Gazette Class Notes for Feb. 7

TCL to hold college fair Thursday in Beaufort

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host a college fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the MacLean Hall Student Center at the Beaufort campus.

The fair will provide information about enrolling or transferring to any of these participating four-year institutions: Armstrong Atlantic State University, Charleston Southern University, Claflin University, Clemson University, Coastal Carolina University, Columbia College, Lander University, Limestone College, Newberry College, Park University, Savannah State, South Carolina State University, Springfield College, University of Phoenix and University of South Carolina.

Details: Melanie Gallion, TCL Career and Transfer Services manager, 843-525-8224 or

Talent competition open to public school students

South Carolina Future Minds is launching a statewide video talent contest for public school students. The winning students will be invited to perform live at the state Teacher of the Year celebration in April at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

The contest is open to public school students in grades one through 12 in South Carolina. Videos of students showcasing their skills may be submitted for preliminary judging and an online vote by the general public will determine the winner. The submission period ends March 15. Public voting via Facebook will begin soon after.

Details:, 803-741-5646


  • The Spanish Honors Club is a select group of BCHS students who meet and maintain rigorous academic and citizenship values throughout the year. Several students recently won awards through the club: Kevona Sanders, great improvement; Deidre Gallant, Kelsey Poole, Robert Green and Tyrone Kelson, great spirit; Claudia Morales and Eva Mendez, T.A. excellence; Miguel Mejia, Fatima Watson, Raven Wills, Shunteria Johnson, Kayli Flanagan, Claudia Morales, Illyona Johnstone, Kimberly Castro and Tina Kwok, first place.
  • The Athletics Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. today in the cafeteria.
  • The School Improvement Council will meet Thursday in the media center.
  • The deadline to order cookbooks from the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club is Friday. Books cost $10.
  • The Drama II class will perform "Tracks" by Peter Tarsi at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 and at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.

  • Superintendent Valerie Truesdale and the district's chief financial officer Phyllis White will present information about the school district budget at 6 p.m. today at the school.
  • Jump Rope for Heart will take place during physical education classes around Valentine's Day. Details: John Townsend, 843-322-2600
  • Student artwork is on display at Southern Sweets in Beaufort.
  • The school's AMES Academy and Montessori programs are accepting transfer requests for the 2011-12 school year. Requests are due March 1 and forms can be downloaded from the school website,

  • The district will hold 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. Thursday at Beaufort Elementary. Details: Jennifer Morillo, 843-322-2600; Terry Hitch, 843-466-3560
  • Free parenting workshops will be offered in February and March to parents in the Whale Branch cluster of schools. The two-part series will be offered at various locations, with sessions beginning at 6 p.m.: Feb. 16 and 21 at Allen AME Church in Grays Hill; March 2 and 9 at Second Gethsemane Baptist Church in Stuart Point; March 9 and 16 at Orange Grove Baptist Church on St. Helena Island. Details: Belle White or Walter Capers, 843-466-3000 or 843-466-2700

  • The School Improvement Council meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month in the media center. The next meeting will be Tuesday. Parents, teachers, students and community members are welcome.

  • Desiree Thrower has been invited to travel to Australia this summer as a student ambassador with People to People International, an educational exploration program founded by President Dwight Eisenhower. Thrower is a Beaufort High School student who attends the Beaufort-Jasper Academy for Career Excellence for its culinary arts program. The 20-day ambassador program will include educational activities, meetings with government officials and home stays with host families. She is seeking financial support for the trip's $7,000 tuition. Checks can be made payable to People to People Ambassador and sent to her at 8 Seabrook Place, Beaufort, SC 29907. Details: Jackie Seabrook, 843-525-1739

  • Track practice begins today, with study hall after school.
  • Sixth-grader Esther Lawrence was selected as the winner of the Thomas Heyward Jr. Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. She wrote an essay titled "Paul Revere's Memoirs" and is invited to a program Thursday to read her essay and receive a certificate and savings bond.
  • The following eighth-graders were inducted into the BMS National Junior Honor Society this week: David Black, Keaton Butler, Maxwell Bozzi, Maxwell Hill, Ian Kaluk, Emma Macloskie, Madison Maddox, Savannah Malphrus, Tinea Morris, Katie Newell, Tucker Pettigrew and Brandon Pratt.
  • Seventh-grade students are exploring the Harlem Renaissance through music, dance, poetry, art and drama.
  • All students must have a completed IGP and be registered for high school by Feb. 26. Call Barb Sinsheimer, the guidance secretary, at 843-322-5696 or 843-322-5700 to schedule an appointment this month. Both a parent and the student must meet with a counselor to complete the IGP.

  • Open houses will be from 9-10 a.m. every Tuesday in February.

  • Swimming lessons for Mrs. Bacon's and Mrs. DiOrio's classes will be today through Feb. 17. Children should bring swimming gear.
  • Box Tops and Campbell's Soup labels will be collected Feb. 15.
  • Kindergarten orientation will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 in the school cafeteria. Parents of rising kindergartners are invited to meet teachers and tour the school.
  • The SIC meets at 4 p.m. Feb. 17.
  • The Beaufort County Dance Festival is Feb. 17-18 at Beaufort High School. LEAP students in grades two, three and four will attend.
  • A WSSA stacking meet will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 19 in the cafeteria.

  • A Celebration of Achievement ceremony for grades five and six will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the gym.
  • A Celebration of Achievement ceremony for grades seven and eight will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the gym.
  • A basketball tournament will be Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The Junior Scholars Banquet will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hilton Head Island Middle School.

  • Marissa Thompson, Arion Heyward, Jia Sims, Elizabeth Henderson and Catherine Coxwell performed Jan. 29 with the State Honors Chorus in North Charleston.
  • The Encouragers Club is sponsoring "Pennies for Patients," a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Proceeds go toward research to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma. The top fundraising class will receive a pizza or ice cream party.
  • Mossy Oaks discount cards are available in the front office for $10.

  • The school will host Beaufort Academy, Dorchester Academy and St. Francis School on Tuesday for the regional SCISA Quiz Bowl. Details: Mrs. Rembold, 843-522-2163
  • The Art Club will meet at 3:15 p.m. Friday in the art room. Details: Mrs. Trumps, 843-522-2163
  • The basketball teams will play St. Gregory the Great School on Friday at the YMCA. The girls game will start at 6 p.m. and the boys will play at 7 p.m.
  • There will be no school Feb. 18 for a faculty in-service day.
  • There will be no school Feb. 21.

  • Whale Branch Elementary School and James J. Davis Early Childhood Center will celebrate Career and College Week today through Friday. Students will participate in activities to gain awareness of different kinds of work. Speakers will visit Thursday and Friday, and the culminating activity includes a college assembly. Details: 843-466-1000
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