Packet Class Notes for Sept. 12



  • The Beaufort County School District's Consolidated College Fair will be held Sept. 22 at Bluffton High School. Juniors and seniors from seven high schools, including local private high schools, will attend. Students will meet with college counselors from more than 75 colleges. Details: Kelly Homan, 843-706-8906

  • and Staples are teaming up with ABC Family for the Staples for Students Do Something for kids in need national school supply drive. Beaufort-area teens are encouraged to collect school supplies and drop them off at the nearest Staples store through Saturday. Staples customers will be able to get involved by donating $1 or more at any Staples store. All school supplies and donations will be given locally to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Lowcountry. Details:

  • The Beaufort County School District is now offering an instructional text-messaging service for middle and high school students. Students will receive instructional content, such as an SAT word of the day or a math problem of the day, through the service. To subscribe, text "subscribe" to 68453. Text message fees apply. Details:


  • ESOL Parent Night will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday in the cafeteria. Dinner will be provided by Golden Corral. Bring a dessert to share.


  • The annual back-to-school open house will be from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 19 throughout the school. There will be a general session for parents concerning graduation requirements in the auditorium from 6-6:30 p.m., with general classroom visitation from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents are advised to bring their child's progress report, to be distributed Sept. 16, to facilitate locating teachers and classrooms. Details: Sharon Brown, 843-706-8803


  • Mr. Nelson and Mrs. Berens are starting an intramural group on Thursdays after school. Students need to turn in a permission slip before staying after school for the group. The first sport will be soccer. Permission slips can be picked up from the front office and outside Mrs. Berens' room, B103, and Mr. Nelson's room, B113.
  • The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren support group will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Hilton Head Elementary School. Child care will be provided. Details: Ashley Hutchison, 843-521-2399
  • The first PTO meeting of the school year will be at 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in the school's media center.
  • SIC will meet at 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the cafeteria.

  • The school welcomes all volunteers. You must register through Winocular (available on the Beaufort County School District website in the Human Resource department) each year in order to participate. Details: Taffy Scheider, 843-707-0796
  • Teachers are trying to increase individual classroom libraries. Donations of books, magazines or books on tape are being accepted. Send donations to your child's ELA teacher or Leslie Natoli, literacy coach.

  • First quarter progress reports go home Friday.
  • Parents are reminded Bluffton Middle School does not provide supervision for students before 6:45 a.m. The office is open until 3:15 p.m., however, school dismisses at 2:20 p.m., at which time the school's supervision ends, as well.
  • Parents and legal guardians are reminded that if they haven't completed residency forms, they should do so immediately by visiting the main office.


  • Picture day is Thursday.

  • MAP testing continues for eighth and ninth grades through Tuesday.
  • Interim grades go home Friday.


  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is from 5-8 p.m. today.
  • Back To School Night is at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday in the gym.
  • A PTF brunch will be Sept. 21.

  • MAP testing for kindergarten through fourth grade will be through Friday.
  • MAP testing for fifth through ninth grades continues through Sept. 23.
  • Jostens will be on campus from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday to take graduation and class ring orders.
  • Lower School parent-teacher conferences will be Sept. 22.


  • Open house is 5:30 p.m. today. A community fair will follow from 6:30-7:15 p.m. at the school's yellow entrance. Break-out sessions for talented and gifted, ESOL and special education is 6:30-7p.m. All families are encouraged to attend.
  • Everyday Math Night for parents and students is from 4-5:30 p.m. Sept. 28.

  • The school's Operation 100% reading program needs volunteers for two hours a week teaching first-and second-graders. No experience is required. Details: Linda Baird, 843-342-6640

  • A reminder to car riders -- classes start at 8:30 a.m. Arrive no later than 8:20 a.m.
  • Lunch applications can be done online or turned in to school.
  • Students who have no tardies will be invited to an ice cream party in October or November.


  • The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 27, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public.

