What's new this year at ACS:
New faces at ACS:
Mathew Bair, Anderson High School physical education/health teacher
Brooke Blockson, Robinson Elementary School kindergarten teacher
Kasey Brown, Greenbriar School sixth-, seventh-, eighth-grade teacher
Andrea Cates, Robinson/Southview Elementary art teacher
Jacquleen Cermak, South Side Middle School intensive intervention teacher
Joe Collins, Alternative School science teacher
Michael Daiga, Alternative School math teacher
Debra Ewart, Robinson Elementary reading recovery teacher
Marci Garner, Highland High School language arts/yearbook teacher
Britney Garrett, Edgewood Elementary School mild-intervention teacher
Ann Gillespie-Rolston, unassigned elementary school teacher
Matthew Goen, Robinson Elementary kindergarten teacher
Rachelle Heyboer, Greenbriar Elementary sixth-, seventh-, eighth-grade teacher
Amelia Hollingsworth, Anderson High School business teacher
Andrea Kallendar, Alternative School science teacher
Johanna Kikendall, North Side Middle School language arts teacher
Judy Kimmer, Robinson/Southview Elementary schools music teacher
Jennifer Livingston, East Side Elementary School reading specialist
Cynthia MacMillan, Edgewood/Forest Hills Elementary schools media specialist
Kerry Maggard, Anderson High School social studies teacher
Susan Maxwell Sawyer, Anderson/Killbuck Elementary schools media specialist
Kara Miller, district-wide visually-impaired teacher
Jillian Muse, Anderson High School business teacher
Jennifer Myrick, unassigned elementary teacher
Nancy Nuce, Alternative School language arts teacher
Sherry Pate, unassigned special education teacher
Jennifer Pherson, Robinson Elementary kindergarten teacher
Christy Ramsey, Anderson Elementary School fifth-grade teacher
Andrew Sprock, unassigned elementary school teacher
Kelly Williams, Robinson Elementary School kindergarten teacher
Non-certified special education paraeducators
Jennifer Allbaugh, Valley Grove Elementary autism paraeducator
Amber Fox, Anderson High School autism paraeducator
Shaley Thomas, Eastside Elementary School autism paraeducator
According to Superintendent of Schools Mikella Lowe, the Anderson Federation of Teachers convened in a committee recently to study discipline policies districtwide.
The committee consisted of elementary, middle and high school educators. The committee updated policies from different schools so that there would be a discipline standard in the school system.
Anderson Community Schools has had all-day kindergarten for several years, according to Superintendent Mikella Lowe, but this year is the first time that the state has offered money to help pay for students to attend.
Originally, there was all-day kindergarten at only Robinson and Anderson Elementary schools using Title 1 money. Last year, ACS added Forest Hills and the Southview School to the list also using Title 1 money.
With money from the state this year, ACS added Erskine, Edgewood and 10th Street Elementary schools to the all-day list. Twenty-five percent of funding still came from Title 1, and the rest was provided by the state, said Lowe.
There is also the option of parents paying for their kids to attend all-day Kindergarten: The cost is $1,500 per year, and the program is offered at Valley Grove, Erskine, Killbuck and 10th Street Elementary schools only. Lowe said there are 750-800 all-day kindergartners in the city.
Robinson/Anderson Elementary switch
Starting this year, Robinson Elementary and Anderson Elementary will have different grade structures. Students from both schools will be combined and attend Robinson for kindergarten through second grade and Anderson for third, fourth and fifth grades.
According to Superintendent Mikella Lowe, the switch was made to give those students additional instruction and more focused attention.
“We can divide the teachers among a really small group (of students) to work with,” said Lowe. “We can put all these resources right there. It’s very proactive.”
The model for this change was provided by a book studied by the district, “Delivering on the Promise: Of the 95 percent Math and Reading Goals.” The book is about a struggling school district, similar in size to Anderson, in Kennewick, Wash.
The word on lips of most parents and students recently has been “uniform.” Whether parents are for or against it, the new policy is a reality, and school officials are adamant that parents heed the policy and examine it closely before purchasing clothing.
Superintendent Mikella Lowe said that some stores are advertising “approved” uniform clothing but that nothing has been ordained by the school system as “official,” she said. It’s all in the policy.
However, recently two changes to the uniform policy were adopted by the School Board of Trustees. The board members decided to let in shorts — but only in the same colors as pants, as outlined in the policy — and also small variations in shoe coloring. For example, if a pair of dress shoes has orange stitching, that’s OK.
Here’s the most up-to-date version of the uniform policy:
Pants, trousers, capris, shorts
Colors: Black, navy, or khaki
All pants/trousers/capris/shorts must be standard fit or relaxed fit, flat-front or pleated with standard waists. No cargo pants, slits, cuts, tears, or frays, (including laced sidings), brand names, slogans, or handwritten messages. Must be worn at the waist level. Size and length must be reasonably appropriate for the student’s weight and height. Must be worn as intended by the manufacturer and may not sag below the hips or drag the ground.
Skirts, skorts, shorts, or jumpers
Colors: Black, navy, khaki
Must be knee length or longer.
