Packet Class Notes for April 11

April 11, 2011 



  • The inaugural Hilton Head Island Parent University will be 9 a.m. Saturday at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and 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 High are invited to attend the 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:


  • The Art League of Hilton Head awards a $2,000 one-time scholarship to a graduating high school senior of a Hilton Head Island high school who has been accepted into an accredited art school or a college where he or she will be majoring in the visual arts. Applications can be downloaded from the Art League website, Deadline for application is today. Review of applications will be April 25. Details: Juliana Kim, 843-842-8426



  • MAP testing continues this week.

  • Kindergarten and first-grade classes will perform Interplanetary Jammin' on Tuesday in the school's multipurpose room. A 5:30 p.m. performance will consist of the following teachers' classes: Joanne Sistrunk, Connie Peeples, Sarah Hankey, Heather Belmonte and Valerie Seldes. A 6:30 p.m. performance will consist of the following teachers' classes: Angela McDaniel, Sarah Chancey, Lindsey Newton and Mary Swofford.

  • The PTO will meet at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the media center.

  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

  • Kindergarten orientation is 9 a.m. April 28 for parents who have registered their children. Children will get a chance to visit a kindergarten/first-grade classroom, while parents attend a presentation about the school and the kindergarten program.

  • The school needs volunteer proctors for the PASS test, the state's assessment test for students in grades three through eight. The PASS test will be administered May 9, 11, 12 and 13. The school will need 26 volunteers from 8:45 a.m.-11 a.m. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500, or



  • 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 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,


  • 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.

  • There will be an informative parent meeting at 6 p.m. April 18 in the cafeteria. Parents can learn more about MAP terminology, Lexiles, DesCartes, Goal Setting and Student Progress Reports, Typical/Target growth, Compass Odyssey and see examples of test items. PASS testing information will also be discussed.

  • Fourth quarter progress reports will go home April 29.



  • Spring break for kindergarten through eighth grade and part-time preschool is today through Friday. Also, there will be no school April 22.

  • Teacher Appreciation Week is scheduled for the week of April 18.



  • All 16 students, including Brien Kurtz of Hilton Head Island, at the S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics who were announced as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program have advanced to the finals. They are now among the 15,000 students from across the nation competing for 8,400 scholarships that will be announced later this spring.



  • SIC/PTO meet at 5:30 p.m. April 25 in the media center.


  • Fourth quarter progress reports are sent home April 29.



  • Head of school Gloria Shoemaker announced the March teacher and students of the month. Benedetta Radice Fossati, morning high school student, and Pablo Gerboles-Parilla, afternoon high school student, were honored, along with Dean Costakis, who was named the teacher of the month.



  • Admissions Open House drop-in is 8:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday. Prospective families are invited to see teaching and learning at a college preparatory Christian school.



  • The following students had artwork selected for exhibition in the Promising Picassos Exhibit at The Mall at Shelter Cove: Andrew Lopez, Tyler Brigham, Maximus Weitkamper, Pelham Stephens, Marlon Flores, Jamie Levine, Luke Sodemann, Taylor Boldoe, Jaala Grant, Valentina Pestana, Kaitlyn Holland, Annabelle Peña, Denisse Ramos, Jordan Singleton, Jack DiMuzio, Elihu Rivera Torres, Mary Juarez, Samantha Parlegreco, Megan MacDonell, Lauren Staff, Chase Faulkner, Dennia Rivera, Char'Erika Banks, Edna Gonzalez, Emily Wilbourne and Elixabeth Gomez.


  • SIC/PTA meet at 5 p.m. today in L356.

  • The first grade performance will be at 6:30 p.m. today in the yellow gym.

  • The first grade classes will have an artist-in-residence this week. Local favorite Yostie will help the students create and use puppets to tell stories about plants they create and to dramatize stories by well-known authors.

  • There is no school for students April 20-22.


  • Saturday Power School dates are April 16, April 30 and May 7. Spaces are limited. Details: 843-342-4100



  • The following students had artwork selected for exhibition in the Promising Picassos Exhibit at The Mall at Shelter Cove: Allison Grimm, Jorge Santos, Valeria Morales, Sophia Topping, Madison Bronsky, Seth Langford, Juan Huerta, Naomi Gosdin, Isabel Muehleman, Brian Cercola, Maritza Santiago, Marisol Requena, Stella Weaver, Sidney Wilson, Briann Durkin, Mackenzie Starnes, Josh Vigh, Ana Dominquez, Christian Hopper, Maddy Boyd, Andrew Mosely, Lupia Macias, Joshua Mitchell, Natalid Santiago, Isabella Balzola, Irene Gill, Lucero Dominquez, Alejandra Jimenez, Megan Vigh, Kaelee Mucha, Summer Pagatpatan, Abigail Babcock, Christian Ambrocio, Caden Edwards, Faith Dedillo, Jenna Block, Sawson Smythe, Lauren Reed and Sarah Cooke.



  • Parent University will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. All parents are welcome. Breakout sessions will focus on CPR basics, fitness for life, financial fitness for parents, finding money for college and more. Pre-register online on the school website or register that morning at 8 a.m. Details: Dianne Morgan, 843-689-4811

  • 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 are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Money raised benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Details: Alex Orischak, 843-298-2223

  • The school's prom will be 8 p.m.-midnight April 30 at the Crown Plaza Resort in Shipyard. Tickets are $60 and available through April 25. Students planning to attend the prom must go to a presentation by Dudley and Ferebee Ruffalo at 8 a.m. April 28 in the school's Visual and Performing Arts Center. A make-up day for that session will be at 9 a.m. April 30. Any non-student attending will have to have a background check before he or she can buy prom tickets. Details: Megan Foy, 843-689-4877 or


  • The school is seeking nominations for its Alumni Hall of Fame. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the school website under the "families and communities" tab or from the new Hilton Head High School Alumni Wall of Fame Facebook page. Details and to receive a form: Lindy Felix, Nominations close midnight April 30.

