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Posted: May 15, 2012 - 5:25pm  |  Updated: May 15, 2012 - 5:28pm
The North Augusta Optimist Club recently held its eighth annual Teacher of the Year Banquet for Fox Creek High School. Meredith Harris was recognized as the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year. Harris is an English teacher, the school yearbook advisor and the school news coordinator. Terri Mayson, the school's director of finance, was recognized as the 2012-13 Education Support Professional of the Year. Pictured (left to right) are John Nichol, secretary/treasurer of the North Augusta Optimist Club; Mayson; Harris; and Dr. Timothy Murph, Fox Creek High principal.   SPECIAL
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The North Augusta Optimist Club recently held its eighth annual Teacher of the Year Banquet for Fox Creek High School. Meredith Harris was recognized as the 2012-13 Teacher of the Year. Harris is an English teacher, the school yearbook advisor and the school news coordinator. Terri Mayson, the school's director of finance, was recognized as the 2012-13 Education Support Professional of the Year. Pictured (left to right) are John Nichol, secretary/treasurer of the North Augusta Optimist Club; Mayson; Harris; and Dr. Timothy Murph, Fox Creek High principal.

• The following employees will retire from Aiken County Area 2 schools at the end of this school year:

Belvedere Elementary: Pamela Sanders, aide, 24 years; Hammond Hill Elementary: Julian Cook Jr., custodian, 5 years; Mossy Creek Elementary: Annie Boyce, assistant principal, 40 years; and Sheryl Holliday, aide, 25 years; North Augusta Elementary: Paula Hulsebus, 5K teacher, 25 years; and Kim Sink, special education teacher, 28 years; North Augusta High: Joann Allen, special education aide/bus monitor, 28 years; Billie Cansler, chemistry teacher, 19 years; Bettye Hopkins, ISS supervisor, 37 years; Sara Jackson, social studies teacher, 33 years; Christine Lyons, custodian, 16 years; David Myers, senior naval instructor, 11 years; Carol Redding, English teacher, 28 years; Dianne Smiley, guidance counselor, 33 years; and Celeste Spence, special education teacher, 43 years; North Augusta Middle: Sheryl Clary, ISS supervisor, 15 years; Barry Head, principal, 25 years; Teresa Jenkins, band teacher, 33 years; and Marie Wood, media specialist, 32 years; Paul Knox Middle: Doris Crenshaw, secretary, 28 years; Catherine Henderson, school food service, 33 years; Valerie Hoffman, media specialist, 22 years; Tony Jackson, custodian, 11 years; and Joseph Mathis, P.E. teacher, 30 years.

• The following from North Augusta recently graduated from Southern Wesleyan University: Paul Garrett, associate of science in business; Brad Hanson, master of business administration; Stephanie Heyman, associate of science in business; Jeff Jones, master of business administration; and Keith Spires, associate of science in business.

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

• The following made the 100 Book Club: Nikayla Watts, Kyle Hurley, Sarah Guzman, Luke Carpenter, Tyson Pooser, Ashlyn Feagin and Trever Thompson.

• 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.

• Report cards will be sent home May 31.

• 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.

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

Sam Alexander and Alex Cain were selected to participate in the Conservatory Wind Symphony at Augusta State University. Participation required six months of practices for a concert that was held March 26. The symphony was directed by Richard Brasco.

• Registration is open for the 2012-13 year.

• The softball team is district champs.

• Two teams participated in the Augusta State University Math Competition in March. Forrest Whitfield had the highest score of the two teams.

• The Sidewalk Art winners are Daniel Franks, first place; Marty Williams and Victoria Raymond, second place; and Taylor Cooper and Jerrica Tyler, third place.

• The following students placed in the Nancy Carson Poetry Competition: MK Jenkins, first place; and Chyanne Stevens, second place. MK is a two-year first place winner in the competition.

• Saturday School will be held Saturday and May 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.

• Volunteers are needed to help with different activities during the summer, including those with skills in areas such as electrical, plumbing, construction and concrete. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Principal Dr. Timothy Murph at (803) 613-9435 or tmurph@fchs.edgefield.k12.sc.us.

