Beaufort High School Happenings

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April 21, 2011

Beaufort High’s choir groups, Voices and Troubadours under the direction of Vic Varner put on their Spring show on April 12 & 13. This was Mr. Varner’s last show as Beaufort High’s director. He will retire at the end of the 2011 school year.

Junior Voices member Matthew Woelke solos during the Beach Boy’s Help Me Rhonda.

Freshman Troubadour Shannon Courtney sings You’ve Got a Friend in Me.

Senior Voices member Lynleigh McLain solos in I Remember.

Sophomores Zach Wells and Zabriel Rivers play Huck and Jim in the Voices performance of Big River.


Lowe’s Helps Build Preschoolers

Lowe’s donation contributes to educational materials for day school.

April 21, 2011

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store donated 150 clay pots to assist in fundraising efforts for Sea Island Presbyterian Day School.

Students at Sea Island Presbyterian Day School painted the clay pots with butterflies, caterpillars, and ladybugs, as part of their Spring Fling celebration. Parents who attended the Spring Fling made donations and were able to take their child’s pot home as a keepsake.

Sea Island Presbyterian Day School Director, Kathy Hulbert, said over 400 parents and students attended the fundraising event. “We are thrilled with the outcome of our Spring Fling fundraiser and very thankful to Lowe’s for donating the clay pots. The children really enjoyed showing their parents what they created.”

Sea Island Presbyterian Day School consists of 150 students between the ages of one and five years old. Proceeds from the Spring Fling will go toward educational materials and supplies. For more information about Sea Island Presbyterian Day School, visit


LIES Hosts and Evening of Art, Poetry and Music

April 21, 2011

Kindergartners Channing Coulter, William Caldwell, and Brayden Sheehan get ready to perform a rendition of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Kindergartners and first graders from Lady’s Island Elementary recently hosted an evening of art, poetry, and music.  Student artwork for the River of Words project was displayed as were student poems about our local ecosystem.  Students performed dances and sang songs about nature.


BA Students to Attend Duke TIP Ceremony

April 21, 2011

Anna Sheppard, Kristen Floyd, Jacob Bhoi and Sophie Roth-Douquet.

The Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremonies honor seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests.  Four of Beaufort Academy 7th graders have qualified to attend the Duke TIP State Recognition ceremony based on their standardized test scores (either ACT or SAT).  Students invited to the State Ceremony meet at least one of the following criteria:


ACT English > 20 
ACT Math > 20 
ACT Reading > 21
ACT Science > 21
* Or with three of the four following scores English = 19, Math = 19, Reading = 20, Science = 20


SAT Math > 520 
SAT Critical Reading > 510
SAT Writing > 500 
*Or with two of the three following scores: Math = 510, Critical Reading = 500, Writing = 490



April 21, 2011

Fathers and students of the Coosa Elementary School chapter of All Pro Dad’s Day in Lady’s Island will hold their inaugural gathering on Friday, May 6, at their monthly breakfast.

All Pro Dad is the fatherhood program of Family First, a national non-profit organization based in Tampa, Fla. Launched with the help of former Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy in 1997, All Pro Dad features almost 60 NFL players, coaches, and alumni who encourage men to be good fathers.

“All Pro Dad’s Day is a simple idea with a profound impact,” said Bryan Davis, director of All Pro Dad’s Days. “It will transform the lives of the families who participate.”

All Pro Dad’s Day is a one-hour monthly breakfast held before school where fathers and their children meet with other dads and kids in the school cafeteria or a local restaurant. During this time, they discuss a wide range of family topics, spend time together, create fun memories, and are equipped with resources to strengthen their relationship.



All Pro Dads and their children who attend Coosa Elementary School’s All Pro Dad’s Day

All Pro Dad’s Day breakfast Friday, May 6, 2011

Coosa Elementary School Media Center 45 Middle Road, Lady’s Island, SC 29907

RSVP by April 29, 2011 to Estimated cost of breakfast is $1.85.


For more information on the All Pro Dad programs nationwide, please visit



Pi Beta Phi and Riverview 2nd Graders journey Through National Reading Month together!

April 14, 2011

Spring brings the Champions are Readers (CAR) program of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women, sponsored locally by the Lowcountry Alumnae Club.  CAR is a reading enrichment program designed to supplement activities already provided by schools, and the Riverview Charter School second grade was chosen as the 2011 recipient of services.  Pi Beta Phi volunteers, Janet Gregory, Mary Foster, Ann Morrow, Nina Bass, and Judy Johnson, worked with students of Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Rosengarten to explore reading through poetry, with groups constructing rhyming poems in the style of Dr. Seuss.  The campaign kicked off January 24th, National Reading Day, and continued through the month of February as students worked both in class and independently to improve their reading skills.  Their efforts were recognized on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, when the student groups performed skits of the story poems they created.  Each CAR Program participant received a book and medal in recognition of their hard work.

In conjunction with the CAR Program this year, the Alumnae club was awarded a grant, conferred in March by the National Council of Youth Service America.  This grant recognizes Riverview student Henry Harper and Pi Beta Phi Philanthropy Chair, Dr. Nina Bass, as co-leaders of a continuing student initiative to support literacy.  The grant will provide resource books for the Riverview Charter School library and funds to be jointly used by Pi Beta Phi and Riverview in establishing a Mobile Reading Room celebrating the genius of Dr. Seuss.  When completed, the Mobile Reading Room will tour area schools each year in support of literacy.

The mission of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for women is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential, and enrich lives through community service.


Author Adventures

April 14, 2011

Jonathan Miller, Charleston author of the Adventures of Sammy the Wonder Dachshund books visited Coosa Elementary School on April 11, 2011, where he read Sammy on Safari and Sammy’s Last Week in Charleston. He also spoke with the children about the art techniques used in illustrating the book, how books are published, and his upcoming new book, Sammy in Space. Shown is Coosa Elementary School Media Specialist, Karen Turner, accepting a donation of the two books from Jonathan Miller.____________________________________________________________________________________________Beaufort Academy students win at Science FairApril 14, 2011Congratulations to Beaufort Academy Regional Science Fair winnersUpper School:Riley Blocker: 3rd Place Environmental ScienceZach Bachtell: Honorable Mention PhysicsCharles Humphries: Honorable Mention PhysicsEmily Hutchins: 3rd Place PhysicsHope Keane: Honorable Mention Social and Behavioral ScienceCharlotte Delfosse: Honorable Mention Health and MedicineMiddle School:Jackson Warren: 1st runner up - Lifelong Learning Award, Broadcom Masters Award, Navy AwardAshton Guest: 2nd Place Broadcom Masters AwardNicki Ozburn: 3rd PlaceMike Bhoi: Honorable MentionMcKenzie Blake: Honorable MentionWill Turner: Honorable MentionXavier Westergaard: Honorable MentionKatie Gay & Taylor Vincent: Honorable Mention – Team category____________________________________________________________________________________________Oyster Roast Committee Presents Check to St. Peter SchoolBy: Christopher A. Trott, PrincipalOn Sunday, April 3, the St. Peter’s Oyster Roast Committee presented Rev. Father Timothy D. Tebalt, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, and St. Peter Catholic School a check in the amount of $16,619 from this year’s oyster roast. On hand to present the check was chairman Douglas Massalon and committee members Matthew Hurtt and Richard Jennings as well as student Hayden Jennings. The 6th Annual Oyster Roast and Mircrobrew Festival was held on Saturday, March 5 at the Live Oaks Park in Port Royal. The event features not only all you can eat oysters and beer, but a free “KidZone” complete with games and activities, live music, a silent and live auction, a variety of other concessions and, of course, a beer garden with dozens of local and regional microbrews for folks to try. An estimated 1,500 people attended this year’s event.The proceeds from this year’s Oyster Roast will be dedicated to the completion of Promethean Boards in the school classrooms, updating additional technology in the building, and replenishing the grants program sponsored by the Oyster Roast. The school wishes to thank all committee members, volunteers, and participants for this year’s event as well as all sponsors and contributors.____________________________________________________________________________________________Community & CollaborationLearning Community Announcements from Lady’s Island Middle and Intermediate SchoolApril 14, 2011Relay for life: LIMS is participating in Relay for Life for the next ten weeks. As of March 21, 2011 our school has raised $2590.00. We are on our way to our GOAL of $5000.00.o The LIMS Relay for Life Team will be hosting a “Chick- fil- A” Spirit Night on April 11, 2011 from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM. Ten percent of the total sales during that time will be given to Relay for Life. SIC Committee Meeting: All parents are invited to attend our SIC parental involvement committee meeting scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2011. If you are able to participate, please RSVP Ms. Laura Eggers, SIC Chairperson at by Wednesday, April 13, 2011. Lunch will be provided during the meeting. Therefore, it is imperative that you RSVP.Elementary Schools Visitation Dates to Lady’s Island Intermediate School:o Rising 5th graders from Lady’s Island Elementary School will be Tuesday, April 26, 2011 starting at 10:00 AMo Rising 5th graders from Coosa Elementary School will be Wednesday, April 27, 2011 starting at 10:00 AMo Rising 6th graders from St. Helena Elementary School will be Thursday, April 28, 2011 starting at 10:00 AM.MONTH OF MILITARY CHILDApril is the Month of the Military Child. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.2 million American children and youth under the age of 18 that have a parent serving in the military. Many of those children and youth have had one or both parents deployed multiple times. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) understands that military children often face unique challenges such as having a parent that is deployed, moving frequently, living with or helping to care for a parent injured in combat, or carrying on the legacy of a fallen Service Member. Many military children move at least once every three years. With each move they acquire new skills and learn to appreciate the richness and diversity of their environment. Children of military families represent our country in ways that makes any American proud. They are ambassadors; who build bonds and make lasting connections and contributions to our nation and world. They are adventurers; often leading mom and dad to the local museums, tourist sites, shops and eateries. They are linguists; learning languages through immersion and foreign language instruction classes and building bridges between cultures with just a simple smile or a friendly wave.During the Month of the Military Child, DoDEA schools will focus on celebrating the importance of military children to our nations treasure and future and take time to recognize the sacrifices these children make every day - just like their parents who serve.Behave Responsibly Exceed Expectations Scholarship 1st Teamwork ALWAYS Always our BEST!We honor military children and will renew our efforts to provide them with a world-class education to help them succeed through their educational journey and beyond. Please join us in saluting military children everywhere. They selflessly serve our nation, too.LIMS Celebration of Achievement:7th and 8th Grade - Monday, April 25, 2011 at 9:00 AM SPRING ATHLETICSATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB NEWS: The Booster Club is looking for new members and new officers for the 2011-2012 school year. Any parent or teacher interested in becoming an n Officer on the Booster Club Board, please contact Gail Cassady at 322- 3100, for details about the Booster Club positions and activities.o Booster Club Fundraiser: Belk Charity Days Sale is on April 16, 2011. Tickets will arrive 2 weeks prior to the sale and our athletes will be selling tickets, as well as volunteering to sell tickets at the Belk’s store prior to the sale. Come out to Belks on LIMS nights and purchase tickets from our athletes. All the profits from tickets sold goes to our Athletic Booster Club Funds.o Cheerleading: Cheerleading Tryouts will take place after school on April 26 – 28, 2011 until 5pm.o LIMS Cheerleaders will host a Chick-fil-A Spirit Night on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 5:30pm to 7:30pmSchool Spirit Shirts: NEW LIMS Spirit Shirts are here! They are long sleeve shirts in royal blue - - PERFECT for the cold temperatures! For sizes up to XL, the price is only $12! For sizes 2X through 4X, the price is $15. In addition, we are offering a “package special”! For only $20, you can pick out a short sleeve AND long sleeve t-shirt!Behave Responsibly Exceed Expectations Scholarship 1st Teamwork ALWAYS Always our BEST!_____________________________________________________________________________________________Beaufort High School French Classes Collecting Donations for JapanApril 14, 2011The National French Honor Society and the French III and IV classes at Beaufort High School will begin collection for the victims of the tsunami in Japan this week during the 4A classes and continue during the month of April.Donations will be sent to Food for the Hungry, an organization directed by a former BHS graduate, Celeste Brown de Mercado, and will be earmarked for Japan and directly benefit those victims.Students, staff, and Beaufort High family are encouraged to give anything left over from lunch to donate to this worthy cause. Reflection sheets are available from Mrs. Grimsley. Please call 441-0875 if you can make a donation. This is the only school-wide collection for tsunami relief.Last year, the French classes collected $1,000 for Haiti relief, through FH.____________________________________________________________________________________________LIES Celebrates McTeachers!March 17, 2011Ronald McDonald and Amy Trask at the Drive-Thru

Principal Marvelle Ulmer with Ronald McDonald

Last Tuesday, Lady’s Island Elementary School went “McCrazy”! Earlier in the day kindergarten and first graders attended an assembly with Ronald McDonald celebrating the importance of reading. Later that evening LIES teachers worked at the Lady’s Island McDonalds during the PTO sponsored McTeacher Night.  McDonalds donates a portion of the sales during the event, which will go towards the school’s Compass Learning campaign. It was a fun surprise for families and students to be served by their teachers inside the restaurant and at the drive-through. Ronald McDonald even came by to enjoy the evening with his new friends at Lady’s Island Elementary.


Horton Scholarship Announced at Beaufort Academy

March 17, 2011

Michael, holding the plaque, is surrounded by, from left, Tom’s mother, Walton Horton, Tom’s nieces, Sarah and Anna Sheppard, Michael’s mother, Christy Bible, and Tom’s sister Sallie Sheppard.

Beaufort Academy and the Thomas H. Horton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship committee are proud to announce the 7th annual scholarship recipient, junior Michael Bible.

Tom Horton was a beloved teacher and coach at Beaufort Academy for 24 years.  In 2003 Mr. Horton passed away, leaving a legacy behind.  Tom was also a son, a brother, and an uncle.  His family established the Thomas H. Horton Jr. Memorial Scholarship in 2004 to memorialize his life, and commemorate his contributions to the development of the minds and characters of students.  Due to his love of travel, the scholarship is designated to give Beaufort Academy students a chance to participate in a summer study-abroad program.  Michael Bible, the 2011 recipient, will be traveling to Switzerland this summer through ESL Language Studies Abroad to participate in a French immersion program.



March 17, 2011

Beaufort high School students captured 2nd place in State competition in the Principles of Engineering division.  The team defeated South Carolina’s best High School engineering programs including magnet schools and career tech schools from Charleston, Spartanburg, Anderson, Columbia, and Greenville as they all converged yesterday at the University of South Carolina in competition administered by Project Lead the Way.

The Principles of Engineering team members include Zach Womack, Cody Weyandt, and Jacob Hull.   These future engineers designed and built a prototype pole climber that went higher and cost less than all but one team in the state.

Christian Hart, Adam Lipsitz, and Alex Weller competed in the Introduction to Engineering division.  They also made an excellent showing as they met or exceeded all the competition requirements with an outstanding presentation to the judges as the endured a grueling day of a reverse engineering project.


EC Montessori Celebrates Montessori Week

March 10, 2011

Laura Lopresto-McKeown and Shannon Duffy, teachers of the Ginko Room at EC Montessori, pose with students, Ella Danyluk and Warren Gibson on International Night. The Ginko Room represented the country of India.

EC Montessori recently celebrated Montessori Education Week (Feb. 28 – March 4) to honor Maria Montessori’s influence throughout the world and her tireless effort towards peace.

The school held a flag parade on Tuesday, and all students designed flags depicting their heritage. On Wednesday, students created Pinwheels for Peace. And, on Thursday, parents were invited for International Night.

Each classroom became different countries for an evening, and parents enjoyed food from Ireland, Aruba, Brazil, India, Antarctica and Thailand.


SCBar Hosts High School Mock Trial

March 10, 2011

The Beaufort High School Mock Trial Team recently participated in the Lowcountry Regional High School Mock Trial Competition at the Charleston County Courthouse on February 26.

Students participating were:  Natalie Alvarez, Khushboo Arora, Cayce Burgess, Avery Deloach, Kelsey Dorrill, Emily Gault, Meg Lacombe, Dustin Mullins, Tanner Powell, and Rachel Taylor (teachers pictured are Robin Southard and Debi Kidd).

Three students received “Most Effective.” Emily Gault and Natalie Alvarez received “Most Effective Witnesses” and Tanner Powell received “Most Effective Attorney” for their prospective rounds.


Beaufort Academy’s Interim brings new experiences, fresh perspectives to students

March 10, 2011

L-R: Nathan Akers, Katherine Neal, Jaymie Baggerly, Chris Huckabee

Seeing the “work behind the work” and “doing, not just watching,” opened eyes and opportunities for Beaufort Academy Upper School students during the first Interim session, students say.

BA students created PowerPoint presentations last month to showcase their experiences, and recently met to talk about their Interim internship highlights.

Chris Huckabee, a BA senior targeting MIT or Georgia Tech to study computer engineering, interned at Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority where he met with engineers, inspectors and senior construction managers. His take-away?

“There is a lot of work that goes into every single part of construction, especially the parts you don’t see when the pipes are buried underground,” Huckabee said. “Everything is studied and planned before the work starts.”

Jaymie Baggerly, a senior likely heading to College of Charleston to study psychology, rotated through several departments at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. For someone who fainted when she pricked her finger in biology class, Baggerly said she made huge strides: “By the end of Interim, I saw a C-section, right there in front of me, with the doctors cutting (the woman), and I was all right.”

The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s traditionally isn’t prime time for teaching and learning because of the numerous days off and diversions. Working around that, Beaufort Academy leaders last summer switched to a trimester system with the “Interim” occurring right after Thanksgiving until the winter holidays.

“We are a college-preparatory school, and we pride ourselves on both the academic preparation we provide as well as the preparation for life,” Beaufort Academy Headmaster Randy Wall said. “Interim is one more way we are trying to connect classroom learning with what these young people will face in college and then in the workforce.”

Last year, Beaufort Academy’s seniors averaged 1770 on the college-entrance SAT, which is 261 points above the national average and 323 points above South Carolina’s average.

Setting up Interim required local businesses willing to host the students, said Karen Nuelle, coordinator of Interim services at Beaufort Academy. For instance, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, respiratory therapist Toni Rehkop smoothed the path for the BA students.

“When I saw their Interim presentations last month, they really got it, they understood what we were doing here at the hospital,” she said. “They saw what it’s like to be in the real world of health care, not just in the emergency room of the TV shows. Some days it’s slow and some days you’re running around crazy.

“I think it is also important for young people to see, hands-on, if their career plan is really what they want to pursue, or if maybe they should look elsewhere,” said Rehkop, who works in the LifeFit Wellness Center.

During Interim, Nathan Akers worked in Congressman Joe Wilson’s Beaufort office alongside his local representative, Cris Steele. “I was kind of amazed at how much I didn’t know about current events,” he said. “It was good to apply to real life what I learned in Government class … there’s a lot going on in Congressman Wilson’s office and they take care of a lot of questions.”

Akers is seeking an appointment to the Naval Academy to study engineering and naval architecture.

Katherine Neal, a junior at Beaufort Academy, reinforced her interest in veterinary medicine by interning at the Animal Medical Center on Lady’s Island with Dr. Mark Guilloud and Dr. Becky Banner.

“I expected to be just watching them and trying to stay out of the way,” she said. “But I wasn’t just watching, I was doing!” Her experiences included running heartworm tests, preparing slides for microscopic study and helping prepare animals for surgery.

“Going through all that made me want to go into veterinary medicine even more,” she said. “It was interesting to see how focused the doctors are during surgery, but then they are so compassionate when they talk to the owner of the animal. For me, Interim was a great experience and I can’t wait for it next year.”

During the Interim period, some Beaufort Academy juniors toured college campuses during Interim, exposing them to varied schools and campus environments. They also visited Civil War battle sites with the AP History teacher, Bill Dalton, combining a look to the future with learning about the past.

For their Interim, Middle School students could choose to participate in the Disney YES program, which incorporates science lessons such as physics and chemistry in a behind-the-scenes look at Disney World in Orlando. Fifth and sixth graders at Beaufort Academy spent time at the Nemours Plantation learning about native wildlife during Interim.


BA Students Place in Quiz Bowl

March 10, 2011

Larry Watt, executive secretary of the South Carolina Independent School Association, announced the winners of the SCISA Middle School Quiz Bowl.  The team from Beaufort Academy finished the competition in third place.

Beaufort Academy students, seated from left, John Mathai, Xavier Westergaard, Ben Hetherington and Mike Bhoi and, standing from left, Michael Schwartz and Jake Bhoi. (Photo furnished by SCISA)


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 10, 2011

Ms. Mary’s pre-kindergarten class at Sea Island Presbyterian Day School made Cat in the Hat masks in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2, 1904).


Read Across America

March 10, 2011

Coosa Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Day March 2nd.   Parents and community volunteers visited and read their favorite books or Dr. Seuss classics to the students.

Pictured is Ms. Betty Jo Fulcher reading to Ms. Mack’s kindergarten.



March 10, 2011

Calling all Violinists, Violists, Cellists, and Bassists for the BYO newest ensemble.

First Orchestra is an innovative new program that provides the opportunity for young strings players to perform in an ensemble. Our new session begins on Wednesday, March 16 at 4 PM.  We

are looking for strings players who have had at least a year experience in

school or private lessons.  At the end of April, we will perform Star Wars

and two other pieces in two concerts.  For more information or to get

involved, please call Ami Rabinowitz at (843) 263-6439 or email at


Beaufort High to Present Taming of the Shrew

March 10, 2011

Beaufort High’s Theatre department is bringing Taming of the Shrew, an adaptation by Paul Nolan, to the stage.  Director LaRaine Fess has given Shakespeare’s classic comedy an antebellum twist. The play is set in the Old South in order to celebrate Beaufort’s 300th Birthday.  Come enjoy a southern twist of a Shakespearean classic March 11 and 12th in Beaufort High’s Art Center at 7:00 p.m, tickets are eight dollars. Call or email LaRaine Fess at 843-322-2152 or for reservation or more information


Beaufort Academy’s Lily Westergaard named National Merit Finalist

March 3, 2011

Beaufort Academy senior Lily Westergaard, who last spring scored a perfect 800 on the SAT literature subject test, is a National Merit Finalist, school leaders announced this week.

“It’s an exceptional accomplishment to be named a National Merit Finalist, and we are very proud of what Lily continues to achieve,” BA Headmaster Dr. Randy Wall said. “She has a very bright future ahead of her.”

Next up: A springtime decision if she qualifies as a National Merit Scholar. Past National Merit Scholars include Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, and Bill Gates of Microsoft fame.

Last fall, Westergaard was among 16,000 semifinalists in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $36 million, that will be offered this spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2011 National Merit

Scholarship Program by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying

Test, the initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

Last year, Beaufort Academy’s seniors averaged 1770 on the college-entrance SAT, which is 261 points above the national average and 323 points above South Carolina’s average. That class had one National Merit semi-finalist and one National Merit finalist.


Thank you for all you Hard Work

March 3, 2011

Despite the cold weather, these brave students from Linda Peters’ Beaufort Montessori School recently gathered to thank construction workers for building our new bridge.  They also brought them baked brownies & milk.

Picture here (from left to right) are: Langdon Taylor, Katherine Taylor, Brycen Ambrose, Bridgitt Long, Alex Compton, Natalie Dardes, Bodie Daniel and Megan Alvarez.


Using the Fine Arts as a Teaching Tool

March 3, 2011

First graders Jackson Fripp and CiNye Brown make art mosaics to learn their spelling words.

Third graders Carter Payne and Lucy Aydlette draw trifold government buildings as they learn about the three branches of government.

Children at Lady’s Island Elementary learn in a variety of ways.  While traditional methods of instruction are employed, teachers at the school also incorporate an arts integration style of teaching into their curriculum.  Arts integration is an important learning tool because it utilizes a multisensory approach.

Traditional methods of learning rely primarily on the senses of hearing and vision as students listen to their teacher and look at visuals such as a board or pictures in a book.  However, everyone has more senses than just two.  A multisensory approach allows the addition of the other senses into the learning process by using movement and touch so that students are able to gain different perspectives into their course material.

Another perk to an arts integrated approach is that it’s fun and engaging.  And if you’re engaged, you’re more likely to remember what you’ve learned.  Lady’s Island Elementary has several fine arts teachers.  In addition to weekly music and art classes, students also take dance and drama once a week.  These fine arts specialists also visit classes weekly to assist classroom teachers with incorporating the arts into the academic standards that are being taught.

Additionally, fine arts teachers use the standards for a grade level to determine what they teach.  This way, they are able to incorporate academic standards into fine art classes.  Students may make up a song about the characteristics of an ecosystem during music class or learn a dance that represents an event in history during dance class.   An art class might focus on geometric shapes in line studies one day, while students in drama are studying language usage.  An arts integrated approach to education provides lots of opportunities for meaningful, fun learning!


Students raise money for diabetes association

February 24, 2011

Students in Faith Hislop’s Eagle Scholar Program at Beaufort High School recently held a fundraiser to benefit the American Diabetes Association, in honor of a fellow student who has Diabetes, Wesley Carter.  They collected a total of $1,110 in change and donations from students in the school.  This class raised the most money and received a catered sub lunch, provided by Bill Evans of the School Board.

Wesley Carter

Wesley, who has been diagnosed with Diabetes for nine years, wears an insulin pump to school and checks his blood sugar before each meal.

When deciding upon a charity, the students unanimously voted on the American Diabetes Association, in honor of their friend, Wesley.

Sara Jo Christensen explains, “Wesley is a friend to all of us. And we want to help him find a cure.”

Lily Walker agrees and adds, “I was surprised at how much money we collected. I am very proud of our fundraiser!”


100 Days of School

February 24, 2011

Lady’s Island Elementary kindergartners celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up to show what they will look like when they are 100 years old.  First graders celebrated the 101st day of school by dressing up like Dalmatians!


Beaufort County, S.C., Superintendent Receives AASA 2011 Women in School Leadership Award

February 24, 2011

Valerie Truesdale, superintendent, Beaufort County Public Schools in Beaufort, S.C., is the recipient of the American Association of School Administrators’ 2011 Women in School Leadership Award. She is being cited for her passionate instructional leadership, her ardent advocacy of technology in the classroom and her community activism on behalf of education.

The award, sponsored by Farmers Insurance and AASA, was presented on Feb. 18, 2011, at the awards ceremony at the AASA National Conference on Education in Denver. Truesdale will receive a $1,000 check and a one-year membership to the American Association of School Administrators.

The Women in School Leadership Award is designed to recognize exceptional leadership of active, front-line female administrators who are making a difference in the lives of students every day. The award pays tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding women educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. The criteria include demonstration of strength in both personal and organizational communication, professionalism and community involvement.

As the superintendent of the 19,600-student Beaufort County School District since 2007 and the Oconee County, S.C., district for four years prior, Truesdale has modeled service above self. Truesdale focuses on professional development and the use of technology, believing that teachers must teach in the manner in which students learn. In her district, every teacher has a laptop and learning spaces have interactive white boards and student response systems. She provides training and support for data analysis so that teachers can use data to shape instruction.

In the district’s persistently underperforming schools, some of which have poverty rates exceeding 90 percent, Truesdale has applied a brand of problem solving that’s contagious among her staff. She introduced an accelerated learning model, extended the school year to 200 days, recruited a master teacher for each grade level and set an annual goal of 18 months of academic growth for each student.

As a community activist, she was among the first education leaders in the state to endorse a legislative proposal that turns around schools through wholesale personnel changes and asked the state superintendent of education to include one of Beaufort’s schools among the earliest pilots. She recently encouraged the League of Women Voters to conduct an aggressive voter registration drive among the school district’s teachers, staff and students.

“Valerie embodies what is best in our school leaders,” said AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech in announcing the award. “She has the passion and the skill to get the job done. She makes things happen for kids.”

“Farmers Insurance is proud to be a presenting sponsor of the AASA Women in School Leadership Award” said Faye W. McClure, Farmers Insurance vice president of strategic marketing. “We salute the achievements of the extraordinary women in administrative positions throughout our school systems.”

This is the first time the award has been given. Fifty-one women from across the country were nominated for the award: 31 superintendents and assistant superintendents, five cabinet- level leaders and 15 principals.


Beaufort Conservation District showcases Soil Tunnel Activity Book

Provided by Lowcountry RC & D Youth Grant

February 24, 2011

Recently, the Lowcountry Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council awarded the Beaufort Conservation District with a Youth Environmental Education Grant to develop a Soil Tunnel Activity Book that will be used with the Soil Tunnel Presentation.

The Conservation District Education staff displayed the activity booklet at a recent Lowcountry RC&D showcase meeting with other grant recipients. The booklet will be part of the Soil Tunnel presentation which is a SC Science Standards based hands-on interactive program for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. Students explore a simulated underground environment, complete with plant, animal, and human impacts. The booklet enhances the soils presentation with an emphasis on water quality issues which teachers can use in their classes for post lessons.


