Campbell Chapel AME Church in Bluffton will be celebrating its "Emphasis on Education Sunday" with Beaufort County School District Superintendent Dr. Valerie Truesdale as the featured speaker at 10 a.m. Oct. 17. Local educators and students will be honored during the special occasion. The public is invited. The church is at 25 Boundary St. Details: 843-757-3652
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Students named Mustang of the Month include: sixth-graders Aerial Youmans, Destiny Brantley, Eric Szczepanik and James Baughman; seventh-graders T.J. Blocker, Mackenzie Anderson, Alexis Fair and Elizabeth Shrieve
Senior Minami Ann Levonowich has been named to the 2010 Hewlett Packard Scholastic Honor Roll. Since 1988, Hewlett Packard has recognized the academic and athletic efforts of the American Junior Golf Association student-athletes through its Scholastic Junior All-America Team. Student Athletes must have a weighted GPA of 3.75 or higher to qualify.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Middle School Parent Teacher Conferences will be today during Faculty In-Service.
Island Playground is hosting a Spirit Night from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lower school age children are invited to join the fun and support the school.
Moms in Touch prayer group meets at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Uniform Exchange.
Music students will attend the SCISA Choral Clinic at University of South Carolina School of Music on Thursday.
The Zonta and Key Clubs are hosting a Special Needs Fun Day from 9:30-11:30 a.m. today. The school has invited special needs students from Hilton Head Island Middle School and Hilton Head Island and Bluffton high schools, along with adults from Programs for Exceptional People. There will be games on the field and in the gym.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Alden Bauer, P.E. teacher, and Becky Hutchins, special education teacher, received a Special Olympics Project Unify grant for $950. Beaufort County teachers earned more than $17,000 in grants that support the Special Olympics.
The SIC/PTA meeting will be at 5 p.m. today in the Yellow Media Center.
The fifth-graders will present "Coming to America; the Story of Immigration" at 6:30 p.m. today in the Yellow Gym under the direction of Karen Osborne, music teacher. This program is connected to the students' unit of inquiry, "How We Organize Ourselves."
Each month a local master artist volunteers to come to the school and work with the Artistically Gifted and Talented Art program at students in grades 2-5. Artist Amos Hummell will work with the students from 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday. Each student will get a milk or juice carton to create a building that you would find in a community. Once all of the buildings are completed, they will be put together to create a "community."
The Hilton Head Island Wal-Mart recently celebrated its Teacher Rewards Program with the school. The store surprised the teachers and hosted a drawing for 10 $100 gift cards to purchase classroom supplies. The winning teachers were given the gift cards, balloons and cupcakes to share with their class.
Parents can learn more about the MAPs testing program by attending an orientation workshop at 11 a.m.-noon or 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Parent/student/teacher conferences will be from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 21 and from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 22. Please consult your child's teacher's website or newsletters for more information. Report cards will go home Oct. 22 at the conferences.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
PSAT for eighth-graders is from 8-11 a.m. Wednesday.
Cookie Delivery Day is Wednesday. Pickup is in the rear parking lot from 1-6 p.m.
PTA meeting is at 1p.m. Oct. 19 in P-4.
SIC meeting is at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 in the media center.
Talent Show is at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 in the auditorium.
The National PTA is hosting a Reflections Art Recognition Program. All students are encouraged to enter. This year's theme is "Together We Can." Categories include: Visual Arts, Photography, Literature, Film Production, Music Composition, and Dance Choreography. Workshops will be offered after school. Entry forms and rules are at the front office. Deadline to enter is Nov. 19. Details: Phyllis Neville, 843-681-3646, PNevs56@aol.com
Box Tops for Education can be turned in to your student's homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in.
Parent/teacher conferences will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 Thursday in the gym and cafeteria on a first-come, first-served basis. You can pick up your student's report card at this time.
Pre-scheduled parent/teacher conferences will be from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 22. You can pick up your student's report card at this time, otherwise it will be mailed home.
