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BA’s T. Reynolds Robinson Scholarship recipient named

Todger Davis was named as the recipient of the 2014 T. Reynolds Robinson Scholarship at Beaufort Academy. This scholarship has been awarded annually at BA since 1989, the year Reynolds died tragically at the young age of 13. Reynolds was a student at Beaufort Academy during his short, but full-of-adventure life.

This scholarship is awarded by his family in celebration and remembrance of Reynolds. Recipients must possess many of the qualities that people loved about Reynolds: strong leadership, athletic ability, the respect and friendship of classmates, in addition to maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 during the seventh, eighth, and ninth grades. Awarded to a 10th grader, the scholarship offers $1,500 toward the student’s college education.

The award was presented by Reynolds’ brother, Clark, and his parents, Betsey and Bill Robinson.

Sitting at center is 2014 recipient Todger Davis, his father Tad Davis at right, and step-mother Selma Lovett at left. Standing is scholarship presenter Clark Robinson and his parents, Betsey and Bill Robinson.

Sitting at center is 2014 recipient Todger Davis, his father Tad Davis at right, and step-mother Selma Lovett at left. Standing is scholarship presenter Clark Robinson and his parents, Betsey and Bill Robinson.

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Lady’s Island Elementary holds Heroes Luncheon

 

Lady’s Island Elementary School held its annual Heroes Luncheon last week to honor fire fighters, local police officers, EMTs, and military for all of the work that they do. The school’s vocal group, Osprey Ovation, performed several patriotic songs and the students enjoyed eating with their heroes.

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Afterschool Meal Program offered by YMCA

The YMCA of Beaufort County is offering an Afterschool Meal Program to help children stay healthy and succeed in school. Through a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation, the program combines learning enrichment activities with physical activity to keep minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy meal to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends.

YMCA to offer Afterschool Meal Program.

YMCA to offer Afterschool Meal Program.

According to the USDA, nearly 50 million Americans – including more than 16 million children and teens under age 18 – live with food insecurity. Through its afterschool program and a grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Y will serve more children through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which feeds school-aged children during the week, on weekends and during school vacations. This school year, the Y will offer an Afterschool Meal Program at nearly 1,300 locations across the country.

“Some students may not know where their next meal will come from when the school day ends, and without proper nourishment it’s hard to focus in school. At the Y, we are focused on keeping kids well-nourished and engaged in learning when school’s not in session,” said Kaylin Garst, Operations Director, YMCA of Beaufort County. “Thanks to the Walmart Foundation, our Y will be able to do more to address this issue all year long.”

As part of a long-time commitment to youth development, the Y nurtures the physical, mental and social-emotional development of youth. Combining play with academic enrichment, YMCA afterschool programs promote creativity, a love for learning, social and emotional development and character building, while complementing lessons learned during the school day.

To learn more, contact the YMCA at 843-522-9622 or visit www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

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School News

BATTERY CREEK HIGH

• The Annual Miss Battery Creek High School Pageant will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 6 p.m. in the John McVey Performing Arts Center. There will be four young ladies competing for the title of Miss Battery Creek High School: Elizabeth Ford, Jasmine Middleton, La’Schirrae Morrall and Tinea Morris. The contestants will be judged in six categories; personal interview, opening act, dress for success, talent, evening

Bridges Prep second graders learned the word EXPLORE by exploring and experimenting with melted crayons on the first week of school. Arts integration by Mrs. Sanders is always a great way to make vocabulary — the experience of it  — really stick.

Bridges Prep second graders learned the word EXPLORE by exploring and experimenting with melted crayons on the first week of school. Arts integration by Mrs. Sanders is always a great way to make vocabulary — the experience of it — really stick.

wear and question and answer. The school anticipates a night of elegance and excitement. Admission is $5.

• Battery Creek High School to hold Title 1 Open House on Monday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This opportunity showcase academics, as well as other aspects of Dolphin Life. This will also serve as GEAR UP Kick-off night. Parents, guardians, students, and community members are invited.

Light refreshments will be served.

Call Diane Grooms at 322-5582 for more information.

BEAUFORT ACADEMY

• Monday, Sept. 22: The school-wide Local Happiness fundraiser continues, and will present a special

Ten Beaufort Academy seventh graders were named as Duke TIP Scholars. Scholars qualify by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on selected sections of designated standardized tests administered during the 6th or 5th grades. Pictured above, left to right, front row: Joseph Maraska, Lauren Bartlett, Maris Staley, Cady Wilson, Eliza Nix, John Dastous. Back row: William Tumlin, Cal Harvey, Nathaniel Keenan, Brian Rhatigan.

