Eighth-grade students from middle schools in the Beaufort County School District were recognized and honored as South Carolina Junior Scholars. The students were: H.E. McCracken Middle Schoolers Kasidy Beckel, Thomas Gwozdz, Nicholas Stead, Ryan Becker, Angel Hickman, Seth Strait, Aleksander Belka, Calindy Holquist, Ashley Williams, Sarah Berganza, JoElizabeth James, Justine Wilson, Jayson Bowers, Hannah Kimball, John Broome, Seth Kombrink, Keleigh Burke, Alexis Lewis, Aidan Dobbins, Angel Lopez-Akiyama, Kylie English, Aaron Newland, Alberto Esqueda, Alisha Newman, Cameron Etheridge, Jacob Nickerl, Matthew Gaze, Anna Rathke; Hilton Head Island Middle Schoolers Dominique Antunez Garcia, Jack Heroy, Riley Rhonehouse, Zachary Ballard, Rebecca Johnston, Francesca Schoning, Adam Biethman, Karolina Kazlauskaite, Ruth Schrader, Caitlin Buckalew, Taylor Kent, Shannon Short, Caitlin Butler, Taylor Kerr, Thomas Snell, Kristy Campos, Wesley Kerr, Parker Staff, Kenneth Casavant, Matthew MacDonell, Caroline Stevens, Thomas Cooper, Jacob Martin, Marilyn Stockfish, Townsend Crout, Matthew Mehlinger, Ellen Vanagel, Sierra Davis, Robert Mirando, Garrett Vonminden, Daniel Deleon, Mary Claire Morris, Clarissa Walls, Sydney Egnor, Dylan Myers, Emma Walls, Lucas Elgin, Carolanne O'Fee, Sydnee Wheeler, Emily Farnham, Madison Ogburn, Rachel Wilbourne, Elizabeth Felix, Mary Kaitlin O'Neil, Mariel Zmarzly, Francisco Ferre, Samuel Page, Andrew Fletcher, Rebeka Parent, Robert Glover, Daniel Phillips
The Agape Family Life Center in Hardeeville is the Jasper County School District Learning Center for its after school program. The program provides quality instruction and guidance to students who need academic improvement. The program needs volunteers willing to commit to one hour a week to assist the students with their homework or to provide the students with enrichment activities. Details: Sandra Baldwin, 843-784-6008
BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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.
The kindergarten and first-grade classes are looking for V-tech reader donations. Details: 843-707-0900
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
Senior David Smith placed third in the Gulfstream Management Association Leadership Speech contest in Savannah on Feb. 5.
The Model U.N. team, comprised of 24 students, placed third at the Georgia Southern University 40th annual Model U.N. Conference.
The Mr. Bobcat talent contest for senior boys will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at the auditorium. Ten students will compete. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students. The contestants will be judged in four categories: interview, talent, spirit and casual/formalwear.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
The PTO meets at 5 p.m. and the SIC meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
ELDA testing is Tuesday through 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 or Cheeburger Cheeburger and let them know you are from Bluffton Middle School.
Health Screenings will be finished the first week of March. The screenings include hearing, vision, height and weight. The school needs three volunteers each day from 8:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and three volunteers each day from 1-2:20 p.m.
Student council announced that the school recently donated 171 pairs of jeans to teens in need.
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.
Follow the school on Twitter at www.twitter.com/blufftonmiddle.
Any written attendance excuse must be written on a full sheet of paper to prevent the note from getting lost or misplaced in lockers or backpacks. E-mail Mrs. Steinbauer attendance excuses at email@example.com. Medical excuses can be faxed to 843-707-0770.
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.
Standardized testing week will be March 7-11. Standardized testing is a way of helping teachers and administrators measure achievement levels in core academic areas such as reading, math language, spelling and science.
The price of the yearbook will go up to $35 on March 1.
H.E. McCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
There will be no school today, in observation of Presidents' Day.
NAEP testing of eighth-graders is Thursday.
The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the school's media center.
The spring National Honor Society induction ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school library. New Inductees are Ashley Kitchen and Harrison Taylor.
The junior class will be sponsoring a pizza sale Wednesday in conjunction with Spirit Day activities. Students and staff are encouraged to wear their Heritage Academy apparel.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
The school will present musical programs this week including: the Sea Pod, 6 p.m. Tuesday; the Woodlands Pod, 6 p.m. Wednesday; the Wetlands Pod, 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
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
The second-graders will present a wax museum Thursday and Friday in room Q333. Parents and families are welcome to attend from 9-11 a.m.
The SIC/PTA meeting is at 5 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Yellow Media Center.
Parents and families interested in enrolling their children in the school are invited to visit from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-noon March 9 and at 4:40-5:30 p.m. March 10. Details: 843-342-4100
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
Pilar Kayser received a second-place award in the student poster contest, "Celebrate Food Around the World," sponsored by the Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Fifth-grader Lily Gallagher was recently honored by the Captain William Hilton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution at its annual awards ceremony and luncheon. She was the recipient of the Good Citizenship Award which commended her for her demonstration of honor, service, leadership and promise as a caring and contributing citizen of her community and country.
Sophia Kaup placed second in the intermediate photography category at the state level in the PTA-sponsored 2010-11 "Reflections" project.
Girl Scout Thinking Day will be held today in the gym.
The second-grade performance, "NUTS - Celebrating the Circle of Life," will be held on February 24 at 2 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilton Head Island High School Visual and Performing Arts Center. The community is invited to attend.
The Strength Team met with local physical therapists to demonstrate and assist team members with the why, how and purpose of correct stretching and lifting. Details: Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
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
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
There is a PTA meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday in P-4. All parents are invited.
