Packet Class Notes for April 18

April 18, 2011 



  • Nineteen students from the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities competed in the 4th Congressional District's National History Day competition. They entered 15 projects, and 10 were named state finalists, who will compete April 30 at the State Archives in Columbia. Winners there are invited to compete in the nationals held in June at the University of Maryland at College Park. Among the Beaufort County participants who won awards were Libby Davis, Yalta Conference; Individual Exhibits Category Award Beaufort, Beaufort High School; Hannah Schmucker, Hilton Head Island, Hilton Head Christian Academy.

  • The Sea Island Regional Science Fair judging committee has released a list of this year's winners. High school winners in southern Beaufort County include: Adam Oppenheimer, Mark Oppenheimer, Liam Dobbins, Kate Christensen, Reid D'Amico, Allison Frederick, Olivia Joslin, Bridgette Noonan, Megan Frederick, Julie Clark, Matt Kiritsy, Conner Goulet, Cole Gardocki, Brian Ludewig, Christian Steinmetz, Tim Ochsner, Evan Chupurdy, Logan Clark, Logan Mallet, John Sheehan, JT Marbut, Clara Chalk, Ann Harrison Monroe, Catherine Zhu, Cara Borelli, Julia Nahman, Hannah Brink and Greg Warren.

    Middle school winners in southern Beaufort County include: Will White, Ashley Hamlin, Joe Ludewig, Emma McGoldrick, Sam Page, Whitaker Gannon, Thomas MacDonald, Dylan Myers, Caitlin Tardio, Nick Wheeler, Whitney Halley, Ellen Vanagel, Niki Ozburn, Katie Rankin, Jackson Richard, Parker Staff, Andrew Fletcher, Sam Bacevich, Zac Edri, Laura Barras, Mary Margaret Barras, John Blackshire, Chris Broadbent, Mac Orie, Lauryn Bush, EJ Churchich, Tram Colket, Kate Cram, Grace Orie, Samantha Bonivissoto, Nicole Reed, Daniel Phillips, Jack Dextraze, Hannah Edelman, Claire Feldman, Lila Felix, Cole Frederick, Abby Kandel, Foster Willey, James Hammond, Keylan Hanna, Patrick Bristol, Jackson Henz, Gavin Hurlbut, Nikki Jansen, Tessa Jansen, Meghan Jansen, Matt Joslin, Taylor Kent, Margaret Langford, Isabelle Leiblein, Parker Liggett, Nick Lucchesi, Rhys Matney, Eric McKenz, Lucas McMillan, Nicole Moosebruger, Ryan Moosebruger, Jake Novitski, Madison Ogburn, Kiara Parker, Alex Parsick, Emmett Askeland, PJ Franklin, Jared Perchinske, Alex Pistilli, Jessica Post, Chrissy Hicks, Riley Rhonehouse, Shannon Short, Chase Sanders, Weston Sanders, Catherine Sheehan, Jacquelyn Nahman, Margaret Bacevich, Garrett Vonmidden, Carley Willey, Marielle Quinn and Vinny Krishna.

    Adam Oppenheimer, Mark Oppenheimer, Catherine Zhu, Cara Borelli, Reid D'Amico and Clara Chalk, all of Hilton Head Island Preparatory School, have been invited to compete with their projects at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in May in Los Angeles. Brian Ludewig of Hilton Head Island High School will also compete.


  • All students in kindergarten through seventh grade can work on areas of need, as determined by their 2011 spring MAP profile, or prepare for the next school year during eight weeks this summer using CompassLearning, a Web-based tool. The program will be available June 13 through Aug. 5. Registration is available at, according to a Beaufort County School District news release. Students will complete CompassLearning sequences in math and language arts for each week of summer school. Students will need at least 45 minutes dedicated to both math and language arts a day in their "classroom" space. Work on core activities will be considered successful with a score of 70 percent or higher. Parents and students should check the student's electronic backpack each day. Lessons can be repeated until a score of 70 percent is attained. District teachers will electronically monitor student progress on completed lessons.



  • There will be a MAP/PASS meeting for parents at 6 p.m. today in the cafeteria. Learn more about MAP terminology and see examples of test items.

  • Eat Out for Bluffton Middle School at Giuseppi's and Cheeburger Cheeburger is Tuesday and April 26.

  • There will be no school Wednesday through Friday.

  • The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. April 26 in the media center.

  • The School Improvement Council will meet in the media center at 6 p.m. April 26.

  • Fourth-quarter progress reports will be sent home April 29.


  • The Drama Club wants to produce a musical next year and is seeking volunteers with drama, stage or choreography experience to help two or three days a week after school. Details: Taffy Scheider, 843-707-0796

  • The school is trying to organize a team to participate in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life event May 13. Go to and enter your zip code for details. The event will be from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Students should let Dr. Rhoads know if they are interested; parents can call the school to have their names put on the list of those interested. There is no cost to participate.