McTeacher Night

February 24, 2011

The LIES PTO will be sponsoring a McTeacher Night at McDonalds on Lady’s Island Tuesday, March 8th!  Proceeds from the evening will go towards an incentive program for Compass Learning participation in an effort to encourage students during the district’s “Push for PASS” campaign.  In addition to raising money, the event is a great way to have fun watching teachers in a totally different role as they run the restaurant!  Teachers will take orders, fill drinks, and maybe even cook!  McTeacher Night runs from 5:00pm-7:30pm.  All students who attend will receive a “No Uniform” coupon. Please come eat and enjoy a fun evening at McDonalds Tuesday, March 8th!


SandBar & Grill Honors Coosa Elementary

February 17, 2011

From left, Casey Newsome, district test coordinator; Connie Bonville, technology assistant; and Willa Simpson, literacy teacher.

A celebration of learning was recently hosted by The SandBar & Grill in honor of Coosa Elementary School’s Palmetto Gold & Silver award for overall achievement and for closing the achievement gap. Faculty and staff were treated to cake and other treats.


School Notes from Beaufort Academy

February 17, 2011


Lower School
Jack Fleming , 3rd place Story Telling
Hannah Walsh, 4th place Story Telling

Middle School
Ellen Hodges, 3rd place Oral Interpretation

Xavier Westergaard, 2nd place Extemporaneous Speaking

John Mathai, 2nd place Essay Writing

High School

Katherine Neal, 2nd place Oral Interpretation


Michael Bhoi, Jacob Bhoi, Ben Heatherington, John Mathai, Michael Schwartz, Xavier Westergaard


Thirty-three students into the National Junior Honor Society at Beaufort Academy Congratulations to the following new inductees.

Katharine F. Anderson

Caroline J Avera

Zachary R. Bachtell

Bridget A. Baggerly

Michael C. Bass

Michael B. Bhoi

McKenzie Blake

Chloe M. Brummer

Mary C. Carmody

Anna C. Crowther

Walker K. Floyd

Katherine N. Gay

Ashton D. Guest

Ben Hetherington

Grant Hetherington

Jacob C. Hincher

Ellen A. Hodges

Emily Z. Hutchins

Casey D. Kahn

Drummond Koppernaes

Brandon D. Massalon

John C. Mathai

Jeffrey S. Miller, Jr.

Anabelle J. Nuelle

Jack E. Olsson

Nicole R. Ozburn

Thomas M. Ring

George Sanford

Nicole K. Schmiege

Natalie H. Simkins

Rebecca E. Strawn

Taylor Vincent

Xavier O. Westergaard


Students Learn to Care for Environment

February 17, 2011

Pre-kindergarten teacher Alice Miller at the Little Brown School in Port Royal plays the imaginary character, “Anti- Litter” as Veronica Miller, Keep Beaufort County Beautiful coordinator, explains how to take care of the environment. Each student pulled a piece of trash off “Anti-Litter’s” garment and replaced it with a picture of a bird, flower, or animal. Eventually, “Anti-Litter” was transformed into a clean and beautifully accessorized creature.

For more information about this educational program and others, call Miller at 255-2741 or email


First Place Poet

February 17, 2011

Fourth grader Joey Trpcic of St. Peter Catholic School took First Place in the Poetry Recitation event at the SCISA Literary Meet on February 2 in Holly Hill. Joey recited by memory the poem “The Spaghetti Challenge” by Leslie D. Perkins.


Lady’s Island team stacks up awards

February 10, 2011

Eli Smith, Anna Smith,Garrett Jepson, Jack Jepson, and Molly Smith

Five members from Lady’s Island Stacking and their parents competed at the Georgia State Sport Stacking Championships in Columbus, GA on January 29.  The team, consisting of Garrett and Jack Jepson and Anna, Eli, and Molly Smith won a total of eighteen awards.  They were the top 12 & under team in the timed relay and the runner-up in the open head-to-head relay.

In division 8, Eli won the 3-3-3 and Molly took third in the Cycle.  In division 10, Garrett won the 3-3-3 and 3-6-3 and took second in the Cycle.  Anna won the division 12 Cycle and took second in the 3-3-3, 3-6-3, and child/parent doubles.  Anna and Garrett teamed up to win 12 & under doubles.  Anna also set two new potential overall state records: a 2.27 in the 3-3-3 and an 8.22 in the Cycle.  The team will travel to Georgia again in March to compete in the Southeast Regional Championships in Rome.


TOWEL Collection

February 10, 2011

Second Graders from Coosa Elementary School celebrated the 100th day of school by collecting 100 towels to donate to the Beaufort Animal Shelter. Pictured are students from each second grade class at Coosa.


Hilton Head Prep Performing Arts Spring 2011:

For the Cast of Footloose It’s All in the Family

February 10, 2011

Following much applause for last Fall’s hit production Little Shop of Horrors, the Performing Arts Department at Hilton Head Preparatory School isn’t resting on the laurels of success. In the upcoming February production of Footloose, students will be joined on stage by those most frequently found in the audience, their parents.  Departing from traditional casting, the show will be performed by both students and adults when it opens at Hilton Head High’s VPAC February 17th

at 7:30 pm.

Additional shows at the VPAC are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, February 18th and 19th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, the 20th at 2:00 pm

Director Ben Wolfe says, “The show truly is all about the dynamic of youth and free thinking versus the adults and the establishment in this small Texas town. How terrifically fortunate are we that we can explore this dynamic with talented actors from the Upper School and our extended Prep Family!”

Returning to the stage in lead roles for the spring production of Footloose are a number of Prep’s veteran performers.  Sophomore Taylor Calamari plays streetwise “Ren McCormack.”  His partner in dancing crime is Prep Senior Caroline Santorum as the rebellious “Ariel Moore.”  Two more seniors, Clara Chalk and Carly Smith, are featured in the familiar roles of “Rusty” and “Urleen” respectively. Rising star eighth grader Hannah Simpson joins the cast as “Wendy Jo” and sophomore Billy Best revisits the VPAC stage as “Willard.”

For Footloose ticket pricing and other information, please call:  (843) 671-2286.  Or visit the school website at www.  Tickets go on sale February 1st.

Footloose: The Musical

Direction by Benjamin Wolfe

Choreography by Kathleen Watkins

Musical Direction by Jaime White

Media Contacts:

Ben Wolfe

Director of Performing Arts

Hilton Head Preparatory School


Margot Brown

Director of Institutional Advancement

Hilton Head Preparatory School




By Carmen Dillard, Principal, Coosa Elementary School

February 10, 2011

As I complete my third year here at Coosa, I think back on the changes I have seen since beginning as Principal in July 2008.  At that time, we had a population of approximately 650 Pre-K through 5th grade students.  At the end of the 2008-2009 school year, the 5th grade moved to Lady’s Island Intermediate School, which substantially reduced our enrollment to its current level of 507 Pre-K through 4th grade students.  While the mobile units are still physically located on the campus, this reduction of students is now allowing us to house all but two homerooms inside the building.  The other mobile units are currently being used for teachers who see groups of students during the course of the day, such as Gifted and Talented (GATE), Literacy Intervention, and Science Lab.  Compared to 2008, when EVERY mobile unit housed a homeroom class for the entire school day, we now have much more room.

At Coosa, we celebrate many successes and continually reflect on ways we can improve.  Teachers and staff model the value of learning for their students by continuing to participate in training and achieving higher degrees.  As of December 2010, we now have eleven National Board Certified teachers, nine gifted-endorsed teachers, and six teachers currently pursuing higher degrees.  All teachers participate in ongoing book-studies and professional article reviews discussed during faculty meetings with the goal of improving instructional delivery and increasing student learning.  We celebrate the results of our 2010 School Report Card, which awarded Coosa an Absolute Rating of Good, and a Growth Rating of Excellent (an improvement from the 2008 rating of Below Average and the 2009 Rating of Average).  Our goal is to carry on that forward momentum of improvement by use of instructional “Best Practices” that have proven positive results, while we examine areas where we still need to grow.  This year, our focus is to continually monitor student learning throughout the school year using assessment information from a variety of sources.  For example, we conducted Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments and individual reading assessments for each student in the fall as baseline information.  We just finished another round of assessments in December and January to compare what students have learned (or still need to learn) since the fall.  Teachers are currently working together to analyze this information and determine the course of needed instruction for the remainder of the school year.  We will review assessment information again in the spring to get the “full picture” of learning for the year.

The success of Coosa Elementary can be attributed to the participation, involvement, and collaborative efforts of dedicated students, parents, faculty and staff, and a community who see the value and need for a quality education.  We also enjoy being a part of a community that wants to give their time and talent to our school.  We have a large number of parent volunteers and community members, such as Rotary Readers who work with children needing additional reading support.  Currently, we are embarking on a “Bobcat Buddy” mentoring program and inviting community members to work with students in need of academic assistance, a positive role model, or just someone to talk to during lunch.  These combined efforts provide a support system for our next generation.

Approximately 30% of our students are part of families with loved ones serving in the military.  To provide an additional support system for the unique challenges often faced by these children, Coosa was selected by the military as one of the schools in the area to have a Military Family Liaison Consultant (MFLC) working at the school 2 ½ days each week.  This person is a professional licensed consultant who works alongside the guidance counselor and teachers to provide non-medical counseling service to these students and their families dealing with issues such as school adjustment, relocation or deployment concerns, and parent-child communication.  Typically, most of our military families who receive orders either for relocation to or away from Beaufort are moved to coincide with the start and finish of the school year.  This helps with the adjustment process of moving to a new community.  Each year, we get new students (both military and non-military) in the December/January time frame, as well as a smattering of students who move in and out throughout the school year.  This is typical of most schools.

With close monitoring of student growth and learning, we also realize the critical importance of early intervention at an early age.  Our Pre-K program assists those neediest children in getting a “jump start” on learning that they might not otherwise have.  It is heartwarming to see these children flourish and grow in confidence from year to year.  Our two Literacy Intervention teachers conduct small-group sessions in addition to regular classroom instruction to help those students who struggle with reading.  Our Literacy and Math Coaches work directly with teachers to pull together resources, provide training, and plan lessons that differentiate instruction for all learners whether they need remediation or extra challenge.  We continue to focus in math on numbers and operations and on vocabulary improvement in reading.  Our data also tells us that we need to continue to work to improve learning for our African American male population, particularly in the area of math.

Our strategic goals for improvement are monitored throughout the year by our faculty and staff and our School Improvement Council.  They also align to the school district’s goals and initiatives.  The great work we are doing as individual schools here in the Beaufort cluster will have a “bubble up” effect that follows a student from Pre-K or kindergarten until he or she walks across the stage at Beaufort High School as a graduating senior to begin the next phase of life.  As a cluster of schools, we are joining together to prepare teachers with the best training, which will best prepare students for a happy and successful adulthood.  Coosa continues to keep the value of student learning our first priority and live by our motto of “Building Our Future…One Child at a Time.”

Editor’s Note:  The above article is in response to an annual invitation by LIBPA for the Principals or Headmasters of the schools (public and private) on Lady’s Island to share an overview of their respective schools with the community.


Zero hour at hand for state’s education establishment


On Nov. 2, South Carolinians chose Nikki Haley to be their new governor, the first time a non-male, non-white has ever been elected to the state’s highest office.  But in the wake of her historic election, often overlooked is the tremendous significance of another decision made by South Carolinians the very same day: to make Mick Zais, a retired U. S. Army general with a record of success in turning around dysfunctional education systems, our state’s superintendent of education.

Zais has his work cut out for him, for when it comes to public education in South Carolina the bad news is all too familiar: 110,000 students trapped in persistently failing schools, 30,000 students per high school class fail to graduate on time and 87 public high schools identified as “dropout factories.”

The societal costs of these abysmal education outcomes are staggering. For example, the probability that a high-school dropout receives Medicaid benefits is 64 percent higher than for a graduate, and a high-school dropout is more than twice as likely as a graduate to be incarcerated. Each new class of dropouts costs our state $98 million every year.

But as Zais understands, the problem is not a lack of money. This year, total per-pupil spending in South Carolina is $11,242 per student, right at the national average.  The problem is that too little of that money – only 44 cents on the dollar – actually makes its way into the classroom to pay teachers and educate students; too much is simply soaked up by the educational bureaucracy.

Gov. Mark Sanford’s executive budgets for the past eight years identified millions of dollars in savings that could be realized if the superintendent implemented common-sense administrative reforms, and for the past eight years those suggested reforms have been ignored.  But they won’t be ignored this year.

Zais will slice away at the bloated education bureaucracy to maximize the dollars spent in the classroom, on things such as teacher salaries, textbooks, software and other instructional supplies. Education bureaucrats have joked for years about how Sanford’s executive budgets made excellent doorstops, safe in the knowledge that a sympathetic superintendent would protect their jobs. Now those budgets will serve as the road map for a reform-minded superintendent determined to eliminate waste.

But an even bigger change is in store for the education establishment in South Carolina. One overriding message was central to Zais’ successful campaign: The key to improving our state’s system of education is empowering parents and teachers to make real choices about what works in the classroom and to decide which classroom is the best fit for each student.

In other words, excellence in education does not come as a result of the dizzyingly high stacks of legislation and regulations passed by politicians. We don’t need more top-down mandates from “experts” at the state and national level; we need to bring the energy of markets into our system of education.

Zais is determined to do precisely that.  The free market, with its emphasis on individual choice and competition and its assumption that such will lead to the delivery of higher quality goods and services for lower prices, has allowed us to achieve a level of prosperity unmatched in history. Something that has consistently delivered excellence in our economy will do the same in education.

South Carolinians finally have a state superintendent of education who will help, not work against, legislators who want to bring about these sorts of reforms and improvements.  That said, however, change won’t be easy; power will not be surrendered willingly.  In fact, the head of the state’s School Board Association actually said will “go to battle” with Zais over the issue of providing more educational choices for families.

That is a battle I know that the retired U. S. Army general relishes, and I will provide him with whatever help he needs to win.  We can no longer wait for the “great ideas” from politicians or education bureaucrats to solve the problems in our local schools. Those problems will be solved by parents making choices that are best for their children and by teachers responding to those choices.

Socialism doesn’t work in economics, and it doesn’t work in education, either.

Tom Davis is the state senator for Beaufort County. He can be reached at


We Want Your Stories

January 6, 2011

The Island News needs your stories!  We are a weekly publication that relies solely on good local news, and we need your help.  Coverage in the Schools and Sports section of the Island News is a great opportunity to showcase your child, school, team, coach, teacher, etc.  We appreciate your submissions via email about local happenings at your school or sporting event. Please send all correspondence to Attention: Wendy Pollitzer, in Microsoft Word format. Photos are always welcome.  We are your Island News!


The 3rd Graders at Lady’s Island Elementary spread Holiday Cheer

December 23, 2010

LIES Students at Southern Sweets

On Wednesday, December 15th, 3rd graders from Lady’s Island Elementary traveled to the community to spread holiday cheer.  The 3rd Grade LEAP, an auditioned dance ensemble under the direction of Lisa Howard, and the 3rd Grade Show Choir, under the direction of Kristin Brady, caroled and danced for many residents of the Beaufort Community.

Their exciting “road show,” planned by the Drama Teacher, Lynda McLain, began at Summit Place, an assisted living facility in Beaufort.  The residents had joy on their faces as the students sang several Christmas songs and danced a dance from The Nutcracker. The LIES students then traveled to Morningside, another assisted living facility.  The residents and faculty were so excited to have these joyous youngsters that they even baked them fresh cookies that were enjoyed after their performance.

They then headed to Downtown Beaufort where they sang for the clients and workers at Wachovia, First Citizens, and Regions Bank.  As they traveled from destination to destination, they caroled as they walked, receiving numerous smiles and thank you’s along the way!  They then caroled in front of Southern Sweets and Lulu Burgess, again having many passersby stop and listen to their festive singing!  A short trip to Chick-Fil-A for lunch gave them enough energy for yet one more stop at NHC Healthcare in Okatie.  The residents sang along as the children sang their holiday favorites.  What a great way to get so many of our own community into the holiday spirit!


EC Montessori Celebrates the Holidays

December 23, 2010

Tanner Caldwell, Sydnee Coggins, Chloe McElveen, Walker Newman, and Ella Danyluk as Beavers in E.C. Montessori’s Holiday Show: a Multi-Species Celebration at ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center on Thursday, December 16. Students in the Lower and Upper Elementary classes participated in the play that brought awareness to various Holiday rituals this time of year.


Mossy Oaks Welcomes Parris Island Band

December 23, 2010

Students at Mossy Oaks Elementary School got in the holiday spirit with a concert by the members of the Parris Island Marine Corps Brass Band last week.


A Disney Chess Weekend

December 23, 2010

Jack McDougall and Kendra Rogers with Coach Rogers

The K-12 Chess Nationals were held in Florida on Dec. 10-12 with more than 1000 players from across the USA. Beaufort Academy Kindergarten chess team placed 4th in the Nation. The team was the 1st from SC to place in the top 5 in the Nation.


LIES Kindergarteners present Welcome to Our Neighborhood!

December 2, 2010

On Thursday, November 18th, the Kindergarteners of Lady’s Island Elementary School performed the musical, Welcome to Our Neighborhood by Fred Rogers.  The musical was based on the TV Show, Mr. Rogers and taught the children about kindness, friendship, and being a part of a community.  Mr. Rogers, played by Charlie Fiduccia, welcomed the audience (after changing into his sneakers of course)! Queen Sara Saturday (Channing Coulter) and King Friday XIII (Hannah Yoder) were absolutely adorable, as were Mr. McFeely (Kemani Nixon), Daniel Striped Tiger (Bryyona Costen), and the Trolley (Travis Johnson).  All of the singers sang with enthusiasm, and a good time was had by all who attended as we were transported back to our childhoods.  Kristin Brady was the director, and Lynda McLain and Stephanie Riedmayer created the set.  After the performance, a delicious free spaghetti dinner was served, compliments of Michelle Ferguson.


Students fill Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child

December 2, 2010

Students in this picture (from left to right): Row 1: Diamond Young, Destiny Reeves, Hailey Seckinger, Lyric Smalls Row 2: Hannah Ackerman, Chandler Jenkins, Logan Adkins Row 3: Miss Coffelt, Giselle Valdes, A’Shae McCall, Avery Masters, Christopher Bliss Row 4: Bryan Cuevas, Blake Busby, Allison Stacks. Not Pictured: Julianna Wilson

Students in Miss Coffelt’s fourth grade class, at Port Royal Elementary School worked hard on Friday, November 19th, as they filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.  The class excitedly filled boxes for boys and girls their own age, who do not expect to receive gifts this Christmas.  Students packed the boxes with toothbrushes, toothpaste, dolls, candy, coloring books, crayons, games, and various toys.

This year, the boxes are being sent to children living in Haiti.  The class will be tracking the boxes on the internet to see exactly where they will be delivered.  This activity helped students to learn about reaching out and helping others.   Avery Masters, a student in the class, said, “I think it’s good for us to do this because they don’t have a lot because it was destroyed in the earthquake.”   Another student, Hannah Ackerman, said, “They don’t have any homes or anything to play with.”  Lyric Smalls said “The reason why we filled the shoeboxes is because they don’t have food or things they need.”  This project was a memorable way for these students to support others in need as they learned more about the true spirit of giving.


Red, White and Blue at Annual Patriotic Celebration

December 2, 2010

For the past nine years, Lady’s Island Elementary School has shown their red, white and blue colors with their annual Patriotic Celebration held every year between Election Day and Veteran’s Day. Each year, the students prepare dances, songs and poetry, depicting American pride. This year was no exception. Mrs. Ulmer, the school’s principal, welcomed the student body and many parents who attended from the community.  Next was the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Dererk Chisholm, followed by the national anthem, sung by several Show Choir students.  Mrs. Bitner used sign language to translate both.

The celebration began with a colorful power point display of Mrs. Riedmayer’s students’ artwork of Lady Liberty.  The fourth grade class of Mrs. Holmes-Brown, directed by Drama teacher, Mrs. McLain,  performed a dramatic poem entitled, I am the Flag of the United States of America, preceded by Mrs. DiOrio’s 2nd/3rd graders performing a reader’s theatre about Betsy Ross entitled Sewing the Stars and Stripes.

Ms.Howard choreographed her 4th grade LEAP to the song God Bless America. Before Mrs. Bradys’ 3rd and 4th grade Show Choir performed, former principal and veteran, Terry Dingle, presented a heart-felt speech, citing some of his own experiences and encouraging patriotism.

The celebration would not have been complete without the 30 voices of the Show Choir singing the Fifty Nifty United States, reciting all 50 states in a  catchy musical rendition. A sing a-long of some our country’s greatest songs were then sung, with actions and sign language taught by Mrs. Brady. All in all, it was a great example of how Lady’s Island Elementary utilizes arts integration in to teach different school subjects.  There was no doubt the students enjoyed themselves while learning many great history and civics lessons!


Native American Art at Lady’s Island Elementary

December 2, 2010

First grader Reagan Hill puts the finishing touches on her Native American turtle.  First graders at Lady’s Island Elementary are studying Native American art and learning to tell stories through picture writing in Mrs. Riedmayer’s art classes.


Beaufort High Honors Veterans

November 18, 2010

Dr. Dan Durbin, a US Army veteran, was the speaker at Beaufort High School’s 8th Annual Veteran’s Day assembly, which featured the AFJROTC tribute to veterans of all branches of the military.  Members of the staff and faculty who served in the armed forces were also recognized on Wednesday.

Air Force ROTC color guard at BHS Assembly to commemorate Veteran’s Day.

An empty table was prepared to symbolize the MIA’s, POW’s and those who lost their lives for our Country from each branch of the Armed Forces.


St. Helena Preschool & Kindergarten Celebrates Veterans Day with Special Guests

November 18, 2010

K-5 students at St. Helena Preschool & Kindergarten, located in downtown Beaufort, celebrated Veterans Day with several military fathers who came to class to talk to students about their role in the armed forces. To honor the guests, students baked chocolate chip cookies, made thank you cards and sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”.

“Celebrating special holidays is part of the kindergarten social studies curriculum here at St. Helena.  We like for the children to experience a living history first hand,” said k-5 teacher Joanne Sinisi.  “We are thrilled that several of our military fathers could come and explain some of what they do to keep us safe and free.”

LCDR Eric Frostad, Lt. Matthew Prince and Staff Sergeant Joseph Carte visited the celebration.  One student shared a picture of his father, Major Boyce Hunt, who is presently serving in Iraq, while another student shared a Purple Heart medal earned by his grandfather in the Vietnam War.

As a ministry of the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St in Beaufort, SC, the school serves children ages two years through kindergarten.  For more information, contact Addy-Jo Hoffman, preschool director, at 843-522-1712 or visit


Eli Smith Wins Celebration America Contest

November 18, 2010

Congratulations to Eli Smith for winning the 2nd grade Celebration

America Contest. It was sponsored by WTOC and all students were

encouraged to participate in grades 1-4. LIES had about 130 students

participate. These drawings were sent to Savannah to be judged. There

was a winner in each grade level. WTOC came to congratulate Eli at LIES

today and film him.  Stephanie Riedmayer is the visual arts teacher at



News from Beaufort Academy

November 18, 2010

Mrs. Wise and her Beaufort Academy sixth and eighth grade Latin students classes acted out three different fairy tales in both Latin and English. Pictured above are the Septimus Homunculi shortly after they discovered Snow White napping in their home. Following “Nivea et Septimus Homunculi,” the sixth graders performed “Tres Porcelli” and “Rubra Lacernella.” The students conducted a dress rehearsal Thursday morning for the Lower School students and a full performance later in the evening for parents. Thanks to Mrs. Wise and the students for this exciting and scholarly work.

Pictured as the Septimus Homunculi are  Xavier Westergaard, Tom Ring, Michael Bass, Michael Bhoi, Owen Stovall Grant Hetherington and John Mathai.

Mrs. Luckey and the third grade class completed their science lab unit on simple machines.  The culmination of the unit was the construction by students of catapults.  These catapults launched projectiles (mini marshmallows) at targets.  The unit also reinforced the use of levers in machines.

Pictured are Cal Harvey, John Dastous, Andrew Walsh and William Tumlin

Pictured are William Tumlin and Dawson Coleman

The Upper School Quiz Bowl Team captured first place in the SCISA regional competition held at Beaufort Academy on Wednesday, November 10th.  Other teams competing included Patrick Henry, Heritage Academy and St Andrews.  Team members pictured with their coach Bill Dalton are Patrick Ferris, Michael Bible, Christopher Huckabee, Eddie Shacklett, Nathan Cheung, Pete Olsson, Katherine Neal, and Lily Westergaard


Beaufort High School Happenings. photos by Todd Stowe. For more photos, please visit

November 11, 2010

At Beaufort High School Homecoming candidates compete by raising money for charity and by donating service hours. Homecoming Prince and Princess were David Avard and Becca Petry. They represented the swim team.

Homecoming King & Queen, Hanah Durbin and Kevin Guess represented Student Government.

Homecoming candidates raised over $7,000 for the Independence Fund for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project helps provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. Tom Perkins of the Sea Island Rotary accepted the check on behalf of the Independence fund.


Actress from High School Musical and Dancing with the Stars Visits Beaufort Academy

November 11, 2010

When Beaufort Academy students came to school on Wednesday, they were greeted with a surprise visitor.  Monique Coleman came to BA to talk with the  Middle School students about bullying.  For approximately an hour, Monique shared her experiences growing up, her professional experience in the entertainment world, her commitment to the youth of the world as a Special Envoy for the United Nations and its Year of Youth and her new career focus with Gimme Mo’.  She also answered questions from the students, posed for photos and talked with them individually after the presentation.

As stated in her press release “Gimme Mo’ is an online talk show that launched in September of 2010. Actress Monique Coleman (High School Musical and Dancing with the Stars) is the creator, executive producer and host of the show. Her intention is to start a Mo’vement that empowers today’s youth. She will be facilitating safe conversation about real issues, bringing awareness to organizations that are serving teens, & conducting celebrity interviews. Each webisode will be approximately 10-20 minutes long and center around topics relating to teens. Monique recognizes that the youth are constantly on the web, so she wants to meet them where they are and give them easy access to cutting edge positive content delivered in an entertaining fashion.  Current topics posted on the show include Self Esteem, Being a Gentleman, Youth Homelessness, and Bullyproof.

Monique shared with the Beaufort Academy students her thoughts on bullying, how it affected her and what students can do today. Her powerful message inspired and challenged students and teachers in attendance and included this advice:  “Turn your mistakes into positives.   Stop the internal bullying – do not allow yourself to accept negatives: things that in your head you may say about you – “that was stupid”.   You have the resources. The only person who stands in your way is you.  Believe in yourself.  Everything is an opportunity.  Look at what you enjoy doing, not just the end result.  Make the right choices all the time, not just when others are looking. Make good choices with or without the camera. Be successful in what you do and then work on what you can do better.”


Spooky Stacking Tournament

November 4, 2010

Wes Graves

On October 20, Lady’s Island Stacking sponsored the second annual Halloween Spook”stack”ular Sport Stacking Meet in the Lady’s Island Elementary School cafeteria.  Fifty-six students from Lady’s Island Elementary, Intermediate, and Middle Schools took part.  Stackers competed in five age divisions in the 3-3-3, 3-6-3, and Cycle.

First place winners were Molly Smith, Eli Smith, Colin Peterson, A’shanti Hart, Pyrajah Alexander, Julianna Fiduccia, Garrett Jepson, and Anna Smith.

Other top 3 finishers were Jack Jepson, Connor Fraser, Wes Graves, Ashanti Robinson, Sequoia Smalls, Madysen Shelby, Olatunji Adejola, Bennie Pulaski,  Isaiah Parker, Andrew Carr, Joshua Desmore, Darrius Gardner, Alonte Harvey, Dominic Bostic, and Rosie Pulaski.

The next stacking event for Lady’s island Stacking will be the WSSA Stack Up on November 18.


Adopt A School Campus and Keep it Litter Free

November 4, 2010

Mrs. Gilliard’s third graders at Coosa Elementary School work to keep the planet green and clean. The class adopted the school campus and sweeps it of litter and recycles bottles and cans.

The students pose with Mrs. Gilliard (left) and parent volunteer Mrs. Bartlett (right) after picking up more than ten bags of trash from the campus and the playgrounds. Any schools or classrooms that would like to adopt a campus should contact Keep Beaufort County Beautiful coordinator, Veronica C. Miller at (843) 255-2741 or at



November 4, 2010

74.1 percent of BCSD students passed the state’s high school exit exam on their first attempt in 2010, according to results released today by the Education Department.

That represented an increase from 2009’s average passing rate of 71.1 percent, an overall increase of 3 percentage points.

During their initial attempt last spring, 78.6 percent of South Carolina 10th-graders passed both sections of the state’s exit exam by scoring at Level 2 or higher on the test’s four achievement levels.  That represented an improvement over 2009’s passing rate of 76.4 percent.

