A Word on the Bird
It's Our Annual, "How to Cook a Turkey" Video!
Before you pull out the pots and pans....we've got a recipe that's sure to warm your heart! This holiday message is brought to you by our wonderful students in the District and our fun-loving Superintendent, Dr. Russell Booker. We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
D7 Student Scores Big Win to Clemson Carolina Game
A Day To Remember for Ty'Kerian Walker
You've heard the expression that reading will take you places. Well, 10 year-old Ty'kerian Walker was banking on that happening when she entered a SC Department of Education competition called Read Your Way to the Big Game .  In a surprise assembly at Pine Street School on Tuesday, November 21, Principal Anne Jeter announced the exciting news that Ty'kerian is the grand prize winner of 4 tickets to the Clemson Carolina game on November 25. To be eligible for the contest, students in kindergarten through eighth grade are required to read six books. The two state winners, selected from more than 50,000 entrants, will be treated to sideline passes before the game and pictures with the mascots from Clemson and Carolina. As part of the big reveal the Clemson Tiger joined in the fun at Pine Street, as students and staff celebrated Ty'kerian's win and wagered their bets on the victor of this weekend's infamous college rivalry.
It Doesn't Get Any More Exciting  Than This...And The Winner Is...
McCracken Middle School Celebrates 
Award Winning Band Teacher, Dr. Vern Weygandt
Dr. Vern Weygandt Selected For Local Award for Excellence
We're striking up the band for our own Dr. Vern Weygandt from McCracken Middle School. This beloved Band Director was recently selected for the the Golden Apple Award by Ingles and WYFF News 4 - an honor he richly deserves. Take a look at the video below and you can see why Weygandt was the top pick for this plum award! 
WYFF News Segment Celebrates D7 Teacher

Sharing the Warmth!
Gifts of New Coats For Students at the ELC
More than 140 of our youngest students at the Early Learning Center will be bundled up in bright new coats this winter ,thanks to the kindness of three local organizations. The  coats were funded through a partnership between the Epsilon Beta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the Spartanburg Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, and Silver Hill Memorial United Methodist Church. 

Mary Deku, a longtime member of the local Alpha Kappa Alpha chapter, said the sorority's family strengthening program focuses on helping people with hunger, teaching financial literacy and providing items like winter coats. Deku said the coat drive was a particular pleasure for the women and from the looks of this little princess in the parka - our children loved it too!

Epsilon Beta Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 
with Charlene Doctor ELC Director
Cool Science Project Gets Off the Ground 
Thanks To A Grant From the Pine St. School Foundation
And...We Have Lift Off, Or Something Close To It
Teaching out of a text book may be for the birds when you can actually put science to work and build your very own flying machine. Thanks to a hands-on-lesson on how to build a hovercraft, more than 100 Pine Street 5th graders got a look at the kind of ingenuity that got Wilbur and Orville Wright off the ground in Kittyhawk. 

With the help of a grant funded by the Pine Street School Foundation, the folks from The Hovercraft Project took over the Pine St. lunchroom on November 14 and spent a full day working with students and teachers on a collaborative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) experience. Based on the sounds of success, this day at the races epitomized learning at its best, with students actually hovering over the cafeteria's hardwood floor as they zoomed across the room. The Foundation is instrumental in augmenting educational opportunities at Pine St, giving parents, grandparents and friends a wonderful way to stay connected to the 89-year school. Which by the way, just celebrated joining the National Register of Historic Places. (be sure to see our picture from the event on the sidebar to the right!)

D7 Board Salutes Julie Lonon For Service
Board Chair Julie Lonon Receives Gift of a Chair as She Retires

District 7 Board Member Julie Lonon was applauded this month before closing out 8 years of service to the school board. Lonon recalls running for the position in 2009 due to her passion for public education and a plea from former Congresswoman Liz Patterson.  During her last formal board meeting on November 14, Superintendent Russell Booker said, "Julie Lonon, alongside her colleagues, can take great pride in moving the District forward."