Ten Beaufort Academy seventh graders were named as Duke TIP Scholars. Scholars qualify by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on selected sections of designated standardized tests administered during the 6th or 5th grades. Pictured above, left to right, front row: Joseph Maraska, Lauren Bartlett, Maris Staley, Cady Wilson, Eliza Nix, John Dastous. Back row: William Tumlin, Cal Harvey, Nathaniel Keenan, Brian Rhatigan.

assembly in the afternoon with the Abby Elmore band.  See the website for additional details.

• Save the Date: Thursday, Sept. 25: Town Hall Meeting and Open House.

 

BEAUFORT HIGH

• The Beaufort High School Boys Basketball program will be hosting two skills clinics for boys in October for boys in Grades 4-8.  These clinics will be at the Beaufort High School gym from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 4, and Saturday October 18. The cost of each clinic is $25 but there are discounts for registering siblings or for registering for both clinics.  Anyone who registers between now and September 29 will receive a free Beaufort Basketball T-shirt. For more information, contact Coach Livesay at 843-322-2000 or nathan.livesay@beaufort.k12.sc.us.

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Nearly 80 colleges and universities will make sales pitches to Beaufort County public and private high school juniors and seniors Thursday, Sept. 18 at a college fair expected to draw more than 2,500 students to Bluffton High School. Schools advertising their programs to students will range from small private colleges to large public universities, from as near as the University of South Carolina Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry to Ohio State University, the University of Alabama and Rutgers University in New Jersey.  Students will visit booths manned by college and university representatives who will answer students’ questions about academic offerings, tuition costs and scholarship opportunities.

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County students earn highest possible PASS scores

More than 150 Beaufort County students posted the maximum score on 2014 South Carolina PASS standardized tests, more than double last year’s number.

The South Carolina Department of Education reports that 152 Beaufort County students earned a maximum score on at least one of the five 2014 PASS sections: math, science, social studies, writing and language arts.

“It’s no secret that our student performance has improved dramatically in the last few years, and these students are keeping that momentum going,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “We’re proud of them — and also proud of their teachers and parents — for putting forth their best efforts.”

For PASS multiple-choice tests (language arts, math, science, and social studies), a maximum score is awarded to students who answer every question correctly. For the writing tests, maximum scores are awarded to students who answer every multiple-choice question correctly and get all 15 possible points on their written essays.

Last year, 71 Beaufort County students posted maximum scores.

“It’s exciting to see that number doubled in just one year,” said Dr. Dereck Rhoads, Chief Instructional Services Officer, “These students have not only met the standards, they have completely mastered them. What a great example they set for all of us. Hard work does pay off!”

PASS has three scoring levels, and students are said to have met the state standard if they score at either of the top two levels:

• Exemplary: The student demonstrated exemplary performance in meeting the grade-level standard.

• Met: The student met the grade-level standard.

• Not met: The student did not meet the grade-level standard.

Long-term performance on PASS has been positive in Beaufort County.  Over the six years since PASS tests were first administered, the district’s percentages of students meeting the state standard has improved in 24 of 30 combinations of grade levels and subjects tested.

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School Briefs

22nd Youth Conference will be held Sept. 27 

The 22nd Annual Beaufort County Youth Conference: For Teens By Teens is a one-day conference that will feature workshops on subjects that the youth planners (middle and high school students who attend county schools) selected. This year’s theme is “Stay on Track”.  Also there will be free food and free T-shirts for all attendees. This year, Candice Glover, Season 12 “American Idol” winner and a former Beaufort County Youth Conference participant, will make an appearance. Seating will be limited, so pre-registration is highly encouraged. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, 921 Ribaut Road. It is free and open to children in sixth through 12th grades in Beaufort County. To sign up, call 843-812-4399 or 838-7922.

Beaufort High to host Football Cheer Clinic 

Students in pre-kindergarten through middle school are invited to learn football cheers, chants, jumps and a dance from Beaufort High cheerleaders during the Fall Football Cheer Clinic Sept. 27 at Beaufort High School.

The clinic, held at the high school gym from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., costs $35 for pre-registration and $40 at the door. The clinic includes instruction, a cheer clinic T-shirt, group photo and refreshments. Clinic participants will be invited to perform during halftime of the Beaufort High varsity football game Oct. 3.

Check-in for the clinic starts at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged because there is limited space. Pick up registration forms at Beaufort High or contact Cindy Graves at cgraves@harveyandbattey.com or call 843-812-8616.

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School News

BATTERY CREEK HIGH

• BC Athletic season passes will be on sale at a 2-for-1 rate until Friday, Sept. 12. You must buy 2. See Coach Drafts for prices.

