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School Notes

Posted: September 23, 2012 - 12:36pm  |  Updated: September 23, 2012 - 12:43pm

General News

• Aiken County Public School’s Area 2 school board members Keith Liner and Ray Fleming will have a community chat meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nancy Carson Library.They will share and discuss the results from a recent study of the options available to the district to pay for facility improvements such as maintenance, renovations and new construction. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Liner at (803) 279-0238 or Fleming at (803) 279-5001.

• The following made the dean’s list at Lander University for the spring 2012 semester: Rebecca Gibson, Timothy Thomas and Tracie Tompkins, all of North Augusta. The following made the freshmen honors list: Alexandra Smith, of North Augusta.

Belvedere Elementary

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

• The fall carnival will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the school.

• If interested in volunteering with the PTO, e-mail belvederepto25@yahoo.com.

Fox Creek High

• Make-up picture day is Sept. 26.

• The senior deadline for ads and pictures is Friday.

• Sparkle Car Wash will donate $3 for any car wash purchase priced $9.99 and up during the month of October. The fundraiser will benefit the cheerleaders.

• The pre-pageant/prom consignment sale will be held after school Monday through Oct. 5 in room 139.

• Homecoming is Oct. 5. The football game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be against North.

• Students can make Jostens ring payments Oct. 10 from noon to 1:15 p.m.

• The poinsettia sale will begin Oct. 15.

• The ring ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 in the commons.

• Spirit Night will be held at Zaxby’s on Oct. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit the booster club.

• The second nine weeks will start Oct. 23.

• Fall HSAP testing will be held Oct. 23-25.

• The next early-release day is Oct. 31.

• Teacher work days are Nov. 2 and 5. There will be no school for students.

• There will be no school Nov. 6 for election day.

• The Miss Fox Creek 2013 pageant will be held Jan. 26. The theme is Uptown Girl and the competition includes personal and on-stage interviews, sportswear and evening gown. See Mrs. Leopard for more information.

• Team Ready T-shirts are on sale for $15. Proceeds benefit Teacher Cadet.

• Yearbooks can be ordered now. Go to www.foxcreekhighschool.org to make a purchase.

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The following made the Pep Squad: Raven Ziglar, Macey Hughes, Kamry Green, Skylar Pettigrew, Hailey Sparks, Haleigh Meers, Haleigh Brownlee, Deja Tregre, Kylie Parham, Emily Adkinson, Saylor Logan and Shelby Hutto.

• Fall individual pictures will be taken Thursday. Return the completed order form with money on picture day. The pictures are prepaid and will be used for the yearbook. The make-up date for fall pictures is Oct. 25.

• The PTO will have a dinner and movie night at 6:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 28. The doors open at 6 p.m. The movie The Lorax will be shown and concessions will be provided by the PTO and Bruster’s. Participants can bring blankets and chairs. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

• The school will be featured in the Sunday episode of South Carolina ETV’s In Our Schools. The episode will air at 1:30 p.m.

• Oct. 3 is an early-release day. Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m.

• The first collection of ink cartridges, cell phones and Box Top, Campbell’s and Tyson labels will be Oct. 5. The winning class from each grade will receive a treat from Bruster’s while at school. This year’s goal is $4,800.

• A Block Party will be held at the Sno-Cap from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 5. The school's 60th anniversary will be celebrated with 50s music, face painting, inflatables and karaoke. The courtyard renovation plan will be shown and bricks for the project will be on sale. A percentage of proceeds from sales at Sno-Cap that evening will support the courtyard renovation project.

• The Scholastic Fall Book Fair will be held Oct. 8-12 in the library media center. Volunteers are needed to help with the book fair. If you are interested, contact Rhonda Criss at rcriss@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• Oct. 19 is a teacher workday. There will be no school for pupils.

• Oct. 23 is the end of the first nine weeks.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold in the morning car line Oct. 26.

• There will be a limo lunch Oct. 26.

• Parent-teacher conferences will be held Oct. 29. Report cards will be distributed during the conference. There will be no school for pupils.

• There will be a BMX Bike Show on Nov. 1.

• There will be no school on Election Day, Nov. 6.

• Interim report cards will be issued Nov. 19.

• There will be no school Nov. 21-23 for Thanksgiving holidays.

• December 5 is an early release day. Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

• The last day of class before winter break is Dec. 21.

• A limited number of Spirit shirts are available for $12 each. The sizes available are youth small, youth medium and youth large. Checks can be made payable to “HHE”.

• Volunteers are needed to work in the school store on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 7 to 7:25 a.m. If interested, contact Christy Cosh at (803) 442-6170 or cosh@aiken.k12.sc.us or Ordean Crews, ocrews@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• The art room needs a document camera and has posted the need as a project on Donors Choose. To make a donation towards the document camera, go to www.donorschoose.org/noland.

