EVENTS The Beaufort County School District's Consolidated College Fair will be held Thursday at Bluffton High School. Juniors and seniors from seven high schools, including local private high schools, will attend. Students will meet with college counselors from more than 75 colleges. Details: Kelly Homan, 843-706-8906
OTHER The Beaufort County School District is now offering an instructional text-messaging service for middle and high school students. Students will receive instructional content, such as an SAT word of the day or a math problem of the day, through the service. To subscribe, text "subscribe" to 68453. Text message fees apply. Details: www.schoolmessenger.com/tm There will be admission fair for 18 boarding schools from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Westin Hilton Head.
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS The annual back-to-school open house will be from 6-8 p.m. today throughout the school. There will be a general session for parents concerning graduation requirements in the auditorium from 6-6:30 p.m., with general classroom visitation from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents are advised to bring their child's progress report to facilitate locating teachers and classrooms. Details: Sharon Brown, 843-706-8803
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS New student council officers have been selected. They are Charlie Hancock, president; Ijheri Jefferson, vice president; Lindsey Cooler, secretary; and Essence Mitchell, secretary. Sixth-grade social studies teachers Nancy Klink, Pamela Pray and Tricia Sorine recently completed a seven-day immersion study into early-American history at the Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute. The Teacher Institute was created to encourage history education and make it engaging for students, according to a news release.
EVENTS A PTO fundraiser will kick off today. Cookies, cheesecakes and discount cards will be sold through Sept. 27. Products will be delivered Oct. 17. Mr. Nelson and Mrs. Berens are starting an intramural group Thursdays after school. Students need to turn in a permission slip before staying after school for the group. The first sport will be soccer. Permission slips can be picked up from the front office and outside Mrs. Berens room B103 and Mr. Nelson's room B113. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at Hilton Head Elementary School. Child care will be provided. Details: Ashley Hutchison, 843-521-2399 The first PTO meeting of the school year will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in the school's media center. SIC will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the cafeteria. The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in the school's media center. A meeting of the School Improvement Council will follow at 6 p.m. A photo makeup day is scheduled Oct. 13.
HELPING HANDS The school welcomes all 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 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 Parents are reminded Bluffton Middle School does not provide supervision for students before 6:45 a.m. The office is open until 3:15 p.m., however, school dismisses at 2:20 p.m., at which time the school's supervision ends, as well. Parents and legal guardians are reminded that if they haven't completed residency forms, they should do so immediately by visiting the main office. Students have completed MAP testing for the fall. Winter MAP dates are Nov. 28-Dec. 16 for reading and math. Spring MAP testing will be from March 26-April 30 for reading, ELA, math and science. Pass test results were sent home with students last week. Ask your child for the results if you have not received them. The school soon will be sending a word of the day and other information via School Messenger Text Messaging service. Registration information will be added to the school webpage and sent home with students shortly.
EVENTS PTO/SIC meets at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in the media center.
OTHER Explore Test Prep for eighth grade English, math, reading and science will be held Oct. 14.
OTHER First-quarter/semester progress reports will be distributed Tuesday.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
EVENTS A PTF brunch will be Wednesday. Picture Day is Sept. 27 for kindergarden through 11th grade. See You at the Pole is at 7 a.m. Sept. 28.
OTHER MAP testing for fifth through ninth grades will continue through Friday. Lower School parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday. First quarter mid-term reports will be sent home Thursday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Everyday Math Night for parents and students is from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
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
OTHER A reminder to car riders -- classes start at 8:30 a.m. Arrive no later than 8:20 a.m. Lunch applications can be done online or turned in to school. Students who have no tardies will be invited to an ice cream party in October or November.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
EVENTS The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public. An auditioned choral group of fifth-graders will perform at Town Hall on Tuesday to celebrate Constitution Week.
