Communication. The time is right to put together a blog for our Spartanburg Two District family: employees, parents, community and students. The purpose will be to provide some background and insight into decisions, programs, and philosophy surrounding circumstances that are impacting what we do in providing an outstanding education for the students of Boiling Springs and Chesnee. You are invited to check in periodically to see what the superintendent is thinking. You are also encouraged to contact me with your questions and suggestions; email is generally the best avenue. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four Spartanburg Two students made it to the final round of the Regional Spelling Bee this past weekend. Our students claimed 2 of the top 3 spots in the contest. Click here to read more about these amazing spellers.
Our STEM teams from Boiling Springs and Chesnee Middle schools had a combined 14 top ten event finishes at the Science Olympiad held at Newberry College on Saturday. Click here to read more about their impressive weekend.
At last evening's Board meeting we celebrated the fine arts in District Two! Recognized during the meeting were All-State Band selections Mark Demchuk (BSM), Andrew Hospodar (BS9) and Jon Richey (CHS), All-State Chorus selection Jonathan Martz (BSHS) and All-State Orchestra selections Alex Forrest (BSHS) and Isiah Miller (CHS-not pictured).
A big congratulations is also due to the directors and instructors that helped make these achievements possible: Dr. Carla Tucker, Rob Smith, Tammie Burrows, Norman Neff, Dennis Stepp and Debbie Cooper.
Chesnee Middle School and Boiling Springs Middle School hosted more than two dozen exchange students from China last week.
The students stayed with host families in the community and shadowed a student during the day.
At a farewell ceremony on Friday at BSM, one exchange student said, “I like it here. It is so free.” That same student expressed his desire to one day return to the United States.
CMS principal Rob Hayes said he was “excited and honored” to host the Chinese students.
This is the first year CMS has hosted students and the fourth year for BSM.
Click here to watch a video about the exchange students’ visit.
U.S. Women’s National Team star Ali Krieger paid a visit to Oakland Elementary School to talk about the importance of having a healthy lifestyle. Krieger’s visit was sponsored by Smucker’s Foodservice as part of their Get Out and Grow garden promotion. Oakland was chosen among 1400 other schools as the winner of the promotion. During her visit to Oakland, Krieger presented the school with a check for $15,000 on behalf of Smucker’s. The money will be used to develop the school’s gardens. Click here to see some of the highlights of Krieger’s visit.
Students from Boiling Springs Intermediate School made a special trip to help their younger peers at Hendrix Elementary School become better writers. Each 5k student from HES was paired with a BSIS student and they collaborated to write a story.
Click here to see the students in action.