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Diploma Program Focuses on Inquiry, Research, and Writing Skills Crucial for College and Career Success


Hilton Head Island, SC — Hilton Head Preparatory School is one of approximately 1,000 schools worldwide to implement AP Capstone™—an innovative diploma program that allows students to develop the skills that matter most for college success: research, collaboration, and communication. The program consists of two courses taken in sequence: AP® Seminar and AP Research. Developed in direct response to feedback from higher education faculty and college admission officers, AP Capstone complements the in-depth, subject-specific study of other Advanced Placement® courses and exams.

Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on AP Seminar and AP Research assessments and on four additional AP Exams of their choosing will earn the AP Capstone Diploma™. This signifies their outstanding academic achievement and attainment of college-level academic and research skills. Students who earn scores of 3 or higher on both AP Seminar and AP Research assessments only (but not on four additional AP Exams) will earn the AP Seminar and Research Certificate™.


Hilton Head Preparatory School will start AP Seminar in the fall of 2017.


The AP Seminar course, typically taken in 10th or 11th grade, equips students with the ability to look at real-world issues from multiple perspectives. Through a variety of materials—articles to research studies to foundational and philosophical texts— students tackle complex questions; understand and evaluate opposing viewpoints; interpret and synthesize information; and construct, communicate, and defend evidence-based arguments. Education, innovation, sustainability, and technology are examples of themes or topics covered in AP Seminar. However, teachers have the flexibility to choose subject content based on student interests, whether local, regional, national, or global. By tapping into students' personal interests, AP Capstone gives students from a wide range of backgrounds an entry point into stimulating coursework more than ever before. Students are assessed through: a team project and presentation, an individual project and presentation, and an end-of-course written exam.

In the subsequent AP Research course, students design, plan, and conduct a yearlong research-based investigation on a topic of individual interest, documenting their process with a portfolio. Students build on skills developed in the AP Seminar course by learning how to understand research methodology; employ ethical research practices; and collect, analyze, and synthesize information to build, present, and defend an argument.


"We are proud to offer AP Capstone, which enables students and teachers to focus on topics of their choice in great depth," said Trevor Packer, senior vice president for AP and instruction at the College Board. He adds, "This provides terrific opportunities for students to develop the ability to write and present their work effectively, individually, and in groups—the very skills college professors want their students to possess."


By responding to and partnering with the higher education community, the College Board developed AP Capstone so students can practice skills that will serve them well in college and career. Because the program is a result of feedback from education professionals, it is not surprising that several colleges and universities have confirmed their support of for the program.

"AP Capstone is a unique program that teaches skills we think are very valuable not only for college but life," said John Barnhill, assistant vice president for enrollment management at Florida State University. "The ability to analyze, to critically think, to present information is really wonderful, and I think both courses do a great job of preparing the student for the rest of their lives."


About the Advanced Placement Program

The College Board's Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) enables willing and academically prepared students to pursue college-level studies—with the opportunity to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both—while still in high school. Through AP courses in 34 subjects, each culminating in a rigorous exam, students learn to think critically, construct solid arguments, and see many sides of an issue—skills that prepare them for college and beyond. Taking AP courses demonstrates to college admission officers that students have sought the most rigorous curriculum available to them, and research indicates that students who score a 3 or higher on an AP Exam typically experience greater academic success in college and are more likely to earn a college degree than non-AP students.

Each AP teacher's syllabus is evaluated and approved by faculty from some of the nation's leading colleges and universities, and AP Exams are developed and scored by college faculty and experienced AP teachers. Most four-year colleges and universities in the United States grant credit, advanced placement, or both on the basis of successful AP Exam scores — more than 3,800 institutions worldwide annually receive AP scores. In the last decade AP participation and performance rates have nearly doubled. In May 2016, 2.6 million students representing more than 21,000 schools around the world, both public and nonpublic, took over 4.7 million AP Exams.

About the College Board

The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world's leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, and schools. For further information, visit .collegeboard.org.

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The Hilton Head Preparatory School Department of Performing Arts is ecstatic to announce their Spring Upper School Musical: James and the Giant Peach, February 22-26. This exciting new adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic children's story is sure to please audiences of all ages. With songs by composer/lyricist team Pasek and Paul, the show has a modern feel tinged with musical theatre class. The highly inventive script will use elements of puppetry, physical theatre, and classic clown to bring James' story to life in this hilarious and inspiring adventure.

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Festival of Trees presented by CoastalStates Bank is one of Hilton Head Island's largest holiday-themed festivals, running from November 17, 2016 through December 2, 2016. The 2016 Festival of Trees will once again be held at the Sonesta Resort in Shipyard Plantation. The trees, a spectacular display of beautifully and creatively-themed Christmas trees in all sizes and colors, are sponsored and decorated by local organizations, businesses, and individuals. Themes range from the traditional to the whimsical to the humorous. In addition to the trees, we will feature wreaths, centerpieces, and baskets. Trees and wreaths will be available for purchase from November 17 through December 2 with all proceeds to benefit the Hilton Head Preparatory School Tuition Assistance Program for local students. Representatives from Hilton Head Preparatory School will be at the Sonesta Resort from 3pm until 7pm most days. Trees will available for purchase at the Sonesta Front Desk when our representatives are unavailable.

There will also be performances by members of the Prep and others from the Hilton Head Island community, and visits from Santa Claus during the event. Please call Nadine Mooers, 843-715-8536 or nmooers@hhprep.org for more information.


