An announcement was made this afternoon by Governor McMaster and State Superintendent, Molly Spearman, that SC schools will be closed through April 30. Should this timeline need to be adjusted by ending sooner or by being extended, an announcement will be made at that time. ACSD was braced for the announcement of a school closing extension as a result of the daily SCDE and State Superintendent briefings provided to district superintendents. With other decisions being made in our state and those in states like NC, it seemed to be a matter of time. I do think it gives our students, especially our seniors, a window of hope that the school closure through April 30 will have helped to flatten the curve and the month of May will usher in the possibilities of returning to school, holding prom and graduation, etc. although there are still no guarantees. ACSD is busy preparing for the second wave of providing instructional packets and eLearning plans for students. We stand ready to provide the best services possible to our students at this time. We are currently awaiting guidance from the SCDE on decisions governing some instructional components and will share and implement these once received. Our focus is on what students have already been taught and what they need between now and the end of the year in order to be prepared for the next grade level or course content in a sequence or for graduation. - Dr. Julie Fowler, ACSD Superintendent
The live link for the Tuesday evening Board of Trustees meeting is posted below. To watch the live streamed broadcast, click on the link at the time of the meeting, which will be at 6pm on Tuesday, March 24th. Live stream link - https://youtu.be/i9kE9EyGqto
The SCDE's request for the assessment and accountability waiver has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education and is supported by the State Board of Education. For more specific information on the tests that are affected, please click on the following link - https://5il.co/e2ec Spring 2020 Assessment and Accountability Updates - https://5il.co/e2ec
U.S. Department of Education approves South Carolina assessment suspension waiver. For more information, please click on the link below. South Carolina Assessment Suspension Waiver info - https://5il.co/e2bz
FEMA has developed a Rumor Control page for COVID-19 on FEMA.gov. Please click on the link below for more information: FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control - https://www.fema.gov/Coronavirus-Rumor-Control
Due to information received from the state, Abbeville County School District will be adjusting procedures for meal service. Beginning Monday, March 23rd, Abbeville County School District will provide 5 breakfast and 5 lunch meals for each child 18 and under at the following sites: Wright Middle, Cherokee Trail Elementary, Diamond Hill Elementary, and John C Calhoun Elementary School. You will be picking up breakfast and lunch for the entire week. Pick up will begin at 12:30 - 1:30 on Monday only. Students must accompany the parent or adult for pickup. Parents can bring all children 18 and under and special needs students 21 and under to receive weekly meals.
Teachers and Parents, click here for high-quality, age-appropriate lessons and materials during the current school closure. http://bit.ly/SCDEresources
On behalf of Dr. Fowler and the ACSD Team: We would like to applaud our administrators, teachers, and staff for preparing and distributing educational resources for our students in response to the COVID-19 school closure. Because of your hard work, ACSD students now have access to several weeks’ worth of instructional materials to use at home. We appreciate the commitment of our school personnel to provide for their pupils and to make sure the educational process continues during this time of crisis. Our cafeteria staff worked diligently this week to prepare meals for students during the school closure. Bus drivers participated by distributing meals throughout the county. Our custodians have been cleaning and sanitizing our buildings in an effort to keep everyone safe and healthy. Our district Instructional Technology and Maintenance Departments are working on projects and resolving issues as they arise. We appreciate all of your efforts to provide for our students – even with schools closed. The ACSD community rallied together to meet the needs of its students, and we are truly grateful. We remain committed to our mission of “Putting Students First.” Thank you to all! Please continue to support our students and one other during these stressful and uncertain times. Reach out to one of us if you have questions or need anything further. Finally, we want to remind everyone to heed the precautions set forth by our local, state, and government officials. Please practice social distancing and appropriate safety habits to help keep your family safe. #flattenthecurve
Please see the attached letter about ACSD response to COVID-19. ACSD COVID-19 Response - https://5il.co/dyam
Update: WCTel has added 2 additional Wi-Fi Hot Spot locations in Abbeville County: Grace United Methodist Church, 145 Grace Dr, Abbeville, and WCTEL Remote Equipment Office, Corner of Main St (Hwy 81) and Bell St, Lowndesville. All sites are now in service except for the Lowndesville location. This site will be in service early next week.
