History in the Real World


During the month of September, Ms. Hobson’s U.S. History students experienced “living” history.  We were pleased to welcome Dr. Mary Socci to our class to aid us in our study of archeology and to present her findings from the archeological dig at Palmetto Bluff.    During her visit, the students learned how to map out a site, start the actual dig, and  identify artifacts.  They also were able to relate the artifacts to local history.  Our other visitor was Emory Campbell, a native of Hilton Head Island.  Mr. Campbell has made a significant contribution to the preservation of the Gullah culture of the Low Country.  He played  a pivotal role in the U.S. Congress’s designation of the Low Country as the Gullah-Geechee  Cultural Heritage Corridor.   Mr. Campbell is one of the six residents of Beaufort County who have been named “History Makers” by the U.S. Library of Congress in a collection of the nation’s largest African-American video oral history archive, dedicated to recording and preserving histories of well-known and unsung African-Americans.  During Mr. Campbell’s visit, the students learned first-hand about the history and culture of Hilton Head and the Gullah people and were able to meet and interact with this very extraordinary individual.  We are grateful to both of these professionals who took time to visit our classroom and make history come alive for the students.  Their presentations definitely enhanced the learning experience!

Making Waves

“Wave makers” Brett Inserra and Sam Cudjoe do their best to keep a wave train going as Lee Hammerschmidt measures the wave height.  Second Block Marine Biology Students are getting ready for some field work at Burke’s Beach.


“Wave makers” Brett Inserra and Sam Cudjoe do their best to keep a wave train going as Lee Hammerschmidt measures the wave height.  Second Block Marine Biology Students are getting ready for some field work at Burke’s Beach.

Affirmative Action Debate

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Government students in Mr. Zawacki’s class engaged in a debate on Affirmative Action. Arguing for the Affirmative were Alex Vegh and Charles Spencer- White. Arguing for the Negative were Will White and Gabriela Teran.

Captain John Smith's Influence on the Jamestown Colony


Melany Chong is shown presenting her Power Point Honors Paper to Mr. Ted Zawacki’s United States History class. Melany’s presentation covered Captain John Smith and his influence on the Jamestown Colony in 1607.



Pictured are Mr. Ted Zawacki’s World History students Sophie Maxwell and Veronique Horup who are presenting their study of central tenet of Reincarnation, the religious and philosophical concept of the Indian religions.

The Algebra 2 Class is Out of Their Seats!

Mrs. Sklarin’s Algebra 2 class is having fun with the Promethean Board. The students are taking turns moving equations into categories; function vs. not a function, linear vs. nonlinear. They are rewarded with a sound effect for their correct placement. This fun activity is starting our discussion for chapter 2Alg 2 Promethean board work.

Probability Activites with Statistics

Mrs. Sklarin’s second block statistics class had fun with probability in class on Friday. They used M&Ms to simulate how many girls a family with 5 children would have. The results were 2 – 3 girls were most likely and 5 girls least likely. They also rolled “weird dice” where one die had four sides with a 0 and two sides of 11. The other die had four sides with 3 and two sides with 9. When rolled the dice the die with the higher number would win. The students conducted a simulation to see which die would be the winner. Finally the students conducted a simulation to determine how many boxes of cereal I would have to buy to ensure my nephew Blake would get all six of the colored guitars inside. They had fun rolling the die and tossing the M&Ms. Probability came alive.

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Algebra 2 and Conic Sections

The Algebra 2 class at Heritage Academy enjoyed creating their own conic sections. They used string, push pins, and the foci to create different sized conics. They were able to explore how the equations, centers, and foci change each conic. Finally they made a conic face, using several different conic sections to create their masterpiece.

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