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

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

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

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

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

• There is no school May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

• The next board of directors meeting is at 6 p.m. May 28 in the school’s conference room.

• Graduation is at 7 p.m. May 31 at Sweetwater Baptist Church.

• The last day of school is June 1.

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

• The following classes are BoxTop winners: Devine, 774 points; first grade: Cameron, 701 points; second grade: Head, 1,053 points; third grade: Franklin, 936 points; fourth grade: Turner, 1,359 points; and fifth grade: Mock, 760 points. The pupils will be treated to Bruster’s.

• The following pupils earned the maximum score on their 2011 PASS tests: ELA: Heather Cosh, Olivia Melton and Alise Harrison, fifth grade; and Will Livingston, fourth grade. Will also earned the maximum score in math. The pupils will be treated to lunch at the Sno-Cap with Ms. Vaughan and Ms. Brown.

• The following pupils have won Bumble Bee Writing Awards for May: Livi Cato, kindergarten; Madeleine Sandoval, first grade; Emily Collins, second grade; Caroline Peace, fourth grade; and Maddy Noland, fifth grade.

• The following pupils placed in the Hershey Track and Field event in Columbia and will go on to compete in the state competition in Charleston on June 9: Shane Kenrick, second place in the boys 9-10 year old 400-meter race; and Reagan Gambrell, second place, and Abby Key, third place in the girls 11-12 year old 800-meter race.

• All nonprescription and unnecessary prescription medication that your child has at the school must be picked up by 3 p.m. May 25. Any daily medication your child takes at school should be picked up by 11 a.m. May 31. Any medication remaining after that time will be destroyed.

• End-of-the-year programs will be held as follows: Pond, 8:30 a.m. today; Devine, 8:30 a.m. Thursday; and Holloway, 8:30 a.m.
May 31.

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

• Friday is ’70s day.

• The school’s talent show will be Friday.

• AR testing will end Friday. All library books must be turned in by Friday.

• Kindergarten, third and fourth grades will have field day Monday. First, second and fifth grades will have field day May 23. Water games are planned for both days. Pupils must bring a complete change of clothes and shoes and a towel if they want to participate in the water games. Fifth-grade helpers will work on Monday and fourth-grade helpers will work on May 23. Helpers must also bring a complete change of clothes, shoes and a towel on the day they help. Water games will be held in the main parking lot near the flagpole.

• Award ceremonies will be held as follows: May 25, 8 a.m., first grade; 9:30 a.m., second grade; and 11 a.m., third grade; May 29, 8 a.m., fourth grade; and May 30, 8 a.m., fifth grade.

• There will be no school May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

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

• End-of-the-year parties will be held at 10:30 a.m. May 31.

• The last day of school is May 31.

• The awards day schedule is as follows: Monday, 8:15 a.m. Gillespie and Rodgers classes, 9:15 a.m. McMillian and Turner classes; Tuesday, 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.

• The fifth grade will tour Merriwether Middle at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

• Today is the last day to take AR tests.

• The annual Reading and Math Beach Blast is Friday. Pupils will participate in a magic show and reading and math activities with a beach theme all day. Parents are invited to attend. Please let your child’s teacher know if you would like to volunteer during the event.

• There will be a seminar on Friday to provide parents with tips and strategies to help your child succeed in reading and math. The seminar will be held at 8:15 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Friday in room 270. Each parent attending will leave with a packet of information including activities to complete over the summer. Door prizes will be awarded. Lunch featuring hot dogs and trimmings will be provided.

• All library books are due Friday.

• The chorus received a superior rating at the 2012 Music Festival.

• Yearbooks are still on sale for $28.

• All lunchroom charges must be paid as soon as possible. Anyone owing money will not receive a report card at the end of the year.

• The last day of school for 4K CD pupils is Tuesday.

• Algebra I end-of-course tests are today.

• The eighth-grade dance is 6 p.m. Friday.

• Friday is the last day to return library books.

• The sixth-grade field day is May 24.

• There is no school May 28 in observance of Memorial Day.

• The sixth-grade awards day will be at 9 a.m. May 29.

• The seventh-grade awards day will be at 9 a.m. May 30.

