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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Superintendent Visits White House for Summit

Superintendent Visits White House for Summit
Dr. Russell Booker joined 100 school leaders from model districts nationwide who were selected by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in the first National Connected Superintendents Summit held Wednesday, November 19, at the White House. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan, and senior U.S. Department of Education staff recognized the selected superintendents for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning.
The meeting was building on the momentum of Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. The initiative aims to connect 99% of students across the country to broadband in five years, and is about empowering teachers and students with the best technology and the ability to make the most of it.
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Family First Luncheon

Family First Luncheon
Dear Families, We would like to invite you to join your child for our annual Fall Family Luncheon on Tuesday, November 18th. The cost of an adult and child lunch is $3.50. We will not be collecting money in advance. Everyone will pay at the door on the day of the luncheon. It would be very helpful if you had exact change or have your check filled out before you come (please make checks payable to Houston Elementary School). If you have more than one child at Houston and want to have lunch with all of your children at the same time, please let us know which lunch time you will be attending. We ask that you return this form by Friday, November 7th, so that we can order the amount of food needed. We do look forward to seeing you at our Fall Family Luncheon!
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Wofford Men’s Basketball Team Visits Houston

Wofford Men’s Basketball Team Visits Houston
Our students were treated to a visit from the Wofford College men’s basketball team and coaching staff on October 7. The students enjoyed a shoot-around and question and answer session with the players. All of players and coaches spoke to the students about the importance of education and working hard in school. When asked why they chose Wofford College to attend, they unanimously agreed it was because of the strong family atmosphere and academic program at Wofford.
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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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