Gazette Class Notes for June 6

Local schools win 'Farm to School' grants

Whale Branch Elementary School in Beaufort County, as well as Ridgeland and Hardeeville schools in Jasper County, are among 52 South Carolina schools to receive $3,000 grants to help plant on-site gardens aimed at getting more fresh fruits and vegetables into lunchrooms.

The schools also committed to purchasing fresh produce from local farmers twice each month, according to a news release from the S.C. Department of Education. Students at the schools will take lead roles in developing the gardens, and grant money will be used to purchase items from seeds and planting soil to gardening tools.

Register for virtual summer school

Students in kindergarten through seventh grade are invited to 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, according to a news release.


  • The Athletics Booster Club will meet at 6 p.m. today in the cafeteria.
  • Panini's Cafe on Bay Street will host a school spirit night from 5-8 p.m. June 13. Ten percent of sales will be donated to the BCHS volleyball team. Details: 843-379-0300
  • 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

  • Nathan Akers won the school's Athletic Achievement Award, presented to a student who excels in multiple varsity sports, at the annual sports awards banquet in May. Michael Bible won the school's Dubart Cup, presented to a student who excels both in the classroom and in sports competitions.
  • Several middle school students won academic awards this year: Danielle Hart, John Hydrick, Patrick Mazzeo, Lauren Noonan, James Post, Hannah Verity, Miranda Weslake, McKenzie Blake, Hope Gray, Maya Dixon, Shuler Black, William Lindsay, Jacob Dalton, John Mathai, Mills Black, Kirsten Floyd, Amanda Kahn and Ben Hetherington.

  • The Battery Creek High School Athletics Department will offer sports physicals from 9-11 a.m. July 23 at Robert Smalls Middle School. Cost is $10.

  • Caroline Mumma of Beaufort graduated from the S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics on May 28 in Hartsville. She plans to attend the College of Charleston. The 50 students in the GSSM Class of 2011 represented 21 different counties in South Carolina.

  • Students Kenia Romero and Carlos Ramirez are winners in the third annual Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Drawing Contest sponsored by the state Department of Education's Office of Health and Nutrition and the School Nutrition Association of South Carolina.

  • The "moving up" and awards ceremony for fourth-graders will be at 9:45 a.m. today.
  • The awards assemblies for kindergarten through grade three are Wednesday.
  • The last day of school is Wednesday, with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal.

  • The third-grade play "Cruising Carolina" will be Tuesday.
  • Wednesday is the last day of school.

  • The following eighth-graders graduated from the school this year: Sian Ard, Laura Barras, Nicholas Dardes, Richard Heim, Prescott Hendrick, Katherine Lataille, Zoe Mitchell, ME Sanders, Wesley Sanders, Kelcie Shulze, Hannah Shannon, Kassidy Simmons and Eva Slusher.
  • First-grade teacher Christy Brock received the school's Teacher of the Year Award on May 27.
  • Tuesday is the last day of school for teachers.
  • The school office's summer hours will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, or by appointment, beginning Wednesday. Staff will provide tours to prospective families throughout the summer. Details: Mrs. Dee, 843-522-2163

  • The fifth-grade "moving up" ceremony will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

  • The Beaufort High School Class of 1991 will hold its 20th reunion July 29 and 30 in Beaufort. It includes a meet and greet, family cookout and "White Affair Social." The cost is $75 for singles and $115 for couples and families. Money orders or cashier's checks should be made payable to Beaufort High School Class of 1991 Reunion and sent to: P.O. Box 1991, Beaufort, SC 29901. Volunteers are needed for reunion committees. Details:; Tomeka Mitchell-Watson, 843-838-4643; Tarsha Smith, 843-263-1260
  • The Battery Creek and Beaufort high schools Class of 1981 will hold a combined 30-year reunion Sept. 1-4. Events include a meet-and-greet, tailgate party, family fun day and a formal event with dinner and dancing. Details: 843-252-9419, 843-521-0621
  • 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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