Review Category : School News

Foundation surprises teachers with cash awards to support classroom innovations

Surprised with oversized checks, 34 Beaufort County public school teachers from 11 schools learned today that they had won Innovative Teacher Grants from the Foundation for Educational Excellence, a fund of the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.

Foundation officials visited teachers’ classrooms to deliver the news in person. The 16 grants announced today ranged from $200 to $1,200 and totaled more than $7,300. In all, the grants will affect more than 3,700 students as their teachers are able to purchase materials to support innovative instructional methods.

“We’re privileged to recognize and reward teachers who approach their work in such creative ways,” said Jackie Rosswurm, the foundation’s chair. “The big winners are the students who benefit from these innovative and effective classroom projects.”

The grants will help fund diverse projects at schools throughout the district. Projects range from innovative reading and language programs to robotic components and an aircraft rudder. One grant for Pritchardville Elementary will be underwritten by the Okatie Rotary Club, whose mission supports Okatie-area schools.

“We’re continuing to grow as a foundation by welcoming new partners, volunteers and donors,” said Rosswurm. “It’s amazing to think of the potential we have as a community to support our own teachers as they help our students realize their potential. The future looks very bright.”

The Foundation for Educational Excellence was established in 2007, and its first grants were awarded in 2009.  Grants are now awarded twice each year, and thousands of students have benefitted since 2009.  The Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Grant funds come from individuals, businesses and the foundation’s major fundraiser, “Jewels and Jeans.”  This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015, from 6-9:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Hilton Head.  Tickets can be purchased online at

“Jewels and Jeans sold out again last year, and we’re looking forward to another well-attended event on March 7,” Rosswurm said.  “It’s a wonderful evening to celebrate our outstanding schools and to raise money for grants to inspire our students.”

Innovative Teacher Grants (spring 2015 awards cycle)
• John Cullenen (Battery Creek High):  Mixed Media Imaging
• Ellen Dounn, Norma Evans, Melissa Pender,  Kelly Pulaski, Kristin Straut (Coosa Elementary): School Birding – Elementary Style!
• Renee Woods (Coosa Elementary):  Listening to Learn
• Deb Ryan, Rebecca Ulmer (Red Cedar Elementary): Super Sphero-The Robotic Hero
• Jennifer Friend-Kerr (Hilton Head Island Elementary School for Creative Arts): “Stylus” Writing
• Sheila Smith, Anjie Olander, Catherine Crum, Lori Soegel, Dedra Barker, Brantley Coulter, Terri Foy, Katelyn Roberts, Michelle Taylor, Michelle Trolan, Colleen Wynn, Jason Ziegler (Hilton Head Island Elementary): Together Educators Accomplish Miracles (TEAM)
• Blake Raley (Robert Smalls International Academy): RSIA Trail
• Ellen Dounn, Willa Simpson (Coosa Elementary): Books for Kids Who (think they) Hate Reading
• Kelly Vannoni (H.E. McCracken Middle): HERO – Colonial Williamsburg Online Programming
• Anthony Petrucci (Battery Creek High): Aircraft Rudder Starter Kit
• Mary Baker (Hilton Head Island Elementary): Sum Dog
• Jamie Dyas (Robert Smalls International Academy): Penning Global Pals
• Irma Rameizl (Hilton Head Island Middle): Bilingual Books with CD’s
• Alayne Arnett (Bluffton Elementary): Artist in Residence – Art around the World
• Nancy Forbes (Hilton Head Island Middle): Instruments of Innovation
• Jody Zatek, Karyn Matejewski (Pritchardville Elementary School): Bluetooth Keyboards for IPads. This grant is funded by the Okatie Rotary Club.

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School Notes for the week of Feb. 26th-March 4th


•  Friday, 2/27 – Internship Week for BA juniors and seniors ended.  All 11th and 12th graders at BA took art part in week-long internships both in our community and surrounding areas.  From hospitals, law offices, and therapy providers, to natural resource conservation, the arts, and so many more – our students got important real-world experience.

•  Wednesday, 3/4 – Community Blood Drive at BA!  Drop in’s welcome, or contact BA school nurse Gina Staley to schedule an appointment (843-524-3393 or

•  Save the Date – Friday, March 20th, BA is holding Bring a Friend to BA Day!  Students interested in learning more about BA and spending the day on campus should contact BA admissions director MJ Simmons (843-524-3393 or  Lunch is provided, so please rsvp!  (Most Beaufort County schools are closed on this day.)