  • The school seeks volunteers to assist students with reading. Details: Karen Cauller,

  • The "See Our Spirit" PTO fundraiser for this year is a letter campaign from the students to their friends and family seeking donations. Students are asked to return the envelope with the letters to their teacher. The Spirit Carnival will take place in early October for all students to celebrate their hard work.
  • The "Walk One World Walking Club" will begin its fifth year. This year the students will walk each day outside on the playground. Details: Beth Vargas Giel, 843-342-4380
  • Michelle Brockway is the gifted and talented contact for parents. Details:


  • The School Improvement Council meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the media center.
  • Power Score class will be offered from 9:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Details: Stephanie Alford, 843-689-4804
  • The community is invited to enjoy an evening of music, food and fun at the school's Rock the Nest celebration, from 6-9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the school's football stadium. Admission is $5 at the gate. Activities include a rap-off, dance contest, administration dunk tank, drum line, Latino dance exhibition, local student musical talent and multicultural foods.
  • The IB Parent Advocate Group will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the home of Hilary Drammis. Details: Michelle Hartman, 843-689-4908.
  • Information will be distributed Oct. 12-13 in 11th-grade English classes about college preparation for juniors. It is recommended that students and parents review the information provided.

  • The science department will participate in the International Beach Sweep from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Mitchelville Beach. Participants are asked to wear work clothes. They will collect trash and record their findings on data cards for the National Center for Marine Pollution in Washington, D.C. Members of the Beta Club also will assist with the beach cleanup. Details: Kathy Weatherhead, 843-689-4829

  • Interim reports will be issued Friday.


  • Eighty-six eighth-graders are eligible to participate in the South Carolina Junior Scholars Program. Mrs. Larkby will meet and provide PSAT materials to your child, if he/she has the qualifying scores. Students who wish to participate in the program but do not have a qualifying score will also be allowed to take the PSAT if desired. Cost of the test for those students without a qualifying score is $14. Details: Mrs. Larkby, 843-689-4564. The test is at 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at Hilton Head Island Middle School. The following students are eligible: Kyra Anderson, Julio Arrieta, Benjamin Axtell, Koben Barrientos, Evan Bartlett, Samuel Beattie, Hanna Boney, Samantha Bonvissuto, Ally Boys, Brandon Brinson, Samantha Brummer, Jason Busby, Sierra Capers, Evan Cotter, Janell DeButts, Lucienne Dillon, Hannah Edelman, Claire Feldman, Brenden Fick, Madison Field, Walter Fingar, Nicole Flores Baguedano, Ian Foggo, Shirley Fontanie, Gabriel Fornari, Brianna Garcia, Arly Giron, Samantha Given, Ashley Hamlin, Gavin Harriman, Hannah Hartberger, Corey Hayes, Lisseth Hernandez, Natalie Herndon, Skye Hinteregger, Andrew Hoffman, Timothy Horan, Nicole Jansen, Carson Jester, Dakota Johnson, Elizabeth Kenyon, Meredith Langs, Reyna Lawyer, Parker Liggett, Jeremiah Maddox, David Maldonado Mota, Amy Martin, Jackson Martin, Christopher McDaniel, Sarah Metzger, Adam Moore, Alexander Moyer, Trivone Murray, Alanna Myers, Deontre Myers, Ryan Naddy, Lindsey Neville, Jennifer Oliver, Noa Pagatpatan, Hannah Picklesimer, Xitlali Puerto, Sarah Reamy, Nicolas Rojas, Amairany Rosas Maldonado, Samuel Rothwell, Katherine Sanchez Acosta, Chase Sanders, Weston Sanders, Brian Serrano, Sarah Slawson, Luke Smith, Samantha Soldano, Amanda Steel, Madison Striegel, Claudia Swidzinski, Layton Venrick, Martin Vidal Bastos, David Walker, Caitlin Walston, Joshua Whitley, Edgar Wiggins, Edward Wilberding, Meredith Wipper, Alexis Yates, Nicolas Yurco and Tadeusz Zmarzly.

  • The National PTA Reflections art recognition program has begun. Entry forms and rules are available at the front office from Ms. Gigi. Students may enter in six categories: literature, dance choreography, music composition, visual art, film production and photography. This year's theme is "Diversity Means ..." Entries are due Nov. 22.

