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District Announcements


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

The Pride of Pendleton traveled to Boiling Springs on Saturday to compete in the SCBDA AA Upper State Championship. The band placed first out of 16 groups and qualified for next week's State Championship. This is the band program's 11th Upper State Championship.

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.

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.
S.C. Department of Education Invites Public to Review Instructional Materials
The public is invited to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in South Carolina’s public schools. The materials will be recommended to the State Board of Education for adoption on December 10, 2014, by the Instructional Materials Review Panels appointed by the Board.

The materials are in the following subject areas: Social Studies, Secondary - Advanced Placement Human Geography and Elementary - Cursive Writing, Grades 3-5.

This year, the South Carolina Department of Education will conduct a virtual public review of the student materials for each recommended program from October 10 through November 10, 2014. Access to the web links for each proposed program and the Public Review Comment Form is available on the web at under “What’s New.” State Board of Education members will review citizens’ comments before a final decision is made on adopting the materials.
School Announcements
Cross Country Teams Excel
Congratulations to the Pendleton Girls Cross Country team for their tremendous performance at Saturday's Skyline Region Cross Country Championship. The Lady Bulldogs had all seven of their runners in the top thirteen to easily win the championship. Overall, Jordan Radford finished 3rd, Sophie Schaffer finished 6th, Tara Hamilton finished 7th, and Lydia Kolb finished 10th, giving the Lady Bulldogs 4 runners on the Girls All Region Team.

The boys finished third behind very strong Landrum and Woodruff teams. Justin Cintron finished first overall in the boys JV race.

The Bulldogs next cross country meet will take place on Saturday, October the 25th where they will compete in the Tri County Cross Country meet at Nettles Park in Clemson. The races will start at 9:00. Come out and support your Bulldogs cross country team on Saturday.

Free SAT/ACT Practice Test
On November 15th, Kaplan will be hosting a Free SAT/ACT Combo Practice Test for Pendleton students. If your students are debating between the SAT or ACT, this practice test will help them determine on which test they are likely to score better.
A practice test is one of the best ways to get ready for the real thing. Your students will:
• Experience a timed practice test with a live proctor
• Encounter each section of the SAT and ACT
• Receive a detailed analysis of their performance on both tests
The practice test will be held at:
225 S. Pleasantburg Dr.,
Greenville, SC 29607
Have your students visit to sign up today.

Alive at 25
Alive at 25 courses will be offered on 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.
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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