Packet Class Notes for March 7



  • The inaugural Hilton Head Island Parent University will be at 9 a.m. April 16 in the Visual & Performing Arts Center. All parents, grandparents and caregivers of students from Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center, Hilton Head Island Elementary School, Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts, Hilton Head Island Middle School and Hilton Head Island High School are invited to attend these free workshops. Registration is from 8-9 a.m. with a concurrent resource fair and refreshments. Pre-registration is encouraged by going to and will be limited to 350 registrants. Applications are available at the high school or by contacting Dianne Morgan at 843-689-4811.


  • ELDA testing continues this week.
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.
  • The PTO meets at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the media center.
  • A math and language arts readiness workshop will be held from 10-11 a.m. March 19 at the Early Childhood Learning Center for parents of children ages 2-5. Snacks will be provided, and resource bags will be available. To attend, call 843-707-0900 and leave your name and the number of adults and children attending.

  • The Book Fair will be March 11-18 at the Early Childhood Center and March 9-16 at Bluffton Elementary School. Volunteers are needed March 14-16 at the elementary school. Details: Shirley Delgado, 843-706-8500


  • Strings teacher Judy Moran and the following students were selected to participate in all-county orchestra: sixth-graders Anastasia Currier, Emily Zhu; seventh-graders Brayden Sickish, Arlene Warner and Adam Stanley. They will be participating in the all-county orchestra festival March 23 and 24.
  • Rachael Threadgill and all teachers and students joined 2 million students from 235 countries from across the globe in a quest to set a world record in answering arithmetic questions in great educational event on World Math Day.
  • These students' artwork and poetry was selected for the Beaufort County School District River of Words student exhibition: Josh Brendler, Anna Crib, Dustin Hurd, Andrew Elridge, Katie Hanley, Karla Hernandez, Jayla Hutcheson, Lisa Larionova, Spencer McAllister, Morgan Rizer, Elizabeth Shrieve and Christionne Skinner.

  • A grandparents raising grandchildren program will be held at 6 p.m. March 15 at Beaufort Elementary School. Child care will be provided. Details: Lorain Tascoe-Bey, 843-726-1092; Paula Settles, 843-521-3150; Ashley Hutchison, 843-521-2399
  • PTO meets at 5 p.m. and SIC meets at 6 p.m. March 22 in the media center.
  • MAP testing begins April 4.
  • The second annual Bingo and Barbeque will be held April 8 in the cafeteria.

  • Parents of rising sixth-graders are invited to an informational meeting from 5-6 p.m. March 14 in the cafeteria. Parents will have the opportunity to meet the administrators and guidance counselors, and learn about course offerings, extracurricular activities and other upcoming events that will assist your children with the transition into middle school. Details: Marcia Ramsdell, 843-707-0759
  • MAP and PASS Testing is coming in April. The Prepdog website -- -- has been shared with us by parents as an excellent resource for use at home with students.
  • Third quarter ends March 24.
  • Report cards are sent home March 25.
  • Extended learning days are March 28-April 1.


  • Fifth-grader Delaney Porter recently won the local Emily Geiger Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest for her grade level. She also has been named the state winner of the fifth grade entries. Her essay will now be submitted to the national contest.

  • Family Chapel will be Wednesday. The school will celebrate Ash Wednesday.


  • ELDA testing starts today and runs through March 15.
  • The School Improvement Council and PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. March 21 in the school's media center.

  • The last day of the third quarter is March 24. Report cards will be sent home March 25.
  • Extended learning days are March 28-April 1.


  • The freshman/sophomore class will be sponsoring a bake sale Wednesday in the school lobby during all class breaks.
  • Class meetings will be held at noon for the A.M. session students and at 12:45 p.m. for the P.M. session students Thursday.


  • Moms in Touch prayer group meets today in the Uniform Exchange.
  • 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.
  • Chorus and band members will participate in the SCISA Music Festival at the University of South Carolina School of Music in Columbia on Thursday.
  • Kindergarten Preview Night is rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 15.

  • The school Zonta club is collecting mini-bottles of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste and other personal items for the homeless. Donations can be made in the front office.

  • Third quarter ends Wednesday.


