Packet Class Notes for March 21

March 21, 2011 



  • The Beaufort County School District recently honored 23 seniors for outstanding academic performance at the annual Senior Scholars Banquet. Seniors who received this recognition maintained a 3.5 grade point average, are in the top 10 percent of their class and had at least an 85 average each quarter of their high school courses. Honorees included: Ashley Barrett, Hayden Lovette, Ryan Youmans, Sean Bartlett, Madeleine Mayer, Zachary Benue, Allyson Morgan, Theresa Bishop, Catherine Moya, Daniel Carothers, Claire Neal, Melissa Damas, Andrew Nickerl, Sara Gauby, Kelsey Phillips, Marian Hohenwarter, James Ranger, Kireston Hutton, Taryn Richardson, Sarah Jarecki, Alexander Sheppard, Leilany Lopez-Bueso and Haley Stuligross.

  • Senior Jake Meredith was named to the High List at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., for the first semester of the 2010-11 school year. This honor denotes an average of 90 or above in five or more academic courses for the quarter. Episcopal High School is a co-educational boarding school that prepares students in grades 9-12 for college. He is the son of Lorane Clark of Hilton Head Island.


  • The inaugural Hilton Head Island Parent University will be at 9 a.m. April 16 in the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Sessions offered will include "Parenting awareness," "Student success in the 21st century," "Health and wellness" and "Personal growth and development." All parents, grandparents and caregivers of students from Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts, Hilton Head Island Middle School and Hilton Head Island High School are invited to attend these free workshops. Registration is from 8-9 a.m. with a concurrent resource fair and refreshments. Pre-registration is encouraged by going to and will be limited to 350 registrants. Applications are available at the high school or by contacting Dianne Morgan at 843-689-4811.

  • The Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence will hosts its annual fundraiser "Celebrate Inspiration!" from 6-9 p.m. April 29 at The Mall at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island. Money raised will benefit enrichment activities for students in local public schools. The event will feature international and Lowcountry cuisine, cooking demonstrations, music, live and silent auctions and a cash bar with beer and wine. Chef David Vincent Young of Roastfish & Cornbread, a 1989 graduate of Hilton Head Island High School, will be honored at the event. Cost is $35 a person and tickets can be purchased through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's website, Details: www.found


  • Registration for public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs for the 2011-12 school year will be March 28 through April 1. Child Find screenings for pre-kindergarten candidates will be April 4-8. Children who will be 4 on or before Sept. 1 should register for pre-kindergarten. These children must attend a Child Find screening. Children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 should register for kindergarten. Children who will be 6 by Sept. 1 should register for first grade. All other children entering Beaufort County schools for the first time in 2011-2012 also should sign up during this registration period. Details: 843-521-2399,



  • Family Fitness Night will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday in the gym. There will be snacks and prizes awarded to the kids. Parents will be able to compete in fitness contests against their child or older children against younger. Admission will be five Box Tops a family or a small monetary donation. Volunteers are needed. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500

  • PASS Writing for fifth-graders is at 9 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Junior Pride meetings will be held Thursday, and Pride meetings will be held Friday.


  • The Bluffton Early Childhood Center is looking for volunteers to assist with Child Find Screenings on April 4-7 from 9 a.m.-noon and 12:30-2:30 p.m. each day. Details: Theresa Ball,


  • Thursday is the last day of the third quarter.

  • Report cards are sent home Friday.



  • Nathan Butts, son of Tracy and Dale Butts, is a semifinalist for the S.C. Geographic Bee conducted by the National Geographic Society. Bees were held in schools throughout the state for fourth- through eighth-grade students. School winners took a test, and the top 100 scorers from around the nation were picked for advancement. The 2011 S.C. Geographic Bee will be April 1 at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia.


  • PTO meets at 5 p.m. and SIC meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.

  • Bluffton and Hilton Head Island school social workers are sponsoring a Gang Awareness Presentation for parents and guardians of students of all ages. Presenters from the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department will discuss what is happening with gangs in our community. It will be from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday at Hilton Head Island Middle School.

  • A band parent meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

  • The sixth-grade spelling bee is Friday in the media center.

  • Students can wear jeans Friday for a $1 donation or sneaker donation.

  • MAP testing begins April 4.

  • The second annual Bingo and Barbeque will be held April 8 in the cafeteria.

  • The talent show will be held May 27. Tryouts will be held April 7-8. Students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. from the cafeteria. Acts can include comedians, magic acts, rap groups, singing, dancing, etc. All performances should be school-appropriate and last no longer than 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

  • A Strive To Excel Teen Health Symposium for seventh-graders will be held April 9.

