HELPING HANDS Students in the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Sport Event Management course will host the Trot for Tots 5k fundraiser for the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. The race will be at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort. The event is intended as a warm up to the Savannah Bridge Run, which takes place the following morning. Details: www.uscb.edu, 843-208-8030
OTHER Child Evangelism Fellowship is a nonprofit organization that works with local churches and public schools. The group seeks to expand its program in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties by starting more Good News Clubs for children in elementary school grades K-5. Details: Mary Jane Battista, 843-707-7498, firstname.lastname@example.org The National Museum of the Marine Corps is sponsoring a project to collect original art for wounded Marines. The museum will collect children's artwork through Dec. 10. The collection of original student works will be displayed in the Wounded Warrior wing of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Children are invited to draw, color or paint a picture on an 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper. The child's name, hometown and grade level must be on the back of the submission. All art should be mailed to: The National Museum of the Marine Corps; Attn: Teacher in Residence; 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172-1938
Bluffton Middle School
EVENTS PTO meets at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 in the media center. SIC, Bluffton Cluster meets at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 in the cafeteria. The "Cinderella" musical performances will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 9 and 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets will be $5 for adults and $3 for students, and will be sold at the door and at the front office.
HELPING HANDS 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. The art classes are planning some papier mache projects and are seeking donations of old newspapers. The Stang Council will be having a uniform drive until Thanksgiving break. Bring any uniform clothes to Mrs. Berens in Room B103. Berens will be giving out PBIS Signatures for each item donated. These items will be kept at the school for student use. Bring only the school's uniform colors.
OTHER Parents are encouraged to complete the Needs Assessment Survey, available at http://blm.beaufort.k12.sc.us/ and www.beaufort.k12.sc.us Winter MAP testing begins Nov. 28. Students can get assistance on homework and tutoring in the ACES program and in the open computer lab. ACES is held from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and the computer lab is open the same time on Mondays and Wednesdays. Federal Impact Aid forms must be returned to the office. Winter MAP dates are Nov. 28 to Dec. 16 for reading and math. Spring MAP testing will be from March 26 to April 30 for reading, ELA, math and science.
H.E. McCracken Middle School
EVENTS SIC/Cluster meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 29 at Bluffton Middle School. The marching band will participate in the Bluffton Christmas Parade on Dec. 3. ESOL Parent Night is from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in the cafeteria.
OTHER MAP testing for reading and math will be Nov. 29-Dec. 16. Progress reports go home Dec. 2.
Hilton Head Christian Academy
OTHER Parents and family are welcome at chapel every Thursday in the gym: L.S. Chapel, 8:45 a.m.; U.S. Chapel, 11 a.m.; M.S. Chapel, 11:45 a.m.
Hilton Head Island Elementary School
ACHIEVEMENTS Students Jack DiMuzio and Avery Harrell recently represented Heroes on Horseback in the Special Olympics State Equestrian Competition in Lexington.
HELPING HANDS The school is collecting canned goods for The Deep Well Project. Donation boxes are at the front entrance. The class that collects the most will get a pizza party. Volunteers are needed to assist in teaching foundational math concepts and skills and to play Everyday Math Games with students in Grades 1-5. Details: Mrs. Kecmer, 843-342-4236
Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts
ACHIEVEMENTS Sara Ricciardi, fifth-grade teacher and grade level chair, was presented with a Good Citizenship Medal by the George Mosse Chapter (Hilton Head) of the S.C. Sons of the American Revolution at the annual awards luncheon Nov. 9. The following students were chosen to create ornaments with artist-in-residence Brucie Holler for the South Carolina Christmas Tree which will be on display on the Ellipse for the National Christmas Tree Lighting held in Washington, D.C.: Sidney Stockwell, Julia Topping, Abigail Babcock, Carissa Church, Claudia Lopez Morales, Pierce Daly, Elijah Murray, Jessica Mora, David Ramirez, David Ramirez, Caden Edwards, McClaren Hopper, Nathan Deas, Jair Cruz, Jenna Block, Danielle Putbrese, Charlotte O'Fee, Geovanny Lopez Jimenez, Imari Cohen-Fields, Sarah Cooke, Mike Cornejo, Virginia McAvoy, Erik Lopez, Jaden Morales, Kalyn Bush, Caleb Hutchinson, Stella Weaver, Elijah Lugo, Max Arnot, Carter Roberts, Olivia Dixon, Blaise Minkler, William Tebrake, Ella Dragulescu, Dilan Manrique Borja
EVENTS The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public.
OTHER The top four pledge earners at the annual 5K Family Fun Run were: first, Grace Lawrence; second, Jack Ussery; third, Margaret Edens; fourth, Emma Beishir.
Hilton Head Island High School
ACHIEVEMENTS Dr. Wyatt, head of the choral and graduate conducting programs at University of South Carolina, recently invited Hilton Head Island High School's choir to participate in a festival of college, community and leading high school choirs in Italy in 2013.
