Packet Class Notes for Oct. 10



  • The University of South Carolina Beaufort Career Fair will be held from noon-4 p.m. Wednesday in Room 237 of the library at the school's Hilton Head Gateway campus. Details: 843-208-8030
  • There will be a meeting with representatives of the federal Office of Civil Rights at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Academy for Career Excellence off S.C. 170. Board members, SIC members, parents, and any interested citizens are invited. The SIC Training scheduled for that night has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at Okatie Elementary School in the large media room.
  • The University of South Carolina Beaufort Fall Campus Day will be from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 on the school's Hilton Head Gateway campus on U.S. 278 in Bluffton. Participants will tour the campus, current USCB Students will be on-hand, faculty will provide information and answer questions about degree programs. Details: 843-208-8055,

  • There will be admission fair for 18 boarding schools from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Westin Hilton Head Resort & Spa.
  • Child Evangelism Fellowship is a nonprofit organization that works with local churches and public schools. The group seeks to expand our program in Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties by starting more Good News Clubs for children in elementary school grades K-5. Details: Mary Jane Battista, 843-707-7498,
  • The National Museum of the Marine Corps is sponsoring a project to collect original art for wounded Marines. The museum will collect children's artwork through Dec. 10. The collection of original student works will be displayed in the Wounded Warrior wing of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Children are invited to draw, color or paint a picture on an 8<2009>1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper. The child's name, hometown and grade level must be on the back of the submission. All art should be mailed to: The National Museum of the Marine Corps; Attn: Teacher in Residence; 18900 Jefferson Davis Highway, Triangle, VA 22172-1BLUFFTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

  • There will be a Harvest Festival fundraiser from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Bluffton Township Fire District, Bluffton Police Department, bounce houses, game booths, a dunk tank by Jumpin Jaxx, and food from Cookies by Design, the Band Boosters, Monster Pizza and Montana's will be featured. Tickets are $5 for entry for a family of five or fewer and $1 for additional people. Tickets are given with entry. Two dollars buys unlimited bounce-house time. Those who bring a non-perishable food item for Bluffton Self Help will receive three tickets.

  • The second grade will go to the pumpkin patch Friday.
  • PTO Denim Day is Friday. Students may wear denim for $1.

  • Parents should call to schedule a parent-teacher conference. Conference dates are Oct. 20 and Oct. 21.


  • There will be a free Trunk or Treat from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20 in the school parking lot. There will be games, prizes, food and a haunted house.


  • A photo makeup day is scheduled for Thursday.
  • An ESOL Parent meeting is Thursday.
  • The Fall Ball is Friday.

  • 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.

  • Winter MAP dates are Nov. 28-Dec. 16 for reading and math. Spring MAP testing will be from March 26 to April 30 for reading, ELA, math and science.
  • First quarter report cards are distributed students Oct. 20.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 2-6 p.m. Oct. 21.
  • Yearbook order forms have been sent home with students and forms are available in the office. Parents can also order online through the Josten's website at Cost is $35.


  • Preschool family chapel is 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • Family chapel for K-8 is 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

  • The middle school students in the Preschool Mentoring Program have begun visiting classes again. Middle school students interact with preschoolers every Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8-8:30 a.m.

  • Eighth-grade students will participate in the South Carolina Junior Scholars Program. This program, sponsored by the South Carolina State Department of Education, identifies current eighth-grade students with exceptional academic talent. Junior Scholars are selected based on their performance on the PSAT. Eighth-graders will take the PSAT on Wednesday.


  • Picture day makeup is Oct. 20. School uniforms are required.
  • SIC/PTO meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 24 in the media center.
  • Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 24-28.

  • Explore test prep for eighth-grade English, math, reading and science is Friday. The test is Oct. 20.
  • Report cards go home Oct. 20.
  • Extended Learning time is Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
  • Report cards will be sent home Oct. 20.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are from 4-8 p.m. Oct. 20 and 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 21.


