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Posted: February 11, 2013 - 7:28pm
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The following North Augusta High School FBLA members received awards at the FBLA District Conference in Blythewood on Feb. 2 and are eligible to compete at the state conference in Charleston on April 12-14: first place winners: Matthew Mentrup, Accounting I; Rachel Branum, Client Service; Jordan Gamble, Cyber Security; Hannah Reese, Hospitality Management; Kassidy Sullivan, Intro to Business; Jonathan Grimm, Intro to Parliamentarian Procedures; Daniel Pippin, Job Interview; Paul Liner, Deanna Simmons, Hyuri McDowell, Management Decision Making; and Grace McClain, Word Processing I. Second place: Sheena Amin, Business Calculations; Katie Coyle and Colton Toole, Business Presentations; Royce Cook, Cyber Security; and Blake Sloan, Public Speaking I. Third place: Henry Shuford, Business Calculations; Kelli Prather, Client Service; and Zane Stripling, Public Speaking I. Fourth place: Autumn Freeman, Business Communications; and Alaina Miller, Daysia Mims and Jacqueline Phillips, Business Presentation. Fifth place: Bradley Moody, Computer Problem Solving.  SPECIAL
The following North Augusta High School FBLA members received awards at the FBLA District Conference in Blythewood on Feb. 2 and are eligible to compete at the state conference in Charleston on April 12-14: first place winners: Matthew Mentrup, Accounting I; Rachel Branum, Client Service; Jordan Gamble, Cyber Security; Hannah Reese, Hospitality Management; Kassidy Sullivan, Intro to Business; Jonathan Grimm, Intro to Parliamentarian Procedures; Daniel Pippin, Job Interview; Paul Liner, Deanna Simmons, Hyuri McDowell, Management Decision Making; and Grace McClain, Word Processing I. Second place: Sheena Amin, Business Calculations; Katie Coyle and Colton Toole, Business Presentations; Royce Cook, Cyber Security; and Blake Sloan, Public Speaking I. Third place: Henry Shuford, Business Calculations; Kelli Prather, Client Service; and Zane Stripling, Public Speaking I. Fourth place: Autumn Freeman, Business Communications; and Alaina Miller, Daysia Mims and Jacqueline Phillips, Business Presentation. Fifth place: Bradley Moody, Computer Problem Solving. SPECIAL

General news

• Aiken County Public School District is accepting applications for expanded school choice for the 2013-14 school year through Feb. 28. Expanded school choice is available at the elementary school level only and only to select schools due to building capacity limitations. Expanded choice is available for transfers to J.D. Lever, East Aiken School of the Arts, North Aiken, Gloverville, Warrenville, Oakwood-Windsor, Belvedere, Mossy Creek, North Augusta, Clearwater, Jefferson, Greendale and Redcliffe elementary schools and Ridge Spring Monetta and Busbee Corbett elementary and middle schools. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications are available at acps.schooolfusion.us and can be faxed to (803) 641-2636 or delivered or mailed to the Aiken County Public Schools District Office, 1000 Brookhaven Drive, Aiken, SC 29803. Accepted applications will allow the pupil to remain at the requested school through fifth grade. For more information, call (803) 641-2487 or (803) 641-2427.

• The Sisters Only Club will award two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 to two black females who are high school seniors living in the CSRA. The deadline for applications is March 1. Applications can be downloaded at www.sistersonlyclub.com. For more information, email sistersonlyclub@hotmail.com.

Belvedere Elementary

• Class pictures will be taken Thursday.

• PTO is selling hearts for 25 cents each. Pupils can pick any teacher they want to place a heart on. The teacher from each grade with the most hearts by Friday will have to wear a sash with all of the hearts attached. The teacher with the most hearts overall will wear a crown or tiara and a sash.

• There is no school Monday in observance of President’s Day.

• Chick-fil-A Spirit Night is Feb. 26 from 5 to 8 p.m.

