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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.
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.


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!
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: #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.
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.
School Announcements
Boys Track & Field Team Wins State AA Championship
The Pendleton Boys Track & Field team won several individual state championships last Saturday afternoon at the state meet in Columbia. Among those are Malik Grate who placed 1st in the 200 meter dash & the 400 meter dash. Malik also was the runner up in the 100 meter dash and finished 3rd in the long jump. Brad Johnson defeated the crowd to be state champion in the triple jump and Josh Fortner placed 5th in the Discus. 
The score of these personal performances combined to beat any SC AA team. Among other teams with 10 to 12 athletes participating, Pendleton won the team AA State Championship with only 3. This is a rare and outstanding accomplishment. 

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Please congratulate these athletes on their accomplishment. 
Farnham Named Class AA Track Coach of the Year!
Coach James Farnham was named the State AA Boys Track Coach of the Year. He will be recognized at a coaching clinic this summer. Congratulations, Coach Farnham!
PHS Bass Team is No Fish Tale!

The PHS Bass Team fished their first tournament on Lake Hartwell in the Broome High School tournament. There were 91 boats participating. Hunter Burdette and Dylan Matthews won first place in the tournament with a total weight of 13.02 lbs. The team won overall with a total weight of 32.2 lbs. Congratulations to the PHS Bass Team and especially to Dylan and Hunter!

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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