Category Archives: Anderson District One

District One students second in state on SAT

Students at Wren High, Palmetto High and Powdersville High rank second overall in South Carolina on the nation’s most recognized college entrance examination, the SAT, with a total of 1515, up from 1492 in 2013. The scores topped state and national averages. 

Anderson School District One’s 2014 overall score made up of Critical Reading, Math, and Writing sections, was 1515. This is 44 points above the national average of 1471 and 81 points above the state average of 1429. Anderson One improved in two areas of the test from the previous year increasing Critical Reading scores by 14 points and Writing by 10 points for a 23 point gain.

Technology, mentoring having impact in District One schools

By Daivd Meade

During their meeting Tuesday, Anderson School District One Board members were updated on the District’s IPad technology instruction, a Mentoring program and the one cent sales tax referendum.

Associate Superintendent and Director of Instruction Jane Harrison showed an example of use of the new IPad technology with a movie trailer format book report put together by a student.

Harrison said district personnel received a week of training on the Airwatch filtering software being used with the IPads. The program includes content filtering and teacher tools and applications including an “All eyes on me” app with bring attention of students on IPads “back to the teacher”. Harrison reported staff development including 100 sessions on new apps and how to better use them.

She said student achievement has already risen and students are having to do the work with the new technology. There have been numerous instances of non motivated students now being very motivated, Harrison said. The technology is also allowing special education students to reach more goals, she said.

Kenny Gilliland, President of APEX Ventures, LLC, presented information on a mentoring program he is heading in Anderson District One.

Gilliland, who also works with the FRaZEE Dream Center in Greenville, is partnering with local business, churches and civic organizations and individuals on the mentoring program which works with struggling students.

District One students perform well on EOC Exam assessments

End of Course scores were recently released by the State Department of Education. Anderson District One students performed well on all 2013-14 EOCEP assessments.

Students scored well enough to secure the third highest score in the state on the Algebra I assessment with 96.8 percent passing, up from 93.6 last year. This well surpasses the state average of 85.5 percent.

US History scores for Anderson One improved significantly from 2013 to 2014. The percentage of students passing the test went from 73.9 in 2013 to 80.1 passing the assessment for 2014, the fourth highest score in the state.

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.

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