• 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.

• The nurse is in need of donations of gently used, unwanted or outgrown clothes for the clothes closet in the clinic. These clothes will be used in the event of emergencies or accidents.

• The 2012-13 Buzz Cards can be purchased for $5. The cards can be used at many local businesses throughout the year.

• People may purchase a commemorative brick to support the courtyard renovation project. Contact the school for more information.

• Parents can access the parent portal using their ID and password. Parents can come by the school office during school hours to receive their ID and password. For more information about the parent portal, go to acps.schoolfusion.us and click on the Power School Parent Portal link.

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 Scholastic Book Fair will be held Oct. 19-26 in the media center.

• The second nine weeks will begin Oct. 23.

• Pupils will be released early on Oct. 31.

• Report Card Night is Nov. 1.

• There will no school for pupils Nov. 2 and 5. Both days are teacher workdays.

• Thanksgiving Holidays are Nov. 21-23.

• Interim report cards will be sent home Nov. 28.

• Orders for the 2013 yearbook are being accepted. Yearbooks will be hardcover and in color. Yearbooks are being sold for $25 until Jan. 18. To reserve a copy, send the order form and payment to Paige Geddes or Jessica Jackson, or visit www.jostensyearbooks.com. If you want the pupil’s name engraved on the yearbook, it must be paid for by Jan. 18. Yearbooks can be purchased with cash or a check made out to Merriwether Elementary School. For more information, contact Ms. Geddes or Ms. Jackson at (803) 279-9993, pgeddes@edgefield.k12.sc.us or jcjackson@edgefield.k12.sc.us.

• The school collects Box Tops and Campbell’s labels.

• MES PTO membership is $5 per family. Checks should be made payable to MES PTO.

• There are several PTO volunteer opportunities available including: the school store, which is open 7 to 8 a.m. each school day; fall festival; teacher luncheons; carnival bake sale, games, kitchen and food stations; spring yard sale; Christmas Shoppe; Arts to Remember; sort, count and prepare Box Tops and Campbell’s labels for shipping; and heading a standing committee.

• No changes in transportation from car to bus or bus to car will be taken over the phone. Changes should be sent to the school in writing.

• Parents can call into the homework hotline to check homework assignments. Call (803) 279-9993 and then dial the teacher’s room number when prompted.

Merriwether Middle

• MAP testing continues through Friday.

• There will be an instructional fair Oct. 7.

• Fall break for pupils is Oct. 7.

• PTO will sponsor a Clothes Swap on Oct. 20.

• The second nine weeks will begin Oct. 23.

• Pupils will be released early on Oct. 31.

• Report Card Night is Nov. 1.

• There will no school for pupils Nov. 2 and 5. Both days are teacher workdays.

• There will be no school for pupils Nov. 6 for Election Day.

• Thanksgiving Holidays will be observed Nov. 21-23.

• Interim report cards will be sent home Nov. 28.

• The Winter Dessert Concert will be Dec. 11.

• The Valentine’s Dance will be Feb. 8.

• The Spring Dessert Concert will be April 23.

• MMS PTO can be reached at merriwethermiddlepto@mail.com or Merriwethermiddlepto on Facebook.

• MMS T-shirts are on sale for $12.

• Coupon books are on sale for $10.

• The school collects Box Tops and ink cartridges.

Mossy Creek Elementary

• To volunteer at the school, a volunteer/chaperone training must be attended every year. Training will not be offered after December. There will be training sessions at noon and 12:15 p.m. Oct. 3, 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5, and 5 and 5:15 p.m. Oct. 25. For a complete list of training dates, e-mail shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• 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

• The school carnival is 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 28. There will be games, entertainment, a silent auction and raffle, food, a bake sale, inflatables, pony rides, car-bashing, Halloween costume contest and more. Volunteers are needed. If interested in volunteering, call Mike Shaw at (803) 341-5629 or e-mail mossycreek_pto@yahoo.com. Vendors for the marketplace also are needed. To become a vendor, call Heather Curry at (803) 514-8813 or e-mail the PTO.

Teachers and classes are providing themed baskets for the silent auction. Parents are asked to donate items requested for their class basket. If interested in donating an item for the auction or raffle, call Shaw or Curry.

North Augusta Elementary

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

Emily Greenway made the 100 Book Club.

• Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

• Career Day is Oct. 3.

• Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 3.

• There will be a PTO board meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 8.

• Make-up picture day is Oct. 18.

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

North Augusta High

• Fees for Junior Advisory will be collected through Friday. Make payments in rooms 212 or 404 before fourth period. Fees must be paid before joining the group.