Click on the link below for more information on WCTEL Wifi hot spots: WCTEL Wifi Hot Spots - https://5il.co/dwkm
A great service offered by WCTEL! In preparation for the schools closing, WCTEL has identified locations to provide free WiFi hotspots. These hotspots will enable students that do not otherwise have access to a broadband connection to complete schoolwork in an outdoor environment or from the safety of their family vehicles. The equipment has been ordered and locations have been secured. Once they complete installation, they will notify everyone. SSID: WCTEL.Hotspot You can find an updated location list at: https://www.wctel.com/wifi-hotspots/ as they are still adding additional hotspot areas. *This is a community service not owned or managed by ACSD
Please see the most recent SCHSL update on COVID-19 below: SCHSL COVID-19 Update - https://5il.co/dsng
Breakfast and lunch will continue to be available each day at CTE, DHE, JCCE, and WMS from 8:30-9:30 AM and 12:30-1:30 PM. Beginning Wednesday, March 18, breakfast and lunch will be delivered to all bus riders where students are dropped off each afternoon. Routes will leave their respective schools at 12:30 each day. Meals may be delivered a little later than a student typically arrives at the bus stop. For example, on regular school days, if a student leaves his/her school at 3:00 PM and arrives at the bus stop at 3:40, this student/parent needs to be at the bus stop at 1:10 PM to receive a meal. Please give drivers a little extra time for the first few days of delivery.
Please refer to our District website for the most up to date information on COVID-19. Below are links for the COVID-19 Superintendent update for March 15th and the Alternative Learning Parent Letter. COVID-19 Superintendent Update March 15th - https://drive.google.com/open?id=14-CgEk8B-IE7kFZs5i2tcAnkATkx-GAu Alternative Learning Parent Letter - https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lO8uPBv5p9kdvSz5ilpZf_Va7DQY1cTq
Westwood Elementary School is participating in One School One Book during the month of March. There was a “kick-off” on March 2nd where 5th grade students performed a skit about the book that the students would be reading. Each student, teacher, and staff member received the book, The Lemonade War. Then, all of the students got a cup of lemonade and lemon cookies from the lemonade stand. Parents are encouraged to read the assigned chapters each night with their child. The next day, a trivia question is asked and one winner from each grade is chosen. The winners receive a bag of Lemonhead candy, a yellow bracelet, and a token to the book vending machine. Each Friday, there will be special activities such as, “wear yellow day”, a poster contest, and guests from the community to read to each class. At the end of the month, there will be a winner per grade to receive a copy of the sequel, The Lemonade Crime.
The latest weather update from emergency management in Abbeville and Greenwood Counties indicates there is a high likelihood for black ice on roads tomorrow morning. ACSD will be on a 2 hour delay Friday, February 21, 2020. We will assess the condition of roads in the morning before buses leave to ensure roads are safe for bus travel. Please check the District website and news channels for updates tomorrow morning. The safety of our students remains our top priority.
For the most up-to-date information on the upcoming referendum involving school facilities, please visit the news section of the district website, the ACSD Facebook page, and @AbbevilleCo on Twitter. As more information comes available, we will be posting immediately to those locations so the public is well-informed. Facilities Update 1 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LFEMcfeBMG4fRCEPamnoeBwB5VRtEol0GtWioNEn_Pc Facilities Update 2 - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FGtSUJNqCUos_iafjhdiUiImCv-AnguVS1WcnhNStn0
Abbeville County School District will operate on a two hour delay Friday, February 7th. With the potential for continued rainfall into the night and potential flooding into the morning, we prefer buses to operate in the daylight making it easier to identify flooded areas. The safety of our students remains our top priority.
We have monitored the weather since arriving this morning. We have been in constant contact with both Greenwood and Abbeville Emergency Management, law enforcement, neighboring districts, and principals. There was never a window of opportunity to put buses on the road where students and drivers were not at risk. The storms moved slower than forecasters anticipated, which spawned tornado warnings in different parts of the county at different times in the day. We decided to dismiss as soon as the line of severe weather, which entered our county before 11:00 this morning, and had passed through the entire county. We had our first tornado warning shortly after 11:00 AM and had five schools and the District Office under a tornado warning as late as 2:00 PM this afternoon. The safety of our students remains our top priority.
