Gazette Class Notes for Feb. 27

classnotes@beaufortgazette.comFebruary 27, 2012 

University of South Carolina Beaufort business students recently toured Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort to get a better idea of how to keep a large-scale organization running like clockwork.

The students, who are all juniors and seniors in instructor Ken Szarek's operations management class, talked with Marines on Feb. 16 about how the maintenance, staff certifications and more were organized and kept track of.

"They learned about the various aspects of operations of maintenance and flights -- how the two interact and how that is managed on an everyday basis," Szarek said.

The students get a sense of business operations on a smaller scale through a course project that requires them to study local businesses and devise solutions for any problems -- such as long customer wait times -- they observe.

The trip to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort gave them a better understanding of how business operations are done on a larger scale, Szarek said.

"This kind of interaction with local professional organizations helps the students to understand the theories of the operations management class, but in a real situation," he said. "It also aids in the workforce development of these students for their careers in the future."

Szarek said he hopes to do the same tour with students in his future classes as well.



  • The Foundation for Educational Excellence will hold its third fundraising event from 6 to 9 p.m. March 2 at The Country Club of Hilton Head. The foundation gives Innovative Teacher Grants for projects, programs and equipment that is beyond school budgets. Event tickets are $40.

  • Details: or Carol McMillan, 843-322-2306


  • 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 the South Carolina. The camp will be held July 15-20 at the University of South Carolina free of charge. Only 50 applicants will be accepted. Applications are due by March 31. Details:



  • The school improvement council will meet March 8.



  • There will be a presentation for the faculty on Asperger's syndrome at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27. The presentation will be done by the Lowcountry Autism Foundation.

  • The book fair will be held in the gym lobby and open during lunch and until 4 p.m. every day this week.

  • The Middle and Upper School open house is at 6 p.m. Feb. 28.

  • Science fair projects will be set up Feb. 28.

  • The Life Fit Mobile Wellness Bus will be on campus from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 29. Blood pressure and blood sugar testing for those 18 and older is free. Additional tests are offered for a small fee.

  • The science fair judging will be March 1. The awards assembly is 8 a.m. March 2 in the gym.


  • The school's literary magazine, "Seasons of the Pen," is making a comeback. Students should send poetry or black and white photos to Mrs. Dinkins by March 13 to be published.



  • The school's production of "Hairspray" will be performed at 7 p.m. March 1-3 and March 8-10 at the school's arts center. Tickets for students are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Details: 843-322-2152



  • The school improvement council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the media center.

  • The school's science fair will be March 2. More than 225 students will present projects on botany, microbiology, chemistry and more. They will be judged by the Sea Island Regional Science Fair judges and students will talk with them about how they conducted their experiments and the results of their projects.

  • There is an orientation for rising seventh- and eighth- graders at 6 p.m. March 1 in the cafeteria. Parents will hear about the registration process for next school year.



  • The next All-Pro Dad breakfast is 7 a.m. March 2 in the school's gym. This month's topic is "being detail oriented." Dads can learn parenting tips while spending quality time with their kids. The event is free. To attend, RSVP to



  • The school's first talent show fundraiser is at 3:30 p.m. March 3 at the Shed in Port Royal. There will be a silent auction, petting zoo, live music and more.



  • Friday is "Read Across America Day." Students will celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with green eggs and ham for breakfast. Guest readers will visit classrooms. Students can dress up as their favorite storybook character, and classroom doors will be decorated with the class' favorite book. The Cat in the Hat will also visit.

  • Bring Your Parent to School day is from 9 to 11 a.m. March 5. Parents can experienced first-hand the school's arts-integrated curriculum, use of educational technology and learning environment.



  • The PTO is planning a yard sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21 at the school. A table may be purchased for $10. Any unsold items will be donated to CAPA.



  • The "Trial of the Big Bad Wolf" performance is 6:30 p.m. March 1 in the Commons.



  • Three eighth-graders were named Junior Scholars for their high PSAT scores. Congrats to John Inglis, Noah Kimbrell and Olivia Trpcic.

  • The following students participated in the Knights of Columbia free-throw contest and will advance to the next level: Lilly Allen, Siobhan Murphy, Sofia Giordani, Joey Tripcic, Braden Wilson, Alex Becker and Maggie Crisologo.


  • The school's seventh annual oyster roast and microbrew festival is March 3. Tickets are $25.

  • There will be no school March 16 or March 23.



  • Parents are invited to a bullying prevention workshop at the school at 6:30 p.m. March 8.

  • There is a workshop on tips for parenting teenagers at 6:30 p.m. on March 22 at the school.


  • 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

  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1972's 40th reunion will consist of two events June 29 and 30. From 6 to 11 p.m. June 29, alumni will gather at Darrah Hall at the Penn Center on St. Helena Island. From 7 to 11 p.m. June 30, alumni will gather for a banquet at the Marine Corps Air Station Officer's Club. Tickets are $80 for both events. Details: 843-263-7657 or 843-838-2794

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