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It's official! We have moved to our new District website, now located at acpsd.net. Please take a moment to visit and explore our new online home for updated information on all items related to Aiken County Public Schools.
 
As a reminder, our individual school web pages will continue to link back to School Fusion (hosted at this site) until the start of the new school year when all school-related pages will make the transition to our new web platform.
 
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Congratulations to the North Augusta Cultural Center Art Contest Winners from North Augusta Middle School: (First Place) Storm Murray, (Third Place) Tiana Lee, and Honorable Mention winners Rashad McCain, Julianna Lindsey, Carrington Harris and Kourtney Holmes.

CONGRATULATIONS to the North Augusta Middle School Band on winning the Outstanding Performance Award again for the 2015-2016 school year! This is an award given by the South Carolina Band Directors Association and is the highest award given to band programs from SCBDA. Way to go Jackets!

CONGRATULATIONS to DeAngilo Drayton of Silver Bluff High School on signing with Presbyterian College and Blue Hose football!

CONGRATULATIONS to East Aiken School of the Arts Character Winners for the Character Trait of Patience: They include (4K-5K) Paola de Silva, Jenah Ashe, William Book, Journee Bonaparte and Nathaniel Jordan; (First Grade) Jannah Perry, March DAR Winner Ashley Fabian, Davon Bates, Aubrey Littler and Noah Turner; (Second Grade) Lonnie Miller, Jayla Merriweather, Zoe Pope, Whitney Becker-Greer, Samaya Frazier and ZaLyric Singleton; (Third Grade) Aleyjah Phillips, Landon Figeroia, Jamie Fogle, Savalas Washington and Fallon Edwards; (Fourth Grade) Sevannah Allen, Davion Hart, Jeffery Lewis, Emma Gathercoal and Kyle Chandler; (Fifth Grade) Jaxsen Briatico, Teodora Silverio, Gracyn Rutland, Jaleah Johnson and Kameron Gardner.
CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Lynda Oswald and all North Augusta High School FBLA chapter members on yet another state championship captured at this year's state competition held on March 11-13!

CONGRATULATIONS to longtime Aiken High School girls basketball coach Aubrey Pompey on his induction into the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame! Way to go Coach Pompey!

Congratulations to our Aiken High School German students! The results of the National German Exam have arrived and they are outstanding! Aiken High students who have finished in the top ten in South Carolina in Levels 2, 3 and 4 include: 10th Place - Charlton Hill, Emma Sargent, Erik Fallon, Ashton Dorman; 9th Place - Timothy Siler; 7th Place - Brynne Berry; 6th Place - Katie Clamp, Stephen Carlisle; 4th Place - Izzy Pyle, Bryan Melvin, Sophia Gerstenberger; 3rd Place - Isabella Hill; 2nd Place - Mohsin Rizvi; and 1st Place - Elena Hansen. This year, a total of 21 of our students have been recognized by the American Association of Teachers of German. Those who will receive the gold medal (the highest level of recognition) are Bryan Melvin, Katie Clamp, Mohsin Rizvi, Isabella Hill and Elena Hansen.

SIX of our student-athletes have been named to @SCBCA All-State teams! CONGRATS to Chance Prandy (South Aiken), Daniel Carr (Midland Valley) and Raekwon Parris (Ridge Spring-Monetta) on the boys teams and CONGRATS to Amari Young (North Augusta), Jhayniqua Graham (Aiken), and Crystal Preston (Ridge Spring-Monetta) on the girls teams! CONGRATULATIONS to the coaches and teammates of these young men and women as well as these are also TEAM awards! GREAT JOB everyone!

CONGRATULATIONS  to Midland Valley High School's Luke Nichols, who recently signed a baseball scholarship offer from  St. Andrews College in North Carolina!  

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR DISTRICT SPELLING CHAMPION, RUNNER-UP AND PARTICIPANTS!
Tylus Madison of LBC won the Aiken County title and Logan Hopson of Jackson Middle School was runner-up. Other competitors included Brianna Mason (Lloyd Kennedy Charter School), Jaelyn Aliyah Richardson (Schofield Middle School), Jessica Lauren Barela (Hammond Hill Elementary School), Chloe Cecelia Powell (North Augusta Middle School), Carlos Binzha (Jefferson Elementary School), Kaylee Cierra Westbrook (Aiken Middle School), Christiner Briana Temple (Ridge SpringMonetta Middle School), Mika Michelle Mayo (Redcliffe Elementary School), Glenn Syncere Tafe (Busbee Corbett Elem/Middle School) and Reagan Renee Pharr (East Aiken School of the Arts).   

