Entry Archive



Hero Surprises CS-F Students - May 17, 2017

           Two students at Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary got the surprise of a lifetime during lunch Tuesday afternoon.            Brady and Carter Gowan were paid an unexpected vis...



Lego League Robotics Teams Perform Well - May 15, 2017

Our Lego League Robotics Teams did a great job in their first ever competition, the Carolina Isobots Tournament held at Isothermal Community College. Teams from Chesnee, Rainbow Lake and Boiling Springs middle schools faced off agains...



Teacher Forum Awards Scholarships - May 3, 2017

In Spartanburg Two our teachers are all about supporting each other like family. That includes supporting future teachers as well! Our Teacher Forum group is made up of Teachers of the Year from each of our schools. The forum comes together periodic...



Lopez wins Student of the Year Award - May 2, 2017

 Spartanburg Two student Yolanda Lopez  has been  named the Spartanburg Community College Foreign Language Student of the Year. Yolanda takes classes at SCC as part of the Spartanburg County Early College High School (SCECHS) program. ...



Terrific Kids of the Year Luncheon - April 26, 2017

On Monday, the Kiwanis Clubs of Spartanburg and Boiling Springs recognized Terrific Kids of the Year from across the county at their annual luncheon. Each of Spartanburg Two’s nine participating schools selected a student to represent them at t...



CHS Student’s Art Work Headed to National Competition - April 24, 2017

Chesnee High School’s Collin Huskey has won regional and state level scholarships for his artwork (pictured below). Huskey’s work is now headed to the National level of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Young American Patriotic Contest.  So f...



Spartanburg Two Welcomes New Board Member - April 12, 2017

          At Monday night’s Board of Trustees meeting, Mr. Johnny Jackson was appointed to fill the position of outgoing Board member David Sereque, who recently moved out of the district. The Board unanimously approved...



Gowdy Presents Awards to BSIS Students - April 11, 2017

U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy presented 3 Boiling Springs Intermediate School students with the "I Am An Achiever" Award today in recognition of their hard work throughout the year!  Mr. Gowdy also gave students two important pi...



Spartanburg Two Students Achieving over Spring Break - April 10, 2017

                During spring break the Chesnee High School Orchestra won first place in the OrlandoFest competition in Florida. Click here to read more about their wonderful achievement.     &n...



BSHS Soccer Team Unites District for Great Cause - March 30, 2017

                The Girls Varsity Soccer Team at Boiling Springs High School recently volunteered at the Children’s Hospital of the Greenville Health System. After their visit, they set out on a mission t...



Spartanburg Two Anglers Take on Lake Murray - March 27, 2017

                Boiling Springs High School and Chesnee High School each sent two, 2-man fishing teams to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources State Youth Bass Fishing Championship on Saturda...



Chesnee Students Beautify, Inspire Their Community - March 24, 2017

STEAM Students from Chesnee High School are beautifying and inspiring their community by painting a mural near Cada Park in downtown Chesnee. The mural aims to be a destination spot for family photos, and it hopes to offer some inspiration. A student...



Lego Robotics Arrives in Spartanburg Two - March 15, 2017

Spartanburg Two entered the world of Lego Robotics with an inter-district scrimmage between Rainbow Lake, Chesnee and Boiling Springs Middle Schools! The scrimmage allowed students to put their skills to the test in a competitive setting as they prep...



Mayo Elementary Teachers Featured on WSPA - March 6, 2017

WSPA News aired a touching story on Mayo Elementary teachers Courtney McDowell and Carrie Wyatt. The report focused on the special, encouraging notes that these teachers take time to write for each of their students. Click here to watch the report. ...



RLM Student Headed to State National Geographic Bee - March 2, 2017

Rainbow Lake Middle School student Ben Brumlow has made it to the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee. Ben first had to win his school's bee then score high enough on a test administered by NatGeo to qualify for the state competiti...



Two Bulldogs Win Wrestling Titles - February 27, 2017

                Boiling Springs High School students Cade Rojas and Tanner Chavis  won State Wrestling Championships in their respective weight divisions over the weekend. Click here to read more abou...



A Big Weekend for Spartanburg Two Students - February 20, 2017

                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 ab...



Students Recognized for Fine Arts Achievements - February 15, 2017

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)...



Chinese Exchange Students Visit District Two - February 13, 2017

          Chesnee Middle School and Boiling Springs Middle School hosted more than two dozen exchange students from China last week.             The students stayed...



World Cup and Olympic Soccer Star Visits Oakland Elementary - February 10, 2017

                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 b...



Collaborating to Become Better Writers - February 7, 2017

                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 wit...



National Signing Day in District Two - February 2, 2017

                Spartanburg Two is proud of the 18 student athletes from our District that took part in National Signing Day and their commitment to excellence in the classroom and on the field. Click the ...



BSIS Students Learn CPR - January 31, 2017

                Every student at Boiling Springs Intermediate school receives CPR training. Over the years, 3 BSIS students have saved a life using the skills they learned at school. Click the link below t...



Mini-Med Program - December 6, 2016

                Students at Chesnee High School got a hands-on look at the world of medicine thanks to the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)  in Spartanburg.       &nbs...



Chesnee High Teacher Wins State Award - November 30, 2016

                Debbie Ezell has been teaching science for 21 years. Her passion for her job and for educating students about the subject she loves was recognized this month with a very special award. &nb...



District Two Honors Veterans - November 14, 2016

                From November 3 to Veterans Day, each school in the District conducted a special ceremony or program to honor our community’s Veterans. Each event was open to any Veteran in our area....



Bond Referendum Passes - November 9, 2016

Dear District Two Families,                  We are humbled and honored by the overwhelming support you gave our school district today at the ballot box by passing the referendum question concerning the c...



District’s Young Journalists Featured on Fox - November 2, 2016

                Boiling Springs Intermediate School’s Dog Pound News Team was featured on Fox Carolina News.                  The students who make up th...



Farm To School - October 25, 2016

   October is National Farm To School Month. The month is dedicated to celebrating food education, school gardens, and healthy, locally grown food.    On Tuesday, lunch menus across our district were packed with food grown by loc...



Big Weekend for the Bands - October 3, 2016

What a great weekend for our Spartanburg Two Bands! At the Cedar Cliffs Classic held at AC Reynolds in Asheville the #Chesnee High Band won: 1st place in Color Guard and Percussion, 2nd place in Drum Major and Music, 3rd overall! At the Swamp Clas...



Rainbow Lake Middle Artist wins State Competition - September 26, 2016

Congratulations to Rainbow Lake Middle School 8th grader Svetlana Semenuk for placing first (6-8 grade category) in a state wide art competition to promote peace through art sponsored by the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina. Svetlana's entry wi...



Chesnee High “Cleans Up” During Lake Sweep - September 21, 2016

                On Saturday, Sept. 17 the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources in partnership with Spartanburg Water held their annual Lake Sweep event at Lake Bowen.         &nbs...



C-FG 1st Graders Help Louisiana Flood Victims - September 1, 2016

First grade Carlisle-Foster’s Grove Elementary teacher Haley Henderson said since the  very first day of school her class has been talking about community and what it means to be a citizen. “This group of students happens to be very...



FFA Donation - August 23, 2016

                A big “Thank You” to Mrs. Harriett Belue, owner of Belue Farms, for her generous donation to the Swofford Career Center.                ...



2016 Summer Graduation - August 8, 2016

    Congratulations to Spartanburg Two’s 2016 Summer Graduates! We had six Boiling Springs High School and three Chesnee High School students complete the requirements for their diplomas this summer. The graduates were honored with a ...



Hard Work Pays Off - August 4, 2016

                Congratulations to Spartanburg Two’s class of 2016, your hard work really paid off. We are pleased to announce that this year’s graduates earned $21,970,009 in college scholarsh...



Oakland Elementary is “Engaged” - July 20, 2016

The South Carolina affiliate of ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) has named Oakland Elementary as an “Engaged” school. The SCASCD is part of a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and...



Making History and Recording It - July 18, 2016

Boiling Springs High School rising senior Moriah Gomez is making history and recording it with her District 2 issued iPad. Moriah is spending her summer working at the Cowpens National Battlefield as part of a pilot program sponsored by the National...



Building the Future - July 18, 2016

We appreciate the Boiling Springs Business Association for hosting a discussion Thursday evening on our plans to build a new Boiling Springs High School. Below is some of what was shared during the meeting. Building the Future Unlock the full poten...



New Boiling Springs High School - July 5, 2016

A new Boiling Springs High School could be open as soon as the 2019-2020 school year according to District 2 Superintendent Dr. Scott Mercer. A referendum to allow the District to borrow money to build the school will be on the November ballot. The r...



Chesnee native to become three-star Army general - July 5, 2016

In 1981 Stephen Twitty graduated from Chesnee High School, and has gone on to have a remarkable career in the Army. On July 15th he will promoted to a 3-Star General and take command of the First United States Army in Rock Island, Ill. Congratulation...



Howard Lee Painter - June 20, 2016

The District 2 family was saddened this morning to learn about the passing of former Chesnee High School Principal Howard Lee Painter. Our condolences go out to his family and to all that knew and loved him. http://www.eggersfuneralhome.com/obit...



Summer Learning Academy - June 16, 2016

We are serving about 150 students in grades K-5th at SLA located at Carlisle Fosters Grove Elementary School this summer. A ton of parents showed up this morning at 8 AM for our first awards recognition program; we appreciate the support! And yes...



Welcome! - June 14, 2016

Adrian Acosta joins Spartanburg Two as our new Director of Public Relations after spending more than 12 years as a journalist at Fox Carolina News. During his time at Fox Adrian was a multi-media journalist responsible for shooting, writing, editing,...



Primary Election Day! - June 13, 2016

My high school history teacher/basketball coach fervently taught us the importance of voting in elections. Four days after my 18th birthday I registered and to date have never missed an election either in person or by absentee ballot. His stories of ...



Facilities Update - June 9, 2016

Since 2005 we have been considering the facilities at Boiling Springs High School and the Ninth Grade Campus.  To this point it has been to remodel, renovate, and add to the schools.  We now have the beginnings of a plan to create a long-te...



Technology in Two - June 3, 2016

Two hundred teachers and administrators learned from 24 of their peers and a dozen guest presenters at our annual "Tech in 2" conference at Boiling Springs Elementary School today. The response to these outstanding breakout sessions has been very po...



Tdap Vaccine - June 3, 2016

All rising 7th graders must have the Tdap vaccine before school starts. Please make an appointment soon to have your child vaccinated this summer. Students will not be allowed to begin school without proper verification. ...



Rite Aid Grand Opening - June 1, 2016

The new Rite Aid Distribution Center located on Flatwood Road in Spartanburg Two held their grand opening/ribbon cutting this morning.  Dignitaries including Attorney General Alan Wilson and Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt addressed the crowd alon...



Crystal Apple Award Winner - June 1, 2016

Congratulations to Boiling Springs Middle math teacher Ashley Predmore who was named yesterday as a Horace Mann Crystal Apple Winner. Principal Penny Atkinson says, "She uses every teachable moment in her day. When she has morning charge (duty), her...



Healthy Schools - May 31, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Boiling Springs Intermediate and Oakland Elementary will be two of nine schools funded by the Mary Black Foundation for up to $86,000 over four years to build and implement healthy living programs. http://www.maryblac...



Boiling Springs High School Graduation - May 31, 2016

We were blessed with wonderful weather last evening and were able to celebrate 514 members of the BSHS class of 2016 in front of about 7,000 family and friends at the stadium. A particularly moving moment occurred when Victoria Fuller's name was cal...



Chesnee High Graduation - May 27, 2016

In an absolutely wonderful ceremony, 132 seniors graduated from Chesnee High School last evening. The music was joyful, the speeches of the valedictorian and salutatorian insightful and courageous, and the deportment of students and standing ...



Rainbow Lake Middle School Band Concert - May 24, 2016

The RLMS band under the direction of Roseanne Garrett and accompanied by Jesse Biondi on the bass, performed in front of a very appreciative student body one afternoon last week.  Among several songs, they played “Brown-Eyed Girl” fr...



Chesnee High Concert Band - May 23, 2016

The CHS Concert Band under the direction of Carla Tucker gave a lovely concert last week to a good crowd in their auditorium.  Attached is a 30-second clip of “Kinetic Dances.”  ...



Volunteer Breakfast - May 20, 2016

About 25 volunteers were honored at a breakfast this morning at the Upstate Family Resource Center.  Rev. Scott Neely gave some wonderfully insightful and challenging remarks, and Ellen Batton and Phil Balsamo were given special recognition for ...



