Packet Class Notes for Feb. 14



  • The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has recently updated its online directory of local, state and regional scholarships for local high school students. The website,, is comprised of scholarships as well as general information on financial aid and helpful tips. There are more than 60 scholarships listed, representing more than $500,000 in annual awards. Scholarships range from $350 to $10,000 a year, with many being renewable. Scholarship providers in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties are encouraged to contact the community foundation at 843-681-9100 to have their scholarships added to the website.


  • The kindergarten and first-grade classes are looking for V-tech reader donations. Details: 843-707-0900

  • The PTO is in need of a new vice president. If you are interested in this position or a coordinator position, call 843-706-8500.
  • Progress reports will be sent home Friday.


  • Senior David Smith won third place at the local Leadership High School Speech Contest sponsored by the Gulfstream Management Association on Feb. 5 at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah.


  • Valo-grams will be delivered today.
  • The seventh-grade dance is from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the cafeteria. Tickets go on sale from 7-7:15 a.m. Monday through Friday in the concession stand. Tickets cost $6.
  • 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.
  • A Girl Scouts interest meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 3. Troops will be formed as needed and depending on volunteers. Volunteers receive free, local training. There is a $12 annual registration fee.

  • Tuesdays are "Eat Out for Bluffton Middle Nights." Eat out on a Tuesday night at either Giuseppi's and Cheeburger Cheeburger and let them know you are from Bluffton Middle School.

  • Students will receive Student ID cards Tuesday. At this time students are not required to wear them to school.
  • The Beaufort County School District is getting ready to populate student Compass Learning folders with the "PASS Push" modules. Parents should encourage their student to complete additional assignments at home in Compass Learning during February, March and April.
  • If you have a student who is attending an Out of Zone school, you need to complete and submit the new form before March 1. All transfer requests must be approved by March 1. Go to the front office to pick up the new form to be sent to Student Services at the disctrict office. Applications must be renewed yearly; failure to do so will result in students being sent back to their original zone school.
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  • Mrs. Krause's first-grade class brought in the most soup cans for the Souper Bowl. The class collected 203 cans. The school collected more than 900 soup cans for the Church of the Cross Food bank.

  • The Science Fair is Friday. On Thursday, February 17, between , students will register and set up their projects from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Thursday in the gym. The projects will be judged and graded from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday. The fair is open to all visitors at 2 p.m., and the awards ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m.
  • Donuts for Dads for Pre-K through fourth-grade students will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Friday.


  • Third-quarter progress reports will be sent home Friday.
  • School will not be in session Feb. 21, in observation of Presidents Day.
  • Eighth-graders will take the NAEP test Feb. 24.
  • The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the media center.


  • January Teacher and Students of the Month: Mattison Pike, middle school student; Yifan Liu, a.m. high school student; Gavan Roth, p.m. high school student; Lynne Kratochvil, teacher of the month.
  • Senior Brian White has been named a finalist in the 2011 Competition for National Merit Scholarships sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Brian is one of 203 finalists that were chosen from the state of South Carolina.

  • The senior class will be sponsoring a bake sale Wednesday in the school lobby during all class breaks. Money raised will benefit the senior prom to be held in April at the Shipyard Beach Club.

  • Progress reports for the second semester/third quarter will be distributed Tuesday.


  • Art teacher LouAnne Barret was named the Sue West Educator of the Year, which recognizes a teacher with passion and dedication in educating students as well as giving them inspiration to succeed.
  • Audrey Bennett will represent the school at the SCISA Spelling State Championship Bee on Wednesday at Williamsburg Academy in Kingstree.

  • There will be an open house from 8:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday.


  • Four students were finalists in the S.C. High School Photography Competition hosted by Winthrop University. Jessica Smith won first place for "Only One." Badlyn Rolfe won third place for "I am the End of the World." The the finalists' work will be on display at the Lewandowski Student Gallery in McLaurin Hall at Winthrop through Feb. 24.

  • A fundraiser for the International Baccalaureate program will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 26 at Roastfish and Cornbread. The evening will include a buffet dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Details: Michelle Hartman, 843-689-4908.
  • Parent University will be on from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 16 in the school's visual and performing arts center. Breakout sessions will include CPR basics, fitness for life, financial fitness for parents and finding money for college. Pre-register online at the school website or register that morning at 8 a.m. Details: Dianne Morgan, 843-689-4811.
  • The School Improvement Council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the school's media center.
  • The school's science fair will be from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 23 in the media center.


