Gazette Class Notes for Feb. 21

School district honors 119 Junior Scholars

The Beaufort County School District recognized this month 119 eighth-graders from public middle schools for being named S.C. Junior Scholars. An honors banquet was held at Hilton Head Island Middle School.

The Junior Scholars Program was developed by the state Department of Education to identify eighth-grade students with exceptional academic talent, according to a news release. Students receive an award from the state and are invited to attend summer opportunities at state colleges and universities.

The district recognized 82 qualifying students in southern Beaufort County and 37 qualifying students in northern Beaufort County.

Beaufort Middle School: Jordan Bates, Tegan Bondy, Maxwell Bozzi, Elizabeth Crowther, Haley Easler, Ivan Estrada, Travis Graham, Jouji Hayashi, Susie Houge, Evan Humphries, Andrew Jezewski, Ian Klauck, Julia Lazenby, Emma Macloskie, Madison Maddox, Phebe Martin, Sarah Newell, Hannah Pate, Tucker Pettigrew, Brandon Pratt, Owen Ruth, Rachael Scheper, Alexandra Sebestyen, Shivin Shetty, Richard Tokar, Jackson Williams, Jordan Youngdahl

Lady's Island Middle School: Chris Bearden, Anna Crenshaw, Nicholas Hackler, Mark Hatcher, Shaye McAuliffe, Kody McHale

Robert Smalls Middle School: Kierra Grayson, Zachary Scott, Carmen Little

Whale Branch Middle School: Ayshia White

Booklet to enhance Soil Tunnel lessons

The Lowcountry Resource Conservation and Development Council recently awarded the Beaufort Conservation District with a Youth Environmental Education Grant to develop a Soil Tunnel Activity Book.

The booklet will be part of the Soil Tunnel presentation, an interactive program for students in kindergarten through second grade based on state science standards, according to a news release.

As part of the program, students explore a simulated underground environment, complete with plant, animal and human impacts. The booklet will emphasize water quality issues.

Governor's School accepting applications

The S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics is accepting applications from rising high school juniors through March 1 for its two-year, residential high school program.

The school is highly selective and considers aptitude, proven performance and demonstrated interest in science and mathematics.

Details: 843-383-3944,


  • Spirit Nights at Jersey Mike's Subs on Robert Smalls Parkway will be from 4-9 p.m. Thursday. Ten percent of all sales will support the school's Athletic Booster Club.
  • A PTSO meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center.
  • The National Honor Society induction ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center.
  • National Honor Society students are participating in Read Across America 2011. They will collect new or gently used children's books through March 2, when they will read them to local elementary school students.

  • An open house for the parents of potential middle or upper school students will be 6 p.m. Thursday in the Learning Center conference room. Tours of the school will be given after presentations by school officials, including Headmaster Randy Wall.
  • Details: 843-524-3393


  • The school will have a family math night at 6 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
  • 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,

  • Free parenting workshops will be offered in 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.: March 2 and 9 at Second Gethsemane Baptist Church in Stuart Point; and March 9 and 16 at Orange Grove Baptist Church on St. Helena Island. Details: Belle White or Walter Capers at 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. Parents, teachers, students and community members are welcome.

  • A sixth grade parent night will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
  • All students must have a completed IGP and be registered for high school by Saturday. Call Barb Sinsheimer at 843-322-5696 or 843-322-5700 to schedule an appointment. Both parent and student must meet with a counselor to complete the IGP.

  • Students will participate in Jump Rope for Heart during P.E. classes this week. The project is a fundraiser for the American Heart Association. Donations are due Friday.

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

  • A character education assembly will be at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.
  • Read Across America logs are due Tuesday.
  • A Black History Month celebration with student performances will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
  • The Frederick Douglass Assembly will be Friday in the cafeteria.

  • ELDA testing will be today through March 15.
  • The science fair will be Wednesday. Parents and visitors can view projects from noon-1:30 p.m.
  • A School Improvement Council meeting will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

  • Orientation for rising sixth-graders who will be attending Beaufort Middle School and their parents will be 6 p.m. Thursday in the BMS cafeteria. Students can learn about the ARCH program and meet the staff.
  • Through Friday, the Encouragers Club is sponsoring "Pennies for Patients," a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The class that collects the most donations will receive a pizza or ice cream party.
  • Yearbook order envelopes have been sent home and additional envelopes are in the front office. Cost is $20.
  • Discount cards are available in the office for $10.

  • The PTO will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Walsh-Palmetto Room. The science fair open house will take place during this meeting.
  • The art club meets at 3:15 p.m. Friday.
  • The annual oyster roast will begin at 1 p.m. March 5. Tickets, which cost $25 per person, are on sale at the school's main office and the parish office. Details:, 843-522-9555
  • The school has made a change to its calendar. There will be no school March 18 because of a faculty in-service day in Charleston. School will be in session March 25.

  • ELDA testing begins Tuesday.
  • The talent show will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday.
  • A School Improvement Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 28.

  • The Mather School Alumni Association Coastal/Lowcountry Chapter will celebrate its sixth annual Founder's Day with events Friday and Saturday. The celebration will begin with the Mather School Bell Ringing at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Technical College of the Lowcountry campus. It will continue with "An Evening of Reminiscing and Socializing" at 7 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn in Beaufort. The cost for the evening event is $20. The Founder's Day Luncheon will be at noon Saturday at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Officers' Club. The featured event will be the premiere of "Good News," a film about the Mather School published by the American Baptist Historical Society. The cost for the luncheon is $30. Details: 843-524-6123, 843-846-1329
  • The BCHS Class of 1991 is planning its 20-year class reunion for 2011. Charlie Simmons is acting class of '91 president and LaRonda Johnson Robinson is vice president. Contact them at and to complete a suggestion questionnaire and contact list. There is a Facebook page for the Class of 1991.
  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1958 Tidal Wave Breakfast Club meetings are at 9 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month at Golden Corral, 122 Robert Smalls Parkway. Details: 843-525-1822, 843-524-8903
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