It's official! We have moved to our new District website, now located at acpsd.net. Please take a moment to visit and explore our new online home for updated information on all items related to Aiken County Public Schools.
As a reminder, our individual school web pages will continue to link back to School Fusion (hosted at this site) until the start of the new school year when all school-related pages will make the transition to our new web platform.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of Aiken County Public Schools, and welcome to acpsd.net!
Aiken County Public School District (ACPSD) is offering the opportunity to extend your child’s educational experience through an online Virtual Summer Enrichment Program. With extensive research pointing to the summer months as a significant time for student skill loss, our District’s Virtual Summer Program will fill the learning gap from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next.
Through the use of Compass Pathblazer, a web-based learning tool, students will have an opportunity to work on individual areas of need in reading and math as determined by the system’s screeners and diagnostics. Using adaptive screeners and diagnostics ensures the delivery of precise instruction to accelerate students to grade level and beyond.
* Who can participate? All current ACPSD Kindergarten through 5th grade students.
* Where? From any device (computer, tablet, or smartphone) with internet access.
* When? June 6 through August 5. Pathblazer will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, though an hour a day five days a week is what’s recommended. * Interested parents should register their child by May 30. Visit http://compass-pathblazers.acps.schoolfusion.us for details.
Rewards and incentives are available to students and parents who register online by May 31. Registering makes your child eligible for a weekly drawing in which four students who score an average of 70% or more on their weekly core activities will receive a $20 gift card. Parents of participating registered students will also be entered for a chance to win rewards and prizes. Students can participate without registering, but will not be eligible for rewards and incentives.
* Students will complete Compass Learning activities in Reading and Math successfully each week.
* Each student will complete core activities successfully with a score of 70% or higher. (Lessons can be repeated until a score of 70% is attained.)
* Parents will follow their child’s progress by checking the Student Portfolio (backpack) under the student Pathblazer login. The Student Portfolio gives parents and students access to assignments, learning activities, chapter tests, lesson quizzes, and objective-based tests.
Students will use their Office 365 login information to access the Compass Pathblazer program.
NOTE: The Aiken County Public School District site for the Compass Pathblazer Program is: http://www.thelearningodyssey.com. The school field will default to ‘Select or Type’ the first time you visit the Compass Learning website. You may have to click in the Odyssey field, highlight the word Odyssey and type in Aiken to replace Odyssey. Once you have logged in, your browser should store the school code.
To ensure your student’s success from the start with the Virtual Summer Enrichment Program, please visit our Parent Support Webpage at http://compass-pathblazers.acps.schoolfusion.us. This information is also available on the school district website home page under the Parent menu and “Compass Pathblazer.”
Local Support Information
For assistance in setting up your system or support with login issues, please contact our technical personnel via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Compass Learning Support * Compass Learning Support Portal: http://www.compasslearning.com/support * Support Team: email@example.com
2016-2017 Busbee/Corbett Teacher of the Year
2016 GEM Staff Member of the Year
4K Thurs. May 26th at 8:30
5K - Thurs., May 26th at 9:45
1st – 5th Friday May 27
- 1st – 8:50-9:30
- 2nd – 11:30-12:10
- 3rd – 9:55-10:35
- 4th - 2:05-2:45
- 5th – 1:10-1:50
7th - Wed., June 1st - 10:00
8th - Thurs., June 2nd -8:30
The South Carolina Education Accountability Act (EAA) of 1998 requires that end-of-course examinations be administered to students in gateway courses. In order to fulfill this EAA mandate, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) has instituted the South Carolina End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP).
The purposes and uses of the EOCEP tests are as follows:
A. The tests promote instruction in specific academic standards for the particular courses, encourage higher levels of student achievement, and document the level of students’ mastery of the course standards.
B. The tests serve as indicators of program, school, and district effectiveness in the manner prescribed by the Education Oversight Committee in accordance with the provisions of the EAA.
