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Posted: December 11, 2012 - 5:01pm
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The following Mossy Creek Elementary School pupils are principal's writing winners for November (left to right): Eve Boyd, kindergarten; Yandel Ramirez, first grade; Gray Crews, second grade; Katie Beth Cannon, third grade; and Alasia James, fourth grade. Not pictured:  Mandy Sherlock, fifth grade.
The following Mossy Creek Elementary School pupils are principal's writing winners for November (left to right): Eve Boyd, kindergarten; Yandel Ramirez, first grade; Gray Crews, second grade; Katie Beth Cannon, third grade; and Alasia James, fourth grade. Not pictured: Mandy Sherlock, fifth grade.

General news

• Savannah River Nuclear Solutions and the University of South Carolina Aiken recently recognized scholarship recipients in the SRNS Scholars program. The following North Augusta residents are first-year scholarship recipients: Steven Coffey, Madelyn Wasden and Shelby Simmons. The following North Augusta residents are second-year scholarship recipients: Timothy Boerste, Morgan Enlow and Stetson Turner.

Belvedere Elementary

• The Santa Shop will be open through Friday.

• Yearbooks can be ordered for $23 through Dec. 31. After Dec. 31, the cost will be $25. To order a yearbook, enclose a check or cash in an envelope with the child’s name, parent’s name and teacher’s name on the outside and return it to school. Checks should be made payable to Belvedere Elementary.

Fox Creek High

• The booster club will be selling hooded sweatshirts for $25 and hats for $20 today during both lunches and after school Thursday until 3:30 p.m.

• Tickets for a 10- to 12-pound spiral cut, hickory smoked ham can be purchased for $35 each through Tuesday. See any softball player to buy a ticket.

• The next board meeting is 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Fox Creek conference room.

• Exams will be Tuesday through Dec. 21.

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The following pupils are Bumble Bee Writing winners: Elijah Killough, kindergarten; Caroline Shields, first grade; Alyssa Godfrey, second grade; Lia Murphy, third grade; Grayson Bridgers, fourth grade; and Cassidy Blackmon, fifth grade.

• The following placed in the school’s spelling bee: Jonas Crowe, winner; Bradley Godwin, second place; and Logan Hall, alternate. Jonas and Bradley will compete in the Area Two spelling bee at North Augusta High School. The following were classroom winners: Hailey Sparks, Jakavein Williams, Amyrakah Daniels, Dylan Cunningham, Will Livingston, Jade Young, Chris Wilder, Kennan Paige and Haven Mottel. Classroom alternates were: Tyler Cook, Kelton Sapp, Matthew Owings, Shane Kenrick, Jett Seng and Christian Ryan.

• The following pupils qualified for the Duke Talent Identification Program: Madison Ashby, Cooper Atkins, Cassidy Blackmon, Cassidi Brinson, Haleigh Brownlee, Havird Bryant, Eddie Burch, Maya Fowley, Riley Fullam, Alia Harrison, Nicholas Herrera, A’Mia Hill, Macey Hughes, Shane Kenrick, Tyler Kitchens, Raelin Lanham, Colton Levi, Will Livingston, Saylor Logan, Sophia McCall, Kaylee Morris, Ana Owens, Adrian Palma, Caroline Peace, Brayden Poorvin, Joey Reyes, Christian Ryan, Jude Sauceda, Bear Smoker, Haleigh Sparks, Blake Swanson, Savannah Tice, Deja Tregre, Logan Tudor, Jesus Varela, Caleb Waldrop and Ethan Wilson.

• Hammond Hill is a semifinalist for the Carolina First Palmetto’s Finest School Award. The award recognizes schools that have excellent instruction and family, business and community involvement. The school received its first site visit by a team of judges Nov. 30. Schools selected will be honored in the spring by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators.

• The PTO meeting and first grade sing-along will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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

• Friday is Spirit Day. Wear your school shirt.

• Mrs. Logue’s and Ms. Jone’s classes are collecting items for the CSRA Humane Society and other local animal shelters. Donations of dog and cat food, cat litter, clean old towels and blankets, toys and other items that can be used by shelters can be sent in through Monday. Food items should be new and in their original package. Pupils will receive a treat for the first item donated.