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUT FUTURE CITY TEAMS! On Saturday, January 23, 2016, the District had 15 teams to participate in the 2016 Future City Regional Competition held at USC Aiken. Two teams placed in the top three, while four others also received awards. The overall winner was Team Sahirah (Madden Bell, Savannah Padgett and Rebekah Rahman) from Paul Knox Middle School. They will participate in the Future City Nationals competition next month in Washington, D.C. This is the second consecutive year in which a team from Paul Knox Middle School has captured the regional crown. North Augusta Middle School's Team North Archipelago of Jacob Smith, Grayson Hann, Daniel Simonds and Fritz Rowell, finished in Third Place. The theme of this year’s competition was “Waste Not, Want Not” and teams were asked to emphasize waste reduction, removal and recycling in their “future” cities.
 
2016 FUTURE CITY REGIONAL COMPETITION RESULTS
Paul Knox Middle School, Sahirah – First Place; Hilton Head Christian Academy, Recyclia – Second Place; North Augusta Middle School, North Archipelago – Third Place
 
SPECIAL AWARDS
Jackson Middle School, Jeffersonville – Best Protection of the Public; North Augusta Middle School, North Archipelago – Best Planned City; Paul Knox Middle School, Sahirah – Best Land Surveying Practices Award; Kennedy Middle School, Waste Busters -- Most Sustainable Food Production; Paul Knox Middle School, Sahirah – Best Essay; LBC Middle School, Triton City – Best Green City; Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, Rock Star City – Best Distribution of Power
 
OTHER PARTICIPATING TEAMS
Kennedy Middle School, E^3; Kennedy Middle School, Submetrailia; Kennedy Middle School, The Empire Strikes back; Leavelle McCampbell Middle School, Super city; New Ellenton Middle School, Deltatropolis; New Ellenton Middle School, Electric City; New Ellenton Middle School, Flex City; North Augusta Middle School, Future World

CONGRATULATIONS TO ... The Aiken High School and Midland Valley High School NJROTC rifle teams as they have qualified to compete in the Navy National Rifle Championships on February 12-14 in Anniston, Alabama.  This is the fourth consecutive year that both teams have qualifed for this elite event.  Midland Valley won the State Championship this year and Aiken came in second place, sending both teams to go to the National Championships.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following students and coaches who represented the Aiken County Public School District in Border Bowl III for Team South Carolina!
PLAYERS

Midland Valley: (Daniel Carr, Drekwon Carr, Michael Baynham, Skyler Curry, Stephon Morency, Jashon Felder, Xavier Leaphart, Skylar Brown, Thomas McCord)
North Augusta: (Rashad Byrd, Jaylon Patten, Joe Mozone, Aaron Maddox)
Aiken: (Bryson Jones, Quamayne Simpkins, Justin Schofield, Keair Thomas-Fuewell)
South Aiken: (Bowen Smith, Jared Butler)
Silver Bluff: (DeAngilo Drayton, Tarron Jackson)
Ridge Spring-Monetta: (Stanley Rolland, William Bedenbaugh)
COACHES
Head Coach Rick Knight (Midland Valley High School), Assistant Coach Brian Thomas (North Augusta High School), Assistant Coach Brian Neal (Aiken High School), Assistent Coach Chris Hamilton (South Aiken High School), Assistant Coach Alan Williams (Midland Valley High School), David Kaney (Midland Valley High School)


The Schofield HAM Radio Club participated in the School Club Round Up competition from Monday, Oct 19th thru Friday, Oct 23rd each day from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. The competition is between all participating elementary, middle, high, college & university clubs. Each club competes to make the most radio contacts with other HAM radio operators. Points are assigned for each contact made, be it an individual, school, college,university, foreign country, and/or Canadian provinces. Schofield's Ham Radio Club has placed 3rd in the nation in the middle school category for the past three years and in the top ten for all participating schools (elementary to university).

Congratulations to Christian Adams - First Place "Big Mouth" & Adrian Spradley Second Place "Big Mouth" award winners for making the top two radio contacts during the October 2015 School Club Round Up competition hosted by Schofield Ham Radio Club.

