Review Category : School News

Favorite teacher at BHS wins $100

Photo above: Principal, Corey Murphy, Ann Paige (Winning Orthodontic Smiles), Lila Marton, Austin Burnett and Janet Villalta (Winning Orthodontic Smiles). Beaufort High School’s Ms. Marton won $100 for classroom supplies after student, Austin Burnett, entered her in the Favorite Teacher Contest held in the office of Dr. Skeet Burris and Dr. Travis Fiegle.   ...

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BOE reviewing need for lower-cost housing for teachers as recruitment & retention incentive

The Beaufort County Board of Education will consider an affordable housing program that Superintendent Jeff Moss says will help the district recruit and retain teachers in the county, which has South Carolina’s highest cost of living. Moss said the initiative’s goal would be to provide one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments that would rent for considerably less than currently monthly rates in the local rental market. “We’re struggling to attract and retain the numbers of classroom teachers we need,” Moss said. “And teachers who turn down jobs in our district – or teachers who accept jobs here but move away after a year or two – frequently cite housing expenses as a major factor in their decisions. “More than 40 prospective teachers went through our application and interview process this year. We offered them jobs, but they ultimately declined those offers. There’s no doubt in my mind that our high housing costs factored into those decisions.” At a recent Beaufort County Board of Education meeting, Bluffton High School students presented a... ...

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New Advanced Technical Center opens at Battery Creek HS

Educators and community leaders cut a ceremonial ribbon today and followed student guides on a tour of the Beaufort County School District’s first facility dedicated exclusively to career and technology education. Beginning in January, the new Advanced Technical Center at Battery Creek High School will offer students cutting-edge, technology-rich classrooms specializing in agri-science, aviation and aerospace, culinary arts, mechatronics (mechanical and electronic engineering) and welding. “People across the country talk about an ‘employment gap,’ but the real challenge we face is a ‘skills gap,’ ” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “Too many job applicants for high-paying occupations simply don’t have the skills that employers are looking for. This facility is part of the solution to that challenge.” Moss said that the Advanced Technical Center – along with a similar facility at the under-construction May River High School – are key parts of a broader district-wide expansion of career and technology education (CATE) instructional choices. Students in CATE courses will have the option of pursuing additional studies in college or obtaining industry... ...

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LIES recognizes outstanding qualities

Photo above: New members pictured are Jabari Brabham, Arthur Singleton, Akeim Cohen, Aric Robinson, Lucas Cole, Z’niyah Alexander, Kasey Fields, Talisha Prince, Jamerrah Bellinger and Zackary Jones. Not pictured is Jade Sabillion. Lady’s Island Elementary School inducted 11 new members into the Junior Beta Club. The organization promotes academic achievement, character, service and leadership. Ms. Jalissa Newton and Mrs. Charlotte DiOrio are the advisors of the club. There are currently 23 members of the Beta Club at Lady’s Island. Their first service project is a food drive to help families in need during the holiday season. ...

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Beaufort Academy’s Performing Arts Group debuted last Friday!

Beaufort Academy’s Lower School Performing Arts Group performed their rendition of “The Nightmare Before Christmas” at “Night on the Town” in Downtown Beaufort this past Friday night on the Bay Street Stage! This was their first performance since the group was created this fall. The Performing Arts Group is made up of about 20 students from grades 1-6 with an interest in dancing, singing and acting. Thank you to all who came out to this great family event and supported our BA students and local businesses! Stay tuned for more performances by Beaufort Academy’s Performance Arts Group! ...

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St. Helena Elementary students receive new books

Adopt-a-School held its Book Distribution at St. Helena Elementary School on Thursday, December 3rd. Twice a year, Adopt-a-School gives a new book to every student in the school. The students take these books home. Adopt-a-School is a Non-Profit, 501C, organization that supports St. Helena Elementary School. They provide volunteers, materials, cultural enrichment activities, and books to the school. For more information, please contact Alison Barton, Adopt-a-School Volunteer Coordinator, at (843) 838-2561. ...

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Covey provides a leadership plan for local school

Photo above: Coosa Elementary’s entire student body and faculty with all of their flags. Coosa Elementary is a “Leader in Me” School. They practice the seven habits as outlined by Stephen Covey in his books, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. As part of Coosa Elementary’s leadership initiative their students and teachers work together to choose a class mascot and write a class mission statement. Mascots are painted on the front of flags and student handprints are on the back. The flags are hung along the driveway entering the school. As you enter the school you can see all of the mascots. As you leave the school it looks as if all of the students are waving goodbye. Coosa Elementary’s flags are unique to their school school. They are happy to be a “Leader in Me” school. ...

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Beaufort Academy honors Veterans

Photo above: Captain Michael Ryan (Ret.) with 4th grade students. Veteran’s day is a time to honor all heroes, and BA embraced the holiday by celebrating Veterans more than just one day. In preparation for Veterans Day, BA students were busy learning about Veterans’ wartime experiences and reflecting on the meaning of Veterans Day by participating in a variety of interactive projects. Students are busy collaborating across grade levels and learning from veterans and special guests too. The fourth grade invited a special Veteran to class, retired Captain Michael Ryan, a BA grandfather and Vietnam Veteran. The students asked probing questions, learned about life as a soldier in a combat zone, and reflected on the importance of our nation’s commitment to personal liberties and the blessings of freedom. As Mr. Ryan said, “War gave me the ability to count my blessings and it is great to be alive!” This was a special opportunity for both the Veterans and the students! ...

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Lady’s Island National Junior Honor Society adopts Columbia school in need

The National Junior Honor Society of Lady’s Island Middle School adopted Crayton Middle School in Columbia, SC for their fall service project. Many CMS families were affected by the recent flooding and our NJHS led a drive to assist the students of CMS. The theme of their service project was “We’ve got your back, Crayton!” and they collected backpacks and school supplies brought in by LIMS students & faculty. The students in the picture starting at the top and moving clockwise are Joshua Aiken, Sean Moran, Sarah Geisler, Nicole Hamner, Reanna Konarski, Kiani Wright, Payton Alexander, Keara White and Skyler Rodriguez. The NJHS sponsors are Lori Howell and Hope Rugemalira. ...

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Coosa Elementary School teachers receive big grants

Last week several teachers from Coosa Elementary were surprised with balloons and oversized checks by members of the BCSD Foundation for Educational Excellence. These teachers applied and were awarded Innovative Teacher Grants for the fall award cycle! Mrs. Jernigan was awarded a grant for our Media Center titled “Get Graphic: The World in Worlds and Pictures” to purchase graphic novels for all students to enjoy. Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. Pulaski, Mrs. Evans, and Mrs. Pope were awarded funds for “Nothing could be finer than teaching SC History” to assist in teaching our 3rd graders about South Carolina History through literature. Congratulations to these proactive teachers who saw a need and a way to fill it for the students! ...

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