• Mrs. Hall’s and Mrs. Sherman’s classes are sponsoring a schoolwide food drive for Community Ministries of North Augusta. Send items to your child’s class by Dec. 19. The class from each grade level with the most items will have a popcorn party.

• Mrs. Williams’ second-grade class and Mrs. Mauldin’s third-grade class are collecting homemade Christmas cards to distribute to people receiving Meals on Wheels. Additional cards will be delivered to NHC and Sterling House. The cards can be turned in to your child’s teacher or sent to Mrs. Williams’ or Mrs. Mauldin’s classrooms by Dec. 19.

• Polar Express will be Dec. 20.

• The last day of class before winter break is Dec. 21. Classroom parties will be held on this date.

• Winter recess will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4. Classes resume Jan. 7.

• Spirit Day will be Jan. 11. Wear your school shirt.

• The end of the first semester is Jan. 15.

• Jan. 18 is a teacher work day. There will be no school for pupils.

• Martin Luther King Holiday will be observed Jan. 21. There will be no school.

• Report cards will be issued Jan. 24.

• Save can tabs and turn them in throughout the school year for the Ronald McDonald House.

• Contact Christy Cosh or Ordean Crews if you’re interested in volunteering, including chaperoning field trips, but were unable to attend a volunteer meeting.

• Orders for 2012-2013 yearbooks are now being taken. If yearbooks are ordered before Dec. 22, the cost is $22. After Dec. 22, the cost will be $26. The yearbook will be in color with a hardback cover. Checks may be made payable to HHE PTO or pay online at ybpay.lifetouch.com, code 7731513.

• Food brought to school parties or for class celebrations must be purchased commercially.

• The Looney Tunes Bank is open for deposits every Monday from 7 to
7:30 a.m.

• The HHE School Store is open Monday through Friday from 7 to 7:25 a.m. The store sells pencils, folders, notebooks, crayons and other school supplies with costs ranging from 25 cents to $1. Parents are asked to send dollar bills or coins with their child to use in the store because a lot of change is not kept on hand. Volunteers are needed to work in the school store on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. If interested, contact Christy Cosh at (803) 442-6170 or cosh@aiken.k12.sc.us, or Ordean Crews, ocrews@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• For a donation of $15, a new hardcover book will be placed in the library and a bookplate honoring your child or a teacher will be placed in the front of the book. Donations will be announced on the HHE Morning News Show. Forms are available in the library media center.

• Parents must provide the full birth date of a pupil when making transportation changes over the telephone. It is preferable that changes be in writing. No transportation changes will be honored after 2 p.m. On early-release days, changes must be made before noon.

Merriwether Elementary

• The Looney Tunes Bank is open at 9 a.m. Wednesdays in the media center.

• The MES Mavericks Scholastic Chess Club meets on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

• The Chorus Holiday Concert, Santa’s Holiday Playlist, will be held Thursday at 7 p.m.

• The school spelling bee will be held Friday.

• Pictures with Santa will be taken Dec. 20. The cost is $5 per picture and must be prepaid. Forms must be returned by Monday.

• Dec. 21 is a half-day. Pupils will be dismissed at 11 a.m.

• Christmas break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

• Jan. 7 is a teacher workday. There will be no school for pupils.

• Classes resume Jan. 8.

Mossy Creek Elementary

• To volunteer at the school, volunteer/chaperone training must be attended every year. The next training date is Monday at 6 p.m. Training will not be offered after Monday. For more information, e-mail shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• The Christmas Sock Hop for third through fifth grades will be Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. The cost is $2.

• Recess monitors are needed. Recess times are: 9:15-9:35 a.m.; 10:10-10:30 a.m.; 10:40-11 a.m.; and 12:30-12:50 p.m. Contact Shari Hooper at shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us to sign up.

• The PTO meeting and Christmas program will be held at 6 p.m. Monday.

• Hippie Day is Tuesday.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold Dec. 20.

