Investment Results in Economics Class!

Congratulations to the top three investors in Ms. Hobson’s U.S. Government/Economics class.  Finishing in First Place is Shota Ozaki with a gain  of $18,548.03 (a record high).  Our Second Place winner is Tyler Berdy with a gain of $4,888.75, and finishing in Third Place is Chang Ju Lee with a profit of $2,811.81.  The following are quotes from the summary papers that these students wrote at the end of the project.

“I learned many things can affect the stock price, even if it is small news.”  Shota Ozaki

“I learned so much in this great investment project!”  Tyler Berdy

“It was a great experience for me to play this game for my future.”  Chang Ju Lee

Me gustan los tacos

Spanish 3 students on field trip

Will Miles, Sheridan White, Maddy Metzger, James Hammond and Rebecca Warth love to “Hablar espanol” at our local Mexican restaurante con amigos!

Spanish 3 students on field trip

Will Miles, Sheridan White, Maddy Metzger, James Hammond and Rebecca Warth work on their Spanish speaking and eating skills at our local Mexican restaurante.  Buenos tacos!

Let the Review Begin – Finals are almost here.

Mrs. Sklarin’s students participated in a game of “GeoCaching” or “Alge2Caching ” from  It is a web based game where the students search the internet to find 10 web pages.  They have to answer various math problems on each page in order to find the next page.  The first students to find all 10 boxes recieved a certificate.  Congratulations to the winners: Derrick and Sean tied in block 2;  Daniel won in block 4; and Phyllis won in block 5.



Geometry Goes 3-D

The students in Mrs. Sklarin’s geometry classes started their unit on 3-dimensional shapes.  The students created their 3-D solids from 2-dimensional nets.  This is the start of their unit on surface area and volume.

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Psychology Class Visits Memory Matters

When studying memory earlier this quarter, the psychology class spent an afternoon at Memory Matters.  Memory Matters is a very special place on  Hilton Head Island that offers a welcoming atmosphere for those suffering memory loss, while also providing a respite for caregivers.  The participants interact socially in a meaningful way through a variety of activities. Our students were able to participate in some of these activities, including several competitive games of Bingo and a fun “acting” and movement exercise.  The students also  interacted on an individual, one-on-one basis with the  participants during our visit.   This was a real-life learning experience that was highly valued by each student in the class.

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Finding a Good Place to Study

Finding a good study space is an important part of effective studying. If your surroundings are distracting, you can not expect to study very well. This doesn’t mean that you have to find a place that’s secluded and dead silent either. The most important thing is that you find a study space place that fits your specific learning style.  For example, some individuals are able to concentrate better with a little noise in the background while others are easily distracted by any noise at all. Some individuals can concentrate perfectly well in the middle of the library amongst dozens of people constantly passing by, while others are able to concentrate better studying in a cubical where there is no visual distraction at all.

While each individual has their own personal learning style and preferences, here a few suggestions in order to improve your study time.

Create a Routine.
Assign yourself a specific place to study and set a regular time to study each day. Some people like to study in the library. Others find the library very distracting. Some people like to study outside. Others find studying outside difficult because they are tempted get up and “smell the roses”. There is no perfect study place for everyone — but there is a perfect study place for you. Your goal is to find it.  It may sound a little bit tedious but creating a set study routine will  also improve your ability to study effectively. Studying at the same time each day or each week — in your study place of choice — will ensure that you develop a habit of studying and studying effectively.

Your study place should be comfortable
If you plan on doing a lot of studying you need to make sure that your study place is absolutely comfortable. If you don’t, you’re likely going to find yourself looking for a new study space down the road. Set up your chair, computer and desk in such a way that you don’t hurt your hands, wrists, neck or back.  Little discomforts can turn into repetitive stress injuries if they are not addressed.  Also, stock your study place with all of the tools you’ll need (i.e. pens, pencils, dictionaries, etc.) so you aren’t constantly disrupting your studying.  You may want to ensure that your study place has plenty of  light.  Many people will find a comfortable study place but find that studying is difficult because they don’t have adequate lighting.

Evaluate your study preferences
As we mentioned previously each individual has their only learning style and preferences. Before you select a study place you should try to figure out what your learning style and preferences are.  Are you distracted  by noise? Are you distracted by visual interruptions? Do you do study better for long periods of time or do you need regular breaks? Again, there isn’t a strict rule for how you should study but it is important to discover your study preferences and evaluate your study space to make sure it is adequate for your needs.

Create study rules and follow them
If you’re constantly being hounded by your parents or RI’s when it comes to your study habits then we recommend that you (1) establish some study rules and (2) that you communicate those rules with your parents. For example, if one of your study preferences is to study for a period of time and then take a short break, make sure to communicate this to your parents so that it doesn’t not appear that you’re ‘slacking’.  If the only person you answer to is yourself, it is still recommended that you create study rules and that you stick by them.

Finding a good place to study, discovering your personal learning preferences and establishing a few useful study rules will go a long way toward ensuring an effective study experience.


Biology Class participates in Hour of Code sponsored by

Mrs. S's Biology class participates in the Hour of Code on December 11, 2013.

Mrs. S’s Biology class participates in the Hour of Code on December 11, 2013.

AP Lit Class Presents Independent Novels

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The AP Literature & Composition students just completed presenting their independent novels to the class.  After completing the reading and researching  the author and the critical analysis, each student “taught” his/her novel to the class in a 45-minute presentation.  These presentations not only included biographical author information and literary analysis, but creative elements as well.  The creative elements ranged from servings of rye bread and duck, biscuits, and apple pie to original artwork, related music, lemonade, and purple flowers!  In addition, each student wrote an original poem that was representative of his/her novel.

Heritage Academy interepts Surrealism

Surrealism was an artistic movement that expresses dreamlike subjects.  Subjects that are real in an unreal setting or sur real.  After looking at art created by Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali the Begining Art sudents did 2 exercises that started the process.  Using acrylic paints they then created their dream .

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