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School Notes

Posted: April 24, 2012 - 6:13pm  |  Updated: May 9, 2012 - 9:59am

• The book fair continues through Friday.

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

• The cup-stacking tournament is Friday.

• The chorus will perform at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the PTO meeting.

• Interim reports will be issued Tuesday.

• Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m. May 2.

• Domino's Spirit Night is May 3.

• Science Day is May 4.

• PASS testing is May 8-11.

• Kindergarten graduation is May 21.

• Purchase a yearbook at for $25.

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

• Registration is open for the 2012-13 year. Open house will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday. The informal drop-in will allow potential new families to tour the facility, meet faculty and staff and visit with other parents. A presentation on analyzing the school's standardized test scores and academic success will be given, followed by a question and answer session with principal Dr. Tim Murph.

• The school’s yearbook, The Silver Fox: Volume 7, has been recognized for excellence and is featured in the 2012 Gotcha Covered Look Book, Volume 10 by Jostens. It was among 400 yearbooks selected for the look book. The yearbook was created by: Allisha Simpson, editor-in-chief; Jessica Horton, assistant editor; Micaela Bell; Ginny Simmons; Brianna Ryan; Kylene Hill; Edward Howard; Sam Alexander; Dane Adams; Catherine Candage; Liz Pearson; and Brianna Lovett. The yearbook advisor for the The Silver Fox: Volume 7 was Donna Leopard.

• Saturday School will be held 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. through Thursday. Tryouts are at 4 p.m. Friday.

• The 2011-12 junior-senior prom will be held Saturday 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. Monday in the school’s conference room.

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

• Interims will go home Monday.

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

• Awards night will be held at 6 p.m. May 3 at Sweetwater Baptist Church.

• Senior cap/gown pictures will be taken May 4.

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

• The following pupils have become members of the Double H Reading Club: Damian Hullender, Logan Kosh, Camron Porter, Emily Williams, Skylar Shirey, Ansley Aguirre, David Witt and Lia Murphy. 200 Books: Riley Weatherly. 400 Books: Emily Collins.

• The following teachers won a SRNS Innovative Teaching Mini Grant: Ms. Sanders, $500 for Everybody Find Your Place, a math grant to obtain materials to teach place value; Ms. Hall, $500 for Math on the Job, a math grant to show pupils, through literature and guest speakers, how math is needed in every career; Ms. Williams, $500 for Side by Side, a science grant where pupils become scientists to investigate plants, animals and insects that live by us; and Ms. Pope and Ms. Turner, $500 for Nature Detectives, a science grant that introduces pupils to investigating and maintaining an environment that attracts habitats outside the walls of the classroom.

• The following pupils won a Bumble Bee Writing Award: Owen Blattel, kindergarten; Ella Traxler, first grade; Emma Hennessy, second grade; Nathan McGhee, third grade; Dinah Britt, fourth grade; and Veronica Aguirre, fifth grade.

Ezra Redd and Mallory Barfoot won a $10 Chick-fil-A gift card in the World’s Finest Chocolate gift card drawing.

• The final collection for Box Tops, Campbell and Tyson labels, ink cartridges and cell phones is Friday. The winer from each grade will receive a Bruster’s Italian Ice. The grand prize winner for the school will win a pizza party with Ms. Vaughan in the courtyard.

• 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 they receive a letter indicating the application is approved. For more information, contact Marcia Bush at (803) 442-6136.

• The transition fair for rising sixth-graders will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at North Augusta and Paul Knox middle schools. Parents and pupils are encouraged to attend.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold in the morning car line Friday.

• Family Movie Night is Friday.

• Interim reports will be sent home Tuesday.

• May 2 is an early release day.


Merriwether Elementary

• Yearbooks are $28.

• MES Relay for Life team has luminaries available for purchase. Luminaries can be used to honor someone who has battled cancer or is a cancer survivor and will be displayed at the Edgefield County Relay for Life event on Saturday. See Mrs. Forrest in room 279 with any questions.

• Interims will be sent home Monday.

Merriwether Middle

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

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

• Parents who are interested in serving on the School Improvement Council that meets once a month can contact Terri Lester at (803) 442-6090.

• The book fair is Thursday through May 4 from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• PASS testing is May 8-11.

• A Volunteer Appreciation Reception will be held at noon Friday in the gym. Parent and community volunteers are invited.

• The Daddy Daughter Dance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5 and needs to be paid by Thursday. A commemorative photo will be included.

• Breakfast for fifth-graders and their parents will be at 7:45 May 4. Breakfast will end at 8:15 a.m. and will be followed by a presentation for parents about getting ready to parent an adolescent.


North Augusta Elementary

• The following made the Principal’s Writing Board: Jadyn Simpkins, Mia Timmerman, Emma McKinney, Claire Crowder, Genesis Johnson and Nia Graham.

• The following made the book club: 100 books: Regina Harrell, Ben Greene, Joshua Barskdale, Alex Bryant and Trinity Henry; 200 books: Ben Henrique and Weston Warren; 1,500 books: Grady Walker; page master: Victor Brenes, Leyton Watson, Mary Strauss and Emily Garcia; page master II: Taylor Hawes, Chiara Herman, Savannah Padgett and Trey Stallings; and page master V: Cara Chiswell.

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


North Augusta High

• The Sidewalk Art Contest was held Friday and the following placed in the competition: First place- Matthew Berry and Ben Tate; second place- Joey Baldwin, Kelsey Cox and Alison Cercy; third place- Caroline Kalayjian, Carrie Fulghum and Jessica Brigan; people’s choice, first place- Mark Watke, Alex Ward and Eric White; people’s choice, second place- Kate Kutkosi, Kelsey Hornback and Beverly Harrington; honorable mention: first place- Deanne Harvey and Hannah Newman; second place- Kyle Prather, Kirstyn Denney and James Provost; and third place-Jodi Lumpken.

• Congratulations to Colt Gross for finishing ninth at the all-service JROTC national championship.


North Augusta Middle

• Interim reports will be sent home Tuesday.

• Auditions for the show choir will be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 17.

• Young Author’s Night is 6 p.m. May 22.

• Award ceremonies are as follows: May 23, sixth grade, 9 a.m.; May 29, eighth-grade graduation, 9 a.m.; and May 30, seventh grade, 9 a.m.


• The media center is accepting donations of new and used books. The books can be dropped off from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Yearbooks can be paid for by mailing a check to Jostens or visiting

• The PTO collects box tops, used ink cartridges and My Coke Rewards.

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

• The Change for Change fundraiser will be held throughout the month of April. Students can pay $1 any day during the month to wear their casual clothes to school. Regular modesty guidelines still apply. Knee length shorts, team logo shirts, denim skirts for girls and denim pants for boys are allowed. Contact the school office if there are any questions about what is allowed. Each class is also asked to fill an empty prescription pill bottle full of quarters during the month. The bottles have been supplied by the school. All money raised during the fundraiser will benefit the American Cancer Society.

• The school collects box tops and used ink cartridges.

• The baseball and softball state tournaments are Friday-Saturday.

• Victory Baptist Church camp meeting is May 7-11. These days will be half days.

• The six-week progress reports will be sent home May 11.

• There is no school May 14.

• The sports banquet is May 15.

• The Junior/Senior Formal is May 18.

• May 22 is the last day of classes for grades K4 through eighth grades. K5 graduation and awards ceremony is at 7 p.m.

• High school final exams will be May 23-25.

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