BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Today is Bring Your Parents to School Day. Math is at 10 a.m. at the elementary school and specials/literacy is at 10 a.m. at the early childhood center. Details: 843-706-8500, 843-707-0900
Friday is PTO Jeans Day. Students can wear jeans to school for a $1 donation.
The school participated in the University of South Carolina's "Read with the Gamecocks" program. All students logged the number of pages read independently (both at school and at home) from Jan. 7-21. Totals were submitted to compete with readers from across the state. All participants will receive a free ticket to the South Carolina vs. Auburn basketball game at 2 p.m. Feb. 20.
The school is participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients program, which raises money to find cures for leukemia, lymphomas and myelomas while providing information and support services to patients and their families. Students can bring in pennies, change or monetary donations from Feb. 7-25. Details: 843-707-0700
Report cards are sent home today.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Parent Visitation Day is today.
PTO meeting is at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
SIC meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
The Winter Band and Strings Concert will be at 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday.
The sixth-grade award ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 3 in the gym.
The seventh-grade award ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 4 in the gym.
The second ESOL Parent Night will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 in the cafeteria. Eric Esquivel, president of La Isla Magazine, will be present. Officers Creason and Singleton will discuss "Gangs and Behavioral Trends among Middle Schoolers." School social worker Stacy Grey will discuss "The Importance of School Attendance." Details: Abby Seda, 843-707-0797; Veronica Angulo, 843-706-8774
The seventh-grade dance is from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18 in the school cafeteria.
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
Yearbooks are on sale and cost $35 until Feb. 15. After Feb. 15, the price is $40. All students will receive an order form to bring home. All orders should be turned in to first-period teachers.
There will be an open house from 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10.
The drama team is headed to Sumter for the SCISA state one act play competition Tuesday. The team will be performing "Goldilocks in Nurseryland" under the direction of Beth Felder and Kristin Thompson.
Students can bring in cans of soup to be donated to the Church of the Cross food bank for the Souper Bowl. Collection will continue through Feb. 4. The class with the highest average of soup cans per student will be awarded with a jeans day Feb. 11.
Flamingo flocking season has begun. Call the school if you would like to "flock" someone or if you have some flamingos that need to be removed.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the school's media center.
The High School Math Team won first place in the 2011 SCISA Statewide High School Division II Math Meet Competition held at the First Family Baptist Life Center in Orangeburg. Students representing Heritage Academy were: Raimondo Franchi, Yifan Liu, Matthew Moucharafieh, Peter Surovic, Harrison Taylor and Elkie Van den Beemt. Elkie Van den Beemt was also the overall first-place high score champion.
The senior class will be sponsoring a pizza sale in conjunction with Spirit Day activities Wednesday. Students are encouraged to wear their Heritage Academy apparel.
Applications for the spring induction to the Heritage Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society are due Friday to guidance counselors Dean Costakis and Melissa Mireles.
The freshman and sophomore classes have begun plans for their 2011 Pennies for Patients Drive. Students will be able to donate their coin change during all class blocks in the designated collection boxes that are placed throughout the school. All proceeds will benefit lymphoma and leukemia research for children.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The following students won the school free-throw shooting contest in their age group: third-graders Jamie Levine and Dominic Claudio (Ms. Sampson's class) and William Slyman (Mr. Bouvier's class); fourth-graders Alden Crout (Ms. Dillon's class), Valentia Sirio (Ms.Rombauer's class), Brennen Studenc (Ms. Quigley's class) and Jaylon Thompson (Ms. McLoud's class); fifth-graders Sandy Phillips (Ms. Polites' class) and Brodie Kaufmann (Ms. Bausher's class). They will represent the school at the local Boys & Girls Club contest at noon Sunday. Students have the opportunity to advance to the state, regional and national competitions. This program raises money to fight drug abuse.
Emily Wilbourne, a fifth-grade student in Ms. Polites' class, was the school winner of the State Superintendent's Writing Award. Emily's essay will compete with others in the school district to represent Beaufort County in the state contest.
The school's annual Gullah Festival is from 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 24.
