South of the Broad Class Notes for Sept. 2

classnotes@islandpacket.comSeptember 2, 2013 

ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CATHOLIC SCHOOL: Students at opened their 2013-2014 with the annual "Running of the Halls." Leading the first-grade pack is Karoline Rustad, who gives a high five to an encouraging parent as she passes her.


Project Connect is a partnership between the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and local schools to help teachers get supplies or services. To donate, contact Sandy McGuire at 843-341-8374 or


  • Corinne Kennealy, a sixth-grade teacher at Bluffton Middle School, is requesting Crayola crayons, headphones (ear buds or regular headphones will work), dry erase markers, Clorox wipes, tissues, hand sanitizer (large), binder clips, paper clips, standard-size staples, clipboards, lined index cards, magnets and Command Strip hooks.

  • Kathleen Sanz, a sixth-grade teacher at Bluffton Middle School, is requesting a plastic picnic table from Sam's Club so that students can sit outside during outdoor activities -- gathering experimental data, reading, group work.

  • Leslie Natoli, a literary coach at Bluffton Middle School, is requesting donations of office-type metal or wooden bookcases to house classroom library. Twelve teachers are in need of bookcases in their classrooms.

  • Mary Ellen Nygaard, a sixth-grade teacher at Bluffton Middle School, is requesting green and red pens, composition notebooks, Post-It Notes, 1/2-inch binders, and new or gently used novels for middle-schoolers.

  • Casey Swofford, a ninth-grade teacher at H.E. McCracken Middle School, is requesting AAA batteries for graphing calculators.

  • Amanda O'Nan, principal of Hilton Head Island High School, is requesting a conductor's chair, Lysol wipes, pizza gift cards, candy and healthy snacks, markers, lots of pencils, graph paper, wax paper or plastic wrap, tin foil, paper towels, plastic cups, bottled water, large Post-It paper and flip chart paper, vibrant highlighters, various colors of sticky notes, large construction paper, loose-leaf paper and a used bike.

  • Blake Bishop, a physical education teacher at Hilton Head Island High School, is requesting tennis rackets and golf clubs.

  • Janice Robinson, a special education teacher at Hilton Head Island High School, is requesting a large floor rug for her classroom, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, wipes, seven pairs of headphones, two pairs of shades for a male, and NASCAR Racing decals to decorate a student's wheelchair.

  • Melanie Williams, a physics teacher at Hilton Head Island High School, is requesting metal Slinkies.

  • Gretchen Keefner, principal at Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts, is requesting 12 golf umbrellas for car- and bus-duty teachers and students.
  • Jessica Walrath, a second-grade teacher at Michael C. Riley Elementary School, is requesting LEGO sets and mini-figures.

  • Amie Lankowski, a third-grade teacher at Okatie Elementary School, is requesting bird feeders and seed.



  • Twenty-two students swam at the Northwood Invitational on Aug. 24. Ashley Weaver placed third in the Girls 20 IM. Bryson Cummings, Kevin Geist, Drew Robinson and Charles Michael placed third in the Boys 200 Med Relay. Drew Robinson placed third in the Boys 100 FR.


    * SAT will be given Oct. 5. Registration deadline is Sept. 6. Details:


  • High school students completed more than 6,000 hours of community service during the 2012-13 school year.



  • At 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 there will be a Progressive Porch Party on the May River for all parents and friends of the school.



  • Congratulations to three students who received a perfect score on The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards in 2013: Kate Johnson, Grace Kennedy and Allison Donahue.


  • The School Improvement Council will meet on at 6 p.m. Sept. 3 in the Media Center. Details: 843-706-8300


  • Volunteers needed for the Rotary Reader and Mentoring Programs. The Rotary Reader program helps to encourage the love of reading. Volunteers are needed to read on a weekly basis with individual students at the school. The Mentoring Program helps a child increase his or her self-esteem and academic achievement. Details: 843-706-8345.



  • PTO/SIC Meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 10.

  • Chick-Fil-A Night is 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 12. A portion of the proceeds will return to Pritchardville Elementary.



  • Sept. 5 is Walk to School Day. All students are encouraged to walk or bike to school.

  • Chick-Fil-A Night at Chick-Fil-A begins at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5. A percentage of all dinners purchased will help supplement field trips as well as many other items.

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