Review Category : School News

Youngsters learn worms are good


Ms. Newton’s kindergarten class at Bridges Preparatory School is counting down to Spring! First, they learned about worms and how they are beneficial to plants by building their very own worm dome, conducting different experiments to learn about worms and learning that they could grow up to be zoologist, biologist, or oligochaetologist (a worm scientist). The worms were then moved to a composting bin that will help plants in the school garden grow big and strong!

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Park University Military Family Scholarship available

Park University announces the availability of the Military Family Scholarship for the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarship consists of a 15-hour award for the academic year commencing August 17, 2015 and ending July 31, 2016. The scholarship may be used at either the home campus in Parkville, MO or in the classroom at the Beaufort Campus Center.

Eligible applicants for the scholarship are individuals who have not been a Park University student for more than one year at the time of application and who are non-military family members of active duty military personnel residing in the Beaufort area. The only other requirement is a 3.0 grade point average for all college courses taken or a 3.0 high school grade point average for individuals who have not attended college. The application period is March 1 through March 31, 2015. Application forms may be obtained at the Park University  MCAS Beaufort office (Bldg. 596, Room 212) or the Parris Island office (Bldg. 923, Room 35). Additional information may be obtained by calling 843-228-7052.

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Riverview Scholars

SCHOOLS -Riverview Jr. Scholars 2015

Riverview Charter School congratulates our 8th grade students who qualified as South Carolina Junior Scholars for their outstanding performance on the PSAT. Pictured from left to right: Front Row: Gabriella Morales, Annalee Chiaviello; Back Row: Connor Brown, Luke Miller and Sam Stewart.

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Beaufort High supports Reading Across America


Head Football coach Mark Clifford arranged for Beaufort High football players, cheerleaders and Driver’s Ed students to share their love of reading during the annual Read Across America celebration. This year, they visited classes at Port Royal and Lady’s Island Elementary Schools, where the “big kids” read favorite books to younger students. This is the 4th year that Coach Clifford has officially been part of RAA, and has also supported Beaufort High’s Reindeer Readers program that has included all of our feeder elementary schools. We appreciate the efforts of Coach Clifford and his students to highlight the importance of reading for all!

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6th grade at Lady’s Island Middle explores Black History

Mrs. Portia Johnson’s 6th grade World History classes recently held their annual “Black History Expo” at Lady’s Island Middle School. The Expo highlighted African Americans who have made “significant contributions” to our society.

Taylor Cornish presenting George Washington Carver.

Taylor Cornish presenting on George Washington Carver.

Garrett Smith, Ariana Watson, and Claire Davis presenting on Mr. John Burr.

Garrett Smith, Ariana Watson, and Claire Davis presenting on Mr. John Burr.

Kaylee Cayo and her team members chose to present L.C. Bailey, the inventor of the first “folding bed”. Miss Cayo said that she “…really enjoyed working as a group and really enjoyed making the life size pictures of her subject while presenting to different people.”

She was not the only student to present, Taylor Cornish, for example, presented George Washington Carver. Miss Cornish said “What I enjoyed most about the project was doing the hard work and then being able to show it off.” George Washington Carver, as the readers may remember, helped the agriculture industry with his work in cotton, sweet potato, soy bean and peanut production.

Finally, Garrett Smith said what he enjoyed most was using technology to do the research and learn new things about interesting people. Mr. Garrett worked with his team to complete research on Mr. John Burr, who is credited with inventing the modern rotary lawn mower.

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Local students win JROTC Leadership Awards at dining-in event

“The dining-in is a formal dinner function for members of a military organization or unit. It provides an occasion for cadets, officers, noncommissioned officers, and their guests to gather together in an atmosphere of camaraderie, good fellowship, fun, and social rapport. It is important to emphasize that a dining-in celebrates the unique bond or cohesion that has held military units together in battle, rather than become just another mandatory function.”

The 2015 Dining-in, hosted by the Beaufort County School District, included the top 25 cadets from each high school’s JROTC program and offered a few elements of a real Dining-in event such as it was a formal affair with dinner, toasts, awards, and a guest speaker. The “exhibition drill” event is unique to our dining-in and that’s because we wanted to have an event that would continue the competition for the Superintendent’s Cup Trophy.

