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School Notes

Posted: December 18, 2012 - 2:00pm

General news

• The Aiken County Public Schools school board was recognized Dec. 1 by the South Carolina School Boards Association for its legislative advocacy efforts during the 2012 legislative session.

Belvedere Elementary

• The following pupils made the 100 Book Club: Gavin Birnbrich, Oliviae Harrison, Deon Mays, Makayla Murray, Lillian Vickers, Aubrey Waters, Ansley Parrish, Mikayla Jones, Hunter Lee, Justin Williams, Gabby Dunbar, Olivia O’Shields, Tri’Myia Stokes, Carlos Brito, Raygen Farris and Aliyah Olopade-Simmons.

Fox Creek High

• Exams continue through Friday.

• Friday 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.

Hammond Hill Elementary

Thayer Loose was chosen as a member of the Scholastic Kids Press Corps, a team of about 50 young reporters around the nation. The interactive site brings daily news to life with reporting for kids by kids.

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.

• Pictures with Santa will be taken Thursday. The cost is $5 per picture and must be prepaid.

• Friday is a half-day. Pupils will be dismissed at 11 a.m.

• Christmas break will be Monday through Jan. 4.

• Jan. 7 is a teacher workday. There will be no school for pupils.

• Classes resume Jan. 8.

• Pupils who love math are invited to join the MES Math Bowl Team. Registration forms and more information will be sent home Jan. 8. The Math Bowl will be held in Saluda, S.C., on March 23.

• Fifth-grade yearbook ad forms must be turned in by Jan. 11. Forms can be obtained from your child’s teacher.

• 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 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, or

• Martin Luther King Holiday will be observed Jan. 21.

• Report cards will be sent home Jan. 28.

• 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

• Mustangs on Parade will be Friday from 9 to 11 a.m.

• Friday is a half-day.

• Christmas break will be Monday through Jan. 4.

• Jan. 7 is a teacher workday. There will be no school for pupils.

• The third nine weeks begin Jan. 17.

• Martin Luther King Holiday will be observed Jan. 21.

• Report cards will be available Jan. 28.

• 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. in the cafeteria at Merriwether Elementary. 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

• The school winners of the school spelling bee are Na’Tavia Crawford, first place; Morgan Fox, runner-up; and Austin Murphy, alternate. Class winners are: Somer O’Hara, Daniel Kitzman, JaNaiyah Moore, Pete Sherlock, Michael Burch, Danielle Carroll, Caleb Vaughn, Brianna Valentine and Cameron Cook.

North Augusta Elementary

• The following were principal’s writing board winners: Genesis Aguirre Gomez, first grade; Grady Walker, second grade; Grace Gill, third grade; Charlotte Kalbskopf, fourth grade; and Caroline O’Neal, fifth grade.

• The following pupils made the book club: 100 Book Club: Amani Williams and Anthony Bostic; 200 Book Club: Abby Cook and Amani Marrow; Page Master: Rashad McCain.

• The Geography Bee will be held at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the stage area.

• Friday is the last day of classes for pupils before the winter break. Class winter parties will be held on this day.

North Augusta High

• North Augusta High’s rifle team recently participated in the Gary Anderson Invitational. The North Augusta team placed 13th overall. Team members are Colt Gross, Eric Clubb, Joe Carr and Jake Weisert. Colt Gross and Eric Clubb competed in the finals. Colt placed fifth out of 108 precision competitors.

North Augusta Middle

• The band has been nominated for the Clorox Power a Bright Future grant by one of the band parents. If selected, the money will be used to repair and replace instruments that are over 30 years old and in poor condition. To vote, go to or text “2565PBF” to 95248. Voting ends today.

• The student council Christmas celebration will be held Thursday.

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

Our Lady of Peace

• Pupils can be out of uniform Thursday for $1. The proceeds will benefit Feed the Birds.

• The Polar Express event will be held at 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

• The school will be closed Friday through Jan. 6. No before- or after-care will be provided during this time. Classes resume Jan. 7.

• The Mardi Gras Silent Auction will be held March 2. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from the school office or any OLP school family.

• Middle school pupils may purchase one candy bar or drink during lunch. All other grades can purchase the items at the end of the day. Items range from $1 to $1.25.

• The school collects Box Tops, Capri Sun pouches, aluminum can tops and newspapers.

• The drama club meets every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m.

Paul Knox Middle

• MAP testing will continue to be administered through today.

• The exam schedule is as follows: today, social studies; and Friday, English.

• Lost and found is located in the cafeteria. Any clothing not picked up by Christmas break will be donated to a local charity.

• Christmas break will be Monday through Jan. 4.

• Free middle school tutoring is being offered. For qualifications, call Rose Marshall in the Office of Federal Programs at (803) 641-2645.

• 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.

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.

• Students will be released at noon on today.

• There will be no school Thursday through Jan. 1. Classes resume Jan. 2.

• High school midterms will be Jan. 10-11.

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