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The final make-up day for inclement weather is scheduled for May 26, 2014.
Upcoming Events
- SIT Meeting
9:55 AM - 10:45 AM
- Saturday School
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
School Announcements

  Welcome to Wagener-Salley High School

    Ute Aadland, Principal

   James Arnold, Assistant Principal

   Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

     Character Trait of the Month:  DILIGENCE
            Definition: careful and persistent work or effort  

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Third Quarter Honor Roll

All A Honor Roll:

Adcock, April Keitt, Xavier Poole, Amanda
Brown, Ryan Kirkland, Brianna Scott, Karlee
Bumgardner, Christopher Koon, Brandon Tindal, Laura
Corley, Tialeisha Lamond, Sutherland Stichert, Tabatha
Disher, Jordyn Landy, Michael Swartz, Jamie
Fraser, Anslee Middleton, Kianna Walker, Dion
Gantt, Dharma Neeley, Tessa Williams, Maya
Garvin, Rontravious Pontoo, Keyonda Wise, Mar'Tacious

A/B Honor Roll:

Bell, Shelby Evans, Delores Steadman, Brett
Bolton, Michael Foster, Morgan Stone, Britton
Buff, Cole Glover, April Swedenburg, Jerel
Buff, Hunter Gunter, David Tindall, Abigail
Byars, Hayley Gunter, Morgan Tyler, Mailayasia
Cannon, Jayda Hutto, Halie Walker, Alex
Chandler, Cameron James, Jaeisha Wells, Shakayla
Chandler, Janeisha Jones, Jennifer Whaley, Tricia
Chavis, Bobby Leach, Morgan Wiles, Anthony
Cole, R. J. Malatesta, Megan Williams, JaQuiel
Coleman, Tremain Martin, Rebecca Williams, Keiante
Corley, Faith Parris, Trinity Williamson, Haley
Courtney, Ashley Russell, Angelica Yon, Jacob
Danley, Erica Shiffner, Cameron
Duarte, Chevelle Snipes, Avery

From the Principal

The last two months of the academic year are some of the more difficult weeks of the academic year. HSAP testing was conducted the week prior to spring break and End of Course Exams in Biology, Algebra 1, English 1, and US History will be administered Wednesday, May 14th through Wednesday, May 21st. Our teachers are busy preparing our students to ensure that they are adequately prepared for the types of questions they will need to answer. End of Course Exam grades are weighted at 20% of the yearly grade.  In order to provide a familiar testing environment, our students will be tested by their own teachers with proctors assisting with booklet distribution and other testing related matter. The result of the End of Course Examination is extremely important in that is an important indicator that shows us whether our students have mastered the required materials. The passing scores are also used to calculate our school report card rating.

The Aiken County Public School District is also in the process of reaccreditation through AdvancEd. As part of this process, students, parents and staff are asked to complete a survey where they will respond to a variety of questions concerning our school environment, our staff, and our home/school relations. We value parental input in that it allows to respond and implement changes in those areas that are  of concern to parents. The survey can be accessed through the Aiken County Public Schools web site (http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/section/response/begin?surveyConfigId=181353). It takes approximately 15 minutes to complete the survey. This is the chance for all parents to voice their opinion about our school. Please take a moment and complete the survey. The survey window closes May 2nd. 

On a more personal note, I would like to thank all of our students, faculty, staff, parents and the community for their support during this past academic year and I look forward to the challenges the next year may present. My goal as a principal is to ensure that all of our students will walk across the stage and receive their high school diploma. I feel fortunate to be a part of a great staff and a wonderful community. 

Ute Aadland, Principal

News & Announcements

FFA News:

Congratulations to the FFA Tool Identification and Use Team for placing first in the State Contest in Chapin Thursday, March 6.  Team members included: Lance Adams, Amanda Poole, Karlee Scott, and Cameron Shiffner.  For placing first in the state, team members received a plaque and will receive $500 to offset their National Convention expenses in Louisville, Ky.

Basketball News - Congratulations to:

  • Malcolm Stroman for being named the player of the year (MVP) for Region IV in 1A Boys.
  • Malcolm Stroman and Ta'Nauziah Corley for being named to ALL-STATE TEAM for 1A Boys and Girls teams.
  • Reggie Corley for being named Coaches Choice Award (Coach of the Year) for Region IV in 1A Girls.
  • To both the Boys and Girls teams for making the 2013-14 playoffs!