The Soaring Eagle Honor is a new student recognition/award developed by Wagener-Salley High School.  Each month the faculty and staff will be on the lookout with a specific set of criteria relating to student behavior, skills, and/or motivation.
 
For the month of September, teachers were asked to select students who: exemplified good citizenship; were observed performing a random act of kindness; or showed the most improvement.  The following students received September’s Soaring Eagle Honor:
 
Freshmen: Sophomores: Juniors: Seniors:
Kayla Gallop
Jade Yon
Kyle Hair
Takayla Allen
Brianna Kirkland
Julissa Harvey
Brett Steadman
Halie Hutto
 
The students were invited to attend a gathering during second period to celebrate with snacks and given a certificate by the Soaring Eagle committee, Mrs. Aadland, the principal, and Mr. Arnold, the assistant principal.

Thanks to South Carolina-born comedian Stephen Colbert, every single one of Aiken County's Teacher Grant Requests on Donors Choose was funded in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Articles: WRDWAugusta Chronicle; Aiken Standard

North Augusta HS and South Aiken HS chorus students auditioned and were accepted into the 2015 SC American Choral Director Association Honor Choir. Students will attend the honor choir weekend on October 23-24, 2015 at Southern Wesleyan University. They will  work under the director of Dr. Lori Hetzel and Dr. Jefferson Johnson from the University of Kentucky. We are proud of these students and excited as this is the largest amount of students to ever represent Aiken County in this state-wide event.
North Augusta HS Students:
Alice Dyches
Amaya Moore
Soteria Raymond
Caroline Wilson
Todd Gillespie
Jack King
Cameron Smith
Phillip Smith
South Aiken HS Students:
Sophia McDonald
Hannah McKinnon
Maddie Seconi
Joseph Heyward
Sullivan Lindler
Andrew Melton
Nathan Noel
Adarius Simpkins
"We're beyond over the moon to show the Governor the power of arts integration in our school," said an elated East Aiken School of the Arts Principal Lisa Fallaw following the school's visit from South Carolina's Governor Nikki Haley.

Governor Haley visited Aiken's Arts Magnet School this afternoon after hearing many good things. "Coming here today was a real treat," she said. "It was even more than I thought it would be."

East Aiken was transformed when arts were integrated into the basic curriculum, raising student test scores (double digit gains last year) and enrollment numbers (the number of students doubled the year following it's designation as an Arts in Basic Curriculum school).

The Governor believes that other schools can learn from East Aiken's model of arts integration.

"We want to be a model school for the state and look forward to sharing what we've learned works with other Title 1 schools," Fallaw said. "I strongly believe that children’s circumstances should not determine their opportunities and that arts education provides the high order thinking, creativity and imagination all students need.

"The Perfect Prom, a very special event for high school special needs students throughout the district, was held at Misty Lakes. (more)

Jacob Sargent has been selected by the American Association of Teachers of German as South Carolina's top German student. He won a free study trip to Germany for June and July of 2015. He continues a long tradition of AHS German students who have done so.
In addition, the following AHS German students were in in the top ten in the state on the 2015 National German Exam:
Jacob Sargent, 2nd (level 3)
Shannon Mulhall, 3rd (level 2)
Bryan Melvin, 4th (level 2)

Cameron Clamp, 4th (level 4)
Mohsin Rizvi, 4th (level 4)

Walker Rounsefell, 5th (level 2)
Bishop Hare, 6th (level 4)
Jesse Carver, 7th (level 2)
Drew Samaha, 7th (level 2)
Sophia Gerstenberger, 7th (level 4)
Lydia Gerstenberger, 8th (level 4)
Reece Berry, 9th (level 2)
Lupita Carrillo, 9th (level 4)
Billy Haller, 9th (level 2)
Emma Sargent, 9th (level 2)
Isabella Hill, 9th (level 4
)
Also, the following students will receive the AATG Gold Award, the highest award possible, from the American Association of Teachers of German for National German Exam excellence:
Cameron Clamp
Jacob Sargent
Shannon Mulhall
Bryan Melvin

AS Article

Learning grows from Kennedy Middle gardening class - Aiken Standard
Sarah Burnham’s sixth-grade students at Kennedy Middle School are reaping the benefits of studying horticulture, and they celebrated their hard work during Earth Day on Wednesday with a garden party – a vegetable garden party.

