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  • OES News

Please contact Christel Valentino ASAP to register a new OWL to the nest.


Photo showing Dr. Rodriguez being named Superintendent of the year from SCASA for 2025.

Dr. Rodriguez will be recognized throughout the year for his accomplishments. Moseley Architects supports this award by providing a scholarship to the winner to be used to assist a student or teacher with professional development or college courses.

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Parents stop by the book fair while you are here for the Bar-B-Q lunch on Friday.  It will be open in the library before or after lunch.

Also, we are having a fun photo challenge.  Either take a picture at the photo booth or using an app that has cat or dog filters.  Send photos to to be shared and a chance to win a $10 book fair certificate.  Send in by Wednesday, April 10th.

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Testing Schedule for Spring 2024 Updated!!

Wednesday, 5/8 and Thursday, 5/9 : 3rd through 5th grade ELA

Friday, 5/10: 3rd through 5th grade Math

Tuesday, 5/14: 4th grade Science

Tuesday, 5/14 and Wednesday, 5/15: Kinder through 2nd grade iReady Reading

Thursday, 5/16: 3rd through 5th grade Field Test

Tuesday, 5/21 and Wednesday, 5/22: Kinder through 2nd grade iReady Math

All 3rd through 5th grade students must have state testing completed prior to beginning iReady.

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Our PAWS-itively PAW-some Spring book fair is almost here.  Help get your student started by creating an e-Wallet.  A safe and easy way to give your student money for the book fair.  Also, an easy for way other family members to send money for the book fair.

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TONIGHT's challenge: Any student that gets registered tonight, gets to wear a MisMatch outfit to school tomorrow! 🙌 PLUS…the top registered class will get a surprise delivery from the Booster team!

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Just 1️⃣ week until kick off for our Okatie Elementary Fun Run! You can get a head start by registering your student and donating TODAY to help our school.

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Sorry for any inconveniences, the feed between our website and Facebook is having some technical difficulties and will be synced back up soon hopefully. 

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Canned Food Drive Monday, February 5 - Wednesday, February 14th

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Jingle Bell Run Bake Sale for Second grade.  $1-$3.  Exact change only.  Second grade is headed to Riverbanks Zoo in March.

Reminder Fall Break is Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24
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Remember our Fall Break will be Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24th.  Have a safe and restful break.

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This year Okatie Elementary School is participating with Bluffton Self help and the Giving Hand of Bluffton to help our community with a Toy Drive in memory of Aliana Evans, a former teacher here at Okatie Elementary school. Please help us collect toys for children in our community to have a happy holiday season. We will be collecting toys from Nov 6-Dec 6.

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A list of resources for the upcoming holiday season from Operation Holiday Heroes.

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The Beaufort County School District is hosting two (FREE) Financial Aid Workshops this November at Battery Creek High and Bluffton High schools.

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REMINDER! Pumpkins disguised as age appropriate book characters are due Monday and Tuesday. Each entry must be turned in with the submission form. Voting will begin next week. 🥸🎃🥸

Please make sure pumpkins are age appropriate. They should be of book characters from age appropriate (elementary aged) books. Students aged 4+ will be coming in to look at all of the pumpkins.

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We are haunting the ice with the Savannah Ghost Pirates on Saturday, February 3rd.  This is a family spirit night.  Tickets are $25 each. 

Tropical Storm Idalia in the gulf of mexico

We are pleased to inform you that following the passing of Hurricane Idalia, district operations have cleared our facilities for a safe return to normal operations tomorrow, Friday, September 1, 2023.

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Registro de estudiantes nuevos con Inglés como segundo idioma

Lunes y Miércoles - 8:00a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
2900 Mink Point Blvd, Beaufort SC 29902

Para información llame al 843- 694-1859/843-322-0706 o enviar un correo electrónico a

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Registro de estudiantes nuevos con inglés como segundo idioma

Martes, Jueves y Viernes - 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
160 H.E.Mc Craken Circle, Bluffton SC 29910

Para información llame al 843-694-1859 / 843-706-8579 o envíe un correo  electrónico a


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  • OES News

A Big Congrats to Chris Lancaster, our Teacher of the Year, and Jennifer Williamsen, our Support of the Year for the 2023-2024 school year. 

Darby Kinsey

Darby Kinsey, Battery Creek High School Class of 2023, was unanimously selected as the inaugural recipient of the Pat Conroy’s Literary Center’s Future Educator Scholarship and awarded the prestigious Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement (CERRA) South Carolina Teaching Fellowship. Congratulations!

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May River High is hosting a girls Basketball camp this summer.
When: July 10th - 12th 9am-12pm
Who: Girls entering 1st through 8th grades
Cost :$60 per camper

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Testing is right around the corner.  Please make sure not to pull your child out of class on testing days.