• The eighth-grade field day is May 30.

• The eighth-grade awards day will be at 9 a.m. May 31.

• The seventh-grade field day is May 31.

• Pupils will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. May 31.

• June 1 is the last day of school. Pupils will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m.

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

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

• The PTO talent show is at 6 p.m. Sunday.

• The last day for 4K is May 23.

• First grade will have Western Day on May 23.

• Library books are due May 25.

• GreenJackets Night is May 26.

• Pupils will be released at 11 a.m. May 29-31.

• The PTO is seeking executive officers for president, treasurer and secretary for the 2012-13 year. Contact Gwyn Snider at (803) 279-4340 or tandgsnider@comcast.net.

• End-of-the-year awards will be given as follows: Friday, 5k at First Baptist Church of North Augusta, 6 p.m.; May 25, first grade, 8 a.m., and second grade, 9:30 a.m.; May 29, third grade, 8 a.m., and fourth grade, 9:30 a.m.; and May 30, fifth grade, 8:30 a.m.

• Summer registration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. July 31, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1.

• 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.

• Library books are due Friday.

• The Character Parade will be held at 1 p.m. Friday.

• A family sock hop will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

• The Accelerated Reader pizza party will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Principal Writing Board Winners are: Josef Hathaway, Jadah O’Bryant, DaLee Gunter, Joe DeLaughter, Katie Ashe and Taylin Jarrett.

• The following made the book club: 100 books: Tamarius Thurmond, Dayanis Nataren, Kameron Robinson, Cassandra Brooks, Carter Presnell, Cheyenne Hale, Sky'ler Green, Alwyn Lever and Theo Hudson; 200 books: Jaivin Heera; 400 books: Brandon Malcom; 500 books: Jaylen Bunch; 1,800 books: Grady Walker; page master: Adriauna Holston, Brett Peveto, Tyler Clark, Shane Gaines, Grant Brown and DJ Shearouse; page master II: Claire Crowder; page master III: Ava Brown and Kristen Wahl; and page master VI: Cara Chiswell.

• The third-grade gifted and talented class is creating a South Carolina ‘‘I Spy’’ Garden. Items needed include: a small peach tree, blue granite stones, pieces of amethyst, outdoor safe state flag, lettered olive shells, Yellow Jasmine plants, palmetto trees, collard greens and goldenrod flowers as seeds or plants, and large stepping stones.

• Field Day schedule: May 23, kindergarten and first grade; May 24, second and third grade; and May 25, fourth and fifth grade.

• 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.

• The following PTO positions are open for the 2012-13 school year: co-president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and volunteer coordinator.

 

• 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 2012-13 athletic slogan will be announced Friday.

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

• The senior awards ceremony is today.

• Senior Honors Night is 6 p.m. Thursday.

• Mandatory graduation practice is Friday.

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

• Senior exams are Tuesday through May 25.

• Graduation tickets will be distributed 1 to 4 p.m. May 31 in the auditorium.

• Yearbooks are $60.

• Saturday school for credit recovery is held weekly from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $40.

• The North Augusta Middle School band earned 93 superior ratings and 14 excellent ratings during the SCBDA Solo and Ensemble Festival held May 4 at Aiken High. The eighth-grade band has earned enough points to receive the Outstanding Performance Award. To earn the award, the band participated in the SCBDA Region 2 band, the SC All-State band, the SCBDA concert festival and the SCBDA Solo and Ensemble Festival and earned enough points for the award.

The following pupils received solo superior ratings: 

Abigayle Cutshall, Amelia Murdock, Ashley Roberts, Ashlyn Yount, Blake Strawhorn, Brad Wilson, Brandon Shiley, Breana Thomas, Brian Yonn, Caleb Richardson, Cameron Smith, Catherine Powell, Chandler Padgett, Chesni Cobb, Chloe McGee, Christopher Farmer, Coral Crittendon, Dalice Polk, Damon Reynolds, Daniel Davidson, Desi Wright, Elizabeth Harkins, Eric Outlaw, Erin Redwood, Forest Thaxton, Hunter Satcher, James Peavy, Jay Newman, JJ Bacon, Jordan Babb, Jordan Chavous, Jorge Brito, Josh Beverly, Josh Gordon, Katelyn Shiley, Khaliyah Holmes, Kyle Simpkins, Leanna Whittle, Makayla Cummings, Mary Watts, Matt Hutto, Mercedes Goodson, Parker Blackburn, Rashad Byrd, Ryan Gillespie, Ryan Henry, Sarah Crews, Sarah Wilson, Sarina Shahidpour, Sean McDonald, Sidney Hobbs, Stephanie Hobbs, Stephen Poore, Tatyana Edwards, Taylor Shockley, Thomas Farmer, Will Hardy and Zack Mooney.

