Review Category : School News

District administrator earns 2016 statewide honor

Photo above: Beaufort County School District school counselors from left are Kidada Irick (Port Royal Elementary); Mary Hady (Hilton Head Island Elementary IB); Sara Reynolds (St. Helena Elementary); Deborah Moore (Joseph Shanklin Elementary); Lori Howell (Lady’s Island Middle); Geri Henderson (the district’s lead counselor); Bonnie Almond (the district’s director of secondary education); Edward Johnson (South Carolina Department of Education); Jennifer Simmons (Hilton Head Island Middle); Sherry Williamson (Beaufort High); Jalissa Newton (Lady’s Island Elementary); Carol Brediger (Mossy Oaks Elementary) and Kimberly Brown (Whale Branch Early College High). A Beaufort County School District administrator has earned statewide recognition for her support of school counselors. Bonnie Almond, the district’s director of secondary education, has been presented with the 2016 School Counselor Advocate of the Year Award by the Palmetto State School Counselors Association. This is the first year for the new statewide recognition, which honors individuals who have demonstrated their support of school counseling programs. “I’m gratified to be recognized, but at the same time I know that this award is so much... ...

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“School of Choice” plan puts parents, students in the driver’s seat

By Jeff Moss, superintendent of Beaufort County School District Every parent knows from personal experience that each child is an extraordinary, unique individual. Each child has different interests, talents and strengths. Last year, the Beaufort County School District unveiled an ambitious plan to transform each school into a “school of choice” with a specialized approach to learning. Parents could then select the type of instruction, and the type of school focus, that appealed to their children – no matter where they lived in the district. To put it mildly, parents loved it. Choice applications approved for the current academic year have allowed 2,900 students – 13 percent of the district’s total enrollment – to attend schools outside their zoned attendance areas. I recently met a Lady’s Island parent of three children who is a terrific example of a dedicated “school shopper.” This year two of her children are attending an out-of-zone elementary school that offers an accelerated math and science curriculum, while the third is thriving in the arts-infused program offered... ...

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Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company chats with Lady’s Island Elementary School

Lady’s Island Elementary School’s performing dance groups attended the Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company performance at The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Friday, January 15th. Students had the opportunity to see three dance works and participate in a question and answer session with the dancers. The tickets for this performance were provided by the Beaufort County School District and the transportation was paid for by the Arts in Basic Curriculum Advancement Grant. ...

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Calling all high school photographers

The Photography Club of Beaufort has opened entries for the annual Dale Westcott High School Nature Contest. Dale Westcott was an educator and avid nature photographer and a member of the Photography Club of Beaufort before his passing. Each year since 2006, the club has given monetary awards and ribbons to the best nature photography in his memory. The contest is open to all high schools and home-schooled students residing in Beaufort County. The deadline for this year’s submissions is April 1, judging on April 11 and awards given out on May 9 at the organization’s monthly meeting. Please see visit www.photoclubbeaufort for specific details for submission requirements. If you have further questions, please contact Sandy Dimke (dimke@hargray.com), coordinator of the award. ...

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TCL announces the 2016 South Carolina Educators of the Year

Photo above from left: Sasha Bishop, Louise Rennix, and Nate Rosso. The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently named three faculty and staff members as its 2016 South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) Educators of the Year. • Faculty Member of the Year goes to Sasha Bishop, Director of Learning Resources • Administrator of the Year goes to Louise Rennix, Bookstore Director, and • Support Staff Member of the Year goes to Nate Rosso, Electrician. “Sasha, Louise and Nate go above and beyond every single day to ensure a quality experience for everyone on the TCL campuses,” TCL President Dr. Richard Gough said. “They are truly deserving of this honor.” The award winners, chosen by fellow college employees, will be recognized at the annual SCTEA conference in Myrtle Beach in February. ...

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Mather Academy offers two after school arts programs

The Beaufort Arts Council will house two Mather Academy After School Art Programs starting in February. The programs will take place on every Tuesday and Thursday of each month until the end of May. Each month will consist of new program offerings within the specified arts medium and both programs are open to elementary and secondary age students. Each student will be invited to showcase their work at a BAC Gallery Exhibit in May 2016. This exhibit will allow the students to gain experience in marketing the art they created as well as selling their work, should they wish to sell. The Visual and Lowcountry Arts after school program will take place on Tuesday’s from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and will immerse students in both two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual arts. Mattie Parrott, a local to Beaufort County and a BFA graduate of Clemson University will lead this program; however there will be featured artists who will teach classes throughout the program. The Music and Performing Arts after school program... ...