HSAP serves as both a state-mandated exit exam required for a South Carolina high school diploma and a federally mandated testing program to measure high school progress.

Public school students must pass both the English Language Arts and mathematics sections of the High School Assessment Program to meet the state’s exit examination requirement for a diploma.  The tests are initially administered in the students’ second year of high school, and students who do not post passing scores on their first attempts have additional opportunities to retake the parts they did not pass.

In Beaufort County, 76.8 percent of 2010 HSAP test-takers met the state standard of Level 2 or above in mathematics compared to 74.8 percent last year.  In ELA, 84 percent met the state standard compared to 83 percent last year.

All high schools in Beaufort County improved their average passing rate in ELA and/or Math.  Hilton Head Island High School exceeded the state average in both ELA and Math.


Book Celebration at EC Montessori

October 21, 2010

It is a tradition in the Elementary classroom at EC Montessori to mark the completion of a Book Group Study with a celebration. The children always come up with many creative ways to remember each book, and The Magic Paintbrush celebration was no exception.

The Elementary class began the event by watching a short video presentation of another telling of the story in picture book format. The video also introduced the children to the sights and sounds of a real Chinatown.

Afterwards, the children sampled many different activities including: stir fry cooking, sewing moon rabbit finger puppets, creating their own magic paintbrushes using blue dye, eating traditional Asian moon cakes, making paper lanterns, and even getting their hair dyed blue. Some children came dressed as characters from the book, Jacob Rye was Mr. Blue and Jefferson Gibson was a giant rabbit. A good time was had by all, and the class looks forward to our next Book Group!


Movie Madness at Lady’s Island Elementary

October 21, 2010

Lady’s Island students love to read, especially when they get to watch a movie afterward!  Movie Madness is a reading promotion for students that read a book that has been made into a movie.

This month’s book was The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. Students who read The Tale of Despereaux stayed afterschool for a media center movie party on October 13th. Real movie popcorn was provided courtesy of the Plaza Theater.

The purpose of Movie Madness is to encourage students to read high quality literature and reflect upon the differences between the book and the movie versions. Of course, the book is always better, but it is fun to watch the movie together.  The next Movie Madness book will be Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.


LIMS Participates in McTeacher’s Night

October 21, 2010

Last week, the Lady’s Island McDonald’s restaurant hosted a “McTeacher’s Night” for Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle School.  The event was from 5:00 – 8:00pm.  Teachers from the school helped work the restaurant for those three hours, and students and their families were encouraged to stop by for dinner and see their teachers in action.  In return, McDonald’s donated 15% of the receipts for those three hours.  The event was a huge success and fun for all that attended.


LIES Students get Treated to a Limo Ride

October 21, 2010

Lady’s Island Elementary School PTO recently held a cookie dough fundraiser. The top sellers were treated to a limousine-chauffeured lunch at Pizza Inn.


Cheerleaders Host DOUGHraiser

October 14, 2010

On September 28, the Lady’s Island Middle School Cheerleaders hosted a DOUGHraiser at Pizza Inn in the Beaufort Town Center.

The event was a huge success, and everyone in attendance had a great time while enjoying some yummy pizza, pasta, and salad.

The Pizza Inn event raised over $400 for the LIMS cheerleaders and future competition expenses.


Riverview Students Support the Lt. Dan Project with the Gift of Gratitude

October 14, 2010

Riverview students pack bags for the runners participationg in the Lt. Dan 5K run.

Riverviews Cross Country starts, Robyn Bridgers and Olivia Ward, celebrate their 2nd and 3rd place victories in the 12 and under category of the Lt. Dan 5K run.

Before Riverview started its first year, its inaugural staff developed core values in which the schools’ social and emotional learning program is based.  Empathy, gratitude, integrity, stewardship, cooperation, mindfulness, and perseverance are the hallmarks of the program and are weaved into the fabric of student life at Riverview.  Whether students are studying science or math, playing on the playground, embarking on a field trip, or participating in an assembly, Riverview’s core values are integrated into all aspects of the educational program.

To express gratitude to the veterans participating in the Lt. Dan festivities, Riverview students supported the project in multiple ways.  Students’ stuffed the race bags for the 5K runners, RCS students and their families participated in the Independence Bike Race and 5K run, and students’ welcomed retired Chief Warrant Officer, Gary Linfoot, and his family, to the school on Friday as their special guest.  Chief Linfoot served in the Global War on Terror as a helicopter pilot with the US Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment.   His helicopter suffered mechanical difficulties, and as a result, he was involved in a tragic crash leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.  As part of the Lt. Dan Project, Chief Linfoot shared his experiences with the Riverview students, eliciting laughter and tears from the students and parents in attendance.

“Chief Linfoot is an inspiration to us all,” Creative Arts teacher, Lisa Clancy said.  “He exemplifies all of Riverview’s core values…all of us can learn from his perseverance and stewardship.”  Many of Riverview’s students have family members serving overseas, so the sacrifices that our military families make on a daily basis is not lost on the Riverview Learning Community.  Ty Reichel, an RCS parent, spoke with emotion about Friday’s assembly, “I was overwhelmed with Chief Linfoot’s ability to focus on his recovery, instead of his loss.  His patriotism in the face of such an injury was very moving and inspiring.”

Riverview students gave the gift of song as they lifted their voices to Thank you, Soldiers and God Bless the USA in honor of Chief Linfoot and his family.  Students waved American Flags and held patriotic banners to commemorate the sacrifices he and others have made to preserve what our country holds dear. On behalf of the entire Riverview student body, Sixth grader, Robyn Bridgers, presented Chief Linfoot and his family, a handmade blanket that the students made as a token of Riverview’s appreciation.  Parent, Carey Kerney, said this about her children’s experiences at RCS, “All roads lead back to the core values.  I love our little school.”


Cougar News

By Janei Bethea and Hannady Alberto, 8th graders from Lady’s Island Middle/Intermediate School

October 14, 2010

A few Fridays in September were so awesome for the LIMS/LIIS students, because September 3rd was “Wear Your Colors Day.” Students got to wear the jersey of their favorite college sports team.

Friday, September 10th was ‘Back to Football Friday” at LIMS/LIIS. Students had a great time wearing their favorite NFL team jerseys UNTUCKED!!! Students were thrilled when they heard the news because the tucking in your shirt policy is very big at our school.

The cookie dough fundraiser at LIMS/LIIS was a huge success. Thank you to all the people who contributed to the fundraiser.

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for October 21st from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and October 22nd from 8:00AM to 12:00 PM. Call your child’s pod teachers to schedule a conference.

Parents, have you logged into school fusion? The LIMS/LIIS website allows you to check your children’s grades.  Usernames and passwords were mailed home; however, if you did not get a username and password for your child, see Ms. Floyd in the intermediate school office.

Report cards will be sent home on October 21st.

The Cougar Volleyball team has been ruling the court with their awesome enthusiasm and love for the game! Their record is three wins and five losses.

The Cougar football team is starting off the season with flying colors. The guys have been doing a great job on and off the field. They hope to the end of the season with many wins.

The cheerleaders have been working their pom-poms off cheering our teams to victory! They recently had a fundraiser at Pizza Inn. They had a blast volunteering to serve customers and raised a lot of money. They raised over $420.00 dollars. Go Cougars!

Parents, don’t forget to save your Box tops and Labels for Education. Every box top provides 10 cents for our school. The labels provide points. These point might get the school a brand new Wii system.

Homecoming week will take place at Lady’s Island Middle School October 11th– To kick off Home-coming we will have Hat Day on October 11th

Date Activity Details
Monday October 11th Hat Day Wear your favorite hat with your uniform.
Tuesday October 12th Dress for Success Day Boys-may wear suits, dress pants with shirt jacket and tieGirls- may wear dress pants pant suit, dresses or skirt.
Wednesday October 13th Multiplicity Day(home coming) Wear matching clothes with your friends to become twins or triplets.
Thursday October 14th Mismatch Day Wear clothes that don’t match. Undergarments’ may not be showing over your clothes.
Friday October 15th Favorite Sport Team Day Wear a jersey or T- shirt to show off your favorite team.

As you can see we are very busy here at LIMS/LIIS. If you’d like to help out please consider volunteering.


Beaufort Academy Assists with Lt. Dan Bike Ride

October 7, 2010

Beaufort Academy students went beyond their pre-event fundraising and also volunteered at the Lt. Dan Bike Ride on Saturday, October 2, 2010.  Here are a few photos from the event:

Front Row: Alex Compton, Brycen Ambrose, and Veteran Alan Babin, whose mother spoke to the BA student body on Friday, October 1st. Back Row: Anna Christine Crowther, Natalie Aitken, Lauren Noonan, Nicole Schmiege, Grace Stewart, and Adam Chahin.


EC Montessori Holds Book Fair

October 7, 2010

Margaret Saltrick helps Caroline Ferguson look for a book at the popular Fall Book Fair.


Get on the Bus!

St. Peter’s starts drive to get school bus

By: Christopher A. Trott, Principal

October 7, 2010

On Sunday, September 26, the pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, Rev. Father Timothy D. Tebalt, made an announcement to the parish that the church will begin a drive to secure a bus for the church and school to use. After looking into a variety of options, Fr. Tebalt settled on purchasing a 14 passenger bus that costs approximately $40,000 which includes detailing. This bus will assist the many ministries on campus, including the school, and help to develop new projects over the course of the coming years.

The school will access the bus to take it to and from special activities near and far from Beaufort. Currently, as teachers plan their field trips, they also need to coordinate between the classroom parents to secure enough rides for the students. As this can be sometimes difficult, having a school bus will help teachers to keep their students together on their way to and from the activity. Mrs. Bonnie Goltz who instructs 2nd grade, said “This is great! What a wonderful opportunity for our school to have. I’m so excited!” Many of the teachers often take at least three field trips a school year which is approximately 30 times it would be in use for these learning opportunities. The school also has an active sports program and participates in basketball, cross country and soccer. The bus would help transport the athletes to games outside of campus.

Fr. Tebalt also is looking to reenergize a community outreach project called “Helping Hands” which is coordinated by Deacon Michael Beeler. One of the purposes of this ministry is to help parishioners who can no longer drive to Mass get their safely and with a secure ride. The bus will also allow for the parishioners of St. Peter Catholic Church to get events hosted by the Diocese of Charleston which are typically in Charleston of Columbia. For example, yearly, the youth group of the church attends a rally in Columbia and a retreat that sometimes takes them out of state.

When making his announcement, Fr. Tebalt was met with applause from the congregation. He said that “If I have 200 parishioners give $200, we’ve got a bus!” Currently, the effort has raised $12,825 in just a short week and a half span. The church and school will continue the “Get on the Bus!” effort until one is secured! The goal is to have one in place by the end of October. Then, all three Catholic schools in Beaufort County will have a bus! Should you be interested in helping with this project, contact the church office at 843-522-9555.


LIES to Present Dinner Theater

October 7, 2010

Lady’s Island Elementary will present an evening of fun, food, and entertainment on October 19th at 6:30 pm.  Come enjoy a meal of spaghetti while watching performances by teachers, as well as parent/student performances.  Singing, dancing, drama, karate, and instrumental performances are all on the menu, along with spaghetti!

Childcare is available for children ages 2 to PreK for only $2!  Seating is limited, so tickets must be purchased in advance.  Tickets for children in grades Kindergarten-4th are $5, and tickets for 5th graders-adults are $10 each.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  100% of proceeds go straight to the Lady’s Island Elementary Arts Booster Club, so please come support this great cause!

If you are a Lady’s Island Elementary parent or student, you can still sign up to perform!  Call Lady’s Island Elementary at 322-2240 to sign up to perform or to buy your tickets!


Riverview Students Commemorate International Peace Day

September 30, 2010

Riverviews visual arts teacher, Weezy Alcott, led the school-wide art integration project, Pinwheels for Peace, to commemorate International Peace Day.

Austin, a Fifth Grader at Riverview reflects on his fathers service in Afghanistan.

Pinwheels for Peace on display at Riverview Charter School

Students at Riverview Charter School took part in an integrated art project, Pinwheels for Peace, in commemoration of International Peace Day.

The story behind International Peace Day is an inspirational one.  Jeremy Gilley, a documentary film maker, had an idea to establish an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence, a mission he titled “Peace One Day.”  Remarkably, he was able to achieve his mission when the 192 member states of the United Nations unanimously adopted September 21 as an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on the UN International Day of Peace.

How can one day make a difference? Mr. Gilley’s goal was to use the day as “a platform for life-saving activities around the world and an opportunity for individuals–particularly young people–to become involved in the peace process.”  The day has been used to vaccinate over 1.4 million kids and supplies are distributed safely around the globe due to the ceasefire.

Weezy Alcott, Riverview’s visual arts teacher, was inspired by the “Peace One Day” project and set out to find a way for Riverview students to “become involved in the peace process” and commit to finding peaceful solutions in their lives.

Spinning off an idea that was started by two art teachers in Florida, Alcott invited  Riverview students to participate in an integrated art project called Pinwheels for Peace. “Part of Riverview’s mission is to create engaged, global citizens and to teach through integration.  Pinwheels for Peace gave me a launching off point to integrate the mechanics of drawing lines and curves with geometry, symmetry, and measurement.  It opened the door for conversations about global issues and humanity, ” said Alcott.  “Many of our students have family members serving in the war, and we wanted to recognize the sacrifices they are making to create a more peaceful world.”

Each student created a pinwheel as a symbolic representation of peace.  304 whirling pinwheels were displayed on Riverview’s school grounds as staff and students gathered to commemorate International Peace Day with a moment of silence.

Austin, a fifth grader at Riverview, said he thought about his father during the moment of silence.  “My dad is in Afghanistan, and I thought about his safety.”  Second grader, Julianna Lane also thought about her father serving in the war, “I prayed for my dad and that everything would be okay.”

Students will further explore the question, “What will you do to make peace? in a culminating art project that will be permanently displayed at Riverview.  “If you start with this generation, it can be the beginning of many more days of peace,” said Alcott.

Third grader Claire Bowden, noted one of Riverview’s core values when she  commented, “If everyone would cooperate, the world would be peaceful.”


Beaufort Academy Students Connect with Injured Troops and their Families

September 30, 2010

Every soldier wounded or killed in war carries a story and a family along with the rifle and rucksack. Beaufort Academy students are learning that lesson firsthand as part of their fundraising for the Independence Fund.

On Friday, Oct. 1 from 10-11 a.m., five mothers, nurses and injured female troops will participate in an assembly for Middle School and Upper School students at Beaufort Academy. Younger students in the Lower School will write notes of thanks to veterans. The assembly is part of the weekend-long “Lieutenant Dan Weekend” and the Shrimp Festival.

“The assembly will help make a personal connection between those who served or are the parents of those who served, were wounded or killed, with the students and the organization they have focused on for fundraising, the Independence Fund,” said Beaufort Academy Headmaster Dr. Randy Wall.

“The school, the Interact club and the sports teams are supporting the events being held in conjunction with the Shrimp Festival and the Lieutenant Dan Weekend.  It is being billed as a community based event supporting some of the most severely-injured troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are working with our school to increase awareness,” Wall said.

Beaufort Academy is a college-preparatory private school on Lady’s Island near Beaufort SC. Its 2010 SAT scores averaged 1770, which is 261 points above the national average.

Already, BA students and student-athletes have raised about $1,500 for the Independence Fund by seeking donations outside of the Grayco Hardware store on weekends, school leaders said.

Part of the Oct. 1-3 Shrimp Festival in downtown Beaufort is the Lieutenant Dan Independence Ride and 5K run.   Gary Sinise, the actor who played Lt. Dan from the movie “Forrest Gump,” will focus attention on the Independence Fund by performing with his band in the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park.

Speakers at the Friday Beaufort Academy assembly include Rosie Rabin, a mother who documented her son’s injuries, surgeries and recovery after he and other paratroopers were attacked in As Samawah, Iraq, in March 2003. Also speaking will be Lt. Tracie Lattimore, who was Ms. Rabin’s son’s primary nurse aboard the USNS Comfort.

Cpl. Alan Rabin was hit in the abdomen with small-arms fire. Field physicians removed 90 percent of his stomach, spleen, part of his pancreas, large intestine, and he sustained injuries to his liver and diaphragm, his mother wrote.

Unable to survive evacuation to Germany, he was transferred to the USNS Comfort, anchored off the coast of Kuwait, Ms. Rabin wrote.  While aboard, Alan’s kidneys failed, his liver shut down and he was placed on dialysis and a ventilator, she recalled. He survived 20 major surgeries before being transferred to Walter Reed Hospital, where she and her husband were finally able to be at his bedside, three weeks after he was wounded.  Six weeks after that, Alan contracted meningitis and suffered a stroke.

Her story is one of a mother’s compassion, dedication and devotion to a child suffering what’s called “polytrauma” – extensive multiple injuries – as well as a brain injury.

“We live in a military community,” Wall said. “Our students study American and world history and we learn about battles and wars, but we are looking for ways to connect Beaufort Academy to our community and to the world. The Independence Fund is a wonderful link to a great cause, and we are proud to be a part of it.”

Other speakers Friday include:

  • Ms. Kristy Herman, Capt, USAF 2001-2007
  • Ms. Laura Sellinger, deployed to Iraq as an intelligence specialist where she served with distinction
  • Specialist Danielle Friedericksen.

For more information about the Independence Fund, visit


Welcome Our New Cougar Leader!

By Jacqueline Marisol Ramirez, 7th Grader at Lady’s Island Middle School

September 30, 2010

On August 16, 2010, Lady’s Island Middle & Intermediate School received a new principal, Mr. Martin L. Wright. Lady’s Island Middle & Intermediate School students said “CIAO” to Mr. Bennett, who was our principal for three years. The students and faculty were sad to see Mr. Bennett go, but were excited to know that we were going to have an extraordinary new principal.

Mr. Wright has made it a goal to go from GOOD to GREAT, and for his students to do their best. I interviewed Mr. Wright to see what he wants to see change in his school in order to make it the best middle school in all Beaufort, South Carolina.
















Riverview students show their spirit on College Colors Day

September 23, 2010

Third graders celebrate by having a grade level tailgate party, along with line dancing, a picnic, and plenty of fun!  Parent, Ty Reichel leads the way with the Electric Slide Dance!


Beaufort County School District Announces Teacher of the Year

September 23, 2010

Beaufort County Teacher of the Year: Tennille Scheriff

At a breakfast held recently to honor all of the teachers of the year from Beaufort County School District, Tennille Scheriff was named as the District Teacher of the Year.

Tennille Scheriff has been teaching for the past twelve years and has been teaching in Beaufort County School District since 2002 at Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts.  Ms. Scheriff holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Iowa, a Master’s Degree from Coe College and is pursuing a Doctorate of Education Degree from Liberty University.  Ms. Sheriff teaches fourth grade and believes her passion for teaching includes developing every student to their potential and ensuring successful experiences.

District Superintendent, Dr. Valerie Truesdale, said “Ms. Scheriff exemplifies the finest attributes of an outstanding teacher.  I am proud of the work she has done and her accomplishments with our students.  She is an asset to Beaufort County School District.”

Ms. Scheriff will now represent Beaufort County as she competes for the South Carolina State Teacher of the Year.

School level teachers of the year are selected in April of every year.  A committee reviews all of the candidates and five are selected as finalists for the District Teacher of the Year.  The five finalists are then interviewed by the Education Foundation Committee and scored.  From there the District Teacher of the Year is named.


Lady’s Island Elementary Teacher Teena Deer wins WTOC Top Teacher Award

September 23, 2010

Teena Deer is interviewed by WTOC in a surprise visit awarding her the WTOC Top Teacher Award.

WTOC Top Teacher recipient Teena Deer

On September 1st, second grade teacher Teena Deer was awarded the WTOC Top Teacher Award.  Mrs. Deer was nominated by parent Rhonda Coaxum, whose son Josiuha was in Mrs. Deer’s class last year.  Mrs. Coaxum stated, “Mrs. Deer is just a great teacher.  She cares for her students, their education, and their well-being.”  Fellow teacher Deanna Holmes echoed Mrs. Coaxum’s sentiments and added that Mrs. Deer sets high expectations and standards for all of her students.  Mrs. Deer stands out in particular for her integration of art into her curriculum.  She believes that if students can take information and create with it, they will learn it.


Riverview Read-a-thon and Book Fair

September 16, 2010

Riverview’s parent organization, The Riverview Community Cooperative (RCC), hosted its first meeting of the 2010 school year this past Monday with a packed room of eager families!  Afterwards, Riverview students and parents enjoyed an Ice-cream social to kick off Riverview’s Read-a-thon and Scholastic Book Fair.  To encourage literacy and get students excited about reading, Riverview students have been challenged to set daily reading goals and teachers and parents are joining forces to make time for reading in school and at home.  In addition to promoting reading, students will collect pledges for each minute they read until October 9 to support the literacy programs at Riverview.  Parents have also organized the Scholastic Book Fair to jump-start the Read-a-thon and sales totaled nearly $1000 on opening night.  Students and families are encouraged to come to the Book Fair from 8:00-9:00am and from 3:20-4:00 until September 20.  Support Riverview students by encouraging them to meet their reading goals and make a pledge today!


Beaufort Academy Happenings

September 16, 2010

From left: Connor ONeill, Casey Kahn, Katherine Neal, Conor Nuelle, John Mathai, Grant Hetherington, Laura Roddey and Brooke ONeill

The BA Swim Team spent Saturday morning at the Grayco Hardware Store on Lady’s Island selling t-shirts and bracelets in support of the Lt Dan Weekend and the  2010 Beaufort Shrimp Festival.  The team raised over $595.00 for the Independence Fund. The Independence Fund’s core mission is “to provide the tools, therapies and guidance for those veterans severely injured in the Global War on Terror that they otherwise would not receive.”

BA sports teams and cheerleaders are each spending a Saturday at Grayco, selling the shirts and bracelets to support the fund.  This is in conjunction with other events the school is planning to celebrate and educate students on veterans’ issues and concerns, as well as support the 2010 Beaufort Shrimp Festival and Lt. Dan Weekend.


Aki Carter and Brian Rhatigan in the Upper School Science Lab

The third grade class visited one of the Upper School Science Labs for the first of many classes in the science lab.  Mrs. Luckey, the chemistry and physics teacher, assisted the students in creating lab books, understanding the use of the microscope and the recording of data and observations.  Found objects were viewed, pictures drawn and descriptions written on the objects in the students’ lab books.  Students’ comments ranged from surprise to awe as they viewed the everyday objects, rocks, shells, bark, Spanish moss and a spider magnified.


Lady’s Island Middle and Intermediate School to Collect Labels for Education

September 16, 2010

Welcome back to school! For over 37 years, Labels for Education® has supported schools across the country by providing more than $110 million in free educational merchandise. This year, the Labels for Education program is getting even better with a new look and focus on the Arts, Athletics and Academic enrichment programs that can spark children’s successes. Labels for Education is also adding new partnerships and resources. To learn more, sign-up for e-newsletters at

With your help, Lady’s Island Middle and Intermediate can make this year the best ever! To meet our goals, we need to collect 5000 (before the winter break) points. Participating in the program is easy — simply save UPC’s from participating products and send them to our school. Some of the products eligible for redemption during the 2010-2011 program year include:

  • Campbell’s® soups
  • SpaghettiOs® Pasta
  • Campbell’s® beans, gravies, and canned pasta
  • Prego® Italian sauces
  • Swanson® stocks, broths and canned poultry
  • Campbell’s® tomato juice
  • Pepperidge Farm® breads, cookies, and frozen products
  • Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish® crackers
  • All V8 Splash® Beverages
  • All V8 Fusion® Beverages
  • Campbell’s® Foodservice products

Campbell’s has made it easier for Lady’s Island Middle and Intermediate to reach our collection goals with products worth 5 points! The following products are worth 5 points for the 2010-2011 program year:

  • 26 varieties of Campbell’s® condensed soup in specially marked cans
  • All Campbell’s® Microwavable Soups
  • All V8® Soups
  • All Campbell’s® Select Harvest® Soups
  • SpaghettiOs® Pasta (Original and Meatball)

Visit for a complete list of eligible products and point values.

Help multiply our efforts by asking your friends and family to collect UPC’s on behalf of our school.

If you have any questions, or would like to help with our Labels for Education collection drive, please contact our program coordinator Paige Lancaster at 524-0549.

Thanks so much for your support. Together with Campbell’s Labels for Education — we can build a better school for our children.


BHS Fall Open House Friday, September 17th

September 16, 2010

5:00 – 7:00 PM Meet the teachers

5:30 SIC Meeting

7:30 Football game

Free Hot Dogs and Drinks

Opportunity to meet the teachers

Receive Progress reports

Registration for new parent website (must bring picture ID)

Club and Activities Showcase


Bill Wurtzel to Perform and Speak at Beaufort Elementary

September 10, 2010

Bill Wurtzel, renowned guitarist, will be the star of Beaufort Elementary’s October 25th student assembly.  Mr. Wurtzel will play for the students, talk about his career as a jazz and classical guitarist, and answer questions.

Bill Wurtzel has performed worldwide with many great jazz artists including 12 years with the Count Basie “Countsmen,” 7 years with Bill Doggett, and 3 years with Jimmy McGriff. Bill specializes in duo and trios and has played for countless private affairs featuring mainstream jazz and the American Songbook. Bill is the founding director of the Jazz Foundation of America.


LIMS Cheerleaders to Host Spirit Nights

September 10, 2010

On Monday September 13, the Lady’s Island Middle School Cheerleaders will host a Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Boundary Street location.  Your tips, donations, and portion of sales will help support the squad throughout the year!  Hope to see you there!

On Tuesday September 28, the Lady’s Island Middle School Cheerleaders will host a Pizza Inn DoughRaiser from 5pm to 8pm.  Pizza Inn is located in the Beaufort Towne Center on Boundary Street.  Your tips, donations, and portion of sales will help support the squad throughout the year! Hope to see you there!

On Monday October 11, the Lady’s Island Middle School Cheerleaders will host a Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Boundary Street location.  Your tips, donations, and portion of sales will help support the squad throughout the year!  Hope to see you there!


Broad Rover Elementary School Seeking Host Families for Exchange Teacher

September 10, 2010

Broad River Elementary School is seeking host families for their Chinese exchange teacher. The teacher will be arriving this month. The idea is that each family would provide housing, food, and transportation for the teacher for one quarter (9 weeks). If a family is willing to provide housing for more than one quarter, we will consider that arrangement as well. The school will also assist if necessary with transportation to and from school for the teacher. If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful opportunity, please contact Mrs. Lewis, school principal, at 322-8400. Thank you for your consideration!


Beaufort County School District Responds to Bednarsh Lawsuit

September 10, 2010

In March 2010, the Beaufort County School District received a new lawsuit filed by Eleonore Bednarsh, the former Director of Riverview Charter School, against the School District, Riverview Charter School, and a number of officials associated with the District and the Charter School.  The lawsuit did not allege that the School District or any District officials had done anything wrong; instead, it sought access to documents that might be in the District’s possession.  At the same time the lawsuit was received, the District also received several FOIA requests from Ms. Bednarsh’s attorney.  The District responded to the FOIA requests on April 19, 2010, and the District’s legal counsel filed a motion asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit.  The District has received questions about this matter from the media, and is responding to those questions with this statement.

First, it must be emphasized that the School District and its officials never employed Ms. Bednarsh, never exercised any authority or supervision over Ms. Bednarsh’s employment, and did not terminate her employment with Riverview.

Second, Ms. Bednarsh apparently filed a document with the court offering to resolve this case for $242,000.  The media has asked why the District did not accept the offer.  Initially, it is unclear whether the offer was made to Riverview only or included the District.  In any event, the District did not accept the offer because it does not owe Ms. Bednarsh $242,000, or any other amount.

Third, Ms. Bednarsh has asked the court for permission to amend her lawsuit papers to allege violations of the FOIA.  The court has not ruled on that request yet.  Our attorneys are opposing the request because the District has not violated the FOIA.  The District received several FOIA requests from Ms. Bednarsh’s attorney, and responded to those requests on April 19, 2010.  After responding to the requests, and also inviting Ms. Bednarsh’s attorney to clarify his requests, the District did not hear anything else about its response.  We were never notified of any concerns about our response, which included the production of approximately 600 pages of documents at no cost to Ms. Bednarsh or her attorney.

In summary, the District and several District officials have been sued about a matter that does not directly involve the District, and we have responded appropriately.   We regret that taxpayer funds must be spent for this purpose, but we have no alternative but to defend the District.


Riverview Invests in its Teachers

September 2, 2010

Riverview believes that the best way to spend its money is to invest in its teachers.  While this may seem like common sense, it’s not typically how public or private schools choose to prioritize their budget.  Textbooks, computer labs, and ball fields often win out, but at Riverview, that’s not the case.  As board president Alison Thomas likes to say, “When we get it right in the classroom, the rest takes care of itself.”

