HELPING HANDS DoSomething.org and Staples are teaming up with ABC Family for the Staples for Students Do Something for kids in need national school supply drive. Beaufort-area teens are encouraged to collect school supplies and drop them off at the nearest Staples store through Sept. 17. Staples customers can get involved by donating $1 or more at any Staples store. All supplies and donations will be given locally to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry. Details: www.staplesforstudents.org
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS Picture day is today. Retake day is Oct. 13. Sixth-grade open house is 6 p.m. today. Open house for seventh grade will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in the media center.
HELPING HANDS The school welcomes volunteers. You must register through Winocular (available on the Beaufort County School District website in the Human Resource department) each year in order to participate. Details: Taffy Scheider, 843-707-0796 Bluffton Middle School teachers are trying to increase individual classroom libraries. Donations of books, magazines or books on tape are being accepted. Send donations to your child's ELA teacher or Leslie Natoli, literacy coach.
OTHER MAP testing runs through Sept. 9. First quarter progress reports go home Sept. 16.
BRANCH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
EVENTS First day of school is Sept. 7.
OTHER Registration is ongoing for the upcoming school year.
H.E. MCCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS Picture day is Sept. 15.
OTHER MAP testing begins for grades eight and nine.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
EVENTS A new parent coffee is 8 a.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria. An eighth-grade parent meeting with Barb Turner is at 6:30 p.m. in the media center.
OTHER MAP testing for grades kindergarten through fourth grade is Tuesday, Sept. 16. MAP testing for grades five through nine is Sept. 6-23.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Picture day is Sept. 8. Everyday Math Night for parents and students is from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 28. Auditions for "The Tortoise Versus the Hare" are from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 6.
HELPING HANDS The school's Operation 100% reading program needs volunteers for two hours a week teaching first-and second-graders. No experience is required. Details: Linda Baird, 843-342-6640
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
EVENTS Banking and Boxtops will be held Friday.
OTHER The "See Our Spirit" PTO fundraiser for this year is a letter campaign from the students to their friends and family seeking donations. Students are asked to return the envelope with the letters to their teacher. The Spirit Carnival will take place in early October for all students to celebrate their hard work. The "Walk One World Walking Club" will begin its fifth year. This year the students will walk each day outside on the playground. Details: Beth Vargas Giel, 843-342-4380.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS An open house will be at 5 p.m. Thursday. SIC meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 in the media center.
HELPING HANDS The school is looking for volunteers to help maintain various gardens.
Hilton Head Island Middle School
EVENTS There will be a PTA meeting from 1-2:30 p.m. today in the main conference room. All parents are invited.
HELPING HANDS Turn in your Box Tops for Education at any time during the school year to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in.
OTHER For safety and security reasons, students will not be released from school between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Schedule your appointments accordingly. A photo ID is required for early dismissal, and you must be on the approved sign-out list.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Ninth-grade golfer Charlie Spencer-White was selected to represent his country in the Wales vs. Surrey golf competition over the summer. He halved his pairs match and won his individual match, helping lead Team Wales to victory. Eighth-grader William White was named middle school semifinalist in the first Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering) Competition. White was the only semifinalist selected in the state and is among just 300 semifinalists named from more than 6,000 nominees around the country. Students and teachers in grades junior kindergarten through fifth grade read 2,248 books for the Summer Reading Challenge. To celebrate reaching their goal, the student in each class who read the greatest number of books had the opportunity to throw water balloons at Lower School Head Nancy Foy. Student winners were: junior kindergarten, Bobby Lyda, 56 books; kindergarten, Amanda Hudak, 130 books; 1A, Annabelle Corbitt, 140 books; 1B, Robert Taylor, 41 books; 2A, Hope Dobbelaere, 244 books; 2B, Jack Gigante, 99 books; 3A, Anna Kurtz, 34 books; 3B, Elizabeth Hudak, 142 books; 4A, Kierstin Clark, 26 books; 4B, Kailey Tucker, 16 books; 5A, Lizzie Rankin, 41 books; 5B, Adria Stevens, 25 books.
EVENTS Lower School Parents Night will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the middle school gym.
HELPING HANDS Senior Allison Frederick volunteered through the Neighborhood Outreach Connection to help 23 local elementary school students do online reading and math drills this summer.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Back to school nights will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade at M.C. Riley Early Childhood Center; and Thursday for grades two through five at M.C. Riley Elementary School.
HELPING HANDS The Rotary Reader and Mentoring programs are in need of volunteers. The Rotary Reader program helps encourage the love of reading through a caring, mentoring program. Volunteers are needed to read on a weekly basis with individual students at the school. The Mentoring Program helps a child increase his or her self-esteem and academic achievement through providing a positive influence on the student's development. Rotary Reader and Mentoring Orientation is at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14. Details: Carol Walters, 843-706-8345
OTHER MAP testing for grades two trough five continues through September. The school will be introducing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports -- a schoolwide system that promotes student behavior positive patterns -- to students during the week through their EAGLE Flight School. School uniform colors are navy blue, red, white and gold for shirts; and khaki and navy blue for pants, shorts and skirts. New this year are optional Spirit Shirts that may be worn on Fridays. They are available for purchase through the PTO.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Friday is spirit shirt day. MAP testing for grades two through five is ongoing. The School Improvement Council will meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and the PTO will meet at 8:30 a.m.. Both meetings will be one hour. Back To School night is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade and 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday for students in grades three through five. A gifted-and-talented parents meeting will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday. Students are asked for their WHOOS writing topic this month to write about where you and your family were on Sept. 11, 2011. The "We Remember 9/11" will be at 8:45 a.m. Sept. 9. Students will watch a video, hear a firefighter speak, carry flags to our outdoor flagpole, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, have a moment of silence and sing the National Anthem. The grandparents' luncheon is at 10:40 a.m. Sept. 9.
OTHER Fall MAP testing begins this week for all second- through fifth-grade students. Friday folders go home with school and grade newsletters on Friday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS Spirit Day is Friday.
OTHER Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534
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