Gazette Class Notes for Jan. 17

Heritage Scholars applications open

The Heritage Classic Foundation is accepting applications for Heritage Scholars. Beaufort County high school seniors can apply by visiting The deadline is Jan. 28.

Local essay contest open to seniors

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 Beaufort Gazette. There will be a $100 prize for second place and $50 prize for third. Winners will be announced in February.

The 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.

Essays postmarked later than Jan. 31 will not be considered. Mail essays to: Seniors to Seniors Essay Contest, 561 Argent Way, Bluffton, SC 29909.



  • The school will host a parent information meeting about programmatic choice options for rising eighth-graders at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Beaufort Middle School and at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Robert Smalls Middle School.
  • A PTSO meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center.
  • The SADD Club is registered as a partner in the National Souper Bowl of Caring program. The club's goal is to collect 300 cans of soup by Super Bowl Sunday on Feb. 6. Cans should be left with Mrs. Grooms in the front office.

  • The second quarter ends Tuesday. Report cards will be sent home Thursday.
  • A Celebration of Achievement with a robotics club showcase will be Thursday.
  • There will be no school Friday for a staff professional development day.

  • Parents are invited to visit their child's school and observe teaching and learning during "Bring Your Parents to School Day" on Jan. 24. Parents will participate in the routines and activities their children experience every day. Parents should contact their child's school for more information.
  • The district will host its annual college financial aid nights Jan. 25 at Beaufort High School and Jan. 26 at Bluffton High School. Both sessions will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Representatives from the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, S.C. Independent Colleges, the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the University of South Carolina Beaufort will discuss financial aid opportunities with students and parents.

  • Students Harley Martin and Jason Walker recently participated in a professional conference in Jacksonville, Fla., to present their school's project on Basic Observation Buoys. The project deploys inexpensive buoys in estuarine environments to measure water quality. They joined 40 engineers, oceanographers and college professors attending the conference and shared the successes and difficulties they had with their project.
  • The Freshman Academy will hold its next Parent University meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the high school gymnasium. The informational session will include door prizes. Details: Mrs. Thomas, 843-322-2091; Ms. Cato, 843-322-2071

  • Madison Maddox was selected for the S.C. All-State Orchestra, to be held in February at Clemson University. She will play violin in the Junior All-State Orchestra.
  • CAPA block parties will be Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Students interested in joining the Gryphon track and field team should report to the school cafeteria immediately after school Thursday.
  • Report card pick-up will be 8 a.m.-noon Friday. There will be no school for students, and staff will have a professional development day.
  • The School Improvement Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in the library media center.
  • Parents are invited to visit the school Jan. 24.
  • Jan. 26 is the last day to guarantee a copy of the school yearbook and the last day to order a yearbook with personalization. Prices will then rise for any remaining copies. Orders can be placed on the school website.
  • Sixth-grade students will participate in an artist-in-residence dance opportunity as part of the school's Distinguished Arts Program Grant. Students will take field trips to see performances and learn dances that align with social studies curriculum standards. They will perform five dances for other students.

  • The second quarter ends Tuesday. Report cards will be sent home Thursday.
  • There will be no school Friday for a staff professional development day.

  • Report cards will be sent home Thursday.
  • There will be no school Friday for a staff professional development day.

  • Students recently completed a community art project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. They decorated grocery bags with artwork depicting their interpretation of King's contributions to society and returned the bags to a Publix supermarket for the store to distribute to its customers.
  • Kinder Club for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The topic will be science projects that can be re-created at home.
  • There will be no school Friday for a staff professional development day.

  • A third-grade field trip will be Wednesday. A field trip for kindergarten students will be Jan. 24.
  • The next Virtus training session for school volunteers will be at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Adult Education Room. Details: Bill Lacombe, 843-522-9555
  • Catholic Schools Week will begin Jan. 30 and end Feb. 5. The school will host two open houses for prospective families.
  • First Reconciliation will be at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 5 in the church. Details: Deacon Bill Lacombe, 843-522-9555

  • Report cards will be sent home Thursday.
  • There will be no school Friday for a staff professional development day.
  • The SIC will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 in the art room.

  • Richard Kiser, an award-winning guitarist, will perform in the school's gym at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. In 2009, Kiser was inducted into the Country Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame in Branson, Mo. His performance will be the third in a series of performances made possible by Mrs. G's Music Foundation. The performance is open to the public. Details: 843-726-3673,

  • The school will hold its career day from 9:30-11 a.m. Feb. 10. Details: 843-466-1000
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