Summer Feeding ProgramPosted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 5/23/2017
Camp Hands of Hope - Bereavement CampPosted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 3/20/2017
Camp Hands of Hope is a weekend long bereavement camp for youth and their loved ones who have experienced the loss of a loved one in the past three years. Our upcoming camp will take place May 19-21 at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, South Carolina. We would like to extend our camp resources to any students, friends, or family you may have that can potentially benefit from our camp.
The online application process will open MONDAY MARCH 20th and remain open until spaces filled. Spaces are available on a first come first serve basis and will fill up fast.
Camp is open to youth ages 5-18 and their caregivers who have experienced the loss of a loved one in the past three years (must have at least one adult attend with the camper). This is an all expense paid weekend for the family (including lodging and meals). We ask that the family, pay a $50 administrative fee (per family) to help offset the administrative time of processing applications, HOWEVER if that fee is a financial hardship, they can apply for a application fee waiver after their applications have been accepted and confirmed.
For more information on Camp Hands of Hope and to apply please visit our camp website: www.camphandsofhope.org
Common Q & A’s about camp adults and/or kids may have can be found here:
Test Taking PreparationPosted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 3/16/2017
Now that we are in the last marking period of the year our students will be facing many testing opportunities. They will be having benchmarks to assess their growth over the year. They will be having state testing so we can see how well they are succeeding when assessing by state standards. And some students will be taking End Of Course exams for high school credit classes. With all of these coming up, we want our students to be best prepared. The following are some tips for preparing for the test!
1. Give yourself enough time to study
Don't leave it until the last minute. While some students do seem to thrive on last-minute 'cramming', it's widely accepted that for most of us, this is not the best way to approach an exam. Set out a timetable for your study. Write down how many exams you have and the days on which you have to sit them. Then organize your study accordingly. You may want to give some exams more study time than others, so find a balance that you feel comfortable with.
2. Organize your study space
Make sure you have enough space to spread your textbooks and notes out. Have you got enough light? Is your chair comfortable? Are your computer games out of sight?
Try and get rid of all distractions, and make sure you feel as comfortable and able to focus as possible. For some people, this may mean almost complete silence; for others, background music helps. Some of us need everything completely tidy and organized in order to concentrate, while others thrive in a more cluttered environment. Think about what works for you, and take the time to get it right.
3. Use flow charts and diagrams
Visual aids can be really helpful when revising. At the start of a topic, challenge yourself to write down everything you already know about a topic - and then highlight where the gaps lie. Closer to the exam, condense your revision notes into one-page diagrams. Getting your ideas down in this brief format can then help you to quickly recall everything you need to know during the exam.
4. Practice on old exams
One of the most effective ways to prepare for exams is to practice taking past versions. This helps you get used to the format of the questions, and - if you time yourself - can also be good practice for making sure you spend the right amount of time on each section.
5. Explain your answers to others
Parents and little brothers and sisters don't have to be annoying around exam time! Use them to your advantage. Explain an answer to a question to them. That will help you to get it clear in your head, and also to highlight any areas where you need more work.
6. Organize study groups with friends
Get together with friends for a study session. You may have questions that they have the answers to and vice versa. As long as you make sure you stay focused on the topic for an agreed amount of time, this can be one of the most effective ways to challenge yourself.
7. Take regular breaks
While you may think it's best to study for as many hours as possible, this can actually be counterproductive. If you were training for a marathon, you wouldn't try and run 24 hours a day! Likewise studies have shown that for long-term retention of knowledge, taking regular breaks really helps.
Everyone's different, so develop a study routine that works for you. If you study better in the morning, start early before taking a break at lunchtime. Or if you're more productive at nighttime, take a larger break earlier on so you're ready to settle down come evening.
Try not to feel guilty about being out enjoying the sunshine instead of hunched over your textbooks. Remember Vitamin D is important for a healthy brain!