  • The following students qualified for the prestigious Duke TIP Program: fourth-graders Camilla Aragon, George Boney, Emilia Castrejon Alonso, Luke Cavano, Clayton Chewning, Carson Copeland, Alden Crout, Alexis Farbman, Hadley Harriman, Aneica Holloway, Grant Jacobson, Elizabeth Jordan, Hunter Julseth, Emma Lynch, Miranda Ludewig, Mario Magnan, Justin Mlodzinski, William Pollitzer, Lenny Santiago Lopez, Madison Shaw, Hannah Smith, Baruk Srivasta and Mackenna Stenhammer; fifth-graders Kyle Drake, Chase Faulkner, Edna Gonzales Garduno, Olivia Gary, Noah Glover, Abbigale Gross, Victoria Hamlin, Jorg Hohmann, Mallory Liggett, Presley Morello, Chandler Morris, Alexander Morse, Clayton Norton, Matthew Oliver, Samantha Parlagreco, Gracie Phillips, Sandy Phillips, Gabriella Pirozzi, Erik Reibel, Humberto Ruiz, Ariel Shatz, Miyah Shatz, Lauren Staff, Mackenzie Stroup, Emily Todd, Sam Warren, Emily Wilbourne, Carter Wilkins, Chance Yurco and Lillian Zmarzley.

    In celebration of "Music in our Schools" month, the following events, under the direction of music teacher Karen Osborne, will be presented: Wednesday, Gifted and Talented Arts students will take a field trip to the First Presbyterian Church to attend the second round auditions of the Hilton Head International Piano Competition; Friday, a competitor from the Hilton Head International Piano Competition will perform a program and hold a forum at 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m.; Saturday, the Singing Sea Otter Chorus and Little Otter Singers Chorus will perform at 1 and 1:20 p.m. at the Youth ArtsFest, an annual event that showcases student musical arts groups from southern Beaufort County held at Arts Center of Coastal Carolina; March 14, parents, families and the community are invited to the PTA/Family Night program at 6:30 p.m. and second-grade students will perform a musical program called "The Nature of Weather" which correlates with the second grade unit of inquiry "What Goes Up, Must Come Down"; March 21, the Singing Sea Otter Chorus and the Little Otter Singers Chorus will perform their Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. in the yellow gym.

  • Rising first-grade parents are invited to tour the building and see firsthand the programs and classes available from 8:45-9:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday and from 4:40-5:30 p.m. Thursday. Details: 843-342-4100


  • The following students were selected to have their poetry or artwork printed in the Beaufort County "River of Words" student publication: Sophia Topping, Pilar Kayser, Christian Hernandez, Erik Hinton, Cassie Maurer, Caitlyn Umidi, Morgan Powell, Alexis Smythe, Talaya Singleton, Chloe Spahr, Madison Gregory, Jaclyn Couch, Madison Etchells, Ana Fierros, Madison Bronsky, Alexandra Fisher and Sarah Borisuk

  • ESOL Neighborhood Outreach Center Open House at the Oaks is from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. The rain date is March 19.
  • Tour dates for new students are from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, and from 6-7 p.m. Thursday.

  • Extended Learning Time will be March 28-April1. Participation is by invitation only.


  • Teacher Kim Saul received from a $450 grant from the Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence for a math-science connection ESOL program.


  • Emma McGoldrick won first place in the middle school division for photography at the S.C. PTA State Conference for the Reflections Art Recognition Program. Her entry will go to the National PTA Conference.

  • There is a Parent Meeting for rising sixth-grade parents tonight at the Middle School Auditorium. Hilton Head Island Elementary School parents meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts parents meet from 7-8 p.m. Bring your registration booklet and registration form to the meeting. Students were given the information this past Thursday at school.
  • Chat with the principal is at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the bistro.
  • Stellar Stingray breakfast is at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the Bistro.
  • The seventh-grade dance is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

  • Career Cluster Day will be from 8-10 a.m. April 6. The school needs speakers who would like to help educate and inform students of possible career choices that are available in the Hilton Head area as well as potential careers outside of South Carolina. Details: Carmela Larkby, 843-689-4564 or
  • Turn in box tops to your student's home room teacher or the main office. The shool receives 10 cents for every box top.


  • Senior Qiuzi Zhu has advanced to finalist standing in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship program. This program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
  • Head of Lower School Nancy Foy recently received the NAIS Fellowship for Aspiring Heads.
  • Tina Webb-Browning, science department chairwoman, was awarded the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Teacher Award in recognition of educational excellence in the sciences, engineering and mathematics and for her contributions to advancing student participation in research. The Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force jointly sponsor the cash award administered by the Academy of Applied Science. The award is given to one teacher in the Department of Defense South Carolina Junior Science and Humanities symposium region each year.

  • Coffee with Anthony is at 8:30 a.m. March 15 in the Dolphin Dining Hall. All parents are invited.
  • Bright Lights Science Night is from 6-7:30 p.m. March 16 at the Hilton Head Island library. Hilton Head Preparatory School rising science stars Cara Borelli, Clara Chalk, Reid D'Amico, Julia Nahman, Adam Oppenheimer, Mark Oppenheimer, Christian Steinmetz and Catherine Zhu will present their science fair research projects and answer audience questions. Light refreshments will be served.