Lonon commented, "Some people say being on the school board is thankless, but I don't think that's true. I've been thanked many times over and the truth is the District has given me more than I've given it. So deciding not to run again was difficult, but this is the right decision for me and my family at this time in our lives." Lonon went on to commend fellow board members and Superintendent Russell Booker, for the District's innovative actions and accomplishments.  Booker said, "Julie has been a real champion for education and giving back to the community. Her leadership, passion and compassion are contagious. When she came to the Board she didn't just bring herself, she brought her husband Josh Lonon and their two sons. We want to thank Julie for the sacrifices she's made on behalf of the children, the staff and our District 7 family. She will be truly missed." 
Students in Cybersecurity Club 
Embark on National, International Competition
Cyber Vikings at their First Competition with Coach Dennis Roberts 
One day per week, a group five  students at Spartanburg High School - one senior, one junior and three sophomores - meet as the "Cyber Vikings."  They work as a team hacking into computer systems and decrypting data to identify cybersecurity vulnerabilities and protect against them, all while competing against other students from across the country in the U.S. Air Force Association's Cyber Patriot challenge.

The Cyber Vikings, an evolution of a computer club, is in its first year at the high school.  "They are learning how to find vulnerabilities," said coach Dennis Roberts. "It gives them the opportunity to learn how to protect themselves when using technology."  "For the past few years, I've enjoyed exploring the internet and tinkering with computers,"  said senior Ryan LeBoeuf.  " These interests, combined with the growing demand for computer technology majors are why I want to pursue a career in either cybersecurity or computer science."  The Cyber Vikings  competed with more than 10,000 students on 1,800 teams in early November. A second round of competition in December will determine their placement and possible advancement to state, regional and national competitions.  SHS Class of 1979 graduate, John Sinderman stepped forward to sponsor the team. Sinderman is the CEO of Pivotal IT in Spartanburg.

US Senator Tim Scott and Secretary Ben Carson
Visit Meeting Street School 
Sen. Scott and Sec. Ben Carson with Students at Meeting Street
The success of District 7's public-private partnership with Meeting Street Academy has gained national attention, drawing the eye of U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. Recently Carson, alongside Senator Tim Scott of S.C., visited Spartanburg to meet local leaders and to witness firsthand the successes of community projects that involve private investment. The national leaders  toured locations that are part of Spartanburg's revitalization efforts, including Northside Initiative sites, Harvest Park, Monarch CafĂ©, as well as District 7's, Cleveland Academy and Meeting Street Academy.  Meeting Street opened in 2012 as a private school, and recently joined the District, through a public-private partnership, as a choice school. 
Local Organizations in Spartanburg to Participate
In the District's First Health and Wellness Fair

More than 40 local organizations and businesses in the Upstate will spend the afternoon with District 7 employees on November 28 at the Whitlock Flexible Learning Center. The health fair is an initiative of the District's Human Resources Department and will offer employees a wide range of resources and information.  
November  2017

Mary H. Wright's Choir Will Leave You Cheering! Listen To This Veteran's Day Tribute!
Pretty in Pink at Carver's Collage Concert
Tommy Stokes, Anne Jeter, Rick Dizbon and Perrin Powell - Current and Past Principals at Pine St.
 This Little Punkin On a Field Trip with Jesse Boyd
Visiting Teacher from China 
Shares the Art of the Opera with SHS Students
Signing Day for SHS Athletes Carley Camp, Libby Stevens, Caroline Layne and Triston Fowler  
Carver Middle School Honors It's Very Own Grads on Veterans Day
Cooking Up Fun on Club Day at Chapman Elementary
Kirsti McEnroe Takes Gold as the State's 5A Swim Champ in Freestyle.  This 8th-Grader at McCracken is Already Swimming With the SHS Varsity Team
D7 Odyssey Educators Meet WordMaster CEO at NAGC Conference
Holiday Fun at Carver Middle, Click Here to See More of Carver's Thanksgiving Feast
Dr. Rose on The Roof, JBE's Principal Takes One For the Team
Those Boosterthon Dares! Pine St. Asst. Principal Ernest Rice Slept on The Roof As Well! Those Survival Snacks Were A Gift From Students

The District Office Staff Gearing Up For Clemson vs. Carolina! 
Pine St. Students Celebrate Colonial Day!
Viking Early College Students
 In A Book Study with

Community Leader Bill Barnet
Secretary Carson at The Cleveland Academy of Leadership

Students and Parents Enjoyed Houston's Fall Family Lunch
Fall Feasting at the
Viking Early College 
Students at Meeting Street Have Been Having Fun 
Passing Out Smiles!
2017-2018 CALENDAR

Mark Your Calendars
Mon Dec 11, 2017
7pm SHS Choir Concert
Chapman  Cultural Center 

Thur Dec 21, 2017
Half Day/End of 1st Semester 

Dec 22, 2017 - Jan 5, 2018
Winter Holidays 
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