• The 2015 Dance Festival was held last week at Beaufort High School. The festival included schools from all around Beaufort County. In addition, representatives from The Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities attended and provided instruction in ballet. They also were screening for potential dance/ballet candidates. Students had an opportunity to learn about many styles of dance including Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern and Yoga. Ms. Angela Bell was the teacher and choreographer for the Hip-Hop class. Marlon Beldon, a local student, has two years of dance experience under his belt and loves to perform. Because of his experience, he felt very comfortable and loved Ms. Bell’s Hip-Hop class. All the students had a great time and they really enjoyed getting to try a wide variety of dances. Eighth grader, Jazmine Rosario said “I loved doing the modern dance and it was a fun challenge to learn the new techniques.”

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Beaufort Middle celebrated their Fall and Winter athletes

Congratulations to the following student athletes at Beaufort Middle School who were celebrated at the February 5, 2015 Sports Banquet.

(Middle School Champions 8-0 undefeated season)
Most Valuable Player 2014-2015 — Traeshawn Heyward
Most Valuable Offensive Player 2014-2015 — Jeffrey Smyth
Most Valuable Defensive Player 2014-2015 — Marcellis Hales
Coaches’ Habits of Mind Award 2014-2015 — Will Kelly
Highest GPA Football 2014-2015 — Dade Stanley

Most Valuable Player   2014-2015 — Diamond Young
Most Valuable Offensive Player 2014-2015 — Ari Bobian
Most Valuable Defensive Player 2014-2015 — Emily  Crosby
Coaches’ Habits of Mind Award 2014-2015 — Olivia Gee
Highest GPA Volleyball 2014-2015 — Lillian Sumner

Boys Basketball
Most Valuable Player 2014-2015 — Treshawn Heyward
Most Valuable Offensive Player 2014-2015 — Ethan Leana
Most Valuable Defensive Player 2014-2015 — Miles Middleton
Coaches’ Habits of Mind Award 2014-2015 — Terry Bostick
Highest GPA Basketball 2014-2015 — Dade Stanley

Girls Basketball
Most Valuable Player 2014-2015 — Kevia Sanders
Most Valuable Offensive Player 2014-2015 — Ari Bobian
Most Valuable Defensive Player 2014-2015 — Jasmine Byson
Coaches’ Habits of Mind Award 2014-2015 — Lillian Bearden
Highest GPA Basketball 2014-1015 — Lillian Sumner

Most Valuable Cheerleader 2014-2015 — Ashley Weber
Most Spirited Cheerleader 2014-2015 — Shyla Jenkins
Most Athletic Cheerleader 2014-2015 — Makena Newsome
Coaches’ Habit of Mind Award 2014-2015 — Daphne Fraley
Highest GPA Cheer   2014-2015 — Caitlin Ulmer


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Local students named to Fall 2014 Chancellor’s List at USC Upstate

The following students have been named to the Fall 2014 Chancellor’s List at USC Upstate: Islande Hawker of Beaufort (29906),  Mikhaela Kelson of Beaufort (29906), and Sarah Wilson of Beaufort (29902). To be eligible for the Chancellor’s List, students must earn a 4.0 and be enrolled in at least 12 course hours. The University of South Carolina Upstate offers more than 40 bachelor’s degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing and teacher education, and master’s degrees in education, informatics and nursing.

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School registration dates set for Beaufort County

Registration for Beaufort County children whose parents want them to attend public school kindergarten or pre-kindergarten next school year will be held March 2-6.

During that week, interested parents with children who will be five years old by Sept. 1, 2015, should complete kindergarten enrollment packets at the school serving their neighborhood’s attendance area.  Parents with questions about school attendance zones should call any elementary school in their area.

Parents with children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 should register for pre-kindergarten at their neighborhood schools.  Because space is limited for Pre-K, four-year-olds will be assessed for possible enrollment during “Child Find” screenings the week of March 9-13.  Decisions on placement for Pre-K will be made at each school after children’s screenings are complete.  Children are ranked in order of greatest need for participation in the program based on the provided list of at-risk indicators. Children who will be six years old by Sept. 1 should register for first grade.

For all student enrollments, parents should bring their child’s birth certificate, South Carolina Certificate of Immunization (shot record) and two proofs of residency such as a utility bill showing a home address.

For more information about registering a child in Beaufort County, call your neighborhood school or the district office’s Office of Early Childhood at 521-2399.  Information is also available on the school district’s website ( by clicking on “Parents and Students,” then “Enrollment and Registration.”

BIRTH CERTIFICATES: For children born in Beaufort County, birth certificates may be obtained from the Health Department/Vital Records office located in the Health Department at 601 Wilmington St. in Beaufort (525-7637).

IMMUNIZATIONS: Children enrolling in the Beaufort County School District are required to bring a South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, which can be obtained from a private physician or clinic, the Beaufort County Health Department, Beaufort County/Jasper Comprehensive Health Services, the Naval Hospital or Volunteers of Medicine.