The regularly scheduled January Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 28th. Please see the attached agenda below.
The Abbeville High School Teacher Cadet class visited the Frank Russell Technology Center in Greenwood. They got to meet, talk, and interact with the SC Teacher of the Year: Ms. Chanda Jefferson. left to right.: Front row: Samantha Johnson, Mackenzie Bowie, Sarah Beth Ferguson, Deliyah Tillman, Moya Mims, Victoria Minger. Second row: Mrs. Brown, D'mario Rouse, Jaden Calhoun, Lillian Smith, Khalyn Shuler, 2020 SC TOY Ms. Chanda Jefferson, Michaela Boozer, Ayden Bernard, Ashanti Hill
On October 15 seventeen AHS students attended the SC Student Leadership Conference at Lander University. Students were selected for their leadership abilities and involvement in school clubs, athletics and community organizations. 1st Row - Meg Botts, Talissa Cannady, Deliyah Tillman, Ambria Gilliard. 2nd Row - Ty'Brea Johnson, Drew Beauford, Hannah Hedden. 3rd Row - Samantha Johnson, Galasha Morton, Anna Beth Smith, Claire Hughes. 4th Row - Anna Brooke Powell, Jasmine Wells, Michaela Boozer. 5th Row - John Grady Bolt, Malcolm Leach, Matthew Howard.
Westwood Elementary is proud to announce their Star Students for the month of October. 1st row, left to right: Jonah Henry, Mattison Calhoun, Jireh Dominquez-Gutierrez, Mary Thomas, Jayden Halsey, Cassidy Pickens. 2nd row: Jerry Calhoun, Kalob Poozer, Breyonna Miller, Kenneth Grant, Ny'Kiera Brown, Abigail Gambrell, Sarah Gulley, Mason Watson. 3rd row: Abrazj'a Bryant, Jackson Smith, Jaliah Ford, Teela Belcher, Ma'Kaylyn Gary, Michall Velazquez.
As we approach the end of 2019 and you consider last minute donations and gifts in honor of others, please consider donating to the Putting Students First Scholarship Fund in Memory of Dr. Betty Jo Hall. If you would like to donate to the memorial scholarship for Dr. Betty Jo Moore Hall, please send memorials to FCCF P.O. Box 582, Abbeville, SC 29620. For additional questions, please call Ms. Rosilyn Mims at the Abbeville County School District office at 864-366-5427.
The public is invited to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in South Carolina’s K-12 public schools in fourteen subject areas. Click the link below for more detailed information. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yn7xDtvPzZwMsDNlJ2K250pK5-BIeEd4wdN7_kOI1yM/edit?usp=sharing
There was a reported shooting on Adam's Street near AHS. AHS and LCP were placed on lockdown. The lockdown has been lifted at LCP but is still in effect at AHS to allow a helicopter to land. All students are safe. Busses are being held at WWE so students may arrive home a little later than usual. We will lift the lockdown as soon as we receive an all clear that the helicopter has successfully landed and left.
It's that time of the year again, our Annual Community Night/Industry Showcase at Abbeville County Career Center. Every year we host this event to showcase Career and Technical Education programs offered by Abbeville County Career Center. This year, expect wholesome fun as we continue to build our relationship with community members, industries, and schools. The admission, hotdogs, chips and a drink are free for the first 500 people who register, so bring the whole family and enjoy great food, games, classic cars, and toe-tappin’ live entertainment.
In response to requests to tour AHS and DHS from the community and the media, and in an effort to be transparent in the facilities planning process, Abbeville County School District will host public tours on September 10 and 12, 2019. Public Tour of AHS Date: Sept. 10 Tour Times: 5:30 and 6:30 Guided tours will begin in the AHS Auditorium. Please enter through the front of the school. Public Tour of DHS Date: Sept. 12 Tour Times: 5:30 and 6:30 Guided tours will begin in the media center. Please enter through the front of the school. *Participants at each location will be given an opportunity to submit questions at the end of the tour that will be addressed in an FAQ section on the Abbeville County School District’s webpage.
