Packet Class Notes for May 9

May 9, 2011 



  • Students in kindergarten through seventh grade are invited to participate in the Beaufort County School District's free virtual summer school program. Students can work on individual areas of need or prepare for the coming school year by using a web-based tool during eight weeks this summer. Students will complete CompassLearning sequences in math and language arts for each week of summer school. The program will be available June 13 through Aug. 5. Registration is available at


  • Teachers and students in participating Bluffton area schools are offered the opportunity to help raise money for the Bluffton Relay For Life to be held at 7 p.m. Friday at USCB Gateway Campus off U.S. 278. Students are asked to pay $1 and wear jeans to school, and teachers are asked to pay $2 and they, too, must wear jeans to class. Money raised will be donated to the Bluffton Relay For Life and help in the fight against cancer. Details: Mary Gwen Boyett, 843-757-7450,



  • PASS testing for third- through fifth-graders will be held this week.

  • Kids Club will be at 5 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at the Early Childhood Center.

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

  • PTO meets at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the media center.

  • Friday is Jeans Day for Relay for Life.

  • An Early Learning Parent Workshop for parents of children from 2-5 years old will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday in the Early Childhood Center. Older siblings can bring their bikes to register with the Bluffton Police Department. Details: 843-707-0900


  • Volunteer proctors for the PASS test are needed. Monitors are needed from 8:45-11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500,



  • PASS testing begins today.

  • The strings and band will have concerts at 6 p.m. May 24 and June 3 in the cafeteria.

  • The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Showcase will be held from 6-8 p.m. May 26 at Whale Branch Middle School.

  • Night of the Arts will be held May 27.

  • PTO will be held at 5 p.m. and SIC at 6 p.m. May 31 in the media center.

  • The End-of-the-Year Cookout will be held during lunches June 3. Grilled chicken, burgers, hot dogs and barbecue will be served along with corn on the cob and baked beans. Prices are $1.85 for students and $3.15 for adults. Reservations are required.

  • The sixth grade awards ceremony will be at 7:30 a.m. June 6 in the gym.

  • The seventh grade awards ceremony will be at 7:30 a.m. June 8 in the gym.


  • Students and staff raised $350 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation during the spirit pep assembly May 6.

  • 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 this week. Test proctors are needed during test time each day from 7:30-11 a.m. Details: Taffy Scheider, 843-707-0796

  • Deadline to turn in box tops and labels for this school year is May 20.


  • Extended Learning Time will be from June 10-17.

  • A USA TestPrep page has been added to the school website, providing students with a question and vocabulary word of the day for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade PASS, as well as various high school classes. Details:



  • The final family chapel of the year will be held Wednesday.

  • Drama club meets Thursday.

  • New Parent Orientation/Summer Contract meeting will be today. Parents new to the lower/middle school will meet at 6 p.m., and returning parents will need to be at the school at 6:45 p.m. Parents can meet their child's teachers for next year and to see what summer work is required.


  • The first and second grades will be going on a field trip to heavy equipment manufacturer JCB on Tuesday.

  • The seventh and eighth grades will visit the Telfair Museum in Savannah on Thursday.


  • The fourth grade will be helping the food bank at Church of the Cross on Tuesday.



  • PASS and ELA tests are today.

  • The PASS math tests are Wednesday.

  • The PASS science or social studies tests will be administered Thursday.

  • The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 23 in the school media center.

  • The eighth-grade Algebra I EOCEP test is May 24-25.

  • The ninth-grade English I EOCEP test is May 26.

  • The ninth-grade Algebra I EOCEP test is May 27.

  • The ninth-grade Biology EOCEP test is May 31.

  • The ninth-grade Physical Science test is June 1.

  • Final exams and makeup EOCEPT tests will be June 2-8.

  • The school's moving-up ceremonies will be at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. June 7 in the gymnasium.



  • Senior Brian White has been named a Merit Scholar Designee by the National Merit Scholarship Program and will receive a $2,500 scholarship toward his college education.



  • MAP testing for grades K-9 continues this week.

  • Moms in Touch prayer group meets today in the Uniform Exchange.

