2011-2012 LOTC & Guest Speaker Highlights

8/17, Wednesday – orientation for Learning Outside the Classroom. Students will bake cookies, deliver them, and clean up the kitchen. This will allow students to gain practice with the responsibility inherent to LOTCs and meet our neighbors around Coleman Blvd.

8/24, Wednesday – we will conclude our LOTC from last week. Some USL students will bake cookies, deliver them, and clean up the kitchen. We will finish the exercise of meeting our neighbors around Coleman Blvd. Another group will endeavor to educate the public about the East Cooper Connector 401 CARTA route. They will deliver cookies and literature about the route and CARTA to people they encounter in and around the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre: they will travel there and back on the 401. Three students then attended the monthly meeting of the CARTA Board and spoke about our use of CARTA. Here is a film about our outreach efforts that we shared with the CARTA Board and East Cooper CARTA Riders group.

8/31, Wednesday – MS students and faculty will receive American Red Cross CPR/AED training through the Carolina Lowcountry chapter. IS students will engage in a field exploration. Complete a self-evaluation using the skill wheel for today.

9/9, Friday  – University School students, faculty, and parents will take part in eleven National Day of Caring service projects through the Trident United Way in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties: Angel Oak ElementaryInternational Primate Protection LeagueChildren’s Museum of the LowcountryCarter-May HomeRonald McDonald HouseYWCA of CharlestonSanders-Clyde Elementary/MiddleMidland Park Community MinistryJane Edwards ElementaryWindwood Farm Home for Boys, and Macedonia Middle School. Channel 5 interviewed our students working at IPPL as part of their coverage of the Day of Caring, and you can see the video here. ****** Click here for the Day of Caring slideshow.

9/14, Wednesday – University School students will learn about Mepkin Abbey and its Trappist monks through an exploration and tour of the facility in Moncks Corner. ****** Click here for the Mepkin Abbey / Gilligan’s slideshow.

9/21, Wednesday – We will travel to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw for a tour and flight demonstrations. (Rescheduled to 11/30 because of poor weather).

9/24, Saturday – Family LOTC opportunity – After breakfast at Page’s Okra Grill at 9 AM, volunteers will walk, bike and ride the bus to share information about the 401 CARTA route throughout Mount Pleasant.  If you are interested in assisting with this, please follow this link for more information.

9/28, Wednesday – Beginning at 9:00, we will take our school and individual photos with Pat Ring from Ring Photography at Alhambra Hall in the Old Village. In the afternoon, MS & IS students will take part in community building activities. MS students will also visit, in shifts, the Charleston-area Constituent office of US Senator Lindsey Graham. This is part of the preparation for the MS trip to Washington, D.C. in October.

10/1, Saturday – Optional Family LOTC – The USL community will enjoy a beach social on Sullivan’s Island, beginning at 4:30.

10/5, Wednesday – IS TBD; MS preparation for the trip to D.C.

10/6, Thursday  – Optional Family LOTC – At 3 PM, we hope to help the Hibben UMC community unload and arrange the pumpkins on the lawn facing Coleman Blvd. Afterwards enjoy a free pizza dinner in the gym! Please bring a dark t-shirt to wear because the pumpkins are dirty (straight out of the patch)!

10/12, Wednesday – (AM) 4th-7th grades – community building exercises and then community service by running Hibben Church’s Pumpkin Patch and cleaning up in and around campus; 8th grade – take the PSAT in the morning and then community service at Hibben. (PM) The Middle School will finish Red Cross First Aid Training. The IS will walk down to the new Shem Creek Park, sample German food from Okra Grill, and trek to the Pitt Street Pharmacy for milkshakes. This experience was created in conjunction of our study of culture, marketing and tourism (esp. Charleston being named the #1 tourist destination in America by Conde Nast Traveler).

10/14, Friday – CULTURAL PERFORMANCE- we are sharing our performance of Sticks and Stones by Porkchop Productions with A.C. Corcoran Elementary in North Charleston. The show is a light-hearted romp through a very serious topic that children face. Told in Porkchop’s signature whimsical style, this performance addresses the major steps to implement when confronted with a bully. It will be performed at Corcoran, and the USL community will travel there to view it with the elementary school students. The idea to host a USL cultural event at another school was an idea that emerged from the Intermediate School during the 2010-2011 school year.

