ACHIEVEMENTS The Heritage Classic Foundation recently announced the winners of the first Plaid About Reading Program. A total of nine area schools participated in the program. Here are the winners: The school that read the most books and won $1,000: Red Cedar Elementary School; the class that read the most books and will receive a pizza party along with a visit from Willie the Heritage spokesman: Mrs. Webb's class at Red Cedar Elementary; students who won the Putt with the PGA Tour Pros: Red Cedar Elementary kindergartner Abigail Justice, Broad River Elementary School first-grader Cristal Gonzalez, Bluffton Elementary School second-grader Hope Homa, Michael C. Riley Elementary third-grader Mario Brown, Bluffton Elementary fourth-
grader Hannah Homa and M.C. Riley fifth-grader Julio Vazquez.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Bluffton Middle School Duke TIP Scholars who qualified for state recognition include: Sereym Baek (grand qualifier), Matthew Chapman, Hannah Hundley, Spencer McAllister, Dylan Moore, Rhyan Morgan, Thomas Torgerson, Marko Weisner and Karyn Wilson.
EVENTS The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the media center. The School Improvement Council will meet in the media center at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Bluffton Middle School staff will hold an informational and engaging presentation for parents and community members at 6 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. A variety of information including Facebook and other Internet issues and programs will be covered. In addition, the school resource officer will present the latest trends and challenges facing our youth. This is an opportunity to be informed about the variety of issues facing today's youth and how parents and community members can guide, protect and educate your child(ren). The presentation is intended for adults. Students that attend will be supervised in the gym. There is an ESOL parent meeting May 5. PASS testing begins May 9. Night of the Arts will be held May 27.
HELPING HANDS 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 www.relayforlife.org 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. Tuesdays are our "Eat Out for Bluffton Middle Nights" at Giuseppi's and Cheeburger, Cheeburger. Eat out on a Tuesday night at either restaurant and let them know you are from Bluffton Middle School. Volunteers are needed to help during PASS testing May 9-13. Test proctors are needed during test time each day from 7:30-11 a.m. Details: Taffy Scheider, 843-707-0796
OTHER Fourth-quarter progress reports will be sent home Friday.
EVENTS The annual Volunteer Luncheon will be at noon Wednesday. The lunch is to honor all parents, grandparents and friends that have donated their time to Cross Schools this year. Mrs. Felder's third-grade class will be presenting a wax museum at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the gym. Each student chose and researched a famous South Carolinian to present, in costume. The Drama Club will meet after school Thursday until 4:15 p.m.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 6 p.m. today. The school will hold a flag football tournament as a fundraiser at 3 p.m. Wednesday on the football field. Spectators can watch for free. Half-time activities will include chances to win prizes.
OTHER Fourth-quarter progress reports will be sent home Friday.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
EVENTS MAP testing for students in kindergarten through ninth grade will be April 25 through May 13. The Moms in Touch prayer group meets today in the Uniform Exchange. Bake sales will be Tuesday and Thursday. Proceeds benefit student mission trips and mission opportunities this summer. The school's administration will host a volunteer appreciation breakfast at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria. All school volunteers are invited. The junior-senior banquet and prom will be Friday at the Country Club of Hilton Head.
OTHER Fourth quarter mid-term reports will be sent home Friday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The following additional students were on the fifth-grade honor roll for the third quarter: Oliver Bateman, Balfred Blanco, Marco Moreno, Da'Shawn Rogers and Cody Wan. Sue Brewer, bookkeeper, was selected by the faculty and staff as the Support Staff Employee of the Year.
EVENTS Parents and guardians are invited to a PASS Family Night from 6-7 p.m. May 4. Parents can learn about the PASS test, view sample questions and get ideas to help their child's achievement on PASS, the state assessment given in the week of May 9. There will be two presentations -- one in English and one in Spanish. Child care will be available. Details: Maureen Kecmer, 843-342-4236
OTHER Progress reports go home Friday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
ACHIEVEMENTS Jackie Wheeler, physical education teacher, will attend the All Health Team Awards Ceremony on Friday in Columbia. The school's health and physical education programs will be highlighted as a Gold Award winning school.
EVENTS The first grade choral, dance, and drama performance will be held in the gym at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym. It will feature community members from the Avid Gardeners. The dialogue will be about the school's own garden and the care which is needed to maintain it.
HELPING HANDS Volunteer proctors are needed for PASS testing during the week of May 9. Details: 843-342-4380
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS Prom will be from 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday at the Crown Plaza Resort in Shipyard Plantation. The theme is "Cities at Midnight." Tickets cost $60 and must be purchased by today. Students who attend prom will be required to go to a presentation by Dudley and Ferebee Ruffalo at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. A makeup date is at 9 a.m. Saturday. All parents of promgoers must attend one of the two sessions. "An All-American Tour," a student-produced and performed concert, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults and will be available at the door starting at 6 p.m. each night. Tickets also can be purchased in advance from the school bookkeeper's office. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Luminaries and T-shirts will be available for sale in the lobby at the shows. Advanced Photography students will display their work May 3-31 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A reception will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 10.
