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BEAUFORT ACADEMY

• Thursday, Dec. 13: BA presents Oliver Twist, show time for this dinner theatre is at 6:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 13: First graders to see the Model Train Exhibit downtown at the Public Library, depart 11:30 a.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday,  Dec. 14: The SGA school-wide Canned Food Drive to benefit the Franciscan Center.

BA seniors Hope Keane and Finn Koppernaes work with cells. After studying the cell cycle and the regulation of gene expression, students stained slides to view morphological differences in normal cells and cancer cells. Cancer cells exhibit unique and distinguishing features in comparison to normal cells. Based on their observations, students had to determine which cells were in which category.

• Thursday, Dec. 13 and Friday, Dec. 14: The senior class Holiday Store for Lower School students opens.  Gifts range from $1 – $5, and will be wrapped, labeled, and ready to give.

• Friday, Dec. 14: The freshman class will be selling hot chocolate before school as a class fundraiser.

• Friday, Dec. 14: Latin Honor Society Induction, 12:30 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 17: The PreK/K Christmas Program, 10:30 a.m.

• Monday, Dec. 17: The Lower School Christmas Music Program, 2 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 17 and Tuesday, Dec. 18: The school-wide Coat Drive comes to an end — make your donations now!

• Tuesday, Dec. 18: The Latin students will be singing Christmas carols, 8 a.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 18: Kindergarten students to see the play Holiday Celebrations Around the World at USCB, depart 11:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Dec. 18: The second graders will visit the CODA shelter to give gifts to the Children’s Director for their children’s playroom, depart at 1 p.m.

• Wednesday, Dec. 19: Christmas Break begins, no classes.

HOLY TRINITY CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN

• A grammar school play based on Leo Tolstoy’s short story “Where Love Is, There God is Also” is open to the public at two performances, Wednesday Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m.

• Last day of school, before the Christmas holidays is December 21.

• Students are observing the “Twelve (school) Days of Christmas” with gifts each day.

Students from Ms. Martin and Ms. Garner’s classes at Robert Smalls Intermediate/Middle worked on research skills for the upcoming Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest with volunteer Dennis Adams, who is retired from the Beaufort County Public Library.

RIVERVIEW CHARTER SCHOOL

• Thursday, Dec. 13: Riverview Charter School 3rd Graders are proud to  present “A Bugz Christmas” by John Jacbson & John Higgins, a musical directed by Mrs. Lisa Clancy & Mr. Rod Williams. Musical  community performance from 10 to 10:30 a.m. at the Riverview gym.

• Thursday, Dec. 13: Basketball St. Peter’s at Beaufort Middle School; Girls 4 p.m./Boys 4:45 p.m.

• Friday, Dec. 14: Uniform Free day.

• Riverview Family Fun Night, Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Riverview Charter School gym. Family Fun Night will include: “Dad” Chili Cook-off, Complimentary hot dogs and treats; a visit from St. Nick.

• Wednesday Dec. 19: 5:30 p.m.

Ballots for the 2013 Board of Directors are due.

SCHOOL DISTRICT

Okatie Elementary nominated for award

Okatie Elementary School has been nominated for a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School award, the South Carolina Department of Education announced. Okatie is one of five schools nominated by State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais for recognition by the U.S. Department of Education, which honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

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Principal Lynn Singleton and Mayor Billy Keyserling pose with members of the school’s student council and recycling task force. Whale Branch Elementary School joined hundreds of schools across the United States by celebrating “America Recycles Day.” In addition, students attended a Beaufort City Council meeting on Monday, November 12 where the mayor proclaimed November 15 “America Recycles Day” in Beaufort County.