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. First and foremost is this year’s launch of Seven Ignites a bold, comprehensive restructuring/ transformation initiative that has positioned the district for future growth and innovation. Seven Ignites places a personal mobile learning device in the hands of every student in grades 3-12. Classrooms have been transformed into multimedia centers brimming with excitement, rigor, creativity and engagement; and our students, teachers, parents, and community stakeholders continue to embrace this change. While we are in the very infant stages of this blended model of teaching and learning, we are already seeing the benefits of this new approach.
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Report to the Community

Report to the Community
In our annual community report you will find easily accessible information about our community, our schools, student achievement, revenues and expenditures, as well as our calendar.
Please Read More to download Just the Facts to your phone, tablet, or other mobile device.
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Washington Post’s List

Washington Post’s List
Spartanburg High School has been named by the Washington Post as one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools in the nation. Spartanburg High School was one of 19 in the state to make the Post’s annual list, which ranks schools by the ratio of college-level tests administered to the number of graduates.
In 2013, Spartanburg High School offered 25 Advanced Placement courses, 595 tests were administered, and 80.3% of students passed all AP tests earning them college credit. This was also the second year the district’s AP program was offered to 9th graders at the Spartanburg High School Freshman Academy. The school’s four-year graduation rate was 81 percent and the graduating class garnered over $18.3 million dollars in scholarship.
We celebrate this success and congratulate everyone in the SHS school community whose hard work makes these impressive results possible. SHS’s consistent focus on college and career preparation represents a lot of hard work and dedication on the part of teachers, students, parents, and our community.
Read More for a listing of high schools in SC who made the list.
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Junior Scholars

Fifty five (55) District 7 students representing E.P. Todd School and Carver and McCracken Middle schools were honored during the Spartanburg County Junior Scholars Awards Ceremony at Converse College on February 27, 2014. These students were named South Carolina Junior Scholars for receiving high scores on the PSAT (Preliminary SAT). The honorees are: Johnathan Allen, Zane Austill, Sophia Barry, Logan Black, Alexia Bogier, Paige Bridgeman, Erika Ceja, John Chapman, Clavis Chisem-Stevens, Emma Cont, Mary Cribb, Layton Davis, DeHaven Dickerson, Cecelia Dominick, Alyssa Dowling, Shannon Dowling, Ethan Durham, Abby Ericson, Matthew Evans, Louise Franke, Walker Gillespie, D’Asia Gist, Noah Goodwin, Mary Margaret Greene, William Harper, Hayes High, Cora Hoover, Lauren Howard, Alaina Hrysikos, Samuel Jameson, Cayce Johnson, Thaddeus Jones, Caroline Layne, Ryan LeBoeuf, Seth Mathis, Jonas McAninch, Soline McGee, Aries Melendez, Nan Miles, De’Andre Moultrie, Esten Neighbors, Thomas Nowatka, McKayley Owens, Emilie Parsons, Georgia Price, Thompson Rudolph, Patricia Ryan, Tucker Shelton, James Stevens, Savannah Stinson, Ameera Surka, Benjamin Taylor, Ashley Wade, Jack Warren, and Olivia Wolfe.
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Spelling Bee Champion

This winter all District 7 schools held spelling bee contests for students in grades 3-8. Each school selected a spelling champion and an alternate to compete in the District 7 Spelling Bee. On February 24, Jay Stevens, 8th grader at McCracken Middle School, was named the District 7 Spelling Bee Champion.
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AT&T Awards Grant to Viking Early College

AT&T announced a grant of $50,000 to TransformSC this morning during a Transform Upstate Forum on the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus. The funds will benefit Spartanburg School District Seven’s Viking Early College and the South Carolina Charter District’s Midlands Middle College.
The Viking Early College (VEC) is District 7’s single-gender program for 9-12th grade males which opened in the fall of 2013. Students in the VEC spend part of their day at Spartanburg High School and part of their day on the downtown campus of the Spartanburg Community College. Through the VEC program students will graduate high school with an Associate’s degree, or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor’s degree – tuition free. These students are also exposed to community leaders who serve as mentors to assist each with reaching his college and career goals.
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Students & Teachers Utilize Technology During Snow Days

Students & Teachers Utilize Technology During Snow Days
Many district students made time for school work last week, despite schools being closed because of the winter storm. Teachers, like Leslie Richard, an AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School, gave students assignments on Edmodo, a website that looks and acts like Facebook. Edmodo is used as a way of letting teachers post online assignments and letting teachers communicate with students after school hours.
Ms. Richard was relieved she had the online option to keep students busy during school days lost to snow. Spartanburg students missed four days this week because of the weather. “It doesn’t replace face-to-face learning, but it’s a great option,” she said. “It’s better than missing four days and having to start all over again.”
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Calendar

Calendar Codes: JBE-Jesse Boyd | WHC-Chapman | CLE-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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