Gazette Class Notes for Nov. 28

classnotes@beaufortgazette.comNovember 28, 2011 

Motivational message from Frazier family

Family and friends of the late Joe Frazier visited fourth-graders at Beaufort Elementary school recently to share motivational messages in remembrance of Frazier.

Jacquleyn Frazier Lyde, Frazier's daughter, spoke to the students. She is a judge in Philadelphia, where she has created an internship program to allow students of all ages to see the legal world. She has also participated in boxing tournaments.

Lyde told students that attitude is important and about the power of being a positive person.

"Keep your hands up and your eyes on Him," Lyde said, according to a news release from the school.

Several of Frazier's family members and friends also visited with the students, including Charles Brown, a 1996 Olympic bronze-medalist boxer. Brown told the students to set high personal standards and goals.

"If you question whether what you are doing is right or not, then it is wrong!" Brown said, according to the release.

Artist Demont Peekaso also came to the school with Lyde. Peekaso works with musical artist Raheem DeVaughn. As DeVaughn puts on a show, Peekaso paints the scene on stage. He spoke of seeing everything as art, and how art is in everyone. He showed students how he does his work by drawing during Lyde's presentation.



  • Child Evangelism Fellowship is a nonprofit organization that works with local churches and public schools. The group seeks to expand our 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,

  • 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, Virginia 22172-1938



  • The Students Against Destructive Decisions Club will join SADD clubs across the nation in celebrating SADD's 30th anniversary by holding a "Living Chain of Life" at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Dolphin Stadium. Current and former members of the BCHS SADD Club and their families are invited to be a part of this celebration. Details: Diane Grooms at 322-5580.

  • The next PTSO meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center or the BCHS Media Center.

  • Interact Club is hosting a blood drive Dec. 6. Students can enter drawings for gift cards and iPads.

  • The CAPA Angles Christmas shopping trip is at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Walmart. This is also club photo day. The wrapping party for the gifts. Is Dec. 9 in the media center.

  • The next SIC meeting is Dec. 8.

  • The Morningside Community meets Dec. 13 at 4:30 p.m. for gingerbread house making with the elderly and Christmas ornament making.

  • Interact Club's Christmas for pets is Dec. 15. Bring wrapping paper, dog treats and food and ideas for candy ornaments.


  • Students who are 18 should see Mrs. Grooms in the front office to register to vote.



  • The 2011 W.A.L.L. Approach Interim begins for middle and upper school students.

  • Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will see "The Night Before Christmas" at USCB Monday.

  • Fifth- and sixth-grade students will visit the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • The annual college trip for sophomores and juniors is Tuesday through Thursday.

  • First- through fourth-grade students will go to the Savannah Children's Theater Friday.

  • A Leukemia Cup High School Regatta will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. The regatta is hosted by the Beaufort Academy Sailing Club and the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. All money raised will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of Dr. Randy Wall. About 10 schools will participate; awards will be given to the winner and the person who raises the most money. The event is free and open to the public.



  • A STAR student lunch will take place Dec. 16. The STAR program awards classes for good behavior. Community members are invited to attend lunch with the class that has received the most awards. If you know of someone you think should join the students for the STAR lunch, contact Spanish teacher Deb Manyin.



  • Annual Needs Assessment surveys have been posted online for each school and the district at and the schools' individual websites. The information parents provide in the surveys are used to help develop the School Renewal Plan updates. There are versions in both Spanish and English. The surveys will close in December before the winter break.



  • MAP testing begins Monday and ends Friday.

  • The first basketball game of the season is at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the school. They will play Hilton Head Middle School.

  • The Scholastic Book Fair will begin Tuesday. Students -- or parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors -- can also order online immediately before and after the book fair; there is a link on the school's website,

  • Progress reporters will be sent home Friday.

  • There is a parent meeting for all rising ninth-graders at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 in the cafeteria. Representatives from Beaufort, Battery Creek and Whale Branch Early College high schools will talk about their freshman programs and schools of study. All eighth-grade students and parents are encouraged to attend.

  • The winter musical concert will be Dec. 13 in the school's gym. Band and chorus will perform.


  • Sixth-graders are participating in the annual FWDG Coat Drive. This countywide event has helped collect and distribute more than 33,000 coats and jackets to needy families in Beaufort County in the past two decades. Bring your gently-used coats, thick sweaters and jackets to our front office or send to school with a sixth-grader through Dec. 12.



    *The school is holding Chick-fil-A Spirit Nights every fourth Monday at the Boundary Street Chick-fil-A. The next one is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday. On Spirit Nights, 10 percent of all sales is donated to the school after the restaurant reaches $1,000 in sales.


  • The annual fund drive is underway. The first classroom to reach 100 percent participation with their families and staff at any financial level will win a treat from Berry Island and free books. There's also a donor who will match November and December donations up to $2,000.



  • During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the school participating in the fight against breast cancer as a Passionately Pink for the Cure team. On Oct. 7 and Oct. 28, students and staff wore pink tops and made donations to wear jeans. The school raised $531.05 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.



  • Science Fair projects are required for all fourth- and fifth-graders and are due Wednesday. Judging will take place Thursday, and parents may view projects beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. The award ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Interim reports will be sent home with students on Friday.

  • Ident-A-Kid will be at the school on Friday. Order envelopes will be sent home soon for parents who would like to have an identification card made for their student.



  • The Riverview Chess team, under the direction of Coach Mike Kruse, recently traveled to two USCF scholastic chess tournaments. Samuel Morrero, Luke McGuire, Chris Hoogenboom and Casey Hoogenboom competed in the Golden Isles Scholastic Chess Grand Prix in Georgia on Oct. 29. Morrero came in first place in the unrated division. The four also competed in The Knight Invaders tournament on Nov. 12th. Casey Hoogenboom came in first place in the grades K-12 under 600 division and Chris Hoogenboom came in second in the K-12 open division.

  • Fourth-graders Merritt, Will Bishop, Stewart Derrick and Ben Trask's PALS' team "BLAST" took first place in Beaufort County 8- through 9-year-old soccer tournament which pitted northern & southern Beaufort County against each other.


  • The board of directors meets Tuesday.

  • Board nominations are due Thursday. An information packet is available in the front office or online.
  • First-grader Mikayla Lundy is working to collect new or used shoes of all sizes for children during the holiday season to donate to the Salvation Army. On Thursday there will be a donation box at the front door.

  • Student Council applications are due Thursday.

  • Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night is Thursday.

  • The RCC Winter family event will be from 5-7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the National Guard Armory. There will be a chili contest, dancing, trivia, games and karaoke. Details, or to donate refreshments:



  • A PTO meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 6.


  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1958 Tidal Wave Breakfast Club meetings are at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Golden Corral, 122 Robert Smalls Parkway. Details: 843-525-1822, 843-524-8903

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