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.
This quarter the class is involved in participating in a virtual reality investment game. Each student was “given” $100,000 to invest in the stock market. Students research their investments and then buy and sell stock according to their research. At the end of the five-week period, prizes are awarded for the top investors. Students also are required to write an evaluation of their personal experiences with investments, including what they have learned from the project. This is a fun way to experience the real world of stocks and investments!
As part of this activity, the students participated in the commodities exchange on the Friday before the Thanksgiving Break with a game of PIT. They actually traded and competed to control the market on one particular commodity. The result was almost as lively as that taking place on the actual floor of the commodities exchange!
Pictured here are 2nd Place Winner James Hammond and 1st place Champion Will Miles. They emerged as the victorious MarketBulls from the Stock Market Game played and just recently completed during the second quarter of their Economics class. In their own words, James and Will had this to say about the experience they and their classmates had while learning about the Stock Market: This game was about our class learning how the Stock Market functions. It really demonstrated to our class how volatile the Stock Market can be and to keep your money safe you need to invest in Blue-Chip stocks. One key principle of making money is buying a stock when it is low and selling the stock when it is high. Our class really enjoyed the game and we look forward to investing our own money in the real market.
The 3rd Block classes of Mr. Jonathan Johns and Mr. Ted Zawacki hosted a teaching seminar by Mr. Lou Benfante of the Heritage Library who spoke on the History of Hilton Head Island. A power point presentation detailed a thorough background of Hilton Head Island from the 1500’s to Present Day. Students became familiar with William Hilton, the significance of Port Royal Plantation, Daufuskie Island, Fort Mitchell, Zion Chapel, the History of the Gullah Community, Spanish Wells and the significance of cotton, indigo and rice in the early development of Hilton Head Island. The influence of Charles Frasier was emphasized as well as the significance of the Lighthouse in Sea Pines Plantation. Mr. Benfante proved himself to be an enlightened speaker and authority on Hilton Head Island.
Mrs. Bass’s Advanced Art class traveled to Coligny Beach on Wednesday, November 13 for a photo experience. Each student was responsible for obtaining photos in two categories: Portraits and Landscapes/seascapes. We had some heavy sprinkles to contend with but otherwise he class was very successful in the execution of the photos. Students photographed each other, strangers on the beach and waves, surf and dunes. Time was also spent sketching some of their photos. It was a very successful experience. Students are now using their photos for class projects which should be on display on the school walls in the future.
Mr. Ted Zawacki’s Economics class has begun their Stock Market Game. Each student begins with $10,000 for an Investment Portfolio. Their interest lie in the areas of how each company makes its money, the things that affect the performance of the stock and the examination of the company’s income statement, balance sheet and cash flow. The game ends on Friday, November 22nd.
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!