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 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.
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BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A brown-bag lunch for those interested in learning more about the school's Word Study program. An informal presentation on the philosophy and instructional practices that define the program will be noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 30 and noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 7. To reserve a spot, call literacy coach Ms. Holland at 843-706-8551.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Productions of "Beauty and the Beast" will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 9-11, and 2 p.m. Dec. 11. Tickets are on sale in the front office or at the door for $5. Park in the back parking lot behind the cafeteria.
The date of the Winter Concert has changed from Dec. 16 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25.
The after school dance club will participate in the Bluffton Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.
Parents are invited to a Thanksgiving lunch today.
Winter MAP starts Nov. 29.
PTO meets at 5 p.m. Nov. 30.
SIC meets at 6 p.m. Nov. 30.
The school is participating in the 20th annual Furniture Warehouse/Design Gallery Coat Drive. Bring your gently used coats, thick sweaters and jackets to our front office. The school will collect outerwear through Dec. 15. Details: Stacy Grey, 843-707-0781
The PTO invites parents and the community to invest in the new school by purchasing engraved bricks for the walk in front of the school and around the flagpole. Cost is $50 a brick, which includes three lines of text. Details: Mark Mulholland, 843-384-7712
Progress reports go home Dec. 3.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
SIC/PTO meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the media center.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Students travel to SCISA Regional One Act Play competition in St. George today.
National Honor Society is holding a fundraiser to benefit "M&M's for Soldiers." All money raised will be used to purchase M&M's that will be shipped to our troops in Afghanistan during the holidays.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
The following International Baccalaureate junior "full" diploma programme students received special recognition at the annual pinning ceremony that was held Oct. 28 in the Performing Arts Center at Battery Creek High School: Erin Anderson, Yesica Barrientos Barrerra, Curtis Beck, Alex Couch, Sabrina Drammis, Luis Arturo Ehlers Munoz, Jasmine Howell, Victoria Leddy, Leanna Lovely, Itzel Martinez, Weston Mott, Melody Rivera Munoz, Avery Romano, Jennifer Sheeran, Edson Sierra, William Smith, Michelle Stine, Julia Swidzinski, Crysta Tucci, Josue Urbina and Alexandra Zack.
An informational meeting about the International Bacculaureate program will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 8 in the visual and performing arts center. Also, an IB graduate recognition ceremony will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 17 in the school's arts center. Details: Michelle Hartman, 843 689-4908
The ASVAB test will be given on at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in the ROTC room.
Interact/Rotary Family Fun Night will be Dec. 3.
The band booster club meeting will be at 6 p.m. Nov. 30 in the band room.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Four students performed at the artistically gifted and talented program Nov. 15: Sadie Wolfe, piano; Abbigale Gross, vocal; Veronique Magnan, piano; and Mario Magnan, piano.
Mrs. Seelbach's and Mrs. Crum's fifth-grade classes are attending the StarBase Academy program at the Marine Corp Air Station Beaufort. Students learn about flight and complete the program by building and launching a rocket.
The Deep Well holiday drive, the school's annual nonperishable food drive for the holiday season, has begun. Students can bring donations to the Red Office where collection boxes are available.
Every Friday, third-graders can make deposits to their South Carolina Bank and Trust savings account from 8-8:30 a.m. in the Red Kids' Court. Details: 843-342-4100
Second quarter progress reports will be sent home Dec. 3.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The school was awarded a $2,500 ArtsReach grant from the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina through the "Adopt-A-School Program." The grant will fund Jim Schulz, ceramic artist, for second-graders in science and the arts. The "Adopt-A-School Program" is sponsored and administered by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina.
PTA Reflections Arts Recognition Program entries are due Tuesday. The categories are dance, music, film, literature, photography and visual arts.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Student artwork was displayed in the 2010 South Carolina Independent School Association's Art & Photography Show. Artists whose work was selected for display and honored for excellence: Art Category, Division 7, honorable mention, Kelly Dillon, grade 12; second place, Morgan Simmons, Grade 12; Division 6, first place, Helen Cardamone, grade 10; Emily Beasley, grade 10; Division 5, Caitlin Tardio, grade 8; honorable mention, Rowan Baltzly, Grade 8; Division 4, Chris Broadbent, grade 6; Samantha Kriney, grade 6; Division 3, honorable mention, Tyler Kriney, grade 3; honorable mention, Grace Moucharafieh, grade 4; Division 2, Jack Cherry, grade 2; Cole Noberini, Grade 1; Division 1, Bella Johnson, junior kindergarten; Photography Category, Division III, Lauren Edwards, grade 12; Kate Brunori, grade 12; Leah Carrabba, grade 11; Marielle Alexander, grade 11; Division II, Grace Anderson, grade 10; third Place, Maggie Gasser, grade 10.
Tuesday is Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day for the Lower School. All levels will be dismissed at 11 a.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Send in items to support The Deep Well Project. Items requested include: boxes or bags of stuffing; boxes of Jiffy corn muffin mix; cans of corn; green beans and other vegetables; cans of fruit or applesauce; one pound bags of rice; any nonperishable food. Boxes for donations have been placed in each of the division lobbies.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Mrs. Bowers' Pre-K classes will be celebrating Thanksgiving with a "Thanksgiving Feast" at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The school is accepting donations of slightly worn books. Bring them to the front office or call 843-707-0500.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is Friday. Students can wear school logo wear to school.
Grandparents Day is Tuesday.
Suzuki violin recitals will be Nov. 30.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
The schoolwide spelling bee was held Wednesday. The following classroom winners will go on to compete at the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee in January: third-grade winner Sophie Duncan, runner-up Enzo Saritelli; fourth-grade winner Noah Ehlers, runner-up Rodney Romero; fifth-grade winner Kaeleigh Judge, runner-up Gabby Gray; sixth-grade winner AnnaLisa Wachtel, runner-up Isabelle Boatright; seventh-grade winner Nikki Lopez, runner-up Jacqueline Tobin; eighth-grade winner Alyssa Greenlee, runner-up Dominique Marmeno. The overall school winner was Nikki Lopez, runner-up Noah Ehlers.
First- and second-grade classes will have a Thanksgiving Feast on Tuesday.
Progress reports for the second quarter go home today.
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