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Dear Spartanburg District One Students, Parents, Families, and Communities:
 

As the 2016-2017 school year draws to an end, I reflect in admiration and respect for the work that has been done by our students, teachers, administrators, staff, parents, and community in making our mission of "a quality student-centered education” a reality.  Because of our combined efforts, the commitment to excellence and our sense of dedication, our students continue to achieve success. I applaud you for making selfless contributions throughout the school year.  Together, we have prepared our students with a strong foundation of skills and knowledge to succeed in their educational pursuits.

It is at times such as this that we take the opportunity to pause and reflect on the wonderful efforts and achievements of our students over the past year. The rich fabric of opportunities for students in our schools and the collective efforts of everyone involved to help students access these opportunities are truly commendable. Service projects, performance events, field trips, college visits, athletic events, art festivals, academic awards, summer camps, celebrations, and the list of other events, too long to mention, are what makes our district so unique and exceptional. I would like to address all of the outstanding groups who have made this school year so extraordinary.

Congratulations to our graduates! Please continue in your perseverance and hard work as you quickly approach your last days as high school students. Soon we will celebrate your graduation, where, for the last time, you will all be gathered in one place. You will listen to speeches. You will hear your friends sing and the band play, and you will realize even more than ever before how good they sound. Most importantly, know that graduation does not end your story. You have lived in a community that cares deeply about you. Here you have learned and demonstrated our core values of compassion, integrity, respect, responsibility, and service with generations past. I wish you the best in all future endeavors and I hope that you will stay in touch to share your journeys.

I also thank our parents for entrusting us with your children and allowing us to spend nine months together with them in our classrooms. Together, we have lived, loved, laughed, played, studied, learned, and enriched our lives this year. Our children's level of thinking and their growing ability to understand sophisticated concepts have amazed us. Our hope is that we give them back months wiser, more responsible, and more mature than when we encountered them. It was a joy and an honor to be a part of their learning and progress.

To our teachers, you are an outstanding team of educators who – not only are highly qualified and prepared in your subject areas – but also sincerely care and are dedicated to all students. As we strive to promote healthy developments in all aspects of each student’s life, we also strive to develop our schools with character where students make good choices and decisions resulting in successful and healthy outcomes. You encourage students to demonstrate the best of themselves every moment of every day and to make positive contributions to groups, team sport, and organizations to which they belong. We honored our retirees this spring who have provided decades of service to our students, families, and colleagues. All of them have made extraordinary contributions to our schools and community, and leave a remarkable legacy. We are grateful for their work, but are only beginning to understand their legacy.

As we begin preparing for the 2017-2018 school year, my commitment to our children and you will be expanding our opportunities for our students to be college and career ready. This focus is intended to help us improve our efforts to provide effective instruction and promote increased performance of all students in Spartanburg District One. Simply stated, our vision is to have a system full of today’s learners who will be tomorrow’s leaders.

In closing, Spartanburg County School District One is only as strong as the people it serves. That is you, the students, faculty, staff, parents, community, and board members. We will continue to count on your support as we work hard to provide the best learning environment and to meet the needs of every student entrusted to our daily care. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts.

As a final point, as you attend graduation and award ceremonies over the next few weeks, I hope you will take time to celebrate these events as a family. My hope is that you have a wonderful summer filled with rest and relaxation. If I can ever be of service to you or your family, please do not hesitate to let me know.



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