News stories from 2020

Seal of Biliteracy
The Seal of Biliteracy honors 25 BCSD graduating seniors
07/07/2020
The Seal demonstrates a student's proficiency in both English and at least one additional world language by their graduations.
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2019-20 WordMasters Challenge
06/29/2020
The WordMasters Challenge, the nation’s longest-running vocabulary competition for elementary and middle school students, holds three meets each school year for nearly 125,000 students.
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key hires
Veteran educators fill three principal positions
06/25/2020
The three new principals will serve Lady's Island Middle, Robert Smalls International Academy and Hilton Head Island School for Creative Arts
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Summer reading camps; student athlete practices postponed
06/25/2020
According to DHEC, Beaufort County now has a High rating in all three COVID-19 metrics and an overall rating of High.
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Book Drop Extravaganza
06/23/2020
Each Monday morning, through August 2, picture books and chapters books will be dropped at specific locations across Beaufort County.
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CLOC
CLOC releases second quarterly monitoring report
06/23/2020
The CLOC meets monthly and makes quarterly reports to the Board of Education that are posted to the committee’s website.
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Key administrative positions filled at the district office
06/10/2020
Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Schools, Director of Communications and Director of Budget and Procurement are the three positions that have been filled.
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2020-21 BCSD academic calendar set
06/10/2020
Three possible weather make-up are included: Nov. 25, Dec. 23 and January 4.
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Architects plans
Summer referendum-funded project update
06/08/2020
All operations at several district school campuses will be relocated this summer during referendum-funded renovations.
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Free meal distribution will continue through June 30
06/05/2020
Distribution dates will move to three days per week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). Two breakfasts and two lunches per student will be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays, and three breakfasts and three lunches per student will be distributed on Fridays.
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Whale Branch seniors earn diplomas and degrees
06/03/2020
13 students took advantage of a partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry that allows Whale Branch students to take college courses – and earn two-year associate’s degrees – while still in high school at no cost to themselves or their parents.
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Class of 2020 celebrations begin
05/29/2020
Drive-through celebrations and movie premieres celebrating the graduating Class of 2020 will take place next week across the Beaufort County School District.
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Senior Scholars teleprompter
2020 Senior Scholars Honored
05/28/2020
Senior Scholars have maintained a cumulative 3.5 grade-point average or higher, are ranked in the top 10 percent of their graduating classes and have earned the equivalent of a 3.5 GPA in all quarters of their high school courses.
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Architects plans
Additional referendum project architects and constructions firms approved by BOE
05/20/2020
The Citizen-Led Oversight Committee, an independent group of volunteers, is monitoring all referendum building projects, schedules, budgets and expenditures.
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2020 BCSD Junior Scholars
05/08/2020
Students were recognized during a Facebook Live ceremony after the annual Junior Scholars Banquet was canceled due to the state-ordered shutdown of all schools.
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2020 graduation ceremonies will combine videos and celebrations
05/05/2020
District high schools will schedule specific times for graduating seniors to bring two guests apiece to their schools.
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audit
P-card purchased documented, audit finds
05/05/2020
After examining 2,664 purchases between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, Mauldin & Jenkins found no unauthorized purchases and determined that district procurement procedures had been followed.
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Red Cedar Foxes named regional math champs
05/04/2020
Red Cedar’s student team bested 31 other teams in the Region 4 Continental Math League competition.
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Surprising teachers and support staff of 2020
2020 District Teachers and Support Staff of the Year
05/04/2020
Last week principals and school staff visited teachers and support staff at home from 6 feet, hosted surprise Zoom meetings, and staged reveals during packet pick-up to make the special announcements.
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US News & World Report high school logo
District's high schools ranked by "U.S. News & World Report"
05/01/2020
U.S. News compiles its annual rankings based on student test scores, on-time graduation rates and how well schools prepare students for college (college Advanced Placement courses).
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Teaching through television
Teaching Through Television
04/14/2020
Students in grades K-2 have a new way to continue their learning at home.
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Project construction at River Ridge Academy
CLOC (Citizen-Led Oversight Committee) releases its first monitoring report
04/08/2020
CLOC meets monthly and plans to make quarterly reports to the Board of Education that will also be posted to the committee’s website.
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Start dates for the 2020-21 academic calendar approved
04/08/2020
The Board of Education has approved two possible starting dates for the next school year – August 10 and August 17.
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Aa1 credit rating
Beaufort County School District assigned Aa1 credit rating
03/26/2020
Beaufort County continues to hold the second-highest rating among South Carolina’s 82 school districts.
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Bus routes for meal drop-off
Meal Routes/Rutas de Comida
03/20/2020
The revised procedures are designed to maintain safe physical distances between parents, students, food service workers and bus drivers.
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N'Kia Campbell
N'Kia Campbell selected as interim principal at Lady's Island Middle
03/19/2020
Campbell has spent her entire 22-year education career in Beaufort County, beginning with teaching fourth- and fifth-graders at Shell Point Elementary School.
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Covid19
Governor closes all schools
03/15/2020
Gov. Henry McMaster today ordered all South Carolina schools to close until March 31.
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Bluffton High's AWQ winning team accepts the trophy
Bluffton High team is this year's Academic WorldQuest Champions
03/09/2020
Academic WorldQuest is the flagship educational program of the national network of World Affairs Councils and is held annually in more than 40 U.S. cities in 27 states.
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Teachers
2020 Teacher Job Fair
03/05/2020
The event is being held March 7, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Bluffton High School.
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View of the future
Seeking community feedback on the BCSD 2020-21 Strategic Plan
03/02/2020
Each forum will include an overview of the draft strategic plan’s components as well as breakout sessions for stakeholder groups to review, evaluate and comment on the draft plan’s specific goals and actions.
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2020 National Vocabulary Competition
02/24/2020
The WordMasters Challenge, the nation’s longest-running language arts competition for elementary and middle school students, holds three meets for nearly 125,000 students during each school year.
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Hard hats
Referendum project firms confirmed by the Board of Education
02/19/2020
Atlanta-based CBRE Heery Inc., the confirmed project manager will provide “assistance, staffing and advice necessary for organization, budgetary and scheduling control throughout the design, bid/award, construction, close-out and warranty phases of (referendum) projects” under the direction and supervision of the district.
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Parker Star with his cooking mentor
Parker Star selected as the 2020 Sodexo Future Chef
02/17/2020
Star now has a chance to move on to the 2020 regional and national Future Chef competitions.
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2020 District Counselors of the Year
02/15/2020
Local businesses and community members sponsored the awards breakfast and donated gifts for the school district’s counselors.
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2020 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
02/07/2020
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards describes itself as the nation’s longest-running recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.
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students participate at Model UN conference
2020 Model United Nations Conference
02/05/2020
Students learn about current world issues, brush up on their speaking, debating and writing skills and also improve their critical thinking, teamwork and leadership abilities.
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Paper lightbulbs
School Choice applications available online on February 1
01/30/2020
Parents who don’t have Internet access may request application assistance at any district school or through the district office’s Instructional Services division.
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Kindergarten class
Kindergarten and pre-K registration begins February 1
01/22/2020
Parents with children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 can register for prekindergarten at their neighborhood schools.
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Bluffton Middle SIC makes the Honor Roll
01/09/2020
Bluffton Middle’s SIC was recognized for its work in fostering civic engagement in public education.
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Architects plans
Four architect firms selected for referendum-funded projects
01/08/2020
Once contract negotiations are complete, the four firms will be assigned specific referendum-funded projects.
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