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Hilton Head Preparatory School is proud to announce and congratulate Mrs. Bethany Battig-Ramseur on being named the winner of The College of Charleston's and The Citadel's chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Societies 13th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award for 2017! Three finalists were recognized and the awardee announced during a ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm in Alumni Memorial Hall at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Each finalist received an award plaque courtesy of the College of Charleston's and The Citadel's chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests enjoyed complimentary lodging the evening of November 16, 2017 and breakfast on November 17 courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.

Sigma Delta Pi's 2017 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year also received a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D. and The Citadel Class of 1984.

Nomination details for the 14th annual program will be available here in spring 2018. Click here for more information: www.scspanishteacheroftheyear.org.


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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 16-30, 2017. The 2017 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 16 through November 30 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 Hilton Head Prep students and others from the Hilton Head Island community and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus during the event. Please call Nadine Mooers, 843-715-8536 or nmooers@hhprep.org for more information.

Special thanks to our sponsors CoastalStates Bank, Polaris Capital Advisors, TidePointe, Island Getaway Rentals, and the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head.

Festival of Trees Preview Party
Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

At the Festival of Trees Preview Party hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available plus live entertainment by Prep members. Prep parent, Dr. JooSoo Son, Prep student Mr. Justin Perez, and Prep's Pep Band Director Ms. Brandon Nicole Thompson will entertain us on the piano. Additionally, Prep's Singing Ambassadors under the direction of Ms. Candace Woodson will perform heartwarming holiday songs that everyone will love. Complimentary chocolate trees will be distributed by The Chocolate Canopy. A limited number of Hilton Head Prep Christmas ornaments will be available for purchase as well.

St. Gregory the Great Catholic School's Honor Choir
Monday, November 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

The Honors Choir at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in Bluffton, SC, was established in 2009. Open to students in grades 3 through 6, the Choir is directed by Mrs. Linda Burkett, Music Teacher for the School and Music Associate at St Gregory the Great Catholic Church. Honors Choir rehearses once weekly and provides music leadership at School and Parish Masses, various in-school events and special services including National Catholic Schools Week Celebrations and 9-11 Memorial Services for the Town of Bluffton. It is an honor for us to participate in the Hilton Head Preparatory School's Festival of the Trees a third year!

Sounds of the Season and Lessons & Carols
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The Middle and Upper School Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) will perform a service of Lessons and Carols, based on the original service from 1918 at King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England. The service will combine readings about the Christmas story from the prophecy of a Messiah to the fulfillment of the prophecy in the Gospel texts. Music will be played by the Prep Pep Band Director, Ms. Brandon Nicole Thompson, and carols will be sung by Prep employee and parent, Ms. Candace Woodson and the Singing Ambassadors. Students from all divisions will perform the carols in sign language with their American Sign Language instructor, Mrs. Stephanie Foley, and ASL club sponsor Mrs. Krista Hanna and her daughter Brittany Hanna.

"Little Symphony" by Carold Nunez will be performed by Prep's Upper School Orchestra., "Believe" from Polar express and arranged by Michael Story will be performed by Prep's Middle and Upper School Orchestras, "A Boomwhacker Christmas" by Richard Meyer will be performed by Prep's Middle and Upper School Orchestras. There will be featured soloists on boomwhackers, and "Twas The Night Before Christmas" arranged by Bob Phillips, will be performed by Prep's Advanced Lower School Strings and Middle and Upper School Orchestras, and will feature Mr. Jon Hopman as our guest narrator.

Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit Festival of Trees
Wednesday, November 29, at 6:00 pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Sonesta! Hot cider and cookies will be served and Mrs. Claus will once again read "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore. Children are invited to come in their pajamas. The Prep Pep Band will be playing. The Sonesta Resort is a
Toys for Tots collection location. Please feel free to bring an unwrapped toy if you wish.

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WHO: Hilton Head Preparatory School

WHAT: Athletic signings

WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 9:45 am

WHERE: Joseph B. Fraser, Jr. Field House on Hilton Head Prep campus

Sea Pines Plantation

8 Fox Grape Road

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


DETAILS: Three outstanding Hilton Head Prep athletes will be officially signing contracts to play sports at the college level next year.

Kaitlin Porter: University of Texas Austin: Women's Rowing

Marcus Ferreira: Vanderbilt: Men's Tennis

Jack Kelly: College of William and Mary: Men's Tennis

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Congratulations to Dr. Paul Jackson and Bethany Batting-Ramseur. They were co-authors of a winning Palmetto Electric Grant - Exploring the World with Google Expedition which was awarded on Monday, October 23.