  • The PTA meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in P-4.
  • The SIC meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center
  • Spring picture day is Feb. 24. Students should wear their uniform.

  • Turn in box tops by Feb. 25 to your student's home room teacher or the main office. The shool receives 10 cents for every box top.

  • Progress reports go home Friday.


  • Students who exemplified "responsibility," the value of the month for January, were: junior kindergartners Cade Kriscunas and Nicholas Marotta; first-graders Gunnar Askeland, Hope Dobbelaere and Cole Noberini; second-graders Paul Carrabba and Brooke Simons; third-graders Ella Alsko, Brittany Hanna, Jaden Kidd, Stone McDonald, Felipe Mendoza, Anna Sulek, Lauren Wingate and Will Woerheide; fourth-graders Natalie Middleton and Lucas Tomita; and fifth-graders Elle Christensen, Noah Corbitt, Alyssa Marotta, Alana McCallion, Olivia Mitchell, Quinn O'Leary, Sarah Orie, Shalina Parker, Davis Puckey and Matthew Warshaw.

  • There is a Parents Association Meeting at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the KNS Media Center.
  • The Middle School Parent Network Meeting is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the KNS Media Center.
  • The school will present "Footloose" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday 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,;


  • Art teacher Barbara Streitenberger recently announced the school and council winners in the the Knights of Columbus Drug and Alcohol Abuse poster contest. Aaliyah Webb won in the "drug abuse" category. Mara Llorente and Julie Kautler took second and third, respectively. The school winners in the "alcohol abuse" category were Alina Flores and Destiny Guinan.

  • The school will participate in a Chick-fil-A Spirit Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Chick-fil-A donates a portion of the dinner profits to the school. The special-education teachers will work during the evening at Chick-fil-A.
  • Parents are invited to the M. C. Riley PTO meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. They should meet in the office.
  • Student photos will be taken on Friday.
  • Third quarter progress reports will be sent home with students on Friday.
  • There will be no school for students at M. C. Riley on Feb. 21. Students return to class Feb. 22.

  • The school needs volunteer monitors for the upcoming PASS testing March 22 and 23 and May 10-13. Volunteers are needed from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Details: 843-706-8300


  • Testing for gifted and talented programs begins today and runs through March 3.
  • The School Improvement Council will work on its five-year plan from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
  • There will be a parents meeting for the fourth-grade Young Astronauts Club on Thursday.
  • NAEP testing for fourth-graders will be Friday.

  • Okatie will host two artists in residence this week. The artists, Don and Noel Gruel, are from the Atlantic Coast Theatre for Youth. During the artist's residency, Okatie students will see two performances, "The Fairy Tales of Grimm" and "The Ballad of Dixie & Billy Yank." In addition, students in third grade will work with the artists during their regularly scheduled related arts time to develop a movement performance based on South Carolina history. Student learning during this week is designed to satisfy the South Carolina third-grade and theater-arts standards. Parents are invited to see the final student performances at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Funding for this event has been provided by the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina and the S.C. Arts Commission. Information: Goto

  • Third-quarter interim reports will be sent home with students Friday.


  • Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.
  • This week is Opera Week with Judy and Sanford Jones of Youth Opera International ( Students will be performing the youth opera "Persephone" at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Marriott ballroom. Tickets cost $35. Details: 843-785-2534
  • Pre-ordered Heritage Organic Farm produce boxes will be available for pickup between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday on the porch.
  • There will be a campus open house at 6:30 pm. Tuesday. Registration is required. Details: 843-785-2534

  • The school received a $500 grant for the partial funding of opera costumes from the Arts Council of Beaufort County with funds from the City of Beaufort and S.C. Arts Commission through the NEA. Additional funding is from the John & Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.

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


  • The next Bank in School-Squirrels Savers Club will be from 7:45-8:15 a.m. Wednesday in the school lobby. Bank representatives will be on hand to accept deposits and answer any banking questions students may have.
  • School mass is at 10 a.m. Wednesday.
  • The fifth-grade class, under the direction of Lisa Sweeney, will perform "The Big Bad Musical" at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the school gymnasium.
  • 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