Diversity Leadership - May 18, 2016

Last evening at the Upstate Diversity Leadership Awards Dinner in Greenville, Oakland Elementary was named the 2016 recipient of the Diversity Leadership Award for K-12 School Excellence. This award recognizes the school's ongoing efforts to place so...



Three peat! - May 18, 2016

Congratulations to BSHS golf coach Josh Pruitt and his team on their third straight 4A state championship with an 11 stroke win over runner-up Gaffney High School!...



Guinness Book of World Records! - May 17, 2016

Ella Mae Colbert, 100 years old and a retired teacher from Spartanburg Two, broke the world’s record time of running the 100 meter dash by a 100-year-old competitor.  She did it today on the Chesnee Middle School track in front of an enthu...



Adult Education - May 17, 2016

What an awesome celebration of perseverance and effort last evening as 85 Spartanburg County adults from the ages of probably 18-65 received recognition for earning their high school diplomas or GEDs!  Two speakers from the group shared personal...



Chesnee High Students Compete - May 16, 2016

The Chesnee High School boys' track team with only three athletes finished 4th in all of AA this past weekend with a team total of 35 points. Isaiah Ellis won both the 110 and 400 hurdles, Kavarius "Scooter" Sarratt finished 2nd in shot put and sopho...



Welcome to Boiling Springs! - May 11, 2016

Harold and Louise Rakes, long-time residents of Spartanburg Two, worked with former State House Representative Steve Parker to get funding for a sign welcoming visitors to Boiling Springs.  Seven years ago, after securing the resources, the Boar...



Music to the Ears! - May 10, 2016

The BSHS Chorus put on a lovely show last evening.  With about 250 students, Director Dennis Stepp, led them through such favorites as “Build Me Up, Buttercup,” “Man of Constant Sorrow,” and “In My Life.” ...



Exceptional Eats! - May 10, 2016

The students pictured have formed a little catering business called "Exceptional Eats!"  These sweet students prepared the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at Carlisle Foster's Grove Elementary School for 75 people last week. They helped cook a Tac...



Nantahala Science Center - May 9, 2016

BSMS 6th graders at the Nantahala Science Center last week.  ...



Math Counts - May 9, 2016

How about a field trip to Ikea?!  The BSMS Math Counts Club traveled to Charlotte to put their math skills to work. The challenge was to design and decorate a dorm room with 12x19 dimensions on a budget of $2,500.  The goal is to encourage ...



“Bring It On!” - May 6, 2016

The BSHS Drama Department, under the direction of Kim Jones, is delivering another outstanding spring musical production this week.  You will enjoy “Bring It On!” with its upbeat music, choreography, and acting with a story that incl...



Broadcasting - May 6, 2016

Boiling Springs Middle School's Broadcasting Clubs traveled to see their club/career choice in action Thursday. They visited several stations, were given a shout out on the radio and got to say, "Hello!" on air (and enjoyed lunch at 5 Guys!).  A...



The Lighthouse - May 4, 2016

Pictured is the lighthouse the Boiling Springs Intermediate School PTO purchased in celebration of their status as a “Leader in Me Lighthouse School.”  Around it are CeCe Dardeau, Andi Alexander, and Palmer Parrish, students at the s...



Swofford Ferris Wheel Project - May 2, 2016

Here is the finished Ferris wheel project from Swofford.  All the parts including the seats, connections, gears and chain were designed and then printed by the Students.  Very cool!...



Upstate Family Resource Center - April 29, 2016

Attached is an outstanding 5-minute video of our UFRC.  It will give you great insight into what this jewel of an organization does to equip people in our area needing a hand....



Engineering and Drafting Design - April 28, 2016

Swofford Career Center students in the Engineering and Drafting Design course taught by Charles Warner are doing some amazing projects.  Pictured below is a bridge they designed with computer-aided drafting (CAD) software.  On a 3-D printer...



Future Teachers - April 27, 2016

Seniors Cassie Witt from Boiling Springs and Savannah Davis from Chesnee were honored by the members of our Teachers Forum this past Monday afternoon upon their selection for the $1,000 Future Teachers Scholarship to their college/university.  T...



Thoughts in Time - April 22, 2016

The Boiling Springs High School Literary magazine staff unveiled the 36th annual edition of “Thoughts in Time” and celebrated the event this past Wednesday morning with an absolutely lovely reception.  Pictured is Editor Morgan Powel...



Points for Poppy - April 21, 2016

Experts say having insight into what matters to your leaders in their personal lives improves corporate esprit de corps and collaboration.  So, in the spirit of supporting one another in these last, all-important weeks of school when the workloa...



Boston Marathon - April 20, 2016

We are quite proud of Carey Phillips-Huntley, a 2006 Chesnee High School graduate, who ran and finished the Boston Marathon Monday. At CHS she ran under Eric Luedeman's coaching who had an amazing impact on her running career. She then competed in tr...



Lifting Others - April 19, 2016

The Boiling Springs Middle Student Council did a service learning project for the Soup Kitchen. Their student body had a competition to donate Capri Suns for summer food needs which were delivered by the Student Council yesterday.  They then tou...



It Takes a Village - April 18, 2016

Shoally Creek Elementary School Principal Laura Meyer included this note in her weekly summary report last Friday to the superintendent; it was too rich not to share: “I met two sweet, caring ladies on Wednesday as I rode a special needs bus h...



Student Celebration! - April 15, 2016

To show appreciation to their student body for their efforts earning the Palmetto’s Finest award, Boiling Springs Middle Principal Penny Atkinson and her staff treated them to a great celebration today: students saw “Minions” in the...



Molly’s Video Update - April 15, 2016

See State Superintendent Molly Spearman’s video update;  she calls attention to Boiling Springs Middle School!   ...



Music Around the World - April 1, 2016

Chesnee High’s orchestra concert last evening was outstanding, as usual!  They played selections from nations from all over the world.  Director Tammie Burrows shared the leadership as seniors Jessica Johnson and Jordan Goodson and so...



Mommy and Me - March 28, 2016

Sandra Williams and Angie Jones offer “Mommy and Me” workshops at our Title I schools.  Today, they met with parents and their preschool children at Hendrix Elementary.  They use literature and developmentally appropriate activi...



Outdoor Classroom - March 25, 2016

One particular class at Carlisle-Fosters Grove Elementary School has been making an effort to challenge their students in their outdoor classroom every week.  Here are a few pictures of lessons from yesterday…. ...



Easter Donation - March 25, 2016

Breanna Cromer, Chesnee Cinderella Teen, and Zoe Lee, Cinderella Tiny Tot, visited Carlisle-Fosters Grove Elementary this morning with Easter basket donations they had collected.  Breanna said in a message, “…thanks so much for lett...



Hendrix Dance Club - March 24, 2016

The Hendrix Dance Club performed at the World Strides Festival in Atlanta, GA, this past Saturday. Students received critique and comments from a Dance professor from University of Georgia. Following the performance, students were able to tour World ...



International Choir - March 23, 2016

The Hendrix Elementary School International Choir, under the direction of Jamez Dudley, performed in Atlanta this past Saturday and reports are they had a wonderful experience.  They performed and received coaching from an expert and were quite ...



"I Am An Achiever" Award - March 22, 2016

Representative Trey Gowdy recognizes students whose names are submitted to his office for overcoming obstacles, working hard, and never quitting.  He recognized Spencer Eison, Quin Fernanders, and Rebecca Blackwell at Boiling Springs Intermediat...



School in the Country - March 21, 2016

Chesnee Elementary had another unexpected visitor show up Friday.  When the kindergartners sing, “..with an oink oink here…,” they truly have the background knowledge to understand. You just have to love it! ...



Chesnee High Orchestra - March 18, 2016

Yesterday, I received a voice mail from one of the judges of the orchestra competition offering her highest compliments on the job the CHS Orchestra did in their performance; she basically said she was absolutely amazed at the talent.   Co...



TransformSC - March 17, 2016

Attended an awesome conference with schools from all over the state striving to transform the way we educate our children.  It was especially gratifying to have some of our very own contributing to the conversation. Oakland administrators Josh ...



Boiling Springs Middle Named Palmetto's Finest! - March 16, 2016

Congratulations to the staff, students, parents and community of Boiling Springs Middle School on earning the Palmetto’s finest award yesterday! Pictured are BSM student body president Lauryn Henderson, student and past state Junior Beta C...



Student Hero - March 10, 2016

Two weeks after all students were trained at Boiling Springs Intermediate by Spartanburg Regional staff in CPR and choking protocol, one of our little men saved his buddy’s life.  See the story WSPA did yesterday.  http://wspa.com/20...



Read Across America - March 7, 2016

Lots of schools celebrate Read Across America each year.  Students at Oakland Elementary had a fun week celebrating Dr. Seuss with dress-up days, contests, and special foods in the cafeteria.  Nonfiction author Kevin Kurtz shared his books ...



Cinderella - March 4, 2016

Breanna Cromer, a former Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary student, current Chesnee High freshman and Chesnee Cinderella Teen, collected and donated children’s books and school supplies to CSF as one of her service projects.     ...



TransformSC - March 3, 2016

Oakland Elementary School Principal Josh Patterson, Assistant Principal Gina Skinner and Teacher Missy McMahon addressed superintendents from all over South Carolina in Columbia this morning about the philosophy behind their instructional change in m...



Beyond Appreciation - March 2, 2016

This is part of a column written by Dr. Alan Zimmerman that makes a lot of sense; here are his thoughts on going beyond appreciation to admiration to help our children achieve:   When you truly admire others, you bring out the best in them. It...



From Wofford College Newsroom - March 1, 2016

Change Agents Wofford students coach high school students through the college application process   SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Wofford senior Donovan Hicks was the keynote speaker at a pep rally for the incoming class at ...



Benefit the Upstate Family Resource Center - February 26, 2016

And after you shop at Rummage for a Reason have some fun at Boiling Springs High School with a Wrestling Match!  Proceeds benefit the Upstate Family Resource Center!!! ...



“I’m College Bound!” - February 26, 2016

Boiling Springs High School staff and students hosted about 600 8th graders from Boiling Springs and Rainbow Lake Middle Schools to their gymnasium yesterday for an “I’m College Bound!” rally, and it was an awesome event.   As...



Shoally Creek Elementary School - February 23, 2016

Wondering about the attendance area for Shoally Creek Elementary? Please check the District website at http://www.spartanburg2.k12.sc.us/ for a description of the proposed attendance lines (http://www.spartanburg2.k12.sc.us/pdf/sceattend.pdf) to be r...



Student Leadership - February 18, 2016

Boiling Springs Intermediate has been helping students understand and recognize their leadership possibilities for the past several years as they strive to become a “Leader in Me Lighthouse School.”  The content is based on Stephen C...



CHS State Beta Club Competition - February 17, 2016

Forty-nine CHS students worked for months on different aspects of competitions. Once at the convention this past weekend, many of these students stretched their limits and were very successful. These students endured late night rehearsals, loaded and...



Five Senses in the Winter! - February 12, 2016

All over the District, teachers are taking students outside.  Here's Katie Whitaker's kindergarten class at Carlisle Fosters Grove Elementary.  The National Weather Service is telling us the snow should taper off between noon and 1 PM and ...



Middle Schoolers from China - February 5, 2016

Sixteen middle schoolers, their principal and a teacher from China concluded a two-week visit at Boiling Springs Middle School yesterday when they were honored with a nice send-off.  Three visitors from the Palmetto's Finest Committee were also...



The Amazing Race! - February 3, 2016

Cooley Springs Fingerville students, parents and staff had a wonderful evening learning a few math and science concepts together!...



Art Show - February 2, 2016

Spartanburg School Districts 1, 2 and 3 have student artwork on display at the Chapman Cultural Arts Center.   At a reception at the opening of the show, I snapped a picture of a pen and ink city skyscape drawing done by Ashunti Jeter, an 8th g...



Science Olympiad - February 1, 2016

Boiling Springs Middle School Science Teacher Amy Dherit and her Science Olympiad team competed Saturday at Newberry College.  Among 20 teams they had top 10 finishes in the areas of Scrambler, Food Science, Meteorology, Air Trajectory and Bridg...



Father Daughter Dance - January 29, 2016

Carlisle Fosters Grove Elementary School recently held their “Father Daughter Dance.”  Quite a few young ladies were made to feel like princesses by their Dads.  Thank you Principal Cathy Garner and staff for all your work to pr...



Spotlight on Spartanburg - January 28, 2016

Spartanburg County facility is “the biggest plant in the BMW world now.”   A top-ranking BMW Group official recently praised the automaker’s Spartanburg County plant.   During a conversation with CNBC’s Phil LeBe...



