ACHIEVEMENTS The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership program will hold its graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island, honoring outstanding area high school juniors who completed the year-long program.
The Junior Leadership program offers young leaders the opportunity to build leadership skills through service learning projects, seminars, workshops and interaction with local leaders and decision makers.
Bob Masteller, owner of The Jazz Corner, was chosen to be the keynote speaker in recognition of his contributions and commitment to continuing education through The Junior Jazz Foundation.
The graduating class includes students from Bluffton High School: Robert Gregar, Augusta Wren Hershberger, Emma McCracken and Casey Witkowski; Hilton Head Christian Academy: Sarah Carroll, Katie Crowe, Carly Munn, Jane Whaley Rogers and Reed Shindell; Hilton Head Island High School: Caroline Cauthen, Amanda Fitzhugh, Jordan Haughton-James, Robin Kaeding, Cassie Ley, Federico Moreno, Josh Mousseau, Nikki Schoning, Emma Stanton, Arianna Tolerton, Tommy Vater and Elizabeth Wipper; Hilton Head Preparatory School: Gracie Anderson, Taylor Calamari, Helen Cardamone, Russell Freed, Kelsey Izzillo, Abigail Miles, Molly O'Neil, Mark Oppenheimer and Charlie Wilmot.
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
EVENTS JROTC Cadets and Boosters will hold a yard sale fundraiser with a cook-out and bake sale 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 12 in the H.E. McCracken Middle School parking lot, 250 H.E. McCracken Circle, Bluffton. To reserve a space, call Jody Gray at 843-415-2449. It is $15 for one space and $25 for two.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The Lady Bulldogs softball team won the championship April 25, beating Beaufort Middle School 12-1. The girls finished the season undefeated in first place for the season and first place conference champs. Students in Greg Lonz's ELA classes entered a writing debate contest through Time For Kids magazine. The debate question was, "Should schools ban the sale of bottled water?" Ben Kelley was one of two students selected for the article in the April 20 edition. Ben's written response and a photo were included in the magazine. Sixth- and seventh-grade students in Jan Allen's and Courtney Foor's art classes created environmental art for Earth Day. Ten pieces were selected to be showcased at the Experience Green "Get in the Loop" event held April 21 at Shelter Cove Community Park on Hilton Head Island. Student projects were evaluated on site by a panel of art and sustainability experts. The winners received recognition and cash at a special ceremony at the event, and select pieces went on to be displayed at the Coastal Discovery Museum. First place was awarded to Joshua Collom, second place to Olivia Baldwin and third place to Hannah Weikert.
EVENTS Teacher Appreciation Day is Tuesday. 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. A school cook-out will be May 25 during lunches. 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. Band Awards Night is 6 p.m. June 4 in the cafeteria. The sixth-grade awards ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. June 5 in the gym. The seventh-grade awards ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. June 7 in the gym. Report cards go home June 7. Last day of school is June 7 with a half-day dismissal. Summer schoot starts June 11.
ENRICHMENT PASS testing is Tuesday-Friday.
OTHER Engraved bricks are available for $50 each. The bricks will be placed as pavers in front of the school at the flagpole.
EVENTS On Tuesday, the middle school will host the fourth grade for the annual Stepping Up Day. Fourth-graders will attend and eat lunches with the middle school classes. Fourth-grade parents are invited to attend a special Stepping Up session at 6 p.m. A Family Chapel will be held Wednesday. Muffins for Moms is 8 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Friday. All moms of students in preschool through fourth grade are invited to attend.
OTHER New parent orientation /summer contract meetings will be held May 14. Parents new to the lower/middle school will meet at 6 p.m. and returning parents at 7 p.m.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS The Band Awards Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. May 21 in the Bluffton High School cafeteria. Middle School Athletics Night will be at 6:30 p.m. May 24. Students will present "Camp Rock" May 25-27.
ENRICHMENT Eighth-grade PASS testing is Tuesday-Thursday. End of the year exams, called EOCEP, are May 29-31.
HELPING HANDS The schools seeks volunteers for hallway monitoring for PASS testing and EOCEP; please call Ms. Joly at 843-706-8786.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
ACHIEVEMENTS A middle school academic and athletic award assembly will be held at 11:45 a.m. Thursday. Awards will be presented for the first, second and third highest averages (grades seven and eight), A and B honor roll, and principal's honor roll. In addition, students will be recognized for merit awards (grades seven and eight), perfect attendance, music awards and Beta Club. If your child is receiving an individual academic award, you will receive a letter. Letters are not mailed to parents of students receiving an honor roll award. An upper school award assembly will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday. Students earning A and B honor roll and perfect attendance awards will be recognized. Recognition also will be made for student leadership in clubs and organizations. The Evening of Excellence will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the gym and is sponsored by the National Honor Society for students in grades nine-12 who are receiving an individual highest average award. In addition, merit awards, principal's honor roll, fine arts awards, awards of note for juniors and seniors and recognition of senior members of NHS is given.