  • There will be a MAP/PASS parent meeting at 6 p.m. April 18 in the cafeteria.

  • PTO meets at 5 p.m. and SIC meets at 6 p.m. April 26 in the media center.


  • Tuesdays are "Eat Out for Bluffton Middle Nights." Eat out on a Tuesday night at either Giuseppi's or Cheeburger Cheeburger and let them know you are from Bluffton Middle School.

  • Volunteers are needed to work with the Drama Club. Details: 843-707-0700,


  • Report cards will be sent home Friday.

  • Extended learning days will be March 28 to April 1.

  • MAP will begin April 4 and PASS Testing will begin May 9. The Prepdog website -- -- has been shared with us by parents as an excellent resource for use at home with students.

  • Students interested in attending Youth Learning Institute summer camp may pick up a flier in the main office.



  • The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the school's media center.

  • Thursday is the last day of third quarter; report cards will be sent home Friday.

  • Extended learning days will be March 28 to April 1.

  • Student Council's "Walk for the Cure" of childhood diabetes will be from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday. To volunteer, contact Dorothy Joly at 843-706-8700.


  • Volunteers are needed from 7:30-9:30 a.m. and 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Details: Dorothy Joly, 843-706-8700



  • February Teacher and Students of the Month are: Yuiko Ono, A.M. High School Student of the Month; Noriko Inoue, P.M. High School Student of the Month; Ted Zawacki, High School Teacher of the Month.



  • Moms in Touch will meet today in the Uniform Exchange.

  • Kindergarten through 10th-grade students will be completing the Comprehensive Testing Program Series-4 today, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

  • Senior Trip Informational meeting will be at 7 p.m today in the media center. Parents and students should attend.

  • Parents of all fourth-grade students are encouraged to attend the Stepping Up Parent meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.

  • Moms at Prayer meets at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Uniform Exchange.

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

  • Admissions Open House is from 8:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday. Prospective parents are invited to visit classes in session, attend chapel, tour campus and connect with faculty and staff.

  • Third-grade parents will host the monthly Parent Teacher Fellowship Brunch-n-Munch on Wednesday.

  • The Scholastic Book Fair is March 31-April 8.


  • Upper School Student Council is raising money for ROWKids, an organization that helps schools in other countries. Middle and Upper School students may wear jeans Friday for a $3 donation.



  • The Spring Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the Yellow Gym. Families and the community are invited to attend.

  • PASS, the state writing test, will be given Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Class photos will be made Thursday. Students must be dressed in the regulation uniform.


  • Poetry Alive! presented dramatizations of poetry for students March 17. The North Carolina-based group also gave an after-school workshop for teachers.

  • Third-graders will take a trip to the S.C. State Museum on Friday.


  • Extended Learning Time is March 28-April 1.



  • Third-grade students will perform "The Snow Maiden" at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Guest artist John Carlyle of the Hilton Head Dance Theatre will be Grandfather Frost and dance with a cast of more than 150 students as they perform authentic Russian folk dances and songs. Dance teacher Patti Maurer wrote, directed and choreographed the performance. Shows are open to the public and are free of charge.

  • Students in grades one through five will participate in the 2011 Plaid About Reading Program sponsored by the Heritage Classic Foundation in support of the golf tournament. The contest takes place today and April 11. Reading logs will be sent home. First-grade books must be a minimum of 25 pages, second- and third-grade books must be a minimum of 50 pages and books for fifth-graders must be at least 75 pages.

  • The PASS writing test will be administered to fifth-grade students Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Open house at the Boys & Girls Club will be today through Friday, so there will be no Project Reach after school.

  • Extended learning days will be March 28 through April 1. Students are able to attend by invitation-only.

  • The PEP adult group will perform folktales for third-grade ELA classes at 11 a.m. Friday in the gym, under the direction of Ben Sneed.



  • Athletic Booster Club meets at 6 p.m. today in the media center.

  • SIC meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the media center.

  • Slice of American Pie will present "An All-American Tour" at 7 p.m. April 28-29 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. Money raised benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Details: Alex Orischak, 843-298-2223

  • Prom will be from 8 p.m.-midnight April 30 at the Crown Plaza Resort in Shipyard Plantation. The theme is "Cities at Midnight." Tickets cost $55 through today and $60 from April 4-25. Students that attend prom will be required to go to a presentation by Dudley and Ferebee Ruffalo at 8 a.m. April 28 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. A makeup date is at 9 a.m. April 30. All parents of promgoers must attend one of the two sessions.


