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District Announcements
Pendleton FFA Featured Story in SC Wildlife Magazine
That's right, Environmental and Natural Resources students in Mr. Blake Berry's class were featured in the September/October issue of theSouth Carolina Wildlife Magazine with a full two page spread. The magazine features the story of the Pendleton FFA Coastal Ecology Expedition, a life-changing field experience in its 5th year that immerses students in the wilderness of Georgetown County on lands managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. With the guidance and support of Mr. Jim Lee of the SCDNR, the students are put through a rigorous study-tour of some of South Carolina's most fragile ecosystems, including barrier islands, long-leaf pine forests, Carolina bays, coastal rivers and saltwater marshes. The experiences align with the classroom curriculum provided in the Pendleton agricultural education program. Mr. Berry also requires participants of the study tour to keep a detailed and accurate journal documenting places they went, people they met, concepts they learned for the day and personal reflection. Students absolutely love keeping a record of their expedition and this year it really paid of when the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine decided to offer a full length photojournalist story in their Trip Report section of their latest magazine to include the actual journal entries of Pendleton students accompanied by photographs taken by Mr. Berry.  An even larger selection of photographs along with the selected journal entries from the trip are featured on the South Carolina Wildlife Magazine website: http://www.scwildlife.com/tripreport/index.html
 
The Pendleton FFA Coastal Ecology Expedition continues to be a quality, educational-based experience that encourages students to pursue careers in science, ecology, ecology and education while instilling in them an appreciation for the conservation of our natural heritage.
 
 
      First Day for Students
        Tuesday, August 18th


 
2015-2016 Registration Dates and Times
 
 Grade  Date  Time
 Grades 11 and 12  August 3  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
 All Elementary and Middle and Grades 9 and 10  August 6  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Note: Parents with multiple students at Pendleton High School may register on the off day
 

 
Superintendent's Parent Council

If you're a parent of a student in our district, please consider serving on the 2015-2016 Superintendent's Parent Council. The group will meet four times this year with our Superintendent, Dr. Joanne Avery, and other members of the district leadership team. If you're interested in being a part of this group, please contact Susie Rhodes at 864.403.2006 or srhodes@anderson4.org.
Local Newspaper Publishes Article on Our District Going Digital
The Anderson Independent published an article on June 18th conveying the excitement of Anderson 4 students and teachers to our district going digital. Beginning in August, students in grades 3-12 will have a Chromebook and students in grade 5-12 will be able to take their Chromebooks home during the school year. The article also conveyed the research and preparations that preceded the rollout.  The entire article may be read at Anderson County School District Goes Digital.
 

 
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.
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: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.

 
School Announcements
Supply Lists 2015-2016
2015 RMS Football Summer and Fall Calendar
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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