Heritage Crew Team has a benefit Bingo eve!!

The Heritage Crew Team had a successful bingo banquet and raised money for the team!  Congrats to all!!

Students in ESL Biology


Students are becoming very comfortable with oral presentations using   their glogster accounts.  They not only learn the information that is researched which for this assignment was famous scientists, but also practice their English skills in front of an audience.

Heritage Students Shine at IJGT Georgia Junior

Miles becomes back-to-back Georgia Junior winner

Valdes and Vilips nab second consecutive IJGT victory 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The International Junior Golf Tour (IJGT) headed south to The Club at Savannah Harbor to host the Georgia Junior on Feb. 22-23, 2014. Round one was played in textbook golf weather with temperatures around 70 degrees and a day filled of sunshine. Despite temperatures dropping slightly into the 60s during the final round, the forecasted rain held out as the final groups finished play. IJGT Merit Points and national rankings were up for grabs resulting in numerous lead changes throughout the 36-hole two-day tournament. The field featured 89 juniors between the ages of 12 and 19 years old.

DSC_0837Going into round one in second place, Will Miles of Hilton Head Island, S.C., had not yet finished showing his best golf as he nabbed first in the Boys 15-19 Division after round two. Battling closely with Geuntae Kim of Daegu, South Korea, Miles looked to bring consistency to his second round, tallying two birdies and making par on 13 of the 16 remaining holes. Even with 4 birdies in round one, Miles still remained a stroke behind Kim. Regrouped and ready to compete, Miles kicked off his second round with two birdies in the first four holes. Miles secured his first victory on his 2013-2014 season finishing the weekend with a 71-73–144 overall score. This victory gave Miles back-to-back titles at Savannah Harbor, who was also victorious in 2013 on the same course.

“My coach, Tim Cooke, and I have been working on my iron play and really working on my transitions so that changed and was working well [for me],” said Miles.

Second place in the Boys 15-19 Division went to Aaron Terrazas of Veracruz, Mexico, and his come-from-behind effort in round two. Terrazas improved his round one score of 77 by seven strokes to secure second place, finishing the weekend with a score of 77-70–147 overall. Rounding out the top three was Kim and his score of 70-78–148 overall.

Terrazas’s round two score of 70 landed him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award, the award that goes to the player in each division with the lowest score in the final round of the tournament.

DSC_1083 copyIn the Girls Division, Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, lead both days as she finished her second consecutive IJGT tournament in first. Despite struggling with her irons on the first day, Valdes finished the final round strong with five birdies, three of which came on her first nine holes. Coming off of a Major Championship first-place victory at Kiawah Island in the weekend prior, Valdes made eight birdies on the tournament, the most across all divisions.  Her 70-71—141 overall score positioned Valdes a commanding 10 strokes ahead of her competition.

When asked what worked well for her, Valdes commented, “My putting definitely, I wasn’t hitting the ball very well but it is always good to putt well. It helps you a lot.”

Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award winner, Kayla Kozak of Bluffton, S.C., finished second after improving on her round-one score by a staggering 11 strokes. She finished the tournament with a score of 81-70—151 overall. In third place was Thamonpat Siriko of Bangkok, Thailand, with a score of 78-74—152 overall.


DSC_1087 copyEight-time IJGT winner Karl Vilips of Melbourne, Australia, placed first in the Boys 14 & Under Division. Finishing 15 strokes ahead of his competition, Vilips approached the tournament with an aim for consistency. His 2-under-par second-round score of 70 featured four birdies and only two bogeys. Arguably his best performance of the tournament came on the back nine of round two where he made par on seven of eight holes, the eighth being a birdie. His score of 72-70—142 overall earned him the Clazic Belts Low Final Round Award.

“My approach shots into the greens were pretty accurate so it gave me the chance to make a few birdies,” said Vilips.

Chandler McDowell of Springbrook, Canada tied for second with a score of 157 overall.

Mr. Zawacki’s Government Class Debates Affirmative Action

Affirmative Action Debate

Affirmative Action is intended to promote the opportunities of defined minority groups within a society to give them access equal to that of the privileged majority population. Representing the Affirmative arguments were Jake Kessel and Dakota Sabados,  while the Negative arguments were voiced by Carolina Lewis and Sydney Nix.

How Teens Can Build Better Time Management and Study Skills


Getting good grades isn’t easy, and understanding how to make the best use of your time and effort takes careful planning. It also helps to be a strategic learner. That means you:

  • Plan how you are going to learn and manage your time in the process;
  • Use the skills you have to learn the task at hand;
  • Keep track of the progress you’re making.

