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BATTERY CREEK HIGH

• Battery Creek High School will recognize the Boys Basketball Region Championship teams of 2001, 2005, 2009,2010 at the BC vs. Beaufort basketball game on Friday, December 5. This will be a great night to celebrate these great teams. Coach Drafts is asking all team members to help spread the word and to contact him at john.drafts@beaufort.k12.sc.us  or 843-322-5575 if they plan to attend.

Battery Creek High School’s SADD Club members assisted with Habersham’s Halloween Carnival at Harvest Festival on October 25.  Students, from left: Shelby Scoggins, Dominique Allen, Hunter Hise, Kiarra Hall and Victoria Kellerman.
Battery Creek High School’s SADD Club members assisted with Habersham’s Halloween Carnival at Harvest Festival on October 25. Students, from left: Shelby Scoggins, Dominique Allen, Hunter Hise, Kiarra Hall and Victoria Kellerman.

• Individualized Educational Program (IEP) will hold a Q&A Workshop for parents of children with special needs sponsored by Beaufort County School Parent/Community REACH Center and presented by Parents Reaching Out to Parents of South Carolina.

Kim Preston, Region 1 Education Coordinator will address topics such as what is an IEP, the special education process, the initial evaluation, and communication between parents and the schools. The workshop will be held November 20, 6 to 8 p.m. at Battery Creek High School, Room D241, 1 Blue Dolphin Drive, Beaufort, SC. Call to register 1-800-759-4776 or 803-772-5688.

BEAUFORT ACADEMY

• Monday, Nov. 10: BA will observe Veterans Day, no school.

• Tuesday, Nov. 11: Special program in honor of Veterans Day.

• Saturday, Nov. 8: The Blue & White Classic Golf Tournament, followed by barbecue dinner and auction, to be held at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island.  Tickets for the dinner and auction may be purchased before or at the event.  More information can be found at www.beaufortacademy.org.

• Thursday, Nov. 13 and Friday, Nov. 14: The BA Upper School Thespians invite you to their production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving. Performances are to be held in the gym at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Admission is $5.

BEAUFORT HIGH

• Beaufort High students received a rare treat when they talked (via Skype) with author and Holocaust survivor Sidney Finkel.  Their teacher, Brandi Van Gorder, introduced Mr. Finkel’s memoir to them as part of their English curriculum regarding collectivism vs. individualism.  After learning some historical background information on the Holocaust, students read Finkel’s book, “Sevek and the Holocaust, the Boy Who Refused to Die.” They were uniformly touched by his struggles to survive the horrors he experienced in Buchenwald concentration camp, and his drive to build a new life after liberation.  Students gained a new understanding of this period of history by being able to talk “face to face” with a person who actually experienced it.  Several history classes also were part of the Skype interview.

SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Beaufort County School District held ground-breaking ceremonies last week for the construction of May River High School, a ninth through 12th-grade school in the New Riverside area of Bluffton.

The future home of the May River “Sharks” — school colors of royal blue, black and silver — is planned to be open for the 2016-17 school year with a projected enrollment of 900 students. The building’s capacity is 1,400 students.

“This is such an exciting time of growth for our district and our county,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss, “Our team will work hard to stay on time and on budget as we build a cutting-edge school to serve our students and the Bluffton community.”

The new high school will be built with energy conservation features and a full suite of athletic facilities, and it is designed to accommodate use by the general community. The high school’s academic offerings will include an array of Career and Technical Education (CATE) courses.