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.
Four Pendleton High students, Luke Fuhrer (senior), Antoine Hernandez (junior), Harper Cobb (sophomore) and Jake Wilson (junior), participated in the South Carolina State FFA Land Evaluation Competition held in Laurens County on November 8, 2014. The Pendleton team took first place and was named state champions, with Jake Wilson ranking as the third highest scoring individual in the state and Harper Cobb ranking as the second highest scoring individual in the state. The team will compete at the National Land and Range Judging Competition in Oklahoma City. Team members were coached by Pendleton FFA Advisor, Blake Berry.
As a part of the 225th Anniversary of Pendleton in 2015, the Planning Committee wants to blanket the town and greater community with daffodils. Anderson School District 4 is planting 250 bulbs at each of its six schools and 500 bulbs on the grounds of the District Office and Town Hall. Schools are incorporating this community project in science and history lessons and service learning activities. “What a wonderful opportunity for the district 4 students to learn about horticulture and history while doing something that will make the community more beautiful,” said Carol Burdette, chief professional officer of United Way of Anderson County. We want the entire community to be involved in our 225th anniversary celebration.” Click here to see pictures of our students in action and learn more about becoming a part of the 225th Anniversary celebrations that will unfold all year long.
New State Standards Need Your Input
As a result of the dedicated efforts of two teams of South Carolina educators from the school and district levels, as well as representatives from institutions of higher education, these standards for ELA and mathematics are now available for public review and feedback through an online field review survey. The development process established provides an opportunity to ensure South Carolina’s high quality college- and career- ready standards are based on current research and best practices and meet the varied educational needs of our state’s students. Everyone is invited to review the draft standards and provide feedback using the online forms below by November 30, 2014.
New English Language Arts Draft Standards
New Mathematics Draft Standards
Click Here for the corresponding Survey Links by Standard and Grade Level
Townville Elementary Awarded $3500 Grant to Combat Childhood Obesity
The Society of Health and Physical Educators- SHAPE America- awarded Townville Elementary as one of 60 elementary and middle schools across the country with a grant from the Voya Run For Something Better school awards program. Through the Run for Something Better program, Townville students can download unique running lesson plans developed by SHAPE America, as well as, other program materials that will aid in the development of running skills. As part of Voya’s commitment to education, the program advocates curbing childhood obesity through prevention, teaching students early on about the benefits of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. For more information visit orangelaces.com
ANDERSON FOUR’S RATINGS REFLECT EXCELLENCE
Superintendent Lee D’Andrea announced the release of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) federal accountability (school and district letter grades) and state test results (PASS and HSAP) showing gains and academic excellence across the board. Specifically, with higher targets for performance, District Four schools improved their ratings with five A’s and one B demonstrating significantly improved student performance on most state accountability measures.
“This achievement is evidence of our collective commitment to students’ success,” said Superintendent Dr. Lee D’Andrea. “It is the result of dedicated work and focus on the part of the students, their families, and our teachers. The As and Bs indicate we have an outstanding school system; our community can be very proud of this.” Click here for full press release.
Pride of Pendleton Marching Band Takes Upper State Title
Please congratulate the students on their accomplishment and wish them luck as they prepare for state this week and come out to support the Bulldogs at State. This year the competition will be hosted at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, SC. The Pride of Pendleton is set to play at 3:30 with the awards ceremony immediately following.
Congratulations to Leah Durham, Choral Director at Riverside Middle, and her honored students in their outstanding performance on Saturday, October 11th at Anderson University. 18 students from ASD4 were selected last spring to be members of the elite 2014 South Carolina Junior High All-State Choir. These 7th-9th graders learned challenging music this fall and rehearsed with distinguished conductors last weekend with fellow singers from around the state. They gave a wonderful concert on Saturday; we are very proud of these talented young musicians!