• Applications for the Thurmond Statesmen Institute are being accepted. The institute is an honors magnet program at Strom Thurmond High School. Those who complete the honors and college credit curriculum with a 3.5 GPA will receive a specialized diploma. Applications are available at the district’s Web site, www.edgefieldcountyschools.org. Completed applications should be scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to Denise Jackson at Strom Thurmond High school by 3:15 p.m. April 30. Applications will be processed and interview letters will be mailed out the first week in May.
• The next Area 2 Advisory Council meeting is 6 p.m. May 2 at North Augusta Middle School.
• The following pupils were named to the 100 Book Club: Christopher Chavous, Noah Wyatt, Leland Chance, Dalton Kehr and Evan Sygert.
• The March winners for the Principal’s Writing Board are Katelynn Fulmer, Colten Walker, Myles Price, Austin Harrell, Tamyia McKevie and Erin Fridie.
• Pupils will be released early today.
• Chicken biscuit sales will be held today.
• Domino’s pizza night is Thursday.
• A blood drive will be held Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Parents may write a narrative explaining the characteristics of the type of teacher that would be best for their child for the 2013-14 school year. If a specific teacher or classroom is named in the narrative, the request will not be honored. All narratives should be addressed to Mrs. Churm and delivered by the parent to the office by Friday.
• Spring break is Monday through April 12.
• 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 matchups 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
• McDonald’s Spirit Night is April 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. Some of the teachers will be working behind the counter.
• Registration for 4K, 5K and first-grade pupils is April 17-18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To register, bring proof of residence, the student’s birth certificate and shot record.
• 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.
• PASS testing for third- through fifth-grade pupils will be May 7-10. Testing will start at 8:15 a.m.
• The kindergarten program will be held at 6 p.m. June 3 at Belvedere First Baptist Church.
• End-of-the-year ceremony schedule: 8 a.m. June 3, first grade; 9:15 a.m. June 3, second grade; 8 a.m. June 4, third grade; 9:15 a.m. June 4, fourth grade; and 8 a.m. June 5, fifth grade.
• Pupils will be dismissed at 11 a.m. June 4-6.
• The last day of school is June 6.
• 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.
• The nurse’s office needs donations of gently used pants, shorts and Capris and small bathroom cups.
• Those interested in becoming a PTO officer for the 2013-14 school year should e-mail Janice Harley at email@example.com or Melissa Chance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Available positions are treasurer, secretary, hospitality and volunteer.
• Belvedere Elementary has set a goal to raise $2,000 for Relay for Life. To join the Relay for Life team or make a donation, go to relayforlife.org.
• 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
• 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 schoolwork 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.
• The annual election for PTCA officers will be held in May in conjunction with the board elections. Several volunteers are needed for all positions as well as a teacher liaison. Those interested in becoming an officer should contact Dawn Hollifield, Julie Williams or Rachel Bass.
• 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.
• Graduation will be held at 7 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.
• Board of directors meetings are held the last Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Fox Creek conference room.
• 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
• The following pupils were named to the Double H Reading Club: Kendall Risher, Ni'Kayla Watts, Aubrey Smith, Mackenzie Ashby, Logan Chambers, Ian Douglas, Madison Elwell, Brooklyn Gross, Jose Hernandez, Braden Horton, Genelle Jackson, Landin Maddin, Abby Grace Miller, Lukas Williard, Jordan Turner, Laisha Galvan, Evan Horne, Sean Fowley, Emma Hennessy, Joe DeLaughter, Brennley Furness, Abby Gilstrap, Nicholas Salcedo, Joseph White, Anna Wilson, Makayla Adams, Bryson Mealing, Ashley Shumacher, Claire Crowder, Ryan Franklin, Emily Williams, Aden Cox, Falcon Davis, Sophia McCall and Jaicee Leyda. Pagemaster: Aden Cox.
• Second-grade teacher Tamara Butler is one of six teachers named to Aiken County Public Schools’ 2013-14 Teacher of the Year Honor Court. The next Aiken County Teacher of the Year will be announced
• Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today.
• Spring break is Monday through
• Pupils in third through fifth grades will be given a two-minute multiplication test consisting of 25 questions the week after spring break. Pupils who achieve 100 percent accuracy will be treated to an ice cream sherbet party and will receive a certificate during awards day.
• 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 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Children must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013 to qualify for the 4K program.
• The fifth grade GT will present A Night at the Museum on April 18 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. The pupils will bring historical figures to life through costumes, backdrops, props and monologues.
• 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.
• Tea parties will be held the week of April 29 during library time. Pupils will share a writing that they have published this year.
• 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 email@example.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.
• Save can tabs and turn them in throughout the school year for the Ronald McDonald House.
• 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.
• There are a number of items in the lost and found. Unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill during spring break.
• Spring break is Monday through April 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.
• 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
• 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
• Pupils will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. today. There are no 4K classes on early release days. Pupils can wear their favorite hat for $1.