Children exposed to positive stimulating experiences at a young age develop enhanced learning capabilities that improve their odds for academic success. Children who attend preschool or other early education programs show evidence of:
·   Enhanced cognitive, verbal, and social development which is maintained into the first few years of school.
·   Significantly higher IQs.
·   Positive impacts on children’s health and dental care.
·   Positive impacts on children’s emotional and behavioral outcomes.
·   Reduced criminal behaviors and reduced incidence of substance abuse.
·   Less retention and placement in special education classes.
·   Higher graduation rates.

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Local workshops aimed at helping students plan for college

High school students throughout the Lowcountry – and their families, too – can learn more about post-secondary options at two regional workshops.

The “College Goal South Carolina” workshops are designed to assist college-bound students and their families with the college application process, scholarship opportunities and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Completing the FAFSA form is the first step to receiving federal aid at college and is a requirement for most college students who plan to pay for college with the help of grants, work study funds, student loans and scholarships.

This month’s workshops will be at the following locations:

•  Technical College of the Lowcountry-Beaufort Campus: Saturday, Feb. 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Building 12, Student Center, 921 Ribaut Road).
•  Wade Hampton High School: 115 Airport Road in Varnville, Hampton County: Thursday, Feb. 26, 4-7 p.m.

Participants should bring:

•  Social Security number (or Alien Registration Number, if applicable)
•  Students’, parents’ or guardians’ most recent federal income tax returns, W-2s, and other records of money earned.
•  Federal Student Aid PIN to sign electronically (visit to get one).

Although the workshops will be hosted by TCL, they are designed to help students applying to any college. College Goal South Carolina is supported by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education and the South Carolina Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, with additional assistance through
USA Funds. For more information, visit or contact your high school counselor. An additional contact is Alison Meacham, TCL Recruiting Coordinator (843-525-8356 or

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Hundreds flock to school fairs to understand instructional options   

Hundreds of Beaufort County parents and students gathered information and asked questions about the Beaufort County School District’s expanded menu of instructional options at a pair of regional fairs last week.

All of the district’s schools staffed information booths at the fairs, held at Beaufort and Bluffton high schools, to explain the curriculum choices that they will offer for the 2015-16 academic year.  In coming weeks, individual schools will host their own parent meetings so students and parents can learn more about the choices they offer. A complete calendar of information fairs is available on the district’s School Choice Headquarters website.

Students whose applications into academic choice programs are accepted will be able to attend schools outside their zoned attendance areas.

“It’s encouraging to see the interest and enthusiasm that parents are showing for our expanded school choice program,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “You can tell from the questions they ask that they’re fully engaged with trying to match their children’s talents and interests with the different academic programs that the district is offering.”

Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, dual language immersion, early college, leadership programs and advanced math and science.

Beaufort County students who attend choice programs will not pay extra tuition, although families will be responsible for their students’ transportation if they live outside of the school’s attendance zone. All choice schools will also serve children who live in their attendance zones, in addition to students from outside the zone who apply to attend.

School choice applications were posted to the district’s website on Friday, March 13, and must be postmarked or turned in to the district’s Office of Student Services no later than Wednesday, April 15. Paper copies of the application will be available in school offices.

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Laura Roddey of Beaufort participates in the Sophomore Experience at Wofford College

Laura DeRenne Roddey of Beaufort, S.C. was one of 71 students participating in The Sophomore ExperienceSchool News- LauraRoddey at Wofford College. The event was held in January 2015 in Charlotte, N.C. Laura’s parents are Thomas and Emma Roddey of Beaufort, SC.

The Sophomore Experience is a fast-paced, conference-style event to provide students with the information they need to develop a plan for their remaining two years at Wofford College. The emphasis is on understanding their strengths and choosing an appropriate major for their interests and passions, as well as on learning how to secure internships and other real-world experience that will prepare them for their professional lives.

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School Notes for the week of Feb. 19th-25th



• Monday, 2/23 – Internship Week for BA juniors and seniors begins!  All 11th and 12th graders at BA will be taking part in week-long internships both in our community and surrounding areas.  From hospitals, law offices, and therapy providers, to natural resource conservation, the arts, and so many more – our students will be getting important real-world experience.


• Saint Peter’s Catholic School celebrated Spirit Week by having fun while taking donations for different charities each day. Our theme for the week, straight from the words of our Lord, “It is more blessed to give than it is to receive.” ~Acts of the Apostles

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Local students named to Wake Forest University’s Dean’s List

The following Wake Forest University students have been named to the university’s Dean’s List for the fall semester, 2014. Students who achieve a 3.4 grade point average and no grade below a “C” were named to the list.

  • Charlotte Bellomy from Beaufort, SC
  • Chelsea Bellomy from Beaufort, SC
  • Elise Dean from Beaufort, SC
  • Andrew Munger from Beaufort, SC
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