New Path Forward
Parents and Guardians,
Starting today, October 12th, the charter schools will become more "standards focused", which means we will add a curriculum standards component to every class, for every glade level. The motivation behind this change is to align ourselves with the academic goals established by the new Aiken County School District Superintendent, Dr. Alford. We have begun been working with the South Carolina Department of Education (SDE) to address these same issues with our new CTA Plan, However, we are clear that regardless of our schools' missions, or the current academic levels of our students, we must demonstrate measurable improvements in student test scores by year end.
This District-wide challenge has motivated Ms. Lloyd-Kennedy to push teachers, staff and students towards a higher level of performance. Therefore, we will reduce some of our extracurricular activities and increase more focus on academics. In conjunction with the CTA Plan we have established with the SDE, there will be more stringent and time-based objectives the LKCS and APAA must adhere to on the District level.
Please understand, our school construct, mode of operation, and anything associated with the old curriculum procedures has now changed to enhance student learning. LKCS Pre-Weekly Reports will now indicate the State Curriculum Standard the teacher is focused on in their subject area. The student writing samples and quizzes will strictly be used to assess their understanding of the standard. Teacher lesson plans will enhance/support the standards. We will also continue to distribute more information on these new goals in the upcoming week.
We are excited about these monumental changes, and are convinced it will help our students become more successful academically.
LKCS and APAA Administrative Staff
We are very excited about these upcoming events. This year's school-wide focus will incorporate a World Class Education Initiative, School Culture, Speakers and Events.
2015-2016 Activities and Announcements
October 9th: Grandparent's Day Program!
October 12th: Fall Picture Day!
October 16th: Teacher Workday, No Classes!
October 26th: Parent Conferences and Report Cards Issued, No Classes.
October 27th: Joint Governing Body Meeting, Campus Auditorium at 6:00pm.
October 30th: LKCS Halloween Carnival!
November 3rd: Canned Food Drive Begins!
November 4th: Early Release, Dismissal at 11:30am.
November 12th: Make Up Picture Day.
November 19th: "Thank You" Program, Campus Auditorium at 10:00am.
November 20th: Last Day of Canned Food Drive!
November 24th: Grandparents Day Program, Early Release, Dismissal at 11:30am.
November 25th - 27th : Thanksgiving Holiday, No Classes!
December 2nd: Early Release, Dismissal at 11:30am.
December 11th: "A Grinch Christmas" Showcase, Campus Auditorium at 7:00pm: Tickets-$10.00
December 18th: Early Release , Dismissal at 11:30am.
December 22nd - January 4th: Winter Break, Campus Closed!
January 5th: Classes Resume.
January 14th: Annual School Talent Show, Campus Auditorium at 7:00pm; Tickets-$10.00
January 15th: Teacher Workday, No Classes! Campus Closed!!
January 18th: School Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Day, No Classes.
January 21st: Report Cards Issued.
January 26th: Joint Governing Body Meeting, Campus Auditorium at 6:00pm.
February 3rd: Early Release, Dismissal at 11:30am.
February 5th: LKCS & APAA Family Luncheon Day!
February 9th-12th: Valentine's Day Candy-Grams On Sale
February 15th: School Closed in Observance of President's Day, No Classes! Campus Closed!!
February 18th: Interim, Reports Issued
February 19th: 5th Annual Jazz Night, Campus Auditorium at 7:00pm; Tickets-$10.00.
February 23rd: Joint Governing Body Meeting, Campus Auditorium at 6:00pm.
March 2nd: Early Release, Dismissal at 11:30am.
March 4th: Teacher In-Service Day, No Classes!
March 4th: 2nd Annual "Evening of Jazz Benefit" Concert
March 8th : LKCS & APAA Fundraiser Begins
March 17th: Teacher Out of State Charter Training
March 18th: Teacher Workday, No Classes!
March 22nd: LKCS & APAA Fundraiser Orders Due
March 25th: Good Friday, No Classes! Campus Closed!!
