Review Category : School News

When the school day ends, learning and nurturing continues at the YMCA afterschool program

To help nurture and inspire kids to discover their potential, the YMCA of Beaufort County is offering an afterschool program to school-aged children throughout Beaufort County. Through a holistic approach to youth development, the Y’s afterschool program offers activities in a caring and safe environment where youth can achieve, feel a sense of belonging, build friendships and explore new interests. “When the school day ends, continued learning can have a positive influence on how well youth perform in school, boosting school attendance, academic performance and reducing gaps in academic achievement particularly among children from disadvantaged households,” said Kaylin Garst, Operations Director, YMCA of Beaufort County. “With the support of nurturing adults, youth in afterschool programs cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and education achievement.” Some of the programs and activities included in the afterschool program include ARF & Tail Waggin’ Tutors, yoga, and bible study with volunteers from The Parish Church of St. Helena and Y clubs. Y Clubs include swimming, sports, Togetherhood... ...

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Holy Trinity Classical quadruples enrollment

When Holy Trinity Classical Christian School opened its doors in 2012, there were 50 students in grades K-5th. This year, the school welcomed 189 new and returning students in grades K-8th. When Holy Trinity preschoolers start their school year next month, total enrollment numbers are projected to reach 240. The student body is not the only growth the school has experienced. Holy Trinity’s teaching staff for grades K-8th has more than doubled in size, maintaining small class sizes averaging 14 children, with a faculty/student ratio of 1:10. Administrative positions also saw growth with the addition of a lower school principal, financial administrator, and communications director in 2015. The school credits the growth to some key factors, such as strong community support, a talented pool of committed faculty, dedicated parents, and students who thrive in the joyful classical learning environment offered at Holy Trinity. Headmaster Rev. Chad E. Lawrence posits, “We are honored to fill families’ desire for a classical Christian education in Beaufort; it’s a privilege to partner in their... ...

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It’s that time of year again – who’s ready for school?

Photo above: Nick Henry, right, waits his turn as sister Abigail finds her name on the student list at Beaufort Elementary School. By Bob Sofaly It’s no secret that Beaufort County public school children have gone back to school.  We see pressed uniforms, kids getting up early, the terror of the first time on the bus, students scurrying around with heavy backpacks on, and everyone ready to tackle another year. At Beaufort Elementary School, Principal Melissa Holland started the new year off last week with a meet-n-greet with parents, students and teachers. Parents also got their car pass to gain access to the school driveway to pick up their children and others got their bus assignments. After solving a simple mathematics problem, the answer of which was the student’s new classroom number, parents and students were off to meet their new teachers and try out their new seating assignment.The evening was capped off with a hotdog dinner in the school cafeteria. Not a bad way to start a new year.   ...

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Beaufort Academy receives grant from insurance leaders

Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort and The Selective Insurance Group Foundation joined forces to support the positive efforts of Beaufort Academy through a $1,000 grant. “We are pleased to support Beaufort Academy in their pursuits of preparing tomorrow’s leaders through a rigorous academic curriculum, while fostering strong character development.” said Jay Taylor, Managing Partner, Kinghorn Insurance of Beaufort. The grant represents a $500 donation from Kinghorn Insurance of Beaufort matched by a $500 grant from The Selective Insurance Group Foundation. “The Matching Grant program allows us to partner with our agents to support the needs of the communities we serve,” said Chuck Musilli, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Lines Underwriting Officer for Selective. ...