  • The school will hold a flag football tournament as a fundraiser at 3 p.m. April 27 on the football field. Registration for teams of seven to 10 people ($5 a team member for registration) runs through Tuesday and will be held during lunch. Spectators can watch for free. Half-time activities will include chances to win prizes.

  • There will be no school Wednesday through Friday.

  • The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 25.

  • Fourth-quarter progress reports will be sent home April 29.



  • Semester and fourth-quarter progress reports will be distributed Tuesday.



  • The school will be closed for spring break today through Friday.

  • MAP testing for students in kindergarten through ninth grade will be April 25 through May 13.

  • The Moms in Touch prayer group meets April 25 in the Uniform Exchange.

  • Student bake sales will be April 26 and 28. Proceeds benefit student mission trips and mission opportunities this summer.

  • The school's administration will host a volunteer appreciation breakfast at 8 p.m. April 27 in the cafeteria. All school volunteers are invited.

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

  • Fourth quarter mid-term reports will be sent home April 29.

  • The junior-senior banquet and prom will be April 29 at the Country Club of Hilton Head.



  • Progress reports go home April 29.

  • Wednesday will be a staff-development day for teachers. There will be no school for students Wednesday through Friday.



  • Annette Rothwell was named classified staff member of the year. She is the computer lab assistant and coordinates the MAP assessment schedule. She also works with students in the BUS outreach program.


  • A volunteer appreciation brunch will be at 9:30 a.m. today in the gym. Teachers will prepare their recipes for the volunteers.



  • The school's prom will be 8 p.m.-midnight April 30 at the Crown Plaza Resort in Shipyard Plantation. Tickets are $60 a person and are available through April 25. Any Hilton Head High student who attends prom is required to 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 date for that session is 9 a.m. April 30. All parents of promgoers must attend one of the two sessions mentioned above. If a student and/or parent does not attend one of these sessions, the student will receive a refund on his or her prom ticket and will not be permitted to attend prom. Any student taking a date who does not attend Hilton Head High will have to get the background check form completed on their date before buying the prom tickets. The date must be younger than 21 to attend the prom.

  • "An All-American Tour," a student-produced and performed concert, will be at 7 p.m. April 28 and 29. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be available at the door starting at 6 p.m. each night. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life.


  • Four $500 scholarships will be awarded by the school's PTSO to seniors whose participation and leadership in activities and organizations while at the school has enriched the lives of others and the school community, according to a news release. Scholarship applicants must submit a required essay and PTSO leadership, activities and community service form. Information must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. May 2 in a sealed envelope to senior-class counselor Bob Latourelle. Details: PTSO scholarship chairwoman Jan Davis-Vater,



  • MAP testing for sixth-graders continues through Thursday.

  • The PTA will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in portable No. 4. All parents are invited.

  • The School Improvement Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.



  • Primary-school children will present lines from the works of Shakespeare at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. They will be dressed in period costumes.

  • April 28 will be May River Montessori's mother/son night at The Sandbox. All activities will be available, along with a pizza dinner.


  • Pickett Educational Resources will visit April 27. It will offer an introduction to archaeology with hands-on demonstrations.


  • School students worked at the Food Bank on April 12 as part of their Community Service.



  • Students in kindergarten through fifth grade and the Early Childhood Center will take their spring MAP tests throughout April.

  • The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the main school building.

  • There will be no school Wednesday through Friday.



  • MAP testing continues this week.

  • All PTO Scrip orders will be available through Thursday.

  • The School Improvement Council meets at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

  • There will be no school Wednesday through Friday.


  • Okatie will recognize Earth Day on Tuesday by not using worksheets and paper for the day and turning off the lights.



  • Spirit shirts are on sale in the front office. The cost is $7 for youth sizes and $10 for adult sizes.

  • School is out of session Wednesday through Friday. The school office will be closed April 22.

  • Progress reports go home April 29.

  • Volunteers are needed to help monitor PASS testing. Details: Kami Branham, 843-707-0500



  • Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. each Tuesday. Call 843-785-2534 for an appointment.

  • There will be no school Wednesday through Friday. The booster club will host a concession booth at Harbour Town Golf Links during the Heritage golf tournament.



  • The middle school students will present the Living Stations of the Cross at 9:15, 10 and 10:45 a.m. today in the school library. Anyone interested is invited to attend.

  • The next school Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

  • The school will be closed Thursday through April 25 for the Easter Break. Classes will resume April 26.


  • Beta Club students will participate in a beach sweep from noon-2:30 p.m. today at Folly Field Beach as part of their service hours.
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