It was a beautiful morning as students walked hand-in-hand to Reid Memorial for our Closing Convocation. In the service, Pastor Lisa talked about this year’s theme, “In everything give thanks,” and how we should use the gifts that God has given each of us, including time, talent, our minds and our hearts, to express our appreciation to God. She demonstrated the idea by giving a few volunteers gift bows to remind them to use their own God-given gifts to give back to Him.
Father Fain said a prayer for departing faculty and students, asking for God’s blessings, guidance, and healing over them as they continue their journeys.
Finally, Pastor Lisa offered beautiful gifts of hand-painted hats and scarves from EDS parents and students to Mary Anne Haynes. We hope these gifts will be reminders to Mary Anne of her EDS family, who loves and prays for her every day as she heals from her illness.
Please enjoy this video of joyous, smiling faces from our final all-school chapel of the school year…
National History Day is an annual contest that attracts entries from 500,000 students and 40,000 teachers in 48 states. Each year, all EDS 8th graders write a lengthy formal essay on a topic that relates to the annual theme for the contest and submit them to the state-level contest in Macon, Georgia.
One of my outstanding students, Huck B., chose to write about the second Greco-Persian war. I’m proud to say that he placed first in the junior papers division. He will now travel to Washington DC to present his paper at the national finals in June. Huck advanced to the state finals by winning the regional contest at GRU. Mathurin D. was second and Allie R. was third in the regional contest.
Here is the photo of Huck receiving his award at the 4th-8th Grade Honors Assembly. I’m very proud of Huck and of all of the EDS 8th graders for their hard work and fine writing.
Click here to read Huck’s winning essay.
The Kindergarten Science Enrichment classes incubated seven chicken eggs as part of their FOSS science curriculum unit “Animals Two By Two.” After patiently waiting for 21 days, 5 of the eggs hatched, and the students have enjoyed observing our five precious baby chicks all week!
Panther Nation, what a season we had! Our Panthers trained, practiced and sharpened their skills all season long.
The baseball team played valiantly with great pitching and lively bats throughout the spring. With an overall record of 4 wins and 4 losses, they ended in 3rd place. This also earned them a spot in the semifinals of the league tournament . Our 8th graders, Justin K., Palmer B., and Scout W., were not only strong at play, but lead the team in sportsmanship, mental strength, and provided a strong foundation for continued success!
Our track Panthers, both boys and girls teams, ran swiftly and performed admirably all season long. There were over 40 pack members between the two teams! Overall, both track packs finished in 2nd place at the League Championship Meet. The sibling duo of Nicole and Nathan A. led the pride – both winning top honors as top scorers of the meet. We also had a third place scorer, Michael C.. Our Panthers showed the league who was boss. Grrrr! Our 8th grade leadership came from Allie R., Nathan D., Michael C., Mathurin D., Huck B., Kai N., McCall S. and William M.
The girls record of 5 wins, 0 losses and 3 ties put them in a tie for 1st place. They only gave up 4 goals all season! They met their match in the semifinals losing 1 – 0 to St. Mary’s. Eighth graders Emilee S. and Lucy S. were instrumental in guiding our Pantheresses in skill and endurance, and showed all opponents that the EDS Panthers have a powerful Rooaaarrr!
The boys finished with 8 wins, 0 losses and 1 tie. This group of panthers never surrendered a single goal all season. At the league championship, they defeated the Saints of St. Mary’s on the Hill with a score of 2–0. Grrrooowwwwllll! In true EDS fashion, our 8th graders Evan M. and Crimmins H. lead the pack in skill, endurance, and sportsmanship.
EDS thanks and congratulates Mrs. Mary Ann Marriott, EDS 7th grade science teacher and Science Department Coordinator, for applying for – and winning – a $1000 grant from the Savannah River Site’s Excellence-In-Teaching Mini Grants program!
This grant will fund the continuation of the Canal Day project the EDS science team, along with support and participation from their middle school colleagues, piloted last fall with our current sixth and seventh graders.
As an integral part of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum at EDS, Canal Day gives students an in-depth look at the vital role that the Savannah River plays in the health of our community, as well as the influence of land use on the health of the Savannah River watershed. Students are provided the opportunity to see the big picture of how a watershed plays a key role in the their community while at the same time building team work and confidence. This two-year unit of study will provide the opportunity for students to revisit the theme throughout both their sixth and seventh grade school years.
Both grade levels participated in a series of activities during this day-long event, enhanced with follow- up activities to be completed in the classroom, including the use of additional data collected by SNSA researchers, guest speakers, engineering applications, and extended journaling. Sixth graders spend their day on the Augusta Canal and seventh graders on the Patriot Riverboat on the Savannah River.
For more information about this exciting project, read Mary Ann’s post about their first Canal Day last fall.
It has been a terrific few weeks of recognition for EDS teachers. On Friday, April 2nd, Anne Moss was recognized on live television at the annual Golden Apple awards (click here to see Lee P.’s post about nominating her). There was a terrific group of educators honored that evening, and Anne was, of course, a shining star! In a surprise addition to the night, our alumna Ann Sturkey (we knew her as Ann Beth Harrison) was also honored with a Golden Apple. She is a teacher at Martinez Elementary School. And to top it off, in her acceptance speech, she identified her third grade teacher as her inspiration and role model – that teacher was our own Karen Dye! What a great night it was for teachers, and especially for EDS teachers—a triple play! Wait—it was a quadruple play, because EDS parent Brad Means masterfully emceed the event.
Last Tuesday evening, five area teachers were honored at Barnes and Noble at the culminating ceremony of their “My Favorite Teacher” essay contest, and TWO of the FIVE honorees were EDS teachers! A former student and a current student each wrote beautiful essays (featured below) about the impact that Kate Grogan and Ingrid McNeil had on their lives.
It is really moving when a teacher is remembered and honored in this way, and I know you join me in celebrating Kate, and Ingrid. These recognitions are representative of the amazing, life-shaping work all EDS faculty and staff do — every single one of them.
– By Taylor Johann