The PTO will host another "Parents Night Out" from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. Food and a movie will be provided. The cost is $10 for one child, $16 for two and $20 for three. Reservations must be made by Wednesday.
The Junior Garden Club Christmas Bazaar will be held from 7:20 to 7:40 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Items on sale are made from recycled or natural materials.
Junior Garden Club Members for this school year are: Chris Bailey, Ian Bennett, Hagan Burnette, Austin Clinton, Kuira Cruz, Kayla Dennis, Hayley Doyle, Lundon Dudley, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Aziyah Ford, Daniel Goldstein, Jamison Hite, Addie Jensen, Jeremy Nguyen, Cheryl O'Connor, Laura Oliver, Allison Parks, Crystal Rollins, Emma Rutledge, Colte Templeton, Ivy Walker and Shamia Vanderpool.
Ebinport's Skate Night will be at Kate's Skating from 6 to 8 p.m Tuesday. The cost is $4.
The top fundraiser students will be treated to a limo lunch on Friday. Top winners are: Kayla Bradley, Kaleigh Hinson, Sarah Pilcher, Spencer Bala, Ni'Asia Barber and Hagan Burnette. Sarah Pilcher won the Principal for the Day award and Hagan Burnett, the top sales winner, won a season pass to Carowinds.
Terrific Kids for the month of November will be recognized at 9 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
The PTO will host a Teacher Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday.
The Student Council recently sponsored Operation Christmas Child, a service project delivering gift-filled shoe boxes to needy children around the world. The council collected 103 boxes and $361 toward shipping costs.
Students of the Week are: Weston Hance, Chase Moss, Alania Preslar, Morgan Linder, Madison Hamilton, Barbara Slaughter, Brittany Collins, John Tweedy, Cody Childers, Mickala Totherow, Kristyn Bennett, Lillian Cheek, Briana Pursley, Brandon Ramsey, Duncan McLaren, Christopher Moss, Kinleigh Wilkerson, Laura Comer, Joey Winters, Sarah Latham, Tyler Nivens, Christina Fowler and Will Horne.
Birthday Lunches for December will be held Thursday.
A Christmas holiday meal will be served Thursday for first, third and fifth grades. Parents are invited to eat lunch with their students during their lunchtime. Cost of lunch will be $3.
Grits for Grandparents will be 7:15 a.m. Friday.
The media center will host a December Book Fair from Monday through Friday. The fair will open at 8 a.m. all week and close at 2:30 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, 6 p.m. on Thursday and 9:30 a.m. Friday.
For their service project, Girls on The Run of India Hook are collecting mittens, scarves and hats for "The Winter Giving Tree" to be donated to local organizations for children in need of extra warmth this season. Donations can be made through Friday.
Class winners for the Lieutenant Governor's Writing Contest are: Zay'Quan Chisholm, Amber Counts, Keishon Hardin and Shelby Smith.
The school winner for the contest is Amber Counts.
Terrific Kids for December are: Lowryelle Glenn, Allyson Olney Hayden Fowler, Kaitlyn Walker, Colin Pendergrass, Skye Kennington, Tre' Bishop, Abigail Price, Sassy Thrower, Adam Morris, Trevor Munn, Arianna Perez, Angela Bock, Logan McFadden, Tyffany Chandler, Zach Meyers, Santana Byerly, Dominique Roberts, David Dean, Sha'Ron Nealy, Noah Michaw, Miranda Smillie, Emily Baker, Noah Ramsey, Austin Lowery Sha'Quana Davis, Austin Davis and Trace Allen.
Students have collected more than 350 canned food items for the Salvation Army.
Yo-yos will be sold through Friday.
The Gingerbread Shop will be in the Little Theater Monday through Friday.
Santa's Workshop will be from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Entertainment will be provided by Mrs. Roche and the Santa's Workshop Singers in Mrs. Nash's, Mrs. Byars' and Ms. Danko's third-grade classes.
Cub Club and Lions Club members for November are: Madyson Patsel, James Bennett, McKenna King, Austin Adams, Baten King, Morgan Streicher, Sheridan Lynn, Landen Loftin, Nicholas Rachels, Kassidy Sowle, Christopher Ervin, Macy Ratterree, Paige Williamson, Jadyn Penland, Bobby Greene, Karson Finley, Tiffany Hubbard, Omarion Crockett, Rachel Knox, Purva Patel, Makayla Roberts, Alexandria Franklin, Brittany Player, Colton Flores, Jack Neely, Emily Streicher, Michele Ervin, Zachary Bourque, Shanya Williams, Taylor Cherry, Lane Martin, Payton Wishert, Hannah McCallister, Ashley Gordon, Matthew Blanks, Autumn Waits, A'Joya Stringfellow, Zachary Thompson, Devonte Gaston, Logan Blanks, Alyson Butler, Russell Williams, Colt Gregory and Ta'Mya Davis.