Leadership Award Recipients:
•  Battery Creek High School – Cadet Lt. Col. Bianca Zaragoza
•  Beaufort High School – Cadet Lt. Col. Tucker Pettigrew
•  Bluffton High School – Cadet Lt. Col. Cameron Etheridge
•  Hilton Head Island High School – Cadet Lt. Andrew Fletcher
•  Whale Branch Early College High School – Cadet Lt. Col. David Mitchell

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Lady’s Island Junior Leadership class


On March 7th the students of the Lady’s Island Junior Leadership class visited the Beaufort History Museum now located in the old Arsenal building in downtown. Students listened to President Anna Schaffer and Dan Regan discuss Beaufort’s past. Our afternoon session was devoted to the Beaufort National Cemetery under the direction of Ms. Pat Simmons. As we toured the grounds Ms. Simmons explained to us the significance of this historical landmark.

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Megan Alvarez selected for SC Elementary Honors Choir

Congratulations to Megan Alvarez, a 4th Grade student of AMES Academy, for being selected into the South Carolina Elementary Honors Choir. This group recently performed at the Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia. The Elementary Honors Choir provides a unique opportunity for SC students to perform high quality literature with other exceptionally talented young musicians and singers. It discovers and encourages vocal talent in SC Elementary Students by holding high standards of vocal performance.

Pictured above: Music teacher, Mrs. Peggy Copley, and Megan Alvarez at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

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School Notes for the week of March 19th-25th


•  Friday, March 20: BA’s Shadow Day!  Students in grades 1-11 are invited to spend the day shadowing a BA student, learning more about the school, and getting to know the teachers.  Lunch is included, so please RSVP soon to MJ Simmons at 843-524-3393 or

• Saturday, March 21: The annual BA Junior Class Community Yard Sale will be held in the BA gym.

• Tuesday-Thursday, March 26th-28th: The Annual BA Science Expo.  The community is invited to attend on Thursday, the 26th, from 5 to 6 p.m.

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Beaufort High takes top two spots in academic competition

Two teams from Beaufort High School took the top two positions in Beaufort County’s fourth annual Academic WorldQuest Competition.

Beaufort High’s Green Team finished No. 1, while the school’s White Team finished second. A team from Hilton Head Island High finished third.

First-place Beaufort High Green Team members were Noah Kimbrell, Max Crisologo, Alex Mazzeo and John Manos. Second-place White Team members were Reagan Kilpatrick, Hays McDaniel, Isaac Norton and Rasikh Hamid. Teacher Debi Kidd coached both teams.

The World Affairs Council of Hilton Head hosted the annual Academic WorldQuest Competition in partnership with the Beaufort County School District. During Saturday’s competition at Hilton Head Island High, eight high school teams faced a screen where multiple-choice questions were projected. Using electronic “clickers,” they had 30 seconds to answer each question posed. Audience members sat behind the competing teams and were able to see the questions as they were projected on the screen.

This year’s categories for questions focused on key national security issues as determined by the World Affairs Council leaders across the country. Those issues included current events; Russia/Eurasia; Asia and the New Global Economy; Africa Rising; the Future of Energy; Great Decisions; Youth, Jobs and Social Unrest; Food and Water, Human Trafficking; and Millennium Development Goals: 2015 and Beyond.

This year’s winning team from Beaufort County will travel to Washington for the national competition, said Carlton Dallas, a Hilton Head businessman who serves as the project director for WorldQuest in Beaufort County.

“In a world that’s increasingly connected – and interconnected – young people who understand how that world works will be more successful in it,” Dallas said. “Tomorrow’s leaders must be knowledgeable about other countries and cultures.”

The second-place Beaufort High Green Team members each received a $100 Best Buy gift certificate, and the third-place Hilton Head Island High team members each received a $50 gift certificate.

The competition’s moderator was James Edward Alexander, a former broadcaster and attorney and a WACHHI member.

Academic WorldQuest is the flagship educational program of the national network of World Affairs Councils and is held annually in more than 40 U.S. cities.

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