The annual BA Fall Festival was once again a huge success! From the old-fashioned carnival games to the bounce house, face painting, and dunk tank, everyone had a wonderful time. Thank you to the Parents’ Association for putting together this wonderful event.
Highschoolers Lane Harrell, Kathleen Simkins, Malia Kaneshige, and Eliza Akers visit the face painting booth.
Madison McDougall gets wrapped like a mummy at the Boo Boo booth.
Michelle and Margaret Heirs exit the Balloon Bus.
BA Headmaster Stephen Schools takes a turn in the dunk tank — complete with shorts, button up shirt and a tie.
At last Friday night’s football game, Beaufort High was officially inducted as an American Cancer Society, Relay For Life School. BHS Interact Club, led by Robin Southard and Debbie Kidd, fundraised throughout the year and created the Kidzwalk, which entertained participants with kid-friendly games at the Relay For Life in April. This year, Homecoming King and Queen, Zack Wilson and Alex Zapp, designated that $3,500 raised during homecoming would be given to the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Beaufort. These funds will go to give free wigs, free rides, and many other local patient programs and cancer research. For more information on how to become a part of Relay For Life, please call 843-744-1922 or visit Relayforlife.org/beaufortsc.
AT RIGHT: Relay Beaufort High School, from left: Relay For Life Co-chair Beth Woodring, Staff Partner Heather Lanning, Beaufort High Principal Corey Murphy, Teacher Robin Southard, Coach Gerry Linn, Herbert Glaze, and teacher Deborah Kidd.
As a part of the STEM curriculum at Bridges Preparatory School, Ms. Newton’s class became engineers last week. They learned that engineers create, build, construct and plan. They also learned that engineers use a variety of tools but the students had to use those tools properly. To incorporate the reading lesson about characters and settings, the class then sought out to build an indestructible home for the Three Little Pigs. They worked in groups to plan, create, and build homes out of different materials, then they tested the houses by re-enacting the story and watching the “Big Bad Wolf.” Ms. Newton try to blow them over with a blow dryer. Three out of six houses did not fall down. The students then compared the structure of the homes and determined why some were sturdier than others. Then they used a real power drill and applied what they had learned about safely using tools — by drilling holes into the class pumpkin.
• Friday, Oct. 31: Red Ribbon Week comes to an end, thank you to Doug Kahn and Dr. Clark Trask for being guest speakers during the week.
Sixth grade students in Mrs. Patel’s science class at Beaufort Academy extended their knowledge of the atmosphere and applied the scientific method by creating a cloud in a cup. The students used water, shaving cream and their choice of food coloring. They observed the cloud absorb droplets of water and finally break. Pictured with his cup is Conner Aivaz.
• Saturday, Nov. 1: The Junior Blue & White Classic Golf Tournament, benefitting the Blue & White Athletic Booster Club at BA.
• Tuesday, Nov. 4: Last day to register for the adult Blue & White Classic Golf Tournament, benefitting the Blue & White Athletic Booster Club at BA! Tournament to be held on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Sanctuary Golf Club, followed by the Live Auction and dinner. Contact 843-524-3393 for more information, or see www.beaufortacademy.org.
• Tuesday, Nov. 4: BA families interested in learning more about financial assistance for college should plan to attend an information session at 6 p.m., presented by BA college advisor Mary Trask.
LADY’S ISLAND MIDDLE SCHOOL
• It’s time to start getting ready for the BCSD Artistically Gifted and Talented Screening Days. The northern location will be January 24 at Robert Smalls IA for Visual Art, Dance, Drama, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music
Registration is closed on December 19, so students can have plenty of advance notice to prepare their portfolios/auditions before the holidays. Online registration http://goo.gl/forms/c70UzvQXFn. For questions, call Ms. Rooney at 843-322-3100.
• Lady’s Island Middle School has a new partnership with Bi-Lo. Connect your Bi-Lo Bonus card to the Bi-Lo Educational rewards and support the school just by buying groceries. For details, contact Mr. Roberts at 843-322-3118 or email at email@example.com.
