Winners at the University of South Carolina Beaufort's Celebrate the Arts festival: first place, Valèrie Cabanilla Vigil, Bluffton High School; second place, Corey Randall, Bluffton High School; third place, Badlyn Rolfe, Hilton Head Island High School. Finalists were: Bluffton High School, Christian Lopez, Jose Bernal, Kelsey Borden and Nicole Kustak; Hilton Head Island High School, Adrian Austin, Benjamin Warner, Breen Weir, Dakota Wilson, Jessica Smith, Kelsey Phillips, Kirsten Hutton, Malin Rosengren, Miles Helman and Santiago Tovar
The Heritage Classic Foundation invites Lowcountry students in kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in "Plaid About Reading" to celebrate the community spirit of this year's event. The program will run March 21 through April 11. The school whose students read the most books will win $1,000; the class that reads the most will win a pizza party and visit from Heritage spokesman Sir William "Willie" Innes; and the individual students who read the most will putt with the pros April 19 at Harbour Town Golf Links. Deadline for schools to enter the competition is Wednesday. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org; Greg Kamp at Dixon Schwabl, 843-785-3200
The South Carolina Maritime Foundation's 140-foot tall ship, Spirit of South Carolina, will be docked at Palmetto Bay Marina on Hilton Head Island through Sunday. The public is invited to attend the open ship events from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. For a suggested $1 donation, the event includes photo-taking opportunities, activity books and more. Details: www.Facebook.com/SpiritofSC
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Parent Informational Night for rising sixth-graders will be held at 5 p.m. today at Bluffton Middle School.
There will be a performance of "A Small Part of the World" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
The Book Fair will continue through Friday at the Early Childhood Center and through Wednesday at Bluffton Elementary School. Volunteers are needed today through Wednesday at the school. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500
A math and language arts readiness workshop will be held from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the Early Childhood Learning Center for parents of children ages 2-5. Snacks will be provided, and resource bags will be available. To attend, call 843-707-0900 and leave your name and the number of adults and children attending.
Family Fitness Night will be from 6:30-8 p.m. in the gym. There will be snacks and prizes awarded to the kids. Parents will be able to compete in fitness contests against their child or older children against younger. Admission will be five Box Tops a family or a small monetary donation. Volunteers are needed. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500
Volunteers are needed for the PASS test. The test will be administered in two parts: Part I, March 22 and March 23; Part II, May 9, 11, 12 and 13. Test monitors are needed from 8:45-11 a.m. All volunteers are required to attend one mandatory proctor training session before they can volunteer. A training session will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the conference room. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500 or Shirley.email@example.com
Principal Christine Brown will be on the lookout at 5:30 p.m. Friday for families caught reading in their homes after school. Brown will be traveling through school neighborhoods, knocking on front doors in search of a family reading in their homes. All members of the family must be actively reading to qualify for a special prize. Brown will be delivering prizes from the prize patrol vehicle.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Nathan Butts qualified to represent the school at the state level of the National Geographic Spelling Bee on April 1.
A grandparents raising grandchildren program will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Beaufort Elementary School. Child care will be provided. Details: Lorain Tascoe-Bey, 843-726-1092; Paula Settles, 843-521-3150; Ashley Hutchison, 843-521-2399
PTO meets at 5 p.m. and SIC meets at 6 p.m. March 22 in the media center.
MAP testing begins April 4.
The second annual Bingo and Barbeque will be held April 8 in the cafeteria.
The talent show will be held May 27. Tryouts will be held April 7-8. Students must be picked up by 3:30 p.m. from the cafeteria. Acts can include comedians, magic acts, rap groups, singing, dancing, etc. All performances should be school-appropriate and last no longer than 2 minutes, 30 seconds.
Tuesdays are "Eat Out for Bluffton Middle Nights." Eat out on a Tuesday night at either Giuseppi's or Cheeburger Cheeburger and let them know you are from Bluffton Middle School.
Parents of rising sixth-graders are invited to an informational meeting from 5-6 p.m. today in the cafeteria. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the administrators and guidance counselors, and learn about course offerings, extracurricular activities and other upcoming events that will assist children with the transition to middle school. Details: Marcia Ramsdell, 843-707-0759
MAP will begin April 4 and PASS Testing will begin May 9. The Prepdog website -- www.prepdog.com -- has been shared with us by parents as an excellent resource for use at home with students.