  • There will be a flapjack breakfast fundraiser from 7:30-9:30 a.m. April 2 at Applebee's to support the African-American Male Mentoring Program. Cost is $5.



  • Map testing for eighth-graders is Tuesday and Wednesday for writing. Testing will begin again the week of April 4 for eighth-graders.

  • Eighth-grade recognition ceremony will be held from 6-7 p.m. June 6 at Hilton Head Island High School stadium.


  • Career Cluster Day will be from 8-10 a.m. April 6. The school is in need of speakers who would like to help educate and inform students of possible career choices that are available in the Hilton Head Island area as well as potential careers outside of South Carolina. Details: Carmela Larkby, 843-689-4564,

  • Turn in Box Tops to your student's home room teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for every box top.


  • Extended learning days will be March 28 to April 1.



  • Middle School Conferences are Tuesday.

  • The Upper School Parent Network Meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the KNS Media Center.

  • The First-Grade Class Nancy Bunting Enrichment Experience, "A Walk in the Woods," is Wednesday in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve.

  • There is a Parents Association meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the KNS Media Center.

  • The Middle and Upper School orchestras will travel to Myrtle Beach for the SCMEA Concert Festival on Thursday and Friday.


  • Report cards will be released today.



  • May River Montessori will present the opera "Rats" at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Bluffton High School Auditorium. Admission is free.

  • Spring break is March 28 to April 1. Classes resume April 4.

  • May River Montessori Elementary students are participating in the Savannah Sand Gnats Reading Program. Students can earn tickets to a ballgame and an opportunity to be on the field at Historic Grayson Stadium before game time.



  • Fifth-graders will be taking the PASS Writing Test on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • The school will host a meeting for Project REACH at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center. Project REACH increases parent awareness of the major role they play in the education of their children. The evening's topics will include "PASS Preparation," "Bullying Awareness," "Income Tax Tips," "Attendance," "Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration" and "Extended Learning Time." Child care will be provided for younger children. Details: 843-706-8345


  • Extended learning days will be March 28 to April 1.

  • Report cards will be sent home Friday.



  • English Language Development Assessment testing continues this week.

  • PASS test writing for fifth-graders is Tuesday and Wednesday, with makeup days Thursday and Friday.

  • The WINGS "float" celebration is Thursday. The WINGS ceremony will be 9 a.m. Friday for those in kindergarten through second grade and at 2 p.m. Friday for those in grades three through five.

  • The school's spring scrip fundraiser and soup can donation begins Friday.

  • Report cards will go home Friday.

  • School will be out for spring break March 28 through April 1. Classes resume April 4. During the break, students are asked to work on their PASS push folders.

  • Extended learning days will be held during spring break. Children notified that they need to attend do not need to wear uniforms and breakfast and lunch will be served. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Students are asked to arrive on time and stay all day.

  • Child Find registration for incoming pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children will be 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 28 through April 1. Two proofs of residency, the child's birth certificate and shot record are required.

  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Money raised will benefit the Robotics Club.


  • The school will not be collecting phone books for recycling this year because of complications with securing a Dumpster. If phone books need to be disposed of, they should be taken directly to Hargray.



  • The Celebration of Music and Art will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • The awards assembly is Friday.

  • The book fair continues through Friday.

  • PASS Testing will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Makeup days are Thursday and Friday.


  • Volunteers are needed for PASS Testing. Details: Kami Branham, 843-707-0500


  • Report cards go home Friday.

  • Extended learning days will be March 28 to April 1.



  • Red Cedar Elementary School teacher Lisa Galella has been selected as one of six winners of the 2011 Dr. Elizabeth Gressette Professional Development Scholarship. The $750 scholarship is sponsored by Palmetto State Teachers Association's Foundation for Professional Development and is awarded annually to encourage and support PSTA members in pursuing advanced degrees. Galella is working toward a master's degree from Walden University.



  • Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.


  • Pizza lunch orders are due Tuesday for delivery Friday. The pizzas are sponsored by the sixth- through eighth-graders who are fundraising for field trips.

  • Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534



  • There will be a Living Rosary at 8:30 a.m. today in the gym.

  • The Family School Association will be hosting Grandparents and Special Friends Day on Friday. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with Mass in the church.


  • The kindergarten class will travel to Savannah on Tuesday to see the production of "Pippi Longstocking" at the Jelks Auditorium at Savannah Country Day School.


  • Hot lunch orders for April are online now. Orders are due to the school office by 9 a.m. Thursday.

  • Third quarter ends Friday.

  • Report cards will be sent home April 5.

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