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Posted: April 9, 2013 - 5:51pm
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The following North Augusta Elementary School pupils were named to the Principal's Writing Board for March: (back row, left to right) Karely Vivas, Gage McCullough, Will Stallings; (middle row, left to right) Kevin Eidell, Alli Gardiner; (front row) Madison Cave.   SPECIAL
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The following North Augusta Elementary School pupils were named to the Principal's Writing Board for March: (back row, left to right) Karely Vivas, Gage McCullough, Will Stallings; (middle row, left to right) Kevin Eidell, Alli Gardiner; (front row) Madison Cave.

General news

Rebecca Whitlock, a North Augusta resident, was one of nine Wardlaw Academy students who represented the school at the SCISA Music Festival on March 14. Rebecca received a silver medal in the event.

• 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 bdjackson@edgefield.k12.sc.us 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 at 6 p.m. May 2 at North Augusta Middle School.

Belvedere Elementary

• Spring break continues through Friday, 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 Monday, April 15.

• McDonald’s Spirit Night is Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. Some 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.

Fox Creek High

• The HSAP graduation exam will be administered Tuesday, April 16, through April 18.

• Zaxby’s fundraiser night is Tuesday, 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.

Hammond Hill Elementary

• The following pupils made the Double H Reading Club: Chris Roberts, Ethan Lee, Baylor Furness, Kinsley Muns, Jordan Wiley, Andrea Rodriguez, Matthew Page, Jordan Fowler, Edgar Covarruvias, Logan Kosh, Justin Whaley, Shelby Hutto, Kylie Parham, Ansley Barbee, Haleigh Brownlee, Maya Fowley, Blake Swanson, Larkin Preissler and Gigi McNitt. 200 Books: Noah Beym and Matthew Williams. 400 Books: Michael Page. Page Masters: Ciera Akin and LaTasha Holmes.

• The following teachers are recipients of SRNS Innovative Teaching Mini Grants: Ms. Pope, “Size Matters: Mastering Measurement”; Ms. Boulineau, “Fraction Action”; Ms. Printup, “Leap into Learning”; and Ms. Griffis, “Experimenting, Exploring and Engineering our World through Preschool Play.”

• The following pupils were nominated for People to People Student Ambassadors: Darius Johnson, Nicholas Hoehn, Madison Ashby, Will Livingston, Tyler Cook, Luis Galan, Caleb Waldrop, Raven Ziglar, Ryan Franklin and Maya Fowley.

• Spring break continues through Friday, April 12.

• Spring break continues through Friday, April 12.

• The fifth grade transition field trip to Merriwether Middle is Tuesday, April 16.

• A running club meet will be held at North Augusta High School on April 20 at 9 a.m.

• April 24 is an early-release day. Pupils will be released at 1 p.m.

• Running club practice is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

• 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 hot line to check homework assignments. Call (803) 279-9993 and dial the teacher’s room number when prompted

Merriwether Middle

• 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

• Spring break continues through Friday, 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 score 100 percent accuracy will be treated to an ice cream sherbet party and will be recognized with a certificate at the awards day program.

• Volunteer appreciation week begins Monday, April 15.

• Wear Purple Day is Monday, April 15, in support of military children.

• Early registration for 4K and new students will be held April 17 and 18 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To register, bring proof of residency, birth certificate and shot record. Those registering for 4K should bring proof of income.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold April 18.

• The school volunteer appreciation breakfast drop-in is April 19 from 7:45 to 9 a.m. in the P.E. room.

• The spring book fair is April 22-30.

• Lunch With Someone We Love will be as follows: April 22, kindergarten and third grade; April 23, first and fourth grade; and April 24, second and fifth grades.

• Tacky Day is April 23.

• The book fair begins April 25.

• The sixth-grade transition fair at North Augusta and Paul Knox middle schools is April 25.

• 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.

North Augusta Elementary

• The following pupils made the 100 Book Club: Samuel Jones, Nicol Cardenas, Carson Sheppard and Valerie Hardin. 200 Book Club: Nyahna Sullivan, Amani Williams, Jermey Hollar, Zoey Roberts and Caroline Shelton. 300 Book Club: Nevaeh Guzman, Grady Walker, Giovanni Rios and Theo Hudson. 1,100 Book Club: Abby Cook. Page Master: Samuel Rendon.

• Spring break continues through Friday, April 12.