10/15-10/20 (Sat.-Th.) – MS TRIP – The Middle School will travel to Washington, D.C. for a plethora of experiences, including visits to Monticello, George Washington University, various Smithsonian Museums, several memorials, and other activities. * Click here for a slideshow of the trip.

10/19, Wednesday – The Intermediate School will take the CARTA 401 bus to the East Cooper Library for some research tips and techniques.

10/26, Wednesday – The IS LOTC is TBD. The MS will write thank you cards for last week’s trip to Washington, D.C. and craft reflections on the experience.

11/2, Wednesday – In conjunction with the upcoming weekend’s family LOTC to Auldbrass in Yemassee (replete with statues), we will travel to Brookgreen Gardens near Myrtle Beach. It has one of the biggest and most significant collection of statues in the world. We will learn about the statues through two distinct tours, and we will also enjoy a performance that explores the cultural links between Gullah and Sierra Leone. * Click here for a slideshow of our visit.

11/6, Sunday – As part of an optional family LOTC day, USL will take a day trip to Yemassee in Beaufort County to visit famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Auldbrass plantation. Owned and restored by Hollywood producer Joel Silver, it is open for tours every other year for only two days. * Click here for a slideshow of our visit from 2009.

11/8, Tuesday – ELECTION DAY LOTC – Our main effort will be exit polling at various precincts around the county. Each student will visit at least two precincts in different areas of the the Lowcountry to get a sense of what is motivating voters at the polls. Here is our webpage devoted to our 2011 exit polling efforts. Click here to see the Post and Courier’s articleabout our efforts. The Charleston City Paper also spotlighted University School’s exit polls (“Middle School exit polls point to Riley victory“) as part of its coverage of Election Night. The Moultrie News provided a recap of our explorations in politics and elections this year in an article (“University School students study politics in action”). * Click here for a slideshow of our exit polling efforts.

11/11, Friday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE – University School will host the magician John Tudor for a performance at 10 AM in the gym. This fast paced show, Illusions and Character, is educational and involves lots of audience interaction! It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Our guests include Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Hibben UMC Preschool, Christ our King-Stella Maris School, Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Moultrie Middle School, and members of the Charleston-area homeschool community.

11/15, Tuesday – Annual Family Potluck Dinner and Gathering at James Island County Park Wando Shelter (including the Holiday Festival of Lights). * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

11/16, Wednesday – LOTC – Dr. Janice Key, Director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at MUSC, will come to University School with one of her residents, Dr. Conner Hagan, to educate our students on personal health and hygiene.

11/21, Monday – Middle School students, their families, and the faculty enjoyed the annual Middle School luncheon. Following themes from earlier years including Mediterranean dishes and items from Charleston Receipts, the meal was a traditional Southern picnic. Mrs. Logan’s brainchild is a wonderful way to begin the Thanksgiving week! * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

11/30, Wednesday – We will travel to the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw for a tour and flight demonstrations.

12/7, Wednesday – USL’s job shadow program is a great way for students to explore careers or fields of interest to them, and each student does this once per year.  It is a real hallmark of University School, and sharing one’s experience (both in written form for Mrs. Scarafile and in a public forum with Mrs. Coll and the students) is an important way to enable others to learn more about one’s shadow day.  We have blocs of time on LOTC days devoted to this sharing several times a year.  * As a preview for Friday’s Winter Holidays Interdisciplinary Day, we will also learn more about Islam and two Islamic holidays in December. Al-Hijira, the Muslim New Year, marks the migration of Prophet Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina and is celebrated on November 26. Ashura is a holiday celebrated on December 5. Our presenter will be Imam Mohamed Melhem from the Central Mosque of Charleston.

