Message from the Superintendent

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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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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SHS Exceeds State & National AP Passage Rate %; SAT Score Matches National Average

The College Board reported Spartanburg High School had an average SAT composite critical reading, math, and writing score of 1471, which matched the national average and was 42 points above the public school state average.
More than half of all seniors took the SAT. In addition for schools where at least half of all seniors were tested, Spartanburg School District 7’s composite score exceeded all other Spartanburg County Districts, in addition to Cherokee County, Union County, and Greenville County.
In addition, Spartanburg School District 7 was one of only seventeen school districts in the state to meet the national average on SAT.
District Seven’s average passage rate on Advanced Placement (AP) was 75%. Between Spartanburg High School and the Freshman Academy, the district administered 595 exams, which is significant and impressive. Moreover, District 7 exceeded both the state and national average passage rates on AP exams. The only school in the state to receive a 100% passage rate on AP exams was the SHS Freshman Academy; each 9th grader who took an AP test passed and will receive college credit.
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No 51 Racing for Wayne Chapman

No 51 Racing for Wayne Chapman
In honor of ALS Awareness and in memory of Wayne Chapman, Jeremy Clements Racing has announced the No. 51 car will be marked in his memory for the NASCAR Kansas Lottery 300, which will air Saturday, Oct 4 at 3:30pm on ESPN2. Wayne served as the director of the Daniel Morgan Technical Center of 14 years. In addition to being a gracious and kind man, he was a true professional who loved working for the good of young people. We hope you’ll tune in to watch.

Golden Apple Award

Last night Beth Brotherton from WYFF News 4 announced Virginia Jones, Assistant Principal from the Cleveland Academy of Leadership, had received the Golden Apple Award.
Each week WYFF News 4 rewards an educator who goes above and beyond the standard teaching methods, by designating them a Golden Apple Award winner. The winner is selected from nominations by a panel of judges.
Virginia, or Mama Jones as her students call her due to her nurturing personality, has been an educator for 42 years. She truly has the magic and ability to put children at ease. Virginia also has unconditional love, caring, understanding, and a special gift of kindness. She truly goes above and beyond, and District Seven has been so fortunate she has chosen to share her talents with us – at all levels, high school, middle school and now in an elementary setting at the Cleveland Academy.
Virginia Jones says the best reward is “seeing her former students flourish.”
Please click READ MORE to link to the video of Ms. Jones’ award segment
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Newsweek Top High School

Newsweek Top High School
Spartanburg High has been named one of America’s top high schools in Newsweek’s 2014 High School Rankings. Over 14,000 schools in the nation were considered for the rankings; only six South Carolina schools made the list for America’s Top High Schools Beating the Odds. Spartanburg High School was the only school in the county honored.
This year, Newsweek sought to recognize schools whose students are “beating the odds,” and performing better than statistically expected for narrowing the achievement gap. The Newsweek criteria were based on assessments and rankings directly related to college preparedness. Unlike Spartanburg High School’s recent distinction by The Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools as related to student Advanced Placement (AP) scores, the Newsweek ranking recognizes student progress on AP and ACT/SAT scores, graduation rates, counselor-to-student ratios, and the socio-economic background of a high school’s student population.
“This is big for us,” said Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker. “For the first time in its survey of top high schools, Newsweek has produced a list which has leveled the playing field for districts with diverse demographics. Based on the criteria used by Newsweek the achievement level of our students shows that they are not only beating the odds but succeeding at every level from college prep, honors, advanced placement, to career and technical education.”
“This is a win for the entire District Seven community,” said Principal Jeff Stevens. “It points to the dedication of our teachers from Spartanburg High School all the way down to our elementary schools. The achievement of our students and their eagerness to be productive and successful citizens is a testament to our hardworking staff. Having earned The Washington Post distinction, we are duly honored to now make the Newsweek list.”

SHS Senior Earns 2014 AAU Academic All American Award

SHS Senior Earns 2014 AAU Academic All American Award
Sarah Wade, senior at Spartanburg High School, has received the 2014 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Academic All American award. Sarah was one of only six girls named from South Carolina and the only one from Spartanburg. Created in 2013, the award recognizes athletes of the AAU Volleyball program for their excellence in academics as well as athletics.
Sarah played recently with Upward Stars’ top National team in the 41st AAU Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, FL where she was selected and nominated for the award.
Sarah is the captain of SHS varsity volleyball team this year and has been on the team since she was in the eighth grade. Sarah is also currently ranked in the top 1% of her class and is involved in numerous extracurricular activities (treasurer of Anchor club, co-consul of Latin Club, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, volunteer with Boys and Girls Club). We congratulate Sarah on her continued success in the classroom and on the court.


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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