  • Class officers are: seniors, A.M. President Raimondo Franchi, A.M. Vice President Gavan Roth, A.M. Treasurer Phillip Talieh, P.M. President Nate Anderson, P.M. Vice President Jasper Volver, P.M. Treasurer Julia Shin; juniors, A.M. President Kelly Dodd, A.M. Vice President Barbara Rodriguez, A.M. Secretary Tiffany Dorau, A.M. Treasurer Emily Hammond, P.M. President Paige Cappelli, P.M. Vice President Matt Rushton, P.M. Secretary Renato Bordes, P.M. Treasurer Spencer Woolfolk; sophomores, A.M. President Andrew Goedde, A.M. Vice President Alex Shattuck, A.M. Secretary Merritt Wilburn, A.M. Treasurer Bria' Sanders, P.M. President Phet Kerdsinchai, P.M. Vice President Phyllis Tang, P.M. Treasurer Irisa Wong; freshmen, President Charles MacCallum, Vice President Lohith Ramaraju, Treasurer Veronica Vetesnik.

  • Students from Sarah Hobson's psychology class volunteered this past week at Memory Matters. The students played games and engaged in music activities with the center participants.

  • Guidance counselors will be administering the PSAT to all 10th- and 11th-grade students Wednesday.
  • Guidance counselors will be hos a representative from Colgate University on Tuesday in the school library. The speaker will present information on the university to all interested juniors and seniors.


  • Moms In Touch meets at 8 a.m. today.
  • Fine Arts Night of Presentations will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
  • A "Fields of Faith" Fellowship of Christian Athletes event will be at 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the football stadium. All high school-age students are invited to participate for free.
  • Moms At Prayer meets from 8-9 a.m. Thursday.
  • The 123Drive! Driver Training Course wil be from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. Registration is open to public.
  • The HHCA Town Hall Meeting for all school families will be at 6:30 pm Oct. 24.

  • Special Friends Day will be from 10 a.m.-noon Friday. Special needs students from Hilton Head Island Middle, Hilton Head Island High and Bluffton High schools along with adults from Programs for Exceptional People will take part in a day filled with activities, crafts, games and more.

  • Chapel is held every Thursday in the gym. Parents and family are welcome.
  • PSAT testing for ninth-, 10th-, 11th- and select eighth-graders will be Wednesday.


  • Fall Festival is 5-6:30 p.m. Friday. Cost is $5 a family. Games, crafts, a silent auction and a costume parade will be included. Food will be sold. All money raised goes to student service funds.

  • The fundraiser Operation Otter 100% has begun. Students were sent home with their fundraising packets last week. Technology gifts for the top classrooms are offered, along with classroom parties for the top students. Details: 843-342-4268


  • The Strength Team, under the direction of Jackie Wheeler, was selected as the first winner of the 2011-12 ALL-Health Team's $500 prize money. The team will compete again with all schools selected this year for one of three top money prizes of up to $5,000.

  • Picture makeup day is Tuesday.
  • Filming for the Strength Team Award will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the gym.
  • The School Impovement Council meets monthly in the media center. Meetings are at 4:15 p.m. Oct. 27, Dec. 1, Jan. 12, Feb. 9, March 8, April 26 and May 10. Meetings are open to the public.


  • Violinists Brian Stuligross and Kasey Meredith and Betsy McCourt, who plays the viola, were selected to participate in the S.C. Music Educators Lowcountry Region Orchestra Festival in November.

  • Information will be distributed Wednesday and Thursday in 11th-grade English classes about college preparation for juniors. It is recommended that students and parents review the information provided.
  • The Lady Seahawks Health & Fitness Expo will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Oct. 22 at Hilton Head Island High School Community Stadium. There will be a boot camp, football obstacle training, turbo kick and Zumba, and local health care professionals and fitness staff will be available. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students and teachers. Money raised benefits the Lady Seahawk athletic teams. Details: 843-689-4871
  • The Class of 2012 yard sale will be from 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 22. Check-in and setup will be from 5:30-7:30 a.m. Items you wish to not take home when the yard sale ends can be donated to the various chairites that will be present at noon. To participate in the sale, parking spots can be rented for $50.

  • The Hilton Head Bridge Run needs volunteers at 7 a.m. Oct. 23. Interested students should contact Amy Metzger at 843-689-4982.