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Lowe’s Heroes volunteer to help beautify Bridges Prep K-1 Campus

Photo above: Lowe’s Heroes from the Beaufort store help beautify Bridges Preparatory School. Helping hands from the local Lowe’s Heroes program donated landscaping materials and their labor to beautify Bridges Prep’s kindergarten and first grade campus on Lady’s Island recently. The Beaufort Lowe’s store donated the decorative white rock, rubberized mulch, plants, shovels, and rakes, and Lowes employees performed the work. Lowes also donated picnic tables and an electric power washer to the state charter school. “This is a very generous contribution from the Lowe’s Heroes, and all of us at Bridges Prep appreciate it,” said Dee Matthews, chairwoman of the Board of Directors. “They brought a plan, all the materials and the back labor to make it happen. Outstanding!” Lowe’s Heroes is a volunteer program in which employees adopt a project with a local nonprofit organization to help improve the communities where they work and live. The Lowe’s Heroes program has been in place since the late 1990s. Each project selected must address one of three topic areas: Community improvement,... ...

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Beaufort Academy earns SAIS Reaccreditation

Beaufort Academy is proud to have earned reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools. As a member of SAIS for many years now, BA continues to comply with quality standards set forth by the accrediting organization. During this process, BA was evaluated by an outside group of peer professionals and implemented a school plan focused on strategic improvement and student performance in accordance with the school’s mission, which is to instill in students the intellectual curiosity and strength of character for success in all aspects of their lives. Beaufort Academy is committed to developing the whole person within the framework of its rigorous academic environment, core values and the Judeo-Christian tradition. Beaufort Academy seeks to inspire in each student a sense of responsibility to one’s self, the community and the environment, so that our students are positive contributors and leaders in the future. To accomplish the above mission, Beaufort Academy believes the following core values are essential; Intellect, Respect, Integrity, Leadership, and Pride. A team representing SAIS conducted an... ...

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Beaufort Academy names Honor Roll and Headmaster’s List students

Beaufort Academy Middle School Headmaster’s List (5th grade): Brycen Ambrose, Brock David Bekemeyer, Katherine Elise Taylor. Honor Roll (5th grade): Mary Grace Carter, Katherine Brooke Luckey, John Olin McDougall III, Ansh Patel, Alexander Jay Roberts, Benjamin Elliot Steen. Headmaster’s List (6th grade): Leith Gray, Mary Hanna Hiers, Nealie Catherine Nix, Jack Staley. Honor Roll (6th grade): Robert Dirk Cooper Jr., Emma Grace Dinkins, Cameron James Keenan, Benjamin Smiley Lubkin, Lily Karis Melville, Luke Rhatigan, Thomas N. Tram, Jack Carter Worrell. Headmaster’s List (7th grade): Margot Packard, Camille Pendarvis. Honor Roll (7th grade): Emma Selene Dillinger, Madison Riley Gates, Griffin Harley, Kristin Mackenzie Levesque, Alyssa Katherine Lewis, Ansleigh Pingree, Judith Emily Wilson. Headmaster’s List (8th grade): John Peter Dastous, Joseph Edward Maraska, Cady Evelyn McNair Wilson. Honor Roll (8th grade): Lauren Tacey Bartlett, Dawson Haynes Coleman, Grace Landon Cope, Jenny Rebecca Harry, Albert Calvin Harvey, EmilyAnn Halford Hiers, Amelia Lewis Huebel, Nathaniel Philip Keenan, Emma Grace Melville, Elizabeth Ray Muniz, Elizabeth Bryant Nix, Olivia Packard, Maris Caroline Staley, Josephine duBignon Trask, William Charles Tumlin Jr. Beaufort Academy Upper School Headmaster’s List (9th grade): Mary Alden Cooper, Priscilla Campbell Dukes, Caroline Quinn Fleming, David Morgan Mathai, Alyssa... ...

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