildings are closed on a regular attendance day.


2021-22 FAFSA Form Available Online


High school students who plan to attend college between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, should complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) as soon as possible. 

To assist students and parents in the process, the Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has been sharing tips @FAFSA, and new blogs note “7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2021-22 FAFSA Form” and “8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA Form.”

Students and parents can complete the form online at FAFSA.gov on a desktop or mobile device, and, this year, enhanced help topics provide even more guidance through the form.  As a result of user feedback, many financial help topics feature images of the form with relevant line numbers visually highlighted.  Also, skip-logic functionality means applicants see only the questions that pertain to them. 

By the end of the year, the Department will launch an enhanced myStudentAid mobile app. The updated mobile app will have an entirely new look and feel, and additional features, including:

A new dashboard that will provide customers with a personalized “home page,” where they can get an overview of their aid, view upcoming loan payments, and access relevant content, resources, and checklists;
Aid summary that will allow users to view their detailed loan and grant aid information, aid overpayments, remaining Direct Loan and Pell Grant eligibility, and more; and
Important alerts and account updates within the app’s Notification Center.


BackPack for Parents

Parents are strongly encouraged to create a Backpack account for their children. Greenville County Schools uses Backpack to provide parents with the most recent news and information about our schools. The Backpack for Parents account also provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to:
*View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
*Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
*Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
*View their student's school and contact information
*Manage parent and contact information for their students.