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We are deeply saddened by the loss of a pre-kindergarten student who suffered fatal injuries in a school bus accident early yesterday morning. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family faced with the untimely loss of their young child. Another student was seriously injured and transported to an area hospital along with the driver of the bus for emergency care. We’re encouraged to report that both the student and driver are stable at this time. 
 
  PowerSchool Parent Portal Changes 
Aiken County Public Schools has implemented the Parent Single Sign-on for PowerSchool. Parents will need to create a new account for the Parent Portal that will allow them to link all of their children under one sign-on account.  Click here for instructions.   Click here for important student information.
Upcoming Events
Today
6/2/2015
- 6th grade Awards' Day
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
6/3/2015
- 7th grade Awards' Day
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
6/4/2015
- 8th grade Awards' Day
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
- OneNote Training
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
 
Welcome to Kennedy Middle School!

 
Teresa Mitchem, Principal
Jamie Byrne, Assistant Principal
David Hanna, Assistant Principal


Palmetto Silver Award School
 
National Beta School of Distinction

Our Mission, Direction, and Purpose
 
The goal of Kennedy Middle School is to provide
young students an opportunity to develop intellectually,
socially, emotionally and physically in a safe, positive,
student-centered environment in order to become
productive members of society.

Direction

Students will apply the acquired knowledge
and skills to become life-long learners
who are productive citizens
.

Purpose
Kennedy Middle School educates
all students to achieve at their highest levels.

Office Hours: 7:45-4:00
Phone Number: (803) 641-2470

Office Staff
Bonnie Gibbons, Secretary
Sheila Withers, Guidance Secretary 
Denise Nicodemus, Attendance Clerk
Tanya Cato, Bookkeeper
 

 

 
Announcements

The school board is looking for community input as they look to hire the next Aiken County Superintendent. If you would like your voice to be heard, consider attending one of the input meetings held across the county. Click here for more information.



Summer school content recovery for middle school students will be held
June 15-July 1 at Kennedy Middle School.
Content recovery is an on-line program utilizing PLATO instructional software. Students who successfully complete the program may have their failing grade changed to a 70.
Registration: Wednesday, June 10, 8:30-11:30 A.M.
Cost: $140 for one or two courses (certified check or money order only payable at registration)
**Fees cannot be refunded after the first full day of instruction.
Eligible courses:
ELA - 6th, 7th, and Transitional (8th)
Math - 6th, 7th, and Transitional Algebra (8th)
Science - 6th, 7th, and 8th
Lab hours: Monday-Thursday, June 15-July 1
8:30-11:30 A.M.
12:30-3:30 P.M.
Important information
1) Students who failed the class within the past year are eligible to participate in content recovery.
2) The time required to recover the content and obtain a passing grade will vary depending on your initial placement testing and your failing grade in the course.
3) The principal or his/her designee must approve the placement.
4) Students whose failing grade in the course was less than 60% will not be eligible for interscholastic sports in the fall semester due to SC High School League guidelines if that course was required for promotion.

Content recovery is a proficiency-based program. Students must satisfactorily complete the assigned modules to recover credit. Merely attending the program does not guarantee that credit will be recovered. Students participating in content recovery are required to follow the guidelines in the district's Code of Student Content.

 


The last day to turn in your Box Tops is Friday, May 22nd. The homeroom with the highest total on this date will receive a pizza lunch!
The homerooms currently in the lead are as follows:
6th grade - Mrs. Raines
7th grade - Ms. Falise
8th grade - Mrs. McNeil

 
End of Course Testing

Algebra I - Tuesday, May 19th
English I - Thursday, May 21st


 


All rising 6th graders and their parents are invited to a 6th grade orientation on Tuesday, May 26th from 6:00-7:00 in the gym.
 


Join the seventh grade social studies students for the multicultural fair on Wednesday, May 27th from 6:00-8:00 in the cafeteria and gym.
 


End of the Year Awards' Day Schedule
June 2 - 6th grade @ 10:30
June 3 - 7th grade @ 10:30
June 4 - 8th grade @ 10:30



Quest Zone is now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year. Please see the brochure for pricing and other information. See their page listed in the tabs to the left for more information.

The City of Aiken hosted an Art Contest for promoting Earth Day and a “greener society”. Middle and High School students in Aiken County were invited to enter the contest.  We are proud to announce that two 8th grade Kennedy Middle School students had art work came in as finalists.
Congratulations to Taylor Ward and Emily Turner.


 


Congratulations to the winners of the Full-Circle Technology grant sponsored by the school district!
We are so proud of Mrs. S. Burnham,
Mrs. K. Merriman, Mrs. S. Prandy, Mrs. D. Foster, and Mr. G. Gaskill! What an amazing honor!


 


Congratulations to our Teachers of the Year!
Mrs. Pearsons – Seventh grade science
Mr. Kennamer – First year teacher of the year
You are both very deserving! Thank you for all you do for our students, school, and our community!

 


Please read this letter regarding the new student accounts.
Students will use their district issued username (typically last name first initial) with the domain of @student.acpsd.net to log into their account. (It will look something like this: username@student.acpsd.net)
For the three easy steps to log into your account, please click here to show you how.
 
If you feel your child has been a victim of bullying, please refer to the school's anti-bullying policy and direct all concern to administration.
Mrs. Mitchem, tmitchem@acpsd.net
Ms. Byrne, jbyrne@acpsd.net
Mr. Hanna, dhanna@acpsd.net
 
 

This past summer the S. C. Legislature changed the state testing program.  A new test called Aspire will be given in grades 3 through 8 to test reading, writing, English, math, and science. Students in grades 4-8 will continue to take the SCPASS tests for science and social studies.  The Aspire ELA and math tests will be given on April 28 -30, the Aspire science test on May 5, and the two SCPASS tests will be administered on May 7 and 8, 2015. 

     The biggest change that our students will notice is that each Aspire subtest has a time limit.  Students will be tested for approximately one hour per day, and the writing test must be completed in 30 minutes.  Some students may not finish before they must stop working and turn in their tests.  Our students are more familiar with the SCPASS tests, which have no specific time limits.  Teachers are currently providing practice for students so that they will become more comfortable with the timed tests.    The two different science tests will allow us to assess our students’ knowledge of the South Carolina science standards while still being able to compare our students’ achievement with their peers nationally. 

 
Follow Your Penny
Click here for updates on your investment in public education.

Do you shop at Bi-Lo? Sign up your reward card and our school can receive a portion of the proceeds. Click the picture to find out more.
 
 
 

2015 Eagle Yearbook
Yearbooks are available for purchase online (click on image) or during homeroom. 
To purchase during homeroom, see Mrs. Tripp in room 813.
The cost of the full color yearbook is $45.

As a parent of a student at Kennedy Middle School, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for the following information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires us to give you this information in a timely manner:
  •  whether the teacher is certified to teach the subjects and/or grade levels the teacher is teaching,
  • whether the teacher’s certificate is a waiver or substandard certificate
  • the teacher’s academic major, graduate degree, if any, and the teacher’s certification are
If paraprofessionals have been assigned to assist in your child’s classroom, you may also request information regarding their qualifications.
 
 
If you would like to receive this information, please call the Aiken County Public Schools’ Human Resources Department at 803-641-2467.