School briefs

• April 12-13: No school for all Beaufort County public schools for Heritage days. (Beaufort Academy closed for Spring Break.)
• April 16-20: The Spring Book Fair at Riverview Charter School.
• Tuesday, April 17, second graders at Beaufort Academy begin swim lessons at the YMCA twice a week. This free program will last four weeks.
• Monday, April 16: Riverview Charter School is kicking off the Hawaiian Luau Scholastic Book Fair with a Pizza Party at 6 p.m. The Riverview Community Cooperative (RCC) will be accepting nominations for 2012-2013 RCC Officers for the following areas: President, Elect, Secretary, Treasurer. The RCC will also have positions open for standing committees.
• Tuesday, April 17: Hawaiian Luau Spirit Day at Riverview Charter School. Wear a Hawaiian shirt or lei with a uniform bottom to show your school spirit.

The PreK-4 class from Beaufort Academy poses with their letter from President Obama.

A letter from President Obama
Beaufort Academy students in grades PreK-3, PreK-4 and kindergarten received a letter from President Barack Obama in response to writing him on President’s Day. In addition to letters, they sent drawings and a request for him to visit them at school.

Perfect college acceptance
Beaufort Academy’s class of 2012 has already reached 100 percent college acceptance As of April 5, BA seniors have been accepted to 63 different schools, including Washington & Lee University; Trinity College, (Conn.); New York University (NYU-Poly); Clemson; University of Georgia; Vanderbilt University; and Wake Forest University.  “Congratulations to all for a job well done. We are very proud.”

LIMS students meet elected officials
Last month, Lady’s Island Middle School’s Junior Leadership class met three Beaufort County leaders: State Senator Tom Davis, Mayor Billy Keyserling and State Representative Shannon Erickson in the chambers of the new City Hall complex. They discussed the roles of government, local issues and how to develop solutions. The class was impressed that all three politicians had full time jobs and families as well as their leadership positions. They also learned how city, county and state politics are handled, how to become an active citizen in school and community, and how to properly discuss the issues.  The second half of the day, students learned about Beaufort’s past. Larry, from the Southurn Rose Buggy Tour Company, escorted them through time as he not only brought the history alive to the class but engaged the students in discussions that aligned with Beaufort County’s Social Studies standards.
“Thanks to Mayor Keyserling, Representative Erickson, Senator Davis and the Southurn Rose Buggy Tour, our students are on the way to becoming active leaders in our community,” said the school staff.

Riverview to move to Shell Point Elementary
Riverview is moving to Shell Point Elementary school this summer and Riverview students will attend classes there beginning August 20. The move was approved by the Board of Education at a recent work session. “We appreciate the district’s support. This move will provide Riverview students with many facility related learning spaces that don’t exist at Burroughs — a gymnasium, a media center, a fully functional commercial kitchen and 30 classrooms,” Riverview said. The charter school still intends on fulfilling its long-term goal of building a permanent campus on Old Salem Road.

Volunteer for Riverview Book Fair
Riverview Charter School would love to see some new faces at the Book Fair. They need parents to help set up/break down the book fair, help at the pizza party, and to sign up to work shifts during the week. Book Fair hours are 8:15-9 a.m., 12-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:45 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.

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