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Four local students learn leadership and agriculture at SC Farm Bureau Conference

Beaufort County students Marcus Cook, Hannah Hansen, Dominic Monti and Haley Smith were among fifty-three high school rising juniors and seniors from across South Carolina who participated in the South Carolina Farm Bureau Federation’s (SCFB) 2015 Youth Leadership Conference in Newberry, SC. The conference, held on the Campus of Newberry College June 14-17, allowed students to gain valuable leadership skills, a better understanding of SC agriculture, and of Clemson University, one of the state’s land grant universities. “Our Youth Leadership Conference, sponsored by the SCFB Women’s Leadership program, allows students to explore opportunities within agriculture while developing their skills to be leaders in the industry,” SCFB Ag Literacy Director, Vonne Knight, said. In addition to emphasizing the understanding of agriculture, the conference also featured a number of workshops focused on leadership and teamwork. The conference operates on a two-year curriculum cycle where students learn about agricultural marketing and promotion one year and about government relations and agricultural advocacy the next. This year’s conference focused on marketing commodities in South Carolina.... ...

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School Notes for the week of July 9th-15th

BA Back to School Kickball Tournament Beaufort Academy will hold it’s Back to School Kick-Off Kickball Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. Everyone attending the kickball tournament will need to meet at the BA football field. All proceeds from the kickball tournament will benefit Beaufort Academy Blue & White Club. Battery Creek High School Class of 2016  Rising seniors at Battery Creek High School will have Senior Portraits taken July 27th and July 28th by appointment only. Members of the Class of 2016 should call Lifetouch Photographers at 843-851-0009 or 843-851-8700 if an appointment card is not received by July 17th.To register or for more information, contact Andy at hinsonca@usmc-mccs.org, or Steve at sgiammona@bmhsc.org. Scholarship winners given royal treatment Alpha Delta Kappa, a sorority of women educators, awarded $3000 in scholarships at their annual end-of-year luncheon held at The Tavern at Royal Pines. Courtney Rhett Baynes, a senior at USCB majoring in Early Childhood Education, received the ADK Scholarship, which is awarded to an undergraduate USCB education student.... ...

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Seven Beaufort County students graduate from SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics

Tommy Berrigan, Michael B. Bhoi, Schuler Black, Angel Lopez-Akiyama, Madison Maddox, John Mathai and Zack Scott, all from Beaufort County, graduated from the SC Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) on Saturday, May 30, 2015. Tommy Berrigan, son of Tom & Paige Berrigan, will attend Northeastern University. Michael B. Bhoi, son of Paul & Karen Bhoi, plans to attend Webb Institute. Shuler Black, son of David S. & Kristi M. Black, will attend Vanderbilt University. Angel Lopez-Akiyama, son of Katia Akiyama, plans to attend Armstrong State University. Madison Maddox, daughter of Ron & Greta Maddox, will attend Clemson University. John Mathai, son of Rob & Renee Mathai, plans to attend Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Zack Scott, son of Daniel & Cicely Scott, will attend the University of South Carolina in the fall. GSSM, recently named one of the Top-Performing U.S. Schools by The Washington Post, specializes in the advanced study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as an emphasis on economics and entrepreneurship. A... ...

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BMS eCybermission takes 1st and 2nd place

eCybermission is an Army Educational Outreach Program for competitions designed to engage and guide students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education! eCybermission is a web-based competition to promote students solving real life problems in their community. Through the program, teams of three or four students are asked to identify a problem in their community related to one of seven following areas: •  alternative sources of energy •  the environment •  food •  health and fitness •  force and motion •  national security and safety •  robotics •  technology This year BA students competed against 4,200 students during the competition to win their awards. After selecting their mission challenge, students work in teams under the guidance of a team advisor to propose a solution. Mrs. Payne was the Team Advisor, who worked with 7 teams in the 6th and 7th grade. Mrs. Payne’s 1st place team, called the Peanut Butter Fluffs, had three members: Christy Stowe, Hope Locke and Ky McLemore who will each receive a $1,000 savings... ...

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On to first grade at BA

The Beaufort Academy kindergarten students were welcomed to BA’s main campus recently…as rising 1st graders! Thank you to Kazoobie Kazoos for donating the kazoos that were used in the celebration! Pictured: Kindergarten teacher Heidi Richards and student Kendall Loret lead the way as the class is welcomed to main campus by the students in first and second grades. ...

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