To Inspire and Equip

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Happy Summer! We hope that you and your children are having a terrific time off with family and friends. In District 7 we have been keeping busy. Our two new schools are on schedule with site work completed and design work nearing those stages. We have also been working hard updating technology in all of our classrooms at all of our existing schools.
This year I will continue to share my Moments for Mission, and time and again you will hear the words from our mission - to inspire and equip. We are more than ever committed in our focus to inspire and equip our students for meaningful lives of leadership and service as world citizens.
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August 2017 Eclipse - Are you Ready?

August 2017 Eclipse - Are you Ready?
The clock is counting down to the 2017 Solar Eclipse. Spartanburg County and parts of surrounding counties will be in the path of totality for this awe-inspiring eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017. The rest of the Eastern United States will see only a partial eclipse. This spectacular event will engulf Spartanburg at 2:39PM (EST) in a dark shadow for around two minutes, giving observers a once in a lifetime celestial experience!
A total solar eclipse is when the Sun is covered entirely by the Moon, the sky deeply darkens, the temperature cools, and the Sun’s corona becomes visible. To find out the exact time of the start and end of the eclipse and totality for your specific area, use the following resource:NASA Eclipse 2017
To help you prepare your students (and yourself) for this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Spartanburg County Schools is happy to share these resources. Read More
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Back to School for Cleveland Academy

Back to School for Cleveland Academy
Cleveland Academy of Leadership kicked off a new school year on July 11 with a Back to School Celebration complete with school supplies, food, fun and a host of community partners welcoming families to the school.
From 3pm to 6pm the school was be buzzing with activity as parents and students met their teachers, picked up new backpacks and uniforms, and visited with service and support providers in the community.
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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer
The dog days of summer are alive and well on Monday morning as students build their reading skills while bonding with adoptable dogs that are always willing to lend an ear. The program is in partnership with the Spartanburg Humane Society and is part of the State Department’s Read To Succeed initiative, which has a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Jennifer Dowis, the Summer Reading Camp Coordinator, notes the program is proving to be a huge success. Before camp started two weeks ago, many of the young readers didn’t feel good about reading aloud, according to Dowis. Now they feel more confident in their reading skills and also feel safe when reading to a dog. Though the children believe they are teaching the dogs to read, in fact, with the dog as the attentive audience (and an occasional assist from the volunteer partner), they are actually teaching themselves. According to the children, however, reading is about the dog, not about them. No embarrassment. No pressure.
The premise is that good dogs are good medicine and that the dogs will continue to help children become better readers for many years to come.
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New Principal Appointments

Spartanburg School District Seven announced today the appointment of Ms. Katrina Johnson Robinson as Principal of E.P. Todd School effective July 1, 2017. Ms. Robinson will assume Charlene Doctor’s position, as Ms. Doctor moves to the Early Learning Center at Park Hills to become the Executive Director.
The District also announced the appointment of Mr. Thomas Webster as Principal of the new elementary school in the Drayton Mills community, effective July 1, 2017. The new school, which is currently under construction, will serve students from Houston and Chapman Elementary Schools and is scheduled to open in fall 2018.
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Wordmaster Competition Spells NATIONAL Success for 3rd Grade Team

Wordmaster Competition Spells NATIONAL Success for 3rd Grade Team
All year long, Ms. Susan Holcombe’s third-grade ODYSSEY class has worked diligently to become adept at solving analogies for the 30th annual WordMasters Challenge. To say the least, they took the competition by storm, winning first place in the nation in the Gold Division for year-end cumulative standings among thousands of other students in the country. The 3rd grade ODYSSEY team comprised of students representing E.P Todd School, Pine Street, Mary H. Wright, and Meeting Street Academy placed first in the nation among 112 teams in the WordMasters Challenge Gold Division.
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Calendar

Calendar Codes: JBE-Jesse Boyd | WHC-Chapman | CAL-Cleveland| | HES-Houston | PSS-Pine Street
TOD-E.P. Todd | MHW-Mary H. Wright | CMS-Carver Middle School
MMS-McCracken Middle School | SHS-Spartanburg High
ELC – Early Learning Center | MTS-McCarthy/Teszler School

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