AdvancED Parent Survey
Our school is embarking on the continuous improvement process that will lead to the renewal of our AdvancED accreditation. To begin reflecting on where we are as a school, we would greatly appreciate it if you would complete the Climate and Culture survey for your child’s school. This data will help us reflect on where we have strengths and on areas that we may need to improve upon as a school. The survey is anonymous. It can be completed November 5th through November 16th. Please be sure to double check that you have selected the proper school from the drop down menu. If you have children in multiple schools, you may complete a survey for each school, just be sure to select the proper school in the drop down menu. If you need assistance completing the survey, please call the school at 803-735-3435 to schedule an appointment.
Thank you for being committed to our process for continuous improvement.
Parent Link: https://eprovesurveys.advanc-ed.org/surveys/#/action/85642/p2576
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A Message from the Principal
Welcome back to another great year at Pendegrass-Fairwold School, where our purpose and mission is clearly focused on student success. Pendergrass-Fairwold School serves students from ages 3-21, with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities, who require a structured educational environment which will help them maximize physical mobility, self-help skills, life skills, and consequently, facilitate their adjustment to community living. We also provide services for students ages 18 to 21 that require significant supportive programming to transition from school to work or from school to the community. All students receive educational and related services according to their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and are monitored for progress according to the guidelines of their IEP. Our primary mission is to promote self-esteem, create a positive learning environment, and provide support for students and their families to ensure that each student reaches his/her maximum potential to function as independently as possible through an individualized educational program.
During the 2017-2018 school year, Brittany N. Brown and Pendergrass-Fairwold School were awarded the SCSHA Friend Award for distinguished contributions to speech/language and/or hearing. We are fortunate to have a continued partnership with Columbia College and Benedict College. Their students come regularly to complete practicum hours. They learn how to adapt books, modify instructional materials and how to utilize different modes of assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
On March 29th we were recognized as being among the healthiest schools in the nation. We received a silver award in the amount of $1000 for promoting healthy meals and exercise.
Last year we welcomed the Excel Academy to our school. The Excel Academy is a Richland One program that gives district students the opportunity to graduate on time by allowing them to recover and accrue credits towards a high school diploma. The merger of Excel Academy and Pendergrass-Fairwold students has increased opportunities for student participation with grade level and age-appropriate peers.
If you ever have any questions, concerns, or compliments, please don’t hesitate to call me, send me an email, or simply drop by and speak with me for a few moments.
Faythe Kennedy Redenburg
Richland One has announced the days that students will make up instructional time they missed when schools were closed September 11-14 by order of the governor.
Gov. Henry McMaster ordered schools in Richland County and two dozen other South Carolina counties to close ahead of Hurricane Florence to help clear the roads and make preparations to accommodate residents of coastal counties who were being evacuated.
At the September 25 board meeting, the Richland One Board of School Commissioners approved October 12, December 21 and March 8 as makeup days. Each makeup day will be a half day for students and a full day for staff. The Board also approved a request from the district’s administrative team to waive the fourth missed day.
October 12 previously was designated as a student holiday/district professional development day; December 21 would have been the first day of Winter Break; and March 8 would have been a holiday for students and staff.
South Carolina school districts are required by state law to designate three makeup days in their academic calendars. Three missed days must be made up, but local school boards can vote to waive up to three days if schools are closed four to six days due to snow, extreme weather conditions or other disruptions. If schools are closed six to nine days for any of the same reasons, local school boards may request a waiver from the State Board of Education.
Richland One employees will receive information from the district regarding Hurricane Florence makeup days for employees.