Time Management Skills

Developing a system for managing time can be the single most important step you take. The pressure of trying to stick to a schedule can be stressful. It may take great effort, help and practice to find a system that works for you. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • How long does it take me to get ready in the morning?
  • What time of day am I most alert?
  • How long can I study in one sitting?
  • What types of things distract me the most?
  • What rewards can I give myself to stay motivated?
  • How long do my different commitments really take and how much leisure time can I expect to have?


  • Study for short periods of time and plan to reward yourself after completing a predetermined amount of reading, writing or reviewing. Take needed breaks and be sure to monitor the progress you are making along the way.
  • Try to develop a study routine, and select a preferred time and place to study. If it helps, change your routine each week and try different places to study. Be flexible, but also be sensitive to what works best for you.
  • Find ways to stay organized. For example, try using index cards and wall calendars. These simple tools can be quite helpful in helping you to arrange and manage your time. A large monthly wall calendar can be useful and you might consider making copies of your schedule on index cards that you can carry with you. If you prefer to use a computer, smartphone or tablet, there are numerous software programs available with built-in calendars and reminders. There are even watches available that have calendars that can be programmed.
  • To figure out how much time to set aside for long-term projects, first list all the steps required to complete the project. Next, estimate how much time you’ll need to finish each step and then, count backward from the due date. Always allow more time than you think you will need for each step. If you are not sure about the project’s requirements, speak to the professor, teacher’s assistant, or learning specialist about how many steps are involved and what each step entails. This can give you a better sense of the time you’ll need to finish the project. It also can help relieve some of the anxiety of the “unknown” in tackling a new project.
  • Keep the syllabuses for all of your courses in a place where they won’t get lost. Make extra copies, just in case. Make sure that you know the due dates for each assignment. Sometimes you can ask the professor to set interim due dates for you to turn in parts of the assignment. This can help you get each step done on time.
  • Build in a little extra time for unexpected problem-solving. Be prepared for projects to take longer than originally planned.

The main goal of time management should be to strike the right balance of work, academics and social activities. Smart planning will give you enough time for both work and play.

Promising Picasso Reception

The Promising Picass Reception. This is a juried show and several of our student’s art work was accepted and displayed for the month at the Art Center of Coastal Carolina. This Art Show is sponsored by The Island School Council for the Arts.

AP Biology examine the effects of pH on enzymatic activity.




ap bio photoUsing a spectrophotometer, the students of AP Biology worked hard this week examining the effects of different pH values on enzymatic activity.

Student artistic talents shine at the ISCA’s Promising Picasso event

With an academy roster filled with intelligent and passionate students, it is no surprise to find exquisite artistic talent budding from the Heritage Academy. Art students from the Academy had the opportunity to express their artistic talent and have it on display at The Promising Picasso Student Art Exhibition hosted by the The Island School Council for the Arts (ISCA) located in Hilton Head Island, S.C. on February 6, 2014.

The ISCA collects artwork submitted by teachers in the Hilton Head and Bluffton areas for the Spring Exhibition. Students are give 16×20 inch canvases to create a work of art using the instruction and creativity they have acquired over the semester. The Heritage Academy art teachers then submit the students’ artwork to the ISCA where they are judged by professional artists and the gallery owner for the final selections to be hung.

In its 28th year, the ISCA Promising Picasso Student Art Exhibition featured artwork by public and private school students in the area in grades 3-12. Among the artwork submitted by the Heritage Academy were acrylic, oil and mixed media pieces. This year, Heritage Academy students Hazwan Ascraft Abdul Rahman, Kanwat Uenghiranpaisan, Maryann Aaron, Clementina Rodrigues and Kota Mishimura were all some of the winners at the event. Congratulations to all of the talented artists who participated!

Science Lab Exploring cells




After an initial introduction to microscope usage Mrs. Bass’ science students spent the class period making observations with microscopes, of various plant and animal cells.  Students were able to distinguish the basic differences between these cells and documented their sightings to their science journal. These “hands on” activities allowed for the freedom to choose from a number of cells and experiment with the various optical adjustments found on the microscope.



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Advanced Placement United States History Students Learn The New Deal

Mr. Zawacki’s Advanced Placement United States History students are shown here sudying the effects of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s attempts to apply the concepts of Relief, Recovery and Reform to the Great Depression. The students, JT Page, David Botti, Bria’ Sanders and Jiri Honajzer, are in a comprehensive study of the 1930’s and a detailed reading of “Since Yesterday” by Frederick Lewis Allen is utilized as a guide.

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