The inaugural Hilton Head Island Parent University will be at 9 a.m. April 16 in the Visual & Performing Arts Center. Sessions offered will include "Parenting awareness," "Student success in the 21st century," "Health and wellness" and "Personal growth and development." All parents and caregivers of students from Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts, Hilton Head Island Middle School and Hilton Head Island High School are invited to attend the free workshops. Registration is from 8-9 a.m. with a concurrent resource fair and refreshments. Pre-registration is encouraged by going to firstname.lastname@example.org and the event will be limited to 350 registrants. Applications are available at the high school or by contacting Dianne Morgan at 843-689-4811.
The Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence will hosts its annual fundraiser "Celebrate Inspiration!" from 6-9 p.m. April 29 at The Mall at Shelter Cove on Hilton Head Island. Money raised will benefit activities for students. The event will feature international and Lowcountry cuisine, cooking demonstrations, music, live and silent auctions and a cash bar with beer and wine. Chef David Vincent Young of Roastfish & Cornbread, a 1989 graduate of Hilton Head Island High School, will be honored at the event. Cost is $35 a person and tickets can be purchased through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry's website, www.cf-lowcountry.org. Details: www.foundationedexcellence.com.
Registration for public pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs for the 2011-12 school year will be today through Friday. Child Find screenings for pre-kindergarten candidates will be April 4-8. Children who will be 4 on or before Sept. 1 should register for pre-kindergarten. These children must attend a Child Find screening. Children who will be 5 by Sept. 1 should register for kindergarten. Children who will be 6 by Sept. 1 should register for first grade. All other children entering Beaufort County schools for the first time in 2011-2012 also should sign up during this registration period. Details: 843-521-2399, www.beaufort.k12.sc.us
The Ella C. White Memorial Scholarship Fund of Hilton Head Island is accepting applications for its 2011 scholarship awards. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors at Hilton Head Island High School and Bluffton High School. Applicants must have been enrolled in either of these schools for at least three years and anticipate graduating from one of these schools this year. Applications are available through the guidance offices at both schools or by calling 843-681-5836. Applications may be returned to the school's guidance office or postmarked by and mailed to Ella C. White Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 21284, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29925, by Friday.
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Extended Learning Time is this week.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
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.
A Strive To Excel Teen Health Symposium for seventh-graders will be held April 9.
PTO meets at 5 p.m. and SIC meets at 6 p.m. April 26 in the media center.
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.
Volunteers are needed to work with the Drama Club. Details: 843-707-0700, www.beaufort.k12.sc.us
The Stang Council will be running a schoolwide coin drive for our local Make-A-Wish Foundation from April 4-8. If the school collects $200, there will be a 50 percent off day at the student store for a day (including spirit shirts and sweatshirts). If the school collects $300 or more, there also will be a free schoolwide jeans day. Details: http://sc.wish.org/
Extended Learning Time is this week.
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.
There will be an informative parent meeting at 6 p.m. April 18 in the cafeteria. Parents can learn more about MAP terminology, Lexiles, DesCartes, Goal Setting and Student Progress Reports, Typical/Target growth, Compass Odyssey, and see examples of test items. PASS testing information will also be discussed.
Fourth quarter progress reports will go hom April 29.
This week is Spirit Week. Today is Spirit Day. Jeans may be worn with a Cross T-shirt or a solid red, white or blue T-shirt. Any style athletic shoe may be worn. Tuesday is Tacky Tuesday. Put together your tackiest outfit. Wednesday is Fancy Smancy Day. Dress your best. Wear nice dress clothes (no jeans) or you may wear your chapel uniform. Thursday is Sports Day. Wear your favorite T-shirt or jersey of your favorite college or pro team. Friday is D3 day.
Boosterthon kicks off with a pep rally at 2:15 p.m. today.
Showcase 2011 is at 6 p.m. Wednesday. This year's theme is "From the Inside Out." Kindergartners through the fifth-graders will be participating.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Extended Learning Time is this week.
The Senior Class will be sponsoring a sub sale in conjunction with Spirit Day activities Wednesday. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their Heritage Academy apparel.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Seventh-grader Nicole Moosbrugger and fifth-grader Ryan Moosbrugger received honorable mention in the Sea Island Regional Science Fair. They competed against more than 200 middle school students from public and private middle schools throughout Beaufort County.
Moms in Touch prayer group meets today in the Uniform Exchange.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
Moms at Prayer meets at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Uniform Exchange.
Rising fifth-grade students will be "Stepping Up" to fifth grade Thursday. Students will have a chance to follow a middle school class schedule and get a glimpse of middle school.
Scholastic Book Fair opens Thursday and runs through April 8.
Students in first through fourth grade are invited to attend the Accelerated Read & Feed event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 7 in the Media Center. Parents should accompany their children.
Ninth-grade students will be attending the Disney Youth Education Series June 13-16. The first deposit is due April.
Upper School Student Council is raising money for ROWKids, an organization that helps schools in other countries. Middle and Upper School students may wear jeans Friday for a $3 donation.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Spring MAP testing period begins April 5.
The Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibition will be held at The Mall at Shelter Cove on April 9-16. The opening reception will be from 6-8 p.m. April 8.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders will be attending a live performance by the Atlantic Coast Theatre of "The Adventures of Eco-Man" on April 7. After the performance, the fourth-graders will participate in a Basics of Acting workshop.
The school will be open for Extended Learning this week.
Saturday Power School dates are April 2, April 9, April 16, April 30 and May 7. Spaces are limited. Details: 843-342-4100
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
Students are encouraged to read over spring break for the Heritage Classic Foundation's 2011 Plaid About Reading Program. Page minimums are 25 pages for first-graders, 50 pages for second- and third-graders, and 75 pages for fourth- and fifth-graders. Winners of the reading contest have a chance to putt with PGA Tour pros or help their class win a pizza party and a visit from Willie, the Heritage spokesman.