Last year alone, our teachers logged over four thousand hours collectively in professional development training.  This year is no exception.  Teachers were charged with having to participate in three weeks of professional development this summer. Teachers could choose between attending the ASCD National Conference in Orlando, Florida, or they could meet individually with Associate Director, Jim Crawford, to develop their unit plans for the 2010 school year.  Having taught Understanding by Design at Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania, Mr. Crawford brings expertise in unit planning and has worked with our staff since last January to design units that focus on high quality curriculum that infuses 21st century skills and teaches with the whole child in mind.  All teachers were responsible for submitting three fully developed units by summer’s end.

In addition, the Riverview teachers formed a professional development committee to collaboratively plan two weeks of training in August, based on the needs of the staff.  Classes on technology, United Streaming, and Measures of Academic Progress were offered, as well as time to collaborate with teammates, specialists and other grade levels.  Integration, curriculum mapping, and team building at Tulifinny Farm were also a part of the professional development experience.


Beaufort Academy Starts Fresh Year Monday

September 2, 2010

With new students, new staff, a new trimester schedule and a new school year, there was a special buzz at Beaufort Academy for Monday’s first day.

“I am so excited my stomach is doing flip flops,” said third grader Amelia Huebel.

Her parents, Scott and Katie Huebel, shared a similar excitement to the end of summer vacation and the start of a new year at Beaufort Academy. “We are thrilled with the teachers and so excited to have both children in the same Lower School building,” Mrs. Huebel said.

Monday’s half-day of classes marked the opening of the 2010-2011 school year at BA. Classes resumed two weeks later than usual because the school calendar switches this year to trimesters, with a three-week “Interim” between Thanksgiving and Christmas for unique learning opportunities.

“I am excited about the first day, meeting new students, our new schedule, the trimesters and the options during the Interim,” said Madeline Griffith, a junior and vice present of Student Government at BA.

This year’s first trimester will end before Thanksgiving and when students return, they’ll be in a three-week session of special learning opportunities called Interim. Students will participate in local internships with area businesses, agencies and professionals, develop community service projects, attend special career exploratory classes, work with artists and historians, and travel on extended field trips that couldn’t be arranged during the regular school year.

Likewise, sophomores and juniors will take their school-sponsored tours of colleges and universities during the Interim. Though all students will have opportunities for travel and enrichment, students who desire additional academic assistance will find BA faculty ready to help during the interim.

The buzz wasn’t all about Interim though. Brandon Massalon, a new ninth grade student at BA, said “I’m looking forward to football, making new friends and the challenges of my classes.”

Beaufort Academy is a private, college preparatory K-12 school on Lady’s Island that serves families from across the Lowcountry, primarily northern Beaufort County.

“We had a great opening day and a great start to an exciting year,” Headmaster Randy Wall said Monday. “The kids are engaged, the staff is ready, and we’ve got some new things on tap such as Interim and the longer core classes.

“Everyone, including the new students, picked up right where we ended last year. It’s exciting to watch the upperclassmen assume new leadership roles on the campus,” he said.

The last school year brought strong results at BA. The Beaufort Academy Class of 2010’s 19 graduates amassed a collective scholarship fund over $2.2 million. Among last year’s graduates:

  • · Julie Eckstrom received over $150,000 in scholarships from both Carnegie Mellon and Virginia Tech
  • Ashton Byrne is attending The Citadel on a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship
  • Luke Hetherington is applying his National Merit Finalist Scholarship to attend Furman
  • Grace Salzer is at Furman on a four-year nusic scholarship
  • Nathaniel Rollings, a National Merit Finalist, received acceptances to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Air Force Academy, as well as a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship to MIT. He chose West Point.

Other members of the Class of 2010 received acceptances and scholarships from the Honors College at the College of Charleston, Davidson, Colgate, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Roanoke, Clemson, South Carolina, Tulane, Winthrop, Wofford, Mercer, Hawaii, Pace, LSU, and others.

They combined with students from the Class of 2011 to take 68 Advanced Placement Exams last spring and score a passing rate of 75 percent with 21 percent scoring 3; 32 percent scoring 4; and 21 percent scoring 5.  A score of 3 or higher usually results in college credit, saving time and money for the students and their parents.

Last spring, Chris Huckabee, now a senior at BA, scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the SAT, and Lily Westergaard, also a senior this year, earned an 800 in the SAT literature subject test.

For more information, visit or call 843-524-3393.


Volunteer Tea at Lady’s Island Elementary

September 2, 2010

Lady’s Island Elementary hosted a Volunteer Tea Tuesday, August 24th.  Potential volunteers joined staff members for light refreshments, tours of the school and information sessions on potential volunteer opportunities within the school.  Interested community members can contact Charlotte Diorio at 322-2240 or through email at for information on becoming involved.


Class Notes from Mossy Oaks Elementary

September 2, 2010

September 3rd is College Colors Day.  Students may wear their favorite college shirt to school that day.  No school on September 6th in observance of Labor Day.  Progress reports will be sent home on September 17.


New Trimester Schedule, New Staff Kick Off School Year at Beaufort Academy Aug. 30

August 26, 2010

Building on last year’s outstanding successes, Beaufort Academy prepares to start its new year with a new trimester schedule, increased time in academic classes and new staff. Students return to BA Aug. 30, two weeks later than usual, because of the shift to trimesters.

Joining the faculty at the private, college preparatory K-12 school on Lady’s Island are:

  • Betsy Rhatigan, returning to BA to teach Middle School English
  • Tom Savage, Middle School History and Upper School English
  • Kim Handy, Middle and Upper School French and Spanish
  • Kelly Newbauer, Geometry, Algebra I and Algebra II
  • Tony Gonzalez, Lower School Spanish and Upper School Art
  • Stephanie Sullivan, Lower and Middle School Music
  • Connie Ambrose, Middle and Upper School Health and Wellness
  • Bradi Dinkins will teach third grade with Nancy Compton
  • Laura Brummer will teach fourth grade
  • Karen Nuelle will help manage Interim projects and services.

The BA Graduating Class of 2010 exemplified the school’s emphasis on academics as 19 graduates amassed more than $2.2 million in scholarships. For instance, Nathaniel Rollings, a National Merit Finalist, received acceptances to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the Air Force Academy, as well as a four-year Army ROTC Scholarship to MIT. He chose West Point.

Also, Beaufort Academy juniors and seniors last spring took 68 Advanced Placement Exams and scored a school record passing rate of 75 percent – with “passing” being a score of three or higher. Most colleges and universities grant credits for scores of 3 or higher. Among the BA Advanced Placement students, 21 percent scored 3; 32 percent scored 4; and 21 percent scored 5. This is nine points higher than the BA Advanced Placement results in 2009 and better than any year since the school has monitored AP results, Headmaster Randy Wall said.

The later-than-usual school year start enables BA to most efficiently use its new trimester calendar, Wall said. The trimester system provides a three-week “interim” period of various learning options between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This year’s first trimester will end before Thanksgiving and when students return, they’ll be in a three-week session of special learning opportunities called Interim. Students will participate in local internships with area businesses, agencies and professionals, develop community service projects, attend special career exploratory classes, work with artists and historians, and travel on extended field trips that couldn’t be arranged during the regular school year.

Likewise, sophomores and juniors will take their school-sponsored tours of colleges and universities during the Interim. Though all students will have opportunities for travel and enrichment, students who desire additional academic assistance will find BA faculty ready to help during the interim.

Another change for this school year: Beaufort Academy students will have six class periods per day, down from last year’s eight periods. Each core academic period will last 60 minutes, 15 minutes longer than last year. Electives and supplemental classes will be 45 minutes.

This provides more exposure to the core academic classes that provide the foundation of the college-prep curriculum, Wall said. In exchange, most school-day study halls are being eliminated and an after-school study hall option added.

“We had an exceptional year with our Class of 2010,” Wall said, “and our goal is to build on that success, to expand our college-prep services and to ensure that each child who graduates from Beaufort Academy is accepted into their preferred college or university. We have an incredible team to help reach that goal, from the teachers to our guidance and college application expert to our support staff.”

Beaufort Academy continues to accept applications for all grades, from its pre-kindergarten three-year-old program through 12th grade. For information, visit or call 843-524-3393.


ABCTE Names South Carolina’s Jeremiah Young as Inaugural Teacher of the Year

August 26, 2010

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) has named Jeremiah Young, a science teacher from Beaufort High School in South Carolina, as the recipient of its inaugural National Teacher of the Year Award.

Young will be presented with the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Friday, August 27 with Dr. Carl Harris, Deputy Assistant Secretary with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, as well as members of the ABCTE staff and board of directors.

“Being chosen as the recipient of ABCTE’s National Teacher of the Year is an honor,” said Young. “There are many great teachers in this profession that deserve to be recognized for their accomplishments inside and outside the classroom. To be chosen as the national recipient is humbling. I am still young in the profession, so receiving this honor will only encourage me to work harder to fulfill the expectations that I feel this position holds, for the remainder of my teaching career.”

Principal nominations, a public vote and interviews with each finalist were used to determine the award recipient, with parents, students, colleagues and other members of the community casting over 9,500 votes during the public voting portion.

“The entire selection process for ABCTE’s Teacher of the Year has made me aware of the number of people that believe in me as an educator,” explained Young. “I am encouraged by the initial nomination by my principal—that he thought well enough of my teaching practices to offer my name as a candidate for this prestigious award. I am also greatly moved by the outpouring of support from my family, friends, and community, through the online voting process. The votes that I have cherished the most are from my former students and the parents of students I have taught. They are the ones who have firsthand experience with me as a teacher.”

“We are beyond thrilled with the response we have received for our first Teacher of the Year award and with the caliber of the candidates. All of us at ABCTE are honored and inspired knowing that these teachers are out there making a difference,” said ABCTE CFO & Acting CEO Giovanni Cozzarelli.

ABCTE offers a teaching certification program that is accepted for public schools in ten states: Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Utah. To-date, the organization has certified nearly 2,500 individuals.

The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) is a non-profit organization offering an innovative teacher preparation and certification program for highly knowledgeable individuals who want to become teachers. For more information, please visit www.abcte.org____________________________________________________________________________________________

How to Prepare Your Child for MAP Testing

August 26, 2010

Helping your student prepare for testing

  • Meet with your child’s teacher as often as needed to discuss his or her progress.
  • Ask the teacher to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork.
  • Provide a quiet, comfortable place for studying at home.
  • Make sure that your child is well rested on school days and especially the day of a test.
  • Give your child a well-rounded diet. A healthy body leads to a healthy, active mind.
  • Provide books and magazines for your child to read at home. By reading new materials, a child learns new words that might appear on a test.
  • Ask your child’s school about a suggested outside reading list or get suggestions from the public library.

Ways to help your child with reading

  • Provide many opportunities for your child to read books and/or other materials. Children learn to read best when they have books and other reading materials at home and plenty of chances to read.
  • Read aloud to your child. Research shows that this is the most important activity that parents can do to increase their child’s chance of reading success.
  • Keep reading aloud even when your child can read independently.
  • Make time to go to the library.
  • Play word games like Scrabble, Spill and Spell, Scattergories, Boggle, and Balderdash together.
  • Follow your child’s interests—find fiction and nonfiction books that tie into these interests.
  • Work crossword puzzles with your child.
  • Give a magazine subscription for a gift.

Ways to help your child with math

  • Spend time with kids on simple board games, puzzles, and activities that encourage better attitudes and stronger math skills. Even everyday activities such as playing with toys in a sandbox or in a tub at bath time can teach children math concepts such as weight, density, and volume.
  • Check your television listings for shows that can reinforce math skills in a practical and fun way.
  • Encourage children to solve problems. Provide assistance, but let them figure it out themselves. Problem solving is a lifetime skill.
  • The kitchen is filled with tasty opportunities to teach fractional measurements, such as doubling and dividing cookie recipes.
  • Point out ways that people use math every day to pay bills, balance their checkbooks, figure out their net earnings, make change, and how to tip in restaurants.
  • Involve older children in projects that incorporate geometric and algebraic concepts such as planting a garden, building a bookshelf, or figuring how long it will take to drive to your family vacation destination.
  • Children should learn to read and interpret charts and graphs such as those found in daily newspapers. Collecting and analyzing data will help your child draw conclusions and become discriminating readers of numerical information.


St. Helena Preschool and Kindergarten Has Limited Space Available

for the 2010-2011 School Year

August 26, 2010

St. Helena Preschool and Kindergarten offers the finest in academics through the lens of Christianity. There are spaces available in the nursery, preschool, and kindergarten programs for the 2010-2011 school year, which begins on Wednesday, September 8. St. Helena Preschool and Kindergarten is located at 507 Newcastle Street in downtown Beaufort. Programs are available for children ages 6 months to 5 years old. Please visit our website at (select “Education” tab and then “Preschool and Kindergarten” or “Nursery”) for complete information, great pictures, testimonials, and more. To arrange a school visit or if you have any questions, contact Addy Jo Hofmann, Preschool Director, at or call her at (843) 522-1712, ext. 223, or contact Roz Dixon, Nursery Director, at or call her at 522-1712, ext. 220.


Park University Academic Honor List

August 19, 2010

Park University has announced the Beaufort Campus Center Academic Honor List for the recently completed Summer ‘10 term. Those listed achieved a 3.6 grade point average or higher while carrying at full time academic load. Students on the honor list are: Iishsha Anthony-Rucker, Nicole J. Bond, Andrew L. Boucher, Brian E. Branch, David A. Cadd, Khalilah Canada, Rachel M. Carmack, Robert A. Casper, Cassandra Ann Coker, Lisa M. Coleman, Cinthia E. Compton, Rodney S. Craft, Daniel Joseph Daugherty, Billy J. Espinoza, Ronnie Fielder, Joseph M. Finn, Josiah Greenwell, Wesley Hearst, Michael A. Hernandez, Ashley A. Kaino, Ronald M. Lewis, Michael P. Light, Veronica Malfavon, Robert J. Moore, Jonathan Oliveros, Clinton A. Parks, Kevin G. Pierre, Blair H. Ryan, Amanda W. Sims, Morgan C. Thomas, Benjamin Jeffrey Tobin, Jr. and Heidy Ortiz Victore.

These full time students are pursuing Bachelor of Science or Associate of Science degrees at the Park University Beaufort Campus Center.


Changes abound at St. Peter School

By: Christopher A. Trott, Principal

August 12, 2010

The maintenance staff tends to the floors in the 4th grade classroom

Most summers at a school are filled with quiet halls, but not at St. Peter Catholic School. From the moment the children stepped foot out the door to begin their summer break, the maintenance, school and parish staffs have collectively begun revamping the building. The process started with the parish social hall, which the school uses daily for its lunch program and cafeteria. The room will be as much a spirit room as anything else since it received a fresh coat of paint that reflects the school colors—red and gold. A core group of volunteers will soon be coming in to paint the school crest, the school mascot (Cardinals), and the keys of St. Peter on the walls. Student work will also be hung proudly in the redecorated room.

Through the work of our Parent-Teacher Organization and our annual Oyster Roast fundraiser, the school has also taken a leap into the technology of today. Five new Promethean Boards are currently being installed in the school. This technology puts the internet and all of its resources at the fingertips of our teachers and our students. A new computer lab, outfitted with twenty desktop computers, is in the process of being developed in the school media center. With this new lab, St. Peter Catholic School will now offer as a part of its regular program computer classes for the grades. Students will continue to enhance their learning of technology through this class.

St. Peter Catholic School is also incorporating into its scheduling next year Drama classes and a Writing Workshop. The Drama class will be offered to students in grades fourth through eighth grade. Under the direction of Mrs. Wendy Lacombe, who over the years has helped to direct many of the school musicals and programs, students will learn the intricacies of drama productions and literature, the fundamentals of acting skills and drama’s role in culture. One of the goals of the program will be to take the school’s drama programs to a new level and the possibility of having more programs throughout the year. The Writing Workshop is a mini-class offered once a week to students in grades three through eight. This tagged-team course taught by Mrs. Claire Coffman and me will focus directly on the writing process. The main goals are for students to be able to organize their thoughts appropriately through diagrams and brainstorming, maintain sentence and paragraph structure and flow, work specifically on a type of writing genre (i.e. how to papers, persuasive essays, business letters, etc.) from start to finish and reinforce the grammar that is being instructed in the regular Language Arts classes. These two courses, plus our opportunity to switch from Algebra II to Geometry for advanced math students, are once again helping St. Peter Catholic School to raise the bar higher in Catholic education.

After careful consideration at the end of the school year, St. Peter Catholic School will also extend the school day by an additional fifteen minutes. The school day will be from 8 am to 3 pm with doors opening at 7:45 am and dismissal ending at 3:15 pm. By adding time to the schedule, it provides extra learning opportunities in the classroom and an opportunity at the end of the school day to come together and pray. It also allows for the school to completely work into the schedule the new courses St. Peter is offering.

With these changes being made this summer, an energized attitude has swept across the campus. Many thanks go to the work and passion of our pastor, Rev. Fr. Timothy D. Tebalt, along with multitude of staffers and volunteers who have taken on this mission of change at St. Peter Catholic School.  With so much taking place, our school is looking forward to opening its doors for the 19th time this coming school____________________________________________________________________________________________

Welcome Back Bash at St. Helena Elementary

July 29, 2010

St. Helena Elementary School opens the new school year with a Welcome Back to School Bash on Saturday, July 31st, from 9:00 A.M. – Noon.  There will be information booths, a tour of the newly renovated gymnasium, visits to classrooms, and food.   The District’s Expo at Battery Creek High School runs from 9:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. so parents and families can take advantage of both sites to get a good start to a new year.

School for students begins Monday, August 2nd, with classes starting at 8:15 A.M.  Fifth Grade Open House will be Thursday, August 5th at 6:00 P.M. with a meal, time to hear from and speak with support staff and teachers.


School District Receives Federal Grant for Foreign Language Initiative

July 29, 2010

Beaufort County School District has just received a $1.3 million grant over the next sixty months to support foreign language learning.  The Critical Language Initiative in Mandarin in Beaufort (CLIMB) is a collaborative initiative between the Beaufort County School District, the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston. The objective of the CLIMB project is to develop and implement a sustainable, sequential, and seamless, standards based continuum of language instruction in Mandarin Chinese.

The CLIMB project will begin at the District’s two International Baccalaureate (IB) elementary schools, Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary and Broad River Elementary both of which feed into IB Middle and High schools where project CLIMB will continue. The continuum begins in K/1 with a dual immersion program with expected outcomes of students being exposed to Mandarin Chinese at least 50% of the instructional day along with opportunities to have exposure to the Chinese culture during additional learning times.  Over the term of the five year grant additional grade levels will be added each year to this program making it accessible for more students.

Superintendent, Dr. Valerie Truesdale, said, “We appreciate the Board of Education’s encouraging us to seek grants to bring Foreign Language to elementary schools. These two International Baccalaureate schools will be able to bring more global learning to the classrooms.”

Chief Instructional Services Officer, Dr. Sean Alford, said, “The time and effort put into writing this grant by our highly qualified staff will render great benefits for our students enrolled in this program.”

The Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston will provide strategic support in the recruitment and training of Chinese teachers and in the delivery of extensive professional development and enrichment experiences aimed at students, teachers and parents involved in CLIMB.


Beaufort County Awarded Grants for Special Education

July 29, 2010

The Beaufort County School District, under the Office of Exceptional Children, have been awarded two $50,000 grants for projects for 2010-2011.  The first $50,000 grant will support professional development for para-professionals working in Early Childhood and Head Start classrooms.  Sixty teaching assistants will be able to participate in credit bearing courses through TCL designed to increase their knowledge of early care and education, human growth and development and teaching exceptional children.  The second $50,000 grant will support professional development for classroom teachers in the area of Differentiated Instruction.  Thirty mainstream teachers will have an opportunity to participate in a credit bearing course through the University of South Carolina designed to increase their ability to provide instruction to students of various ability levels, including special education students.

The school district has been awarded a total of $250,000 from OEC since 2009-2010.  Last year the district was awarded $150,000 to support a Family Resource Center at RSMS, balanced literacy training for para-professionals and advanced training for elementary teachers in the teaching of reading.


Beaufort Boys & Girls Club Member Uses LeBron James as Success Mentor

July 22, 2010

While LeBron James kept millions of sports fans and city officials in suspense during his television special, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America got $2.5 million dollars stronger and a local club member was more inspired to follow his basketball dreams.

LeBron James donated the estimated $2.5 million dollars in advertising from the July 8th ESPN special to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The special was hosted at Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich, Connecticut.

In Beaufort, Carlton “LeBron” Johnson admired his basketball hero for his athletic skill and his heartfelt support of a club where he belongs.

Carlton’s middle name is not “LeBron” but that is what he calls himself.  His middle name is Lamar; however Carlton says LeBron is his favorite person in the world because Carlton wants to follow in his footsteps.

The 13-year-old St. Helena Island resident just returned from Memphis where he played for the Amateur Athletic Union’s (AAU) Atlanta team called the Atlanta Knicks.

Johnson’s team finished 12th in the nation on July 3rd in Memphis.  Johnson said when he got the call from the Atlanta team, he did not know if he should go because he would give up his chances to play on the All-Star baseball team, sponsored by Beaufort County’s Parks and Leisure Services.

“Winning in Memphis makes me feel like I am out there now. I am now competing with the top players within my age group. I am one of the best ones in the field for my age,” Johnson said.

Johnson said LeBron motivates him because LeBron went to a smaller school and “look at him now.”

Johnson recently graduated from the Beaufort Academy’s 8th grade.  He is attending Beaufort High School next year.  Johnson and his family moved to the Beaufort area from New York City in 2006.

His parents are Wendy Spears-Johnson and Fred Kwame Johnson. His father, Fred, also works part-time as an official for the Beaufort County’s Official Association in several sports.

At Boys & Girls Clubs of America, our slogan is “Great Futures Start Here.”  Johnson is a local example of how dreams are nurtured at local Boys & Girls Clubs.  LeBron James’ donation of an estimated $2.5 million dollars worth of advertising revenue underscores the mission of what Boys & Girls C____________________________________________________________________________________________

Transfers Highlight School Funding Flaws

July 22, 2010

This fall, 60,000 bright eyed and bushy tailed 6-year olds will be entering Kindergarten across South Carolina.

From shoelace tying and ABCs, to spelling their name and learning colors, it will be a tough year for many.

Taxpayers and lawmakers will be similarly challenged. Based on this year’s budget projections, it would cost $682 million to enroll all of these Kindergarteners for just one year in public schools.

Thankfully, the businesses and families that drive our state’s economy will not have to pay that bill in full. Over 5,000 of the 6-year olds will enroll in independent or home schools. Their families will make a choice about the type and quality of instruction the children receive and, in the process, save over $56 million in taxpayers’ money.

Across all grades, the savings tops $528 million annually from students in independent schools, and another $216 million from homeschooled children.

The benefit extends beyond dollars and cents. It translates into smaller public school class size and shorter daily bus trips for public school students. All the while, these children tend to achieve dramatically higher test scores and graduation rates than their public school peers.

Their parents will pay an average of $5,100 a year in K-5 independent school tuition – less than half the public school spending of $11,300 per student.  Many will look optimistically to the future, knowing that with sufficient grades, their children will enjoy public support through tuition scholarships when they enter any public or private college of their choice in South Carolina.

Even with that promise in sight more and more families with children in independent and home schools are struggling. They often have strong reasons for making their choice –from classroom discipline to curriculum content– but the financial attraction of a “free” public school education is a strong draw.

In the last four school years, over 21,000 of these students transferred back into the public system. The forced exodus is another frustrating impact of the crippling economic downturn. That influx is costing public schools -and long-suffering taxpayers- a quarter of a billion dollars per year. It has raised class sizes and further stretched the time and talent of hardworking public school teachers.

For years, public school officials and state lawmakers have taken the independent and homeschool populations for granted. Such students serve as a type of budgetary pressure release valve. These 65,000 “free” children have sustained public school spending that now exceeds $11,300 per-child because very little school funding is actually allocated on a per-student basis. The economic downturn has shown this valve cannot be taken for granted.

In the short term, local and state leaders need to slow the financially crippling flow of independent to public school transfers caused by tightened family budgets. Once we emerge from the effects of the economic downturn, the larger and more politically contentious challenge will be a re-design of public school funding that is more closely tied to actual student enrollment levels.

The author, Randy Page, is President of South Carolinians for Responsible Government, a non-partisan, non-profit, grassroots organization, working to realize equalized academic opportunities for all students and families in South Carolina.


Two Lady’s Island Schools Assigned New Principals

July 22, 2010

Lady’s Island Middle and Intermediate School and Lady’s Island Elementary School have been assigned new principals for the upcoming school year.

At Lady’s Island Middle and Intermediate School Mr. Terry Bennett has finished his last year as principal and is now serving as Director of Grants Management for the School District. His replacement is Mr. Martin Wright who was a principal at Quitman County, Georgia and has over 13 years in public education and over 5 years in educational administration.  Mr. Wright earned a B. S. in Elementary Education from Cafflin University, a M. Ed in Educational Technology from Lesley University and an Education Specialist degree from Lincoln Memorial University.

At Lady’s Island Elementary school Mrs. Marvelle Ulmer will assume the duties of principal for the 2010/11 school year replacing Ms. Molly Kingma.  During her 17 years of educational experience Mrs. Ulmer has served as an assistant principal, a teacher and a reading specialist.  During the last school year she served as the assistant principal of St. Helena Elementary School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Winthrop University   in Elementary Education, a Masters Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Masters plus 30 from the University of SC in Educational Administration in 2008.  She is certified in elementary education, early childhood education and as an elementary principal.  She also holds a Gifted and Talented endorsement.

We welcome Mrs. Ulmer and Mr. Wright to Lady’s Island and look forward to working with them to ensure our island continues to be home for the best possible public and private schools.


Beaufort Academy Receives Grant

July 15, 2010

Garrett Wreden (’01) and Jay Taylor of Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort, present the checks from Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort and The Selective Group Foundation to Beaufort Academy Headmaster, Dr. Randy Wall, and Business Manager, Elizabeth Malinowski.

Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort, LLC and The Selective Group Foundation joined forces to support the positive efforts of Beaufort Academy through a $1,000 grant.  The grant represents a $500 donation from Kinghorn Insurance Agency of Beaufort, LLC, which was matched by a $500 grant from The Selective Group Foundation. “The matching grant program allows us to partner with our agents to support the needs of the communities in which we serve and operate”, said Tony Albanese, a senior vice president of Selective.  Beaufort Academy is an independent day school for students in grades PreK-3 through 12. It is located on Lady’s Island and serves the entire northern Beaufort county area.


TCL Foundation Announces New Board Officers, Trustees

July 15, 2010

The Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation Board of Directors, the Foundation’s governing board, elected new officers and trustees for the 2011 fiscal year, which began July 1, 2010.

Robert Trask, the president and CEO of Atlantic Community Bank in Bluffton, has been elected Chairman; John McCann, retired Wall Street CEO who served 44 years in the financial services industry, has been elected Vice Chairman; and Vicky Leitz, a retired professional with more than 30 years experience in biomedical research and management, has been elected Treasurer.

Five new trustees joined the Foundation Board:

  • Steve Carb, owner of the Southeast Entertainment Restaurant Group (SERG) on Hilton Head Island;
  • Derrick Coaxum, a TCL graduate and current Assistant Facilities Manager/Maintenance Administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island;
  • Ronald Decker, a retired management consultant who formerly worked for the General Services Administration and Housing Urban Development for more than 25 years;
  • Russell Patterson, P.A., who has practiced law on Hilton Head Island for the past 27 years; and
  • Sarah Reed, a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Bluffton.

About the TCL Foundation

The TCL Foundation has awarded more than $1.7 million in scholarship funds since its founding in 1983. TCL donors have made significant contributions to the Foundation scholarship funds allowing talented, deserving individuals to achieve their educational goals.

In addition to providing scholarship assistance, the Foundation establishes private sector support to further enhance the College’s teaching and educational capabilities while supporting TCL’s vision to provide innovative workforce solutions.

For more information about the Foundation and scholarship assistance, please call 843.525.8294 or visit


Local Chapter of MOAA Motivates Area Youth with its Awards Programs

July 15, 2010

For the past twenty-two years the Low Country Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has sponsored two award programs for Beaufort area students.

The JROTC Awards Program was established to recognize outstanding JROTC cadets from area high schools.  The faculty nominates a cadet based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership ability, participation in sports and extracurricular activities, and overall citizenship. Winners receive a letter from the chapter president, a MOAA certificate, the MOAA medal (to wear on their cadet dress uniform), and a $100 U.S. savings bond.

The Young American Award was also created in 1988, to recognize exemplary seventh-graders from Beaufort-area middle schools.  The selection criteria are established by the school, but in general are based on academic performance and good citizenship.  Winners receive a letter from the chapter president, a plaque recognizing their achievement and a $100 U.S. savings bond.