HELPING HANDS Parents are encouraged to join PTO. Benefits include a student directory, business discount card, PTO/SCA email updates and the school's new car magnet. Membership forms are available in the main office. The school seeks volunteers to assist students with reading. Details: Karen Cauller, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
HILTON HEAD ISLAND
EVENTS The community is invited to enjoy an evening of music, food and fun at the school's Rock the Nest celebration from 6-9:30 p.m. Friday in the school's football stadium. Admission is $5 at the gate. Activities include a rap-off, dance contest, administration dunk tank, drum line, Latino dance exhibition, local student musical talent and multicultural foods. The IB Parent Advocate Group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the home of Hilary Drammis. Details: Michelle Hartman, 843-689-4908. Information will be distributed Oct. 12-13 in 11th-grade English classes about college preparation for juniors. It is recommended that students and parents review the information provided.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS Chat with the Principal will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the bistro.
ENRICHMENT The National PTA Reflections art recognition program has begun. Entry forms and rules are available at the front office from Ms. Gigi. Students may enter in six categories: literature, dance choreography, music composition, visual art, film production and photography. This year's theme is "Diversity Means ..." Entries are due Nov. 22.
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 Tuesday. Cookie dough will be distributed Oct. 25. 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
EVENTS Lower School picture day is Tuesday. Students are to wear red tops and khaki bottoms. Middle and Upper school picture day is Wednesday. Students should be dressed appropriately, with boys wearing a dress shirt and tie.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS A "Porch Party" for parents is planned for Friday. Four porches on the May River will be the setting for a "progressive dinner." The school's annual garage sale will be Oct. 15. Spaces are available for $25. Left-over items will be donated to the Bargain Box. Information: Call 757-2312.
HELPING HANDS May River Montessori's elementary class will begin community service this month by working at a food bank the last Tuesday of each month.
OTHER Speech screening will be Sept. 30.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
HELPING HANDS Parent Night for students enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Program will be held at 6 p.m. today. This is an opportunity for the parents to learn about the curriculum that will be used in the program during the year. The program is offered to students in grades 3-5 who are identified according to state qualifications. 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.-3 p.m. Details: Kathy Wipper, 843-707-0800
OTHER Spirit Shirts that may be worn Fridays. They are available for purchase through the PTO. MAP testing for kindergarten through first grade continues through Oct. 7.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Friday is spirit shirt day. The School Improvement Council will meet from 8-8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and a PTO meeting will follow from 8:30-9 a.m. The PTO Fundrunners' kickoff is today. Primary MAP testing for kindergartners and first-graders starts today. Strings starts at 8 a.m. today; band starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday; chorus starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Band starts at 8 a.m. Tuesday. "The Right Way Owls Write" family night is 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Okatie's schoolwide picture will be taken Wednesday. Students in pre-kindergarten through third grade should wear blue; students in fourth or fifth grades should wear white.
OTHER First-quarter progress reports should be signed by parents and returned to school today.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 in the parking lot. Tables are $5. Donated items are being accepted. Money raised benefits the Sea Turtle Shop and Sea Turtle Palace. Details: Olivia Santiago, 843-707-0508
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS There will be a community meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Spirit Day is Friday. The school will sponsor the "South Carolina Scarecrow Walkabout" to benefit Sea Pines Forest Preserve from 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Fish Island in the preserve. The walkabout is a walking tour through the preserve to view student-created scarecrows based on a South Carolina theme. Cost is $5 a family, in addition to $5 Sea Pines guest pass. Tickets will be sold on the day of event at the preserve. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534; www.spma.com
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
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
EVENTS The first Bank-in-School, Squirrel Savers Club will be Wednesday. Bank representatives will be in the school lobby from 8-8:30 a.m. to accept deposits, hand out information for new accounts and answer students' banking questions. The next school Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church The Family School Association is hosting its second annual "Gala by the Sea" dinner dance and silent auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Westin Hotel Oceanside Pavilion. To purchase tickets, make a donation or be a sponsor, got to the school office or call 843-681-6501.
OTHER First-quarter progress reports will be sent home Tuesday. Hot lunch orders for the month of October will go online Tuesday and are due into the school office by 9 a.m. Sept. 29.
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