  • Turn in your Box Tops for Education at any time during the school year to your homeroom teacher or the main office. The school receives 10 cents for each box top turned in.
  • The annual Cookie Dough and More fundraiser has begun. Students will be selling the Club's Choice Premium pre-portioned cookies in a variety of flavors and other food products. Money raised is given to the school in the form of grants for additional resources, materials, supplies and specialized equipment for the school. The sale ends Sept. 20. Cookie dough will be distributed Oct. 25. Details: Charlyn Page, 843-689-4500

  • For safety and security reasons, students will not be released from school between 2-2:30 p.m. Schedule your appointments accordingly. A photo ID is required for early dismissal, and you must be on the approved sign-out list.


  • Seventh-grader William White was chosen as a finalist in the Broadcom Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars competition. White is now one of 30 students competing for the top education award of $25,000. White will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., in October to showcase his research project, "Does Planting with Salicornia Increase Survival of Crop Plants Under Salty Conditions."


  • A "Porch Party" for parents is planned Sept. 23. Four porches on the May River will be the setting for a "progressive dinner."
  • Chess and yoga will begin this week for elementary students.
  • The school's annual garage sale will be Oct. 15. Spaces are available for $25. Leftover items will be donated to the Bargain Box. Information: Call 757-2312.
  • The school year's first Parent Association meeting will be 9 a.m. Tuesday.


  • PTO will meet at 5 p.m. today.
  • SIC will meet at 6 p.m. today. Details: 843-706-8300
  • The School Planning and Management Team will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
  • The first ESOL Parent Night will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room.
  • Picture day is Friday.

  • The Rotary Reader and Mentoring programs are in need of volunteers. The Rotary Reader program helps encourage the love of reading through a caring, mentoring program. Volunteers are needed to read on a weekly basis with individual students at the school. The Mentoring Program helps a child increase his or her self-esteem and academic achievement through providing a positive influence on the student's development. Rotary Reader and Mentoring Orientation is at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Details: Carol Walters, 843-706-8345
  • Operation Take Flight orientation will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 5 in the Early Childhood Center media room. Operation Take Flight is a tutoring program for kindergarten students at the Early Childhood Center. Volunteers are needed to work 20 or 45 minutes at a time, one day a week, Monday through Friday. During that time, each volunteer will have the opportunity to work with either one or two students. Volunteers may tutor anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Details: Kathy Wipper, 843-707-0800

  • Spirit Shirts that may be worn on Fridays. They are available for purchase through the PTO.
  • Interim reports go home Friday.


  • Friday is spirit shirt day.
  • TEK Club for students in grades 3-5 begins today.
  • Squirrel Club sponsored by First Federal will be in the school lobby for deposits to savings accounts and/or to open accounts between 8-8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • There will be a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday for parents of fourth- and fifth-graders who are interested in participating in strings or band in Room 216.
  • Chick-fil-A night is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday.
  • Picture day is Thursday. Pictures must be paid for on the day of photos.
  • PTO's first family BINGO night is from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria.

  • First quarter progress reports go home Friday.


  • A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 15 in the parking log. Tables are $5. Donated items are being accepted. Money raised benefits the Sea Turtle Shop and Sea Turtle Palace. Details: Olivia Santiago, 843-707-0508


  • Spirit Day is Friday.
  • The school will sponsor the "South Carolina Scarecrow Walkabout" to benefit Sea Pines Forest Preserve from 12:30-3 p.m. Oct. 22 at Fish Island in the preserve. The walkabout is a walking tour through the preserve to view student-created scarecrows based on a South Carolina theme. Cost is $5 a family, in addition to $5 Sea Pines guest pass. Tickets will be sold on the day of event at the preserve. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534;

  • Student lunch orders from Bess' Deli are due in the front office by 10 a.m. Friday for the following week.
  • Campus tours are available at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Details: Shannon Alford, 843-785-2534
  • Upper School after school clubs begin Tuesday.
  • 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