12/9, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity – USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie (the annual showing of Home Alone), games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM. This is the special Winter Break edition. We also ask that each student bring a few durable food items that we will donate to the Lowcountry Food Bank and Holy Trinity AME Church. We are friends with the Lowcountry Food Bank and Pastor Brown at Holy Trinity AME Church on Mathis Ferry in Mount Pleasant (we visited both places 2 years ago and gave food donations to them), and it would be great if we could provide some durable food items to them for the holidays. This will be the start of a nice tradition to institutionalize our support of the Food Bank and the food outreach efforts of HT AME.

12/14, Wednesday – LOTC to the Medical University of South Carolina – holiday cards to patients, cancer treatment technology, infection control protocols, and patient simulator. * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

12/16, Friday – We will have our annual Winter Holidays Interdisciplinary Day. We will learn about holidays and how they are celebrated by various faith and ethnic groups. (1) We have been invited as guests of Christ Our King-Stella Maris School to see their Christmas productions. In line with our study of different faiths, this will allow us to see how Catholics celebrate Christmas — on December 25. (2) Talim Lessane from the College of Charleston will teach us more about Kwanzaa, which is celebrated on December 26. (3) Synagogue Emanu-El’s Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum will have a presentation and several activities so that we can learn more about the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, celebrated from December 20-28. * As a preview of today’s Winter Holidays Interdisciplinary Day, on Wednesday, December 7, we also learned more about Islam and two Islamic holidays in December. Al-Hijira, the Muslim New Year, marks the migration of Prophet Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina and is celebrated on November 26. Ashura is a holiday celebrated on December 5. Our presenter will be Imam Mohamed Melhem from the Central Mosque of Charleston.

1/4, Wednesday – LOTC – guest speakers: (1) Bob Dullanty, engineer, about the logistics of the return of the USS Laffey to Patriots Point; (2) Dr. Drew Schnyder, USAF flight surgeon, recently relocated from Aviano AFB, Italy, will discuss similarities and differences of medicine in relation to MUSC, private practice, and the US military

1/11, Wednesday – LOTC – seeking to attend a presidential candidate rally as we did in 2008 (click here to learn about the experience four years ago). We will also prepare for the experience by analyzing ads, following the threads of the campaign through different media outlets, and explore South Carolina’s unique history of “rough” politics.

1/18, Wednesday – LOTC – seeking to attend a presidential candidate rally as we did in 2008 (click here to learn about the experience four years ago). We will also prepare for the experience by analyzing ads, following the threads of the campaign through different media outlets, and explore South Carolina’s unique history of “rough” politics.

1/19, Thursday – Special Presidential Primary LOTC – USL students will spread out across the Lowcountry in groups, and each student will visit campaign events for two of the following four candidates: Gingrich, Paul, Romney, and Santorum. While covering Ron Paul’s speech at C of C, Channel 4 spotlighted University School’s special LOTC on this day and the School’s philosophy to explore first hand. The Moultrie News provided a recap of our explorations in politics and elections this year in an article (“University School students study politics in action”).* Click here for a slideshow of the events.

1/25, Wednesday – LOTC to the S.C. State Museum’s special exhibit of “BODY WORLDS Vital.” This exhibit enables visitors to see authentic donated human bodies, and there are contrasting healthy bodies with those ravaged by disease and illness. This will allow students to better understand the essentials for health and wellness.

1/27, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity – USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

1/30, Monday – USL students will perform at the “Night of the Dragon: Chinese New Year Celebration” at the College of Charleston’s Sottile Theatre at 7 PM.

2/1, Wednesday – LOTC – Asian culture exploration – guest speaker, C of C Professor Elijah Siegler will speak about the Chinese conception of the body. Students will also enjoy a Chinese dancing exhibition, Chinese calligraphy, and lunch at A Taste of India.

2/8, Wednesday – LOTC – activities will include a presentation by Post and Courier photographer Wade Spees. He will review his photographs of presidential candidates and explain techniques for connecting the subject with the audience. The Intermediate School will also conduct a field exploration of Shem Creek.

2/14, Tuesday – In Mrs. Scarafile’s Writing class, Intermediate School students crafted “Around the World” story books for their parents. During a special Valentine’s Day brunch, they presented them. It was a huge surprise for the parents! * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

2/17, Friday – our LOTC activities for this week will include a trip to Marion Square in downtown Charleston for the first day of the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition. Flight demonstrations by the Center for Birds of Prey, specialty breeds of dogs, various forms of wildlife art, and the presence of government and non-profit experts on the environment and wildlife are the highlights of this experience.

