Riley Report

Michael C. Riley Elementary School & Early Childhood Center

"Where School and Community Come Together"

Proud to be a Title I and PBIS School

Adrienne Sutton, Principal
Tracy Grubbs, Assistant Principal
Tracy Lanese, Assistant Principal

A Note From Your Principal

What's Happening at M.C. Riley and the ECC

M.C. Riley Elementary Cafeteria Wins Award

M. C. Riley Elementary School cafeteria has won the 2012 - 2013 Sodexo Award for Elementary School Cafeteria of the Year. The award is given to the school cafeteria who displayed “Outstanding Service to the Students of Beaufort County School District”.

Photo: 1st Row: Nicole Alotto and Lori Clinton (cafeteria manager) 2nd Row: Barbara Jenkins, Audrey Johnson and Virginia Kinlaw

M.C. Riley's Annual American Pride Ceremony

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Staff and Student Spotlight

New Staff Member

Darren Weingart, Physical Education

From: Salem, Ohio

Graduated from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio in 2009

Moved to Bluffton in 2010.

3rd year teaching Elementary P.E.

Mr. Weingart’s Favorite Quote:

“Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

Michael Jordan

Perfect Score Performers

Congratulations to three M. C. Riley students who received a perfect score on The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) in 2013. The three students are Kate Johnson, Grace Kennedy and Allison Donahue.

2013-2014 Student Council Executive Results

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From left to right
Cooper Todt, Jasemine Gomez (Presidents), Jackson Sacha (Vice President), Niko Vitale, Kate Johnson (Secrataries), Bianca Tecchi (Treasurer), Nathan Heintschel, Kelsey Buck (Historians)

ELA and Math Common Core Resources for Parents

The National PTA has developed a Parents’ Guide to Student Success (English and Spanish versions) in response to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics. Created by teachers, parents, education experts, and others from across the country, the Common Core standards provide clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade in order to be prepared for college and career.

Please use the link below to access these documents for ELA and math:


Free and Reduced Lunch Forms Due Now!

Back to School Nights

M. C. Riley Back to School Nights

M. C. Riley Elementary and Early Childhood Center announce that their annual Back to School Nights and Title I Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, September 23rd

Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade at M. C. Riley Early Childhood Center

Tuesday, September 24th

Grades 2, 3, 4, and 5 at M. C. Riley Elementary School.

This is an excellent opportunity for M. C. Riley parents to meet the faculty and staff. There will also be time for parents to visit their child’s classroom.

Book Fair

M. C. Riley Annual Book Fair will take place from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. from September 23rd through the 27th. Students and parents will have the opportunity to purchase books from an exciting selection set up in the Media Center at the Elementary School. If parents wish to visit the fair with their child, they may do so before or after school or during their child’s scheduled time.

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken on September 24th at M. C. Riley Elementary School and the Early Childhood Center. Students should wear their school uniform and bring the order form and money on that day.

Riley Run Pep Rally

The M. C. Riley PTO will be holding their Riley Run Pep Rally on Friday, September 27th. This is a healthy way of fundraising. It will teach our students the importance of fitness, education and character. Students will be collecting pledges for their Riley Run which will take place during the following weeks.

Town Hall Cluster Meeting

Dr. Jeffery Moss, Superintendent of Beaufort County School District invites you to attend a Town Hall Cluster meeting on Thursday, September 26th from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Bluffton High School Auditorium. Dr. Moss will share his vision of our school district followed by an open dialogue for parents and community members. Please join us!

Health Room

With seasonal changes approaching, colds and allergies will be present. Students taking medication must have written permission from the parent. Parents need to bring medication to the Health Office and complete a medication form. This medication has to be administered by the school nurse. Students may not keep medication, including cough drops, in the classroom with them. Prescription medication may only be given if the medication comes to school in the prescription bottle.

Get Involved!

Operation Take Flight

M. C. Riley Early Childhood Center will be holding an orientation meeting for Operation Take Flight on Thursday, October10th at 4:00 pm in the Early Childhood Center Media Room. They are currently seeking volunteers to participate in the program.

Operation Take Flight is a tutoring program for kindergarten students at M. C. Riley Early Childhood Center. The program is designed for students who need extra help catching up on the basics. Volunteers are needed to work 20 or 45 minutes at a time, one day a week, Monday through Friday. During that time, each volunteer will have the opportunity to work with either one or two students. Volunteers may tutor anytime between 8:30 am and 3:00 p.m.

During the tutoring sessions, students will need help with learning to recognize letters and sounds. Anyone interested in helping should call

Kathy Wipper at 707-0800.

Rotary Readers and Mentors Needed

M. C. Riley Elementary and Early Childhood Center are seeking volunteers for our Rotary Reader and Mentoring Programs.

The Rotary Reader program helps to encourage the love of reading through a caring, mentoring program. Volunteers are needed to read on a weekly basis with individual students at the school. The Mentoring Program helps a child increase their self-esteem and academic achievement through providing a positive influence on the student’s development.

Anyone interested in participating in either program should call Carol Walters, School Counselor, at 706-8345.

School Improvement Council

School Improvement Councils (SICs) serve the school principal and faculty in an advisory role, bringing together parents, educators, students and community stakeholders to collaborate on the improvement of their local schools. Over 17,000 volunteers serve on SIC’s in South Carolina.

For more information, please call the M. C. Riley school office at 706-8300.

Upcoming Events

  • 9-23-13 Back to School Night (Pre-K-1) 6:00 ECC
  • 9-24-13 Back to School Night (2-5) 6:00 Main Building
  • 9-24-13 School Pictures
  • 9-23-13 through 9-27-13 Book Fair in Media Center
  • 9-26-13 MAP Testing Ends
  • 9-27-13 Riley Run Pep Rally
  • 10-8-13 SPMT Meeting 4:00 Library (Main Building)
  • 10-16-13 Chic-fil-a Spirit Night
  • 10-17-13 Farm Animals/Barnyard at Oatland Wildlife Center (Kindergarten)
  • 10-25-13 No School-Parent Conferences
  • 11-11-13 No School-Veteran's Day

Contact Us:

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M.C. Riley Elementary School
200 Burnt Church Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
843-706-8378 (fax)

M.C. Riley Early Childhood Center
172 Burnt Church Road
Bluffton, SC 29910
843-707-0845 (fax)