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Dr. Russell Booker Shares the State of the District and Applauds Graduating Seniors in Viking Early College

Viking Early College Students Talk About the Program

In his sixth State of the District address on Thursday, March 30, Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker took key stakeholders and friends of the District through an informative update that underscored accomplishments from the academic year. Pointing to the tremendous gains in the District's push to promote early college programs, Dr. Booker noted students have earned nearly 1,600 total college credit hours through such programs as the Viking Early College, Spartanburg Scholars Academy, Spartanburg County's Early College High School and onsite dual credit at Spartanburg High School. Established in 2013, the Viking Early College, in partnership with Spartanburg Community College, has been a resounding success and this year will see its first cohort of graduating seniors. Using 3-D virtual technology, Booker shared the latest  i mages from the new elementary school currently under construction and the new high school, which is slated to open in the Fall of 2019. Mary H Wright's 5th Grade Leadership Club greeted guests as they arrived and The Cleveland Academy of Leadership Choir stole the show with an upbeat musical performance entitled, Tomorrow. 

Students from the Cleveland Academy Wowed the Crowd

The State of the District Address was recorded in its entirety and will soon be featured on the District 7 website. 
Milliken Rolls Out Carpet for Graduating Seniors in the Viking Early College
Viking Early College Seniors at the Milliken Customer Center

With only weeks away from the end of the school year, the 1st cohort of graduating seniors from the Viking Early College had the unique opportunity on Friday, March 31 to extend their thanks to leaders in the community who have helped support their education. After touring Milliken with company associate Jared Singleton, the students spent time with community leaders, George Dean Johnson Jr. and Bill Barnet, and Spartanburg Community College President Henry Giles  - all of whom play a tremendous role in the ongoing success of the Viking Early College. Our thanks to Milliken CEO and President Harold Chandler for hosting what the students say, "was an unforgettable experience!"
Spartanburg County Foundation Honors District 7's Own Dr. Gloria Close
Dr. Gloria Close Accepts Mary L. Thomas Award

Like one of Horatio Alger's coming-of-age novels, Dr. Gloria Close has a life story that would make for an inspiring movie. Recently honored with the prestigious Mary L. Thomas Award by the Spartanburg County Foundation, Dr. Close, who has been a District 7 educator for 15 years, was recognized for decades of service and a quiet determination to help homeless families in the community.

As one of six children, raised by parents who worked in a cotton mill, Close says she remembers what it was to be poor. At an early age, she knew education would be her "ticket to opportunity." That relentless determination motivated Close to obtain a masters and doctoral degree from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina. She continues her accomplished career as an advocate for others and a champion for children. 

Congratulating Close on behalf of the District, Dr. Russell Booker said, "Gloria has served as a guidance counselor for several District 7 schools, including McCracken Middle School, Spartanburg High School's Freshman Academy and now the Viking Early College. She has devoted her professional and personal life to helping young people pave their way to success. Whether pushing our students to reach for more or cultivating their confidence along the way, Gloria knows no limits when it comes to inspiring our children to reach for their dreams." 
District 7 Publishes 2017-2018 Academic Calendar

Click here to download a copy and for an informative narrative on the calendar click here
Vikings Celebrate Annual Academic  Excellence Program

SHS Academic Excellence Program
In an evening reserved to
honor the best of the best, Spartanburg High School's annual Academic Excellence Program, on March 20, paid tribute to a wide range of student accomplishments.

Spartanburg High School Principal Jeff Stevens says the program has a rich tradition and is an important event for the District. "We've been doing this since 1990 to recognize academic excellence at Spartanburg High School. Not only do we recognize our brightest students, many of these young people stand among the most academically elite students in South Carolina." Stevens says more than 330 students in grades 9-12 were recognized. "That's the most we've ever had, and it's certainly a testimony to the rigor of our program and the commitment our kids bring to their studies every single day." 

Converse College President Krista Newkirk, the featured speaker, encouraged students to find strength in adversity. Newkirk, whose son is a sophomore at SHS, challenged students to pursue their dreams with drive and determination.
Converse President Krista Newkirk at Spartanburg High School
Viking Tennis Team Nets Another National Title
The Spartanburg Boys Tennis Team defended its Deco-Turf High School National Team title on March 25 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Sixteen teams from 14 states were represented in this year's tournament. No. 1-seeded SHS defeated three top-seeded teams to reach the final match against No. 2 seed Northview High School from Atlanta.  
The following players participated in the tournament: Bryce Keim, Chambers Easterling, Spencer Brown, Omar Williams, Ashe Ray, Arpit Rana, Jackson Pye, Will Cubitt, and Rushil Patel. Spartanburg is only the second team to repeat as champions in the tourney's 11-year history. Coach Todd Seagle said the Vikings showed they can handle the challenge and will be ready for the remainder of this season.  

Kindergarten Registration Runs Though April 20
Pre-school registration for the 2017-2018 school year is going on now through April 21, Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., at all District 7 elementary schools and early learning centers. The District offers 4-year-old kindergarten programs at the Early Learning Center and Cleveland Academy; 3- and 4-year-old programs at Meeting Street; and a fee-based, 3- and 4-year-old Montessori program at E.P. Todd. For more information, visit our website or call (864) 594-6190. 
More From the  2016-2017 State of the District
Seen Around Seven

More Family Fun at EP Todd

Chapman 4th Graders Take Part
in the Jr. Lego Expo at Chapman Cultural Center on March 18
Those Jesse Boyd Singers
Are On the Move
Mary H. Wright Students Get Silly and Seussical with Friends
from the Church of the Advent
And This Cute "Thing" Comes to Us from Meeting Street Academy
EP Todd Takes a Bow for Bringing The Lion King to Spartanburg
One Little Lion - One Mighty Roar!

Board Member Meg Clayton Laces Up for Pine St.'s 4th Annual Fun Run!
A Couple Of Cool Cats
from Chapman Elementary
Check Out These Carver Crusaders
Comic Book Artist J. Chris Campbell Visits Carver Middle School
The Cast From EP Todd's Lion King

A Moovin and Groovin Concert Rocks The Early Learning Center at Park Hills
More Musicals Coming
Your Way in April and May
April 13 and 14 at 6:30pm
Join The Pups 
at Mary H. Wright for 101 Dalmatians
April 20 at 9am and 6:30pm

Peter Pan Takes Flight at McCracken Middle School, May 4 and 5
D7 Performs  Nun Other Than 

Spartanburg School District 7 will present SISTER ACT: A DIVINE COMEDY at the Chapman Cultural Center  May 25-28. 
Ticket information will be released soon, but mark your calendar now. Presented by D7's musical theatre students, this is a show you won't want to miss. 
Other Important Dates

Mon Apr 3 - Fri Apr 7
Spring Holidays
Tue Apr 11
6pm School Board Meeting
Wed Apr 19
Early Release Day
Sat Apr 22
SHS Prom
Wed Apr 26
Progress Reports
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