The M.O.B. Club

The M.O.B. Club has been very busy lately.  We are working hard on fundraising for our Perfect Prom that we will be hosting for our district.  On Saturday, February 1st, Berlin Baptist Church hosted a Softball tournament and chicken dinner that benefited our M.O.B Club.  Despite the rain and cold weather we raised over $1400!  A big "thank you" to all the volunteers, faculty, staff and students that helped to make this event possible. 

Another awesome event, the M.O.B Club made an appearance at the South Carolina Special Olympics Lake Murray Polar Plunge on Saturday, February 15th.  Members of the club along with faculty, staff and over 400 other people braved 30 mph winds and forty degree water temps in order to help bring awareness to the Special Olympics South Carolina and our M.O.B. Club.  An awesome time was had by all and we can't wait until next year. 

The M.O.B. Club would personally like to thank each and every person that has supported our club as we have grown over the last year.

IMPORTANT: Parents/guardians, please be sure to update your contact call numbers with the school.  As the situation with the school opening delays from earlier in the week proved, there are times we will need to call/contact you with our emergency call system and we need to have your correct information! 


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From the Principal’s Desk:

Spring is right around the corner and March 25th marks the end of the third quarter. Our teachers are all busy preparing students for the Spring High School Assessment, a State Department of Education requirement for graduation.  This year, the HSAP will be administered April 1st, 2nd and 3rd. All students in their second year of high school are required to take the exam.  On April 1st and 2nd students will take the ELA portion of the HSAP and the Mathematics portion on April 3rd. It is extremely important that our students do well on this exam and we encourage parents to make sure students arrive on time and have had the opportunity to eat a good breakfast.  The HSAP is not timed, therefore, we encourage students to take as much time as they need and not rush through the questions. Even though the test is administered on our early release day, transportation will be provided for students who are testing beyond the scheduled release. Even though students who fail the HSAP can take the test several more times, it is important for them to realize that it is extremely important to be successful the first time.

Frequent and effective communication with parents, students and the community is extremely important. Within the next two weeks, we will be sending home requests for parent e-mail and/or updates to addresses and telephone information. We often send out mail to parents or attempt to contact them via telephone only to find out that the address is no longer correct, or that the parent’s phone number has changed. Please fill in the form so we can update our records, including emergency information.

Beginning March 1st, we have stepped up our attempt to keep parents informed of their children’s progress. Our freshmen academy teachers are sending home grade reports every week, either Wednesday, or Friday so that parents are made aware of their children’s progress. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are receiving progress reports every two weeks. Please take a moment to review those progress reports as they indicate whether or not your child has work that has not been made up which may affect his or her overall grade significantly.

On March 31st, Aiken County Public Schools will launch the AdvancED stakeholder survey. One requirement of the survey is that we receive a minimum response rate of 20% parent participate, 40% student participation, and 60% staff participation.

In order for us to obtain the 20% parent participation requirement, we will make a computer available in our guidance office so that parents without computers or access to the internet are able to participate. The survey is web-based and should only take a few minutes to complete.  Our students will complete the survey in one of our computer labs.

As we approach the fourth and final quarter of the 2013-2014 academic year, I wish everyone a wonderful and restful Spring break.

Ute Aadland, Principal

Second Quarter Honor Roll

All A Honor Roll

April Adcock April Glover Douglas Smith
Michael Boulware Jaeisha James Laura Tindal
Ryan Brown Brianna Kirkland Tabbitha Stichert
Christopher Bumgardner Brandon Koon Jamie Swartz
Bobby Chavis Michael Landy Robert Tyler
Precious Conner Kianna Middleton Alex Walker
Tialeisha Corley Tessa Neeley Dion Walker
Morgan Foster Amanda Poole Anthony Wiles
Rontravious Garvin Karlee Scott Mar'Tacious Wise


A/B Honor Roll

Brian Adams Cole Fogle Preston Rodgers
Hailea Ambrose Anslee Fraser Cameron Shiffner
Shelby Bell Jordan Fraser Timothy Sims
Makayla Brooks Dharma Gantt Avery Snipes
Cole Buff Philip Hicks Brett Steadman
Reagan Burnett Hailie Hutto Britton Stone
Riley Burnett Jennifer Jones Jerel Swedenburg
Hayley Byars Xavier Keitt Abigail Tindall
Johniya Bynem Katie Kelly Aeriol Toland
Cameron Chandler Morgan Leach Mailayasia Tyler
Faith Corley Clint Lester Adam Walling
Ta'Nauziah Corley Megan Malatesta Meagan Waters
Candace Crumpler Rebecca Martin Shakayla Wells
Jordyn Disher Santrale Moore JaQuiel Williams
Chevelle Duarte Henry Odom Kieante Williams
Brandon Edwards Trinity Parris Maya Williams
Delores Evans Keyonda Pontoo Haley Williamson
From the Principal's Desk