The trustees of Abbeville County School District will hold their regular scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. for Executive Session to discuss Legal advice related to potential claim against the District and at 6:00 p.m. for the Regular Session at the Administrative Building, 400 Greenville Street, Abbeville, South Carolina.
Abbeville County School District, in partnership with Freshwater Coast Community Foundation (FCCF), is pleased to announce a new memorial scholarship to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Betty Jo Moore Hall's educational career. This scholarship will be awarded to students graduating from Abbeville County School District who plan to major in education at Lander University, Erskine College or Piedmont Technical College. Application details and additional information will be released in the near future. If you would like to donate to the memorial scholarship for Dr. Betty Jo Moore Hall, please send memorials to FCCF P.O. Box 582, Abbeville, SC 29620. For additional questions, please call Ms. Rosilyn Mims at the Abbeville County School District office at 864-366-5427.
As the ACSD family grieves the loss of our superintendent, Dr. Betty Jo Hall, we will have mental health counselors and ministers on hand at Wright Middle School for students, parents, faculty, staff, and any community members who would like to talk with someone on Monday, August 12 between the hours of 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Dear ACSD Family, It is with great sadness to inform you that our beloved superintendent, Dr. Betty Jo Hall, used the wings she earned on this earth to soar to be with our Lord, her Heavenly Father, shortly after 6:00 PM last night. Please be in prayer for her husband, Wally, and her brother and sister and extended family.
ATTENTION: The Trustees of Abbeville County School District will hold a Board Workshop on Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. and at 6:00 p.m. for Called Meeting/Executive Session to discuss Contractual Discussions/Negotiations related to Facility Matters/Architectural Services/Construction Management Services at the Administrative Building, 400 Greenville Street, Abbeville, South Carolina.
ACSD Parents, if you haven't downloaded our new mobile app, go to your app store and search for ACSD. Stay up to date on all of our most recent and exciting news. And, as always, you can get our latest news online at www.acsdsc.org and on our Facebook/Twitter!
The public is invited to review supplemental textbooks and instructional materials for South Carolina High School Credential (SCHSC) courses that have been proposed for use in South Carolina’s public schools. For more information, please visit the link below: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/news-releases/public-invited-to-review-proposed-supplemental-instructional-materials-and-textbooks/
REVISED: Please see the attached revised agenda for the upcoming July 23rd ACSD Board Meeting. This can also be viewed on the ACSD website (www.acsdsc.org) under the Board of Trustees "Documents" section.
REMINDER: Online Registration and our new online payment system, eFunds, is still live. Parents, please check your email accounts for instructions on how to get registered with PowerSchool Enrollment and eFunds. For any questions, please contact David Myers at email@example.com.
All students enrolled in John C. Calhoun Elementary, Long Cane Primary, and Westwood Elementary may participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Please visit the following links for more info: Media Release - https://5il.co/88pv CEP Media Release - https://5il.co/88pw
ATTENTION: Online Registration and our new online payment system, eFunds, is now live. Parents, please check your email accounts for instructions on how to get started with PowerSchool Enrollment and eFunds. For any questions, please contact David Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention! A new on-line payment option for families in ACSD called eFunds for Schools will be available beginning Monday, June 17th. Look for the eFunds link under the Parents section on Monday, June 17th. We will also include specific login instructions in the online registration forms and in an email/text sent from ACSD. For more information, listen to the promo recording below that we did on the Southern Fried Morning Show. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1QwqoDlErn-Ef6Mj87SeRQEX_HghRYcJk
DXHS Seniors couldn't wait to take one last walk through the halls of Cherokee Trail and Diamond Hill Elementary. Please click on the YouTube link below to watch our video that commemorates the event. https://youtu.be/WW1DG48Gxh8
AHS Seniors were excited to take one last walk through the halls of Long Cane Primary and Westwood Elementary. Please click on the YouTube link below to watch our video that commemorates the event. https://youtu.be/qRRaZ8EavxA
Westwood Elementary National Junior Beta Club Induction Ceremony. Congratulations to the following students: Indiah Adger, Jacob Arant, Ella Atkins, Jantzen Barnes, Zarria Belton, Brennan Cantrell, Alexis Copelan, Cole Driggers, Parker Henderson, A’Dreah Hill, Mayce Hite, Amir Kimsey, Jonah Kimsey, Lucy Kollman, Troy Le, Dominick Marshall, Jada McCaslan, Dallas McCurry, Isaiah McNair, Gabby Mincey, Alyssa Murray, Ja’Niah Patterson, Hayden Payne, Addison Price, Alani Rayford, Logan Roberts, Cole Royster, Tucker Simpson, Lillie Stone, Jonah Strawhorn, Easton Townsend, Kaiah Wanto, Kellar Wilson, Alexis Worley, and Kaitlyn Worley.
