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SCHOOLS WIN BOB  RICHARDS’ $10K GIVEAWAY
 With 1.6 million votes cast in Bob Richards $10K Giveaway for Aiken County Public Schools, the points have been tallied and the winners announced. Schools throughout the District engaged in a cyber-competition over the last 60 days, and faculty, staff, parents, and students (under parental supervision) earned points by voting for their favorite school and teacher.  Voters could receive up to four points for their school, earning one point for a vote for “favorite school,” one point for “favorite teacher,” and an additional two points for writing why the vote was cast for that particular school and/or teacher on Bob Richards’ Facebook page.  Vying for the cash prize of $3,333 for the elementary, middle and high school with the most points, the Aiken school community cast their votes in record numbers. With 253,289 points, Clearwater Elementary School is the elementary school winner; Jackson, with 559,222 points, won for middle school; and South Aiken’s point total of 106,361 was the high school leader.  Kerri Dean from New Ellenton Middle School received the most votes for “favorite teacher.” Ms. Dean’s point total of 142,640 was followed closely by Sally Brady from Jackson Middle, with 142,426 points, and Justin McKinney from Clearwater, with 105,264, wasn’t too far behind. The top three “favorite teachers” will each receive $250.  Schools also got creative and submitted videos indicating what their school would do with the prize money. Posting a video gave schools the chance to win a $1,000 prize for the video that was most popular.  Hammond Hill’s video was shared 652 times, liked by 544 people and commented on 71 times.  Hammond Hill had 1267 “total actions” for their video and will receive $1,000. Bob Richards is awarding North Augusta Middle School, with 1213 “total actions,” 260 shares, 850 likes, and 103 comments on their school’s video, with $1,000 too.The favorite elementary, middle and high school, three favorite teachers and two schools whose videos received the most “total actions” were presented with their prize money at the board meeting on  December 9.


AIKEN SCHOOLS EXCEED ACCREDITATION STANDARDS
As part of the Aiken County Public School District’s re-accreditation and continuous improvement process, the District has, over the last year, engaged staff members, employees, and the community in purposeful reflection and conducted an internal self-assessment. Eight evaluators visited from AdvancED, the world’s largest international accrediting agency, interviewed 321 people, including the superintendent, administrative staff, instructional staff, teachers, students and community members, and observed 79 classrooms, as part of their external review.  (Press Release)
 
 
     
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