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Play Safe Hosts Sports Seminar for Parents

PlaySafe and Dr. Chris Clemow will host a free seminar for parents on sports-related concussions. Learn about the dangers and risks of a concussion and what to do if your child suffers one.  The seminar will be held Monday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the AnMed Health Women’s and Children’s Hospital located at 2000 East Greenville St. Anderson, SC. in the Peggy G. Deane Community Rooms. The Serious Side of Sports will be presented by Dr. Chris Clemow of Blue Ridge Orthopaedic Association. Click here to view informational flyer.
A light meal will be served. To register, please call 864.512.6255. 



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.

Local Options Sales Tax (1 Penny) for Education
On November 4, 2014, voters will have the opportunity to vote for or against a sales tax referendum. The purpose of the referendum is to reduce property tax and debt service and provide school improvement funds. Learn more about this sales tax referendum and how it impacts Anderson School District 4.
S.C. Department of Education Invites Public to Review Instructional Materials
The public is invited to review textbooks and instructional materials that have been proposed for use in South Carolina’s public schools. The materials will be recommended to the State Board of Education for adoption on December 10, 2014, by the Instructional Materials Review Panels appointed by the Board.

The materials are in the following subject areas: Social Studies, Secondary - Advanced Placement Human Geography and Elementary - Cursive Writing, Grades 3-5.

This year, the South Carolina Department of Education will conduct a virtual public review of the student materials for each recommended program from October 10 through November 10, 2014. Access to the web links for each proposed program and the Public Review Comment Form is available on the web at under “What’s New.” State Board of Education members will review citizens’ comments before a final decision is made on adopting the materials.
School Announcements
Upcoming Family Life Skills Seminars
During November and January, Ms. Massey will be facilitating a Family Life Skills Seminar Series for anyone who is interested. The video seminar series will be held on Thursday mornings and will cover a variety of topics. Check out this flyer for more details.
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!  
Yearbooks are On Sale Now!

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase a yearbook!  You will always have this important keepsake that will be packed full of the memories from the 2014-15 school year. If you order now, the price of the yearbook is only $18.  If you wait until December 1st, the price goes up to $20.  How do you order?  Fill out the form in your child's Thursday folder, or order online by clicking here.  

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. 
2014-15 Supply Lists
Click the link below to see grade level supply lists for the 2014-15 school year.

2014-15 Supply Lists
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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