BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Student Improvement Council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
The fifth-graders will present "Destination America" at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10 in the cafeteria.
Jonathan Miller, author and illustrator of a series of books called "The Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund" will visit Thursday. Miller's presentation will cover the writing process and the importance of rewriting and editing. He will talk about publishing and bookmaking. He will also bring examples of original art to discuss.
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
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
The school will celebrate Library Appreciation Week this week.
The sixth-grade award ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the gym.
The seventh-grade award ceremony is at 7:30 a.m. Friday 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.
Team 6-3 visited the Charleston Aquarium on Jan 20. The students learned about sea creatures and land animals.
Yearbooks are on sale for $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.
Friday is Dress Down Day and Pretzel Day.
Cross Schools will host its annual open houses Thursday and Feb. 10. Each open house will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and allow parents to experience school instruction first-hand. Cross Schools includes a two-year preschool through eighth grade. Details: 843-706-2000, www.crossschools.org
The Student Arts Spectacular is Feb. 7. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a production of "Goldilocks in Nurseryland" by the drama club. There will be a musical presentation and art display afterward. Students and parents will be able to view students' academic portfolios in the classrooms.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. today and Feb. 28 in the school's media center. All are invited.
Third-quarter progress reports will be sent home Feb. 18.
There will be no school Feb. 21, in observance of Presidents Day.
Eighth-graders will have NAEP testing Feb. 24.
Heritage Academy junior Harrison Taylor has been named a recipient of the Rotary Club Leader award. He has been chosen to participate in a weekendlong intensive training camp and workshop to discuss leadership skills and learn those skills through practice.
Science teacher Kathy Seyalioglu has been chosen as the Heritage Academy Hilton Head Rotary Club Teacher of the Year and was honored at a luncheon sponsored by the Teacher Appreciation Committee of the Rotary.
The freshman and sophomore classes will be sponsoring a bake sale Wednesday in the school lobby during all class breaks. Proceeds will benefit the 2011 Pennies for Patients Drive toward lymphoma and leukemia research for children.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Moms In Touch prayer group meets Monday in the Uniform Exchange.
Accelerated Reading "Reading Under the Stars" will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the media center. Parents are asked to accompany their children.
Parent Teacher Fellowship honors fathers with the annual "Donuts for Dads" at 7:15 a.m. Friday in the cafeteria.
A Valentine's Day flower fundraiser to benefit the junior/senior prom will be held this week. Order forms can be downloaded at www.hhca.org.
Moms At Prayer meets at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Uniform Exchange.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets at 7 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
School coaches recently bared their soles by coaching barefoot in an effort to raise awareness of Samaritans Feet, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing lives through Shoes of Hope distributions around the world.
As a part of Spirit Week, upper school students recently collected non-perishable food items for The Deep Well Project.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Jaime Levine (Anna Sampson's third-grade class) and William Siyman (Steve Bouvier's third-grade class) are the 8- to 9-year-old Elks Lodge National Hoop Shoot Contest champions representing the local area. They will move on to the district championships at Lugoff-Elgin High School, near Columbia. Both received a trophy Jan. 23.
Mitt Patel (Mary Baker's fifth-grade glass) won first place in the state in the 44th annual National Career Development Poetry and Poster Contest. Mitt's poem was given the top honor by the judges who met Tuesday in Columbia. His poem will be sent to the National Career Development Association's office for consideration at the national level. National results will be made public in mid-April.
Visiting clay artist Joe Rock Edwards returned to the school Friday to work with artistic gifted and talented students as well as general art classes.
The middle school registration process will begin March 3 when Hilton Head Island Middle School personnel come to the elementary school to meet fifth-grade students about registration for the 2011-12 school year. Fifth-grade parents can come to the middle school at 5:30 p.m. March 7 to discuss registration.
The art department is collecting all kinds of bottle caps for art projects. Details: Treva Kent, 843-342-4266
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
School Improvement Council meets at 4:15 p.m. Feb. 8 in the media center.
