• The acGATEWAY program is now accepting applications. The program, which 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, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
• MAP Testing begins today.
• Diversity Day is Friday.
• The next PTO meeting is Monday at 6 p.m. The first grade chorus will sing during the
• Dec. 5 is an early release day. Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m.
Fox Creek High
• Interim reports will be sent home today.
• The Yankee Candle fundraiser continues through Friday.
• Saturday school dates are: Saturday, Dec. 8, Apr. 20, Apr. 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25 and June 1. The cost to attend is $10. Students must arrive by 8 a.m. and be picked up at noon. One day of Saturday school will make up for one full day of absences. Students should bring school work with them. There will be no access to lockers. Those planning to attend must sign up with Mrs. Mayson by the end of the day on the Thursday prior to the Saturday school date.
• The senior final make-up order will be Tuesday from noon to 1:15 p.m. in the conference room.
• The pre-pageant/prom fashion show will be at 5 p.m. Dec. 6 in the commons.
Hammond Hill Elementary
• The school raised $1,297 from the first Box Top collection. The next collection date will be in January.
• Santa Shop will be open today through Friday. Pupils should bring their envelope and money on their assigned shopping day.
• MAP Testing will be administered today through Dec. 19.
• Fifth-grade yearbook ads are due Friday.
• The winter carnival and Cookies with Santa event will be Saturday 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. Thursday. The cost will be $10 on the day of the event. Armbands purchased before Thursday will be delivered to the oldest child’s homeroom Friday. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth for $1 each. Items’ cost will range from one to 10 tickets. Every child who donates a new, unwrapped toy will receive a free picture with Santa. Those interested in being a craft or business vendor should contact Leslie Echols at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with the word “Carnival” in the subject line. Vendor registration forms can also be picked up at the school.
• Orders from the Christmas Catalog fundraiser are scheduled to arrive next week.
• 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.
• Save can tabs and turn them in throughout the school year for the Ronald McDonald House.
• 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”.
• Mrs. Lowe was recognized as the Distinguished Reading Teacher of the Year.
• 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.
• Interim report cards will be sent home today.
• The PTO Christmas Shoppe will be open Monday through Dec. 7. Send money and any shopping requirements with your child.
• The Chorus Holiday Concert, Santa’s Holiday Playlist, will be held Dec. 13 at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• Dec. 21 is a half-day.
• Christmas break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.
• Jan.7 is a teacher workday. There will be no school for pupils.
• The third nine weeks begin Jan. 17.
• 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 email@example.com.
• Martin Luther King Holiday will be observed Jan. 21.
• Report cards will be sent home Jan. 28.
• MES PTO membership is $5 per family. Checks should be made payable to MES PTO.
• Interim reports will be sent home today.
• Chick-fil-A chicken biscuits will be sold in the car line Dec. 11 from 7 a.m. until sold out.
• The Winter Dessert Concert is Dec.11.
• Christmas break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 4.
Mossy Creek Elementary
• MAP testing starts today and will continue through Dec. 19.
• Neon Day is today.
North Augusta Elementary
• The talent show will be held at 6 p.m. Monday. Pupils interested in participating can pick up a permission slip from Mrs. Brunson for their parents to sign. Auditions will be held today through Saturday in the music room. Admission for the talent show is two can goods per person. Donated can goods will be included in the student council’s food drive for the Community Ministry of North Augusta’s food pantry.
• The Looney Tunes Savings Club is open Tuesdays for deposits.
• Coupon books are on sale in the main office for $10.
• Yearbooks cost $15 and can be bought at www.jostensyearbooks.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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
• Jennifer Holley received the Spirit of Ruth Patrick Award from the Ruth Patrick Science Center.
• The deadline for the 2012 FBLA Pet trick Contest is today. 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.
• The application deadline for Mr. NASH is today. The event provides an opportunity for male students to showcase their style and raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina. The event will be held Dec. 15.
• ASVAB will be offered Dec. 5 at 8:15 a.m. in the media center. ASVAB is the required test if you are interested in the military. Those planning to take the test must sign up with their counselor or Ms. Mottel.
• NAHS Ambassador applications are due by 4 p.m. Dec. 7. Ambassadors greet new and introduce new students, invite new students to events, conduct campus tours, serve as a lunch buddy, and attend meetings and open houses. Applications are available in guidance and the main office.
North Augusta Middle
• Basketball pictures will be taken Thursday.
• Nonperishable food items are being collected for Golden Harvest Food Bank through Friday. There will be prizes for the three homerooms with the most donations.
• The beginner band concert will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday in the gym.
• 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.
• The student council meeting is Dec. 6.
• 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.
• The NAMS band chili cook-off will be held Dec. 8 from noon to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Tickets are $5.
Paul Knox Middle
• MAP testing will be administered today through Dec. 19.
• 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 email@example.com if you can help.
• 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
• 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 today through Friday.
• Six-week progress reports will be sent home Dec. 7.
• Students will be released at noon on Dec. 19.