• Members of the National Honor Society who have already been inducted need to pay dues of $10 by Monday. Turn money in before fifth period with Mrs. Creamer in room 305.

• Jostens will be on campus Oct. 10 during all three lunches and will collect the balance on class rings.

• The Class of 2014 ring ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Participants need to arrive by 6:15 p.m. The last day to sign up is Oct. 10.

• Chick-fil-A cookies will be sold for $1.25 during lunch Tuesdays and Thursdays, and sandwiches will be sold for $4 on Fridays.

• The NJROTC canteen is open during all three lunches. Items sold include chips, cookies, crackers, candy and drinks.

• The Jacket Espresso is open during all three lunches and sells coffee, hot chocolate, fruit smoothies and iced mocha lattes.

• FCA sells pizza Tuesdays and Thursdays for $3 in the courtyard during all three lunches.

• Spanish Club membership is $10.

• Congratulations to Colt Gross, who set a national record in junior precision air rifle.

North Augusta Middle

• Box Tops for Education should be turned in to homeroom teachers.

• PowerSchool’s Parent Portal for parents and pupils is available. Previous IDs and passwords still work for returning pupils. If new to the school, contact the main office to receive a user name and password.

• Parent volunteers are needed in the library media center on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. If interested, contact Mrs. Sidey.

• Volunteers are needed for the canteen. If interested, contact Mrs. Echols at lechols@aiken.k12.sc.us or call (803) 442-6200.

• Payment for the PSAT is due Friday and will only be collected in Room 261 during first period.

• Fall pictures will be taken Oct. 9.

• Forms to join the Pep Club are in the main office.

• Yearbooks can be purchased at jostens.com.

• The following items are needed for the Synergistic Lab: paper towels, AA batteries, notebook paper, black medium point Sharpies, box of vinyl gloves, 9-inch balloons, Elmer Glue All (not school glue), baby food carrots, wax paper, jar of yeast, packets of ketchup and mustard, and Ziploc sandwich and snack bags.

• Eighth graders can buy baby ads for the yearbook. For the best available price, ads need to be turned in by Oct. 19. Contact Julie Parker or a yearbook staff member for information. 

• The first Jacket and Books Club (JAB) meeting will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the media center. Sign up and order the book for this month by Friday with Mrs. Sidey in the media center.

Paul Knox Middle

• The faculty member of the month is Mrs. Bodine. The staff member of the month is Mr. Moss.

• The following are students of the month: Dylan Aleman, Briggs Ballard, Sarah Bigger, Carlos Cardenas, Heather Cosh, Darius Cummings, Reagan Finnerty, Sydney Fuller, BJ Harrison, Krysta Horton, Noah Jarrad, Paula Moran, Brenda Olvera, Soteria Raymond, Iyana Russell, Emily Ayers, Robert Betosky, Tony Brooks, Brooklen Cole, Hannah Cox, Charlotte Day, Ellie Fuller, Hanna Hall, Kayla Hartsock, Josh Jackson, Erin McDowell, Kurtis Poole, Desiree Robinson and Kayla Sanders.

• Sparkle Car Wash on Edgefield Road, across from the Nancy Carson Library, will donate a portion of car wash proceeds of car washes priced $9.99 or higher during September to the Gifted and Talented Program. In order for a portion of a car wash proceed to go to the program, customers must use the code 5014.

• The annual PTO fundraiser has begun. Items being sold include cheese spreads, kitchen gadgets, magazines and frozen foods such as pizzas, pretzels and cookie dough. The prices start at $8. The last day of the fundraiser is Oct. 3.

• Season passes are on sale for $20 per person. The passes are good for all home football, basketball and volleyball games this school year. There are coupons from local businesses on the back of each season pass.

• 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. Purchases can be made with cash only.

• Volunteers are needed to help with lunch hour sales from 10:53 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays. Contact Sandy Zellar at stzmail@bellsouth.net if you can help.

• The media center is accepting donations of new and used books.

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

• 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 which will allow members to get a $3 discount off any $25 purchase through Aug. 1, 2013.

• 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

• The school collects Box Tops and used ink cartridges.

• Book donations can be dropped off at the school library.

• Victory Baptist Church’s Awana Clubs are held every Wednesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. for children ages 2 through sixth grade.

• Sept. 26 is a half day due to the SCACS teachers convention.

• There will be no school Thursday and Friday.

• The Victory Baptist Church Harvest Jubilee is Monday through Oct. 3.

• Six-week progress reports will be sent home Oct. 5.

• Juniors will take the PSAT on Oct. 10.

• 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.

• Those interested in helping put a computer in each classroom can stop by the school to receive an envelope. Then return the envelope to the school by your student or drop it off in the school office.

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