Review Category : School News

BHS receives math and science donation

Several BHS students surround  David Mixson (L) and Principal Corey Murphy.

Several BHS students surround David Mixson (L) and Principal Corey Murphy.

David Mixson, representative for Tiger Express Gas Stations, presents Beaufort High School with a $1000 check from Exxon Mobile Education Alliance for Math and Science. The company has awarded over $8000 in grants this year in an effort to give back to the communities which support these stations. BHS is happy to be the recipient of this money, which will go to support purchasing advanced materials and computer programs for the math and science programs at the school.

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Technology and entrepreneurship day camp to be offered

The Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is partnering with Beaufort County School District to deliver their iTEAMS Xtreme summer camp to rising 7th and 8th graders in Beaufort County. The day camp will be held June 15-18, at Bluffton Middle School. The online application is currently available at

iTEAMS Xtreme aims to inspire students to pursue careers in the fields of computer science and technology through innovative hands-on, team-based projects. Working in teams and using the latest technologies, students will create mobile apps using App Inventor, create interactive objects using Makey Makey Invention Kit, and Scratch, and create 3D models using 3D printers.

iTEAMS Xtreme will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $185 per student, including daily snacks, instructional materials and lunch on the final day of the camp. An early bird rate of $165 is offered to students who apply and pay in full by April 13, 2015.

The application deadline is May 18, 2015. Acceptance to iTEAMS Xtreme is based on academic merit. GSSM’s financial partners for iTEAMS Xtreme in Beaufort include the SC Department of Commerce, Waddell & Reed Hartsville – Russell F. Powell, First Citizens Bank, South Carolina Cable Television Association, Time Warner Cable, Bargain Box, Disney Hilton Head Island Resort, Gulfstream, and Hargray Communications.

Learn more and apply online at For questions, contact Darby Kirven at 843-616-4048 or

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Lady’s Island Middle School inducts students to National Honor Society


Please congratulate the following students on being inducted into the Lady’s Island Middle School Chapter of National Junior Honor Society. All of these students have worked very hard and have maintained grades of 90 of better on their report cards for their middle school career. The Honor Society induction ceremony was recently held and was attended by the families of these very dedicated students.  The current president of the Beaufort High School Chapter of the National Honor Society was the guest speaker.

Newly inducted members are Joshua Aiken, Payton Alexander, Sarah Geisler, Nicole Hamner, Gabrielle Idsall, Reanna Konarski, Sean Moran, Sykler Rodriguez., Kiani Wright, and Alan Wiser.

Current members include Quentin Butler, Sara Correll, Jacob Denton, Amelia Evans, Coby Greenwalt, Chase Guynup, Maxwell Kase, Riley Kase, Sydney Maddox, Taylor Maddox, Nicole Marsh,   Skye Pejsa,  NiQuava Pope, and Kerra White.

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Career Day at LIMS

Lady’s Island Middle School’s Career Day welcomed two of the City of Beaufort’s “Finest” to speak to a select group of students about a career in law enforcement. Investigator Charles Raley and Officer Stephanie Karafa of the Beaufort Police Department talked to the students about how the can get started the different areas of work that are available in law enforcement and what it takes to be successful in this arena. Some of the questions were about life during their training time in police academy and sacrifices necessary to be successful.

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ACT SO Competition

Support Scholarships for Beaufort County High School Students by attending the upcoming Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics (ACT SO). To be held at the USCB Center for Performing Arts, May 2nd at 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The host is Dr. Marlena Smalls and special guest includes Deborah Valis-Flynn, Ms. South Carolina 2015. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 Child (3-12yrs) and may be purchased at the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, Penn Center Welcome Center or online at For questions contact Tonya Johnson Phillips 441-4985 or Regina Jefferson 812-6259.

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The Philanthropy Corner for April 2nd-8th

A new neighbor coming to north of the Broad

PHILANTHROPY - NOC student photo Island News

Nationally-recognized Hilton Head Island nonprofit Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) is coming to Beaufort. NOC works to eliminate poverty’s root causes by addressing education, health and workforce development directly inside the communities they serve. The Beaufort County School District has been in discussion with NOC over the past two years to bring their flagship program, a one-on-one afterschool tutoring and summer program, into two high-need communities North of the Broad: Parkview Terrace and Marsh Point.

“What our model presents is a new partnership in dealing with the challenges we face in educating our children,” explained Dr. Narendra Sharma, Chair of the NOC Board of Directors. “The schools can’t do it alone. Larger organizations like the Beaufort County School District and Neighborhood Outreach Connection will have to work together to address the problems of the 21st Century.”

Proven effective in NOC’s four other locations; this engaging, cost-effective educational program brings technology and teachers directly to students, adding the equivalent of an additional 28 days of school to the year. Teachers work closely with local schools to get struggling students involved in the program.

