Houston Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award!

Houston Teacher Wins Golden Apple Award!
WYFF’s Geoff Hart was recently at Houston to do a story on our Reading Interventionist, Sherrie Jeffries who is being presented with a Golden Apple award for her efforts in childhood literacy. We are so proud of you Ms. Jeffries!
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Houston Teacher Featured in Upstate Parent Magazine!

Houston Teacher Featured in Upstate Parent Magazine!
One of our 4th grade teachers, Shanita Wallace, was recently featured in Upstate Parent magazine! We are so proud of her! Here is the link to the article:
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December Paws for Applause

December Paws for Applause
We finished up our Fall Semester with our monthly Paws for Applause along with some holiday sing-a-longs for our students and faculty. Pictured here are students who have read 3000 minutes this semester!
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Houston Holiday Express

Houston Holiday Express
Join us for our annual Holiday Express on December 14th from 5:30 - 7:30 (PM). We will have food and crafts, and of course, Santa will be here for pictures with our students! We can’t wait for a fun night of food, fun, and fellowship.
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Young Women and Men of Honor

Young Women and Men of Honor
Our 5th graders recently attended a session in our Media Center with former Wofford student and football player Jared Singleton. Mr. Singleton graduated with a degree in Accounting and is currently a Credit Analyst with Milliken and Company. He talked to our students about the importance of work ethic and perseverance.
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Fall Family Luncheon 2017

Fall Family Luncheon 2017
Our annual Fall Family Luncheon was a huge success this year as parents, friends, and family all ate a Thanksgiving meal together in the gym. This is one of the days every year that really shows what a special place Houston is.
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November Paws for Applause

November Paws for Applause
We recognized our Top Dogs, Terrific Kids for the month, as well as our Houston Vikings championship football team (pictured) who defeated the Cleveland/Chapman team this past Saturday to win the league trophy for a second straight year!
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October Paws for Applause

October Paws for Applause
Every month we recognize student achievements by having our big Paws for Applause celebration. This month we recognized this month’s Top Dogs, Terrific Kids, and so much more!
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Red Ribbon Week 2017

Red Ribbon Week 2017
The theme of Red Ribbon Week 2017 is “Your Future is Key”. On the week of October 23-27 Houston will be having special student events each day. Click below to see the full schedule.
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3 Huskies Win Art Awards!

3 Huskies Win Art Awards!
Houston is so proud to recognize three students who received art awards from the Piedmont Interstate and SC State Fairs. Sadie Rubino placed 1st in Mixed-Media and Aubrey Chapman placed 2nd in Mixed-Media at the Piedmont Interstate Fair! De’Mia Stevenson received Honorable Mention in 2-D from the SC State Fair! We are so proud of these talented young ladies! Keep up the good work!
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Houston Read-A-Thon!

Houston Read-A-Thon!
Dozens of guest readers from all over our District and community were at Houston for our Read-A-Thon to read to our students. Everywhere one looked one could see students and their “reading partners” tucked into corners or even sitting in the hall reading. It was an amazing event!
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Walk to School Day

Walk to School Day
Houston held its annual Walk to School day and we had a great turnout! Students, teachers, and parents met at Willow Lane and walked down Skylyn Dr. to our grounds and then proceeded to walk around our quarter mile track. By the time we finished, every student participated in Walk to School Day!
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September Paws for Applause

September Paws for Applause
We held our monthly Paws for Applause celebration and celebrated our favorite thing here at Houston: Student Achievement. Pictured here are some of our Terrific Kids for September.
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Book Fair is Oct. 2-6, Family Literacy Night Oct. 5th

Book Fair is Oct. 2-6, Family Literacy Night Oct. 5th
The Scholastic Book Fair will be in our Media Center during the week of October 2-6. It will be open from 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM each day.
We will also have a special night of Family Fun during this week on Thursday, October 5th. A free spaghetti dinner will be provided from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM. After dinner, be sure to stop by the gym to play some of the arcade games our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders created as part of the Cardboard Challenge. From 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, please stop by your child’s classroom(s) to enjoy creating your very own Story Catcher and, of course, reading with your child. The Book Fair will be open as well during this event. A few other surprises are in store so be sure to come!
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You’re Invited to the Read-a-Thon Event!