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Mr. Charles Bolden, current Administrator of NASA and South Carolinian, will "Skype" 8th graders at LBC Middle school on Friday, April 24, 2015, the 25th anniversary of the Hubble mission. LBC student, Jonathan Robinson,asked him to do so when he met Mr. Bolden at USCA earlier this year. Mr. Bolden graciously agreed.  Mr. Bolden is a veteran of 5 space shuttle missions, including piloting the Discovery mission that took the Hubble telescope into space

Aiken El Chorus has been invited to be the demonstration chorus at Georgia Southern University on April 22, 2015!  They will be attending a master class and giving a performance on campus.

NAMS Sports Banquet was held on Tuesday, March 30th. Congratulations to all of our students.
Below is a list of winners:
Cheerleading award winners:
My MVC (Most Valuable Cheerleader)‘s:
Kathryn McGee, Sydney Echols, Breona Davis, Dayjah Young, Baileigh Price and
Bailey Gray
Volleyball Awards:
Mya Burns- MVP
Tana Cagle- Coaches Award
Haileigh Feagin- Most Improved
 Football Awards:
Offensive player of the year - Cameron Mitchem
Defensive player of the year - Kobe Walker
MVP - Chris Torres and Samuel McCloud
Boys Basketball:
Most improved- Fidel Shuler
Coaches award - Cameron Mitchem and DJ Sullivan
MVP - Samuel McCloud
Girls Basketball:
Most Improved: Ashley Herrington
Coaches Award: Hannah Thomas
MVP: Mya Burns
NAMS Golf Team
Coaches Award: Lane Beam, Lowest Score Award: Fritz Rowell, Team Spirit Award: Lexi Fava and Sydney Echols
Pictured:
Top row: Hailey Sparks, Lexi Fava, Sydney Echols, Abigail Rowell, Anna Rowell
Bottom row: EJ Mays, Brice Morris, Lane Beam, Fritz Rowell, Chad Champy

Congratulations!! We are very proud of ALL our Student Athletes for all their hard work this year. We would like to thank everyone for their assistance with the Sports Banquet.
First Picture: Tana Cagle  Second Picture: Samuel McCloud Third PIcture: NAMS Golf Team
   
Picture Credit: N. Cagle and Z. McCloud

Congratulations to the following North Augusta High School Future Business Leaders of America who placed at the State Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. (more)
 


Congratulations to the 2015 CSRA Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
Front Row: Mark Seymour, Chloe Sweat and Evan Bishop
Back Row: Abigail Rowell, Abby Rowell,  Brianna Jones, Fritz Rowell and Melindasr


NAMS Festive Band earned straight Superior ratings in Charleston, SC on Tuesday, March 24th at The State Concert Performance Assessment. Congratulations on a job well done!!
 

 
Congratulations to Sara Quarles from Aiken Middle School, Allen Gilbert from Jackson MIddle School, and Abigail Rowell from North Augusta Middle School for earning a spot in the South Carolina All-State Band! The All-State Band is comprised of students from all around South Carolina who earn a spot based on two competitive auditions. The All-State Band performed their concert on March 15th at Furman University in the McAlister Auditorium.  Congratulations again to these students on a wonderful accomplishment!

NBC 26 Chief Meteorologist Chris Still visited Kennedy Middle School on Wednesday, February 18th. Sixth-grade students were able to check out the Storm Tracker vehicle and then participated in a presentation in the media center. AS article - NBCNews Story

SCHOOLS NAME THEIR TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
The nominations are in and the committees have made their selections- Aiken County’s most successful, innovative and enthusiastic educators are ready to be announced.

