News and Events
01: Spring Break continues (March 29 - April 5)
12: Student Council Dance 3:30 - 6:00pm
15: MAP Testing (April 15 - 19)
27: Saturday Academy 8:00 - 11:00am
02: PTO Family Night - 6:00pm
03: Relay for Life Event at Chesterfield High School 6:00pm
04: Saturday Academy 8:00 - 11:00am
06: Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6 - 10)
07: PASS Testing Begins (May 7 - 10)
11: 8th grade Dance 7:00 - 10:00pm
13: Athletic Banquet 6:00pm
17: Athletic Physicals @ NHMS 2:00 - 5:00pm
18: Saturday Academy 8:00 - 11:00am
Rabies Clinic @ NHMS 9:00am - 12:00 noon
20: Chorus Spring Concert 6:00pm
21: Band Spring Concert 6:00pm
23: PTO Family Night - New Heights Night Out 5:00 - 9:00pm
24: Athletic Physicals @ NHMS 2:00 - 5:00pm
27: Holiday - Memorial Day
30: Watermelon Idol @ Gazebo in Pageland 6:30pm
04: 8th grade Awards 8:30 - 9:30am
6th grade Awards 10:30 - 11:30am
7th grade Awards 1:00 - 2:00pm
05: Early Dismissal for Students @ 12:30pm
06: Early Dismissal for Students @ 12:30pm (Last day for students)
Watermelon Idol at Gazebo in Pageland 6:30pm
08: Graduation / Last Day for Teachers
10: Summer School Begins (June 10 - 13) 1/2 day grades 6 & 7 / All day grade 8
13: Watermelon Idol at Gazebo in Pageland 6:30pm
17: Summer School (June 17 - 20) 1/2 day grades 6 & 7 / All day grade 8
20: Watermelon Idol Finale at Gazebo in Pageland 6:30pm
24: Summer School (June 24 - 27) 1/2 day grades 6 & 7 / All day grade 8
19: Pageland Watermelon Festival 3:00pm - 12:00 midnight
20: Pageland Watermelon Festival 9:00am - 12:00 midnight
Haigler to receive State Recognition
NHMS would like to recognize Cody Haigler, who qualified for State recognition by scoring at or above the National average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT. Cody has been invited to a special recognition ceremony held at a university in our state. He has achieved this honor through participation in the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
Congratulations, Cody, on a job well done!
Hawks Building Hope for Sandy Hook Elementary
During the month of January, New Heights accepted donations for Sandy Hook Elementary. Due to an outpouring of generosity by students, faculty and community members, the fundraiser was extended through mid-February. Hundreds of snowflakes covered the wall as the grand total climbed to an overwhelming $800. New Heights would like to say “Thank You” to everyone who supported our efforts. Special contributions were received from Chesterfield-Ruby Middle School, Cheraw High School Interact Club and the following community members: Carrie Kirkley, Richard & Cathy Carnes, John & Metta Pittman, Kenny & Wanda Douglas, Bryan & Lynn Catoe, The Leaird Family, Brock Enterprises, The Brock Family, The Scandrol Family, Janet Mangum and Michelle Medlin.
The donations, along with snowflakes representing the donors, will be sent to Sandy Hook to assist with building new playground equipment and providing educational scholarships in memory of those who lost their lives. Project coordinators: Michelle Medlin and Janet Mangum.
Jr. Betas Receive State Recognition
Pictured above: Tommy Eubanks (L) and BR Hatcher (R)
Our Jr. Beta members represented New Heights very well at the 2013 Annual Conference held in Myrtle Beach, SC. Over 3,800 Jr. Beta members and sponsors from across the state attended the event.
Tommy Eubanks won 2nd place in the State Essay Contest.
BR Hatcher was elected State Reporter.
Congratulations to Tommy and BR!
3rd Place Winner - 2012 NCDA Poetry Contest - (District Contest)
Congratulations, Destiny Pate!
The district-wide contest is sponsored each year by the Chesterfield County Office of Career and Technology (CATE), directed by Tammy Haile. District contest coordinator is Karen Brock, Career Specialist.
Winning entries are forwarded to the Regional Contest sponsored by the Pee Dee Education and Business Alliance in Florence, SC. Regional winners will move on to State, sponsored by the SC Department of Education Office of Career Guidance and Placement. State winners will move on to Nationals, sponsored by the National Career Development Association (NCDA).
Good Luck, Destiny, in the Regional Contest.
School-wide Geographic Bee Winner and School-wide Spelling Bee Winner
Genna Rivers! Congratulations, Genna!
2012 Miss New Heights - Zikeyia Blakeney
The 2012 Miss New Heights Pageant was held on Saturday, November 3. The final results were Andrenna Chambers, 2nd runner up; Tiana Reid, 1st runner up; Zikeyia Blakeney, winner. Alannah Plyler won Miss Congeniality and Miss Hospitality.
