Gazette Class Notes for April 11

Forty-seven students from Whale Branch Early College High School recently visited the state capitol in Columbia as a guest of Rep. Curtis Brantley. After touring the capitol, students took a tour of the University of South Carolina campus.
Forty-seven students from Whale Branch Early College High School recently visited the state capitol in Columbia as a guest of Rep. Curtis Brantley. After touring the capitol, students took a tour of the University of South Carolina campus. Special to the Gazette

Virtual school to hold information session

South Carolina Connections Academy, the state's first virtual public charter school, will host an information session from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Charles Lind Brown Activity Center on Hamar Street in Beaufort.

The tuition-free school opened in 2008 and serves students statewide in kindergarten through 12th grade. Students learn from home under the instruction of a certified teacher through online lessons and phone calls structured to fit a student's individualized learning needs and schedule, according to a news release.



  • Students won awards at the recent Future Business Leaders of America state conference. Allyson Morgan took first place in Business Communications and earned scholarship money. Kelsey Poole took first place in Introduction to Business Communications. Nick Western took first place in Accounting I. Alexis Myers took third place in Word Processing I.
  • The school is collecting donations for the International Red Cross to benefit earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan. Donations will be collected through April 30. Collection containers are in the front office and the MCJROTC room. The school also is collecting pennies for the S.C. Chapter of the Red Cross "Million Penny Campaign" to help with any emergencies that might occur in South Carolina. A collection jar is in the front office.
  • Cap-and-gown pictures will be taken from 1:30-6 p.m. Tuesday. Price lists are in the front office.
  • The School Improvement Council will meet Wednesday in the media center.
  • The SADD Club will participate in the Belk Charity Day Sale on Saturday. Coupons can be purchased for $5 from any member.

  • The following students placed or received honorable mentions in the Sea Island Regional Science Fair: Riley Blocker, Zach Bachtell, Charles Humphries, Emily Hutchins, Hope Keane, Charlotte Delfosse, Jackson Warren, Ashton Guest, Nicki Ozburn, Mike Bhoi, McKenzie Blake, Will Turner, Xavier Westergaard, Katie Gay and Taylor Vincent.
  • The school will offer an SAT Prep course open to all students in the community designed to prepare students for the June 4 administration of the SAT. The six-week course, taught by Advanced Placement instructors, will meet from 9-11 a.m. Saturdays, from Saturday through May 28, in the Learning Center on the BA campus. Cost is $350 and includes the textbook. Details: 843-524-3393,

  • Norma Vera-Calvo, a mother of three and English as a Second Language student, received a passing score on the GED in March after studying for more than a year through Beaufort County Adult Education. She hopes to train for and get a job in administration.

  • The School Improvement Council has been postponed. The council will meet at 5:30 p.m. April 19. Agenda items include a vote on the new bylaws, a review of the annual report to parents, results of a survey about reinstating honors-level classes and the principal's report with information about the school budget and report card. The SIC regularly meets on the second Tuesday of each month in the media center.
  • The National French Honor Society and upper-level French classes are collecting donations this month for the victims of the tsunami in Japan. Donations will be sent to Food for the Hungry, an organization directed by BHS graduate Celeste Brown de Mercado. Details: 843-441-0875
  • The Booster Club is accepting donations for a yard sale to support BHS athletes. Donations may be dropped off at the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District, 237 Sea Island Parkway. Pick-ups are available for large items by calling Benji at 843-986-7169, John at 843-812-1083, Scott at 843-321-0944, David at 843-575-7470 or Will at 843-252-9051. The yard sale will be 7 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 at the school.

  • A Celebration of Achievement for the third quarter will be at 7:45 a.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria.
  • Yearbooks can be ordered through the school website.

  • Barnes & Noble on Hilton Head Island recently donated more than 600 books to the libraries of Hardeeville and Ridgeland elementary schools. Donations of cash and books were accepted during a book fair to benefit Jasper County schools.
  • Registration for the district's 4-year-old pre-kindergarten program has been extended until April 21. There are 200 spots in the programs at Hardeeville and Ridgeland elementary schools. Applications are available in the schools' front offices. Details: La'Toya Thomas-Dixon, 843-717-1120

  • Kids Club will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria. Families of students in pre-kindergarten through first grade are invited to a poetry reading by students.
  • The Lego Club meets at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday in the art room.
  • A field trip for first and second grades is Friday.
  • No school April 20-22.

  • Baseball and softball games will be Tuesday.
  • A track meet will be Wednesday.
  • No school April 21-22.

  • The following students placed or received honorable mentions in the Sea Island Regional Science Fair: Hannah Shannon, Matthew Hurtt, Bella Kimbrell, Laura Barras, Mary Margaret Barras, Katy Binkowski, Mary Bruns, Max Crisologo, Kassidy Simmons, Eva Slusher and Will Trumps.
  • This year's oyster roast generated $16,619 for the school. The money will be used to update technology, add Promethean Boards to classrooms and replenish the grants program sponsored by the oyster roast.
  • Girls soccer games will be today and Thursday. A boys soccer game will be Wednesday.
  • An eighth-grade kayaking trip will be Wednesday.
  • Pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first-grade students will attend "Seussical the Musical" at the University of South Carolina Beaufort on Friday.
  • The Art Club meets at 3:15 p.m. April 15 in the art room. Details: Mrs. Trumps, 843-522-2163
  • The school will participate in the Diocesan Math Competition in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday. Details: Mrs. Brock or Mrs. Goltz, 843-522-2163
  • Seventh- and eighth-graders leave for their annual spring trip Saturday.
  • The next Virtus training session will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the school library. Register online at or call Deacon Bill Lacombe at 843-522-9555.
  • Spring break begins April 21. Classes resume May 2.

  • MAP testing continues this week.
  • The volunteer dinner will be at 6 p.m. Thursday in the gym.
  • An SIC meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 18 in the art room.

  • A School Improvement Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria. A Parent-Teacher-Student Organization meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.
  • Jerome Robinson, a euphonium player in the WBECHS Band, participated in the University of South Carolina Band Clinic in February, and the Whale Branch Concert Band participated in the S.C. Band Director's Association Concert Festival in Charleston on March 24.
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