Congratulations to Beaufort High Spanish IV students Isabel Kimbrell, McKenzie Wunder, Rosa Bruns, and Hannah Lawson. They won first place at USCB and La Isla’s inaugural Hispanic Heritage Festival Spanish Quiz Bowl. All area high schools were invited to participate. Beaufort High bested Hilton Head High and Bluffton High in the initial rounds, and then defeated Bluffton High again in the championship round. Sophomore Isabel Kimbrell placed third overall in the individual performance, answering a total of 36 questions correctly. She received a prize of $50.
Pictured from left to right are Isabel Kimbrell, McKenzie Wunder, Rosa Bruns, teacher Senor Allorto, and Hannah Lawson.
Winning Orthodontic Smiles presented Beaufort Middle School science teacher Derrick Mathis $100 for classroom supplies after student Caroline Robinson entered him in the Favorite Teacher Contest held by Dr. Skeet Burris and Dr. Travis Fiegle. Also pictured are Tiera White (left) and Sara Fauble (right) representing Winning Orthodontic Smiles. For more information, contact Emily Bowen at 843-525-6228.
Winning Orthodontic Smiles presented Whale Branch Middle School’s Social Studies teacher, Felicia English (left center), $100 for classroom supplies after student Chyla Simmons, (right center) entered her in the Favorite Teacher Contest held by Dr. Skeet Burris and Dr. Travis Fiegle. Also pictured are Dawn Cherami (left) and Ann Paige (right) representing Winning Orthodontic Smiles.
• Thursday, Nov. 20: Grades 1-4 will have a Thanksgiving feast with their families beginning at 11 a.m.
• Monday, Nov. 24: Orders are due for a Thanksgiving Turkey from the Junior Class Fundraiser. Order are to be picked up on Wednesday between 9-11 a.m. For additional information, including an order form, see the BA website at www.beaufortacademy.org.
• Monday, Nov. 24: Home-baked casseroles, soups, breads, pies, desserts, and more, will be sold at The Kitchen on Lady’s Island. All proceeds benefit the Beaufort Academy Parents’ Association. Please see the BA website at www.beaufortacademy.org for additional information.
• Wednesday, Nov. 26: Thanksgiving Break begins, no school. Classes resume on Monday, December 1.
• Save the Date: Friday, Nov. 28: Beaufort Academy Alumni Soccer Game begins at 2 p.m.! Game to be played in memory of Eagle Alumni William Trask (BA ’69) and Alex Apps (BA ’07). Please contact Bethany Byrne if you’re interested in playing in the game at 843-524-3393 or email@example.com. All are invited to come cheer on the alumni players!
• Last week at Bridges Preparatory School, Mrs. Converse’s Kindergarten class had a lesson using the guitar, and first grade helped the PTO with their new popcorn sale fundraiser.
Students dance to guitar at Bridges Prep.
The BA environmental science class went to The Sands at Port Royal to assess the water quality of the local estuary. They took water samples to test for Coliform Bacteria, pH, temperature, nitrate and phosphate levels, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and biochemical oxygen demand. Part of the lab was to assess the potential impact that each land use has on the local estuary. ABOVE: Carlyle O’Herron and Allison Alvarez observe a sample.
The Beaufort County Board of Education today gave Superintendent Jeff Moss a positive evaluation for his first year as the district’s leader and extended his contract through June 30, 2020.
Chairman Bill Evans summarized the Board of Education’s evaluation of Moss with a statement delivered on behalf of the entire board:
“The board fully appreciates the energy and new initiatives that Dr. Moss has introduced in his first 16 months with Beaufort County School District. There is a renewed sense of transparency between the Board and the Superintendent, and subsequently with the public.
Dr. Moss has demonstrated an experienced and confident approach to his work that has brought a significant sense of competence to the efforts of the district. The ability to respond to rapidly changing contentious topics with calmness and new proposals (as demonstrated during the Bluffton crowding and attendance zone meetings) is greatly appreciated. His leadership has brought us several cost-saving plans, most notably in the areas of new construction and establishing in-house legal services.
“Academically, we are experiencing continued gains nearly in every area, and the board is strongly supportive of the early childhood and CATE initiatives which have been introduced and are already being implemented. The meaningful use of technology to support instruction and the numerous IT opportunities for our students will serve them well in whatever endeavor they choose going forward.
“The district is faced with volatile funding; we commend Dr. Moss for his efforts in bringing attention to this issue to the public and working at both the local and state levels to resolve the concern. We must continue to find ways to do more with less and look at reorganization as a way to reduce costs. The Board has continuing concern, as expressed in comments, in three primary areas: First, and most important, is the small advance being made to overcome the achievement gap. This is an historic reality that has plagued the district for years, and needs to have an immediate solution. The board is willing to support and provide resources as necessary.
“Second is the need to develop authentic alternative education programs across the district that do more than house discipline issues but serve those who struggle with traditional schooling. Programs that address special learning needs also should be a priority.
“Third, to get one and two done, we must have a fully staffed human resources arm able to attract and maintain the highest-quality staff, ensuring that there is an excellent teacher in every classroom and an instructional leader running every school and that they are held accountable for their work. A priority should be set for identifying a diverse staff.
