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.
Beaufort County School District
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 March 19-23. To register for pre-kindergarten, students must be 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
Bluffton Elementary School
Domino's Spirit Night is March 14. The class with the most orders wins a pizza party. Gem Mining for third-graders will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. March 14. PTO will meet at 3:30 p.m. March 15. The Scholastic Book Fair, open to the public, will be held 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. March 13-15 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. March 16 in the media room. PTO Jeans Day is March 16. Bluffton Early Childhood Center Pre-K and kindergarten registration begins March 19. Details: Mr. Fritz, 843-706-8565
HELPING HANDS The school is looking for volunteers to help during PASS testing 8:30 a.m.-noon March 20-21 and May 8-11. Details: Claudia Silva, 843-706-8500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bluffton Middle School
Thirteen students have been chosen for either poetry and/or art submission in the 2012 Beaufort County School District's "River of Words": Alex James, Garrett Nitz, Lisa Larionova, Cheyanne Ward, Chris Lemacks, Daniela Hernandez, Dylan Yarborough, Grayson Lowe, Haley Beckel, Ijheri Jefferson, Johnny White, Lucas Loebs and Virginia Scott. The public is invited to a student exhibit and sale from 5-6:30 p.m. March 16 at ARTworks, 2127 Boundary St., Suite 18A, Beaufort. The winners of the Science Fair will create traditional backboards and represent the school in the Sea Island Regional Science Fair on March 14 at Parris Island. The winners are: best overall: Emma White and Cate Meighan; botany/microbiology, Logan Mulholland, Grayson Lowe, Connor O'Brien and honorable mention Patrick Connelly; physics/astronomy/engineering, Nace Groshon, Adam Babington, Kathryn Rathke and honorable mentions David Howard and Alan Najera; chemistry/biochemistry, Emma White, Maddie Yemec, Sami Buda, Lucas Loebs and honorable mentions Chris LeMacks and Biviana Najera; medicine/zoology, Cate Meighan, Caroline Griggs, Madison Sherrell and honorable mentions Maddie Anderson, Joshua Fredrick, David Chappelear and Daryl Charles; environmental/social/behavioral, Michael Singletary, Andrew Lesnett and Adam Park and honorable mentions Alec Stephens, Olivia Baldwin, Victoria Sulak, Avery Jacobs, Cheyanne Ward, Victoria White, Zach Bond, Makena Avichouser, Kristen Thorne, Matthew Ball, Matthew Harris and Emily Dittle.
EVENTS A Bluffton school cluster meeting of SIC will be at 6 p.m. March 12 at Bluffton High School in the media center. The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be at 6 p.m. March 13. Pi Day is March 14. The Sea Island Regional Science Fair is March 14. Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is March 15. Girl Scouts will meet 6:30-7:30 p.m. March 19 in D106. A tentative fifth-grade parent night will be held March 20. It will be an information night for incoming sixth-grade students. The last day of the third quarter is March 23.
ENRICHMENT Mr. Woodring's computer lab is open until 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for students needing extra help. The National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be held March 13.
HELPING HANDS 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
A Bluffton school cluster meeting of SIC will be at 6 p.m. March 12 at Bluffton High School in the media center. PASS testing is March 20-21. Volunteers are needed to do hallway monitoring those days. Please call Ms. Joly at 843-706-8786 to sign up.
Hilton Head Christian Academy
Moms In Prayer International will meet at 8 a.m. March 12. An informational meeting for the senior trip for all interested senior parents and students will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 14 in the cafeteria. Graduation supplies will be distributed during this meeting. A Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting will be at 7 a.m. March 15 in the cafeteria. Moms At Prayer will meet from 8-9 a.m. March 15. School families and the community are invited to attend a special chapel at 10 a.m. March 15 in the gymnasium featuring a performance by Children of the World. An admissions open house for prospective families will be held from 8:30-11:15 a.m. March 15. Third-quarter report cards go home with students March 15. The Lower School Preview Night will be 7-8:15 p.m. March 27. Prospective families for grades K-4 are invited to an evening highlighting the lower school program.
ENRICHMENT Students are again participating in the Memory Project, a global art initiative founded in 2004. Its goal is to have high school art students across the nation create portraits for children who have been orphaned, providing them with a special memory of their youth. Drawing classes are creating portraits that will go to The Agape School in Ghana, Africa. There are eight extra portraits. If you are interested in participating, please contact Monique Dobbelaere at 843-689-4800 for more information. 123Driving Academy will offer a one-day driver education course March 17. Contact the front office for more information.
Hilton Head Island Elementary School
The following students had their artwork chosen to be published in the "River of Words" book: Mackenna Stenhammer, Luke Cavano, Edgar Chavez Ceron, Carson Copeland, Avery Campbell, Garrison Geoffrey, Kelley Coulman, Jaiden Hrobar, Edy Ann McGoldrick and Akemy Ramirez.
Parents: The lost and found is enormous. Please check if your student is missing a lunchbox or clothing item. It is located in the front office closet.
Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts
EVENTS A "Parent PASS Test Workshop" will be held in the gym from 6-7 p.m. March 12. Parents will receive strategies and materials to help their child prepare for the PASS test. Group Picture Day is March 16.
ENRICHMENT Third-graders will be attending a performance of "Celtic Crossroads" on March 12 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The performance will highlight Irish music and dance.
Hilton Head Island High School
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 through March 30. Tickets will be $40 or $60 a couple April 9-25. There will be photographers, and picture packets will be available. Only juniors and seniors can buy tickets, and no dates age 21 or older. Any student who attends will need to get an obligation formed filled out. If the date does not attend HHIHS, 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 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
A student council meeting will be held from 2:45-3:45 p.m. March 13 in room 706. The seventh grade dance will be held from 7-9 p.m. March 23.
HELPING HANDS Please keep turning in your box tops to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives $0.10 for each box top turned in.
OTHER Parents of eighth-graders should contact the main office at 843-689-4500 about submitting baby photos of students for the yearbook. As a reminder to parents: No students are released after 2 p.m. Please bring a valid ID when signing out your student.
Hilton Head Preparatory School
Hilton Head Prep students will be participating in the Sea Island Regional Science Fair on March 14 and 15.
EVENTS Middle School Conference Day is March 16. There will be no school for middle school students. An open house for kindergarten through second-grade students will be from 6-7 p.m. March 26. All prospective parents are welcome.
OTHER "Tuesday Tours" are given weekly from 9-11:00 a.m. for prospective families who are interested in learning more about the school.
May River Montessori
May River Montessori students will present "Aesop's Adventures" as their spring opera March 24.
ENRICHMENT Suzuki violin lessons are now offered from 2:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays.
OTHER May River Montessori is now accepting applications for a limited number of spaces available for the 2012-13 school year. This year, May River Montessori is celebrating its 25th year providing an outstanding Montessori education for the families and children in our community.
Michael C. Riley Elementary School
Members of the M.C. Riley African Percussion Group, JOLEBA, performed March 11 in the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day Parade.
EVENTS A Bluffton school cluster meeting of SIC will be at 6 p.m. March 12 at Bluffton High School in the media center. There will be a meeting for the School Planning and Management Team at 3:45 p.m. March 13. A PTO meeting will be at 5 p.m. March 13. Parents are invited to attend the science fair award program at 6 p.m. March 13 in the main building multipurpose room. Career Day will be from 9-10:40 a.m. March 13. Community members, parents and area business personnel will speak with students in pre-K through fifth grades about their chosen professions. Second-grade classes will be participating in a "Poetry Jam" at 9 a.m. March 13 in the multipurpose room. They will be sharing original poems. Some of the students in the ESOL program will be visiting the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia on March 16.
Okatie Elementary School
A PTO meeting will be held at 8:15 a.m. March 13. Third graders will visit the SC Aquarium on March 13. Chick-fil-A Night is 5-8 p.m. March 14. A field trip for kindergarten students to Dreissen Beach will be March 15. Fourth- and fifth-graders will perform at 6:30 p.m. March 15. A PTO luncheon for volunteers is March 16.
Pritchardville Elementary School
Bank Day is March 14. Math Game Night is 6-8 p.m. March 15. The Sea Turtle Dance is March 16.
OTHER Donations of gently used and/or new games are needed for Sea Turtle Palace. Bring donations to the front office. Child Find registration is March 19-23. Pre-K Child Find screenings are March 26-April 30. Register at the school in your zone.
Red Cedar Elementary School
Ident-A-Kid pictures will be take March 14. If you are interested in ordering Ident-A-Kid pictures, please send in the form and the appropriate amount of money with your child. March 15 is Red Shirt Day. Classes with 100 percent participation will get their pictures taken for the Atrium. The Kid's Club and a kindergarten/first-grader performance is March 15. The activities begin at 6 p.m. for all pre-K, kindergarten and first-graders and their families. The theme is health and fitness.
Sea Pines Montessori Academy
March 16 is Spirit Day. Please wear your SPMA logo wear to school. There will be no school March 15-16 for Staff Professional Development Days.
OTHER Weekly SPMA Campus Tours are at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Please 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.
St. Francis Catholic School
The Science Fair for middle school students was held Feb. 24. Congratulations to the following winners: Biology: first, Jack Jolley and Mark Tigges; second, Savannah Franklin and Ali Cohen; and third, Alex Thaller. Chemistry: first, Nikki Lopez; second, Allison Hughes; and third, Kaeleigh Judge and Lydia Novak. Physics: first, Jacqueline Tobin; second, Bailey Fallon; and third, Austin Borasky. Jacqueline Tobin was also named Best of Show. These students will go on to compete in the Regional Science Fair on March 15 at Parris Island.
EVENTS The next school Mass will be in conjunction with Grandparents Day at 9 a.m. March 15. School will be dismissed at 11:30 a.m. March 16 is a teacher work day. There will be no school for students. The end of the third quarter is March 15. Report cards will be sent home March 20 in Take Home Tuesday folders.
ENRICHMENT The fourth- and fifth-grade classes will attend a production of "Celtic Crossroads" on March 12 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.