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Posted: March 11, 2013 - 6:22pm
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Joey Korn, co-author of Abe's Story, spoke to seventh- and eighth-grade pupils at North Augusta Middle School on Feb. 8. Korn's father was a Holocaust survivor and died before finishing his memoir. Korn did extensive research and finished it for him. Pupils were able to purchase a copy of Abe's Story and have it signed after the presentation.
Joey Korn, co-author of Abe's Story, spoke to seventh- and eighth-grade pupils at North Augusta Middle School on Feb. 8. Korn's father was a Holocaust survivor and died before finishing his memoir. Korn did extensive research and finished it for him. Pupils were able to purchase a copy of Abe's Story and have it signed after the presentation.

General news

• The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities will present its spring wind ensemble concert March 25 at the Gunter Theatre of Peace Center in Greenville.

Kristyn Dyches, of North Augusta, will be among the students performing in the concert.

Belvedere Elementary

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

• The school is participating in the Funding Factory’s Recycling Rumble competition. The winning organization will receive a 25 percent fundraising bonus and the top recycler among all the match-ups will win an iPad. Empty laser and inkjet cartridge and used cell phones, MP3 players, GPS devices and digital cameras can be dropped off at the school through April 15.

• 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 program will be held at 6 p.m. June 3 at Belvedere First Baptist Church.

• The art room needs clear plastic water bottles, broad-tipped Sharpie markers, fishing line, paper towels, TP tupes, cardboard boxes, and cereal, snack and cracker boxes. The items can be sent to the art room.

• 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.

• 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

Morgan Bookstaver, Erin Harrison and Alex Cain were selected to participate in the University of South Carolina Band Clinic.

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

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

• The North Augusta Artists Guild Visual Arts Scholarship is awarded to a senior considering a college degree in the arts. The deadline to apply is March 22. See Mrs. Stallings for an application.

• March 26 is an early release day.

• There is no school March 29.

• The HSAP graduation exam will be administered April 16-18.

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

• Saturday school dates are: April 20, April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1. The cost 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.

• Academic awards night will be held 6 p.m. April 23 at Sweetwater Baptist Church.

• Prom is May 3 at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. The theme is Fire and Ice. 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.

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

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The following pupils made the Double H Reading Club: Jacob Roose, Joseph Zeller, Emma Brown, Seth Mathis, Abbigail Johnson, Abigail Hadden, Connor Hill, Ashlyn Patterson, Claire Crowder, Darius Johnson, Matthew Owings, Caroline Peace, Elaina Hall, Katelynn Hall, Wyatt Johnson, Jailyn Leyda and Rhett Crawley. 200 Books: Graysen Hawkins and Vivienne Loose.

• The book fair continues through Friday.

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

• The PASS writing test will be administered to third through fifth grades Tuesday through March 20. Parent volunteers are needed to help monitor testing from 7:45 to 11 a.m. each day. Contact Ms. Brown at (803) 442-6170.

• March 21 is World Down Syndrome Day. Everyone is encouraged to wear lots of socks.

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

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

• March 28 is spring individual picture day.

• The spring PTO/5K circus is at 6 p.m. March 28.

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

• Report cards will be issued April 2.

• Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. April 3.

• Spring break is April 8-12.

• The SIC/Title I/Safety meeting will be held 10:30 a.m. April 16.

• Registration for 4K, kindergarten and new pupils will be held April 17-18.

• The middle school transition fairs at North Augusta and Paul Knox middle schools will be held April 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

• Interim reports will be issued April 30.

• Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. May 1.

• The PASS tests for English/language arts, math, social studies and science will be administered to third through fifth grades on May 7-10.

• The year-end program schedule is: 8:30 a.m. May 20, Pond class; 8:30 a.m. May 21, Printup class; 8:30 a.m. May 22, Pierce class; 8:30 a.m. May 23, Devine class; and 8:30 a.m. June 6, Holloway’s class.

• The ’70s Day is May 24.

• There is no school May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

• Field day for kindergarten, third and fourth grades is May 29.

• Field day for first, second and fifth grades is May 30.

• The award ceremony schedule is as follows: June 3: 8 a.m., first grade, 9:30 a.m., second grade, 11 a.m., third grade; June 4: 8 a.m., fourth grade; June 5: 8 a.m., fifth grade.

• June 4-6 are half days.

• Class parties will be held at 10:30 a.m. June 6.

• 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.

• Those interested in volunteering with Watch D.O.G.S. can sign up by calling Christy Cosh or Ordean Crews at (803) 442-6170.

• 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.

• 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.

Merriwether Elementary

• GT classes are selling chocolate chip, peanut butter and sugar cookies through Friday. Cookies are $0.50 each.

• The PASS writing test will be administered Tuesday and March 20.

• The spring book fair is March 25-28.

• Pupils will be released at 1 p.m. March 26.

• MES family reading night is March 26 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• There is no school March 29.

• There are a number of items in the lost and found. Unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill during spring break.

• Spring break is April 8-12.

• 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.

• Yearbooks are on sale for $28.

• 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 book fair continues through Thursday.

• 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

• The following pupils were nominated for the Woman’s Clubs of Aiken Celebration of Character award: Michael Johnson, first grade; Jagger Riley, second grade; Kayla Evans, third grade; Ethan Charles and Madelyn Gallam, fourth grade; and Eliyana Brown and Karrington Sullivan, fifth grade.

• The running club will begin Friday.

