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Fifth-graders recently attended CSI camp in Pickens County. The students become forensic investigators at the camp, solving mysteries using math, forensic science and technology. The program offered hands-on, application-based learning. Trained instructors guided students in analyzing evidence including fingerprints, hair and fiber, paper chromatography and footprint casting. The students also had the chance to explore careers in the forensic field.
Larry King's new show "In View" just completed a documentary about animation at Bluffton Elementary and its positive role in education. The production company interviewed Mrs. Miller, the animation teacher, Mrs. Brown and Ashby Cribb.
Band students received awards at the Solo & Ensemble Festival in North Charleston. Students who received Superior awards are: Marissa Hamby, Krissy Johnson, Adam Babington, Madison Shropshire, Elizabeth Gabbey, Joey Zhou, Tina Tran, Carlos Duque and Leah Zulkosky. Students who received Excellent awards are: Kaylie Hilts, McKenzie Bitz, Giovanni Suastegui, Bridget Connolly, Frances Lightner, Wendi Nava, Valerie Calvo, Margaret Schroeter, Dalton Tourout, Gray Perkins, Elizabeth Gabbey, Audrey Palau, Chloe Rizer, Gabby Allen, Maleeya Houghlan, Matthew Rasmussen and Sarah Cao.
The NJHS Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive continues through May 25.
Elementary schools will visit May 21-25.
The Summer Book Fair will be held May 21-May 31 in the media center.
ASP Open House is at 6 p.m. May 22.
Band and strings concert is 6 p.m. May 24 in the gym.
PBIS Incentive Day and yearbook signing is May 25.
A school cookout will be May 25 during lunches. Parents are invited.
PTO will meet at 5 p.m. May 29 in the media center.
SIC will meet at 6 p.m. May 29 in the media center.
TEDx Night is at 6 p.m. May 31.
The sixth grade Field Day is 7:20 a.m.-2:20 p.m. June 4.
Band Awards Night is 6 p.m. June 4 in the cafeteria.
The sixth-grade awards ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. June 5 in the gym.
The seventh grade Field Day is 7:20 a.m.-2:20 p.m. June 6.
The seventh-grade awards ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. June 7 in the gym.
Report cards go home June 7.
Last day of school is June 7 with dismissal at 11 a.m.
Summer schoot starts June 11.
Registration is open for the Beaufort County School District Robotics Camp. Details: http://tinyurl.com/BCSDSummerCamps
There will be a meeting at 4 p.m. May 30 at the Island West Golf Club for girls going into seventh through 12th grade interested in being part of the Bluffton High School golf team for the 2012-13 school year. Details: 843815-6660, email@example.com
Engraved bricks are available for $50 each. The bricks will be placed as pavers in front of the school at the flagpole.
The school is in the process of checking textbooks. Each student was given books upon enrolling and is responsible for those books throughout the school year. If a student cannot show they have those books, they will not be allowed to participate in any Jeans Day or Field Day activities until they are accounted for or paid for to the textbook manager. Letters will be sent home with those students who are missing books.
The Band Awards Banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. May 21 in the Bluffton High School cafeteria.
Middle School Athletics Night will be at 6:30 p.m. May 24 in the cafeteria and gym.
Students will present "Camp Rock" May 25-27.
There will be no school May 28.
Eighth-grade graduation will be at 11 a.m. June 6 at Bluffton High School.
June 7 is the last day of school and there will be early dismissal.
End of the year exams, called EOCEP, are May 29-31.
The schools seeks volunteers for hallway monitoring for EOCEP; please call Ms. Joly at 843-706-8786.
Moms In Prayer International will meet at 8 a.m. May 21.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 7 a.m. May 24 in the cafeteria.
Moms At Prayer will meet 8-9 a.m. May 24.
Chapels are Thursdays -- 8:45-9:30 a.m. for the lower school; 11-11:45 a.m. for the upper school; and 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for the middle school.
The annual Sports Physical Clinic will be held after school Thursday. Local physicians will be on campus to perform physicals for any students who wish to participate in athletics during the 2012-13 school year. Forms may be accessed through the school website, www.hhca.org. All forms must be signed by a parent or a parent must accompany the student in order for the physician to complete the physical. The cost is $20.
The Parent Teacher Fellowship is looking for new board members. The fellowship consists of parents who are excited about serving the school and being liaisons between the faculty/staff and parents. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
The school seeks room moms or dads for next year's lower school classes. Details: email@example.com
PE uniform orders for fifth- through eighth-grade students are due by June 18. They can be downloaded off the school website, www.hhca.org.