Colors: Any solid color
Shirts must be polo or oxford style or turtle or mock turtle neck. Shirts must have a collar (or turtle or mock turtle neck) and may be long- or short-sleeved. Shirts must be tucked in at all times unless they have a two-inch band around the bottom.
Colors: Any solid color
Crew neck, V-neck or low-cut sweaters must be worn over an approved shirt. Sweaters must be of a reasonable fit and not hang or bag in such a manner that items may be concealed beneath or within them.
Colors: Black, brown, blue, or white (Logo, stitching, sole may be a different color) Shoes may be dress, casual, or (non-cleated) athletic. Shoes must be worn as intended by the manufacturer.
Colors: Black, brown, blue, or white
Belts must be worn when garment has belt loops.
Socks, tights, leggings
Colors: Solid colors in blue, black, brown, or white.
EXAMPLES OF RESTRICTED ATTIRE
* No logos (except manufacturer’s logos on shoes)
* No flip flops or beach sandals or slippers
* No denim of any color
* No leggings (unless worn under a skirt or dress), tights, stretch stirrup pants
* No form-fitting tops
* No halter tops, camisoles, tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, mesh tops, midriff tops, spaghetti strap tops, sleeveless tops
* No sweat pants, jogging attire, workout attire, beach wear, swimming attire (except as indicated by curriculum in physical education class)
* No pajamas or sleepwear
* No hooded jackets, hooded sweaters, hooded shirts unless worn as outerwear (An item with a hood that is worn as outer wear must be put in the locker upon arrival at school and may not be worn at any time other than arriving to or leaving school.)
* No sunglasses
* No clothing or other item with offensive, lewd, vulgar, obscene or hate language, slogans or pictures
* No buttons, jewelry or other accessories containing lewd, vulgar obscene, hate or offensive messages or pictures or which advocate or advertise the use of drugs or alcohol
* No secret society, fraternity or sorority symbols or lettering
* No hair rollers, combs, picks or cosmetology clamps
* No visible undergarments
* No clothing altered by cuts, slits or holes or that in any way
exposes the skin
* No hats, caps, head wraps, bandanas, head scarves worn in the building during the school day
* No overall or coveralls
* No cargo pants
* No tight-fitting pants or tops
* No extremely loose fitting pants or tops
* No fangs, detachable gold teeth, grills (unless required by a dentist with written documentation on file)
* No studded collars or cuffs
* No long chains
* No exposed midriffs or cleavage
* NJROTC students may wear their uniforms on designated days as part of their curriculum
* Students with exceptional physical conditions, diagnosed emotional disorders and legitimate religious affiliations that require special attire or exception to this code will be provided exemption to the dress code upon official request to and approval by the office of the superintendent.
* School spirit days may be announced by the administration.
School calendar 2007
20 Students’ first full day
3 Labor Day (no school)
28 End of secondary first grading period
19 End of elementary first grading period
25, 26 Fall Break (no school)
16 End of secondary second grading period
22, 23 Thanksgiving Break (no school)
21 Christmas Break begins — regular dismissal
7 Return to school
11 End of first semester — regular dismissal
11 Elementary end of first semester
14 Begin second semester
21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school) *
18 Presidents' Day (no school) *
29 End of secondary fourth grading period
21 End of elementary third grading period
31-April 4 Spring Break (no school)
7 Return to School
18 End of secondary fifth grading period
26 Memorial Day (no school)
29 End of second semester — regular dismissal
30 Two-hour staff meeting/work in buildings
What's new this year at ACS:
The Herald Bulletin publishes local basic obituaries, pending death notices and funeral service listings free of charge. Extended obituaries are offered for a fee. Call your funeral home or The Herald Bulletin at 640-4800 for more information.
Faces of Domestic Violence: The victims
Since 2003, at least 18 people in Madison County have died as a result of domestic violence. This slideshow presentation remembers those victims.
Photo gallery: Final Highland Prom
Photos from the final Highland prom held at the Paramount Theatre Ballroom.
Video: Madison Heights High School monument dedication
A dedication service for a monument on the grounds of what is now Anderson High School, to remember Madison Heights High School and the service it provided to the community.
Photo gallery: Madison Heights High School Monument Dedication
Photos from the dedication of the MHHS Monument at Anderson High School.
Final Revue Medley
Highland High School performed its final Plaid & White Revue, calling back former conductors, band leaders, and alumni musicians to give the audience a taste of the Highland Music Department one final time. The Revue started in 1951 and will end after this show because of the closing of Highland High School.
Photo gallery: Pendleton Heights High School Prom
Photos from the Pendleton Heights High School Prom.
Photo gallery: Lapel High School Prom
Photos from the Lapel High School Prom.
South Madison hears appeals to save auto mechanics class
South Madison Community Schools laid off the first of about 23 teachers who could get pink slips, but the board on Thursday also heard emotional appeals to save an auto mechanics course and its instructor.
ACS teachers join ‘Pink Hearts, Not Pink Slips’ campaign
Teachers in Anderson Community Schools today will place chairs outside some schools that will be hard-hit by teacher layoffs. Each chair will represent an educator who will lose his or her job at the end of the school year.
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