Packet Class Notes for May 23

May 23, 2011 

Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts first-graders portray flowers in the production of “Calypso’s Garden” directed by the arts team.




  • The Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association will host a panel discussion called "County School Choices and Funding: Why Parents Want Choices and How They Are Funded" at 6 p.m. May 31 at the Holiday Inn Beaufort on Boundary Street. The event will include discussion of the Beaufort County School District's efforts to increase the diversity of its academic offerings by providing traditional schools, magnet programs, schools of choice and Riverview Charter School. District superintendent Valerie Truesdale, parents, principals and other public officials will participate. Details: Jack Little,

  • 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



  • Today is the final day for the box-top contest.

  • Tuesday is field day. Fifth-graders will compete from 11 a.m. until noon, third-graders from 12:05 p.m. until 1:05 p.m., second-graders from 1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. and fourth-graders from 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

  • Fifth-graders will visit Bluffton Middle School from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.



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

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

  • Night of the Arts will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday. The event features an art showcase, drama production and talent show. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students. The last rehearsal will be from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

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

  • Parents are invited to watch seventh-grade students summarize their school year and announce their accomplishments from 8:30-10 a.m. June 1 in the cafeteria.

  • Yearbooks will be distributed at the "Yearbook Signing Party" June 2 in the cafeteria. Yearbooks are on sale for $40. At the party, the purchase price will be $45.

  • 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.


  • Applications for next year's Student Council are available at the student store. Seventh-graders going to H.E. McCracken or sixth-graders staying at Bluffton Middle need to complete an application. All applications will be due to Ms. Alaimo in room D103 by 2:30 p.m. Friday.

  • Art teacher Ms. Tobia is teaching "Kids N' Clay Camp" from July 5-8 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island. Children ages 6-12 can attend. Cost is $100, and there are two different session times. Details: Tobia, You must register through the Arts Center by going to

  • 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 www.beau



  • Yearbook signing will take place Tuesday for kindergarten through eighth grade.

  • The Pre-Kindergarten will have a performance at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

  • The eighth grade will end its time at Cross Schools with a Celebration at The Church of the Cross on Calhoun Street at 10 a.m. Thursday.

  • Friday is Field Day for kindergarten through fourth grade. Dismissal will follow at 11:30 a.m.



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

  • The eighth-grade Algebra I EOCEP test is Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • The ninth-grade English I EOCEP test is Thursday.

  • The ninth-grade Algebra I EOCEP test is Friday.

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

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

  • Final exams and makeup EOCEP 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 2011 graduation ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina in the Elizabeth Wallace Theatre in Shelter Cove.

  • Senior Baccalaureate Awards Night will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Christ Lutheran Church with a meet-and-greet reception to follow. Guest speaker for the ceremony will be Pastor Thomas Simpson, assistant pastor at Grace Community Church. Seniors will report to Coligny Beach at 4:30 p.m. for a beach photo shoot, prior to the awards ceremony.


  • Summer daily hours will be from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday.



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

  • Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. Thursday in the gymnasium.

  • Senior/Parent luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

  • Middle School Field Day will be from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Friday. Parents are welcome.

  • The 27th Commencement Ceremony honoring the Class of 2011 will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday in the gymnasium.


  • 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.



  • The school had six of the top 10 students in the district's PASS Push contest. Students who accumulated the most hours in preparation for the PASS test will be rewarded with a luncheon with Dr. Alford on Friday at the Callawassie Clubhouse. The winning students were: Sebastian Soto, Valeria Marin, Justin Mlodzinski, Kyle Drake, Kevin Cisneros-Bustamante and Christian Lopez.


  • Got Science? Week is Tuesday through Friday. 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 Wednesday and Thursday.


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

  • New uniform items can be purchased at the school for $10 each. Details: Denise Friday, 843-342-4272

  • Students in grades 1 through 5 are invited to attend an art camp this summer, July 11-15. The camp will be held at the school under the direction of art teacher Treva Kent. Details: 843-342-4266

  • Camp Invention's "Spark Program" will be from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 27-30 at the school. Rising first- through sixth-graders are invited to attend. Cost is $215. Details:, 843-342-4100



  • Twenty-five fifth-graders have been invited to perform at the Arts Alliance Meeting on Friday in Charleston.

  • Jackie Wheeler, Physical Education teacher, was selected as Teacher of the Year.


  • Spirit Week will be held this week: Monday, No Uniform Day; Tuesday, Jersey Day (students may wear any sports jersey or team shirt and uniform bottoms); Wednesday, Twins Day (students may wear the same outfit as their friend); Thursday, Hat Day; Friday, Wacky Day (no uniforms).

  • The school will celebrate BRAVO in partnership with Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce with a concert, "That's Entertainment," at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym. The Arts and Sciences Exposition will feature student science and social studies projects. The after-school drama club will have a performance in the courtyard following the concert. The Book Fair will be open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the media center. Artist-in-Residence student projects will be displayed.



  • Junior Jasmyn Howell was recently presented with an engraved bronze medallion to signify her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2011 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Jasmyn is being honored for creating a six-week program through the Boys & Girls Club to help sixth-grade girls improve their self-esteem and teach them about diversity and acceptance.


