South of the Broad Class Notes, March 30

classnotes@islandpacket.comMarch 30, 2014 



  • The following students were the academy's top readers in the Plaid about Reading program: overall winner, William Newton; kindergarten winners are Milana Kelca, Aubrey Sampson and Lillian Dowler; first-grade winners are Amy Graupner and Lila Bashaw; second-grade winners are Gabi Klempner and Keely Langhals; third-grade winners are Charity Saba and Caroline Taylor; fourth-grade winners are Brent Geist and Mary Bashaw; fifth-grade winners are Moxon Zehr and William Newton. The Heritage Foundation will announce the countywide winners in a few weeks and these students will take part in activities with the academy's golf team.


  • The academy will introduce a Christ-centered prekindergarten program for 4-year-olds. The program will be held at Christian Renewal Church, the academy's neighbor, at 55 Gardner Drive. The instruction will be designed to feed directly in to kindergarten and will be individualized and hands-on. It will include a lunch option through Chef Brooks of Healthy Culinary Concepts and After Care Enrichment offered at the academy until 5:30 p.m. Details: director of admissions Jen Denton, 843-681-2878 or



  • The school recently took top honors in the Plaid about Reading program sponsored by the Heritage Classic Foundation. This contest was open to all elementary schools in southern Beaufort County, and the school's students won the competition by reading a total of 239,735 pages in February. The school will receive $500 from the Heritage Classic Foundation. The class reading the highest number of pages was Deidra Barker's first-grade class, who read 24,853 pages, and will also receive $500. Jazmine Hernandez, of Barker's class, was the top reader of all first-graders, reading 3,331 pages. Brayan Gaytan-Nuhez was the top reader of all second-graders, reading 4,668 pages. Brody Hoffman was the top reader of all third-graders, reading 13,484 pages. Conner Schmidt was the top reader of all fifth-graders, reading 9,665 pages. Individual grade level winners will receive two daily grounds tickets to the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. All participants are invited to meet Sir Willie and a PGA Tour professional golfer at the Hilton Head Island Library 2-3 p.m. April 16.



  • There will be a "Meet the Mentors" night at 6 p.m. April 1 at the school for students, parents, mentors and staff participating in the mentor program, the gentlemen's club and the chess club. There will be a dinner, meeting and a family event for all.



  • The school will have a Chick-Fil-A night 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 3 at the Bluffton restaurant. The school will receive a percentage of all meals purchased during that time.

  • There will be a walk to school day April 4. All students who live near the school are encouraged to walk to school, and regular morning bus routes will run as well.



  • The "Mulan Jr." musical performance will be held 6:30 p.m. April 4 at Seahawk Cultural Center at Hilton Head Island High School. This performance is open to the public. Details: or 843-785-2534 for tickets.

  • The academy's Golf Classic Tournament will be May 8 and is open to the public.
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