You’re Invited to the Read-a-Thon Event!
Our Fall PTO fundraiser is underway, and we are excited about our big Read-a-Thon event that will take place during the school day on Friday, October 6. As part of the day’s festivities, we are inviting you to come and be one of our guest readers. Join us for a light breakfast from 8 AM - 8:30 AM in the cafeteria. Then, all of our guest readers will go and read with our students from 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM. Our entire school will be reading all over the school in classrooms, hallways, the gym, etc. We can’t wait!
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Walk to School Day is October 4th

Walk to School Day is October 4th
It’s time to lace up those tennis shoes and get ready for some fun! Wednesday, October 4th is International Walk to School Day! Schools all across our district, state, country, and world will be participating. Come and enjoy exercising with your child and all of our Houston family from 7 AM - 7:45 AM. We have two options for you to choose from regarding how you would like to participate. The first option is to meet Coach Andrews at the Willow Place shopping area located at the corner of Skylyn Drive and Willow Lane at 7 AM. You may park there and then walk with your child down Skylyn Drive to our school. The walk will continue around the track of the 1st/2nd Grade playground. The second option is to park at our school and begin walking the track at 7:15 AM. Eventually our entire school family will come together, and we will be walking the track around the 1st/2nd Grade playground. Following the walk, we will have light refreshments for everyone to enjoy. We look forward to having you!
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Huskies Sends Supplies to Flood Victims

Huskies Sends Supplies to Flood Victims
We completed our “Houston Helping Houston” project and delivered an entire truckload of bottled water, clothing, and other needed supplies to the Red Cross for delivery to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. Thank you to everyone who helped us, and more importantly, them out.
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Houston helping Houston

Houston helping Houston
Our Huskies are pitching in to collect supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. We’ve collected an impressive amount of needed supplies which we will be delivering to the American Red Cross. Thank you to everyone who has donated!
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Back to School Bash!

Back to School Bash!
We welcomed our students back to Houston with a big party this year! Dr. Sonia Leverette was on hand to read our students her book BJ’s Big Dream, which everyone really enjoyed. We also recognized all of our new students and teachers to Houston.
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Amazing First Day of School at Houston!

Amazing First Day of School at Houston!
It was wonderful to welcome back all of our Huskies (and to welcome quite a few new ones)! Our first day back was full of new opportunities to learn and grow along with lots of smiling faces.
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The Last First Day of Kindergarten

The Last First Day of Kindergarten
Candace Chapman and Carol Foster are legendary to us here at Houston and will be retiring at the end of the school year. Everything that is good about Houston Elementary is embodied in these two dedicated educators. We will enjoy this year with them and miss them dearly when we begin a new school year without them.
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Houston Welcomes New Staff Members!

Houston welcomes the following staff members to the Husky family-
Argyl Brewton, Assistant Principal
Jackie Drummond, School Counselor
Rosemary Foux, Kindergarten
Alexis Howlett, Odyssey
Suzanne McEntire, Reading Intervention
Carolyn Miller, 5th Grade
Stacey Vinesett, Special Education
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Meet the Teacher

Meet the Teacher
We had a huge turnout for our 2017-18 Meet the Teacher here at Houston. Thank you to all the parents and guardians who came out to see us today!
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Thank you to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church

Thank you to St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church
Every year, members of this wonderful church give up their time and money to ensure that our Huskies have the school supplies necessary to begin the school year. Their thoughtfulness and generosity is certainly appreciated!
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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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Congratulations to Our Terrific Kid of the Year - McKayla Williams

Congratulations to Our Terrific Kid of the Year - McKayla Williams
McKalya Williams is Houston’s Terrific Kid of the Year and is pictured here (4th from the left) with Dr. Booker and the winners from the other elementary schools in the District at a special ceremony honoring them all. Congratulations McKayla, we are PROUD of you!
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Mrs. Shaw’s Class Visits the Greenville Zoo