Our hats are off to the fine students who received this year’s awards:

2010 MOAA JROTC Award Winners

Cadet Stephanie Hudson            Battery Creek High School                                                 Cadet Zachary Briscoe            Beaufort High School

2010 MOAA Young American Award Winners

Ms. McKenzie Blake            Beaufort Academy

Ms. Madison Maddox            Beaufort Middle School

Ms. Kenyatta Wright            Lady’s Island Middle School

Ms. Krystyn Kibler                        Robert Smalls Middle School

Mr. Karlton Washington            Whale Bran____________________________________________________________________________________________

SC Economics is Looking for Five Young Entrepreneurs

July 8, 2010

SC Economics (formerly the SC Council on Economic Education) is looking for five elementary, middle or high school students who have taken up the challenge of running their own businesses. They must understand the costs and benefits of working for themselves and be willing to share their experiences with their peers.

The five 2011 SC Young Entrepreneurs will be interviewed on the ETV Stock Market Game Program that is broadcast to schools during the fall and spring semesters. In addition, at SC Economics’ awards luncheon, each student will receive a $200 cash prize and be honored by their teachers and fellow students.

If you know a student who fits the profile of a SC Young Entrepreneur, fill out the Young Entrepreneur Nomination Form at Teachers, parents, community members or even young entrepreneurs themselves may complete the form.

SC Economics (formerly the SC Council on Economic Education) is a non-profit business-education partnership dedicated to providing teachers with the tools and resources needed to educate South Carolina’s students about financial literacy, economic principles, and the changing global economy. To learn more about SC Economics, go to


TCL Names Arts and Sciences Dean

July 8, 2010

The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently named Dr. Wesla Liao Fletcher as its Dean of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, 2010.

Fletcher will oversee the administration of all TCL Arts and Sciences Division programs, which include the college’s transfer degrees and certificates; Early Care and Education programs; and the general education offerings such as mathematics, English, speech, Spanish, history, social and natural sciences, humanities, and all developmental courses.

Fletcher holds a doctorate and a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from The University of Tulsa in Okla., a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in N.J., and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education/Psychology from Pfeiffer University in Charlotte, N.C.

Fletcher has served as an adjunct psychology instructor at TCL and at Austin Community College in Texas. In addition, she has extensive business experience, providing leadership in areas such as human resources, technical operations and data systems management.


Matthew Bass Attends Palmetto Boys State

July 1, 2010

Matthew Bass, a rising senior at Beaufort Academy recently attended Palmetto Boys State in Columbia at the university of South Carolina.

The American Legion’s Boys State program is a unique way for young men to learn about the American system of government and politics by participating in a mock governmental system.

Called the “Laboratory of Government,” the week allows each young man the opportunity to run for and be elected to mock offices ranging from city level (e.g. city council, mayor) to state constitutional offices (e.g. lieutenant governor and governor).

It is an honor to be chosen as a delegate to Palmetto Boys State.  More than 800 rising seniors are selected each year by their high school teachers and counselors to be delegates or “citizens” at Boys State.  The program is considered to be as much leadership training as it is an opportunity to learn about and participate in government and politics.  In fact, many of the state’s political, business, and community leaders attended Boys State.

While at Boys State, citizens are divided into “cities” named for state rivers, which make up “counties” named for famous South Carolinians.  Citizens are also divided into two political parties from which they will campaign and/or elect city, county, and state officers.  By doing so, citizens learn about government and politics by participating in the process.  They have an opportunity to prepare speeches, compose party platforms, debate current issues, and vote for elected offices.

Cities also compete for ribbons in athletics, spirit, college bowl trivia, and other events.  Citizens also participate in a media school, which publishes a daily paper, nightly news videos, and conducts web updates regularly.  They also participate in a law school, which conducts mock trials, a criminal justice academy, and a Boys State band.

Boys Staters also have the opportunity to hear from some of South Carolina’s top leaders.  Speakers from years past include Senator Strom Thurmond, Senator Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, Governors Dick Riley, Carroll Campbell, David Beasley, and Jim Hodges, Speaker of the House David Wilkins, Congressmen Lindsey Graham, James Clyburn, and many others.


H.L. Hunley Medal Presented to Beaufort High Student

June 24, 2010

Paul Griffin (left) and Cadet Col. Phillip Tyler Jones. Photo by Carroll Crowther.

During Beaufort High Schools annual JROTC Awards evening event, Commander Paul Griffin of the local Sons of Confederate Veterans Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp, presented Air Force JROTC Cadet Col. Phillip Tyler Jones with the H. L. Hunley Medal.  Jones was recognized for his demonstration of strong core values, honor, courage and in particular commitment to his unit during the school year.   These were the values exhibited by the last crew of the Confederate Submarine Hunley who courageously made the commitment to honorably risk, and ultimately give their lives in defense of their country and the city of Charleston, after two crews had already suffered tremendous loss in previous training exercises.


Principal Named for Lady’s Island Elementary School

June 24, 2010

The Beaufort County Board of Education voted Tuesday to name Marvelle L. Ulmer as principal to lead Lady’s Island Elementary School for the 2010-2011 school year.

Over the past seventeen years, Ms. Ulmer has served as a teacher, reading specialist and assistant principal in Beaufort County School District.  She is currently the assistant principal of St. Helena Elementary School.

Superintendent, Dr. Valerie Truesdale said, “We are proud to be able to grow our own leaders in Beaufort County.  Marvelle Ulmer brings with her knowledge, experience and expertise to lead Lady’s Island Elementary School.  She will add valuable experience to our schools and our students we serve.”

Ulmer will begin her duties at Lady’s Island Elementary School July 1, 2010.


Lady’s Island Middle School Donates Books to CAPA

June 17, 2010

Michael Dantzler and Tyler Hicks load up the 14 big boxes of used books left over from the PTO sale into the truck from CAPA, which will use at their shelter, as well as sell in the CAPA store.  It was a lot like the “loaves and fishes” story in the Bible.  We sold a lot, gave lots away to teachers, gave many to students, and still had stuff left over.


Elementary Students at EC Montessori Illustrate and Publish Book

June 10, 2010

Tanner Caldwell and Jake Ingram illustrate a page for the book, D is for Diversity.

Chloe Bellomy, a student at Washington and Lee University, collaborated with the Upper and Lower Elementary students at EC Montessori to produce a new children’s book, D is for Diversity.

D is for Diversity is a creative ABC book about living together and being different.  Illustrated by the wonderful children of EC Montessori, all proceeds go directly to the school.

And according to Upper Elementary student, Jefferson Gibson, “Everyone should read this book.”

D is for Diversity is available at for $20 and will ship right to your door. Again, all proceeds benefit EC Montessori School.


Coosa Elementary held 1st Annual Space Day

June 10, 2010

Coosa Elementary 3rd grader visits the “working in space” booth, learning about the challenges astronauts have with their clothing while working in space.

On Saturday, May 8th Coosa Elementary held the school’s 1st Annual Space Day. This was a free event for students, teachers, and their families. 250 people used space-related activities to inspire and excite the children and their families about science and math. This free event included educational and fun activities including rocket engineering and launches, a planetarium, remote control aircraft demonstrations, concessions and much more. The Coosa Space Day Committee would like to thank the Beaufort High School Interact Club and National Honor Society, and all the community sponsors for their wonderful help with the event. 60 high school volunteers showed up to run the Space Day activities and concessions. They were irreplaceable and we could not have done it without them! Thank you for all of your hard work to make Space Day a success!


Beaufort High 9th Graders Hold Pep Rally

June 3, 2010

9th grade students at Beaufort High School got excited about taking the End-of-Course Test at their EOC Pep Rally on Monday, May 24, 2010.  Students and teachers enjoyed performances from the school’s step team, gospel choir, and cheerleaders.  They also enjoyed a Teacher Movie and a Student Movie featuring teachers and students from the Freshman Academy.


LIMS Students Place Flags at National Cemetery

June 3, 2010

In Observance of Memorial Day, 5th Graders from Lady’s Island Middle School placed American flags at the National Cemetery on Boundary Street.  The students also bought a wreath to memorialize the 55th African American Regiment.


LIMS Cheerleaders Participate in DOUGHraiser

June 3, 2010

Wow!  What a super fun night at Pizza Inn!!

The LIMS Cheerleaders are very excited to announce that they raised $495.72!  The Pizza Inn staff were amazed and commented that this was, by far, the most successful DOUGHraiser!  We will definitely go back again!

Thanks to Mrs. Baker, Mr. Bennett, Mr. Murphy, Mrs. Rooney, Mr. Shipsey, Mrs. Chisolm-Jones, Mr. Jones, Mrs. Chaplin, Coach Martz, Coach Harris, Mrs. Barbara Holmes, Mrs. Parker, Mrs. Floyd, and Mr. Liegy for dining with us!


Lady’s Island Elementary Students Have Fun at Field Day

June 3, 2010

50 Yard dash Winners Front row l to r: Orlando Clark, Caitlyn Ulmer, Joshua Pringle, and Desiree Jenkins Back row l to r: C. J. Cummings, John Porter, Tyshaun Young, Kaiya Washington, and India Porter Not pictured: Jordan Johnson

Osprey Run Winners Front row l to r: Caitlyn Ulmer, Sydney Spivey, Joshua Pringle, and Morgan Gecy Back row l to r: Garrett Jepson, John Porter, Benjamin Glover, and India Porter

Lady’s Island Elementary School held its yearly field day on Tuesday, May 25.  The first event of the day was the 3rd annual Osprey Invitational Run.  Seventy-four students qualified for the run by scoring high on the endurance run section of the Presidential Physical Fitness test.

Winners and their times were:

1st Grade (1/4 Mile)

Girls – Morgan Gecy              1:50

Boys – Joshua Pringle              1:38

2nd Grade (1/4 Mile)

Girls – Caitlyn Ulmer              1:39

Boys – John Porter              1:28 (New School Record)

3rd Grade (3/8 Mile)

Girls – Sydney Spivey  2:38 (New School Record)

Boys – Garrett Jepson              2:21 (New School Record)

4th Grade (1/2 Mile)

Girls – India Porter              3:40

Boys – Benjamin Glover 3:19

After the run, the classroom competition was held.  Students took part in traditional events such as the sack race and tug-of-war in addition to newer events like jumbo stacking and the chicken-in-a-bucket relay.  Classroom winners were Mrs. Grant’s kindergarten, Mrs. Alford and Mrs. Hulth’s first grades, Mrs. Deer’s second grade, Mrs. Bacon’s third grade, and Mrs. Young-Riley’s fourth grade.

One of the final events of the day was the 50-yard dash.  Winners were:


Girls – Jordan Johnson

Boys – Orlando Clark

1st Grade

Girls – Desiree Jenkins

Boys – Joshua Pringle

2nd Grade

Girls – Caitlyn Ulmer

Boys – John Porter

3rd Grade

Girls – Kaiya Washington

Boys – Tyshaun Young

4th Grade

Girls – India Porter

Boys – C. J. Cummings


Beaufort Academy Announces Duke TIP Scholars

June 3, 2010

Beaufort Academy Students Xavier Westergard, John Mathai, Brooke O’Neill and Jacob Hincher attended the South Carolina Recognition Ceremony for the Duke TIP program at Furman University on Wednesday, May 26th.  The Keynote address was given by Dr Scott Henderson, Associate Professor of Education, Director of National and International Scholarships at Furman University.  In South Carolina 1,031 students out of 4,269 who applied qualified for the state recognition.  Beaufort Academy had 19 seventh graders qualify for to apply for the state recognition.


St. Helena Students Learn About Recycling

May 27, 2010

Left to right: Mikayla Devore, Darryl Bradley, Jordan Chaplin and Jada Chaplin

Ms. Veronica Miller visited the campus of St. Helena Elementary.  Students at the Early Learning Center got hugs from Tommy the Turtle (volunteer Betsy Koehler) and received activity books and bookmarks. Kathy Kozma, Science Coach handed out activity books and set up recycling bins for the faculty and students who began recycling paper, plastic bottles, and aluminum cans. Each teacher was given follow up Earth Day and recycling lesson plans. The books, lesson plans, bins, Rerun and Tommy were all provided by Beaufort County Solid Waste and Recycling and Keep Beaufort County Beautiful.


Summer Learning Opportunities for Students

May 27, 2010

Current students, Kindergarten through Grade Seven, will have an opportunity to participate in a virtual learning opportunity this summer.  BCSD’s first Virtual Summer School is designed to enhance student learning while increasing exposure to virtual learning environments.  Also citing research that reports the negative impact of summer break on student achievement, BCSD has determined a need to offer educational opportunities for interested students and families during the summer months.

Through the use of our web-based learning tool, Compass Learning, students will have an opportunity to work on assignments determined by their 2010 Spring MAP Profile.  Using this computerized testing profile to determine student assignments helps target the identified individual areas of student need.   Participating students will also be able to prepare for the coming school year through the completion of rigorous modules designed to advance student learning.

From the comfort of home or any Internet-accessible work station, students can experience challenging, academic exercises designed specifically to address their individual needs. The Virtual Summer School will take place from June 14th to August 6th, 2010.  Interested families can ask questions or register at their school until June 11, 2010.

For further information, please contact Dr. Sean Alford, Chief Instructional Services Officer, at (843) 322-2300.



May 20, 2010

Caroline Carmody and Michael Chahin

Congratulations to Beaufort Academy Prom King and Queen, Michael Chahin and Caroline Carmody


Riverview Collects 100 Bags of Food

May 20, 2010

Students at Riverview Charter School held a food drive the week of May 3 – 7 in honor of National Charter School Week and to show their gratitude to this community for supporting Beaufort County’s first and only charter school.  100 bags of food were collected and were given to the Salvation Army where employees helped unload all the food and expressed great appreciation for the generosity of Riverview families.  A thank you note from Salvation Army employees stated in part, “Words cannot express our thankfulness for the wonderful variety of food you have given to us for families in need…so far you have fed 6 families, 11 adults and their 6 children!”  We are very proud of our kids!


Firefighters Thank Teachers

May 20, 2010

Beaufort firefighters visited local schools in Beaufort and Port Royal during Teacher Appreciation Week to give teachers a ride in the bucket of their ladder truck to say “thank you” for all that teachers do for the community.


Education Day at ‘The Joe’

May 13, 2010

First Graders Ben Richardson, Katherine Hurtt and Jillian Coffman join Charlie at the Charleston Riverdogs game on Tuesday, April 28. It was the annual education day at Joe Riley Stadium. Students in the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades of St. Peter Catholic School attended the ballgame.


LIES Students Perform Songs to Promote Peace

May 13, 2010

The kindergarten and first grade students at Lady’s Island Elementary performed songs at Kids’ Club inspired by Greg Mortenson’s books Listen to the Wind and Three Cups of Tea. These books are a documentation of his journey to promote peace through education. His mission is to provide an education for the children in the remote villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has helped to build 72 schools in this region.

The performance was a culmination of art, dance, literacy, culture, and community service. The students designed and made their shirts in art class. Classroom teachers have read books and had discussions about world peace, community service, and culture. The songs the children sang were a reflection of this vision.

Through selling bracelets made in art class and collecting pennies, Lady’s Island Elementary supports the hope for Mortenson’s vision of building schools in those remote regions. All proceeds will go directly to Pennies for Peace/The Central Asia Institute.


All-County Orchestra Participants from LIES

May 13, 2010

Zoe Klauck and Joshua Marteniez. 4th graders at Lady’s Island Elementary School, were the youngest members of the 2010 Beaufort All-County Middle School Honors Orchestra.  They played cello and viola in the performance which took place on April 13, 2010.  Strings students from Beaufort County competed by audition for the opportunity to play in two honors orchestras.  Zoe and Joshua were two of forty students who performed in the middle school group.  At the age of nine, they are the youngest who have ever been accepted in to a Beaufort All-County Honors Orchestra.  Students auditioned on March 12, 2010.  Those who were accepted practiced the orchestra music individually until April 12th when they had their first rehearsal together.  Dr. Greg Barnes, noted educator from USC in Columbia, SC, was the guest conductor for the orchestra.  Neil Casey conducted the Senior Honors Orchestra.  After an all-day rehearsal on April 13th, the orchestras performed at Bluffton High School that evening.


A Note from Principal Terry Bennett

Courtesy of the LIBPA Newsletter

May 13, 2010

Dear Parents of LIMS Students and Members of the Lady’s Island Community,

I would like to thank the numerous parents and members of the community that have sent wonderful messages and congratulatory comments either via email or in person about my new position.

When I came to Lady’s Island Middle School there was an old and tired tagline being used that LIMS was “Poised for a Break Through”.  At first, not all members of the staff were ready to handle challenge. However, we have worked very hard during my three years as principal to make changes to staffing and programs which have moved us in the right direction. In my leaving, I feel very comfortable with the level of success at LIIS/LIMS and the positive direction it is headed.  We still have room to grow, but LIIS/LIMS has made a breakthrough and is now poised for higher and better levels. The current staff in place is well trained and well organized.  You and your child will continue to enjoy the hard work many people have put in place. A new leader will be able to join the team and contribute their talents toward moving the school to a level never seen before. Success is not only about the principal, it is about the entire team –and LIIS/LIMS now has a great team – from the classroom teachers, to the guidance counselors, the literacy and math coaches, the assistant principals, and the support staff. You can rest assured that your child will have a great experience at LIIS/LIMS.

I thank you for the opportunity to work with LIIS/LIMS, the community, and especially your children.

Editor’s Note: It was recently announced by the Beaufort County School District that at the end of this school year Mr. Bennett will be reassigned and promoted to the position of Director of Grants Management on the District Staff.


Beaufort County Teachers of the Year Announced

May 13, 2010

Beaufort County School District teachers were treated with flowers and proclamations as members of the Board of Education and District senior staff members made surprise visits to each teacher’s classroom to announce the 2010-2011 Teachers of the Year.

Teachers of the Year are selected by their peers following criteria established by the schools, the district’s Teacher Forum and the SC Department of Education.  In the fall, each teacher will compete for the District’s Teacher of the Year honor.

District Superintendent, Dr. Valerie Truesdale, said “This is a terrific opportunity to celebrate the unique gifts of our best of the best teacher leaders.  In these economic times with no cost of living increases and the step increases in jeopardy, we want to be sure our teachers know how much we appreciate their willingness to do more with less resources.”

The 2010-2011 Beaufort County Teachers of the Year are:

Kathy Ingram, Lady’s Island Middle School

Barb Kulisek, Whale Branch Elementary

Carolyn Hicks, Davis Early Learning Center

Roderick Williams, Shell Point Elementary

Charles Holbrook, Beaufort High School

Renee Woods, Lady’s Island Elementary

Mary Rizzi, Hilton Head Island Middle

Rebecca Compton, Port Royal Elementary

Gerald Greene, Shanklin Elementary School

Harriet Luce, Broad River Elementary

Suzi Prekop, Mossy Oaks Elementary

Linda Annand, Coosa Elementary School

Denise Ondishko, Hilton Head Island Early Childhood

Kristen Munroe, Robert Smalls Middle School

Jorja Scott, Okatie Elementary School

Julia LaGrone, Beaufort Elementary School

Karen Perdue, Hilton Head IB Elementary

Elise Kozier, Bluffton Elementary School

Dawn Sumner, HE McCracken Middle School

Erin Berglind, Red Cedar Elementary School

Brian Forshey, Battery Creek High School

Elizabeth Burke, M.C. Riley Elementary School

Colleen Price, ACE

Tennille Scheriff, Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts

Diane Bosco, St. Helena Elementary

Lindsey Widener, Bluffton High

Deborah Holland, Hilton Head Island High

Maggie Pope, Beaufort Middle School

Peter Burvenich, Whale Branch Middle School


Congratulations to New BMS Cheerleaders

May 13, 2010

Beaufort Middle School would like to congratulate the following girls who made the cheerleading squad for 2010-2011 Season.

They are: Emma Macloskie, Haley Easler-Garcia, Tori Settlemire, Elizabeth Ford, Mari Penn Boatright, Amber Dykeman, Elizabeth Crowther, Lindsey Lopez, Allyson Nestler, Marley Moss, Tegan Bondy, Emani Dent, Samantha Vincent, Summer Phillips, Taylor Rabon, Autumn Johnson


Société Honoraire de Français Inducts 6  New Members

May 6, 2010

The Bistro Patois at Habersham was the setting for the ultimate field trip: an authentic French luncheon and the induction of 6 new members into the National French Honor Society on April 29.

Myra Andrews, Kyla Jenkins, Guy Kemmann, Marissa Lee, August Lehnert, and Ashton Wheeler qualified with exemplary grades in French after 4 semEsters and a GPA of B+ or better. The students  participated in the ceremony of the Course de Flambeau, led by President Michaela Mills, repeated the motto “Un homme qui sait deux langues en vaut deux” (a man who knows two languages is worth two men), and concluded with receiving certificates, signing the register and singing the Marseillaise.

Chef Penn TenEyck prepared a menu of coquilles st-Jacques, crêpes, and Patois’ chocolate torte.  He also made a presentation on the history and characteristics of French cuisine to the students, teachers, and parents who attended.

The Beaufort Chapter of the Société Honoraire de Français is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), of which their advisor, Josette Grimsley, is a member.


Success at the Fair!

By Heather Rembold

Apr. 29, 2010

Charlotte Cannon’s project placed 2nd in the Social and Behavioral Science category. She conducted her experiment on the effect of cell phones on reaction time, asking the question, “How does talking on a cell phone affect a person’s reaction time?”

St. Peter’s Middle School students traveled to Hilton Head Prep to compete in the Sea Island Regional Science Fair.

I would bet that many of us remember having to complete a science fair project when we were in school.  For so many, the feeling of dread accompanied the project—by both student and parents!  However, in my classroom, it is my goal that students discover their true love for science during “science fair season.”  Asking students to complete an inquiry-based project fosters enthusiasm for science, while also improving knowledge and skills.  Thus, over the course of 8 weeks, I lead my students from asking a scientific question to making conclusions in a meaningful and understandable way.  The scientific method is logical and makes sense, and the entire science fair process allows students to be innovative, just as scientists are in the real world.

After our school fair in February, 20 students placed between first and honorable mention in the 6th through 8th grades.  And so on Thursday, March 18th, those students of St. Peter’s middle school traveled to Hilton Head Prep to compete in the Sea Island Regional Science Fair.  All of our students’ performances were exemplary.  Though all did not place, I heard numerous comments from the judges about the quality and level of our students’ projects.

Twelve of our students placed at the Regional Fair:

Charlotte Cannon (8th grade)—2nd place, Social and Behavioral Science

Laura Barras (7th grade)—Honorable Mention, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Nathan Petrofes (6th grade)—Honorable Mention, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Hannah Hart (6th grade)—Honorable Mention, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Kelly Becker (6th grade)—Honorable Mention, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Brandon Massalon (8th grade)—Honorable Mention, Environmental Science

Kevin Feltner (8th grade)—Honorable Mention, Math, Engineering, and Computer Science

Logan McKendry (7th grade)—Honorable Mention, Math, Engineering, and Computer Science

Maria Carrera (8th grade)—Honorable Mention, Physics/Earth & Space Science

Elise Dean (8th grade)—Honorable Mention, Social and Behavioral Science

Nicholas Dardes (7th grade)—Honorable Mention, Social and Behavioral Science

Jackson Lohmeyer (7th grade)—Honorable Mention, Social and Behavioral Science

Charlotte Cannon’s project placed 2nd in the Social and Behavioral Science category.  She conducted her experiment on the effect of cell phones on reaction time, asking the question, “How does talking on a cell phone affect a person’s reaction time?”  She chose this project to show “the seriousness of cell phone use while driving.  My friends and I will be driving in just 2 years, and so it was a project that made us really stop and think about why it is so dangerous to talk and drive!”  Over the 8 weeks that Charlotte worked on her project, she tested 25 licensed drivers.  “It is so surprise that when distracted by talking on a cell phone that people’s reaction times decreased significantly.  My project proves that it is not wise to talk on a cell phone while you are driving because your reaction is going to be delayed.  I hope that people can learn from this project and not text or talk while driving because it is mostly likely to cause an accident,” explained Charlotte.

As Charlotte and the rest of the St. Peter’s winners head into summer vacation, I remind them all that it is never too early to start thinking about next year’s project!  If an idea surfaces that is meaningful and the student is passionate about it, why not start early?  Next year’s fair is less than 330 days away!


Lady’s Island Elementary Celebrating Kid’s Club

Apr. 29, 2010

Lady’s Island Elementary is celebrating Kid’s Club with a very special project on May 4th at 5:30 that involves art, music, dance, literacy, culture and community service.

The project is inspired by the book Three Cups of Tea, a documentation of Greg Mortenson’s journey to promote peace through education.

Through the selling of various items and collecting pennies, we wish to support the hope for Mortenson’s vision of building schools in the remote villages of Pakistan and Afghanistan. He has no political agenda; his mission is to provide an education for the children of this region, for which he has built 72 schools to date.

Lady’s Island Elementary TACT students are creating peace bracelets that will be on sale along with tea cup raffles.  Please come and enjoy the music from our students and support our mission for this worthy cause.

Thank you to Art teacher- Stephanie Riedmayer and Music teacher- Kristen Brady for their help with this project.


St. Peter Catholic School Set to Open Outdoor Classroom

By: Christopher A. Trott, Principal

Apr. 29, 2010

Fr. Tim Tebalt joined Mr. Trott and Mrs. Goltz in congratulating the "Diggers Club" for their work on the Carolina Fence Garden in the new outdoor classroom.

School parent Kristina Krisologo puts the finishing touches on the welcome mural leading up to the school and fence garden.

For the past two years, through the work of school parent Michael Brock and teacher Bonnie Goltz, St. Peter Catholic School has been planning and developing a Carolina Fence Garden. Numerous school and parish volunteers have dedicated time and resources to the development of the garden. Students of all ages, affectionately known as the “Diggers Club” on campus, have been working the beds, pulling weeds, planting flowers and helping to water the newly planted shrubs and bushes. This past fall, through the encouragement of Rev. Fr. Timothy D. Tebalt, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church, the last leg of the Carolina Fence Garden project, which includes an outdoor classroom, was begun.

Mr. Brock and Mrs. Goltz, who have worked closely with many nurseries in the area, have received some of the plants required for a Carolina Fence Garden for free or at a reduced price. A Carolina Fence Garden incorporates both natural and cultural elements, which have been designated as symbols of the State of South Carolina. Carolina Jessamine, Bald Cypress, Coral Honeysuckle, and Black Eyed Susan’s are just some of the native and required plants in the garden plus a split rail fence that runs the length of the front school yard. The fence garden that St. Peter Catholic School is putting into place has the ability to attract and support native animal species as well. The project received a boost this winter St. Peter Catholic School was awarded a $2500 grant from PalmettoPride Challenge for the Environment to purchase plants and the lumber for the outdoor classroom. PalmettoPride designs its grants to keep students involved in activities that will educate them and their communities about the importance of keeping their state clean and attractive.

Parishioners from St. Peter Catholic Church and Holy Cross Mission have also supported the project with their resources and with their wealth of knowledge. Frank Segune, a parishioner at the church, has been instrumental in planting some of the native species in the garden and helping to educate the students and parent volunteers about plant life and requirements of each plant on top of the many donations he has given to the project. Cooter Ramsey, school parent and co-owner of Allison-Ramsey Architects, designed the outdoor classroom, which will be outfitted with a statue of St. Francis of Assisi, who was the patron saint of animals and the environment. And, certainly, a number of staff members and volunteers have been active in the process, including Robert Widenhouse, who built the outdoor classroom, and Camille Richardson, Heather Burton, Richard Jennings and Kristina Krisologo as well as Goltz and Brock, who have nurtured the development of the garden.

Fr. Tebalt is planning on blessing the outdoor classroom and fence garden within the next week. Soon thereafter, the outdoor classroom will be used for instruction by teachers of all subject areas. They will be able to provide students with hands-on activities and the prospect to engage in activities that will challenge students to learn more about their natural surroundings and appreciate their environment. Community members are invited to come see the Carolina Fence Garden at St. Peter Catholic School located on the church grounds.


Whale Branch Middle to Host STEM Showcase Tonight

Apr. 29, 2010

Please join Whale Branch Middle to celebrate and support the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy students. The fifth and sixth graders from St. Helena Elementary, Lady’s Island Intermediate, AMES Academy, and Whale Branch Middle School will have on display their many science-related projects for the community to view.

The Spring STEM Showcase will be held at Whale Branch Middle School tonight, April 29 from 6:00-7:45 pm.

Please contact Karen Warren-Pope or Pete Burvenich at 843-466-3000 with any questions.


Congratulations to the 2010-2011 LIMS Cheerleaders

Apr. 29, 2010

Madison Mullen

Cassidy Berry

Kari Workman

Ariana Torman

Emma Aydlette

Dominique Lindsey

Jarany Palacio

Leigh-Anne Tempest

Valya Shipsey

Caroline Cook

Janei Bethea

Brandy Bussing

Sarah Kardohely

Britney Baldwin

Erin Bergmann

Emily Eggers

Kayley Gilbert

Shyanne Seng

Ali Deloach

Jael Rhodan


Beaufort Middle Student Wins National Career Awareness Contest

Apr. 29, 2010

The National Career Development Association recently announced winners in its 44th Annual Poetry and Poster Contest.