• The shamrock hop is Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. for kindergarten through second grades. The cost is $5 per pupil and includes a slice of pizza and a juice box. Tickets will be sold through Thursday. No tickets will be sold Friday. Proceeds will help fund first-grade activities and field trips. The event is for pupils only.

• The daddy-daughter dance is Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per child in advance with a maximum of $10 per family. It includes one commemorative picture. Reservations and admission payments are due by Thursday.

• Career Day is Tuesday.

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

 • Olive Garden night is March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m. Menu includes spaghetti marinara, breadsticks and salad. Food can be dine-in or carry-out. Plates are $7 each. The deadline to purchase tickets is 3 p.m. Tuesday.

• The student council, along with the United Way, is sponsoring Be A Bunny to collect items for area seniors. Items being collected include bath supplies, toiletries, books, crossword puzzles, candy, Boost or Ensure drinks, eyeglass cases, pill boxes, nonperishable food items, first aid supplies, night lights, stamps and stationary. Items are being collected through March 22.

• There is no school March 22.

• The Krispy Kreme doughnut sale will be March 26.

• The Easter egg hunt for 5-year-old kindergartners will he March 28.

• There is no school March 29.

• Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. April 3. There are no 4K classes on early release days. Pupils can wear their favorite hat for $1.

• Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. May 1. There are no 4K classes on early release days. Pupils can wear their favorite hat for $1.

• Presenters are needed for Science Day on April 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.

• The art room wish list includes baby wipes, crayons, plastic coffee containers and plastic Easter eggs for a future project.

• 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

• ELDA testing continues through Friday.

• The PASS writing test will be administered to third through fifth grades Tuesday through March 20.

• MAP testing continues through March 28.

• 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.

• The NAES PTO will honor former North Augusta Elementary students graduating from North Augusta High School with the NAE PTO Scholarship. Those interested in making a donation to the scholarship fund can make checks out to the NAE PTO/ Scholarship Fund and dropped in the PTO box in the school office.

• 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.

• 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 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 Friday.

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

 • The Paul Knox Scholarship recognizes a student with outstanding achievement, intellectual ability, good character, promise of future contribution to society and established need. The deadline to apply is March 28.

• The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will award a scholarship through its Col. Charles Young High School Scholarship Essay Program. The deadline to apply is March 30.

• The Aiken County Educators Association-Retired will award a $500 scholarship to high school seniors interested in pursuing a degree in education. The deadline to apply is April 1. See your counselor for an application.

 • Prom tickets will go on sale April 1. Seniors who paid their junior fees last year and juniors who paid their junior fees this year get in free. Others must pay $50. A prom date information sheet must be filled out for prom dates who do not attend North Augusta High.

• The North Augusta Cultural Arts Council will award a scholarship to a graduating senior. The student must live within 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 Belvedere Elementary PTO will award a scholarship to a graduating senior who has a 3.0 GPA or higher, participates in school and community activities and attended Belvedere Elementary for at least three years. The deadline to apply is April 15.

 • A SAT prep class will be held April 25 for the May and June SAT dates. The cost for the day-long program is $35. Register with your counselor.

• The Greely Chapter Scholarship Program awards a $1,000 scholarship. There is an essay requirement. The deadline to apply is April 30.

• 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

• T-shirts are on sale through Friday.

• The student council meeting is Friday.

• The Stand Up and Stop Bullying Club meeting is Monday.

• The Beta Club induction is Monday.

• The School Improvement Council meeting is 10 a.m. Tuesday.

• Homerooms will collect items to make Easter baskets for nursing home residents. Tuesday is the deadline to send in items.

• There is no school March 22.

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

• There is no school March 29.

• Pupils will be dismissed two hours early
April 3.

• The student council meeting is April 4.

• The athletic banquet is April 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

• The faculty/student games are April 5.

• Spring break is April 8-12.

• The deadline for transfer requests to attend a different school is May 1.

• 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 e-mail namsptoinfo@gmail.com or contact the school.

Our Lady of Peace

• Pupils can dress out of uniform for $1 on Thursday. Proceeds will benefit cystic fibrosis research. Guidelines in the student handbook must be followed.

• The Knights of Columbus spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Take-out will be available. A portion of proceeds goes to the OLP School.

• Pupils will be dismissed early on March 25 for report card conferences.

• Pupils will be dismissed early on March 28 for Holy Thursday.

• There is no school March 29 in observance of Good Friday.

• Pupils can dress out of uniform for $1 on April 4. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. Guidelines in the student handbook must be followed.

• The drama club meets on Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

• Songs of Praise practice is held Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

• School mass is held every Friday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.

• 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.

Paul Knox Middle

• Spirit rings will be delivered April 29.

• The eighth-grade dance is May 18.

• All student special permission transfer requests must be completed by May 31. Pupils already in the school do not have to reapply for special permission to attend.

• 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 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.

• 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 Junior and Senior High Fine Arts Festival is Thursday and Friday.

• The third quarter ends March 20.

• Report cards will be issued March 22.

• The “I Dig Reading” contest ends March 22.

• The Stanford practice tests will be administered March 25.

 • There is no school March 29.

• Mrs. McBride is tutoring Algebra I students Monday through Wednesday from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

• 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.

• The yearbook needs pictures. Any student or parent who has taken pictures of school events this school year can submit their photos on CDs to Mrs. Nelson or e-mail them to library@jesusgivesmevictory.com.

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