Principal's Message

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Welcome to Houston Elementary, home of the Huskies! Houston is home to approximately three hundred seventy students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Our mission is to inspire and empower our students to reach their fullest potential. Through the continued support of parents and community, our team of dedicated teachers and staff strive to accomplish this mission each day. At Houston we believe in engaging students and fostering their individual talents, strengths and interests.
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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer
The dog days of summer are alive and well on Monday morning as students build their reading skills while bonding with adoptable dogs that are always willing to lend an ear. The program is in partnership with the Spartanburg Humane Society and is part of the State Department’s Read To Succeed initiative, which has a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Jennifer Dowis, the Summer Reading Camp Coordinator, notes the program is proving to be a huge success. Before camp started two weeks ago, many of the young readers didn’t feel good about reading aloud, according to Dowis. Now they feel more confident in their reading skills and also feel safe when reading to a dog. Though the children believe they are teaching the dogs to read, in fact, with the dog as the attentive audience (and an occasional assist from the volunteer partner), they are actually teaching themselves. According to the children, however, reading is about the dog, not about them. No embarrassment. No pressure.
The premise is that good dogs are good medicine and that the dogs will continue to help children become better readers for many years to come.
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Congratulations to Houston’s Graduating Class

Congratulations to Houston’s Graduating Class
We said goodbye to another group of Houston Huskies and couldn’t be prouder of all the great things this class has accomplished. Good luck in Middle School and in life and remember, Husky Best and Nothing Less!
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5K Author Tea!

5K Author Tea!
Mrs. Griffith’s 5 K class spent the year writing their own books and got to celebrate this amazing accomplishment by having an Author’s Tea where they each read their favorite composition to an audience of parents, teachers and their classmates and had refreshments. What a great way to end the year and to celebrate some really special writers!
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5th Grade Visits the Science Center

5th Grade Visits the Science Center
Our 5th Grade Huskies visited the Science Center downtown. We don’t stop learning or growing just because testing is over. Here Ms. Cummings and her students are getting up close and personal with a cold-blooded friend.
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Final Paws for Applause of the Year

Final Paws for Applause of the Year
We held our last Paws for Applause of the school year and recognized our Top Dogs for the month of April, gave some lucky students with perfect attendance a bicycle, and got to hear from our 3rd grade students who sang the State Song. It was a great way to close out Paws for Applause for the school year!
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