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Posted: May 1, 2012 - 6:52pm  |  Updated: May 1, 2012 - 6:54pm
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The Fox Creek High School Family Member of the Month for May is Tiffany Shepherd. She teaches government and economics, is the Junior Class sponsor and heads the school prom, ring ceremony, homecoming and otehr activities. She was also the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year and is a WJBF Golden Apple Award recipient. Shepherd (right) is pictured with Principal Dr. Tim Murph.  SPECIAL
The Fox Creek High School Family Member of the Month for May is Tiffany Shepherd. She teaches government and economics, is the Junior Class sponsor and heads the school prom, ring ceremony, homecoming and otehr activities. She was also the 2010-11 Teacher of the Year and is a WJBF Golden Apple Award recipient. Shepherd (right) is pictured with Principal Dr. Tim Murph. SPECIAL

• Several Area 2 teachers received a grant from the SRNS Innovative Teaching Mini Grants Program and were honored Thursday during a reception at Newberry Hall in Aiken. Grants were awarded for math, science and technology programs. The following teachers received $500 grants: Carrie Fox, Mossy Creek Elementary, “Kindle the Fire”; Traci Smith, Mossy Creek and Belvedere elementary schools, “Real-World Math”; Debbie Vaughn, Belvedere Elementary, “C.S.I.- Critter Scene Investigations”; Jenny Lynn Williams, Hammond Hill Elementary, “Side by Side”; Jennifer Sanders, Hammond Hill Elementary, “Everybody Find Your Place”; Ginger Pope and Shannon Turner, Hammond Hill Elementary, “Nature Detectives”; and Nan Hall, Hammond Hill Elementary, “Math on the Job!”

• 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.

• North Augusta High School classes of 1970 to 1979 will have a reunion from 3 p.m. to midnight Nov. 10 at The Hippodrome. Bobby’s Bar-B-Q will cater the event, and music will be by The Unmentionables. Cost is $50 per person or $85 per couple through July 1. After July 1, cost is $65 per person or $100 per couple. Checks should be made payable to NASH Class Reunion and mailed to Teresa Bishop Lee, 568 Ansley Way, Evans, GA 30809. Please include on the check the year of graduation and your full name. Payments can also be made through PayPal at NASH70sreunion.com. For information, e-mail Julie Kendall Plymale at jules_georgia@yahoo.com or Teresa Bishop Lee at ladylaw1959@yahoo.com or tlee@columbiacountyso.org.

• The Strom Thurmond High School Class of 1973 is opening its reunion to include class members from 1970 to present. The reunion will be held May 25-28 in Atlanta. There is a $60 fee per person. Contact the reunion president, Yvonne Simmons-Forrest at (706) 394-2995 or ydfga55@hotmail.com for reunion details and hotel reservation information.

• The Summer Nuclear Workforce Experience will be held June 18- July 27 at Aiken Technical College for 2012 high school graduates. If interested in learning and earning money at the same time, call April Tomkinson at (803) 649-7981.


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

• Domino’s Spirit Night is Thursday.

• Science Day is Friday.

• PASS testing is Tuesday through May 11.

Tanner Harrell made the 100 Book Club.

• Kindergarten graduation is May 21 at 6 p.m. at Belvedere First Baptist Church.

• May 23 is the last day for 4K.

• Decades/Colonial Days is May 25.

• Medications need to be picked up from the nurse's office by May 31.

• Cookbooks are on sale for $10.

• May 29-31 are half days. Pupils will be dismissed at 11 a.m.

• Awards Day ceremonies are as follows: May 29: first grade, 8 a.m. and second grade, 9:15 a.m.; May 30: third grade, 8 a.m., and fourth grade, 9:15 a.m.; and May 31: fifth grade, 8 a.m.

• Early registration will be held along with Awards Day ceremonies in room 36.

• Field Day will be held as follows: May 23: fourth grade, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; third grade, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and fifth grade, 12:30 to 2 p.m.; and May 24: first grade, 8:30 to 10 a.m.; second grade, 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and kindergarten, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.


• Herlong Ford in Edgefield has started a new program called DriveOne4Ur School. On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., people may test drive a Ford at the dealership, tell them that you support Fox Creek High School in DriveOne4Ur School and in return Ford Motor Co. and Herlong Ford will donate $20 per test drive, up to a total of $6,000, to Fox Creek. The dealership is at 775 Highway 25, Edgefield.

• Registration is open for the 2012-13 year.

• Saturday School will be held Saturday and May 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 must arrive by 8 a.m. and pay $10 to attend.

• The board of directors election will be held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 in the school’s conference room.

