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Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017
In an ideal world, cost would never be a barrier to students’ scientific imaginations. But in the real world, experiments can require all kinds of materials—and sometimes those costs add up. Thanks to the generosity of Heathwood’s Upper School Science Club, students in this year’s Upper School Honors Science Research program and those who are completing science-related Senior Exhibition projects, won’t have to worry as much about how to fund exploration of their ideas and tests of their... Read More
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2017
Write what you know. That’s always one of the first pieces of advice given to creative writers. And it’s why Heathwood’s Upper School creative writing students recently began their day by closely studying a pair of salamanders—the kind of hands-on learning experience more typically found in a science class. When the creative writing students were assigned to write a children’s book about Sally Salamander, the namesake of downtown Columbia’s Sally Salamander walking tour, they realized one of... Read More
Posted by By Jennifer Falvey on Friday, September 22, 2017
  If you heard strange sounds in the Campus Center this past week, you didn’t have to look far to find the source: Heathwood Hall was fortunate to host award-winning author and storyteller Donna Washington for the second time. In the Belser Auditorium, the Kindergarteners were moving and baa-ing like kids (the baby-goat kind) as Ms. Washington told them the cautionary tale of “A Knock at the Door,” laughing as the baby goats got the better of the big bad wolf outside.  The 3rd and 4th... Read More
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017
If you like the gray polo shirts that are the latest addition to Heathwood’s uniforms, thank a 3rd grader. (Or rather, thank two of them, who are now 4th graders.)  The new uniform shirts are their brainchild, the result of a class project in persuasive writing last year. When 3rd grade teacher Kim Bain asked her students to write a persuasive letter to a Heathwood teacher or administrator, classmates Henry Morris and Turner Rice decided to approach Head of School Chris Hinchey with a... Read More
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017
How can middle school become a happier place? A smile is—for a whole host of reasons—a great way to start. As the Mary Tyler Moore show famously taught us, we can turn the world on with a smile. But it turns out smiling does a lot more than that. Just the simple act of smiling not only builds camaraderie with others but also unleashes neurochemical reactions that make us happier and more relaxed. Heathwood’s Middle School students gave their smile muscles a workout this week by participating... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Heathwood families have long known that our school lunches are a cut above the ordinary. Now, Head Chef/Manager Jim McMahon and his talented team have earned national recognition for the great work they do feeding hundreds of hungry Highlanders each school day. Chef Jim has just been announced as the 2017 winner of Flik Independent School Dining Regional and National Account of the Year. “Jim’s ability to engage with the Heathwood Hall community has been exemplary and we were proud to... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Many Heathwood families who have gotten to know Melissa Brookshire as a Kindergarten Associate Teacher over the last few years are already aware that she has a gift for teaching art. So when the school was searching for a new Early Childhood and Lower School art teacher, it's no surprise that Melissa's name rose to the top of the list. She's already making her impact felt through the enhancements she's made to the EC Art Studio, through the rock painting project she initiated, and more. Here... Read More
Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017
“Be kind.” “God loves you.” “Go Heathwood!” Those are just a few of the inspirational messages that have been painted on rocks and scattered around campus in the last few weeks by Heathwood students, parents, and teachers. The idea came from 3rd Grade Teacher Kim Bain, after a visit to Edisto Beach, which has launched a similar project. “It started with the teachers and then spread from there,” says Early Childhood and Lower School Art Teacher Melissa Brookshire, whose 4K through 4th... Read More
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2017
What’s a “breaking” news story, and how do you cover it? What do you do when you make an embarrassing mistake at work—and you happen to be on live TV? Those are just a couple of the questions WACH Fox News Anchor and Managing Editor Brian McConchie answered when he spoke to Heathwood’s 8th grade journalism class on September 6. McConchie, who anchors the 10 p.m. news at WACH, also described how he became interested in journalism and what his job entails on a daily basis. Those details about... Read More
Posted on Monday, August 21, 2017
“Wallow in the wonder of nature and your opportunity to see this total solar eclipse.” That was the advice of science educator Lee Zalinger, who was the guest speaker for Heathwood’s eclipse festivities, and it’s just what the approximately 400 visitors to campus on the afternoon of August 21 did. Despite heavy cloud cover to the east, visibility for the eclipse was perfect from Stadium Field, where families gathered to talk, enjoy food served by the Highlander Club, and watch in awe (... Read More