Monday, November 30, 2015

Butterfly Release

Mrs. Atkerson and her second graders, along with Dr. Selby and the first-fourth grade students and teachers, watched with excitement and anticipation as the "homegrown" painted butterflies were released. The release event took place on Monday afternoon in the RWA Memorial Butterfly Garden. Of the nine catepillar larvae, eight of them hatched into beautiful painted lady butterflies and survived to be released into the wild.
One butterfly loved its captivity so much that it clung to Dr. Selby's finger, then shirt, then shirt sleeve before it finally found its wings of freedom.
Needless to say, the entire experience was a memorable and educational one for the second graders!

Varsity Teams Split with Wolverines

The varsity girls dominated the Lady Wolverines from tip off to final buzzer, defeating them 52-16.  Jaycie Johnson led all scorers with 27 points, and Alyssa Atkerson added 10. Teammates Bailey Taylor had 7, Gracie Atkerson and Hannah Gibbons each knocked down a 3-pointer, and Lydia Wilder contributed 2.

Freshman Caleigh Caldwell battles for rebounding position.
Sophomore Lydia Wilder releases a two-point attempt in the 4th quarter.
The varsity boys battled for four quarters, only to fall 5 points short, 51-56. Juniors Mitchell Gibbons and Bryant Carvalho led the Eagle point tally with 20 and 12 points, respectively. Noah Edwards added 6, Christian Christianson had 5, and John Coleman and Todd Johnson scored 4 apiece to round out the total.
Jr. Mitchell Gibbons drives to the basket.
Sr. Gunnar Hensley puts up a shot attempt amidst heavy traffic.

All four MS and varsity teams travel to Johnston on Tuesday to take on the Wardlaw Patriot teams. MS girls tip off first at 4 P.M.

Then on Friday, Dec. 4,
the varsity teams will host Ware Shoals with the girls' game starting at 6 P.M.

Toys for Tots Deadline Approaching

If you haven't done so yet, please remember that the deadline for collection of new, unwrapped toys is fast approaching - Thursday, Dec. 3rd. Please assist the RWA Beta Club in helping the Marines collect toys to make Christmas brighter and happier for boys and girls less fortunate. Thank you and Merry Christmas!

Saving Our Earth

Recently, Jackie Heverman, a Soil Conservation Technician with the USDA Natural Resources Commission, spoke to the seventh grade life science classes at Richard Winn Academy. Her topics were ecology and renewable and non-renewable resources.

Volunteers Give RWA a Facelift

The beginning phases of a clean up/spruce up project is underway, thanks to a few dedicated volunteers who spent part of their Thanksgiving holidays hard at work at RWA. Mrs. Kerri Martin enlisted help to begin phase 1 - painting the boys' gym restroom and the lower school bathrooms and pressure washing the sidewalks.

You'll also notice a Christmas tree in the entrance lobby and wreaths on the doors to get everyone in the festive holiday spirit.

The next work day is scheduled for Sat., Dec. 12th.  Make plans to join in on the "fun" in bringing a "tired" building back to life!

Sixth Graders Experience Ancient Egypt

Mrs. Martha Ladd's sixth grade social studies students recently completed a unit study of Ancient Egypt. The study climaxed with student project presentations, an Egyptian play, and the adornment of homemade Egyptian masks, armlets, and necklaces.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Fifth Graders Have Hands On Anatomy Lesson

Prior to the Thanksgiving holidays, high school anatomy teacher, Mrs. Kerri Martin, invited Mrs. Kristen Chaisson's fifth grade students to view a dissection of sheep brains in the science lab. The students got to take part in the dissection by viewing the parts and asking questions. It was quite an informative learning experience for them all, thanks to Mrs. Martin.

Eagle Basketball Cranks Up After the Thanksgiving Holiday

Both varsity basketball teams will play Monday, Nov. 30th on their home Eagle Nest court against Whitmire HS. The girls' game tips off at 6 P.M., and the boys' game will follow at approximately 7:15 P.M.
Come cheer on our Eagle teams!

Christmas Is a Feeling...

Several RWA students and teacher Rachel Peake, her husband Josh, and infant daughter Ava Grace played important roles in the nativity scene portrayed in Sunday afternoon's Winnsboro Christmas parade.

Thanks to Pat and Bones Ingle for the use of their trailer, to Margie and Stan Johnson for the some hay bale props, to James McManus for driving his truck to pull the float down Winnsboro's Congress Street, and to volunteer help for decorating the float. Not only was there a live nativity aboard the float, but the 2014 State Championship football players and 2014-2015 State Championship varsity girls' basketball players walked alongside the float and gave out candy to some folks in the crowd. Following behind the RWA float were 2015 Homecoming Queen Megan Simpson and Sweetheart Grace Wilder riding in a black Jeep. Many thanks also to Freddie Wilson and Wilson Chrysler for providing the driver and use of this vehicle.