Mrs. Shaw’s Class Visits the Greenville Zoo
Some of our Kindergarten and 1st Grade students spent the day at the Greenville Zoo. Here they are checking out the king of beasts!
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Houston Band, Orchestra and Chorus Concert

Houston Band, Orchestra and Chorus Concert
Our school was treated to an amazing concert by our Band, Orchestra and Chorus! We are very proud of these students and all of the progress they have made this year.
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5th Grade Field Trip to Atlanta

5th Grade Field Trip to Atlanta
Our 5th grade spent the day in Atlanta! While there they visited the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coke and had lunch at The Varsity Drive-In. Here they are pictured in front of the house in which Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born.
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Zion Williamson Headlines March Paws for Applause!

Zion Williamson Headlines March Paws for Applause!
Our monthly Paws for Applause was full of student performances, art award winners, multiplication medallion recipients, Top Dogs and Terrific Kids! We are proud of all of these students. The students were excited and surprised as well to have Zion Williamson from Spartanburg Day School visit us as well!
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Houston Career Fair

Houston Career Fair
Houston’s Career Fair was a huge success this year with our students having the opportunity to speak to dozens of professionals throughout our community. This gives our students a unique opportunity to begin thinking about the possibilities lying within their futures. A special thank you to our School Counselor Nichole Walker for organizing the event.
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Houston PTO Game Night a Big Success!

Houston PTO Game Night a Big Success!
We had a blast at our PTO Game Night! Students and their families played games, ate pizza, and got to visit our Book Fair. The storm passing through Spartanburg did nothing to dampen our Husky Pride!
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Huskies Place First in Archery Tournament

Huskies Place First in Archery Tournament
The Houston Archery Team coached by Scott Andrews recently placed FIRST OVERALL in a tournament held at Pine Street Elementary School. We are super proud of coach and all of our Houston Archery Team.
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4th Grade Huskies in Charleston

4th Grade Huskies in Charleston
Our 4th grade students, teachers, and parents worked very, very hard to make the field trip to Charleston possible and boy was it worth it! Pictured here is the entire group on an “Eco Tour”.
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Read Across America Character Parade

Read Across America Character Parade
Read Across America Week culminated here at Houston with our students and faculty dressing as their favorite book characters and parading up and down our hallways to cheers and applause. What a great way to celebrate our students AND a love of reading!
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February Paws for Applause

February Paws for Applause
Our February Paws for Applause was PACKED with celebrations of student achievement. From 3rd Graders being recognized for Multiplication Medallions to the massive number of Top Dog winners (pictured here) we certainly had a lot to celebrate here at Houston!
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Vikings and Huskies Team Up!

Vikings and Huskies Team Up!
Every Wednesday, a handful of Spartanburg High School football players and Coach Miller come over to spend time with a few upper grade level students. The goal is to help the younger students understand that academics come before athletics. It is an opportunity for the players and students to share their journeys with each other and simply spend time together on a focused task.
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Young Men and Women of Honor

Young Men and Women of Honor
Young Men and Women of Honor is a program to expose students to various careers, by inviting members of the Spartanburg/Greenville community who successfully work in those fields, to speak with our students for 10 to 15 minutes about their jobs and how they acquired them. In addition, this program will help our students understand the importance of dressing to impress, as well as various social graces such as proper etiquette (using the right utensils at a formal dinner, etc.) and when to use certain salutations, just to name a few.
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Houston Reading Buddies

Houston Reading Buddies
Some 6th grade students from Spartanburg Day School walked down Skylyn Drive to partner with our 1st graders in working on reading skills. It was great to see such community with our neighboring school!
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January Paws for Applause

January Paws for Applause
We are always eager and excited to celebrate our Huskies and all that they have achieved and this Paws for Applause was FULL of Top Dogs, Terrific Kids, and even a former All-American OL from the Unversity of Alabama and former Houston student in Mr. Boogie Cash. We had a great time celebrating our students!
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Enjoy Our New “Little Free Library”

