The Women's Association of Hilton Head Island selected eight students from among 42 Beaufort County high school senior applicants living south of the Broad River to receive the Annual Community Service Youth Award, each worth $250. Winners are: Amanda Blair, Hilton Head Preparatory School; William Turner, Bluffton High School; Holli Selman, Hilton Head Island High School; Joshua Beste, Hilton Head Christian Academy; Kelley Schramm, Hilton Head Island High School; Kelly Johnson, Hilton Head Christian Academy; Andrew Lewis, Hilton Head Christian Academy; and Anna Bensch, Hilton Head Christian Academy.
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
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Dalton McCaffrey earned an honorable mention in the Stossel in the Classroom essay contest. Students ages 13-18 were asked to write an essay about "What's Great About America?" after viewing John Stossel's Fox News special of the same name.
Senior Claire Neal has been awarded the Crusader Fellows Scholarship by North Greenville University. She was chosen to receive the scholarship on the basis of her academic achievement and school, church and community involvement. The scholarship is awarded to students who are residents of South Carolina that qualify for the state's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. She is the daughter of Robin and Tom Neal of Bluffton.
BLUFFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL
This week is Spirit Week.
Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day, and this week is Teacher Appreciation Week.
There is an ESOL parent meeting at 6 p.m. May 5 in the cafeteria. Details: Mrs. Abby, 843-707-0797
SAGE meeting will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Okatie Elementary School.
PASS testing begins May 9.
Night of the Arts will be held May 27.
PTO will be held at 5 p.m. and SIC at 6 p.m. May 31 in the media center.
Tuesdays are our "Eat Out for Bluffton Middle Nights" at Giuseppi's and Cheeburger Cheeburger. Eat out on a Tuesday night at either restaurant and let them know you are from Bluffton Middle School.
Volunteers are needed to help during PASS testing May 9-13. Test proctors are needed during test time each day from 7:30-11 a.m. Details: Taffy Scheider, 843-707-0796
Auditions for next year's performance of "Camp Rock" will be held Tuesday and Wednesday after school at H.E. McCracken Middle School. Prepare a 1-minute song of your choice. You will be asked to do selected movements and will be asked to do your monologue or improvisation. Details: Ms. Bush-Sturgis in Room 210.
The middle school will host the fourth grade for the annual Stepping Up Day on Tuesday. Fourth-graders will attend middle school classes, eat lunch with the middle school and get a taste of the middle school life. Fourth-grade parents are invited to attend a special stepping up session for parents only at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. There will be an open discussion concerning the basics of middle school life and the academic, social and emotional changes to be expected as children transition to middle school.
Muffins for Moms day is at 9:15 a.m. Friday.
The middle school will be taking a field trip to Fort Pulaski on Wednesday.
H.E. MCCRACKEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
PASS testing begins May 9.
The SIC/PTO will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 23 in the media center.
The eighth grade moving up ceremony will be held at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. June 7 in the gymnasium.
April Students and Teacher of the month are: Momo Sakuragi, a.m. high school; Andres L'Corcuera, p.m. high school; Derrick Villarreal, middle school; and Lee Bracken, teacher of the month.
HILTON HEAD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
MAP testing for students in kindergarten through ninth grade continues through May 13.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Parents and guardians are invited to a PASS Family Night from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday. Parents can learn about the PASS test, view sample questions and get ideas to help their child's achievement on PASS, the state assessment given in the week of May 9. There will be two presentations -- one in English and one in Spanish. Child care will be available. Details: Maureen Kecmer, 843-342-4236
The last day for Project Reach is Thursday.
PASS testing will be May 9-13.
There will be an SIC/PTA meeting at 5 p.m. May 9 in the media center.
Volunteer proctors for the state PASS test are needed. Testing will be held during the week of May 9. Proctors need to be SLED checked. Details: 843-342-4100
HILTON HEAD ISLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS
The Duke Talent Identification Recognition Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. today in the gym. The following students will be recognized: Abigail Babcock, John Ballenger, Madison Boyd, Aiden Brock, Jasmyn Brown, Marc Caramello, Morgan Caramello, Taylor Chiasera, Carissa Church, Kalie Clark, Pierce Daly, Ana Dominquez Baquedano, Jean Foissac, Emma Frieden, Tom Gadron, Lauren Hayes, Chayse Herzog, Christian Hopper, Haley Hyatt, Alejandra Jimenez, Sophia Kaup, Karana Lobaugh, Alexis Locker, A'Nya Marshburn Foushee, Isabel Muehleman, Nicholas Myers, Summer Pagatpatan, Emilio Patino, Henry Pitts, Diante Richard, Grace Riley, Christopher Seelbach, Emily Slawson, Sydney Stockwell, Julia Topping, Dillon Treacy, Maria Uribe, Caleb Watkins, Olivia Allain, Nathanael Anderson, Dylan Brown, Christopher Cosacchi, Katherine Cruz Hernandez, Elizabeth Darnell, John Duncan, Esperanza Hernandez Lopez, Abbigale Hickey, Erik Hinton, Jacob Hussong, Valerie Iannazzo, Pilar Kayser, Julia Krzeminski, Machel Liverpool, Kai Liska, Maxwell Page, Annie Pham, Aidan Sanz, Chevas Tolton, Jose Trujillo, Megan Vigh, Brianna Berryhill, Sarah Borisuk, Nicholas Deas, Sarah Elgin, Nathaniel Gosdin, Richard Kerr, Cassandra Maurer, Nicholas O'Brien, Jacob Palchak, Lauren Reed, Carter Rohal, Alexis Smythe, Jack Spiehs, Sophia Topping and Kelsey Wallace.
