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Posted: March 27, 2012 - 8:45pm  |  Updated: March 27, 2012 - 8:46pm
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SPECIAL  Merriwether Elementary School's third-grade pupils had an opportunity to mine for gems March 7 with Diamond Del's Mobile Gem Mining Adventure. Pupils learned about mineral identification and took home a collection of gems.
SPECIAL Merriwether Elementary School's third-grade pupils had an opportunity to mine for gems March 7 with Diamond Del's Mobile Gem Mining Adventure. Pupils learned about mineral identification and took home a collection of gems.

• The following schools have received awards for academic achievement: Palmetto Gold award: North Augusta Middle and Hammond Hill Elementary. Palmetto Silver award: Paul Knox Middle, Belvedere Elementary and North Augusta Elementary. The following schools have received awards for closing the achievement gap: Palmetto Gold award: Hammond Hill Elementary. Palmetto Silver award: North Augusta Middle.

• Aiken County and Edgefield schools spring break is Monday through April 6.

• The Aiken County school district’s 2012-13 budget process has begun, and suggestions and comments are welcome. Visit acps.schoolfusion.us for more information and to submit input. There will be a public input meeting June 5. Public hearings for the budget and millage are scheduled for June 12, and the budget will be adopted June 26.

• Volunteers are needed for the Area 15 Special Olympics Spring Games from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 13 at Midland Valley High School. Volunteers will provide one-on-one help with Special Olympics participants. Those interested should e-mail volunteerarea15@bellsouth.net and include the following information: your name, name of the group volunteering, number of volunteers attending, contact information and a list of all volunteer names. Organizers will be in touch with volunteers about training, expectations and directions.

 

• Broad Street Artists Row is accepting applications for the 2012 Art Scholarship Program for graduating high school seniors. Two $1,500 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who plan to pursue a degree in art from an accredited institution. For an application and guidelines, visit www.augustaartistsrow.com or contact Lara Plocha at laraplocha@gmail.com. The deadline to apply is Friday.

• The Aiken County Commission for Disabilities will award scholarships for postsecondary education for 2012-13. Students with a disability or students who will work with the disabled can apply. Deadline is Saturday. For information, contact Jan Dudley at jdudley@aiken.k12.sc.us or (803) 641-2683.

• A community chat will be held by Area 2 school board members Keith Liner and Ray Fleming at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fairview Presbyterian Church. Updates will be provided on the 2012-13 budget, and North Augusta High School's School Improvement Council will talk about facility needs. There will be a question-and-answer portion, and the meeting is open to the public. For information, call (803) 279-0238 or (803) 279-5001.

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

• The following are new members of the 100 Book Club: Lillie Anne Bosdell, Noah Wyatt, Elijah Morton, Morgan Myers, Jaydn Lamb, Jasmine Gause and Tres Henderson.

• Domino's Spirit Night is April 12.

• The spring carnival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14.

• 4K/5K and new first-graders’ registration is from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 18-19.

• The book fair is April 20-27.

• The Transition Fair for rising sixth-graders will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. April 26 at Paul Knox and North Augusta middle schools.

• The cup stacking tournament is April 27.

• The chorus will perform April 30 at the PTO meeting.

• Interim reports will be issued May 1.

• Purchase a yearbook at www.jostensyearbooks.com for $22.

• Box tops, Campbell’s soup labels, My Coke Rewards, Tyson chicken labels, used ink cartridges and recyclable cellphones are being collected.

• The following PTO positions are open for the 2012-13 school year: vice president, treasurer and volunteer coordinator. For information, e-mail belvederepto25@yahoo.com.

• Saturday School will be held April 14 and 21; and May 5, 12, 19 and 26. One day of Saturday School lets students make up one absence. 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. and must pay $10 to attend.

• Mandatory tryout practices for those interested in cheerleading will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. April 23-26. Tryouts are at 4 p.m. April 27.

• Only about 100 yearbooks are left. Yearbooks are $75 each. Payment can be given to Ms. Harris or visit www.jostensyearbooks.com.