Enjoy Our New “Little Free Library”
The next time you drive your vehicle down the road in front of our school please take a moment to visit our new “Little Free Library”. You can’t miss it. It is red, white and blue and full of books just waiting to be read. The library was built by our very own 4th and 5th grade students. During the project the students learned about tools, design and teamwork. The idea is to “Take a Book, Bring a Book”. Simply bring a book from home and exchange it for one inside the “Little Free Library”. Special thanks goes to the following students for the outstanding work they did to build the library: Emmanuel Gonzalez, Jessica Gonzalez, Daniel Greer, Rachel Greer, Erik Knight, Rodney Littlejohn, Jazlyn Montgomery, Paul Quirola, Bobby Randall, Hanna Sizemore, Lily Smith
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Husky Imagination Lab in Full Swing!

Husky Imagination Lab in Full Swing!
Houston students continue to use their creativity and imagination in the Media Center. Here, Ms. Collins’ first grade classes uses Lego blocks to build four-side structures.
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Houston Spreads Literacy

Houston Spreads Literacy
You’ve heard the expression – if you build it they will come – well this is a story about a group of students and teachers at Houston Elementary School who took on a building project that’s promoting literacy in their school and community, and it also reflects the work our District is doing through 7Reads.
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Husky Spelling Bee

Husky Spelling Bee
January is Spelling Bee month here at Houston and pictured here are all of our class winners. Our overall winner is Justin Farr and our alternate is Chloe Capps. They will be attending the District Spelling Bee on behalf of Houston. We are really proud of ALL of these amazing students!
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Holiday Paws for Applause!

Holiday Paws for Applause!
We recognized our December Terrific Kids and our Top Dogs for their classroom achievements this morning! We followed that up with three songs from our wonder Houston Husky Chorus and then hand a sing along of our favorite holiday favorites with our own Candy Chapman leading us on piano. A wonderful time was had by all!
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Houston Chorus Visits Eden Terrace

Houston Chorus Visits Eden Terrace
The Houston Chorus visited Eden Terrace, Cleveland Park, and the District Office to perform! They enjoyed some down time at Mr. Gattis!
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November Paws for Applause

November Paws for Applause
We spent another fun-filled morning celebrating students for their special talents and academic achievements this morning! We had tons of parents show up to help us celebrate!
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Veteran’s Day 2016

Veteran’s Day 2016
We were honored to have Lt. Colonel Carl Richardson of the United States Army at Houston for this year’s Veteran’s Day celebration. We honored those that have served and are serving by singing and by listening attentively to Lt. Colonel Richardson’s remarks.

Houston Students Participate in Groundbreaking for New Elementary School

Houston Students Participate in Groundbreaking for New Elementary School
Several Houston students, along with students from Chapman Elementary, were on hand today to help Dr. Booker and the Board of Trustees break ground for the new elementary school which will house both Houston and Chapman students beginning in the 2018-19 school year. It was a perfect day for the event and a memorable event for the students involved.
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Coach Miller and the Vikings visit Houston

Coach Miller and the Vikings visit Houston
Coach Miller and several of his Spartanburg High School Vikings visited Houston for our monthly Family First breakfast this morning to talk to our students about positive work ethic and attitude. We know that the Coach is a busy man and we appreciate him taking time out of his schedule to have a positive impact on our students.
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Houston Literacy Night

Houston Literacy Night
Our Literacy Night was a lot of fun and between the Brusters Ice Cream, the Book Fair in the Media Center, and a slew of guest readers in costume reading their favorite books, our students and parents had a great time celebrating our love of reading!
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Huskies Walk to School

Huskies Walk to School
Our 2016 Walk to School day was a huge success and we had a great turnout! Even though it was a little chilly (finally), our entire track was covered with students, parents and teachers walking and talking and demonstrating the close-knit community that makes Houston such a special place to be.
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Houston Competes at First Tee

Houston Competes at First Tee
Congratulations to Coach Scott Andrews and the Houston First Tee team who competed at The Creek golf course this week and placed 2nd out of 54 teams! We are so proud of these young people!
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Christy Henderson Visits Houston

