Gazette Class Notes for Oct. 11

Students compete in stock market game

Port Royal Mayor Samuel Murray is challenging Beaufort County School District students in grades four through 12 to build the best stock market portfolios in the Mayor's Blue Chip Investors Program.

Underwritten by a grant from AT&T and coordinated by SC Economics, the free program is a spin-off of the popular statewide competition, the S.C. Stock Market Game. In the competition, students invest a hypothetical $100,000 over ten weeks.

At the local level, student teams will compete for dinner with Murray and $50 in cash.

The nonprofit SC Economics developed the program with the S.C. Conference of Black Mayors.

Details: 803-777-8676

Schools offer free tutoring to students

Students at both Whale Branch and Beaufort elementary schools qualify for free after-school tutoring -- Supplemental Education Services -- because of the schools' federal Title I Improvement Status.

Students must be eligible for federal free or reduced-price lunch programs to participate.

Beaufort Elementary School will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Whale Branch Elementary School will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 21.

Details: Terry Bennett, 843-322-2332

Grants fund plans to fight obesity

Children across South Carolina have the opportunity to become "Health Heroes" by learning about childhood obesity, designing programs to address it and implementing the programs in their communities.

UnitedHealth Group is offering grants of up to $1,000 to schools and youth-focused community programs that propose creative solutions to fight childhood obesity. UnitedHealth HEROES is a service-learning, health literacy initiative.

For an application, visit Applications must be submitted online by Oct. 22. Grant recipients will be notified in December or January.


  • The winner of the Miss BCHS competition is Nicole Deanne Birch. First runner-up is Ireanna Ber'Schirrae Morrall, second runner-up is Angelika Nicole Jones and "most talented" is Nicole Deanne Birch. Other contestants were: Allyson Brooke Morgan, Celeste Monique Walls and Devashai La'John Dunbar.
  • The School Improvement Council will meet Thursday in the media center.
  • Parent conferences will be from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 8 a.m. -noon Oct. 22. Details: 843-322-5580

  • Students with disabilities and special needs will be visited this year by Murphy, a therapy dog, and others from the Beaufort Chapter of Therapy Dogs International.
  • The Scholastic Book Fair is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. The event, themed "Here's to Our Heroes! Reading Saves the Day!", is open to the community. Money raised will help buy books for classroom libraries, the Learning Commons and Toys for Tots. Volunteers are needed. Details: Elizabeth Litton, 843-322-2682, 843-422-3095 or
  • A Family Literacy Night with a book fair preview is 6 p.m. Tuesday. Activities include readings, a Supplemental Education Services free tutoring presentation, refreshments, door prizes and shopping at the fair. Authors Patricia Bee and Mildred Glover will share their books.
  • Volunteers are needed for Saturday's "Clean Up The Life Lab" day. Details: Kristen Common,
  • Kristen Common and Joan Fazzino have been awarded the Special Olympics Project Unify grant, meant to encourage young people to develop communities where they are agents of change in fostering respect for people with intellectual disabilities by using Special Olympics programs.
  • ESOL classes for parents will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 48 of the school, beginning Oct. 19. Classes will begin with lessons on school vocabulary. Details: Joan Linyard, 843-322-2600

  • The Freshman Academy Parent University program will have a meeting from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the school gym. The meeting, meant to help parents help their freshmen with the first year of high school, will include motivational speaker and humorist Janice Lyle, a book giveaway and a representative from adult education. Details: Margaret Thomas, 843-322-2091 or Shelia Cato, 843-322-2071
  • The 2010 Homecoming king and queen are Kevin Gess and Hannah Durbin of student government. The prince and princess are David Avard and Becca Petry of the swim team. These candidates were selected from a Homecoming court of 44 contestants from 22 school organizations. Winners were determined by a point system centered on community service, competing for the most service hours earned and money raised. This year, the Homecoming court raised $7,250.20 for the Independence Fund to benefit wounded veterans and totaled more than 2,650 community service hours since Jan. 1.

  • The volleyball team will play at home at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and the football team will play at home at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
  • The book fair will be Oct. 18-21 in the library media center. The library will remain open the evening of Oct. 22 during parent conferences.
  • Yearbooks may be ordered online through the school website,

  • Parent University, a series of classes to teach parents techniques to help their children succeed, will be Oct. 13, 20 and 27. Lunchtime sessions and evening sessions are available. If parents attend all three courses, they will be awarded a graduation certificate, a dinner celebration and a $50 gift card. Details or to sign up: 843-466-1000

  • Cookie dough will be delivered to students for distribution at 3:20 p.m. Friday.
  • The PTO Citrus Fundraiser begins Oct. 18.
  • A dinner theater will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the cafeteria. Students and teachers will perform while the audience eats a spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $5 for students in pre-kindergarten through grade four and $10 for those in grade five and older. A baby-sitting service for children between 2 years old and pre-kindergarten will be available for $2 and include a light meal.
  • Box tops and Campbell's Soup labels will be collected in homeroom classes Oct. 19.

  • A home volleyball match against Beaufort Middle School will be at 4:30 p.m. today.
  • A SIC meeting will be at 5 p.m. and a PTO meeting will be at 6 p.m. today.
  • "McTeacher Night" at the Lady's Island McDonald's will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday.
  • The LIMS Homecoming football game will be at 5 p.m. Thursday.
  • Pianist Daniel Adni will be performing for students during related arts classes Friday.

  • The first Kids Club of the year will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. The club is for parents and students in pre-kindergarten through grade two.
  • Compass Learning is available to all students with Internet access at
  • Picture Day is Oct. 20. Orders must be sent by Oct. 19.

  • School tours are open to the public at 12:30 p.m. today and Oct. 25. Tours include information about Riverview's mission, values and education program.
  • The school's Board of Directors meets today.
  • Volunteer orientations will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Picture Day is Tuesday. Students are not required to wear uniforms.
  • Applications for the second session of Tidewatch, the after-school enrichment program, are due Wednesday. The session begins Oct. 18.
  • Uniform-Free and Popcorn Friday is Friday.
  • Pledge money for the read-a-thon is due Friday.
  • The Riverview Cross Country team meets at 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • September Students of the Month are: Brennan McDermott, Paige McDougall, Miranda Triplett, Jillian Coffman, Morgan Triplett, Noah Goodwin, Tessa Wilson, Kenric Gwin-Baughman, Emma Burton, Justin Massalon, Jannien Santos, Mary Margaret Barras, Kelcie Schulze and Prescott Hendrick.
  • Today is Dress Down Day, for students with a free pass.
  • The PTO will conclude its "Flower Power" Bulb sale today. Online orders can be submitted at Details: Kristine Keenan, 843-522-2163
  • The eighth grade will go kayaking and the third grade will go to Hunting Island State Park on Wednesday.
  • The cross country team will travel to Bluffton to take on St. Gregory and Cross Episcopal schools at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
  • The Art Club meets at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the art room.
  • The fall book fair begins Oct. 18 in the school library. Details: 843-522-2163
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