features@beaufortgazette.comAugust 11, 2013 

School name: Broad River Elementary School

Grades: Pre-kindergarten thru fourth grade

Address: 474 Broad River Blvd., Beaufort, SC, 29906

Phone number: 843-322-8400


Enrollment: 560

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

Class times: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

School mascot: Starfish

Principal: Constance Goodwine-Lewis,, 843-322-8400. Goodwine-Lewis, a native of Beaufort County, has served this school district for the past 13 years. She has been a classroom teacher, ESOL teacher, assistant principal and principal. She completed her undergraduate studies at Clemson University and has a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She also has master's degrees in special education (Clemson University) and educational leadership (Charleston Southern University).

Administrators: Assistant principal Jamie Allen

Head of guidance: Cathy Johnson,

Teacher of the year: Monique Loin is a Long Island, N.Y., native and the school's resource teacher. She has been with the school district since 2007. Loin has a master's in school psychology/special education and a doctorate in school psychology. She also is a nationally certified school psychologist.

School uniform: Tops -- red, white, black and navy blue; bottoms -- khaki, black and navy blue.

PTA/PTO contact: TBA

School Improvement Council contact: Jennie Jessup;; 843-379-3694

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. The school's language-immersion programs in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish offer students global competency through the ability to become bilingual and develop cultural awareness.

2. The newly implemented Star Leadership Academy allows students to obtain the skills of collaboration, self-direction, goal-setting and self-discipline. This program is a partnership with our local armed forces.

3. A newly revised computer lab curriculum will prepare our students to safely use the Internet and devices such as computers, iPads and interactive white boards to develop research, keyboarding and presentation skills.

School name: Joseph Shanklin Elementary School

Grades: Pre-kindergarten through 4

Address: 121 Morrall Drive, Beaufort, SC 29906

Phone number: 843-466-3400


Enrollment: 408

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

Class times: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

School mascot: Sand Dollars

Principal: Celestine LaVan,, 843-466-3400. LaVan has been a Beaufort County educator for six years, as a teacher, instructional coach and assistant principal. Before entering education, LaVan served in the U.S. Navy.

Administrators: Elizabeth Rivera,

Head of guidance: Deborah D. Moore,

Teacher of the year: Cathy Cobbs holds a bachelors degree in elementary education from Winthrop University and a master's in educational technology from Lesley University. She has taught at Joseph Shanklin Elementary School for the past six years.

School uniform: Burgundy and white

PTA/PTO contact: LeAnne Holland,

School Improvement Council contact: Michelle Morgan,

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. Shanklin Elementary will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

2. The school will begin a Parent Educator Program as part of a parental involvement initiative.

3. The school unveils a central courtyard beautification project.

School name: Riverview Charter School

Grades: K-8

Address: 81 Savannah Highway Beaufort, SC 29906

Phone number: 843-379-0123


Enrollment: 494

First day of school: Wednesday, Aug. 14

Class times: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

School mascot: Riverview Stingrays

Principal: Alison Thomas,, 843-379-0123. Thomas served as the chairwoman of Riverview's Charter Committee from November 2007 through December 2009 and was elected as the head of its board of directors by the parents, faculty and staff of the school in January 2010. She served in that capacity until January 2011 when she was hired to serve as Riverview's director. She is currently a board member for the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina and has a Bachelor of Science in architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Donna Haram-Deines, instructional leader,

AnnMarie Bowden, curriculum leader,

Anna Katherine Harper, assessment leader,

Mandy Klepper, director of operations

Head of guidance: Patience Gordon, 843-379-0123,

School uniform: Navy & khaki bottoms; navy blue, baby blue, light yellow and white tops (shirts must have a collar).

PTA/PTO contact: Riverview Community Cooperative,

School Improvement Council contact:

Athletics booster club contact: Athletic Director Jon Strebe,

Media contact: Liz O'Brien,'

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. Jr. Master Naturalist program - 2nd Grade students will culminate their first cycle at Riverview by exploring the concepts of community and systems. To bring these concepts to life, 2nd graders will participate in a pint-sized version of the Low Country Master Naturalist program through a series of diverse experiences that highlights the low country's unique habitates, plants, and animals. Riverview is thrilled to partner with Low Country Institute as we prepare our 2nd grade scientists to become Junior Master Naturalists this academic year.

