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225th Anniversary Blankets Pendleton in Daffodils 

As a part of the 225th Anniversary of Pendleton in 2015, the Planning Committee wants to blanket the town and greater community with daffodils. Anderson School District 4 is planting 250 bulbs at each of its six schools and 500 bulbs on the grounds of the District Office and Town Hall.  Schools are incorporating this community project in science and history lessons and service learning activities.  “What a wonderful opportunity for the district 4 students to learn about horticulture and history while doing something that will make the community more beautiful,” said Carol Burdette, chief professional officer of United Way of Anderson County.  We want the entire community to be involved in our 225th anniversary celebration.”  Click here to see pictures of our students in action and learn more about becoming a part of the 225th Anniversary celebrations that will unfold all year long.


New State Standards Need Your Input 

As a result of the dedicated efforts of two teams of South Carolina educators from the school and district levels, as well as representatives from institutions of higher education, these standards for ELA and mathematics are now available for public review and feedback through an online field review survey. The development process established provides an opportunity to ensure South Carolina’s high quality college- and career- ready standards are based on current research and best practices and meet the varied educational needs of our state’s students. Everyone is invited to review the draft standards and provide feedback using the online forms below by November 30, 2014.

New English Language Arts Draft Standards
New Mathematics Draft Standards 

Click Here for the corresponding Survey Links by Standard and Grade Level




Superintendent Lee D’Andrea announced the release of Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) federal accountability (school and district letter grades) and state test results (PASS and HSAP) showing gains and academic excellence across the board.  Specifically, with higher targets for performance, District Four schools improved their ratings with five A’s and one B demonstrating significantly improved student performance on most state accountability measures.
 “This achievement is evidence of our collective commitment to students’ success,” said Superintendent Dr. Lee D’Andrea.  “It is the result of dedicated work and focus on the part of the students, their families, and our teachers.  The As and Bs indicate we have an outstanding school system; our community can be very proud of this.”  Click here for full press release.

School Announcements
Winter Holidays
We hope that everyone enjoys the Winter Break! As a reminder, students return to school on Monday, January 5th.
Christmas Tree Drop-Off Site
MLES will once again be a drop-off site for Christmas Trees to be recycled. There will be a designated area in front of the school to drop off natural trees between December 26th and January 15th. 

Sign Dedication
In honor of Arbor Day on December 5, the Golden Hour Garden Club came to Mount Lebanon Elementary. They installed a new sign and dedicated it to the second grade garden located just behind the playground.  Students and teachers were on hand to participate in the sign dedication as well.  Thank you to the Garden Club for their sponsorship. We appreciate their help with our gardening needs!

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
Mount Lebanon had a great Career Day on Monday, November 24.  Visitors from many companies and businesses throughout our region were on hand to teach the students about the facets of their businesses and jobs.  We are thankful to all the guest speakers from Papa John's Pizza, BMW, TTI, Anderson Interfaith Ministries, and many more for coming out to Career Day!  Click here to see a slide show from the day.
6th Graders are Cyber Surfing!
For the second consecutive year, Mount Lebanon Elementary School has been accepted into the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Safe Online Surfing Program. The program called FBI Cyber Surf Island has 7 lessons to help the students learn how to be safe when using the Internet.
 Some of the topics presented are:   
Email, Privacy, Cyber bullying, Netiquette, Passwords, Copyright, Virus Protection, Reporting, Instant Messaging, Plagiarism, Chat Rooms, Cell Phones, Online Predators and Reputable Sites.    
  After completing all of the modules, the students take an exam.  Our exam scores are compared to other schools of similar size across the nation.  If we are in the top group, the FBI will come to our school and present a program on Safe Surfing of the Internet!  Last year our score was 90.08%.  We hope to improve on that this year!  
MLES on Social Media
Be sure to follow our school on Facebook (see link on the menu to the left) and on Twitter (@MtLebanonElem).  In addition to our school website, we will use these forms of social media to share school news, announcements, and celebrations. 
Spotlight on Standards Based Grading and Reporting

What should be in grades? Grades should include individual achievement only based on the published learning goals for the school/district.

What should not be in grades?
 Effort, attitude, behavior, attendance, punctuality, tardiness, group work, and so forth should not be in grades, unless they are specifically stated in the standards for a grade or course. These should be assessed and reported on separately.” 
~ from How to Grade for Learning, O’Connor

At Mount Lebanon, our teachers strive to assess student learning based on students’ progress toward the standards of learning.  As you look at your child’s standards-based report card, you will see information on your child’s progress with standards that were taught that nine weeks.  You will also see a section on lifelong learning skills that addresses students’ work ethic, etc.  If you have questions about your child’s growth as a learner, his/her teacher is a phone call or an email away.  Ask them. 

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