Friday is Bank, Books and Box Tops Day.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
There will be a Senior Parent Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the media center.
The fifth annual Miss Seahawk Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $7, and all money raised will benefit the Strive to Excel Scholarship Fund. There will be nine Hilton Head High girls competing. Contestants will perform their talent of choice, and there will be an evening gown competition and a question-and-answer segment. A panel of five judges will pick the next Miss Seahawk. Details: 843-689-4982
The cross country team will be having a pancake fundraiser from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's. It is all you can eat for $5 a person.
The IB fundraiser will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Roastfish & Cornbread. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children. Price includes buffet dinner and soft drinks. A cash bar will be available. There will be entertainment and silent auction items. Details: Michelle Hartman, 843-689-4908
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
Turn in your Box Tops for Education by Feb. 19 to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in.
Individual Graduation Plan conferences for eighth-grade students and parents continue through Feb. 13. If you have not received your conference appointment date and time, go to the school website, firstname.lastname@example.org, and look under "guidance."
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Fifth-grade teacher Brenda Deak been selected as the Hilton Head Preparatory School Rotary Teacher of the Year.
Sarah Orie has won the fifth grade nature photography contest. Orie's winning picture, "Grape Vineyard," was taken in September near her home in Bluffton. Judges from the art and science departments reviewed the contest entries in December.
Sixth-grader Ava Nixon, seventh-grader Chase Dillon and eighth-graders Sam Bacevich, Rowan Baltzley, Sam Bell, Alyssa Calamari, Heath Cunningham, Whitaker Gannon, Allie Santorum, Hannah Simpson and Caitlin Tardio will travel Wednesday to Holly Hill as school representatives for the 2011 South Carolina Independent School Association Literary Meet.
Hilton Head Preparatory School will present "Footloose" at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17-19 and 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at Hilton Head Island High School's Visual and Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students, and will be available Tuesday. Details: Margot Brown, 843-671-2286, email@example.com; www.hhprep.org
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
Parent-teacher conferences are Feb. 10-11.
A parent-child Valentine dance will be Feb. 11 at Moss Creek.
May River Montessori received 2011 Litter Trashes Everyone grant.
Steve Nousen of Beaufort performed as Ben Franklin in his production of "Ben Speaks: A 21st Century conversation with Benjamin Franklin" for the students Jan. 19.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Students will be participating in a "heart power" unit Tuesday-Feb. 8, with educational material provided by The American Heart Association. Students have been learning about the importance of taking care of their heart through exercise, fitness and healthy foods. In conjunction with this unit, students in grades kindergarten through five will be participating in a Jump Rope for Heart campaign. Donations from family and friends will go directly to the American Heart Association.
The School Improvement Council will attend a district budgeting session at Beaufort County Council chambers from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Parents and community members are invited. Details: 843-706-8300
As part of the school's artist in residence program, Hawk Hurst will be at the school today through Friday to give an introductory program about flute-making and playing. He also will work with fifth-grade students in making American Indian flutes. Hurst -- storyteller, naturalist, musician and author -- has been making, playing and teaching others to create American Indian-style flutes and drums since 1988.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
First Federal's Squirrel Club is from 8 to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Fourth-grade members of the Young Astronauts Club will drop a wrapped raw egg in an attempt to defy the laws of gravity and learn about flight. The fourth annual Egg Drop is 3:30-4:45 p.m. Wednesday.
A career and health fair will be Thursday in the school gym.
A "Math Super Bowl" is Friday. Students can wear their football jersey or baseball cap for $1. Proceeds will be donated to the Diabetes Foundation.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo wear to school.
Students will be collecting coins at morning carpool Tuesday for the Souper Bowl of Caring. Place your coins in the Packers or Steelers soup pot. All money collected will be tabulated for the win and then sent to help feed America's hungry citizens.
Heritage Organic Farm produce boxes will be delivered to the porch Tuesday. They can be picked up between noon and 6 p.m.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
Parent Teacher Conferences are being held Thursday and Friday. Early dismissal for all students is at 11:30 a.m. both days.
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.