Christy Henderson Visits Houston
Our 4th Graders got a real treat this week as Christy Henderson, Chief Meteorologist at News Channel 7 paid us a visit in our Media Center. She discussed all types of weather with our students, as well as detailing the many instruments that are used in predicting it. A big thank you goes out to our 4th Grade faculty for arranging the visit.
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Imagination Station is in Full Swing

Imagination Station is in Full Swing
Our 5th Graders recently got a chance to try out some of our new Makerspace material as they were tasked with building the tallest structure they could. Using K’Nex, the students were able to be as creative as they wanted in this hands-on activity.
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Welcome Back Huskies!

Welcome Back Huskies!
August 15th was a great day because we welcomed our Houston Huskies back to school for another great year! Welcome back everyone!
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Thank You St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church!

Thank You St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church!
Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church has been busy packing bags of school supplies for our students. Thank you St. Chris for your efforts in supporting our school!
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School Supply Lists

School Supply Lists
We have added links to our Supply Lists for next year. Please look on the right side of your screen and scroll all the way to the bottom to find them please. Thanks!

Register Your Child For School

Register Your Child For School
Please remember that all of our students will need to be registered for school using our new online registration program called Infosnap. This is for returning students and those new to our school district.
To access Infosnap please go to our district website at Spartanburg7.org Once you are on the district homepage look on the right side of the screen under the Infosnap information.
A snapcode is required for returning students to complete the process. Snapcodes were sent home with students at the end of the school year. If you have misplaced your child’s snapcode please come our main office to receive it. New students to our district won’t have a snapcode and will need to create an account.
Please be aware that new students to our school district will also need to come to the main office to provide your child’s birth certificate, immunization form, and 2 proofs of residence such as a lease agreement and electric bill.
If you would like to use one of our school computers to register your child feel free to come by during the week between the hours of 8am-2pm. Please keep in mind that we will be closed this coming Friday

Meet The Teacher is August 12th

Meet The Teacher is August 12th
This year’s Meet the Teacher event is scheduled for Friday, August 12 from 2pm-4pm.
This is a very exciting event because this is when you will find out who your child’s teacher will be for the coming year. Come meet your child’s teacher and enjoy seeing your friends.
Our friends from St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church will also have a wonderful bag of school supplies for each child.
We look forward to seeing you on August 12 for Meet the Teacher!

Thank You Hub City Books!

Thank You Hub City Books!
Hub City Books donated enough books to Houston for every student in the school to take home their own title for summer reading. We can’t thank them enough for helping to promote literacy in the lives of our students!
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Field Day 2016!

Field Day 2016!
Houston held it’s annual Field Day on May 16th and our students had a blast! This year’s theme was “Houston Elementary: Palmetto’s Funnest” and it was indeed the, well, FUNNEST Field Day we’ve had in some years!
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Jump Rope for Heart 2016

Jump Rope for Heart 2016
Congratulations to Coach Scott Andrews and all of our Houston students for another very, very successful Jump Rope for Heart program this year. We had students jumping and jamming to music all day this year and we can’t wait to do it again next year!
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April Paws for Applause

April Paws for Applause
We held our final Paws for Applause celebration of the year and recognized tons of boys and girls who are reaching their goals in the classroom.
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3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll Breakfast

3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll Breakfast
We had a great turnout of parents and family members today as we recognized our Huskies that made the 3rd Nine Weeks Honor Roll. We love any chance to recognize students for their hard work!
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Career Fair at Houston

Career Fair at Houston
Houston’s Career Day was a huge success! We had over 20 booths set up which allowed students to talk to professionals from every walk of life and to hopefully begin thinking about their future! A special thank you to all of our participants and to our Guidance Counselor, Nichole Walker, for organizing the event.
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Literacy Luau Night

Literacy Luau Night
We had an amazing turnout for our Literacy Luau night! Students and parents were treated to pizza, ice drinks, and tropical decorations. We even had a picturesque beachfront photo locale! Our students enjoyed hula-hooping and limbo as well as literacy activities in their classrooms. A fun time was had by all!
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March Paws for Applause

