• 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.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for reunion details and hotel reservation information.
• Saturday School will be held Saturday and May 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. Thursday in the school’s conference room. There are no absentee ballots. The following candidates are running: Sherolyn Bishop, parent/family member; Rod Huffman “Papa Fox”, community/business; Greg Hurt, parent/family member; Roby Gillespie, parent/family member; Deadra Oliver, parent/family member; and Michael Ray, community/business. All candidates are incumbents.• The yearbook signing party will be held during sixth and seventh periods Tuesday.
• Shelby Jo Higgenbottom placed second in the Letters About Literature program sponsored by the South Carolina Center for the Book and the Library of Congress in partnership with Target stores. The program is a national reading and writing promotion contest. Participants had to write personal letters to an author, living or dead, from any genre and explain how the author’s work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. Shelby Jo also received $50.
• Mrs. Kervin won the Golden Apple Award from WJBF Channel 6.
• The following pupils have become members of the Double H Reading Club: Tristan Turner, Angelina Anderson, Cameran Hayes, Brooks Jenison, Alan Patterson, Jaquez Ryans, Will Jenison, Linda Barrett, Ariah Ekre, Reece Jenison, Sean Fowley, James Jeffers, Evan Prickett, Kaylie Moss, Ashley Schumacher, Maya Fowley, Cassidy Blackmon, Haven Mottel, Riley Fullam, Macey Hughes, Anna Maryniak, Kaylee Morris, Maddy Noland, Richard Boatright, Landon Barden, Emily Garcia and Evelyn Curtis. 200 Books: Michael Cohen and Macy Logan. 300 Books: Ellie Weatherly. 400 Books: Gillian Gregory. Pagemasters: Abbi Fralick, Luke Henderson, Chantz Kight, Dolche Sanders and Chase Sullivan.
• The following pupils placed in the Hershey Track and Field Event on April 21: boys 9-10 softball throw: Shane Kenrick, second place; girls 9-10 long jump: AnaGrace Owens, first place and Veronica Hendon, second place; boys 11-12 long jump: Nolan Kendinger, third place; girls 11-12 long jump: Ashlyn Gambrell, second place; and girls 11-12 softball throw: Abbi Fralick, third place.
• The Most Improved Student from each class was honored by the Augusta GreenJackets on April 28. Each pupil was given a game ticket and their names were announced during the game. The following were recognized:
4K and 5K: Grace Haynes, Danny Bennett, Jace Anderson, Ryan Hadden, Peyton Gregory, Kaleigh Kraus, Darius Simpkins, Jacqueline Umana, Lydia Webb, Elizabeth Holmes, Courtlyn Jackson, John Branson Gorman, Spencer Whisnant, Caleigh Holmes, Conner Payton, Kylee Guy and Vincent Tyler;
First grade: Satcher Gillespie, Cameran Russo, Drew Posey, Chase Brightharp, Jenaya Simpson, Logon Payton, Madison Thompson, Amauri Williams, Mason Baynham, Layla Williams, Alex Bowen, Jahkeystin Hood, Brock Riley and Dallas Hitt;
Second Grade: Ryan Green, Amber McCain, Chavis Lovett, LaDavia Williams, Markell Prescott, Alfreddie Williams, Jordyn Rowland, Caleb Simpkins, Kaylee Snodgrass, Ashlyn Taylor, Jack Taylor, Ollye Victoria Hadden, Conner Logan, BJ Tompkinson and Markell Hannan;
Third grade: Kadesha Lanham, Chelsea Harsey, Browden Pender, Abbie Jefferson, Kristen McBride, Colten Ray, Shelby Drew, Draco Wright, Diego Ocampo, Christina Loehr, Rachel Lavalle, Erica Casteneda and Luke Culbreath;
Fourth grade: Demonte’ Brown, Jenna Hall, Carson McGowan, Reannah McCluggage, Caylin Arbaugh, Denyziahe Hood, Brelyn Burt, Jatonius Butler, Bryson Simmons, Neely Busbee, Aaron Witmer, Carly Buck, Donovan Williams, Pete Mack, Kyla White and Donovan Williams;
Fifth grade: Elizabeth Taylor, D.J. Britton, Kianna Ryan, Akeem Bilal, Vernessa Williams, Tori Carlisle, Bailey Parr, Megan Turner, Jasmine Sprouse, Even Allgood, Bobby Mays, Victoria Smith and Garrett Elkins.
• The awards day schedule is as follows: May 21, 8:15 a.m. Gillespie and Rodgers classes, 9:15 a.m. McMillian and Turner classes; May 22, 8:15 a.m. Jay and Mims classes, 9:15 a.m. Sharrock’s class; May 23, 8:15 a.m., first grade, 9:15 a.m., second grade; May 24, 8:15 a.m. third grade, 9:15 a.m. fourth grade; and May 25, 8:30 a.m. fifth grade.
• School Improvement Council meets at 3 p.m. Monday.
• Spirit Day is Tuesday. The theme is Hawaiian Day.
• 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 email@example.com. Donations can be made through Smartkids.sc on eBay.
• The following made the book club: 100 books:Rafael Hernandez, Tavis Wardlaw, McKenzie Love and Jannah Richey; 200 books: Catherine Newman and Caleb Durden; 400 books: Ivan Potapenko and Blake Jiunnies; 1,500 books: Colby Hawes; page master: Crissy Griffith, Ny'Keria Head and Julian Martinez; and page master II: William Barfield.
• The following placed at the Hershey Track and Field event: Lillie Butler, third, 400 meter; Ethan Dixon, third, 800 meter; Ben DeLaughter, second, softball throw; Taylor Hawes, second, softball throw; and Rashad McCain, second, 100 meter. Rashad went on to compete in Columbia and qualified in the 100 meter to compete in Charleston this summer.
• 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.
• 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.
• Auditions for the show choir will be held 3:30-4:30 p.m. May 17.
• Eighth-grade exam schedule: English I, May 15, and Algebra I, May 17.
• Science and Math Night will be held Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the gym.
• Michelle Dove, a seventh grade science teacher, was awarded the 2012-2013 Public Education Partners Champion Award for her work in the classroom.
• Mrs. Gardner is the Teacher of the Month and Charity Southworth-Gallego is the Staff Member of the Month.
• 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.