Elizabeth Crowther, a 7th grade student at Beaufort Middle School, was named as the national first place winner in the traditional poster competition.

The annual initiative highlights the importance of life-long career development and the personal empowerment of all people through the arts.  This year’s contest theme was “Bridges to a Brighter Future…Inspire Your Career, Empower Your Life.”

“In total, South Carolina recorded 19 national winners in the contest this year.  The number of national winners from South Carolina was the most produced by any other state in the nation and represents SC’s largest number of national winners in the history of the contest,” stated Deave Walker, Lowcountry Regional Career Specialist and state coordinator of the contest.

Each year in South Carolina the contest is coordinated by the Regional Career Specialists and includes student entries ranging in grade-level categories from primary to post secondary.  In addition to students the contest also features an adult category.  This year’s entries were initially judged on a regional basis in all 12 South Carolina regions.  Regional winners were next adjudicated at the state level.  As a result all State winners were submitted to the National Career Development Association for selection of the national award winners.

This year’s winning entries can be viewed online at


Beaufort High School Teacher Asks for Your Help

Apr. 29, 2010

On behalf of my Freshman High School 101 class, I would like to invite you to participate in our Charity Cook-Off for CAPA. My students were challenged to develop a community service activity, plan it out, and follow it through to implementation. This idea is what they “cooked up”.  The idea was inspired by The Food Network Challenge and Iron Chef America shows. My students wanted to hold their own cook off challenge to showcase our local culinary artists while benefiting a local charity. All proceeds, above our expenses, will be donated to the Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA).  This project will not be a success without the help of our community.

The event is scheduled for May 29th, 2010 in the Beaufort High School Gymnasium. There will be six competitive categories (listed on Competitor’s Application) for both Amateur and Professional Divisions. One competition will be held live in our school’s Nutrition Class and will be a crossover event, where amateurs and professionals can compete against each other. There are only 6 slots available for the live competition. Applicants will be entered on a first come first served basis. There are no limits to which categories you enter, but application fees do apply for each category.

If you are not planning to enter the competition, please consider making a donation. We are in need of door prizes, in addition to cash donations to cover our expenses of shirts, awards, prizes, and advertisement. Consider being a Vendor (application enclosed). This would be a great event to advertise your business, offer coupons, and provide samples for the public. In addition, help us by advertising this event and invite your friends and family to attend and let’s show CAPA how much we appreciate what they do for the children of our community.

Thank You for Your Support,

Jeremiah Young

Beaufort High Teacher

(843) 263-3152


USBC Awards Scholarship

Apr. 29, 2010

Lowcountry USBC Association 2nd Vice President Jacob Fulcher presenting Beaufort Academy senior Christopher Wegmann with his $750 scholarship check.

The Lowcountry USBC Association recently awarded a scholarship of $750.00 to Beaufort Academy’s graduating senior Christopher Wegmann.  This scholarship award was presented to Christopher at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet held on April 10, 2010 at Ribaut Lanes.

A Letter From The Board of Directors at Riverview Elementary
Apr. 22, 2010
Dear Riverview Families,
We are delighted to inform you that the Riverview Board of Directors will meet tonight at 5:00 pm to formalize an Employment Agreement with Wendy Randle and she will begin serving as the school’s director effective May 17. Mrs. Randle was in the school today where our interim director, Dr. Williams, introduced her to all of the students. We knew they would be excited to be the very first people to hear this wonderful news!Dr. Williams also served on the Director Search Committee and says of Mrs. Randle, “Only someone with extraordinary commitment to children, the ability to mentor and guide an exceptional faculty and staff, effective communication skills, and a great deal of energy will be successful in leading this school. I believe that Wendy has all of that and more.”Mrs. Randle will be moving to Beaufort from Massachusetts with her husband, Derrick Randle, Sr., who is relocating to the US Naval Hospital. She says, “I have chosen to serve as the Director of RCS because the mission and philosophy of RCS captures and aligns with all of my beliefs about what education should be. The faculty and all of the stakeholders of RCS are deeply committed to educating the whole child to ensure that each child receives the individualized instruction which is ultimately conducive to their success. I am truly honored to have been selected to lead this dynamic organization.”Please join us in warmly welcoming Mrs. Randel to our school and community.
The Riverview Charter School Board of Directors


Spring STEM Showcase at Whale Branch Elementary

Apr. 22, 2010

Please join us to celebrate and support our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy students. Our fifth and sixth graders from St. Helena Elementary, Lady’s Island Intermediate, AMES Academy, and Whale Branch Middle School will have on display their many science-related projects for the community to view.

What: Spring STEM Showcase

Where: Whale Branch Middle School

When: 29 April 2010

Time: 6:00-7:45 pm

Please contact Karen Warren-Pope or Pete Burvenich at 843-466-3000 with any questions.


WSSA World Sport Stacking Championships Results

April 10-11, 2010


Barron Jepson/4

Garrett Jepson/9/Lady’s Island Elementary School

Jack Jepson/6/LIES

Rush Riley/6/LIES

Eli Smith/7/LIES

Molly Smith/7/LIES

Logan Riley/12/Lady’s Island Intermediate School

Anna Smith/11/LIIS

Connor Clancy/11/Mossy Oaks Elementary School

Elizabeth Holloway/7/Riverview Charter School

Tommy Holloway/10/RCS

Results by Event and Division


Division 4 & Under – Barron Jepson – 11.13 – 3rd Place – New SC Record

Division 6 – Jack Jepson –  5.51 – 9th Place

Division 7 – Molly Smith –  3.21 – 6th Place – New SC Record

Division 9 – Garrett Jepson – 2.63 – 4th Place


Division 4 & Under – Barron Jepson – 16.86 – 3rd Place – New SC Record

Division 6 – Jack Jepson –  4.46 – 6th Place – New SC Record

Division 6 – Rush Riley –  5.46 – 9th Place

Division 7 – Molly Smith –  4.38 – 6th Place

Division 7 – Eli Smith –  4.53 – 7th Place

Division 9 – Garrett Jepson – 3.58 – 6th Place


Division 6 – Jack Jepson –  13.25 – 5th Place – New SC Record

Division 7 – Molly Smith –  12.47 – 6th Place – New SC Record

Division 9 – Garrett Jepson – 8.56 – 2nd Place – New SC Record

Doubles Cycle

Division 7 & Under – Eli and Molly Smith – 14.11 – 1st Place – New SC Record

Division 7 & Under – Jack Jepson and Rush Riley – 16.31 – 2nd Place

Division 12 & Under – Logan Riley and Anna Smith – 8.86 – 3rd Place (10th Overall) – New SC Record

Timed 3-6-3 Relay

Division 7 & Under – Big Time (Elizabeth Holloway, Jack Jepson, Rush Riley, Eli Smith, & Molly Smith) – 26.55 – 2nd Place – New SC Record

Division 10 & Under – Low Country Champions [Tommy Holloway, Garrett Jepson, Jake O’Steen (Ft. Benning), and Ryan O’Steen (Ft. Benning)] – 16.83 – 3rd Place

Head to Head 3-6-3 Relay

Division 7 & Under – Big Time (Elizabeth Holloway, Jack Jepson, Rush Riley, Eli Smith, & Molly Smith) – 4th Place

Head to Head Cycle Relay

Division 7 & Under – Big Time (Elizabeth Holloway, Jack Jepson, Rush Riley, Eli Smith, & Molly Smith) – 3rd Place

Division 10 & Under – Low Country Champions [Tommy Holloway, Garrett Jepson, Jake O’Steen (Ft. Benning), and Ryan O’Steen (Ft. Benning)] – 4th Place

Division 12 & Under – Flawless Victory [Connor Clancy, Logan Riley, Anna Smith, & Nic O’Steen (Ft. Benning)] – 4th Place


Guidance News from Lady’s Island Intermediate and Middle School

Apr. 15, 2010

The Guidance Department is delighted to announce that we had six seventh graders qualify as Duke TIP Junior Scholars. These students were identified through their MAP and PASS scores as Duke University Talent Identification Program participants. The students selected were given the chance to take the SAT or ACT to see if they could qualify as Duke TIP Junior Scholars. There were 13 seventh graders who accepted this challenge. Six of the thirteen qualified. The following students qualified for the state ceremony at Furman University in Greenville, SC: Christopher Bearden, Caitlin Gross, Jessica Mathis. Shaye McAuliffe, and Brandon Porter. The sixth student, Kody McHale, qualified for the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University in Durham, NC. All of these qualifying students will be offered the opportunity to participate in a wide range of educational opportunities. On an historical note, this group of six students is the largest that Lady’s Island Middle School has had since school year 2000. During this school year Lady’s Island Middle had over 1200 students, now we have 750 students in grades 5-8.

The Guidance Department just received notification that one of our 8th graders has been accepted into the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Discovery Program as a member of the Creative Writing Department. Olivia Roberts received this honor. We are very proud of her accomplishments.


After school on Monday April 12th, athletic physicals will be administered free of charge.

Physicals are valid for 1 year – – so this covers volleyball and football!  If you plan on trying out for cheerleading, a physical is required!

Please report to Coach Martz’s classroom after school to get your physical!


St. Helena Preschool & Kindergarten Now Enrolling

Apr. 15, 2010

St. Helena Preschool, located in downtown Beaufort, is now enrolling for its 2010-1011 school year. This will be the second year a Kindergarten program will be offered.

Joanne Sinisi, who has a master’s degree in Elementary Education from St. John’s University in New York, will again be the lead teacher in the Kindergarten program. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she has taught at the k-5 level in Connecticut public school systems as well as first and second grades in the public and private school systems in New York. With a curriculum that is Trivium based, the study of subjects is approached in a way that fits the natural learning patterns of a child’s cognitive development.

Teachers in the 2-year-old through 4-year-old classes have solid academic backgrounds and experience and are dedicated to nurturing individual children to develop spiritually, academically, socially, emotionally and physically.

“We feel we offer an academic ministry to our community,” said Preschool Director Tom Pickering. “Our staff are highly trained and motivated to offer a classical Christian academic education.”

As a ministry of the Parish Church of St. Helena, 505 Church St in Beaufort, SC, the Preschool serves children ages two years through kindergarten.  For more information, contact Tom Pickering, Preschool Director, at 843-522-1712 or visit


Students present an Earth-Friendly Story

Apr. 15, 2010

Fourth grade students at Lady’s Island Elementary School presented  an Earth-Friendly story/dance  called  ONCE UPON A PLANET, written by Drama Specialist, Lynda McLain and choreographed by Theanette Labyzon, Dance Specialist.The students researched and studied ways to recycle, reduce and reuse and the effects on their environment as well as, animal and marine life.

SAVING PLANET EARTH was the theme of the workshops offered to Beaufort County School teachers through the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina on Hilton Head Island, challenging each participating teacher to write an arts-integrated lesson for any level student, teaching personal responsibility to save the planet from harmful pollution and litter.Recycled items collected included, plastic bottles, lids, buttons, foil, yarn, old cds and material, with which the students in Drama created repurposed garbage  Bottle Puppets to present two performances, one for the school and one for their parents and the community.

Alana Adams, Director of Education at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina was present at LAdy’s Island Elementary to commend, Principal Molly Kingma for her support of the arts and award the 4th grade students for their participation in the SAVING PLANET EARTH: Arts Teach project. She also awarded certificates to Letia Cooper, Instructional Technologist who designed our performance video for display at the Arts Center during the month of March, to Theanette Labyzon for her creative choreography and Lynda McLain, Drama, for taking the ARTS TEACH concept into the classroom and onto the stage.


5th grade students at Lady’s Island Elementary practice string painting with Georgia OKeefe.


E.C. Montessori and Grade School’s 
Annual Spring Fundraiser

Apr. 15, 2010

It is that time again for all families to get excited about the annual Spring Fling carnival event hosted by E.C. Montessori and Grade School.  This year’s event is going to be held on Saturday April 24, 2010 (rain or shine) from 11:00AM – 3:00PM on the grounds of E.C. Montessori and Grade School located off of Sam’s Point Road near the Celadon Neighborhood clock tower on Lady’s Island, SC.

There will be a variety of carnival style games and prizes for kids of every age to play; an animal petting tent; a bake sale and book sale; fun cake walk; lunch for sale by Berry Island Café and many wonderful silent auction items to bid on.  Tickets to participate can be purchase the day of the event.  Any questions can be directed to the school office at 843-525-1141.

Jonathan Greene Visits LIES

Jonathan Greene

Lady’s Island Elementary students enjoyed a visit from Jonathan Green. The students were able to talk and ask questions with the artist. Prior to the visit, the students have been studying and creating art in his style. Selected student art work will be auctioned off on April 23 for the Celebration of Lowcountry Art from 6-9 at the Mall at Shelter Cove.

Beaufort Academy
Headmaster List Middle School
Grade 5
Mills Black
Hope Gray
Mary Keane
William Lindsay
Quinten Paton-Melland
Grade 6
Charles  Aimar
Cali Blocker
Jacob  Dalton
Maya Dixon
Michael  Webb
Grade 7
Katharine  Anderson
Shuler Black
McKenzie Blake
Keaton Butler
Ben Hetherington
John Mathai
Jack  Olsson
Nicole Ozburn
Taylor Vincent
Xavier  Westergaard
Grade 8
Patrick  Mazzeo
Lauren  Noonan
James  Post
Hannah Verity
Miranda  Weslake
Honor Roll
Grade 5
Preston Coleman
Amanda Kahn
Dalton Massey
Connor  O’Neill
Will  Turner
Jackson Warren
Cecillia  Williams
Grade 6
William Dukes Jr.
Kirsten Floyd
MacMillan Griffith
Thomas Roddey
Frances  Stowe
Mary Alice Strohmeyer
Grade 7
Bridget Anne Baggerly
Michael  Bass
Mari  Cook
Brynna  Ferry
Katie Gay
Grant Hetherington
Jacob Hincher
Ellen  Hodges
Jude Hydrick
Casey  Kahn
Drummond  Koppernaes
Brooke  O’Neill
Thomas  Ring
George Sanford
Natalie  Simkins
Owen  Stovall
Grade 8
Stephen  Baggett
Sean  Biggs
John  Dailey
Walker  Floyd
Madeleine  Gray
Danielle  Hart
Hawken Hydrick
Kaley Turner
Beaufort Academy 3rd Quarter
Headmaster List Upper School
Grade 9
Riley Blocker
Grade 10
Michael Bible
Nathan  Cheung
Tyler  Gaines
Morgan  McNeal
Katherine  Neal
Grade 11
Lily  Westergaard
Peter  Olsson
Grade 12
Julie Eckstrom
Luke Hetherington
Nathaniel  Rollings
Kara Tedder
Honor Roll Upper School
Grade 9
Conner Akers
Megan DeBardelaben
Charlotte  Delfosse
Chanze  Harris
Charles  Humphries
Hope Y. Keane
Finn Koppernaes
Alexis LaForce
Laura  Roddey
Carly Anne Smyth
Grace Stewart
Grade 10
Sarah Chahin
JaneAnn  Laffitte
Eric Nguyen
Grade 11
Jaymie  Baggerly
Chris Huckabee
Callie Rhodin
Bianca Sanchez
George  Verity
Jazzmine  Willis
Rosie Zachery
Grade 12
Caroline  Carmody
Michael  Chahin
Emalie Ingram
Bo Yang Lin
Mary Beth Mitchell
Zachary Rentz
Grace Salzer
Alexis Spearman
Chris Wegmann
Charlotte Westcob
Emily  Wilkes
Audrey  Woodman


Riverview Charter School to Propose Permanent Location

April 6, 2010

The Beaufort County School Board will hear three proposed locations for Riverview Charter School at the April 6 meeting.  The three locations are as follows:

Burroughs Avenue:  the school’s current location

Shell Point Farms:  between Hwy 280 and Hwy 170

Still Shadow Dr:  adjacent to Habersham neighborhood and 1/2 mile from Burton Wells Park

OCR (Office of Civil Rights) must give approval to a site before Riverview can move forward on the permanent building process. The amount of time OCR will take to review this report cannot be anticipated.


Beaufort Academy holds Father-Daughter Dance

Mar. 25, 2010

Coosaw Point Clubhouse was filled with sweet moments Saturday evening when Beaufort Academy held its annual Father-Daughter Dance. The theme was Butterfly Kisses. Daddies and their little girls danced the night away and made memories for a lifetime.


Local Students perform Irish Dancing with Walt Michael

Mar. 25, 2010

Walt Michael, a hammered dulcimerist performed at ArtWorks on March 12th. His original compositions featured old-time southern, Appalachian and Celtic music.

Maria Cooler (left) and Natalie Alvarez (right) stand with Michael after the performance. Both 8th Graders at St. Peter’s Catholic School, the girls performed a two-hand reel with Walt Michael as part of his First Act to promote future Irish dancing classes that will be held at ArtWorks. The instructor for the Irish Dancing Troupe is Donna Starkey.

Walt Michael has appeared at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and the U.K.


Stackfest 2010 a Success

Mar. 18, 2010

Over 120 sport stackers took part in the WSSA STACKFEST 2010 Sport Stacking Championships on Saturday, March 6 at Lady’s Island Middle School.

The event, sponsored by Lady’s Island Stacking drew participants from SC, GA, and AL.   Stackers from Lady’s Island Elementary and Intermediate/Middle Schools and their parents won medals in over 60 categories and broke a number of state records.

Garrett Jepson was the top stacker of the day winning the all around championship.  Other first place winners from Lady’s Island Stacking included Jack Jepson, Colin Peterson, Eli Smith, Molly Smith, Timothy Hightower, Ryan Quinn, Connor Fraser, Nasiya Brown, LaSalle Major, Nigarer Brown, Joshua Marteniez, Aaron Peterson, Jack Quinn, Isaiah Parker, Austin Burnett, Andrew Carr, Christopher Hightower, Anna Smith, Keith Riley and Logan Riley.  All 11 Lady’s Island relay teams made the finals and won medals.


Saving Kings One Pawn at a Time

Mar. 18, 2010

The Beaufort Academy Elementary Chess Team won 2nd place at the 2010 SC State Scholastic Chess Tournament. The team also had two grade state champions, Thomas Mazzeo (Kindergarten) and Kevin Rogers (1st Grade). The other team players were Harrison Poore, Alex Mazzeo, Casey Hoogenboom, Kendra Rogers, Josh Boyd, Jack Carter, and John Manos.

The Team will be attending the Elementary National Chess Tournament in Atlanta, Ga. May 7-9 2010. The team’s coach is Darrin Rogers.


Invitation to Dessert and Dialogue

Mar. 18, 2010

The Beaufort High School Cluster Social Workers invite you to Dessert and Dialogue at the Beaufort High School Cafeteria on March 23, 2010 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Areas of Discussion will be Academics, Attendance and Discipline. Entertainment will be provided by St. Helena Elementary School Drummers and Dancers.

The Beaufort High School Cluster Social Workers are from Beaufort High School, St. Helena Elementary, Lady’s Island Elementary, Lady’s Island Middle, Coosa Elementary, Port Royal Elementary, Mossy Oaks Elementary, Beaufort Middle, Beaufort Elementary and Right Choices.


BHS qualifies for International Robotics Championships

Mar. 18, 2010

Beaufort High School entered three teams into the Georgia Tech – Savannah Robotics Regional Competition event held Saturday, March 6th. BHS teams finished 1-2-3.

In doing so, BHS qualified for the International World Championships held in Dallas,Texas April 22-24 where 300 teams from around the world will participate!

BHS congratulates the following winners:

1st Place:                Matthew Fisher, Andrew Newell

2nd Place                 Cody Weyandt, Josh Morgan, Josh Cole, Paul Bear

3rd Place                  Zach Suda, Schrader Doray, Amanda Beloit,

We can be very proud of our students’ exceptional performance; they not only demonstrated their robot building and operating skills, but also a very high level of teamwork and sportsmanship in an extremely competitive environment as they kicked Robot Booty.


Fifty Beaufort County Seniors Recognized

Mar. 18, 2010

Fifty seniors from Beaufort County School District high schools were recognized for their academic achievement last night at the District’s first ever Senior Scholars Banquet.

Held at Hampton Hall Clubhouse in Bluffton, the dinner was attended by fifty seniors and from Beaufort, Battery Creek, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton high schools who had achieved the following criteria throughout their high school careers:  no grade of 85% or below, a 3.5 grade point average or above, and in the top 10% of their graduating class.

According to the District’s Chief Instructional Services Officer, Dr. Sean Alford, “These students are the cream of the crop.  We are very proud of their academic achievement and it is a pleasure to honor them at this first-ever District banquet.”

The students and their guests enjoyed dinner, entertainment by a district strings group and the Battery Creek Ensemble, as well as an array of prizes from area businesses.  The dinner was underwritten by Pearson Educational Associates, R L Bryan Company, Voyager Expanded Learning, Best Buy, and Murr Printing.  The Beaufort County seniors honored for their achievement included:

Bonnie Alexander
Matthew Augustine
Rachel Beaumont
Corey Bell
Regina Bentzoni
Kierstin Bockelman
Sara Burns
Kimberly Calle
Greta Cappelmann
Laura Cooper
Michael Devine
John Duane
Trey Dymock
Samuel Earney
Tara Fenn
Hannah Flemetis
David Fletcher
Caitlin Fogarty
Brittany Fulton
Grace Glasson
William Glesias
Jordan Graham
William Gwozdz
Emma Hershberger
Stephanie Hudson
Carly Iulo
Douglas Jansen
Luke Johnson
Fallon Kelley
Mitchel Logue
Emma Maines
Connor Murphy
Kaitlyn Neumann
Luke Norton
Tessa Owens
Megan Porter
Chadwick Powell
Susan Probst
Claire Roberts
Alexandra Stedronsky
Rebecca Tkach
Lindsey Ware
Ronald J. Wayne
Haynes Werner
Sloane Wiggers
Corinne Williams
Taylor-Marie Wilson
Heather Wiquist
Eric Wooster
Ashley Zapp


Literature comes to life at Lady’s Island Elementary

Mar. 11, 2010

This troupe of theatrical actors performed for the Gala Opening of the new Arts Center at Beaufort High School.

Taylor Murphy as PETER PAN, Joshua Desmore- Tattoo Bill and Destiny Jefferson as Tiger Lily.

COME FLY WITH US! This is not an airline commercial but an invitation to think happy thoughts and fly to Never Land with our 4th grade students and 2nd and 3rd grade LEAP who are preparing the magical classic by J.M. Barrie of PETER PAN, slated for Tuesday March 23rd at 6:30pm at the Beaufort High School auditorium.

Included will be songs from the 1950’s stage version with Mary Martin and a marvelous Captain Hook, who wants to remain anonymous so he can surprise his students who will be attending! The story has all the adventure of Never Land with Lost Boys, Tinker Bell, Mermaids, Indians and of course, Pirates! Tickets can be by advance reservation or at the door for $3 for Adults and $2 for all students. Call the Drama room at 322-2293 for ticket information.


Lady’s Island Middle Schoolers finish Science Projects

Mar. 4, 2010

LIMS 8th graders Jasmine Watson (l) and Brandon Rivers (r) are so proud that they’ve finished their science project in the media center on Feb. 18.

LIMS Teachers attend SCIRA Conference

Mar. 4, 2010

In Order: Feronica Williams (8th Grade), Karen Perkins (7th Grade), Karen Walker (AP), Julie Carroll (6th Grade), Lyn Dennis (Literacy Coach), and Andi Riley (5th Grade) attended the South Carolina International Reading Association Conference held in Myrtle Beach recently. The funding for the trip came from grant money.

Connor Clancy qualifies for World Stacking Championship in Denver

Mar. 4, 2010

Connor Clancy, a fifth grader at Mossy Oaks Elementary School, has qualified for the World Sport Stacking Championship in Denver, Colorado to be held April 15th.  Connor will be competing on a team comprised of students from Lady’s Island Elementary and Riverview.

2nd Graders at Lady’s Island Elementary keep busy

Mar. 4, 2010

Mrs. Samuel’s 2nd grade class at Lady’s Island Elementary School discovers for themselves how blubber  keeps arctic animals warm. As part of the science lesson on habitats, students place their hands in ice-cold water.  One hand is protected by a layer of fat and the other hand is unprotected. Students timed themselves to see how long they could keep their hands in the cold water.

Students in Mrs. Samuel’s 2nd grade class at Lady’s Island Elementary School were very excited to receive their first pen pal letters  from Loon Lake School in Washington. Students are mastering the skill of writing friendly letters


Beaufort Middle hosts Tour for a Cure

Mar. 4, 2010

Sixth Graders at Beaufort Middle School hosted Tour for a Cure, a family math night.  Students ran 11 centers while other students and parents toured math destinations using their “passports.” The event is part of the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital math-a-thon. The tables were decorated with pictures of patients of St. Jude’s hospital.  Many of the give-away goody bags were items from St. Judes, so all proceeds went directly to cancer research.  Over the past few years, BMS has raised over $17,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The goal is $5,000 this year.

E.C. Montessori celebrates International Montessori Week

Mar. 4, 2010

Students from EC Montessori participated in a Flag Parade Tuesday as part of International Montessori Week. The children made flags that depicted their heritage and paraded on the grounds of the school. Also in conjunction with the week was an International Night held on Thursday. Each classroom represented a country and served food from that nationality. The classes also studied each of these countries throughout the week.

St. Peter’s Students win at SCISA Literary Meet

Mar. 4, 2010

St. Peter’s Catholic School students Hannah Shannon of the 7th grade and Joseph Barras

of the 3rd grade show off their trophies earned at the SCISA Literary Meet. Hannah received 1st place in Dramatic Oral Interpretation and Joseph earned 2nd place in Storytelling.

St. Helena Elementary Teachers present at SCIRA

Mar. 4, 2010

St. Helena Elementray congratulates Eve Weaver and Pat Girard.  They were presenters at the SCIRA (International Reading Association) in Myrtle Beach on February 18-20.  Mrs. Girard presentation was, “Get Read:  Nonfiction Matters!”  Her session included a Power Point on how to introduce informational text in the primary grades and integrating science and social studies into the reading block.  It also included Tony Stead’s, RAN (Reading and Analyzing Nonfiction) and how to use Alphaboxes.  She also showed a Flip video of children effectively employing  Alphaboxes.  More than eighty people attended this session.

Mrs. Weaver presented on “Literacy from “Good Morning to Goodbye.”  She talked about kindergarten rituals and routines and did a photo presentation on how she incorporates the five components of reading in her classroom and how she sets up, maintains, and manages literacy work stations in her classroom.  She also had over 70 in her presentation!

Not only were both sessions well received, but a group of teachers are coming to visit Eve’s classroom after seeing her presentation.

Mossy Oaks raises money for St. Judes and Haiti

Mar. 4, 2010

Mossy Oaks students raised $4,125 during our recent Math-A-Thon.  The proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  Our 5th graders are currently selling “Hearts for Haiti” through the end of February.  So far, $1,107 has been raised for the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.  Thanks to everyone for donating to all our fundraising projects this month.

Members of the 2010 Baseball and Track Teams

Mar. 4, 2010

2010 LIMS Cougar Baseball Team

Jermaine Chisolm, Jordan Clegg, Grady Colburn, Ciaran Cordial, Darryl Gardner, Adonis Grant, Ronald Grant, Christopher Hightower, Dantzler Lewin, Kenneth Long, Connor Lundgaard, Jawan Mack, Zachary Marshall, Zakary Morgan, Tyler Payne, Demetreus Singleton, Antoine Smalls and Clay Womack

2010 LIES Boys & Girls Track Teams

Carmen Alvarez, Christopher Bacon, Amber Britton*, Christopher Bearden, Madeline Callowar, Eric Blakely*, Danielle Camel*, Richard Crowley, Anneau Capplemann, Michael Dantzler*, Zari Cosby*, Deonte Dickerson*, Ashley Gearhart, Michael Dickson*, Leah Glover*, Brahm Gideon, Jimarie Green*, Quinn Gross, Tatyana Hawkins*, Jeffrey Hampton*, Keauna Johnson*, Christopher Harp*, Jasmine Linnen*      Mark Hatcher, Genesis Major-Milledge*, Sebastian Hawkins*, Jessica Mathis, Wesley Hunt, Shaye McAuliffe, Ernest Major, Chirhonda Neal*, Ronald Moore, Arionna Russell, Nick Riemer, Aaliyah Smalls*, Kentrell Seabrook*, Renee Smalls*, Dima Shipsey*, Ariana Torman, Rasheed Singleton, Alexus Warren, Keon Smalls, Jasmine Watson* and Charles Thompson.