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

  • The spring band concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the visual and performing arts center. All are welcomed.

  • NJROTC awards will be presented at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the visual and performing arts center.

  • The athletic banquet will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the visual and performing arts center.

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



  • 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,


  • Eighth-grade students received a high school orientation letter and a registration form in homeroom last week. The two-day program is for all rising ninth-graders and will include numerous activities to help students transition from middle school to high school. Return the registration forms to Mrs. Wheatley by June 8 to participate in the worthwhile program.



  • The Middle School Academic Awards were held last Monday. Receiving Citizenship Awards were sixth-graders Skylar Stephens and Emmett Askeland; seventh-graders Chrissy Hicks and Ike Stone; and eighth-graders Grace Orie and Heath Cunningham. The Middle School Effort Awards were presented to sixth-graders Marielle Quinn and Vinny Krishna; seventh-graders Madeleine McDonald and Will White; and eighth-graders Brittany Maynard and Jackson Henz. Receiving the Principal's Award were eighth-graders Ellery Newcomer and Zenon Parker. The Headmaster's Award went to eighth-graders Whitaker Gannon and Lucas McMillan. The Faculty Award went to eighth-grader Caitlin Tardio. The Rotary Award was presented to eighth-graders Ellery Newcomer and Adam Schauss. The Daughters of the American Revolution Award was given to eighth-grader Heath Cunningham. Eighth-grade winners of the 2011 George Grice Award were: Sam Bacevich, Sam Bell, Danielle Bishop, Zane Braden, Archer Brooks, Alyssa Calamari, Kate Cram, Heath Cunningham, Zac Edri, Whitaker Gannon, Cameron Halseth, Chris Halseth, Keylan Hanna, Kate Jordan, Amit Kohli, Eric McKenzie, Lucas McMillan, Ellery Newcomer, Zenon Parker, Alex Pistilli, Adam Schauss, Hannah Simpson, Noah Sulek, Caitlin Tardio and Laurel Woerheide.


  • Lower School Field Day is Monday.

  • The Spring Athletic Awards Ceremony is at 8:15 a.m. today in the Joseph B. Fraser Jr. Field House.

  • The Senior Project Fair is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday in the Middle School Gym.

  • The Lower School Moving Up Ceremony is at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Joseph B. Fraser Jr. Field House.

  • The Middle School Moving Up Ceremony is at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Joseph B. Fraser Jr. Field House.

  • The Senior Baccalaureate Ceremony is at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church.

  • Senior Graduation is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Joseph B. Fraser Jr. Field House.


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



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

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



  • Gifted and Talented teacher Kathleen Archer was named the school's teacher of the year.


  • Fifth-grade students will visit Bluffton Middle School for an orientation and tour today.

  • M.C. Riley Elementary and Early Childhood Center students will participate in "Racing to Success" Field Days on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • There will be an end of the year social event for parents and students of Project REACH (Reaching Every African American Child and Home) at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Multi-Purpose Room. Local agencies and organizations will join us to share resources, ideas and activities available in the community. Entertainment will be provided by the school's Joleba African Percussion Group and ADANDE Drumming and Dance Group.


  • The school will host ADANDE Drumming and Dance group as part of its Artist in Residence program Tuesday. In the morning, the group will work with the M.C. Riley Joleba group. The student body will enjoy an assembly in the afternoon featuring ADANDE. The African drummers and dancers explore elements of history and entertainment combined in a single musical experience.



  • Okie Foot Flight will be today through Wednesday. The second- and third-grade race will be Monday, fourth- and fifth-grade Tuesday and kindergarten and first-grade Wednesday. All races begin at 9 a.m.

  • The book fair is Wednesday through June 7. Students are encouraged to purchase their summer-reading books.

  • Fourth- and fifth-graders will perform a spring concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The time is 2 p.m. for students and 6:30 p.m. for families.

  • The school's "All Sport Grand Slam" is Friday. Students may wear a jersey for $1.



  • Upper Elementary parents are invited to the annual Upper Elementary Poet's Cafe from 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Bring a Book for Tanzania as the "entrance fee."

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


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


  • Registration forms are due today for the "Reel in the Redfish" public fishing tournament on Memorial Day. Details:

  • Pre-ordered produce boxes from Heritage Organic Farm can be picked up from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday. To sign up for the next delivery June 7, call 912-728-3708.

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



  • Mrs. Klein's Kindergarten class will perform "A Festival of Countries" program at 1 p.m. today in the gymnasium. The countries featured will be: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and Italy.

  • Talent Show tryouts will be held at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday with Mrs. Sweeney. The show will be at 1:15 p.m. June 2 in the gymnasium.

  • The eighth-grade graduation will be at 6 p.m. Friday in the church.


  • The Pre-K class will have a field trip on Thursday to Island Playground.

  • The third-grade class will have a field trip to Honey Horn on Thursday.


  • 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.



  • Author Mary Bright, who wrote the book "Whistle for the Wind," will visit the fifth-grade class from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday and talk about her book and autograph copies of it.

  • The third-grade class will present its annual living wax museum in the library Wednesday. The children dress as a historical figure, living or deceased, and present their lives in the form of wax figures. Personalities represented will include Clara Barton, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson and Bethany Hamilton.

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