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Attention Parents of Beaufort High School Athletes!

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Physicals are required in order to participate in sports during the 2016-2017 school year. Physicals are scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016. They will be held in the Beaufort High main gym (84 Sea Island Pkwy, Beaufort, SC, 29907) from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Athletes should come with a physical form signed by a parent/legal guardian or be escorted by a parent/legal guardian. The cost is $20.

TheraVista to host “Camp Un-Plug”

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Are you looking for something fun this summer that will allow your child to disconnect from technology for a few days but not have to travel far? Look no more…Camp Un-Plug does just that. It is a mobile device-free residential camp for 9-12 year olds at TheraVista on Lady’s Island. Through using a variety of activities including Water Play, Creative Play, Land Play and Yummy Food Play, the staff at Camp Un-Plug is committed to demonstrating and teaching ways for your child to connect with themselves and nature.

Girls Camp will run from July 11-14 and the Boys Camp July 18-21. The deadline to register is May 31st. For more information, please call 843-812-1328 or email Elizabeth at

Historic Beaufort Foundation takes campers back in time this summer

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Looking for something fun and different this summer for your boys and girls between 8-11 years old? Let Historic Beaufort Foundation take them back in time! Campers will explore a different slice of history each day through walks, crafts, hands-on activities, and more. Important milestones in Lowcountry history will be featured – Five days – 327 years of Beaufort History!

Camps are open to ages 8-11 and are offered three weeks this summer: June 20-24; July 11-15; and August 1-5. $70/week per camper for members of HBF with a family membership or higher $80/week per camper for non-members of HBF.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Camps will include field trips to nearby cultural sites/museums; register each child and session separately; Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. For additional information or to register children please call 843.379.3331.

John Paul II recognizes newly inducted National Honor Society members

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John Paul II Catholic School held their National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) and National Honor Society (NHS)  induction ceremonies recently.

The NJHS and NHS are the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school and middle school students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS and NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

National Junior Honors Society Members
National Junior Honors Society Members

National Junior Honors Society Members

Mark Alvarez
Cohen Bruner
Elizabeth Chain
Lindsay Franklin
Abigail Gigliotti
Hayden Jennings
Dayton Loper
Christine Lundblad
Eileen Lundblad
Emily Oldham
Katherine Reilly
Andrew Swanson
Milla Wojciechowski

National Honors Society Members
National Honors Society Members

National Honors Society Members

Sidney Anger
Abigail Barker
Emma Burton
Joey Cucinotta
Thomas Kender
Parker Kenyon
Alina McMath
Darby O’Donnell
Blake Parsons
Andrea Suarez
Morgan Summers
Mark Tigges
Brad Tigges

Five district schools earn arts in education grants from South Carolina Arts Commission

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Five Beaufort County schools have won more than $52,000 in grants to enhance arts education in their classrooms, the South Carolina Arts Commission has announced.

Only one South Carolina school district – Richland District 1 in Columbia – had more 2017 grant winners than Beaufort County.

The five schools were:

  • Beaufort Middle School ($9,437, eighth grant) and Mossy Oaks Elementary ($12,883, first grant) will work together to produce a musical performance of “The Lion King Jr.” to showcase the skills and talents of students for parents and the community. The grants also will help support the schools’ artists-in-residence programs.
  • Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts ($10,799, fourteenth grant) will use its grant to purchase dance shoes for students, arts supplies, costumes and props for theater productions and teacher professional development in the arts.
  • Lady’s Island Elementary ($11,509, sixth grant) will create expanded performing arts spaces in classrooms, support its artists-in-residence program and also purchase classroom materials that support the integration of the arts into its curriculum.
  • Lady’s Island Middle ($8,327, third grant) will create a lab for arts and math teachers to use in creating collaborative student projects that involve both disciplines. The grant will also support the school’s artists-in-residence program.

“Arts education enriches not only the lives of students who participate, but also the lives of entire communities,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “These five schools serve as models for our district and our state.”

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment statewide. Created by the General Assembly in 1967, the Commission works to increase public participation in the arts through arts education, community arts development and artist development.

CPR training made mandatory for all SC high school students

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On April 21st, Governor Nikki Haley signed a bill into law that requires all South Carolina students to learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), according to a news release from the American Heart Association.

The bill requires that students learn hands-on CPR as part of the high school health education curriculum. South Carolina is now the 30th state to require hands-on CPR is taught to students in middle or high school.

The American Heart Association applauds the bill saying “far too many people die suddenly from cardiac arrest who might have been saved, if only those around them were trained to administer CPR” in its release.

Nearly 424,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 10.4 percent survive, according to the association. When administered right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates.