• The 2011-12 junior-senior prom will be held April 28 at the Old Government House in Augusta. The theme is “The Black and White Masquerade Ball.” Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. See Mrs. Shepherd to purchase prom tickets. Students bringing guests who do not attend Fox Creek High School should see Mrs. Shepherd for a guest permission form. The guest must be at least a high school freshman, no older than 20 and must present identification at the prom.

• The next board of directors meeting will be at 6 p.m. April 30 in the school’s conference room.

• Filing for board of directors elections begins at 7 a.m. April 16 and ends at 4 p.m. April 27. The election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 in the school’s conference room.

• Tutoring is available in all subjects at 3:15 p.m. Thursdays in Mrs. Smith’s room. See Mrs. Smith for a reservation.

• The High School Assessment Program graduation exam will be administered to sophomores April 17-19.

• Freshmen will take end-of-course exams the first week of May. The exams will account for 20 percent of their final grade.

• The South Carolina Association of Women’s Sports and Trophies offers scholarships for females who play sports and are interested in majoring in the medical field or teaching.

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

• The following pupils have become members of the Double H Reading Club: Ethan Wood, Noah Goff, Jace Jones, Hunter Branson, Kellen Miles, Kamry Moment, Chase Sullivan, Nicholas Salcedo, Wyatt Dixon, Frank Heath, Mayson Tillman, Christian Kelley, Dylan Evans, Hannah Dyches, Isaac Carmona, Jaquan Nicholson, Jaylin West, David Brito, Steven Boatright, Brian Hernandez, Destiny Thompkins, Omar Brown, Ezra Redd and Nolan Kendinger. Pagemaster: Maya Browning.

• Parents can access their child’s homework assignments from the school’s Web site by clicking on “Class Pages” and finding their child’s teacher. Other information, such as upcoming events and class news, is also listed. The pages are updated weekly.

• Spring pictures are Thursday.

• Report cards will be issued Thursday.

 

• Yearbooks can be ordered for $28.

• Membership on the MES Relay for Life team is $10. See Jennifer Forrest in room 279 for a registration form.

• The Good News Club meets from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. on Mondays that are full school days. Those who want to participate must turn in the form to the main office.

• There are many items in the lost-and-found that need to be claimed. If your child has lost an item, check the lost-and-found in the lunchroom.

• Report cards will be available Thursday.

• Spring break is Monday through April 6.

• To access the homework hotline, call (803) 279-2511 and enter the mailbox number for your child’s teacher when you hear the recording. To listen to assignments for another teacher, press * before the message ends and the system will take you back to the beginning to select another teacher.

• School T-shirts are on sale for $12. Make checks payable to MMS PTO.

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

• To participate in Be a Bunny, deliver donated baskets to United Way of Aiken County by Friday. Baskets will be delivered to seniors. For more information, contact Candis Moyer at (803) 648-8331.

• Yearbooks are $25. Checks should be made payable to Mossy Creek PTO.

• The running club for first through fifth grades will be held through the week of April 30. The club meets at 7:10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. There will be two track meets. Cost to join the club is $10, which includes a T-shirt and prizes for the number of miles completed.

• Student Council is collecting items for soldiers stationed overseas. Items include: flavor packets for bottled water, wet wipes, hand warmers, books, car and sports magazines.

• The following made the book club: 100 books: Samantha Bledsoe; 200 books: Kasey Newbegin and Lilly Smith; 300 books: Will Stallings; 600 books: Mia Timmerman; and 1,300 books: Grady Walker.

• A change in the district's policy will delay the announcement of this year's valedictorian and salutatorian. Final class rankings will not be announced until the end of May.

• Yearbooks will be $60 if purchased after Sunday.

• The school received the Palmetto Silver Award for academic achievement during the 2011-12 school year.

• Pupils are asked to submit pictures of their spring break activities and memories. E-mail pictures to lbradley@aiken.k12.sc.us.

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