"Bye Bye Birdie" set to fly this week
Pinewood Stage Company's fall musical begins tomorrow

All are welcome as the Pinewood Stage Company presents "Bye Bye Birdie"! This musical production features a cast of students in grades 6 through 12. Showtimes are Thursday, Nov. 29, Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., and December 2 at 3 p.m. at Pinewood Preparatory School's Freedom Hall. Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door. 

In addition to the musical, there will be an Advanced/AP Art Show on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1-2 in the Coursey Cafe during intermission!

Seniors give back
Class of 2019 continues Day of Caring tradition

On Nov. 16, members of the Class of 2019 and Teacher Cadet program visited Pattison's Academy for the Trident United Way Day of Caring.

This is the first year that Pinewood's Day of Caring volunteers have worked with Pattison's, which is a school designed specifically for students with disabilities. 

Students divided into groups to complete several projects, including a sensory board and a mural. The supplies for these projects were purchased with a gift from LeanCor and the Martichenko family.

After Pinewood's students completed their respective projects, students from Pattison's were able to spend time with the Pinewood students and test out their creations. "Day of Caring was a great experience for the Class of 2019 as well as the students at Pattison's Academy. The seniors loved every second and we are happy to have started this tradition for future senior classes," said Mary Grace Robertson '19.

Click here to view a photo album from Day of Caring.
LS, MS Robotics teams awarded at qualifier
Two teams to advance to State

Pinewood's Lower and Middle School Robotics teams prepared since last spring for the  Colleton County FLL Qualifier held on Nov. 3. Students put in many hours researching their projects and preparing presentations. Teams competed in four areas: Core Values, Project (Into Orbit), Robot Design, and Robot Performance (mission table). "We are very proud that all four teams ranked in the top 10 overall, winning two awards and securing two tickets to State!" said coaches Faith Bongiorno and Liz Lemons.

Qualifier Results:

Middle School
Universe Unicorns: Championship Award (advancing to State)
SpeedTrek: Core Values Award
Space Invaders: Placed well overall and are advancing to State

Lower School
Event Horizon: Rising Star Award (This award signifies that they are the team to watch next year!)

Team Members: 

Universe Unicorns - Rori Mims, Julia Gray Nye, Taylor Butler, Amelia Bongiorno, and Keely Ryan, pictured with their student mentor Molly Ferguson from FRC Team #3489: Category 5 (CAT5)

SpeedTrek - Briland Morgan, Craig Habrat, Dylan Gauthier, Sami Abuhakema, and Asa Windham

Space Invaders - Tre Arena, Ayden Meadows, John Pyke, Bennett Stookey, and Gabin Moreau

Event Horizon - Annelies Bongiorno, Aristeo Repaskey-McMullan, Reid Brasher, Will Fields, Michael Fortkort, Joss Oppold, and Jude Kelly

Grades 1-8 race into Thanksgiving
Students complete annual Turkey Trot

Students in grades 1 through 8 competed in Pinewood's annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition, the Turkey Trot, on Nov. 20. Lower School students ran for grade-level trophies, while Middle School students faced off for House honors. 

The Turkey Trot is organized by Pinewood's physical education department each year to give students the opportunity to qualify for the Presidential Fitness Award. 

Pinewood thanks its PE faculty members, led by Gail Osborne, for their efforts in planning the race, Brendan Diffley for once again serving as the Turkey, and all faculty, staff, and parent volunteers who assisted with the Trot.

Click here to view a photo album from the Turkey Trot.

Seniors plant commemorative tree
Planting honors new Head of School

Earlier this year, Chef Herman McNeill had an idea for Pinewood's new Head of School, Dan Seiden, to plant a peach tree in the Katie's Krops Garden. The tree, a gift from the Class of 2019, commemorates Seiden's first year at the school. Seiden joined with the senior class, McNeill, High School Principal Babette Hamilton, and Lisa Turocy, Katie's Krops Master Gardener, to plant the tree on Nov. 20.

Pinewood thanks McNeill for his vision for the project, the Turocy-Pepin family for their leadership and assistance, Charlene Sharkey and the Flowertown Garden Center for donating the peach tree, and the Class of 2019 for their efforts. 

Click here to view an album from the planting.
Pinewood to host internet safety workshop
ICAC representative to present "Parenting in the Digital Age"

Joe Ryan, Education Coordinator for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General, will present an internet safety workshop next Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. in Pinewood's Smith Hall. All local parents are invited to attend. 

McNeill's at Pinewood announces holiday classes
Classes scheduled for Saturday mornings

Chef Herman is offering three holiday-themed classes on Saturday mornings.  Parents are encouraged to drop off their elves for some kitchen fun while they get some shopping done!  All classes are $45 each, per person. To view the event flyer and registration form, click   here . Below is the schedule:

  • Holiday Treats: Saturday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Gingerbread Houses: Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Holiday Cookies: Saturday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
News Briefs
A quick look around campus

PK3 students had an "excellent"  week before Thanksgiving learning about the letter "E", Eating, and England. Students learned how to set the table with real utensils, plates and glasses. They used puppets to pretend we were pilgrims crossing the ocean from England to America, where Native American puppets met the Mayflower at the shore and taught the pilgrims to farm and build homes. Finally, they dressed as Native Americans at their annual Thanksgiving feast.

Grade 5 students brought the Thanksgiving spirit into Idea Lab, where they created light-up turkeys using Squishy Circuits technology.

Pinewood's annual Thanksgiving Drive culminated in over 100 bags provided to local families through Katie's Krops. "We wanted to thank you for helping Katie's Krops feed families in need this Thanksgiving. Thanks to the donations from Pinewood families we were able to make 101 Thanksgiving bags that were shared at the Katie's Krops Dinner and with four families that were transitioning to new homes after being homeless through Home Again. The guests in the dining room erupted with a giant cheer as they learned that they would receive all the fixings for a holiday dinner. Pinewood families are the best!" said Stacy Stagliano, Katie's Krops President.

Brenda Buckley-Kuhn's Grade 11 English students are piloting SAT essay prompts for the College Board. This exercise gives students an advantage in that they may really see these prompts next year when they take the SAT exam. Pinewood is one of a small group of high schools and colleges from throughout the U.S. who have been piloting the SAT for the past nine years. After taking the test, students  debrief in groups about what the prompts were, and which prompts they think were good enough to be used for the actual SAT test. "Whether they see their actual prompt again, it is a different way to prepare for the test," said Buckley-Kuhn.

Gingerbread House to open next week
Annual shopping event open to students of all levels

Panthers in the News

We want to honor and recognize the great work that our students are doing in the community! If your student has received an honor that you would like to share with the Pinewood family, please send a brief announcement (40 words or less) to  pantherpost@pinewoodprep.com

Submissions will be reviewed by administrative staff and must be received by each Monday at 12 p.m. to be included in that week's Panther Post.

Alumni News  

Several Pinewood Stage Company alumni recently met up in New York City along with former Upper School Drama teacher Shannon Horn. Pictured, L to R: Ryan Ball, Corey Ryan, Lily Mandell, Taylor Hamilton, Horn, Morgan Hamilton.

Alumni, we want to stay in touch with you! Our goal is to ensure that we have your most up-to-date contact information so that we can keep you in the loop regarding upcoming events and campus news. Please  click here to update your information using the alumni contact form. Thank you!

If you have any updates (educational or career) that you would like to share with the Pinewood family, please send a brief announcement (40 words or less) to pantherpost@pinewoodprep.com

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