The Christmas Shop is open on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for kindergarten, first- and second-grade students.
The Birthday Table will be Thursday for December birthdays.
Ms. Davenport's and Mr. Karhu's P.E. students received a rating of "Excellent" on their state assessment. Oakdale classes were one of only nine in the state to receive this top rating.
November Terrific Kids were: Jake Neal, Zach Edwards, Joshua McClure, Mekhya Mitchell, Brandon Manning, Isaac Harvell, Grace Bell, Becca Craig, Jack Ware, Ashton Robinson, Dasani Fewell, Carter Craze, Bailey Lalonde, Zack Strozier, Hayley Young, Kiara Wylie, Allyssa Bruton, Kameron Mobley, Sydney McClenningham, Ken'Darius Frederick, Ethan Strong, Terran Gordon, Alexis Findley, Shaydon Brunson, Frankie Sanchez-Hernandez, Latasha Dickerson, Brandon Amburn, Maia Morrison, Brianna Robinson, Jonathan Matthews, Bailey Knuth, Tommy McMurray, Will Setzer, Mallory Harvell, Ari'ana Blake, Sabrina Jackson and Lee Strong.
Tuesday night is Family Night at Sagebrush from 6 to 9.
The Birthday Table is Thursday for students who have birthdays in December.
You're On Track winners for November are: Erik Brinkman, Matthew Deese, D'Arthur Ratchford, Bryan Aguilar, Dontrel Moore and Collin Schmolze.
Terrific Kids for November were: Jordan Smith, Shaude' Williams, Gabby Carrier, Will Marchant and Trey-von Wright, kindergarten; Grace Cook, Nicholas Barnosky, Ke'Asia Austin, Collin Schmolze, Drew Turney and Marquese White, first grade; Nicholas Lillibridge, Shadeau Landry, Nathan Wagner, Gabriel Holly and Victoria Wilform, second grade; Dahvier Alston, Christopher Barongan, Cassie Wancheck, Willie Brumfield, Ken Gomulinski and Leah Bryant, third grade; Rebekah Hix, Maci Bolin, Daniel Molina, Jordan Akley and Daniel Williams, fourth grade; Xavier Thompson, Sarah Bergin, Tony Sanders, Avery Marchant and Kole Koterba, fifth grade.
There will be a program for Terrific Kids at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The Kindergarten Holiday Program will be 8:30 a.m. Friday. Family and friends are invited to attend.
The following students were elected to serve on the First Grade Council: Kyle Pardue, Courtney Shipman, Gracie Viands, Kyla Allman, Brianna Morrison and Meg Emmons.
Family Math Night is 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Parents who attend can learn strategies to help their children at home with math. A soup supper will be served.
Wednesday will be the last day to register students to participate in winter ExCEL courses. Students will attend classes from 8 a.m. until noon during the week of Dec. 17 through 21. The cost is $30. For more information, contact Cassie Cagle at 981-1273.
The December Terrific Kids Program will be at 9 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.
There will be a PTA board meeting at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Chick-fil-A Character Stars for November were: Chloe Gibson, Anthony Padillo, Kemoni Reaves and Ethan Simmons, kindergarten; Abby Jordan, Myles Davis, Jenna Boyd and Justin Moore, first grade; Alissa Van Gelder, Zycurria White and Bonnie Byrdic, second grade; Alec Bruno, Brooke Anguiano, Raven Simpson, Rayna Korver and Kaliyah Meeks, third grade; Abby Good, Kasi Clark, Jordan Ranier, Malik Hinton and Ja'Daryl Barnette. fourth grade; Madison Ayers, Peyton Smith, Kevin Barrales and Joseph Getty, fifth grade. The Chick-fil-A Character Star Lunch will be Friday.
The character trait for this month is cooperation.
Students of the week are: Danielle Cromwell, Stephanie Ewers, Demetri Barber, Ji'keria Thompson, Joey Vroman, Matt Christopher, Kaitlyn Keisel, Dylan Bradley, Steven Meyer, Kevin Linares and Anthony Alvarez.
After winning the schoolwide poetry contest, Kristen Tucker went on to win the districtwide contest as well. Caroline Matthews placed second and Taylor Breeland placed third. Their winning entries will be entered into the state-level contest.
The Student Council, working with the Fort Mill Care Center, is sponsoring an Angel Tree again this year. Students and families can select an ornament from the tree, located outside the Media Center, with a needy child's name and gift on it. Gifts need to be returned by Friday.
The winter art show will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gym. The winter chorus concert will follow at 7.
The FMMS school newsletter will be e-mailed home this Friday. E-mail Shannon Munn at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the list.
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The Christmas concert will be at 8 p.m. Thursday in the York Comprehensive High School gym.
