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School Notes

Posted: October 23, 2012 - 12:19pm

Belvedere Elementary

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

• Student Council is selling Chick-fil-A calendars for $6.

• 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.

• Those who volunteer at the school must attend a training session. A session will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday.

• There will be no school Monday.

• Domino's Pizza Night is Nov. 1.

• If interested in volunteering with the PTO, e-mail

• 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

• Sparkle Car Wash will donate $3 for any car wash priced $9.99 and up during October. Enter the code 5016. The fundraiser will benefit the cheerleaders.

• Fall HSAP testing continues through Thursday.

• Pink Out Day is Thursday.

• Senior Night is Friday at the home game against Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High.

• Board meetings are held the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. The next meetings are Tuesday, Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 in the Fox Creek conference room.

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

• The Yankee Candle fundraiser will be held
Nov. 1-30.

• 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.

• The Robert E. McNair Scholarship at Francis Marion University covers tuition, fees, and room and board. The application deadline is Nov. 19. To apply, go to

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The following fifth- grade pupils have been nominated by their teachers to participate in the HHE Ambassador Program: Caleb Waldrop, Raelin Lanham, Santos Diaz, Brayden Poorvin and Yazmin McCumber. The pupils will represent the school at special events.

• Red Ribbon Week continues through Friday Oct. 26: Oct. 24, SHADE Out Drugs, wear sunglasses; Thursday, STOMP Out Drugs, wear mismatched shoes; and Friday, You Won’t See ME doing drugs!, wear camouflage.

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

• The make-up date for fall pictures is Thursday.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold in the morning car line Friday. One biscuit is $3. Two biscuits are $5.

• There will be a limo lunch Friday. Permission slips are due Thursday.

• Parent-teacher conferences will be held Monday. 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.

• Veterans Day and Grandparents Day will be observed Nov. 9.

• American Education Week is Nov. 12-16: Nov. 12, 4K, 5K and first grade visitation; Nov. 13, second grade visitation; Nov. 14, third grade visitation; Nov. 15, fourth grade visitation; and Nov. 16, fifth grade visitation.

• Interim report cards will be issued Nov. 19.

• Beta Sigma Phi Tour of Homes, held Dec. 7-8, will include Hammond Hill this year in celebration of its 60th year. To create a mini-museum for the tour, HHE is seeking memorabilia such as pictures, T-shirts, yearbooks, report cards, desks, chairs, awards and video of school performances from over the years. Those who have items they would like to loan the school for the mini-museum can bring them to the school office and complete a loan-agreement form. The deadline for turning in memorabilia is Nov. 20. For more information, call (803) 442-6170.

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 continues through Friday in the media center. Books can also be purchased online. Visit the MES Web site for the link to buy books online.

• Red Ribbon Week continues through Friday: Oct. 24, hat day; Thursday, wear your favorite team shirt, jersey or class T-shirt; and Friday, wear red, white and blue.

• 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.

Merriwether Middle

• The following pupils made the school newspaper staff: Ethan Lowe, Chandler Thacker, Emily Santiago-Preachers, Misty Henderson, Caroline Ball, Taylor Thompson, Emilie Martin, Maria Bautista, La’Talya Harris and Andrew Jackson.

• 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.

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

• 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

• There will be no school Monday.

• Red Ribbon Week is this week and theme days are as follows: Oct. 24, wear red and boots; Thursday, crazy hat day; and Friday, ’80s day.

• Trick-or-Treat will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The haunted house will be open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Admission to the haunted house is $2 per child or $5 per family.

• 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 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. Thursday, and on Monday at noon, 12:15 p.m., 5 and 5:15 p.m. For a complete list of training dates, e-mail

• School is closed Monday.

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

North Augusta Elementary

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

• The following made the 100 Book Club: Paola Ramirez, Grace Harrell, Blakely Holton, Adriana Martinez, Tyla Holmes, Zsa-Kiana Williams, Jaylen Bunch, Will Stallings, Colby Hawes and Kasey Newbegin.

• CogAT/ITBS testing is Oct. 24 through Friday and Nov. 7-9. Classroom monitors are needed for about an hour each morning.

• Class fall parties will be held Friday: 12:15 p.m., second grade and kindergarten; 1 p.m., first, third, fourth and fifth grades.

• 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

• 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 for information or Bryony Nicholson at (803) 341-9181 or

• 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

• If a child leaves an item behind in their classroom, the item can be retrieved only 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.

• The FBLA Partnership with Business Project members will hold a pet costume contest at the Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee on Saturday. 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

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

• The following band members participated in the high school competition Oct. 13: Ayla Hadley, Chesni Cobb, Dalice Polk, Trevionna Horne, Tatyana Edwards, Heather Dunbar, Danielle Altringer, Joel Napier, TJ Gillespie, Jonathon Wilson, Zach Stokes, Josh Gordon and Ryan Gillespie. The Jacket Regiment won the Grovetown Warrior Invitational.

• 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 or call (803) 442-6200.

• Girls basketball tryouts will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday 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

• 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

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

• A parent meeting will be held Tuesday 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

• 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 are 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 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.

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

• Report cards will be sent home Friday.

• The SCACS volleyball state tournament is Friday and Saturday.

• 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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