Message from the Principal

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Spartanburg High School has a long history of excellence. SHS has always and will continue to be an institution of teaching and learning. In an environment where all students have the opportunity to develop and excel academically, athletically, emotionally and socially. I am certain that the actions of our students and staff during the 2014-2015 school year will continue to add to this tradition.
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Gallup Research Kick Starts Conversation in District 7

Gallup Research Kick Starts Conversation in District 7
Dr. Tim Hodges, Director of Research with Gallup spent time in Spartanburg and the District speaking about hope, engagement, and well-being, and how measuring those outcomes can strengthen student readiness for learning.
Last year the Gallup Student Poll found that while 54% of the children surveyed felt hopeful, 46% feel stuck or discouraged about the future. Hodges noted, “That is real cause for concern.”
Next week D7 will administer the 2014 Gallup Student Poll to 1800 children in grades 5-12 with 20 questions like: “Did you smile and laugh a lot yesterday?”, “Is there an adult in my life who cares about my future?”, and “Is my school committed to building the strengths of each student?”
We believe this important feedback will help us improve hope and engagement and enable us to better prepare our students for college, career, and life.
Gallup is providing this Poll free of charge.
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Viking News

Viking News

JROTC

Congratualtions to the Spartanburg High School JROTC Unarmed Regulation Drill Platoon, which earned a trophy for its third place finish out of 13 schools at the Dorman High School Drill and Raider Classic Meet on Saturday. Caller for the platoon was Cadet Captain Jani Merritt. Members of the platoon were: Ty’Tonia Allen, Dykeria Brown, Kaleb Ellis, Alexis Foster, Avalon Flucker, Mattison Hagger, Samantha Henson, Shidarya Jeter, Sha’Nautica Lott, Billy Lowery III, Breenai Mack, Zy’Ana Miller, Shontazhia Robinson, Precious Sanders, Shemyia Smith and Justice Varner.

Cross Country Results

The SHS Boys Cross Country team placed 2nd yesterday at the Region II AAAA championships that was contested at Dorman. The top seven times for SHS and FA students are listed below:
Myers McKinney - 16:38 (All Region); Hudson McKinney - 17:09 (All Region); Zane Austill - 17:40; Harrison Carmichael - 17:58; Nathan Brown - 18:06; Layton Davis - 18:17 and Jackson Harmon - 18:50.
The Girls team placed 6th. The top seven times for SHS and FA students were: Cooper Young - 20:58; Georgia Price - 21:38; Helen Nowatka - 21:58; Louise Franke - 22:21 Hannah Jordan - 23:16; Monica Grieshop - 23:38 and Abby Hughes - 25:05.
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Important Dates and Announcements

Important Dates and Announcements

On-Line Meal Application

Parents are encouraged to fill out the free and reduced meal application on-line.
Please go to our Parent Portal and scroll down to Food Services. Click on the EZMealApp, follow instructions and you’ll receive a confirmation after you complete the application. Please note if you have more than one child in school in District Seven you may receive a meal application for each child, however to apply for free and reduced meal benefits, please complete only ONE application for all children in your household who attend a school in District Seven.
You can also set-up an account using the students 12-digit ID# in EZSchoolPay, view their account and pay on the account.

Email Address Submissions

Please contact Ms. Cheryl Means at cmeans@spart7.org with your email address information as soon as possible. We will no longer be mailing information home. All school information will be available on the website and/or will be sent to your email.

Early Dismissal Days

This year, the District 7 Board of Trustees has approved three professional development days for Spartanburg High School teachers. As you may or may not know, we have many changes coming our way as the state is changing our accountability test by implementing the ACT/Workkeys to take the place of HSAP. We are also working hard to improve our technology integration and infusing technology throughout our curriculum. It is necessary for our teachers to have the proper training to best benefit our service to your student. The three professional development days for teachers to meet the required trainings are below.
NOVEMBER 12, FEBRUARY 11, APRIL 15
On these days students will be dismissed at 1pm while teachers will go into their training sessions. We have modified the schedule below so that students will attend each class on these days. This was important to our teachers. Thanks so much for your understanding and help with this.
1st period 8:00-8:35
2nd period 8:40-9:10
3rd period 9:15-9:45
4th period 9:50-10:20
5th period 10:25-10:50 – 1st lunch
10:55-11:20 – 2nd lunch
11:25-11:50 – 3rd lunch
6th period 11:55-12:25
7th period 12:30-1:00

NHS

All returning NHS members, 1st nine weeks service hours are due  Monday, October 27th

Attention Seniors

Please see Mrs. Jones, Career Specialist, to receive your SCOIS password for career planning and graduation ASAP!

