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 kindergarten through fifth grades.
Details: Mary Jane Battista, 843-707-7498, firstname.lastname@example.org
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Semi-finalists who participated in the Geography Bee on Jan. 17: Adam Babington, Adam Park, Matthew Rasmussen, Aidan Sanz, Nathan Butts, Logan Mulholland, Hayleigh Stevens, Alec Stephens and Tyler Akey. Adam Babington won the school competition and will advance to the next level of competition Jan. 23 with a written examination to determine state competitors. Runner-up was Matthew Rasmussen. All school winners are eligible to win the National Championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the National Competition May 22-24 in Washington, D.C. The school contact is Tricia Anne Kindle, social studies department.
EVENTS The 2011-12 yearbook is for sale. Order forms are available in the office. Parents also can order yearbooks at www.jostensyearbook.com. Cost is $35 and checks should be made payable to Bluffton Middle School. Last day to purchase a yearbook is Jan. 31. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Hilton Head Elementary School. Child care will be provided. Details: 843-521-2399 Two parenting workshops will be held. The first presentation, "Communication Skills," will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Red Cedar Elementary School. The workshop, presented in English and Spanish by the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Department, will stress verbal communication and listening skills and review ways to give and receive directions. The second workshop, "Keeping a Lid on Anger," will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bluffton Middle School. Report cards will be sent home with students Jan. 23. The next PTO meeting is at 5 p.m. Jan. 24 in the media center. The next School Improvement Council meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the media center. The basketball team has an away game at Hilton Head Island at 5 p.m. Jan. 24. The basketball team has a home game against Bolden (boys only) at 5 p.m. Jan. 26. PBIS Incentive Day is Jan. 27. The basketball team has a home game against Ridgeland at 5 p.m. Jan. 31. The sixth-grade awards ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 2 in the gym. The seventh-grade awards ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 3 in the gym. Technology Night is Feb. 6. The seventh-grade Valentine's Day is from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10. Volunteers are needed for chaperoning and checking in students. Contact Taffy Scheider at 843-707-0796 or email@example.com.
ENRICHMENT The Geography Bee winner test will be held Jan. 23.
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.
H.E. MCCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS Report cards will be sent home Jan. 23. Physicals for spring sports will be done by Dr. Patel at 2:45 p.m. Jan. 25 in the nurse's only. Cost of exam is $10, cash only. School Technology Night/School Improvement Council is 6-8 p.m. Jan. 30 in the cafeteria.
ACHIEVEMENTS Freshman Merritt Wilburn, a United States history honor student, was delegated to escort Sen. John McCain around Hilton Head Island during the recent South Carolina Republican primary. Merritt was able to share and discuss insights he experienced while with the senator, during class sessions last week.
EVENTS Heritage Academy seniors will sponsor a pizza sale in conjunction with Spirit Day activities Jan. 25. Staff and students are encouraged to wear their Heritage Academy apparel. There will be a faculty meeting 5:45-7 p.m. Jan. 26 in the school library.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The following first- through third-grade students had perfect attendance for the first half of the school year -- First grade: George Apy, Daniel Bent, Lizbeth Bruno Sanchez, Hector Castellon Mejia, Natayezha Duncan, Devin Espinoza Velasquez, Valeria Fajardo Cervantes, William Fielding, Zoe Fox, Hannah Franks, Yahir Garcia Morales, Caylin Green, Christopher Gutierrez Esteban, James Shanique, Ashley Lopez, Junior Marcos, Whitney McGuire, Jose Mestanza Arriola, Lusalery Morales, Joshua Navarrete, Victoria Polites, Rubi Ramirez Rico, Janile Roberson, Itzel Santiago Arana, Christopher Santos Alday, Sara Snyder and Hector Urias Ramirez. Second Grade: Leah Aldana, Anna Ashton, Grace Brannon, Kylie Brown, Sadie Callen, Mary Copeland, Christopher Crosby, Ian Doherty, Aeden DuBois, Angel Gutierrez Esteban, Kailyn Hoover, Andrew Lopez Reyes, Kyle Martin, Julia Mason, Edy McGoldrick, Josue Montalban Cortez, Juan Montes Ricario, Mariza Morales, Miguel Morales, Dayanna Narvaez, Isabella Pozos, Olivia Reynells, Abigail Rodriguez Lobo, Cody Rogers, Edgar Romero Orduna, Kenny Santiago Lopez, Sarah Kate Shupp, Andrey Snyder, Jacob Vrabel, Jackson Ward and Yoselyn Zuviri. Third grade: Lesli Arizmendi, Joseph Barrientos Adame, Madison Bennett, Annalisa Bennett, Sloan Callen, Alicia Cardozo, Carmen Concepcion, Tre'von Frazier, Aubrey Johnson, Elliott Jones, Julia Kubec, Ceiry Lopez Reyes, Jack Mastrorocco, Victor Moreno,
Ashna Patel, Natali Perez Ruiz, Kelly Ramos, Charlotte Schmidt, Ella Smoot, Ashleigh Snyder, Mackenzie Williams and Edgar Zamora Carvajal.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The Student Council representatives are Isabel Muehleman, president; Henry Weaver, vice president; Pierce Daly, secretary; and Veronique Horup, treasurer.