The after-school drama club, Creative Arts Players, are presenting two one-act plays: "Alice in Wonderland" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Bring a non-perishable food item for The Deep Well Project or a gently used book for classroom libraries and receive $1 off the price of the ticket. Details: Harry Culpepper, 843-342-4135
The SIC meeting is at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the media center.
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.
Volunteer proctors are needed for PASS testing during the week of May 9. Details: 843-342-4380
HILTON HEAD ISLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Advanced Photography students will display their work Tuesday through May 31 at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. A reception will be from 4:30-5:30 p.m. May 10.
Four $500 scholarships will be awarded by the school's PTSO to seniors whose leadership in activities and organizations while at school have enriched the lives of others and the school community. Applicants must submit an essay and PTSO Leadership, Activities and Community Service Form. More information and the form are available on the main page of the school's website and on the PTSO page. All information must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. May 2 in a sealed envelope to 12th-grade counselor Bob Latourelle. Details: Jan Davis-Vater, email@example.com
HILTON HEAD ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
This week is Spirit Week for Relay for Life: Monday, Hat Day for Free; Tuesday, Sports Day, $1; Wednesday, Blast from the Past, Free; Thursday, Super Hero $1; Friday, Free Jeans day with Relay for Life T-shirt only.
The eighth grade celebration will be held at 6 p.m. June 6 at the Hilton Head Island High School Stadium. Students are to report to their homeroom teachers at 5:15 p.m. The dance will follow at the Middle School cafeteria from 7-10 p.m. The pancake breakfast will be held June 9 in the cafeteria.
Keep turning in your box tops to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in. You can turn them in all year.
Eighth-grade parents, Hilton Head Island High School is looking for candidates for the upcoming year's Student Improvement Council. This is an elected position. Those interested should fill out the nomination ballot available at the front office. Details: Roberta Foss, firstname.lastname@example.org
HILTON HEAD PREPARATORY SCHOOL
Juniors Franklyn Bakala and Dan Chambers have met the requirements to enter the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Fifth-grader Dickie Speer was the winner of the National Scholastic Storyworks "Zodiac" competition.
Members of the chess team participated in tournament play in Beaufort in April. Sophomore Tucker Apy was 3-1, sophomore Sabina Sister was 2-2, sophomore Mark Oppenheimer was 3-1, and eighth-grader Noah Sulek was 3-1, with his only loss in the championship game.
The 2011 Senior Art Showcase will be on exhibit daily from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Wednesday at Honey Horn.
The Lower School Musical "Sleeping Beauty" is at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Fraser Field House.
The Lower School Parent Network Meeting is at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Lower School Commons.
For information on summer programs, go to www.hhprep.org or contact Liz Nash at 843-671-2286, ext. 327, or email@example.com.
MAY RIVER MONTESSORI
Teacher Appreciation Week is this week. The Parents Association will host both a breakfast and lunch for teachers during the week.
Rising first-graders will be visiting their new classrooms May 9 and May 11.
Upper Elementary students will travel to Charleston on May 12 to visit the S.C. Aquarium and museums.
Students will be attending a Savannah Sand Gnats game on May 20 as part of the Sand Gnats Book Bug Reading Program.
Broken Arrow Barbeque will be selling barbecue in front of school during Bluffton Village Fest on Saturday to benefit May River Montessori.
OKATIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Second-grade swimming beings today for Ms. Mulligan, Mrs. Shuford and Mrs. Fries' students. Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Aaron and Ms. Block's classes have swimming May 9.
First Federal's Squirrel Club will be held at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
The PTO will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Kindergarten orientation is at 2 p.m. Thursday. Parents are invited to bring their incoming kindergarteners to meet teachers, administrators and see their new school.
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Crumpler's and Mrs. Jackson's classes will be visiting the strawberry patch on Wednesday, and Mrs. Bailey, Mrs. Shanks and Ms. Rapp's students will go Friday.
Progress reports should be returned today.
PRITCHARDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
The PTO is organizing and hosting a yard sale May 7 at the school. Spaces will be available for $20 a table. Help is needed with setup and breakdown. Details: Jacqueline Priester, 843-247-5890
Starting this month, the PTO will begin the process of electing the PTO board members for the 2011-12 school year.
SEA PINES MONTESSORI ACADEMY
Spirit Day is every Friday. Students can wear Sea Pines Montessori logo clothing to school.
The Upper School Science Fair will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The school is collecting books for Tanzania during May. Bring in any gently used or new books.
Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday. Details: 843-785-2534
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.