• A blood drive will be held April 5 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• The transition fair for rising sixth graders will be April 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at North Augusta and Paul Knox middle schools.

• The kindergarten graduation will be held at 6 p.m. June 3 at Belvedere First Baptist Church.

• Yearbooks can be ordered for $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.

• 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.

• To volunteer 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

• There is no school Monday in observance of President’s Day.

• Interim reports will be issued Feb. 20.

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

• The Jostens sophomore ring meeting is Feb. 26 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in the commons.

• There will be a Sparkle Car Wash fundraiser for the month of March.

• Sophomore ring orders will be taken from noon to 1:15 p.m. March 4 in the conference room.

• Spirit Day at the car wash is March 9.

• Zaxby’s fundraiser night is March 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

• Jostens ring makeup is March 19 from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. in the conference room.

• March 26 is an early release day.

• 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 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 to attend can contact Mrs. Mayson or Ms. Cowart.

• Zaxby’s fundraiser night is April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.

• 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.

• Prom will be May 3 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. The theme is Fire and Ice. Tickets can be purchased through Feb. 28 for $30 per person or $50 per couple. From March 1 through May 3, tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple. See Mrs. Shepherd to purchase tickets and receive a guest form if you are bringing a guest who does not attend Fox Creek.

• Zaxby’s fundraiser night is May 14 from 5 to 8 p.m.

• 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.

• The board of directors meetings are held the last Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Fox Creek conference room.

• Spartanburg Methodist College offers students who graduate with a 3.0 or higher GPA 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.

• Students 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

• Interim reports will be issued today.

• The HHE Relay for Life committee is selling candy grams for $1 each. Pupils can send a sweet message to siblings, friends, teachers and other faculty and staff members for Valentine’s Day. Proceeds from the sale will go to the American Cancer Society.

• The deadline to purchase a commemorative brick for the 2012-13 school year is Thursday.

• President’s Day is Monday. There is no school for pupils.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold in the morning car line Feb. 22.

• Career Day is Feb. 22. Parents, grandparents and community members are asked to shre their career with pupils. For more information, contact Christy Cosh or Ordean Crews at (803) 442-6170.

• Yearbooks are on sale for $26. Checks should be made payable to HHE PTO or yearbooks can be ordered online at YBPay.lifetouch.com. The code is 7731513. The dealine to order is March 1.

• March 1 is a district in-service day. There is no school for pupils.

• The father-daughter dance will be March 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria. The cost is $5 per Hammond Hill pupil and includes one picture. Additional pictures can be purchased for $3 each.

• March 6 is an early release day. Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

• Science Day is March 8.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold in the morning car line March 15.

• March 22 is a teacher workday. There is no school for pupils.

• March 26 is the end of the third nine weeks.

• There is no school on Good Friday, March 29.

• 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 because a lot of change is not kept on hand.

• Parent volunteers are needed to help with the Breakaway Bees running club. Practices will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school. No running is required of volunteers. Contact Karen Fralick at (803) 613-1108 or karen.fralick@morris.com for more information.

• Hammond Hill participates in the Golden Harvest Food Bank Back Pack Program and volunteers are needed to pick up food supply from the food bank’s warehouse every six weeks. If you have a truck and would like to help, contact Christy Cosh at (803) 442-6170.

• 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.

• 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 Litter Trashes Everyone assembly is today.

• There is no school Monday in observance of President’s Day.

• Spring pictures will be taken Feb. 20.

• Six Flags Read to Succeed forms are due Feb. 22.

• 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.

• 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

• The Valentine’s Day dance is Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

• 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.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits are sold on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

• The school collects Box Tops and ink cartridges.

Mossy Creek Elementary

• Interim reports will be issued today.

• The Valentine Dance is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $2 at the door. Food and drink will be sold at the dance. The king and queen contest will be held at the school and winners will be announced at the dance.

• There is no school Monday for President’s Day.

• Spring pictures will be taken Feb. 20.

• The Chick-fil-A biscuit sale will be Feb. 21.