• PTO is holding a coin drive through Monday, April 15, to raise funds for scholarships to be awarded in May. Pods will compete against each other. The winning pod will receive an ice cream party and the pod’s teachers will receive a $50 Walmart gift card to divide among themselves.

• Purple Up for Military Kids will be held Monday, April 15, in support of pupils who have parents serving in the military. Everyone is asked to wear purple.

• Ribbon ceremonies will be held Monday, April 15: 7:40 a.m., kindergarten in the kindergarten pod; 8 a.m., third grade at the stage; 9 a.m., first and second grades at the stage; and 1 p.m., fourth and fifth grades at the stage.

• Smarter-Balanced Pilot Testing will be administered Monday, April 15, through April 26. Third grade will test in English/Language Arts and fourth grade will test in math.

• Band recruitment visits for North Augusta and Paul Knox middle schools will be Tuesday.

• Registration for 4K and new 5K and first-grade pupils will be April 17-18.

• The PTO mother/son night at the Augusta GreenJackets game is April 19.

• Volunteers are needed to help set pavers in the courtyard between the fourth- and fifth-grade pods at 8:30 a.m. April 20.

• The PTO board will meet April 22 at 6 p.m.

• South Carolina State University is having College Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The recruitment day will include tours, information about sororities and fraternities, and entertainment.

• 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 Monday.

• Student council elections are Monday.

• Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is offering a scholarship based on extracurricular activities, leadership and academic achievement. The deadline to apply is April 19.

• Prom tickets are on sale through April 19 in Rooms 212 and 404 before school.

• Seniors who believe they have had perfect attendance all 12 years should go to the attendance office and see Mrs. Erdman before April 19.

• Freshmen and sophomore students who want to volunteer to serve at prom should see Mrs. Coyle in Room 404 or Mrs. Melton in Room 212 by 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 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 to 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.

• A SAT prep class will be held April 25 for the May and June SAT dates. The cost for the daylong 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.

• The Marion R. Paschall Scholarship Oratorical Contest is available for all grades. The deadline is May 20.

North Augusta Middle

• Spring break continues through Friday, April 12.

• The next Stand Up & Stop Bullying Club meeting is Monday, April 15.

• The School Improvement Council meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 16.

• The student council meeting is April 19 from 3:15 to 4 p.m.

• The spring book fair is April 23-26.

• Show choir auditions are April 24 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Seventh grade pupils interested in being in the show choir next school year should stop by Ms. Surles’ classroom for an audition packet. The packet must be returned before you audition.

• Spring pictures will be taken April 25.

• The transition fair for rising sixth-graders is April 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

• 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 from what they sell.

• The spring pops concert is April 30 at 6 p.m. in the gym.

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

• The spring fling is May 17 from 7 to 10 p.m. at Misty Lakes. Tickets will
be sold during the eighth-grade lunch May 13, 15 and 17. The event is for North Augusta Middle eighth-graders only.

• The student council meeting is May 24 from 3:15 to 4 p.m. The end of the year celebration will be held. Sixth-grade members are asked to bring drinks; seventh-grade members should bring sweet snacks; and eighth-grade members are to bring salty snacks.

• 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

• Spring break continues through Friday

• 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. Takeout 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.

• The Strawberry Festival is April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be games, prizes, inflatables, food and strawberries.

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

• Songs of Praise practice is held on 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. Costs range from $1 to $1.25.

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

Paul Knox Middle

• The Paul Knox Concert Band received superior ratings at the concert festival in Charleston, S.C.

• Spring break continues through Friday.

• 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. Fridays 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; Thursdays – nachos and hot dogs, $2 each, drinks $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.

• The PTO collects box tops, used ink cartridges and My Coke Rewards.

• Yearbooks can be ordered at www.jostensyearbooks.com.

Victory Christian

Cynthia Smith, anatomy and biology teacher, submitted a grant entry and the school was awarded a $1,000 SCACS Science Grant provided by shopanatomical.com. Items have already arrived and include a heart model, nose/mouth model, stomach model, human eye model and more. Students have already had a chance
to review some of the models.

• Spring break continues through Friday, April 12.

• The t-shirt sale will end April 17.

• 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 baseball team will have its Senior Night baseball game April 23 at the Augusta GreenJackets stadium. Tickets are $7.40 each, which includes admission to the GreenJackets game on May 3. There will be fireworks after the May 3 game. Tickets are available in the school office.

• The SCACS baseball/softball state tournament is April 26-27.

• Throughout April, students can pay $1 a day to wear casual clothing at school. The money raised will go to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

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