2. Service Learning: 3rd Year of STOP HUNGER NOW - Each year Riverview students participate in The Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots effort to raise money and awareness to fight hunger.

Again this year, as a part of their Empty Bowls Service-Learning Project, Riverview students will team up with Stop Hunger Now! and pledge to buy and package over 30,000 meals to feed children in schools and orphanages in developing countries around the world.

3. Field Experience: Part of Riverview's larger vision for students is to provide field experiences that extend the walls of learning beyond the classroom. In addition to the common threads, each cycle culminates in Capstone Field Experiences and projects at the end of Second, Fifth, and Eighth Grade. The field experiences are designed to allow students and teachers to use place-based learning to enrich the curriculum and engage students in real world, authentic experiences. These field experiences will build off of the Big Ideas explored in each grade level and the Conceptual themes of Community, Culture, and World. Students will participate in fundraising for their capstone field trips (2nd - Seabrook Island, SC; 5th - Washington, DC; 8th - Costa Rica), and each trip will be presented as a celebratory culmination of the students' growth throughout the cycle of three years. More information on the field trips can be found here:

School name: Robert Smalls Middle School

Grades: 5 through 8

Address: 43 W. K. Alston Road, Beaufort, SC, 29906

Phone number: 843-322-2500


Enrollment: 650

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

Class times: 7:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

School mascot: Generals

Principal: Denise R. Smith, 843-322-2535,

Administrators: David R. McIntyre, assistant principal for instruction, 843-322-2534; Connie Singleton-Murphy, 843-322-2532

Head of guidance: Tammy Videla, 843-322-2522

Teacher of the year: Evelyn Harding will begin her fourth year at Robert Smalls Middle School as a mathematics teacher. She is also a sponsor of the Ladies Club.

School uniform: Shirt colors -- hunter green, white and orange; pants -- khaki, navy, black

PTA/PTO contact: Alan Langford,

School Improvement Council contact: Michelle Morgan, SIC chairwoman,

Athletics booster club contact: Steve McPherson,

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. A Chinese language and cultures class will be offered.

2. Some students will participate in the Leadership Development Academy that began last year.

3. The school is starting a "Reading Buddies" program with assistance from Marines at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.

School name: Battery Creek High School

Grades: 9 through 12

Address: 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort, SC, 29906

Phone number: 843-322-5500


Enrollment: 809

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

Class times: 7:40 a.m. to 2:31 p.m.

School mascot: Dolphins

Principal: Edmond Burnes, Burnes has been an administrator for 16 years, including more than 10 as a principal. Burnes taught math for 17 years before becoming an administrator. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics and a Master of Education with a specialty in Educational Leadership and Supervision.

Administrators: Shawn Morrison, Administrative Intern, 843-322-5594,; Gilbert Sanchez, assistant principal, 843-322-5544,; Senfronia Smith, assistant principal, 843-322-5543 ,

Athletics director: John Drafts,

Head of guidance: Norman Richardson;

Teacher of the year: Tonya Simmons is a resident of Ridgeland and a graduate of Francis Marion University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. In addition, she earned a Master of Arts in Business Administration from Webster University. Simmons is a career and technology education teacher and has been in the classroom for eight years.

School uniform: Khaki or navy bottoms; navy blue, vegas gold or white tops

PTA/PTO contacts: Melina Lee; and Diane Grooms,

School Improvement Council contact: Andrea Canaday,

Athletics Booster Club contact: Carolyn Dorsey-Wilson;

Band Booster Club contact: Wendell Roberson ;

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. Battery Creek High School is partnering with the Technical College of the Lowcountry to offer a new dual-enrollment course, "Introduction to Avionics."

2. Another new course, the "Science of Aviation," teaches students the academic requirements needed to earn a private pilot license.

3. The athletics program is looking forward to a great year in 2013-14. Playoff teams in 2012-13 were the rule instead of the exception, and we expect even better results from our teams during this school year, the school's administrators say.

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