Student works of art will be on display in the annual Promising Picassos Student Art Exhibition, which runs Thursday to Feb. 28 in the Bank of America room of the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The Promising Picassos event is presented annually by the Island School Council for the Arts. The student art exhibition, now in its 21st year, is open to all students, grades three through 12 in the public, private and home schools of southern Beaufort County. An opening artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The second Zapata Initiative is under way. Participating students in Hilton Head Island middle and high schools will submit artwork portraying any athletic endeavor or well-known sports figure as a follow-up to the London Olympics. Five jurors will select the winners at the end of each challenge. More than $1,000 will be awarded to the young artists in both schools. An exhibit of more than 100 pieces of art will be on display at Hilton Head Island High School. The winning works will be honored at the Art League Walter Greer Gallery early in March.
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The school is accepting box tops as a fundraiser for the school. Submit box tops to the school in bags of 50.
Volunteers are needed to read to students as part of the new Wildcat Readers Program. Details: Theresa Ball, 843-707-0900, firstname.lastname@example.org
Located in front of the school you can find a place to freely exchange children's books. The Little Free Library is a place to take a book, share it, return it or drop off books you would like to share. Media specialist Vicki Moody will steward the Little Library. The books all come from donated sources so the school is counting on members of the community to help make it a success. Details: www.littlefreelibrary.org
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
The school seeks 10 volunteers to serve as hall monitors during testing Feb. 20-22. Details: 843-706-8771
Emily Hammond has been nominated as a 2013 Presidential Scholar candidate. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities. She is one of 3,000 candidates selected nationwide. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will select one young man and one young woman from each state, 15 students at-large and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
The school hosted the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Regional Spelling Bee on Jan. 17. More than 100 students in third through eighth grade competed. St. Andrews School in Savannah finished first; St. Francis Catholic School finished second; Beaufort Academy finished third.
Kindergarten and first-grade preview night starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Prospective parents will hear an overview of the program, meet the teachers and participate in hands-on lessons. The Zonta Club will host storytime and crafts for rising kindergarten and first-grade visitors.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
The school will be having tours for parents of rising kindergarten students for the 2013-14 school year. The tours will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday and 6 p.m. Wednesday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The Island School Council for the Arts has selected artwork from the following students for its Promising Picasso's exhibit: fifth-graders Xiamara Garcia and Miley Ray; fourth-grader Broderick Copeland; and third-grader Anna Gray Ashton.
Fourth-grader Anzlee Studenc was chosen as a finalist in the 2013 Future Chefs Culinary Competition.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The PTO will be accepting donations of gently used books during the first two weeks of February for classroom libraries. Collection boxes will be in the main lobby, the front office and by the bus entrance. Details: Wendy Sampson, email@example.com
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Hilton Head Island High School will host Parent University, a Hilton Head Island Cluster School initiative at 6 p.m. Tuesday. All caregivers of students are invited to attend these free workshops. Parent University is an opportunity for community members to access the wealth of local experts to sharpen their skills and awareness on various topical subjects. Child care for ages up to 12 will be provided at no charge. Registration will start at 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged as seating is limited to 250 registrants. Applications are available at all Hilton Head Island Cluster Schools or by going online at hhh.beaufort.k12.sc.us. Details: Dianne Morgan, 843-689-4811
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Kindergarten teacher Krista Hanna, learning resource specialist Stephanie Pullon and upper school math teacher Kate Clark have been named Rotary Teachers of the Year.
In its inaugural year, the varsity bowling team won second place in the S.C. Independent Schools Association state championship.
The upper school math team placed sixth (out of 29 teams) in the 2013 SCISA High School Math Meet. Senior Alex Gordon placed 10th overall (out of 145 competitors) in the individual competition.
The upper school chess team won the SCISA State Championship for the seventh consecutive year. Kindergartner Aden Parsick placed 12th (out of 86 competitors in grades K-5) in the SCISA Lower School Chess competition.
Learning resource specialist Stephanie Pullon has been accepted into the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and certified at the associate level.
Middle School Information Night is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday in the Dolphin Dining Hall.
Tickets are on sale for "Legally Blonde." Performances are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Prices are $20 for adults; $10 for students; $15 for seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at www.hhprep.org or at the door.
Middle School Information Night and Pizza Party is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday in the Dolphin Dining Hall. All parents and students and prospective families are welcome.
Early dismissal is 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
School is closed Thursday and Friday.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Jump Rope for Heart is Friday.
RED CEDAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Chick-fil-A Night is 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
The Parenting With Purpose class will meet 9 a.m. Tuesday.