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BATTERY CREEK HIGH

• The Drill Team performed superbly last Saturday, placing second of eight all-Marine Corps JROTC units at Parris Island. The second place finish qualifies the team to compete in the Region 6 Championships at Gray, Tennessee, in late March. Cadet Micha Dedrick finished 9th of 140 cadets in individual drill. Cadet Christian Bestul came in 7th in individual drill. Cadet Ryan Bestul came in fourth in individual drill. Congratulations to the team and coaches Sgt. Major Reeves and Gunny Shannon.

• BCHS Parent University will be Thursday, January 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. This is a special time for all parents and guardians to experience classroom instruction. Students are encouraged to accompany their parents to this event. Sessions will include English Language Arts, Health Science Demonstration, Mathematics and Technology. RSVP as to how many adults and students will be attending from your family at 322-5500.

• The Red Carpet Affair Talent Show will be held at Battery Creek High School on Friday, February 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the John J. McVey Performing Arts Center. Pre-sale tickets:  $5; at the door tickets are $8. Contact Ms. Carizma Thomas at 322-5593 for more information.

• The Fourteenth Annual Grandparents’ and Senior Citizens’ Day will be at Battery Creek High School John J. McVey Performing Arts Center on Thursday, February 13, at 9 a.m. Light refreshments in the media center will be available after performances. RSVP by calling 322-5582/5580 by February 7.

• Battery Creek High School SADD Club will be conducting environmental scans of local Beaufort County businesses on

February 8 from 10 a.m. to noon. SADD Club members, parents, and representatives from Beaufort County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department will be completing surveys at local convenience stores, grocery stores, and drug stores to see how many alcohol and tobacco advertisements are at the establishments and where they are placed.  They will also be checking to see if “ID “ signs are posted in

Congratulations to Beaufort Academy Senior Madeleine Gray who was crowned 2013-2014 Homecoming Queen on Friday, January 24. The 2013-2014 Homecoming Court, pictured above from left to right, front row: Nicole Schmiege, Madeleine Gray, Autumn Harris. Back row: Carli Cline, Courtney Smith, Miranda Weslake.
Congratulations to Beaufort Academy Senior Madeleine Gray who was crowned 2013-2014 Homecoming Queen on Friday, January 24. The 2013-2014 Homecoming Court, pictured above from left to right, front row: Nicole Schmiege, Madeleine Gray, Autumn Harris. Back row: Carli Cline, Courtney Smith, Miranda Weslake.

regards to legal age to purchase tobacco and alcohol products.

 

BEAUFORT ACADEMY

• Thursday, Jan. 30: Community Open House for PreK and Kindergarten programs at Beaufort Academy.  Drop-in format, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Contact 843-524-3393 for more information.

• Friday, Jan. 31: Application deadline for the 2014 Thomas H. Horton, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

• Saturday, Feb. 1: The Chilly Bean 5K and Chili Cook-off at Coosaw Point — register today. Race Day Registration: $35/adult and $20 for 18 and under. 5K participants each get two tickets to the chili cook-off. Tickets to just the chili cook are $10 each or family pass for $40. Also includes Kids Fun Zone and live music by the Bull Grapes. Register at BA or online at www.active.com. Visit the event website, www.chillybeanrun.com, for all the information including on and off line registration

• Tuesday, Feb. 4: Eagles’ Eat Out at Fat Patties, 6 to 9 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to BA.

BEAUFORT HIGH

• Where children attend school for North of the Broad families will be determined soon. To have input in the process, there are public meetings being hosted by the Beaufort County Board of Education

Beaufort High junior Mikel Hannah-Harding recently won the American Legion Oratorical Constitution Contest at the local level, earning a prize check for $100.  Participants were required to write and memorize an eight minute speech about one aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with an emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. Mikel will now advance to the next level of regional competition in February, and could win $1,000 in scholarship money, then move on to state and national competition.
Beaufort High junior Mikel Hannah-Harding recently won the American Legion Oratorical Constitution Contest at the local level, earning a prize check for $100. Participants were required to write and memorize an eight minute speech about one aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with an emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. Mikel will now advance to the next level of regional competition in February, and could win $1,000 in scholarship money, then move on to state and national competition.

scheduled for January 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Okatie Elementary School to continue the discussion of school choice and redistricting.  In particular, for Beaufort High School students, there are two important dates in which input will be valued. The first is February 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the BHS media center. School administrators will conduct a monthly School Improvement Council meeting. The second date is February 25 at 6 p.m. in the performing arts center at BHS. Superintendent Dr. Moss will lead in a town hall setting.

