Wilson Hall is now a certified Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) school by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). To earn the certification, the school met SCISA STEAM standards that include having an inquiry-based learning environment for students that encourages problem solving, students working independently and collaboratively, and students demonstrating creative and critical thinking. Other STEAM standards include students using technology resources to conduct research, learning through performance-based assessments, and students demonstrating oral and verbal communication skills to express and elaborate their conclusions. Students in each class, from three-year-old preschool through twelfth grade and across all academic disciplines, participate in STEAM activities.
As part of the curriculum in their U.S. History class, the fourth grade students participated in the annual Wilson Hall Colonial Day which was held at the Carolina Backcountry Homestead at the Sumter County Museum on November 9. This recreated homestead, which hosts living history events, includes a log cabin, settler’s house, a smokehouse, barn, commissary (storehouse), loomhouse, outhouse, blacksmith shop, and gardens. Colonial Day offers a hands-on learning experience about daily life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Dressed in period costume, the students participated in a wide variety of activities including colonial cooking and a militia drill. Also dressed in period costume, parent volunteers and teachers assisted the museum’s staff and volunteers with the different activities throughout the day. For Patriot Night, an evening reception held at the home of Michael and Katie Naylor, students, faculty and parents also dressed in period costume. The fourth grade teachers are Mrs. Tammy Amick, Mrs. Laura Brogdon and Mrs. Louise Dixon.
Senior Bristol Barnes is the Spotlight Artist for the month of November. She is a student in the Advanced Placement 3D Design (Sculpture) class taught by Mrs. Tara Schumacher. Each month a student is chosen for the honor and has his or her artwork displayed along with a brief profile of the student.
Brystol Henderson Cagle ‘02 and William Croft ‘90 received the 27th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards at a special presentation on Spencer Field during halftime of the varsity football game. Mr. Fred Moulton, Headmaster, presented the awards on November 1.
Brystol works as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist with Anesthesia Associates of Charleston and is affiliated with Roper Hospital. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in biology and from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine with a Doctor of Medicine. Brystol completed an anesthesiology residency and a cardiothoracic anesthesiology fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She and her husband, Josh, live in Charleston where they are members of First Scot’s Presbyterian Church. They have a one-year-old son, Philip, and are expecting their second child in April.
An attorney, William is a founding partner of the Curtis and Croft Law Firm where he handles civil litigation and real estate transactions. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from the Oklahoma City University School of Law with a Juris Doctor. William serves as the Wilson Hall Board of Trustees Chairman, and he is a member of the Sumter YMCA Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Any Length Recovery, an alcohol and drug rehabilitation community in Sumter. William is a past-president of the Sumter Rotary Club and is a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon. He and his wife, Elyn, have two children who attend Wilson Hall, Will ‘22 and Katie ‘24.
Filling three chartered buses, the 50 fifth grade students and their chaperons, led by the trip’s coordinator, Mr. Charles Smith, departed for the 38th Washington, D.C., area trip on October 19. The group spent two full days sightseeing in the city and the surrounding area, visiting such points of interest as the Capitol, Library of Congress, National Cathedral, White House and Washington Monument. They also visited Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima, Jefferson, Vietnam War and World War II Memorials, as well as Embassy Row, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and National Archives. The group visited the Smithsonian’s Air and Space, American History, and Natural History Museums, and the Holocaust Museum. An evening tour of the city included the illuminated Air Force, Korean War, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorials. They also toured Mt. Vernon and its educational center. The group spent a day in Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia and visited Jamestown Festival Park before returning home on October 24. As an assignment in conjunction with their U.S. History unit of their social studies class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the students will give a power point presentation about their trip to their parents.