Our District News
New Measures for Student Success in SC
ACT Aspire, ACT Workkeys and The ACT will be administered to students next month. Is your child ready? ACT, Inc. explains in this letter to parents and students why these tests are important and how to prepare for them:http://1.usa.gov/1HXZPtK #TestReadySC
Wild Wins for ASD4
This past weekend 5 Pendleton FFA members participated in the State FFA Wildlife Science Competition at Horry-Georgetown Technical College in Georgetown, SC. After hours of written tests, practicums, management technique demonstrations and botanical identification our team was victorious. Not only did they take the state title, but two of them actually tied for the highest scoring individual. Students were responsible for knowing the habitat and management plans for: Eastern Wild Turkey, White-tailed Deer, Waterfowl, Bobwhite Quail, Freshwater Fish, Marine Fish, Reptiles, Amphibians, Native Plants, Invasive Species.
These students are all interested in pursuing a career in Agriculture and Natural Resources Management so this was a great stepping stone for them.
Team members include:
Antoine Hernandez (tied for highest individual)
Phillip Leaf (tied for highest individual)
Will Caldwell (second highest individual)
Combo Deal: Brisk Walk and Hot Breakfast
The chill in the air didn’t scare off those determined to participate in SC Walk to School Day. With the thought of a hot bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit awaiting them, students, staff, parents, grandparents, siblings, community members, college football players, and even a Tiger set off to Walk to School this morning. Originally set for Wednesday, clouds and rain pushed the outside walks of Pendleton Elementary and Riverside Middle to Friday, March 6th. Participants stayed warm beneath their bundles and walked from the Dog House to PES and from the Village Green to RMS. What a great way to begin the weekend!
ASD4 Takes Top Score
ASD4 takes top score at the SC NASP Region 1 Regional Tournament yesterday in both the Elementary and Middle divisions. ASD4 proudly hosted their first annual regional archery tournament at the Anderson Civic Center yesterday as 23 teams from across the region competed to qualify for the upcoming South Carolina 10th Annual Archery in the Schools State Tournament. La France Elementary won 1st place with a score of 2817. Townville Elementary won 3rd place scoring 2603; followed by Mount Lebanon Elementary and Pendleton Elementary in the 4th and 6th place standings. Riverside Middle took 1st place in their division with the overall highest score of the tournament at 3268. The tournament was a huge success not only in competitive score standings for our teams but also for our district in their professionalism in hosting such a great regional event. For complete team standings and individual archer scores please click here.
All ASD4 Archery Teams have qualified and are advancing to the State Competition. Please come out and support our archers at the State Tournament on March 25th and 26th at the Sumter Civic Center. For details click here.
Open Enrollment Opens for Elementary Schools
Open Enrollment for elementary schools in Anderson School District Four families begins March 1, 2015. Parents who desire to enroll their student(s) in an elementary school outside of their attendance zone may exercise this option by submitting an application request during the month of March. Open enrollment for La France, Mount Lebanon, Pendleton, and Townville Elementary Schools will be honored based on a first come first serve basis as well as the availability of space. Additionally, parents opting for open enrollment will be responsible for providing transportation and may exercise this option through the highest grade level offered. Notification of school assignments for all open enrollment requests for the 2015-16 school year will be made by June 30, 2015. Applications are available at the District Administration Office at 315 East Queen Street in Pendleton. All applications must be returned to the District Administration Office by April 6, 2015. A student who has previously been granted Open Enrollment does not need to re-apply unless his/her address has changed. Questions should be directed to Dr. Joanne Avery (864-403-2000) or Mrs. Chris Hanak (403-2036).
Chromebook Anticipation Turns into Reality
7th graders at Riverside Middle School were so eager to receive their Chromebooks that they didn’t dare miss school yesterday. The deployment of the district Chromebooks was a huge hit with students. Each 7th grader was issued their own personal learning device; complete with a protective carrying case, portable thumb drive, and ear bud set. The 1:World rollout made for an exciting day full of smiles and satisfaction for both students and staff. There is a renewed excitement about learning and an awe about the capability these personal devices give for teacher creativity and student achievement.
1:World Mobile Learning Device Initiative
1: World is Anderson 4’s mobile learning initiative that will equip every student in grades 3-12 with a Chromebook for instructional use by August 2016. In anticipation of the 1:World roll out, Anderson 4’s Technology and Instructional Services Team would like to join parents in preparing our students for this exciting technology integration. Parent meetings have been set up at all of the schools. Parents are welcome to attend whichever meeting location and time is most convenient with their schedule. We look forward to sharing both important details and available resources as the roll out begins in 2015. Parent Protection Plan Agreement Form for Take-Home Devices, 1:World Mobile Learning Guide for Take-Home Devices, Free Local WiFi Access Locations and 1:World Information Card.
Dr. D'Andrea Transitions to Retirement
The Board of Trustees accepted Superintendent Dr. Lee D'Andrea's request to transition to retirement at their meeting on Monday, December 8.
Dr. Avery Named Superintendent-elect
The Board announced the appointment of Dr. Joanne Avery, current Deputy Superintendent, as Superintendent-elect until July 1, 2015, at which time, she will become superintendent.
Dr. Avery and Dr. D'Andrea will work together between now and September 2015 to ensure a smooth transition. Read the complete Press Release.
Anderson 4 Awarded District Accreditation
Anderson School District Four has been recommended for re-accreditation through AdvancED Accreditation Commission for a five-year term that expires June 30, 2019. The announcement was made at a called board meeting on November 19, 2014, during which time the AdvancED External Review Team also provided the board with an Exit Report. The agency also recommended that Mount Lebanon Elementary School be accredited as a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school making them the first school in the South Carolina to earn this distinction. Read more... External Review Team Exit Report School Signature Experiences Video