Spring Picture Day is Thursday. School uniforms are required.
Turn in box tops by Friday to your student's home room teacher or the main office. The shool receives 10 cents for every box top.
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Winners of the 2011 Hilton Head Preparatory School Science Fair from the Upper School: first place overall, Reid D'Amico; second place overall: Adam Oppenheimer and Mark Oppenheimer; third place overall (tie): Cara Borelli and Catherine Zhu (team) and Clara Chalk; Chemistry/Biochemistry: Kyle Collett (first place), Dani Schatzman (second place), Carlie Van (honorable mention), Dorena Wentzel (honorable mention); Environmental Science: Allison Frederick (first place), Kate Christensen (second place); Math/Engineering/Computer Science: Christian Steinmetz (first place), Devin White (second place), Lauren Edwards (honorable mention); Physics/Earth & Space Science: Cole Gardocki (first place), Megan Kelley (second place), Toks Pedro (third place); Social & Behavioral Science: Hannah Parker (first place), Ann Harrison Monroe (second place), Dylan Clark (third place); Zoology/Health & Medicine: Julia Nahman (first place), Patrick Briody (second place), Sabina Sister (third place); Team Life Sciences: Megan Frederick and Julie Clark (first place), Forest Richardson, James Leonard and Deia Hunt (second place), Ellie Nixon, Russell Freed and Helen Cardamone (third place), Sarah Garratt, Sofia Duesberg and Marina Colket (honorable mention), Justin Kaiser and Scott D'Amico (honorable mention), Kayla Schauss, Caitlin Baltzley and Marvin Rodriguez (honorable mention), Zen Wiggins and Oliver Smith (honorable mention); Team Physical Sciences: J.T. Marbut and John Sheehan (first place), Logan Clark and Logan Mallett (second place), Morgan Simmons and Amanda Blair (third place), Brian Jung and Eduardo Coghlan (honorable mention), Tim Ochsner and Evan Chupurdy (honorable mention)
Winners of the 2011 Hilton Head Preparatory School Science Fair from the Middle School: first place overall: Lucas McMillan; second place overall: Will White; third place overall: Alex Pistilli; Botany/Microbiology: Caitlin Tardio (first place); Environmental Science: Elizabeth Blackshire (first place), Rhys Matney (second place); Math/Engineering/Computer Science: Matt Joslin (first place), Jackson Richard (second place), Jack Dextraze (third place), Nick Lucchesi (honorable mention); Physics/Earth & Space Science: Gavin Hurlbut (first place), Eric McKenzie (second place), Chris Glick (third place), Charlie Spencer-White (honorable mention); Social & Behavioral Science: Heath Cunningham (first place), Hannah Simpson (second place), Carley Willey (third place), Kiara Parker (honorable mention); Zoology/Health & Medicine: Whitaker Gannon (first place), Isi Quevado (second place), Kate Jordan (third place); Team Life Sciences: Matt White, Preston McTavish and Wyatt Hill (first place), E.J. Churchich and Trammy Colket (second place), Amit Kohli, Cameron Halseth and Zenon Parker (third place), Rowan Baltzley and Danielle Bishop (honorable mention); Team Physical Sciences: Keylan Hanna and Patrick Bristol (first place), Sam Bacevich and Zac Edri (honorable mention), Grace Orie and Kate Cram (honorable mention), Katie Rankin and Lea Saleski (honorable mention)
The deadline to register for third trimester Prep Plus afterschool enrichment programs is Tuesday. Classes will begin the week of Feb. 28.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
Tony Mills, who hosts and produces "Coastal Kingdom," a local television series about animals and plants of the Lowcountry, will be making a presentation for the children March 11.
The Hilton Head Island Barber Shoppers visited elementary students on Valentine's Day.
On 100 day, May River Montessori delivered 100 cans of food to Bluffton Self Help.
MICHAEL C. RILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The science fair will be Thursday. Projects emphasize critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and scientific method and will be judged on five components -- creative ability, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill and clarity. A public viewing will be from 4-6 p.m.
The school's Family Health and Fitness Fair will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday in the elementary school's front parking lot and multipurpose room. The event promotes health, fitness and wellness for the entire family. The fair is open to the entire Bluffton community and kicks off with a 25-lap bike ride around the front of the school at 10 a.m. Participants should bring their own bikes, or they can to borrow one from Peddling Pelican. Activities will include bike inspections by the Bluffton Bicycle Shop. Throughout the day there will be Baby Boot Camp hosted by Focused Fitness, as well as a free open swim at the Bluffton pool. Parents must be present for children to participate.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Gifted and talented testing continues this week.
ELDA testing will begin Tuesday and run through March 25 for students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade.
"Broadway Alive!," a musical walk through Broadway's history, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets are $5. An art auction will precede the shows at 6 p.m., and a children's art exhibit also will be available for viewing before the show.
Fourth-grade members of the Young Astronauts and their chaperones will visit the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday and Thursday.
Interim reports must be returned by Tuesday.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.
The Middle School and Light Green Room students will be racing their classroom rabbits in honor of the Chinese New Year of the Rabbit at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
There will be a campus kitchen garden work party from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
Sign up for the March 1st Heritage Organic Box delivery by Friday. Details: www.spma.com
ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC SCHOOL
The fifth-graders will attend a cardio tennis camp from 9:45-11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Van Der Meer Tennis Center in Shipyard Plantation.
Third quarter progress reports will be sent home Tuesday.
Hot lunch orders for March or due by 9 a.m. Thursday.
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 email@example.com.