Gazette Class Notes for Oct. 18

Two schools authorized by IB organization

Robert Smalls Middle School and Battery Creek High School have been authorized an International Baccalaureate Organization Middle Years Programme.

Middle Years schools "provide a framework of academic challenge that encourages students to embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and become critical and reflective thinkers," according to the organization.

The program requires students to study their native language, a second language, humanities, sciences, mathematics, arts, physical education and technology, according to a news release from Battery Creek High School. In the final year of the program, students complete a personal project to demonstrate their understanding of the skills they have developed.

Governor's School accepting applications

The S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics is accepting applications from current sophomores through March 1 for its two-year, residential high school program.

An information session for parents and students will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 26 in the media center at Robert Smalls Middle School. Alumni and faculty will be available to answer questions.

The school is highly selective and considers aptitude, proven performance and demonstrated interest in science and mathematics.

Students who are accepted into the class of 2013 will be the school's first students to experience not only its specialized focus in science, math and technology, but also its new concentrations in economics and entrepreneurship.

Details:, 843-383-3944


  • The BCHS Fine Arts Department will present its annual Halloween show at 8 p.m. Thursday in the school's Performing Arts Center.
  • Parent conferences will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Details: 843-322-5580
  • A costume contest sponsored by the SADD Club will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the BCHS stadium as part of the American Diabetes Association Walk for a Cure. Prizes will be given to one boy and one girl in each age group. The contest is open to children ages 2-12. Details: 843-322-5580

  • The third and fourth grades will visit Capers Island for an "eco tour" at 8 a.m. today.
  • The SCISA Championship Chess Tournament is Wednesday.
  • Students in grades 1-4 will visit Hobey Ford Puppets at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.
  • The SCISA State Championship Cheer Competition will be Friday in Columbia.

  • This week is National Bus Safety Week.
  • The first quarter ends today. Report cards will be sent home Thursday.
  • ESOL classes for parents will be from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Room 48 at the school, beginning Tuesday. Classes will begin with lessons on school vocabulary. Details: Joan Linyard, 843-322-2600
  • The BES first quarter Celebration of Achievement is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for grades 2 and 3 and at 2:15 p.m. Thursday for grades 4 and 5. The AMES first quarter Celebration of Achievement and Showcase is at 6 p.m. Oct. 26.
  • Parent conferences will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m.-noon Friday. Contact your child's teacher to set up a conference.
  • The Bill Wurtzel music assembly will be Oct. 25.

  • A Glass Harp Music assembly program for the eighth grade will be today. Brien Engel will show students sound waves through music.
  • The first quarter ends today. Report cards go home Thursday.
  • Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m.-noon Friday.
  • The book fair will be today through Thursday in the library media center in celebration of Teen Read Week. The library will remain open Friday evening during parent conferences.
  • Make-up picture day is Thursday.
  • Students in Gregory Smalls' classes plan to walk one mile around the track next week to earn $1 each. Proceeds will be given to the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Cancer Wing.

  • The PTO Citrus Fundraiser beginstoday.
  • A dinner theater will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria. Students and teachers will perform while the audience eats a spaghetti dinner. Tickets are $5 for students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and $10 for those in fifth grade and older. A baby-sitting service for children between ages 2 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 Tuesday.
  • The Halloween "Spook-'stack'-ular" Sport Stacking Tournament will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria.
  • The PTO and SIC will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the music room.
  • Parent conferences will be Friday.

  • Picture Day is Wednesday. Orders must be sent by Tuesday.
  • There will be no school Friday for parent-teacher conferences. Conferences also will be held Thursday evening. Parents should schedule a time to meet with their child's teacher.

  • A Measures of Academic Progress workshop for parents will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • There will be no school Friday for parent conferences.
  • A Cash for Trash collection will be Wednesday. Visit to see what "trash" RCS collects.
  • The read-a-thon celebration will be Wednesday.
  • Riverview tours are open to the public at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 25.

  • The fall book fair will be open from 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 2:45 -3:30 p.m. today through Thursday in the school library. Details: 843-522-2163
  • First quarter ends today.
  • The cross country team will host a meet on Big Cane Island from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Details: Father Tebalt, 843-522-2163
  • The PTO will host a spirit night at Chick-fil-A at 5 p.m. Thursday. Proceeds benefit the spring trip to Florida for students in grades seven and eight. Details: Mrs. Rembold, 843-522-2163
  • No school Friday for parent-teacher conferences.
  • St. Peter Catholic Church will host a Ministry Fair after the 6 p.m. Mass on Saturday and the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses on Sunday. Booths from every ministry on campus will have information available. Details: 843-522-9555

  • Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.

  • Whale Branch Elementary School will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday on the free after-school tutoring some students qualify for because of the schools' federal Title I Improvement Status. Details: Terry Bennett, 843-322-2332
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