SADD Club members, parents, faculty and staff members formed a ring of unity to show support against bullying at Battery Creek High School. A moment of silence was held in memory of all bullying victims. The SADD Club also gave all BCHS teachers a handout and postcards with bullying statistics and donated Anti-Bullying/Anti-Drug stickers to some elementary students at Broad River Elementary, Shanklin Elementary, Mossy Oaks Elementary, and Beaufort Elementary schools. In addition, the SADD Club provided Anit-Bullying posters for a number of BCHS teachers to post in their rooms.
At Beaufort High, Brad Smith challenged fellow teacher Wendy Lacombe to a Shakespearean Rhyme-Off, proceeds from which will benefit the “Look Good, Feel Better” program at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. This program helps provide wigs, head coverings, and makeup to women who are undergoing cancer treatment. The BHS chapter of Health Occupation Students of America sponsored this event.
This is a second grade TACT class from Lady’s Island Elementary. These students come early to art one day a week and they created painted pumpkins for Bay View Nursing home as a community service project.
Mr. and Miss Blue and Gold: DeAnthony Moore and Mary Rice at Battery Creek High Homecoming.
Beaufort Academy sophomores and juniors went on their annual College Tour last week. Starting at Mercer University, they then visited the University of Georgia, Lander University, Presbyterian College, Newberry College, and finally the University of South Carolina in Columbia. At left: A group of BA 10th and 11th graders are seen at Mercer University during their annual college tour.
Last Friday night at Eagle Stadium was full of special events for students, parent and alumni. The game started with a moment of silence and a candlelight vigil against domestic violence.
It was also a crucial Region 8-AAA game against the Hilton Head Island Seahawks, and was also Homecoming night.
At halftime, the student body of BHS presented HELP of Beaufort with more than 7,000 of nonperishable food.
The Beaufort High School Eagles defeated the Seahawks from Hilton Head 28-14, keeping their play-off hope alive.
The Beaufort High School cheerleaders held a candle light vigil and moment of silence prior to the football game last Friday night against domestic violence since October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Steve Curless, left, president of HELP of Beaufort, accepts a representation of the more than 7,000-pound donation of nonperishable food from Beaufort High School principal Cory Murphy.
2014 Homecoming: Alex Zapp, second from left, is crowned the 2014 Beaufort High School Homecoming Queen by Elise Dean. King of Court was Zach Wilson, center, crowned by BHS principal Cory Murphy.
• BCHS Wrestling Coach will be honored in the 2015 SCWCA Best Western North South All Star classic. This is a tremendous honor. The event will be held on March 4-7, 2015 in North Myrtle Beach.
• Sports physicals to be held at BCHS on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the small gym. Cost: $10. All students wishing to participate in Winter or Spring Sports should plan to get their physical at this time. The physical forms are available in the front office; this physical will be valid through July, 30, 2015.
• The weeklong Scholastic Book Fair continues until Friday, Oct. 24. The book fair is set up in the gym lobby and open during middle school lunch, after school, and during the Fall Festival. All are invited to come and shop.
• Thursday, Oct. 23: Red Ribbon Week begins, thank you to Doug Kahn and Dr. Clark Trask for being guest speakers.
• Thursday, Oct. 23: Cheer Camp for students in grades PreK through 4th
• Friday, Oct. 24: BA’s annual Fall Festival, 3:15-5 p.m.
• Friday, Oct. 24: BA’s last home football game and Senior Night, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Game vs. Andrew Jackson.
• Wednesday, Oct. 29: Half-day for all students, dismissal at 11:30 a.m. Faculty professional development.
• New York Times best-selling author Dave Burgess, of “Teach Like a Pirate,” visited Bridges teachers from San Diego this past Saturday, October 18, and brought along his outrageously energetic performance art, mixed with a “too powerful to ignore” inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom.
Blues Musician Scott Ainslie visited BA last week and both performed a concert for the students and gave afterschool workshops. The concert description was “Across The Color Line: The African South”, and illustrated the African retentions still influencing American popular music today. A crowd favorite was the cigar box guitar, which only had one string and was made from an old cigar box and a pool cue! What an awesome experience for students and teachers.
First graders from Bridges Preparatory School went on a field trip to Dempsey Farms last Thursday. Students loved picking pumpkins out in the field with friends. They also enjoyed listening to Farmer Davey tell about farming and about the different fruits and vegetables that they grow at the farm.
