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TGS at the MLK, Jr. Parade

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Saturday, January 18, was a cold, blustery morning but the weather did not deter The Georgetown School and some 60 other entries from joining the Second Annual MLK Parade.  Sponsored by the Mitney Project, the MLK Parade featured local bands, churches, motorcycle clubs, equestrians and a host of other organizations.Manage My Blogs

TGS students and faculty met earlier in the morning to decorate “our” pick-up truck with cloud shapes containing excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The parade pulled out slowly from the area beside Beck and headed down Merriman Road.  Our new Kingfisher mascot attracted a lot of attention from the crowd with his bright blue feathery head (thank you, Mrs. Gates and Mrs. Patrick!).  TGS students waved and tossed candy to a crowd which looked happy and excited despite the cold.  By the end, the crowd was racing the floats to the fantastic celebration at the Howard Adult Center.

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Congratulations to our friends at The Mitney Project on a very successful event and a huge thank you from TGS to all of our participants.

Museum Visit

TGS students and faculty took advantage of the nice weather on Wednesday, January 15 to walk over to the newly reopened Georgetown County Historical Society Museum on Broad Street.

Museum Director Jill Santopietro greeted students warmly and told us we were the very first school to visit the new facility since its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday.

We toured the History Center on the ground floor, which retraces the history of Georgetown from Native American times to the present.  Then we went to the second floor where the main collection is on display.

Jill first showed us the original plan of Georgetown on a very early map of our downtown.  Then we saw a letter written by Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox.  Students were pleasantly surprised to be able to read “Fran’s” handwriting.

The military collections appealed to some of the students, who spent a long time looking at old weapons.  They also liked the model of a shrimp boat.  Other students were more fascinated by decorative display cases from the C. L. Ford store, with drawers that used to contain spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg.

Dr. Razzi was soon deep in conversation with Jill about the travelling Smithsonian exhibit on the history of sports, coming soon to the Museum.  Jill offered a research partnership to Dr. Razzi’s 8th grade S. C. History class–the class will investigate the history of sports in Georgetown to round out the Smithsonian exhibit with local details.

“Good thing I like history,” said Savanna as the school headed back to the campus for third period.

TGS Middle Schoolers are Language Buddies at KES

Language buddiesHow many middle school students have helped teach English to children who speak other languages? Yesterday, our TGS students began volunteering to do just that. During study hall, our sixth graders met their Asian language buddies at Kensington Elementary School. The little girls, kindergarten students, knew only a few words of English. Our students helped the children practice body terms such as eyes, nose, and mouth; classroom vocabulary such as pencil, book, and scissors; and “b” words such as ball, bat, and boy. 

Next week, our seventh graders will work with their Hispanic language buddies at Kensington. Our students will read to their buddies and play games to help the children expand their vocabularies. Two of our seventh graders are bilingual! Their Spanish skills will help them relate to the younger children in a way most students cannot.   Teachers at Kensington are excited to have TGS students as role models and tutors for their English language learners. The elementary children look up to our students and look forward to interacting with them. In addition, our students have an opportunity to develop their leadership skills.

Last Day of Class 2013

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On Wednesday, December 11, students and faculty celebrated the last real day of classes before midterms with a morning trip to Hobcaw Barony and an afternoon Secret Santa Christmas party.  We toured artist-in-residence Maura Kenny’s watercolor exhibit at the Discovery Center.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed her enhancement of the medium with silver stitches and transparent overlays to suggest the past in our present.  The weather was so beautiful that we decided to walk down to the pond behind the center, which was lovely.

At lunch, a large and mysterious box arrived in the common room, courtesy of Chris and Chandler.  The seniors presented their senior gift to The Georgetown School: a brand new refrigerator to keep drinks cold and ready to sell!  Dr. Gates announced our spring trip destination and that all student fund-raisers should be directed towards earning money for it.