 Here are some of the highlights of the parade event:

In two weeks, the same RWA float will be used in the Blythewood Christmas parade on Sunday, December 13th. That parade begins at 3 P.M.  Contact Jena Johnson or Martha Ladd if you are interested in helping with these event arrangements.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Eagle Teams Split with Ben Lippen

Alyssa Atkerson drives to the basket to put up a shot.
RWA's varsity basketball teams matched up against the AAA Ben Lippen Falcons on Tuesday night at the Eagle Nest. Coach Haltiwanger's girls' scored the opening bucket and never looked back, beating the Lady Falcons 27-42 to notch their second W of the early season. The varsity boys', however, fell to the Falcons 17-67 to take the loss in their debut game of the season.

Jaycie Johnson stays focused on the basket as her BL opponents try to stop her.
Jaycie Johnson and Alyssa Atkerson led the Lady Eagle offensive attack with 22 and 14 points, respectively. Bryant Carvalho was the leading Eagle scorer with 8 points.

Both varsity teams will tip off again at home on Monday, Nov. 30 against Whitmire HS. The varsity girls' game starts at 6 and the varsity boys' game will follow.
Bryant Carvalho pulls back to launch a long range set shot.

Mitchell Gibbons gets air to get over the BL defender's reach.

Winnsboro Christmas Parade

Richard Winn Academy will be sponsoring a float in the annual Winnsboro Christmas Parade on Sunday, November 29th. Our float theme is "RWA: Where We Learn, Play, and Pray!" We want to draw positive emphasis on our school's ability to pray in our academic/athletic settings and will be decorating our float with a nativity scene, using our some of our students and staff as members of our live nativity aboard the float.

If you would like to help with decorating the float, please come to RWA at 10 A.M. this Friday to help us get it ready for Sunday's parade.We welcome help and suggestions!

Our 2014 State Champion football players and cheerleaders as well as our 2015 VG State Championship basketball players have been asked to walk alongside the RWA float during the parade to give out candy.

All parade participants are asked to meet between 4:15 and 4:30 P.M. on Evans Street near Mrs. Lanna McMeekin's home on the corner of High and Evans streets. High school participants are asked to carpool to avoid a parking issue at Mrs. McMeekin's home. The parade is scheduled to begin at 5 P.M.

Chapel - FOCUS

Coker Gilbert delivered his senior speech to the chapel audience on Wed., November 18th with "Focus" as his chosen theme. Coker drew on his personal experiences as a football and baseball athlete to relay the importance of staying focused not only in the classroom and on the athletic field, but in life in general. He elaborated and gave excellent examples of how staying focused is important both individually and as a team.

"Without complete focus, you will not completely succeed in anything you do," Coker said. He went on to quote a former RWA teacher/coach, Bradley Oates, who is battling cancer - "Keep both eyes on the prize." In addition, Coker used Proverbs 4:25 - "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you" to drive home his advice to the chapel crowd.

He concluded by addressing his fellow senior classmates: "I urge you to set your goals, STAY FOCUSED, keep both eyes on the prize, and reach you goals."

Following the normal chapel program, birthday celebrants, B Walters and Mrs. Lore Gibbons, were recognized and serenaded.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Varsity Basketball Games on Tap

On Tuesday the varsity teams open up at home against the Ben Lippen Falcons. Girls' tip off is set for 6 P.M. with the boys' game following. It will be the debut of the season for Coach Pitt's varsity boys while the girls (1-0) take on the Lady Falcons as their second opponent of the season.

Come out to support RWA's basketball program and cheer on our Eagle teams!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving Holidays Ahead

Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27

Eagles Sweep the Cougar Den

Three of RWA's four basketball teams traveled to Greenwood on Thursday to open the 2015-2016 season, and all three came home victorious!
The MS girls' team tipped off first. Eighth grader Meredyth Melton lead the young Lady Eagles with 14 points in their 35-9 victory.
Zack Taylor scored 20 points to lead the MS Eagles to a solid first game win, 60-10.
Trailing at half time 17-24, the varsity Lady Eagles needed a wake up call to get back into the game and defeat the host Lady Cougars. The girls got back in sync in the second half of play to overcome the half time deficit and take the 57-36 victory behind the 27 points of stellar senior Jaycie Johnson.
Congratulations to all teams and coaches!
The middle school teams will not see any more game action until Dec. 1 when they travel to Wardlaw in Johnston. In the meantime, both varsity teams will squeeze in two games before the Thanksgiving break. On Monday, Nov. 23rd the VG and VB travel to Sumter to take on the Thomas Sumter Generals. On Tuesday, Nov. 24th RWA's varsity teams host the Ben Lippen Falcons with the VG tipping off at 6:00 P.M.

Anatomy Class Is a Cut Above

Mrs. Martin's anatomy and physiology class has been studying the nervous system. Part I of their studies was directed towards the general understanding of the central and peripheral nervous system and the role of nerves and neurotransmitters in carrying messages throughout the body. Part II was geared towards major anatomical structures and their functions.

