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School Notes

Posted: January 3, 2012 - 9:15pm  |  Updated: January 18, 2012 - 2:17am

• Aiken County Schools Area 2 Advisory Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Paul Knox Middle.

• The Edgefield County School Board will have a meeting about charter schools at 6 p.m. Jan. 24 at Merriwether Elementary.

• The art room needs baby wipes.

• Yearbooks cost $22 and can be ordered online at www.jostensyearbooks.com by credit card through Jan. 22. If paying by check, make it payable to the school, place it in an envelope with the pupil and teacher’s names written on the outside and turn it in to room 3A.

• The PTO is selling Belvedere in

• The school has announced a vacant seat on its board of directors. Those interested in running for the position should come to the school’s main office, fill out a declaration of candidacy and submit it to the main office staff by 4 p.m. Friday. Elections will be held 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 12. Popular vote determines who wins the seat.

• There will be no school Jan. 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

• Jan. 27 is a teacher workday. No school for students.

• The science fair will be Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.

• The Miss FCHS pageant will be 7 p.m. Feb. 4 at Wesley United Methodist Church.

• First-semester report cards will be issued during report card conference night 4-7 p.m. Jan. 26. Parents will have a chance to talk with teachers and review their child’s grades. Report cards that aren’t picked up will be sent home the following day.

• The next board of directors meeting is 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in the school’s conference room.

• The 2011-12 junior-senior prom will be April 28 at the Old Government House in Augusta. The theme is The Black and White Masquerade Ball. Tickets purchased in January and February will cost $30 per person or $50 per couple. Tickets purchased in March and April will be $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 years old and must present identification at the prom.

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The North Augusta Arts Council is sponsoring the annual NA Idol Show on March 20 at North Augusta High School. Auditions will the arts council judges will be held in late January. Each elementary school can send up to seven contestants to the next phase in the competition. Auditions at Hammond Hill will be in mid-January. Pupils in first through fifth grades may audition in the vocal, instrumental or dance categories. Performances should be limited to three minutes. No lip syncing is allowed. A karaoke CD or live accompaniment is required for the competition with the arts council judges. See Mrs. Kight for an application to audition.

• 2011-12 yearbooks can be ordered for $26. Yearbooks will be in color and have a hard cover with the school name and year imprinted on the front. Checks should be made payable to HHE PTO.

• Dr. Alex Mabe will have an informational meeting for parents about ADD and ADHD at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 12 in the school’s library.

• There will be no school for pupils Jan. 13. It is a teacher workday.

• Martin Luther King Jr. Day is Jan. 16. There will be no school.

• Buzz Cards are available for $5.

• If you have a refrigerator you would like to donate for the health room, contact Rhonda Adkinson at (803) 442-6170.

Merriwether Elementary

• There are many items in the lost and found that need to be claimed. If your child has lost an item, check the lost and found in the lunchroom.

• Yearbooks cost $28 and can be ordered now.

• Yearbook ad forms and money are due Jan. 20. Contact your child’s teacher if you need a form.

• The school is collecting duct tape to make rain sticks for the recycling program.

• MES PTO membership is $5 per family. Make checks payable to MES PTO. There are also volunteer opportunities available.

• Parents and guardians are reminded that when your child misses school, you have three days to turn in an excuse. Family vacations are not excused absences. Children with fever should not be brought to school.

• To access the homework hot line, call (803) 279-2511 and enter the mailbox number for your child’s teacher when you hear the recording. To listen to assignments for another teacher, press * before the message ends and the system will take you back to the beginning to select another teacher.

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

• The school’s 2012 yearbooks can be ordered through Jan. 20 for $25. The yearbooks are printed in color. Accessory items such as an autograph section, photo pockets and a clear protective cover are also available for an additional cost. To order a yearbook, send an order form, along with payment, to Mrs. Howard in room 218. Make checks payable to the school

• The school is participating in My Coke Rewards. Sign up at www.mycokerewards.com to donate points. Box tops also are being collected.

• The Turtle Store needs monetary donations or unopened, school-appropriate toys such as items from the dollar store.

• Mossy Creek mugs are being sold for $5. They are insulated, covered and have the school’s turtle logo on the outside. Send a note to your child’s teacher with payment to purchase a mug.

• Volunteer training will be held at noon and 12:15 p.m. Jan. 27.

• Student Council will meet after school on Monday. Please arrange for a ride at 4 p.m.

• School Improvement Council will meet 3 p.m. Monday.

• Class pictures will be taken Jan. 12.

• There will be no school Jan. 13. Teachers will report to work.

• Nerd Day is Jan. 17.

North Augusta Elementary

• Training is required to volunteer in the classroom or chaperone a field trip. Let your child’s teacher know you are interested in volunteering to get scheduled for a training session.

• Yearbooks are $15 and can be purchased online at www.jostens.com or write a check payable to NAEPTO. For information, e-mail Meredith Pool at merlyp@gmail.com.

• Personal ads, Thank-a-Teacher/Staff ads and business ads are still available for the yearbook. To purchase an ad, contact Karen Doom at kmomster@gmail.com. Pictures are still being accepted as well.

North Augusta High

• Augusta State University offers tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

• Aiken Technical College offers campus tours 1 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m. Fridays. For information, call the admissions office at (803) 593-9231.

• Clemson University has campus tours at 9:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Monday through Friday on select dates. Call (864) 656-4789 for information and to reserve a spot.

• Free Application for Federal Student Aid forms should be filled out online. Tax information from 2011 will be needed from parents, guardians and/or students. Students need to check with their college for the priority deadline for the financial aid application.

• Spartanburg Methodist College offers full-tuition financial aid to 2011 graduates who are eligible for the Life Scholarship.

• The Harry Hampton Fund offers three scholarships for students majoring in a natural resources discipline such as wildlife biology, fisheries biology, forestry, marine science or law enforcement. Scholarship deadline is Jan. 31. See Mrs. Smiley for an application.

North Augusta Middle

• Ink cartridges and cellphones are being collected for recycling.

• The School Improvement Council brings together parents, teachers, pupils and community stakeholders to collaborate on school improvements. The council is looking for people to join. If interested, call (803) 442-6200 or e-mail Donna Bradberry at dbradberry@aiken.k12.sc.us.

Our Lady of Peace

• PTO meetings will be held Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 21 and April 18. Attendance earns one hour toward the required 30 family stewardship hours.

• Yearbooks can be paid for by mailing a check to Jostens or visiting www.jostensyearbooks.com. Eighth-grade ads can be purchased for the yearbook. See Mrs. Horne for a form.

• Volunteers are needed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays to help with PTO lunch sales. Lunch is from 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those interested in volunteering on any of those days can contact Sandy Zellar at stzmail@bellsouth.net.

• An information session for eighth-graders and their parents will be held 6-7:30 p.m. Jan. 23 for parents and pupils. Information will be given about Individual Graduation Plan meetings that will be held in February. For more information, e-mail Jenifer Williams at jeniferwilliams@aiken.k12.sc.us or call the school.

• Volunteers are needed for the canteen. Contact Karena Williams at nabeachbums@comcast.net. .

• Bruster’s hot dogs and nachos will be sold on Thursdays for $2 each. Pizza is sold on Fridays for $2.

• PTO memberships cost $10. There is a reusable coupon sponsored by Monterrey Mexican Restaurant of North Augusta on the back of the membership cards. The reusable coupon allows you to receive $4 off any purchase.

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