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Changing the Headlines... Allendale Forward

March 2020

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Walmart Partners with ACS

Allendale-Fairfax Middle School was the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The funds from this grant will be used to fund literacy programs and initiatives for the middle school.

“I need each of you all to go above and beyond,” said Sonya Rozier, the newly promoted store manager of the Walmart in Barnwell, SC.

In 2018, the District rolled out its new 3-Year Strategic Plan goals with the help of parents, students, and local community members. One of the goals of the school district is to develop partnerships with local businesses, industries and faith-based organizations. Now the District takes great pride in having developed over thirty partnerships that assist in providing successful student outcomes for the students of Allendale County.

Not only has the District partnered with some industry titans like Collum’s Lumber Company, Swiss Krono and Georgia Pacific, but the local government also. The outcomes from these partnerships include, but aren’t limited to apprenticeships, funding for academic programs and school supplies for the District’s annual Back to School Bash.

This year, the District has increased its focus on improving literacy for its students to close the literacy gap. When addressing the students about the academic goals she has set for them,Superintendent Dr. Gilmore said, “You all can do this; I know you can.”

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Student Spotlight: Kayla Allen

Kayla Allen, a Senior at Allendale-Fairfax High has received 12 acceptance letters from colleges from Brevard College in North Carolina to Claflin University so far and has been offered $138,000 in academic scholarships. Allen intends to major in Biochemistry to begin her journey of becoming a pharmacist. Recently, she earned her Pharmacy Technician's license from the South Carolina Board of Labor License and Regulation and has enlisted in the Army National Guard.

This astute scholar has certainly taking steps in the right direction to make her ultimate dream of opening her own pharmacy someday. This dream stemmed from falling loving with researching medication for her grandmother after she became ill during the 2018-2019 school term. After connecting with a Biochemistry professor during a campus visit, Allen decided she would make the University of South Carolina Aiken her next stop.

Allen attributes part her success thus far to having faculty and staff members who have motivated her when she felt like giving up the most. Congratulations, Kayla!

Celebrating Our School Counselors!

National School Counseling Week 2020
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Benjamin Gadson Takes the Stage!

On January 28th, the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust hosted the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz Commemoration in Columbia, South Carolina. Allendale-Fairfax High School Senior, Benjamin Gadson, was the only student selected to speak during the statewide event.

The purpose of the event was to honor the six million Jewish victims and the other victims of Nazism. Attendees and speakers included Governor McMaster, Lt. Governor Evette, Mayor Stephen Benjamin of Columbia and SC State Superintendent of Education, Molly Spearman. Elisha Wiesel, who is the only child of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, served as the keynote speaker.

Benjamin was supported by his parents and 66 of his school peers. Take a look at Benjamin's crowd-pleasing performance here:

ACS Discipline Data

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ACS i-Ready Data Review

Click here to view the i-Ready Data Review.

State Assessment Schedule

Allendale Elementary School

SCReady ELA Paper Testing -

TDA Writing - May 7
Reading - May 12
Paper Make-Ups - May 8-14

SCReady Online Testing
Math - May 13

Allendale- Fairfax Middle School

SCPASS Online Testing

Science - May 19

Online Make-Ups May 20-26

SCReady & SCPASS Online Assessments -

SCReady Math - May 7

SCReady TDA Writing - May 12

SCReady ELA Reading - May 13

SCPass Gr 6 Science - May 14

Make-Ups - May 15-20

Allendale-Fairfax High School

EOCEP Spring Online Testing -

English I and 2 TDA Writing- May 19

English I and 2 Reading - May 20

US History - May 21

Algebra I - May 27

Biology - May 28

Make-Ups through May 29

AFMS Participates in Aviation Camp 2020

Wednesday, April 8th, 8:30am to Thursday, April 9th, 4pm

467 Airport Loop

Allendale, SC

Alledale-Fairfax Middle School students will spend two (2) days learning all things aviation at the Allendale County Regional Airport. This event is being sponsored by the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie and Boeing South Carolina. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the Boeing aviation giant which conveniently located in South Carolina and the history-making Tuskeegee Airmen.

Outstanding Teachers of the Month

Mr. Jim Shuman – February

Allendale-Fairfax High School

"Mr. Shuman is our data guru. He is always willing to help our teachers integrate technology and data into their classes. He is our "go to" teacher. He is always willing to provide professional learning, assist with testing, and supporting whomever needs assistance. He is the head football coach and requires that all his players attend study sessions before practice. He knows each of his players i-READY reading and math levels. He always provides extra assistance to students and staff."

Mr. Terry Pinckney – January

Allendale-Fairfax Middle School

"Mr. Pinckney could write a book on how to apply State Standards to real life situations. If you entered Mr. Pinckney's classroom, you would find him teaching students how to make online resumes in live presentations. How to research salary as it compares to cost of living. How to generate a QR Code in place of a business card. The proof of the rigor in his classroom is in his most current victory. Allendale Fairfax Middle School students entered a multi-district competition called Go-1.T. App challenge in conjunction with DIG sponsored by Mr. Steven Brown. Mr. Pinckney led a group of students to 1st, 3rd and 4th placed finishes. The first placed finishers created a user-friendly app to help parents conquer the multiple challenges that comes along with students playing sports. Mr. Pinckney also has a very special talent with classroom management. Mr. Pinckney has several skills that propel his influence beyond the classroom. His students call him Mr. Pinckney. His student athletes call him Coach Pinckney. And the adult staff affectionately calls him Cousin Pinckney."

Mr. Miguel Lawrence – November

Fairfax Elementary School

"Mr. Lawrence has made a great impact on students and learning at Fairfax Elementary School. Mr. Lawrence is very punctual Educator. He is at work on time and submits his work in a timely fashion. Mr. Lawrence class is very engaging. His scholars are very excited about getting to class on a daily basis; as well as parents expressing their appreciation for him. We are glad for to have him a part of the Baby Tiger Family!"

District Literacy Newsletter – March

View the District Literacy Newsletter for March here!

ACS February Community Meeting and Family Literacy Night

The ACS Community Meeting for February was exceptional! The February Community was held in conjunction with our districtwide Family Literacy Night.

More than 600 parents, students, community members, community partners, vendors and local authors were present. Over 200 students were recognized across the District and recieved trophies, yard signs and a monetary gift for top performances on i-Ready Winter Diagnostic Assessment.

Family Literacy Night activities included book giveaways and book signings by local authors. Students in attendance received free books and parents learned tips to assist their children’s literacy.

Allendale-Fairfax Middle School was spotlighted. AFMS students participated in the Living Black History Museum and the winners of the Regional GoIT App Development Challenge gave presentations about the apps that each group developed.

Here's a sneak peek of all of the fun!

Black History Month Celebrations

February was full of celebrations in honor of Black History Month. Take a look at how our schools closed out the month!
Fairfax Elementary School – "Powerful"
Allendale Elementary School Black History Program 2020
Allendale-Fairfax Middle Black History 2020

Howard University is Coming to ACS!

Monday, March 16th, 10am

3581 Allendale-Fairfax Highway

Fairfax, SC

Last year during our Spring Districtwide Pep Rally, Benedict College's band graced our campus with its presence. This year, Howard University's choir will be providing the entertainment! Along with all of the excitement that comes with our Districtwide pep rallies, students will also have the opportunity to engage in a panel discussion with the Howard University students.

Be prepared. This pep rally will be one to remember!