• The PTO Black History Program is 6 p.m. Feb. 21.

• Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m. March 6.

• Presenters are needed for Science Day on Apr. 26. Those interested in being a presenter should contact John Metts at jmetts@aiken.k12.sc.us or call the school at (803) 442-6090.

• Yearbooks cost $25. No personalization or icons can be purchased for the yearbook.

• 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.

North Augusta Elementary

• Interim reports will be issued today.

• There will be no class parties on Thursday.

• Math and Science Day is March 8.

• The yearbook is looking for pictures from field trips, class parties and other school events. Please e-mail photos to kmomster@gmail.com and label the e-mail with the teacher’s name. The pictures must be in high resolution.

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

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

• 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.

• 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.

• Thank you ads for teachers or staff and personal ads for the yearbook can be purchased through Feb. 22. Contact Karen Doom at kmomster@gmail.com for information.

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

North Augusta High

• The Archibald Rutledge Scholarship Program provides seniors with the opportunity to compete for scholarships in creative writing, dance, music theater or visual arts. See your counselor for the application. The deadline to apply is Friday.

• The Alpha Rho Chapter Scholarship is given to a graduating high school senior pursuing education as their college major. The amount is $1,000. The deadline to apply is Friday.

• The Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club Scholarship is for students who are dependents of a active duty, retired, reserve or National Guard service member or dependent of a current member of the Fort Gordon Spouses and Civilians Club. The deadline to apply is March 7.

• The SC Education Association-Retired will award a $1,000 scholarship to a student interested in majoring in education and planning to attend a college in South Carolina. See your counselor for an application. The deadline to apply is March 15.

• The Scholfield Scholarship Fund is available to students or students with relatives who have attended or worked at Scholfield. The deadline to apply is March 15.

• The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council will award a scholarship to a graduating senior. The student must live with Aiken County School District’s area II and demonstrate excellence in an art form. See your guidance counselor for more information. The deadline to apply is March 29.

• The North Augusta Sertoma Scholarship Fund awards $1,000 scholarships to candidates annually on the basis of scholastic aptitude, financial need and citizenship. The deadline to apply is May 1.

• A working meeting for the North Augusta High literary journal is held every Thursday in room 305. Bring your poems, plays, journals, essays and drawings.

• 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.

• 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 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 SIC meeting is 10 a.m. Tuesday.

• Engineering Day with Kimberly Clark is Feb. 21.

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

• The Chess Club meets Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Ms. Hodges classroom.

• PTO is creating subcommittees for the 2012-13 school year. Committees include: school dances, Box Tops and Campbell’s soup labels, volunteer coordinator, eighth grade spring fling, special events, pizza and Chick-fil-A lunch coordinator, fundraising and hospitality. Those interested in joining a subcommittee should email namsptoinfo@gmail.com or contact the school.

Our Lady of Peace

• Pupils can dress out of uniform Thursday for $1. Proceeds benefit Parish Charities. Pupils should follow the guidelines in the student handbook.

• The Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner will be held Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Take-outs are available. A part of the proceeds go to Our Lady of Peace School.

• The school will be closed Monday.

• Interim reports will be issued Feb. 20.

• The school will be closed Feb. 28-29 for the Diocesan Conference.

• 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.

Paul Knox Middle

• The Valentine Dance will be held 6 to 9 p.m. Friday in the gym. Admission is $3. Snacks will be on sale and range in price from 50 cents to $1. Pictures cost $2.

• The Freshman Academy Expo will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 4 at North Augusta High School.

• NAEP testing for select eighth graders will be March 5.

• 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.

• Yearbooks can be ordered 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

• The SCACS State Tournament is Thursday-Friday for varsity basketball and Saturday for cheerleading.

• Re-enrollment will begin Feb. 25.

• Six-week progress reports will be issued March 1.

• SCACS Elementary Fine Arts Festival is March 1.

• Spring baseball and softball pictures will be taken March 6.

• 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.

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