Gazette Class Notes for Jan. 24

Battery Creek students win dinner with mayor

Battery Creek High School students Sharod Bruce, Shaquarius Furman and Beatrice McDonald, along with teacher Bernadette Hampton, celebrated their win in the Mayor's Blue Chip Investment Program at the Dockside Restaurant in Port Royal with the town's mayor, Samuel Murray.

The students won dinner with Murray by putting together a stock portfolio worth $106,193.

Underwritten by a grant from AT&T and coordinated by S.C. Economics, the program is a spinoff of the popular statewide competition, the S.C. Stock Market Game, in which students invest a hypothetical $100,000 over ten weeks.

In addition to dinner, the students and their teacher will be given $50 in cash.


Heritage Scholars applications accepted

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

Seniors: One week left to enter essay contest

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.

The essay topic is "What I Want to do with My Life and How I Expect to Prepare Myself." Essays 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.



  • The school will host a parent information meeting about programmatic choice options for rising ninth-graders at 6:30 p.m. today at Robert Smalls Middle School.
  • A PTSO meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center.

  • The Lower School open house for parents with children in pre-kindergarten through grade four will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Learning Center. The event will include information about the curriculum, science lab experiences, community involvement and interim activities, as well as a presentation by Headmaster Randy Wall and classroom visits.

  • Celebrations of Achievement will be Tuesday. The celebration for grades two and three will be at 1:30 p.m. The celebration for grades four and five will be at 2:15 p.m. The AMES Academy celebration will be at 6 p.m.

  • The district will host its annual college financial aid nights Tuesday at Beaufort High School and Wednesday 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.
  • The district has scheduled a meeting to explain a Montessori school choice program it will offer next fall at Beaufort Elementary School. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Beaufort Elementary. Details: Jennifer Morillo, 843-322-2600; Terry Hitch, 843-466-3560

  • Eighth-grader Jesse Bellew was named the BMS winner of the State Superintendent's Essay Contest.
  • The BMS School Improvement Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the library media center.
  • Wednesday 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.
  • The school has several events planned for today's "Bring Your Parent to School Day." Celebrations of Achievement will be from 7:45-9 a.m. for sixth grade; 9:15-10:20 a.m. for seventh grade; and 1:30-2:35 p.m for eighth grade. The School Improvement Council will meet at 5:30 p.m in the media center. The second-quarter showcase of student learning will begin at 6 p.m.

  • A parent night for rising kindergartners and first-graders will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Open houses will be from 9-10 a.m. every Tuesday in February.

  • The district is seeking graduates who would like to visit schools for a day to share their life and career stories with current students to encourage them to apply themselves. Graduates attending college or graduate school, serving in the military or working are wanted. Those willing to participate will be asked to speak about their academic or career track, the barriers they have overcome and the success they have achieved. Details: 843-717-1103, 843-717-1132

  • Today is parent visitation day.
  • Swimming lessons for third-graders in Mrs. Dangerfield's and Mrs. Bacon's homerooms begin Tuesday.
  • Kids Club, for students in pre-kindergarten through first grade and their families, will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the school cafeteria.
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. Parents should save the receipt for students to turn in the next day.

  • Today is parent visitation day.
  • Beaufort High Teacher Cadet students will visit LIMS on Thursday.

  • An SIC meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the office conference room.
  • A STEM showcase for students in grades two through four will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. The showcase, which will feature projects created based on the state's reading, math and science standards, is open to parents and the public.
  • A parent learning night on tax refunds will be Jan. 31 at the school. Child care will be provided, and teachers will lead math games for school-age children.

  • A kindergarten field trip will be today.
  • The art club meets at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the art room.
  • The basketball teams will take on Hilton Head Preparatory School at the YMCA on Friday. Girls will play at 6 p.m. and the boys will start at 7 p.m. Details: Coach Coffman, 843-522-2163
  • Catholic Schools Week begins Jan. 30. The school will host two open houses with a school tour and classroom visits from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Feb. 2 and 3. Details: Dee Avard, 843-522-2163

  • Today is parent visitation day.
  • A SIC meeting for schools in the Battery Creek cluster will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Robert Smalls Middle School.

  • Sophomore Ryan Day has been selected to attend the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Each year, high schools throughout the state select outstanding sophomore students to attend the conference to develop their leadership and service skills through panel discussions, activities and interaction with like-minded students. Discussion topics include democracy, free enterprise, leadership, service, diversity and education.
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