Packet Class Notes for Feb. 7



  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
  • The "Destination America" performance will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • Kid's Club will be at 5 p.m. Thursday at the early childhood center. The quarterly event helps promote and support school/community/family connections. Parents will have the opportunity to see what takes place during their child's school day and get the chance to sit and read with their child. Each student goes home with a book provided by Reading is Fundamental.


  • Mustangs of the Month for January are: Team 6-1, Tyra Skinner; Team 6-2, Silas Hernandez; Team 6-3, Roderick McPherson; Team 6-4, Sergio Nunez Carranza; Team 7-1, Terrance Heyward; Team 7-2, Austin Saunders; Team 7-3, Christionne Skinner; Team 7-4, Anna Caroline Cribb

  • Valo-grams go on sale this week. Valo-grams include one glow bracelet and two candies and will be delivered to your favorite valentine Feb. 14. Valo-grams can be purchased for $1 each during lunch in the cafeteria and in the morning at the concession stand. The student store is open every day from 7-7:15 a.m.
  • National Counselors Week is this week.
  • ESOL Parent Night is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
  • Valo-grams are delivered Feb. 14.
  • The seventh-grade dance is from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18 in the cafeteria.
  • The PTO meets at 5 p.m. and the SIC meets at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 in the media center.
  • ELDA testing is from Feb. 22-March 15.

  • The school has been added to the Donors Choose website. Donors Choose is an online charity that gives to schools and teachers to help students succeed. You may order anything that you might need for your classroom. Details:

  • The Beaufort County School District is getting ready to populate student Compass Learning folders with the "PASS Push" modules. It is very important for parents to encourage their student to complete additional assignments at home in Compass Learning during February, March and April.
  • Follow the school on Twitter @blufftonmiddle.


  • Mrs. Hurst's fifth-grade class brought in the most box tops per student in January. They brought in 745 box tops, bringing the school total for January to more than 4,500.

  • The Student Arts Spectacular is at 6 p.m. today. The evening will begin 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.
  • Family Chapel is Wednesday.
  • Cross Schools will host an open house from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Parents can experience school instruction first hand. Cross Schools includes a two-year preschool through eighth grade. Details: 843-706-2000,
  • All families of Cross Schools are invited to the Valentine's Dance on Friday. The lower school dance is from 6:30-8 p.m. and is $15 a family. The middle school dance is from 8:30-10 p.m. and is $5 a ticket.


  • Senior Sydney Moscowitz, has been chosen as a local winner of the 2011 Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Essay Contest. She will be honored at noon Wednesday at a luncheon to be held in the Fellowship Hall of Providence Presbyterian Church.


  • Eighth grade NAEP testing will be Feb. 24.
  • SIC/PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the media center.

  • Third quarter progress reports are sent home Feb. 18.


  • The upper school drama team represented the school at the SCISA Regional One Act Play Competition. The play, "Suspect to Change," is a mixture of miscommunication, insanity, family conflict and just plain fun. J.D. Meeder, Ryan Atwood, Bailey Davis, Christi Miller and Shelby Allen composed the cast. The play earned honorable mention. Shelby was awarded honorable mention in the Outstanding Actress category.

  • Moms In Touch prayer group meets today in the Uniform Exchange.
  • Rising ninth-grade students and their parents are invited to attend the "Making Upper School Count" seminar at 6:30 p.m. today in the media center.
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is tonight in Bluffton.
  • Upper school parents host the monthly Parent Teacher Fellowship Brunch-n-Munch on Wednesday.
  • 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.

  • Third quarter midterm reports go home March 11.


  • There will be two orientations and tours for parents of potential kindergarten students for the 2011-12 school year at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 1:30 p.m. Thursday.


  • The Principal's Honor Luncheon will be held from 10:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Giuseppi's.
  • The fourth-graders will present a musical performance at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14 in the Yellow Gym. The theme of the musical is "Sky Patterns."
  • The annual Gullah Celebration will be held from 3:30-6 p.m. Feb. 24. Students must be accompanied by an adult. De Gullah Singers, featuring De Washboard Man presenting "Praise House/Plantation," will perform from 4-5 p.m. The celebration will include Gullah food vendors, many local artists, sweetgrass basket weavers, local authors, interactive activities and more. Details: Treva Kent, 843-342-4266

  • Interim report cards will be sent home Feb. 18.


  • The school is collecting donations of gently used uniform pieces. Donations may be dropped off at the office at any time.

  • The yearbook is going on sale this month. An order form will be sent home. Cost is $20, and the yearbooks will be delivered at the end of May.
  • Out of Zone requests are due to the district office no later than Feb. 28.
  • The school has scheduled tour dates for parents of rising first-graders and new students: 7:30-8:30 a.m. March 9 and 6-7 p.m. March 10. All tours will begin in the media center.
  • Gifted and Talented resource books are now available for your reference. Details: Mrs. Brockway, or 843-342-4131


  • The Seahawk Orchestra and the Hilton Head Island Middle School Honors Orchestra present "A World of Strings: An Evening of International Food and Music" on Friday. There will be a dinner at 6 p.m. and the concert is at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. There will be a silent auction and raffle. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children and students through eighth grade, and $30 for a family. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Money raised will help defray travel costs for the students' trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete in OrlandoFest. Details: Dominique Geer, 843-689-4885


  • The Stellar Stingray Breakfast is at 7:45 a.m. Thursday. All parents and/or guardians whose students were selected are invited to attend.

