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Posted: February 28, 2012 - 7:09pm  |  Updated: February 28, 2012 - 7:10pm
Sydney Echols, a fifth-grader at Hammond Hill Elementary School, won first place on the state level in the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. This year's contest theme was A Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812. Pictured are Principal Janet Vaughan (from left); fifth-grade teacher Nikki Mock; Sydney Echols; and Barbara Graybeal and Gwen Spivey, both with DAR.   SPECIAL
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Sydney Echols, a fifth-grader at Hammond Hill Elementary School, won first place on the state level in the Daughters of the American Revolution essay contest. This year's contest theme was A Young America Takes a Stand: The War of 1812. Pictured are Principal Janet Vaughan (from left); fifth-grade teacher Nikki Mock; Sydney Echols; and Barbara Graybeal and Gwen Spivey, both with DAR.

• Savannah River Nucle­ar Solutions is accepting applications from educators in the region for its 2012 Innovative Teaching Mini Grants program. Teachers can submit grant proposals for classroom supplies and equipment that will be used to promote science, technology, engineering and math, according to a news release. Grants of $500, $750 and $1,000 are available. Teachers can get applications from their principal or contact Gladys N. Moore at (803) 952-9450. Appli­ca­tions are due Friday.

• The Annual Student Art Show and Reception will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta, located in the Municipal Building. The show is sponsored by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council and an awards ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monetary awards will be given to first place winners in elementary, middle and high school, as well as Best in Show. The show is free and open to the public.

• Savannah River Remediation has a math and science grant open for local public elementary schools. The Student, Teachers Achieving Results grant is open to Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield and Orangeburg school districts in South Carolina, and Columbia and Richmond counties in Georgia. Teachers interested in applying should contact their principal. Deadline is April 12. 

• Aiken County Public Schools’ Department of Special Programs will have its second Parent Resource Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Byrd Elementary School, 1225 Weldon Way, Graniteville. The fair will include workshops on topics such as individualized education programs, behavior management, social skills and transition. Families will also have access to local agencies that provide services to families and children with disabilities.

• The Aiken County school district office will accept applications for Expanded School Choice from Thursday through March 31 for the 2012-13 school year. Applications will be available at acps.schoolfusion.us and can be faxed to (803) 641-2636, or taken or mailed to the district office at 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, SC 29803. Parents are reminded that there are a limited number of openings and applications will be accepted by date and time order. Decisions on school choices will be made after spring break, and parents and schools will be notified of acceptance or denial. Acceptance will allow the student to remain at the requested school through fifth grade.

• Items not claimed by March 30 from lost-and-found will be donated to a local charity.

Elizabeth Herndon came in second place for third and fourth grades in the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest. She will attend a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 5 at American Legion Post 71 on East Spring Grove Avenue.

• The following made the 100 Book Club: 
Connor Pritchard, Chloe Henry, Aiden Vest, Ella Risse' and Akira Simmons.

• The talent show will be held March 5.

• Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m. March 7.

• There will be a PTO meeting at 1:30 p.m. March 12.

• Saturday School will be held March 17 and 24; April 14 and 21 and May 5, 12, 19 and 26. One day of Saturday School allows students to make up one full day of absences. Those who want to attend must sign up with Ms. Mayson in the front office by the Friday before the Saturday School date they wish to attend. Students are required to arrive by 8 a.m. for Saturday School and must pay $10 to attend.

• Yearbooks are on sale for $75 through the end of April. Payment can be given to Ms. Harris.

• Upcoming testing dates: SAT – March 10, May 5 and June 2; ACT – April 14 and June 9

• The school has raised $2,387 with the latest box top collection period. Parents are encouraged to continue collecting box tops to help the school reach its goal of $5,000 for the year.

• Parents are needed to help with the Breakaway Bees. The parents will help Coach Fralick by attending the practices on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. The commitment is less than five hours a week during the six-week session. Contact Karen at (706) 836-6243 if you are interested.

• Parents are asked to send payment as soon as possible if their child owes a balance on their account in the cafeteria. Those who have submitted an application for free or reduced-price meals are responsible for paying for the meals until you receive a letter indicating the application is approved. For more information, contact Marcia Bush at (803) 442-6136.

• The cafeteria is now selling light yogurt fruit smoothies for $1.25. The smoothies are available in strawberry, peach and strawberry banana.

• Guidance counselors are starting small-group counseling sessions. Mrs. Crews will host a fourth-grade friendship group for girls, Friendship Island. Mrs. Cosh will host a self-esteem group for boys and girls in third through fifth grades. The boys group will be called Dynamic Dudes and the girls will be called Girl Power. If you feel your child would benefit from participating in any of the groups, go to the guidance page on the school’s Web site and complete the form. Contact Christy Cosh or Orden Crews at (803) 442-6170 if you have any questions.

