Bluffton High School is one of only a few South Carolina schools approved to implement an innovative program that helps students develop skills valued by colleges and employers. The new AP Capstone program, scheduled to begin in the 2017-18 academic year, will become a new school choice in addition to Bluffton High’s current offerings of Project Lead the Way and Acceleration Academy.
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The Beaufort County Board of Education recently approved the academic calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The first day for students will be Aug. 21, and the final day of classes will be May 31. The 2017-18 calendar includes a longer winter break, a preference indicated by parents and district employees in online surveys. Schools will be closed for holidays on Sept. 4, Labor Day; Nov. 22-24, Thanksgiving; Dec. 21-Jan. 8, winter break; Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Day; and March 30, Good Friday.
In 2016, Travel + Leisure magazine readers voted Hilton Head Island as the best island in the continental United States. Hilton Head could earn the honor again in 2017 as it has been listed among 23 islands that readers are voting on at travelandleisure.com. Last year, Travel + Leisure wrote, “Even as the secret about Hilton Head gets out, repeat visitors say it hasn’t lost any charm.
The Island Recreation Center will be closing its doors March 17 for renovations. After-school Rec Club will be moving to Hilton Head Island Elementary School and Hilton Head Island Elementary School for the Creative Arts starting March 20. The schools will also host Island Rec’s All Day Summer Camp. Summer camp registration is open, and will remain open all summer. Island Rec’s full-time staff will be relocated to a mobile office starting March 20 in the Rec Center’s parking lot.
Please join us as the Town of Hilton Head Island hosts five community forums focused on entertainment, arts, culture, and heritage on the Island. All residents and visitors are encouraged to attend and provide input and ideas.
The Town's Venue Committee was asked by Town Council to recommend, if needed, the cost and funding mechanism of a possible venue(s) that will satisfy the needs of the community.
Earth Hour will roll across the globe from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, uniting individuals, communities and organizations in 178 countries and territories. The event is held worldwide annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet.
Coastal Living magazine recently ranked Hilton Head Island as No. 7 on its list of “Happiest Seaside Towns in America” for 2017. Coastal Living chose its finalists based on their ranks on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, as well as the percentage of clear and sunny days, healthiness of beaches, walkability, commute times, standard of living, financial well-being of local residents, crime ratings, geographic diversity and the editors’ own assessment of each town’s “coastal vibe.” Editors highlighted Hilton Head’s mild weather, golf courses, beaches and the sophisticated food and culture scene.
As part of the private re-development work occurring at Sea Turtle Marketplace, the contractor will be temporarily closing portions of the Town's multi-use pathway adjacent to the site. Temporary closures of segments bordering the eastbound lanes of William Hilton Parkway (US 278) and the western side of Mathews Drive are anticipated. The closures are necessary due to the construction of the shopping center. Pathway closures are expected to be encountered from Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 through the end of February on an as-needed basis. Pathway users are asked to use extra caution in this area and be alert for the temporary closures and associated traffic control, and to use detours as indicated by signage.
The Finance & Administrative Committee met on 1/30/17 to discuss disaster-related expenses and the process for reimbursement. A future Finance & Administrative Committee meeting later this month will include discussion of potential ways to pay for the expenses. The 1st draft Project Worksheet for FEMA reimbursement of Category A - Public Assistance (Debris Removal) expenses was received from the FEMA project team on Friday, 2/3/17. It is currently under review by staff and once obligated by FEMA will allow for reimbursement through the State EMD.
Editor’s Note: This is the second part of an article printed in November. Dr. Gloria Holmes is professor emeritus at the School of Education at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. Committed to promoting cultural literacy in schools and communities, she has worked as a diversity trainer for the Anti-Defamation League and has conducted anti-bias workshops for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Holmes is presently writing a book on school leadership and social justice.
Part II: Whose ‘story’ is it, anyway?
“We are trapped in our history, and our history is trapped in us.” —James Baldwin, author of “Notes of a Native Son”
The town of Bluffton and its contractor, Preferred Materials, started construction for the second and final phase of the May River Road Streetscape Project in January. This 2,800-foot project along May River Road runs from Pin Oak Street to Jennifer Court and will include road improvements from Pin Oak Street to Red Cedar Street, including curb and gutter installation.
Popular private school hopes to break ground for state-of-the-art campus in January 2018
You might miss the gray marble marker when driving to Hilton Head Island, but “the bridge,” as it’s commonly known, is named after Robert Graves, patriarch of one of the Lowcountry’s legacy families who had a hand in developing the island. Graves, along with Konrad Marcus and developer John Reed, built the Hilton Head Christian Academy building on Gardener Drive just a decade after the school began in a church along Mathews Drive in 1979.
Hilton Head Island, the only gold-level bike-friendly community in the Southeast, is hosting a biking symposium March 23-25 at The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort. Participants will discuss ways of realizing the region’s bicycling tourism potential, the impact on economic development, and the importance of safety.
LoCo Motion and Callawassie Island became Guinness World Record titleholders for longest line of garden flamingos. LoCo Motion organizers and participants set up more than 1,000 flamingos end to end during the Sept. 26 event at Callawassie. The bright pink decoration has become a LoCo Motion staple and part of the decorations at each year’s festivities, and officially made the 2016 event “one for the books.”
Replacing a mature oak tree lost to Hurricane Matthew will be the class project of the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2017. The tree, named Matthew's Oak, will be planted in Shelter Cove Community Park and dedicated on Arbor Day, April 28. A plaque dedicated to first responders will also be installed.