Aiken County Public Schools 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year Candidates are as follows: Ginna Vedder, Media Specialist at Oakwood-Windsor Elementary School; Heather Hermann, Special Education Teacher at Belvedere Elementary School; Jeremy Rinder, 5th Grade Teacher at Hammond Hill Elementary School; Theresa Spieker, 4th Grade Teacher at Mossy Creek Elementary School; Jean Taylor, Guidance Counselor at North Augusta Elementary School; Anna Beth Harbeson, Writing Lab Instructor at Clearwater Elementary School; Melissa Darby, Preschool Special Education Teacher at Jefferson Elementary School; Liz McClearen, 4K Teacher at Greendale Elementary School; Erica Millwood, 4th Grade Teacher at Redcliffe Elementary School; Rebecca Dixon, 5th Grade Teacher at J.D. Lever Elementary School; Sunny Forker, 3rd Grade Teacher at Millbrook Elementary School; Shannon Green, 4th Grade Teacher at East Aiken School of the Arts; Charlene Aycox, 4th and 5th Grade Math and Science Teacher at Aiken Elementary School; Chrystie Weimer, Physical Education Teacher at Chukker Creek Elementary School; Shantia Wheeler, 3rd Grade Teacher at North Aiken Elementary School; Michelle Fernandez, 4th Grade Teacher at Byrd Elementary School; Ginger  Henderson, 4th Grade Teacher at Gloverville Elementary School; Kayla  Hammonds, 4th Grade Teacher at Warrenville Elementary School; Jenny  Hallman, 5K Teacher at Ridge Spring Monetta Elementary School; Tosha Quattlebaum, Instructional Coach at Schofield Middle School; Shana Pearsons, Science Teacher at Kennedy Middle School; Kelli Kilbourn-Williams, 7th Grade ELA and 8th Grade English I Teacher at Aiken Middle School; Anne Sidey, Media Specialist at North Augusta Middle School; Kelley Smith, 7th Grade Mathematics Teacher at Paul Knox Middle School; Samantha Walker, 6th Grade Teacher at LBC Middle School; Amber Bannister, English and History Teacher at Leavelle McCampbell Middle School; Melissa Burke, 5K Teacher at Busbee/Corbett Elementary and Middle School; Kevin Scott Ayers, 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at New Ellenton Middle School; Rosalyn Greene, 7th Grade English Language Arts Teacher at Jackson Middle School; Amy Wingate, Mathematics Teacher at Aiken High School; Megan Scholer, English Teacher at South Aiken High School; Kathy Gambill, Chemistry and Physics Teacher at North Augusta High School; Jim Dziczkowski, Honors and College Prep Chemistry at Midland Valley High School; Tiffany Middlebrooks, Health Science and Medical Terminology Teacher at Ridge Spring Monetta Middle and High School; Michael McGhee, Mathematics Teacher at Wagener-Salley High School; Amanda Williamson, Mathematics Teacher at Silver Bluff High School; Teresa Hayden, Health Science Instructor/RN at the Aiken County Career and Technology Center; Catherine Brown, 5th Grade General Education Teacher at The Center for Innovative Learning at Pinecrest; and Katherine Wren, 2nd Grade Teacher at Horse Creek Academy Charter School.
Congratulations to the candidates on being honored as an inspiration to your peers, students and the profession!

NBC 26 Chief Meteorologist Chris Still visited Kennedy Middle School on Wednesday, February 18th. Sixth-grade students were able to check out the Storm Tracker vehicle and then participated in a presentation in the media center.

SC Junior All-State Band For the first time in 4 years the Jackson Middle School band program is proud to announce that it has placed a student in the SC Junior All-State Band:
Congratulations to Allen G for placing 9th chair Flute!!

SCHOOLS WIN BOB  RICHARDS’ $10K GIVEAWAY
With 1.6 million votes cast in Bob Richards $10K Giveaway for Aiken County Public Schools, the points have been tallied and the winners announced. Schools throughout the District engaged in a cyber-competition over the last 60 days, and faculty, staff, parents, and students (under parental supervision) earned points by voting for their favorite school and teacher.  Voters could receive up to four points for their school, earning one point for a vote for “favorite school,” one point for “favorite teacher,” and an additional two points for writing why the vote was cast for that particular school and/or teacher on Bob Richards’ Facebook page.  Vying for the cash prize of $3,333 for the elementary, middle and high school with the most points, the Aiken school community cast their votes in record numbers. With 253,289 points, Clearwater Elementary School is the elementary school winner; Jackson, with 559,222 points, won for middle school; and South Aiken’s point total of 106,361 was the high school leader.  Kerri Dean from New Ellenton Middle School received the most votes for “favorite teacher.” Ms. Dean’s point total of 142,640 was followed closely by Sally Brady from Jackson Middle, with 142,426 points, and Justin McKinney from Clearwater, with 105,264, wasn’t too far behind. The top three “favorite teachers” will each receive $250.  Schools also got creative and submitted videos indicating what their school would do with the prize money. Posting a video gave schools the chance to win a $1,000 prize for the video that was most popular.  Hammond Hill’s video was shared 652 times, liked by 544 people and commented on 71 times.  Hammond Hill had 1267 “total actions” for their video and will receive $1,000. Bob Richards is awarding North Augusta Middle School, with 1213 “total actions,” 260 shares, 850 likes, and 103 comments on their school’s video, with $1,000 too.The favorite elementary, middle and high school, three favorite teachers and two schools whose videos received the most “total actions” were presented with their prize money at the board meeting on  December 9.

