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District Announcements
Pendleton FFA Featured Story in SC Wildlife Magazine
That's right, Environmental and Natural Resources students in Mr. Blake Berry's class were featured in the September/October issue of theSouth Carolina Wildlife Magazine with a full two page spread. The magazine features the story of the Pendleton FFA Coastal Ecology Expedition, a life-changing field experience in its 5th year that immerses students in the wilderness of Georgetown County on lands managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. With the guidance and support of Mr. Jim Lee of the SCDNR, the students are put through a rigorous study-tour of some of South Carolina's most fragile ecosystems, including barrier islands, long-leaf pine forests, Carolina bays, coastal rivers and saltwater marshes. The experiences align with the classroom curriculum provided in the Pendleton agricultural education program. Mr. Berry also requires participants of the study tour to keep a detailed and accurate journal documenting places they went, people they met, concepts they learned for the day and personal reflection. Students absolutely love keeping a record of their expedition and this year it really paid of when the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine decided to offer a full length photojournalist story in their Trip Report section of their latest magazine to include the actual journal entries of Pendleton students accompanied by photographs taken by Mr. Berry.  An even larger selection of photographs along with the selected journal entries from the trip are featured on the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine website: http://www.scwildlife.com/tripreport/index.html
 
The Pendleton FFA Coastal Ecology Expedition continues to be a quality, educational-based experience that encourages students to pursue careers in science, ecology, ecology and education while instilling in them an appreciation for the conservation of our natural heritage.
 
 
      First Day for Students
        Tuesday, August 18th


 
2015 Fall Sports Schedules
Competitive Cheer
Spirit Cheer
Boys Cross Country
Girls Cross Country
Girls Golf
Varsity Football Schedule
Varsity Volleyball
2015-2016 Registration Dates and Times
 
 Grade  Date  Time
 Grades 11 and 12  August 3  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 All Elementary and Middle and Grades 9 and 10  August 6  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Note: Parents with multiple students at Pendleton High School may register on the off day
 

 
Superintendent's Parent Council

If you're a parent of a student in our district, please consider serving on the 2015-2016 Superintendent's Parent Council. The group will meet four times this year with our Superintendent, Dr. Joanne Avery, and other members of the district leadership team. If you're interested in being a part of this group, please contact Susie Rhodes at 864.403.2006 or srhodes@anderson4.org.
Local Newspaper Publishes Article on Our District Going Digital
The Anderson Independent published an article on June 18th conveying the excitement of Anderson 4 students and teachers to our district going digital. Beginning in August, students in grades 3-12 will have a Chromebook and students in grade 5-12 will be able to take their Chromebooks home during the school year. The article also conveyed the research and preparations that preceded the rollout.  The entire article may be read at Anderson County School District Goes Digital.
 

 
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.
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!
 
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
 
 
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.

 
School Announcements
Retirement Reception for Dr. D'Andrea
The Board of Trustees and Administration will be hosting a Retirement Reception honoring Dr. Lee D'Andrea on Tuesday, September 15th from 4:00 PM until 5:15 PM in the Media Center at Pendleton High School. The public is invited to come and celebrate the significant impact Dr. D'Andrea has had on our school communities. Interested citizens can RSVP to Susie Rhodes at 403-2006 or srhodes@anderson4.org. Come pay tribute to a tremendous leader whose heart and efforts were about our children.


Community Meeting Schedule about the Anderson Institute for Technology
The district will be hosting a community meeting concerning the Anderson Institute for Technology (AIFT) on September 29th from 6-7:30 PM at Pendleton High in the auditorium. The new career center, which will be shared by districts 3, 4, and 5, is being funded by a 1 cent sales tax referendum that was approved by the voters last November. As part of the referendum, 20% of the funds collected are being used to reduce property taxes by offsetting the existing debt service millage, and the remaining funds will be used for district capital projects. The purpose of the meeting is to share that schematic drawings for the new AIFT along with its location and access to Tri-County Technical College programs, the timeline for completion, and program offerings. Make plans to come and learn about this exciting project that promises to be a game changer for our students.
 


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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