A Different Kind of Snow - January 28, 2016

Pictured is my father-in-law with a snow blower this past weekend in West Virginia.  They had 27 inches at his house.  The students missed school Monday and Tuesday and had a two-hour delay on Wednesday.   When I saw the picture my mo...



Molly's January Report - January 26, 2016

Please click on the image below to watch Superintendent Spearman’s latest report or watch it on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0ex0L2RYjeA....



School Closing - January 21, 2016

The National Weather Service announced today that a strong storm system will begin impacting our area tonight, (Thursday, Jan. 21) with the likelihood of significant amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain beginning after midnight - continuing throu...



CHS Teacher of the Month - January 11, 2016

Chesnee High began a “Teacher of the Month” recognition program last week.  Students nominated and wrote why their teacher should be recognized for the award through a google doc, and then the PBIS committee read them and made the se...



FAFSA Info - January 11, 2016

Don’t delay … fill out the FAFSA today! If You’re a Student … You’re going to want to fill out the FAFSA sooner rather than later.  First and foremost, you’ll need a FAFSA ID. You’l...



Law Enforcement Appreciation Breakfast - January 8, 2016

Boiling Springs Middle School treated local police officers to breakfast this morning.  We love our men and women in blue!...



Legacy - January 5, 2016

It has been my fortune to have had wonderful mentors and encouragers my entire life.  Coach Nathan Crescenzi and his wife, Janet, were among those who had as much to do with who I am today as anyone other than my parents.  Attached is a pic...



Merry Christmas from Spartanburg Two! - December 18, 2015

It has been a wonderful month of musical presentations in our schools again this year.  I just finished attending the last music program I could work in this morning at Boiling Springs Middle.  Their 600 student strong band, orchestra and c...



Upstate Educator Career Fair - December 18, 2015

Representatives from the seven Spartanburg Districts, Cherokee and Union counties will be conducting a career fair for candidates interested in certified teaching positions for 2016-17.  It is scheduled for Saturday, February 27,2016, from 9 AM ...



Christmas Cheer! - December 16, 2015

Boiling Springs Middle Students spreading Christmas cheer to their bus drivers today!...



“Still Fabulous at 70!” - December 11, 2015

Diane Gowan, Chesnee Elementary bookkeeper, was surprised when she got to work this morning by the T-shirt welcome she received from her school family on the occasion of her 70th birthday! She has served CES for 45 years and is one special lady!...



Culture and Collaboration - December 10, 2015

Boiling Springs Middle School’s Spanish Club did a culture project with kindergarten classes across the street at Oakland Elementary.  See the pictures of them working together to make a Spanish dessert. Molly Schafer is the Club sponsor. ...



Larry’s Retirement - December 7, 2015

Custodian extraordinaire Larry Arledge has retired from his work at Chesnee High School.  He was honored Saturday with a banquet which I could not attend due to attending a School Boards Association conference, but sent this short video of well-...



New Shoes! - December 4, 2015

All students at Cooley Springs Fingerville and Hendrix Elementary Schools received a new pair of shoes from New Springs Church in Boiling Springs yesterday!  One principal said, “It was like Christmas here today!  … reminds me ...



Legislative Preview - December 4, 2015

Six area legislators participated in a preview of the year at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning.  They say the two primary focus areas for the upcoming session will be roads and infrastructure and education.  Senator Reese mentio...



CHS Orchestra - December 4, 2015

The Chesnee Middle and High Orchestra students put on an outstanding winter concert last evening!  A full auditorium enjoyed a good mix of sacred and secular music.  Here is a short clip of a Manheim Steamroller song.    ...



Appreciation - December 4, 2015

Pictured is Boiling Springs High Student Body President Heath McGill, complete in his steak-grilling apron, offering words of appreciation to District Two Board members and administration for the work we do and particularly for the one-to-one iPads.&...



Our Famous Track Walkers! - November 24, 2015

See this post about our walking track from the Mary Black Foundation….  http://www.maryblackfoundation.org/2015/11/24/small-efforts-can-lead-to-big-changes/    ...



Molly’s November Report - November 24, 2015

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Three-Peat! - November 23, 2015

Congratulations to the Chesnee High School Competition Cheer Squad for winning their third State AA Championship in a row today in Columbia! ...



Hendrix Students - November 23, 2015

Hendrix Elementary School Chorus and Dance students performed one evening this past week; you could tell they loved performing by the smiles on their faces.  (And this grandfather was proud of his two in the Chorus!)  Thank you Mr. Dudley a...



“Somewhere Over the Rainbow….” - November 20, 2015

Several Boiling Springs High Orchestra students provided background music for the grand opening of the Children's Hospital Outpatient Center at North Grove Medical Park earlier this week.  The facility is an awesome addition to how we take care ...



Thanksgiving - November 19, 2015

All over the District a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings was served today.  These Boiling Springs Middle students spontaneously shared a precious moment of expressing their thanks together…....



A Neat Idea…. - November 18, 2015

Mayo Elementary kindergarten aide Kelly Lowe was using their little red document camera to project a book from her iPad onto the Promethean Board this morning during a reading lesson.  I just thought that was cool…....



Spartanburg County Autism Awareness Event - November 17, 2015

Spartanburg School District Two is pleased to invite you to attend a countywide Autism Awareness event on December 3, 2015 from 5:45-7:30 p.m. at Oakland Elementary School. This event will provide parents and community members with resources and info...



"These children love each other" - November 16, 2015

That was the comment made by the Hendrix Elementary principal as the 1st graders were returning from their field trip today to the Children's Museum........



Reposted from Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Facebook - November 12, 2015

Here's a great story: The student council at Boiling Springs Middle School sponsored a breakfast for cancer survivors in late October. More than 20 survivors were in attendance, and it the event provided an opportunity for students and community memb...



Veterans - November 10, 2015

Boiling Springs High honored about 50 of our community’s veterans this morning.  It was a wonderful, emotional experience.  The NJROTC presented colors with awesome precision, a young man offered a solemn prayer, the chorus sang the ...



Molly Spearman - November 9, 2015

Attached is Molly’s October Report, a four-minute video in which she thanks the school community for helping with recovery efforts from the flooding.  She also celebrates our state’s great principals and discusses important changes t...



Democracy in Action! - November 6, 2015

Those jeans definitely brought out the voters; especially love the shots of families at the polls. Transmits the value of how we do government in America!...



Election Day Blues - November 6, 2015

In an effort to encourage our employees to vote in the Board of Trustees election Tuesday, we promised them they could wear jeans today if they brought in their “I Voted” sticker, sent in a selfie taken at the polling place, etc.  Yo...



Superintendents’ Roundtable - November 5, 2015

The Governor met with superintendents from around the state again this morning.  Refreshingly, she was quite upbeat about her collaboration with our new State Superintendent of Schools, Molly Spearman.   While the state faces quite a few n...



What Some Principals Will Do, Part 2! - November 2, 2015

Here is a 30-second video of Dr. Patterson and Mrs. Skinner following through with promises made during their Boosterthon fundraiser last month.  They agreed to be duct taped after students reached 75% of the goal.   Wonder what happe...



Miracle League Work - October 30, 2015

The Boiling Springs High School Leo Club (a subsidiary of Lions Club International) with 25 members in costume helped with last night’s Miracle League Trunk or Treat.   They decorated a Disney Princess trunk and an Avengers trunk...



School Board Election Guide - October 29, 2015

We appreciate our Teacher Forum who put together the attached guide for Tuesday’s School Board election.  It has been said that those who serve on school boards have more impact on the direction of our country than any other elected office...



CES Champs! - October 29, 2015

You have to be proud of the initiative shown by this group of 5th graders and their teacher, Casey Corn, from Chesnee Elementary! http://wspa.com/2015/10/28/chesnee-children-studying-flooding-help-flood-victims/...



Disability Awareness Day - October 28, 2015

What a great picture of our students from Boiling Springs and Chesnee High Schools meeting with Spartanburg Mayor Junie White today at the Vocational Rehabilitation Center in town!  Several already have jobs working there and were proud to talk ...



Shoally Creek Elementary Aerial - October 27, 2015

See the progress on our new elementary school taken last Monday.  Also, be looking in your email inbox for a message asking for your participation in our second ThoughtExchange survey.  One of the primary issues raised by the community in ...



BSES Singers - October 22, 2015

Music teacher Jana Curry brought some students to perform for the Board of Trustees at their meeting last week.   They were delightful!...



Relay For Life - October 21, 2015

Boiling Springs Elementary School is doing a pumpkin fund raiser for Relay For Life.  Every class has decorated a pumpkin to mimic the main character in a children’s book on display; they are absolutely incredibly creative!  Every qua...



2014-15 Goals Progress - October 15, 2015

Our Board of Trustees and administration agree on a set of goals each year that we strive to attain.  2014-15 was a remarkably successful year for which we are so grateful to an outstanding cadre of school teachers, administrators, support staff...



Picture of the Year - October 13, 2015

This shot was taken last week at a Boiling Springs Middle School football game.  The teammate of the young man injured held his hand until EMS arrived and took over the situation.   Perfect example of leaving no one behind.......



What Some Principals Will Do - October 6, 2015

Oakland Elementary School administrators challenged their students to a fundraising goal; apparently they are well on the way to reaching it....!...



It’s All About Relationships… - October 6, 2015

A Chesnee Middle School student wrote this note to her teacher last week (I think it was Ms. Washburn).   We have schools full of caring teachers and administrators; it is nice when they hear they are appreciated!...



Sixth Grade Social Studies - October 5, 2015

Several Boiling Springs Middle School 6th grade social studies teachers dressed the part to enliven a lesson last week on ancient Egypt!  Pictured are Dennis Dempsey, Desiree Gomez, Tammy Jett, and Valerie Geen....



Swofford Career Center Students Excel! - October 2, 2015

Chef Robert Lybrand’s culinary arts students won the “March of Dimes Signature Chef Auction” competition last evening at the Greenville Marriott.  They produced two different hors d’oeuvres which were judged on taste and ...



“I get by with a little help from my friends” - October 2, 2015

We are seeing students with technology savvy helping one another in our classrooms as you see in this picture taken at Chesnee Middle earlier this week.  Some of our teachers have set up in class “help desks,” manned by students who ...



STEAM - October 1, 2015

Chesnee High School Math Coach Angie Ramsey, ELA Coach Deborah Settle, and Principal Tom Ezell made an awesome presentation to about 80 superintendents and State Department administrators this morning on the project based learning emphasis at their s...



Taking Notes - October 1, 2015

Ever wish the speaker would slow down because you did not finish writing that important note you wanted to remember, and he was already on to the next point?  I have missed story punchlines while taking notes.  We are seeing students like ...



Teacher Forum Recognizes Teachers of the Month - September 30, 2015

These teachers were chosen by the Teachers of the Year from their respective schools for being outstanding educators. These teachers were recognized at the September 28th Teacher Forum meeting to the Teachers of the Year from 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 ...



Soaring Eagles - September 30, 2015

Here is a one-minute slideshow from pictures taken last week at Chesnee Elementary, Mayo Elementary and Cooley Springs-Fingerville Elementary Schools with football players and cheerleaders from Chesnee High visiting them and talking about good behavi...



Bulldog Buddies II - September 28, 2015

Here is a 44-second video taken at the Boiling Springs - Byrnes ballgame Friday evening.  Despite the constant rain, there was a good turnout for the Bulldog Buddy recognition for students from several of our elementary schools.   We appre...



Adolescent Family Life (AFL) - September 24, 2015

Teen pregnancy is quite a problem across the country. Nationally, only 38% of teen girls who have a child before 18 earn a high school diploma by age 22. Children born to mothers younger than 18 score significantly lower on measures of school readi...



UFRC - September 23, 2015

The Boiling Springs Masonic Lodge held a golf tournament recently and made a donation of $2632 to the Upstate Family Resource Center yesterday afternoon. Pictured are Kelley Ezell, UFRC Director; David Strickland, UFRC Board Chair; and Bryan Megoniga...



Bulldog Buddies - September 22, 2015

Spartanburg Two is very fortunate to have four awesome grant-funded graduation interventionists working with us.  They have certain students they check in on regularly to keep on track for graduation, and they work with our principals and guidan...



Trick Play! - September 21, 2015

Note this 60-yarder the Boiling Springs Middle School Bulldogs unleashed on fourth and ten last week for the win…....



Among the Hidden - September 18, 2015

An awesome book that our middle schoolers read is "Among the Hidden" about a time in our future when population controls are in effect.  Children born beyond the accepted number are often hidden by their parents.  Attached is a really neat ...



Bus Fire - September 17, 2015

Bus 22 carrying 21 students home from Carlisle Fosters Grove Elementary started smoking near Casey Creek Baptist Church. Driver Ron Hawkins, Jr. pulled into the parking lot, evacuated the students and called 911 as the engine compartment caught on fi...