• The guidance department is collecting used prescription eyeglasses this month. Send the glasses to school with your child for the collection or bring them by the school.

• 2011-12 yearbooks can be ordered for $26. Yearbooks will be in color and have a hard cover with the school name and year imprinted on the front. Checks should be made payable to HHE PTO.

• Hammond Hill is participating in the Golden Harvest Food BackPack program. Pupils in the program will receive meals in their backpacks each Friday to last them through the weekend. The North Augusta Sertoma Club is sponsoring some of the pupils. If you are interested in sponsoring a child, contact the guidance department at (803) 442-6170.

• Friday is a district in-service day. There will be no school.

• The Hammond Hill PTO is sponsoring a Father-Daughter dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday in the school cafeteria.

• March 7 is an early release day. Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

• Sixth-grade pupil Meg Hoffmann will represent the Edgefield County School District on March 3 in the local qualifying bee for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The regional bee will be held in the Morris Auditorium at The Augusta Chronicle, 725 Broad St., Augusta.

• Tuesday is an early release day.

• Palmetto Assessment of State Standards writing test will be administered to eighth-grade pupils March 20-21.

• The following were top individuals in the MathCounts competition held Feb. 11 at Aiken Technical College: Tannor Byrd, Ashley Milton, Scott Sherman and Austin Harper.

• Student Council meets Monday.

Taryn Marks received honorable mention in the fifth and sixth grades category in the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism Essay Contest. She will attend a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 5 at American Legion Post 71 on East Spring Grove Avenue.

• There will be a PTO board meeting at 3:15 p.m. March 12.

• School Improvement Council meets at 3 p.m. March 12, April 16 and May 14.

• Science Day is March 9. Anyone interested in volunteering or presenting an activity should contact John Metts.

• Training is required to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone a field trip. Let your child’s teacher know you are interested in volunteering to get scheduled for a training session.

Briana Valentine
and Cameron Mitchem won the American Legion Auxiliary's Americanism Essay Contest. Briana was entered for third through fourth grade, and Cameron for fifth and sixth grades. Lauren Koonce also came in third for third-fourth grades, and Clark Hughes placed second for fifth-sixth grades. They will attend a reception at 6:30 p.m. March 5 at American Legion Post 71 on East Spring Grove Avenue.

• The following made the book club: 100 books: Na'Riyah Jefferson, Jocelyn Ellison-Pope, Emma McKinney, Gabriel Walker, Dimitri Mobley, Niklaus Fiske and Ny'Kee Bush; 200 books: Ivan Potapenko; 300 books: Hannah Chastain and Ethan Chastain; 500 books: Bobby Shelton; 1,000 books: Grady Walker; page master V: Tony Caldwell; and page master VI: Tony Caldwell.

• Yearbooks are $15 and can be purchased online at www.jostens.com.

• The computer lab needs new computers and headphones. Items are being sold on eBay as a fundraiser for the lab. To donate an item to be sold, contact Karen Doom at kmomster@gmail.com. Donations are being done through Smartkids.sc on eBay.

• A Spring Fashion
 Show will be held April 12.

• School will be closed Friday for an in-service day.

• Career Day is March 9.

• A father/daughter dance will be held March 9.

• Ignite prayer group meets from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays.

• The Black History Program will be held today.

• The PTO is renting one side of the NAMS sign for $20 a day, 30 words or less. Messages such as birthday announcements can be scrolled on the sign.

• Yearbooks can no longer be personalized. Order yearbooks at www.Jostens.com.

• The following made the 2012 golf team: Josh Gordon, Dawson Hutto, Joel Napier, Price Parker, Ryan Stogner, Blake Tipton and Darius Wright.

Charlie Ryan was named a top individual in the MathCounts competition held Feb. 11 at Aiken Technical College.

• The following pupils placed in the science fair: winner, Joseph Banks; second place, Benjamin Formby; third place, Andrew Chapman; and honorable mention, Julia Maryniak.

• Spirit Night will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at North Augusta Chick-fil-A. Money raised will benefit the school band.

• Congratulations to the varsity boys basketball team, which finished in first place in the conference.

• The school is currently accepting applications and re-enrolling for the upcoming school year. For an application or more information, visit www.jesusgivesmevictory.com or contact the school at (803) 278-0125.

• Six-week progress reports will be available Friday.

• Spring sports pictures will be taken March 7.

• There will be a silent auction and taco bar fundraiser March 20.

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