The Christmas tree has been disposed of, the ornaments have carefully been put away and the remnants of the door decorating contest filled our trash bins. When students at Wagener-Salley High School returned on January 6th, the hallways were filled with laughter and throughout the day, students spent much time showing off their new clothes and teenage toys.  The new year at Wagener-Salley High School also began with a revised bell schedule which eliminated the pull-out period and second lunch.  These changes resulted in time being added to regular classroom periods. Our teachers will use some of this extra time to add HSAP and EOCT preparation activities to their regular lessons. While the first semester does not officially end until January 14th, semester exams were administered before Christmas and students spent the first week of the new year trying to catch up on missed work and assignments.  Besides the new bell schedule, there are several other changes which will take effect.  Beginning January 14th, Wagener-Salley High School will offer free tutoring to all students in all core subject areas. Tutors will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:15 until 4:15 pm in our Media Center. Our teachers will be available to work with students on a variety of assignments, as well as skills practice.  Students will also have the opportunity to use the computers in the Media Center to work on research projects as well as homework and classroom assignments.

In addition to tutoring, Wagener-Salley High School will also begin a Saturday school program. Beginning January 25th, from 8:00 am until 12:00 noon our Media Center will be open. At this time, there are ten days scheduled for Saturday school. Students with excessive absences will be able to acquire seat-time in order to avoid losing Carnegie units and stay on track for graduation. State Department of Education regulations stipulate that students can miss no more than 10 days of school.  The only exception is given for medical excuses, principal approved absences, and out of school suspensions. Wagener-Salley High School students who need to use computers and access the internet will be able to use the Media Center on those days when Saturday school will be held. Since space is limited, they will need to have a pass from a teacher in order to avoid overcrowding.

Access to computers and the internet continues to be a problem for many of our students. While technology has opened up many avenues for enhanced instruction and remediation, those who do not have access to such tools are at a decided disadvantage. Using computers for assignments and projects has become standard practice in education. Even signing up for taking the SAT or ACT is much less complicated if done electronically.  Students who are enrolled in APEX courses for initial credit are not bound by regular school hours; they may work at their own pace.  If they have access to a computer and the internet, they can continue working on assignments at home and progress at a much faster pace.  The same holds true for students who are working on recovering credit through our PLATO Credit Recovery program.  All of our students have access to computers at school; however, using a computer outside the school day is problematic if not impossible for many of them.  Even those who might have access to a computer are at a disadvantage if they live in rural areas that are not served by internet service providers.  They often struggle to keep up with their classmates.  Opening up our Media Center for two additional hours per week, in addition to Saturday school days, gives our students the opportunity to catch up on assignments they were not able to complete during the regular school day.

Our mission as a high school is to ensure the academic success of our students, with the ultimate goal of awarding a High School Diploma.  Evaluating in what areas our students are deficient and designing strategies for remediation is a continuing process.  The Winter MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) testing has been completed and during the next week, our teachers will be busy analyzing results and developing methods and procedures designed to address identified deficiencies.  As we plan for differentiated instruction, we need to keep in mind that not all students learn the same way.  In order to address those differences, we at Wagener-Salley, as well as all Aiken County schools are moving toward a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model.  It is a model for designing curricula flexible enough to meet the needs of all students. Proponents of UDL believe that traditional curricula rely primarily on printed media (such as textbooks and handouts), which present barriers to students whose learning skills are not suited to that type of media. UDL curricula are based on the implementation of digital multimedia: images, text, sound and video in addition to some of the traditional delivery of classroom instruction. UDL classroom strategies rely on presenting the information to students in as wide a variety of settings and media as possible. The intent of differentiating instruction is to maximize each student's growth and individual success by meeting each student where he or she is and assisting in the learning process. Students that are raised in our technologically advanced society do not master material the same way their parents or grandparents did. As educators, it is imperative that we make note of those differences and respond, adjust and learn what works and what does not work while maintaining the appropriate level of rigor and engagement. It is a fluid process that requires us to continually adjust based on the needs of our students.

