Anderson Mill Elementary
Annual Report to the Community 2017-2018
The History of Anderson Mill
Students & Staff
Academic Success and Challenges
On our most recent standardized testing, the students at Anderson Mill continued to excel in the areas of ELA, Reading, Math, and Social Studies. Students in grades three through five took the SC Ready Assessment in the spring of last year. In the area of ELA, 74% of 3rd grade students, 80% of fourth grade students, and 69% of fifth grades students scored in the "Exceeds, Meets, or Approaching" range for the assessment. In the area of Math, 75% of third grade students, 80% of fourth grade students, and 73% of fifth grade students scored in the "Exceeds, Meets, or Approaching" range for the assessment. Students in grades four and five also took the SC PASS assessment for Science and Social Studies. In the area of Social Studies, 85% of fourth grade students and 71% of fifth grade students scored in the "Met and Exemplary" range for the assessment. Our SC PASS science scores were below the expected levels of performance for fourth grade students (52%) and fifth grade students (42%) scoring in the "Met and Exemplary" range. To increase these scores, we have initiated more project based learning opportunities for students to increase student achievement in these areas.
The results of these assessments are being used to help drive our instructional practices toward a more rigorous approach to curriculum and assessments. The incorporation of assessment items that require a greater depth of knowledge have been added to our formative and summative assessment tools. Teachers are adding more project based learning experiences that allow students to engage in critical thinking and creative problem solving. With our school-wide focus being "Anchored in Literacy," all of our professional development has been centered on taking a closer look at our reading instruction, curriculum and assessments. In addition, our full-time literacy coach works with teachers, our four reading interventionists, and our administrative team in professional learning communities to refine instructional strategies and analyze student data. Our teachers also attend professional development sessions through our district-wide D6 University. During these monthly meetings, teachers from across the district come together to engage in collaborative planning and professional development sessions led by curriculum leaders within our district.
Anderson Mill Elementary is committed to providing a high quality educational experience for students of unique backgrounds, talents, and interests. Our goal is to work toward providing a more individualized educational plan for all students as we adapt our policies and practices to meet the needs of a diverse learning community. We understand the challenges that we will face as we move toward a more rigorous curriculum and accountability system in our state and we embrace the opportunity to improve through the process.
Our school also embraces activities designed to improve student nutrition, physical fitness and overall health. Students have the opportunity to participate in activities such as First Tee Golf, Youth Nutrition Advisory Council, Fitness Club, and Girls on the Run. These activities in conjunction with our physical fitness initiatives generate enthusiasm for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At Anderson Mill, our intent is to create an educational experience for children that upholds the ideals in our mission statement and supports students on their journey toward college or career readiness.
We also have a wonderful group of parents that serve on our School Improvement Council. This group of dedicated individuals meets on a monthly basis to discuss the direction of our school improvement plan. Through parent surveys and teacher forums, we are able to determine the needs of our stakeholders. This year, our Family Literacy Night and our Parent Reading Workshop were created in response to needs identified through these surveys and were a great success! We certainly appreciate all the hard work of these individuals.
In addition, we have many parents and community members that volunteer to serve the students and teachers at Anderson Mill. Reverend Kevin Harrison, parent and D6 School Board Chairman, and Mrs. Janet Leadford, Children's Minister at Roebuck Baptist Church, selflessly volunteers their time each week to mentor a group of fifth grade boys and girls. Mrs. Diane Thornberg, community member, tirelessly works in our media center every week to shelve books, help with checkout, and assist children with finding that "just right book." And, we have many parents who run copies, read with children, help with bulletin boards, or volunteer at our book fair. For these and many others, we are very thankful! If you are not currently involved at Anderson Mill and would like to get involved, please contact the school office. We would love to have you!
School Improvement Council Members
Abby Rousseau - PTO Co-President
Chad Huffman - Parent
Dan Yacoviello - Parent
Scott Bryant - Community Member
Eric Chastain - Parent
Natasha Pitts - Parent
Leslie Cash - Parent
Chunsta Miller - Parent
Beth Haun - Principal
Beth Foster - Assistant Principal
Kerrie Kish - Assistant Principal
Beth Sullivan - Teacher
Kelli Smith - Teacher
Jessica Zunker - Parent
Nick Wright - Student Council President
Karen Gregory - Guidance Counselor