  • Four $500 scholarships will be awarded by the school's PTSO to seniors whose participation and leadership in activities and organizations while at school have enriched the lives of others and the school community. Scholarship applicants must submit a required essay and PTSO Leadership, Activities and Community Service Form. More information and the form are available on the main page of the school's website and on the PTSO page. All information must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. May 2 in a sealed envelope to 12th grade counselor Bob Latourelle. Details: Jan Davis-Vater,



  • MAP testing continues through April 28.

  • The PTA will meet at 1 p.m. April 19 in room P-4.

  • School will be out April 20-22 because of the Heritage.


  • Box tops can be turned in to homeroom teachers or the main office for participation in Box Tops for Education. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in. Box tops will be accepted throughout the school year.


  • Parents are reminded no students are released after 2 p.m. Also, bring a valid ID when signing out a student. Last-minute transportation changes must be faxed to the school at 843-689-4624, along with a copy of your ID. Otherwise send a note with your child.



  • Fourth-grader Courtney Doyle raised more than $2,500 for the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart, earning recognition as the top fundraiser in South Carolina.

  • The following students had artwork selected for exhibition in the Promising Picassos Exhibit at The Mall at Shelter Cove: first-grader Ashley Wilmot; second-grader Spencer Hall; third-grader Jaden Kidd; fourth-graders Grace Moucharafieh and Collin Tardio; fifth-grader Davis Puckey; sixth-grader Christopher Broadbent; seventh-graders Matt Joslin and Carley Willey; eighth-graders Rowan Baltzley and Caitlin Tardio; freshmen Ann Monroe, Christian Steinmetz and Colin White; sophomores Gracie Anderson, Emily Beasley and Halie Parker; and juniors Leah Carrabba, Alexandria Edwards and Dylan Powell.


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

  • The Lower School Celebration of Science is 6 p.m. Tuesday at in the middle school gym for first and second grades and in the lower school commons and classrooms for third- fourth- and fifth-grade students.

  • "Coffee with Anthony" is 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the Dolphin Dining Hall.


  • Hilton Head Preparatory School offers summer programs for children ages 4-18. Campers can choose from a variety of enrichment programs, including athletic, performing and visual arts and academic programs. Camp sizes are limited. Details:; Liz Nash, 843-671-2286, ext. 327 or

  • Third mid-trimester ends Friday.



  • May River Montessori has turned its hallway into a rainforest in honor of Earth Day.

  • The primary program -- grades three through six -- will celebrate the birthday of William Shakespeare with a presentation by the children at 6:30 p.m. April 21.



  • Students will take their spring MAP tests throughout the month of April.

  • The school's awards assembly and pep rally for the third quarter will be Wednesday in the main building. Grades three through five will convene at 9 a.m. The assembly for pre-kindergarten through second grade will be at 2 p.m.

  • M. C. Riley Elementary School and Early Childhood Center will present its Spring Arts Festival on Tuesday. It will include performances by the Singing Eagles Chorus, the Varsity Chorus, the Dance Club, Strings, fourth- and fifth-grade recorder players, and Joleba, the African percussion group. There will also be poetry readings and a student art exhibit. Performance times are 9:15 a.m. for pre-kindergarten through second grade, 10:30 a.m. for third through fifth grade and 6 p.m. for parents and community members.

  • Career Day is from 9-10:40 a.m. Thursday. Community members, parents and area business people will speak about their chosen professions. Display vans and vehicles will be present.



  • Two teams from Okatie Elementary School placed first and second in the S.C. Stock Market Game. Students on the first-place team are fifth-graders Ben Spellman, Julian Dinkins and Storm Centeno. Students on the second-place team are fourth-graders Jackson Kombrink, Connor Essary, Seth Eaton, Will Shropshire and Olivia Blatter. Two other teams from the school placed in the top 10 out of the 126 elementary school teams in South Carolina that competed this year.


  • MAP testing begins today and continues through April 29.

  • The PTO will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Tuesday is "open mic night" for the Literacy Team. Parents and students are invited to join in from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. as the team explores, writes and reads different forms of poetry.

  • A reminder: School will be in session Thursday and Friday.



  • Patrick House, winner of NBC's "Biggest Loser" season 10, will be at Red Cedar Elementary from 10:50-11:40 a.m. Tuesday. He will speak to fourth- and fifth-graders in the gym and answer questions. There also will be a group workout with House, led by Chad Cannon and other trainers from Shaping Concepts training studio. The school broadcast the presentation and workout to all other classes in the building.



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

  • SPMA Campus Tours are available every Tuesday at 9:15 am. Details and to make an appointment: 843-785-2534

  • In early honor of Earth Day, island businesses have been invited to the campus Friday to speak with students about environmental conservation and to receive artwork as a token of acknowledgment and appreciation for doing their part to protect the planet.

  • SPMA friends and families will take part in the Palmetto Pride and Keep America Beautiful initiatives by cleaning a portion of Hilton Head's beach from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. Details: 843-785-2534


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