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 restructuring/ transformation initiative which has positioned the district for future growth and innovation.
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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.

Perfect PASS Scores

In School District Seven 47 students achieved perfect scores on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) test. The tests are given yearly to public school students in grades three through eight, and cover math, science, social studies, writing and
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7 Shares, Cares and DARES!

7 Shares, Cares and DARES!
Primed with excitement and sporting their pride, the District 7 team of teachers and staff donned their individual school colors and celebrated the start of a new academic year with the annual back-to-school program known as 7Shares on Thursday, August 14. The 1200 employees of the District packed the Spartanburg High School gym for a morning of inspiration, motivation, and recognition.
Bobbi Kennedy, Special Projects Director with ETV, brought special recognition to Adam Babcock, technology integration specialist at Spartanburg High School, for being named a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. After a nationwide search, Adam was selected as one of only 100 educators from across the country and the only one in South Carolina. He was chosen for his passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.
Praised for their commitment in the classroom, 13 teachers were honored as the top educator in their school with the District Teacher of the Year award going to Marquice Clark from the Cleveland Academy of Leadership. Eleven first-year teachers were also honored for outstanding performance during their induction year. Leslie Sloan from Spartanburg High School was awarded the Crystal Apple - the top award for a new teacher.
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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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