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Upcoming Events
5/25/2015
5/26/2015
- 8th Grade Field Day
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- 7th Grade Field Day
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
5/27/2015
- Yearbook Signing
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
 
District Announcements
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!
 
RMS Best Perfomance Yet
The Riverside Middle School Band participated in the SCBDA Concert Performance Assessment on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Woodmont High School in Piedmont, SC. The band performed three prepared selections for a panel of three judges, as well as sight read one selection for a panel of two judges. The band performed a very musical and challenging program - their very BEST performance yet. We're so proud to announce that the band received an overall rating of Superior with Distinction, meaning that they earned superior ratings (the highest rating possible) from all five judges!
 
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
 
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.
 
Chromebook Anticipation Turns into Reality

7th graders at Riverside Middle School were so eager to receive their Chromebooks that they didn’t dare miss school yesterday.  The deployment of the district Chromebooks was a huge hit with students.  Each 7th grader was issued their own personal learning device; complete with a protective carrying case, portable thumb drive, and ear bud set.  The 1:World rollout made for an exciting day full of smiles and satisfaction for both students and staff.  There is a renewed excitement about learning and an awe about the capability these personal devices give for teacher creativity and student achievement.    
       
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
Carowinds Festival of Music
The 7th grade RMS band and chorus participated in the 2015 Carowinds Festival of Music on May 15th.  The ensembles prepared a program and performed the program for three judges.  Both ensembles earned Superior Ratings -- the highest rating possible!




 
Teacher of the Year & Support Employee of the Year
Congratulations to Amanda Griffith who was selected as the RMS 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year and Don Peppers who was selected as the Support Employee of the Year.  Ms. Griffith teaches art, and Mr. Peppers is a teaching assistant and basketball coach.  RMS benefits greatly from their hard work and dedication!  They will represent RMS well in the coming year. 



 


 
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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