You Are Cordially Invited To Attend the Following Special Events:

(All in the lobby at the Sonesta Resort ~ Shipyard Plantation)


Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Join us for the Festival of Trees Preview Party, a free and fun event for the Prep community. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. Prep Parent, Dr. JooSoo Son, Prep Student, Mr. Justin Perez, and Prep Pep Band Director, Ms. Brandon Nicole Thompson, will entertain us on the piano. Additionally, the four leads of Irving Berlin's White Christmas (playing at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina) Wednesday, December 7 through Saturday, December 31, 2016, will perform songs from the heartwarming holiday musical that the whole family will love.


Monday, November 21, 2016 at 6:15 pm

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School's choir will be singing.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016 beginning at 6:15 pm

Hilton Head Prep's Strings, under the direction of Catherine Klimoff, will perform at 6:15 pm.

The First Baptist Church Joyful Sounds Handbell Choir, under the direction of Minister of Music and Education, Reverend Richard Wade, will play at 7:30 pm.


Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 6:15 pm

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes will perform Lessons and Carols which is based on a service originally offered at King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England in 1918. The service combines readings about the Christmas story from prophecy of a Messiah to the fulfillment of the prophecy in the gospel texts. Music will be played by Prep Pep Band Director, Ms. Brandon Nicole Thompson, and carols will be sung by Prep employee and parent, Candace Woodson, after each lesson; and students from lower and middle school will perform the carols in sign language.


Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Sonesta! Hot cider and cookies will be served and Mrs. Claus will read "A Visit from St. Nicholas," more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. Children are invited to come in their pajamas. Prep student, Caylin Campis, will sing.

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Hilton Head Prep students recently participated in the 2016 South Carolina Independent School Association's (SCISA) Art & Photography Show on Friday, November 4. Congratulations to all of Prep's talented artists whose work was selected for display and honored for excellence.


Art:

Division 7 Grades 11 & 12

1st Place Sarah DeLoach

2nd Place Catherine Sheehan

Division 6 Grades 9 & 10

1st Place Addie Eldridge

Photography:

Division III Grades 11 & 12

1st Place Alex Wynne

2nd Place Zenish Mahaseth

Division II Grades 9 & 10

2nd Place Griffin Jones

3rd Place Gaby Duclaud

Altered Photography/Computer Art:

Division III Grades 11 & 12

3rd Place Zenish Mahaseth

Honorable Mention Sam Warren

Division II Grades 9 & 10

1st Place Griffin Jones

2nd Place Griffin Jones

3rd Place Kiersten Clark

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Congratulations to the following Hilton Head Preparatory School middle and upper school students for their outstanding academic performance during the first quarter of the school year. Academic learning is valued at Hilton Head Prep and outstanding performance for the Quarter and the full Semester, including examinations, is recognized in the following categories:


Trustee Honors All course grades 90% or above

Headmaster Honors Course grades average 90% or above with no grade
below 80%

Faculty Honors All course grades 80% or above


CLICK HERE for Middle School Honors

CLICK HERE for Upper School Honors


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Dear Parents,
As we struggle with the devastation and uncertainties from Hurricane Matthew, children can also feel the stress. Sometimes when a whole community is affected by a natural disaster, a child's feelings of safety and normalcy will be shaken.
Below are informative tips from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) website to help you and your children as we recover from Hurricane Matthew.

Remain calm and reassuring. Children take their cues from adults, especially young children. Acknowledge the loss or destruction, but emphasize the community's efforts to clean up and rebuild. To the extent it is possible to do so, assure them that family and friends will take care of them and that life will return to normal.
Acknowledge and normalize their feelings. Allow children to discuss their feelings and concerns, and address any questions they may have regarding the event. Listen, empathize, and let their questions be the guide. An empathetic listener is very important. Let them know that their reactions are normal and expected.
Encourage children to talk about disaster-related events. Children need an opportunity to discuss their experiences in a safe, accepting environment. Provide activities that enable children to process their experiences. This may include a range of methods (both verbal and nonverbal) and incorporate varying projects (e.g., drawing, stories, music, drama, audio and video recording). Seek the help of the school psychologist, counselor, or social worker if you need help with ideas to open the dialogue.
Promote positive coping and problem-solving skills. Activities should teach children how to apply problem-solving skills to disaster-related stressors. Encourage children to develop realistic and positive methods of coping that increase their ability to manage their anxiety and to identify which strategies fit with each situation.
Emphasize children's resiliency. Focus on their competencies. Help children identify what they have done in the past that helped them cope when they were frightened or upset. Bring their attention to other communities that have experienced natural disasters and recovered (e.g., New Orleans, LA, or Joplin, MO).
Strengthen children's friendship and peer support. Children with strong emotional support from others are better able to cope with adversity. Children's relationships with peers can provide suggestions for how to cope and can help decrease isolation. In many disaster situations, friendships may be disrupted because of family relocations. In some cases, parents may be less available to provide support to their children because of their own distress and feelings of being overwhelmed. Activities such as asking children to work cooperatively in small groups can help children strengthen supportive relationships with their peers.
Take care of your own needs. Take time for yourself and try to deal with your own reactions to the situation as fully as possible. You will be better able to help your children if you are coping well. If you are anxious or upset, your children are more likely to feel the same way. Talk to other adults such as family, friends, faith leaders, or counselors. It is important not to dwell on your fears or anxiety by yourself. Sharing feelings with others often makes people feel more connected and secure. Take care of your physical health. Make time, however small, to do things you enjoy. Avoid using drugs or alcohol to feel better.
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Hilton Head Preparatory School senior, Alexis Voulgaropoulos, has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, was presented by Prep's upper school head, Tina Webb-Browning, on Monday, September 26.


About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

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