AIKEN SCHOOLS EXCEED ACCREDITATION STANDARDS
As part of the Aiken County Public School District’s re-accreditation and continuous improvement process, the District has, over the last year, engaged staff members, employees, and the community in purposeful reflection and conducted an internal self-assessment. Eight evaluators visited from AdvancED, the world’s largest international accrediting agency, interviewed 321 people, including the superintendent, administrative staff, instructional staff, teachers, students and community members, and observed 79 classrooms, as part of their external review.  (Press Release)

8th grade North Augusta Middle School student, Melinda Elser, was selected as the Martintown Road DAR Chapter winner.  She will read her essay and be presented with an award on Tuesday, February 10th at Fairview Presbyterian Church at 4:00.  Her essay will be entered into the state DAR competition this spring.  Congratulations Melinda!

Congratulations New Ellenton Middle School student, Cameron Fookes (6th grade student), for winning 2nd place in the Area 5 Spelling Bee today at Jackson Middle School!!  Cameron will go on to compete in the Aiken County Spelling Bee on Feb 2nd, 7 PM, at the URS Center for the Performing Arts on Newberry Street in Aiken. 

Bryson Parler, a North Augusta Middle School 8th grader in Mrs. Frazier''s 4th period English I class, recently won in the middle school division for the 2015 MLK Essay contest. This contest is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Steering Committee, in conjunction with University of South Carolina Aiken’s Inclusion Advisory Council (IAC). It is part of a community-wide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Bryson will be invited to the celebration to be held on Sunday, January 25th, at the USCA Convocation Center. In addition to winning first-place, Bryson also will receive a KINDLE FIRE!

Congratulations to North Augusta Middle School 7th and 8th graders who auditioned for Region Honor Band yesterday! This was a very challenging and competitive audition. They had 8 students make the callback audition for the South Carolina All-State Band! This is an incredible honor! Theyt also had several students, in addition to the 8 callbacks, place very high and will likely make the Region 2  Honor Band. Those results will be  finalized after the January 25th callback audition. Additionally, several of our students will make the Aiken All-County Band, and those results will be available in the next few weeks.

Students received rave reviews of their production of "A Christmas Carol" at South Aiken High.  Their hard work was evident to everyone who saw the production. 

SAHS students in the Beta Club collected over 360 cans of soup for ACTS (Area Churches Together Serving).


Congratulations to the North Augusta Middle School Spelling Bee Winners.
1st place; Michael Havasy, 2nd place; Thomas Cecil Clayton 3rd place; Jacob Smith
Congratulations students.

New Ellenton Middle School is proud to announce that two eighth graders have been named Junior Scholars for the 2014-2015 School Year!  In order to qualify, students must score 50 or higher in one of three areas:  Reading, Math, or Writing.  Jaden Cook was recognized for his score in the area of math and Justin Walker was recognized for his score in the area of writing.  Congratulations to both of these students on this outstanding achievement!

City of Aiken Mayor Fred Cavanaugh and city horticulturist Tom Rapp led the dedication of a redbud tree in honor of Arbor Day at Kennedy Middle School.  The event was featured in the Aiken Standard: http://www.aikenstandard.com/article/20141205/AIK0101/141209633/1004/kennedy-middle-students-plant-tree-in-honor-of-arbor-day

SMS HAM CLUB GET DONATED KENWOOD RADIO SET! Schofield Ham Radio students pictured at their weekly club meeting going "old school" using the Kenwood TS-520 radio set up, donated by Ms. Ginny Sherman. Ms. Sherman made her donation after reading the recent article in the Aiken Standard on the Schofield Ham Radio Club's participation in the ARRL School Club Round Up in which the club placed 3rd in the Middle School category & 10th place in the overall competition.

