Packet Class Notes for Feb. 27

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 24, 2012 



  • The Celebrate Freedom Foundation is accepting student applications to its SOaR Aviation Aerospace Summer Camp. The camp is open to all sophomore and junior high school students in South Carolina. The free camp will be held July 15-20 at the University of South Carolina. Only 50 applicants will be accepted. Applications are due by March 31.

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  • 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



  • Fifth-grader Elaine Guo qualified for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition, to be held March 10 in Columbia. She won for her age division at the Bluffton Elementary competition and the district competition.


  • ELDA testing continues through March 9.


  • The school is looking for seven volunteers to help during PASS testing 8:30 a.m.-noon March 20-21 and 20 volunteers for May 8-11. Details: Layssa Jimenez, 843-706-8500 or



  • The Science Fair is Tuesday.

  • PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.

  • SIC will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.

  • A parents-only meeting on drug awareness, "New Fads & Trends in Under Age Children," is at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria.

  • The Foundation for Educational Excellence Gala, will be 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Country Club of Hilton Head. Details:

  • ELDA testing continues through March 9.


  • Volunteers are needed to help with the Science Fair on Tuesday. 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, 9:30-11:30 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 if you are able to help.

  • Teachers are requesting donations of books, magazines or books on tape for classroom libraries.


  • 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.

  • Ms. Stanziola was awarded a $500 grant from the Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence. The money will be used to purchase math games and manipulatives to use in sixth- and seventh-grade classes with students who have not met state standards on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards.



  • All ROTC Cadets and selected JR Bobcats will attend the Superintendents Cup Competition on Friday. The competition at Hilton Head Island High School will include academics, drill and ceremony, and athletic events.

  • OMAP testing for Algebra 1 students continues through Friday.

  • ELDA testing continues through March 9.


  • Volunteers are needed for hall monitoring for PASS testing March 20-21. Call Ms. Joly at 843-706-8786 to sign up.



  • All school families are encouraged to attend an important Town Hall meeting at 7 tonight.

  • PTF will host a coffee for all faculty and staff today in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. A luncheon will be provided Friday.

  • Moms At Prayer will be 8-9 a.m. Thursday.

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

  • There will be an honor recital featuring music students at 7 p.m. Thursday in the front lobby. All are invited to attend.


    Families are invited to attend weekly chapels:

  • Lower school chapel, 8:45-9:30 a.m. Thursday

  • Upper school chapel, 11-11:45 a.m. Thursday

  • Middle school chapel, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday



  • A session to help students prepare to take the S.C. Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) 2012 test is 5:45 p.m. Tuesday.


  • The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Parent Resource Center.



  • Senior Jessica Bonilla's "Careful With What You Create" will be on display for about 20 seconds Friday and Saturday on a big screen in Times Square during the National Art Education Association's annual convention. Her entry was one of 500 from across the country selected for this acknowledgement.


  • Cluster SIC meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the media center.


  • 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 their obligation formed signed by the SRO and Mrs. O'Nan (this is the background check). The obligation forms will be 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.



  • Yearbook orders are due today.

  • Entries for the Box Tops Contest are due today. The homeroom that brings in the most will win a breakfast. The box tops must be trimmed and bagged or rubberband in groups of 50.

  • PTA meeting is at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Main Office Conference Room. All parents are invited to attend.

  • Registration meetings for parents of rising sixth-graders will be held Tuesday in the auditorium. The meeting for students from Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts is at 5:30 p.m. The meeting for students from Hilton Head Elementary is at 7 p.m. All parents are invited to attend.

  • All eighth-graders and parents are invited to attend a Higher Education Awareness meeting from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria to discuss options for after high school. Details: Carmela Larkby, 843-689-4564


  • 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. Saturday 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 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:


  • Parents of eighth-graders should contact the main office at 843-689-4500 about submitting baby photos of students for the yearbook.



  • Fifth-grader Chloe Corbitt won eight gold medals at the S.C. Swimming Short Course State Championships, held Feb. 10-12. She earned the highest number of points of any swimmer in the 9-10 girls division, earning her the title of overall state champion. She is set to compete in the South Eastern Regional Swimming Sectionals in March.

  • Seventh-grader Vinny Krishna won for his grade level at the SCISA State Spelling Bee. Krishna placed second in 2011 as a sixth-grader and won in 2010 as a fifth-grader.


  • Winterim for upper and middle school students begins today and runs through the end of the week.

  • The school will be closed the week of March 5 for Spring Break. School resumes March 12.


  • As part of an outreach program sponsored by the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, lower school students heard a performance Feb. 14 by guest cellist, Narek Hakhnazaryan.


  • Middle school English teacher Ian Devine was recently honored by the Chamber of Commerce for outstanding work.

  • "Tuesday Tours" are given weekly from 9-11 a.m. for prospective families who are interested in learning more about the school.



  • Coastal Pediatric Dentistry will give a presentation to each class Saturday. Children will learn how to care for their teeth and establish lifelong good habits.

  • Teachers will attend a seminar focusing on children's nutrition today.

  • May River Montessori students will present "Aesop's Adventures" as their spring opera March 24.


  • Suzuki violin lessons are now offered from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays.


  • May River Montessori is now accepting applications for a limited number of spaces available for the 2012-13 school year.

  • During 2012, May River Montessori is celebrating its 25th year providing an outstanding Montessori education for the families and children in our community.



  • The Science Fair is Wednesday. Projects will be judged on creative ability, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill and clarity. A public viewing of projects will be held 4-5:30 p.m.

  • The next Kid's Club meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at M. C. Riley Early Childhood Center. A "Leap into Reading Pajama Night" will be the evening's program. Parents will attend a literacy workshop in the multi-purpose room.

  • A Family Fitness Fair will be held on the track and in the cafeteria starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. It is a full day of activities promoting health, fitness and wellness for the whole family.

  • The English Language Development Assessment testing will continue through March 9.



  • Students will celebrate Read Across America week Friday 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. Friday.

  • Pre-K report cards go home Friday.


  • The Society of Bluffton Artists afterschool program begins Wednesday for GT Art students.

  • Science Fair projects are due for all fourth and fifth grade students Friday.


  • 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.



  • Donations of gently used and/or new games are needed for Sea Turtle Palace. Bring donations to the front office.



  • Thursday is Spirit Shirt Day, Chick fil-A Night and Jersey Mike's Night.

  • Red Cedar will celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' Birthday on Friday with volunteers coming in to read to students.


  • Science Fair projects are due Friday.

  • 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.


  • Pre-orders for the Krispy Kreme fundraiser for the third grade field trip to Spring Island are due Friday.



  • Opera Week continues through Thursday.

  • The SPMA Youth Opera Program will enjoy its fifth season with a production of "The Mermaid and the Prince" at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center. The performance caps the end of Opera Week. For tickets, call 843-785-2534.

  • SPMA Spirit Day is every Friday. Please wear your SPMA logo wear to school.

  • There will be a First Friday Coffee with the head of school at 8:30 a.m. Friday in the atrium.

  • Students will perform in the Youth Arts Fest on Saturday at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.


  • The Have a Heart Annual Fund campaign has begun.


  • Weekly SPMA Campus Tours are at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Call Shannon Alford at 843-785-2534 to make an appointment.

  • Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Fridays for the following week.

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