C. The tests are weighted 20 percent in the determination of students’ final grades in the gateway courses.
The South Carolina end-of-course examinations are multiple-choice tests based on specific, measurable course standards that are drawn directly from the South Carolina curriculum standards for the particular subject area: algebra, biology, English language arts, U.S. history, and physical science. All students (middle school, high school, adult education, alternative school, and home school) enrolled in the following courses—or any other courses that address these particular standards—must take the corresponding EOCEP exams: Algebra 1 and Mathematics for the Technologies 2, English 1, Physical Science, Biology 1 and Applied Biology 2, and U.S. History and Constitution. The EOCEP exam is a requirement, regardless of whether the course is unit bearing.
All reading selections and test questions are carefully reviewed by content experts, language and testing experts, and the members of a South Carolina content review committee to ensure that each test question properly measures the intended standard and that test-wise students cannot find unintended clues to the correct answer. In addition, a South Carolina sensitivity review committee scrutinizes the test to ensure that each question is free from bias with respect to race, gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, and geographic region as well as content that would be offensive to any cultural, religious, or ethnic group. The items are then field-tested to further ensure item validity.
Care is taken in the creation of possible responses so that each question has one correct answer and three incorrect options that represent common errors in reasoning. The test questions are not meant to be tricky: rather, they are designed to distinguish between those students who understand the concept or skill being tested and can apply their understanding and those students who have an incomplete or no understanding of the concept. Students who understand the concept will likely to choose the correct option, while those with an incomplete understanding area more likely to choose a plausible option because it is based on a common misconception.
This teacher’s guide has been developed to provide educators with important information about the EOCEP and to explain how the examination can be used effectively to strengthen teaching and learning in South Carolina. The guide provides a description of the test, its role in the EOCEP, and the course standards that guided its development. In addition, the guide provides sample questions and practical suggestions about how to prepare students for the examination.
The standards for the end-of-course examinations as well as the State Board of Education regulation about the EOCEP (R 43-262.4, “End-of-Course Tests”) are accessible through the links on EOCEP Web page at this address:
Additional information on the EAA is provided on the SCDE Web site:
Are your kids preparing for South Carolina’s Palmetto Assessment of State Standards? Also known as SC PASS, these South Carolina standardized tests measure the progress of students from 3rd grade to 8th grade. South Carolina PASS test results provide actionable data that will help parents, teachers, and students improve academic performance in English language arts, math, writing, science, and social studies. SC PASS testing is also used in evaluating each school’s Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
- Thurs., Apr. 21st Math Readiness Test (5th, 6th, 7th Grades) School Improvement Council (5:15) Spring Arts Night (6:00)
- Tues., Apr. 26th- SCREADY Testing (Grades 3 through 8)
- Thurs., Apr. 28th 5th Grade Parent Night (6:00)
- Fri., Apr. 29th 5th Graders Visit Corbett Middle School!
- May 11th-May 13th SCPASS Testing (Grades 4 through 8)
- Tues., May 17th 4K, 5K, and 3rd Grade Field Day
- Wed., May 18th 1st and 4th Grade Field Day
- Thurs., May 19th 2nd and 5th Grade Field Day
- Thurs., May 19th English I End of Course Testing (8th)
- Tues., May 24th Algebra I End of Course Testing (8th)
Visit us online:
- March 2, 2016 - Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss Day and the Character Parade (no masks)
- March 2, 2016 - Today's Early Release and the District In-Service Day/No School for Students on this Friday!
- Fri., Mar. 18th Teacher Work Day! (No school for students).
- Tues., Mar. 22nd End of Third Nine Weeks
- Fri., Mar. 25th Good Friday! (No school for students or staff Members).
- Tues., Mar. 29th Report Cards Issued
- Mon., Apr. 4th - Fri., Apr. 8th Spring Break! (No School for students or staff members)
Tuesday March 1 at 6PM!
Come out and support the talented students at Busbee Corbett!