Safety Update - September 10, 2015

You may be aware of rumors about Friday, September 11, that are circulating on social media. We are aware that the news media is reporting stories about these rumors. Sheriff Wright has been in contact with local school superintendents and continu...



Best Day Ever at Chesnee Elementary! - September 9, 2015

See the excitement on the iPad rollout day at CES.  We are truly providing every child a level playing field opportunity to learn…. ...



Facebook Threat - September 9, 2015

You may have seen a report on social media and the news of a potential threat to area schools on September 11. We have been in contact with the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Department; they firmly believe it is without basis and have promised to keep...



International Literacy Day - September 9, 2015

This note came from Tina Humphries, principal at Hendrix Elementary.  The video will make you smile!  “We had a fantastic day at Hendrix today!  It was International Literacy Day, and everyone was encouraged to dress up as their...



Success Skills For Life - September 4, 2015

Toby and I visited Seattle's Pike Place Market several years ago while on vacation, and it was amazing. I had seen part of a film about the place and being there in person was an exhilarating experience. There are lessons to be learned from what...



RLMS Incident - September 1, 2015

Yesterday at Rainbow Lake Middle School, a student reported a seventh grade male student for having a list on his binder that was titled “Kill List.” The student was immediately taken to the office and found to have a list of 3 names (o...



Why We Do This…. - August 21, 2015

In the Nazarene Church in West Virginia where I came of age, often as not, there would be testimonies from the congregation during a service (I loved it when Brother Arch would get blessed and walk the aisles or when Clyde would pray heaven and ear...



21st Century Menu Information - August 20, 2015

Really important to students is the answer to the question, "What are we having for lunch at school today?" If you click on the link below, you can pick your school to get their breakfast and lunch menus, see pictures of the items, and get the nutr...



Small Things Matter - August 19, 2015

If you see me on a Saturday morning, I will be in a t-shirt, jeans, and gym shoes and usually have a tackle box in hand (it’s my weekend briefcase).  But during the workweek, professional dress is an expectation in our schools.  Howe...



On Technology and Teachers - August 19, 2015

Awesome 7-minute video from Scott Rocco….  https://twitter.com/ScottRRocco/status/...



Start of the Year - August 18, 2015

Overall, we had a fine start to the school year yesterday; one bus broke down and traffic was terribly congested on Old Furnace Road (though we were thrilled the barrels came down on Hwy 9 last week!), but we found students in classes hard at work in...



Great Insight…. - August 14, 2015

Dr. Mark Edwards, the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year from nearby Mooresville, NC, spoke to our employees at our “Welcome Back!” Convocation Monday morning.  His district has implemented a digital conversion better than any ...



2015-16 Teacher of the Year - August 13, 2015

Congratulations to Sauvé Marie Lunsford on her selection as our District Teacher of the Year announced during the “Welcome Back!” Convocation Monday morning!  She is a 2nd grade teacher at Oakland Elementary School.  ...



“Welcome Back!” Video - August 12, 2015

See Molly Spearman’s attached video encouragement for teachers and administrators.  You will see some familiar faces! 1.)Video Link: http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/rxeq6 2.)High Quality Download link: Welcome Back From Molly - Download...



Summer Graduation - August 6, 2015

We had just an awesome summer graduation ceremony for four of our Class of 2015 Boiling Springs High School seniors who needed just a little more time to finish their requirements.  From left are Jamal Jones, Marina Trail, Stanley White and Maur...



BSMS - August 3, 2015

This note came from Boiling Springs Middle School Principal Penny Atkinson this morning:  Dollar General reached out to see how they could help our school. They asked their customers to donate a bottle of Powerade. Mr. Rogers picked up over 300...



“Welcome Back!” Movenote - July 27, 2015

Rather than the traditional letter to our employees we send each summer, this  “Welcome Back!” video was sent last Thursday.    (If you watch it on a phone, you will miss the slides.…)...



Summer Connection - July 23, 2015

Twenty-six Spartanburg Two staff members are at the Summer Connection conference in Mooresville, NC, this week with about 400 people from 15 states and 22 school districts.  The training has been all about using technology tools to engage our st...



Abigail - July 22, 2015

Abigail Towe-Pierce, 2009-2015 On July 13, little Abby, one of our rising first graders, was laid to rest. These are adjectives that Abby's friends used to describe her last year; her teacher said she was so easy to love. We realized again that our ...



Summer Learning Academy - July 8, 2015

About 180 of our elementary students have been a part of our Summer Learning Academy (SLA) being held at Carlisle-Fosters Grove School.  Today, they enjoyed author (and musician!) Chris Rumble....



Molly’s June Video Report - July 7, 2015

In this 2 ½ minute video, State Superintendent Molly Spearman discusses the professional development taking place for our new English Language Arts and Mathematics standards and our teacher evaluation program. She also pays tribute to the nine...



2015 State Report Card Narrative - June 10, 2015

“Our school/district is helping all students develop the world class skills and life and career characteristics of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by….”  …a great variety of instructional programs and pract...



May Update from Molly Spearman - June 2, 2015

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Honoring Volunteers - June 1, 2015

The Upstate Family Resource Center honored our volunteers this morning at a brunch.  We could not do the work without them!   A nice way to begin the celebration was with our Director Kelley Ezell accepting a $25,500 ceremonial grant check...



Graduates and Gratefulness - May 22, 2015

We are eagerly anticipating graduation ceremonies at Boiling Springs and Chesnee High Schools next Friday night; they are the culminating activity that encompass and celebrate everything we do in this District.   However, in the past few weeks,...



NTHS Dedication - May 21, 2015

Pictured is Allen Powell, former director at Swofford Career Center, and Patricia Poteat, wife of Jon Poteat who was a guidance counselor at the school.  In 1984, the three of them created an honor society for vocational-technical students now k...



Our Influence - May 20, 2015

Larry Arledge, a man who takes great pride in how his school looks, is also quick to give a word of praise to staff and students.  He also writes a little music on the side.  Last Thursday night at the Chesnee High orchestra concert, the s...



Leadership - May 20, 2015

About 225 young men in Boiling Springs Intermediate School’s single gender classrooms enjoyed a lunch and learn event today served by some young ladies from the single gender girls classes (they were returning the favor as the boys served them ...



Mount Mitchell - May 19, 2015

Congratulations to our very own Debbie Cooley, media specialist at Boiling Springs Intermediate, who made it to the top in the “Assault on Mt. Mitchell” yesterday!...



Retirement - May 18, 2015

Dale Campbell, principal of Chesnee Middle School, was honored at a reception at the school yesterday in celebration of his retirement at the end of this school year.  We will miss this champion of education’s gentle and humble spirit.&nbs...



Lee Haney's Physique & Fitness Games - May 15, 2015

Remember Lee Haney?  He is an 8-time Mr. Olympia (1984-1991) and a devout Christian out of Broome High School.  He has a foundation dedicated to physical fitness and mentoring.  On Saturday, July 11, he will host the 2015 Physique &...



Grace for Living - May 12, 2015

Grace Vaughan, a Chesnee High junior playing golf for Boiling Springs High out of Woodfin Ridge, entered an essay contest recently to tell her story.  She won the nation’s top prize in the Wells Fargo Succeeding Together Essay Contest! She...



NJROTC - May 11, 2015

The Boiling Springs High School NJROTC presented the colors at an Atlanta Hawks basketball game last week.  ...



Artwork - May 8, 2015

Chesnee High students under the leadership of art instructor Jennifer McKinney displayed some of their work this past Tuesday at the school.  It was delightful!   Attached are a few of my favorites....



Love Our Teachers! - May 7, 2015

During this Teacher Appreciation Week, it is appropriate to thank our teachers who remember their importance in the life of a child.  It is all about taking care of our children; teachers are "keepers of the flame." https://vimeo.com/92149312...



Students Building a House - May 6, 2015

See this story WSPA did on the house being built for Boiling Springs High custodian Brenda Hurst. http://www.wspa.com/story/28986280/students-help-build-house-for-school-custodian...



Support Spartanburg County - May 6, 2015

Toby and I just made our online donation to the Upstate Family Resource Center. It shows that they have received 23 donations for a total of $10,555 so far toward the goal of $20,000. Remember that every donation given by 8 PM this evening will recei...



A Breath of Fresh Air - May 6, 2015

Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay! See Molly Spearman’s 2-minute April video below.  School people everywhere appreciate her leadership…....



What a Great Place to Live, Work and Raise a Family! - May 4, 2015

After interviewing a 7th grader at Rainbow Lake Middle about iPads and wi-fi, I saw this turkey hen who had apparently landed inside the storm water enclosure and could not figure out how to exit….  ...



Giving Tuesday - April 30, 2015

Our Upstate Family Resource Center is about Strengthening Families and Our Community. Your previous support has certainly helped sustain our efforts. This year we are forgoing our annual “Ask Event” in order to participate in an exciting ...



New State Tests - April 27, 2015

We will be giving new timed State accountability tests this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  High school juniors will take the ACT, a four-hour college readiness test and the ACT WorkKeys which takes 2.5 hours.  Students in grades 3-8 will...



Terrific Kids - April 24, 2015

Each of our elementary schools had a Terrific Kid of the Year honored by the Spartanburg and Boiling Springs Kiwanis Clubs yesterday at a wonderful luncheon at Summit Pointe.  They and their parents heard Wofford Football Coach Mike Ayers’...



State T.O.Y. Finalist! - April 22, 2015

Boiling Springs High chemistry teacher Hunter Jolley will be attending the South Carolina Teacher of the Year Awards Celebration in Columbia this evening as one of five finalists.  Attached is a two-minute video filmed in his classroom giving yo...



Literary Magazine - April 21, 2015

The 35th edition of the BSHS “Thoughts in Time” Literary magazine was published and distributed today after a reception at the school; it is an awesome issue with full color artwork and outstanding poetry and prose.  The sponsors, Aa...



Engineering Club Competition - April 20, 2015

Boiling Springs Middle School science teacher Amy Dherit took 22 students to Orangeburg this past weekend for their very first 4-H Engineering Competition; they have been meeting for just a couple of months.  They were less than .5 points away ...



Lily! - April 17, 2015

Be amazed with the attached minute-twenty video of Lily, a 3rd grader at Boiling Springs Elementary.  She was filmed as she read what she wrote from a sheet of Braille.  She is proud of herself, and her parents are so appreciative of her te...



Shoally Creek Elementary - April 15, 2015

We had the groundbreaking ceremony for Shoally Creek Elementary last evening.  See the article the Herald Journal’s Zach Fox wrote about the school and the pictures Tim Kimzey took of the event.  We so appreciated the sun coming out f...



District Two Announces Two New Principalships - April 3, 2015

Laura Meyer, currently principal of Mayo Elementary, has been named principal of Shoally Creek Elementary effective July 1, when she will begin the process of establishing the new school set to open August 2016: “As Spartanburg District Two con...



Last Day of School? - April 3, 2015

Only one of the four days of school missed due to inclement weather this year has been made up, on March 13. To make up the remainder of the instructional days lost, June 3 will be the last day of school. June 2 and 3 will be half days. June 4 will b...



March Madness First Grade Style! - April 3, 2015

First graders at Boiling Springs Elementary celebrated March Madness with eight of their favorite books competing (see the brackets).  After over 50 years, “Green Eggs and Ham” still commands children’s imaginations!  ...



NCAA Final Four - April 2, 2015

Boiling Springs High School graduate and current employee Coach Sheila Foster is featured in this article related to March Madness.   We are so proud of you, Coach Foster; you make a difference for kids!   http://www.secsports.c...



Upstate International Art Contest - April 2, 2015

Our Rainbow Lake Middle School Art Club students did not win the Michelin contest, but attached is a great little 2-minute story WYFF did featuring the project.  Enjoy!   http://m.wyff4.com/news/local-schools-and-groups-compete-in-int...



Thank You from Spartanburg School District 2! - March 31, 2015

Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members,   Thank you for taking the time to contribute your thoughts regarding Spartanburg School District 2 in our recent Thoughtexchange process. Almost 2000 stakeholders contributed to the conversation shari...



A Kindergartner’s Letter - March 30, 2015

It is not often the superintendent receives such a nice letter.  I especially liked the part of a “nice tall man.”  Mother said it was okay to put this and her sweet little picture on Facebook…....



Motivation! - March 26, 2015

Our principals will go to great lengths to motivate students.  The Boiling Springs Elementary crowd hit their Boosterthon fund raising goal and enjoyed participating in the "sliming" of Ms. Kimbrell.   Yes, test scores are important, but w...



