Category Archives: Anderson District One

Bertram named District One Teacher of the Year

Jennifer Bertram, an English teacher at Wren High School is the Anderson District One Teacher of the Year, and will represent the district for the 2014-2015 school year. As the district’s Teacher of the Year, Bertram will represent District One in the competition for South Carolina Teacher of the Year.

She will serve on a state-wide advisory panel to the State Department of Education and will receive $1,000 in recognition of her outstanding achievements.

Technology Rollout underway

By David Meade

Anderson School District One is in the process of introducing its Digital Innovation – Transform, Discover, Excel initiative which includes a technology rollout of more than 7000 iPads.

The rollout has teachers and students excited about receiving school supplied iPads which will be used in the classroom and at home. The rollout began at Powdersville High School at the start of classes last Wednesday (Aug. 20) and at Palmetto High on Thursday (Aug. 21).

Principals and teachers have already had training on use of the new technology and parents are being required to come for instruction session prior to iPads being issued to students, Assistant Superintendent Jane Harrison said.

The rollout includes training, use guidelines and digital citizenship classes for students. The rollout includes issuing 7420 iPads along with training and use of related applications (Apps) which will be used for learning in the classroom this school year.

Student enrollment tops 9600

By David Meade

During their regular Monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board members were updated on the start of school and the new Digital Initiative and technology rollout.

Superintendent David Havird said the District had 9588 students enrolled as of last Friday and more than 9600 by Tuesday. Havird said the District had 156 new students enroll last year and expects 160 to 200 this year.

Local teen wins Food Network competition


Tommi Rae Fowler, a Wren High Junior, received national attention for her culinary skills, winning the Food Networks’ “Chopped” teen competition which was broadcast Tuesday night. Fowler was among sixteen teens who competed over five episodes to win the tournament. She will receive a $25,000 prize and a $40,000 culinary school scholarship.

Powdersville High best in state on HSAP

Anderson School District One scored among the highest in the state on HSAP testing with Powdersville High School having the highest school score in the state. Anderson District One clearly outperformed the state percentage of students who met the HSAP standard level of 2 or higher. Anderson One’s score is the third highest in the state at 96.4. The state percentage meeting the standard was 89.8.

Anderson One sees increase in PASS Scores

Students and teachers in Anderson School district One have a lot to celebrate with the recent release of the state PASS scores. Students in grades three to eight are tested on five content areas (writing, English language arts, math, science and social studies). Of the 30 categories, 20 of those improved placing Anderson One’s scores among the top in the state in those categories.

District One Superintendent David Havird said, “This was certainly a year of more difficult standards and rigorous assessments. I am pleased that students, teachers and the school leadership met this challenge and produced very encouraging results with improvements in 20 of the 30 test categories. I would contribute much of the success to a lot of hard work, appropriate professional development and the teachers’ willingness to comprehend the standards and to truly teach students to a higher depth of understanding that required more critical thinking skills.”

School Board approves wording for sales and use tax referendum

By David Meade

Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday which states specific wording for a sales and use tax referendum that will be on the November election ballot.

Voters in School District One will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on the referendum which provides for a one cent sales and use tax which will provide funding for specific capital improvements for local schools.

School District One readying for technology rollout

By David Meade

During their regular monthly meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved wording for a sales and use tax referendum and heard an update on the technology rollout of more than 7000 iPads planned throughout the district in a few weeks.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Jane Harrison said the Anderson One Digital Innovation rollout was a “huge undertaking” and district personnel involved in preparing for the upcoming rollout have done a great job. “We have created a team that could write a manual for other rollouts” she said.

District One approves personnel

Spearman Elementary, Wren Elementary, Concrete Primary and other schools will see new teachers when classes start back. Anderson School District One Board of Trustees approved the following personnel recommendations during the July Board meeting Tuesday:

Recommendations – Kate Bowers, Music teacher, Palmetto Elementary; Lori Chapman, Grade 4, Wren Elementary; Brenda Clayton, Grade 2, Spearman Elementary; Charlotte Conklin, K5, Palmetto Elementary; Katherine Eskew, Grade 3, Spearman Elementary; Megan Harbin, Grade 1, Concrete Primary; Leslie Hill, Social Studies, Powdersville High; Layne Johnson, Grade 1, Concrete Primary; Kristen Lepper, K5, Wren Elementary.

School District seeks to assist in attaining diplomas

Due to Exit Exam

The South Carolina General Assembly recently approved legislation that removes the exit exam as a requirement for graduation beginning with the graduating class of 2015. Under Act 155, the elimination of the exit exam (BSAP, HSAP) requirement is retroactive to the graduating class of 1990. The Office of Federal and State Accountability at the South Carolina Department of Education and Anderson School District One has created procedures to assist anyone seeking to petition for a diploma.

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