Message from the Superintendent

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As you look through this site, you will see many reasons for our pride and excitement about what the future holds. District Seven celebrated another year of tremendous accomplishment as a result of the caliber of our students in the area of arts, activities, athletics, and academics.
First and foremost, our successful launch of Seven Ignites the bold, comprehensive 1:1 technology initiative which has positioned us for future growth and innovation.
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Superintendent Visits White House for Summit

Superintendent Visits White House for Summit
Dr. Russell Booker joined 100 school leaders from model districts nationwide who were selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the first National Connected Superintendents Summit held Wednesday, November 19, at the White House. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, and senior U.S. Department of Education staff recognized the selected superintendents for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning.
The meeting was building on the momentum of Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. The initiative aims to connect 99% of students across the country to broadband in five years, and is about empowering teachers and students with the best technology and the ability to make the most of it.
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STEM Stars Lighting the Way!

The Riley Institute Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) Upstate Class – The STEM Station Stars - has partnered with Mary H. Wright Elementary to support the integration of STEM curriculum into the school’s 4th & 5th grade by unfitting an existing classroom to a lab-type environment. DLI STEM Stars presented a check for $10,500 and unveiled the classroom during a special event on November, 17.
Heartfelt thanks to our STEM Stars: Kristy Caradori, Matt Gilley, Coby Hennecy, Michelle Hunt, Horace Littlejohn, Jeff Stevens, Billy Strickland, and Adolphus Williams. And a special shout out to our sponsors: Denny’s, Spartanburg Water Systems, Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District, Spartanburg Regional Foundation & Healthcare, Spartanburg County Foundation, and SAE International.
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D7 Chalks Up “EXCELLENT” Report Card Rating

The South Carolina Department of Education release of the state, school, and district report cards shows District Seven’s Absolute Rating advancing for the fourth consecutive year, with a ranking of “Excellent” for the 2013-2014 school year.
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Deputy Superintendent Gets Kudos for Creativity

Deputy Superintendent Gets Kudos for Creativity
Dr. Terry Pruitt is usually noted for his knowledge surrounding K-12 curriculum - but recently he was honored for his starring role as an advocate for arts education. Dr. Pruitt has been named the South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education.
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Gallup Research Kick Starts Conversation in District 7

Gallup Research Kick Starts Conversation in District 7
Dr. Tim Hodges, Director of Research with Gallup spent time in Spartanburg and the District speaking about hope, engagement, and well-being, and how measuring those outcomes can strengthen student readiness for learning.
Last year the Gallup Student Poll found that while 54% of the children surveyed felt hopeful, 46% feel stuck or discouraged about the future. Hodges noted, “That is real cause for concern.”
Next week D7 will administer the 2014 Gallup Student Poll to 1800 children in grades 5-12 with 20 questions like: “Did you smile and laugh a lot yesterday?”, “Is there an adult in my life who cares about my future?”, and “Is my school committed to building the strengths of each student?”
We believe this important feedback will help us improve hope and engagement and enable us to better prepare our students for college, career, and life.
Gallup is providing this Poll free of charge.
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Calendar

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

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