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

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

  • Student bake sales will be held Thursday, with proceeds benefiting student mission trips and mission opportunities this summer.

  • Middle School and Upper School Academic Awards Assembly will be held during chapel on Thursday in the gymnasium. Middle school chapel will be at 11:45 a.m.; upper school chapel will be at 11 a.m.

  • The upper school Evening of Excellence will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium.

  • School families are invited to the Drive-In Movie Night on Friday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the lower school movie, with a middle/upper school movie showing beginning at 7 p.m.



  • PASS testing will be held this week.

  • An SIC/PTA meeting will be held at 5 p.m. today in the Media Center.


  • Volunteer proctors for the state PASS test are needed. Proctors need to be SLED checked. Details: 843-342-4100



  • Senior Will McCarty was named to the third quarter honor roll. His name was accidentally omitted from the previous honor roll list.


  • Advanced Photography students will display their work through May 31 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A reception will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

  • PTSO will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Chat with the principal will start at 12:30 p.m. in the media center prior to the start of the PTSO meeting.



  • PASS testing begins Tuesday and will be held through May 20.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • Eighth-grade parents, Hilton Head Island High School is looking for candidates for the upcoming year's Student Improvement Council. This is an elected position. Those interested should fill out the nomination ballot available at the front office. Details: Roberta Foss,



  • Fourteen Prep students competed in the National History Day competition April 30 at the State Archives and History Center in Columbia. Ninth-grader Hannah Brink was the first-place winner in the Senior Individual Website category for her project "Prohibition," and ninth-grader Christian Steinmetz won first place in the senior individual documentary division for his project "The Rosenberg Trials." Juniors Maya Nelander and Nicole Roos earned third place in the senior group website division for their "Cuban Missile Crisis" project. Other students participating in the competition included: seventh-graders Chrissy Hicks, Jackson Richard and Carley Willey; and eighth-graders Kate Cram, Zac Edri, Whitaker Gannon, Keylan Hanna, Lucas McMillan, Grace Orie and Caitlin Tardio; and freshman Carlie Van.


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

  • A Lower School Meeting to coordinate volunteers for field day and the end-of-the-year cookout is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Lower School Commons.

  • "Coffee with Anthony" is at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Dolphin Dining Hall. The lead topic will be "Financial Aid: Fact and Fiction."

  • The First Grade Medieval Times celebration is Friday.


  • Frederica Carson Art Purchase Award submissions are due Wednesday. Students may submit one piece of artwork for consideration of the award to a faculty member of the visual arts department.

  • For information on summer programs, go to or contact Liz Nash at 843-671-2286, ext. 327, or



  • PASS testing for third- through fifth-graders will be held this week.



  • PASS testing for third- through fifth-graders will be held this week.

  • Mrs. Davis', Mrs. Aaron's and Ms. Block's second-graders begin swimming today. Students must bring a towel, flip-flops and their bathing suits.

  • PTO movie night is Friday. Parents must accompany children.



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

  • The third part of the SPMA Blueprint Workshop will be held at 3:30 p.m. today. All parents and staff are invited to attend to review the school's governing document.

  • The Suzuki Piano students will have their recitals at 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.


  • The school is collecting books for Tanzania during May. Bring in any gently used or new books.


  • Pre-ordered produce boxes from Heritage Organic Farm can be picked up in the SPMA foyer between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday. To sign up for the May 24 delivery, call 912-728-3708.

  • Student-made Gullah books, calendars and prints will be for sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Branches during the Taste of the Village event in Wexford.

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



  • The Family School Association will host "Muffins with Mom" on Friday in the Family Center. Students will enjoy a continental breakfast with their mothers as part of celebrating Mother's Day. After breakfast, everyone is invited to the church at 9:45 a.m. for the Living Rosary.

  • The athletic banquet will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Family Center.


  • The fifth-grade class will go to Charles Towne Landing on Thursday to wrap up the colonies unit.


  • The Beta Club is working on a service project titled "Change for Change." They are asking students to bring in their pocket change to collect money for organizations that help those in need.


  • Fourth-quarter progress reports will go out Tuesday.

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