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

• The math team is offering free tutoring from 3-4 p.m. on Thursdays in Mrs. Smith’s classroom, room 151. The students will be tutoring in any subject but those seeking help must let Mrs. Smith know before Thursday if they plan to attend and which subject they want help with so that she can make appropriate arrangements.

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

• Senior cap/gown pictures will be taken Friday.

• The yearbook signing party will be held during sixth and seventh periods May 15.

• The spring chorus and band concert and the Tri-M National Honor Society Inductions will be held in the school’s commons at
6 p.m. May 17.

• The PTCA meeting will be held at 7 p.m. May 17 in the conference room.

• Baccalaureate service will be held at 3 p.m. May 20 at Sweetwater Baptist Church.

• Sports awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. May 21 at Sweetwater Baptist Church.

• The exam schedule is as follows: May 22, first and second periods; May 23, third and fourth periods; May 24, fifth and sixth periods; and May 25, seventh period.

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The school has applied for a chance to win a $50,000 grant from Rack Room Shoes to renovate the school’s courtyard. The courtyard hosts several activities including outdoor learning, lunch break activities, and annual events such as Cookies with Santa, the Father-Daughter Dance and the carnival. Vote by May 7 at http://promoshq.wildfireapp.com/website/6/contests/200600/voteable_entries.

• Today is an early release day.

• The before and after school tutoring program will end Thursday. Parents of pupils in the afternoon class will need to make transportation arrangements for their child.

• The following members of the Breakaway Bees placed in the Area II track meet at North Augusta High School on April 21: 50 yard dash, second grade, Angel Doe – first place; Janae Elliott – third place; 100 yard dash, third grade: Veronica Hendon – first place, Jordan Wilburn – second place; 100 yard dash, fourth grade: Shelby Hutto – third place; 200 meter dash, first grade: Garrett Hunt – first place; 200 meter dash, second grade: Janae Elliott – first place, Angel Doe and Leland Swanson – third place; 300 meter dash, third grade: Jordan Wilburn – first place, Veronica Hendon – third place; 400 meter dash, fourth grade: Blake Swanson – first place, Shane Kenrick – second place; and 400 meter dash, fifth grade: Abby Key-second place.

• The following members of the Breakaway Bees placed in the Hershey Track and Field event at North Augusta High School on April 21: 50 and 100 meter races, girls 9-10: Veronica Hendon, first place; 200 meter, girls 9-10: Haleigh Brownlee, second place; 200 meter, boys 11-12: Fernando McCumber, first place; 400 meter girls 9-10: Haleigh Brownlee, first place; 400 meter, boys 9-10: Shane Kenrick, first place; 400 meter, boys 11-12: Blake Swanson, first place; 400 meter, girls 11-12: Meredith Gregory, first place and Abbi Fralick, third place; and 800 meter, girls 11-12: Abby Key, first place and Reagan Gambrell, second place.

• The following pupils have become members of the Double H Reading Club: Joshua Darnell, Bryson Parler, Mills Murphy, Drew Tate, Caleb Graham, Regan Gambrell, Dylan Aleman, Conner Gibbs, Kevin Ansley, Carson McEntire, Keely Herrington, Baylor Furness, Joshua McKenzie, Wyatt Jackson, Jordan Wilburn, Genny Beavers and Abby Gilstrap. 200 books: Isaiha Blodgett. Pagemaster: Abby Thornton.

• The last day to turn in Double H Reading Club forms is May 14.

• The following classes won the Golden Shoe for showing good sportsmanship and good character traits in P.E. during the third nine weeks: Mrs. Pond, kindergarten; Mrs. Wates, first grade; Mrs. Witt, second grade; Mrs. Mauldin, third grade; Mrs. Pope and Mrs. Turner, fourth grade; Ms. Mock and Ms. Jones, fifth grade. Each pupil will receive a certificate and each class will receive the Golden Shoe to display in their classroom.

Mrs. Graham won a $1,000 grant for Aim High for Magnificent Math from the Savannah River Site. The grant will allow her to purchase the AIMS math book bundles, activity books and supplies to combine academic and critical thinking skills with the use of technology.

• The World’s Finest Chocolate ice cream social will be held May 11 for pupils who sold 10 or more items in the fundraiser.

• The Palmetto Assessment of State Standards test will be given in the following order: English/language arts, Tuesday; math, May 9; science or social studies, May 10; and social studies, May 11. Parent volunteers are needed to help as classroom monitors. If you would like to volunteer, contact Mrs. Brown at (803) 442-6170.

• The Title I/SIC meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

• The school’s yard sale will be held May 12. Participants will park along the walking track and sell items out of their cars or trucks. Spaces can be reserved for $10.


Merriwether Elementary

• Yearbooks are $28.

