School briefs

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• April 5-6, Spring Break for most schools.
• April 6-13, No school for Beaufort Academy.
• Tuesday, April 10, encore performance of Lady’s Island Elementary School’s The Adventures of Lewis and Clark, at 6 p.m.

Congrats Benjamin Griffin III
The Technical College of the Lowcountry recently named Benjamin Griffin III of Beaufort to the South Carolina Phi Theta Kappa All-State Academic Team. Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for two-year colleges. Griffin was honored during a statewide recognition ceremony at the State House on March 20. As the TCL representative, Griffin has also been nominated for a spot on the national Phi Theta Kappa All-USA Academic Team. He currently serves as the president of TCL’s Phi Theta Kappa society, president of the TCL Gospel Choir and as vice president of the TCL Student Government Association. Griffin is the first male in his family to attend college. He is an administrative office technology major and plans to graduate in May.

Grim Reaper Day
Wednesday, April 4, Beaufort Academy’s SADD Club will be conducting Grim Reaper Day. With Spring Break and Prom around the corner, the club officers wanted to take the opportunity to make the BA population aware of the fact that every 51 minutes in the U.S. a teenager dies due to a destructive decision.

The Greatest Americans
AMES celebrated arts night last week at the Beaufort High School Performing Arts Center. Ms. Richardson, AMES third grade teacher reported, “Fifth grade performed such a fabulous musical The Greatest Americans of the 20th Century! Fourth grade rocked it with their Revolutionary War and Electricity Songs and third grade dazzled us playing ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on the recorder and poetry sharing!  Congratulations to everyone, it was such a fantastic night!”

BA studies DNA
The Beaufort Academy Honors Biology class is currently studying techniques for

Ninth graders Tucker Trask, Jack Olsson and Drummond Koppernaes are loading their DNA samples in the electrophoresis chamber. This chamber uses an electric current to separate DNA fragments, from different sources, by size.

manipulating and analyzing DNA, including performing a DNA Fingerprinting Lab. The data obtained will allow the students to determine if the samples of DNA are from the same individual or from different individuals.

Students selected for Governor’s School
South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities accepted five Beaufort students for the 2012 summer program. Students from across the state are selected to attend a program in creative writing, dance, drama, music or visual arts after a rigorous application, audition and review process. More than 1,000 students applied to Governor’s School’s programs. The five students are Julianna Dunphy, Maisie Gayken, Ellen Hodges, Xavier Westergard and Melis Tirhi.

TCL holds open house for military dependents
The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host a special open house for military dependents. This free event will be held Tuesday, April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in MacLean Hall (building 12) at the TCL Beaufort Campus, 921 Ribaut Road. Participants will be able to apply, get financial aid information, meet faculty and tour the campus. In-state tuition is offered to military members and their dependents who are stationed in Beaufort. For more information, call 843-470-8405 or visit www.tcl.edu/military.

The Adventures of Lewis and Clark
The arts are alive at Lady’s Island Elementary School.  Fourth graders recently performed “The Adventures of Lewis and Clark” for peers, parents, and community members. The

The Adventures of Lewis and Clark.

performance included drama, music and technology because learning is amplified when students have the opportunity to integrate the arts. The acting portion of the script, directed by Mrs. Lynda McLain, was pre-recorded with the main characters in front of a green screen that was later enhanced with visual effects and geographical scenes of areas they would have traveled during their expedition. Instructional Technology Coach Jayme Grant created the backdrop for the live actors that interacted with the video performance throughout the show. Students performed the musical, directed by Mrs. Kristin Brady, that describes the American heroes’ explorations across the continent.

Congrats, Anabelle
Anabelle Nuelle of Beaufort is a student in the 10th grade at Kent School in Kent, Conn., named with the high honor roll for the spring term of 2011-2012. Kent is a co-ed college preparatory school founded in 1906 in the tradition of the Episcopal Church.

Family Math Night at BES
Last week Beaufort Elementary School celebrated Family Math Night. Math Coach Mrs. Lentz reported, “We had about 160 people there, and it was great to see the parents playing games and learning with their children. I even heard one parent say she had never thought of playing games like this with her kids! Goal met.”

TCL Foundation summer semester scholarship applications due April 19
The Technical College of the Lowcountry Foundation is accepting scholarship applications through noon Thursday, April 19 for the 2012 summer semester. Classes begin May 21. During the academic year, the foundation will award more than $70,000 in tuition and book assistance to TCL students with demonstrated financial need. For more information on how to apply, visit www.tcl.edu/foundation or visit the TCL Foundation office, Building 6 on the Beaufort Campus. Contact 843-525-8294 or foundation@tcl.edu for details. For more information about TCL financial aid options, contact the financial aid department at 843-470-5961 or visit www.tcl.edu/financial-aid.

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