The media center will be closed after school for the last two weeks of school.
The "Got Science" Project Showcase is May 21-25.
There will be no school May 28 for Memorial Day.
Camp Invention will be held June 18-21 at the school. Register at www.campinvention.com.
The Dolphin Cruise for fourth grade is 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. May 23-24.
First-grade swimming will be 12:30-1:30 p.m. May 23-25.
Mrs. Wynn's first-grade class will take a field trip May 25 to Honey Horn.
The fifth grade will tour Hilton Head Island Middle School 9:15-10 a.m. May 29.
Re-enrollment and proof of residency forms are due in main office.
School logo shirts are available for $10 at the school office.
The lost and found will be donated at the end of the school year.
BRAVO, a celebration of Arts and Academics, will be 5:30-8:30 p.m. May 24. Student projects featuring an arts-infused curriculum will be on display. A technology fair of student projects will also be on display. The book fair will be open 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the media center. The Spring Chorus and Singers will perform at 6 p.m. in the gym. Calypo's Dancers and the Morning Ballet will be performed at 7 p.m. in the gym.
The Creative Arts Player will present "Law and Order: Fairy Tale Crime Unit" at 7 p.m. May 31 in the gym. Adult tickets are $5 and student tickets are $3. SCA students are free. Details: 843-342-4135, firstname.lastname@example.org
Two professors and 22 students in the teacher preparation program from Roanoke College will present a three-week after-school program, "Arts 4 Learning -- Fun in the Arts and Reading." Students in second through fifth grades are invited to attend. The student teachers will be observing in classroooms to learn more about an arts infused curriculum each morning. Details: 843-342-4104
The very large collection from Lost and Found will be donated at the end of the year. Please check in the front office if your student is missing any clothing items.
Congratulations to students in the band program, who earned Superiors with straight 1's at three competitions in a row this year.
Raychelle Lohmann, guidance chairperson, has been selected as a 2011 South Carolina HEART Award Finalist, according to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and South Carolina Department of Education sponsors of the prestigious award. As a finalist, Lohmann received a plaque and a check for $2,500, which will be earmarked for guidance department resources and materials at the school. The S.C. HEART Award recognizes excellence in school counseling.
The Athletic Booster Club meeting is at 6 p.m. May 21 in the media center.
ROTC Awards Night is at 6 p.m. May 21 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The Choral Department will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. May 22 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free. The concert will feature the Seahawk Singers, the Seahawk Ensemble and Out of the Blue.
The Spring Orchestra Concert is at 7 p.m. May 23 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Academic Awards Night is at 6:30 p.m. May 24 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Athletic Awards Night is at 6 p.m. May 31 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The freshman class will hold a car wash June 3 at Outback Steakhouse on Hilton Head. The cost is $10. If you purchase a wash in advance, you can receive a free Bloomin' Onion appetizer. Details: 843-689-4877
2012-13 sport physicals are from 1-2 p.m. June 17 in the Hilton Head Island Middle School gym. The physicals cost $10.
PTA will meet at 1 p.m. May 22 in the main conference room. All parents are invited to attend.
SIC will meet at 6 p.m. May 22 in the Bistro.
The Hilton Head Island High School and Middle School Orchestra concert is at 7 p.m. May 23 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
The seventh- and eighth-grade Big Bad Musical Drama Performance is 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 23 in the auditorium.
The Stellar Stingray breakfast is 7:45-8:30 a.m. May 24 in the media center.
The sixth grade Shakespeare Drama Performance is 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 24 in the auditorium.
Academic Awards night will be at 6 p.m. May 29 in the gym.
The Student Talent Show will be at 6 p.m. May 30 in the auditorium.
The eighth-grade celebration will be at 6 p.m. June 5 in the high school stadium. Students are to report to their homeroom teachers by 5:15 p.m. A dance follows in the middle school cafeteria.
Registration is open for Virtual Keyboarding, an eight-week summer course in which students can earn .5 credit. The course is for rising eighth- through 12th-graders with computer and Internet access. Details: http://tinyurl.com/bcsdvs
Rising ninth-graders are encouraged to participate in the school district's Virtual Summer School for AP Human Geography, English 1, Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2. Students who successfully complete the modules will earn extra credit from their classroom teacher during the 2012-13 school year. Register at http://goo.gl/TAV77.
