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Posted: December 25, 2012 - 10:18pm
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The following pupils were class winners for the North Augusta Elementary School spelling bee: Garrett Brandt, Jessica Johnson, Katherine Dunaway, William McGee, Markel Martin, Iris Nichols, Jaikerian Gooden, Tommy Lloyd, Jacob Smith and Amy Herring.   SPECIAL
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The following pupils were class winners for the North Augusta Elementary School spelling bee: Garrett Brandt, Jessica Johnson, Katherine Dunaway, William McGee, Markel Martin, Iris Nichols, Jaikerian Gooden, Tommy Lloyd, Jacob Smith and Amy Herring.

Belvedere Elementary

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold Jan. 11.

• Tryouts will be held Jan. 16 for the North Augusta Idol. Pupils must get a permission slip from Mrs. Radford or Mrs. Hargrove and return it signed to get a tryout time.

• Chick-fil-A 2013 calendars are being sold for $6.

• The spelling bee school winners are Stephen Henry, overall winner; Chasity Hazel, first runner-up; and Caleb Salyers, alternate.

• 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.

• Those interested in volunteering or who are currently volunteering must attend a volunteer training meeting. Contact Ms. Lee or Mrs. Johnson at (803) 442-6330 for more information.

• 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 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.

• Saturday school dates are: April 20, April 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 absence. 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.

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

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

• 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.

Hammond Hill Elementary

• Winter recess continues through Jan. 4. Classes resume Jan. 7.

• Spirit Day will be Jan. 11. Wear your school shirt.

• The end of the first semester is Jan. 15.

• Jan. 18 is a teacher work day. There will be no school for pupils.

• The Martin Luther King Holiday will be observed Jan. 21. There will be no school.

• Report cards will be issued Jan. 24.

• Mrs. Kight will hold auditions for Hammond Hill pupils for North Augusta Idol. She will select five to seven acts to move to the next round of competition for the NACAC judges, who will hold tryouts for local talent January and February. There are three categories: vocal, instrumental and dance. Talents are limited to three minutes. No lip-syncing is allowed and a karaoke or live accompaniment is required. See Mrs. Kight for an audition form.

• 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.

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

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

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.

• Christmas break continues 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.

Merriwether Middle

• Christmas break continues through Jan. 4.

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

• The third nine weeks begin Jan. 17.

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

• Report cards will be available Jan. 28.

• The Valentine’s Dance will be Feb. 8.

Mossy Creek Elementary

• Winter break continues through Jan. 4. Pupils return Jan. 7.

• Christmas break will continue through Jan. 4.

• Pupils can request to meet with Bridge Builders and Ms. Hooper to work out a conflict. Bridge Builders are fifth-grade pupils who are trained peer mediators. The “Fix It” sessions are held Monday through Thursday from 7:20 to 7:45 a.m.

• An additional support group for children who have parents who are separated or divorced will be offered in January. They will learn strategies to help cope with changes in family structure, living and visiting two homes, the grieving process, stepfamilies and more. The group will help prevent feelings from interfering with the pupil’s normal emotional development and school success. The group will meet once a week for eight weeks. Group members and discussions are confidential and parental permission is required to participate. Contact Ms. Hooper if your child is interested.

• Chick-fil-A calendars are being sold for $6.50 each.

• Mossy Creek T-shirts are $11.50 for short sleeve and $18 for long sleeve.

• Parents are reminded to place their child’s name inside 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 School Improvement Council meeting will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 7.

• The American Legion Auxiliary sponsors an Americanism Essay Contest each year for students in third through 12th grades. The winner will receive $20, second place gets $15 and third place $10. The winners will receive their awards and read their essays during the auxiliary’s monthly meeting March 4. The first-place winners’ essay will then be submitted to the state contest. Those interested in participating must write their essays at home and submit them to Mrs. Reese by Jan. 11. The essay theme is ‘‘What freedom do I enjoy the most?’’ Third- and fourth-grade participants should write 150-250 words. Fifth-grade participants should write 250-300 words.

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

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

• Yearbooks can be purchased for $15 by sending in cash or a check made payable to NAEPTO. Yearbooks can also be ordered online at Jostens.com.

• Free tutoring is available for struggling learners in second through fifth grades. To find out if your child qualifies, contact Rose Marshall in the Office of Federal Programs at (803) 641-2645.

• If a child leaves an item in the classroom, the item can be retrieved only until 2:45 p.m. daily.

North Augusta High

• A Financial Workshop 101 for parents of seniors will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 in the auditorium. To reserve your seat, visit www.cfcsc.com or (803) 798-0390.

• The school has received a $1,500 grant from the Kimberly Clark Foundation to buy instruments for the band program.

• 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.

• Student council meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. in the media center. There will be no meetings in November and December.

• FCA meets every Friday in Mobile 2 at 7:45 a.m. Krispy Kreme and orange juice will be served.

• 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

• The student council will meet Jan. 10.

• Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be meet Jan. 11.

• The Stand Up & Stop Bullying Club will meet Jan. 14.

• The end of the second nine weeks is Jan. 15.

• Jan. 18 is a teacher workday/inservice. There will be no school for pupils.

• Martin Luther King holiday will be observed Jan. 21. There will be no school.

• Report cards will be issued Jan. 24.

• The eighth grade Individual Graduation Plan parent meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 29.

• Volunteers must attend a volunteer training session. Training will be offered Jan. 29 at the following times: 8:15-8:30 a.m. in the multipurpose room; 12:15-12:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room; and 5:30-5:45 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

• The Guitar Club practices every Monday from 3:20 to 3:50 p.m.

• The Chess Club meets each Thursday from 3:15 to 4 p.m. in Ms. Hodges classroom. The chess club needs more chess boards and timers. If you would like to donate new or gently used materials for the chess club, contact Ms. Hodges at khodges@aiken.k12.sc.us or call (803)
442-6200.

Our Lady of Peace

• The school will be closed 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

• Christmas break continues through Jan. 4.

• Beginning Jan. 7, student messages will be delivered at 1:45 p.m. All messages must be called in by 1:30 p.m. Pupils cannot leave school early unless they are signed out by a parent, guardian or their designee. Pupils who miss at least four periods will be counted absent for the day. Pupils who have an appointment scheduled should bring an excuse, have it approved in the office, show it to the teacher at the beginning of class and leave quietly at the necessary time without disturbing class.

• 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 stzmail@bellsouth.net if you can help.

• The PTO collects Box Tops, used ink cartridges and My Coke Rewards.

• 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.

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.

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

• The third quarter will begin Jan. 15.

• Report cards will be sent home Jan. 18.

• There is no school Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

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