Google Expeditions is a new free technology and service provided by Google, expanding on their prior projects to map the globe in fine detail (Google Earth) and to provide virtual images of the world as seen from roadways (Google Street View). Google Expeditions provides fully three-dimensional views from an ever-increasing library of landmarks and areas of cultural significance, while also providing the means for guiding a classroom full of students in a joint immersive experience in which the teacher can direct students to certain elements within view and narrate context critical for deeper world language instruction. Students will then be able to further pursue their own interests and passions in a variety of follow-up projects and assignments to demonstrate increasingly higher levels of knowledge, cultural acquisition, and understanding.

With advances in technology, new means are emerging which allow us to bring students to distant places in a virtual environment. These technological advances, in the form of Google Expeditions accessed via Google Cardboard, immerse the student in the visual and auditory experiences of cultural landmarks around the world, which create invaluable contexts from which to acquire cultural knowledge.

One goal in providing Google Cardboard to our students would be to allow them easy access to this free Google Expedition technology in an academic environment conducive to furthering deeper thought, consideration, and development of their own ideas, interests, and talents. Henry Miller wrote, "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." Our ultimate goal is to provide our school community with a new way of seeing the world and therefore becoming better, more informed world citizens as a result.

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Congratulations to Bethany Battig-Ramseur on being one of three finalists for Sigma Delta Pi's South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the year! All finalists will be recognized and the awardee announced during a ceremony on Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Alumni Memorial Hall at the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. Each finalist will receive an award plaque courtesy of the College of Charleston's and The Citadel's chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests will enjoy complimentary lodging the evening of November 16, 2017 and breakfast on November 17 courtesy of the Francis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.

Sigma Delta Pi's 2017 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year will also receive a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D. and The Citadel Class of 1984.

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On October 30, 2017 Hilton Head Preparatory School will be hosting a College Fair. The fair opens at 6:30 pm for Hilton Head Preparatory students and families only and is open to the public starting at 7:30 pm. Representatives from the Community Foundation of the Low Country will also be at the fair to discuss local scholarship opportunities.


Hilton Head Preparatory School College Fair

October 30, 2017

6:30pm-8:30pm

Middle School Gymnasium

8 Fox Grape Road

Hilton Head Island, SC 29928


For more information, contact Deena Paradiso, Director of College Counseling at (843) 715-8572.


Colleges in attendance as of 10/6/17:

Campbell, Carleton College, Charleston Southern, Citadel, Clemson, Coastal Carolina, Coker, College of Charleston, Converse, Denison, Elon, Flagler, Furman, Georgia Tech, George Mason University, Georgetown, Georgia Southern, High Point University, Lafayette, Notre Dame, Ohio State University, Ohio Wesleyan, Penn State, Princeton, Queens University of Charlotte, Saint Lawrence University, Sewanee, Southern Methodist, Stetson, University of Tampa, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, University of South Carolina, University of Alabama, University of Miami, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Virginia, USCB, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Point, and Winthrop.

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We are excited to share the details for the Homecoming events which take place next week! Student Council has been working hard to put together a week of fun festivities!


Each day, students will have the opportunity to participate in a themed dress down day and be a part of some friendly competition during morning breaks. Please see the Upper School schedule below:


Sunday - Annual Hall Decorating at 3:00pm & Powder Puff Football at 4:00pm

Monday - Pajama Day & Sleeping Bag races

Tuesday - Generation Day (12th - Senior Citizens; 11th - Moms/Dads; 10th - Angsty Teens;
9th - Babies) & Dutch Auction

Wednesday - Space/Sports Day; Marshmallow eating contest & Annual Bonfire 6:30pm - 8:00pm (Location: Fish Island - Cost $5 & includes food)

Thursday - Character/Meme Day & Ships & Sailors

Friday - All out Prep Spirit Day & Homecoming Court Presentations; Tailgate after school until game time & of course, the Homecoming football game!!!!


CLICK HERE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AGENDA


CLICK HERE FOR LOWER SCHOOL AGENDA


Students are not required to wear uniform bottoms; however, shorts/skirts/skorts must meet the Upper School Handbook requirements and no sleeveless shirts are permitted to be worn. If a student has a basketball type jersey/tank top, they may wear a short/long sleeved t-shirt underneath. If a student does not want to participate in the themed days, they must wear their proper uniform.


Student Council is looking forward to a fun week!

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We hope that everyone fared well after the storm and is safe. The Prep campus is in great shape and is ready to welcome back students and faculty. Although Beaufort county has announced they will go back to school tomorrow, Hilton Head Prep recognizes that many of our families and faculty traveled a great distance to evade the severity of the projected storm. That being said, Hilton Head Prep will re-open for class on Thursday in an effort to allow adequate time for everyone to return safely and attend to their homes as needed. Safe Travels.

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