Last week, Lucy Marlene Plowden was born. Lucy is the first child of Emily and Travis Plowden. She was born one month early and weighs in over seven pounds. Lucy is a completely healthy baby though. Laurens Academy was very excited to hear that Lucy was on the way. It’s always amazing when someone you know become parents. Lucy is a beautiful baby. I’m sure Lucy will bring lots of joy to her parents and the people around her. Students can’t wait to see her in person. It would be great if she came to sports games and other events at Laurens Academy. We are so excited for the new addition to the Laurens Academy family.
It’s the time of year again for prom. Prom is an exciting night for the eleventh and twelfth graders. This year, prom will be on May 18th at the Westin Poinsett in Greenville. Dinner will be served at the hotel before the dance starts. There will also be a parent reception before dinner at 5:30. Dinner will be at 7:00 and the dance will start around 8:00 and will go to 11:30. It will be a magical night for the students and their dates. The theme is masquerade, so it should be really cool to see what everyone puts together. It will a night to be remembered and will be an amazing experience, especially for the seniors. This years prom might be the best one yet.
Easter is a big holiday, especially for Christians. A tradition is hunting Easter eggs, but why do we do it? First off, the Easter egg is a symbol of life and rebirth, representing Jesus’ resurrection. Eggs were originally dyed red to represent Christ’s blood. Though Easter is a Christian holiday, Easter egg hunts started out as a pagan holiday. This tradition is believed to be started in the 1700s. The Pennsylvania Dutch believed in a egg laying bunny known as Oschter Haws. He would lay eggs, and the children would build nests for the bunny to lay the eggs in. They would then find the eggs he left. The nests turned into the tradition of us using baskets to search for the eggs. Easter egg hunts are a big part of Easter, so we should appreciate the history behind this beloved tradition.
Almost every year Laurens Academy puts on an auction to raise money for the school. Many businesses and individuals will donate items to be auctioned off. There are trips you can buy, parking spots at the school and a lot more. There is a silent auction, along with a live one. Food is also served, like hotdog plates, with baked goods and all of the fixings. The auction is normally held in our gym. Every grade makes a basket to auction off, which is really cool. Tickets are also sold to be entered into a raffle. The raffle is always something nice. The auction is a great fundraiser idea that everyone enjoys. It really helps the school, and is a fun event to hang out with your friends.
The Middle School is going to Washington D.C. in May. They will be leaving on the 14th and returning on the 17th. They will be going many places such as: Ford’s Theater, the Holocaust Museum, Mount Vernon, US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery, the Smithsonian Museum, Union Station, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the World War ll Memorial. They will be staying in Alexandria, VA and will also be using the Metro Rail to get around, which is really cool. The Washington trip is an amazing trip. You get to learn a lot about the history behind our country and you get t be with your friends. It’s also amazing to be in a big city and see all the sites. Hopefully the Middle Schoolers will have a great experience and remember the trips for years to come.
Valentine’s day is a big holiday celebrated by many people. There are lots of parties in school, along with candy grams, and things like that. It was always fun when you were younger, to give and receive valentines in your class. A lot of money goes into this holiday and stuff is out in stores months before. Valentine is a great holiday to celebrate for everybody. You can show your appreciation to everybody you love, such as friends and family. Even when it isn’t Valentines it’s always good to show your appreciation for those around you. Valentine’s day is dreaded by some, and loved by some. It really depends on the person. I’m sure this Valentine’s day we will eat a lot of candy and think about the special people in our lives.
Last summer, several Laurens Academy students went on a trip to see the Ark in Kentucky. The trip was put on by Lucas Avenue Baptist church. The Ark Encounter is a life size replica of Noah’s ark and the inside is what it is believed to be back in Noah’s day. This summer there is going to be a trip to Lanchester, Pennsylvania to see the Amish country. It is a four night,/three day trip. One of the places they are going is the Sight and Sound theater to see a production of “ Jesus.” Also, they are going to to visit Hershey’s Chocolate World, where you can tour the factory and eat chocolate. Several other sites will be seen too.. Several Laurens Academy students are going on the Amish trip. I’m sure this will be a very exciting trip, full of new things to see.