Future Ready Schools - March 25, 2015

Four of us are at the Future Ready Schools Summit in Atlanta today and tomorrow. The PowerPoint image below from a speaker hit close to home. In our digital conversion, we want teachers to know we expect change, we understand there will be issues and...



Palmetto's Finest - March 24, 2015

Boiling Springs Middle School was a finalist in the Palmetto's finest competition for the second year in a row, but we learned today that Gregg Middle School in Dorchester Two was named the winner.  But you just have to read the words principal ...



Boiling Springs Middle School Visitors - March 20, 2015

Classes of Ms. Brewer and Ms. Gardner wrote letters to these two young men, and they visited our students today. Jordan, on the left, a BSHS graduate from the Class of 2014, is a Private First Class in the U.S. Marines. Jackson, on the right, serve...



Hurst House - March 19, 2015

Attached are some pictures of Swofford Career Center students working on Ms. Hurst’s house.  You may recall she is an employee working at Boiling Springs High School whose house was destroyed in a fire last summer.  It is great to se...



Learn a New Language…Gain a New Perspective - March 17, 2015

USC Upstate did this one-minute video featuring our students from Hendrix Elementary and Boiling Springs Intermediate.  Makes one want to enroll in a foreign language class!   http://youtu.be/8XMl30VLAZs...



Only in the Country… - March 16, 2015

This picture was taken this morning at Chesnee Elementary School.  Talk about providing engaging lessons…!...



RLM in InTIREnational Art Contest - March 16, 2015

How to Support RLM in InTIREnational Art Contest Vote at http://inspiredtires.com/project/rainbow-lake-middle-school/ Rainbow Lake Middle School would appreciate our support with online votes at the link above for their InTIREnational art proj...



Thoughtexchange - March 13, 2015

Thank you to the 1,194 participants who participated in the Thoughtexchange process over the past two weeks.  You confidentially generated 4,010 thoughts about concerns and appreciations you have for our schools and the district. The “Sta...



Warrior 101 - March 12, 2015

Captain Allen Freeman from the Spartanburg County Sherriff's Office is in charge of a recently implemented "Warrior 101" program.  The goal of the course is to build confidence, physical fitness, and discipline and teach young people confidence ...



TransformSC - March 10, 2015

About 700 educators, legislators, business leaders and school board members from around the state met in Columbia yesterday for the second TransformSC conference.  Last year’s event drew about 300; the original TransformSC movement includi...



Junior Scholars - March 9, 2015

All Spartanburg County 8th grade Junior Scholars were honored at a ceremony at Converse College last Thursday evening.  Spartanburg Two had a great representation of 51 students who had scored high enough on the PSAT to earn the honor.  It ...



State Teacher of the Year Finalist! - March 6, 2015

We are extremely proud that Hunter Jolley, chemistry teacher at Boiling Springs High School, has been named one of five finalists for South Carolina Teacher of the Year!  He learned of the honor yesterday when State Superintendent of Education M...



A Celebration of Black History - March 3, 2015

Boiling Springs Middle School had two assemblies yesterday celebrating Black History month; I was able to attend the afternoon gathering with the seventh graders. And what a marvelous program it was!  There were readings and performances from t...



Sometimes You Need to Laugh at Yourself - February 27, 2015

It is not my plan to offend anyone, but sometimes you just have to laugh.  Enjoy this little video about the fact that not everyone thinks schools should close for a little bit of snow.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I did...  https://...



Swofford Career Center State Winner - February 25, 2015

Blake Turner, Chesnee High School senior, was the state winner on the written portion of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) All Star competition this past Saturday.  It was sponsored by the SC Transportation Educati...



Boiling Springs Middle Math Counts Team - February 24, 2015

The BSMS Math Counts team won first place on Saturday in a competition at Clemson University.  They now go on to state competition on March 28th.  Lindsey Mazuroski took 4th place individually. Left to Right:  Lindsey Mazurowski, Emil...



Beta Club - February 23, 2015

We are extremely proud of our Chesnee High School Beta Club students who brought home several awards from their trip to the South Carolina State Convention last week: Delainey Henson (junior) was voted SC State Vice President, CHS won 1st place for ...



The First 30 Days - February 18, 2015

Attached is a very pleasant 4½ minute video from Molly Spearman concerning the new state ELA and math standards, assessment and a couple of other items I hope you will find interesting.The First 30 Days ...



Testing Changes - February 16, 2015

There are testing changes coming to South Carolina. Learn more about the new ACT tests being administered to all students in grades 3-8 and in the 11th grade this April. There is some very helpful information posted on the website of the South Caroli...



Careers - February 13, 2015

Boiling Springs Intermediate did some fascinating activities this week in an effort to raise awareness among their students on careers.   Yesterday, students made presentations to each other on the careers they researched; information included ...



It’s A Great Day in South Carolina! - February 9, 2015

This may not resonate with you, but it is historic, to me.   This past Thursday, at the Superintendents’ Roundtable, a monthly meeting open to all school superintendents in South Carolina, Molly Spearman (the new State Superintendent of E...



Professional Development - February 3, 2015

Some of our school math and literacy coaches and technology lead teachers gathered to participate in a Creating Tech-Rich Lessons workshop yesterday.  During my few minutes of interaction at each table, the level of higher order thinking and col...



Public Schools Aren't Failing - February 2, 2015

Kay McSpadden, an English teacher in York, SC, wrote this article for The Charlotte Observer and has given permission for it to be posted.  She has done her research and writes a compelling argument for the caring, community schools that help se...



Economic Forecast - January 30, 2015

The Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce held their annual Economic Forecast Breakfast this morning providing members with some very interesting observations and prognostications about the direction of the economy.  Tim Quinlan, Economist with Wells ...



Single-Gender Education - January 28, 2015

This past Saturday, Oakland Elementary hosted 175 educators from around the state at the 2015 Palmetto State Gender Institute.  This unique event provided co-ed and single-gender educators with professional development in research-based instruct...



Chesnee Athletics - January 23, 2015

Senior Daniel Kimbrell earned his 100th career win last night on the wrestling mat, and senior Deion Holmes (top right in the picture) was mentioned in Sports Illustrated.  We are proud of both young men, their coaches and teams!  Addition...



Out of the Ashes - January 22, 2015

A groundbreaking ceremony was held yesterday as the students at Boiling Springs High School continue in their quest to build a new house for Brenda Hurst, lead custodian at the school whose home burned this past summer.  One of the speakers ment...



Molly Spearman - January 15, 2015

Message from Molly Spearman, new State Superintendent of Education ...



Pack Rally - January 13, 2015

Boiling Springs Middle brought about 1,000 middle schoolers into their auditorium last Friday afternoon for a "Pack Rally" as part of their PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports) program.  As a former middle school principal, I ...



Flu Fighting Hints - January 9, 2015

Attached is a one-pager borrowed from Spartanburg Six that captures the essentials in battling influenza.  Hope it helps! Flu!...



Wrestling Match Observations - December 17, 2014

Our two high schools do not often compete athletically, but I love it when they do; I never miss their spring baseball scrimmage. Last evening the AA Chesnee Eagles wrestled the AAAA Boiling Springs Bulldogs at BSHS.  The competition was absolu...



CHS Army JROTC - December 16, 2014

The Chesnee High School JROTC Color Guard presented colors during the Panthers/Buccaneers game in Charlotte Sunday. We are proud of our War Eagles!...



Chesnee High Concert - December 16, 2014

The CHS Concert Choir and Honors Orchestra put on a delightful performance last evening. See the 30-second clip of "Sing Noel."...



The President - December 5, 2014

A special treat: President Obama addressed the gathering. He said, "What can we do to get more children ready for and through college?"...



K-16 Collaboration - December 5, 2014

Another powerful panel with the President of SUNY, the Superintendent of Dayton Public Schools, and the Supt/President of Long Beach City College talking about the critical importance of college presidents and school superintendents regularly meeting...



Governor of TN - December 5, 2014

May have been the most powerful panel discussion I have ever heard. Governor of TN, two innovative college presidents, the founder of Udacity, etc. spoke. Key point: to increase the number of students with a degree, faculty must change and techn...



Secretary of Education Arne Duncan - December 5, 2014

Having an awesome morning in Washington, DC, at the College Opportunity Day of Action. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the group early. More to come!...



Happy Thanksgiving! - November 25, 2014

While pondering a message for Thanksgiving, this picture came from one of our kindergarten classes at Carlisle-Fosters Grove; their smiles say it best.  Hope you have a blessed Holiday!...



National Board Certification Winners - November 21, 2014

We are quite proud of our newest group of five teachers to earn National Board Certification:  Caley Rogers from Chesnee High School and Rita Harris, Natalie Moore, Jennifer Ray and Sherry West from Boiling Springs High.  Also, successfully...



Leadership Spartanburg - November 20, 2014

Today was “Education Day” for the 38 professionals in this year’s class of Leadership Spartanburg.  The seven Spartanburg school district superintendents were privileged to spend an hour with them this morning.  The first ...



A Veteran Teacher - November 19, 2014

Jewell Garland is an awesome teacher at Mayo Elementary; she is also one of my heroes.  Every time I walk through her classroom, she is a better, stronger teacher than she was the semester before.  Like the evangelist said when he preached ...



Chesnee High Competition Cheer Squad - November 17, 2014

Congratulations to our AA State Champion cheerleaders!...



Chesnee High Dedication - November 12, 2014

The Board and administration appreciated the nice crowd who participated in the Open House and Dedication Ceremony of the STEAM Academy and gymnasium at Chesnee High School last evening.  There was quite a buzz of excitement from students, staff...



Veterans Day Celebrations - November 11, 2014

Every school hosts veterans at some point during the week; our vets seem to appreciate the gesture of thanks our staff and students offer.  I must confess to tears streaming down my face at Boiling Springs Middle this morning…. Attached ...



The Big Fish! - November 11, 2014

Pictured is Amanda Claney with her catch of the day Saturday.  We will have to find out from her or Coach Kay Hames what lure she was casting…....



Bulldog Fishing - November 10, 2014

Our new Boiling Springs High Bass Fishing Team hosted a tournament this past Saturday on Lake Greenwood.  There were 45 boats in the competition; one of our duos won second place with 15 lbs. of fish (Jacob Gray and Trevor Sharrett).  Inte...



Rockin’ the Vote! - November 5, 2014

In an effort to encourage staff and teachers to vote, Boiling Springs Elementary School Principal Michelle Kimbrell had them take a “selfie” at the poll and send it in to qualify for an early leave pass. Attached is a 3-minute video she p...



A Good Traffic Stop - November 3, 2014

Fredrica Humphries, a bus driver who has been with the District for 28 years, is pictured in front of a new bus we received from the state on Wednesday. She was stopped while driving the bus by a state trooper the next day—but for a good reason...



Early College High School - October 31, 2014

Our first cohort of 25 ninth graders from Spartanburg County are taking all their courses on the Spartanburg Community College campus.  Our plan is to expand that by 25 students per year to one hundred. This morning, they had a Renaissance Fair...



Election Day! - October 31, 2014

Please make plans to vote this coming Tuesday.  While there are important leadership races at local, state and national levels and several referendum issues to be decided, none are more important to educators and the students we serve than the S...



Teacher Cadets - October 30, 2014

This fine group of Chesnee High School Seniors and Teacher Cadets under the leadership of Stephanie Cash visited the District Office this morning learning about what we do and how we impact the schools in our District.  They got a picture of the...



Art Show - October 29, 2014

Districts 2, 3 and 4 student art is on display for the next month at the Chapman Cultural Arts Center.  Fine arts teachers, parents and students enjoyed a reception for the opening of the exhibit last evening.  Pictured is some of our stude...



Hope, Engagement, Well-Being - October 23, 2014

Attached is a letter sent to parents of our 5th-12th graders last week describing a Gallup Student Poll we are in the process of administering.  I looked over the shoulder of two Boiling Springs High students taking the on-line instrument yester...



Our Evolution - October 22, 2014

Today we handed out an iPad Mini to every 8th grader at Boiling Springs Middle; tomorrow will be to the rest of their students.  This milestone is the culmination of nearly two years of study by the Board of Trustees, District staff, teachers a...



Balm for the Soul - October 21, 2014

Yesterday was rather trying, but as I slipped into the rear of the auditorium last evening to hear the Boiling Springs High School Choir, I could feel the stress of the day leave my mind, body and soul as that colossal troupe of young people sang of ...



Teaching in China - October 20, 2014

Four more of our teachers spent a couple of weeks in China working with students and teachers on the "Spartanburg Two Way" of teaching and learning this past summer.  They spoke to our Board of Trustees about the richness of the experience this ...



Goals and Progress - October 17, 2014

All institutions on the move establish goals and take action to achieve those goals.  The superintendent reviewed with the Board of Trustees the District’ progress on our nine goals for the 2013-14 school year this past Tuesday evening.&nb...