Sixth-grade Cool Cougars for this week are: Justine Beasley, Jenny Ingolia, Ashley Jensen, Sammie McClurkin, Lauren Marine, Quanisha Howell, Will Culp, Katie Logue, Brandi Bostwick, Trent Sandifer, Elmore Rourk, Samantha Rowell, Bobby Dover, Ashley McCarter, Tamara McConnell and Brianna Beverly.
Sixth-grader Bridget Tallent won the school spelling bee on Dec. 4. She will compete in the district spelling bee next month.
A picture ID must be presented when picking up students for dismissal from school. Students will be released to only approved persons listed in the database. Student information can be updated in the guidance office.
The book fair will begin Monday and last through Thursday.
Team 6-3 Students of the Week are: Rashieqwa Wiley, LaDaisha Pettus and Hanna Maghsoud.
The following students recently received a Raider Referral and will have a celebration at the end of the nine weeks: Charles Green, Mohit Gupta, Josalyn Tolon, LaBresha White, Brandon Cureton, Elliott Dugan, Margaret Culp, Krysten Guyton, Mickayla Bateman, Elizabeth Rickel, Raven Whitlock, Vierra Culp, Tyra Gettys and T'Najhallah Watson. Emily Edwards received two Raider Referrals this week.
The strings Christmas concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
Rawlinson Road Night is from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at the Bojangles' on Herlong Avenue.
The Theatre Arts winter play will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium.
Tutoring classes in language arts, social studies, math and science are Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. with Mrs. Hudak and Mrs. Pertuset and Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m. with Ms. Vaden and Mrs Turek. Spanish tutoring is offered Wednesday mornings from 7:45 to 8:15 with Mrs. Roman.
Homework Help is available Tuesday and Wednesday mornings with Mrs. Ernandez and Thursday and Friday with Mrs. Keith from 7:45 to 8:15 a.m.
Students of the week are: Josh Gregory, Stephen Nguyen, Ashley Bruneau, Dory Faris, Emily Haynes and Leah Freeman, sixth grade; Travis Walker, Sadie Urrestta, Don Arrant, Kimberly Nunez and Maximo Silvas, seventh grade; Harley Edwards, Dione Peterson and Scott Carlisle, eighth grade.
Quincy Goode, Travis Scott Walker and Denny Seiger knew that the Pilgrims landed in present-day Massachusetts and won Falcons Know the World.
The chorus concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Mrs. West and Mrs. Hammond's Falcon Times each collected more than 100 cans of food last week for the Salvation Army canned food drive and will be served juice and donuts by the Junior Civitans.
The Northwestern High School bands will present their annual Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium. The symphonic and concert bands will present traditional and holiday music for the entire family. Several small ensembles and soloists also will be featured throughout the evening. Donations to the Rock Hill Empty Stocking Fund will be accepted. For more information, contact Larry Wells or Mark Yost at 981-1225.
The RHHS choral department, under the direction of Mary Ann Helton, will present its annual "Sounds of the Season" concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the school auditorium; $5 tickets may be purchased from students or at the door. The concert choir will be the featured performance group; it will be augmented by the choral ensemble. Bella Voce, the select women's ensemble, will be featured in the middle of the performance.
In traditional manner, the concert will end with a candlelight rendition of "Silent Night."
The music department will hold its first "A Time for HOPE" benefit concert on at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. Band, orchestra and chorus will collaborate to bring the audience music while collecting canned food for a local charity, HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively). Admission is at least one can of food per person. The goal is 1,000 cans.
Thirteen singers were selected by audition for the 2008 All-State Chorus, including Jessica Blackwell, Cati Branton, Libby Caldwell, Kaneisha Feemster, Lauren Hamby, Breanna Hancock, Jessica Hannah, Kevin McCormick, Lindsay Rogers, April Sanders, Hayley Senter and Jessica Shelton.
Chris Suggs earned the fourth-highest bass audition score in the state.
The middle school band will have a concert at 7 p.m. Monday.
Third- and fourth-graders will present "Angels Aware," a musical, at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Drew Kocak was the spelling bee champion. Runner-up was Silas Fitzgerald.
School Spirit Sunday will be this Sunday at Papa Pino's from noon to 3 p.m. Papa Pino's will donate a portion of the evening's sales back to the school.
Seventh- through 12th-graders will take exams this Friday through Dec. 19. Students taking exams should be picked up each day by 12:30 p.m. Dec. 19 will be a half-day for all students.
Eighth- and ninth-grade girls' Bible study with Mrs. Gealy is held at 7:15 a.m. Thursdays in Room 22.
Students nominated by their teachers to represent the school as ambassadors at the Hoby: Hugh O'Brien National Leadership Conference this summer are Briana Horne and Cameron Kirby. Steven Vanderlip and Rachel Hinson were chosen as alternates.