March Paws for Applause
At the end of each month, it’s time for us to recognize members of our Husky family who have gone above and beyond in the classroom. We had a whole new set of Top Dogs, new Terrific Kids, and a beautiful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner sung by some of our 4th and 5th grade girls. It was a great time! Pictured are our Terrific Kids from 2nd Grade.
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Literacy Luau Night

Literacy Luau Night
Aloha!! You’re invited to a night of family fun on Tuesday, March 29 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Come enjoy a celebration of reading! The teachers and staff are planning this special event just for you, and we believe it will be well worth your time. For your convenience we will have pizza available for $1 per slice from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Then, from 6:30pm-7:30pm we will have literacy-related activities for you to play with your family. And, every Houston student that comes that night will receive a brand new book to take home (Thank you, PTO!). So, take a break from the normal routine and enjoy an eventful evening with your family and friends.
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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Our ENTIRE school stopped everything this morning to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday by reading! Every hallway was filled with children and teachers silently turning pages.
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February Paws for Applause!

February Paws for Applause!
The month of February was good to Houston and boy did we have a lot to celebrate at this month’s Paws for Applause! We recognized new 3rd Grade Math Medallion winners, Terrific Kids for the month, and a TON of new Top Dog winners from every grade level!
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Miss South Carolina visits Houston

Miss South Carolina visits Houston
Miss South Carolina, Daja Dial, was on hand to help Houston celebrate Black History Month. Our theme this year was Celebrating African American Legends of South Carolina as we focused on the contributions made by African Americans from our very own state. Miss Dial finished her inspirational message by gracing us with a song.

Imagination Lab Fully Operational!

Imagination Lab Fully Operational!
We’d like to thank those of you who have responded so generously to our request for items to use in our Imagination Lab located in the Houston Media Center. Our third graders are working on creating animal habitats in this picture. Please continue donating items as you are able. Thank you again!
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January Paws for Applause!

January Paws for Applause!
We recognized some amazing Huskies at this month’s Paws for Applause! We were also delighted to see an outstanding performance by our Houston Hip Hoppers Club. Pictured here are some of our Terrific Kids for the month of January.
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Spartanburg High School Percussion Ensemble visits Houston

Spartanburg High School Percussion Ensemble visits Houston
Our Huskies were lucky enough to enjoy a great performance by the Spartanburg High School Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Matt McDaniel!
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Houston Holds Annual Spelling Bee

Houston Holds Annual Spelling Bee
Congratulations Jayden Hughey and Rebeca Benitez, our School Spelling Bee Winners!
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Houston Holiday Extravaganza!

Houston Holiday Extravaganza!
Houston closed out the first half of the year with our monthly Paws for Applause celebration followed by a holiday celebration and sing-along. We were entertained by our student chorus as well as individual classes that sang. Some of our teachers performed an…unusual…skit about what they would have done if they weren’t teachers. It was a great way to kick off our holiday break.
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Singing Huskies!

Singing Huskies!
The 4th and 5th grade chorus toured the community Tuesday December 15 singing three concerts to enthusiastic audiences. The students sang for the School District 7 Offices, Senior Life and Wellness day program at the Northwest Community Center, and the Reserve at Dylan Pointe. The students enjoyed lunch at Mr. Ghatti’s and were great representatives of Houston.
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Houston’s Holds Annual Fall Family Luncheon

Houston’s Holds Annual Fall Family Luncheon
Every year Houston Elementary celebrates Thanksgiving with our Fall Family Luncheon. It’s always a great opportunity for our students to eat with family, friends, and their teachers. One of the best things about Houston is what a family-friendly school we are and on this day it becomes abundantly clear.
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K9 Police Unit Visits 2nd Grade

K9 Police Unit Visits 2nd Grade
Our 2nd Graders were visited by a K9 unit from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office today and learned about how these amazing animals help to keep us safe. They also talked about how our taxes help to fund the dogs’ training and upkeep.
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Houston Honors Our Veterans

