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Spartanburg School District One
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February 2018
IIS Teacher Receives Teaching Excellence Award
Maddy Gentry, a fifth-grade teacher at Inman Intermediate School, has been named a recipient of the 2017 Childers Education Foundation Teaching Excellence Award from Furman University.

Gentry, who earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Furman in May 2017, received a $1,500 award during a conferral ceremony and special reception at Furman last month. A committee of Furman faculty, along with school administrators and mentor teachers who worked closely with award nominees, used three main criteria in selecting Gentry for the award: love of content, love of teaching, and love of student. “Ms. Gentry is constantly working to learn more in order to plan lessons that are engaging, high-quality, challenging, and differentiated to meet the needs of each and every one of her students,” said Margaret Bucher, an adjunct instructor at Furman University and one of Gentry’s mentors. 

“Teaching is not just a job to me. I see it as a life calling,” said Gentry, who is also pursuing her M.A. Degree with a concentration in Special Education from Furman. “When I am in a classroom that is full of students who are ready and eager to learn, I am the happiest I have ever been. I am proud to call myself a teacher.”

The award for first-year teachers was established in 2009 by Marybeth Bunting Childers '80, an education major at Furman who founded two schools and was named North Carolina Teacher of the Year, and her husband, Alfred Childers '80, a former member of Furman’s Board of Trustees.

Nothing Could Be Finer
Have you heard the exciting news?!

Chapman High School has been named a Palmetto’s Finest finalist! After completing a rigorous application process and on-site visit from a  South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) evaluation committee, CHS is now a finalist for one of the state’s most prestigious education awards.

The final announcement will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:45 p.m. and will be streamed live to each of the finalist schools. Congratulations!
L to R: Dr. Ron Garner, Superintendent, Mr. Ty Dawkins, CHS Principal, Mrs. Molly Spearman, SC State Superintendent, Dr. Andrew McMillan, CHS Asst. Principal
L to R: Dr. Ron Garner, Superintendent, Mr. Ty Dawkins, CHS Principal, Mrs. Molly Spearman, SC State Superintendent, Dr. Andrew McMillan, CHS Asst. Principal
No Flu Zone
Sharing is caring unless you are talking about the flu! In an effort to reduce the spread of the flu virus, District One students have shared some helpful hints for how to keep yourself healthy throughout this flu season.
Kelli Coons Named Spartanburg Young Professional
Congratulations to Mrs. Kelli Coons, Technology Integration Coach at Landrum Middle School, for being named as a Spartanburg Young Professional.

This initiative was launched by Spartanburg Young Professionals (SYP) in an effort to enhance the visibility of young professionals’ contributions, recognizing ten individuals between the ages of 21 and 40 who are making an impact on Spartanburg through work or service in various industries.

Mrs. Coons has been recognized for her contributions to the field of Innovation (STEM) and was selected through a rigorous nomination and vetting process.

Over 300 nominations were submitted for consideration in which the SYP Board of Directors identified the top three candidates in each category; finally, more than 700 individuals within the community ranked the finalists to select the awardees.
Mark Your Calendars
Mark your calendars! As of today, we have missed five days of school due to inclement weather. State law requires that students make up at least 3 days which are built into our calendar. This year, our built in make up days are February 19, March 30, and June 4.

Due to missing school on September 11, (Hurricane Irma), January 8, January 17, January 18, and January 19, students will now attend school on February 19, March 30, and June 4. 

Once the three built in make up days have been used, state law allows local school boards to forgive up to 3 additional days once the built in days have been made up. At this point, we will propose for our board to forgive January 18 and January 19, which will give them the ability to forgive one additional day, should we have any other inclement weather closures. 

In the event that we exceed 6 days missed, the State Board of Education has the ability to forgive up to 3 additional days. Should a district miss 10 or more days, it's up to the state legislature to forgive the additional days.
Are you Kinder-Ready?
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
All District One Elementary Schools

It is time to begin thinking about KINDERGARTEN! Spartanburg School District One will hold screenings for four-year-old kindergarten (4K) and registration for five-year-old kindergarten (5K) on  Tuesday, March 13, 2018 from 7:30 AM until 4:00 PM , in all elementary schools. Listed below are the items that will be required on registration day. We look forward to meeting our new class of kindergarten students and working together to ensure they are all KINDER-READY!
 
Students must meet eligibility requirements in order to be served in four-year-old programs.

  • Child must be four years old by September 1, 2018. Based on screening results, the child may or may not be placed in a four-year-old program.

  • Must provide a birth certificate supplied by the state in which the child was born. A hospital birth certificate is not acceptable. (A copy of the original birth certificate will be made and returned at registration.)

  • Must provide an up-to-date immunization certificate from the state of South Carolina or a medical exemption certificate. Pink immunization records will not be accepted.

  • Must provide proof of residency using one of the following: tax receipt, rental receipt, deed to property, lease or realtor contract.
 
To register a child for 5-year-old kindergarten, the following must be met and/or provided:

  • Child must be five years old by September 1, 2018.

  • Must provide a birth certificate supplied by the state in which the child was born. A hospital birth certificate is not acceptable. (A copy of the original birth certificate will be made and returned at registration.)

  • Must provide a completed immunization certificate from the state of South Carolina or a medical exemption certificate. Pink immunization records will not be accepted.

  • Must provide proof of residency which must be documented using one of the following: tax receipt, rental receipt, deed to property, lease or realtor contract.

D1 Snow Day: Behind The Scenes
Have you ever wondered what happens in the district on a snow day? The District One maintenance and grounds crews work tirelessly on inclement weather days to expedite the clearing of our campuses, driveways, and student drop-off zones. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to ensuring the safety of our students everyday.

Here is a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on across the district on "Snow Days" to prepare a safe return for our students and staff.
Coach Mark Hodge Selected As NFHS Sectional Coach of the Year
Congratulations to Coach Mark Hodge for being named the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association Sectional Coach of the Year!

Coach Hodge was selected from coaches across the southern region to include the states of AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, and TN! We are very proud of Coach Hodge and the impact he has made not only at Chapman High School but across the entire District One community and beyond.

INSIDE D1: OPE Artists In Residence
District One is excited to introduce a new video series entitled INSIDE D1, which will provide a behind-the-scenes look inside our schools and district. The first "INSIDE D1" video features O.P. Earle Elementary School and how they integrate the arts through artists in residency.

Renowned Charleston-based contemporary artist, Tate Nation, and founding director of Kinetic Works in Charlotte, North Carolina, Martha Connerton, worked as artists in residence with students of O.P. Earle Elementary School from January 22-25, 2018.

Artist Tate Nation is a visual artist who specializes in using non-traditional tools to create his paintings. His works are lively, whimsical, and full of texture and colors inspired by Carribean art. His works have been commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service, Coca-Cola, Delta and United Airlines, among many others. 

Artist Martha Connerton is the developer and director of Kinetic Works, which is a multifaceted company whose mission is to foster awareness of dance as an art form that impacts lives. Martha is a creative artist who uses her experiences in ballet and modern dance to bring residencies to schools around the Carolinas.

Mr. Nations worked with fifth grade students on exploring their creativity through painting, while Ms. Connerton worked with second and third grade students on a dance-along book program focusing on a fairy tale unit of dance.
2018-2019 School Calendar
The 2018-2019 District One calendar is now available. Click the button below to access the downloadable PDF!
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