Visitation and Funeral Service Information for Sherwin Johnson: VISITATION Wednesday, April 10, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM Harris Funeral Home, Abbeville Chapel 302 N. Main Street Abbeville, SC 29620 FUNERAL SERVICE Wednesday, April 10, 2019 4:30 PM Harris Funeral Home, Abbeville Chapel 302 N. Main Street Abbeville, SC 29620
Congrats to our Culinary Arts Career Center students! Out of 22 high school culinary programs from around South Carolina, Abbeville County Career Center ranked number 7 in management and 11 in culinary. The team consisted of students from Abbeville High, Dixie High and McCormick High. The management team was Maya Smith (AHS) and Caitlin Lee (DHS). This team developed a restaurant concept to the judges that included logo, floor plans, marketing tactics, return on investment, SWOT analysis, operations, and menu costing. The culinary team which consisted of Kaleah Johnson (AHS), Amber Foges (AHS), Brandy Vaughn (DHS), and Kaley Heath (MHS) competed in a high intense competition where they were to prepare a three course meal in one hours using no electrical appliances. This team was challenged to come up with their own recipes, display time management and sanitation skills along with recipe costing. This year’s team was led by first year culinary instructor Chef Erica McCier-Rayford.
Westwood Elementary School is proud to announce their Star Students for the month of February. 1st row, left to right: Te'Unna Elmore, Makaylin Evans, Thomas Nickles, Juan Velazquez-Gutierrez, Davis Stanley, Olivia Martin. 2nd row: Jonathan Rausch, DeStalain Brown, Luke Stone, Ta'Maury Wakefield, Carlee Mobley, Alexis Brooks, Owen Henderson. 3rd row: Ian Foges, Zariunna Hall, Grady Overholt, Jacob Arant, Cole Royster, Olivia Robertson, Malachi Willis.
The Kindergartners at JCCE are all geared of for South Carolina Day! The students created the state flower, the Yellow Jasmine, and made the state flag out of their hand prints. The students enjoyed drawing themselves on the state of South Carolina to represent their hometown, Calhoun Falls. Students received a special visit from Coach Newton's dog, Sage, a Boykin Spaniel which is the state dog. What a great day to be at JCCE!!!
Congratulations to our National School Breakfast Week grand prize winner, Cherokee Trail fourth-grader Brennan Louk! He won a Walmart Gift Card, a Start Your Engine water bottle, and a Start Your Engine drawstring bag. Thanks to all of our students and staff for making National School Breakfast Week great!
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Westwood Elementary is proud to announce their Star Students for the month of January. Left to right.: 1st row, left to right: Tyler Hudson, Rashaan Thomas, Maddy Stone, Katey Rose Marshall, Yenqui Gutierrez-Ortiz, Ruthie New. 2nd row: Aedan Hall, Carolyn Brooks Snow, Hayden Payne, Felix Cassarubias-Bello, Abigail Gambrell, Eden Nelson, Jonah Wright, Santonia London. 3rd row: Logan Haddon, Mc'Kaylyn Gary, Nykia Goodwin, Mayce Hite, Troy Rodgers, Zy'Keriah McCouller.
Feb. 11-15 is School Bus Driver Appreciation Week. Don't forget to thank your local school bus drivers and head on over to http://www.americanschoolbuscouncil.org/love-the-bus/ for some fun activities centered around celebrating the hard work of our school bus drivers! Thanks!