First Game, First Win!

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The Kingfishers faced off against the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Knights on August 27 in our first volleyball match of the season, winning 3 out of 5 games.

The game started off with a blast. Led by their coach, Dr. Neubauer, as well as their captains Cathryn (#60), Brynn (#14), and Sydni (#7), the Kingfishers started out strong. Starting server Ryleigh (#17) worked with her team to score again and again. It didn’t take long for the Knights to find their rhythm, and they soon began to catch up.

DSC_0457The Kingfishers barely won the first game, lost the second, and went on to win the third. “Keep it up, girls!” said Coach Neubauer, as the teams took a quick break in between games.  “We got this.”

The Kingfishers were frustrated to lose the fourth game. Pulling together for one final pep talk, the teammates urged each other on. “If we win this one, we’re done.”  Margaret (#15) told them. “Keep it hype.”

Both teams started out the fifth game strong, every player determined to do her best and bring home a victory. The Kingfishers managed to pull ahead, but it all came down to the last few points. The Kingfishers scored the final point with a killer serve and won the match.

DSC_0441Everyone at TGS was overjoyed to win our first match. Even more than that, we were happy for a chance to play and to test our skills. Thank you to St. Elizabeth for a great game. We can’t wait to play again in the future.

 

 

By Ryleigh

 

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Chris is a National AP Scholar

Math Team 2018 1Chris has added another notch to his belt of achievement: he was recently named a National AP Scholar!

The National AP Scholar distinction is granted to students in the U.S. who receive an average score of at least 4 on all Advanced Placement exams taken, with scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of them.

Chris took 9 AP exams and scored 4 or 5 on 8 of them–an amazing performance.  Way to go, Chris!  We wish you good luck and a great first year at Alabama.

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Fun in the Sun: River Day

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River Day!  That’s where Kingfishers swim, paddle-board, kayak, knee-board, wake-board, wake-surf, ride in boats, swing, throw water balloons and EAT with all their friends at Mrs. Crosby’s home out on Black River.  Ever since the traditional River Day date was rained out back in May, we have been waiting for this party!

The weather on Saturday, August 25, could not have been nicer.  Dr. Crosby, Drew Crosby, and

Mr. Dickinson drove boats up and down all afternoon so everybody had a chance to try whatever sport they wanted.  Meanwhile at the docks, it was kayak wars and cannon balls under the watchful eyes of Dr. Neubauer, Dr. Gates and Avery Rose.  Kingfishers “shared” paddle-boards, sometimes cramming up to four people atop before losing their balance.  Mrs. Crosby was everywhere at once, like a benevolent general, passing out life vests and making sure everything was going smoothly.

There was also food everywhere: chips, honey-buns, watermelon and Dr. Crosby’s famous boiled peanuts.  Dr. Simmons and Mrs. Patrick did a fabulous job grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers.  How did we have room for dinner and dessert, much less a second dessert of so’mores over a late afternoon fire?  Somehow, we managed to fit in some toasted marshmallows at the end!

DSC_0402As the sun started going down, parents began arriving and this lovely day drew to a close.  Kayaks and paddle-boards were loaded onto racks and trailers. Life-vests, wet towels, and tired kids were sorted into their cars.  Everyone had a blast, as always, and we can’t wait for the next River Day. Many thanks to the Crosby family and to all the other families who shared boats and equipment, and thanks to all the parents for the food and transportation!

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School Begins

 

The first days of school come with mixed feelings of excitement, apprehension, and bewilderment, only to be quickly forgotten as the school year gets underway.  TGS welcomes a lot of wonderful new students and their families this year at Orientation and the Meet and Greet/PTO.  We look forward to a busy and productive time together in 2018-2019!

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Mrs. Josie leads games and ice-breakers at the New Student Orientation on August 20.

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Math Boot Camp

 

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Thanks to Mrs. Crosby, the Middle School students who attended Math Boot camp in August boosted their math skills, made new friends, and had a great time together.  Boot Camp concluded with an outing to Rockin Jump in Myrtle Beach, where they celebrated their hard work with jumping, climbing, flipping, slam-dunking, and jousting on trampolines and in foam pits.  It was like having super powers!  Being good at math is also a super power, and these Kingfishers are on the way.