The board feels very confident that Dr. Moss is the leader we need to make Beaufort County School District a standout not only in South Carolina but in the region and nation. We hope to have a meaningful and successful relationship for many years.”
Moss said he was encouraged by the Board of Education’s vote of confidence.
“I share the board’s commitment to the goals we’ve set for our students and also the board’s sense of urgency that we accelerate our progress,” Moss said.
The National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) announced that Beaufort High School student Akasha Nelson has been accepted into the Ambassador Program within the organization. The society recognizes top scholars who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and community commitment.
“Akasha has been chosen to be an NSHSS ambassador because of her academics, leadership, and commitment to community service. As an NSHSS ambassador, she is responsible for representing the society in her high school and in your community,” stated NSHSS President James W. Lewis. “We aim to help students like Akasha build on their academic successes and enhance the skills and desires to have a positive impact on the global community.”
Membership in NSHSS allows qualified students to enjoy a wide variety of benefits, including scholarship opportunities, academic competitions, free events, member-only resources, publications, participation in programs offered by educational partners, personalized recognition items, and publicity honors.
Formed in 2002, The National Society of High School Scholars recognizes academic excellence at the high school level and encourages members of the organization to apply their unique talents, vision, and potential for the betterment of themselves and the world.
• Cluster School Improvement Council to Meet at Battery Creek High School on November 13 at 6:30 p.m. at BCHS Media Center. Battery Creek High School, Broad River Elementary, Robert Smalls International Academy and Shanklin Elementary parents, guardians and students encouraged to attend.
Battery Creek High School held Operation Christmas Child on Thursday, November 6. Students, parents, and faculty and staff members filled 94 boxes. More boxes are partially completed and will be filled prior to delivery to the collection center on November 19. Included in every box was a postcard with a photo of BCHS and the Beaufort waterfront. These postcards were created by the BCHS FBLA Club under the direction of advisor Desiree Mungin. The BCHS SADD Club purchased the boxes for filling and many of the items were donated by the BCHS SADD Club and their parents. SADD Club advisor Diane Grooms is extremely grateful for the support of the BCHS administration, faculty and staff for their donations and support on this project.
• BC Athletics Season passes are on sale for half price until Friday, Dec. 5. Please contact Coach Drafts to purchase tickets: Adults: $35; Students: $20; Elementary: $10.
• The Hargray BC Classic basketball tourney will be held at Battery Creek on November, 26, 28 and 29. There are five games on Wednesday and six games on Friday and Saturday. Games will begin at noon each day. Daily admission is $8. A 3-day pass is $15. All tickets may be purchased at the tourney.
• Thursday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 14: The BA Upper School Thespians invite the community to their production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Performances are to be held in the gym at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, admission $5.
• Saturday, Nov. 15: The Fall Ball for BA Upper School students.
• Congratulations to Beaufort Academy swimmers Sarah Avera and Grant Hetherington on being named to the 2014 SCISA All-State Swim Team.
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• The book fair will start Monday, November 17. Literacy night will take place Thursday, Nov. 20.
• MakerSpace Club has been working hard on disassembling old electronics and making mobiles and robots.
• The Sewing Club has just completed making pin cushions for their sewing kits. They are now preparing to make a clutch purse or a supply bag using our newly donated materials and sewing machines.
• Many planned changes are taking place in the Media Center, so please bear with us as we continue our transition into a wholly student centered space.
• The school is still collecting Box Tops and students can bring their box tops in to their home room teacher. These will then be counted toward the end of the term to determine a grade level winner.
• High School Talent Needed: Seeking youth 9th-12th grades to participate in the Academic, Cultural, Technological, Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) Youth Initiative. ACT-SO is a major youth initiative of the NAACP with a goal to provide youth in the community a local and national form to demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific expertise. The aim is to identify and further develop the unique talents, gifts and abilities in our high school aged youth in one of 26 categories of the humanities, performing arts, sciences and visual arts. If you are interested in participating or being a volunteer, please contact Tonya Phillips at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 843-441-4985 or Regina Jefferson at email@example.com or 843-812-6259.
• The Beaufort County School District is sponsoring a free workshop for parents on how to help finance their children’s college educations. For residents in the northern part of the county, a workshop will be held Thursday, Nov. 13 at Beaufort High School, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. While the primary target audience is parents of high school seniors, parents of younger students are also invited. Presenters will cover the basics of applying for financial aid, including FAFSA and the CSS Profile. Information also will be presented on local, state and national grants, loans and scholarship opportunities.
Beaufort Academy students in grades 1-3 visited Bee City Farm and Nature Center. The students participated in an educational component where they learned about the life cycle, habitat, and characteristics of honey bees. The nature center is also one of the most fantastic reptile centers in the state. It is full of South Carolina native snakes, turtles, frogs, fish, baby alligators, and more. There was a curator who answered questions about the reptiles, and some students were able to touch and hold a tarantula, scorpion, baby alligator and snake. The students were also able to hand-feed monkeys, ringtail lemurs, llamas, alpacas, deer, goats, and sheep, and walk through the center’s aviary. The field trip also included hands-on activities. Thomas Hines handles a snake.