At 2 and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26, fourth-graders will present a program called, "Civil War Round-A-Bout." Using Thomas and Percival Drayton from Hilton Head Island's history as a reference, the students will perform and demonstrate the causes, events and results of the war through music, dance and drama. This performance will be held at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. The program is under the direction of Melinda Smith, music teacher. The community is invited to attend.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS Report cards go home with students Jan. 23. PTA meeting will be at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 in the main conference room. Chat with the principal at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25 in the bistro. Tech Night will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in the media center.
OTHER The eighth-grade Individual Graduation Plan appointments begin Jan. 23 and continue through Feb. 3. IGP appointments were handed out to students in their social studies classes. A complete list of the IGP appointments can be found on the school website under the guidance webpage. Details: 843-689-4564
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
EVENTS The next Coffee with Anthony will be held at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 26 in the dining hall. Upper School Information Night for rising ninth-graders will be 7-8 p.m. Jan. 26. "A Day in the Life" of Hilton Head Preparatory School's Lower School will be at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Lower School Commons.
ENRICHMENT Hilton Head Symphony solo clarinetist Jose Franch-Ballester performed an outreach program with clarinet instruction for third, fourth and fifth graders Jan. 17.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS Deborah Urato's Sunflower Room will present "A Soup Opera" on Jan. 27 for Sunflower parents. The Elementary Open House will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 30 for prospective and current parents.
ENRICHMENT The upper elementary class will travel to Charleston for a history tour Jan. 27. They will start at the Old Exchange and will engage in a Colonial/American Revolution-themed scavenger hunt, ending up at South Carolina's oldest public building, The Powder Magazine.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS The WINGS award ceremony is at 9 a.m. Jan. 23 for kindergarten through second-graders; 2 p.m. Jan. 23 for third through fifth grades. Report cards go home Jan. 23 and must be returned Jan. 24.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Report cards go home Jan. 23. The AMES Second Quarter Showcase is at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 in the multipurpose room. Students will show their work and accomplishments from the second quarter. Learn more about the AMES program at 6 p.m. Jan. 26 at Hilton Head Island Elementary School; 6 p.m. Jan. 31 at Pritchardville Elementary School; tours on Feb. 3 at Pritchardville Elementary School; SAGE meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Okatie Elementary School; and tours on Feb. 17 at Pritchardville Elementary School. AMES applications are due March 16. The interview process begins April 9.
OTHER Donations of gently used and/or new games are needed for Sea Turtle Palace. Bring donations to the front office. Val O Grams are on sale for $2. All orders are due by Jan. 31.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Reports go home Jan. 23. Science Fair data is due to homeroom teachers. Red Cedar Elementary School Guidance Department is sponsoring two parenting workshops, one this month and the second one in February. Parents from Bluffton Cluster Schools are invited to attend these programs. The first presentation, "Communication Skills," will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Red Cedar Elementary School. The workshop, presented in English and Spanish by the Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Department, will stress verbal communication and listening skills and review ways to give and receive directions. The second workshop, "Keeping a Lid on Anger," will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Feb. 23 at Bluffton Middle School. The School Improvement Council will meet at 7:45 a.m. The meeting will be 30 minutes.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 24. Call 843-785-2534 to make an appointment. Spirit Day is Jan. 27. Wear school logo to school.
OTHER Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Jan. 27 for the following week.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Lisa Sweeney will be recognized at the Rotary Club Luncheon on Jan. 26 as St. Francis Catholic School's outstanding teacher of the year. Sweeney is the director of visual and performing arts for St. Francis, where she has taught for 14 years.
EVENTS Students will celebrate the 100th day of school Jan. 27. There will be a Catholic Schools Week Mass at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29 at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church. Students will attend this Mass with their classes.
HELPING HANDS Mrs. Toth's fifth-grade class will help pack bags for the Backpacks for Buddies program in the family center at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 26.
OTHER Report cards and registration information will be sent home in students' Take Home Tuesday folders Jan. 24. Hot lunch orders for February are online. Orders and payments are due into the school office by 9 a.m. Jan. 26.
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