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Anderson School District 4 Board Meeting Changed to June 2
The Anderson School District 4 Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, with the Regular Session beginning  at 7:30 p.m. in the Boardroom.  The Board usually meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m.; however, due to scheduling conflicts, the date and time have been changed for June only.
 
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1:World Parent Meetings Scheduled for June 2nd
A second round of parent meetings regarding the district’s 1:World initiative will be held on June 2, 2015. Parents, who did not attend a meeting in February or March, are encouraged to attend to learn about the district’s technology initiative.  Information shared includes details on student responsibilities, safety and data security, Chromebook care, and required agreement forms.  Two sessions will be held at Riverside Middle School at 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM on June 2nd and are open to any parent from any Anderson 4 school.  Additionally, parents with students in grades 5-12 will have the option to go ahead and pay the required $30 fee as part of the Chromebook Protection Plan for Accidental or Negligent Damage.

1:World is Anderson 4’s mobile learning initiative that will equip every student in grades 3-12 with a Chromebook. In August, Chromebooks will be issued to students in those grades.  Students in grades 5-12 will be issued protective cases for use with their devices both at home and at school.  Devices for grades 3 and 4 will remain at school and will be stored in charging carts.  As part of the last roll out in August 2016, students in Pre-K through 2nd will have daily access to mini tablets, laptops, and interactive technology.


 

 
Kids on Key

The Kids on Key chimes ensemble at Mt. Lebanon Elementary School will perform their final concert of this school year on Monday, May 18, beginning at 6:00 PM in the school cafeteria. The 14-member group consists of students in grades 5 and 6 performing with 5-octaves of Choirchimes. The ensemble plays a varied repertoire and incorporates advanced chimes techniques throughout the program.
 
Earlier this month, the group had the privilege to perform and present a demonstration workshop for the music students and faculty at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC. Our students had a wonderful time showing the university students the techniques involved in ringing chimes. The Mt. Lebanon students perform at a very high musical level and future collaborations with the university are in the works.
 
The May 18 concert is free and open to the public. Come join us for this end-of-the-year performance.

 
Simpson Named Principal of Pendleton Elementary
Jeffrey Simpson, Assistant Principal at Cedar Grove Elementary School, has been named principal of Pendleton Elementary School.  The Anderson School District Four Board of Trustees approved the administration’s recommendation at a special called board meeting on May 1, 2015.  Simpson will assume his post on July 1, 2015.   Read more...

 


 
RMS Archery Team wins BACK-TO-BACK State Titles
Riverside Middle School started their archery team last year and has already won two state championships. This year’s team returned 13 archers from last year’s team and added some of the top archers from the elementary schools. The team had very high expectations to do very well this year. With their first competition on March 3, the team won the SC Archery in the Schools Region 1 Tournament. The Region 1 Tournament had six of the top eight middle schools that qualified for the state tournament. On March 26, the team traveled to Sumter, SC and competed in the SC Archery in the Schools State Tournament. The RMS Archery Team won the state tournament for the second year in a row with a record score of 3,285 points. Dylan Pierce also finished as the second place male with a score of 288 points. Next on the schedule for the archery team is the National Archery in the Schools National Tournament in Louisville, KY on May 7-9. With the great score the team posted at the state tournament, they enter the national tournament as the seventeenth place team in the nation. The team has a very good chance at winning the NASP National Championship. Good luck RMS Archery Team and GO DOGS!
 
RMS Best Perfomance Yet
The Riverside Middle School Band participated in the SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, SC. The band performed three prepared selections for a panel of three judges, as well as sight read one selection for a panel of two judges. The band performed a very musical and challenging program - their very BEST performance yet. We're so proud to announce that the band received an overall rating of Superior with Distinction, meaning that they earned superior ratings (the highest rating possible) from all five judges!
 
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)
Jordan Radford 
Hunter Dove
 
 
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.
 
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
 

 
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