Recently, Beaufort High Teacher Cadets attended College Day at The Citadel. The Citadel is our college partner that extends college credit for successful completion of the teacher cadets class. The university partners one of their professors with our class, and that person periodically comes to teach the class. College Day was spent learning about the application process, financial aid and college life. Teacher cadets were also addressed by the SC Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year. Pictured above is Teacher Cadet sponsor, Debi Kidd, at far right, along with members of the Teacher Cadet class.
Literature Comes To Life: The fourth grade class at Beaufort Academy went to Hunting Island to learn more about zooplankton and phytoplankton. The students impressed the Park Ranger as they shared their extensive knowledge of organisms and habitats. In addition, they completed island tasks like crabbing and searching the beach for supplies much like Karana was forced do in order to survive in the novel, “Island of the Blue Dolphins.” It was a great learning experience, literature connection and tribe triumph.
The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division wishes to recognize Principal Constance Goodwine-Lewis and her staff and students at Broad River Elementary School for their exemplary performance during last week’s earthquake drill.
Governor Nikki Haley proclaimed the week of October 12-18 to be Earthquake Awareness Week in South Carolina, and the SC Emergency Management Division encouraged everyone to take this opportunity to learn about our state’s seismic fault system and how best to prepare for earthquakes. The highlight of the week’s activities was the Great Southeast ShakeOut which took place October 16 at 10:16 a.m.
The Great Southeast ShakeOut is part of the largest earthquake safety drills ever held, with an estimated 2.1 million registered participants across the Southeast. Individuals and communities throughout Delaware, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia participate in this annual drill that is designed to teach and practice the recommended safety procedures to take during an earthquake. This year there were an estimated 26.1 million participants registered worldwide for the event.
The ShakeOut drill was executed throughout the Beaufort County School District. Broad River Elementary School was chosen as this year’s representative school for the event, and members of the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division were on scene to observe the school in action.
At 10:16 a.m. the students were alerted that the drill had begun and were advised to take cover as previously instructed. The students quickly and quietly took shelter under their desks, effectively employing the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” procedure that is recommended to help shield the neck and head against falling debris during an earthquake. At the conclusion of the 60-second drill, the fire alarm was sounded, and students filed outside to pre-determined meeting places. This allowed for the school administrators to accurately account for each and every student and staff member.
There have been 24 low-magnitude earthquakes recorded in South Carolina since February 2013, including a 4.1 in Edgefield the evening of February 14. Our state experiences approximately 10 to 20 earthquakes a year according to geologists with the College of Charleston. The epicenter of the largest earthquake ever recorded along the eastern United States seaboard was just outside of Charleston on August 31, 1886. The 7.3 magnitude quake devastated the region.
For more information on the Great Southeast ShakeOut and earthquake safety and preparedness, visit: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast.
Jacob Bhoi, Grace Brueggman, Neelia Heath, Ashton Lancaster, Veronica McLeod, Grace Rhodes, Michael Schwartz, Sarah Sheppard, Amanda E. Steel, Melis Tirhi and Jacqueline Tobin, all from Beaufort County, have been accepted to the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) in Hartsville. They join students from across South Carolina to form the Class of 2016.
This year, the school celebrates its largest student body since its inception in 1988, with 259 students representing 117 high schools and 33 counties.
Jacob Bhoi, son of Paul and Karen Bhoi, and Sarah Sheppard, daughter of John and Sallie Sheppard, transferred to GSSM from Beaufort Academy. Grace Brueggman, daughter of Richard M. and Judy A. Brueggman, attended Bethel Park Senior High School prior to transferring to GSSM. Neelia Heath, daughter of Michael Heath and Aileen Cangiano-Heath, transferred from Battery Creek High School.
Transferring from Beaufort High School are Ashton Lancaster, daughter of Andy and Paige Lancaster; Veronica McLeod, daughter of John and Pearly McLeod; Grace Rhodes, daughter of Vincent and Bet Rhodes; Michael Schwartz, son of Tim and Jennifer Schwartz; and Melis Tirhi, daughter of Tareq Tirhi and Yucel Tirhi-Henderson.
