School briefs

• Thursday, May 24, Riverview Charter School’s TIDEWATCH Showcase, 5 p.m. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early if Thursday is not a regular TIDEWATCH day for your child.
• Thursday, May 24, all library books are due to Mossy Oaks’ library.
• Thursday, May 24, Beaufort Academy Hawaiian Shirt Day in honor of Mr. Clark (no jeans); and Annual Sports Banquet, 6 p.m.
• Friday, May 25, Riverview Charter School re-enrollment forms for returning students are due.
• Friday, May 25, Beaufort Academy’s Lower School Spring Fling, 10:30 a.m. Eighth grade students to Rancho Grande, 11:30 a.m. Students in Spanish 3/Spanish 3 Honors to Rancho Grande, 12:30 p.m. Middle and Upper School ice cream social after school.
• Monday, May 28, NO SCHOOL for Memorial Day.
• Tuesday, May 29, Mossy Oaks students will be getting wet so they will need to bring the following: a swimsuit with a T-shirt to wear over it, towel, sunscreen, water shoes (if available) and a school uniform to put on afterwards. Feel free to join your student at the following times: Kindergarten and 1 grade from 9-10:30 a.m.;  second and third from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;  fourth and fifth from 1:15-2:45 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 29, final exams for Beaufort Academy seniors and eighth graders begin.
• AMES Academy at Beaufort Elementary School is accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

Frog v Alligator

Third grade students at Broad River Elementary came home from the South Carolina STEM Innovative Challenge at the Citadel Military College with lots of trophies.

Third grade students at Broad River Elementary came home from the South Carolina STEM Innovative Challenge at the Citadel Military College with an armload of trophies. They participated in the Go Play Challenge by creating a computer game that taught math skills. They had to write an essay, design a website and present their project.  With the assistance of their teacher Latasha, technology coach Barbara Doctor and parent volunteer Lydia Hurt they designed a game called “Frog vs. Alligator.” In the game, the frog has to beat the alligator to the bank. The only way to do it is to answer multiplication problems as the frog hops from Lilly Pad to Lily Pad. Their winning website can be found at www.weevly.com/multiplicationhoppers.com.

BA Smash and Bash
The original BA Smash and Bash Tennis Tournament last Saturday was a success, hosting 46 tennis players and raising $1,600 for the Blue & White Booster Club. In addition to the Junior Division, Division A, and Division B matches, Cat Island Pro Jill Wilson played in an exhibition match with Michelle Clark and two pros from Hilton Head. Kudos to the excellent committee: Katherine Hefner, Leigh Ann Pingree, and Kelly Gray on a very successful tournament. These are the following winners: Division A, Alan Mobley and Jenny Baldwin; Division B, Renee and Rob Mathai.

Early age pep rally for PASS test
Kindergarten through second grade students at Broad River Elementary held a Pep Rally for the upper grades to encourage them as they prepared for the PASS test.

Pirates perform in tune

E.C. Montessori student Caleb Ulmer plays the violin dressed up as a pirate.

On May 17, E. C. Montessori & Grade School students performed a violin-based play, “The Adventures of Egbert.” Students dressed up either as a clown or a pirate for the play.

Step Up for Kids
Forty-five National Honor Society members from Beaufort High School collected donations and participated in CAPA’s “Step Up for Kids” run/walk on April 21. Thirty members collected donations and participated in the walk/run, and another 15 members served as volunteers along the route, cheering on the participants and providing water. Melissa Welch, Beaufort High School National Honor Society Advisor, served on the planning committee for the event.

Naturalist takes students to Spring Island
Third grade teachers at Riverview Charter School collaborated with Naturalist Tony Mills. Last Monday, third grade students toured Spring Island and completed their chapter of the animal kingdom with Mills learning about the animals and habitats on the island.

The biggest cabbage wins

Mariah Midyette, a third grader in Mr. Mail’s class, is the proud winner of Riverview’s 2012 cabbage contest, with her cabbage weighing 10.5 lbs.

Mariah Midyette, third grader in Mr. Mail’s class, is the proud winner of Riverview Charter School’s 2012 Cabbage contest. Mariah’s cabbage weighted 10.5 lbs. She will enter the state competition and hopefully win a $1,000 scholarship.

BA students visit STARBASE
Fifth graders at Beaufort Academy enjoyed their week at STARBASE at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.  During these five days, they learned about a wide variety of subjects, such as Atmospheric Properties, Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, 3-D Computer Aided Design, Nanotechnology, Fluid Mechanics and Aerodynamics, Navigating and Mapping, the Engineering Design Process, and Rocket Construction, among others.  Two highlights of the week were using the 3-D design software and launching rockets.  The students assembled rockets after learning about forces, travel, along with Bernoulli’s Principle and Newton’s Laws.  They took turns launching and retrieving them, then removed the motors and reassembled the chutes so they could bring them home.

Diggin for dinosaur bones
The second graders culminated their study of dinosaurs with a simulated dinosaur dig on the BA campus. Dr. Bobby Bell and Mr. Frank Booth acted as the paleontologists and both assembled the skeleton and gave anatomy lessons as the students brought them the bones they found.

School briefs compiled by Tess Malijenovsky. Send your school or classroom events to schoolnews@beaufortislandnews.com.

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