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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rock Hill School News For Dec. 14, 2011

From Elaine Baker:

Caring About Others
Hats off to the following schools which have collected food or toys for families in need:
Northwestern High School Beta Club - $1,000 donation and toys for the Salvation Army
Rawlinson Road Performing Arts Department - 1,120 cans of food for the Salvation Army
Sullivan Junior Civitans - over 2,700 cans of food for the Salvation Army
Phoenix Academy/Crossroads/Phoenix Bound - provided over 200 Christmas cards for the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes Program
Family Resource Center Willing to Help
The Family Resource Center may be able to provide some assistance to families in need through the Toys for Happiness or Salvation Army Angel Tree campaigns.  However, referrals to the Resource Center must be made by school personnel. And, school staff members should check with the families requesting assistance as to whether they have applied elsewhere for assistance. Robin Williams, contact person at the Resource Center, can be reached at (803) 985-3548 or at
Strings Students to Perform
The Rawlinson Road Orchestras, directed by Kim Le, will present their Winter Concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the school auditorium. The performance is free, although donations would be appreciated.
Breakfast With Santa
The PTO at the Sunset Park Center for Accelerated Studies is inviting district employees to join them at Fatz CafĂ© this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 8-10 a.m. for a great pancake breakfast. Tickets, at $7 for adults and $4 for children, can be purchased at the school in advance or at the door. And, you can even have a photo taken with Santa! 
18 Make Honor Band
Congratulations to Jocquin Fuller (Dutchman Creek), Michael Skellett (Rawlinson Road), and Paul Guzewicz (Sullivan) whose band students have been selected to be members of the 2011-12 York County Middle School Honor Band. The students, who were selected by a panel of judges during a challenging audition on Dec. 6, will participate in the Honor Band clinic and concert in January.
Robotics Team to Compete at State Level
The Saluda Trail Robotics Team, under the guidance of Jeremy CarteeMarsha GravesSherri Horency, and Julia Millar, traveled to the FIRST LEGO League Tournament at York Technical College on Dec. 2 where they competed against 14 area teams in the "Food Factor Challenge: Keeping Food Safe." The Robo Rockers won the Project Award and placed in the top 4 in the overall competition. The will vie for state honors in February.  
Celebrating Young Artists
Congratulations to Heather Gregory, art teacher at Mount Gallant, whose art students have work featured throughout the area. A "Gnome Tree," designed by third-graders, was featured during ChristmasVille at the Center for the Arts; and a tree called "Birds of a Feather" is featured in the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden's "Holiday Lights" display. The tree features clay birds created by second-graders, and first-graders are proud of their work, "Donkey Bells,"  featured on the school's Christmas tree. Through a grant from the Arts Council, fourth-graders made original nutcracker figures, and this display will greet visitors as they enter the lobby of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte.  The fourth-graders will get to see their work first-hand when they travel to see the N.C. Ballet perform "The Nutcracker" on Dec. 15.
Elaine T. Baker
Director of Information Services
Rock Hill Schools

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