• There will be a workday to create the outdoor classroom and garden from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Pupil and parent volunteers are needed and no special skills are required. The following projects will be worked on: laying out walkways and filling them with gravel, building raised garden beds, planting flowers and plants in the butterfly garden and laying out pine straw. Donations of bottled water and snacks for volunteers are being sought, along with bags of potting soil and bales of pine straw.


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


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

• Spirit Day is May 15. The theme is Hawaiian Day.

• Volunteers are needed to help with PASS testing Tuesday through May 11. Testing begins at 7:45 a.m. and will last close to three hours. Volunteers will be trained on the day they come to help. To help, contact Shari Hooper at shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us or call the school office.

• The following made the Principal's Wall of Fame: Jennifer Mezquite, Amanda Prince, Taylor Favors, Dayna Braswell, Kendall Cundy, Jovie Brown, Lilly Fox, Jon Kent Owens, Velvet Carroll, TaNea Brigham, Luke Hardy and Christopher Terry.

• 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 continues through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• PASS testing is Tuesday through May 11.

• A yearbook signing will be held 1:30 to 2 p.m. May 18.

• The PTO talent show is at 6 p.m. May 20.

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

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

North Augusta Elementary

• 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 can be made through Smartkids.sc on eBay.

• End-of-Year awards days: May 25, kindergarten, 8 a.m.; May 29, first grade, 8 a.m., and second grade, 9:30 a.m.; May 30, third grade, 8 a.m., and fourth grade, 9:30 a.m.; and May 31, fifth grade, 8:30 a.m.


• Graduation will be held at 11 a.m. June 1 at the University of South Carolina Aiken Convocation Center.

• 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.

• The Last Act Drama Society will present its Garcia Theatre Project competition piece, The Empty Chair, at 7 p.m. May 11 in the auditorium. Cost is $5. The play, by Tim Kelly, is a one-act play set in a counseling center for teenagers recovering from substance abuse.

• There will be a meeting of The Painted Quill, the school's literary magazine, in room 115 after school Thursday. 

• Senior Caroline Kalayjian was awarded a $1,500 scholarship from Broad Street Artists Row. There will be a reception at the business from 5-8 p.m. July 6.

Colt Gross, who is on the NJROTC rifle team, qualified in the precision class to shoot in the American Legion National Championship in August.

• Ideas for the 2012-13 athletic slogan are due Friday. Entry forms are in the main office and can be submitted to Mr. Emerling or Coach Pippin. Students will vote for their favorite slogan from the finalists. The winning slogan will be announced May 18.

• Final transcripts will be sent after graduation and requests for a final transcript must be made by May 18. One request is free through June 1, afterwards each request is $5.

• Graduating seniors must clear all debts by May 14.

• The senior awards ceremony is May 16.

• Senior Honors Night is 6 p.m. May 17.

• Mandatory graduation practice is May 18.

• The baccalaureate service will be held at 6 p.m. May 20 at Grace United Methodist Church. Seniors need to arrive by 5:30 p.m. with cap and gown.

• Senior exams are May 22-25.

• Relay for Life is from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. May 11-12 at the track. To join the high school team, visit www.relayforlife.org/namvsc. There is a $10 registration fee.

• The SunTrust Off to College Scholarship sweepstakes is open to seniors at www.offtocollege.info. Winners are drawn every two weeks through May 11.

• The Royal Aikenites have two $1,500 scholarships and three essays are required. Deadline to apply is May 11.

• The North Augusta High School PTSA is offering scholarships to students who attend the senior honors program and have parents who are members of the PTSA. Deadline to apply is May 10.


• 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.

• An informational meeting for the step team for rising sixth and seventh graders will be held after school Thursday in room 257. The meeting will end at 3:30 p.m.

• Auditions for the Show Choir will be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 15 in room 175 for rising eighth graders. Information can be picked up from Ms. Surles or in the main office.

• The following made the 2012-13 cheerleading team: Shelby Lindale, Ashley Poole, Morgan Powell, Kelsey Vaughn, Haley Powell, Terriana Wideman, Megan Bunjevac, Kaitlyn Ellefson, Madison Barnes, Khaliyah Homes, Lauren Effler, Jessica Riffe, Abbie Mode, Amelia Murdock, Caroline Waldrop, Sarah Ann Tabor, Chandler Padgett, Emily Biebesheimer, Katelyn Holiday, Hannah Mills, McKarti Dorsey, Halle Sparks, Carly Wolf and Ally Williams.

• Science and Math Night will be held May 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the gym.

• 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 www.jostensyearbooks.com.

• 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 www.jesusgivesmevictory.com or contact the school at (803) 278-0125.

• The school collects box tops and used ink cartridges.

• Victory Baptist Church camp meeting is Monday through May 11. These days will be half days. Guest preachers include Craig Edwards, Ed McAbee and Joe Arthur.

• 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 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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