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Posted: October 15, 2012 - 5:17pm
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Fox Creek High School held a "chalk the walks" competition Oct. 5. Students participated in two-person teams. Kaylyn Drew and Kyle Lanham had the winning art (above). There was a tie for second: Rachel Simmons and Kayley Turner and Alivia Bryan and  Brittany Stevens. Third went to Heather Bowden and Kennedy Tesch.    SPECIAL
Fox Creek High School held a "chalk the walks" competition Oct. 5. Students participated in two-person teams. Kaylyn Drew and Kyle Lanham had the winning art (above). There was a tie for second: Rachel Simmons and Kayley Turner and Alivia Bryan and Brittany Stevens. Third went to Heather Bowden and Kennedy Tesch.

General News

• Westminster Schools of Augusta will have a fall festival Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Westminster campus, 3067 Wheeler Road, Augusta. The festival will include inflatables, a bake hut, fun stage, hula-hoops, doughnuts, a bubble-blowing contest and more. Tickets are $15. Parents and children ages 4 and younger play for free. For more information, go to wsa.net/homecoming.

• Aiken High School will have its fifth annual Career Night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30.  Aiken High is located at 449 Rutland Drive, Aiken.

• The acGATEWAY program is now accepting applications. Applications are due Dec. 7. For more information, visit acps.schoolfusion.us.

Belvedere Elementary

• The following were elected to Student Council: Hannah Littleton, president; Carson Kelly, vice president; and Peyton Zuehlke, secretary.

• Student Council is collecting canned food through Nov. 2 for Community Ministry of North Augusta. Shoes, coats, belts and other clothes also are being collected to distribute to the homeless at Thanksgiving.

• Friday is a teacher workday and pupils will not report to school.

• Those who volunteer at the school must attend a training session. Sessions will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday and Oct. 25.

• The fall book fair is open from 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Thursday. To volunteer at the book fair, contact Lisa Chapman at (803) 442-6330.

• The first nine weeks ends Tuesday.

• The Looney Tunes Bank is open from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the cafeteria. A deposit of $5 is required to open an account, and the bank will put in $1. Pupils receive a bankbook with deposit and withdrawal slips, a pencil and coin holder.

Fox Creek High

• Spirit Night will be held at Zaxby’s from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday to benefit the booster club.

• The second nine weeks starts Tuesday.

• Fall HSAP testing is Tuesday through Oct. 25.

• Pink Out Day is Oct. 25.

• Senior Night is Oct. 26 during the home game against HKT. Seniors will sell food at the game which starts at 7:30 p.m.

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

• Parent visits will be held Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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

• Those planning to play sports in college must register online with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

• Students must fill out a transcript form after completing college applications. Pick up a form in Mrs. Stallings’ office. The first transcript is free. After that, transcripts are $5 each and will not be sent until the fee is paid.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits are sold for $3 each Friday before school. Proceeds benefit Teacher Cadet.

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

Hammond Hill Elementary

Mason Ranson and Samuel Mercer were the top cookie dough sellers. Mason sold 60 boxes and Samuel sold 40.

• There will be a teacher workday Friday. Pupils will not have school.

• The end of the first nine weeks is Tuesday.

• CogAT testing will be administered to second-grade pupils Oct. 24-26.

• The make-up date for fall pictures is Oct. 25.

• 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.

• ITBS testing will be administered to second-grade pupils Nov. 8-9.

• 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 all-color with a hardback cover. Checks may be made payable to HHE PTO or pay online ybpay.lifetouch.com, code “7731513”.

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.

• Make-up picture day is Thursday.

• MES will have Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m.

• The Scholastic Book Fair will be held Friday through Oct. 26 in the media center. Grandparents Preview Day is Friday and grandparents may bring their grandchild to the book fair from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. On Tuesday, the book fair will stay open until 5:30 p.m. Books can also be purchased online. Visit the MES Web site for the link to buy books online. Anyone interested in volunteering at the book fair should e-mail Ms. Bowers at lebowers@edgefield.k12.sc.us.

• Red Ribbon Week is Monday through Oct. 26: Monday, wear red; Tuesday, wear camouflage; Oct. 24, hat day; Oct. 25, wear your favorite team shirt, jersey or class T-shirt; and Oct. 26, wear red, white and blue.

• The second nine weeks begins Tuesday.

• A school-wide mock presidential election will be held Oct. 31.

• 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.

• The Veteran’s Day Program is Nov. 12 at 8:30 a.m.

• 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

• PTO will sponsor a Clothes Swap on Saturday.

• The second nine weeks begins Tuesday.

• Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits will be sold in the car line Tuesday, Nov. 13, Nov. 27 and Dec. 11 from 7 a.m. until sold out.

• Pupils will be released early Oct. 31.

• Report Card Night is Nov. 1.

• There is 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 are Nov. 21-23.

• Interim reports will be sent home Nov. 28.

• The Winter Dessert Concert is Dec. 11.

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

• The Spring Dessert Concert will be April 23.

• The Merriwether Mavericks Scholastic Chess Club meets on Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m. at Merriwether Elementary in the cafeteria. Memberships are $35 per year and include a regulation chess set and a T-shirt.

• Yearbooks are on sale for $25. Parents of eighth-grade pupils may also purchase a baby ad to be included in the yearbook. Yearbook personalizations and other extras are available for an additional cost.

• MMS PTO is selling the 2013 CFA calenders for $6. A portion of each sale will benefit the PTO.

• 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

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

• There will be no school Friday and Oct. 29.