From the Principal’s Desk at Lady’s Island Elementary

By Molly G. Kingma

Mar. 4, 2010

Lady’s Island is headed into another busy week with activities. First, the WSSA STACKFEST 2010 Sport Stacking Championships hosted by Lady’s Island stacking will be held on March 6 at 9:00 am in the Lady’s Island Middle School gym. Over 100 sport stackers from across South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama will take part. Many of those participating have won awards at the World Sport Stacking Championships held in Denver. This would be a great opportunity to check out this exciting new sport.

St. Peter Catholic School announces its Science Fair winners

Mar. 4, 2010

Fourth grade: 1st place—Casey Bradford; 2nd place—Sam Richardson; 3rd place—Andrew Heim; Honorable Mention: Clayton Ruff

Fifth Grade: 1st place—Davis Steiner; 2nd place—Briana Denman; 3rd place—Jack Gambla; Honorable Mention:  John Bell

Sixth Grade: 1st place—Jackson Lohmeyer; 2nd place—Nathan Petrofes; 3rd place—Hannah Hart; Honorable Mention: Kelly Becker, Tim Feltner, Ella Madden, Hannah Ramsey, & Mary Pritchard Yeager

Seventh Grade: 1st place—Eva Slusher;  2nd place—Laura Barras; 3rd place—Logan McKendry; Honorable Mention:  Nicholas Dardes & Prescott Hendrick

Eighth Grade: 1st place—Brandon Massalon; 2nd place—Charlotte Cannon; 3rd place—Elise Dean & Meg Lacombe; Honorable Mention:  Maria Carrera, Maria Cooler, and Kevin Feltner

Middle school winners, including 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, as well as Honorable Mention, will compete in the Sea Island Science Fair at Hilton Head Prep on March 18th.  They will be competing against the winners of all of the county fairs.


Allie Brummer wins Prestigious Writing Award

Feb. 25, 2010

Allie Brummer of Lady’s Island Elementary School is the fifth grade winner of the State Superintendent’s Writing Awards Program contest for the Beaufort County School District. Allie is in Down Red and her ELA teacher is Mrs. Riley! Way to go Allie!

Beaufort Academy student takes 2nd place in State Spelling Bee

Feb. 25, 2010

The State Spelling Bee, sponsored by SCISA, was held at Williamsburg Academy in Kingstree, SC, on February 17th.  All State Spelling Bee competitors had previously placed 1st in their respective Regional Spelling Bees.  Beaufort Academy had two first place Regional winners, Allessandra Reuben – 4th grade, and Quinn Fleming – 3rd grade. After back-and-forth heated competition, Quinn Fleming took 2nd place in the State Spelling Bee!

Beaufort Academy adds exciting new approaches to learning

Feb. 25, 2010

Next year’s school calendar at Beaufort Academy brings more time in core college prep classes, a trimester schedule, longer class periods with limited study halls, and a three week interim learning time for college tours, local internships, enrichment, community service and additional academic support for students.

“The changes will help our students, help our teachers and, we believe, help our school families,” said BA Headmaster Dr. Randy Wall.

These and other exciting changes at the college preparatory school will be presented at a Community Open House Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m. Beaufort Academy serves diverse children ages two through twelfth grade at a college-style campus on Lady’s Island.

When classes resume in late August, BA students will have six class periods per day, down from this year’s eight periods. Each period will last 60 minutes, 15 minutes longer than this year.

“Switching to longer class periods will provide our students with more time in their essential core classes,” Wall said. “We’re going to dismiss a little earlier each day, but offer an after-school study hall with our teachers on Mondays through Thursdays until 4 p.m. This change gives our students about 20 percent more class time, with the only downside being they’ll have less flexibility with electives in their schedules.”

The other major change is switching to a trimester system, with a three-week “interim” period of various learning options between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Switching from semesters to trimesters will better balance the classroom days assigned to classes. With two semesters, the fall semester traditionally was shorter by 15-20 days due to holidays including the Thanksgiving break. Using trimesters, each segment of the school schedule will be roughly 55 days.  The “interim” will account for the balance of the required days.

Next year’s first trimester will end before Thanksgiving. “When students return, they’ll be in a three-week session of special learning opportunities,” Wall said.  Students will participate in local internships with area businesses, agencies and professionals, develop community service projects, attend special career exploratory classes, work with artists and historians, and travel on extended field trips which couldn’t be arranged during the regular school year.

Likewise, sophomores and juniors will take their school-sponsored tours of out of state colleges and universities during the Interim, and eighth graders will go on their annual Washington, D.C. trip. Though all students will have opportunities for travel and enrichment, students who desire additional academic assistance will find BA faculty ready to help during the interim.

“Think about students who are interested in drama and theater,” Wall said. “In our new interim, those students could spend the first week doing in-depth study of a particular facet of drama, then travel to New York City for a behind-the-scenes look at Broadway productions. When they return for the third week, they could reflect upon and write about their experiences and maybe perform their own show.”

“That’s the kind of approach we are looking for, getting Beaufort Academy students out into the world, the local world and the bigger world, or inviting the world into BA for a variety of concentrated seminar options,” Wall said.

School leaders expect students who need support in the first trimester to return to classes after Christmas with deeper understanding and to be well prepared for the challenges of the second and third trimesters.

Trimester tests will be given at the end of the first two trimesters, with the course final exam occurring at the end of the year and more heavily weighted toward third trimester content.

In the Lower School of elementary grades, Interim will provide regular academics the mornings of the first two weeks with enrichment activities in the afternoon. The final week of Interim will feature the traditional special activities and performances related to the holiday season.

These and other exciting changes at Beaufort Academy will be discussed at a Community Open House set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 25. The presentation will include campus tours, meetings with teachers and an overview of the BA approach to college preparatory teaching and learning.

For more information visit or call 524-3393. The school is located on Sams Point Road on Lady’s Island, about two miles north of the Publix intersection at US 21.

Mossy Oaks hosts Math-A-Thon

Feb. 25, 2010

Mossy Oaks students raised $4,125 during their recent Math-A-Thon.  The proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  The 5th graders are currently selling “Hearts for Haiti” through the end of February.  So far, $1,107 has been raised for the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti.  Thanks to everyone for donating to all our fundraising projects this month.   Connor Clancy, a fifth grader at MOES, has qualified for the World Sport Stacking Championship in Denver, Colorado to be held April 15th.  Connor will be competing on a team comprised of students from Lady’s Island Elementary and Riverview.   Yearbook orders are currently being taken and are due by March 4th.  Progress reports will be sent home on Feb. 24th

Lady’s Island Elementary starts Lego Club

Feb. 25, 2010

Nicki Cenci, a third grade student from Ladys Island Elementary talks to fellow students about Legos during their first meeting. Lego club members meet every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 to share their passion with Legos.

Nicky Cenci, founder of the Lady’s Island Elementary School LEGO Club was fortunate to find strong support from Lori Baggett, 3rd Grade teacher, Stephanie Riedmayer, Art Teacher, and Marcia Spivey, GT Teacher as soon as he introduced his idea of starting a LEGO club.  These teachers and Laura Cenci will be sponsoring the meetings with about a dozen third graders who are crazy about LEGOs Wednesdays at 3:30.

The club’s goal is to get together kids who love LEGOs and allow them to create and socialize, as well as educate them about the architectural, engineering, mechanical, even robotic and computer programming principals that LEGOs can incorporate.  The club plans on bringing in public service and leadership elements as well.  The teachers are excited about the prospect of taking advantage of this “medium” to introduce the kids to new academic and aesthetic concepts – perfect for LIE’s arts infused curriculum.

The following is a letter written by Nicky Cenci.

Dear LEGO fans,

I decided to start a LEGO club at Lady’s Island Elementary because whenever I bring my LEGOs to school all the kids in my class want to play with them!  We have just started meeting and we need donations of LEGOs and we are looking for people who want to come in and share their creations and talk to us about architecture and engineering, mechanical concepts or robotics.  We meet at Lady’s Island Elementary School every Wednesday after school from 3:30 to 4:30.

Come spend time with students that love LEGOs just ike you do!  If you can help, please reach us at


Nicky Cenci

From the Principal’s Desk at Lady’s Island Elementary

by Molly G. Kingma

Feb. 25, 2010

Lady’s Island Elementary students Marley Bolding (left) and Michelle Higuera Bernabe (right).

I am thrilled to be serving as the interim principal for Lady’s Island Elementary School, an arts infused school of choice.  We have so many wonderful opportunities for our students.  Our music, dance, art and drama programs are second to none.  In addition to our outstanding P.E. department, many of our students are involved in the champion stacking team.   All of our teachers are committed to the students and many have called Lady’s Island their home for quite some time.

On Friday, February 26, 2010 at 9:15 we will be hosting a Kindergarten Open House.  Please come join us in the cafeteria to learn more about our wonderful elementary school and what we can provide for your young learners.   You will be able to tour our facility and see our great programs first hand.  We would love for you to become part of this awesome school community.

All Student School Choice Option Transfer Request Forms are due to us by February 28, 2010.  Feel free to stop by our school office and pick one up.

DaVinci Days Returns March 13

Feb. 25, 2010

DaVinci Days Creative Arts Workshops, an exciting opportunity for district-identified artistically gifted and talented students in grades 3-8, will be offered on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at HE McCracken Middle School and Robert Smalls Middle School from 9 am -1 pm.  DaVinci Days offers Beaufort County School District’s most talented visual and performing arts students a chance to explore their arts area in depth with master teachers and guest artists.  All workshops are free of charge.  Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the school sites.  Students are to bring a bag lunch or snack.  Students may enroll in any age-appropriate class, regardless of where they live or attend school.

Registration forms will be delivered to elementary and middle schools the week of Feb 15.  The deadline to register for the March 13th DaVinci Days program is February 25.  The turnaround time is tight.  Spaces are limited and enrollment is on a first-come basis.  Parents are urged to return registration forms promptly in order to secure a place in these out-of-the-ordinary courses.

If you have any questions about DaVinci Days or other artistically gifted and talented programs, please contact Sanny Wartko,, 342-4245 or Fine Arts Coordinator Margaret Rushton,, 322-5424.


Riverview Charter School 6th Grade May Be Scrapped for 2010-2011 School Year. Feb 16, 2010

The Riverview Board has presented the District with several options for meeting our enrollment goals, the smallest and simplest of which is adding an additional section to grade levels K through 2nd. In this option, we can honor priority status, maintain 19 students per class size and fulfill our growth plan through middle school beginning with the addition of 6th grade next year. However, thus far the District has indicated a preference for other options which don’t require the use of  portables. These options include but are not limited to:

1) eliminating 6th grade and redistributing those two classes as additional sections in other grade levels, or

2) increasing class size from 19 students per class to 21 or 22 students per class in grade levels 2 through 6.

The RCS Board does not support either of these options as they are inconsistent with our charter, and as such inconsistent with your expectations.

What do parents think?  Martha, a current Riverview parent says, “As a proud parent of a Riverview Student, I truly believe that the changes that Beaufort County School District want us to make are unfair and down right malicious if I must say.  The success of Riverview this year and the over whelming response to the open enrollment for next school year says alot to beaufort county school district and they don’t like it.  As parents we must stand together and rally around our belief that our children truly deserves a choice and a right to a great education and that we will not stand for them to destroy what so many has fought for to bring to fruition.  Therefore, I do think that we as concerned parents should show up in record numbers to the meeting tomorrow and rally around our Board of Directors and our Riverview community.”

Tell us what you think.  Email The Island News at


EC Montessori welcomes Linda Tarr-Whelan

Feb. 11, 2010

In March students from EC Montessori School will travel to New York City as a delegation to Model UN. In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. Students make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

The students recently invited Linda Tarr-Whelan to their classroom to speak about her roles as ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women in the Clinton administration and as deputy assistant for women’s concerns to President Jimmy Carter.

Tarr-Whelan, who lives in Beaufort, just authored Women Lead the Way, Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World.

Resident Actor visits Beaufort Middle School

“Lights, Camera,… SURPRISE!” When students arrived in Holly Kearns Lambert’s Lowcountry Living class last Thursday, they had no idea what was in store for them. The exploratory class focuses on what makes living in the Lowcountry unique, and “unique” is what they got. Tom Berenger, Beaufort’s resident actor, walked through the classroom door as students viewed a clip of his movie, “The Big Chill.”  From jumping out of airplanes, to crawling through the jungle, and riding with General Grant, not only did the students get the scoop on what it is like to work in the film industry, but also they received a great history lesson, as well. Mr. Berenger’s vast knowledge.

Beaufort County School District PASS Test Results Narrow the Gap with State Averages

Feb. 11, 2010

Results from the state’s new standardized test, Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) were released Thursday, February 4 by the State Department of Education.  PASS was administered for the first time in 2009 to all South Carolina students in grades 3-8.  These students test in the areas of Writing, English/Language Arts (reading and research), Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  The test is based on the South Carolina academic standards.  PASS results show the level of proficiency students demonstrate in each of the subject areas tested.  The student performance is reported as one of three levels of proficiency: not met, met and exemplary.  The former Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT), used since 1999, reported four scoring levels:  Below Basic, Basic, Proficient and Advanced.  Students met state academic standards by scoring Basic or above.  Under the new test, PASS, students scoring at the level of met and exemplary are considered proficient. The 2009 PASS results provide baseline data for the new assessment and will help to inform schools and districts on student achievement.

The students in Beaufort County School District exceeded the state average in the following grades and subjects:

Writing – Exceeded state performance in Grades 5 and 7

English/ Language Arts – Exceeded state performance in Grades 5 and 7

Science – Exceed state performance in Grade 8

Social Studies – Exceed state performance in Grades 6 and 7

This is an improvement over last year’s PACT results in which the district exceeded the state average in one of 24 performance areas.  In 2009, Beaufort County Schools exceeded the state performance in seven areas.

“We are very proud of the effort of all our school teams as they steadily narrow the gap with state averages.  We have been focusing on improving math and science; as a result, the science performance gap with the state was significantly reduced.  Our principals and teachers are working very hard with our students and achievement is trending in a positive direction,” Superintendent Dr. Valerie Truesdale said.  Chief Instructional Services Officer added, “Our teachers have really done a great job using data to inform instructional decisions.  As they continue to grow in that area, we can expect student achievement to grow as well.”


Grade Writing English  Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies
3 64.8 73.4 59.8 58.6 63
4 66.5 71.9 76.5 68 78.4
5 74.1 80.3 71.6 67.5 64.9
6 69.6 69.4 65.9 58.2 80.9
7 71.7 68.8 68.6 69 61.8
8 66.4 65.7 61.4 63.6 66.9

Shaded Cells = Exceeded State Percentage

PASS scores are key components in South Carolina’s annual School Report Cards that rate elementary and middle schools as Excellent, Good, Average, Below Average or At-Risk. High schools are rated by a formula that uses High School Assessment Program scores, end-of-course test scores and on-time graduation rates.

Successful STEM Showcase at St. Helena Elementary

Feb. 11, 2010

What a wonderful showcase at St. Helena on February 4th!  Students in Second through Fourth Grades participated in the showcase.  Parents were beaming, because the children eagerly shared what they have learned in science.  They were able to explain everything from earthquakes to how a rocket could fly from here to Pluto.  And the drumming that was heard was to show how the vibrations on a drum make music.

One mother said, “I am so proud of my daughter!”  And she should be.  The fourth grade teachers also included the wonderful work on the Revolutionary War that the children have been working on.  Mrs. Kathy Kozma guided the direction of this proud Panther production.  The teachers and students worked diligently and recorded their learning using various forms of technology.

Hats off to all these A+ Teachers, students, and our science coach.  Again, not sure who had the largest smiles…the children, the teachers, or the parents! Anyway, St. Helena was glowing!  Excitement for learning is in the air. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Kozma at 838-0300.

Photo: Shemar Singleton and Marco Bahena-Velasquez learned how craters are formed on the moon.

St. Helena Elementary School

Feb. 11, 2010

Principal’s Honor Roll (All As)

Fifth Grade: Jocelyn King

Fourth Grade: Kalila Heyward-Saunders and Keyasha Brown

Third Grade: Saybre’on Washington, Allona Carter, Dylan Glass, I’Laira Chisolm, Johnisha Legree, Kevin Green, Kyjuan Johnson, Quentin Butler, and Hezekiah Jackson

Second Grade: Rhykera Brown, Jaylen Lane, Domingo Hernandez, Jeremiah Jackson, Kijani Bynum, Quiana Butler, Brandon Shepherd, Jaden Jackson, Jayden Lane, Ninti Bynum, and Evander Rios

A and B Honor Roll

Fifth Grade: Daija Watson, Savionna Glover, Mikayla Devore, Brianna Pope, Cameron Murray, and Jamani Calloway

Fourth Grade: Chanel Williamson, Jaxon Spratling, Breia Drayton, and Alexandria Durrance

Third Grade: Adrianna Wright, Dorian Edmond, Ny’ Aysia Freeman, Shaheym Smalls, Thomas Mitchell, D’Naisia McKinnon, Keyahja Watson, Makayla Johnson, Rodney Coxsome, Jada Thomas, Jalil Holmes, Shylik Smalls

Second Grade: Edward Warren, Jamyah Moore, Jameah Moore, Shawn Colcord, Jesus Reyna, Adrienne Brown, Makalah Chisolm, Ashanti Chaplin, and Sanah Milledge

Lady’s Island Intermediate School

2nd Nine Weeks


Feb. 11, 2010

5th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll: Allison Brummer, Will Durbin, Trevor Guynup, Nicholas Heater, Maya Lange, Alyssa Lehnert, Isabelle Lieblein, Lydia Pemberton, Marissa Ray, Rachel Ruth, Patrick Talbert, Tommy Taylor, Stewart Trask, Wilson Wallace, Maggie Williams

Honor Roll: Phylicia Allen, Lena Bartlebaugh, Morgan Bondy, Madeline Bono,  Dominic Bostick, Addison Boswell, Jefferson Boulware, Savannah Brister, James Budi, Mackenzie Burks, Tr’Kara Cage, Anastasia Castillo, Hope Chutjian, Briana Cohen, William Coleman, Krislynn Coolong, Sharonda Cooper, Aliana Coronado, Jalen Craig, Christina Dore, Elizabeth Dowling, Jordan Franks, Mary Louise Gallant, Taylor Gardner, Marissa Gaskins, Lanajhae Glover, Asia Grant, Brooke Hadsall, Danielle Hamner, Shanya Higgins, John Holbrook, Christopher Humphreys, Hope Johnson, Hunter Johnson, Katherine Kennedy, Phabian McDomick, Camrin Miller, Anna Milliken, Skyler Morris, Hannah Morrissey, Savannah Mullen, Orion Murray, Lian Yu Najjar, Emily O’Regan, Isabella Payne, Logan Payne, Marin Pelli, Madison Powell, James Purdham, Jacob Pylant, Brianna Raiff, Christopher Richardson, Christopher Sanders, Deven Singleton, Augustus Sirovatka, Raven Smalls, Reana Smith, Jacob Squires, Kyle Stavac, Dillon Stedman, Ashley Taylor, Landon Thorpe, Tyler Videtto, Tyler Volek, Austin Wyatt

6th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll: Mya Belden, Tamia Brown, Robert Jepson, Ashton Lancaster, Grace Rhodes, Logan Riley, Jacob Sikes, Rose Stewart, Mattie Thomas, Melis Tirhi

Honor Roll: Mary Margaret Achurch, Darrell Alston, Allison Alvarez, Donald Annis, Emma Aydlette, Phillip Ballesteros, Joseph Bates, Allison Beil, Carletha Benning, Erin Bergmann, Vermese Best, Nikki Bono, Sydney Bourg, Kyle Briggs, Daisha Brisbane, Allison Brown, Bianca Brown, Keith Brown, Rhybera Brown, Jordan Callender, Jordan Camel, Colby Chalmers, Tiffany Dorrill, Amanda Duggan, Kyle Egbert, Emily Eggers, Brett Everett, Dylan Foote, Joshua Fripp, Joseph Gigliotti, Elijah Glisson, Maria Guzman-Rojas, Kaeley Heath, Kaie Heyward-Saunders, Tamaira Holmes, Steven Humphries, Alexie Johnson, Henry Jones, Jock Joyce, Meghan Kersey, Margaret Lavigne, Stephanie Lawrence, Melody Lee, David Lentz, Dominique Lindsey, Camille Linnen, Collby Logan, Jack Louw, Kayla Lynard, Tradd Makar, Jakob Marsh, Taylor McDaniel, Taylor McGown, JaQuail Millidge, Daniel Mock, Ryan Molzer, Morgan Morrissey, Madison Mullen, Ting O’Regan, Kam Olin, Susan Ontiveros, Xavier Parker, Grace Pemberton, Thomas Pender, Lindsey Perry, Hunter Peterson, Alexander Porter, Riley Porter, William Quinn, Jae’l  Rhodan, Bryce Richardson, Dominque Riemer, Kayla Rivers, Logan Roan, Leah Rodriquez, Akeyla Russell, Ally Sackman, James Scott, Anna Sheppard, Sarah Sheppard, Valya Shipsey, Sara Simpkins, Christian Smart, Anna Smith, Nicholas Smith, Hannah Straut, Payton Stuberg, Shane Suda, Mason Sutcliffe, Taylor Turner, Marielle van Vulpen, Angelica Villaronga, Ross Walker, Kristen Williams-Toomer, Danielle Williford

7th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll: Courtney Britton, Noe Caballero, Grady Colburn, Bailey Dubbs, Caitlin Gross, Tatiana Hawkins, Sarah Kardohely, Jessica Mathis, Shaye McAuliffe, Kody McHale, Karen Workman

Honor Roll: Hannady Alberto, Christopher Bacon, Britney Baldwin, Christopher Bearden, Brandy Bussing, Travon Capers, Annastacia Crenshaw, Jessica Ehrlich

Erin Filler, Darryl Gardner, Kayley Gilbert, Nicolas Hackler, Allen Harm, Natividad Hernandez-Bernabe, Jawan Mack, Courtni Maynard, Clay Melville, Cassidy Mullins, James Petrongelli, Dmitry Shipsey, Katria Singleton, Charles Thompson, Ariana Torman, Jasmine Washington

8th Grade Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll: Madeline Aune, Jordan Clegg, Joshua Fickes, Quinn Gross, Hunter Pylant, Mikayla Santora, Janelys Villalta, Patrick Watson

Honor Roll: Carmen Alvarez, Michael Bair, Alexandra Beil, Zoe Brais, Roeshawn Braswell, Amber Britton, Alphonso Brown, Samantha Cox, Shakeria Cuthbert, Kacey Dalrymple, BrittanyDansky, Rachel Dempsey, Sara Dickman, Ashley Gearhart, Brianna George, Carson Gregory, Sebastian Hawkins, A-Tray Holmes, Keauna Johnson, Tiffany Johnson, Taylor Jones, Daniel Lange, Jasmine Linnen, Maya Linyard, Kenneth Long, Regina Mallory, Zachary Marshall, Philander McDomick, Kellie McWatters, Brandon Monroe, Akaysha Murray, Chirhonda Neal, Trey Nelson, Kortni Patrick, Tyler Payne, Olivia Roberts, Isaac Rodriguez, Arionna Russell, Meleah Saye, David Seguine, Miranda Seng, Abigale Shelby, Jasmine Simmons, Jessica Simmons, Demetreus Singleton, Antoine Smalls, Kelly Smalls, Renee Smalls, Jeremy Smith, Djah Stiles, Brittany Washington, Jalyn Washington, Katherine Workman

Coosa Honor Role  and “Bringing Up Grades” Recipients

2nd Quarter, 2010

Feb. 11, 2010

Principal’s Honor Role (All A’s and E’s) Honor Roll (A’s and B’s, E’s and G’s)
Haylee EhrlichTaylor HallHannah CalaworKierstin RoanKaylee Richardson

Dinah Harrison

Hannah Goldman

Jacob Denton

Madison Harrison

Sara Correll

Rasikh Hamid

Harrison Hines

Caroline O’Neal

Mackenzie Powell

Kaleb Swank

Anne Watts Tuckwiller

Alyssa Patrick

Olivia Klassa

Kaylee Gedraitis

Madison Aivaz

Christian Fleisig

Nicole Marsh

Ethan McKenzie

Sydney Pincumbe

Livy Reynolds

Mikayla Ainsworth

Erica Blakey

Kaitlyn Webb

Kirra Grace Hantske

Dominic Macea

Haven Washington

Cady Wilson

Jack Baise

Shelby Price

Amelia Klassa

Skyler Rodriguez

Lauren Bartlett

Sarah Geisler

Joshua Gedraitis

Payton Swank

William Ploss

Jazmine Rosario

David DeLoachBrooke FtacekJeffrey BerryAlyssa MartinezEvan Cannon

Gabrielle Anderson

Haven Daniels

Sarah Tanis

Allen Gaither

Everett Strmac

Isaac Schrum

Jon Beauchamp

Macy Purdy

Maggie Bennett

Morgan Louw

Shelby Chalmers

Stone Johnson

Emmett Pincumbe

Georgie Richardson

Jasmyne Franks

Lauren Lemon

Luke Purdham

Mariah Smalls

Sahranna Fawcett

Darlene Ballesteros

Madison Morgan

Kelsey Murrie

Matthew Stemp

Emily Cook

Jacob Workman

Jaco Niemand

Kersten Reid

Kirsten Workman

Luis Pantoja

Micaela Zapata

Ryan Diebold

Tristan Torman

Wade Olivarri

Wriley Hill

Elizabeth Silio

Hailey Brancho

Justin Lopez

Lisette Mickel

Logan Pender

Makenna Yarbrough

McKenzie Young

Nyaejah Smalls

William Sanders

Katie Bono

Carter Bourg

Kiley Chapman

Kylie Gonzales

Jaiden Morrison

Brandon Smalls

Zahory Villegas

Noah Young

Ashley Gardner

Edgar Cardenas-Hernandez

Jeweliana Coronado

Allen Szczepek

Sydney Weiland

Joshua Lopez

Kali Bledsoe

Nick Fields

Abigail Freeman

Ashley May

Tyler Proctor

Alaira Robinson

Lee Torres

Caitlin Baker

Will Bishop

Nicole Hamner

Hunter Hughes

Kyle King

Patrick McAuliffe

NaTaisha Seabrook

Jasmine Callender

Thomas Raiff

Emma Daniel

Jose Restrepo

Andrew Tanis

Dawson Cadd

Hannah Gartlan

Isabelle Zilko

Maxwell Davis

Asia Moreno

Cameron Lee

Halleluyah DeJesus

Jack Valle

Joseph Petrongelli

Joshua Gabbey

Kaylee Desten

Mariah Turner

Robert Cruikshank

Sean Moran

Kassie Wade

Thomas Edwards

Elizabeth Shinkle

Jontavious Murray

Molly Boyce

Terra Wells

David Rhodes

Lauren Hadsall

Jessica Hunt

Kamrynn Mann

Connor Sackman

Kaelyn Allen

Katherine Bailey

Ariana Brown

Olivia Elliott

Hunter Harley

Zoey Hicks

Fisher Pelli

Anna Miciah Pendarvis

Build Brains with Books

Feb. 11, 2010

Lady’s Island Middle and Intermediate School PTO will present a used book sale and spaghetti dinner on February 18. The book sale will begin at 3:30 pm, and the dinner will start at 5:00 pm. Cost is $6 per person. Kids under 3 eat free. Participants will have the opportunity to dedicate a new library book in the name of someone they love. They may also buy a title and add it to the new mosaic in the Library.

Out of Zone Transfer Requests due by Feb. 28

Feb. 4, 2010

Beaufort County students seeking an out of zone school transfers for the 2010-2011 school year must submit an application to the BCSD Student Services Department prior to February 28, 2010.

According to Dr. Cynthia Hayes, Chief Student Services Officer, the following guidelines are in place for out of zone transfers:

  • ·Forms must be completed in its entirety, signed and returned before the deadline   (February 28, 2010)
  • ·Each year application for transfer will be subject to the regulations in effect at that time.
  • ·Transfer requests are approved only for the period comprising a single academic year.   Parents will need to submit a request for out of zone attendance each year.
  • ·Transfer options are granted based on space availability only. The capacity of a school is subject to change; therefore parents should carefully consider the potential effect on the family if their children attend schools in more than one attendance area.
  • ·Approval of the transfer request for a student does not guarantee that approval will be granted for his/her sibling either for the same academic year or for future academic years.
  • ·Transfers will not be allowed in order for a student to participate in an extra-curricular program.
  • ·A record of excessive absences, discipline problems, or tardiness could be grounds for non-approval, non- renewal, or termination of the transfer application/permission.
  • ·Parents must provide transportation to and from school.
  • ·If a student no longer meets criteria for attendance in a specialty program that student will be referred back to his or her attendance zone school.
  • ·Students moving from an out of zone elementary school do not automatically receive an approval to attend the feeder middle or high school.
  • ·Approval for out of zone attendance must be granted for each level of out of zone attendance.
  • ·The Student Services Office will determine whether the transfer application meets the requirements for the request and whether there is space available in the school to which the transfer is requested.  Appeals of denials must be requested within thirty days of notification of the denied request.  Please contact the Student Services Office for information on appeals at (843) 322-5428 /5429.

