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Posted: October 30, 2012 - 4:04pm
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Brittany Ewing was presented with the Family Member of the Month award for October by Fox Creek High School principal Dr. Tim Murph. Ewing is a first-year art teacher.
Brittany Ewing was presented with the Family Member of the Month award for October by Fox Creek High School principal Dr. Tim Murph. Ewing is a first-year art teacher.

General News

• Through Nov. 23, the public can review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in South Carolina public schools. The materials are displayed at the University of South Carolina Aiken School of Education, Room 238D, 471 University Way, Aiken. Instructions for submitting comments are available at the site. Members of the state board of education will review submitted comments before a final decision is made on adopting the materials.

Belvedere Elementary

Chase Raws made the 100 Book Club.

• Domino’s Pizza Night is Thursday.

• Makeup pictures and retakes will be taken Thursday.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold Friday.

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

• 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.

• 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.

• If interested in volunteering with the PTO, e-mail BelvederePTO25@yahoo.com.

• 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

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

• A breast cancer assembly will be held at 9:45 a.m. Oct. 31. The assembly will feature guest speakers including Mrs. Burns and nurses from Trinity Hospital. There are also fun things planned. Balloons will also be released. Women from the community are welcome to attend.

• The Yankee Candle fundraiser starts Thursday and continues through Nov. 30.

• Teacher workdays are Friday and Monday. There will be no school for students.

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

• There will be no school Tuesday for election day.

• The Fox Creek Baseball Fall Golf Tournament is Nov. 10 at Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club. Registration and lunch starts at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at noon. The cost is $80 per individual or $300 per team. Fox Creek students can participate for $50. See the front office for more information.

• Spirit Night at Zaxby’s will be Nov. 13 from 5 to 8 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit the booster club.

• 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 www.fmarion.edu/fmuadmissions/scholarship.

• The music department is having its annual Riversweet Fruit Sale. Prices range from $20-$46. Orders will be taken through Nov. 19. Contact the music department for more information.

• Thanksgiving holidays are Nov. 21-23.

• Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A will be Nov. 27. The fundraiser benefits teacher cadet.

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

• Interim reports will be sent home Nov. 28.

• The senior final make-up order will be Dec. 4 from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the conference room.

• The pre-pageant/prom fashion show will be 7 p.m. Dec. 6 in the commons.

• Exams will be Dec. 18-21.

• December 21 is a half-day.

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

• Fox Creek teacher cadets will attend the Ron Clark Academy for Teacher Training in April at a cost of $200 per cadet. At the academy, cadets will observe master teachers in action. Clark is known around the world for his unique teaching methods, high expectations for students and for making sure teachers at his school are able to teach outside of the box. Anyone interested in making a donation toward the cost or paying the full cost for a cadet can contact Mrs. Mayson or Ms. Cowart.

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

• Seniors are selling cupcakes during lunch.

• Poinsettia plants are being sold as a fundraiser for the senior class. Proceeds will go towards their senior trip to Costa Rica.

• Pink items are being sold by senior female students. Items include wide band bracelets, $3; Pink Shoe Key Rings, $3; footballs, $5; pink sunglasses, $5; and shirts, $15.

• Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship is a one time grant of $1,000. Only one student can be nominated per school. If you are interested, give Mrs. Stallings a list of your extracurricular activities, including community involvement.

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The winning classes of the first Box Top collection are: kindergarten-Devine; first grade- Cameron; second grade- Butler; third grade- Franklin; fourth grade- Pope; and fifth grade- Long.

• The following received grants from the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council: Uyen Griffis, Lorrie Jones, Robin Patterson and Page Kight.

• There will be a BMX Bike Show on Thursday.

• There will be no school on Tuesday for Election Day.

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

• Veterans Day and Grandparents Day will be observed Nov. 9. Military photos, awards, newspaper clippings and other items acquired by military service are needed for the Veterans Day Mini-Museum. Items should be at the library media center by 8 a.m. Nov. 8 to be included in a video. Veterans are also asked to share their stories in the museum during the day. For more information, contact Rhonda Criss at rcriss@aiken.k12.sc.us or (803)
442-6170.

