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Each December, Charleston’s Post and Courier newspaper recognizes excellence in fall high school sports by acknowledging student athletes and coaches of note. We’re thrilled to share that Ashley Hall’s Vivian Miller ’22 headlines the list as All Low Country Girls Tennis as Player of the Year. Vivian will go on to play tennis at Brown University next fall. Additionally, in her first year at the helm of Panther Varsity Tennis, Coach Charlotte Hartsock has been recognized as Coach of the Year. Way to go ladies!

The complete list of the Post and Courier‘s All Low Country Athletic Recognitions can be found below. PQV to all of our student athletes who participated in a fall sport this year!

CROSS COUNTRY
First Team: Kate Coker, Ailish Ward
Honorable Mention: 
Atalie Evans Godly

GOLF
First Team: Raegan Propes
Honorable Mention: 
Rhett Maybank, Chloe Ross

SWIMMING
Honorable Mention:
Maddy Ethington-Carl
Mattie Hood
Bells Martin
Michelle Lam

TENNIS
Player of the Year: Vivian Miller
Honorable Mention:
Jane Goldstein
Mattie Laney
Alice Otis
Lily Sloan
Emorie Stockton

Coach of the Year: Charlotte Hartsock

VOLLEYBALL
Honorable Mention:
Josie Cotuna
Riley Street
Charlotte Strickland

(Photo courtesy of the Post and Courier.)

by Carrie Singh, Director of Student Affairs

“Looking back at an old appointment calendar, it was three years ago, almost to the day, that Mrs. Muti and I met with an architect to share a vision for a new student center on campus. With the opening of the Lane Student Life Center (SLC), we are thrilled and grateful to so many to see this vision become a reality for our community. Ashley Hall has long been committed to health and wellness as a core component of the student experience; our wellness programming is founded on the belief that a student’s social-emotional learning is crucial to her ability to advance in her academics, athletics, arts, and career aspirations and to lead a fulfilling life, developing into the person she is meant to be. The design of the SLC was to provide a central place for information, community building, support, and sustenance. This repurposed ‘addition’ to campus includes communal areas, study rooms, multipurpose classrooms, a wellness studio, a dedicated student leadership work space, a small café, and the offices of devoted student support personnel (Dean of Students, Director of College Counseling, Director of Student Affairs, the Upper School Administrative and College Counseling Assistant, and the Upper School Counselor), all intentionally designed to support and positively impact the growth and development of adolescents.

By creating a space that emulates a college campus student union, the SLC will offer opportunities for student independence, self-regulation, and agency, providing instances whereby our girls develop and hone decision-making and time management skills. Our café will utilize a point of sale system linked to the student ID cards of ninth through twelfth graders, helping prepare them for the ‘one card’ system used in many colleges. We visualize time for reflection, relaxation, and mindfulness with yoga, meditation, or exercise in a multipurpose wellness studio and chances to commune with friends and classmates in the banquette style seating or the standing desk computer charging stations in the SLC’s commons area. Ultimately, our hope is that this space fosters a sense of belonging for our students, allows them to feel both cared for and independent, and gives them the tools they need to flourish and become the best version of themselves. We believe every student can discover ways to find the professional or peer support she needs for self-knowledge and self-care. Through this kind of agency, she also learns how to be accountable for her decisions and how to practice the critical skills she needs to cultivate inner strength and resilience.

The vision for this renovated space was conceived before the arrival of a global pandemic. Despite our thoughtful design process, we did not anticipate what protocols a pandemic would require. We are making necessary adjustments to ensure the building can be used both purposefully and safely, while still honoring its intended users: our students! Perhaps now, even more than ever before, the health and wellness of our students are of utmost importance, and the literal and figurative space to allow them to practice the skills needed in today’s world in the safe and supportive environment of the SLC will be a most welcome and compelling addition to our campus.”

3 Ways the Lane Student Life Center Will Help Students Thrive

Celebrate Earth Day by purchasing a set of sea turtle stationary created by Ashley Hall kindergarten students. All of the proceeds raised during this fundraiser support the Sea Turtle Care Center at the South Carolina Aquarium. Each set is $15 and will be delivered to students during the week of May 10. In the form below, please indicate each kindergarten class you would like to purchase prints from (Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Dolan, or both!) and you can also make a monetary donation in support of the fundraiser. All online purchases must be submitted by April 30.

Having one’s own space to create is crucial in the pursuit of art, and for Visual Arts faculty member Nancy Langston, envisioning and constructing such spaces are powerful reminders of art’s ability to dismantle stereotypes. A natural builder with her spatial skills and aptitude for visualization, Langston often draws on construction techniques in her art and in turn builds to channel her creative impulses. “I’ve renovated several houses in Charleston, and the process is similar to creating sculptures,” she notes. “In many ways, it is easier because the outcome is a known and measured entity.” This summer, Langston drew on that same ability to create a unique and inviting campus space for her students: Their very own “She Shed.”

The idea began several years ago when Langston transformed her backyard with an outdoor open-air painting/sculpture studio. “It started as a 12′ x 12’4 post and metal-roofed structure and evolved into a 14′ x 30′ outdoor studio oasis complete with ceiling fans, lighting, a sitting area, speakers, a mural on the floor, bricked paths, a fire pit, and gardens,” she explained. “Working with the sights and sounds of nature is uplifting, enlivening, and inspiring to creativity. Knowing how it makes me feel to create in an open-air space, I have long wanted to build a space like this for the girls in my classes, and with the pandemic and the need for social distancing and fresh, uncontaminated air, I saw an opportunity.”

With the School’s approval of her building plans and sketches, Langston immediately went to work and completed the project over the course of two weekends. “I would be remiss if I were not to give a big shout out to my husband, David, who cheerfully assists in my projects,” she enthused. “He is a technology account manager by profession, not a builder, but he too loves the challenges, from digging post holes to wiring the lighting, such projects present.”

