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Posted: November 13, 2012 - 3:20pm

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. The state board of education will review submitted comments before a final decision is made on the materials.

• The acGATEWAY program is now accepting applications. The program provides instruction in visual arts, music, creative writing, drama and dance is available to Aiken County students in grades 3-12. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and audition. Applications are due Dec. 7. For more information, visit acps.schoolfusion.us.

• The Aiken High School Class of 1977 will have its 35-year reunion Dec. 29 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. SW, Aiken. Advance tickets are $35 per person; tickets will be $45 per person at the door. Send check made payable to AHS Class of 1977 to: AHS Class of 1977 Reunion, c/o Mary Ward, 25 Clemson Drive, Aiken, SC 29803. For more information, email ljhall@atlanticbb.net or ahs1977@atlanticbb.net.

Belvedere Elementary

• 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

• Presbyterian College’s Quattlebaum-Griffith Scholarship covers tuition, fees, and room and board for up to four years. The deadline to apply is Thursday. See Mrs. Stallings if interested in attending the college.

• The Robert E. McNair Scholarship at Francis Marion University covers tuition, fees, and room and board. The application deadline is Monday. 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 Monday. Contact the music department or Mr. Martinez at cmartinez@foxcreekhighschool.org for more information.

• Fellowship of Christian Athletes will sponsor the annual Powder Puff game on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:45 p.m. The first game will be the seniors versus the freshmen and the second game will be the juniors versus the sophomores. The winning team from each game will play each other for the championship. Proceeds from the event will benefit Santa’s Helper, cancer research and the FCA camp.

• 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 Yankee Candle fundraiser continues through Nov. 30.

• 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 5 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.

• A free FAFSA workshop will be held Feb. 23 at Aiken Technical College from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• 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.

• 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.

• Tutoring for all subjects is held on Thursdays in Mrs. Smith’s room. See Mrs. Smith for a reservation.

• 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.

• Spartanburg Methodist College offers students who graduate with a 3.0 GPA or higher a full tuition financial aid package. Apply at www.smcsc.edu.

• The Watson-Brown Scholarship is for low income students planning to attend any four-year college. Scholarships are $3,000 or $5,000 per year. Go to www.watson-brown.org/scholarship to apply.

• Seniors should go ahead and plan college visits. Each student gets two excused days for college visits. Documentation of the visit must be turned in for it to be excused.

• 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.

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

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The following classes received the Golden Shoe Award for having good sportsmanship and using their life skills in P.E. for the first nine weeks: Pond, kindergarten; Bussey, first grade; Williams, second grade; Newman, third grade; Pope, fourth grade; and Lusk, fifth grade.

• The following pupils are Bumble Bee Writing winners: Paden Quinn, first grade; Brett Adkins, second grade; Kayden Griffis, third grade; Makayla Adams, fourth grade; and Bear Smoker, fifth grade.

• The following pupils scored exemplary on all parts of the 2012 Palmetto Assessment of the State Standards tests and have been named PASS Scholars: fourth grade: Matthew Jeffers, Owen Wells, Dawson Simms, Joseph White, Leyton Johnson, Jacob Wales, Grayson Bridgers, Will Tate, Bryson Mathis, Joseph DeLaughter, Isabella Waters, John Zelik, Chloe Powell, Kelse Deas, Dominique Mayes, Jordan Rose Parker, Tanner Preissler, Stephen Nelson, Cole Jackson, Ella James, Avery Arico, Makena Griffis, Teresa Thomas, Jackson Beavers, Anna Wilson, Alton McCurry, Bryce Anderson, Nathan McGhee, Shane Sloan, Emily Pearce, Gabby Moore, Claire Crowder, Matthew Hammond, Rebekah Rhaman, Lauren Angeloff, Carter Amburn and Brendan Stacy. Fifth grade: Brayden Poorvin, Hailey Sparks, Bear Smoker, Nicholas Herrera, Clayton Roddy, Kathryn Presnell, Lilly Smith, Ethan Wilson, Macey Hughes, Eddie Burch, Cooper Atkins, Cassidy Blackmon, Will Livingston, Blake Swanson and Ana Owens.

• American Education Week continues through Friday and parents are invited to join their child in their classroom and for lunch: today, third grade visitation; Thursday, fourth grade visitation; and Friday, 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 Monday.

• 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 Tuesday. For more information, call (803) 442-6170.

• The spirit cup fundraiser continues through Tuesday. 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.

• Santa Shop will be open Nov. 28-30.

• MAP Testing will be administered Nov. 28-Dec. 19.

• Fifth-grade yearbook ads are due Nov. 30.

• The winter carnival and Cookies with Santa event will be Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature inflatables, a rock wall, train ride, games, prizes, and vendors. Those attending can also take pictures with Santa Claus. Armbands for unlimited inflatables and games can be purchased in advance for $8 until 2:30 p.m. Nov. 29. The cost will be $10 on the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth for $1 each. Items’ cost will range from one to 10 tickets. Those interested in being a craft or business vendor should contact Leslie Echols at lechols@aiken.k12.sc.us or echols.5@comcast.net with the word “Carnival” in the subject line. Vendor registration forms can also be picked up at the school.

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

• Hammond Hill will be on the Beta Sigma Phi Tour of Homes Dec. 7-8. Tours will be held 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.

• Polar Express will be Dec. 20.

• The last day of class before winter break is Dec. 21. Classroom parties will be held on this date.

• Parents are asked to send in a new, unwrapped toy for the annual Christmas Child toy drive.

• Contact Christy Cosh or Ordean Crews if you’re interested in volunteering, including chaperoning field trips, but were unable to attend a volunteer meeting.

• 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 at ybpay.lifetouch.com, code “7731513”.

• Sponsors are needed for the Double H Reading Club. Your business logo will be featured on prizes. Contact Sara-Beth Brown at (803) 442-6170 for more information.

• Food brought to school parties or for class celebrations must be purchased commercially.

• Youth size spirit shirts are being sold for $12 each. Available sizes are youth small, youth medium and youth large. Checks should be made payable to “HHE”.

• The Looney Tunes Bank is open for deposits every Monday from 7 to
7:30 a.m.

• 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. Parents are asked to send dollar bills or coins with their child to use in the store since a lot of change is not kept on hand. 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.

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

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.

• 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.

• Dec. 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, 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.

• 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

• Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits will be sold in the car line 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 avalilable 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

• Parents are invited to eat lunch with their child during American Education Week: today, second and third grades and Thursday, fourth and fifth grades.

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

• Interim reports will be sent home Monday.

• Colonial Day is Monday.

• Items to create survivor kits for Sandy victims are being collected through Tuesday. Suggested items include bottled water; paper cups, plates and utensils; garbage bags; diapers; toothpaste and toothbrushes; combs and brushes; shampoo; soap; baby wipes; Clorox wipe; blankets; slightly used and new clothing; and nonperishable food items. Place the items in containers labled Survival Kits or drop them off to Ms. Vaughn's classroom.

• Kindergarten will have its Thanksgiving program Tuesday.

• There will be no school Nov. 21-23.

• MAP testing starts Nov. 28 and will continue through Dec. 19.

• To volunteer at the school, a volunteer/chaperone training must be attended every year. The next training dates are Dec. 5 at 11:45 a.m. and noon and Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Training will not be offered after December. For a complete list of training dates, e-mail shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• Parents are reminded to place the child's name inside of their jackets, hats, lunch boxes and other items.

• 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.

• Parents are invited to visit the school and join their child for lunch during American Education Week: today, second and fifth grades. The cost of an adult lunch is $3.35.

• 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.

• 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 the classroom, the item can be retrieved only until 2:45 p.m. daily.

North Augusta High

• The deadline for the 2012 FBLA Pet trick Contest is Nov. 28. To participate, go to the NAHS Pet Trick Contest page on Facebook for rules and instructions on how to upload video for the judges. Winners will be announced Dec. 13 at the FBLA meeting.

• 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/participate and click on the “apply” link to sign up. Additional information is also available in the guidance office.

• 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

• American Education Week continues through Thursday: today, seventh grade visitation and Thursday, eighth grade visitation. Visitation times are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Eighth grade pupils will have a Choices presentation by Kimberly Clark today.• Make-up pictures will be taken Friday.

• The first dance will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday. The cost is $3. Permission slips must be turned in and an armband must be purchased at lunch Friday. Snacks will be available during the dance: pizza, $3 and drinks, $0.50.

• Guidance Night will be held at 6 p.m. Monday. 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. Tuesday.

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

• Nonperishable food items are being collected for Golden Harvest Food Bank through Nov. 30. There will be prizes for the three homerooms with the most donations.

• 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 lechols@aiken.k12.sc.us.

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

• Yearbooks can be purchased at jostensyearbooks.com.

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

• 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 canteen is offered each day and prices range from 25 cents to $1.

• Chick-fil-A is sold on Tuesdays. The cost is $3.50.

• 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.

• 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 runderwood@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• The show choir and band Christmas concert will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 11.

• The school Christmas concert will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 21.

Paul Knox Middle

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

• 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 stzmail@bellsouth.net if you can help.

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

• Yearbook orders can be placed at www.jostensyearbooks.com.

• 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.

• 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.

• Basketball and cheerleading pictures will be taken today.

• Three-week progress reports will be sent home Friday.

• The Fall Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Activities include games, prizes, face painting and concessions. Proceeds from the festival will go toward the purchase of iPads and new baseball and softball uniforms.

• 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.

• 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.

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