Principal's Message

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Hello and welcome to Houston Elementary School, home of the Huskies!
My name is Mark Hendry and I’m excited and honored to serve as your new principal.
The 2014-2015 school year will be my twenty-third in education and ninth year as an elementary school principal.
Originally from Florida, my family and I moved to South Carolina back in 1999. My wife, Kendra, is a high school English teacher and we are the proud parents of two children. Hayden, my son, recently graduated from the Citadel and our daughter, Haley, will be a sophomore at Clemson University this year. Our family is thrilled to be joining the Houston family!
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D7 Selected to Join the Nation’s League of Innovative Schools

D7 Selected to Join the Nation’s League of Innovative Schools
Spartanburg School District Seven has been named one of 11 new members accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, by Digital Promise, a national, independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress to accelerate innovation in education.
As the only district from South Carolina tapped for membership this fall, District Seven was selected from a competitive and national pool of applicants based on its leadership, evidence of results, innovative vision for learning, and commitment to collaboration. The League now includes 57 districts and education agencies that collectively represent more than 3 million students across 27 states.
“This is a tremendous honor that certainly underscores our goal to be a model School District in the Southeast and the most innovative school district in South Carolina,” said District Seven Superintendent, Dr. Russell Booker. “Our journey to this juncture is directly tied to our dedication to enhance the educational experience of our students. Our one-to-one digital initiative, 7 Ignites, has placed a mobile learning device in the hands of every District 7 student from grades 3 through 12. The result is a level of student engagement that is exciting to see and an opportunity to accelerate our children’s ability to harness the power of technology and digital learning.”
READ MORE for link to news coverage surrounding this news
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From the Assistant Principal

Hello and welcome to the Houston Huskies website!
My name is Michelle McCoy and I couldn’t be more delighted than to be back home serving the Houston family as your assistant principal. I look forward to a successful year as we work together to achieve more.
I am originally from Spartanburg, but now reside in Taylors with my family. I am married to Bryant and we have three young sons. They are Brian (7), Brylon (5), and Bryson (2) and they keep us very busy. We wouldn’t want it any other way though!
I am excited to meet each one of you and begin getting to know your family. I am here to serve you so feel free to share any concerns and ask any questions. It’s going to be an amazing year!
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The First Tee Life Skills and Golf Skills Team Challenge

The First Tee Life Skills and Golf Skills Team Challenge
The First Tee of Spartanburg & Cherokee Counties sponsored The First Tee Life Skills & Golf Skills Team Challenge on September 26 at The Creek Golf Club. One hundred thirty-two fourth graders from thirty-three schools were selected to participate. Students competed in a skills challenge consisting of chipping, putting, and long drive. In addition, they were tested on their knowledge of the nine healthy habits (Honesty, Integrity, Courtesy, Confidence, Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Judgment, and Perseverance) and nine core values (Energy, Play, Safety, Vision, Mind, Family, Friends, School, and Community). We are proud to announce that four students from Houston were selected to participate in this event. They are: Jayden Brown, Olivia Williams, Juan Zepeda, and Ty’tayana Ballenger.
We are also proud to announce that Jayden Brown’s essay on “Safety”, one of the nine Healthy Habits, was selected as a winning essay. Congratulations, Jayden!
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