Houston Honors Our Veterans
Houston held its annual Veterans’ Day Celebration on November 11th and it was quite a moving experience. Our students and many of our parents were treated to patriotic songs sung by our 2nd grade classes and then we had the privilege of having Sergeant First Class Robert Wallace as our Keynote Speaker. Sgt. Wallace is the husband of Mrs. Shanita Wallace who teaches 4th Grade here at Houston.
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AdvancED Parent Survey Link

Spartanburg School District 7 is currently going through the AdvancED accreditation process. This process takes place once every five years and allows schools to take a closer look at current practices and how they may improve. As part of this process we administer surveys to students, parents, and staff members to solicit feedback. After clicking on the following link please select “Houston Elementary” as the institution and proceed to respond to the questions. The parent survey link is here
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Houston on the Links!

Houston on the Links!
Houston Elementary School 5th graders participated in The First Tee S.T.E.M. Pilot Program at the Spartanburg Country Club, Monday, October 26, 2015.
The STEM Links program is a student learning experience that links classroom learning in science and math to real-world applications through hands-on exploration of a managed ecosystem; a golf course. The program is specifically aligned to match the 5th grade SC standards in math and science. The program was funded by the SC Junior Golf Foundation.
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Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 26th - 30th

Red Ribbon Week is Oct. 26th - 30th
Red Ribbon Week 2015 October 26th-30th Theme: “It’s O-Fish-al: I Pledge To Be Drug Free!
Monday, October 26th: “REDy to live a drug free life” Wear red
Tuesday, October 27th: “I’m Too Bright for Drugs” Wear bright colors
Wednesday, October 28th: “Say Boo to Drugs” Wear black and white
Thursday, October 29th: “Drugs Cause the Blues” Wear blue
Friday, October 30th: “I’m a ‘Jean-ius;’’ “I’m Drug Free!” Wear jeans
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Houston Students Hit the Links!

Houston Students Hit the Links!
On October 9th, four fourth graders were chosen to represent Houston Elementary School in the 1st Tee Team Golf Skills Challenge at the Creek Country Club. Jacob Maxwell, Alex Valdez, Makayla Williams and Breeanna Dickson had to showcase their chipping, pitching, driving and putting talents as well as their knowledge about Healthy Habits and Core Values. Jacob also walked away with a third place individual medal for writing an essay on “Judgement” which is a Healthy Habit. Great Job Houston Team !!
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Huskies Walk to School!

Huskies Walk to School!
Thanks to everyone for the HUGE turnout we had for Walk to School day! It was a great morning for walking at Houston Elementary as nearly the entire student body showed up for a little early-morning fitness. We’d like to say an extra thank-you to Coach Scott Andrews for organizing everything!
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The Book Fair is Back!

The Book Fair is Back!
The Fall Book Fair for Houston will be here on Monday, Sept. 28 and will run through Friday, Oct. 2nd. It will be located in the Library and will be open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM, and from 5:30-7:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 1st. On Oct. 2nd the Book Fair will close at 12 PM. Please come by and support Houston’s Library and buy a book or three!
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Houston’s Back to School Bash

Houston’s Back to School Bash
If you were near Houston this morning and felt the ground move, it wasn’t the big one. It was Houston’s Back to School Bash. Between the Spartanburg High School Vikings’ Drum Line, our own Hero the Husky, and a room FULL of children excited to be back in school…well, we made some noise!
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We’re Back!

We’re Back!
The 2015-2016 school year is off and running at Houston! Our year is off to a great start thanks to our custodial staff and also the kind folks at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church for supplying our students school supplies again this year. Check our website often for updates and information this year!
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Houston Welcomes Our New Staff Members!

Houston Welcomes Our New Staff Members!
We’d like to welcome the following teachers and staff to the Husky family:
  • Grace Balding - 2nd Grade
  • Sarah Clemons - Special Education
  • Amanda Gault - Special Education
  • Lifeng “Holly” Ha - Chinese
  • Kat Kilpatrick - French
  • Odalys Martinez - 4th Grade
  • Tiffany Padgett - 4th Grade
  • Kathy Pool - ACE Director
  • Katherine Reichwald - Odyssey
  • Andrea Shaw - Special Education
  • Cathy Smith - Kindergarten Assistant
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Houston’s Summer Book Blast is Back!