Vincent Sheheen - October 2, 2014

Senator Sheheen, candidate for Governor, spent about 30 minutes with superintendents from around the state at our Roundtable meeting today as Governor Haley has done two times recently.  He advocated the importance of getting students in school...



Upstate Family Resource Center - September 29, 2014

This short video captures the essence of our UFRC.  You will be glad you watched! ...



The First Tee - September 29, 2014

The First Tee, a national program, endeavors to teach children life skills through the sport of golf.  Five of our eight elementary schools have been sponsored by local business, foundations, churches or individuals and participated in the "Life...



All About South Carolina! - September 29, 2014

Third graders study the different regions of SC in their social studies and science classes each year.   At Chesnee Elementary recently, our students enlisted help from other third graders in the Blue Ridge, Piedmont, Sandhills, Inner Coastal P...



Good News! - September 24, 2014

We learned today that the District has been awarded a federal School Climate Transformation grant of $328,267 per year for three years, a total of $984,801.  We were one of 71 school districts in 23 states, Washington DC, and the U.S. Virgin Isl...



Palmetto Boys/Girls State - September 23, 2014

Boiling Springs American Legion Post 200 honored a group of Boiling Springs High seniors in a ceremony last evening for their participation in Girls and Boys State one week in Columbia this past June. Almost all states have similar youth leadership ...



It Takes a Village - September 19, 2014

When community pulls together, much greater accomplishments can occur. Far too often I have heard legislators, newspaper writers and others criticize public education.  Most stinging have been the rebukes from the pulpit.  Are we perfect?&...



Bobby Bowden - September 18, 2014

As a teenager growing up in West Virginia, WVU’s Head Football Coach Bobby Bowden was revered.  When he left us for Florida State after the 1975 season, many were heart-broken.  He was a good coach and a man of integrity. Today in Sp...



A Conversation with the Governor - September 4, 2014

For the second time this year, Governor Haley met with superintendents from around the state in Greenville today; we appreciated the opportunity to interact.  She spoke for about 15 minutes and then spent nearly 30 minutes in Q&A with us.&nb...



L.E.A.D. - September 2, 2014

You gotta love middle schoolers and their teachers!  Boiling Springs Middle held a “Pack Rally” Friday morning, and it was energy and enthusiasm to the power of 10.  The four halls of the school have been divided into blue, gree...



Good News Data Update! - August 29, 2014

The District has received several pieces of data recently of which we are quite pleased: First, our American College Testing (ACT) average for 2014 was 21.1, above the national average (21.0) for the first time ever, even with 20 more students (343)...



Support from The Faith Community - August 28, 2014

This past Sunday evening, several Boiling Springs area churches joined together for a community prayer service hosted by Northbrook Baptist; the auditorium was full as the people worshipped in song, preaching and praying. The focus was on praying fo...



Cultural Progress - August 27, 2014

Boiling Springs Middle School welcomed a dozen students from China for the week that are participating in a Total Immersion Program Summer Camp. The visiting Chinese students partner with American students and attend the same class schedule as their...



You Can Learn Anything! - August 20, 2014

These words and this video came from the Khan Academy and were worth sharing: "Some people believe that intellectual ability is purely genetic or fixed. This is a myth. Research now shows that your brain is like a muscle; the more you apply it and ...



Board Meeting Review, 8-12-14 - August 13, 2014

The Board held their August meeting last evening.  Here are some highlights: Gina Skinner and Katie Leonard, elementary school assistant principals and Directors of our North and South Summer Learning Academies, did a PowerPoint and video overv...



"Welcome Back!" Convocation - August 11, 2014

Several of our employees have told me today’s convocation for our 1,100 employees may have been the best one ever.  What made it special? The school looked wonderful, the breakfast was great as always (Thank you Chartwells!) and the progr...



Strengthening Partnerships for College Success - July 31, 2014

Six of us from Spartanburg County are at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. today working with people from all over the country on cradle to career programs.  Secretary of Education Arne Duncan greeted us this morning and set the st...



It’s More Than Football - July 28, 2014

See the first two minutes of this WSPA clip about some Boiling Springs football players making a difference for children in the Shriner’s Hospital.  It will make you smile. WSPA.com...



Carolina Panthers - July 23, 2014

Three of our students enjoyed a special back-to-school shopping event at Academy of Sports yesterday.  Each had $150 provided by the Panthers organization.  They also had the mascot Sir Purr, lineman Nate Chandler; and a couple of the TopCa...



Child Friendly - July 16, 2014

It seems to me the world is not a very friendly place for children these days.  I wonder if my parents would have had a television in the house if they only saw some of the program advertisements with profanity and provocativeness.  “...



Good News! - July 15, 2014

We learned two exciting pieces of information yesterday afternoon about the District. First, Kim Ashby, our Director of Elementary Schools, had submitted an application for the 2014 Dick and Tunky Riley WhatWorksSC Award for Excellence from the Rile...



Training - July 8, 2014

Felicia Oliver, our District Literacy Coordinator, is a veteran educator par excellence.  Each summer she leads a Literacy Cohort of our teachers through training; we are on Cohort 10, so about 350 of our teachers have been through the 3-year co...



i3 Day 3 - June 19, 2014

Today's keynote was presented by Dan Heath from Duke University speaking about "Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work," a book of which he is the co-author with his brother. He talked about the Four Villains of Decision Making: ...



i3 Day Two - June 18, 2014

Another great day for education in South Carolina!  The keynote session by Kevin Carroll, former trainer for the Philadelphia76s and "Katalyst" with Nike told an awesome personal story (you need to Google his name, it is incredible) and how he f...



Innovative Ideas Institute: Day 1 - June 16, 2014

Nearly 1500 educators from across South Carolina are at the i3 conference today through Wednesday.  There are educational vendors, keynotes and breakout sessions along with a great deal of idea sharing via networking opportunities. Today's high...



Poverty Institute - June 11, 2014

About 100 of our teachers and administrators heard Dr. Tammy Pawloski from the Francis Marion University School of Education yesterday in a workshop on teaching children of poverty.  She covered everything from poverty’s impact on their li...



Swofford House - June 9, 2014

Each year, the Building Construction students at Swofford Career Center build a 3-bedroom/2-bath home that is auctioned off the first Saturday in June.  This past Saturday morning, the home sold for $45,500.  It is wonderfully well built by...



Happy Retirement! - June 4, 2014

Retiring principals Dawn Neely and Donnie Barnette were recognized for their years of dedicated service to our students at a reception following our administrative team meeting today.  They also took a little time to address our administrators a...



Humphries Named - June 3, 2014

After having served as assistant principal of the school for the past 16 years, Tina Humphries was elevated to the principalship of Hendrix Elementary at the Board’s May meeting.  She has been there during the school’s transformation...



New Principal - June 2, 2014

Mr. Greg Lovelace has been named principal of Rainbow Lake Middle School beginning with the 2014-15 school year.  Mr. Lovelace is currently serving as principal of Chase High School in North Carolina.  This past Friday, he received a warm w...



Helping our Neighbor - May 30, 2014

The Upstate Family Resource Center held their annual “Ask!” event at The Lodge last evening.  Dr. Kirk Neely, pastor and storyteller extraordinaire, was the keynote speaker.  Our own Brianna, a rising musical talent who is dream...



BSHS Chorus Concert - May 29, 2014

Wow!  Boiling Springs High School’s chorus under the direction of Dennis Stepp held their spring concert recently.  About 300 voices put on a Disney-themed show for a packed house that was quite amazing and entertaining.  Enjoy t...



June 2, 2014 Snow Make-Up Day - May 28, 2014

We learned yesterday afternoon that at least some members of our local legislative delegation have amended a bill granting forgiveness from the requirement to make up the last of three of the days lost to snow this past winter. All of our schools hav...



NFL Play 60 - May 27, 2014

The National Football League has an initiative going called “Play 60,” the idea of which is to promote physical activity and encourage children to get moving at least 60 minutes per day.  With the encouragement of his principal, Boil...



Class of 2014 - May 23, 2014

The culminating experience, why we exist, is awarding diplomas to our students who have persevered through 13 years of school.  We were blessed with wonderful weather last evening as commencement exercises were held outdoors at both Chesnee and ...



CHS Orchestra Concert - May 22, 2014

It was easy to see why the Chesnee High Orchestra has won 12 consecutive Superior ratings at the SCMEA Concert Festival; their concert Tuesday evening was filled with exciting sound and light!  Especially enjoyable was that the music chosen incl...



State Champions! - May 21, 2014

We are extremely proud of the Boiling Springs High Golf team who won the State AAAA championship yesterday with a 13-shot victory over Easley.  That the team is comprised of so many young players bodes well for the future, as well.  Congrat...



IB Exhibition - May 20, 2014

Each spring, the 3rd grade students at Hendrix Elementary International Baccalaureate School put together an exhibition of what they have learned on the particular project that has been the school theme for the year.  This year, they have studie...



Board Meeting Update, 5-13-14 - May 16, 2014

The Spartanburg Two Board of Trustees held their May meeting this past Tuesday.  Especially delightful was a reception and recognition given in honor of 36 retirees; smiles abounded!  Norman Neff and several of his orchestra students from B...



Leaving a Legacy - May 15, 2014

Each spring, Boiling Springs High’s top 10 graduates, the senior class president and the student body president invite the teacher that has had the most profound impact on them to a catered “Legacy” buffet with their parents.  ...



State Superintendent - May 13, 2014

An important election is coming up on Tuesday, June 10.  While many state and local officials will be selected in this primary, probably none is more important to schools than the State Superintendent of Education.  We need someone who unde...



Art Shows - May 9, 2014

Both Boiling Springs and Chesnee High Schools put their students' visual art works on display this past Tuesday.  There were some awesome drawings, paintings and sculpture to see.  My favorite of a largemouth bass was produced by Chesnee Hi...



Earthquake Power - May 8, 2014

On a recent walk-through at Rainbow Lake Middle School, Dr. Hinton and I met some 8th grade earth science students about a project they have been working on since November. Pictured are John Moore and Daniel Likhtar. Their earthquake project began w...



South Pacific - May 7, 2014

See the attached commercial for this spring’s awesome musical at BSHS.  Call 578.8465 for tickets.  ...



Special Services - May 6, 2014

For the 26th year in a row, every special education teacher in the District chose two students to honor at a celebration this past Thursday evening: one child for academic excellence and one for outstanding effort. It is always a heartwarming event,...



Next Generation Leaders - May 5, 2014

Chesnee High School’s Army ROTC program held their cadet award ceremony last week.  About 50 cadets were present with their parents and a variety of military and community people from the area on hand to participate in the event.   ...



Student Motivation - May 2, 2014

State accountability testing is an important measure of how well our schools and students are doing in the work of teaching and learning.  Attached is a two-minute video written, filmed and edited by students in Ms. Godwin's one-to-one digital p...



School to Career - May 1, 2014

Swofford Career Center honored our Districts One and Two co-op students and sponsoring business owners at a banquet Tuesday evening.  This program matches students taking coursework with local employers for internship experiences. Quite a few s...



Angry Birds - April 30, 2014

Angry Birds is a game played on an iPhone in which players turn scowling birds into projectiles to crush a collection of grunting pigs scattered around various ramshackle structures.  Kids (and adults) love it.But do you know there are a ton of ...



Crazy About You - April 25, 2014

Boiling Springs Middle School Principal Penny Atkinson came back from a conference last summer with an idea she implemented this year called, “Crazy About You!”  She challenged her staff to find a student or two who needed an extra d...



Page Turners - April 21, 2014

Shaina Ray, the dynamo that oversees the Chesnee High Media Center, implemented a “Get Your Read ON” (GYRO) program several years ago to get boys to read. A year later, the female population forced a “Page Turners” program for...



Terrific Kids - April 18, 2014

We appreciate the Spartanburg and Boiling Springs Kiwanis Clubs who sponsor the Terrific Kids program that encourages good citizenship.  The culmination each year is a banquet honoring the T.K. from each of the 53 elementary schools in the Count...



Upstate Family Resource Center - April 17, 2014

The UFRC is our non-profit organization helping families in Spartanburg Two thrive.  See this 9-minute video to get an emotionally refreshing insight into their work. ...



Board of Trustees Meeting Review, 4-15-14 - April 16, 2014

The Suzuki Strings students from Boiling Springs Intermediate, under the direction of Lyn Acosta, performed wonderfully to begin our meeting.  You can see a clip of one song that is attached. Highlights of the meeting: Chesnee High School Pr...



Boiling Springs NJROTC - April 15, 2014

Boiling Springs NJROTC honors three special staff members. Have a tissue ready.  ...