HELPING HANDS The Prom Committee will be running the concession stand at American Pie. Donations of cases of water or 12-packs of Coke and Diet Coke are needed. Details: Megan Foy, 843-689-4877, firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER Four $500 scholarships will be awarded by the school's PTSO to seniors whose leadership in activities and organizations while at school have enriched the lives of others and the school community. Applicants must submit an 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, email@example.com
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS MAP Testing continues through Friday. The eighth grade celebration will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 at the Hilton Head Island High School Stadium. Students are to report to their homeroom teachers at 5:15 p.m. The dance will follow at the Middle School cafeteria from 7-10 p.m. The pancake breakfast will be held June 9 in the cafeteria.
HELPING HANDS Keep turning in your box tops to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in. You can turn them in all year.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS "Mother/Son Night" will be Thursday at The Sandbox: An Interactive Children's Museum. The Sandbox activities will be available and pizza will be served. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6. The Parents Association will host both a breakfast and lunch for the teachers during the week. Rising first-graders will be visiting their new classrooms May 9 and May 11.
ENRICHMENT Pickett Educational Resources will visit Wednesday. It will offer an introduction to archaeology with hands-on demonstrations. Upper Elementary students will travel to Charleston on May 12 to visit the S.C. Aquarium and museums. Lower Elementary students will be taking a trip to El Super International Grocery and Restaurant in Bluffton. They will tour the store, learn about international products and work with dough in the bakery. They will sample baked goods and foods from other countries.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Students whose artwork was chosen to be displayed in the Promising Picassos Art Show at The Mall at Shelter Cove and sponsored by the Island School Council for the Arts include: Sidney Tully, Cheyenne Conn, Matthew Zampino, Litzy Garduno, Alexia Diaz, Molly Minasi, Becca Keating, Janice Rodriguez, Casey Witt, Amina Fields, Mayra Ramirez, Justin Bowers, Noah Freeland, Gracie Ricks, Heather Votier, Taylor Bell, Breck Delaney, Wade Williams, Emma Beishir, Alaina Shapiro, Bailey Quilty, Priscilla Jean, Alexander Gruly, Brooke Osburne, Lydia John, Julian Hernandez, Anne Shupp, Brady Harmon and Valeria Salas. Third-grader Mario Brown and fifth-grader Julio Vazquez were selected as grade level champions to participate in the "Putt with the Pros Contest" at the Heritage golf tournament. The program they participated in was the "Plaid to Read" reading initiative. Matthew Zampino from the upper grades and Bradley Dunn from the younger grades were the winners of the third quarter outstanding attendance award. Both students won new bicycles presented by Holiday Inn Express of Bluffton.
EVENTS Parents are invited to attend a Parent and Teacher Social at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The school will be honoring its volunteers at a breakfast at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Entertainment will be provided by the "Singing Eagles" chorus.
ENRICHMENT The school welcomes Marston Barnes, "Mr. Potter," as part of their Artist in Residence program. Marston is a self-taught potter from South Carolina. He will work with the second-grade students creating hand-built projects from clay this week. Marston's residence is made possible through the sponsorship of the PTO.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS MAP testing at the school continues this week. "Muffins for Moms" breakfasts will be Thursday and Friday. Mothers whose last name begins with A-K should come at 8 a.m. Thursday; other parents should come at 8 a.m. Friday. The Okie Foot Flight scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.
HELPING HANDS Valley Crest Nursery and Melissa Brock donated a shade tree for the school playground. It will be planted on Arbor Day, which is Friday.
OTHER Progress reports go home Friday. As the school year winds down, the following programs and clubs end -- chorus and strings, today; cheer and flight, Wednesday; Endeavor, Thursday.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HELPING HANDS The PTO is organizing and hosting a yard sale May 7 at the school. Spaces will be available for $20 a table. Help is needed with setup and breakdown. Details: Jacqueline Priester, 843-247-5890 Starting in May the PTO will begin the process of electing the PTO board members for the 2011-12 school year.
OTHER Progress reports go home Friday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori logo clothing to school. There will be a parent coffee reception at 8:30 a.m. Thursday to view the Children's Museum of Environmental Art Sculptures. There will be a student Spring Concert at 6 p.m. Friday on the lawn. All families are invited. There will be an annual SPMA Blueprint Workshop from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. All parents and staff are invited.
OTHER Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534 Pre-ordered produce boxes from Heritage Organic Farm can be picked up from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday in the foyer.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Students of the Month based on their personification of the virtue of "justice": pre-kindergarten, Shea Sweeney and Sawyer Bailey; kindergarten, Trey Trew; first grade, Joshua Gariti; second grade, JonPaul Gonzalez; third grade, Domenick Pitale; fourth grade, Rodney Romero; fifth grade, Lexie Standen; sixth grade, Allison Hughes; seventh grade, Kaelyn Binns; eighth grade, Miguel Ceron (overall winner).
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