Pictured L-R: Andrenna Chambers, Zikeyia Blakeney, Alannah Plyler
and Tiana Reid.
Pageant Directors: Stephanie Terry and Janet Mangum
A "Harvest" of New Betas
By: B.R. Hatcher, Hawks News Team Correspondent
New Heights held their Junior Beta Club "Harvest" induction ceremony on October 22 at 6:00pm in the school cafeteria. Fifty-five students were extended an invitation to join. Thirty-one seventh graders accepted this honor. In order to be eligible, a student must have a 90 overall average in all subject areas and no discipline referrals. The 2012-2013 Officers are: President, Jimmy Patel; Vice President, Jake Savage; Secretary, Kourtni Blount; Chaplain, B.R. Hatcher; and Reporter, Taia Blount. Sponsors are Michelle Hatcher, Laura Miller, Betsy Stanton and Karen Brock.
Induction 2012 Officers
Chesterfield County School District Amends Calendar
The Chesterfield County District has rescheduled the parent conference scheduled for Nov. 5, replacing it with two late afternoon and early evening dates. Parent conferences will be held after school in the McBee, Cheraw, and Chesterfield attendance areas Oct. 30 and Nov. 1.
Schools in the Jefferson-Pageland attendance areas will hold parent conferences after school on:
October 29: 3:30pm until 7:00pm and
November 1: 3:30pm until 7:00pm
Parents who have conflicts with these dates are asked to contact individual teachers about scheduling a conference. Dr. Harrison Goodwin, superintendent, said that the new dates should benefit parents and families. “Working parents often find the conferences held after school much more convenient to attend,” says Goodwin. “Also, with Nov. 6 a scheduled holiday for elections, families are now free to have a four-day weekend break.”
2012 New Heights Spirit Queen - Sarah Stegall sponsored by Wesley Smith
Pictured above with Sarah is Principal Matthew Scandrol.
"Thank You" to everyone who donated to the Kiss a Pig Campaign for Mrs. Brock! Mr. Joel Dale of Pageland won with an astounding 707 votes and will be kissing Dotty. Mrs. Brock came in 2nd place with 642 votes. For Mrs. Brock's campaign, we collected a total of $955 for the Chesterfield County First Steps programs! Thank you for helping us "Kiss Illiteracy Goodbye!"
For special drawings held at NHMS: Student winner was Laramie Locklear and Faculty winner was Mrs. Williams. Congratulations!
2nd Annual Kiss a Pig Contest sponsored by Chesterfield County First Steps
"To help kiss illiteracy goodbye, I will kiss a pig!"
Our very own Career Specialist, Mrs. Karen Brock, is a candidate in this year's contest. Her campaign manager is Mrs. Michelle Medlin. All of us would LOVE to see Mrs. Brock kiss "Dotty" in front of New Heights Middle School! The candidate who receives the most votes will kiss the pig. Let's help Mrs. Brock get those votes! Votes are $2 each or 3 votes for $5. Each vote will enter you in a drawing for a 32" Flat Screen TV.
All proceeds go to Chesterfield County First Steps to support their parenting programs such as: Incredible Years Parenting; Motheread B.A.B.Y. (Birth and Beginning Years); Dolly Parton's Imagination Library; Countdown to Kindergarten; and Blessings in a BackPack.
Special Drawings at NHMS: Students who donate votes will have their name included in a drawing for 2 movie tickets. Faculty and staff who donate 3 votes ($5) for the campaign will have their name included in a drawing for a $25 gas card.
New Heights Welcomes New Principal - Mr. Matthew Scandrol
Arts Alive 2012
The 2nd Annual Arts Alive program was held on Thursday, May 26 - attracting a crowd of over 400 parents, special guests and community members. As guests traveled down the Elective Hall, they stopped at kiosks to view past performances of the Chorus, Band and Drama Club and viewed various pieces of student artwork. During the program, students from Ms. Karla Broome's Art class highlighted the artists studied during the semester. A beautiful display of student artwork was placed in the gym for guests to view. Two NHMS students were recognized during the program as 2012 Superintendent's Art Award winners: Kevin McCammon, 8th grade, was the Middle School Winner and Destiny Johnson, 6th grade, was the Overall District Winner. The band and chorus, led by Director Geoffrey Mack and Assistant Chad Johnson, gave astounding performances. Our guest speaker for the event was Jefferson native, Tony Adams. Tony has worked hard to transform his love for music into a rewarding career. He has been in the entertainment business for over 20 years and currently sings every weekend on board a cruiseliner, the Emerald Princess II.
NHMS is very proud that over 40 percent of the student population are involved in the visual and performing arts programs.