BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS MAP testing continues through today. Bluffton Band Boosters are selling Boston butts Saturday for $25. Pickup will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Savannah Bank parking lot on Bluffton Parkway during a yard sale. To order: 843-757-3695, 843-784-9929 Teacher's Appreciation Day is May 8. PASS testing, which is scheduled for May 8-11. ESOL parents night is at 6 p.m. May 16 in the cafeteria. The second annual Night of the Arts and International Food Festival is at 6 p.m. May 18. Elementary schools will visit May 21-25. Band and strings concert is 6 p.m. May 24 in the gym. PTO meeting is at 5 p.m. May 29 in the media center. SIC meeting is at 6 p.m. May 29 in the media center. TEDx Night is at 6 p.m. May 31. Report cards go home June 7. Last day of school is June 7 with a half-day dismissal. Summer school starts June 11.
ENRICHMENT PASS testing is May 8-11.
H.E. MCCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS MAP testing makeups continue through today. The band's yard sale has been rescheduled for 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donations are still being accepted. Details: 843-757-3695
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
EVENTS Moms in Prayer International meet at 8 a.m. today. Moms at Prayer is 8-9 a.m. Thursday. Chapels are Thursday -- 8:45-9:30 a.m. for the lower school; 11-11:45 a.m. for the upper school; and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for the middle school. Fellowship of Christian Athletes is 7 a.m. Thursday. The lower school spring musical, "Jonah's Druthers," is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS MAP testing continues through today. Math Measurement Day is today. Mentor/Rotary Readers Breakfast is 9 a.m. Tuesday. Fifth-grade parent informational meeting exhibition is 8-8:30 a.m. and 6-6:30 p.m. Thursday. ESOL Family Night is 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Class photos are Friday. Saturday School is 8:30-11:30 a.m. SIC meeting is at 5 p.m. May 7 in the OAKS.
ENRICHMENT "Promising Picasso" student artwork will be on display at Pineland Station in the old Tuesday Morning store through Saturday. PASS Prep Saturday School will be 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
OTHER School logo shirts are available for $10 at the school office.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
ACHIEVEMENTS The following fifth graders had their self-portrait selected for framing and exhibition at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: Emily Slawson, Gabrielle Volz, Andrea Moreno, Caitlin Rapp, Morgan Caramello, Zykeria Gethers, Nicte Barrientos, Karana Lobaugh, Sydney Mink, Laura Hernandez, Sydney Stockwell, Abigail Babcock, Mick Vaughn, Henry Pitts, Cristian Hernandez, Kolby Minckler, Tyler Huston and Henry Clare Cram.
EVENTS MAP testing continues through today. The Duke TiP reception is 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the gym. Banking and Boxtops is Friday.
ENRICHMENT Amos Hummell was an artist-in-residence for fifth-graders. Jim Schultz, a ceramic artist, was an artist-in-residence for second-graders. This was made possible through the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina's Adopt-A-School program. First-graders will go to the Farmers Market at Honey Horn on a rotating schedule.
OTHER The very large collection from Lost and Found will be donated at the end of the year. Please check in the front office if your student is missing any clothing items.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS Relay For Life starts at 6 p.m. Friday in the football stadium.
ENRICHMENT Several scholarships in amounts up to $500 will be awarded by the school's PTSO to deserving seniors whose participation and leadership in activities and organizations has enriched the lives of others and the school community. Scholarship applicants must submit a required essay and PTSO Leadership, Activities and Community Service Form. More information and the form are available on the main page of the school's web site and on the PTSO web page. The essay and requested information must be submitted by 3 p.m. May 8 in a sealed envelope to 12th grade counselor Robert Latourelle. Details: email@example.com
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Congratulations to seventh-graders Melissa Bonvissuto, John Robert Gavin III, Nigel Harris, Sage Kuhens, Emma North, Jacob Pollard, Madeline Prince, Matthew Tobin and Tyler Yeomans qualified for state recognition through the Duke University Talent Identification Program. The talent search identifies academically talented seventh-graders and invites them to complete either the SAT or the ACT college entrance examinations. These students are invited to an awards ceremony at Furman University.
EVENTS Ninth Grade Academy Middle School to High School Transition meeting is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Choral performance is at 6 p.m. Wednesday. PASS testing begins May 8. The Athletic Ball for athletes will be 7-9 p.m. May 18 in the middle cafeteria. The eighth-grade celebration and dance will be June 5.
ENRICHMENT Registration is open for Virtual Keyboarding, an eight-week summer course in which students can earn .5 credit. The course is for rising eighth- through 12th-graders with computer and Internet access. Details: http://tinyurl.com/bcsdvs Registration is open for summer physical education for rising ninth-graders. Registration forms are due May 18 at the guidance office. Forms are available on the guidance webpage.
OTHER Continue turning in Box Tops for Education. The school receives 10 cents for each box top.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Second-grader Jack Gigante recently won first place for Beaufort County in the Barnes & Noble "My Favorite Teacher" national contest. Incoming head of the lower school and longtime Prep teacher Jane Inglis, the subject of Gigante's poem, received a set of hardbound classic children's books for her first-grade class. The poem will be entered into the regional contest in May.
