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District Announcements
Local Options Sales Tax (1 Penny) for Education
On November 4, 2014, voters will have the opportunity to vote for or against a sales tax referendum. The purpose of the referendum is to reduce property tax and debt service and provide school improvement funds. Learn more about this sales tax referendum and how it impacts Anderson School District 4.

Anderson 4 Students Participate in 2014 AOP Showcase

Students from Pendleton High and Riverside Middle School were among over 5,000 eighth and ninth graders from Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties who attended the 2014 AOP Showcase.  Students were exposed to what it means to be in the business world and what types of industry are here to potentially work for in the future. With workforce development being a critical issue facing our nation and our state, this event is designed to provide students an opportunity to interact with company representatives, see product demonstrations and gain a deeper understanding on what skill sets are necessary to work in today’s global business environments.

The AOP Showcase is a small taste of the amazing things local industries/businesses are doing to encourage the next generation of workers to obtain a highly-skilled / highly-compensated job in their own backyard.

Healthy Cookouts Kick Off Wellness Program

Green Means Go, Be Active! Campaign has officially kicked off district-wide with healthy cookout celebrations at all our schools.  Students enjoyed a picnic atmosphere complete with the aroma of BBQ chicken, the taste of sweet baked beans, and enough watermelon for second helpings.  Elliott Southard, Principal at Mount Lebanon Elementary, notes, "The healthy cookout was a great way to celebrate not only healthy decisions regarding food choices, but also healthy decisions regarding one's overall lifestyle."  The healthy cookout is the first of many opportunities to make healthy choices featured on our Green Zone Card program.  Students were given the card at the cookout which identifies several fitness and nutritional options where participants can earn hole punches for making healthy choices.  Once all to punches are earned, students and employees alike can submit their card to redeem their prize.  Upcoming Green Zone Card Events include: 10.08.14 -International Walk to School Day and 11.08.14-Townville’s Turkey Trot.



ASD4 Honored in DC for Fighting Childhood Obesity
(Washington, DC) September 12, 2014– The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation, recognized La France Elementary, Pendleton Elementary, Townville Elementary, Riverside Middle School and Pendleton High School with a 2014 National Healthy Schools Award for transforming their environment into a healthier place. The schools received this award at the Alliance’s 2014 Leaders Summit in Washington, DC on September 13.  Additionally, this summer Dr. Joanne Avery, Deputy Superintendent, was one of 29 school leaders from across the country to be honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation for leadership in creating healthier school environments for students and staff. Each year the Alliance selects a handful of its most effective champions to serve as School Ambassadors—motivating and leading students and staff toward healthier school environments and serving as national spokespeople for the Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program. “We enthusiastically welcome these hardworking individuals as our School Ambassadors,” said Dr. Howell Wechsler, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. “The determination and drive they have displayed in their local communities have positioned them on the frontlines of the fight against childhood obesity, and we look forward to supporting them in their new roles as national leaders for children's health.”   click here for complete story

SC Education Oversight Committee Survey
South Carolina is committed to ensuring our students have the highest academic standards so they are prepared to succeed in college, career and beyond.  Act 200, as passed by the SC General Assembly, requires a cyclical review of the current academic standards in ELA and mathematics before January 1, 2015.  The goal of the review is to guarantee that SC students have college and career readiness standards for school year 2015-16 and beyond.  The public is invited to share their thoughts on the current standards via this website before September 30, 2014.  Public input will be collected and shared with members of the SC Education Oversight Committee as well as the SC State Board of Education.  Visit http// to complete the survey.

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School Announcements
Senior Pictures Appointment Schedule
Appointments have been scheduled for senior pictures. Seniors with last names beginning with A-K will be photographed on Oct. 6.  Seniors with last names beginning with L-Z will be photographed on Oct. 13.
Alive at 25
Alive at 25 courses will be offered on September 27, October 18, and November 22. Please register online at or call Officer Szymanski at 403-2104 or Mr. Boozer at 403-2113 to sign up.  

Alive at 25 is a survival course developed by the National Safety Council. It is designed to prevent the #1 killer of teens, automobile crashes. SC Alive at 25 is taught by off-duty Deputy Sheriffs, Municipal Police Officers and SC Highway Patrol Officers. The course is delivered in one 4.5 hour program which focuses on the behaviors, decision-making and risks facing young drivers every time they get behind the wheel.  Since South Carolina's program kicked off in 2007, the state's death toll among drivers 15-24 has dropped by 41%. This reduction is amazing, but one life lost is still one too many. The council developed the Zero Hero campaign to emphasize South Carolina's goal of Zero traffic fatalities among young drivers.
The Power of Communication: Bulldog Success, P.A.C.C.K and The Power of ICU
Pendleton High School values communication with parents/guardians and students about grades and class assignments.  This school year, there are several opportunities that will help your student be successful during their high school experience.  If you attended Open House, you received information about the Bulldog Success program, P.A.C.C.K (Pendleton Advisement College and Career Knowledge), and The Power of ICU.  If you were unable to share the evening with us, here is an overview: Students have the opportunity to work with their teachers before, during and after school for instructional assistance.  In addition, communication has been extended, to include text messages and emails to parents and guardians, for major missing assignments in each of your student's classes.  We think this team effort will assist each student with continued success during their high school career.  We look forward to the continued success of our Bulldogs this school year!
Guidelines for Students Petitioning to Receive a High School Diploma in Accordance of Act 155
Act 155 eliminates the requirement for students in graduating classes from 2015 onward to pass an exit exam to receive a diploma. It allows students who, since 1990, have met all other requirements except for passing the exit exam (HSAP or BSAP) to petition for a high school diploma. Students must no longer be enrolled in public school to be eligible.

The petitioner must complete the ACT 155 High School Diploma Petition Application in its entirety and submit to the school district as indicated on the application. Please note that the deadline for petitions to be received by the School Board of Trustees is December 31, 2015.

Complete Guidelines for Petitioning for Diploma
High School Diploma Petition Application
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