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.

Precalculus Students at Work

The students in Mrs. Sklarin’s Precalculus class are hard at work using the “Pearson MathLab.” They are able to complete assignments online with options for watching examples, working through examples with assistance, or trying additional similar problems. It is like having a personal tutor at their disposal.

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Algebra 2 Learing Community

Mrs. Sklarin’s Algebra 2 class is working together to improve their understanding of Linear Functions and Relations. The students share their process and results with each other. It is great to see them working together and caring about the success of one another.

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Graphs In Motion in Algebra 2

Mrs. Sklarin’s Algebra 2 class explored transformations of some familiar functions in class. Using their TI-Nspire calculators they saw the graphs move as they changed the coefficients. They developed an understanding of how each value effects the graph. (example: f(x) = a(x-h)^2 +k). The last activity on the calculator had the students manipulating the coefficients on one graph to match it with another. They had to know which value to change and by how much to change it. We had a fun time identifying and using the parent functions as we described all the transformations.

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Heritage Academy congratulates Class of 2014

In arguably the most exciting time of the year, the Heritage Academy proudly celebrated the graduation of 36 intelligent and successful senior students on May 22, 2014. As students began finishing their final exams and wrapping up year-end passion area events, they geared up for a series of graduation events to celebrate their academic and extracurricular achievements.

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, family, friends and the Heritage community gathered at Christ Lutheran Church for the Senior Awards Ceremony. The evening was devoted to the presentation of awards for academic excellence, Heritage core values and related achievements. Also recognized were those seniors with highest academic distinctions.


Heritage Academy’s Teacher of the Year, Lee Bracken, spoke to those in attendance with words of congratulations and offered advice to the graduating group as they embark on the next chapters of their lives.


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Thursday morning on May 22, 2014, family, friends and relatives filed into the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina to witness the graduation of the seniors. Each student was called forth to receive his or her diploma while the audience enjoyed a recap of academic achievements and future plans told over a slide show of old photos.


Graduates from the Class of 2014 will leave their legacies behind at Heritage Academy but will embark on bright adventures in their futures. Students in the Class of 2014 will attend 30 different universities nationwide including Arizona State University, Boston University, Johnson and Wales and New York University, among others.

As we continue to celebrate a wonderful class of young adults, we encourage you to review images from these momentous events on our Facebook page – click here! Congrats Class of 2014!

Experiments in Statistics

The statistics classes at Heritage Academy conducted an experiment with paper helicopters. They predicted which helicopter would land faster, the short rotors or the long rotors. Students divided up into groups to create their helicopters. One student dropped the helicopters and the other timed the decent. The copters were dropped at random determined by the toss of a penny. The results showed that the length of the rotors is statistically significant; the short rotors landed 2 seconds faster on average.IMG_0095 IMG_0101 IMG_0093