Several members of the Battery Creek High School Interact Club spent last Saturday morning at Hunting Island State Park to help with its semi-annual Beach Sweep. Pictured above are Jayde Little, Krystyn Kibler, Ian Klauck, Taylor Jones, and Cassi Knoppel.

Several members of the Battery Creek High School Interact Club spent last Saturday morning at Hunting Island State Park to help with its semi-annual Beach Sweep. Pictured above are Jayde Little, Krystyn Kibler, Ian Klauck, Taylor Jones, and Cassi Knoppel.

• Battery Creek High School will host Youth Sports Night on Friday, Sept. 12, as the Dolphins battle Hilton Head Island High School in football. Kickoff is set for 7:30. All fall teams, cheerleaders and coaching staffs will be admitted free of charge. For additional information, contact Coach Drafts at 843-322-5574 or john.drafts@beaufort.k12.sc.us

• Battery Creek High Parent Teacher Student Organization will be recognizing all members of the Beaufort Police Department, Beaufort Fire Department, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Burton Fire Department and EMT on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the McVey Performing Arts Center. Contact Diane Grooms, 322-5582.

BEAUFORT ACADEMY

•  Thursday, Sept. 11: Patriots Day Special Program and Flag Placement

• Monday, Sept. 15: Presentation of the 26th annual T. Reynolds Robinson Scholarship, 2:45 p.m.

• 50th Anniversary BA wall calendars were available at the opening convocation.  If you would like one, they can be picked up at the front office on BA’s main campus at 240 Sams Point Road on Lady’s Island. They are free and

On Tuesday, September 2, Representative Shannon Erickson made a special visit to Beaufort Academy to present the first Emerging Leader Scholarship to ninth-grader Virginia Dukes. The ELS Scholarship was designed by an anonymous donor to identify and support a rising ninth grade student throughout their upper school tenure at BA. Its unique focus is to cultivate the leadership skills of the recipients, with the intent that these students will both show academic prowess as well as participate in leadership roles at BA and in the community. Pictured above: Rep. Shannon Erickson, Virginia Dukes and her parents Will and Elizabeth, and Head of School Stephen Schools.

On Tuesday, September 2, Representative Shannon Erickson made a special visit to Beaufort Academy to present the first Emerging Leader Scholarship to ninth-grader Virginia Dukes. The ELS Scholarship was designed by an anonymous donor to identify and support a rising ninth grade student throughout their upper school tenure at BA. Its unique focus is to cultivate the leadership skills of the recipients, with the intent that these students will both show academic prowess as well as participate in leadership roles at BA and in the community. Pictured above: Rep. Shannon Erickson, Virginia Dukes and her parents Will and Elizabeth, and Head of School Stephen Schools.

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• Calling all Twitter users, BA’s new AD, Coach Neal McCarty, has started a new twitter account for BA Athletics. Follow him at BA Athletics @BAsportsAD.

LADY’S ISLAND MIDDLE

• Congrats to Kaylee Cayo, Michael Walker, Thomas Layfield and Claire Davis on setting a great example as this week’s “Students of the Week.” Students enjoyed a covered lunch table, jazzy flatware with lunch on it, and great conversation among each other.

SCHOOL DISTRICT

The first town hall meeting for parents and community members to meet with Superintendent Jeffrey Moss was held Tuesday, Sept. 9 in Bluffton High School’s auditorium. Twice each year, Moss holds informal town hall meetings with parents and citizens in each of the district’s five “clusters” of schools.

The five town hall meetings scheduled during the first semester are:

• October 14, 6-8 p.m., Battery Creek High School

• October 30, 6-8 p.m., Beaufort High

• December 2, 6-8 p.m., Whale Branch Early College High School.

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Beaufort High cheerleaders to host football cheer clinic

Students in pre-kindergarten through middle school are invited to learn football cheers, chants, jumps and a dance from Beaufort High cheerleaders during the Fall Football Cheer Clinic Sept. 27 at Beaufort High School.

The clinic, held at the high school gym from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., costs $35 for pre-registration and $40 at the door. The clinic includes instruction, a cheer clinic T-shirt, group photo and refreshments. Clinic participants will be invited to perform during halftime of the Beaufort High boys’ varsity football game Oct. 3 and admission to the game is free for the cheer clinic student.

Check-in for the clinic starts at 9:30 a.m. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged because there is limited space. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the event on a space-available basis.

Pre-registration forms with payment must be received by Sept. 23. Anything received after this date will be considered walk-in registration. Cheer clinic forms are available at http://bhs.beaufort.k12.sc.us , at the front-door office at Beaufort High, or can be emailed directly to you by contacting Cindy Graves at cgraves@harveyandbattey.com.

For more information, contact Mrs. Graves at 843-812-8616.

