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Rotary Presentation Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Dr. Felix Chow, Superintendent Stephanie Moran, School Board Member

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Rotary Presentation

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Dr. Felix Chow, Superintendent

Stephanie Moran, School Board Member

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Since 2000, Anderson Community Schools has seen a loss of 3,500 students.

In the year 2000, enrollment was at 10,400 students.

In 2009, enrollment was at 9,124 students.

This year enrollment is at 6,980 students.

It has been the “perfect storm” for the loss of students in Anderson.

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•Economic challenge Downward economy

State Tax formula changes

•Open Enrollment •School Vouchers

•Disenchantment with current system.

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Strategic Plan The core direction of the district:

To improve quality of education by providing competitive choices in a safe environment.

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Building Reorganization

Close both intermediate schools, East Side and North Side Intermediate Schools

Re-0pen Edgewood Elementary School as K-5

Make the remaining elementary schools K-5

Make Highland a traditional “middle” school, 6-8

Consolidate freshmen back to the High School, 9-12

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Increase Choices

Open the entire district for choice

Work towards a Magnet School approach

Create two zones: Forest Zone-Edgewood, Anderson,

Erskine/River Zone- East Side, Tenth Street, Valley Grove

Modify the Dress Code to allow for more “choice”

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Competitive Classes Continue the class size of 25 average

Continue implementation of competency- based promotion

Increase holistic education-finance, parenting, prevention, instructive technology

Increase distinct course offerings- Chinese, Arabic, Advanced Placement Courses, Dual Credit, High Ability K-5

Increase hands on/vocational learning options

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Safety and Personal Responsibility

Use of Bus Monitors

Security Sweeps

Drug Testing

Hallway/Bathroom Monitors

Increase consequences for disciplinary issues

Zero Tolerance for bullying and disruptive behavior

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Enrichment/Remediation Collaboration with early literacy groups, afterschool

groups, and summer/school break opportunity providers

Individualized and differentiated instruction through the 8 Step Process

This process is already showing that it will increase the success of our students. There is “success time” built into each school day for enrichment and remediation.

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Instructional and Administrative Excellence

Collaboration with Anderson Federation of Teachers(AFT) on implementation of a Peer Assessment Review (PAR)

Redefining academic leadership positions in the buildings and administration

Commitment to getting the right people in the right places in the corporation

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Collaboration IMPACT Center-working with drop out students in

non-traditional structure to re-engage students and increase student success

Working with agencies and service providers to provide necessary and needed interventions for students

Continue to recruit community members, leaders and volunteers to mentor and engage with students and families to increase student success

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Balanced Calendar Educational move toward alignment with the

Common Core State Standards

(The Common Core State Standards are set up in 9 week programs, 9 weeks lessons, followed by assessment. The teacher then has time to prepare remediation, time to re-prepare lessons, prepare new material so students a brought along at their own pace.)

This also provides more days of instruction before the


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What ACS offers English Next Language(ENL), Special Ed., Learning Disabled resources

at all levels, including homebound instruction

Behavior Specialists, Physical Therapists, Social Workers, Reading Specialist, Literacy Data Coaches, Registered Nurses

Pre-School, Full Day Kindergarten

Nationally recognized PAR and ER&D evaluation plan

Response to Intervention, Positive Behavior Support programs

Certified Special Teachers-Art, Music, PE, Library

AP/Dual Credit Courses

Math and Language Arts Pacing Guides-Curriculum mapping

Competitive Athletics, Robotics, Extra-curricular, Music, Drama

8 Step Process and Standard Based report cards

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Committed to Student Success through Inclusion and Unity We out performed other schools even thought WE


We serve a population where over 2/3 of the students are from homes that qualify for free and reduced lunch

We serve a population where nearly ¼ of the students are in need of special education

We serve hundred of English language learning students

We serve many homeless and food insecure youth

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Better Days are Ahead The students we serve have shown us that we can find

strength and success when we work together, even in the most challenging circumstances.

Students don’t want to go back….they want to move forward…TOGETHER.

Administration, School Board, AFT, teachers, and students are listening to each other and working together in unprecedented fashion

We are planning progressively and strategically

We are moving from surviving toward thriving

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Thank You

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