Review Category : School News

Palmetto Electric Trust presents check to TCL

The Palmetto Electric Trust recently presented a $50,000 check to the Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation to establish The G. Thomas Upshaw Endowed Scholarship Fund, which honors recently retired Palmetto Electric President and CEO G. Thomas Upshaw. The scholarship will support students residing in Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties in South Carolina who attend TCL, and preference will be given to United States active-duty military members and veterans and their families.


Pictured from left to right are Berl Davis, Palmetto Electric Cooperative President and CEO; Mary Lee Carns, TCL Executive Director of Institutional Advancement; Dr. Vicki Leitz, TCL Foundation Chair; Joan Heyward, TCL Commissioner; and Dr. Richard Gough, TCL President.

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Art integration at Lady’s Island Elementary benefits students

By Marvelle L. Ulmer

Lady’s Island Elementary School’s (L.I.E.S.) motto “Soaring to excellence in academics and the arts” serves as the compass which guides the present direction of the school. As a result of our steadfast commitment to the arts and employing data driven decision making the school has received numerous accolades. Local author Claudia Cornett featured the school in Creating Meaning Through Literature and the Arts: Arts Integration for Classroom teachers. Another recognition dear to our heart is the Verner Award, which is South Carolina’s highest award designed to recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the arts in South Carolina. The district received this award last spring for its support of the arts. Four students will perform with the South Carolina Elementary Honors Choir in early February, and two dozen students will strive to be recognized as artistically gifted and talented by auditioning in an art category. The school is an

Art teacher Stephanie Riedmayer made Abe Lincoln log cabins with students in Mrs. Dangerfield’s kindergarten class.  At Lady’s Island Elementary students regularly integrate art into their academic lessons.

Art teacher Stephanie Riedmayer made Abe Lincoln log cabins with students in Mrs. Dangerfield’s kindergarten class. At Lady’s Island Elementary students regularly integrate art into their academic lessons.

Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) School and was the recipient of a Distinguished Arts Program grant. Lady’s Island Elementary’s past was in the arts and its clear given the success of the school that its future is bright in the arts.

Lady’s Island Elementary is a school passionate about the arts and the benefits it provides students. In addition to using the intelligences, our students develop public speaking skills and social skills. They also learn to work with others. These skills, dubbed soft skills, prepare them to be successful in school and to be productive citizens.

The success of our students is attributed to the devotion of our teachers, support of our parents, and the hard work of our students. Parents love the welcoming, warm atmosphere that combines with personalized attention for their child. Students enjoy being involved in the extra curricular activities and participating in special initiatives like Read across America. Our students are engaged in readers’ and writers’ workshops, the traditional curriculum and technology like students in other Beaufort County School District schools.

What makes our school unique? It’s the arts. Students experience exceptional theatre, dance, art, and music instruction from our Academic Arts teachers as well as using these art forms to make connections and cement learning in their academic subjects. The leadership team here truly wants to take advantage of the research that indicates that students who learn through active engagement with arts-infused lessons learn at an accelerated rate and retain what they’ve learned. Therefore, teachers plan lessons that include these elements so that our students will have every opportunity for success.

The school also provides many opportunities for those who show extra talent in the arts to further develop their skills. We have Show Choir, strings, and drumming for those who simply love music and those with exceptional musical abilities. These students participated in Beaufort’s Night on the Town, had an outstanding Christmas performance, and performed songs and clowning skits for the community. There is our Today’s Artistically Creative Talented (TACT) program for those who have a special aptitude in the visual arts. These students’ artwork is displayed throughout the community. For those that love to be dramatic, there are stories alive and many opportunities to participate in productions. Upcoming 5th grade productions will include Peter Pan and Cinderella. Perhaps you could come out and enjoy these productions this spring. LEAP is for gifted dancers. They participated in the school’s Patriotic Assembly and holiday program. They were one of the few elementary schools to take part in the local dance festival.

Lady’s Island Elementary is a school with a special arts focus; however, we also offer interesting sports activities. There is the running club where runners can earn rewards for different mileage clubs from the Marathon Club all the way up to and beyond the 100 mile club. There is also a world class sport stacking team here at Lady’s Island. Several of our members have been named as part of Team USA. Most of the state records are held by former members of the Lady’s Island Stacking teams. In addition to the state records several of our team members hold national and world records.

Most importantly our goal is to prepare our students academically. Teachers are receiving additional professional development weekly to incorporate best practices into their lessons. Technology is integrated into classrooms throughout the school day. Our media specialist encourages children to read through the Read Across America program and the twelve days of reading holiday program in which incentives are provided to students who participate. Students also enjoy the many technology projects created by the media technology team.

Lady’s Island Elementary is a school that offers an exceptional learning experience. The instructional leaders love working with students, and they make learning fun. Students at Lady’s Island Elementary School excel in a rich academic environment where they are motivated to learn via arts infusion. We welcome our community to visit our school to explore “Beaufort’s Best Kept Secret” up close and personal or join us for one of our spring performances.

