As part of the “Why America is Free” curriculum used in their U.S. History class taught by Mrs. Frances James, the fifth grade students participated in Colonial Day held on campus November 18. “Why America is Free” is a six-week program that offers a hands-on learning experience and covers the events, times and heroes of the American Revolution. Dressed in period costume, the students participated in a wide variety of activities including colonial cooking for the girls and a militia drill for the boys. Students also learned how to make candles, cornhusk dolls, hand-painted floor cloths, string toys and silhouettes. Boys attended the class “Education of Young Gentlemen” while the girls attended “Lady of Genteel Refinement.” Also dressed in period costume, parent volunteers and teachers led the ten different activities throughout the day. For Patriot Night, an evening reception held at the home of Dr. & Mrs. David VanPatten on November 17, students, faculty and parents also dressed in period costume.
Seniors Thomas Brown and McLendon Sears each signed a National Letter of Intent to further their athletic careers at the University of South Carolina. Thomas will play tennis and McLendon will play baseball for the university next year. Students, coaches and family members attended the ceremony held in the Nash Student Center on November 9.
Escorted by Mrs. Ashley Lareau and Ms. Mary Ann Reames, art teachers, and Mrs. Becky Haley, school secretary, students in the high school art classes visited New York City for the annual art appreciation trip October 29-31. To learn more about artists, art history and different styles of art, the group visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. The trip also provided the opportunity for the students to experience the culture of New York City as they visited Rockefeller Center, Fifth and Madison Avenues, Times Square, and contemporary art galleries located in Midtown. The students attended a performance of the Broadway show Wicked at the Gershwin Theater, and the group also visited Freedom Park and the Oculus at the World Trade Center.