EVENTS AP exams will run through May 16. AP exams will be held at Hilton Head Presbyterian PCA. Please see the school website for the exam schedule. Moms in Prayer International meet at 8 a.m. today. Moms at Prayer is 8-9 a.m. Thursday. Chapels are Thursdays -- 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 will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday. Muffins for Moms will be at 7:15 a.m. Friday in the cafeteria. Moms are encouraged to attend with their children.
OTHER Pre-packaged school supplies are available for students in kindergarten-fourth grade. Order forms must be turned in by May 18. Order forms may be downloaded from the school website.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS SIC meeting is at 5 p.m. today in the OAKS.
OTHER School logo shirts are available for $10 at the school office.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
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
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 website and on the PTSO Web page. The essay and requested information must be submitted by 3 p.m. Tuesday in a sealed envelope to 12th grade counselor Robert Latourelle. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
EVENTS A PTA open house for rising sixth-graders is 2-3 p.m. May 14. All parents are invited to attend and find out about PTA opportunities. Student council meets 2:45-3:45 p.m. May 14. The Athletic Ball for athletes will be 7-9 p.m. May 18 in the middle cafeteria. The eighth-grade celebration will be at 6 p.m. June 5 in the high school stadium. Students are to report to their homeroom teachers by 5:15 p.m. A dance follows in the middle school cafeteria.
ENRICHMENT PASS testing is Tuesday-Friday. 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 Web page.
OTHER Continue turning in Box Tops for Education. The school receives 10 cents for each box top.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Eighth-grader Jackson Richard and junior Russell Freed won first place overall in their divisions at the SCISA State Science Fair. Senior Dan Chambers won first place in the social and behavioral category. Fifth-grade humanities teacher Heather Brougham-Cook was recently selected by the University of Massachusetts Lowell's Tsongas Industrial History Center to attend a weeklong workshop this summer, "Inventing America -- Lowell and the Industrial Revolution."
EVENTS Senior Showcase art exhibit is on display at the Discovery House in Honey Horn Plantation through Thursday. The annual exhibit features visual art by seniors and a few juniors. The Spring Music Concert for all grades is 5:30-6:45 p.m. May 15. A Parents Association meeting will be 8:15 a.m. Wednesday in the KNS Media Center.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
EVENTS Favorite T-shirt day is Wednesday. 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.rackroomshoes.com/lp-contest.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS SIC meets at 6 p.m. today in the media center. The School Planning and Management Team will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
ENRICHMENT PASS testing for students in third- through fifth-grade will be Tuesday-Friday. Students should come to school well-rested and on time.
OTHER Volunteers are needed to monitor upcoming PASS testing from 8:30 a.m.-noon Thursday-Sunday. Details: 843-706-8300
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ENRICHMENT ELA PASS Testing for third- through fifth-grade is Tuesday. Math PASS Testing for third- through fifth-grade is Wednesday. Science and Social Studies PASS Testing for third- through fifth-grade is Thursday. Social Studies PASS Testing for fourth-graders is Friday.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Bank Day is Wednesday. 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 Volunteers are needed to proctor PASS testing. Details: 843-707-0500
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS PTO meets at 6 p.m. Thursday. SIC meets at 7:45 a.m. May 16. The annual Family Picnic will be 4-6 p.m. May 24.
ENRICHMENT PASS testing is Tuesday-Friday.
OTHER Volunteers are needed to proctor PASS tests from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday-Friday. Details: 843-707-0600, email@example.com
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Student Trey Collins, the son of Stacey and Art Collins of Bluffton, is The Storybook Shoppe's April Reader of the Month.
EVENTS Spirit Day is every Friday. Please wear your SPMA logo wear to school. There will be a Spring Concert and Picnic on Friday.
OTHER Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at 9:30 am. Call 843-785-2534 to make an appointment. 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
EVENTS The next school Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
ENRICHMENT The students will lead a Living Rosary at 10 a.m. Friday in the gym. Second-grade students will receive their first Holy Communion at 10 a.m. Saturday in the church.
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 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.