Review Category : School News

Quilters get community support

Lady’s Island Middle School’s Sewing & Quilting Club has been adopted by the Sea Island Quilters, a local quilting guild. The quilting guild’s donations have included fabric, notions and sewing machines. In addition guild members have been donating their own time working with the students and sharing their own knowledge and expertise in the area of quilting and sewing.

Thanks to the guild’s generosity, students are learning how to sew and have been working on projects for themselves and others. Some completed projects include pillows, pin cushions, and clutch bags. Currently students are making lap quilts for themselves and quilts for children which will be donated to a local community organization.  The generosity of Sea Island Quilters is providing LIMS students with the opportunity to learn new skills, and pay it forward by donating quilts as a community service project.

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Beaufort High School 2015 Engineering State Champions

BHS competed in the Project Lead The Way South Carolina State Engineering Championship. The competition was held at the University of South Carolina Engineering Center.

Pictured from left to right: Coach Doug Plank, Anna Kate D’Angelo, Jackie Kim, Lucas Cato, Chris Richardson, Deven Singleton, Casey Allen.

Pictured from left to right: Coach Doug Plank, Anna Kate D’Angelo, Jackie Kim, Lucas Cato, Chris Richardson, Deven Singleton, Casey Allen.

The BHS Principles of Engineering team won Best Presentation. Team members include Chris Richardson, Deven Singleton, and Casey Allen. Under time and cost constraints, the team designed, built, and tested a device to contain a product load released with a remote dump feature on the end of a support arm; all cantilevered off the edge of a table top.

The Introduction to Engineering Design Team took home the 2015 championship trophy as they captured first place by narrowly beating out a strong Dutch Fork team. Team members include Anna Kate D’Angelo, Jackie Kim, and Lucas Cato. The team reverse engineered a series of toys for a company whose engineering records had been destroyed by fire.

BHS has participated in the state competition the last five years, winning two State Championships and one State Runners-up titles.

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School Notes for the week of March 12th-18th


• RSVP’s are due March 17th for BA’s Shadow Day, which will be held on March 20th!  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

• Save the Date – The annual BA Junior Class Community Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, March 21st, in the BA gym.

• The Beaufort Academy Eagles set a new school record during their Blood Drive on March 4th with 19 units collected! Kudos to BA School Nurse Gina Staley for her recruitment efforts and thank you to everyone who donated!  This beat the old record of 15 set back in September, 2011. They registered 21 people, deferred 3 and had one unusable unit. (16 BA students signed up and five BA faculty.)

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Beaufort Academy juniors and seniors participated in Internship Week 2015 from February 23rd – 27th. The 52 students were placed in 39 different businesses and organizations both in and out of Beaufort County with the goal of educating students for leadership, citizenship, and service. Through these experiences, BA helps students bridge the gap between secondary school and future goals, while developing self-confidence and an ability to work in a diverse community. From medicine and law, to nature conservancy, government, public, and private companies, BA students participated in a wide variety of internships this year! BA would like to thank all of the businesses who hosted interns this year: Allison Ramsey Architects, Animal Medical Center, Aries Marine Corporation (LA), BA Kindergarten and Lower School, Bay Street Outfitters, BCSD Speech Pathology, Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, Beaufort County Library, Beaufort County Open Land Trust, Beaufort Memorial Hospital – Dr. Ned Blocker, Dr. Susan Hohenwater and Dr. Heath Simmons, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Bill Harris Forestry (GA), Bluffton Police Department, Chilton Simmons/Judge Marvin Dukes, Coastal Physical Therapy, Cormac Enterprises, Gold Mountain Entertainment (Charleston), Green Bug All Natural, Inc., Greenwood Genetic Center (SC), Gulfstream International Aerospace (GA), HealthLink for Children, Historic Beaufort Foundation, Hunting Island State Park Nature Center, Kazoobie Kazoos, Little Diversified Architects (NC), Natalie Paine, Esq. (GA), Naval Hospital Pharmacy, Port Royal Sound Foundation Maritime Center, Rossignols, SC Rep. Shannon Erickson, SCAD Equestrian Center, Service Brewing Company (GA), Shakespeare Repertory Theater, Speights and Runyon Law, Spring Island Nature Center, Westglow Resort (NC), WHHI-TV, YMCA, YoungLife. Pictured above from left picture: McKenzie Blake with SC House of Representatives, District 124, Representative Shannon S. Erickson; Michael Bass at the Beaufort Naval Hospital Pharmacy.



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



The Lady’s Island Middle School Wind Ensemble got an excellent (II) overall rating in BCSD Concert Performance Assessment. They also received one superior (I) in the category of other factors because of their appearance and discipline. Our SC Concert Performance Assessment will be March 24 at Charleston School of the Arts.


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Public school calendar altered to accommodate weather make-up day

The Beaufort County School District has revised its calendar to include a make-up day following a missed instructional day on Feb. 24, when classes were canceled due to the threat of ice. Changes to the calendar are:

·  Friday, March 20 (previously on the calendar as a vacation day) will now be a half-day for students (A-Day).

·  The afternoons of March 19 (4 to 8 p.m.) and March 20 (1 to 4 p.m.) are available for parent conferences.

·  Friday, June 5 (previously a half-day of classes for students) will now be a full day.

·  No school for students on June 8 and 9, which are now teacher workdays.