• Red Ribbon Week begins Monday and theme days are as follows: Monday, favorite team attire; Tuesday, wear camouflage; Oct. 24, wear red and boots; Oct. 25, crazy hat day; and Oct. 26, ’80s day.

• Trick-or-Treat will be 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25.

• 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 5 and 5:15 p.m. Oct. 25. For a complete list of training dates, e-mail shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• The school carnival is 2 to 5 p.m. Nov. 4. 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.

• First grade will have 50s day on Oct. 31.

• 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 Looney Tunes Savings Club is open Tuesdays for deposits.

• The following made the book club: 100 books: Tamia Jenkins, Kierstin Harmon and Andrea Newbegin; and page master: Amber Sikes.

• The Box Tops contest continues through Monday. The class that collects the most will win an ice cream party.

• Make-up picture day is Thursday.

• Friday is a teacher workday; pupils will not report to school.

• There will be a gifted and talent showcase at 6 p.m. Monday.

• The end of the first nine weeks is Tuesday.

• There will be a carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 3. It will include inflatables, hay rides, carnival games, cake walk, police car, fire truck, silent auction, food (cotton candy, ice cream, hot dogs, chips and drink) and performances by a dance group and karate team.

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

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

• Yearbook ads can be purchased. Fifth graders can purchase a 1/4 page 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 behind in their classroom, the item can only be retrieved until 2:45 p.m. daily.

North Augusta High

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

• A PSAT Prep Workshop will be held from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday. Cost is $10. Sign up through guidance.

• The FBLA Partnership with Business Project members will hold a pet costume contest at the Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee on Oct. 27. Cost to enter is $3 and pets can be entered for best dressed, best Halloween costume and best look alike. There will be three winners in each category. The contest will be from 10 a.m. to noon and awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Donations will also be accepted for a memorial wall on behalf of a lost pet, with proceeds going toward the SPCA's North Augusta Treasure Chest.

• 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.

• Tutoring is offered as follows: Mondays, English in Room 116, Spanish in Room 201 and French in Room 203; Tuesdays, math in Room 304 and business in the assigned teacher's room; and Thursdays, social studies in Room 509 and science in Room 212.

North Augusta Middle

• 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.

• The PSAT is open to all eighth graders and registration forms are available with math teachers. Cost is $14 and deadline to pay is Monday. See Ms. Gamble in room 261 to pay for the test.

• The show choir/news show are selling pies through Oct. 17. Money and orders are due to Ms. Surles by Tuesday.

• The fall book fair continues through Friday.

• There is no school for pupils Friday.

• Girls basketball tryouts will be held at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the gym. A current physical form is required.

• Make-up pictures will be taken Nov. 16.

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

• Yearbooks can be purchased at jostensyearbooks.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.

Paul Knox Middle

• The book fair continues through Friday. Purchases can be made in cash or with a check.

• Friday is a teacher workday. There is no school for pupils.

• October 29 is a teacher workday. There is no school for pupils.

• A parent meeting will be held Oct. 30 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The meeting will cover topics such as pressures teens face today, helping teens resist peer pressure and make good decisions and encouraging teens to abstain for unsafe and unproductive lifestyles. The meeting is for adults only.

• Basketball tryouts for girls will be Nov. 5 and Nov. 7-8 from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and tryouts for boys is Nov. 7-9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Pupils interested in trying out must have a physical on file.

• Make-up pictures will be taken Nov. 9.

• MAP testing will be administered Nov. 28 through Dec. 19.

• People who are serving or have served in the military are being sought to speak to classes for Veterans Day. If you know of someone or would like to volunteer to speak, contact Mrs. Sasser at esasser@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• 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.

• PTO is accepting pre-orders for Paul Knox shirts. Short sleeve shirts-$15, long sleeve shirts-$20 and hoodies-$45. Cash and checks will be accepted. Checks should be made out to Communigraphics. All proceeds benefit the Paul Knox PTO.

• 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 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 that 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

• 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.

• Jostens presentation is Oct. 17.

• The PSATs will be administered at 9 a.m. Oct. 17 upstairs in the main college classroom. Victory Christian juniors and homeschool students will take the test. The cost is $20, payable on the day of the test.

• Turn in Box Tops for Education by Friday. The class that collects the most wins a pizza party.

• Victory Christian is participating in the SCACS Fine Arts Festival in March. Forms have been sent home. Check the events your child would like to participate in and return by Friday.

• The first quarter ends Tuesday.

• Fall make-up pictures and volleyball pictures will be taken Oct. 24.

• Report cards will be sent home Oct. 26.

• The SCACS volleyball state tournament is Oct. 26-27.

• There is no school on Election Day, Nov. 6.

• Basketball and cheeleading pictures will be taken Nov. 14.

• Three-week progress reports will be sent home Nov. 16.

• There is no school Nov. 21-23.

• Six-week progress reports will be sent home Dec. 14.

• December 19 is a half-day.

• Christmas break is Dec. 20-Jan. 1.

• Classes resume Jan. 2.

• First grade is collecting change to raise money to go to the Atlanta Aquarium in the spring. Pupils can bring loose change to fill up the money jug.

• The school is raising funds to purchase iPads for each classroom. Those interested in donating should contact the school office.

• Book donations can be left at the school library.

• Library books may be checked out for two weeks at a time. A 5-cent fine will be charged for every day books are late.

• The basketball team is selling Yankee Candles as a fundraiser. See a basketball player for more information.

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