  • The PSAT/NMMSQT is the preliminary test to the SAT and for juniors is the indicator in which the National Merit Scholarship Program determines the winners of their scholarships. Only juniors are eligible to qualify for the scholarship. The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered during the school day Wednesday.
  • The S.C. Commission on Higher Education and S.C. Department of Education have declared October as College Application Month. The goal is to provide a forum for all South Carolina seniors to complete and file college applications. College Application Day for Hilton Head Island High School is 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 27 in the media center. Sign up in the guidance department to attend before Oct. 24.


  • Bassist Andy Peter was selected to participate in the S.C. Music Educators Lowcountry Region Orchestra Festival in November.

  • There will be a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at Hilton Head Island Elementary School regarding custody, adoption, legal assistance, school, etc. for grandparents raising a grandchild. Child care will be provided.
  • Chat with the Principal is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Bistro.
  • Stellar Stingray Breakfast is at 7:45 a.m. Thursday in the Media Center. All parents of selected Stellar Stingrays are invited to attend as well as family members.

  • 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.

  • Parent-teacher conferences are from 5-7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 on a first come, first serve basis and 8 a.m.-noon Oct. 21 for prescheduled meetings.
  • Report cards go home Oct. 21.


  • Eighth-grader Tiegue Brougham-Cook qualified for the South Carolina Regional Orchestra at the South Carolina Music Educators Association auditions. Tiegue plays the bass. He will go on to perform at the regional event Nov. 18-19 in Charleston.

  • The monthly "Coffee with Anthony" will be held at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the Dolphin Dining Hall. All parents are encouraged to attend.
  • The inaugural Hilton Head Preparatory School Yard Sale will be Oct. 22 at Buckwalter Place in Bluffton. Anyone wishing to donate clothing, furniture, home goods and sports equipment should call Kendra Parsick at 843-338-1867.
  • The eighth annual Tennis Carnevale has been rescheduled for 12:30-4 p.m. Oct. 23 at the Sea Pines Racquet Club. Players can sign up online at or by calling 843-671-2286. Cost is $75.


  • The school's annual garage sale will be at 8 a.m. Saturday on school grounds. Leftover items will be donated to The Bargain Box. Rental space is $25. To make a reservation, call 843-757-2312.
  • Individual and class photographs will be taken Oct. 17-19.

  • Fire Prevention Day is Tuesday. Firefighters and trucks will be visiting the school and talking to children about fire safety.

  • School tours are available with information about the 2 year (toddler) to fifth-grade programs. To schedule a tour, call 843-757-2312.


  • The PTO executive board will meet at 5 p.m. today.
  • Students, faculty and staff at M. C. Riley Elementary and the Early Childhood Center will celebrate Spirit Week as leading up to the Riley Run. Today is red uniform shirt day; Tuesday is silly sock day; Wednesday is wear your hat to school day; Thursday is the day to wear your favorite sports team jersey or shirt to school.

  • Two special needs classes will participate in Heroes on Horseback, a therapeutic riding program. This is a weekly course for six consecutive weeks at the Mindstream Academy.

  • The PTO will conduct the Riley Run fundraiser Friday. The event will take place throughout the day, and parents are invited to cheer on the runners. Students will be collecting pledges during the week.


  • Chick-fil-A night is from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday. Money raised will be used for a trip to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia.
  • The Okatie Drama S.T.A.R.S will be perform three songs about America from "School House Rock" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The music was self-taught and choreographed by Mrs. Aaron and Mrs. Davis. The second and third grades will recite a memorized poem about America by Roger Robicheau.
  • The World Series Facts Bowl is Friday. You may wear a team jersey for $1.
  • Friday is spirit shirt day.


  • A yard sale will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Saturday 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


  • The Curriculum Carnival will be from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Have fun and learn ways to help your child in reading and math. Refreshments will be available to benefit the PTO. Drop in between
  • PTO meets at 6 p.m. Thursday.


  • School photos will be Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Spirit Day is Friday.
  • Coffee with the Head of School will take place Friday in the atrium.
  • 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;

  • The school is collecting holiday food for The Deep Well Project. See for requested food items.
  • Harvest Moon Festival auction items are being accepted in the front office.

  • 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
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