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Glo-n-Go 2018

ThreeThis year’s Glo-n-Go 5K Fun Run was our most successful yet!  On August 4 around 7:15, almost 60 participants began assembling outside the school, including the mayor of Georgetown, Brendon Barber, and his wife Pam Barber.

There was a lot to do before the race besides get into your event tee-shirt.  Kids were applying glow-in-the-dark paint to their faces; adults and kids alike decked themselves out with glow-rings and glowsticks. Everyone was petting the dogs and chatting.  By the time the race began, many competitors, including dogs, were glowing head to toe!  

At 7:45, we lined up on Prince Street and Dr. Gates started off the race.  Some people walked, some ran, and some were even dragged along by their pets!  Baryck ran in sandals.  It was a wild and fun night for everyone–they enjoyed the ambiance and the chance to spend time with family and friends up and down town and around East Bay.  Rebecca Marson of Mt. Pleasant was glad she and her son Liam made the trip: “It was one of my son’s first runs and he really loved the small-town feel, all the dogs, and was excited to meet the mayor!”
Five First to finish was Tyler Langston, in just 21 minutes and 21 seconds.  Other competitors followed close behind, with Avery MacMillen as the fastest female competitor and Indigo Attias as the fastest dog (Mr. Attias does deserve some credit for holding the leash!).  The sun was already down when all the prizes were awarded.  It was truly a great evening.  

Thank you to the race committee, all the volunteers and all our wonderful sponsors!

By Ryleigh

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Graduation 2018

 

Five wonderful graduates took center stage at The Georgetown School of Arts and Sciences’ fifth commencement ceremony, held on May 25 at the Winyah Auditorium.  Friends, faculty, fellow students, founders and family from as far away as Kansas and Colorado were on hand to celebrate the joyous occasion.

Father Paul McNeil of Precious Blood of Christ gave the Invocation.  Joyce Gates, president of the TGS Board of Trustees, welcomed the crowd warmly and congratulated the school on five successful years of living out its principles: excellence, honor, inclusion, respect.

Salutatorian Christopher Attias thanked the faculty and exhorted the upcoming Kingfishers to shoulder the job of making the school an even better place.  “Step up,” he said.  “Take responsibility for yourselves and this school.”  At the TGS Awards Ceremony earlier that day, Attias received a scholarship award from the University of Alabama Honors College, worth $194,000 to cover his next five years’ schooling.

Valedictorian Isabella Neubauer shared memories of her time at TGS.  “School has never just been about sitting in the classroom for me,” she said, evoking school trips and being on the volleyball team.  She touched on the sense of unreality about leaving TGS: “I am barely 18 and I am about to move halfway across the country!” Neubauer will attend Washington University in St. Louis.

Chris Elliott, TGS’s very first valedictorian back in 2014, gave the commencement address.  He said that he was in awe of what the school had accomplished in five years.  “This isn’t some cookie-cutter college prep school,” he told the crowd.  “TGS takes students from all walks of life and turns them into scholars, with the desire to learn more, do more, discover more.”  Elliott has just graduated from the Honors College of the University of South Carolina.

The five graduates blinked back tears as Dr. Gary Gates, Head of School, called the Roll and spoke about each of them in turn.  As they received their diplomas and stood before the assembly, the emotion was palpable.  But when Father Paul gave the Benediction, all sadness and uncertainty turned to joy.  Friends and family rushed down the aisle of the Winyah Auditorium to congratulate them on this step in their journey.

The 2018 TGS graduates are: Christopher Attias (Univ. of Alabama Honors), Douglas DeVito (Univ. of S. C.), Avi Goldschmidt (Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison), Avery Rose Higgins (College of Charleston), and Isabella Neubauer (Washington University).  Besides finishing their coursework, TGS seniors must do 25 hours per year of community service, complete an internship, and give a senior speech.  

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