• Pajama Day is Dec. 21.

• Winter break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4. Pupils return Jan. 7.

• Chick-fil-A calendars are being sold for $6.50 each.

• Mossy Creek T-shirts are $11.50 for short sleeve and $18 for long sleeve.

• Parents are reminded to place their child’s name inside their jackets, hats, lunch boxes and other items.

• Mentors are needed and are paired with one pupil. For information, e-mail Vicki Turner at vicki0708@comcast.net or Shari Hooper at shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us.

North Augusta Elementary

• The following pupils made the book club: 100 Book Club: Julia Rodgers, Ava Bai, Ny'Kee Bush, Jadyn Simpkins, Ansley Gartrell, David Elam, Camrin Ramos and Valerie Hardin. 200 Book Club: Mia Timmerman.

• The following pupils placed in the school spelling bee: Amy Herring, first place; William McGee, second place; and Jessica Johnson, alternate. Amy and William will compete in the area spelling bee on Jan. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at the North Augusta High School auditorium. The following pupils were class winners: Katherine Dunaway, Iris Nichols, Jacob Smith, Tommy Lloyd, Markel Martin, Garrett Brandt and Jaikeria Goodin.

• PTO’s Cookies with Santa event will be held 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the cafeteria.

• The Geography Bee will be held at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 20 in the stage area.

• Dec. 21 is the last day of classes for pupils before the winter break. Class winter parties will be held on this day.

• The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest each year for students in third through 12th grades. The first-place winner will receive $20, second place $15 and third place $10. The winners will receive their awards and read their essays during the auxiliary’s monthly meeting March 4. The first-place winners’ essay will then be submitted to the state contest. Those interested in participating must write their essays at home and submit them to Mrs. Reese by Jan. 11. The essay theme is ‘‘What freedom do I enjoy the most?’’ Third- and fourth-grade participants should write 150-250 words. Fifth-grade participants should write 250-300 words.

• The Looney Tunes Savings Club is open Tuesdays for deposits.

• Coupon books are on sale in the main office for $10.

• Yearbooks cost $15 and can be bought at www.
jostensyearbooks.com.

• Fifth graders can purchase a 1/4-page ad in the yearbook for $50, a half-page for $100 and a full page for $200. Other grades can purchase business-card size ads for $25. Thank-you ads for teachers or staff are available for $25. Businesses can purchase ads at the following rates: $35, business card size; $70, 1/4-page; $140, 1/2-page; and $280 for a full page. Page sponsorships are available for $20. Parents are asked to send in photos from school events to be used in the yearbook. Contact Karen Doom at kmomster@gmail.com for information or Bryony Nicholson at (803) 341-9181 or true_me1980@yahoo.com.

• Pat Carpenter is raising money to replace broken computers in the lab. If anyone has an item that can be sold on eBay or Craigslist to help raise money for the school, please contact Karen Doom at kmomster@gmail.com.

• If a child leaves an item in the classroom, the item can be retrieved only until 2:45 p.m. daily.

North Augusta High

• The following students were Students of the Quarter for the first quarter: Savannah Adams, Natillie Elder, Paul Liner, Briana Partlow, Kimberly Alston, Darren Ford, Collin Loring, Angel Pena, Brenna Ashe, Koreem Green, Courtney Lyles, Brittiny Perkins, Murphy Bazemore, James Harris, Evan McClain, Cynthia Sandstede, LaDesha Bell, Andreas Harris, DeMarkus Mealing, Dorian Scott, Cortez Bennett, Hollie Harvell, Katherine Mercado, Nicholas Sexton, Nick Boyd, Daniel (Poetic) Hawkins, Dominique Merriweather, Rashid Slater, Monte Mitchell Brown, Juan Sebastian, Hernadez, Robbie Morgan, Kyera Spivey, Kadesha Bynes, Arielle Houston, Trey Morgan, Rome Stokes, Kayla Cooper, Amy Kalajian, Anthony James Nash, Brandon Thomas, Jeremy Coxson, Tajaelia Knight, Chase New, Nathan Thornton, Emely Diaz, Aubrey Lane, Logan Newsome, Chance vanHaastrecht, Alyssa Dyches, Dre Lanham, Dan Nguyen, Lindsey Waldrop, John Edwards, Brooke Lavallee, Marquis Parrish, Brandon Weymar and Logan Woodward.