2/22, Wednesday – LOTC – University School students will take part in various activities. Middle School students will prepare for this Friday’s Civil Rights conference by watching a documentary about the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre (Scarred Justice). They will also have a session to get acclimated to the Stanford Achievement test and a long lab experience on electricity. Intermediate School students will engage in a campus clean-up effort in and around Hibben UMC, and then they will watch a documentary about a Kentucky middle school that created a museum to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust (Paperclips).

2/24, Friday – Middle School Choice #1 LOTC – The Civil Rights Struggle in South Carolina Conference at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg

2/29, Wednesday – Middle School students will prepare for this Friday’s Symposium on Southern Politics at The Citadel. Students will have practice time for the Talent Show, and acclimation for the Stanford Achievement Test and OLSAT will continue.

3/2, Friday – Middle School Choice #2 LOTC – Symposium on Southern Politics at The Citadel

3/6, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE – University School will host the Pantasia Steel Drum Band for a performance at 10 AM in the gym. Since 1994, Pantasia has been entertaining audiences across the Southeastern United States. Their wide variety of island favorites, beach tunes, calypso, pop, and reggae, has been described as fun, festive, and refreshing. It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes. Guests will include our friends from Sweetgrass Assisted Living Village, Christ Our King-Stella Maris School, Moultrie Middle School, Windwood Farm Home for Boys, Montessori of Mount Pleasant, Hibben UMC Preschool, and Charleston-area homeschool families.

3/7, Wednesday – In preparation for next week’s LOTC to Drayton Hall, College of Charleston professor Ted Rosengarten, an expert in African American and Holocaust history, will make a presentation and hold a discussion about the plantation. Students will take sections of the Stanford Achievement test and have Talent Show practice.

3/14, Wednesday – LOTC – We will visit Drayton Hall in West Ashley. It is one of the three major plantations that are adjacent to each other on Highway 61 (Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place are the others). This is in line with our tradition of visiting a different plantation each year to compare and contrast them (Hampton Plantation in McClellanville in ’08-’09, Magnolia Plantation in ’09-’10 and Middleton Place in ’10-’11.). We will be joined for the day by College of Charleston professor Ted Rosengarten, an expert in African American and Holocaust history.

3/16, Friday – Please join us for the Annual Talent Show and Potluck Dinner at 5:45 PM in the gym. This is a chance to catch up, socialize, and enjoy and evening with other members of the University School community.

3/21, Wednesday – LOTC – Students will take sections of the Stanford Achievement test and have Talent Show practice. Students will prepare sandwiches and desserts for our Lenten Lunch with members of Hibben UMC. This involves USL students eating in small groups with small groups of Hibben UMC: we share a meal that both groups provide (Hibben soup and table settings, USL dessert and sandwiches). It is a nice annual tradition that gives students practice conversing with adults with whom they are not familiar.

3/22, Thursday – Special Middle School LOTC – The Middle School will attend the presentation by NY Times author and columnist Nicholas Kristof that is set for Thursday, March 22 at noon at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. His talk is sponsored by the Center for Women, and it will involve the topic of his recent book — Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.   Kristof’s name popped up with University School a few years ago during our Middle School trip to Columbia.  One day was spent learning about the Honors College at USC, and one of the Deans of the College introduced us to an Honors College student who won an internship with Kristof to explore and write about issues in Africa related to poverty, the status of women, etc.  All of the Middle School students and several teachers will attend.  We are also inviting some of our friends to come as our guests, so that they can share what they learned with their community (i.e. invite a teacher and student from Christ Our King-Stella Maris, etc.). In preparation for this experience, University School students will learn more about Kristof’s work from his 2009 NY Times intern for his travels to Africa — University of South Carolina Honors College student Paul Bowers. Bowers presentation will take place during Leadership and Life Skills in the morning.

