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Welcome Anderson County Students and Parents,

      I hope everyone has had a restful summer enjoying your time with family and friends!  AC schools has had a busy, successful and fun summer starting with our two week Summer Academy and culminating  with our recently completed two day Jump Start program serving over 700 students.   

 
Anderson County Students to Receive Free Breakfast, Lunch In Upcoming School Year
Since March 13th, 2020, when, due to the spread of COVID-19, students went home from their respective schools across the state to begin online learning, Anderson County Schools have provided all students within the district the opportunity to have free breakfast and lunch. Anderson County Schools were able to fund and provide those meals due to two mechanisms: the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option. However, recent changes in funding by the USDA meant that our district would have to begin charging for meals once again at several schools within Anderson County as early as this upcoming school year. That is, until decision-makers within our Central Office, led by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Director of Programs and Operations Ronnie Fields, put together a proposal for the School Board Meeting held on June 13th.
 
Please consider taking this Parent Involvement Survey
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Anderson County Schools and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) greatly value your input and want to hear about your experience as a caregiver of a child with an Individual Education Program (IEP). We would like to know more about how your child’s school involves you in the special education services provided to your child.  The information you provide will give the KDE and Anderson County Schools valuable data on how to improve parent and family engagement. All responses are anonymous and cannot be traced back to you or your child.


 
Youth Leadership Anderson County students’ vision to meet community needs

The Anderson Community Education (ACE) building is a brick building located at 219 East Woodford Street that many of us drive past perhaps without giving it a second thought. That is, until recently, when the grounds got a bit of sprucing up thanks to the Youth Leadership Anderson County (YLAC) group. The high school students who make up this group were painting, weeding, planting, mulching… and planning. Their planning vision board, the elements of which students have now been working toward for months, sits squarely in the kitchen of the ACE building. Scrawled on it is a list of steps and items needed to reach their ultimate goal: a student-focused community center that can provide aid for students with food insecurities, tutoring opportunities, a quiet place to study, a fun and safe place to gather, and even a place where students can do their laundry. Every item crossed from the list gets the students one step closer to that goal, a lofty feat for a program still in its infancy. 

 
Anderson County High School Greenhouse: Planting the Seeds of Future Success
If you were out and about on Saturday, April 23rd, you probably noticed many vehicles turning into Anderson County High School and making their way back to the greenhouse. That’s because Katelyn Pinkston’s Greenhouse Technology students were finally ready to open their greenhouse up for the public to buy the plants they had been raising for months.


 
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    Message from Superintendent Sheila Mitchell

    Welcome Anderson County Students and Parents,

          I hope everyone has had a restful summer enjoying your time with family and friends!  AC schools has had a busy, successful and fun summer starting with our two week Summer Academy and culminating  with our recently completed two day Jump Start program serving over 700 students.   

     
    Anderson County Students to Receive Free Breakfast, Lunch In Upcoming School Year
    Since March 13th, 2020, when, due to the spread of COVID-19, students went home from their respective schools across the state to begin online learning, Anderson County Schools have provided all students within the district the opportunity to have free breakfast and lunch. Anderson County Schools were able to fund and provide those meals due to two mechanisms: the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option. However, recent changes in funding by the USDA meant that our district would have to begin charging for meals once again at several schools within Anderson County as early as this upcoming school year. That is, until decision-makers within our Central Office, led by Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Director of Programs and Operations Ronnie Fields, put together a proposal for the School Board Meeting held on June 13th.
     
    Please consider taking this Parent Involvement Survey
    Dear Parents and Guardians,
    Anderson County Schools and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) greatly value your input and want to hear about your experience as a caregiver of a child with an Individual Education Program (IEP). We would like to know more about how your child’s school involves you in the special education services provided to your child.  The information you provide will give the KDE and Anderson County Schools valuable data on how to improve parent and family engagement. All responses are anonymous and cannot be traced back to you or your child.


