Review Category : School News

Battery Creek Band wins in Atlanta

Recently, the Battery Creek High School Band won seven trophies at the Music Showcase Festival in Atlanta!  Led by Band Director, Jarrod Valenti, the Dolphins performed with grace, talent and enthusiasm against a large array of competing bands.

Gold medal – Superior rating went to “Code Blue” Drumline (1st place). Silver Medal – Excellent rating went to Concert Band (1st place). Best Overall instrumental group went to “Code Blue” Drumline. Best overall instrumental section went to Saxophones. Best overall percussion went to Snare Drums. Best musician went to Conner Yahres (snare). Best soloist went to Gloria McCreary (flute). Congratulations to the hard working Dolphin Band students for their outstanding accomplishments!

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Okatie Elementary wins $5,000 grant


From left to right: Jan Samuel Okatie Elementary, Peggi Martin Okatie Elementary, Ben Duncan CenturyLink Market Development Manager and Kendra Beauford CenturyLink Retail Store Consultant.

CenturyLink Foundation recently announced the winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program, which has been offered since 2008, awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms.

“We were excited to see the innovation and creativity in this year’s grants applications,” said Randy Wood, CenturyLink VP of Operations for Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee. “It’s encouraging to see teachers’ enthusiasm for bringing new learning tools and techniques into their classrooms, and we are pleased to be able to help expose students to more educational technology in their daily school lives.”

Okatie Elementary will receive $5,000 to provide iPads for first grade. The grant was submitted by Jan Samuel and Okatie Elementary was chosen out of more than 1,000 schools across the country who applied.

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Beyond the classroom – ACT SO amazing!

The 2015 Academic Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT SO) were held Saturday, May 2. ACT SO is a youth enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high school students to pursue interests outside of the normal school curriculum sponsored by the NCAAP.

Front row (left to right): Jarany Palacio, Amara Phillips, Jordan Johnson. Second row (left to right):  Regina Jefferson, Marlena Smalls, Tonya Phillips, Ben Johnson, William Garvin, Briona Millidge, G. Ashley McCord, Tavian Smalls, Margaret Lavigne, Mayor Billy Keyserling, Deborah Valis-Flynn (Ms. South Carolina, America). Back row: Rosamae Simmons.

Front row (left to right): Jarany Palacio, Amara Phillips, Jordan Johnson. Second row (left to right): Regina Jefferson, Marlena Smalls, Tonya Phillips, Ben Johnson, William Garvin, Briona Millidge, G. Ashley McCord, Tavian Smalls, Margaret Lavigne, Mayor Billy Keyserling, Deborah Valis-Flynn (Ms. South Carolina, America). Back row: Rosamae Simmons.

Students are paired with mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence, while preparing for the competition. The competition hosted 8 competitors from high schools in the Beaufort County area. The schools represented in the 2015 competition were Beaufort High School, Whale Branch Early College, Bluffton High School and Wade Hampton High School. The students competed in the categories of The Sciences, Visual Arts, Entrepreneurship, Humanities and Performing Arts.

The following students won in their categories: Gold Award Winners: Jarany Palacio (Performing Arts: Dance), Briona Millidge (The Sciences: Math Project), Margaret Lavigne (Humanities: Poetry); Silver Award Winners: William Garvin (Humanities: Poetry), Jordan Johnson (Visual Arts: Art Project), Margaret Lavigne (Performing Arts: Oration); Bronze Award Winners: G. Ashley McCord (Entrepreneurship: Business Plan), Tavian Smalls (Performing: Contemporary Vocal), Alexis Jarrell (Humanities: Poetry).

The Gold award winners, Jarany Palacio, Briona Millidge and Margaret Lavigne will travel to Philadelphia in July to compete at the national level for scholarships, awards, internships and publishing opportunities.

The competition was coordinated by Tonya Johnson Phillips and Regina Jefferson, who took on this task as an opportunity to give back to their community and afford high school students a venue to showcase their talents with the potential to win scholarships and awards. Recruitment for the 2016 ACT SO Program will start in September 2015.

