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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




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.

 RMS All-State Choir Shines Bright Saturday 

Congratulations to Leah Durham, Choral Director at Riverside Middle, and her honored students in their outstanding performance on Saturday, October 11th at Anderson University. 18 students from ASD4 were selected last spring to be members of the elite  2014 South Carolina Junior High All-State Choir.  These 7th-9th graders learned challenging music this fall and rehearsed with distinguished conductors last weekend with fellow singers from around the state. They gave a wonderful concert on Saturday; we are very proud of these talented young musicians!
Top row:  Rachel Martin, Katie Shirley, Emma Stone, Alyssa Grant, Taylor Batson, Chloe Standridge, Jareth Grace
Middle Row:  Eve Holbrooks, Alexis Morehead, Natalie Mullinax, Liyah Lee, Lilli VanDyke, Mercedes Gaines, Laycie Greene
Front Row:  Chris Gladson, Jerrod Garton, John Ammons, Airk Grace
School Announcements
Ladies First
Our Ladies First girls had a great time making wreaths for the residents of Clemson Downs Assisted Living Home.  This group will travel on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 to Clemson Downs to deliver the decorations and sing holiday carols with the residents.  We are so excited to get to share this time with them!

Hour of Code is Coming!
RMS will be joining students all over the world for an Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week, December 8-14, 2014.  The Hour of Code is an online activity in which students can choose from a variety of self-guided tutorials giving them an opportunity to learn computer science.  Our Hour of Code participation is a statement that RMS students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success. 

Summer Programs at the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanitities
Summer students experience the challenges and rewards of intensive arts training. The summer faculty is made up of practicing artists who are dedicated to nurturing creative potential. Summer students have the opportunity to showcase their work in end-of-session recitals, readings and presentations. While learning discipline and craft from instructors who are practicing artists, they also form bonds with emerging artists from all the art areas in a supportive and engaging environment.

For more information, go to: http://www.scgsah.org/summer-programs.php

BI-LO Hometown Educational Rewards Program
RMS is participating in the BI-LO Hometown Educational Rewards Program.  This program is designed to help us earn much needed educational equipment for our school.  This equipment will be used by our students to further enhance their education,  and we need your help!  To enter the program start by registering your BI-LO BONUSCARD to our school at www.bi-lo.com.  After you register, each time you shop at BI-LO and use your BI-LO BONUSCARD, our school will automatically receive credit.  Thank you for your support!


Box Tops for Education
RMS will be participating in the Box Tops for Education program this school year.  All money raised through Box Tops goes into our field trip account to help offset the costs for all students.  Help us make this possible by clipping Box Tops from hundreds of participating products and send them to school or shop at your favorite online stores through Box Tops Marketplace.  To learn more, visit boxtops4educationcom.  Look for our Box Top collection boxes at the following Pendleton restaurant locations:  The Village Cafe, Lin Garden, and Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant. 

Thank you for choosing to make a difference at our school with Box Tops!

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