Review Category : School News

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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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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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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Dancing with dad

This is how wonderful memories are made – a date with Dad. It is something really special, something she will remember always. Here are the Beaufort Academy Dad’s and their best girls enjoying a night out. The event was chaired by Maggie Mitchell and Michelle Heirs and held at the Coosaw Point Club House. There was food by The Kitchen and music by DJ Ash Milner. It was truly a wonderful evening for everyone.

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Deadline approaching for School Choice Applications

Beaufort County parents have until next week to submit applications for their children to attend academic programs in schools outside their zoned attendance areas. More than 1100 applications have already been received. Completed applications must be mailed and postmarked no later than Wednesday, April 15th or hand-delivered in person to the Office of Student Services no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 at 2900 Mink Point Boulevard, Beaufort, SC 29902.

“Everywhere I go these days, parents and community members are talking about this,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “There’s a ton of interest, and parents are asking lots of questions and doing their research in matching their children’s talents and interests with the different academic programs that the district is offering.”

Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, language immersion, early college, leadership programs and advanced math and science. Application forms are posted on line for parents to download and complete, and paper copies are available at all district schools.

Beaufort County students who attend Choice Programs will not pay additional tuition, although families will be responsible for their students’ transportation if they live outside of the school’s attendance zone. All Choice Schools will also serve children who live in their attendance zones, in addition to students from outside the zone who apply to attend.

Moss said that all district schools will maintain a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focus, as well as a core that includes the arts, world languages and technology.

Complete information on the district’s school choice program is available on the district’s website at

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Beaufort Academy Notes

SCHOOLS - BA Duke Tip copyStudents named as Duke TIP Scholars

Of the 10 Beaufort Academy 7th graders named as Duke TIP Scholars in the Fall, Cal Harvey, Maris Staley, and William Tumlin have been invited to the State Recognition Ceremony by virtue of their test scores on the ACT or SAT this past winter. Scholars qualified by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on selected sections of designated standardized tests administered during the 6th or 5th grades. According to the Duke TIP website, these “special award ceremonies are held to bring families together so they can celebrate the outstanding achievement of 7th Grade Talent Search participants.”

SCHOOLS - BA SAILINGSailors place in SAISA regatta 

The March 28th regatta hosted by Beaufort Academy and Beaufort High School ended up being the second largest SAISA North Regatta of the year with 16 boats, 100 sailors and about the same amount of spectators watching from the pier. Congratulations to BA sailors Drummond Koppernaes, Emily Potter, Kathleen Simkins, and Sarah Suber on their success at the event!  In addition, Junior Sailing will net around $1200 profit from the regatta, lunches and bake sale. Big thanks to Peter Gamble who volunteers every week coaching our sailors, and to those who came out to support the teams!

Pictured above: Sarah Suber, Emily Potter and Kathleen Simkins

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BHS senior receives scholarship award

SPORTS - hannah senior peck

Sports Academy Sparkler and Beaufort High School Senior, Hannah Shannon, daughter of Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, Ret. Robert and Gail Shannon, received the “2015 Louise Peck College Scholarship”, the most prestigious gymnastics award within the state of South Carolina. The scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior and is based on academics, extracurricular activates, recommendations from coaches and educators as well as career gymnastics accomplishments and an essay based upon “What lessons have you learned from gymnastics that will benefit you for the rest of your life?”

Shannon has been accepted into Lander University’s Honor’s College and has  received an acceptance certificate as a “Recognition Scholar in Residence Award “ plus a $4,000 per year scholarship to attend the College at Brockport, part of the State University System of New York, outside of Rochester, NY where she will have the opportunity to participate in college gymnastics.

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