Westward Expansion - April 3, 2014

While doing a walk-through at Oakland Elementary School this week, we encountered John Fleck, a retired teacher, reenacting a description of the Lewis & Clark expedition for the fourth graders.  He played the part of John Colter who was on t...



BSES Students Interview the Superintendent - March 28, 2014

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Palmetto’s Finest Award - March 26, 2014

A highly sought award among schools in South Carolina is Palmetto’s Finest recognition.  Boiling Springs Middle entered into the extremely rigorous process this past spring and with their written application earned a visit from committee m...



A Teacher's Influence - March 26, 2014

Boiling Springs Intermediate, a "Leader In Me" school, emphasizes the seven habits of highly effective people as part of their character education.  Those habits are: 1. Be proactive, 2. Begin with the end in mind, 3. Keep first things first, 4....



First Year Teachers - March 25, 2014

Spartanburg Two offers a class for our induction contract teachers beginning in August.  Three of our staff members: Glenda Brown, Felicia Oliver and Kim Ashby, facilitate the sessions by providing the instruction or bringing in some of our own ...



Senator Graham - March 24, 2014

It is a privilege to serve on the Spartanburg County Chamber of Commerce Government Relations Committee.  A group of local businessmen, educators from K-12 and higher education, and legislators meet monthly to discuss issues pertaining to our ar...



Snow Days Forgiveness - March 13, 2014

The Governor signed a bill into law yesterday allowing local School Boards to forgive up to five days of instruction lost due to weather this year, but only after the first three days are made up (districts are required by law to build three make-up ...



New State Standards - March 12, 2014

Boiling Springs Elementary Principal Michele Kimbrell with three of her teachers and two instructional coaches provided a very nice mini-presentation on the new state standards in our Board of Trustees’ meeting last evening.  Here is one o...



Boiling Springs Middle Students Win SC Dialogue Awards - March 4, 2014

Boiling Springs Middle School students accepted top 10 honors at the South Carolina Dialogue Foundation’s fourth annual Art and Essay Awards Ceremony on Saturday, March 1 at the USC Law Auditorium. Students of English teachers Kim Wells and Joe...



A Great Honor - February 21, 2014

The State AA Champion Cheer Team of Chesnee High was recognized by the House of Representatives in Columbia yesterday.  We appreciate Representative Doug Brannon  for making the arrangements....



Scholars and Athletes - February 20, 2014

This past Monday the Teacher Forum encouraged employees to donate at least $5 and wear jeans to work to raise scholarship money for two teacher cadets.  As a result, we are pleased to announce that $2,835 will be split to two of our seniors who ...



More Good News for Education - February 18, 2014

Governor Haley addressed the Spartanburg Rotary Club today and shared some exciting news: a Japanese manufacturing company has purchased 400 acres near Moore (southern part of the county) to build a plant making carbon fiber.  Initial investment...



Family Tradition - February 10, 2014

Deion Holmes, a junior at Chesnee High School, was honored at halftime of their game against Powdersville Friday night.  He has set a new CHS career scoring record with 1,881 points.  He was presented  with a game ball by the previous ...



A Powerful Book - February 7, 2014

Our phone rang at 5:30 on Sunday morning, March 16, 1980.  Daddy was on the other end telling me, “We’ve lost John,” my 19-year-old younger brother, in a car accident.  It was such a shock for our family and though I griev...



Customer Service - February 5, 2014

We work on customer service. Students, their parents and the community are our customers. When you call a school or the District Office, your call should be answered quickly by a pleasant and knowledgeable receptionist who will say something to the e...



The Three Most Popular Sentences - February 3, 2014

The achievement of a school district is tied inextricably to the health and well-being of the families it serves: strong families send children a little easier to instruct. Related to that, our Sunday School teacher’s lesson yesterday began wi...



Why? - January 27, 2014

Things happen in life that seem to make no sense.  Sometimes all one can do is turn to wonder. Such was the case when we learned yesterday morning of the tragic fire that took the life of one of our students, 4th grader Dylan Cothran.  His...



A Profitable Meeting - January 23, 2014

Seven superintendents from around the Upstate met yesterday with three key legislators in Columbia about education funding.  Pictured are Rita Allison, Kevin Bingham and Brian White, House members serving in leadership positions on Ways & Me...



Art Display - January 22, 2014

Districts Two and Seven have an art show going on at the Chapman Cultural Arts Center for the next few weeks.  District Two’s art teachers sponsored a reception last evening,  and there was quite a crowd of parents and students viewin...



The Importance of Goals - January 17, 2014

The practice of setting goals has been important to me since I first listened to a Napolean Hill tape on the topic while painting houses in the summer in my late teens/early 20s.  He said if you not only set your goals, but wrote them down and r...



Board Meeting Review, 1-14-14 - January 16, 2014

Several Board members commented Tuesday evening that our opening recognitions in the January meeting were perhaps the best ever.   ·The 40 voice International Choir from Hendrix Elementary sang to a SRO crowd songs from Uganda, Nicaragua...



An Unusual Relationship - January 15, 2014

What happened this past Sunday morning is not normal.  In my experience, the partnership that exists between our Hendrix Elementary and First Baptist North Spartanburg with their Spartanburg Christian Academy, back door neighbors, is unheard of....



Helping a Friend - January 14, 2014

David Stephens, a friend of mine, was a part-time reporter/photographer for the Boiling Springs Sentry, a wonderful little weekly newspaper that about a year or so ago ended their publishing.  He is an outstanding writer and a fair man.  He...



"What Parents Want" - January 13, 2014

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute did a study published this past August about what parents want from schools.  After surveying over 2,000 public and private school parents, they learned that overall they want schools that are strong in reading an...



Teachers of the Year - January 10, 2014

The Board of Trustees and administration honored our teachers of the year at a banquet last evening at the Piedmont Club.  It is the event I look forward to each year almost as much as graduation. Matt Johnson, our District T.O.Y., spoke to the...



A Great Place to Raise a Family - January 9, 2014

Since arriving almost nine years ago, my wife and I have often remarked that if we had known about Spartanburg, we would have tried to get here sooner.  The geography including forests and fields, lakes and streams, waterfalls and trails, and fo...



Weather Delay - January 6, 2014

Tomorrow morning, Tuesday, January 7, our schools will operate on a two-hour delay. With the National Weather Service predicting extreme cold and wind chill, we are concerned for students waiting outside in the early hours for buses that may be delay...



Christmas Giving - December 20, 2013

Probably every school in the District did something to provide Christmas assistance to families in need.  Many joined community members, businesses and organizations in support of the Upstate Family Resource Center who was able to help 419 child...



School Discipline - December 18, 2013

I have often said the assistant principalship is the purgatory of education jobs; APs generally deal with discipline issues all day long.  But for those aspiring to the principalship, the experience is invaluable in terms of learning about schoo...



Chesnee - December 17, 2013

The Spartanburg County Council recognized the Chesnee High School Competition Cheer Team for their recent State Championship and the positive attention it brought to Spartanburg.  Council member O’Neal Mintz took great joy in offering the ...



Swofford Career Center - December 13, 2013

Three students from SCC visited Chesnee Elementary School on Wednesday representing Health Science Technology, Culinary Arts, and Electricity. You can see from the pictures the fascination as they explored “When I grow up…” with th...



Politics - December 11, 2013

Six members of our Board of Trustees and I attended a legislative advocacy conference sponsored by the South Carolina School Boards Association this past weekend.  Saturday morning, Senator John Matthews, a perennial champion of education, Repre...



School of Distinction - December 10, 2013

Congratulations to Boiling Springs Middle School for their recognition last week as a National Beta School of Distinction!  This national award speaks highly of their commitment to academic rigor and dedication to preparing students for college ...



Christmas Cheer - December 6, 2013

Boiling Springs High School's choir, orchestra and jazz band put on an awesome concert in the gym last evening.  Attached are 30-second clips of each group performing to give you some insight. We especially appreciate Dennis Stepp, Norman Neff,...



Competition - December 5, 2013

Students learn valuable life skills in athletic competition such as determination, goal setting, perseverance, and work ethic.  Team sports teach collaboration. While wrestling is certainly a team sport, each individual is on the mat by himself...



Spartanburg-Enterprise Hub - December 4, 2013

The Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce sponsored an “Advance” (as opposed to a “Retreat”) this week in the Coliseum at Milliken.  About 100 people from business, education, non-profits, political leadership and foundations w...



Thanksgiving - November 26, 2013

My favorite athletic contest to attend every year is when Boiling Springs and Chesnee meet for a preseason baseball scrimmage.  Until last evening.  The two girls basketball teams met in a tournament at Dorman.  They played with great ...



Boiling Springs High School - November 25, 2013

We are proud of the BSHS NJROTC Drill Dawgs who took the show in a big competition this past Saturday.  They won six 1st place events, one 2nd place, and one 3rd.  This was the third consecutive Drill Meet they have taken 1st place overall ...



Eagles - November 23, 2013

Way to go, Chesnee High School competition cheer squad on winning the Class AA State Championship today! We are proud of you! ...



Sheila Foster - November 21, 2013

One of our local television stations, WSPA, does a “Caring For The Carolinas” award each month that highlights a person, project or group that serves their community.  Today, Boiling Springs High School Coach Sheila Foster was honor...



SAM - November 21, 2013

Spartanburg County is joining quite a few innovative metropolitan areas around the country in an effort to nudge our culture to more highly value and be able to attain post-secondary education.  Several years ago, the College HUB was formed to m...



American Education Week - November 20, 2013

We like to do something nice for our people during American Education Week to let them know we appreciate the work they do with our children.  This year, teaming up with our food service provider Chartwell’s, every location had hot chocola...



BSHS Bulldog Band - November 19, 2013

A pleasant memory of growing up as little boy in the basketball-crazy town of Barrackville, WV, a coal mining community, was lying in bed on winter nights hearing all the horns blow on Pike Street, the main thoroughfare, as fans  drove back into...



Teacher Cadets - November 15, 2013

The Teacher Cadet program has been in existence in South Carolina since 1985 when it originated at Conway High School.  It is now in 165 SC high schools and has been replicated in states around the country.  The goal of the program is to en...



The Three Family R’s - November 14, 2013

Milton Smith, veteran school board chair in District Four, wrote the following four paragraphs in a Woodruff publication.  He makes some interesting observations about raising children and grandchildren that I appreciated; I hope you will, too.&...



November Board Meeting - November 13, 2013

Wonderfully opening our meeting, the Chesnee Elementary School Chorus directed by Edie Willis performed before a good crowd last evening.  Attached is a 42-second snippet of one of their songs.Your browser does not support embedded video. Click ...



Veterans' Day - November 11, 2013

All over the District, veterans have been recognized at our schools with programs and ceremonies.  It was an honor to attend the program at Chesnee Elementary School this afternoon.  Close to 125 veterans and guests attended.  The tab...



Principals' Meeting - November 8, 2013

Effective Schools Research indicates nothing tops a principal's leadership to positively impact a school's effect on student learning.  That is why we strive to provide strong staff development for our principals each month.  Our ...



Richard Green - November 4, 2013

Almost nine years ago, I was in the interview process with the School Board to come to work here in Spartanburg Two.  Richard Green, who served on the Board for 16 years, was a member of that Board in the attached picture.  He is in the bac...



Charles Lea Center - November 1, 2013

At a community breakfast yesterday, the Charles Lea Center reviewed their work and finances and recognized supporters from the past year.  Their mission is to support people with disabilities and special needs where they live, work and play.&nbs...



Family Solutions - October 31, 2013

Every family has issues.  We could all do a better job of communicating with our children.  One program we offer in Spartanburg Two that helps families along these lines is the “Family Solutions” program. Right now, we offer ...



Election Day - October 29, 2013

Do you have statements your teachers made stored in your memory banks that you will carry forever?  I do.  One such statement made by my high school basketball coach and history teacher, a veteran and man I greatly admired, was that as citi...



Are Common Core Standards a “Rotten” Idea? - October 28, 2013

There have been rumblings in national political forums recently that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been foisted on unsuspecting children and families by liberal groups seeking to indoctrinate our students with “extreme leftist ide...



Auction for a Cause - October 25, 2013

Here is a great way to spend next Friday evening and help some worthy Spartanburg non-profits including our very own Upstate Family Resource Center.  A ticket provides a generous buffet dinner and the opportunity to bid on 100s of outstanding si...



Fun at school - October 24, 2013

We strive to make school an inviting place where students will enjoy being in the classroom while they are being challenged to think and work hard.  We also like to provide some fun activities beyond the regular school day.  Boiling Springs...



