BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
EVENTS Kindergarten and pre-kindergarten registration for Beaufort County schools is coming up. To register for kindergarten, students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Bring the child's birth certificate, shot record and two proofs of residency to the elementary school in your attendance area from March 19-23. To register for pre-kindergarten, students must 4 years old by Sept. 1. Students must be screened from March 26-30 at the elementary school in their attendance area. Call the school to schedule an appointment. Details: 843-322-2300 The Beaufort County School District Technology Night will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Pritchardville Elementary School.
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Carter Smith, Priscilla Holland, Enrique Duran, Kelsey Borden and Hannah Albert were finalists for Winthrop University's 2012 South Carolina Schools Photography Competition. Karsen Gardner won third place in the competition for "Fabrik Liquid Light."
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS School will be closed today for Presidents Day and staff development day. A meeting for fifth-grade parents regarding the Advanced Studies Program will be held at
6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria. Beginning Band Night for rising sixth graders will be 6-7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria. The parenting workshop, "Keeping a Lid on Anger," will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the school. The Science Fair is Feb. 28. The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in the media center. The School Improvement Council will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the media center. The Foundation for Educational Excellence Gala, will be 6-9 p.m. March 2 at the Country Club of Hilton Head. Details: www.foundationedexcellence.com
HELPING HANDS Volunteers are needed to help with the Science Fair on Feb. 28. Volunteers will supervise students waiting to present, support judges' needs, average judges' scores and write out ribbons and certificates. Volunteers are needed for Round 1, 7:30-9:30 a.m.; Round 2, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Round 3, 1-2:30 p.m.; and for certificates and ribbons, noon-2 p.m. Please contact Taffy Scheider at 843-707-0796 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help. Bluffton Middle School teachers are requesting donations of books, magazines or books on tape for classroom libraries.
OTHER The school offers two ongoing after-school student help options. Students can get assistance with homework in the ACES program, held 2:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursdays. Students also can get assistance in the open computer lab, held 2:30-3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day. ELDA testing will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and continues through March 9. OMAP testing for Algebra 1 students will be held Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and continues through March 2.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day. Moms At Prayer will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday. Fellowship of Christian Athletes will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. All school families are encouraged to attend an important HHCA Town Hall meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 27.
ENRICHMENT Juniors will take a college bus tour Wednesday-Friday, visiting seven South Carolina and Georgia institutions.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
EVENTS Student projects will be presented at the Technology Showcase at Pritchardville Elementary School 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. A bookfair will be held at Barnes and Noble 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. A percentage of the purchases will be used to benefit the "Walking to the BEAT" program (behavior, effort, attitude, teamwork). This event is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hilton Head. Details: email@example.com
ENRICHMENT Second-graders will perform a musical production of "Swimmy" at the Hilton Head Island Visual and Performing Arts Center 2-6 p.m. Thursday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Bernabe Torres, Jessica Smith, Kimberly Mandigo, Karla Boyd, Yesica Barrientos and Adrian Austin were finalists for Winthrop University's 2012 South Carolina Schools Photography Competition.
won third place in the competition for "Gloom in the mist." Miles Helman
won an honorable mention for "Glass." Six students were 2012 Scholastic Art Awards finalists. Jessica Smith won a Gold Key for photography portfolio. Heidi Stine won a Silver Key for drawing. Bernabe Torres won a Silver Key for black and white photo. Kim Mandigo won a Gold Key for black and white photo and an honorable mention for digital photo. Adrian Austin won an honorable mention for digital photo. Miles Helman won an honorable mention for black and white photo.
EVENTS The IB Fundraiser, "A Night in Little Italy," will be 5-7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at Paulie's on Hilton Head Island. Tickets are $15 and include an Italian buffet and soft drinks. Details: 843-689-4908
OTHER Prom is 8 p.m.-midnight April 28 in the main gym. The theme this year is "Happily Ever After, A Fairytale." Ticket are $30 or $50 a couple and are on sale March 5-30. Tickets will be $40 or $60 a couple April 9-25. There will be photographers, and picture packets will be available later. Only juniors and seniors can buy tickets, and no dates 21 or older. Any student who attends will need to get an obligation formed filled out. If the date does not attend the high school, he or she will be required to get the bottom portion of the obligation formed signed by the SRO and Mrs. O'Nan (this is the background check). The obligation forms will be located in the school store. Parents of HHIHS students attending the prom will be required to attend a parent prom meeting. There will be two meetings, 6 p.m. April 25 in the cafeteria and 9 a.m. April 28 in the VPAC. At these meetings, the parents will be able to pick up their child's prom ticket.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day.
ENRICHMENT The cast of "50 Young Americans" will conduct a three-day Music Outreach Workshop open to all Beaufort County fourth- through 12th-grade students in the community. The workshops contain three days of singing, vocal technique, dancing, stage presence, microphone usage and many other technical aspects of performing. The workshop will conclude with a show for the community at 7 p.m. March 3, at the middle school. The fee for the workshop is $57 ($47 plus $10 for the T-shirt worn during the performance). Students can register online at www.youngamericans.org under "US Tour JAN-MAR 2012," or at Hilton Head Island Middle School, 55 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 (checks made payable to HHIMS). Details: Kimberly.Gallagher@beaufort.k12.sc.us
HELPING HANDS The homeroom that brings in the most box tops will get a breakfast. The box tops must be trimmed and bagged, or organized into groups of 50 with rubberbands around them. Students should turn the box tops in to their homeroom teachers by Feb. 27.
