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November,  2016
District 7 Ushers in the Holidays with SHS Groundbreaking Celebration
D7 Breaks Ground for New High School on December 14
This holiday season, the red-letter day on the District 7 calendar is Wednesday, December 14! That's when the D7 community will gather for the long-awaited groundbreaking of the new Spartanburg High School. "When you live in a District with a single flagship high school, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event," said Chief Communications Officer Sally Hammond. "We're planning a wonderful program that will include students, faculty, staff, and community leaders - a program that will also give guests a closer look at the latest renderings of the building." Designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith, the new school will include learning environments supporting 21 st century technology, a performing arts center and a comprehensive athletic complex. M.B. Kahn Construction is building the school which is slated to open in fall 2019.
Mannequin Mania Stops District 7 Students in their Tracks
SHS Football Team Has Fun With Mannequin Movie
The mannequin challenge sweeping the nation may not be a fad that sticks, but a few schools around the District are in lock-step with the trend. From the streets of New York City to the practice fields at Spartanburg High School, D7 students recently seized the opportunity to stop, drop and roll their cameras. In a video picked up by sportscasters around the region, the Viking football team put their stamp on the mannequin challenge in a brilliant scene that gives a whole new meaning to the definition of slow motion. 

McCracken Students "Freeze" in New York City
Meanwhile, in the midst of a mid-November field trip to New York City, McCracken 8th graders defied the notion that teenagers have a hard time standing still. With the help of videographers Blair Brown and Claire Stevens we've got the evidence to prove it!
The Spirit of Giving Abounds Across D7
Jesse Boyd Students Making Every Penny Count!
Stuffed with Love, From SHS and Carver Middle School
Gathered Together at Carver
Tons of Turkey at MSA
District Office Administrators Boxed Up 24 Holiday Meals
On the heels of the presidential campaign and headlines that point to a host of local and global challenges, the holidays are a welcome reminder that we can all play a role in effecting positive change in the world. In every corner of District 7 this month, students, faculty and staff have been hard at work raising funds and collecting food for a wide variety of community projects. 
At Meeting Street Academy, students headed home for the Thanksgiving holidays with an entire turkey dinner to share with their familes as a gift from faculty and staff at MSA. At Jesse Boyd, students participated in a College Coin Challenge, pitching in pennies, nickels and dimes for the Hope Children's Center in Spartanburg, while McCracken made strides for Relay for Life. At Spartanburg High School and the District 7 Administrative Office, generous hands and hearts filled more than 24 boxes and 144 bags of food that will be shared with families in need, thanks to  collaborative efforts with First Baptist Spartanburg, United Way of the Piedmont and The Department of Social Services. At Cleveland's Leadership Academy more than 100 members of the community enjoyed a pre-Thanksgiving meal on Saturday, November 19 and the list of goodwill goes on!

Dr. Booker Shares D7 Goal for Imagination Library
In addition to dozens of other wonderful outreach efforts, the D7 community can take tremendous pride in its annual campaign for the United Way of the Piedmont. With a focus this year on advancing early childhood literacy in the community, the District's contributions have primarily been geared to putting books in the hands of our youngest learners through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. With the contributions counted to date, the District will afford more than 2,000 children the opportunity to enroll in the program. If you'd like to help us reach our goal of sponsoring 2500 children, there's still time to make a donation through the District 7 annual campaign. In the meantime, thank you one and all for the gift of your time, talent and treasure. How true it is that charity begins at home!
EP Todd Is On Board for Imagination Library
Feasting on Victory, the Vikings Move On In the Playoffs
The Vikings Take Clover with a 42-28 Victory
It will be a busy Thanksgiving week for the Spartanburg Vikings. Fresh from their win against Clover on Friday November 18, the Vikings head to Laurens on November 25 to continue their push in the playoffs. Spartanburg Head Coach Chris Miller says his team has worked hard this year and their efforts are paying off. "Our players have proven their strong contenders and they're having a terrific season. Our job right now is to keep everyone healthy and leverage the momentum we've got going for another win in Laurens." If you're interested in following the Class AAAAA matchups preceding the December 17 State Championshp, you'll find the line up here on MaxPreps.
Watch Out World, Here Comes Gracie Wood
Gracie Wood with Assist. Superintendent Terry Pruitt
And the winner of this year's Best Singer in the District award goes to 7th grade McCracken student, Gracie Wood. No stranger to the stage, Gracie has been involved with a wide range of theatrical projects in her young career and recently made her mark in television news as one of 35 students in the nation to be accepted to the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. The Kids Press Corps offers children the chance to report on news that matters to them. In applauding Gracie's win as Best Singer in the District, McCracken Principal Margaret Peach said Gracie is a shining star in everything she does! "She's just one great kid. She makes everyone feel included, liked and important. She's a strong student, a talented artist and also an athlete. She's just one of the neatest people I know." 
How Do You Cook a Turkey???
Enjoy Our 2nd Annual Turkey Tutorial
In This Issue
Trottin' Out Some of Our Favorite Turkeys!

Out and About 
in the District! 
Honoring Our Veterans
Patriotism Runs 
Deep in District 7 
Chapman Students Pay Homage
SHS JROTC Salutes Our Veterans
Jesse Boyd Stands Tall
Snacks for Soldiers at Pine Street

SHS Thanking Those Who Serve
A Powerful Performance at PSS
A Dance Tribute at Mary H. Wright
EP Todd Strikes Up the Orchestra
Cleveland Leaders say Thank You
An Honored Veteran at Houston
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