Gazette Class Notes for Nov. 1

Bill of Rights topic of essay contest

U.S. high school students and their teachers are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money by participating in the Bill of Rights Institute's fifth annual "Being an American" Essay Contest. Top winners and their teachers also will receive all-expenses-paid trips to Washington D.C.

The essay contest, which began in 2006, asks students to explore the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Sponsors include the History Channel and the Stuart Family Foundation.

Students are asked to share their thoughts by answering the following question: "What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?" The deadline for submissions is Dec. 1.



  • BCHS is supporting the Furniture Warehouse Coat Drive and collecting coats through Dec. 1. This year's goal is to collect 1,500 new or gently used coats for all ages. They can be dropped off in Mrs. Grooms' office.
  • The Band Boosters annual fruit sale will continue through Nov. 18. Fruits include oranges, clementines, tangelos, tangerines, grapefruit, apples, pineapple and pears. Prices range from $13-$34. Details: 843-322-5580, 843-322-5570
  • The Athletics Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the cafeteria.
  • National Honor Society students are participating in Read Across America 2011. They will collect new or gently used children's books through March 2, when they will read them to local elementary school students.

  • Extended learning days for students who qualify will be today and Wednesday through Friday.
  • The PAC will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Tickets for a raffle to win a Razor scooter will be available for $5. A sponsor from Usborne Books will attend the meeting.
  • Patriotism Week is Nov. 8-12. There will be no school Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
  • Character words of the month for November are "loyalty" and "cooperation."

  • BMS 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.
  • November is National Career Development month. Eighth-graders will participate in the annual Academy for Career Excellence Road Show on Nov. 12.

  • Students will present a Veterans Day ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10 in honor of the men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. Veterans are invited to attend.

  • Fall break is today through Friday.
  • Extended learning days for students who qualify will be today and Wednesday through Friday.
  • DaVinci Days will be Wednesday through Friday.

  • Empty Bowls is a grassroots effort to raise money and awareness to end hunger. Riverview and the Lowcountry Food Bank are working together to bring the effort to Beaufort. A viewing and silent auction of bowls made by children and local artists will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 18 at the school. A simple meal will be served and donations to the food bank will be collected. The bowls will be displayed at The Gallery in downtown Beaufort the week before the event.

  • The cross country team took first place in the boys division and second place in the girls division in a meet Oct. 20 on Big Cane Island.
  • Spirit Week is today through Friday. Tuesday is School Spirit Day. Thursday is Wacky Day. Students may wear their favorite team's jersey or shirt Friday. The annual seventh grade vs. eighth grade kickball game is Friday.
  • The All Saints Day Mass will be at noon Tuesday in the church.
  • SCISA accreditation day is Wednesday.
  • The Art Club meets at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the art room.
  • There will be no school Mass on Friday.
  • A Virtus training session will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the adult education room.
  • The school's annual Homes for the Holidays Gala and Tour will be Nov. 19-21. Sponsors and volunteers are needed. Details: 843-522-9555

  • Extended learning days for students who qualify will be from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today and Wednesday through Friday.

  • The BCHS Class of 1991 is planning its 20-year class reunion for 2011. Charlie Simmons is acting class of '91 president and LaRonda Johnson Robinson is vice president. Contact them at and to complete a suggestion questionnaire and contact list. There is a Facebook page for the Class of 1991.
  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1958 Tidal Wave Breakfast Club meetings are at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Golden Corral, 122 Robert Smalls Parkway. Details: 843-525-1822, 843-524-8903
  • To submit to Class Notes, send at least 10 days before the event date to with Class Notes as subject line; Features, Class Notes,. Box 399, Beaufort, SC 29901.