Gazette Class Notes for May 30

Panel to discuss public school choice

The Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association will host a panel discussion titled "County School Choices and Funding: Why Parents Want Choices and How They Are Funded" at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Beaufort on Boundary Street.

The event will include discussion of the Beaufort County School District's efforts to increase the diversity of its academic offerings by providing traditional schools, magnet programs, schools of choice and Riverview Charter School.

District superintendent Valerie Truesdale, parents, principals and other public officials will participate.

Details: Jack Little,

Register now for virtual summer school

Students in kindergarten through seventh grade can participate in the Beaufort County School District's free virtual summer school program.

Students can work on individual areas of need or prepare for the coming school year by using a web-based tool during eight weeks this summer. Students will complete CompassLearning sequences in math and language arts for each week of summer school.

The program will be available June 13 through Aug. 5. Registration is available at


  • Lorelei Riel and Erica Haefner, assisted by Franklin Price, completed a painting that was displayed last weekend at the Original Gullah Festival. It illustrated a song that is historically significant in Gullah culture.
  • Students in Pam Murphy's drawing class contributed to the logo design for a school district teen pregnancy prevention effort. Graphic artist Shelia Wiley visited the class, and students submitted designs. Participating students were Donald Ganshow, Caleb Harris, David John, Elizabeth Linn, Amanda Lynds, Alexis Miller, Steven Rogers, Ashley Volpe, Aviance Washington and Ethan Van Skiever.
  • The Athletics Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. June 6 in the cafeteria.
  • The next Spirit Night at Jersey Mike's Subs on Robert Smalls Parkway will be from 4-9 p.m. June 23. Ten percent of all sales will support the school's Athletic Booster Club.
  • Senior portraits for the class of 2012 will be taken in July. Appointment cards will be mailed to students. Details: Mrs. Grooms, 843-322-5580

  • The school recognized several award winners in a recent ceremony. Students winning awards from external community organizations included: Lily Westergaard, Peter Olsson, Nathan Akers, Christopher Huckabee, Michael Bible, Madeline Griffith, Jaymie Baggerly, Matthew Bass and Bianca Sanchez.
  • Upper School departments also presented awards to several students. English department: Rebecca Strawn, Anabelle Nuelle, Michael Bible and Lily Westergaard; history department: James Post, Anabelle Nuelle, Katherine Neal and Pete Olsson; math department: Caroline Fontenot, Hope Keane, Katherine Neal and Chris Huckabee; science department: James Post, Anabelle Nuelle, Katherine Neal and Chris Huckabee; French and Spanish departments: Madeline Griffith, Callie Rhodin, James Post, Grace Stewart, Katherine Neal and Nathan Akers. Natalie Aitken also was a fine arts honoree.

  • Classes will raise money for children with leukemia or lymphoma through a Pennies for Patients campaign. Collection boxes for coins will be in classrooms through Friday.

  • There is no school today in observance of Memorial Day.

  • Students in Ashley Byrd's Spanish II classes attained national recognition for performance on the 2011 National Spanish Examinations. Five students earned silver medals: Maria Cooler, Michael Houston, Reilly Kilpatrick, Janelys Villalta and Eliza Rhodes. Four students earned bronze medals: Jaellene Carson, Taylor Jones, James Rider and Arionna Russell. Eleven students earned honorable mentions: Maddie Aune, Charlotte Cannon, Jessica Correll, Shannon Courtney, Courtney Coxwell, Kylie Hayman, Mitchell Nestler, Jessa Norton, Sara Rauenhorst, Abigale Shelby and Gabby Maynard.

  • Fathers and students of the Beaufort chapter of All Pro Dad will gather at 7:30 a.m. Friday for their monthly Dad's Day breakfast at the school. All Pro Dad is the fatherhood program of Family First, a national non-profit organization. More than 75 fathers and kids came to the first breakfast at Coosa Elementary. Details: or call Mike at 843-986-4191.

  • Artist-in-residence Yostie will work with students in kindergarten through second grade Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • The student production "Pinocchio" will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • The fourth grade will hold an end-of-year cookout Friday.
  • The "moving up" and awards ceremony for fourth-graders will be at 9:45 a.m. June 6.
  • The awards assemblies for kindergarten through grade three will be June 8.
  • The last day of school is June 8, with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal.

  • A fifth-grade STEM field trip will be Thursday and Friday.
  • The eighth-grade social will be from 6:30-9 p.m. Saturday.

  • A Cash for Trash collection will be Wednesday.
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night will be Thursday.
  • The front office will accept final and outstanding lunch payments through Friday.
  • The third-grade play "Cruising Carolina" will be June 7.
  • June 8 is the last day of school.

  • The sports banquet will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Walsh-Palmetto Room. Bella Luna Cafe will provide dinner and parents are encouraged to bring a dessert to share.
  • Eighth-grade graduation will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the church. The seventh grade will host a reception in the Walsh-Palmetto Room after the ceremony. Details: Heather Rembold, 843-522-2163
  • The middle school will travel Wednesday to Hunting Island for an end-of-year party.
  • The second grade award ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, followed by a class party at Hunting Island.
  • The last day of school is Friday. Dismissal will be at noon. Families needing extended daycare services must contact the main office. Details: 843-522-2163
  • Field Day is Friday. Volunteers are needed to set up and clean up. Details: Coach Claire, 843-522-2163
  • The annual golf tournament will be Sunday on Cat Island. Details: Rob Wilson, 843-522-2163

  • Career Day is Wednesday.
  • The pre-kindergarten "moving up" ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the cafeteria. The kindergarten ceremony will be at 9:15 a.m. in the gym.
  • The fifth-grade "moving up" ceremony will be at 9 a.m. June 7.
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