A look at a few of the Lowcountry’s most popular schools and institutions. Find a complete list of local schools online at hiltonheadmonthly.com.

John Paul II Catholic School

Address: 4211 N Okatie Highway, Ridgeland SC 29936
Type: Private
Grades: 9-12
Principal: Walter Dupre
Phone: 843-645-3838
Student Population: 200
Capsule: John Paul II Catholic School is in the business of educating our children for the challenges they will face in college and beyond. The school’s motto, “Nolite Timere” (Be Not Afraid), means we are constantly examining our courses offered and evaluating academic standards while creating an environment rich in spirituality, fine arts and athletics, where each child reaches their full potential. At the center of everything JPII does is our faith in God. We are blessed to partner with our parents to help our children grow in their faith.

NEW TECHNOLOGY PREPARES STUDENTS FOR THE FUTURE.

Technology is woven in to the fabric of modern day life, and school is no exception. From social applications to business technology, today’s students will be surrounded by new gadgets and systems at home and in the workplace. Local schools are preparing students for future success while keeping technology and learning fun, individualized and approachable.

IT’S RAINING, IT’S POURING, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S BORING.

So you’ve arrived on Hilton Head Island for a week of sunny vacation bliss, baking under the rays while you sip a cool piña colada with your toes in the sand.

Well first of all, not to burst your bubble, but alcohol isn’t allowed on Hilton Head’s beaches.

SAY YOUR PRAYERS AND PREPARE YOUR RITES — A RARE SOLAR ECLIPSE WILL GRACE THE LOWCOUNTRY ON MONDAY, AUG. 21.

Like a Beethoven symphony, the climax will be as short as it is powerful when the moon blots out the sun for about a minute. But for three hours, the two celestial orbs will converge in a dance that has its own name: syzygy (pronounced SIS-igy). No tickets are required for this matinee performance, starting at 1:13 p.m. and ending at 4:06 p.m. However, using special sunglasses is a must (Amazon has certified safe shades starting $14).

SALT WATER. CHLORINE. SALINE. FRESH WATER. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE, AND HOW DO THEIR MAINTENANCE NEEDS COMPARE? LET’S DIVE IN.

Over the past 10 years, saltwater pools have become more popular in the Lowcountry, according to Year Round Pool vice president Jeff Fotia. He says over time, he’s seen customers seeking a pool option that requires fewer chemicals like chlorine — but saltwater pools aren’t completely chlorine-free.

Gardens help attract colorful insects to the Lowcountry

Summer is the perfect opportunity to interact with butterflies in the Lowcountry, as their peak season falls between June and August. 

The dainty, often colorful insects get their energy from the heat, and the warmer the weather, the faster their metabolism works — and the faster the caterpillars turn into butterflies, according to Carlos Chacaon, the manager or natural history at the Coastal Discovery Museum.

Get out on the water during the second annual Keep The Broad Creek Clean Festival.

Conservation is written into the DNA of Hilton Head Island. From the time the first shovel full of dirt was pulled up in Sea Pines, the island has been developed in a way that works with nature, respecting the ecological wonder we call home.

While students through the ages have complained about their schools’ dress codes, many parents, teachers and administrators say rules about what can and can’t be worn to school are important. Local schools are among many nationwide who insist on uniforms. While some are concerned about the loss of student individuality, research supports the claims that uniforms improve safety, foster respect and increase a sense of belonging and pride.

LOCAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS

Palmetto Animal League

This private, non-profit, no kill animal rescue organization believes every animal deserves a second chance at life. PAL’s Adoption Center, located in Okatie’s Riverwalk Business Park, serves as a temporary residence for about 200 cats and dogs while they wait to find a loving home. “Our comfortable, upbeat facility is also home to PAL’s Community Clinic, which offers spay/neuter, wellness exams, vaccines and other services to pet owners at affordable prices,” said PAL President Amy Campanini. In addition, Palmetto Animal League manages a network of loving foster families to house and care for abandoned animals that are either too young or too weak to adopt out. You can also support their work by shopping at the PAL Thrift Store in Sheridan Park where great buys save lives. (843) 645-1725, 56 Riverwalk Blvd, Okatie. www.palmettoanimalleague.org.