Review Category : School News

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

SCHOOLS - LI LEADERSHIP WITH MAYOR KEYSERLING

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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Puppets at LIMS ROCK!

Grey Seal Puppets conducted a 3 day storytelling residency program at Lady’s Island Elementary in early April. Master Puppeteer, Drew Allison, began the residency with a performance of his own story called A Tangled of Tales using his handmade puppets for the K- 3rd graders. It was followed by a demonstration on puppets making for our 2nd and 3rd grade students.

Each day students were put in collaborative groups where they created their own characters based on their personal version of A Tangle of Tales. They also built their own puppets to bring their characters to life. Each class was able to perform for each other at the end of the residency, receiving applause and constructive comments from their peers.

The students were very engaged in this theatrical learning experience and being able to share their own imaginative ideas with each other. This residency was made possible through the school’s arts grant.

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CHESS CHAMPIONS AGAIN!

Pictured from left to right are Whit Suber, G. Simmons, Kendra Rogers, and Jack McDougall, with Kevin Rogers kneeling in front.

Pictured from left to right are Whit Suber, G. Simmons, Kendra Rogers, and Jack McDougall, with Kevin Rogers kneeling in front.

The Beaufort Academy Chess Team, consisting of Kendra Rogers, G. Simmons, Jack McDougall and Whit Suber, recently won the Elementary Division of the South Carolina Independent School Association State Chess Championship in Sumpter, South Carolina. Jack McDougall went undefeated winning 5 matches and tying 1. Jack placed 2nd in the individual standings and Whit Suber came in 3rd with a 5 wins and 1 loss showing. Kevin Rogers won the Middle School Division, going undefeated at 6-0. These five chess champs will be attending K-6 Grade Nationals chess tournament in Tennessee this coming May.

 

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Get out those purple t-shirts!

On April 24th, faculty, staff, and students in all our schools will be asked to wear purple shirts/tops to honor our military children/families. In the public high schools, students can wear solid purple, purple flowered tops, purple striped tops, or purple designed shirts/tops, but must wear uniform bottoms. And Battery Creek is going to paint their whole school purple. Why? Because it is Purple Up Day in honor of our military kids!

With more than 39,000 students involved in some way with our Military, it is appropriate to honor those who have shouldered added responsibilities and duties because someone in their family is involved with keeping us all safe.

Ok, so why purple? Purple is the color that symbolizes all branches of the military. Purple is the combination of Army green, Coast Guard blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Navy blue.. The Operation Military Kids organization initiated wearing purple on a designated day in April five years ago to show support for military children.

We’ll be wearing purple on April 24th and we hope you will support our military kids even if you don’t have a loved one currently in the service. They all deserve our support and respect.

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BHS students receive scholars recognition

SCHOOLS - Senior ScholarsThe Beaufort County School District honored eight Beaufort High School seniors for outstanding academic achievement at their annual Senior Scholars Banquet.

Seniors who receive this recognition have maintained a 3.5 grade-point average, are in the top 10 percent of their classes and have earned at least an 85 average in each quarter of all of their high school courses.

“This year’s Senior Scholars are definitely an impressive group,” said Board of Education Chairman Bill Evans. “Not only have they worked hard and been very successful in their academic work, but they’ve also been active leaders in their schools and powerful role models for younger students. To say that their future is bright would be an understatement.”

This year’s banquet speaker was Lt. Joni Lattice Tillman, a pharmacist in the U.S. Navy whose duties have included being deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She is currently Pharmacy Department Head at the Naval Hospital Beaufort, the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island Branch Health Clinic and the Marine Corps Air Station Branch Health Clinic. Scholar banquet honorees are Keaton Butler; Allison Crandall; Andrew Jezewski; Rebecca Mandell; Frances Myrick; Vincent Phaneuf; John Pike; and Alexandra Zapp.

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Pi-riffic!

SCHOOLS - PI (can be saved for next week)

St. Peter’s Catholic School celebrated Pi Day (mathematical theorem) for an entire week.  Students enjoyed  making Pi chains, measured all sorts of round objects, taught K-3 to 4th grades about Pi and read them Pi stories, dressed as a famous scientist and mathematician, and recited Pi. In the Pi Recitation Contest, our big winner was 7th grader, Brigid, who set a new St. Peter’s record by reciting 102 digits of Pi! In the Lower School, 5th grader, Hannah recited 82 digits and took the honors. But everyone agrees, best of all, we ate delicious pies! An Epic celebration for an Epic Pi Week!

 

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Sanford visits local schools

U.S. Representative Mark Sanford (R-SC) spent time recently in Beaufort enjoying a Joint Rotary Club Meeting & Blue Angels Breakfast at St. Peters Church and then touring the Bridges Preparatory School on Boundary Street in downtown Beaufort. In top left photo: Josefina Blanc, Interim Executive Director giving Congressman Sanford his first tour of the Bridges Preparatory School. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

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