ACHIEVEMENTS Ya Fang, T.J. Melanson and Alex Reamy, all of Hilton Head Island, have been accepted to the S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville. They join 66 other students representing 25 counties as the class of 2013. Fang is the daughter of Xinfong Chen and Liang Fang; Melanson is the son of John and Judi Melanson; and Reamy is the son of Judd and Suzanne Reamy. The Governor's School for Science and Mathematics is a public, residential high school for academically talented and motivated juniors and seniors. It offers college-level courses and a hands-on curriculum with a special focus on science, math, technology and research, along with new concentrations in economics and entrepreneurship.
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Kid's Club is at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Bluffton Early Childhood Center multipurpose room.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS Picture day is Sept. 15.
OTHER MAP testing continues for grades eight and nine through Sept. 13.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Picture day is Thursday. Auditions for "The Tortoise Versus the Hare" will be from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Open house is 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12. A community fair will follow from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at the school's yellow entrance. Break-out sessions for talented and gifted, ESOL and special education is 6:30-7 p.m. All families are encouraged to attend.
OTHER A reminder to car riders: Classes start at 8:30 a.m. Arrive no later than 8:20 a.m.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
EVENTS Open house will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. This is an opportunity for parents to get information on classroom procedures. Parents should report to their child's homeroom.
HELPING HANDS The school seeks volunteers to assist students with reading. Details: Karen Cauller, email@example.com
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 Michelle Brockway is the gifted and talented contact for parents. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS The School Improvement Council meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 15 in the media center. The IB Fall Family Picnic will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Sunday at Jarvis Creek Park. Those planning to attend should call Michelle Hartman at 843-689-4908.
OTHER Interim reports will be issued Sept. 16. Power Score class will be offered from 9:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18. Details: Stephanie Alford, 843-689-4804
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
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. The annual Cookie Dough and More fundraiser has begun. Students will be selling the Club's Choice Premium pre-portioned cookies in a variety of flavors and other food products. Money raised is given to the school in the form of grants for additional resources, materials, supplies and specialized equipment for the school. The sale ends Sept. 20. Details: Charlyn Page, 843-689-4500
OTHER For safety and security reasons, students will not be released from school between 2-2:30 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 Students and teachers in junior kindergraten through fifth grades 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. The 2011-12 student council class representatives are: 12th grade, President Emily Blackshire, Vice President Allison Frederick, Secretary Ellie Nixon, Treasurer Devin White, Marc Halseth; 11th grade, Helen Cardamone; 10th grade, Greg Warren; ninth grade, Amit Kohli, Katelyn Tardio; eighth grade, Aidan Hegarty, Will White; seventh grade, Emmett Askeland, Catherine Sheehan; sixth grade, Hayden Garniewicz, Daisy Woerheide.
EVENTS Prep parents are invited to the first "Coffee with Anthony" for an informal Q&A session at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the Dolphin Dining Hall. The first ACT of the school year will be given from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the Upper School classrooms. There will be a PSAT/SAT Review Workshop from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the Dolphin Dining Hall.
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.
OTHER Representatives from Lehigh University and Lynn University will be visiting seniors at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS A "Porch Party" for parents is planned Sept. 23. Four porches on the May River will be the setting for a "progressive dinner." Chess and yoga will begin after school the week of Sept. 12 for elementary students. The school year's first Parent Association meeting will be 9 a.m. Sept. 13.
HELPING HANDS May River Montessori will receive proceeds from the Celebrity Golf Tournament. Volunteers from the school helped with the tournament and festivities.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Student council class representatives are: Co-Presidents Dasia Lucas and Jaden Goethe, Vice President Lisa Campion, Secretary Ridge Dowe, Treasurer Brandon Najera, Co-Historians Emmie Hudson and Taylor Stevens.
EVENTS Students will celebrate "American Pride Week" this week. Students will celebrate the American spirit through the learning of American literature and poetry and in social studies classes. The week's events are sponsored and planned by the student council. Student Council will sponsor a commemorative assembly at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the Flag Court Garden. Faculty, staff, students and community will gather for patriotic songs, student poetry and essay readings. Student council will recognize and honor families who have members serving or who have served in the war in Iraq. Guests will include members of the Bluffton Township Fire District, the Bluffton Police Department, Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, and members of the Lowcountry Golf Course Superintendent Association who constructed and dedicated the Flag Court Garden to the heroes of 9/11.
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 Operation Take Flight orientation will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Early Childhood Center media room. Operation Take Flight is a tutoring program for kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center. Volunteers are needed to work 20 or 45 minutes at a time, one day a week, Monday through Friday. During that time, each volunteer will have the opportunity to work with either one or two students. Volunteers may tutor anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Details: Kathy Wipper, 843-707-0800
OTHER MAP testing for second through fifth grades continues throughout September.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Friday is spirit shirt day. MAP testing for students in second through fifth grades continues. The "We Remember 9/11" will be from 9-9:30 a.m. Friday. Local members of the fire and police departments as well as the Urban K9 Search and Rescue organization will be in attendance. The grandparents luncheon is Friday. Lunch will be at 10:15-10:55 a.m. for first-graders, 10:55-11:35 a.m. for second-graders, 11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. for kindergartners, 12:20-12:50 p.m. for third-graders, 12:50-1:20 p.m. for fourth-graders and 1:20-1:50 p.m. for fifth-graders. Okatie's Half Marathon Challenge begins its six-week training Tuesday.
OTHER Friday folders go home with school and grade newsletters on Friday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS Spirit Day is Friday.
OTHER Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Friday for the following week. Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534
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