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Beaufort Academy announces annual scholarship recipient

On Monday, March 2nd, Beaufort Academy and the Thomas H. Horton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship committee were proud to announce the 11th annual scholarship recipient, junior Michaela Russell!  As the recipient of the Thomas H. Horton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Michaela will be traveling to Ireland this summer to study abroad on a National Geographic Student Expedition to study creative writing.  Tom Horton was a beloved teacher and coach at Beaufort Academy for 23 years. In 2003, Mr. Horton passed away, leaving a legacy behind. Tom was also a son, a brother, and an uncle. His family established the Thomas H. Horton Jr. Memorial Scholarship in 2004 to memorialize his life, and commemorate his contributions to the development of the minds and characters of students. Due to his love of travel, the scholarship is designated to give Beaufort Academy students a chance to participate in a summer study-abroad program.

Michaela and her parents, Wendi and Mark Russell, and  Tom Horton’s sister, Sallie Sheppard.

Michaela and her parents, Wendi and Mark Russell, and Tom Horton’s sister, Sallie Sheppard.

During the last ten years, the scholarship has allowed recipients the chance to study abroad in a variety of locations, including England, Paris, Italy, Scotland, Rome, Switzerland, Spain, Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos.

The Thomas H. Horton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established to commemorate the contributions of Tom Horton to the study of English literature and to the development of the minds and characters of Beaufort Academy students. With a creative spirit, a giant heart, and the sense of humor required for a life devoted to teenagers, Tom dedicated his time and his talents to the students, parents, and teachers of Beaufort Academy for 23 years. He taught his students much more than can be gleaned from books and assignments; he helped them to a greater appreciation and understanding of art and literature, an honest concern for and sensitivity to others, a willingness to work as a team member, and an awareness of the world beyond the South Carolina Lowcountry. Understanding that travel is itself a great teacher, Tom spent countless summers trekking through Italy, France, Germany, and England sharing his passion and knowledge with BA students.

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School Notes for the week of March 5th-11th


• Congratulations to BA basketball players Anna Dyer and Kevin Williams, who were selected to the SCISA All-Region Basketball Team! GO EAGLES!!

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Anna Dyer (Junior, #11) averaged 11 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, and 3.2 steals per game. Kevin Williams (Soph., #23) averaged 18.6 points per game, 9.7 rebounds per game, 3.7 assists per game, 3.1 steals per game, and 2.4 blocks per game.

• The Beaufort Academy Chess Team participated in the South Carolina Chess Association State Championship on Saturday, March 1st. Whit Suber came in 2nd overall in the Primary Division [K-3rd]; Jack McDougall tied for 2nd in the Elementary Division [4th-5th] at 4-1, but dropped to 9th on tie breakers; and Kevin Rogers placed 5th in the Middle School Division [6th-8th].

Pictured left to right: Kevin Rogers, Kendra Rogers, Jack McDougall, Whit Suber.

Pictured left to right: Kevin Rogers, Kendra Rogers, Jack McDougall, Whit Suber.



• Lady’s Island Middle School recently had a science fair comprised of all three grade levels and were evaluated by a panel of “outside  judges” who came from the community. Subjects of the study ranged from “Electrolytes in Orange Juice and Gatorade” to “Static Electricity” to “Coastal Erosion”.

In first place (pictured l to r) for the Sixth Grade was Travis Cato. McKinley Coleman was in second followed by Michael Reyes in third. Honorable mentions (not pictured) were Genesis Hernandez, Megan Schoener, Sydney Lashely and Caleb Henry.

In first place (pictured l to r) for the Sixth Grade was Travis Cato. McKinley Coleman was in second followed by Michael Reyes in third. Honorable mentions (not pictured) were Genesis Hernandez, Megan Schoener, Sydney Lashely and Caleb Henry.

For the Seventh Grade, first place (pictured l to r) was taken by Sarah Geisler. Second place went to Paris Grubbs and third place was earned by Shelby Price. Honorable mentions (not pictured) were Tucker Barron, Hannah Gartlan and Peyton Grubbs. The “Best in Show” and overall winner went to Seventh Grader Sarah Geisler for her work with static electricity.

For the Seventh Grade, first place (pictured l to r) was taken by Sarah Geisler. Second place went to Paris Grubbs and third place was earned by Shelby Price. Honorable mentions (not pictured) were Tucker Barron, Hannah Gartlan and Peyton Grubbs. The “Best in Show” and overall winner went to Seventh Grader Sarah Geisler for her work with static electricity.


The competition in Eighth Grade was intense. Tied for first place were Taylor Maddox (not pictured) and Alan Wiser. Second place went to Kaylee Aiken. Third place was also a tie and went to William Ploss and DeClan Williams. Eighth grade honorable mentions (not pictured) went to William Sanders, Coby Greenwalt and Caleb Williams.

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Lady’s Island Elementary hosts Literacy Night

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Over 200 people attended Lady’s Island Elementary School Family Literacy and School Choice Night on Thursday, February 26th. Families were treated to a cup stacking demo, math games, technology projects and a tour of the school. Parents of students in Pre-K through third grade attended sessions with Literacy Coach, Jessica Depue who shared reading comprehension tools with the parents.  Lady’s Island Elementary School is a pilot school for the district 1:1 iPad program, so fourth and fifth grade families also attended technology sessions reviewing the procedures for taking the iPads home. At the end of the fun-filled evening families enjoyed a hot dinner compliments of Golden Corral.

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Don’t miss the LIMS COLOR-A-THON Race

It’s a COLOR-A-THON Race on March 21st at Lady’s Island Middle School starting at 9:00 a.m. sharp! Come out for lots of fun, a little exercise, and raise some money for a good cause too!!  All in full color! Join us for a 1.8 mile race open to all levels of runners.

The cost is $30 per participant and the money will go to the LIMS PTO who is raising money to put shading on the windows in the gym in order to make the gym more functional for a wide variety of events. Go online at and use code 170005 to register for the race!! Look for LIMS under South Carolina Schools and you will find additional information on how to register.  Or you can just register at the event. E-mail Dianna Graves with questions at or call 843 812-8343.

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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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