Gazette Class Notes for May 28

info@islandpacket.comMay 27, 2012 

Broad River brings home STEM awards

Third-graders at Broad River Elementary School brought home several trophies at a recent competition in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics.

The students created a math computer game that tested multiplication skills. They competed in the STEM Innovative Challenge at the Citadel in Charleston in late April and won first and second place awards for their work.

The game, Frog vs. Alligator, featured a frog that hopped from lily pad to lily pad as the player solved multiplication problems. The frog had to outpace the alligator across the pond. They began work on the project in November, teacher Latasha President said.

"The kids did everything on their own," President said. The students began brainstorming ideas in the fall and voted for their favorite ideas. Then, students worked in groups to design four different versions of the game using a program called Scratch and basic computer programming. All the students played them and chose the version they felt worked the best to take to the late April competition.

At the competition, the students faced off against students from other schools in the Lowcountry. They were scored based on the website they designed, their presentation to judges, an essay they wrote and the game itself.

The website came in first, and the students' game, essay and presentation won second place."They were really excited and felt good," President said. "They did it all by themselves, and they felt like little experts."

President said she hopes to enter her class in the challenge again next year, or perhaps create a STEM club.



  • Congratulations to next year's NHS officers: Katlin Kardohely, president; Walicia Patterson, vice president; Kallie Brown, secretary; and Grayson Morgan, treasurer.



  • Final exams for seniors and eighth-graders begin Tuesday.

  • First- through fourth-graders will host Lady's Island Elementary for a cup stacking meet at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

  • Field Day for first- through fourth-graders begins at 9 a.m. Friday.

  • Pre-kindergarden and kindergarten students will host Nursery Rhyme Theater at 8 a.m. Friday. They will then take a trip to the kazoo factory.

  • Friday is the last day for seniors.

  • The Sunset Celebration for major donors to the unrestricted annual fund is Friday.



  • Fifty-six students have received the President's Physical Fitness Award for their outstanding fitness scores on the five-component assessment that tests muscular strength, flexibility, endurance, speed and agility.


  • The AMES fourth quarter showcase will be at 6 p.m. June 5.


  • Students raised nearly $3,000 for Jump Rope for Heart this year, almost double what has been raised in years past.



  • Congratulations to the Latin I students on their high scores on the National Latin Exam. Jonah Miller and Arianna Tkach earned a Silver Maxima Cum Laud. Janell Berks earned a Magna Cum Laud. Brady Mckenzie, Brandon O'Hara, Lee Levesque, Patricia Balmediano and Jessica Correll earned a Cum Laud. Morgan Roseneau earned a certificate of merit.

  • Senior Malcolm Kates, a member of the Beaufort High National Honor Society, has been named one of 150 state finalists in the National Honor Society Scholarship from NASSP. The finalists were first chosen from among nearly 6,000 applications. Finalists were selected based on their leadership skills, participation in service organizations and other clubs, and their academic record. Kates has been the president of the Spanish Honor Society, vice president of the National Honor Society, a Rotary Interact Class Leader, a student government representative and a three-time region champion tennis player. He plans to attend the College of Charleston and study biology and international studies.



  • There is a summer school meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.

  • There is an advanced studies sixth-grade meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the multi-purpose room.

  • Seventh-graders in Algebra I will take the EOC exam Wedneday.

  • The Literacy Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the media center.

  • Eighth-graders in Algebra I will take the EOC exam Thursday.

  • Honors Tea is at 6 p.m. Thursday in the courtyard.

  • Yearbooks will be distributed and available for purchase June 4.

  • The NJHS Field Day for all grades is June 6.

  • Sixth-grade Awards will be June 6.



  • The kindergarten moving up ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. June 7.

  • The pre-kindergarten moving up ceremony is at 9:30 a.m. June 11.



  • Field Day is Tuesday. Students need to bring the following: a swimsuit with a T-shirt to wear over it, a towel, sunscreen, water shoes and their school uniform. Kindergarten and first grade will be 9-10:30 a.m; second and third grade will be 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; fourth and fifth grade will be 1:15-2:45 p.m.



  • Third-grader Mariah M. won the 2012 cabbage contest. Mariah's cabbage weighed 10.5 pounds. She will enter the state competition and could win a $1,000 scholarship.


  • Portfolio night begins at 6 p.m. Thursday.

  • The first-grade celebration of learning will be at 5:30 p.m. June 5.

  • The kindergarten year-end program will 5:30 p.m. June 6.


  • Volunteers are needed to set up and run Field Day from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 4. Details:



  • Denita Badger has been chosen as a Newman Civic Fellow. More than 160 students across the country are part of the 2012 class of fellows. The students are chosen for their commitment to bettering their communities. Badger is a human services major at USCB and has completed four internships. She's worked at the United Way of the Lowcountry, coordinated a school readiness project at the Penn Center. She is also updating the human services directory for the region.


  • 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 on 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, 843-838-2794

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