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BHS to host Art Show of AP students on May 14th

By Sam Perry

This year, Beaufort High School will hold its first ever Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art Show on May 14th. The show was an idea of art teacher Scott Gordon, teacher of the AP Studio Art program. Scott has been teaching at BHS for 18 years and as of this year, Scott started teaching AP. Scott stated that he was eager to teach the class and when asked why he wanted to do this show he said “This is my first year teaching AP. I was surprised after seeing these kids’ very talented works that more people hadn’t been able to see all this talent…So hey, why not an art show?”

The idea has become a reality to be held on May 14th 2015 with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Each student has produced 24 pieces of advanced placement quality art since the start of the year. After each of the students in the class sent off five pieces of their art to be reviewed by AP graders (as part of the final exam) it was decided that the students remaining 95 pieces of art were going to be featured in the show with select pieces of art up for purchase.

The artists featured in the show are seniors Hannady Alberto, Kaleb Bennett, Katie Harrison, Sarah Holloway and Dima Shipsey. These students’ talents are more than just being a “skilled artist.” Their real talents lie in their dedication and creativity. Most of us who have picked up a pencil or tried to make something look “just right” know that drawing alone is hard. Now try doing that on a large canvas with one week deadlines and a schedule full of other classes.

Besides the AP quality in these students’ work, anyone who comes to the art show will also see the very distinct approaches from each of the five artists. This won’t be a typical high school art show that will have 30 drawings of the same sunset because the works presented are reflective of the fact that AP Studio Art is a college level art class done by college level skilled student artists. Each student had to identify a theme for their art for this year. Senior Katie Harrison’s work is themed around The Brothers Grimm Fairytales. This will vary a good deal from Kaleb Bennett’s work with a theme of “humans in combination with animal anatomy.” And these are just two of the five artists’ themes.

Check out the AP Studio Art Show on May 14th 2015 in The Performing Arts Center at the Beaufort High School and enjoy yourself, enjoy the art and maybe even bring a few pieces home. Don’t let a show like this pass you by.

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A visit to the State House

Left to right, front row: Margaret Hiers, Tency Lynn, Claire Tumlin, Jenna Raber, Olivia Dinkins, Brock Bettle. Back row: Clay Lohr, Andrew Gates, Mrs. Michelle Aivaz, Vann Hefner, Cody Aiken, Whit Suber, Thomas Hines.

Left to right, front row: Margaret Hiers, Tency Lynn, Claire Tumlin, Jenna Raber, Olivia Dinkins, Brock Bettle. Back row: Clay Lohr, Andrew Gates, Mrs. Michelle Aivaz, Vann Hefner, Cody Aiken, Whit Suber, Thomas Hines.

In conjunction with their studies on South Carolina history, the third graders at Beaufort Academy participated in a guided tour of the South Carolina State House. First, they visited the SC State Supreme Court, where students got a tour of the courtroom and learned about the process of the court. From here it was to get a tour of the judges’ chambers. They then headed across the street to the SC State House to see firsthand how Representatives and Senators go about making laws. The school and class were recognized in the chambers by Senator Tom Davis and by Representative Shannon Erickson!

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Camp Treasure Chest accepting applications

Beaufort County Disabilities and Special Needs is accepting applications for Camp Treasure Chest, a six-week summer day camp for children and young adults with special needs. Camp Treasure Chest is a special project of ABLE—The Disabilities Foundation of Beaufort County, whose mission is to foster and support the activities and purposes of organizations serving people with developmental disabilities.

Camp Treasure Chest gives participants an opportunity to enjoy music therapy, storytelling, games, sports, arts and crafts, field trips, bowling, and other activities. Lunch and healthy snacks will be provided. The camp will take place in two sessions based on age group. Each session will be held at both Battery Creek High School and Bluffton High School, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Session I, ages 6-12, June 15 – July 2, 2015; Session II, ages 13-21, July 6 – July 24, 2015.

Applications will be received on a first-come, first-serve basis due to space limitations. Participants must meet eligibility requirements determined by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. For more information about Camp Treasure Chest and to register, visit and go to “Special Projects”, or contact Erin Womack at 843-255-6292.

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Do you know what normal child/adolescent behavior is?