Taylor and Sydney Maddox, twin sisters from Lady’s Island Middle, were the only two middle school students in Beaufort County to be chosen for Region 4 Orchestra. This is Sydney’s first year going to regional, where she will be playing second violin. This is Taylor’s second year making regional where she will be playing viola. At the regional level, they will each be competing for a seat with the State Orchestra group.
Riverview Charter School fifth graders took a field trip to the Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center last week. Students had hands-on learning experiences with local marine life including dolphins, sharks and egrets. They took a trip out into the sound to measure salinity, turbidity and temperature of the Chechessee River.
On Thursday, Nov. 6, Lady’s Island Middle School hosted its second annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony.
Guests were given a warm welcome by students Edward Mcormick and Haven Washington. Nigeria Davila lead the school in the “Pledge of Allegiance”. Student readings by Talor Maddox and Jacob Denton brought to mind the importance of Veterans Day and what it means to them. The ceremony also had Retired Col. Robert White USAF as a guest speaker. He talked to the students about the importance of remembering Veterans Day and perseverance.
A real treat for the day was to have the Parris Island Marine Corps Band perform. The band played the National Anthem and each of the service songs during the ceremony which allowed those who had served in each appropriate service to stand and be recognized.
Lady’s Island Middle School would like to thank the following business for sponsoring this year’s Veterans Day Recognition ceremony: Buffalo Wild Wings; Bi-Lo Grocery Stores; Bud’s and Blooms Nursery.
Lady’s Island Middle School would also like to say thank you to the following organizations and individuals for attending as our honored guests: Sons of the American Revolution: Col. Charles and Mrs. Stockell (Ret), Jody Henson and Michael Keyserling; Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Colonel Beaudoin, USMC; Naval Hospital Beaufort: Captain Villalobos, USN; Ms. Shannon Erickson: South Carolina House of Representatives, District 124.
Thursday evening, November 6, Coosa Elementary School held its first Leadership Night. This event honored local active duty military personnel and veterans and highlighted Coosa’s “The Leader in Me” program.
The ceremony began with music provided by the Parris Island Marine Corps Band, directed by Gunnery Sergeant Deborah Hamner, as a musical salute to all military personnel in attendance. In addition, the Coosa Chorale and the Coosa Orff Corps under the direction of Music Teacher, Anna Wheeler, performed patriotic selections.
Coosa Elementary School students sing on stage.
Rep. Shannon Erickson dedicated a South Carolina state flag, previously flown above the South Carolina State Capitol building, to Coosa Elementary faculty who had previously served in the military. In addition to the recognition of veterans, select Coosa students from third and fifth grade performed a variety of skits to demonstrate and explain the seven habits integrated in the Coosa curriculum.
The night concluded with student-led tours throughout the school. Students showcased their leadership skills by guiding those in attendance to various locations within the school and discussing notable academic achievements as a result of their “The Leader in Me” experience.
More than 250 high school juniors and seniors from across the district attended a career expo last Friday at the Technical College of the Lowcountry.
The Beaufort County School District, in partnership with TCL, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and business partners, sponsored the expo to showcase higher education, specialized skills training and employment pathways in technical careers. Students visited booths staffed by business representatives from companies such as Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Hargray Communications, Lockheed Martin and Marriott Vacations.
Thousands of local high school students are enrolled in Career and Technical Education (CATE) courses, and the expo gave those students a chance to explore real-world opportunities related to their coursework.
“We’re making great strides in developing our CATE programs,” said Karen Gilbert, who directs career and technology education for the school district. “Right now we’re working on increasing our course and program offerings and also obtaining industry credentialing for students to earn while they’re still in high school.”
Also on the program were guest speakers who spoke to students about “soft skills,” educational opportunities and identifying paths to successful careers. Among the presenters was Stephen Murray, owner of Kazoobie Kazoos, who shared his personal story of establishing a manufacturing business in Beaufort.
Superintendent Jeff Moss and TCL President Richard Gough attended the expo, and both emphasized the value of career and technical education.
“Our students are starting to see that some very promising career opportunities are right here at home,” Moss said. “And they’re excited to have the chance to get a head start on preparing for those careers while they’re still in high school. These efforts present a win-win situation for our students and our community.”
The school district plans to hold the expo annually. To participate, contact Karen Gilbert at 843-322-5921.
There is a newest addition to the Lower School playground — a shrimp boat. Beaufort Academy would like to thank the Parents’ Association for all of their work in both fundraising and collaborative planning to make this happen. The students are thrilled with the new playground equipment, and can’t wait for recess each day. Special thanks also to Virginia Rhodes for her coordination of the project, and JH Hiers Construction, Grayco, Mother Earth Landscaping, and Jay Roberts for donations to both prepare the area for the additions, as well as improve the existing areas of the playground. Also, thank you to the folks who came last Saturday to help with the final step, spreading the mulch: Stephen and Christy Schools, Wendi and Phillip Lynn, Leta Matte, Jackie Adams, Katherine and Ashley Hefner and Shannon and Jay Roberts. Third graders set sail.