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BA averages on ACT college entrance exam highest in four years

Beaufort Academy’s ACT scores hit a four-year high, with the average composite scores from the Class of 2014 exceeding the state averages by 24 percent and the national averages by 20 percent.

Nearly 80 percent of BA seniors in the Class of 2014 took the nationally-administered ACT College Entrance Exam, and averaged a composite score of 25.2.  In addition, 100 percent of these BA students reached or exceeded the college readiness benchmark in College English Composition, compared to 64 percent nationally and 61 percent in South Carolina.

In comparison:

Composite Scores            English                  Math                     Reading                Science

BA          25.2                        26.8                        24.2                        25.7                        23.5

US          21                           20.3                        20.9                        21.3                        20.8

SC           20.4                        19.7                        20.3                        20.9                        20.4

 

Of the Beaufort Academy Class of 2014, 100 percent were accepted to college upon high school graduation.

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School Notes

BATTERY CREEK HIGH

• The SADD Club is collecting formal gowns for the Marine Corps Family Team Building project “Operation Ball Gown”. This program offers gowns free to the wives of active duty Marines for use during the military ball season. Gowns may be dropped off with Mrs. Grooms in the front office until September 4.

• BC Athletic season passes will be on sale at a 2-for-1 rate until Friday, Sept. 14. You must buy 2. See Coach Drafts for prices.

• Battery Creek High School will host Youth Sports Night on Friday, Sept. 12, as the Dolphins battle Hilton Head Island High School in football. Kickoff is set for 7:30. All fall teams, cheerleaders and coaching staffs will be admitted free of charge. All teams will need to arrive together and sign in at the pass gate. All teams are invited to come onto the field prior to the game and form a tunnel for the Dolphins to run through.  For additional information, contact Coach Drafts at 843-322-5574 or john.drafts@beaufort.k12.sc.us

• Battery Creek High Parent Teacher Student Organization will be recognizing all members of the Beaufort Police Department, Beaufort Fire Department, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Burton Fire Department and EMT on Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. at the McVey Performing Arts Center. Contact Diane Grooms, 322-5582.

Chemistry students at Beaufort Academy designed their own controlled experiments using alka seltzer tablets and film canisters. To determine how changes in the ingredients affected the time for the cap to pop off of a canister, some students changed the type or amount of water used and some tried different types of soda. Pictured above is Mary Keane and Amanda Kahn.

Chemistry students at Beaufort Academy designed their own controlled experiments using alka seltzer tablets and film canisters. To determine how changes in the ingredients affected the time for the cap to pop off of a canister, some students changed the type or amount of water used and some tried different types of soda. Pictured above is Mary Keane and Amanda Kahn.

 

Congratulations to BA senior Michael Bass who was recognized as the Student of the Month by the Beaufort Exchange Club for August 2014.

Congratulations to BA senior Michael Bass who was recognized as the Student of the Month by the Beaufort Exchange Club for August 2014.

BEAUFORT ACADEMY

• Monday, Sept. 8: Presentation of the 26th annual T. Reynolds Robinson Scholarship, 2:45 p.m.

• Wednesday, Sept. 10: School pictures will be taken, and fall sports pictures will be taken after school.

• 50th Anniversary BA wall calendars were available at the opening convocation.  If you would like one, they can be picked up at the front office on BA’s main campus at 240 Sams Point Road on Lady’s Island. They are free and have some great pictures from BA’s history.

• Calling all Twitter users, BA’s new AD, Coach Neal McCarty, has started a new twitter account for BA Athletics. Follow him at BA Athletics @BAsportsAD.

BRIDGES PREP

• The democratic process is alive and well at Bridges Preparatory School, with a very active beginning of the year for all volunteer organizations. This Fall, BPS will host board and PTO elections, and will form Head of School (HOS) Committees, which will advise in areas as diverse as fundraising, academic excellence, grant writing, communications, technology and finance. Nominations for the Bridges Prep Board of Directors are open to the public. The community at large is highly encouraged to consider running for this transformative organization, and serve the public interest in the sustainable growth of quality public education for any and all South Carolina residents. It is important that prior to nominating, voting or running for the board, stakeholders read all posted election materials and job descriptions (bridgesprep.org/board/boardelections). The BPS Board will be holding a pre-election meeting at 7 p.m., September 4, where proposed nominations can be submitted. To be considered for nomination to the BPS Board of Directors, please submit proposed names between September 1-12, via the application posted on our website, also available at the front desks. Please address it to the Nominating Committee Chair, Thomas Pendarvis thomas@pendarvislaw.com, or drop it off at the front desk c/o Thomas Pendarvis, Nominating Committee Chair. The PTO will accept officer nominations for President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Event Coordinator. For questions, contact pto@bridgesprep.org.

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