• The Adopt-a-Child Christmas Project program will be held Friday. First period classes are asked to purchase Christmas presents from the child’s wish list.

• The Mr. NASH event will be held Saturday.

North Augusta Middle

• The SIC meeting will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday.

• The student council Christmas celebration will be held Dec. 20.

• The school Christmas concert will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 21.

Our Lady of Peace

• The drama club and praise choir will have a Christmas Show today at 6:30 p.m. Donations will be accepted at the door.

• Pupils can be out of uniform on Thursday and Dec. 20 for $1 on both days. On Thursday, the proceeds will benefit Parish Charities and Dec. 20, the proceeds will benefit Feed the Birds.

• Make-up picture day is Thursday. Pupils may come out of uniform but must follow out of uniform guidelines and wear school shoes.

• Donations for gifts for specials teachers can be sent in an envelope marked “Specials Teachers/Staff Gift” by Tuesday. The gifts will be given to recipients before Christmas.

• The fifth grade is collecting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

• The school will be closed Dec. 21 through Jan. 6. No before- or after-care will be provided during this time.

• Classes resume
Jan. 7.

• Middle school pupils may purchase one candy bar or drink during lunch. All other grades can purchase the items at the end of the day. Items range from $1 to $1.25.

Paul Knox Middle

• The following students placed in the school spelling bee: Noah Wilson, winner; Vienna Oswald, runner-up; and Rhyon Fults, alternate.

• The exam schedule is as follows: Friday, math; Monday, exploratory; Tuesday, science; Dec. 19, social studies; and Dec. 21, English.

• The Fine Arts Holiday Concert will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday in the gym.

• MAP testing will continue to be administered through Dec. 19.

• Lost and found is located in the cafeteria. Any clothing not picked up by Christmas break will be donated to a local charity.

• Christmas break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.

• Beginning Jan. 7, student messages will be delivered at 1:45 p.m. All messages must be called in by 1:30 p.m. Pupils cannot leave school early unless they are signed out by a parent, guardian or their designee. Pupils who miss at least four periods will be counted absent for the day. Pupils who have an appointment scheduled should bring an excuse, have it approved in the office, show it to the teacher at the beginning of class and leave quietly at the necessary time without disturbing class.

• Free middle school tutoring for struggling learners is being offered. For qualifications, call Rose Marshall in the Office of Federal Programs at (803) 641-2645.

• Lunch extras are being sold in the canteen: Mondays- canteen items; Tuesdays and Fridays- pizza slices, $2 per slice; and Thursdays- nachos and hot dogs, $2 each and drinks are $1.25 each. Cash only. Volunteers are needed to help with lunch hour sales from 10:53 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. Contact Sandy Zellar at stzmail@bellsouth.net if you can help.

• The PTO collects Box Tops, used ink cartridges and My Coke Rewards.

• Yearbook orders can be placed at www.jostensyearbooks.com.

• PKMS PTO memberships cost $5. Send the payment in an envelope addressed to PKMS PTO and include your child’s name, their homeroom teacher and your name. Members will receive an unlimited use Teresa’s Mexican Restaurant gift card that will allow members to get a $3 discount off any $25 purchase through Aug. 1.

• If interested in receiving the school’s weekly newsletter by e-mail, call the main office with your current e-mail address. The newsletter can also be found on the school’s Web site under the “About Us” tab

Victory Christian

• Basketball and cheerleading pictures will be taken today. Send in uniforms with your child.

• Chapel is held at 11 a.m. Thurs­days in the Victory Baptist College’s main classroom, located on the second floor of the school building.

• Students will be released at noon on Dec. 19.

• There will be no school Dec. 20 through Jan. 1. Classes resume Jan. 2.

• High school midterms will be Jan. 10-11.

• The third quarter will begin Jan. 15.

• There is no school Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

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