By Jack Fritz Gigante
Mrs. Inglis has blue eyes,
She would never tell any lies.
She is nice, funny and kind.
She has a good mind.
Mrs. Inglis teaches us math with dice,
She also teaches us how to grow rice.
She teaches us the life cycles of plants,
And says, "It's not nice to step on ants."
If we do good work, she pats us on our backs,
She helps us organize our messy backpacks.
Mrs. Inglis watches us play tetherball,
And sometimes she'll join us all.
One time I climbed a tree,
Fell down, and scraped my knee.
Mrs. Inglis ran over and picked me up.
She cleaned me up and gave me a hug.
Sometimes, when we boys get too rough,
Mrs. Inglis will say, "That's enough!"
When we are sad she'll dry each tear,
And that is why she should be Teacher of the Year.
EVENTS Lower school students will perform the musical "Once Upon a Mattress" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday in the field house. Senior Showcase art exhibit is on display at the Discovery House in Honey Horn Plantation through May 10. The annual exhibit features visual art by seniors and a few juniors. The Middle School "3D" meeting is at 8 a.m. Thursday in the lower school commons. The Upper School "3D" meeting has been postponed.
OTHER Volunteers are needed to help with the "Promising Picassos" student art exhibit sponsored by the Island School Council for the Arts. Details: 843-342-4266, firstname.lastname@example.org
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS Teacher Appreciation Week is this week. Favorite T-shirt day is May 9. Elementary students in the Sand Gnats Reading Program will attend a game May 19.
The school is asking members of the community to vote for it to receive a $50,000 school beautification grant from Rack Room Shoes. Go to www.rack
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS MAP testing continues through today.
ENRICHMENT Students in Mrs. Westby's Special Needs class will receive tennis lessons from the Bluffton High School tennis team for several weeks on Wednesdays at the high school. Fourth-grade classes walked to the May River twice within the same day last week to observe high and low tides. This trip is an extension of the Earth Science Unit on the Solar System.
HELPING HANDS Volunteers are needed to assist as monitors for the upcoming PASS testing 8:30 a.m.-noon May 8-11. Details: 843-706-8300
OTHER Volunteers are needed to monitor upcoming PASS testing from 8:30 a.m.-noon May 8-11. Details: 843-706-8300
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Progress reports must be returned today. Math Vocabulary Bowl for third- through fifth-graders is Wednesday. Grand Slam Day is Thursday. Pay $1 to wear your favorite jersey or cap. ESOL PASS night is 6 p.m. Thursday for third- through fifth-graders. PASS pep rally is at 2 p.m. Friday for third- through fifth-graders. PTO Family Movie Night is 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.
ENRICHMENT Kindergartners will go on a field trip to pick strawberries Thursday and Friday.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Math Night Fiesta is 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Bank Day is May 9. BOGO Book Fair is May 14-18 in the media center. IdentiKid Pictures are May 17. PTO meeting is 7-8 p.m. May 17. AMES Showcase is 6-7 p.m. May 24. Multicultural Day is May 25.
OTHER Pre-K Child Find screenings will continue through today. Volunteers are needed to proctor PASS testing. Details: 843-707-0500
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Spirit Shirt Day is Tuesday. Bank Day is Wednesday. Kid's Club for families of prekindergartners, kindergartners and first-graders is at 6 p.m. Thursday. The prekindergarten will perform "ABCs of Pre-K." PASS testing is May 8-11. SIC meets at 7:45 a.m. May 16.
OTHER Volunteers needed to proctor PASS tests from 9-11 a.m. May 8-11. Details: 843-707-0600, email@example.com
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
EVENTS Open board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the atrium. Campus tours are at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534 Mother's Day will be celebrated 11:40 a.m.-noon Thursday in preprimary classes, and 8:15-9 a.m. Friday in the primary, lower and upper elementary classes. Spirit Day is Friday.
OTHER Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Friday for the following week.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Lisa Sweeney, director of visual and performing arts, chose eight pieces of artwork to represent the school in this year's Promising Picasso exhibit. The following students will have their artwork showcased through May 5th at Pineland Station in the Promising Picasso Gallery: Nico Pitale, first grade; Emma Knight, second grade; Quinn Ryan, third grade; Jack Klepchick, fourth grade; Eileen Lundblad, fourth grade; Darby O'Donnell, sixth grade; Allison Hughes, seventh grade; and Callie Smith, seventh grade. The exhibit is open to the public.
EVENTS The Family School Association is hosting Muffins with Mom on Wednesday in the family center. Moms will have the opportunity to have a light breakfast with their children in honor of Mother's Day. Volunteers from St. Francis Thrift Shop will be at the school Thursday and Friday for the Mother's Day/Father's Day sale. Students will be able to purchase inexpensive gifts for their parents at school on those days.
OTHER Orders for this year's yearbook are being taken now. Yearbooks are $20 each and may be ordered in the school office.
To submit items for "Class Notes," send them to The Island Packet, P.O. Box 5727, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. Fax to 706-3070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.