  • Re-enrollment for the next school year is completed. Tours for prospective new students and their families are by appointment. To reserve a time or receive an application and information about the 2011-2012 school year, call 843-757-2312.

  • Claudine of Claudine's Crepes will serve crepes to the elementary classes as they end their study of France.
  • The Sunflower Room (grades 3 through 6) ended its study of Italy with an Italian feast Feb. 25.

  • Upper elementary children will be working at the Food Bank for Community Service on Tuesday.


  • SIC meets from 3:45-5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Details: 843-706-8300
  • Bluffton Middle School invites parents of rising sixth-graders to an informational meeting from 5-6 p.m. March 14 in the Bluffton Middle School Cafeteria. Parents will have the opportunity to meet Bluffton Middle School administrators and guidance counselors. Come and learn about course offerings, extracurricular activities and other upcoming events that will assist your children with the transition into middle school. Details: Marcia Ramsdell, 843-707-0759

  • Quilt maker Peggie Hartwell will work with third-graders this week as part of the Artist in Residence Program. Classes will be creating a whole group quilt project and also individual quilt blocks to take home. Hartwell's residency is made possible through the sponsorship of the PTO.
  • Fifth-grade students will be participating in a field trip on Friday at the Coastal Discovery Museum. They will be participating in a "Salt Marsh Walk" as part of their eco-systems science unit.


  • A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new fitness stations around the running trail will be held at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday.
  • ELDA continues this week.
  • PTO meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Science fair projects will be judged Wednesday. Awards will be given at 9 a.m. for kindergartners through third-graders and 2 p.m. for fourth- and fifth-graders Thursday.
  • Friday is Spirit Shirt Day.


  • Everyday Math Game Night will be at 6 p.m. March 16.
  • There will be a book fair March 17-25.

  • PASS testing is here again. Volunteers to help monitor are needed. Details: Kami Branham, 843-707-0500

  • Child Find Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration is March 28-April 1. Details: John Sykes, 843-707-0500


  • Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori Academy logo clothing to school.
  • There will be a special Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra piano recital at 10 a.m. Friday on campus. Details: Suzuki Piano teacher Katherine DeFreitas
  • Students will be participating in the Youth Arts Fest at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
  • The school will be participating in the Hilton Head Island St. Patrick's Day parade March 13. All float participates must arrive on campus at 12:30 p.m.
  • Pre-ordered Heritage Organic Farm produce boxes can be picked up from noon-6 p.m. March 15 on the front porch.
  • There will be a Parent Appreciation Dinner hosted by the teachers at 6 p.m. March 17 on campus.
  • The sixth- through eighth-graders will be holding a fundraising childcare session for students from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 19. Contact the front office for reservations.

  • Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
  • Pizza lunch orders -- sponsored by the sixth- through eighth-graders who are fundraising for field trips -- are due March 15 for delivery by March 18.


  • Middle School Science Fair team winners were: first place, Alyssa Greenlee and Dominique Marmeno for "Crystal Races"; second place, Austin Borasky and David Graupner for "The Effect of Temperature on the Elasticity of a Rubber Band"; third place, Brynn Standen and Kaelyn Binns for "Mold." The sixth-grade winners were: first place, Isabelle Boatright for "Fishy Fertilizer"; second place, Alma Ceron for "Types of Heat"; third place, Emily Lacombe for "Is Hard Rock Hard on Your Battery?" The seventh- and eighth-grade winners were: first place, Thomas MacDonald for "Bombs Away"; second place, Gaby Garcia for "Flower Power"; third place, Kevin Palacio for "Newton Balls." Best in Show went to sixth-grader Isabelle Boatright for "Fishy Fertilizer." These students will go on to compete at the Regional Science Fair on March 17 at Hilton Head Island Middle School.
  • Middle School students and fifth-graders Lydia Novak and Mark Tigges will be competing Thursday at the SCISA Music Festival in Columbia. The middle school students will compete in the large vocal ensemble competition at the USC School of Music. There will also be soloists for instruments and voice.
  • Students of the month for February exhibiting the virtue "humility" were: pre-kindergarten, Emilie Fister; kindergarten, Sophia Paris; first grade, Nick Gariti; second grade, Nick Calamari; third grade, Anthony Cedeno; fourth grade, Ava VanMarter; fifth grade, Sidney Angner; sixth grade, Kendall Bullock; seventh grade, Jacqueline Tobin (overall student of the month); eighth grade, Alyssa Greenlee.

  • Students will be attending the Stations of the Cross after the 12:15 p.m. Mass on Friday.
  • The school will host a young visiting pianist from the 2011 Hilton Head International Young Artists Piano Competition on Friday at St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church. The pianist will perform for our students and faculty beginning at 1:15 p.m.
  • 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