Ninth-grade orientation is Aug. 7 at Hilton Head Island High School. Students will spend a day at the high school, learn their schedule, get their lockers and have a lunch cookout. Registration forms are available at the middle school front office or by visiting the guidance website. Forms are due June 7 to Mrs. Larkby.
Continue turning in Box Tops for Education. The school receives 10 cents for each box top.
2012-13 sport physicals are available 1-2 p.m. June 17 in the gym. The physicals cost $10.
Last-minute transportation changes must be faxed to the school at 843-689-4624 along with a copy of your ID. Otherwise, send a note with your child.
Freshman Heath Cunningham recently was accepted to and received a scholarship for a summer filmmaking and directing program at Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. Only 16 students are accepted into the program each summer.
Junior golfer Woody Woodward has committed to play golf at Wake Forest in 2013. Woodward is No. 29 in Golfweek's rankings for the class of 2013 and helped his team bring home the state championship trophy this spring.
The Upper School Student Council for the 2012-13 school year has been selected. The executive board includes: Ellie Nixon, president; Helen Cardamone, vice president; Greg Warren, treasurer; Whittaker Gannon, recording secretary; and Kelsey Lauerer, corresponding secretary. Class representatives to the student council include: Jackson Puckey, ninth grade; Grace Orie, 10th grade; Shaun Topper, 11th grade; and Allie Kenneweg, 12th grade.
The Athletic Awards Ceremony for spring sports is 6 p.m. May 23 in the Field House.
Senior graduation is at 10 a.m. May 26 in the Field House.
Registration is open for Hilton Head Prep's summer camps. The camps are open to children of all ages throughout the summer. Details: Matt Dakolios, email@example.com; www.hhprep.org
End-of-year parties will take place this week for all classes.
Graduation from the primary program will be at 6 p.m. May 25 at First Baptist Church in Bluffton.
The school is asking members of the community to vote for it to receive a $50,000 school beautification grant from Rack Room Shoes. Go to www.rackroomshoes.com/lp-contest.
Elementary and Early Childhood Center students will participate in the Royal Field Day Tournament on May 23 and 24.
There will be no school on May 28 for Memorial Day. Students return to school May 29.
Fifth-grade students will visit Bluffton Middle School for an orientation and tour May 21.
The Book Fair is May 23-June 1. It will be open every day from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and will be open late May 31.
May 25 is Pre-K Water Day.
First grade will take a field trip May 21 to the Coastal Discovery Museum. Bus 1 will leave at 8:45 a.m. Bus 2 will leave at 10:15 a.m. Students are asked to pack a lunch to bring with them.
Members of the "Young Astronauts" will go to Cape Canaveral on May 24.
AMES Showcase is 6-7 p.m. May 24.
Multicultural Day is May 25.
The book fair will be held May 21-25. It will be handled during school hours except on Thursday, when the hours will be extended until 7 p.m.
The annual Family Picnic will be 4-6 p.m. May 24. Dinners are $3 a person; reservations are required. Students will find out who their teacher is for the next school year.
May 21 is the last day for Monday Art Club and Red Cedar Theater. After school clubs are drawing to a close. If parents have questions on the end date they can ask the club leader.
May 22 is the last day for the Foxes Score Sports Club.
May 23 is the last day for the Foxes Trot Club and Honors Choir.
May 24 is the last day for Thursday Art Club and Robotics Club.
Spirit Day is every Friday. Please wear your school logo wear to school.
The Golf Classic Fundraising Tournament will be held at 11 a.m. May 22 at the Golf Club at Indigo Run. The tournament is open to the public. Details: 843-785-2534
Field Day is May 25.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Call 843-785-2534 to make an appointment.
Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Friday for the following week.
May 22 is the last day of school for eighth-graders. They will have their class trip to Summer Waves Waterfun Park on May 23.
The eighth-grade graduation mass and ceremony will be at 6 p.m. May 25 at the church.
School will be closed May 28 for Memorial Day.
Mrs. Klein's kindergarten class will host their Festival of Countries program at 1:30 p.m. May 21 in the gym. The students will present what they have learned about Australia, China, Canada, Colombia and Italy. On Tuesday, the children will go to Outback Steakhouse to learn more about Australia and have lunch.
Mrs. Toth's fifth-grade class will take a field trip May 24 to Charleston. The students will visit the Charleston Aquarium and take a boat ride around Fort Sumter.
Sister Emanuel's first-grade class will take a field trip May 25 to Fish Haul Park.