NOC wants to open its program center for Parkview Terrace and Marsh Point in May, just in time to kick off summer programming. So far, NOC has the support of elected officials, such as Mayor Keyserling and State Senator Tom Davis, the Beaufort County Board of Education and the local business community, among others. The Beaufort County School District, Parkview Terrace and Marsh Point are donating space to run programming and offices. On Monday, NOC and BCSD were also awarded a $163,000 South Carolina Community Block Grant as start-up funding for the new program.

A generous anonymous donor has offered a matching gift of $50,000 to support the new program, which needs $100,000 annually to work with 100 children. The anonymous donor hopes to inspire Beaufort locals to support their neighbors North of the Broad by jumpstarting NOC’s new program center. NOC has currently raised $12,500 toward their matching goal $50,000 fundraising goal.  – visit to donate today.

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Lookout Tesla! Here comes the 4th grade!

Fourth graders participating in the AMES Academy program at Beaufort Elementary recently completed one of their most challenging projects to date. They designed and built the framework for a personal electric car. In order to do this, they had to research aerodynamic principles, draw a blueprint to scale, cut the wood frame using a saw, and then gluing the 3-D frame together. Mrs. Marianne Blake, their Science teacher said, ”…everyone did a great job on their cars. Besides lots of learning, a generally good time was had by all.”

The AMES Academy is a magnet program for gifted and high achieving students. The program is based on rigorous math and science foundational skills taught through the use of science and engineering projects.

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Beaufort Academy plans 50th birthday blowout!

Turning 50 is no small accomplishment and means many different things for many different people… for some, it’s a reason to buy a new car (BA recently purchased a new bus), for others it’s a reason to get a new look (BA has a new Headmaster), and for others it’s time for a huge party… and that’s exactly what Beaufort Academy is planning! BA parking lot copy

In Beaufort, folks know how to have a good time! Whether it’s a Friday night downtown, a Saturday on the river, or an afternoon on the porch relaxing with friends, our community appreciates good people, good food, and a good time. On Saturday, May 2nd, all three will come together as Beaufort Academy celebrates its 50th Birthday Party… The Big Five-O!

As this landmark year comes to a close, it’s time to blow out the candles on the cake. BA’s Big Five-0 Birthday Bash is the grand finale that is a Party 50 Years in the Making! A party of this magnitude is no small feat. The committee organizing The Big Five-O, led by Chairwoman Katie Huebel of WED, knows it has to be exceptional. They have been planning since last fall for a birthday bash like no other birthday bash! The event will feature cuisine prepared by Cru Café of Charleston, the rocking Mike Veal Band from Atlanta, an amazing auction and lots of birthday surprises. Tickets are $75 in advance and $85 at the door, and include beer and wine (liquor will be available for purchase). Former BA faculty and staff please call 843-524-3393 for special pricing!

And of course, you can’t turn 50 and not celebrate with all of your friends and family! BA has a separate committee working on bringing back alumni and faculty with whom they’ve lost touch, and of course they are inviting everyone from their history who has helped to make BA what it is today. On top of that, BA hopes the community will join them to celebrate this special event in Beaufort’s history.

Why would someone who has never gone to school at BA come to this party? Not only will it be the 50th birthday party to top all 50th birthday parties, but it’s a way for BA to honor and celebrate the entire Beaufort community who has supported the school the past 50 years.

Prior to blowing out the candles on May 2nd, BA will also be inducting the first Athletic Hall of Fame recipients at a special assembly at the Beaufort Academy gym on May 1st, at 2:15 p.m. Please plan to come and see the induction of BA alumni athletes and coaches!

There is no charge the attend the Hall of Fame assembly, and tickets for the Big Five-O Birthday Bash can be found at the school’s website,, or by contacting Emma Roddey at 843-524-3393 or Don’t miss the opportunity to become a part of this historic milestone!

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BHS Future Business Leaders place in state competition

Paulina Gutierrez, Dajai Osborne, Greta Lucero-Quintana, and Trevon Bridges

Paulina Gutierrez, Dajai Osborne, Greta Lucero-Quintana, and Trevon Bridges

Paulina Gutierrez, Dajai Osborne, Greta Lucero-Quintana, and Trevon Bridges represented Beaufort High at the SC Future Business Leaders of America State Conference this past weekend in Charleston, SC. Greta placed in the top 10 in Accounting I and Trevon came in 2nd place in Desktop Publishing. Trevon qualifies to compete in the National FBLA competition to be held in Chicago, IL in June. We’re proud of these students who represent Beaufort so admirably!

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School Notes for the week of March 26th-April 1st


•  Thursday, March 26th: Annual Science Expo, open to the community from 5 to 6 p.m. in the BA gym.

•  Friday, March 27th: Annual BA Father Daughter Dance to be held at Coosaw Point.

•  Tuesday-Thursday, March 31st-April 2nd: The 5th & 6th grade overnight field trip to Camp Leopold and the 7th grade overnight field trip to Patriots Point/USS Yorktown.

•  Friday, April 3rd: Save the Date! No school, Spring Break begins. Classes resume on April 13th.

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