After-school clubs begin in February, including the Technology Club, Chess Club, Fashion Club, Good News Club, Cooking Club, PE Club, Little Masters' Art Club, Let's Create Art Club, Dance Club, Singing Sea Otters and Little Otter Singers. Details: 843-342-4100
A new after-school club will be introduced this season. The CLIMB project will host a Chinese after-school club. The club will incorporate Chinese songs, games and crafts with Chinese language instruction. The club will meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Details: 843-342-4100
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The fourth-graders will perform "Out West" at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. The production will feature music, drama, dance and visual arts, and will integrate the S.C. Social Studies Academic Standards.
Bring Your Parents to School Day is from 9-11 a.m. today. Visitors must sign in at the front office. Canned food item donations for The Deep Well Project will be accepted.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
The choir concert is at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The Ms. Seahawk pageant is at 7 p.m. Feb. 3 in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Parent's Day is form 8-11 a.m. today.
Chat with the Principal is at 1:30 p.m. in the bistro. All parents are welcome.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
The SCISA Regional Spelling Bee was held Jan. 13 at Hilton Head Preparatory School's Fraser Field House. Hilton Head Preparatory School was first in school point totals among the South Carolina schools participating in the regional bee and was awarded second place overall. Fourth-grade finalist Matthew Kandel and sixth-grade finalist Vinny Krishna qualified to participate in the State Spelling Bee in Kingstree in February. Other notable finalists were seventh-grader Chase Dillon, finishing fourth in his grade level, and eighth-grader Hannah Simpson, who finished sixth in her grade level.
The Middle School Parent Network Meeting is at 8 a.m. Thursday in the KNS Media Center.
The Middle School "Dinner and a Movie" is Friday. The evening will conclude at 10 p.m.
There is an open house for anyone interested in grades junior kindergarten through 12 from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Details: email@example.com
Standardized Testing (ERB) for second through eighth grades is this week.
Mid-trimester reports will be available Thursday.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Parent Visitation Day is today.
The next Kid's Club Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the multipurpose room at M. C. Riley Early Childhood Center. A "Play and Learn" workshop, led by Cynthia Davis, will be part of the evening's program. Children in pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten are invited to attend with their parents.
The Student Council will visit the Statehouse on Thursday. Student Council members will travel to Columbia by bus to learn about the history of the capital, meet with legislative representatives and sit in on the House and Senate sessions.
Fifth-grade students will have an in-house field trip with High Touch High Tech on Thursday and Friday. The focus will be on "Sea Ya Later," an educational unit on oceans. High Touch High Tech delivers in-school science workshops that transform the classroom into a living laboratory.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Report cards must be returned by today.
An open house for parents will be from 9 a.m. until noon today for parents who returned their form for a classroom seat.
The student talent show is 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
There will be a campus open house at 10 a.m. Friday.
The Environmental Committee meets at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday.
The Wellness Committee meets at 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo wear to school.
Sea Pines Montessori Academy received $2,842 in requested grant funds to cover expenses for a Carolina Living Fence, a Green Readers Program and a Recycling Troopers Program. The Palmetto Pride Challenge for the Environment grant is designed to get elementary, middle and/or high school students involved in activities that will educate them and their communities about the importance of keeping South Carolina clean and attractive, while promoting in the next generation a sense of pride in the community.
February organic produce box orders from Heritage Organic Farm need to be made by today.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
Fourth-grade teacher Bridget Moore will be honored Thursday at the Rotary Club Luncheon at Sea Pines Country Club. Moore was chosen St. Francis Catholic School teacher of the year.
The next school Mass is at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Catholic Schools Week starts Sunday. There will be a celebratory Mass at 9am at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church. Students are encouraged to attend.
Report cards will be sent home Tuesday in the Take Home Tuesday folders.
Re-registration packets for current families will be sent home Tuesday and need to be returned to the school by Feb. 3.
To submit items for "Class Notes," send them to The Island Packet, P.O. Box 5727, Hilton Head Island, SC 29938. Fax to 706-3070 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.