Stocked with pottery wheels, tables, and chairs, the “She Shed” could not have arrived at a better time. “Being in the elements sparks my curiosity and makes me appreciate nature and breathing so much more,” said Dorothy Fort ’22. Many students expressed a similar appreciation for the chance to create out-of-doors. “Being within four walls sucks the living life out of me,” exclaimed Bryce Turberville ’21. “I’m more motivated when I’m outside.” For Langston, offering her students the gift of their own space for creativity is both practical and inspirational as they build their own futures. “They were a bit shocked when I told them that I built it,” she smiled. “The construction workers on campus had the same reaction.  I look forward to a time when it is commonplace for folks to accept that a woman can have construction skills.” 

The McBee Singers

Ashley Hall is thrilled to introduce a NEW addition to its team sports and activities, The McBee Singers, an elite vocal dance team of polished young singers and dancers with a strong community presence. The McBee Singers will build an eclectic repertoire of dynamic musical performances of Pop, Broadway, and Jazz favorites, with a unique and creative twist!

This exhilarating team of singers and dancers will illuminate and elevate Ashley Hall’s campus, as well as the local community, through quality and meaningful performances. The McBee Singers will also compete in national show choir invitationals.

View a sneak peek below of the energy and excitement students will experience as a dance team member!

  

The McBee Singers has two separate divisions: Varsity for grades 7 to 12 and Junior Varsity for grades 5 and 6. Team members are selected through an audition process attached to a 4-day bootcamp, which provides interested students with a sample of The McBee Singers’ repertoire and excitement. Pre-registration is required.

The McBee Singers will be led by Performing Arts faculty member Kirk Pfeiffer in Lane Hall 201. A one-time costume and materials fee of $250 will be charged.

Bootcamp dates:

9/14-9/18 | 3:15-4:15 p.m. | JV (Grades 5 and 6)
9/14-9/18 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | varsity (Grades 7-12)
9/18 | Audition

Ongoing rehearsals after Bootcamp:

9/21 Mondays | 4:00-7:00 p.m. | JV (Grades 5 and 6)
9/23 Wednesdays | 4:00-7:00 p.m. | varsity (Grades 7-12)

Register Now!

CACC Extension: After School Theatre Arts Program

CACC Extension is a new robust after school theatre arts program that offers Ashley Hall students grades 2-12 the opportunity to further develop their talent and skills in the areas of dance (ballet, theatre jazz, tap), acting, and voice.

CACC Extension is conducted by the Cultural Arts Center of Charleston (CACC), the Resident Performing Arts Company at Ashley Hall, and will offer classes to Ashley Hall students, by grade level, throughout the week, beginning September 21. CACC Extension will be led by Performing Arts faculty member Kirk Pfeiffer in the Gordon Dance studio in Pardue Hall.

View more information and the full schedule

Register Now!

During our extended time away from campus, we thought it would be nice to have a few virtual Ashley Hall family play dates. We hope you can join us for one or all to help spread happiness in our community! Ashley Hall families, please visit the Distance Learning Resource Board for access information. 

JUST ADDED: Ashley Hall Community Yoga Hour
Tuesdays: May 12, May 19, May 26 | 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Intermediate Program and Upper School students and all Ashley Hall parents
Beginner level class

Ashley Hall is thrilled to partner with alumna Heather Pennington Downs ’79, owner of Down Dogs Power Yoga, for a mat-based class. Class will include gentle flow, linking breath to movement, and end with a meditation. Two instructors will lead the class, one serving as a visual reference and the other providing verbal cues and suggestions for modifications. Now has never been a better time to try yoga. Thank you Heather and Down Dogs Power Yoga! Please visit the Distance Learning Resource Board for access information.

 

Share the AH Joy!
Have good news to share with the Ashley Hall community? Follow the link below and record a short video to share your happy gram about something positive happening in your life or a message of encouragement for others.  All ages welcome! Please visit the Distance Learning Resource Board for access information. 

Submit your good news here!


Family Dance Time

Fridays: May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29
EEC & Lower School Families: 4:30 p.m. (20 minute class)
Intermediate Program & Upper School Families: 5:00 p.m. (30 minute class)

At the end of a long week sitting in front of the computer, our bodies need some movement, our brains need to relax, and families need to have FUN together. What better way than throwing a family dance party? End your week by joining EEC division assistant and professional dancer Alex Kosarko to sway your way into the weekend. Parents and siblings are welcome. Dance experience is not necessary, and we promise it will be easy to follow along! Please visit the Distance Learning Resource Board for access information. 


Mindfulness Mondays

Mondays: May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25 | 5:00 p.m. (20 minute class)

Mindfulness has been proven by science and experience to have positive benefits for our health and relationships. It is a simple practice that does not require props or prior knowledge, and it can bring awareness and caring into everything we do. Join Lower School faculty member Susannah Elliott in exploring a mindfulness practice as a tool for reducing stress and anxiety during this time of uncertainty. All ages are welcome! Please visit the Distance Learning Resource Board for access information. 


Family Game Night, featuring Kahoot!

Session One: Wednesday, May 6 | The Disney Challenge!
Come see who’s the biggest Disney fan in your family!

Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that features fun, educational games for the whole family! All players earn a $1 credit toward one item from the School Store when it reopens. A $5 School Store gift certificate will be awarded to the highest scoring student per round. We look forward to having some fun with your family!

Please visit the Distance Learning Resource Board for access information. 

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Ashley Hall is a private school for girls located in Charleston, South Carolina enrolling students in pre-kindergarten-grade 12 with a boarding program for grades 9-12.
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