OTHER Parents of eighth-graders should contact the main office at 843-689-4500 about submitting baby photos of students for the yearbook.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Four Hilton Head Preparatory School students were recently honored by the Captain William Hilton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Fifth-grader Courtney Doyle and eighth grader Madeleine McDonald received the Good Citizenship Award for their demonstration of honor, service, leadership and promise as caring and contributing citizens of their community and country. Sixth-grader Julia Gigante won the American History Essay Award for her winning essay about the War of 1812. Senior Emily Blackshire won the Good Citizens Scholarship Award for exhibiting dependability, service, leadership, patriotism and academic excellence.
EVENTS "Tuesday Tours" are given 9-11 a.m. weekly for prospective families who are interested in learning more about Hilton Head Preparatory School. "Meet the Coaches" for spring sports will be held at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Lower School Gym. The Upper School Athletic Awards Ceremony will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Fraser Field House. The Upper School Athletic Awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fraser Field House, directly following "Meet the Coaches."
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS Coastal Pediatric Dentistry will give a presentation for each class March 3. Children will learn how to care for their teeth and establish lifelong good habits. Teachers will attend a seminar focusing on children's nutrition March 5.
ENRICHMENT On Feb. 11, students 6 and up participated in an initial assessment to participate in the Presidential Fitness Award Challenge. Suzuki violin lessons are now offered from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays.
OTHER Re-enrollment of current families was completed Feb. 10. May River Montessori is now accepting applications for a limited number of spaces available for the 2012-13 school year.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day. Teachers will be participating in a Staff Development Day. The English Language Development Assessment testing will be Tuesday-March 9. The Standardized Testing and Reporting will be administered to second through fifth-grade students Wednesday and Thursday.
ENRICHMENT The Spirit of Old Beaufort Group will perform "Echoes from the Past: Civil War History Customs and Dance" for the fourth-graders Tuesday-Thursdays. "Echoes from Beaufort's Past" is an experience of Beaufort's history presented through music, dramatic monologue and dance. It is an interactive program featuring performers in period dress, diary accounts, antebellum dance, historical songs, and Broadway tunes. The performance is part of the Artist in Residence Program.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day. SIC is at 8 a.m. Tuesday. PTO is at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. ELDA testing begins Tuesday. Signed progress reports are due Tuesday. Kid's Club will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school gym. Bricks 4 Kidz will provide an atmosphere for students to build and play games using LEGO bricks. Cookies and drinks will be served. The Coffeehouse Performance will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Students will celebrate Read Across America week March 2 with a birthday celebration for Dr. Seuss. There will be a schoolwide read-in at 2:15 p.m. A "Freckle Juice" performance will be held at 2 p.m. March 2. Pre-K report cards go home March 2.
ENRICHMENT The Society of Bluffton Artists afterschool program begins Feb. 29 for GT Art students. Science Fair projects are due for all fourth- and fifth-grade students March 2.
February is "A Month of Love for Shelter Pets" community project for the Student Council. Students are collecting money, pet food, treats, collars and leashes, dishwashing liquid, office paper, clean towels, blankets, toys and paper towels.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Student Council meets Tuesday.
OTHER Yearbooks are on sale for $18. Deadline for purchase is Feb. 24. Donations of gently used and/or new games are needed for Sea Turtle Palace. Bring donations to the front office.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day. An AMES/GT meeting for rising sixth graders will be held Tuesday at Bluffton Middle School. The parenting workshop, "Keeping a Lid on Anger," will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Bluffton Middle School.
ENRICHMENT Kindergarteners through fifth-graders will participate in the Sand Gnats Book Bug program for February. Kids will have a chance to earn prizes based on their grade level goals for reading. Completing the program will earn them a ticket to Red Cedar Elementary's Game Day on April 21.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day. It will be a teacher in-service day. There will be a Step-Up Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Details: www.spma.com Opera Week begins Friday. Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Please call Shannon Alford at 843-785-2534 to make an appointment. Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear SPMA logo wear to school.
HELPING HANDS The Have a Heart Annual Fund campaign has begun.
OTHER Art Teacher Sarah Perry is in need of more "good garbage" for the art studio. Bring clean and dry grocery and household items (food containers, bottles, broken items, etc.) that can be safely and hygienically used in the art studio. Also, Mrs. Perry is looking for the donation of six plywood sheets for the opera set as well as any sea life, such as shells, nautical/ocean items. Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Fridays for the following week.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
EVENTS School is closed today for Presidents Day. Students will be attending mass at 10 a.m. Wednesday for Ash Wednesday.
OTHER March Hot Lunch orders and payment are due by 9 a.m. Feb. 23.
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