Hoops Heaven! Both of our basketball teams are still alive and well in the Class AAAA state playoffs! After winning the region titles last week, both the girls and the boys knocked off Cedartown in the first round of state on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and Wednesday, Feb. 21. Sweet 16 action begins this weekend. The girls will take on Luella at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, and the boys will face rival Pace at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 – with BOTH games being played here in the Bear Den! Let’s PACK THE HOUSE! –Dunn Neugebauer
Welcome to the HI-Fives!
At HIES, each day is packed with activity, from the Primary School all the way to the Upper School. To highlight some of the exciting happenings and accomplishments that take place each week at The 805, Paul Barton, Head of School, created the weekly newsletter known as HI-Fives! Each week’s installment features five (or more) snapshots into the life of our HIES community members, from an exciting fine arts performance, to a special moment in the Kindergarten classroom to an exciting athletic win. HI-Fives are how we celebrate the diverse and unique interests and talents of our students, faculty and staff. If you want to learn more about what life is like at Holy Innocents’, this HI-Fives archive is a great place to start.
It's not every day you get to have a dance party with a dinosaur! On Wednesday, Feb. 21, HIES Kindergarten students enjoyed their annual field trip to the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, where they viewed amazing dinosaur skeletons and explored multiple science exhibits. When they returned to campus, they got to meet "Blue," the amazing live-action velociraptor. Both Kindergarten and PK4 students had a blast playing and dancing with Blue and seeing their classroom lessons about science and paleontology come to life right on their own playground.
On Friday, Feb. 16, Lindsey Ponder '25 was one of seven winners at the Poetry Out Loud regional competition! Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide program where students perform a self-selected work of spoken word poetry and compete against peers, being scored for the accuracy of the recitation and the quality of their performance. Lindsey was the first-place winner of the HIES Poetry Out Loud competition in January.
Lindsey performed two poems, "Invisible Children" by Mariana Llanos, and "The World is About To End and My Grandparents Are in Love" by Kara Jackson. She worked with Heather Graham, librarian and media specialist, and Brooke Collins, Lower School theatre arts teacher, to practice and prepare for her moving performance. Congratulations and good luck to Lindsey as she moves on to the state-level competition on Friday, March 8!
Throughout the month, HIES third-grade students have been working extra hard during class with Mrs. Laura Floyd Wood, Lower School drama teacher, on their "Scene Showcase" performances. During the week of Feb. 12-15, each third-grade class performed their completed acts for their parents and classmates. Each student acted in a brief scene, written by Mrs. Wood with direction help from the students, and did a fantastic job practicing their stage presence, public speaking skills and performing arts skills. Bravo to all of our third-grade actors!