The Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce and Visitor & Convention Bureau recently announced it will sponsor six teachers from local schools to attend the TIES professional development conference.
The Beaufort County School District is now offering an instructional text-messaging service for middle and high school students. Students will receive instructional content, such as an SAT word of the day or a math problem of the day, through the service. To subscribe, text "subscribe" to 68453. Text message fees apply. Details: www.schoolmessenger.com/tm
There will be an admission fair for 18 boarding schools from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa.
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Ident-A-Kid will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday.
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Parents should call to schedule a parent-teacher conference. Conference dates are Oct. 20 and Oct. 21.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
The first PTO meeting of the school year will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the school's media center.
SIC will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.
The PTO will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the school's media center. A meeting of the School Improvement Council will follow at 6 p.m.
A photo makeup day is scheduled Oct. 13.
The PTO fundraiser selling cookies, cheesecakes and discount cards will continue through Tuesday. Products will be delivered Oct. 17.
The school welcomes all volunteers. You must register through Winocular (available on the Beaufort County School District website in the Human Resource department) each year in order to participate. Details: Taffy Scheider, 843-707-0796
Teachers are trying to increase individual classroom libraries. Donations of books, magazines or books on tape are being accepted. Send donations to your child's ELA teacher or Leslie Natoli, literacy coach.
Parents are reminded the school does not provide supervision for students before 6:45 a.m. The office is open until 3:15 p.m., however, school dismisses at 2:20 p.m., at which time the school's supervision ends, as well.
Students have completed MAP testing for the fall. Winter MAP dates are Nov. 28-Dec. 16 for reading and math. Spring MAP testing will be from March 26-April 30 for reading, ELA, math and science.
The school soon will be sending a word of the day and other information via School Messenger Text Messaging service. Registration information will be added to the school webpage and sent home with students shortly.
Art Smart students meet on Tuesday afternoons in the art room.
The Drama Club will be competing in the Regional One Act Play Competition in early November. It will meet on Thursday after school. It also meets every Tuesday during lunch.
Student Council will meet on Thursday before school to discuss upcoming projects.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
PTO/SIC meets at 6 p.m. today in the media center.
Homecoming Week is Oct. 3-7.
Picture Day makeup is Oct. 20.
Parent-teacher conferences are from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 21.
Explore Test Prep for eighth-grade English, Math, Reading and Science will be held Oct. 14 and Oct. 20.
Report cards go home Oct. 20.
Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
"Lifetouch Picture Day" for underclassmen, middle-school students and staff is Tuesday. The photographer will be on campus from 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
First-quarter/semester progress reports will be distributed Tuesday.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Picture Day is Tuesday for K-11.
See You at the Pole is at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Oct. 3.
AR Reading Under the Stars is Oct. 4.
Speech screening for K-4 is Oct. 7.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
Positive Behavior and Parenting Night is from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday. The program will be presented by guidance counselor Ginette Evans, school psychologist Marisa Meyers and social worker Katie Todd. Their program will introduce PBIS -- Positive Behavior Intervention and Support -- what it is, why the school uses it and how parents may want to use it at home.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Everyday Math Night for parents and students is from 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The school's Operation 100% reading program needs volunteers for two hours a week teaching first-and second-graders. No experience is required. Details: Linda Baird, 843-342-6640
Lunch applications can be done online or turned in to school.
Students who have no tardies will be invited to an ice cream party in October or November.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The PTO general meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the PTO office.
The SEE Our Spirit Carnival will be held Friday. All grade levels will spend one hour at the Rec Center field to celebrate the success of the fundraiser. Water slides, music and special treats will be available. Volunteers are needed for this event. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 27, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public.
Photographers are needed to help cover events for the school yearbook. Details: Lori Anderson, email@example.com
Parents are encouraged to join PTO. Benefits include a student directory, business discount card, PTO/SCA email updates and the school's new car magnet. Membership forms are available in the main office.
The school seeks volunteers to assist students with reading. Details: Karen Cauller, firstname.lastname@example.org
The "See Our Spirit" PTO fundraiser for this year is a letter campaign from the students to their friends and family seeking donations. Students are asked to return the envelope with the letters to their teacher. The Spirit Carnival will take place in early October for all students to celebrate their hard work.
The "Walk One World Walking Club" will begin its fifth year. This year the students will walk each day outside on the playground. Details: Beth Vargas Giel, 843-342-4380
Michelle Brockway is the gifted and talented contact for parents. Details: email@example.com
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
The IB Parent Advocate Group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the home of Hilary Drammis. Details: Michelle Hartman, 843-689-4908.
Information will be distributed Oct. 12-13 in 11th-grade English classes about college preparation for juniors. It is recommended that students and parents review the information provided.