Third quarter ends March 24.
Report cards are sent home March 25.
Extended learning days are March 28-April 1.
Students interested in attending Youth Learning Institute summer camp may pick up a flier in the main office.
BRANCH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Spring registration is open for kindergarten through 12th grade. Details: 843-422-7624, 843-422-2683
The middle school is in Washington, D.C., Tuesday through Friday.
Jim 'N Nick's Spirit Night is March 24.
Report cards will be e-mailed home Friday.
Parent-teacher conferences will be March 23.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
The last day of the third quarter is March 24. Report cards will be sent home March 25.
The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in the media center.
Extended learning days are March 28-April 1.
Senior Molly O'Koniewski has been named one of four recipients of the 2010 Bill Talbert Junior Sportsmanship Award sponsored through the United States Tennis Association. Molly was chosen because of her 4.25 grade point average and membership in the National Honor Society, as well as her display of sportsmanship throughout her tennis career.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mitt Patel was honored in the National Career Development Association and the Office of Career and Technology Education at the South Carolina Department of Education poetry and poster contest. Mitt won first place for poetry in the Intermediate (grades three through five) level. The contest accepts entries of original poetry or artwork emphasizing a theme of career development. This year's theme was "Celebrating My Career Dreams."
EveryDay Math University will be from 4-5 p.m. today. All parents and guardians are invited to attend and learn how to assist their child in math using the EDM games. Christine Gray, the guest speaker, will discuss the IB Diploma Mathematics program. Details: Maureen Kecmer, math coach, 843-342-4236
"The Nature of Weather" second-grade program will be presented at 6:30 p.m. today.
The School Improvement Council and the PTA will meet at 5 p.m. today in the yellow media center.
The state PASS writing test will be administered March 22-23.
Class photos will be March 24.
Extended Learning Days will be March 28 through April 1, by invitation only. Details: 342-4100.
The Saturday Power School Academy will be 8:30-11:30 a.m. April 2, 9, 16 and 30 and May 7. This academy is designed to help students "power up" for the state assessments and to improve achievement in math and reading. Transportation is provided. Deails: 843-342-4100.
The Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibition will be April 9-16 at The Mall at Shelter Cove. The opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. April 8.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
SIC meets at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
Group picture day is Wednesday.
The Strength Team will have an exhibition in the gym at 2 p.m. Friday.
The fifth grade will take a field trip to the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina to attend a performance of "A Thousand Cranes" on Friday.
Bojangles recently donated dozens of books to the school in honor of Beaufort County School District Teacher of the Year Tennille Scheriff.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Athletic Booster Club meets at 6 p.m. March 21 in the media center.
SIC meets at 5:30 p.m. March 23 in the media center.
Slice of American Pie will present "An All-American Tour" at 7 p.m. April 28-29 at the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for adults. Money raised benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Details: Alex Orischak, 843-298-2223
Prom will be from 8 p.m.-midnight April 30 at the Crown Plaza Resort in Shipyard. The theme is "Cities at Midnight." Tickets cost $55 through March 25 and $60 from April 4-25. Students that attend prom will be required to go to a presentation by Dudley and Ferebee Ruffalo at 8 a.m. April 28 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. A makeup date is at 9 a.m. April 30. All parents of promgoers must ttend one of the two sessions.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Two students earned first-place awards in the South Carolina PTA Reflections competition. Eighth-grader Emma McGoldrick won first place in the middle school division for photography. Eighth-grader Shannon Short won first place in the middle school division for literature.
PTA meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in P-4.
SIC meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
The seventh grade dance is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Parents must come inside to get their student after the dance.
Turn in Box Tops to your student's home room teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for every box top.
Rising ninth-graders can earn their physical education credit through a six-week summer school class at Hilton Head Island High School from June 13-July 25. Contact Mrs. Wheatley to register.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
May River Montessori children will parade down Calhoun Street on Thursday in honor of St. Patrick's Day.
