School Community Selects New Mascot for Its New School
Highland Springs Principal Paige Day was on-site at Highland Springs Middle School to film a reveal of the new mascot. The video will premiere right here at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23.
Welcome To Our Newest State-of-the-Art Campus
Highland Springs Attendance Zone
The school board, at it's March 7, 2023 meeting, voted to select Scenario One as the Attendance Zone for the new Highland Springs Middle School.
Please see the School Zone Locator to identify any zoning impact for your family, if any.
Highland Springs Middle Principal Named
As the District prepares to open Highland Springs Middle in July 2023, Paige Day, a proven educational leader, will transition in January from her principal position at Paul Knox to serve as point person for the district’s new campus.
Day, a North Augusta native, is in her fourth year as Principal of Paul Knox. Prior to her administrative appointment at Paul Knox, Day served as an Assistant Principal at North Augusta High School, and, earlier an Advanced Placement English teacher.
She says it’s been both an honor and privilege to serve in leadership roles in her hometown and at the schools she herself attended. “The faculty and staff at Paul Knox are among the most professional and caring educators that I have worked with,” she stated. “Additionally, the student body at Paul Knox Middle School comes to school every day with passion and enthusiasm for learning.”
Day received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston. She also has a Masters Degree in Secondary Education and English, as well as an Educational Specialist degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from Augusta State University. Day frequently presents at District and statewide conferences and has endorsements in Advanced Placement English and Gifted and Talented education.
“Day has demonstrated success in building and leading high-performing teams,” Phyllis Gamble, Assistant Superintendent of Middle Schools commented. “We have tremendous confidence in her leadership of a new school and believe she’s just the right fit for serving as Principal of Highland Springs Middle.”
“I am looking forward to being able to lead the opening of Highland Springs Middle School which will be the first new middle school to serve Areas 2 and 3 in many years. I am excited to continue working with families that I have known and loved for many years as well as getting to know new families and students in Aiken County Public Schools.”
Aiken County’s School Board unanimously approved Day’s reassignment at their meeting Tuesday, November 15, and also approved Casey Rogers, current principal at Langley-Bath-Clearwater (LBC) Middle, to transition to Paul Knox, filling Day’s vacancy.
Rogers served first as a social studies teacher, assistant principal, then principal at LBC and has built trusting relationships with students, staff and stakeholders alike. “It’s the ability to engage his school community that made Rogers an ideal fit for Day’s vacancy at Paul Knox,” Superintendent Laurence explained.”
Rogers’ academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters of Education degree from Augusta State University.
Day and Rogers will begin their new roles as Principal of Highland Springs and Paul Knox middle, respectively, in January following winter break.
Paige Day, Highland Springs Middle School Principal
Community Input on Zoning
Feedback from the hundred or so families that attended the two Town Hall Meetings and the 300 plus respondents to the survey is below.
Respondents were asked to select their preferred Zoning Option. The results from those who identified themselves as Area 2 (North Augusta) and Area 3 (Midland Valley/Graniteville) are below.
Respondents also shared what things should be weighed heaviest when making a determination about attendance zones. Those results are below.
The survey also allowed for some open-ended responses. The complete file of data is available by clicking on the words "Highland Springs Zoning Data."
Highland Springs Attendance Zone Options
As our district prepares to open the new Highland Springs Middle School, an important determination remained ...who will be zoned for this new campus. The schedule utilized for bringing about a zoning decision, school zone locator, and community input survey to submit feedback on zoning options is below.
SCHOOL ZONE LOCATOR: CLICK HERE TO SEE ZONING IMPACTS FOR HIGHLAND SPRINGS
COMMUNITY INPUT SURVEY: CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT ZONING OPTION FEEDBACK
1.17 – Board Workstudy with options for the attendance zone presented by a professional demographer
1.24 – Board Meeting | Demographers share and answer questions on proposed attendance zone options
2.8 – Town Hall Meeting | Midland Valley High School
2.9 – Town Hall Meeting | North Augusta High School
2.14 – Board Meeting | Professional demographers present any alterations to the previously proposed plans after receiving input from the community
2.28 – Board Meeting | Professional demographers present any new alterations after considering input
3.7 – Board Meeting with public input, school board discussion and decision on attendance zone
At the January 24, 2023 School Board Meeting, the Board was presented with six zoning options for Highland Springs Middle School. After inspecting all options, they voted to eliminate two (Options 3 & 4). All options presented below took into consideration travel time, proximity to the school, demographic breakdown of students and balance of enrollment.
Below are options 1,2,5 & 6.
Click HERE to see the presentation from MGT Consulting that was shown at the Board Meeting.
A little help with reading the maps
- The thicker outlines on the maps are the existing zoning lines for PKMS, NAMS, LBCMS and LMMS.
- Pink shading indicates NAMS zone.
- Gray shading indicates PKMS zone.
- Green shading indicates LMMS zone.
- Blue shading indicates LBCM zone.
- Purple shading indicates HSMS zone.
- Clicking on the map will open a pdf in another window. You can zoom in when it opens but if you download the pdf and open it in your Adobe Reader, you can zoom in even more.
Current Zoning Map
This option draws students from all four schools which are in ACPS Areas 2 and 3, so that no student would be moved from their current middle school to an existing middle school, meaning if a student was moved out of their current middle school, they would be moved to the new Highland Springs Middle School.This option keeps NAMS zone non-contiguous (not connected).
This option draws students from only Paul Knox and North Augusta middle schools which are in ACPS Area 2, so that no student would be moved from their current middle school to an existing middle school, meaning if a student was moved out of their current middle school, they would be moved to the new Highland Springs Middle School. This option keeps NAMS zone non-contiguous.
This option draws students from all four schools which are in ACPS Areas 2 and 3 in a manner that distributes students evenly without regard to students moving from their current middle school to an existing middle school. This option makes NAMS zone contiguous (connected).
This option draws students from only Paul Knox and North Augusta middle schools which are in ACPS Area 2, in a manner that distributes students evenly without regard to students moving from their current middle school to an existing middle school. This option makes NAMS zone contiguous.
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