There is no set formula for educating a child.  Rather, it is a holistic and individualized process where each subject area is part of the pie that ultimately represents an educated individual.  Wagener-Salley High School has a dedicated cadre of teacher and staff who work hard to ensure that all of our children are successful.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents:

Beginning January 6th, Wagener-Salley High School will follow a slightly revised bell schedule. Our school day will begin at 7:50 with the first bell. Students will have five minutes between classes and we will have only one lunch period instead of two. In the afternoon, we will finish five minutes earlier which will allow students to go to their lockers before proceeding to the buses. The new schedule is easier to remember and we hope that discipline issues such as tardies and/or cutting classes will be reduced since it significantly reduces student movement between classes. A revision of the schedule was also necessary in order to maximize time for classroom instruction. On the regular daily bell schedule, classes meet for 50 minutes with the exception of first period which is now 60 minutes long. This additional time allows us to make announcements, issue temporary badges and take roll while preserving 50 minutes for instruction.

Excessive absences and tardies continue to be a problem. In accordance with the Compulsory School Attendance Law and S.C. Code of Regulations, uniform rules have been adopted to ensure that students attend school regularly. Students are expected to attend school each day and are counted present only when they are actually in school, on homebound instruction, or are present at an activity authorized by the school principal. In order to avoid loss of credits due to excessive absences, students will be assigned to Saturday school where they will have the opportunity to make up missed classwork or homework. Students who are currently enrolled in APEX courses or Credit Recovery will also be able to work on computers at that time. All students will be supervised by two of our regular mentoring teachers.  If your child has been assigned Saturday school, you will be notified ahead of time. Students will need to arrive at 8:00 am and will be dismissed at 12:00 noon. They will have one fifteen minute break.  Saturday school attendance will be recorded as an attendance intervention.

As the school year progresses, our goal as a school community is to ensure the academic success of our students.  If you have any concerns or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Ute Aadland, Principal

First Quarter Honor Roll

All A Honor Roll

April Adcock Halie Hutto Laura Tindal
Michael Boulware Jaeisha James Tabbitha Stichert
Cameron Chandler Brianna Kirkland Jamie Swartz
Tialeisha Corley Michael Landy Jerel Swedenburg
Erica Danely Kianna Middleton Dion Walker
Jordyn Disher Tessa Neeley JaQuiel Williams
Chevelle Duarte Henry Peterson Maya Williams
Morgan Foster Keyonda Pontoo Haley Williamson
Rontravious Garvin Karlee Scott Mar'Tacious Wise


Honor Roll

Lance Adams Malika Dunbar Amanda Poole
Shelby Bell Brandon Edwards Kimberly Rathburn
Michael Bolton Cole Fogle David Rathburn
Ryan Brown Anslee Fraser DaVeijha Rivers
Hunter Buff Quinton Friday Preston Rodgers
Cole Buff Jaclyne Fulmer Angelica Russell
Chris Bumgardner April Glover Alyshia Scott
Reagan Burnett Morgan Gunter Cameron Shiffner
Riley Burnett Parker Hall Douglas Smith
Kayleen Burton Charles Halsey Avery Snipes
Hayley Byars Kaylee Halsey Brett Steadman
Johniya Bynem Julia Hightower Abigail Tindall
Carmen Cabezas KeAunri Holmes Aeriol Toland
Jayda Cannon Holly Jackson Alexia Toland
Bobby Chavis Xavier Keitt Robert Tyler
R J Cole Katie Kelly Alex Walker
Precious Conner Randolph Kitchings Tricia Whaley
Faith Corley Brandon Koon Keiante Williams
Ta'Nauziah Corley Rebecca Martin Jacob Yon
Ashley Courtney Cheyenne Nettles
Dear Parents, Families, & Members of the Wagener-Salley Community,

As I begin my first school year as Principal of Wagener-Salley High School, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children.  As a school community, we will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children and providing supportive systems to assure they are met. By continuing to foster a positive school culture, setting high academic standards for all students and engaging the community, it is our goal at Wagener-Salley High School that all of our graduates are college and/or career ready when they graduate.

As a Principal, I embrace the challenges of the future while continuing to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past.  With a remarkable staff, involved parents and committed students, we all work together to make Wagener-Salley High School a wonderful and unique place.

We hope that a visit to our website will give you a quick snapshot of life at our school.  Please explore our links to find out more about our curriculum, new programs, and daily events at Wagener-Salley High School.

Ute Aadland, Principal