Thursday, May 4th Grade 3 ELA Day 1
Tuesday, May 9th Grades 4/5 ELA Day 1
Wednesday, May 10th Grades 3-5 ELA Day 2
Thursday, May 11th Grades 3-5 Math
Tuesday, May 16th Grade 4 Science

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**All Students** and parents - listen to this - Bluffton Middle SchoolH.E. McCracken Middle School, and River Ridge Academy band programs are teaming up to host a **Be Part of the Band Night** at 6 pm on Tuesday, April 18th in the Bluffton Middle School gymnasium. This is open to any 5th grade students in the Bluffton area, **regardless of what school they are attending next year.**

Come on out! Students will be able to try the instruments they've always wanted to play. Now's the chance to **be part of the band**

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Military Appreciation Week is almost here! When we return from break we will be honoring our military men/women and families with a spirit week across the district. Get your outfits ready!❤️🤍💙

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Beach day Thursday, April 6th. Students can wear spring or beach themed attire that is school appropriate (no bathing suits). Please no ripped jeans and students still need to wear closed-toe shoes for their safety.

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Read Across America Week if just around the corner. We are excited to celebrate reading in the nest with a spirit week.

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Order your Aaron Reynolds Book for him to autograph!  2-5th graders able to win a chance to eat lunch with Aaron Reynolds.

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Our annual Young Astronauts’ Egg Drop Survivors. The goal was to create a protective housing for an egg that could survive a drop when thrown from a tall height. The student’s designs keep getting better and better. So many survivors! Congrats Young Astronauts!

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Bluffton Middle School will again be hosting a school of choice night on Tuesday, February 28th from 6:00-7:00.  Come see what clubs and activities make BLMS unique to our Bluffton cluster of middle schools.

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Feb. 13-17th we will be hosting a food drive to benefit Bluffton Self Help and our local Bluffton community.

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OES's Word Master Winners for 2022-2023

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Wear yellow and make a donation for Krystal Buck a Middle School student batteling cancer on Thursday, Oct 13th

SC state fair information

All Day Military Appreciation Day at the State Fair will be held on October 13, 17 & 20. Active and retired military and their dependents (with proper military identification cards) will be admitted FREE.  Dependent children 14 years old and older must present ID.

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Our First ESOL Parent Night is Thursday, September 15, 2022.  Starting at 6 pm and ending at 7:30 pm.

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Effectively immediately, students who live in Malind Bluff will ride the Green Bus #313 in the afternoon.  We are changing bus tags now to reflect this change.

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Open House is Friday, August 12th from 1:30 to 3 pm.  Come meet the teachers and drop off supplies.

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Okatie offers a program that runs any day students are in school for the whole day. It will begin September 6th. Pick up is no later than 5:15pm. More information will be available at Open House on the 12th

Sign Up To Volunteer

The Back-to-School Expo will help students and parents prepare for the new year!

Join all of our VIPs on Saturday, July 30, at the Beaufort-Jasper Academy of Career Excellence, located at 80 Lowcountry Drive in Ridgeland from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Rodriguez with new principals

The candidates were the top choices of committees made up of teachers, principals, executive directors, School Improvement Council members, and representatives of the district’s Instructional Services Division. The high school interview committee also included a student.

summer foods

Meals will be provided to all children free of charge (age 18 and below). Download the Press Release for a complete listing of dates, locations and distribution hours. This information can also be found on our webpage.

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Ms. Alexis Richmond was recently announced as the inaugural 2021-2022 District Induction Rookie Teacher of the Year. She is a first-year, Induction 1 fifth-grade teacher and Girls on the Run Coach at River Ridge Academy.

  • Rookie Teacher of the Year
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  • OES News

If you were unable to pre order, don't worry, we ordered some extras!

Parker's donates $56,000 to BCSD

Superintendent Frank Rodriguez accepted the donation on behalf of the school district.

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disAbilites Resource Fair

The Special Education Department of Beaufort County School District is committed to improving educational outcomes for students with disabilities through implementation of evidence-based practices. Visit our webpage for more information.

The mission of the disAbilities Coalition is to enhance the lives of person with disabilities in Beaufort County and the Lowcountry region by working together to provide, improve or expand needed services and opportunities for them and their families. 

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Ready to Work?

Join our team!

We have opportunities for vendors for all trades! Meet us today, Thursday, April 21 between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the District Educational Services Center at 2900 Mink Point Blvd., in Beaufort. Contact Tammi Ivey at for more information.

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Donations will go toward supporting our school and can be given throughout the entire experience.