• 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.
• 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.
• Student Council is selling Chick-fil-A calendars for $6.
• If interested in volunteering with the PTO, e-mail BelvederePTO25@yahoo.com.
Fox Creek High
• Poinsettia plants can be ordered through Friday. Two sizes are available priced at $12 and $20. The plants come with a foil cover. See a senior or Ms. Smith to order. The flowers will be delivered the first week of December.
• The Fox Creek Baseball Fall Golf Tournament is Saturday 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 Tuesday 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.
Hammond Hill Elementary
• ITBS testing will be administered to second-grade pupils on Thursday and Friday.
• Veterans Day and Grandparents Day will be observed Friday. 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. Thursday 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 email@example.com or (803) 442-6170.
• American Education Week is Monday through Nov. 16 and parents are invited to join their child in their classroom and for lunch: Monday, 4K, 5K and first grade visitation; Tuesday, 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 spirit cup fundraiser continues through Nov. 21. The spirit cups are officially licensed by NFL, MLB, more than 90 colleges and five branches of the military.
• There will be no school Nov. 21-23 for Thanksgiving holidays.
• MAP Testing will be administered Nov. 28-Dec. 19.
• 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.
• 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 Monday at 8:30 a.m.
• Thanksgiving holidays are Nov. 21-23.
• Interim report cards will be sent home Nov. 28.
• The Chorus Holiday Concert, Santa’s Holiday Playlist, will be Dec. 13.
• December 21 is a half-day.
• 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or
• The school collects Box Tops and Campbell’s labels.
• MES PTO membership is $5 per family. Checks should be made payable to MES PTO.
• 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.
• Gateway Night will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday.
• The Veterans Day program will be held at 9 a.m. Monday.
• Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits will be sold in the car line Tuesday, 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.
Mossy Creek Elementary
• "It's Never Too Late to Say Thanks!" program to honor veterans will be held 8:45 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
• The fifth grade DARE graduation will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Belvedere First Baptist Church.
• Parents are invited to eat lunch with their child during American Education Week: Tuesday, kindergarten and first grades; Nov. 14, second and third grades; and Nov. 15, fourth and fifth grades.
• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold Nov. 15.
• Interim reports will be sent home Nov. 19.
• Colonial Day is Nov. 19.
• Kindergarten will have its Thanksgiving program will be Nov. 20.
• There will be no school Nov. 21-23.
• MAP testing starts Nov. 28 and will continue through Dec. 19.
North Augusta Elementary
• Lisa Jones and Grady Walker made the 100 Book Club. Grady Walker also made the 200 Book Club.
• The following pupils received perfect scores on the 2012 PASS test: math- Chase Chiswell and Iris Nichols; English language arts- Joyce Bernardino, Katelynn Chason, Haley Fox, Justin Manning and Blake Shealy.
• The Looney Tunes Savings Club is open Tuesdays for deposits.
• ITBS testing is Nov. 7 through Friday. 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 Friday at 1 p.m. Items for the veteran's museum must be turned in by 3 p.m. Thursday. Mark any contributions with the child's name and room number. Items can be picked up after the program. Veterans and current military members are invited to eat lunch and should let the school know by Nov. 7.
• Parents are invited to visit the school and join their child for lunch during American Education Week: Monday, first and third grades; Tuesday, kindergarten and fourth grades; and Nov. 14, second and fifth grades. The cost of an adult lunch is $3.35.
• Lost and found items will be placed on the stage for pupils to look through on Monday and Tuesday. Remaining items will be given to a local charity on Nov. 14.
• The talent show will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3. Pupils interested in participating can pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Brunson for their parents to sign. Auditions will be held Nov. 28 through Dec. 1 in the music room.
North Augusta High
• 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.
• Those interested in applying for the Distinguished Young Women of Aiken County Scholarship Program should go to www.ajm.org/participateand click on the "apply" link to sign up.
• Those interesting in taking a trip to Italy and Greece in July should see Mr. Gill in Room 509. The trip includes a three-day Aegean Cruise.
North Augusta Middle
• Congratulations to the eighth grade pupils who participated in North Augusta High School's Jacket Regiment marching band this season. The band finished in ninth place overall and earned a superior rating at the class 4A state marching band championships.
• The Veteran's Day Program will be held at 9 a.m. Nov. 9 in the gym.
• Parents can pick up items purchased from the Show Choir's fundraiser on Monday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
• The Dirty Brushes Art Club will meet Tuesday after school.
• Eighth grade pupils will have a Choices presentation by Kimberly Clark on Tuesday and Nov. 14.
• Make-up pictures will be taken Nov. 16.
• Guidance Night will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 19. The night will feature a presentation on what to expect from an early adolescent; discussion about bullying and North Augusta Middle’s response to it; and a presentation about Internet Safety by Officer Melanie Chavous.
• The next SIC meeting is 10 a.m. Nov. 20.
• There is no school Nov. 21-23 for Thanksgiving holidays.
• Career Speaker Day will be held Dec. 5 from 8:15 to 10:10 a.m. Those interested in speaking about their career should contact Mrs. Echols at email@example.com.
• Forms to join the Pep Club are in the main office.
• Fellowship of Christian Athletes 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paul Knox Middle
• Basketball tryouts for girls will be held Nov. 7 through Thursday from 3:30 to 5 p.m., and tryouts for boys is Nov. 7 through Friday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Pupils interested in trying out must have a physical on file.
• Make-up pictures will be taken Friday.
• The School Improvement Council and fall 2012 Planning Team meeting will be Tuesday 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 email@example.com.
• 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. l 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
• 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.
• The Expectations fundraiser continues through Friday. Make checks payable to Victory Christian School.
• 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.
• 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 player for more information.