classnotes@islandpacket.comAugust 11, 2013 

School name: Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center

Grades: Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten

Address: 165 Pembroke Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Phone number: 843-689-0400

Website: http://hec.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: 425

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

Class times: Kindergarten -- 8:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.; pre-kindergarten -- 8:30 a.m. to 11:25 p.m. and 12:30 to 3:25 p.m.

Principal: Kim Bratt, kim.bratt@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-0400. Bratt has more than 20 years of experience in education. She is starting her fourth year as the principal of Hilton Head Island Early Childhood.

Administrators: Assistant principal Sarah Owen, sarah.owen@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-0414

Head of guidance: Ginette Evan, ginette.evans@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-0415

Teacher of the year: Patti Moscowit is starting her fifth year as the art teacher at Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center. She arrived after retiring from the Rochester City School District in New York, where she also was an art instructor.

School uniform: Khaki or navy bottoms with white, light pink, light blue or hunter green tops.

PTA/PTO contact: Formed at the start of each school year.

School Improvement Council contact: Formed at the start of each school year.

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. Each classroom will have five mini iPads for students to use -- a fun and effective way for our students to practice new skills, investigate new concepts and create projects that integrate all areas of learning, according to administrators.

2. Sarah Owen is joining the school as an assistant principal. She has more than 18 years of experience in education.

3. "Explorations" is a relatively new and unique specials class. It allows students to engage in hands-on activities, experimentation and creative problem-solving.

School name: Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary

Grades: 1 through 5

Address: 30 School Road, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926

Phone number: 843-342-4100

Website: hhe.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: 879

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

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

School mascot: The Otters, Winnie and Whiskers

Principal: Jill M. McAden, Jill.mcaden@beaufort.k12.sc.us. McAden has served Hilton Head Island Elementary, an authorized International Baccalaureate school, since 1999. Her work with faculty and students focuses on the development of the child as an inquirer. Curriculum is defined by themes of global significance, explored using knowledge and skills derived from all subject areas, with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning. This framework for students emphasizes personal values as a foundation upon which international-mindedness will develop and flourish.

Assistant principals: Donald Clendaniel, donald.clendaniel@beaufort.k12.sc.us; Michelle Brockway, michelle.brockway@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Heads of guidance: Melissa Hady, Jessica Howard

Teacher of the year: Jill Torre, a frontrunner in the state model program "Kids Interacting through Early Language Learning." Torre teaches Spanish to students in grades three through five. As a result of her work, the first advanced Spanish class has been developed to meet the needs of students with high proficiency levels in the language.

School uniforms: Shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts. Tops must be plain, collared and tucked in. They can be white, pale pink, pale yellow, light blue, or navy blue. White T-shirts (long or short sleeves) may be worn under uniform shirts. Students may wear plain, sweatshirts or sweaters in school colors over the uniform. A school logo is recommended. Bottoms can be pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers, capris and shorts. Bottoms must be solid and free of graphics and embroidery and colored khaki or navy. Jeans are not permitted. Shorts, skirts and jumpers can be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing. Belts must be worn if the garment has belt loops. There may be no graphics on the belt or buckle. Shoes must be closed-toed and worn at all times, and laces must be tied. Shoes should be black, brown, or white. Flip flops, crocs and slippers are not permitted.

PTA/PTO contact: Michelle Morante, morante98@yahoo.com

School Improvement Council contact: Donald Clendaniel

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. In addition to welcoming 175 enthusiastic new first grade families, about 46 of these students will be entering a first-grade dual Spanish class. It will include academic, linguistic and cultural enrichment to develop high academic performance in all content areas, develop a high level of proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening in both the English and Spanish languages, foster a sense of global citizenship by developing an understanding and appreciation of other cultures, and develop cross cultural communication and social interaction skills, administrators say.

2. The school will offer its second "flipped" classroom, in the fifth grade. Flipped classroom instruction involves students who watch and listen to class lectures for homework, and then spend class time tackling difficult problems, working in groups, researching, collaborating, crafting and creating, administrators say.

3. As Hilton Head Island Elementary School prepares for its third re-authorization with the International Baccalaureate organization, it intends to showcase students who have been studying in Mandarin Chinese for their fourth year. This dual language program seeks to develop and implement a sustainable, sequential, standards-based continuum of language instruction in Mandarin Chinese leading to an advanced level of proficiency.

School name: Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts and Daufuskie Island Elementary School

Grades: The School for the Creative Arts is grades 1 through 5; Daufuskie Elementary is grades pre-kindergarten through 5.

Address: The School for the Creative Arts -- 10 Bus Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926; Daufuskie Elementary -- 22 Old Haig Point Road, Daufuskie Island, SC, 29915

Phone number: The School for the Creative Arts, 843-342-4101; Daufuskie Elementary, 843-686-1580

Website: sca.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: The School for the Creative Arts, 826; Daufuskie Elementary, 13 students

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

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

School mascot: The School for the Creative Arts, "Calypso the Alligator;" Daufuskie Elementary, Dolphins

Principal: Gretchen Keefner, 342-4101. Born and reared in Erie, Pa., Keefner received a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of Akron and a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration from Cleveland State University. Moving here with her husband, Rich, from Canton, Ohio, in 1998, the 2013-14 is her 25th as a principal and 16th year with the Beaufort County School District.