Prior to dissecting and working in the science lab, students completed an activity that is influenced by the nervous system. Each student completed a personality test and multiple intelligence profile; this group of 11 students are primarily tactile and spatial/kinetic learners. Thus, affording the students the opportunity to dissect the sheep brains matched well with their styles of learning. Mrs Martin's primary goal for all of her students is for them to be actively engaged in their learning because she believes this is when true learning and understanding occurs.

Several students were overheard talking about the opportunity prior to the actual dissection and they were excited to have a hands on experience. One students said, "This is awesome. I have a friend in college who is dissecting a sheep brain also." Mitchell Gibbons added that he knows he will perform well on his next nervous system assessment tool because he has a "real-life" visual of where the structures are located.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

It's HOOPS Time!

RWA's middle school girls and boys and varsity girls' teams will tip off the season Thursday (11/18) on the road at Cambridge Academy in Greenwood.

Good luck to our Eagle teams and coaches, and safe travels to all!

School Work Day Planned

Are you interested in helping update the elementary school bathrooms?  Could there be some anti-shoppers out there who would choose to join our team and help paint?
Black Friday, November 27th @ 9:30 a.m. 
We have at least four bathrooms that need painting.
Please join us at 9:30, and we will get the rollers and brushes going.

For questions, please contact Mrs. Martin ( or 803.718.2702).

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Painted Ladies Emerge

Second graders gaze into the butterfly cage in search of recent changes.
Mrs. Atkerson's second graders have excitedly been observing the metamorphosis of a number of Painted Lady butterflies. For the past two weeks, the students have waited patiently and watched with keen eyes as the butterflies went through the four stages of their life cycle...from egg to larva/caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly.

As of this photo date, four beautiful butterflies have emerged so far with hopes of several more in the next day or two. The students have thoroughly enjoyed this captivating science activity!

Be the Match- Marrow Donor Registry Drive

In memory and honor of all our Richard Winn family members who have been diagnosed with a blood cancer, SGA is hosting a Marrow Donor Registry Drive through Be the Match. On Tuesday, December 8, we invite all people ages 18 - 44 to come register to be a marrow donor. The drive will be held in the library from 4:30 - 6:30. Please contact an SGA member if you have any questions about the event.

Monday, November 16, 2015

B-Team Hoops

Coach Haltiwanger has released the following team rosters and schedule for the upcoming B-Team basketball season:
  1. Serenity Shirle
  2. Rob Wilson
  3. Anna Grace Martin
  4. Emily O'Connor
  5. Drew Spires
  6. Ella Grace Harrison
  7. Mikaela Miller

  1.  Elena Frick
  2. Miller Stuck
  3. Colt Hatchell
  4. Josh Johns
  5. Connor Little
  6. Jacob Chaisson 
  7. Berry Bonds
  1. Brinson Baker
  2. B Baker
  3. Landon Caulder
  4. Maggie Hughes
  5. Jake Smith
  6. Meagan Brigman
  7. Kitt Nicholson
  8. Lawson Wade

Nov. 30:
2:40-3:00 Duke vs. Kentucky
3:00-3:20 Duke vs. Kansas
3:20-3:40 Kentucky vs. Kansas
Dec. 11:
Halftime of VG game (Be there by 6:15) Duke vs. Kansas
Halftime of VB game (Be there by 7:15) Kansas vs. Kentucky
Dec. 17:
12:00-12:20 Duke vs. Kansas
12:20-12:40 Kentucky vs Kansas
12:40-1:00 Kentucky vs. Duke 
Dec. 18:
12:00-12:20 Duke vs. Kentucky
12:20-12:40 Duke vs. Kansas
12:40-1:00 Kentucky vs. Kansas
Dec. 28:
9:00-9:20 Duke vs. Kansas
9:20-9:40 Kentucky vs. Kansas
9:40-10:00 Kentucky vs. Duke
Dec. 29:
9:00-9:20 Duke vs. Kentucky
9:20-9:40 Duke vs. Kansas
9:40-10:00 Kentucky vs. Kansas

Eagles Garner Post-Season Awards

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Eagles Season Comes to an End

Senior #4 John Coleman runs ahead of the pack for the first of 3 TD's he scored.
Unfortunately, the Eagles fell short in their bid to return to the state championship game next Friday to defend their 2014 title.

Friday's  34-56 loss to the Greenwood Christian Hawks in the playoff semi-finals knocked the Eagles out of contention and brings their 2015 season to a close.

Thanks for a great season filled with lots of exciting Eagle football, players and coaches! You'll always be our favorite "Boys of Fall" under the "Friday Night Lights!"

Thursday, November 12, 2015

It's PLAYOFF Game Day!

RWA vs. Greenwood Christian at Greenwood TONIGHT at 7:30 P.M. GOOD LUCK, EAGLES!