March 29th: LKCS & APAA Report Cards Issued
March 29th: Joint Governing Body Meeting & 5th Annual "Artistically Sweet Experience",Campus Auditorium at 6:00pm
April 4th-8th: Spring Break! No Classes!! Campus Closed!!!
April 15th: APAA Spring Production, Campus Auditorium at 7pm. Tickets-$10.00
April 22nd: APAA Presents "One Stary Night" Prom, Campus Auditorium at 7:30pm-9:30pm
April 26th: LKCS & APAA Joint Governing Body Meeting, Campus Auditorium at 6pm.
May 3rd: Interim Reports Issued
May 27th: LKCS & APAA Family Fun and Field Day
May 30th: Memorial Day, No Classes! Campus Closed!!
May 31th-June 1st: Early Release at 11:30am
June 1st: LKCS Theatre Production at 9:30am, Campus Auditorium. Tickets-$2.00
June 1st: LKCS & APAA Awards Program, immediately following Production
June 1st: Last Day of School!!
June 1st: Graduation Rehearsal at 11:45am, Campus Auditorium. All Graduates and Junior Marshals must attend!
June 2nd: APAA 2016 Graduation, Campus Auditorium at 10:00am
South Carolina State Law requires all 7th Grade Students have the Tdap vaccine for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year. This DHEC mandate protects students from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). 7th Grade students will be unable to attend school without proof of a Tdap vaccination. The final deadline for proof of vaccination is Friday, September 4th. Please call the main office at 803-644-4824 with any questions.
LKCS and APAA Commercial
CAMPUS TOURS AVAILABLE!!
PLEASE CALL OR STOP BY THE SCHOOL TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.
CALL 803-644-4824 FOR MORE INFORMATION
Charter Schools and Sports Teams
According to A164, R188, H3241(Section 6) of the South Carolina Charter School Law, charter school students are eligible to participate in any extracurricular activities, including sports teams, offered at their resident traditional school they are zoned to attend. Please read the legislation listed below.
(3)(a) A charter school is eligible for federally sponsored, state-sponsored or district-sponsored interscholastic leagues, competitions, awards, scholarships, grants, and recognition programs for students, educators, administrators, staff, and schools to the same extent as all other public schools.
(b) A charter school student is eligible to compete for, and if selected, participate in any extracurricular activities not offered by the student's charter school which are offered at the resident public school he would otherwise attend. A charter school student is eligible to compete for, and if selected, participate in an activity governed by the South Carolina High School League offered at the resident public school he would otherwise attend if the league-governed activity is not offered at the student's charter school.
(c) A charter school student is eligible for extracurricular activities at the student's resident public school consistent with eligibility standards as applied to full-time students of the resident public school.
(d) A school district or resident public school may not impose additional requirements on a charter school student to participate in extracurricular activities that are not imposed on full-time students of the resident public school.
(e) Charter school students shall pay the same fees as other students to participate in extracurricular activities.
(f) Charter school students shall be eligible for the same fee waivers for which other students are eligible.
AFTER SCHOOL OPTIONS
After-School Program - The After-School Program will operate on regular school days from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. Students will receive a snack, have Title I Tutoring homework time, and play board games or watch videos until pick-up time for a weekly charge of $10.00. As always, the Administration will work with families who require assistance with after-school program fees.
Specialized Title I Tutoring Program - The Specialized Title I Tutoring Program will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of regularly scheduled school days from 2:30pm – 4:30pm. These dates are in accordance with teachers' personal schedules. Specialized tutoring is driven by teacher recommendations and parental requests, so please check with your child’s teacher for availability. The Specialized Title I Tutoring program is a free service.
College Exploration, Career Search, Scholarship Information & Financial Aid
APAA Students, please visit the following websites:
College Admission Tests:
SAT (collegeboard.com) - The SAT is a more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal skills. Areas Tested: Critical Reasoning, Math and Writing
ACT (act.org) - The ACT is an achievement test measuring what a student has learned in school. Areas Tested: English, Math, Reading, Science and Writing
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