Byrd Elementary volunteer and substitute, Joy Silas, will be receiving the Time to Care Award from WDRW News 12.  She has volunteered 40+ hours per week for the past 6 years.

Schofield Middle School 6th Grade Social Studies teacher Aaron Knowles recently interviewed on WJBF's Golden Apple Teacher's Award segment! Go to this link to view the full interview: http://www.wjbf.com/story/27421569/golden-apple-aaron-knowles

The Aiken Elementary Chorus was invited to perform at the Teacher of the Year State meeting held at USC-A on November 19, 2014They will be also be performing a concert for the community at ARMS Lake event 6pm on December 11.  They have provided this performance for over 10 consecutive years!

The Aiken Elementary Chorus will conduct a community service project to Cumberland Village residents by presenting a concert,  hand making presents and caroling.

Christine Dolean, a special education teacher at Greendale Elementary School, was awarded a $300 grant from the Aiken County Association for Special Citizens.

An American flag that flew over the Pentagon was presented to Greendale Elementary School by Master Sergeant Robert Walker III.  He is the son of the Greendale music teacher Nanette Walker and he is also stationed at the Pentagon.

Congratulations to North Augusta Middle School Student, Raelin Lanham; 7th grader who won 1st place in The 34th Annual Rotary Bowl Program Competition. Raelin''s drawing will be featured on the front cover of the football programs. She has also won $150.00 for her design.  We are also proud to announce that Hannah Waterman won 2nd place. Hannah will receive $50.00 for her design. Congratulations to Raelin and Hannah. They are taught by Mrs. Janet Wright.

CONGRATULATIONS TO SMS HAM RADIO CLUB!
The Schofield Ham Radio Club placed 3rd among Middle Schools in the 2014- ARRL School Club Round Up Competition & placed 10th overall! Congratulations to our Schofield Ham Radio Students= Darby W., Alex & Ashley B., Christian A., , Zadran R., &  Aidan S. for their participation in this years Round Up. A very special thank you to the North Augusta/Belvedere Radio Club volunteers- Kent Hufford, Michael Newland, David Kjellquist, & Greg Godsey for giving their time & efforts for making our participation possible.

New Ellenton students were treated to a visit from author J.E. Thompson on Thursday, November 6th!  J. E. Thompson is the author of The Girl from Felony Bay, along with a number of books for adults. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina, not too far from the bays and plantations that inspire the Felony Bay Mysteries.  Students heard about Mr. Thompson’s inspiration for writing and heard excerpts from his books.  Mr. Thompson autographed books for the students who were anxious to “find out what happens next” in his books!

 
Pictured above: Author J.E. Thompson with NEMS student Taylor Crosby.

Reginald Delany Crews II, a senior at North Augusta High School, recently auditioned for the Midlands Region Orchestra and was selected.  This is his six year being selected and his final performance with this group as a student.  The performance is November 22 at Lexington High School, Columbia SC and you are invited to support this Aiken county student.  He is the son of Reginald and Ordean Crews.


To better serve children entering the school system and support our Part C providers, the Preschool Team of the Special Programs Department hosted BabyNet Open House events in October  and November at the Brookhaven-District Office. These open house events provided opportunities to build and maintain relationships with many providers in our community and learn more about the new BabyNet processes and procedures of our district.  For more information please contact Kristina Cota or Lynne Sharpe, (803) 641-2624.


Pictured above: The BabyNet Open House.

At the induction ceremony Wednesday evening, SAHS Serteens received two very prestigious awards:
  • Palmetto District Serteen Club of the year for 2013-2014!!  (The district covers all of South Carolina!)
  • Atlantic Coast Regional Serteen Club of the Year!  (The region covers Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland!) The award is given to the Serteen Club that best represents the Sertoma purpose:  Meet the needs of communities through volunteer service.
Mossy Creek Elementary received a $1000 grant from SC ASCD for being an exemplary SAFE school.

Flashing lights and sirens will be the scene at Greendale on October 7 at 8:00 a.m. The New Ellenton Fire Department will bring out the ropes and ladders for kindergarten through second grade students at the elementary school.

On September 23, New Ellenton Middle School students had the opportunity to learn about the art of making stained glass from Ms. Stacy Jamison from Pieces and Love Art and Glass Studio in Wagener and even make their own works of art. The program was sponsored by the Art Department at New Ellenton Middle School under the direction of Ms. Kimberly Fontanez.


