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.

D7 Selected to Join the Nation’s League of Innovative Schools

D7 Selected to Join the Nation’s League of Innovative Schools
Spartanburg School District Seven has been named one of 11 new members accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, by Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.
As the only district from South Carolina tapped for membership this fall, District Seven was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration. The League now includes 57 districts and education agencies that collectively represent more than 3 million students across 27 states.
“This is a tremendous honor that certainly underscores our goal to be a model School District in the Southeast and the most innovative school district in South Carolina,” said District Seven Superintendent, Dr. Russell Booker. “Our journey to this juncture is directly tied to our dedication to enhance the educational experience of our students. Our one-to-one digital initiative, 7 Ignites, has placed a mobile learning device in the hands of every District 7 student from grades 3 through 12. The result is a level of student engagement that is exciting to see and an opportunity to accelerate our children’s ability to harness the power of technology and digital learning.”
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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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