Dear Spartanburg District One Students, Parents, Families, and Communities:
Thank you for the wonderful first semester of school in District One. Fall sports, musical celebrations, theatre productions, and academic success mark the first four months of the 2016 - 2017 year. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all they have done in making the start of this school year one of the best ever! We have had a productive start with our staff and students engaged in teaching and learning.
The holiday season began with our community recognition of our veterans. Schools across the district honored the men and women who are or who have served in our armed forces. Veteran representatives also visited schools to collect approximately 25,000 Christmas cards which will be given to veterans who are in hospitals and restorative care centers. Students had a chance to show their appreciation of these veterans’ sacrifices. November also included our traditional canned food drive. This friendly competition pits Clemson fans against Carolina fans in a collection rivalry. Over 13,000 items were collected and shared with local food banks.
December events include many musical concerts and programs. I encourage you to take time to attend these events. Not only will you be delighted with the superior caliber of performance, but you will also show our young people that their many hours of practice are valued by others. A listing of these events can be found on your school’s website at www.spart1.org. I also encourage you to visit our social media accounts as well to see what is happening in your local school. We are very excited to extend our recognition of students’ efforts through the use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube by highlighting student events and achievements.
Our district’s drive toward excellence is evidenced by the many student successes realized during the first semester. Students and schools have received recognition for their creative programs, their sports programs, and their academic recognition. Excellence is not possible without vision, support, and commitment.
Thank you to our elected Board of Trustees who guide us with the resources we need to supply opportunities to all students. These individuals represent your voice and keep the vision of a South Carolina Graduate ever at the front of all decisions.
Thank you to the leadership in each school. All faculty and staff support the mission of a “student-centered education” for all students in Spartanburg School District One. Their commitment and tireless hours help create lessons which are meaningful and engaging to students.
Thank you to each of you - our community of supporters. Each day you send us your child and trust that each one of them will have a safe, clean, and nurturing environment in which to learn. I want you to know that each member of our leadership team takes this responsibility very seriously and plans for all potential emergency situations have been made, tested, and revised over many years.
Finally, thank you for the privilege of working with our students, parents, community members, and the numerous individuals who help to make our district the best One in Spartanburg County. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do to assist you and your family in continuing the success of the student in your life.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Many Blessings to each of you.