• American Education Week is Nov. 12-16 and parents are invited to join their child in their classroom and for lunch: 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. Parents of 4-year-olds in the morning class are invited to eat breakfast instead of lunch.

• 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.

.• 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. 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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.

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

• Pupils will be released early on Oct. 31.

• Report Card Night is Thursday.

• There will no school for pupils Friday and Monday. Both days are teacher workdays.

• Eat Wings, Raise Funds Night is Nov. 7 for MES. Eat at Buffalo Wild Wings, 120 Robert C. Daniel Parkway, Augusta, and tell them you are with Merriwether Elementary. The restaurant will donate a portion of the proceeds to the school.

• The Veterans Day Program is Nov. 12 at 8:30 a.m.

• 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

• Pupils will be released early Oct. 31.

• Report Card Night is Thursday.

• There is no school for pupils Friday and Monday. Both days are teacher workdays.

• There will be no school for pupils Tuesday 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.

Mossy Creek Elementary

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

• The school carnival is 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. 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 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 following pupils made the 100 Book Club: Tessa Timmerman, Noah Chastain, Ethan Chastain and Hannah Chastain. Page Master: Trey Stallings.

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

• Spirit Day is Friday. Wear a North Augusta Elementary or North Augusta High shirt or their colors.

• There will be a carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.

• ITBS testing is Nov. 7-9. Class­room monitors are needed for about an hour each morning. Those interested in volunteering should contact Felicia Walters at (803) 442-6280.

• The Veterans Day program is Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.

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

• Yearbooks cost $15 and can be bought 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 be retrieved only until 2:45 p.m. daily.

North Augusta High

• The NJROTC Drill team placed third in the drill competition at T.L. Hanna’s 21st annual drill and field meet. Three individual event trophies were also awarded: first place in individual armed exhibition, third place in basic squad armed and third place in basic squad unarmed.

• Nine Future Business Leaders of America students attended the 2012 FBLA State Rally at Lower Richland High School on Oct. 13. Jacqueline Phillips, Abbe Webb, Royce Cook and Celina Broadwater placed in the top three in the FBLA state chant event. Hannah Reese, Henry Shuford and Daniel Pippin placed first in the Battle of the Chapters. The chapter received a medal and a plaque. Autumn Freeman and Rachel Branum presented the Maxing Out Membership workshop. Henry Shuford and Hannah Reese presented the P.S. Public Speaking, it’s easy! workshop.

• The Governor’s School will have an open door program Saturday. The Governor’s School, located in Greenville, has summer and residential programs. Those interested should register with the guidance department.

North Augusta Middle

Donna Bradberry has retired from Aiken County Public Schools after 28 years of service. She spent 20 of those years at North Augusta Middle.

• The deadline for eighth grade baby ads is Oct. 31.

• Boys basketball tryouts begin Thursday and Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the gym. All boys must have a valid current physical.

• The next Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting will be Nov. 2. The remaining meeting dates for the year are: Dec. 7, Jan. 11, Feb. 1, March 8, April 5, May 3, and May 31. Community members willing to speak to the club should contact Robb Underwood at runderwood@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• There is no school Tuesday for Election Day.

• The Dirty Brushes Art Club will meet Nov. 13 after school.

• Eighth grade pupils will have a Choices presentation by Kimberly Clark on Nov. 13 and 14.

Paul Knox Middle

• The academic team has gone undefeated this season.

• Basketball tryouts for girls will be Monday 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.

• The School Improvement Council and fall 2012 Planning Team meeting will be Nov. 13 from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in the media center.

• 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.

• 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.

Victory Christian

• The seventh and eighth grades turned in the most Box Tops and won a pizza party.

• 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.

• There is no school on Tuesday for Election Day.

• Basketball and cheerleading 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. 7.

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

• 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 a jug.

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

• Other items available daily in the lunchroom: corndogs, $1.25 and chicken nuggets, $1.50. Pupils in fifth grade and under may choose not to order a full lunch for a lesser price.

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