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District Announcements

225th Anniversary Blankets Pendleton in Daffodils 

As a part of the 225th Anniversary of Pendleton in 2015, the Planning Committee wants to blanket the town and greater community with daffodils. Anderson School District 4 is planting 250 bulbs at each of its six schools and 500 bulbs on the grounds of the District Office and Town Hall.  Schools are incorporating this community project in science and history lessons and service learning activities.  “What a wonderful opportunity for the district 4 students to learn about horticulture and history while doing something that will make the community more beautiful,” said Carol Burdette, chief professional officer of United Way of Anderson County.  We want the entire community to be involved in our 225th anniversary celebration.”  Click here to see pictures of our students in action and learn more about becoming a part of the 225th Anniversary celebrations that will unfold all year long.
 


 

New State Standards Need Your Input 

As a result of the dedicated efforts of two teams of South Carolina educators from the school and district levels, as well as representatives from institutions of higher education, these standards for ELA and mathematics are now available for public review and feedback through an online field review survey. The development process established provides an opportunity to ensure South Carolina’s high quality college- and career- ready standards are based on current research and best practices and meet the varied educational needs of our state’s students. Everyone is invited to review the draft standards and provide feedback using the online forms below by November 30, 2014.

New English Language Arts Draft Standards
New Mathematics Draft Standards 

Click Here for the corresponding Survey Links by Standard and Grade Level

 



 

Townville Elementary Awarded $3500 Grant to Combat Childhood Obesity

The Society of Health and Physical Educators- SHAPE America- awarded Townville Elementary as one of 60 elementary and middle schools across the country with a grant from the Voya Run For Something Better school awards program.  Through the Run for Something Better program, Townville students can download unique running lesson plans developed by SHAPE America, as well as, other program materials that will aid in the development of running skills.  As part of Voya’s commitment to education, the program advocates curbing childhood obesity through prevention, teaching students early on about the benefits of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle.   For more information visit orangelaces.com 
 


ANDERSON FOUR’S RATINGS REFLECT EXCELLENCE

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.
 


School Announcements
Terrific Kids

Thankful was the character word for our November Terrific Kids.  Congratulations to the following students for being selected as a student who exemplifies this trait:
Front:  Maddox Sutton, Jaden Wilson, Cadence Sims, Jacob Frankum, John Cantrell
Middle:  Grayson Cobb, Mackenzie Rathbone, Joedan Ladines, Dawson Kinder, Lizzy Drawdy
Back:  Connor Klokocnik, Jessica McAbee, Tyas Nelloms, Sydney Nicholson
 Not pictured: Tristan Morones

Noticeable November Leaders

Habit 2:  Begin With the End in Mind!
Congratulations to these students who were chosen by our staff as great leaders during the month of November:
Front:  Brett Carroll, Malachi Woodruff, Lucas McAdams, Chloe Braaksma, Penelope Martin
Middle:  Bo Wiles, Wyatt McAdams, Alexander Holcombe, Alayna Dickard, Courtnie Blanding, Blair Tribble
Back:  Caleb Young, Alyssa Cox, Seth Honea, Hunner Greene, Lizzy Drawdy, Samantha Roberts
Not pictured:  Emmalou Stone, Lliam Hayes, Tasheena Borger, Eianna Delorantis, Avery Brooks

The 7 Habits
Be a buddy, not a bully!
Our School's Anti-Bullying Rules
  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will try to include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
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Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act
The Safe Access to Vital Epinephrine (SAVE) Act, recently approved by the South Carolina Legislature, allows school districts to store supplies of epinephrine auto-injectors for identified school staff to use in emergencies for individuals with unknown life-threatening allergic reactions, or anaphylaxis.
Parents and guardians of students with known allergies should continue to provide epinephrine auto-injectors for their children at school. These students will continue to have Emergency Care Plans (ECPs) and Individual Healthcare Plans (IHPs) developed by the school nurse.
Every school in ASD4 has a full time registered nurse and at least 5 first responders who are trained in recognizing signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, epinephrine auto-injector administration and follow up procedures in the case of allergic reactions.
See attached for more details. 


Assisting Students With Medications
 
The South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners, Nursing and Pharmacy issued a joint advisory opinion, collectively agreeing that school nurses in South Carolina may administer over-the-counter medications in a school setting with parental consent and without a medical order from a licensed healthcare provider. However, if the over-the-counter medication is prescribed by a licensed healthcare provider, or a parent/guardian requests the over-the-counter medication be given differently than standard package instructions indicate, then the over-the-counter medication must be treated like a prescription medication as set forth in S.C. Code Ann. S 40-43-86, requiring both parental AND healthcare provider’s permission to be given at school.
ASD4 has updated our policy to reflect this joint advisory opinion.
All medications, over-the-counter and prescription, MUST be brought to school by a parent or guardian in the original packaging. Per policy, students are not allowed to carry any type of medication during school hours unless the appropriate permission forms have been completed, are on file and have been approved by the school administrator.
See links below for forms.

Permission for School Administration of Medication (OTC) form
Permission for School Administration of Medication (Prescription) form
Self Administration form 1
Self Administration form 2
Self Administartion form 3



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