OTHER The Lowcountry Homeschoolers Association of Bluffton traveled to the Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort on Nov. 12 to take part in the Disney Youth Education Series Program "Principles of Animal Behavior." Disney Youth Education Series programs are designed to help students get a better understanding of various school subjects through the experiences and attractions offered at Disney theme parks.
BEAUFORT COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
OTHER Any third- through eighth-grade student with a high ability and high interest in visual and performing arts should register for gifted and talented arts screenings. The screenings will be Jan. 12 at Robert Smalls Intermediate and Middle School and Jan. 26 at Bluffton High School. The deadline to register is Wednesday. Register online at https://tinyurl.com/bcsdarts. Details: Margaret Rushton, firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-322-5424 No school through Jan. 1.
GOVERNOR'S SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS
EVENTS The school is accepting applications for its summer programs and the 2013-14 academic high school year until Jan. 9. Details: 864-282-3713, www.scgsah.org
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The following students won the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot contest during physical education classes. They will represent the school Jan. 13 at the Bluffton Boys & Girls Club as they take on the other elementary schools in the district. Students have a chance to reach the finals in Springfield, Mass. Fifth grade: Max Boyer, Trey Blackshear, Zach Reed, Jaime Levine; fourth grade: Regina Aguilar, Lizbet Marin, Martin Spence, John Peduzzi; third grade: Kayden Williams, Kenny Santiago, Edy Ann McGoldrick
ENRICHMENT Kevin Kurtz, author of "A Day in the Salt Marsh," recently visited. Kurtz discussed the communities that make up the salt marsh with all second- and third- grade classes. He conducted a writing workshop with the fifth-grade gifted and talented classes. Using his book and lesson for inspiration, students crafted original poetry related to the Port Royal Sound. Each student will submit a poem for consideration in the district's Youth Art Month student exhibit and third annual publication of the "River of Words: Musings on the Port Royal Sound Through Poetry and Art."
HELPING HANDS The second-grade students will sponsor a shoe drive to support a charitable organization called Soles4Souls. This organization collects shoes (both new and used) for people in need. The drive will last until Jan. 15. Donations are welcome. Collection boxes will be located at both entrances. Details: www.soles4souls.org
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS Senior swimmers Camille Felix and Cassie Ley were both selected as the S.C. AAA Swimmer of the Year by the S.C. Coaches Association of Women's Sports. They will be honored at a luncheon Jan. 27. Caitlin Delory and Chloe Pinnock will be published in the upcoming book "Best of High School Photo 2012." The juried competition selects student photography from high schoolers in a dozen states. Both students also will have their photos on display at an opening reception in Bristol, Tenn. Will Lattman and Max Schremmer were honored at the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Will won a Gold Key for his photography portfolio. Max received a gold key for his shot, "NY Textures." He also received three honorable mentions.
OTHER Hilton Head Island High School will host the third annual Parent University, a Hilton Head Island Cluster School initiative at 6 p.m. Feb. 5. All parents, grandparents and caregivers of students of all ages are invited to attend these free workshops. Parent University is an opportunity for parents and community members to access the wealth of local experts to sharpen their skills and awareness on various topical subjects. The national program is designed to create stronger and better educated communities. Child care for ages up to 12 will be provided at no charge. Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged as seating is limited to 250 registrants. Applications are available at all Hilton Head Island Cluster Schools or by going online at hhh.beaufort.k12.sc.us. Details: Dianne Morgan, 843-689-4811 Student Incentive Scholarship applications are available in guidance for those seeking a vocational program after high school. Students can also see the athletic director, principal or Ms. Gray.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The Robotics Teams competed in the First Lego League Competition on Dec. 7 in Orangeburg. The 1844 and 2065 teams competed in four categories: robot design, core values, project design and robot missions. Team 1844 placed sixth in missions. Team 2065 competed and advanced to the state competitions in Columbia. They placed third overall, fourth in missions and won the trophy for core values.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
ACHIEVEMENTS The varsity girls' tennis team was recently honored by Mayor Drew Laughlin for capturing the Class 3-A State Championship this fall. Mayor Laughlin presented the team and Coach Job de Boer with a framed commendation.
ENRICHMENT Representatives from the Beth Yam Congregation recently visited fifth-graders to teach them about the traditions of Hanukkah. Students sang songs, played the dreidel game and ate potato latkes and kosher cookies. The Beth Yam representatives also took the students through the Hanukkah story and demonstrated the menorah lighting.
OTHER School will be closed through Jan. 4 for the holiday break. School will resume Jan. 7. The next Parents Association meeting is 8:15 a.m. Jan. 16 in the KNS Media Center. Hilton Head Preparatory School has been reaccredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for the next five years. Hilton Head Prep is the only JK-12 grade school in the Hilton Head-Bluffton area with dual SAIS/SACS accreditation. To earn accreditation, Hilton Head Prep complied with quality standards, implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance, and was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
EVENTS Chick-fil-A spirit night is Jan. 3.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
ACHIEVEMENTS Third-grade student Harrison Luba impressed pianist Jim Brickman at his concert last week well enough for Jim to post Harrison's video playing his song Hero's Dream on his Facebook wall. So far the video has received nearly 2,000 views.
OTHER Works by student artists are featured at Harbour Town until New Year's Eve. Students are competing to win a class trip on the Vagabond. Visit Harbour Town and place your votes. School will be closed through Jan. 2. School resumes for all students on Jan. 3.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
EVENTS The Knights of Columbus at St. Francis By the Sea hosted a pancake breakfast for the students Dec. 18. The St. Francis FSA decorated the Family Center an helped set up and serve the students. Santa even paid a visit and posed for pictures with the children.
ENRICHMENT The sixth-grade class at St. Francis Catholic School gave presentations on Ancient Greece to the school staff students and their parents Dec. 14. They held an Olympic competition, had two guest speakers, learned several Greek words and enjoyed a selection of Greek food and music.