  • Turn in box tops to your student's homeroom teacher or the main office by Feb. 19.


  • Students recently traveled to Holly Hill for the 2011 South Carolina Independent School Association Literary Meet. Hilton Head Preparatory School placed first overall in the upper school division. Individual students recognized include: fourth-grader Matthew Warshaw (fourth place, poetry); sixth-grader Ava Nixon (first place, oral interpretation); seventh-grader Chase Dillon (third place, extemporaneous speaking); eighth-graders Heath Cunningham (second place, oral interpretation) and Caitlin Tardio (first place, essay); and seniors Patrick Andrews (first place, extemporaneous speaking), Clara Chalk (second place, oral interpretation), Kelly Dillon (third place, essay) and Crystal Fialkowski (third place, extemporaneous speaking).
  • Fifth-grade teacher Brenda Deak, sixth-grade teacher Janet Kelly and upper school performing arts teacher Ben Wolfe have been selected as the Hilton Head Preparatory School Rotary Teachers of the Year.
  • Science Department Chairwoman Tina Webb-Browning has been named Chairwoman of the Display and Safety Committee for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Fifth-grader Hayden Garniewicz, eighth-grader Heath Cunningham and senior Clara Chalk have been chosen as the school's representatives for the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award. Clara's Good Citizen essay has been chosen as the local winner of the 2011 DAR contest and her entry will now be judged at the state level.

  • The Upper School Parent Network meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the KNS Media Center.
  • Middle School Information Night and Student Experience "Surfvivor" is 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. All rising sixth-grade parents and students are invited to attend. Current sixth-grade students are also encouraged to participate in the event.
  • 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,;


  • School Planning and Management Team will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The topic will be school budget and plans for next year. Parents are welcome.
  • ESOL Parent Night will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Parents can learn about upcoming school events including ELDA testing, science fair projects and Pre-K registration (Child Find).

  • Peggie Hartwell will work with third-graders this week as part of the Artist in Residence Program. Hartwell is a quilt maker who uses fabric appliquè. Classes will be creating a large group project and also individual quilt blocks to take home. Hartwell's residence is made possible through the sponsorship of the school's PTO.
  • Jef the mime will be working with the first-graders from March 7-11 as part of the Artist in Residence Program. Jef is on the North Carolina Arts Council Artist Roster and is one half of the pantojuggling street theatre duo, Ken and Jef.


  • Jorja Scott was nominated by staff to be the school's teacher of the year. She leads the school's Responsible Student program, is co-chairwoman of the recycling committee, is chairwoman of student council, serves on the school intervention team, is the school's testing coordinator and is an animal advocate and organizer for community outreach.

  • The PTO will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
  • The Kid's Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade families are invited to join in the activities. Local library cards will be issued. A "make-and-take" activity and snacks are planned, and a complimentary children's book will be given. Kids should wear their pajamas.
  • Jump Rope for Heart will be held all day Wednesday. All donations go to the American Heart Association.
  • Wednesday is the last day to turn in Val-O-Gram forms.
  • Lifetouch will be at the school Thursday for class and individual pictures. Parents should send all students to school in uniform. If you are purchasing individual pictures, have your child bring a change of clothing.


  • Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.
  • There will be a jazz concert for students Monday. Performances will be by music teacher Dean St. Hillaire and Tom Ventimiglia, a school grandparent.
  • The Chinese Dragon will visit classrooms Wednesday to deliver good luck Chinese coins, fortune cookies and tangerines to celebrate Chinese New Year with the students.
  • There will be an open house at 10 a.m. Friday. Reservations are required. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534

  • The middle school students are raising money for their trip to Williamsburg, Va., and the sixth-grade students are raising money for their trip to the Montessori Model United Nations in New York City by hosting a fundraising baby-sitting session Saturday. Details:

  • Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534


  • Students of the Month award recipients, based on living out the virtue of "temperance," were: Pre-K, Ayden Schoeppe; kindergarten, Mary Clare Burke; first grade, Nate Rohr; second grade, Christine Lundblad; third grade, Kevin Martin; fourth grade, McKenzie Schubat; fifth grade, Kayli Greenlee; sixth grade, Callie Smith; seventh grade, Ali Cohen; eighth grade, Miguel Ceron (overall student of the month).
  • Second-grader Nickolas Calamari won second place for storytelling in the SCISA State Literary Meet on Feb. 2 at Holly Hill Academy.
  • Eighth-grader Miguel Ceron and fifth-grader Lauren Shand will receive an engraved DAR Good Citizenship medal and national certificates from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution at a luncheon Wednesday. The awards for good citizenship are provided students who show particular promise as caring and contributing citizens in their community and our country. Seventh-grader Jacqueline Tobin will read her award-winning essay at the same luncheon.

  • Seventh-graders Jacqueline Tobin, Gabi Garcia, Savannah Franklin, Alex Borelli, Thomas MacDonald and Austin Borasky will be competing in the SCISA Quiz Bowl on Tuesday at St. Peter Catholic School in Beaufort.
  • The Family School Association will host Pizza with Pop event Friday in the Family Center for all of the students and their fathers during their regular lunch period.

  • Registration for new students will be accepted at the school office beginning at 9 a.m. Monday.
  • 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