Packet Class Notes for May 16

May 16, 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



  • PASS makeup will be this week.

  • The Career Fair will be from 2-5 p.m. Friday. To volunteer, call 843-706-8500.



  • Beaufort County is submitting applications for "100 Best Communities for Youth." Twenty-one Bluffton Middle students from Ms. Tolly's and Ms. Nygaard's ELA classes wrote essays explaining why they believed Beaufort County is one of the best places for young people in America. These students will receive a certificate of recognition from the Beaufort County School District.


  • 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.


  • 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.

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


  • All library books are due Wednesday.

  • Report cards are sent home June 8.

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

  • Summer school will be June 27-30, July 5-8 and July 11-14.

  • 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:

  • Students in grades 5-8 are eligible for the Middle School Robotics Camps this summer. Registration is required. Parents must provide transportation to the camp location and lunch/snacks/drinks must be sent with students each day. Location of camps and online registration is available at



  • Each spring, the school's students in kindergarten through eighth grade are tested with the Stanford Achievement Test and the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test. The average Cross student has a school ability index (formerly known as IQ) of 114.9, works at an equivalency of 2.6 grades above their current level, and scores as well as or better than 82 percent of the nation, the school announced in a news release. This is up from last year's 80 percent and 2009's 77 percent.


  • New Parent Orientation/Summer Contract meeting is 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 see what his/her summer work will entail.

  • The second grade will help in the Church of the Cross Food Bank on Tuesday.



  • 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 June 7 in the school gymnasium. The first ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. for teams 1 and 2, and a ceremony will follow at 10:30 a.m. for teams 3 and 4.



  • Heritage Academy will hold its annual Underclass Award Assembly at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday for the morning session and at 12:40 p.m. for the afternoon session students. Following the ceremony, there will be a yearbook page signing and all students, faculty and guests will be treated to refreshments.



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

  • Student bake sales will be held on Monday, with money raised benefiting student mission trips and mission opportunities this summer.

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

  • Career Week for Juniors will be Tuesday-Friday.


  • Eighth-grade students will be participating in an ongoing Compassion Project through the end of the school year. The activities promote awareness and help foster compassion for those less fortunate or those with special needs.

  • Seniors depart on their Senior Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic on Thursday and return May 25.


  • Music Director James Berry will host summer music camps for any public, private or home-school students. Students may register online at or may email Berry at



  • Got Science? Week is May 24-27. Young scientists will present their Got Science? projects that demonstrate their use of the scientific method to solve a science problem. The week will culminate in a science field trip for the participants. Details: Vee Johnson, 843-342-4237

  • Field Days, sponsored by the PTA, will be May 25 and 26.

  • The first grade Physics Fair will be May 20.


  • The first-grade classes will have an artist-in-residence, Jef the Mime, this week. Jef Lambdin from Lumberton, N.C., will work with the students on expression through body movement.


  • Extended Learning Time (June 10-17) applications are due immediately. Eligible students should return their forms to their homeroom teacher. Details: 843-342-4100



  • Advanced Photography students will display their work through May 31 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.



  • PTA meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in P-4.

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

  • The strings concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center.

  • PASS testing begins Tuesday and will be held through Friday.

  • The athletic banquet will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium, and the ball will be from 7-9 p.m. in the cafeteria.

  • 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,



  • Recently elected to serve as the Middle School 2011-2012 Student Council officers are President Elizabeth Blackshire, Boys' Vice President Chase Dillon, Girls' Vice President Katie Rankin, Treasurer Ryan Nimmer and Secretary Samantha Kriney.

  • The Lower School Values Assembly was held May 9. Students who exemplified "empathy," the value of the month during April, were: junior kindergartner Kai Stauffer; first-grader Abi Mendoza; second-graders Carson Crotty, Thomas Milbourn, Cole Pampucha, Tommy Stauffer, Julia Willey, Lily Edri and Spencer Hall; third-graders Susan Brooks, Savannah Toomer and Anna Pellicci; fourth-grader Lizzie Rankin, Lucas Tomita and Savannah Young; fifth-graders Kacy Jones, Sarah Orie, Davis Puckey, Marguerite Williamson and Daisy Woerheide.


  • The Middle School Academic Awards Assembly is at 8:05 a.m. Monday in the Fraser Field House.

  • The Upper School Chorus Concert is at 7 p.m. Monday in the Fraser Field House.

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

  • There is a Springs Strings Concert at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fraser Field House.

  • Lower School Music Day is at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Lower School Commons.

  • The Upper School Academic Awards are from 8:15-9:45 a.m. Friday in the Fraser Field House.

  • Upper School Field Day is from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday.


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



  • Each classroom will hold an end-of-the-year celebration next week.

  • Graduation from the May River Montessori primary program will be 6 p.m. May 27 at the Heyward House.

  • Summer camp for primary and elementary students will be July 25 to Aug. 5.



  • PTO meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the main building.

  • The Singing Eagles Varsity Chorus will be performing at the Beaufort County School District Board of Education meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday and the Farmers Market in Bluffton at 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Pre-K teachers will be working during the evening.



  • All PASS makeup testing for students in grades 3-5 will be this week.



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

  • Field Day is Friday.


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


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



  • The next Bank in School-Squirrel's Club will be from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Wednesday in the school lobby. This will be the last one of the school year.

  • The Middle School Performance of "I Need a Vacation" will be at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Friday in the gymnasium. There is a $2 charge at the 5:30 p.m. show.


  • Mrs. Moore's fourth-grade class will have its field trip to Tybee Island on Friday.


  • Students supported two charities last week. The St. Francis Thrift Shop had a successful "Mothers and Fathers Day Shop" May 3-4, making more than $750. Also, students raised more than $100 last week in support of the victims of tornadoes which moved through the Southeast two weeks ago.

  • 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.


  • Instructional fees are due Friday for the 2011-2012 school year.

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