Elementary children will celebrate "Pi Day" today. They will do math related activities and eat three pies. On Friday, they will have P.J. Day. Children will wear their pajamas and bring their favorite book to school.
The school's 5K family walk and race is April 2 at Hampton Hall. Details: www.palmettorunningco.com
Dr. Thomas Morse will visit school to present his "Tooth Talk" on March 25.
May River Montessori Elementary children will present the opera "Rats" at 6 p.m. March 22 at Bluffton High School. Admission is free. Children will collect donations to Water Missions Belize, a mission to bring clean water to school children there.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Science fair award winners: kindergarten, first place, Hayden McClain; second place, Mathew Shea; first grade, first place, Jaleel Davis; second place, Sophie Hollis; second grade, first place, Luke Bond; second place, Linda Sanchez; third grade, first place, MacKenzie Vance; second place, Lisa Campion; third place, (tie) Anne Shupp, Brady Harmon; honorable mention, Skyler Clark, Jonathan Rivera, Jeremy Smith, Emma Beishir; fourth grade, first place, Austin Horseman; second place, Ryan Humel; third place, Kaeleah Rigdon; honorable mention, Jack Ragan, Maddi Vezzosi, Spencer Anderson, Lily Locascio, Taylor Stevens, Chase Murray, Tyler Campbell, Carter Mayer, Matthew Gue, Holly Huynh, Mikayla Sullivan, Gracie Ricks, Keira Grant, Maddy Archer; fifth grade, first place, Brooke Wilhelm; second place, Sydney Tully; third place, Matthew Porter; honorable mention, Jake King, Nick Pollina, Molly Minasi, Carlos Jimenez, Aleah Crook, Blake Ross, Shane Farmer, Kyle Bollock; teams, first place, Sean Sutay and Jermaine Patterson; second place, Emmie Hudson and Becca Keating; third place, (tie) Ja'Carre Campbell and Noah Lawson, Harris O'Brien and Stephen Vanderpool; honorable mention, Kaitlyn Adkins and Danya Sanchez; Chyna Williams and Maria Trujillo; overall winners, upper grades, Austin Horseman; lower grades, MacKenzie Vance
High scores by grade level for number of math facts answered correctly on World Math Day: kindergarten, Julia John, Ms. Frankle's class, 438 facts; first grade, Brooke Bowman, Ms. Berkeley's class, 1,229 facts; second grade, Matthew King, Mrs. Walrath's class, 2,950 facts; third grade, William Glutsch, Mrs. Horseman's class, 1,574 facts; fourth grade, Luis Villarreal, Mrs. Hudgin's class, 1,654 facts; fifth grade, Geronimo Whyte, Mrs. Shupp's class, 1,293 facts
Fifth-graders will be visiting the school today for an orientation meeting.
PTO meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ELDA testing continues this week.
Friday is March Madness; students can wear their favorite team jersey for $1.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.
Pre-ordered Heritage Organic Farm produce boxes can be picked up from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday on the front porch.
There will be a Parent Appreciation Dinner hosted by the teachers at 6 p.m. Thursday on campus.
The sixth- through eighth-graders will be holding a fundraising child care session for students from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Contact the front office for reservations.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
Pizza lunch orders -- sponsored by the sixth- through eighth-graders who are fundraising for field trips -- are due Tuesday for delivery by Friday.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Middle school students competing at the Hilton Head Island Middle School regional science fair on Thursday are sixth-graders Isabelle Boatright, Alma Ceron and Emily Lacombe; seventh-graders Austin Borasky, David Graupner, Gaby Garcia, Kevin Palacio, Kaelyn Binns and Thomas MacDonald; eighth-graders Alyssa Greenlee, Dominique Marmeno and Brynn Standen.
The next Squirrel Saver-Bank in School will be from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Wednesday. Bank representatives will be in the school lobby to collect deposits and answer banking questions.
The Family School Association is hosting a fish fry and silent auction from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday in the St. Francis Family Center. Tickets are available in the school office. They will not be sold at the door.
Hot lunch orders will be online beginning Tuesday. Orders are due to the office by 9 a.m. March 24.
Parent-teacher conference forms will be sent home Tuesday and are due back to the office by Thursday.