Every year the 4th graders do the presidential cereal box project. The students get assigned a president. They then get a picture of their president and put it on the front of a cereal box. They also have to put other items that represent that president. The students can use money, documents, and other objects. The students can also decorate their box with pictures. They also have to write a poem that is a full page and present it with their cereal box. This project is a different way to learn about presidents and makes it more interesting. It’s a way to be creative and helps them learn how to research. I’m sure their cereal boxes will be amazing and will have a lot of great information.
Thanksgiving is a big holiday in the United States. There are a lot of different traditions that we celebrate. Most people cook a big meal and invite family and friends. Other people will gather around the TV to watch sports. Some people watch the parade on TV, and some go watch it in person. A lot of people travel too, visiting family. Food is mostly associated with this holiday. Even though we enjoy eating food, the holiday is about being thankful. There are also traditions about being thankful around this time. Such as: people going around the table and saying on thing they are thankful for, or saying things you’re thankful for the days leading up to Thanksgiving. Some people might read some bible passages. No matter what you do on Thanksgiving, we have to remember what the holiday is for, giving thanks.
Every year the elementary school has Character Day. It is on Halloween and every grade does different people. There is a time period each class does, and they dress up as famous people from that time period. The characters normally range from the 1700s to the early 1900s. The fourth grade is doing characters such as: Betsy Ross, Alexander Hamilton, Paul Revere, Patrick Henry, and a few others. The third grade is doing characters such as: Andrew Jackson, Dicey Langston, Thomas Sumter, and many others. When you do character day, you also have to research information on your person and make a poster. They also have to give a speech on their character. This experience teaches them about people in the past, and how to research information. Also, how to present a speech in front of people. I think this Character Day is going to be very fun, and it will be cool to see all the costumes.
On October 9th, the eighth and ninth graders went on a manufacturing field trip to the Piedmont Technical College Center in Laurens. The trip was similar to a job fair, and many different companies were there, along with other schools. We picked four booths that we thought were interesting and asked each of the four booths three questions. Booths such as Samsung, Milliken, Shaw Carpets, and many other booths were represented. It was interesting to see all the different things you can do with manufacturing and I’m really glad we went. There were also other booths there such as welding, the Laurens hospital, the Laurens water company and the fire station. It was also cool to learn that you can take robotics classes when you are in 11th and 12th grade at the center. I’m thankful they gave us the opportunity to go and I think it gave us an perspective on all the jobs that are available.
Homecoming is approaching. That means that Spirit week is almost here too. Every year, on the week of Homecoming, we have Spirit week. Spirit week is when everyone dresses up according to a theme. Every year there is a different theme and this year there are a lot of cool ones. Pajama day is every year, and this year it is on Monday. You can dress up in your slippers, onesies , or your favorite pajamas. On Tuesday we are doing Biker vs. Surfer day. Everyone will either dress up as a biker or a surfer. On Wednesday it’s Decade Day. For this day there is a lot of stuff you can do. You can dress up how you want from any decade. Thursday it is Safari Day. This day will be especially fun for the younger kids, since they can dress up as one of their favorite animals. The last day on Friday will be Wacky Tacky Spirit Day. This is a mixture of Wacky Tacky Day and Spirit day. Wacky Tacky day is when you dress up crazy. You can wear do whatever, such as: crazy hair, mismatched socks, different shoes. It’s fun to see how weird everyone dresses. Spirit day is when you dress up in school colors and show your school spirit. This year it’s combined so you can dress crazy and show your school spirit. It’s going to be a very exciting Spirit Week and I can’t wait to see how everyone dresses up.
This year Laurens Academy has formed a JV Volleyball team. The JV team consists of 7th, 9th, and 10th graders. The JV team has middle school and varsity players and plays some of the same teams as the other two teams. JV has six games in total. Three games are away and three are home. Just like middle school, JV has to win two out of three sets. The reason the JV team was created, is to give the younger players more experience. Also, there are a lot of players on the varsity team, and this team allows everyone to get playing time and to practice. Unlike middle school and varsity, JV does not count for region. The reason is because there are not enough schools with JV teams. In fact we only have six games and we have played four so far. I’m really excited to see what happens as we approach these last couple games.