Sunscribers, the writing club of Sun City Hilton Head, is sponsoring a Seniors to Seniors writing contest for all Beaufort County public high school seniors in the class of 2011. The first-place winner will receive a prize of $200 and have his or her essay printed in The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. There will be a $100 prize for second place and $50 prize for third. Winners will be announced in February. Topic of the essay must be, "What I Want To Do With My Life And How I Expect To Prepare Myself." Students may submit one essay, and it must be between 350 to 500 words. Essays will be judged for their coherence and cogency by a panel of writers from Sunscribers. No essay postmarked later than Jan. 31 will be considered. Mail essays to: Seniors to Seniors Essay Contest, 561 Argent Way, Bluffton, SC 29909. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Makeup picture day is Tuesday.
SIC meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
The drama club will be competing in a One-Act Play competition Nov. 22. Rehearsal dates are Wednesday, Thursday, Nov. 18 and 20.
Grandparents and Special Friends Day is Nov. 17. The day will begin with Family Chapel.
The fourth- and fifth-grade and praise team students are singing in the Veterans Day ceremony at Sun City Hilton Head on Thursday. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. They will be performing "God Bless America" and "Thank You, Soldiers."
October students of the Month are: Matthew Adams, A.M. High School, and Joshua Hopwood, P.M. High School. Trelle Stephens was selected as Teacher of the Month.
The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school library. New inductees are: Emily Hammond, Joshua Hopwood, Olivia Landino, Minami Ann Levonowich, Yifan Liu, Skyler Mednick, John Thomson and Elkie Van den Beemt.
Students will be participating in the 2010 SCISA High School Regional Quiz Bowl on Wednesday at Beaufort Academy. Team members representing Heritage Academy are: Sydney Moscowitz, Matthew Moucharafieh, Nicholas Wallace and Brian White.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
The National Honor Society will hold induction of new members at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
Parents of ninth-grade students are invited to attend the Principals' Coffee at 8 a.m. Nov. 17.
Makeup, retake, class and club pictures will be Wednesday.
Lower School Drama group will perform "The Giving Tree" during chapel at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.
College Planning Night is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in the media center.
"Book Chicks," an afterschool book club, meets from 3:15-4 p.m. Wednesday. All lower school girls are invited.
The Beta Club is collecting nonperishable food items to help provide Thanksgiving meals to local families in need. Items are being accepted now through Nov. 19. Donations can be made at the front office.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
Palmetto Electric Bright Ideas Teacher grant program awarded fifth-grade teacher Heidi Neeson $1,000 to support a robotics program for all fourth- and fifth-grade students. Students will build and program small robots. Tenille Kasper was awarded $400 to purchase Flip video cameras which will enable students to create podcasts, presentations and document learning.
Music teacher Melinda Smith was awarded "Teacher of the Year Patriotism Award" by the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Hardeeville and Ridgeland chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution for her work with teachers and students and community outreach programs in supporting patriotism.
The "Walk One World Walking Club" will have a new adventure this year called "Out of Africa." Students will adopt an animal, the tiger, through the World Wildlife Organization and learn about various cultures of Africa.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Juniors Marielle Alexander, Madison Bailey, Franklyn Bakala, Caitlin Baltzley, Felipe Bencalazar, Emily Blackshire, Elizabeth Buterbaugh, Ryan Cadden, Daniel Chambers, Maggie Colket, Jaclyn deBoer, Kyle Eichelsbacher, Amber Erkan, Jacquelyn Flanagan, Allison Frederick, Marc Halseth, Sarah Hancock, Nicholas Kunz, Erica Larson, Daniel Maggard, Marian Matney, Maya Nelander, Adam Oppenheimer, Alex Orford, Nicole Roos, Kayla Schauss, Cameron Stewart, Cameron Stratton, Dorena Wentzel and Devin White were recently inducted into the National Honor Society for demonstrating excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character.
The middle school math team traveled to Orangeburg to compete in the South Carolina Independent School Association's Math Meet on Oct. 27. The Prep team finished fifth overall in the state out of more than 30 schools in the division. Eighth-grade student Eric McKenzie finished second in the state individual competition in the largest SCISA division. Seventh-grader Will White ranked 15th. Eighth-graders Caitlin Tardio and Eric McKenzie were the tops scorers for their respective teams. Students contributing to the school's finish were sixth-grade students Samantha Kriney, Vinny Krishna and Alex Parsick, seventh-graders Chrissy Hicks and Will White and eighth-grade students Sam Bacevich, Alyssa Calamari, Eric McKenzie, Lucas McMillan, Hannah Simpson and Caitlin Tardio.
The Upper School Parent Network meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the KNS Media Center.
"Bring a Friend to School Day" is Thursday for students in first through 11th grades. Details: Bobbie Somerville, 843-671-2286, ext. 315
The junior class is selling Holiday Poinsettias through Tuesday. Poinsettias are available in crimson red, pastel pink or creamy white and will be delivered Dec. 3. Details: www.hhprep.org
Tickets for the Shabby Chic Clambake on Saturday can be purchased online at www.hhprep.org. Tickets are $75 a person.
The fourth-grade field trip to the Coastal Discovery Museum is Tuesday.
The third-grade field trip on the Tammy Jane Shrimp Trawler is Thursday.
The fifth-grade Civil War Scavenger Hunt is Thursday.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The School Improvement Council will meet at 6 p.m. today in the media center. Details: 843-706-8300
Students in grades 3-5 who made the honor roll for the first quarter will be honored with a celebration 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Parents and students are invited to attend.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ITBS testing for all second-graders is this week.
Picture retakes are Tuesday.
First Federal's Squirrel Club will be held Tuesday morning to open accounts and accept deposits from the children.
Spirit Shirt Day is Friday.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Makeup picture day is Friday.
The school is accepting donations of slightly worn books. Bring them to the front office or call 843-707-0500.
In honor of the school's mascot, "Sammy" the Sea Turtle, Pritchardville Elementary will be house a sea turtle exhibit from the Coastal Discovery Museum starting this week.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is Friday. Students can wear school logo wear to school.
Community Meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Parents and children are invited. Reservations are required. Details: 843-785-2534
Grandparents Day is Nov. 23.
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.
The Sea Pines Montessori Academy Middle School class constructed a bat house for the Sea Pines Forest Preserve combining community service learning with local environmental science. Using plans available on the Colorado Department of Wildlife website, students measured and cut wood, nailed down netting, and put together the houses using geometry skills. The students will present the bat house to David Henderson for placement in the forest preserve. The students are studying animal classification and life cycles, in particular the habitat, nutrition, and roosting habits for Lowcountry bat species.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Students of the Month for October exhibiting the virtue "charity and kindness" are: pre-kindergarten, Honora Mayers; kindergarten, Elizabeth Syverson; first grade, Alexis Schubat; second grade, Tyler Schoeppe; third grade, Emily Krepfle; fourth grade, Anna Borelli; fifth grade, Eston Parker; sixth grade, AnnaLisa Wachtel; seventh grade, Molly Finnan (overall student of the month); eighth grade, Brynn Standen
The school will have a Veteran's Day tribute at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Family Center. Members from the community and veterans are invited.
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