From the Head of Upper School Mrs. Tina Webb-Browning
As you all know, social distancing regulations have been ever-changing since the Covid-19 virus changed our lives in early March. We have been working diligently with local officials to gain permission to move forward with graduation activities on our campus. We are very excited to let you know that we just received the long awaited approval. We are now focusing on plans for on-campus events that will adhere to the most recent social distancing guidelines.
Monday, June 1st - Senior Rehearsal (SENIORS ONLY)
The hours for this event have changed. We will begin at 9 AM and hope to finish by 12:30 PM. Events will include:
- Graduation Practice (attendance mandatory - if there are extenuating circumstances please contact Tina Webb-Browning)
- Breakfast provided by Chef Browning
- Alumni Presentation
- College T-Shirt Picture (be sure to wear your college T-Shirt)
- College Banner Signing
- Baccalaureate Practice
Monday, June 1st at 1:00 PM - Senior Spring Sports Recognition (similar to Senior Night)
- On the Football Field
- Parents and siblings welcome
Wednesday, June 3rd - Certificate of Excellence/Diploma of Distinction Presentations
Thursday, June 4th - Lifer Dinner (tentative date, arranged by Lifer Senior Parents)
Friday, June 5th:
- Release Senior Showcase Video
- Baccalaureate @ 10:00 AM - Field House
- Members of the senior class (each student will be allotted TWO tickets based on social distancing limitations)
- Masks must be worn by all attendees
- Event will be recorded
Monday, June 8th at 9 AM - GRADUATION! (Held on Prep's Football Field)
- Attendance will be limited. Families will be allotted a marked area on the football field that may be able to accommodate up to ten individuals. Please keep in mind your "family space" will not be in accordance with social distancing guidelines. However, each "Family Spaces" will be separated according to current social distancing guidelines.
- Senior Academic Award Recognition will be included.
- If we experience inclement weather - graduation will move to the Field House and each graduate will only be allowed two guests.
Please keep in mind - as we move forward - we will continue to adhere to social distancing recommendations.
I would truly like to thank you for remaining patient as we worked through (and continue to work through) the logistics associated with these events. I will be sending you additional information mid-week.
Head of Upper School
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Dear Hilton Head Prep Community,
I would like to begin by saying how proud I am of our school community. Our staff, students, and parents have come together to make the best of a difficult situation. I truly believe that together we are stronger and the past weeks have proven our resolve in overcoming these unprecedented times.
Our President, the Governor, and our governing association have directed that schools continue distance learning for the remainder of the school year. Hilton Head Prep will follow those instructions. We have found our stride with our "new normal" and we will continue to work together to finish the school year well.
The school calendar has been adjusted based on the circumstances and the new AP exam schedule:
- May 11th - 22nd AP exams
- May 18th - 22nd Year-end assessments (as outlined by division)
- May 22nd Last day of school
The conclusion of the school year is a time to celebrate our students and their accomplishments throughout the year. Our graduating seniors are rightly and deservingly the most celebrated part of the year-end festivities. We are filled with pride over the accomplishments of our graduating seniors and want to recognize them with the pomp and circumstance they deserve.
Because the future is uncertain, we have developed creative ways to recognize our students, especially those reaching specific milestones. Where possible, we intend to recognize underclassman at the start of the 2020-21 school year. The following are divisional plans for the year-end events that typically take place:
- End-of-year transitions - Our intention is to have a transition day at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year for Lower School students to be welcomed into their new rooms by their new teachers.
- 5th Grade - We will close out the 2019-20 school year with a video tribute. In the video tribute, we will include the 5th grade awards and the 6th grade tradition of handing down their lockers. On the first day of the 2020-21 school year, we will have a celebration to welcome the new 6th graders into Middle School!
- Lower School Field Day will take place at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
- 8th grade - We will close out the year with a video tribute and announce the Faculty Award Winner who will give his/her recorded speech. The "I am Prep" Award will also be announced at this time. The Middle School teachers intend to hand deliver (with proper social distancing) the 8th grade certificates including an outline of all individual honors and accomplishments.
- Middle School basketball awards will be announced through a Zoom presentation.
- Middle School Field Day will take place at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.
- Field Day - Possibly rescheduled for later in the summer, provided students are willing to participate and social distancing rules allow for such a gathering.
- Prom - Possibly rescheduled for later in the summer, provided students are willing to participate and social distancing rules allow for such a gathering.
- Academic Awards - Senior award winners will be recognized as part of the graduation ceremonies. Underclassman awards will be announced in person at the start of the 2020-21 school year.
- Athletic Awards - May 6th The Athletic Department will recognize our winter sports teams through a personalized video presentation by our coaches. We will announce underclassman awards in person at the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
- Senior Showcase - We are in the process of creating a digital showcase of the Senior artwork that has traditionally been displayed at Honey Horn. Additionally, we will display the artwork in the newly renovated US art hallway.
- Graduation - Senior Honoring - Faculty and Administration will provide personalized mementos to be presented to our seniors at graduation. Baccalaureate - Will be presented digitally Graduation - The May 23rd date has been postponed. Based on social distancing guidelines we are looking at options that are flexible enough to meet group-gathering requirements and still be as personal as possible. We are looking at dates and will send confirmation as soon as possible.
At a time when we seem to be consumed with uncertainty, fear, and a general sense of angst, I would like to remind everyone that we have a great deal to celebrate when we look into the eyes of our children.
I encourage you to make the most of this time so that we can look back and remember the good things; remember the extra books we read together, the walks we took around the neighborhood, the backyard games we played, the special movie nights (or days ), the Zoom calls to everyone, making meals together, the quiet talks, the coloring books, and simply the gift of time to be together.
We all get to choose how we will respond to this adversity. Please make the most of this time with your family.
Hilton Head Preparatory School is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. All athletics, events, etc. have been cancelled. We will continue online instruction and all school employees can be reached by email. Please be safe and follow all CDC guidelines.
The Fine Arts Department is pleased to announce the twenty-first annual Frederica Carson Art Purchase Awards competition. Each spring, students are invited to submit artwork for consideration to a committee consisting of the Headmaster, a member of the Board of Trustees, two faculty members, and Mrs. Frederica Carson. The committee will select works of art from the lower, middle and upper divisions. The student artists whose work is selected will receive a purchase prize and their work will be matted, framed, and permanently displayed. (Previous years' award winning artwork can be seen in the KNS Media Center and in offices across campus.)
Students may submit one piece of artwork (send a photo via email) for consideration to Mrs. Ramseur-Riley firstname.lastname@example.org by 3:00 Wednesday April 29th.