September 2018

TSCHAA Newsletter

MHCC Military Museum Field Trip 

You are invited to join TSCHAA on a tour of the MHCC Military Museum in Greenville, SC on September 27th at 9:30. The cost is $5.75 per student ($5 + $0.75 Paypal fee) and adults and preschoolers are free. This will be a 2 hour guided tour of the museum which focuses on the Spanish Wars up to the Gulf Wars. 

This museum is located next to the Greenville Airport which has the Runway Cafe and playground. Registration and payment are required to reserve your spot.

Register here.

Special Needs Workshop

Susan Blackwell, homeschool special needs consultant, will be doing a workshop for TSCHAA members September 17th at 1:00 in Lexington, SC. This workshop is for TSCHAA members who are homeschooling students with special needs. Susan will talk about the benefits of homeschooling a special needs child, learning styles accommodations, testing significance, and services she offers. She will also take questions at the end of her 1-hour talk.  Registration is required.

Register here. 

Upcoming Field Trips

Charlotte Motor Speedway October 25th - currently full but offering a waiting list

Swamp Rabbit STEM November 28th - registration opening in October - discounted hockey game tickets and STEM booths set up around the arena

Upcountry Museum December 13th - Merry Christmas Charlie Brown - registration opening in November

Peace Center Tour (Greenville)  January 21st - registration opening November/December

Swamp Rabbit Career Day - February

Senior News

Do you have a graduating homeschooler this year? FAFSA (free application for federal student aid) opens October 1st! Don't forget to fill out your paperwork for scholarships and other aid. 

Also, don't forget graduating homeschoolers need a graduation date on or before
 June 15th to qualify for SC scholarships. Learn more about scholarships here. 

Please read additional Senior News at the bottom of this newsletter. 

Algebra Nation

Algebra Nation offers free accounts for SC homeschoolers! Algebra  Nation is a customized site to help students succeed in Algebra. To get an account, email them using the email provided on their website. 

Advanced Manufacturing Day for Juniors and Seniors

Greenville Technical College's Center for Manufacturing Innovation (CMI) is hosting an Advanced Manufacturing Day for high school juniors and seniors. Tours and Demos will be provided on their state of the art manufacturing machinery. Lunch is provided by Chick-Fil-A.  October 5th 9:00- 1:30. Call or email Carolyn Watkins at 864-236-6750 or to RSVP or ask questions.

Educational Opportunities/Homeschool Discounts

Brookgreen Garden Homeschool Days  Murrells Inlet

Lowcountry Field Trips - fun, educational homeschool field trips in the Lowcountry

Renaissance Fair Student Days (NC) - October 23-25

Cherokee PowWow - Laurens County - September 29

Colonial Williamsburg Homeschool Days - September

Chimney Rock Homeschool Day (NC) - September 19

Upstate Children's Museum Homeschool Classes 

State Museum Homeschool Thursdays

Charleston Museum Homeschool History Days

The Lost Sea - TN Cave - homeschool discounts every Monday

STEM Festival - October 6th 10 - 3:00 USC Aiken 

More Senior News


~ As a reminder, your student MUST graduate by June 15th of this school year to be considered for SC scholarships. Please plan your year accordingly.

~ If your student plans to take a Dual Credit course, please make sure they are ready. Dual Credit courses count toward the GPA needed to keep the Life scholarship in college after the freshman year. A student can qualify for the Life Scholarship for his freshman year based on his high school grades but lose it his sophomore year of college due to a poor Dual Credit grade averaged into his freshman year. Please keep this in mind.

~ According to the SC Commission on Higher Education, students should only have 4 years of high school. Some homeschool families create an extra senior year, however, this could disqualify your student from a SC scholarship. Earning high school credits in middle school is acceptable, but having more than 5 years of high school is not.

~I will send out reminders in the upcoming newsletters about Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. Unlike other SC scholarships which are granted by the college, TSCHAA must apply on your student's behalf. A student has to apply before graduation - this includes if they graduate mid-year. Once your student has graduated, they are no longer eligible to apply. This scholarship is worth up to $6700.

***Since you are the official record keeper, you must contact me if your student qualifies for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. To be eligible, the student must have a 1400 SAT/32 ACT and a 4.0 SC UGP.  Early Award (opens Mid-October - December 15th) is based off the final Junior year SC GPA and Late Award (Mid-April - June 15th) is based off final Senior year GPA. 

I hope everyone is having a great start to their school year. Please let me know if I can assist you in any way this year.

Happy Homeschooling,
Lara T Caldwell, TSCHAA Director