Physical Science spent a week this month leaning basic programming skills and coding, by teaching Karel the Dog new tricks.
Mrs. Zmarzly’s middle school Language Arts class read the short story, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber (1939). They then rewrote the short story as a play. Each student submitted scenes from the play, contributed props and scenery, and acted out the play for Mr. Powell’s and Ms. Bradley’s high school English classes. Each student then wrote both concrete poetry and diamante poetry to describe the life of our poor hero, Walter Mitty.
The beginning art classes have painted the same still-life in two medias. They learned that acrylic paint and water color paint act differently and create a different look to the same subject.
On October 14, 2013 the science classes of Diane Bass and the Geography class of Sarah Hobson traveled to Fish Haul Creek park for a nature walk with nature guide Miss Carol. She explained how the tides of Hilton Head are some of the highest tides of the eastern seaboard. Her discussion of indigenous species, plant and animal, was thorough and very informative. We walked the beach at Port Royal Sound, saw snails, Camphorweed, burrow holes made by crabs and lots of Sandspur as evidenced by the burs on students pant legs!
We then traveled to Jarvis Park for a kayak trip with guides Mark and Keith. After suiting up in life jackets, Mark explained the proper procedure for paddling, how to turn and how NOT to tip over. Everyone was successful in their travels along the salt marsh. We saw plenty of Cordgrass, Salt Hay and some Sea Oxe Eye Daisy as well. A few students got overly wet but everyone enjoyed the day outdoors along the salt marsh and estuary of Hilton Head Island. We experienced the true nature of this exceptional coastline wonder!
Congratulations to all students in Mrs. Bradley’s Literary Analysis class who prepared creative sonnets after studying Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet! Each male student wrote a sonnet to “Juliet” while each female student wrote to “Romeo.” Requirements included correct form for Shakespearean sonnet, iambic pentameter, specific rhyme, previous vocabulary words, and a theme for each quatrain. They did an excellent job!
First speeches are always scary, but practice makes perfect! Topics ranged from “Why Competitive Dance is a Sport” to “The History of Pizza.” Students chose their own topics, engaged in research, and practiced with Mrs. Butterworth before Speech Day. Everyone did an outstanding job!