Duet superior rating: Chandler Padgett and Ariana Barrantes; Destany Hazel and Quendasia Turner; Coral Crittendon and Ashlyn Yount; Katherine Savage and Katelyn Boone; Morgan Butler and Dominique Lyons; Damon Reynolds and Brad Wilson; Stephanie Hobbs and Khaliyah Holmes; Sean McDonald and Deloris Avery; Allison Cohen and Abigail Elvira; Ryan Henry and Yoseph Cardenes; Jayla Gaines and Taylor Cooks; Amelia Murdock and Danielle Altringer; Aliyah Johnson and Angel Anderson; Jordan Chavous and Carrie Albion; and Briana Karlin and Catherine Powell.

Quintet super rating: Brian Yonn, Rashad Byrd, Daniel Davidson, Jay Newman and Christopher Farmer.

Sextet superior rating: Kyle Simpkins, Erin Redwood, Makayla Cummings, Bryson Mozone, Zack Mooney and Mercedes Goodson; and Darnella Bartley, JJ Bacon, Ryan Gillespie, Jordan Babb, Josh Gordon and Hailey Herrick.

Trio superior rating: Sarah Crews, Trenton Gambrell and Brandon Shiley; Tanner Goodson, Josh Beverly and Hunter Satcher; Austin Mills, Joel Napier and Will Hardy; Hyori McDowell, Desi Wright and Yoseph Cardenes; Taylor Shockley, Abigail Cutshall and Leanna Whittle; Mary Watts, Sarah Wilson and Chloe McGee.

Theory test superior rating: Abigail Cutshall, Blake Strawhorn, Chloe McGee, Kyle Simpkins, Thomas Farmer, Danielle Altringer, Brian Yonn, Caleb Richardson, Charlie Ryan and Jorge Brito.

Solo excellent rating: Briana Karlin, Carrie Albion, Danielle Altringer, Deloris Avery, Jorge Brito, Quendasia Turner, Shelby Hadden, Tanner Goodson and Taylor Cooks.

Duet excellent rating: Parker Blackburn and Matt Hutto; Dalice Polk and Tatyana Edwards; Roberto Vital and Javier Perez; Austin Mills and Joel Napier; and Brianna Duffer and Nadia Dunn.

Quartet excellent rating: Charlie Ryan, Breana Thomas, Caleb Richardson and Eric Outlaw.

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

• Eighth-grade exam schedule: Algebra I, Thursday.

• Young Author’s Night is 6 p.m. Tuesday.

• Parents, if your number has changed or you have moved, please call to update your information.

• 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 following pupils have been named Students of the Month for May: Anna Henrick, Savannah Ditty, Damien Nieves, Grace Wren, Kristen Hurst, Kylie Mclain, Austin Burt, Vienna Oswald, Charlotte Day, Noah Puryear, Kevin Boozer, Darius Cummings, Morgan LaFontaine, Ambierl Bauknight, Chasity Middleton, Rashad Doe, Kylan Smith, Nykessa Reese, Makayla Dawkins, Katelyn Lowry, Zane Strippling, Jillian Newman, Juan Cardenas, Treveon Harrington, Soteria Raymond, Marissa Smart and Ariel Glover.

• Senior chapel will be Thursday at 11 a.m.

• Field day for grades K4 through six will be Friday.

• The Junior/Senior Banquet is Friday.

• Students will be dismissed at noon Monday through May 23.

• Tuesday is the last day of class for grades K4-8.

• The graduations for kindergarten and eighth grade will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Elementary awards night will also be held.

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