• Field day for kindergarten through second grades is Thursday.
• Domino’s Pizza Night is Thursday.
• Field day for third through fifth grades is Friday.
• Spring break is Monday through April 12.
• Pupils in third through fifth grades will have a timed two-minute multiplication test the week after spring break. The test will consist of 25 multiplication problems. Pupils who achieve 100 percent accuracy will be treated to an ice cream sherbet party and will be recognized with a certificate at the awards day program.
• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold April 18.
• Tacky Day is April 23.
• The book fair begins April 25.
• Science day is April 26.
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school at (803) 442-6090.
• Student transfer requests for the 2013-14 school year will be accepted through May 31. Pupils who are currently students at Mossy Creek will not have to submit another request. Those who are attending Mossy Creek but have moved out of the Mossy Creek attendance zone will have to complete a request form and receive approval to attend the school next school year.
• 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
• The following pupils made the book club: 100 Book Club: Amaris Lawson and Brelan Baskett; 200 Book Club: Le'Asia Moultrie; 300 Book Club: Tessa Timmerman; 400 Book Club: Amani Marrow; 1,000 Book Club: Abby Cook; and Page Master: Savannah Padgett.
• Pupils will be released at 1:30 p.m. today.
• National D.A.R.E. Day is Thursday.
• Parents may write a narrative explaining the characteristics of the type of teacher that would be best for their child for the 2013-14 school year. If a specific teacher or classroom is named in the narrative, the request will not be honored. All narratives should be addressed to Mrs. Reese and delivered by the parent to the office by Friday.
North Augusta High
• The 2012-13 North Augusta science fair winners are Justin Stonehill, first place; Elizabeth Parler, second place; and Haley Grant, third place.
• Colt Gross came in second place overall among precision shooters in the 2013 JROTC National Air Rifle Championship.
• North Augusta High was named the United Way High School of the Year for 2012.
• 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.
• Student council elections are April 15.
• Seniors who believe they have had perfect attendance all 12 years should go to the attendance office and see Mrs. Erdman before April 19.
• The Pilot Club of North Augusta is offering a scholarship to seniors planning to work in the care or treatment of persons with brain disorders such as a special education teacher, psychologist, psychiatrist, nurse, researcher, technician, therapist or medical doctor. The deadline to apply is April 22. See your counselor for an application.
• The North Augusta Lions Club is offering a scholarship that will be awarded based on academic record, financial need, community and school activities, and character. The deadline to apply is April 22. See your counselor for an application
North Augusta Middle
• The NAMS Festival Band earned a superior rating at the SCBDA State Concert Band Festival. Superior was the highest rating a band could receive at the festival.
• Pupils will be dismissed two hours early today.
• The student council meeting is Thursday.
• The athletic banquet is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. This year’s speaker is Al Young. Wife Savers will cater the event. The cost is $10 a plate for parents and other guests.
• The faculty/student games are Friday.
• The next Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting is Friday.
• Spring break is Monday through April 12.
• The next Stand Up & Stop Bullying Club meeting is April 15.
• The School Improvement Council meeting will be held at 10 a.m. April 16.
• The student council meeting is April 19 from 3:15 to 4 p.m.
• Spring pictures will be taken April 25.
• The transfer fair for rising sixth grade pupils is April 25 from 5:30 to
• The Junk in Your Trunk sale is April 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. Spots are $10 for one spot or $15 for two spots. Vendor forms are available in the front office and on the school’s Web site. Vendors keep 100 percent of the profits of what they sell.
Our Lady of Peace
• Pupils can dress out of uniform for $1 on Thursday. Proceeds will benefit Relay for Life. Guidelines in the student handbook must be followed.
• Spring break is Monday through April 12
• The Knights of Columbus Spaghetti Dinner is 6:30 p.m. April 20. The dinner is all-you-can-eat. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Take-out is available. A portion of the proceeds go to Our Lady of Peace School.
• Pupils will be dismissed early April 24.
• Pupils can dress out of uniform April 25 for $1, but must follow guidelines in the student handbook. Proceeds benefit Parish Charities.
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.
• Chick-fil-A biscuits are sold in the car line from 7:30 to 8 a.m. every Friday for $3 each.
• Registration for the 2013-14 school year is Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• 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 email@example.com if you can help.
• The PTO collects Box Tops, used ink cartridges and My Coke Rewards.
• Yearbooks can be ordered at www.jostensyearbooks.com.
• Stanford Achievement Tests are being administered through Friday.
• Spring break is Monday through April 12.
• K5 graduation and class pictures will be taken April 17.
• Three-week progress reports will be issued April 19.
• The SCACS golf state tournament is April 22.
• The SCACS baseball/softball state tournament is April 26-27.
• Throughout April, students can pay $1 per day to wear casual clothing at school. The money raised will go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
• 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.
• Free car decals that say “Christian Children Need A Christian Education” are available. Ask for one in the school office.