Gazette Class Notes for Oct. 25

Rotarians to visit Beaufort Middle School

Members of the Sea Island Rotary Club and other community volunteers will present a program called CHOICES to eighth-graders at Beaufort Middle School on Tuesday and Thursday.

The Seattle-based program addresses self-discipline, motivation, time management, academic decisions, career consequences and other concepts, according to a news release. For the fifth consecutive year, volunteers from the club will lead students through interactive exercises and discussions.

"CHOICES is a unique example of how education and business can work together to benefit students as they prepare for adult life," said Carlotta Ungaro, president and CEO of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and a CHOICES presenter, in a news release. "What could be more immediate, more long-lasting, or more cost-effective than changing student attitudes about education and encouraging them to do more with what is already available to them?"

The school will host a reception for volunteers after Thursday's program. During the reception, Beaufort Middle School student Elizabeth Crowther will be recognized for being named a first-place winner in the National Career Development Association's poetry and poster contest last school year.

Details: Dave Walker, CHOICES program manager,

Governor's School accepting applications

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

An information session for parents and students will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Details:, 843-383-3944


  • A PTSO meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center.
  • Physicals will be offered Saturday at the school for $10.

  • The competitive cheerleading team placed third in the SCISA state competition in Columbia. Members of the team are: Mary Alice Strohmeyer, Maya Dixon, Bridget Baggerly, Francis Stowe, Jamie Baggerly, Bianca Sanchez, Alondra Rodriquez, Mary Margaret Achurch, Cali Blocker, Brooke O'Neill, Natalie Aiken, AC Crowther, Lauren Noonan and Grace Stewart.
  • The kindergarten building's trip to the Lowcountry Produce pumpkin patch will be Tuesday.
  • There will be a middle school math meet in Orangeburg on Wednesday.
  • Fall Festival will be from 3-5 p.m. Friday. The old-fashioned carnival event features activities, food and games for families.
  • The Fall Ball for Upper School students is 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday in the gym. Guests should sign up in the main office.

  • Student artwork is on display this month at the Lowcountry Medical Center's satellite gallery.
  • The Bill Wurtzel music assembly will be today.
  • A Mystery Festival for students in grades 3 through 5 will be today through Friday.
  • The AMES first quarter Celebration of Achievement and Showcase is at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Second-graders will begin CogAT testing Tuesday. Results are used to qualify students as gifted and talented.
  • To receive school "News from the Nest" via e-mail from the principal, send an e-mail to and write "E-news" in the subject line.
  • A pre-kindergarten and kindergarten Kids Club will be Thursday.
  • Extended learning days will be Nov. 1 and Nov. 3-5 for students who qualify.

  • Report cards not picked up during parent conferences will be mailed home.
  • The School Improvement Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the library media center.
  • The school has received a grant through the S.C. Department of Education for its Distinguished Arts Program. The school will receive $13,000, with an additional $5,000 for summer arts institutes for staff.
  • The school is a semifinalist in a competition for excellent schools held by the S.C. Association of School Administrators. Representatives of the Carolina First Palmetto's Finest Committee will visit the school on Dec.1.
  • Director Jeff Evans and actors from the Lowcountry Shakespeare Acting Group visited the school on Oct. 19 to perform for eighth-grade language arts classes.
  • The school will offer a free after-school dance class beginning the week of Nov. 8. Jayne Richardson's classes will include instruction in the fundamentals of creative dance and movement. Applications are available in the front office.
  • Two strings students auditioned at Fort Dorchester High School on Oct. 9 and qualified for the S.C. Junior Region 4 Orchestra: violinist Madison Maddox and first-alternate cellist Ian Klauch. They will audition in mid-November for the S.C. All-State Orchestra.

  • The PTO Halloween Party is 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.
  • CogAT testing will be Tuesday through Thursday for second-graders.

  • Football playoffs will begin today. The championship game will be Thursday.
  • The first PTO "Trunk or Treat" Costume Party will be Friday.

  • The Riverview Board of Directors will meet today.
  • A tour of the school will be at 12:30 p.m. today. The tour is open to the public.

  • Artwork by Robert Smalls Middle School student Jacob Morgan was published in the December 2010 issue of Bird Talk magazine. He drew his bird, Max.

  • The SIC will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school's conference room.
  • CogAT testing will be Tuesday through Thursday for second-graders.
  • A schoolwide musical based on science standards, called "Go Galileo," will be presented by students in grades one through five at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

  • The school will begin a Junior Beta Club at the end of the first quarter. Students will be selected from grades five through eight. Details: Heather Rembold, 843-522-2163, ext. 527
  • The cross country team took first place in the boys and girls divisions at a meet Oct. 13 in Bluffton. About 115 runners from across Beaufort County competed. The next meet is Wednesday.
  • First-quarter report cards have been distributed. They should be signed by parents and returned to the student's homeroom teacher.
  • The SCISA math meet will be Tuesday in Holly Hill.
  • A School Advisory Board meeting will be at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.
  • Picture Day is Friday.
  • The Art Club will meet at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the art room.
  • The All Saints Day Mass will be at noon Nov. 1 in the church. Students are encouraged to dress as their favorite saint for the day.
  • Interested boys and girls basketball players should contact Coach Coffman to register. Teams will begin practice in early November. Details: 843 522-2163, ext. 514

  • Red Ribbon Week is today through Friday.
  • The fall costume dance will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the gym.
  • Extended Learning Time for qualified students will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 1 and Nov. 3-5.

  • The school's first yearbook is on sale for $50 until Nov. 1, when the price will increase to $60. A $15 deposit will hold the yearbook through October. To buy yearbooks, visit Details: Ms. Hammonds, 843-466-2700

  • Sixth-grade STEM students will begin selling citrus fruit as a fundraiser today.
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