Event Date: April 16, 2016
Registration - 7-8:00 AM
Fun Run: 8:00 AM
Color Run: 8:30 AM
Visit the website below to register:
1st – 8:50-9:30
2nd – 11:30-12:10
3rd – 9:55-10:35
4th - 2:05-2:45
5th – 1:10-1:50
Wednesday, February 3rd ,2016 at
8th - 8:00
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Elementary dismisses at 12:30
Middle School dismisses at 12:40.
Saturday, February 6th
Elementary at 1:00
Middle School at 4:00
Come out and support the BUCO PTO and students!
Friday, February 12th
Holiday - No school
at 5:00 p.m.
All PJs must follow the dress code!
Middle School Students
Holiday Hat/Reindeer Ear Day
(tumblers and cookie dough)
will be available for parent pickup on
Nov. 16th from 2-6
in the Corbett Office.
Author, Ben Mikaelsen, has won the International Reading Association Award and the Western Writer's Golden Spur Award. His novels have been nominated to and have won many State Readers Choice awards. In fact, his book The Jungle of Bones, is on the South Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee list for 2015-2016. His novels Rescue Josh McGuire, Petey, and Touching Spirit Bear have been optioned for screen production. Recently, Ben was recognized in People Magazine and on Anderson Cooper's television show 360 AC for the impact his novels have had on dealing with "bullying".
Mr. Mikaelsen will be visiting Busbee-Corbett on November 20, 2015. Students in grades 3-8 will have an opportunity to attend one of the Becoming the Author of Your Life presentations and book signing events. The Corbett Book Club will be selling copies of the author's books beginning November 16 in the Corbett Library/Media Center. Touching Spirit Bear and Stranded will cost $6.49 per copy. Countdown, Ghost of Spirit Bear, and Petey will cost $7.55 per copy. This amount includes tax.
For more information about this author visit: http://www.benmikaelsen.com/
We are drug free and proud!
THIRD – EIGHTH GRADE Students who excel in the visual and performing arts [which means ART, CHORUS, BAND or DANCE] may apply for the 2016 Summer acGATEWAY [Aiken County Gifted and Talented Education with Artistic Youth] PROGRAM.
Students in Grades 6-8 may also apply for Creative Writing.
Students must audition; regardless of how many years they have previously participated in the program and regardless of their grade. The Audition Day is scheduled for February 6, 2016 at Kennedy Middle School.
Students accepted into the Program will spend four to five weeks completely immersed in their arts area. acGATEWAY is a high paced program, where a lot is accomplished in a short amount of time. Classes are intense and require focus and dedication.
Student attendance is mandatory therefore; students must attend each day, arrive on time, and remain in class until the designated dismissal time. The Program will begin
June 7th for all students and will end July 1st for Elementary Students and will
end July 12th for 6-8th Grade Students.
At the end of the program, CHORUS, BAND, and DANCE students perform and ART and CREATIVE WRITING students have their work displayed in an Evening Showcase.
Each student will receive a grade for the program and must maintain at least a B average to attend in the following years.
THIRD – EIGHTH GRADE Students interested in applying for the 2016 Summer acGATEWAY Program may ask Ms. Blizzard for an Application. firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications are also on-line http://acps.schoolfusion.us under “Quick Links.”
Spirit week Events
October 9-15, 2015
Elementary & Middle Schools:
Monday-Mickey Mouse - Oct 12th
Middle School: 8th– Black 7th – Red 6th – Yellow
Elementary School: Wear Mickey Mouse Clothing
OR Black, Red and/or Yellow
Tuesday-Lion King Day - Oct 13
Elementary & Middle Schools:
Animal PrinT CAmo DAY
Wednesday – GoofY Day - Oct 14
Elementary & Middle Schools:
Crazy Socks, Crazy Hats, Crazy Glasses
Thursday –Donald Duck Day - Oct 15
Elementary & Middle Schools:
Blue & Gold Day
during the following dates: