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School Notes

Posted: August 29, 2012 - 10:20am

• Aiken County Public Schools will distribute a digital newsletter throughout the school year featuring information about school events and accomplishments. To receive the newsletter, go to www.aiken.k12.sc.us and click on the newsletter link.

• Parents of Aiken County school district students can pay for their child’s lunch using lunchprepay.com. The site allows parents to access their child’s meal account 24 hours a day, pay for multiple children’s accounts with a single payment, see 90 school calendar days of purchases and payments, and more. For information, visit www.lunchprepay.com or contact Eileen at (803) 641-2520 or edrum@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• Applications for free and reduced meals for Aiken County school district students can be completed online at www.lunchapplication.com. To sign in, parents must have their child’s Power School ID number. This number can be obtained through the school office, the school schedule or School Food Service Department at (803) 641-2520.

• The state Department of Education announced that the Class of 2012, collectively, was the first to earn more than $1 billion in college scholarships. The Class of 2012 earned $1,063,112,048. Aiken County students earned $3,218,218.

William Watts, of North Augusta, earned an associates degree for photography from North Georgia Technical College.

Russell Hamer McGough, of North Augusta, graduated with a Master of Science degree in graphic communications from Clemson University on
Aug. 10.

• Box Tops, Campbell’s soup labels, My Coke Rewards, Tyson chicken labels, used ink cartridges and recyclable cellphones are being collected.

• The Miss Fox Creek 2013 pageant will be held Jan. 267. The theme is Uptown Girl and the competition includes personal and on-stage interviews, sportswear and evening gown. See Mrs. Leopard for more information.

Morgan Reeves and Michael Simpkins created the school’s new theme, “60 Years of Excellence,” which is imprinted on the school spirit T-shirts. Both pupils will receive a $50 savings bond.

• MAP testing starts Tuesday and ends Sept. 25.

• School spirit T-shirts are to be worn each Friday for Spirit Days.

• The following are new to the Hammond Hill family: Maria Bickel, resource teacher; Carrie Clark, reading interventionist; Laura Lusk, fifth-grade teacher; Kathy Prince, math lab instructor and instructional coach; and Robert Hawkins, part-time custodian and handyman.

• In celebration of the school’s 60th anniversary, the School Improvement Council and the Parent Teacher Organization will renovate the school’s courtyard. The multi-year project will include a picnic plaza, an amphitheater, a water feature and a garden with green space. People may purchase a commemorative brick to support the courtyard project. Contact the school for more information.

• The last day to turn in post cards is today. The drawing will be held on Thursday.

• There will be no school Monday.

• Sept. 5 is an early release day. Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m.

• Interim reports will go home Sept. 12.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold in the morning car line on Sept. 14.

• Fall individual pictures will be taken Sept. 27. The make-up date for fall pictures is Oct. 25.

• Oct. 3 is an early-release day. Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m.

• Oct. 19 is a teacher workday. There will be no school for pupils.

• Oct. 23 is the end of the first nine weeks.

• Chick-fil-A biscuits will be sold in the morning car line on Oct. 26.

• Parent teacher conferences will be held Oct. 29. Report cards will be distributed during the conference. There will be no school for pupils.

• Pupils should be in the classroom by 7:30 a.m. each day. Classroom instruction continues until 2:25 p.m. Parents of pupils who accumulate excessive tardies will be required to have a conference with the administrative team. Early dismissal from school is allowed for illness or a doctor’s appointment only. Pupils can’t be signed out after 2 p.m. You may be asked to show a photo ID when signing out a child. A record of early dismissals is kept on each pupil.

• The PTO Cookie Dough Fundraiser has begun. Check your child’s yellow folder for the fundraiser information. The fundraiser will continue through Sept. 10 and orders will be delivered in early October.

• 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.

• Parents picking up their children are asked to place a card in their vehicle’s window listing the names of the children they are picking up in the car line. Parents of kindergarten and first-grade pupils should line up their vehicles along the playground fence on Amherst Drive heading toward Bunting Circle.

• The nurse is in need of donations of gently used, unwanted or outgrown clothes for the clothes closet in the clinic. These clothes will be used in the event of emergencies or accidents.

• The 2012-13 Buzz Cards can be purchased for $5. The cards can be used at many local businesses throughout the year.

• Pupils will be released early on Sept. 12.

• Interim report cards will be sent home Sept. 19.

• MAP testing will be held Sept. 4 through
Sept. 28.

• Pupils will be released early on Sept. 12.

• Interim report cards will be sent home Sept. 19.

• There will be an instructional fair on Oct. 7.

• Oct. 7 is fall break for pupils.

• To volunteer at the school, a volunteer/chaperone training must be attended every year. Training will not be offered after December. The next training opportunity is noon and 12:15 p.m. Sept. 5, and 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. Sept. 7. For a complete list, e-mail
shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us.

• Mentors are needed and are paired with one pupil. Training for new mentors will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and noon Sept. 21. Returning members will meet at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 or 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21. For information, e-mail Vicki Turner at vicki0708@comcast.net or Shari Hooper at shooper@aiken.k12.sc.us

• Recess monitors are needed for the following: 10:10-10:30 a.m., third grade; 10:40-11 a.m., fifth grade; and 12:30-12:50 p.m., second grade.

• Gently-used clothes are needed for the health clinic, especially large sizes.

• Prescription medicines must be accompanied with a copy of the doctor's order to be accepted by the school nurse. Inhalers and EPI pens must be in their original box with the pupil’s name label from the pharmacy.

• The book fair will be in the media center Sept. 6-14 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, except it will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon Sept. 14. It will be open from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 for Family Reading Night. Volunteers are needed.

• School will be closed Monday for Labor Day.

• Pupils will be released at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

• Volunteer training will be held at noon and 12:15 p.m. Sept. 5, and 7:15 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

• Yearbook pictures will be taken Sept. 6.

• Domino's Pizza Night is Sept. 6.

• First-grade curriculum night is 6-7 p.m. Sept. 6.

• Interim reports will be sent home Sept. 12.

• There will be a PTO board meeting at 3 p.m. Sept. 12.

• Family Read Night will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 13.

• Student Council elections will be Sept. 21.

• Pep squad and step team forms are due Sept. 21.

• MAP testing ends
Sept. 25.

• New faces around the school include: Kaylyn Bryant, kindergarten; Pam Harvey, Ms. Kirkland's classroom; Bobbi Noe, second grade; Carolyn Williams, curriculum coach; Katie Rollins, fourth grade; Pam Brooks, fifth grade; Virginia Buchanan, fifth grade; Ashka Holmes, speech therapist; Leslie Bailey, speech therapist; Takeia Young, intern in Ms. Johannsen's class; and Shannon Delaughter, intern in Ms. Burns' class.

• Kindergarteners should wear the following colors on these days: Aug. 29, purple; Thursday, brown; and Friday, green.

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

• Monday is a school holiday for Labor Day.

• MAP testing will be Sept. 4-26.

• Fall pictures will be taken Sept. 7. All pupils will be photographed for the yearbook. Prices are between $12 and $59 for the different packages. Return payment envelopes prior to Sept. 7, or pay online using the school code GY412820Y0 at mylifetouch.com. A payment receipt should be printed out and sent with the order envelope to the school. For questions, call Lifetouch at (866) 896-7174.

• The Scholastic Book Fair will be Sept. 13-20 from 7:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sept. 21 from 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sales tax of 7 percent is charged.

• Kindergarten will have pajama day with Mother Goose (Wilma Allen) on Sept. 14.

• There will be a Teddy bear parade/picnic for kindergarteners on Sept. 21.

• The Environmental Club will meet at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in Room 415. Club membership is $5. Future meetings will be held the second Tuesday monthly.

• Spark Worship meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays in front of the gym.

• Spanish Club membership is $10.

• FBLA will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium.

• Interested in serving on Freshman Advisory? Pick up a form from Mrs. DuFault in Room 114 and return it by 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Dues are $10 and the first meeting is Sept. 18.

• The first meeting of the Last Act Drama Society is Sept. 6 in Room 305.

• Creative writers interested in joining The Painted Quill should come to the first meeting in Room 305 on Thursday.

• Open house is 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

• Box Tops for Education should be turned into homeroom teachers.

• The following made the football team: A.J. James, Alex Bridges, Bryant Edwards, Bryson Mozone, Daniel Hane, Esai Guillen, Jalen Sturgis, Jarett Kelly, Jordan Flanders, Jules Williams, Julian Weathers, Landon Washington, Matt Hutto, Quadtez Webb, Rusty Anderson, Stephen Hammond, Tyrek Walls, Tyrese Smalley, Austin Mills, Baron Radcliff, Cameron Davis, Chandler Jones, Christian Maddox, Clayton Headrick, Dalton Tolar, Daly Jernigan, Darius Copeland, Dreke Waltower, Ermon Ishmael, Gavin Rangell, Grayson Brandt, Jadon Daugherty, Jalen Parkman, John Luke McNair, Joseph Strickland, Kenneth Murray, Kevin Arnold, Lamar Holston, Tavian Price, Tavion Davis, Tremayne Lawson and Tre’jen Baker.

• The media center is accepting donations of new and used books.

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

• Pupils must have a physical on file in order to try out for sports. See the front office for a form.

• Open house for all pupils and parents will be Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

• A Title I meeting will be held at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the media center.

• A meeting for GT parents and guardians of pupils in going on field trips will be held at 5:15 p.m. Thursday. Attendance is mandatory by a parent or guardian in order for the pupil to participate in field trips.

• If you’re interested in receiving the school’s weekly newsletter by e-mail, call the main office with your current e-mail address. The newsletter can also be found on the school’s Web site under the “About Us” tab.

• The school collects Box Tops and used ink cartridges.

• Volleyball practice is held every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with the exception of game days and choir trips.

• There will be no school on Monday.

• Fall and senior pictures will be taken Sept. 5.

• Sept. 26 is a half day due to a teachers convention.

• There will be no school Sept. 27-28.

• The Victory Baptist Church Harvest Jubilee is Oct. 1-3.

• Six-week progress reports will be sent home Oct. 5.

• Juniors will take the PSAT on Oct. 10.

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