In Beaufort County, several of our fire departments are certified as Advanced Life Support medical providers, meaning they provide paramedic services and cardiac medications and treatment, and are advocates for public CPR training and early intervention by bystanders. Recently, a Burton off-duty firefighter administered CPR to a woman who had collapsed in a department store. The patient lived due mostly to the fact that the system worked: bystander CPR, fire department response, EMS response, followed by a quick transport to the hospital. Having all students trained in CPR will make the likelihood of having a bystander with the appropriate knowledge much greater.

Favorite Teacher goes to Patel at BA

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Photo above: Mrs. Patel with her three students who nominated her: Katherine Taylor, Jack McDougall, and G. Simmons along with Pam Reed and Janet Villata who presented the award. Thank you to Dr. Skeet Burris, Dr. Travis Fiegle at Winning Orthodontic Smiles for being so generous! 

Beaufort Academy’s very own Middle School teacher, Mrs. Amanda Patel was awarded $100 for being the winner of this month’s Favorite Teacher Contest! Mrs. Patel won the money to use towards classroom supplies, after three of her students entered her into this Favorite Teacher Contest sponsored by Winning Orthodontic Smiles. Congratulations, Mrs. Patel!

Santa Elena welcomes students

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SCHOOLS SANTA ELENA 2Bft El pointing to ship (3)

SCHOOLS SANTA ELENA 2Bft El pointing to ship (2)In honor of the 450th commemoration of Santa Elena, Beaufort Elementary School participated in a parade to the Santa Elena History Center. The clouds parted and the sun shined brightly as 75 third grade students carried their flag posters down Bay Street.

The students spent time learning about the flags flying in front of the Santa Elena History Center. They also walked through the History Center learning about archaeology, history, art, and of course, the most popular, Spanish Galleon Ship.

The Santa Elena History Center aims to be an exciting field trip destination and educational resource for local and visiting students.

Photos by Sandy Dimke.

Board of Ed OKs placing one-penny education sales tax with property tax cut on November ballot

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Citing a pressing need to accommodate rapidly increasing numbers of students, the Beaufort County Board of Education voted today to place a one-penny education sales tax on the November 2016 general election ballot for consideration by local voters.

Board Chair Mary Cordray released the following statement on behalf of the Board:

“After careful consideration of the district’s current capital needs and enrollment projections, the Beaufort County School Board voted to place a one-penny local education capital sales tax referendum on the November 2016 general election ballot. This referendum will allow voters to determine the method of funding used by the district to meet its growing capital needs, which include new construction and also extending the life of existing facilities. The ballot question will also include authorization to spend funds in anticipation of sales tax collections.

“If approved by Beaufort County voters in November, the tax, specified for a time period of ten (10) years, would be begin in March 2017 and expire automatically in 2027. Renewal would require a subsequent approval by voters in a future general election. In general, items currently exempted from tax would also be exempt from this education sales tax. For example, the sales tax would not apply to unprepared foods. It is estimated that over one-third of the revenue generated by a sales tax of this nature would come from non-Beaufort County citizens, including both tourists and residents from neighboring counties who visit and shop in Beaufort County.

“Funds from the one-penny education sales tax referendum would be used exclusively for capital projects as specified on the ballot question; state law would prohibit the funds from being used for operations. In addition, ALL Beaufort County property owners’ taxes on debt service, including 4 percent homeowners, 6 percent homeowners, businesses, vehicles, etc., would be reduced by one-third over the period of time the tax is in place.

“Between now and the November referendum, the Board and district will schedule multiple educational and informational public meetings in order to provide complete and accurate information to the public. Additionally, the school district will have the details of the proposal available on the district website. The Board’s goal is to ensure that parents, employees, and all Beaufort County taxpayers have access to the information they need to make an informed decision in the voting booth.

“If the sales tax referendum is not successful on the November 2016 ballot, the Beaufort County School Board will use other capital funding mechanisms available that would result in an increase in the school district debt service millage.”

Music to our ears

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SCHOOLS - BLUFF MIDDLE MUSICThe Bluffton Middle School Symphonic Band earned a Superior rating at the South Carolina Concert Performance Assessment (CPA). This is the highest honor that a group can receive and is the first in Bluffton Middle School history. These students were adjudicated on two performances, one prepared and one for sight-reading. The total of five judges, nationally acclaimed for their work, give the band a rating based on rigorous criteria.

The students earned an overall rating of Superior for the performance, including straight Superior ratings in sight-reading. No other Beaufort County School District middle school has received this honor in the traditional (6th – 8th grades) division in well over a decade. These students performed at the highest level and represented their school well.

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