School Notes


• Above & Beyond Basketball Camp at Battery Creek High School will be held July 10 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for students ages 6 to 14. The cost is $40. Contact: Coach Youmans at 912-596-8938. The camp will include extensive training for beginner and advanced basketball players. All drills will be age appropriate.  All campers will receive a skills work out check list, as well as a camp T-shirt.

• The BCHS SADD Club is collecting boxes of tissues for classrooms for the 2013-2014 School Year. All donations may be left in the front office for Mrs. Grooms.  Donations are needed by August 5.  Please call Mrs. Grooms at 322-5580/322-5582 with any questions.



• Summer dates for Camp Make & Take have been set for July 8-12 and July 22-26, 9-11 a.m.  This is a FREE camp offered to northern Beaufort County teens focused on 3-D printer technology.  Please visit www.beaufortacademy.org, or call 843-524-3393, for more information.  Class sizes are limited, so register soon.

• Camp Eagle at Beaufort Academy is offering a variety of summer camps for ages 3-18 throughout June and July, ranging from Circus Camp, to different sports camps, to art camps, to SAT Prep.  The first camps begin as soon as June 17. Please visit www.beaufortacademy.org, or call 843-524-3393 for more information.



• Spaces are still available for CAMP INVENTION at Coosa Elementary School. Take advantage of the Spring into Summer discount being offered right now.  Register at www.campinvention.org or contact Karyn Levesque at 322-6114 if you have any questions.  Camp dates are July 8- 11.


• Beaufort County schools are out for the summer, but more than 700 teachers will report back to work this week for three days of intensive training.

This week’s sixth annual Summer Institute, which opens Tuesday at Battery Creek High School, will feature 115 different workshops.  Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including integrating technology into classroom instruction, developing better student assessments, improving science projects for elementary school students, maximizing parental involvement, building stronger community and business partnerships, building stronger student vocabularies, developing classroom projects using the same tools students would use, and training coaches in CPR and basic first aid.

N’Kia Campbell, who coordinates professional development for the district, said this year’s sessions will build on the previous Summer Institute’s focus on STEM instruction (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and making successful transitions to more rigorous state-mandated academic standards in math and English Language Arts that are being phased in.

“The fact that so many teachers attend Summer Institute demonstrates how committed they are to improving their effectiveness in the classroom,” Campbell said.  “They could be enjoying their summer vacation, but instead they’ll be working to improve classroom teaching strategies.”

The Summer Institute’s first day will begin with a general session featuring Jane E. Pollock, president of Learning Horizon, Inc.  Pollack, a former educator and senior associate at a research laboratory, specializes in improving student achievement by using research to advance teaching and supervision.  She also is the author of numerous books and other publications.


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