BRIDGES PREP

• Bridges Preparatory School held its second Open House last Tuesday, so that the community could meet teachers and staff in person, and inquire about our programming and facilities expansion plans. The two buildings beamed with dozens of curious faces seeking a valuable, public educational alternative for their children. If you missed this opportunity, you may still schedule a tour with Assistant Academic Administrator, Kay Keeler, email kkeeler@bridgesprep.org.

• Bridges will be accepting new student applications for the 2014-2015 school year through January 31, 2014. Prospective parents may get an application and sign-up for our mailing list online, at any time: http://bridgesprep.org/school-info/enrollment/, or at the front desk in both our buildings in Downtown Beaufort: 1100 Boundary Street, or 1001 Hamar Street, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications postmarked January 31 may be mailed to: BPS Admissions, P.O. Box 120, Beaufort, SC 29901, or faxed to 843-982-7707. For general admissions questions, please contact Joan Drury at 843-982-7737, or e-mail jdrury@bridgesprep.org.

MISCELLANEOUS

• Kaila Smith, a freshman Exercise and Sport Science major of Beaufort, SC, was among more than 1,900 students from Coastal Carolina University who made the Fall 2013 Dean’s List.

• Hannah Eastham, from Beaufort, SC, earned a Master of Arts in Teaching with a major in Early Childhood Education MAT from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah on Saturday, December 7, 2013.

SCHOOL DISTRICT

• A popular academic magnet program for high-achieving Beaufort County elementary students interested in math and science is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year. AMES Academy began at Beaufort Elementary in 2008 for third- and fourth-graders and was expanded to include fifth-graders in 2009. Interested parents and students can learn more about this curriculum option at special informational meetings. Beaufort Elementary School’s two meetings are scheduled for Feb. 5 and 6 at 6 p.m. AMES is based on rigorous math and science foundational skills taught through the use of science and engineering and technology projects. Eligible students include rising third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the district’s gifted and talented program.  Also eligible are rising third-, fourth- and fifth-graders who have scored in the 75th percentile or higher on a standardized achievement test such as MAP or ITBS and who have a B average or higher in Reading, Math and Science. Interested students must complete a 2014-15 application online by March 10, 2014.  The AMES Academy Admission Committee will interview prospective students beginning in March, and qualifying candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.  Each candidate needs to bring to the interview a copy of their most recent report card and a one-page composition entitled “Why I want to attend AMES Academy.”  Parents agree to a parental involvement component indicating their willingness to support AMES activities and participate in quarterly showcases. Link to AMES information and application:

http://www.beaufort.k12.sc.us/pages/BCSD/Departments/Instructional_Services/Academic_Initiatives-Menu/AMES.

ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

On the coldest day in Beaufort, St. Peter’s third grade class, in support of the “Molly’s Adopt A Sailor” service project, wrote letters and drew pictures to more than 400 service men and women stationed in Djibouti, Africa, where it is 114 degrees.  The class discussed the polar opposites and how grateful they were for these brave service men and women.
On the coldest day in Beaufort, St. Peter’s third grade class, in support of the “Molly’s Adopt A Sailor” service project, wrote letters and drew pictures to more than 400 service men and women stationed in Djibouti, Africa, where it is 114 degrees. The class discussed the polar opposites and how grateful they were for these brave service men and women.

• Open Enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year has begun. We welcome the opportunity to show you what St. Peter Catholic School has to offer and tell you about the exciting programs available to our students. For more information or to schedule a tour, please give the office a call at 843-522-2163.

• Take a night off from dinner duty and join the St. Peter School community at Fat Patties for Spirit Night on Tuesday, February 11 from 5 p.m. until closing. A portion of all sales will benefit the 7th and 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.

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Congratulations to the St. Peter School Spelling Team. The team took two first places during the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee on January 16 The students who placed first will participate in the State Tournament in February.
Congratulations to the St. Peter School Spelling Team. The team took two first places during the SCISA Regional Spelling Bee on January 16 The students who placed first will participate in the State Tournament in February.