Marvelle L. Ulmer is the Principal at Lady’s Island Elementary School. Each year LIBPA invites each of the schools (public and private) on Lady’s Island to contribute an article about their school. This article was provided in response to that invitation.

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TCL announces Educators of the Year

The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently named three faculty and staff members as its 2015 South Carolina Technical Education Association (SCTEA) Educators of the Year.

•   Faculty Member of the Year: Michael Ricks, Criminal Justice Instructor
•   Administrator of the Year: Debralee McClellan, Registrar
•   Support Staff Member of the Year: Richard Kilgore, Facility Management

“These TCL members are truly deserving of this honor as they exemplify our mission in their service to students and our community,” TCL President Dr. Richard Gough said. The award winners, chosen by fellow college employees, will be recognized at the annual SCTEA conference in Myrtle Beach this month.

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School Notes for the week of Feb. 12th-18th


• Battery Creek High School has 9 students that were selected to be part of the All-County Band! The students selected are Gloria McCreary (flute), Drew Rushing (flute), Jacqueline Lopez (clarinet), Jocelyn Thompson (clarinet), Jack Hillery (alto sax), Blaise Giove (alto sax), Jesse Mixon (trombone), Vanessa Madrid (mallet), and Conner Yahres (snare). Out of the 9 students selected, both Jack Hillery and Vanessa Madrid were chosen to be 1st chair on their instrument!


• It’s National Random Acts of Kindness Week! BA students are being even more purposeful about practicing kindness this week! Learn more at the RAK Foundation website.

• Thursday, 2/12 – Students in grades 1-12 are invited to participate in Valentine’s Day fundraisers benefiting the 9th grade.

• Friday and Monday, 2/13 & 2/16 – No school in observation of Presidents’ Day.


• Students at Beaufort High were nominated by their classroom teachers for exhibiting exceptional RESPONSIBILTY both in school and out, for our monthly PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports) celebration. Out of all students nominated, those pictured were selected by more than one of their teachers and honored with a certificate of achievement.

Pictured with Mr. Murphy, winners for each small school were, from left: Sam Derrick (FA), Matt Campbell (ACT) and Kaleiah Lawson (MCS).  Not pictured, Mattie Jo Thomas (IS).  We congratulate all our nominated students, who were invited, along with their parents, to our monthly “Muffins with Murphy celebration.

Pictured with Mr. Murphy, winners for each small school were, from left: Sam Derrick (FA), Matt Campbell (ACT) and Kaleiah Lawson (MCS). Not pictured, Mattie Jo Thomas (IS). We congratulate all our nominated students, who were invited, along with their parents, to our monthly “Muffins with Murphy celebration.

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Top tutoring franchise recognizes locals

As 2014 came to an end, Tutor Doctor, the fastest growing “in-home” private tutoring franchise worldwide, unveiled its most dedicated and passionate tutor who has gone above and beyond to earn the esteemed ‘Tutor of the Year’ award. More than 17,000 tutors from 14 countries anticipated the company’s annual conference to discover which one of their colleagues would be recognized for their extraordinary efforts as a tutor and mentor.

“The Tutor of the Year award acknowledges the outstanding contributions of a tutor who stands out as a leader in our system, as well as their community, and represents Tutor Doctor’s core values in everything they do,” said Frank Milner, President of Tutor Doctor. “The profound difference our tutors make every day in the lives of our families, in our communities and our organization is what makes Tutor Doctor so special. Recognizing the top tutor each year is our way of celebrating these amazing tutors and reinforcing that their commitment to excellence is highly admired and appreciated.”

The top five semi-finalists were announced late 2014, and Beaufort County resident, Glenda Pinckney made the list. Glenda began with Tutor Doctor in April 2014. As a full time engineer, she is still devoted to the students that she is helping throughout the county.  Her passion is evident and has received nothing but praise from both parents and students. Micah Peppers, owner of Beaufort County’s Tutor Doctor, stated, “Glenda is golden.  She can relate to the students regardless of their specific learning style. They trust her and she gets results. Residents that are dedicated to education and helping local students should be recognized.”

For more information on Tutor Doctor in Beaufort County please visit

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Beaufort Academy Homecoming Queen crowned

Schools - BA Homecomeing Queen

The 2015 Beaufort Academy Homecoming Queen was crowned on Saturday!

Congratulations to BA senior Emma Everidge!

Pictured from left to right: The court and the Queen; Tucker Langehans, Taylor Vincent, Julianna Dunphy, Natalie Simkins, Emma Everidge, Brynna Ferry, McKenzie Blake, Molly Harrop, Casey Kahn, Bridget Baggerly, Somers Cherry, Katie Gay.

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Parents can learn about instructional options at upcoming fairs

The Beaufort County School District’s menu of instructional options for students is about to get much bigger, and parents can learn more about their school choices at regional and individual school information fairs beginning next month.