Administrators: Amy Kaufman 843-342-4167; Reggie Deas, 843-342-4105

Head of guidance: Colleen Kowal, 843-342-4143; Jan Burkhart, 843-342-4154

Teacher of the year: Michelle Brockway, who has since been selected as an assistant principal at Hilton Head Island Elementary. She recently completed her third master's degree in Administration, and has experience in gifted and talented education and the Student Intervention Team.

School uniform: Bottoms -- navy and/or khaki shorts, pants, skirts, skorts or jumpers. Belts are required with bottoms that have belt loops. No cargo-style pants or shorts. Tops -- a school logo is preferred on long- or short-sleeve polo shirts of any solid color. Girls are permitted to wear white blouses. No other logo on shirts are permitted. Shirts must be tucked in. Solid-color sweaters and sweatshirts (no logos) are permitted. Footwear -- tennis shoes are preferred. No open toe shoes, flip flops, crocs, heelies or boots.

PTA/PTO contact: PTO co-presidents are Chantal Horup and Wendy Sampson. Reach by school phone, 843-342-4111

School Improvement Council contact: Gretchen Keefner, principal, 843-342-4101. Elections of new SIC members in August.

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. A student to student tutoring/mentoring program. Creative Arts will work with Hilton Head High School athletics director Joe Monmonier to set up tutoring and mentoring for elementary students by high school athletes when they are not in their particular sports season.

2. A new student salad bar is coming each day to the cafeteria. Working with food-service provider Sodexo, the school will focus on "eating smart" and "moving more." The Avid Gardeners of Hilton Head Plantation will work with the school's garden club to raise herbs and other items that can be used on the salad bar.

3. Each grade level will offer a "parent night" that will give parents grade-level information about the Common Core standards, as well as hands-on ideas for helping at home.

School name: Hilton Head Island Middle School

Grades: 6 through 8

Address: 55 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Phone number: 843-689-4500

Website: hhm.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Enrollment: 970

First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

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

School mascot: Stingray

Principal: Greg Stickel, gregory.stickel@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-4500. Stickel is entering his first year and arrives from Columbus, Ohio.

Administrators: Alvilda Graham, alvilda.graham@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-4500; Shannon Harriman, shannon.harriman@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-4500; Joseph Warfield,joseph.warfield@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-4500

Head of guidance: Marie Wheatley, marie.wheatley@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-4500

Teacher of the year: Lakesha Loving, a sixth-grade English/language arts teacher. Lakesha.loving@beaufort.k12.sc.us.

School uniform: Bottoms --navy blue or khaki; tops -- white, gray, pink, light blue, or navy blue. Materials must be cotton or twill.

PTA/PTO contact: Susan Sewell, president, hhimspta@gmail.com.

School Improvement Council contact: TBD

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. The iPad roll-out! Every student will get one to use throughout the school day.

2. The International Baccalaureate Program will sponsor the Middle Years Program, which leads to an IB diploma. This program focus on a well-rounded education for all students.

3. The great support of our parents and community


School name: Hilton Head Island High School

Grades: 9-12

Address: 70 Wilborn Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

Phone number: 843-689-4800

Website: hhh.beaufort.k12.sc.us


First day of school: Monday, Aug. 19

Class times: 7:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

School mascot: Seahawk

Principal: Elizabeth O'Nan, o'nan@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-689-4805. Graduated with a bachelor's of science from the University of Kentucky and later earned a master's in education administration.

Administrators: Assistant principal Sandra Jensen, 843-689-4802, sandra.jensen@beaufort.k12.sc.us; assistant principal Joe Skirtich, 843-689-4801, joseph.skirtich@beaufort.k12.sc.us; assistant principal Neodria Brown, 843-689-4804, neodria.brown@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Athletics director: Joe Monmonier, 843-689-4806, joseph.monmonier@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Head of guidance: Ed Johnson, 843-689-4922, edward.johnson@beaufort.k12.sc.us

Teacher of the year: Kristen Karszes is the head of the English department and the IB Middle Years Program coordinator. She has led the way with writing curriculum for the Beaufort County School District and had success with improving HSAP pass rates.

School uniform:

PTA/PTO contact: Janice Gray, Jgray801@hotmail.com

School Improvement Council contact: Todd Rhine, Todd@toddrhine.com

Athletics booster club contact: Bob Rozek, bob.rozek@islandreccenter.org

Three reasons to be excited about the start of school:

1. The International Baccalaureate program has grown by leaps and bounds with more than 217 exams given last year.

2. The school's Navy ROTC program won the highest award a unit could earn last year -- a Distinguished Unit designation -- and hopes to repeat that performance. Senior Kara Klein will be the new commanding officer.

3. The class of 2013 brought in record-breaking scholarship money -- $6.3 million -- and the school aims to have an even a stronger class for 2014.

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