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Regional Spelling Bee to be hosted by TGS

On January 16, hopeful students from seven South Carolina independent schools (including ours) will come to the Winyah Auditorium to participate in the 2014 SCISA Regional Spelling Bee.  We are looking forward to this event and to sharing our lovely space with faculty and students from around the area.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, students and faculty of TGS gathered to give thanks and share a meal before heading out on vacation.  Dr. Gates and Dr. Razzi prepared turkeys while the Spanish class contributed some Spanish “comida.”  We also enjoyed lots of sides and desserts: mashed potatoes and gravy, tamales, taquítas, churros, sopapillas, mini tacos, flan, brownies, chocolate covered cookies, green beans and sweet potato casseroleNovember at TGS(imported) 626 November at TGS(imported) 627 November at TGS(imported) 625. Everyone relaxed and had a good time, and after the meal Dr. Gates told the students how much the faculty appreciates them and wished everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Hog Heaven Barbecue Fundraiser

photo (7)Sunday evening, November 10, families and friends of TGS gathered for an all-you-could-eat barbecue and fried chicken buffet at Hog Heaven.  There was a chill in the air but the fellowship was warm and all the guests enjoyed music by guitarist John Lammonds as they piled their plates high with delicious food and fixings.

TGS would like to thank Greg Eaddy, owner of Hog Heaven for his generosity and the marvelous service by his staff.  John Lammonds did a fabulous job with the music (despite a shoulder injury!) and Lisa Haas and our PTO put together a super event to help raise money for our scholarship fund.

Charleston Trip

IMG_3642TGS took a trip to Charleston on Tuesday, November 5.  We arrived just in time to tour the College of Charleston.  It was fun to learn the legend of the Cistern and watch a frat boy get dunked on a chilly November morning with our guide, a C of C sophomore from Massachusetts.  Afterwards, the students followed Mr. Razzi as he ambled to the Dock Street Theater.  We paused only to scarf down our food in a nearby park or on the front steps of the theater.  Then, we sat down in the historic Dock Street Theater to watch Sherlock Holmes.  As always with this great detective, the plot was complex but the problems were all solved by the end. Our last adventure of the day was a visit to the Gibbes Art Museum, where a docent talked to us about elements of art using the collection. Sadly, we had to tear ourselves away from the Civil War photography exhibit to be back in Georgetown on time. We look forward to our next foray in Charleston where everyone agrees we will have a sit down meal together.

TGS Hosts SCISA Drama Competition

Accused of ComedyStudents from all over the Low Country crowded the halls of TGS on Tuesday, October 29 for the SCISA Regional One-Act Play competition.  Wilson Hall, Florence Christian, Francis Xavier, and Coastal Christian arrived in Georgetown the normal way, while kids from Cross Schools flew into Georgetown Airport!  “What a beautiful facility,” said the drama coach of Coastal Christian School as she made her way backstage with her team.  Excitement was high and nerves were on edge as the competition began, but throughout the day everyone began to relax and have a great time.DSC_0591

12 Angry PigsJudy Gates, drama coach for TGS, was extremely pleased with our middle and high school students’ performance in Accused of Comedy, a lighthearted look a world where humor is against the law.  She practiced with her students during study halls, lunches, and after school to get them ready for the event.  The high school cast received an “Excellent” rating.

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DSC_0608Florence Christian School took first place with The Devil and Danielle Webster for the high school level.  For the middle school level, Wilson Hall took first place with Kitty Steals a Dog.

DSC_0585Later on that afternoon, SCISA activities coordinator Lyndi Bonnette wrote in an email, “I am already being flooded with emails and phone calls complimenting the host schools.”  TGS students and faculty pulled together to make the day a success.  We would like to thank our judges Jim Calk, Tracy Crane, Debby Summey, and Jeremy Vause, as well as all of the faculty, parents and volunteers who helped out and loaned us the stuff we needed.  Thanks go to Dustin Ashenfelter for providing technical support and finally thanks go to The Winyah Auditorium, LLC, for allowing us to use its facilities.

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TGS at the 2013 Wooden Boat Show

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Members of the TGS community volunteered at the 2013 Wooden Boat Show, an event which had spectacular success this year.  Head of School Dr. Gary Gates once again joined in the boat-building challenge with his partner Sean Hoelscher of Myrtle Beach.  With sawdust flying, sweat dripping and power tools whining, the two shaved fifty minutes off their last-year’s time and placed fourth overall in time.  Sally Swineford, owner of The River Room and long-time organizer for the Wooden Boat Show, asked our students to take responsibility for one of the food tents.  So Kingfishers were dishing up pilau and passing out soft drinks and water for most of the day.  We also helped out Dr. Ged Tiller with the sailing demonstration for the S. C. Maritime Museum, chief beneficiary of the Wooden Boat Show.  Good job all around!