Transfer forms can be downloaded from the Beaufort County Schools’ website at or picked-up from Student Services at the school district’s administrative offices, 2900 Mink Point Blvd., Beaufort, SC.

Lady’s Island Intermediate School

Principal: Terry Bennett

5th Grade Honor Roll

2nd Nine Weeks


Principal’s Honor Roll

  1. Allison Brummer
  2. Will Durbin
  3. Trevor Guynup
  4. Nicholas Heater
  5. Maya Lange
  6. Alyssa Lehnert
  7. Isabelle Lieblein
  8. Lydia Pemberton
  9. Marissa Ray

10.  Rachel Ruth

11.  Patrick Talbert

12.  Tommy Taylor

13.  Stewart Trask

14.  Wilson Wallace

15.  Maggie Williams

6th Grade Honor Roll

2nd Nine Weeks


Principal’s Honor Roll

  1. Mya Belden
  2. Tamia Brown
  3. Robert Jepson
  4. Ashton Lancaster
  5. Grace Rhodes
  6. Logan Riley
  7. Jacob Sikes
  8. Rose Stewart
  9. Mattie Thomas

10.   Melis Tirhi

Beaufort AcademyPrincipal: Dr. Randy WallJan. 28, 2010Qtr 2
Middle School Headmaster List
Grade 5
Mills Black
Hope Gray
Amanda Kahn
William Lindsay
Connor  O’Neill
Cecillia  Williams
Grade 6
Charles  Aimar III
Caroline  Blocker
Maya  Dixon
Kirsten Floyd
Grade 7
Shuler Black
Keaton Butler
John Mathai
Taylor Vincent
Xavier Westergaard
Grade 8
Patrick  Mazzeo
Lauren  Noonan
James  Post
Hannah  Verity
Middle School Honor Roll
Grade 5
Preston Coleman
Mary Keane
Dalton Massey
Quinten Paton-Melland
Will  Turner
Jackson Warren
Grade 6
Jacob  Dalton
William Dukes Jr.
MacMillan Griffith
Susanna Carlyle O’Herron
Cain Richards
Frances  Stowe
Mary Alice Strohmeyer
John Sturgis
Michael  Webb
Grade 7
Katharine Anderson
Bridget Baggerly
Michael  Bass
McKenzie Blake
Mari Cook
Emma Everidge
Brynna  Ferry
Katie Gay
Ben Hetherington
Grant Hetherington
Jacob Hincher
Ellen Hodges
Jude Hydrick
Casey Kahn
Drummond Koppernaes
Jack Olsson
Brooke  O’Neill
Justin Pope
Thomas  Ring
George Sanford
Natalie  Simkins
Owen Stovall
Grade 8
Stephen Baggett
Sean Biggs
John Dailey
Walker  Floyd
Madeleine Gray
Danielle Hart
Hawken Hydrick
Kelly Walker
Miranda Weslake


AMES Parent and Principal Coffee Chat

Jan. 28, 2010

You are cordially invited to have a cup

of coffee and chat with the principal

February 1st from 8:30am to 9:30am

Beaufort Elementary School’s Conference Room


Lady’s Island Intermediate/Middle

Principal: Terry G. Bennett

Science Fair February 24!

Jan 14, 2010

It’s that time again when our students have a chance to participate in a great learning experience – Science Fair!  Even though Science Fair is a lot of work for the children and parents, it’s a great way for our students to learn about the scientific process, problem solving skills, and the way a real scientists work.

This year, science fair projects are due at school the morning of Friday, Feb. 19.  They will be judged on Wednesday – February 24.   The 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders are required to do a science project as a major part of their science grade for the 3rd quarter. In this informal handout, I will try to answer most of the questions you might have about Science Fair.

Steps in making a Science Fair project

1.       Choose a problem or topic that can be answered by experimenting.  An experiment project is one which tests an idea, makes a comparison between two or more conditions, and produces a conclusion based on the data which is observed during experimentation.  Express your topic as a question.

2.       Start a project logbook and record all your thoughts, preparations, and ideas.  This is a day by day account of anything you do that relates to your project.  In your logbook you will include your research, hypothesis, observations, experimental data, results and conclusions.    Be sure to date each entry in your log.  The logbook can be written in pencil or pen.  Do NOT recopy or type your log to make it neater.  This is a very important part of your project.  Remember that a real scientist documents everything.

3.       Research to find out as much about your topic as possible.  Any research needs to be recorded in your log, and will be used later in your research paper.

4.       Form a hypothesis or educated guess about what you think is going to happen.  The hypothesis is formed before the experiment is performed.  Record the hypothesis in your logbook.

5.       Plan your experiment or procedure, including a list of materials, and step by step directions.  Be sure to write it all in your logbook.

6.       Set up a work area somewhere at home where you can work on your project.

7.       Perform your experiment and record your results in your logbook.

8.       Draw conclusions about what happened and why.  Tell whether your hypothesis was right or not.  If not, how were the results different?  Were there any problems?  Would you do something differently next time?

9.       Write your abstract.

10.   Design and make your display to be shown the day of the fair.  Make sure that you do not include photos of yourself or your name anywhere on the front of the display.  Write your name, grade, and teacher on the back.

Think in metric and multiples

Any measuring that is to be done should be done in metric, i.e. centimeters instead of inches, milliliters instead of ounces, etc.  Also, all experiments should be done in multiples.  A real scientist never does an experiment just once.  He or she does a procedure many times to ensure that the results are accurate.  I recommend having your child do their experiment at least four or five times to check the results.  In other words, if you are doing a test on a plant, don’t just test one plant, test four or five and do exactly the same procedure on each one.

What is an Abstract?

An abstract is simply a paragraph that should be included on the center panel of the display board summarizing what the project is about, how it was carried out, and what happened.  The purpose of the abstract is to present a clear, concise, and easy to read explanation that can be read in a minute or two by a judge or anyone looking at the display.

A successful Science Fair project…

1.       Represents the work of the students, not that of an expert or a parent

2.       Indicates an understanding of the science area chosen

3.       Shows careful planning that would eliminate a rush project

4.       Has a logbook showing a complete record of all your work

5.       Has a simple, well-stated title and neat lettering

6.       Includes photographs, charts, pictures, graphs, etc., to explain your work

7.       Has accurate, valid, and correct observations

8.       Tells a complete story, including the problem and solution

9.       Is original

10.   Is self-explanatory

11.   Is attractive and organized

12.   Does not have to cost money

13.   Is best is if it is an experiment

14.   Is one that gives credit to those who gave help

A successful Science Fair project is not…

1.       Only a report or a demonstration

2.       Necessarily a new discovery or an original piece of research

3.       A model of something, like the solar system, a volcano, etc. (NO MODELS PLEASE!)

4.       A collection of something

5.       One, two, or even three posters

6.       Something done by parents

7.       A last minute chore to rush through

What will the judges look for?

Even though winning an award at Science Fair is not the most important thing, it sure is great!  To increase your chances, you’ll need to know what the judges will be looking for as they choose the winners: Is the project original?  Was the scientific method followed?  Is there a log?  Is an abstract included on the display?  Is the display neat, attractive, and easy to follow?  Was the metric system used?  Did the student do the experiment several times?  Does it appear that the student did the work and not the parents?  Is the student knowledgeable of the project and is he or she able to explain it?  Was a logical conclusion drawn?

How much should you help?

Every parent wants his or her child to be a winner, but how much should you do on your child’s project?    For example, on their project, you may need to read the information to or with them and have them repeat it to you in their own words while you write or type it.

However, sometimes it is to your child’s advantage to write as much as he or she can so that the judges will see that the work is the child’s and not the parent’s.  Your job as a parent with a child of any age is to act as a guide to help lead them in the right direction, not to do the project for them.

Putting it all together

Your Science Fair display board should do two things: Show and Tell.  It should catch the viewer’s attention so he or she will want to look more closely at your display.  It should also explain to the viewer what you did and what you learned in your investigation.  However, the display is not your project, the experiment is.  The display merely explains your project.


Beaufort Elementary School

Principal: Jennifer Morillo

Help session set Jan. 19 for grandparents raising grandchildren

Jan 14, 2010

Are you a grandparent raising a grandchild?

Do you need help with…

  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Legal Assistance
  • School
  • Child Care
  • Health Care
  • Child Support
  • Death
  • Imprisonment
  • Drug Abuse
  • Mental Illness
  • Medicaid

Join us at Beaufort Elementary School Jan. 19, 6 p.m., for information that can help. Childcare will be provided. For more information call Lorain Tascoe-Bey -726-1092; Paula Settles-521-3150; or Ashley Hutchison – 521-2399.


School News – BMS

Principal: Carole Ingram

Jan 14, 2010

Happy New Year! Welcome to a new decade at BMS! During the holiday you may have noticed some BMS “newsmakers” in the local media. We’re very proud of the spotlight that some of our students and staff received. Mr. Wargo, our strings teacher, was a special feature as a Beaufort newcomer, and students Pat Balmediano, Taylor Doggett, and Nikki Ferrell were quoted with their wishes for the New Year. Additionally, we had a number of 7th grade students that collected and mailed treats for troops for the holiday. We are always proud when our students’ accomplishments make the news!

Beaufort Middle School students placed well this year as regional winners in the 4th Annual Poetry and Poster Contest sponsored by the National Career Development Association. Congratulations to Lowcountry Regional Winners and BMS students Alexandra Sebestyen – 1st Place Poetry; Jordan Youngdahl – 3rd Place Poetry; Elizabeth Crowther – 1st Place Traditional Poster; Brandon Alvarez – 3rd Place Traditional Poster; Somers Cherry – 1st Place Multi-Media Poster; and Tegan Bondy – 3rd Place Multi-Media Poster.

We have modified our plans for mid-year tests this year. The only “official” mid-term exams that will be given are Spanish I, Algebra I, and Geometry.  Spanish I will be given Monday the 11th and Tuesday the 12th next week; Algebra I and Geometry will be given next Wednesday the 13th. It is possible that other classes will have chapter or unit tests next week, and our teachers are working together to ensure that students do not have multiple tests on the same day.

After School art classes will be offered free of charge at Beaufort Middle School. Ms. Patterson will be teaching a visual arts class using a variety of methods for students to paint and create mosaic art incorporating the environment. These classes will meet each Monday and Wednesday from 2:45 – 3:45. Ms. Richardson will teach a dance class that introduces students to a variety of creative dance and movement styles. Students will explore the elements of dance and choreography, create dances, observe and respond to dance. The dance classes will be held each Wednesday afternoon from 2:45 – 3:45. Space is limited in both of these classes. If you have an interest, applications are available in the front office. They are due by next Friday, as classes will begin Wednesday, January 20th.

Out of Zone Request Forms will soon be available on the district web site and at district schools. The due date for these forms to be submitted is February 26, which is quite a bit earlier than in past years. BMS is a school of choice as an ARCH of Learning school with a focus on the Arts, the Community, and the Humanities. Space is available for out of zone students to attend for the 2010 – 2011 school year.


St. Peter Catholic School

Principal: Christopher A. Trott

St. Peter School students collect for Soles4Souls

Dec 30, 2009

Over the past month, St. Peter Catholic School has been collecting shoes of all shapes and sizes. The reason? To help bring footwear to those in need all over the world.

Soles4Souls, a non-profit organization, helps to deliver shoes to those less fortunate worldwide. Mrs. Ana Smith Ward, St. Peter’s Assistant Principal and Middle School Spanish and Math instructor, heard for the organization and thought it would be a wonderful cause for the school to join, especially considering the time of year.  She approached the school and St. Peter Catholic Church about donations.

Over the span of a month, the school has put together over 300 pairs of shoes—from flip flops to sandals, to dress shoes and high heels, to work boots. Some of the shoes were gently used and some had seen their better day. However, Soles4Souls will re-sole shoes and fix them up before being distributed to those in need.

Mrs. Ward and a handful of middle school students have been preparing the shoes for shipping and making the final count. She is prepared to send the shoes when the students return from Christmas break, and the students have learned a valuable lesson in giving. Should you want to learn more about Soles4Souls, visit them on the web at


STEM knowledge, skills are key to prosperity in the global community

by Jim Rex-  Dec 30, 2009

The annual FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Competition held in early December at South Carolina State University was a showcase for more than 50 teams of young people from across our state to display their knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, often called STEM.

The competing teams had to apply real-world STEM concepts and develop problem-solving, creativity, organizational, and team-building skills while building their own competing robot.

The event sparks students’ interest because it involves “participatory learning” based on the idea that young people often learn best through sharing and involvement.  This kind of learning is connected to individual interests and talents, builds social relationships, and encourages hands-on, innovative activities.

The need for STEM knowledge and skills reaches beyond robotics competition into all aspects of individual and community life.  That’s a key reason the federal government last month began an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to enlist leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies to work with schools across America to promote excellence in science and math.

This campaign aims to:

encourage students to take an active interest in math and science education and careers;

motivate all students to learn and perform well in math and science courses;

provide math and science teachers with professional development opportunities; and

support the development of highly qualified teachers in the math and science fields.

In a special report released last June, the Carnegie Corporation said America’s capacity to innovate for economic growth and the ability of our workers to thrive in the global economy depend on a broad foundation of math and science learning.  All young Americans, the report said, need to be “STEM-capable” no matter where they live, what educational path they pursue, or in which field they choose to work.

Excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in South Carolina and throughout the United States is directly correlated to our ability to successfully compete, prosper, and be secure in the global community of the 21st Century.

“Educate to Innovate” has important implications not only for our state, but for the nation as a whole.  Now, more than ever, we need educated young citizens with the capacity to contribute to and gain from our country’s future productivity, to understand policy choices, and to take part in building a sustainable future.

Jim Rex is State Superintendent of Education and an announced candidate for governor.


Beaufort Montessori youngsters and the ‘art of giving’

The extended day children of Beaufort Montessori entertained at the Air Station for the Senior Citizens Tea in honor of their teacher, Ms. Linda Peter’s. She teaches her children, by example, to do for others. Emma Abrams, George Rowell, Witt Compton, Brycen Ambrose and Alex Compton participated.

George Rowell and Brycen Ambrose, and others, helped arrange toys at the Salvation Army for their toy give away for needy families.


St. Peter Catholic School announces Duke TIP nominations – Dec 24, 2009

St. Peter Catholic School proudly announces the nominations of seventh graders Conor Gallagher, Sam Perry, Eva Slusher, Kelcie Schultze and Katherine Lataille  for the Duke Talent Identification Program. The Duke University program is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with innovative programming to support their development.


Beaufort Middle  – Dec 24, 2009

Principal: Carole Ingram

One of the keystones of our ARCH at Beaufort Middle School is Community.  We are very proud that our students and staff give back to our community. This semester our students and staff have supported Beaufort Animal Shelter, our Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA), Caroline Hospice, Bay View Nursing Home,  Coat drives, and local Adopt-a-Family efforts with donations of more than $1,500.00, food, clothing, and personal items.

Our Sock Hop this week yielded $372.00 and 615 pairs of socks for CAPA. Our Student Council, National Junior Honor Society, Team 8-2, staff, and students have sponsored these events.

Students who have exceeded their expected community service hours already this year and recorded their hours are and Mari Penn Boatwright, Madison Maddox, Ian Klauck, Natalie Kelly, Tyler Clancy, Megan Potter, and Reilly Kilpatrick.  Additionally, we have staff members who give many hours to our community through efforts such as Recycling, Adopt-a-Family, Caroline Hospice, The Salvation Army, and church service.  Service to others makes us good citizens and makes our community strong. Thank you for supporting and encouraging community service in our students.

Last weekend, The Low Country Children’s Chorus held their annual holiday concert. We are proud that these BMS students are members of this choir: Candace Brink, Caroline Coxwell, Courtney Coxwell, Ivan Estrada, Colette Kemmann, Daphne Kemmann, Reilly Kilpatrick, Shelby Morris, Jessa Norton, Jessica Palombo, Summer Phillips, Rebecca Simonsen, and Sarah Spivey.

Our 8th grade chorus and our 8th grade orchestra joined the choir for Christmas Canon during this performance. What a special treat for these groups to perform together! These students are Sara-Jo Christensen, Shannon Courtney, Courtney Coxwell, Olivia Durbin, Kelsey Kelnhofer, Colette Kemmann, Reilly Kilpatrick, Jessa Norton, Caitlin Sackman, Lilianne Walker, Zoe Adkins, Kaitlyn Boulware, Katlyn Brink, Margaret Edwards, Hayle Fields, Megan Jenkins, Madison Maddox, Shelby Morris, Austen Stoddard, Jordan Washington, Kristina Valentin, Ian Klauck.

Our Junior Leadership Beaufort Class of 2010 has enjoyed two excursions this semester, one to Beaufort Jasper Water Authority and the other to the city government complex. Three members Pat Balmediano, Shaquille Chisolm, and Jake Harris attended the Sea Island Rotary Club this week as ambassadors of their class. We appreciate our community for providing these field study experiences and to the Sea Island Rotary Club, Ms. Carroll and Dr. Richardson for their sponsorship and organization of these events for Junior Leadership Beaufort.

The school office will be open December 21, 22, 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 8:00 – 3:00. Construction will continue on the front canopy but you may enter the building from the cafeteria side by the fire station.   My wish for you, this holiday, is that this joyous season provides you time to take pleasure in the moment with your family and friends. May you enjoy making new memories together and reflecting on ones from the past.  May your travels be safe, your hearts be filled with peace and your celebrations be full of blessings.

Thank you to our 7th grade parent and owner of Caffino’s Coffee Bar, Jeanne Bellew, who treated our staff to coffee this week. Happy Holidays!


Laurel Bay student wins ‘Cassini Scientist for a Day’ essay contest- Dec 24, 2009

Bolden Elementary/Middle School Science Teacher Pat Musgrave recently received word that one of her students, eighth grader Caroline Fontenot, has written an award-winning essay for the Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest. The contest is designed to give students a taste of life as a scientist. Bolden ES/MS is located aboard the Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station.

Students studied three targets that the Cassini robotic spacecraft imaged on Oct. 11, 2009. They chose the one image they thought would yield the best science results and explained their reasons in an essay. Because Fontenot’s essay won, she and her classmates participated in a web-based videoconference with Cassini scientists.

“I’ve been privileged to have Caroline in science for two years. She exhibits an intense desire to expand her knowledge of science and technology,” Musgrave said. “During the videoconference, Caroline offered several insightful questions to the scientists. I’m not surprised she won and I’m most proud of her.”

Bolden ES/MS Principal Chuck Yahres echoed her sentiments. “Caroline is an excellent student with a great attitude toward school. She works hard, and is a pleasure to be around. We’re proud of her receiving this award and glad that she’s a student at Bolden.”

Caroline Fontenot is the daughter of U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Vincent and Danielle Fontenot.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is an international collaboration among three space agencies. The Cassini orbiter was built and is managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The European Space Agency (ESA) built the Huygens Probe. The Italian Space Agency provided Cassini’s high-gain antenna. Seventeen countries had contributed to the mission at the time of launch. More than 250 scientists worldwide are involved in studying the data coming in from the Saturn system.


Beaufort Elementary – Dec 24, 2009

Principal: Jennifer Morillo

Congratulations to the Beaufort Elementary Science Fair winners!

5th grade

Best in show:  Alexis LaComb

1st place Nadia Brysen

2nd place Kelsey Woodruff

3rd place Kyle Fallin

Honorable Mention: Mikey Houge

AMES 5th grade

1st place Brandily Bragg, Wyatt Sherpensky

2nd place Irvasia Mulligan

3rd Rayen Hirsh-Rosales

HM: Gina Thompson

4th Grade

1st place Adrian Hernadaez

2nd place Trent Thompson

3rd place Kenndy Smalls

HM: Tyla Gordon, Tynasia Wilson, Palasia Moorland

AMES 4th Grade

1st place William Roucoulet

2nd place Jacob Lawson

3rd place Stephen Jones

HM: Caleb Burgess, Spencer Carter, and Decker Paulmeir

3rd Grade

1st palce Jalyn Puryear

2nd Shyla Jenkins

3rd MaKayla Alston

HM: Teresa Salleme

AMES 3rd Grade

Best In show: Max Kase

1st place Alonte Harvey

2nd place Luke Londono

3rd place Cole Taylor

HM: Mercedes Blackman


18 Beaufort County Teachers earn National Board Certification- Dec 24, 2009

Eighteen Beaufort County teachers are among 799 teachers in South Carolina who have achieved National Board Certification, the highest credential available in the teaching profession, according to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

With the announcement, Beaufort County has a total of 130 National Board Certified teachers on staff.  South Carolina, with a total of 7297 National Board Certified Teachers, maintains its third-place national ranking.

The newly minted national-caliber teachers were named even as the state and Beaufort County school leaders continue to debate reducing or eliminating the extra pay those teachers receive annually. The state provides a $7,500 annual bonus, supplemented by the Beaufort County School District’s additional $2,500 annually.

“National Board Certification is a very rigorous process, said Valerie Truesdale, superintendent of Beaufort County Schools.  “It challenges the most seasoned professional and stretches them to a new level of expertise.  I commend these teachers for their professional fortitude in this achievement.”

National Board Certification is a two-part process that takes one to three years to complete and defines the knowledge, skills and accomplishments that symbolize teaching excellence.  The process requires candidates to reflect on their classroom practices, understanding of subject matter and their preparation techniques.

Teachers must prepare a portfolio with videotapes of classroom teaching, lesson plans, student work samples, and personal reflective essays. Candidates also complete assessment exercises based on their content knowledge and must demonstrate mastery of the subjects they teach and how they teach them.

According to a National Research Council study in 2008, students taught by National Board Certified Teachers make higher gains on achievement tests than students of non-board-certified teachers and the certification program has had a positive impact on teacher retention and professional development.

Beaufort County’s new National Board Certified teachers from The Island News coverage area include:

Mary Cunningham, Beaufort High

Lori Lundgaarde, Beaufort High

Tara Mack, Broad River Elementary

Michelle Sackman, Coosa Elementary

Donna Sams, Coosa Elementary

Amy Squires, Lady’s Island Elementary

Jill Scheper, Lady’s Island Intermediate/Middle

Susan Seckinger, Port Royal Elementary


Lady’s Island Intermediate-Middle School- Dec 24, 2009

Principal: Terry G. Bennett

The Magic Lens

by Michael Clay Thompson

Grammar Program

The Magic Lens is a grammar program, designed and written so that it can be taught right along with The Word Within The Word vocabulary program. Many of the vocabulary words are used again to teach the grammar.

Grammar is an easily teachable subject because it is well-defined and there are only about forty terms to learn in order to understand the basic elements. In The Magic Lens program, the first part of the year is devoted to teaching students the four elements of grammar that comprise the whole package:

·        Parts of speech

·        Parts of the sentence

·        Phrases

·        Clauses.

After the students have been introduced to all four elements of grammar, they are then guided through ten “loops” of instruction that review the same concepts and skills. The goal is for students to master all parts of grammar together, and understand the entire structure, and that they “get” how the parts go together to form a whole.

In The Magic Lens, students are regularly challenged to do a “four-level analysis,” by evaluating the four parts of sentences listed above.

The Magic Lens grammar program is used at Lady’s Island Intermediate & Middle School in grades 6-8. In preparation for the program, students in grade 5 are taught grammar using a combination of approaches, including teacher-designed instruction based upon the Magic Lens methods, and the Scott-Foresman Grammar and Writing materials.


Principal Dingle leaving Lady’s Island Elem for central office job – Dec 17, 2009

by John C. Williams

Army sniper turned charismatic school principal Terry Dingle is leaving Lady’s Island Elementary to lead the Beaufort County School District’s operations department.

Dingle had been at Lady’s Island Elementary about three years. He succeeded Terry Bennett, who became principal at Lady’s Island Middle School.

In his new role as director of support services, Dingle is responsible for the school system’s bus system, facility and grounds maintenance, risk and emergency management, and records management, he said.

““I found an opportunity to expand my experience in education,” Dingle said of the new job. “These opportunities come around only every so often and this is a great chance to gain experience in another side of education, the operations side. If I can move up into a higher level position in education, I will have the knowledge and the tools to be a better candidate.

“I have the building level administrator’s experience, the classroom experience, so a lot of decisions that are made at the operations level, I can give them a school-level view,” he said.

Dingle’s assistant principal, Molly Kingma, will lead the school the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year. This is her first year at the school, but she is an experienced administrator, having served at Okatie Elementary and previously at schools in Maryland.

Before joining Lady’s Island Elementary, Dingle served as interim assistant principal at Davis Elementary. He’s been in education 10 years after a 12-year career in the U.S. Army – which included combat in Operation Desert Storm, training as a sniper, guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and recruiting. In between those careers he worked in a home for troubled boys.

“I’m going to stay here and hold down the principalship,” Dingle said. “In the mornings I’ll come in and see that the school day gets started. Then Ms. Kingma, the assistant principal, will take over and I’ll go out and get experience in the other job. Then, depending what’s going on, I’ll be back here for dismissal and for after school meetings and activities.”

Kingma will serve as interim principal through the winter and spring, with the school district expected to name a permanent principal before school ends in mid-June.


Beaufort Middle School – Dec 17, 2009

Principal: Carole Ingram

We have much to celebrate at Beaufort Middle School!

The following people made the Courtyard Arbor Day Celebration a successful event last Friday afternoon: BMS Parent Action Council, Liza Hill – parent and city parks superintendent; Cassi Kilpatrick – Parent Action Council President; Cindy Graves – Parent Action Council Treasurer; Sheena Jenkins & SJF Interiors – Parent Action Council member and project supporter; Chris Simonsen – parent and project supporter; City of Beaufort; Derrick Wells – arborist.

Also, ACE Academy; Luke Inabinett; Mazanna’s Lawn Care; Preservation Tree Care; Skinner Nurseries; South Atlantic Concrete; BMS Student Council Members: Maisie Gayken, Christian Calhoun, Ivan Estrada, Tucker Pettigrew, Maryury Gonzalez, Simran Aurora, Tinea Morris, Carey Burgess. Taylor Doggett, Madison Maddox, Logan Chappell, Taylor Rabon, Micah Dedrick, Mattie Hibbs, Shabrice Myers, Diamon White, Pat Balmediano, Chelsea Lynn, Marcus Cook, Brittany Whitmore, McKenzie Wunder, Ms. Settlemire, Dr. Richardson, Mr. Drake, Ms. Grilli, Mr. Williams.

Also, families and community members who attended to celebrate Arbor Day with us; Mr. Washington – Beaufort County School Board; Mr. Mike McFee – City of Beaufort; Ms. Martha McIlveen – Beaufort County School District; additional area businesses that have supported our PAC and the courtyard beautification project: Allprint Custom Tees, Beaufort Glass, Beaufort Planning Group, BiLo,  Chick-fil-A, CocaCola, Garden Gate Nursery, Lowes, Plaza Stadium Theater, Pizza Inn, Publix, Smokey Chef Catering, and The Chocolate Tree.

Students designed many examples of Gryphon Doodle Art in celebration of Arbor Day; you can see Emma Macloskie’s on our website.

Our basketball teams have enjoyed several wins and many examples of good sportsmanship! Congratulations to them and to their coaches Mr. Barr, Ms. Brown, Mr. Harper, and Mr. Lopatka.

Way to go! Mitchell Nestler and Jonathan Wright who finished first in their weight class in last week’s wrestling tournament in Bluffton. They have now secured a seat at the SC State Middle School Championship.

Sixth grade students on team 6-2 contributed over 65 ornaments of original artistic design to the Ornament Challenge for sale at this year’s Festival of Trees which benefits Caroline Hospice. Three of our students received awards in the judging of the ornaments: Taylor Rabon – most traditional; Ally Nestler – most cheerful; and Hannah Lawson – judges’ pick.

School winners of the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest are 8th graders Shannon Courtney, Kate Samuel, and Lucas Townsend for their essays on the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad.

Last Monday’s Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A was the most successful yet with the highest participation from our 7th grade families.

Miss South Carolina, Kelly Sloan, visited our 7th and 8th grade students last Friday.

Our front office staff sponsored a yard sale that raised over $100.00 for our uniform closet.

Lobby Guard

You may have noticed something different in the front office of BMS if you visited us this week. We are now using Lobby Guard, a secure visitor’s sign in system. Here’s what you’ll notice when you visit BMS: Each visitor needs a photo identification card, like a driver’s license, that can be scanned into the system. Visitors will make choices from a menu on the computer screen about their purpose for visiting BMS. The computer takes the visitor’s picture and prints a photo name tag. Visitors will wear this self adhesive name tag while in the building.

After visiting BMS, visitors then sign out by scanning a bar code located on the photo name tag using this same computer. When visiting us, please remember to have your photo identification card with you. It is now not possible to sign in without it.

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