Pictured above: NEMS Student La'Cristal Jones making stained glass artwork.

Congratulations to Carrie Power, Visual Arts Teacher at East Aiken School of the Arts, for being selected the 2014 SCAEA Art Educator of the Year.   

The History Department at New Ellenton Middle School has started a partnership with Donors Choose to supply students with the latest technological equipment.  To date, three Dell laptops have been purchased through the program!  Donors Choose is an association that allows teachers to place equipment requests on their site.  Once a project has been listed on the site, anyone in the nation can donate to a teacher's project.  We encourage anyone in our school district to help us as we strive to meet the needs of our students.  For more information, contact K. Scott Ayers at KAyers@acpsd.net or you can go directly to www.donorschoose.org/kevin.ayers.  If a current project is not on site, you may donate for upcoming projects!

We are very proud of 3 Greendale teachers who have received Donor's Choose grants this week!
Liz McClearen - "Literacy for Pre-Kinders"
CaraLynn Williams - "Stimulating Scientific Learners!"
Kristin Wells - "Reading is not Boring!"


Kids at Greendale Elementary are reversing roles with their grandparents and spoiling their elders. Goodies for Grandparents will be held at the school on September 9 at 7:15 a.m. Please contact Debbie McDermott for additional information, (803) 652-8170 or dmcdermott@acpsd.net.

M. H. Herlong, author of the S.C. Children’s Book Award nominated “Buddy,” will treat Ridge Spring-Monetta 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students to a special visit on August 28. The South Carolina writer will also be available in the library during Open House (5:30-7:30 p.m.) for autographs. For additional information, please contact Rene Miller, (803) 685-2009 or rmiller@acpsd.net.


Congressman Joe Wilson will visit 3rd graders at Millbrook Elementary School on August 27 at 12:45 p.m. For additional information, please contact Michelle Goings, (803) 641-2580 or mgoings@acpsd.net.

FOX 54 News visited New Ellenton Middle School to see OUR news team in action. Students did the news AND became the news. Story to air 5/21/14 at 10PM.

Congratulations to North Augusta Elementary School's Instructional Coach, Carolyn Williams! Mrs. Williams was awarded a grant from the Xi Beta Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

College students helping New Ellenton Middle School students understanding the transition process from 7th to 8th grade and from 8th Grade to High School. In other words Building For A Better Tomorrow-One Child At A Time. "It is easier to build up a child, than to repair an adult". (picture)

Teacher of the Year Honor Court 2014-2015
At this time, we are pleased to announce the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year Honor Court. These finalists were chosen from 37 school-level winners and include:
Fifth Grade Teacher Brandee Green of Aiken Elementary,
Mathematics Teacher Dorna Redd of South Aiken High,
English Teacher LaRea Low of Clearwater Elementary,
Kindergarten Teacher Harvetta Havird of RSM Elementary-Middle,
English Teacher Kayla Hostetler of RSM High.
The next Aiken County Teacher of the Year will be announced April 28, 2014.

2013-14 First Year Teachers of the Year
Please join us as we congratulate the 2013-14 First Year Teachers of the Year. We will honor each school winner and name the District First Year Teacher of the Year during a reception at Jackson Middle School on April 16, 2014.
Congratulations to:
Kaylyn Bryant, North Augusta Elementary School
Mary Caroline Clark, Warrenville Elementary School
Zachary Derr, Leavelle McCampbell Middle School
Megan Gmerek, Redcliffe Elementary School
Donna Harding, Center for Innovative Learning @ Pinecrest
Christina Haupt, Silver Bluff High School
Meriam Holloway, Greendale Elementary School
Staci Humphries, Aiken Elementary School
Lindsey Johnson, Ridge Spring-Monetta Elementary/Middle School
Adrian Keisler, Midland Valley High School
Emilee Meek, Aiken Middle School
Ashley Nembhard, Busbee-Corbett Elementary/Middle School
Ross Nettles, LBC Middle School
Whitney Ray, Kennedy Middle School
Oscar Rushton, South Aiken High School
Michelle Seigler, Chukker Creek Elementary School
Britni Slone, East Aiken School of the Arts
Samantha Taylor, North Augusta High School
Katherine Wade, Byrd Elementary School
Sandra Zeller, North Augusta Middle School

YOU made a difference in a child's life this year and we celebrate your hard work!

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