The Lady Seahawks Health & Fitness Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 at Hilton Head Island High School Community Stadium. There will be a boot camp, football obstacle training, turbo kick and Zumba, and local health care professionals and fitness staff will be available. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students and teachers. Money raised benefits the Lady Seahawk athletic teams. Details: 843-689-4871
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
The following seventh-grade students were invited to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (eligibility is based on the South Carolina PASS or MAP testing): Pablo Ahumada, Ellen Alberg, Esther Anderson, Lois Anderson, Alexxis Andreas, Celia Balfour, MacKenzie Beard, Melissa Bonvissuto, Cole Brammer, Carson Brill, Kendall Bullock, Katie Cameron, Michael Caramello, Joseph Capin, Alison Clodfelter, Juan Cortez, John Cross, Audrey Daugherty, Jared DeAngelis, Gabriel del Valle, Alexandra Duncan, Gianfranco Esteves Chialvo, John Farrell, Maximiliano Feijoo Curbelo, Eric Foggo, John Robert Gavin, Kristopher Geiger, Rianne Gill, Victoria Gill, Noelle Glover, Michael Goggin, Janique Goodwater, Montana Gowell, Samuel Grisham, Matthew Grunder, Nigel Harris, Freddy Hernandez, Grace Heroy, Kathryn Hinchliff, Florencia Imperial, Meghan Jansen, Rachel Jenkins, Shealyn Jenkins, Justin Kaley, Marina Karis, Holly Kerr, Sage Kuhens, Karah Kurtz, Emily Laskowitz, Nicholas Leddy, Holly Lenahan, Courtney Lester, Trevor Lindstrom, Olivia MacIsaac, Juliette MacMurray, Jennifer Martinez Zarate, Kathryn Maurer, Anna McGarity, William McLoud, Madeline Methvin, Joseph Mezera, Carmen Mlodzinski, Sarah Molik, Christopher Ngo, Clayton North, Emma North, Andrew Orischak, Allison Pitts, Jacob Pollard, Madeline Prince, Israel Ramirez Leal, Abigail Rasch, Corey Renaker, Cecilia Reyna, James Roberts, David Robinson, Joseph Robinson, Emma Ryan, William Schmidt, Austin Seelbach, Arianna Serpe, Lucas Shepherd, Brayden Smith, David Tipton Smith, Kyla Smith, Jacob Snowman, Hannah Stackhouse, Samantha Stenhammer, Tyler Stone, Matthew Tobin, Jackson Tomaszewski, Winston Torin, Jorge Torres, Wesley Walker, Miles Wedeking, Ellen White, Alec Willey, Alexander Wood, Sarah Wood, Kade Yarborough and Tyler Yeomans.
PTA meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the main conference room.
The National PTA Reflections art recognition program has begun. Entry forms and rules are available at the front office from Ms. Gigi. Students may enter in six categories: literature, dance choreography, music composition, visual art, film production and photography. This year's theme is "Diversity Means ..." Entries are due Nov. 22.
Turn in your Box Tops for Education at any time during the school year to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
The eighth annual Tennis Carnevale will be from 12:30-4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. Players can sign up online for this family event at www.hhprep.org or by calling 843-671-2286. Cost is $75.
The inaugural Hilton Head Preparatory School Yard Sale will be Oct. 22 at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton. Anyone wishing to donate clothing, furniture, home goods and sports equipment should call Kendra Parsick at 843-338-1867.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
Parent Education Night will be Oct. 5. All parents are invited to view presentations from our 3-6 curriculum in each of our primary classrooms.
The school's annual garage sale will be Oct. 15. Spaces are available for $25. Left-over items will be donated to The Bargain Box. Information: Call 757-2312.
The annual garage sale will be at 8 a.m. Oct. 15 on school grounds. Rental space is $25. Call 843-757-2312 to make a reservation.
Individual and class photographs will be taken Oct. 17-19.
Speech screening will be Sept. 30.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Operation Take Flight orientation will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Early Childhood Center media room. Operation Take Flight is a tutoring program for kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center. Volunteers are needed to work 20 or 45 minutes at a time, one day a week, Monday through Friday. During that time, each volunteer will have the opportunity to work with either one or two students. Volunteers may tutor anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Details: Kathy Wipper, 843-707-0800
Spirit Shirts that may be worn on Fridays. They are available for purchase through the PTO.
MAP testing for K-1 continues through Oct. 7.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A parent meeting to discuss possible rezoning is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bluffton Elementary. Students who live in Rose Hill who currently attend Okatie could be rezoned to Bluffton Elementary School.
The PTO's Fundrunners meet Thursday.
ESOL Family Night is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Parents can get their child's ELDA results, MAP information, learn about the school's ESOL program and school procedures, and have questions answered. Food will be served.
The PTO craft and yard sale will be 8 a.m. until noon Saturday.
Friday is spirit shirt day.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 in the parking log. Tables are $5. Donated items are being accepted. Money raised benefits the Sea Turtle Shop and Sea Turtle Palace. Details: Olivia Santiago, 843-707-0508
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
International Walk to School Day will be held before school from 7:40-7:50 a.m. Oct. 5. Staff will meet with students in three locations around the school zone to walk with them. Contact the school for locations, 843-707-0600.
The second annual 5K race and Kiddie Fun Run will be at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1. Cost is $5 for students.
Picture day is Wednesday.
The Kid's Club for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students and their families is 6 p.m. Thursday. The evening will end with a short performance of "On the Farm" by Erin Berglind's, Kristen Howell's, Emalee Baker's and Lindsay Hill's classes. Snacks and games will be included.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is Friday.
The school will sponsor the "South Carolina Scarecrow Walkabout" to benefit Sea Pines Forest Preserve from 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Fish Island in the preserve. The walkabout is a walking tour through the preserve to view student-created scarecrows based on a South Carolina theme. Cost is $5 a family, in addition to $5 Sea Pines guest pass. Tickets will be sold on the day of event at the preserve. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534; www.spma.com
Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Friday for the following week.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
The Family School Association is hosting its second annual "Gala by the Sea" dinner dance and silent auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Westin Hotel Oceanside Pavilion. To purchase tickets, make a donation or be a sponsor, got to the school office or call 843-681-6501.
Hot lunch orders for the month of October are available online and are due into the school office by 9 a.m. Thursday.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org.