The Mission of ACS is to inspire, encourage and support every student to achieve at high levels academically and socially as responsible citizens by doing whatever it takes.
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This is an exciting time to be a student in Anderson Community Schools! ACSC has embarked on many new adventures including our new C.O.M.P.A.S.S. and AHS Online Academy programs... (CLICK ON THE ARTICLE TITLE TO SEE THE ENTIRE ARTICLE.)
2015 - 2016: A Year of Hope and Celebration
With the start of any school year comes the anticipation of change and hope! At Anderson Community Schools we are devoted to providing our students with a challenging curriculum in a safe, healthy and orderly environment.
I would like to talk about the importance of celebration. Celebration is a vital component of encouragement and hope for children. Celebrating even the smallest of achievements is critical for the development of every student.
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Did you know that we had fourteen elementary students who had PERFECT IREAD 3 scores? Did you know that we graduated over 90 percent of our students from AHS? Did you know that Highland Middle School has the school within school model? Did you know that ACS offers 21 nationally recognized industry certifications through Anderson High School's D26 Career Center? And did you know that C.O.M.P.A.S.S. is open and thriving for non-traditional students?
The following students had perfect IREAD 3 scores: Aniya Williams of Anderson Elementary, Reese Utt of Eastside Elementary, Sierra Rich, Kenzie Sheets and Anthony Taliaferro all from Edgewood Elementary, Emma Clark, Connor King, Owen Ring and Ji'Mya Sanford from 10th Street Elementary and Spencer Proctor, Paris Swallows, Kaden Brown, Bret Bagienski and Brayden Tuttle from Valley Grove Elementary. All were honored at our August 11, 2015 Board Meeting.
For the second year in a row, Anderson High School has graduated over 90% of their seniors. This is a huge improvement since it was just a few years ago that only 57% of our students graduated with their classmates.
Have you visited Highland Middle School's sixth grade? At HMS we begin our second year of our "school within a school model." The objective of this change was to allow our students in grade 6 to have one more year using the elementary model even though they were in a large middle school facility. Students have two teachers, they are completely isolated from seventh and eighth grade students, and they slowly transition during the second semester by having more responsibility placed upon them as they mature.
District 26 is our Career Center that is entering its second year. We have multiple opportunities for students from AHS and surrounding schools to earn industry certifications, free of charge, so they are prepared to enter the job market upon graduation. For example, a students can take Advanced Manufacturing, Welding, Health Sciences, Auto Body and Mechanics, Building Trades courses and more to develop the work ethic it takes to be successful in the 21st Century.
COMPASS stands for Community Organizations and Mentors Partnering in Anderson Student Success. We have developed a unique environment that will allow the non-traditonal student to be successful and graduate giving them hope for their future.
At COMPASS we focus on Mathematics and Language Arts but we also provide students the opportunity to earn credits in other disciplines through online capabilities. Our partner supporting our students is Meridian Services and we are hoping to participate in providing food for those in need beginning October 1, 2015. We want our students to learn to give rather than receive in an effort to teacher philanthropy.
At our Administrative Retreat this summer it was decided that we would teach our students the history of Anderson by celebrating Anderson's 150th Birthday as partners with our city. At each of our buildings the principal has developed a theme, and with the support of our staff, our students are experiencing how special it is to celebrate the sesquicentennial through a variety of mediums.
So, what is new at ACS? Hope! Hope that each day brings about new challenges and excitement for the students of Anderson to learn, grow and to become contributing citizens of this great city.
Attached is a little history about Anderson that you may or may not know.
City of Anderson Sesquicentennial History
Parents can log in to PowerParent and click the InfoSnap link to register. If parents do not have a PowerParent account or have forgotten it, they can call Coty at 641-2000 extension 1578 and she can help them. She can mail a snapcode to the mailing address we have on record for that student OR the parent/guardians can let Coty know they would prefer to come to the administration building, with ID, and pick up the snapcode.
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Superintendent Thompson at Southview Preschool Center with some of his favorite students.
December 14, 2014
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