Two regional information fairs will give students and their parent’s opportunities to learn about the district’s choice programs and how to apply for them. The first fair (6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 10 at Beaufort High School) will cover choice programs in northern Beaufort County. The second fair (6-7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Bluffton High School) will cover choice programs in southern Beaufort County.

In the weeks after the two regional fairs, individual schools will host their own meetings so students and parents can learn more about the choices they offer. A complete calendar of information fairs is available on the district’s School Choice Headquarters website (

“Every parent knows from personal experience that all children learn differently,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss. “The old one-size-fits-all model of education simply doesn’t address that fact. Our new district-wide school choice program offers students ways to learn that are customized to their personal talents and interests. By doing that, we engage them and build their confidence while they increase their knowledge and learn new skills.”

Curriculum options approved by the Board of Education include such instructional choices as Montessori, International Baccalaureate, arts infused, Classical Studies, dual language immersion, early college, leadership programs and advanced math and science.

Beaufort County students who attend choice programs will not pay extra 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.

School choice applications will be posted to the district’s website on Friday, March 13, and must be turned in by Wednesday, April 15. Paper copies of the application will be available in school offices. Moss said that all district schools will maintain a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics focus, as well as a core includes the arts, world languages and technology.

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Hunting Island to receive decorated trash receptacle thanks to BA students

Pictured left to right: Charles Aimar, Jacob Dalton, Weezie Gallant, Mac Griffith, Carol Nogueira.

Pictured left to right: Charles Aimar, Jacob Dalton, Weezie Gallant, Mac Griffith, Carol Nogueira.

The Upper School students at Beaufort Academy used some of their time in Art class to take part in a service learning project for Hunting Islands litter control group. The students decorated a trash receptacle, which will be displayed near a beach access area at Hunting Island in hopes of encouraging patrons to keep their trash in the receptacle and off of the beach.

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Local student to play clarinet at concert in Charleston

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Nicole Hamner

A big congrats is due to 7th grader Nicole Hamner. She placed 18th out of 91 clarinets who auditioned for Region 4 Band. After All-State pull-outs, she has been seated 9th Chair for the February 21 concert at Charleston Southern University. She was only four spots away from All-State Callbacks, which is amazing because the requirements for Region are the same throughout middle school; she will just have to learn a new solo for next year. She will be attending a two day clinic at Charleston Southern University Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21th to prepare for the concert on Saturday, February 21, at 3:00 p.m. Congratulations Nicole!

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Enroll now in TCL’s new agriscience certificate program

It’s more than green grass that unites farming, golf course management and landscaping. Agriscience is also a common bond. Agriscience encompasses the application of science and technology to the plant and animal industries and includes a wide range of fields such as conventional and organic farming, turf management

Dr. Natavia Middleton, TCL Interim Dean for Arts & Sciences, reviews agriscience textbooks for program curriculum.

Dr. Natavia Middleton, TCL Interim Dean for Arts & Sciences, reviews agriscience textbooks for program curriculum.

and landscaping.

This February, agriscience courses will officially begin at  the Technical College of the Lowcountry. The new agriscience certificate program will provide students with fundamental knowledge in this rapidly growing field and prepare students to enter and advance in occupations in farming, landscaping, and golf course and pest management industries.

“We hope that people who work locally will continue their education in the agriscience program to receive higher positions in their current jobs, form their own businesses or even change their careers,” Interim Dean for Arts & Sciences Dr. Natavia Middleton said.

The program requires 29 credit hours and emphasizes three separate occupational areas: diversified agriculture production, landscape occupations and turf occupations. An internship in their chosen pathway will also be required to give students additional hands-on experience. Area employers agree that the agriscience certificate is needed. Jerry Ashmore, Director of Workforce Development and Safety at The Greenery, serves on the TCL advisory committee that helped shape the program.

“I know the value of an education and appreciate this program as it gives students real-life experience as well as a solid foundation and enables them to grow in their careers,” Ashmore said. “We hope to offer folks careers after completion of the program.”

Agriculture is very strong in the Lowcountry as well as in the state of South Carolina. “The industry provides jobs to thousands of folks locally, from landscape contractors, golf courses to farmers,” he said.

The agriscience program also will benefit existing workers that are looking to advance in their careers. “The program will give them the opportunity to strengthen their skills, broaden their knowledge and enhance their professionalism, making them more valuable to their employer and give them the opportunity to grow in their career,” Ashmore said.

TCL has campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hampton. And with S.C. Lottery Tuition Assistance, South Carolina residents pay about $900 a semester for full-time tuition, regardless of need or income. In addition, TCL offers in-state tuition to military members and their spouses who are stationed in Beaufort and to residents of Chatham and Effingham counties in Georgia. Students must enroll and pay by February 4 for these classes that start February 9. For more information about the agriscience program, please contact instructor Dr. Natavia Middleton at or 843.470.5964.

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