Where do you start if you think your child may have a mental health problem? Who do you see? What does mental health mean anyways? Depression? Anxiety? Addiction? Maybe this will help.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Jamison Consultants Behavioral Health Center has announced that they will be holding a series of free programs, open to the public, to address common mental health concerns in children/teens and screen for potential mental health problems. The Jamison Consultants created this program to help caregivers identify the early warning signs of a mental health issue, seek additional information, and get a diagnosis and effective treatment plan for a wide variety of common mental health conditions that, if left untreated, can have serious negative consequences on the lives of today’s children and teens.

“There are many children and teens in our local community who may potentially be showing the early warning signs of various mental health conditions, but whose parents and caregivers might not know what they should be looking for in terms of early symptoms that may signal a diagnosable mental health disorder,” says Stephanie Jamison-Void, CEO of Jamison Consultants. “Our goal is to help parents understand what normal child/adolescent behavior is, and what signs and symptoms may require further investigation for a possible diagnosis, so that they can get the help they need at the early stages, which is when treatment is most effective.”

This program will provide an opportunity to participate in basic screening activities via questionnaire and one-on-one discussions that may help identify potential mental health problems in children and teens. In addition, the programs will provide an important overview of some of the top early warning signs of mental illness in children and teens, what treatments/services are available for children/teens, and what parents should do if they think their child could benefit from help surrounding a wide variety of mental health conditions. The program will also allow for a question and answer session, as well as personal on-site consultation upon request.

Dates and times for the “Make May Matter: Recognizing and Treating Mental Health Problems in Your Children and Teens” programs are:

• May 5th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton

• May 12th, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Beaufort Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort

Statistics show that mental health problems can show up by age 14 and sadly, only 20 percent of children with mental disorders are identified and receive mental health services on an annual basis. For more information about the program or to register, call 843-757-7500.

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Mathletics medals

SCHOOLS - Mathletics & LaFountain

St. Peter’s Catholic School’s Mathletics teams from grades 1-4 participated in the Fifth Annual Mathletics Competition at Christ Our King-Stella Maris School in Mt. Pleasant, SC on Saturday, April 18. Along with 20 other schools, public and private, our students competed in individual and team competitions. Second Grade student, Trenton LaFountain, brought back an individual medal for third place out of approximately 50 other students his age.

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A trip downtown


The LIMS Junior Leadership class spent their morning of April 24, 2015 visiting Mayor Keyserling at City Hall. They learned quite a bit about civics and how our beautiful town is governed and maintained. Their afternoon session was spent touring the town of Beaufort and the Point. A big thanks to Southern Rose Buggy Tours for guiding the LIMS Junior Leadership class through the hundreds of years of history of Beaufort.

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3-2-1 “Go Eagles”

Wow. Wow, wow, wow to the Nth degree. Imagine going to school one day, totally bummed because it was only Monday, only to learn you were going to get to see a Bald Eagle released back into the wild right on your own athletic field? Well that was happened Monday at Beaufort Academy.

The Avian Conservation Center for The Birds of Prey chose to release a rehabilitated Bald Eagle back into the wilderness from BA for two simple, but compelling, reasons. One, it is the schools 50th anniversary and two, the BA “Eagles” have been around since the school opened. Now that is perfect symmetry. This was facilitated with the help of Charley Webb who graduated from BA in 1970 and who serves on the Board at the Center. Thank you Charley!

The female Eagle was brought to the Avian Center back in February having been found in a poor condition. While they were unable to tell why she was in such bad shape at the time, they could tell she had had a difficult life so far. At the very least, she has suffered a broken femur, a broken wing, and been wounded by a gunshot (which is a Federal offense). But, as the folks from the Center put it, “she just wouldn’t give up”. Watching her fly after the countdown put the audience in an almost silent state of “awe”. One minute she was there, and the next, she was gone.

Before the Eagle was released, the Center also spoke to BA students and visitors about other birds of prey they had at the center, two of which they brought with them. One was a Harris Hawk, and the other a Yellow-billed Kite, which both kept the audience on their toes and mesmerized with their close-in swooping, gliding, and even catching bits of food mid-flight.

Everyone came away with the joy of having experienced a once-in-a-lifetime event and with a new understanding and respect for birds in general and specifically for the Avian Conservation Center for The Birds of Prey. What’s bigger than Nth degree?

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