Houston’s Summer Book Blast is Back!
It’s summer time and that means it’s also time for Houston’s 4th Annual Summer Book Blast. On Thursdays this June and July, drop off your students from 10 AM until 12 PM for fun in the sun (and in the shade) at Houston. We will be loaning books for reading, having story-time, some free time on the playground, and serving a bagged lunch. The dates are June 11th, 18th, 25th and July 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th. See you there!
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Kindergarten Graduation

Kindergarten Graduation
We were excited to culminate our Kindergarten year with our graduation ceremony as we prepare our youngest students to move on to 1st Grade. We had a great turnout from our parents and community and thank everyone for helping us celebrate these wonderful students.
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Houston Family Cookout!

Houston Family Cookout!
This year’s Houston Family Cookout was a huge success! We had a big turnout and lots of students and their families enjoyed some great food and some great games provided by our faculty and staff. Thanks to everyone who came out to support our school.
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Huskies Bike to School!

Huskies Bike to School!
May 13th was Houston’s Bike to School day and we had a great turnout, as you can see! We want to thank everyone who showed up to celebrate fitness and wellness and a special thank you goes out to Coach Andrews and all the teachers and parents who volunteered their time to help make this event so fun for our students.
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4th Grade Learns about the American Flag

4th Grade Learns about the American Flag
Mr. And Mrs. Edmunds are enthusiastic historians. The couple came to Houston to share their expert knowledge of the Revolutionary War and flag customs. They gave every fourth-grade student a full-size copy of the Declaration of Independence and a personal bookmark about the care and treatment of our American flag.
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Important Dates

Important Dates
Wednesday, May 13, is Bike to School Day. Please meet Coach Andrews at the corner of Skylyn Dr. and Willow Dr. at 7am. We do have a bike rack at school for those that need to lock up their bikes during the school day. Again, Bike to School Day is this Wednesday. This Thursday evening, May 14, from 5:30-7:30 is our Houston Family Cookout. We will have hot dog and hamburger plates available for $2 each as well as free games for the kids to play. Please come out and enjoy a great time with your Houston family. Again, the cookout is this Thursday at 5:30. Field Day is one week from today on Monday, May 18. Parents are invited to come out and watch. The 4th and 5th graders will begin at 9:30am. The 2nd and 3rd graders will begin at 10am. The K and 1st graders will begin at 10:30am. Again, field day is May 18. Kindergarten graduation is scheduled for May 26 at 6:30pm in our gym. Parents, family members, and friends are invited to attend this special occasion.
The first grade through fifth grade awards programs are scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 during the school day. Parents, family members, and friends are invited to attend. Please go to our school’s website for start times.
5th grade awards- 8:10am-9:20am 1st grade awards- 9:30am-10:30am 3rd grade awards- 10:45am-11:45am 2nd grade awards- 12:05pm-1:05pm 4th grade awards- 1:15pm-2:15pm
Lastly, please be aware that the last day of school for students is Monday, June 1st with Friday, May 29 and Monday, June 1st being half days for students. Again, Monday, June 1st is the last day of school for students.
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Congratulations, Isaac Bobo, Terrific Kid of the Year!

Congratulations, Isaac Bobo, Terrific Kid of the Year!
The Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg sponsors the Terrific Kids program. “Terrific” is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable. Each month a student from each class who exemplifies these characteristics is selected as the Terrific Kid of the Month. Then, one student from each school is selected as the Terrific Kid of the Year. We are proud to announce that 5th grader Isaac Bobo has been selected as the Houston Elementary Terrific Kid of the Year. This is what Isaac’s classroom teacher had to say about him: “Isaac is a very sweet and kind individual. He will do anything for his teachers and friends. Isaac is respectful and courteous. He follows the classroom rules and completes all of his schoolwork and homework on time. He works very hard and is very dependable. Isaac enjoys volunteering to help others and is a joy to have in the classroom.”
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