8. Snack on 'brain food'
Keep away from junk food! You may feel like you deserve a treat, or that you don't have time to cook, but what you eat can really have an impact on energy levels and focus. Keep your body and brain well-fuelled by choosing nutritious foods that have been proven to aid concentration and memory, such as fish, nuts, seeds, yogurt and blueberries. The same applies on exam day - eat a good meal before the test, based on foods that will provide a slow release of energy throughout. Sugar may seem appealing, but it won't help when your energy levels crash an hour or so later.
9. Plan your exam day
Make sure you get everything ready well in advance of the exam - don't leave it to the day before to suddenly realize you don't know the way, or what you're supposed to bring. Check all the rules and requirements, and plan your route and journey time. If possible, do a test run of the trip; if not, write down clear directions.
Work out how long it will take to get there - then add on some extra time. You really don't want to arrive having had to run halfway or feeling frazzled from losing your way. You could also make plans to travel to the exam with friends or classmates, as long as you know they're likely to be punctual!
10. Drink plenty of water
As a final tip, remember that being well hydrated is essential for your brain to work at its best. Make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout your revision, and also on the exam day.
Career Fair @ Joint Base Charleston - March 22 @ 4:30Posted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 3/16/2017
Joint Base Charleston NWS Youth Center. It is with Open Recreation/Teen Program (All Ages are Welcome) on March 22, 2017 from
4:30pm-6:00pm. For more Information, please call the Youth Center @ 843-794-7809 for Ms. Shanae Brown, Teen Coordinator
Math and Science NightPosted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 3/15/2017
Tuesday, March 21st we will be hosting our Math and Science Night. Please come and visit to see what exciting things our teachers have to share with you! RSVPs are requested so that we may have a head count for our food order (please see attached Flyer). We hope to see you there!
Charleston Black ExpoPosted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 3/8/2017
This weekend Charleston is host to one of the four locations of the Black Expo South. The following is from their Facebook page:
The purpose of the Black Expo is to promote economic development through increased exposure for minority-owned businesses. These businesses have the opportunity to showcase their products and services to the public and procurement. It is also an opportunity for major corporations and government entitites to develop viable working relationships with minority-lwned businesses while marketing their products and services to a growing consumer market. The Expo is also a forum to educated, enlighten and inspire the entire community and the African-American community in particular. Aside from economic development, exposure to cultural resources is a part of the focus for this event.
For more information please use the link provided below.
Spring Book Fair @ Barnes and Noble NCPosted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 3/7/2017
This coming Saturday we will be hosting another book fair at Barnes and Noble. A percentage of what is sold that day with the voucher attached will be donated to Sedgefield Middle. Yes, even the coffee at Starbucks!! If you cannot make it, please see the information regarding online purchases on the flyer. We hope to see you there! Flyer for Spring Book Fair
Summer Camp Scholarship OpportunityPosted by Caitlin Murchie-Chapman at 3/7/2017
The Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby - Summer Scholarship Application
The Melba McKenzie and LeAnn Crosby Summer Scholarships were established by the South Carolina Consortium for Gifted Education (SCCGE) as a tribute to the spirit and perseverance of former educators who devoted their career to working with gifted and talented academic and artistic students in our state.
The scholarship is provided for one or more low SES gifted students at the middle school level (current grades 6-8). The amount of the scholarship, not to exceed $750.00, is designed to cover or partially cover tuition to attend a summer program for academically or artistically gifted students.
To be considered, the student must complete an application, an interest survey, and submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor or principal explaining why the student deserves the scholarship. Both the student and parent are required to sign the application confirming their intent to use the money for the indicated camp. Scholarship funds are sent from the SCCGE to the camp financial office. The application will not be considered unless a specific program and date is listed. Responsibility for selection of a summer program will rest with the parent, student and district. All applications are due to the school counselor by Monday, March 12, 2017. They must be received by Merrie Fisher by Thursday, March 16, 2017. These can be no exceptions.
A Selection Committee appointed by the President of SCCGE will evaluate the applications and select a student or students to receive the scholarship. If you have questions about this scholarship and the process used, please contact your school counselor.