MAP testing for grades one through five will be April 4-29.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Winners at the Sea Island Regional Science Fair held March 16 and 17: honorable mention environmental science, Olivia Joslin, "Ethanol, Unleaded, or Diesel?"; second place environmental science, Bridgette Noonan, "The Effects of Storm Water Runoff on Salt Water Estuaries"; SCAWWA Water Drop Award, Matt Kiritsy and Conner Goulet, "Water You Thinking?"; fourth place overall, first place (tie) math and engineering, Brian Ludewig, "Laser Cushion."
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 Plantation. The theme is "Cities at Midnight." Tickets cost $55 through today 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 attend one of the two sessions.
There will be a flapjack breakfast fundraiser from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's to support the African-American Male Mentoring Program. Cost is $5.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
The Sea Island Regional Science Fair was held March 16 and 17. Junior Adam Oppenheimer and sophomore Mark Oppenheimer took the top prize in the senior division and seventh-grader Will White was awarded the top prize in the junior division. Regional winners selected to represent Hilton Head Preparatory School at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles include: senior division, Best of show and first place overall, first place botany/microbiology, Adam Oppenheimer and Mark Oppenheimer, "The Effects of Visible Light and the Addition of a Viable Pathogenic Bacteria under Anaerobic Conditions"; second place overall, first place social and behavioral, Cara Borelli and Catherine Zhu, "A Functional MRI Study of the Regions of Brain Activation During the Processing of SAT Math Problems"; third place overall, first place environmental science, Reid D'Amico, "A Comparison of Fimbristylis caroliniana, Bambusa multiplex and Microstegium vimineum on the Voltage Produced by a Plant Microbial Fuel Cell"; fifth place overall, second place social and behavioral, Clara Chalk, "A Case Study of Delay of Gratification and Distributive Justice in Children Ages 5 to 9"; seventh place overall, first place zoology, health and medicine, Julia Nahman, "Testing the Prevention of E. coli with Different Herbs"; eighth place overall, first place (tie) math and engineering, Christian Steinmetz, "Testing the Effects of Enclosures on Speakers"; junior division, first overall grand prize, Will White, "Can Salicornia Increase the Survival of Selected Crop Plants Under Salty Conditions?"; senior division, individual categories, first place physics, J.T. Marbut and John Sheehan, "Percentage of Rebounds that go to the Backside"; second place physics, Logan Clark and Logan Mallet, "Precision and Accuracy between Center-fire and Rim-fire Rifles"; second place math and engineering, Evan Chupurdy and Tim Ochsner, "Engineering a More Efficient Shrimp Baiting Method"; junior division, individual categories, second place zoology/medicine, Whitaker Gannon, "Just Dance"; second place botany/microbiology, Caitlin Tardio, "The Effects of Acid Rain on Plant Growth"; third place math/engineering/computers division, Jackson Richard, "Wind Turbine Aerodynamics"; third place chemistry division, Katie Rankin and Lea Saleski, "UV Rays vs. Sunscreen"; honorable mentions, Emmett Askeland, Margaret Bacevich, Sam Bacevich, Elizabeth Blackshire, John Blackshire, Hannah Brink, Patrick Bristol, Chris Broadbent, Kate Christensen, Evan Chupurdy, EJ Churchich, Julie Clark, Tram Colket, Kate Cram, Jack Dextraze, Zac Edri, PJ Franklin, Allison Frederick, Cole Frederick, Megan Frederick, Cole Gardocki, Keylan Hanna, Ann Harrison Monroe, Jackson Henz, Chrissy Hicks, Gavin Hurlbut, Matt Joslin, Abby Kandel, Samantha Kriney, Vinny Krishna, Nick Lucchesi, Rhys Matney, Eric McKenzie, Lucas McMillan, Jacquelyn Nahman, Tim Ochsner, Grace Orie, Mac Orie, Kiara Parker, Alex Parsick, Alex Pistilli, Jessica Post, Marielle Quinn, Catherine Sheehan, Greg Warren, Foster Willey and Carley Willey.
The Middle School Parent Network Meeting is at 8 a.m. Thursday in the KNS Media Center.
The school's performing arts students will perform selections from "Footloose" at the Tanger Outlet Center 1 at 2 p.m. Saturday as part of the outlet's grand opening celebration.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Spring break is today through Friday. Classes resume April 4. However, students who have been invited to attend extended learning time will attend school today through Friday.
Applications for pre-kindergarten "Child Find" screening for the 2011-12 school year will be accepted from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. through Friday. Required documentation includes the child's birth certificate and immunization record, as well as proof of residency (a lease or mortgage and a utility bill). Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2011, to be eligible.
Kindergarten registration is today through Aug. 13, 2011. Parents may register their student for the 2012 school year from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2011.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MAP testing begins April 4 for kindergarten-fifth grade.
First Federal's Squirrel Club will be at the school from 8-8:30 a.m. April 5.
There will be a volunteer luncheon at 11:30 a.m. April 8 in the school gym for all volunteers who have made reservations with the PTO.
BINGO Night will be 6:30-8 p.m. April 8 for all students and parents
Students can wear spirit shirts April 8.
Return signed report cards April 4.
The last day for Scrip orders and payments is April 8.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
Pre-ordered produce boxes from Heritage Organic Farm can be picked up in the school foyer from noon-6 p.m. Tuesday. To sign up for the next delivery, call 843-785-2534.
Re-enrollment forms are due Friday.
The school will host a table at the Hilton Head Island Earth Day Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Shelter Cove.
To submit items for "Class Notes," send them to The Island Packet, P.O. Box 5727, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. Fax to 706-3070 or e-mail email@example.com.