Yearbook Ad Information

The Saga Yearbook Staff would like to invite you to honor your senior child, a teacher, a staff member, an administrator, or a school group by purchasing a color ad in the yearbook. The forms are available for download under the Quick Links sidebar located on the right of our homepage. The senior ad form, payment, pictures and information sheet are due by Wednesday, October 22. Ads will be included on a first come, first served basis until available space is purchased.

Guidance - IGP Meetings

We are encouraging our sophomore and junior parents to attend a special pre-IGP evening program (Tuesday, Jan. 13th for sophomore parents and Thursday, Jan. 15th for junior parents - both at 5:30PM here in our Atrium) which will highlight many areas of importance to parents.
IGP Conference Days:
Seniors: September 15th - October 21st
Sophomores & Juniors: January 20th - February 27th
SHS Counselor Assignments:
Mrs. Snow - for students A - Delaney - calendly.com/crsnow
Mrs. Ragin - for students Delarosa – Huff - calendly.com/cragin
Mrs. Jumper – for students Hughes - Middleton - calendly.com/sajumper
Mr. Smiley – for students Miller - Shell – calendly.com/gsmiley
Mrs. Moyer – for students Shepard – Z - calendly.com/rmoyer
Please call our Guidance Office at 864-594-4410 ext. 7216 if you have any questions or if you prefer to make your IGP appointment by phone. Thank you for your support of this important initiative.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parents will have a chance to meet with teachers on Thursday, October 23rd - 3:30PM - 6:30PM and Friday, October 24th - 8AM - 12PM. Friday, October 24th is also a Staff Development Day and no school for students.

Fee Deadline

Fee notices will be sent to parents and emailed to students. Avoid the last minute rush - check with the treasurer (brburrell@spart7.org) ASAP to see if you have delinquent fees! The fee deadline is Thursday, October 23rd and 3 days detention hall (11/11 – 11/13) may be assigned for unpaid fees related to school property that has not been returned.

SHS College Application Day, Thursday, October 23rd (8:15AM - 3PM)

Seniors will have an opportunity to visit the media center during their study hall or from an elective class to complete (and submit if possible) one or more online college applications. Up to three $3 transcript fees will be waived for this day only for submitted applications. The application fees for a number of colleges and universities are also waived for this event only. College admissions counselors (and other volunteers) along with the SHS counselors will be assisting. All students and faculty are encouraged to wear their favorite college shirt or sweatshirt for this day! Last year’s seniors saved over $11, 000 in transcript and application fees on this day!

Beta Club Induction

Induction Ceremony Practice for Officers will be held Monday, October 27th at 3:30PM in 215D (for officers, speakers, and ushers). Mandatory Induction Ceremony Practice will be held Tuesday, October 28th at 3:30PM in the Atrium. This is a mandatory meeting for all participants (officers, speakers, ushers, and new members)! The Induction Ceremony will be held Tuesday, October 28th at 6:00PM in the SHS atrium.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Try outs begin Monday, November 3rd from 3:30PM-5:30PM. You must have a completed physical turned into the Athletic Department before trying out.

Wrestling

Student-athletes planning to wrestle should have a completed physical, signed parent permission, and completed concussion form prior to November 3rd. If you have questions or concerns, please see Coach Gauthier in room 341D.

Library

Calling ALL readers! On Wednesday, November 5th, drop by the library for a lunchtime book discussion. You may bring your lunch. We will meet in the conference room. Be prepared to discuss books to movies … which is better, the book or the movie and why?
Cosplay Friday will take place Thursday, November 6th during all lunches. The theme is villains versus heroes. Remember your costume needs to fit dress code policy. Dress up and win prizes!

START PLANNING FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Drop by the Career Office (located in the Main Office) and schedule a career mapping for YOUR future with Mrs. Addie Jones. Use the chart to help narrow down your careers fields. Mrs. Jones can help you in the following areas:
• The COMPASS test is the entrance exam for all South Carolina technical colleges. If you plan on attending a technical college after high school and do not attend DMTC, please sign up for the test.
• If you are interested in shadowing in a particular career field.
• If you need to pick up your SCOIS login information to start researching your career options.

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