There will be a meeting at Beaufort Elementary School, at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 regarding custody, adoption, legal assistance, school, etc. for grandparents raising a grandchild. Child care will be provided. Details: Lorain Tascoe-Bey, 843-726-1092
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence awarded Barbara Elkins a grant for Nutrition Education. Emily Jeffords and Marjorie Milbrandt were awarded a grant to start a LEGO Robotics Program.
The School Improvement Meeting will be at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Media Center.
The MAP Parent Meeting will be from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday in the gym.
Fourth-graders will be attending Colonial Camp on Friday at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. The Colonial Camp provides experiences for students to experience the 1770s firsthand. The admission for students was funded by the Adopt a School Program which is sponsored and administered by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
The school is creating an art gallery and is seeking donations of wooden frames of various sizes and shapes. Drop them off at the office.
The Van Landingham Rotary Club donated free dictionaries to the fifth-grade students.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Students who exemplified "respect," the value of the month, include: first-graders Ella Clark, Allison Kandel and Ashley Wilmot; second-graders Faith Bejar, Harrison Green and Anna Kurtz; third-graders Aden Dragulescu, Caroline Stone, Savannah Toomer and Will Woerheide; fourth-graders Frank Milbourn and Shane Troyano; and fifth-graders Noah Corbitt and Kylie Stewart.
Prep parents and students ages 15-18 can reserve space for the "Time2Drive" program being offered 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 20 by emailing email@example.com.
The Lower School Parent Network Meeting is at 8 a.m. Thursday in the KNS Media Center.
The Library Volunteer Meeting will be Thursday immediately following the Lower School Network Meeting in the KNS Media Center.
Homecoming is Friday. Homecoming T-shirts can be worn instead of uniform shirts.
The performing arts students will present "Little Shop of Horrors" at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and Nov. 6 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 7 at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students and children. Tickets will be available online at www.hhprep.org beginning Friday. Details: 843-671-2286
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The annual Riley Run will be Nov. 15. This is a healthy way of fundraising and the PTO's major fundraiser for the year. The event will take place throughout the day during the classrooms' specials times. Parents are invited to cheer on the runners. Students will collect pledges during the week.
The School Planning and Management Team will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. This team of teachers, administrators, staff and parents provides input, under the leadership of the school administration, in decisions regarding finances and academics. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Howard Jones, manager of Target in Bluffton, has been named the newest member of the M.C. Riley School Improvement Council. School Improvement Councils serve the school principal and faculty in an advisory role, bringing together parents, educators, students and community stakeholders to collaborate on the improvement of their local schools.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The school's monthly PTO meeting is 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Okatie's Scarecrow Scoot and Fall Festival will be Oct. 29. Students and parents will spend the day walking in the morning and participating in fall festival activities in the afternoon.
Kindergarten field trip is Wednesday.
Fifth-graders will be at Camp Driftwood from Wednesday-Friday.
Friday begins the PTO fall Scrip fundraiser.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
The "South Carolina Scarecrow Walkabout" benefiting Sea Pines Forest Preserve Museum and Forest Preserve Foundation will be held from 1-3 p.m. Oct. 23 at Fish Island in the preserve. The event features a walking tour through the Forest Preserve to view student-created scarecrows based on a South Carolina theme. Cost is $5 a family, plus $5 entry to Sea Pines.
The SPMA Harvest Moon Celebration fundraiser for the booster club will be from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 23 at Fish Island in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve. There will be a pig roast, oysters and a bluegrass band.
The Community Meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Students are welcome to attend with parents. Students will be invited to watch "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."
The school has begun its The Deep Well Project food drive. Collection sites are at the entrance of the school. The following Christmas and Thanksgiving food items are needed: cranberry sauce, green beans, corn, canned yams, corn bread mix, stuffing, gravy packet, canned fruit and canned pumpkin.
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Sign-up sheets for parent/teacher conferences are due into the office by 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.