Learn more about the school by visiting www.scgssm.org.
Twenty-eight of 30 Beaufort County schools met 2014 federal accountability standards, according to data released last week by the South Carolina Department of Education.
The 93 percent mark was a significant improvement over last year’s 79 percent of schools that met the federal accountability standard by earning a grade of A, B or C. The district as a whole earned a B, with its numerical score improving from 82.1 in 2013 to 82.9 in 2014.
Seventy-three percent of the district’s schools rated an A or B, up from last year’s 65 percent.
“It’s encouraging to see improvement occurring year after year,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “This kind of progress is proof that everyone is working hard and that we’re on the right track. But we still have a long way to go before our graduates can compete with the world’s best graduates. That’s our goal, and that’s what we’re focused on.”
Federal accountability report highlights
A revised A-F rating system was unveiled in 2012 after the U.S. Department of Education approved a waiver application from South Carolina that allowed the South Carolina Department of Education to revise how state schools and districts were rated under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The new system replaced the 2001 federal law’s original accountability system with one that awards letter grades from A to F for improvement and performance.
NCLB requires schools and districts to break out their performance data into a number of student “subcategories” that include ethnicity, special education, poverty and limited ability with English. The revised rating system incorporated performance in those individual categories into a single number that is used to rate schools on a 0-100 scale, with 90-100 being an A, 80-89 being a B, 70-79 being a C, 60-69 being a D and anything 59 or below being an F.
The NCLB calculation relies on PASS scores to determine grades for South Carolina elementary and middle schools. High school data come from on-time graduation rates and student performance on the HSAP high school exit exam and end-of-course exams.
The Beaufort County School District’s overall 2014 score of 82.9 rated a B. The district’s elementary schools scored 87.5 for a B, up from last year’s 85 for a B. Middle schools scored 78.1 for a C, down from last year’s 81.2. High schools scored 83.7 for a B, up from last year’s C rating of 74.9.
Twenty-two Beaufort County’s public schools — an improvement over last year’s 19 — rated an A or B in the second official report under the new rating system.
Ten schools were rated an A. Twelve received a B, six received a C, one received a D and one received an F (last year there were four D’s and two F’s). Schools graded A-C met federal accountability standards, while schools rated D-F did not.
Moss said that the federal rating system requires schools to improve each year in order to earn the same grade. “The bar is raised each year,” he said, “so a school that doesn’t improve from one year to the next can get a lower grade.”
The district’s five highest-rated schools in the federal report were Okatie Elementary (100), Pritchardville Elementary (98.3), Red Cedar Elementary (97.9), Riverview Charter (97.3) and Bluffton Elementary (94.4).
Five Title I schools — schools with high percentages of students from low-income families — were recognized as “Reward Schools for Performance” for earning A or B grades for the past two years and having no significant achievement gaps. Those five were Broad River Elementary, Lady’s Island Elementary, Port Royal Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary and Lady’s Island Middle schools.
Red Cedar Elementary also was named a “Reward School for Progress” by ranking in the Top 10 percent of Title I schools that made “the most substantial progress” in improving the academic achievement of all students and students from various demographic groups.
District schools receiving an A for 2014 were: Bluffton Elementary, Bluffton High, Coosa Elementary, Hilton Head Island High, Mossy Oaks Elementary, Okatie Elementary, Port Royal Elementary, Pritchardville Elementary, Red Cedar Elementary and Riverview Charter School.
Schools receiving a B were: Battery Creek High, Beaufort Elementary, Beaufort Middle, Beaufort High, Bluffton Middle, Broad River Elementary, Hilton Head Island Early Childhood, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts, Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary, Lady’s Island Elementary, Lady’s Island Middle and Michael C. Riley Elementary.
Schools receiving a C were: H.E. McCracken Middle, Joseph E. Shanklin Elementary, Robert Smalls International Academy, St. Helena Elementary, Whale Branch Elementary and Whale Branch Early College High.
Hilton Head Island Middle received a D, and Whale Branch Middle received an F. Dereck Rhoads, the district’s Chief Instructional Services Officer, said the district would continue its focused intervention efforts at those two schools.