3/27, Tuesday – GUEST SPEAKER – In preparation for next week’s trip to USMC Recruit Depot Parris Island and USMC Air Station Beaufort, USL students will enjoy a presentation by and discussion with USMC Colonel Mac Radcliffe (ret.). Colonel Radcliffe served as a commander in Vietman at many levels, and he also served as Commander of the Third Marine Regiment.

3/30, Friday – As guests of Medal of Honor recipient USMC Major General James Livingston, we will visit USMC Recruit Depot Parris Island for morning colors, a tour, and the graduation of a male and female battalion. We will then travel to USMC Air Station Beaufort for a tour. * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

4/5, Thursday – LOTC – World Languages Day – USL will host guest speakers, performers,  and musicians representing the countries and cultures of the three languages each student learns (Latin, Spanish, and Mandarin). This will include a musical play performance by the Intermediate School Spanish classes, and related food and cultural items will be enjoyed for lunch.

4/6, Friday – SPECIAL IS LOTC – We are friends with Sweetgrass Village Assisted Living Center on Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant. They attend all of our cultural events throughout the year, and we help them with their annual Easter Egg Hunt for their residents.  Sweetgrass is holding this activity in the afternoon in conjunction with assistants from MUSC, and it is always a fun and nice event. * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

4/17, Tuesday – Special Intermediate School LOTC – In the morning, the IS will attend a 9:30 performance of The Wiz by Charleston Stage at the Dock Street Theatre.  In the afternoon they will visit the Old Slave Mart Museum on Chalmers St.  We’ll have lunch at Waterfront Park and then return in time for dismissal.  * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

4/18, Wednesday – LOTC – various activities including mentoring, sharing of job shadow experiences, and team building.

4/25, Wednesday – LOTC – Spring all-school picture –students actively learned about farming from Meg Moore of Dirt Hugger Farm. Moore’s land is a part of the Maybank family farm on James Island. Students also went in small groups to Morris Island to explore the waterways and learn first-hand about marsh and barrier island ecology, and they were guided by Captain Anton DuMars of Tideline Tours. * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

4/27, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity – USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

5/1, Tuesday – HOSTED PERFORMANCE – University School will host the Adande African Dance and Drumming Company for a performance at 10 AM in the gym. Authentic dances are performed in colorful dress, and the show will include cultural information and audience participation.  It is appropriate for all ages and lasts about 45 minutes.

5/2, Wednesday – LOTC – USL students will visit and learn about the Charleston Air Force Base. Our tour and exploration will include seeing the flight line, the base itself, a C-17 transport plane, and the military police dog training center.

5/9, Wednesday – LOTC – We will make a trip to Bishopville, and Pearl Fryar will lead us through his famous topiary garden.  Since beginning his garden in 1984, Fryar has become a regional sensation.  He has participated in site-specific demonstrations at SPOLETO and is the subject of the documentary “A Man Named Pearl.”  * Click here for a slideshow of the event.

5/15, Tuesday – Presentation and discussion about University School’s high school plans at 7 PM. Expert opinions will be provided by Victor Wilson, College of Charleston’s Executive Vice President for Student Life, Roger Smith, experienced college counselor, Suzette Stille, College of Charleston’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Somer Hand, USL mentor and ’12 graduate of Academic Magnet HS, and Tiernan Garsys, USL mentor and class of ’15 University of Pennsylvania.

5/16, Wednesday – LOTC – As we did to start the year through the Trident United Way’s Day of Caring, we will conclude the year with a day of service to the community. University School students, faculty, and parents will take part in multiple service projects through the Trident United Way in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

5/17, Thursday – Eighth Grade Graduation Dinner – eighth graders will cook and serve dinner for their families, USL faculty, and the Middle School in appreciation for their support and their experience at University School. Seventh graders will serve as apprentices, and the evening will conclude with speeches delivered by the eighth graders in which they thank their families, teachers, and friends.

5/23, Wednesday – LOTC – University School will celebrate the end of the year by the beach on Isle of Palms.

5/25, Friday – Students & Mentors Activity – USL students and mentors will enjoy a movie, games, and food in the gym from 6:30-8:30 PM.

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