     
    Youth Leadership Anderson County students’ vision to meet community needs

    The Anderson Community Education (ACE) building is a brick building located at 219 East Woodford Street that many of us drive past perhaps without giving it a second thought. That is, until recently, when the grounds got a bit of sprucing up thanks to the Youth Leadership Anderson County (YLAC) group. The high school students who make up this group were painting, weeding, planting, mulching… and planning. Their planning vision board, the elements of which students have now been working toward for months, sits squarely in the kitchen of the ACE building. Scrawled on it is a list of steps and items needed to reach their ultimate goal: a student-focused community center that can provide aid for students with food insecurities, tutoring opportunities, a quiet place to study, a fun and safe place to gather, and even a place where students can do their laundry. Every item crossed from the list gets the students one step closer to that goal, a lofty feat for a program still in its infancy. 

     
    Anderson County High School Greenhouse: Planting the Seeds of Future Success
    If you were out and about on Saturday, April 23rd, you probably noticed many vehicles turning into Anderson County High School and making their way back to the greenhouse. That’s because Katelyn Pinkston’s Greenhouse Technology students were finally ready to open their greenhouse up for the public to buy the plants they had been raising for months.


     
    Uniformed Role Models: School Resource Officers in Anderson County Blaze a Trail
    The job of the School Resource Officer, Sgt. Likins noted, is to bridge the gap. Likins stated, “When kids see who you are, you are another trusted adult in the school system. We are not just here to stop violence, though we are trained and prepared for that if needed; that’s the dark reason we are here. Even more importantly, though, we are here to build a rapport, to guide, and to teach.” It’s the vision that Superintendent Sheila Mitchell and Sherriff Joe Milam envisioned when they collaborated in a shared plan to have not only the best but also the safest schools in the state. That vision involved hiring an SRO for every school in the district, years before it became a state requirement, as it only did just a few weeks ago when Governor Andy Beshear signed House Bill 63 into law on April 8th, 2022 that each campus in the state must have an SRO by August 1st, 2022. In that regard, Anderson County Public Schools have been forward thinking on school safety.


     
    Rita Eddington: Driving Force Behind Anderson’s Own Marching Band Champions
    All her kids are loaded onto the school bus headed to another band competition. First it was her own children and then it was someone else’s. For more than thirty years, Ms. Rita Eddington has driven a school bus for Anderson County Public Schools, including too many band trips to count. She drove Gary Burton’s students to competitions, then Nancy Drury’s, and now Patrick Brady’s bunch. And she has loved each and every one of her “kids” along the way.


     
    Purple Star Program to Provide Support for Military-Connected Students
    In the United States, there are more than 1.2 million students, 80% of which attend public schools, who are facing unique stressors and challenges from their peers and yet who are often not targeted for additional support: the children who have at least one parent or caretaker active in the military. Yet the studies that show the effects of an active duty/deployed caretaker on student achievement have been around for decades.


     
    Family Resource, Youth Service Center: The Invisible Helping Hand
    In each of the schools in Anderson County there is an office, prominent in some and tucked back in others, called the Family Resource, Youth Service Center (FRYSC for short). Most of the offices are marked by racks of colorful coats, cabinets of art supplies, baskets of stress balls and fidget toys, and the like. Their motto is “Whatever it takes”-- a motto lived in the flesh by the FRYSC coordinators who put unwavering effort into ensuring the families and students in our community have access to the resources they need to be self-sufficient and strong. As a result, the best way to describe our FRYSCs is as “Jacks of all trades.”


     
    Superintendent Mitchell Op-ed - HB9
    Charter schools, by House Bill 9 definition, are privately-run schools funded by taxpayer dollars. In essence, the tax dollars that fund a child’s education will travel with the child to the public school or charter school of choice. Charter schools are often lauded, particularly in larger cities and counties, as the solution to local underperforming public schools: a performance based largely on standardized test scores. Many proponents of school choice believe that the competition for students will “shake up” that performance, thus leading to better testing results for all students.

    Specifically, charter schools have been championed by legislators as a way to provide equity in educational opportunities and alternatives for economically disadvantaged and minority families in areas with larger populations such as Jefferson County and Fayette County Public Schools. In contrast, public education has been under attack for the last several years, leaving many to not understand the reality of all that public schools, in general, and Anderson County, in particular, has to offer.


     
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