EVENTS The second annual Parent University will be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 21, beginning with orientation in the Visual & Performing Arts Center at the high school. All parents, grandparents, and caregivers of students of all ages are invited to attend these free workshops. Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. with a concurrent resource fair and refreshments. The resource fair will include area agencies and organizations that can provide valuable services and information to families. Pre-registration is encouraged by emailing email@example.com and will be limited to 350 registrants. Applications are available at all Hilton Head Island Cluster Schools or by contacting Dianne Morgan at 843-689-4811.
Hilton Head Island Middle School
EVENTS PTA meets at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 in the main conference room.
ENRICHMENT Entries for the PTA-sponsored Reflections Art Recognition Program are due Tuesday 11/22 to Ms. Gigi at the front office. Entries must have a completed entry form and permission form attached.
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.
Hilton Head Preparatory School
ACHIEVEMENTS Five faculty members were awarded Palmetto Electric "Bright Ideas" grants and presented with a check for innovative classroom projects: Josh Hicks, "Multi-media Mathematics"; Sarah Benedik, "I Spy CSI"; Angela Taylor and Heather Brougham-Cook, "Tale of Two Species"; and Kate Clark, "Jumping Through Hoops." Eighth-grader Jack Dextraze has been honored by the Sons of the American Revolution for "Being Prepared and for Heroism." In a recent incident, Dextraze alerted authorities after a neighbor's car caught fire. His quick actions helped firefighters contain the fire and keep it from spreading to a nearby house. Ninth-grader Charlie Spencer-White tied for second place at the 17th Annual Cheraw Fall Challenge on Nov. 6. The tournament is the largest SCJGA junior event in the fall. Eighteen students recently participated in the 2011 South Carolina Independent School Association's Art & Photography Show on Nov. 4: Division 7, Emily Beasley, Grade 11, first place; Alex Edwards, Grade 12; Division 6, Julia Nahman, Grade 10, second place; Forest Richardson, Grade 10, third place; Division 5, Samantha Kriney, Grade 7; Mac Orie, Grade 7; Division 4, Collin Tardio, Grade 5, third place; Abigail Hall, Grade 5; Division 3, Elizabeth Hudak, Grade 3, first place; Will Woerheide, Grade 4; Division 2, Wyatt Haroutunian, Grade 2, second place; Photography, Marielle Alexander, Grade 12, third place; Campbell Goss, Grade 12; Maggie Gasser, Grade 11; Halie Parker, Grade 11; Angelo Carrabba, Grade 10; Christian Steinmetz, Grade 10, first place; Eric McKenzie, Grade 9
May River Montessori
EVENTS A Thanksgiving bake sale will be in front of school today during carpool. The annual "Jolly Holiday Party" will be Dec. 3 at Moss Creek. Cost is $75 a person. Details: 843-757-2312
HELPING HANDS May River Montessori will be collecting can goods for the children to deliver to local food bank before Christmas holidays.
OTHER School tours are available with information about the 2 year (toddler) to fifth-grade programs. To schedule a tour, call 843-757-2312.
Michael C. Riley Elementary School
ACHIEVEMENTS Mayra Ramirez, fifth-grade student of music teacher Kindall NeSmith, has been selected to participate in this year's South Carolina Elementary Honors Choir. The fifth grade student who was selected is Mayra Ramirez. There will be a public performance of the South Carolina Elementary Honors Choir on Feb. 4 at the Charleston Embassy Suites Convention Center during the South Carolina Music Educators Association In-Service Conference.
Okatie Elementary School
EVENTS The chorus will perform at 6-7 p.m. today at University of South Carolina Beaufort's tree lighting ceremony to raise money for the angel tree and the Child Abuse Prevention Association.
OTHER Sign-up forms will go home Tuesday for the PTO holiday workshop. Scrip orders are due Dec. 2.
Red Cedar Elementary School
EVENTS Spirit Shirt Day is Dec. 1. Chick-fil-A Night, hosted by the second grade, is Dec. 1. The event is a PTO fundraiser. A portion of the proceeds during the dinner hours return to Red Cedar to help support learning.
OTHER Winter MAP testing begins Nov. 28. Interim reports will be sent home Dec. 2.
Sea Pines Montessori Academy
HELPING HANDS The school is collecting holiday food for The Deep Well Project. See www.spma.com for requested food items. The art department is accepting clean recylables.
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
ACHIEVEMENTS These students will represent St. Francis at the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee on Jan. 19: third grade champion Kristen Fielding, runner-up Mia Calamari; fourth grade champion Austin Mitchell, runner-up Sandro Cocovich; fifth grade champion Rodney Romero, runner-up Noah Ehlers; sixth grade champion Brendan Lindstrom, runner-up Sidney Angner; seventh grade champion Isabelle Boatright, runner-up Kaylee Ehlers; eighth grade champion Emanuel Lopez, runner-up Alex Borelli; Brendan Lindstrom is the overall spelling bee champion and Isabelle Boatright is the overall runner-up.
ENRICHMENT The Beta Club officers -- Jacqueline Tobin, eighth grade, president; Ali Cohen, eighth grade, secretary; and Savannah Franklin, eighth grade, chaplain; attended the National Beta Club Leadership Summit in Charlotte-Concord, N.C. It was a three-day summit that focused on developing leadership skills, goal setting and team work.
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