Another nice letter - October 24, 2013

It has been a rather difficult week this week; it seems like we are having a lot of difficulty pleasing parents.  That is not uncommon, I suppose, since the first quarter’s grades were issued and parent-teacher conferences are being held.&...



The Maintenance Crew - October 22, 2013

One group of several unsung heroes in our District is the Maintenance Department.  The Boiling Springs Elementary administration treated them to an appreciation breakfast this morning. We take for granted that the lights will be on, the plumbin...



ReGenesis Health Care - October 21, 2013

The District is in the process of entering an agreement with ReGenesis, a community health center based in Spartanburg, for services at Hendrix Elementary School through a brand new 42 foot mobile health unit.  A sample picture and layout are at...



Sportsmanship.... - October 17, 2013

This past Friday night, just before halftime, a Landrum High School football player was seriously injured in a game against our Chesnee Eagles.  After 20-30 minutes on the ground, he was carted off the field and into a waiting ambulance.  S...



It's nice to be noticed.... - October 16, 2013

The Chesnee High School Band and their supporting Booster organization ran an awesome band competiton this past Saturday.  Read the note CHS Principal Tom Ezell received from the director of one of the visiting bands: Dear Mr. Ezell, &nbs...



Mission: Possible - October 15, 2013

Here is Boiling Springs Intermediate School’s staff in their State Championship t-shirts! ...



Single Gender Classes - October 11, 2013

We have classes of all girls and all boys at four of our schools; it is a choice the students and their parents can opt into.  Pictured are one of each that we visited at Boiling Springs Intermediate last week.  We are finding that the st...



October Board Meeting Review - October 9, 2013

The Spartanburg School District Two Board of Trustees met last evening; all ten members were in attendance for quite an interesting meeting.  Here are some highlights:  Chesnee High orchestra students played before the meeting; a 30-secon...



Legtislative Breakfast - October 8, 2013

Our annual 2013 Legislative Breakfast was this morning at the Daniel Morgan Technology Center in Spartanburg. Five of our local legislators met with about 80 educators and School Board members from Spartanburg County. Joyce Wright, Angie Horton and S...



Governor Haley - October 7, 2013

Governor Haley addressed over 200 local leaders at a luncheon in Spartanburg this afternoon.  She shared a lot of good news in the state in general and in Spartanburg County in particular.  She spoke about jobs saying our BMW plant is produ...



School Lunch has Changed - October 4, 2013

Growing up, I lived close to school and walked home for lunch almost every day.  Sometimes, though, Mom was not going to be home, and I got to eat in the school cafeteria.  I remember soup beans and cornbread, hot dogs or hamburgers and fri...



A Rumor - October 2, 2013

There is a rumor circulating in Spartanburg Two that the superintendent was dancing Monday morning.  He is denying it (and hoping no video surfaces to the contrary).  Why was there a dance?  A special “Mandatory” meeting of...



Friday Nights in Spartanburg - September 27, 2013

I love Friday night football.  But it is more than football that I like.  Oh, yes, I love the competition, the coaching strategies, the young men making long runs, throwing and catching passes and making great tackles.  But even if you...



It's all about relationships - September 25, 2013

The Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce sponsors a Government Relations Committee that meets during lunch each month.  Business leaders, several educators, a state legislator or two and representatives from Representative Gowdy's and Senator Scott's...



Outstanding Youth - September 24, 2013

Last evening, Boiling Springs Post 200 honored 25 students who participated in Palmetto Boys & Girls State.  The week they spent in Columbia this summer was spent in leadership development activity, deep, experiential learning about how stat...



On being a superintendent - September 23, 2013

Last Friday I participated with two other superintendents in the State on a panel speaking to a group of rising stars in local school districts (some of whom are pictured here).  Their local school district leaders sent them to the Tapping Execu...



A Science experience - September 20, 2013

Teachers strive to make learning relevant and interesting in order to engage their students deeply in the content. This picture is very poor because of the lighting, but it is rich in meaning. A teacher at Carlisle Fosters Grove Elementary School and...



On Instructional Coaches - September 19, 2013

Professional development of teachers has metamorphosed over the years in the education profession.  While it still has its place, we are moving away from the practice of hiring an expert practitioner to come in for a presentation to a large grou...



No Words Needed... - September 11, 2013

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When past meets future - September 10, 2013

Sense of community is important to people.  We like to be proud of who we are and where we come from.  It is the responsibility of the older generation to transmit to the younger generation our values and history.  In that context...



Why I continue to teach.... - September 9, 2013

The article below penned by a veteran York Comprehensive High School teacher has been printed in the Charlotte Observer and the Rock Hill Citizen.  She has articulately captured what every teacher experiences: pain, ho...



Government trust issues - September 6, 2013

It was a pleasure to hear Congressman Trey Gowdy during a lunch meeting yesterday organized by the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce, though his message was not one to make a person feel good, but one that helped us understand some of the difficult cho...



Help from above - September 5, 2013

Each year, the youth leaders of many local churches get together and plan a "Pray Back" event held in the parking lot of Christian Supply in Spartanburg.  Probably 750-1000 students show up in cars and church buses.  They always have refres...



Athletic observation - September 4, 2013

Extracurricular activities are vitally important to many of our students.  They also contribute to the climate of a healthy and effective school.  Last evening, while watching the Chesnee girls dominate Pendleton High School in a volleybal...



Growing our own - September 3, 2013

Mr. James Hendrix, superintendent of Spartanburg Two from 1957-1985, used to refer to us as "good old traditional District Two."  I have been told by quite a few current employees who were hired by him that in the interview process he double-che...



College Going Culture - August 30, 2013

Two ideas we strive to plant like seeds in the mind of every student is the year of their high school graduation and that college is an attainable goal.  It might be a small thing that we did today, but anyway you can water, fertilize and cultiv...



A Successful Grad! - August 28, 2013

One of our BSHS teachers forwarded this piece from a Wofford College publication about Daniel Didok.  Not only is he a man of science, he is a Boiling Springs High School graduate, Class of 2010.  We are proud of him!   SPARTANBURG, ...



Results! - August 28, 2013

The use of data to inform decisions has never been more important.  It has also never been more available.  A teacher can use not only classroom observation, but multiple types of data to understand the needs of every student being taught. ...



A Parent's Perspective - August 23, 2013

All of us as parents try to encourage our children, challenge them to be the best they can be, to persevere, to explore the world of possibilities to see what they have aptitude for and interest in, and most of all, to be good and not embarrass the f...



The Blueberry Story - August 20, 2013

Our keynote speaker last Monday at the Convocation was Dr. Jamie Vollmer.  He has been cited in this space before, and his book, Schools Cannot Do It Alone, has been quoted.  It was great for our people to hear first hand his story about hi...



A Child's Perspective - August 20, 2013

Master Will Hardee, a second grader at Boiling Springs Elementary, son of teachers Trent and Patti Hardee, and big brother to two younger brothers Hampton and Silas, addressed all 1,160 District employees at our "Welcome Back!" convocation last Monda...



Board of Trustees meeting, August 13, 2013 - August 14, 2013

The Board held their first meeting of the new school year last evening. Two Board members were presented certificates and pins from the South Carolina School Boards Association for earning credit for training hours and years in the Boardsmanship Inst...



An Exciting Welcome! - August 1, 2013

Each summer about this time, I write a letter to our 1,100 employees as we gear up for the coming school year.  This one was especially enjoyable to pen.  Here is what I wrote: July 31, 2013   Dear Colleague,     &n...



A good decision - July 22, 2013

One of our solid teachers sent a resignation letter last week stating she needed to stay home to raise her little set of twins.  While I was so sorry to see her leave the profession, I was also pleased that she and her husband were financia...



A few thoughts on Joy - July 17, 2013

Numismatics, the study and collecting of coins, is an interest of mine.   I liked it when the U.S. Mint changed the reverse design of the Jefferson nickel in 2005 to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the Lewis and Clark expedition acr...



Summer Learning - July 11, 2013

One of the ways schools strive to provide academic assistance to their neediest students is to expand the amount of instructional time they receive; i.e. before/after school tutoring, Saturday school, summer school, extended year, etc.  One elem...



The Energy Bus - July 9, 2013

Laura Meyer, our new principal at Mayo Elementary School, gave each employee at the school a copy of the book, The Energy Bus, written by Jon Gordon when she was welcomed at a reception in late May.  What a wonderful gift it was!   I just...



The Stroller - July 8, 2013

In a past blog I admitted to reading the Dear Abby column in the newspaper.  Here is another admission: Though The Stroller column is rather enigmatic to me, I always at least scan it, mostly to see if my name or our school district is mentioned...



The Culminating Event - June 24, 2013

Last Thursday evening the dedication of the Aaron Brown Bulldog Habitat for Humanity House took place.  If you recall, on March 28 I blogged about the first wall going up and posted a couple pictures.  The Boiling Springs High School studen...



The Whole Child - June 19, 2013

By clicking on the link below, you can see a very nicely done short video Hendrix Elementary put together for part of their International Baccalaureate Exhibition last month.  It leaves one with the emotion of gratitude as you see children of ou...



Report Card Narrative - June 18, 2013

Each year it is my responsibility to pen the narrative that is placed on the District's State Report Card.  It is written in June and will be published later in the fall.  Here is what I have written for the coming edition:   "Thank ...



Instructional Coaches, New Buildings, and Budgets - June 12, 2013

The Spartanburg Two Board of Trustees conducted their final meeting of the fiscal year last evening.  There were three primary items of discussion and debate.   First, Dr. Angela Hinton reviewed with the Board research that indicates why ...



A good two weeks! - May 24, 2013

It has been a great couple of weeks in Spartanburg Two.  The 32-1 Boiling Springs softball team won the State 4A Championship with a convincing 10-0, five inning win over Summerville in front of a huge home crowd.  Then the Chesnee bas...



Governor Haley - May 16, 2013

I told Toby near the end of April that I would see her in June.  May is that month of the year that consumes those of us in the school business.  There are plays, concerts, ball games, board meetings, banquets, awards ceremonies, celebratio...



Next Year's Budget - May 2, 2013

Before the recession, school district budgeting was not quite the bear it is today.  Each January, the House Ways & Means Committee would announce the amount they planned to fund the Base Student Cost (BSC), a primary piece of district reven...



Technology - April 30, 2013

Troy Moore, our Director of Technology, recently reported to the Board the upgrades being made across the Disrict in terms of wireless access, increased RAM in certain machines, replacement of certain machines, and increased bandwidth.  Yesterda...



Board of Trustees Meeting, 4-9-13 - April 19, 2013

  The Board met in public session last evening with a standing room only crowd of parents and boy scouts in attendance at the beginning of the meeting.  The Oakland Elementary Choir opened our meeting with several songs about friendship an...



Coming to America - April 12, 2013

Last evening, with thunder clouds rolling in outside, seven area families were recognized at a dinner at the Upstate Family Resource Center for bringing a foreign exchange student into their homes this year.  In collaboration with the EF Foundat...



Teacher Cadets - March 29, 2013

It has been a very good week in District Two.  I enjoyed seeing the BSHS softball and baseball teams win their games against rival Byrnes Tuesday evening, we had a great conclusion to our Accreditation visit Wednesday afternoon, the Aaron Brown ...



The Walls are Going Up! - March 28, 2013

In late 2009, Aaron Brown, one of several Boiling Springs High School Student Council members, approached the principal, Chuck Gordon, about a dream they were ready to tackle: they were commiting to raise $65,000 and build a "Habitat for Humanity" ho...



AdvancED Accreditation - March 27, 2013

This past Sunday afternoon, six educators from South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana arrived in Spartanburg to begin their verification of the documentation we submitted regarding our five-year accreditation renewal process.&...



Induction Teachers - March 21, 2013

This past Monday evening we celebrated at a banquet at the district office with our induction teachers, a group of about 35 first year practitioners, for completing our induction teacher course and getting so far through their initial year of teachin...



A Refreshing Day! - March 15, 2013

There was a poster in the 1970s that show a weary teacher sagging in a chair at the end of a long day.  The caption says, "No one ever said teaching was going to be easy."  Late March is that time of year that many educators need a boo...



Three Events - March 8, 2013

Three different events happened in the life of our District yesterday that reminded me of a sermon I heard one time based on a bumper sticker that said, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing." First, the 50 voice strong Hendrix In...



Good in the World - March 6, 2013

Every once in a while, people have a tendency to get a little down over certain circumstances in their lives and begin to count obstacles instead of blessings.  Well, I do, anyway.  And I should not; a major responsibility of lead...



Amazon.com - March 1, 2013

Have you driven past the new Amazon Fulfillment Center on John Dodd Road just over I-26?  That place is huge!  At 1.2 million square feet, it looks like it is a half-mile long and 300 yards deep.  And they are employing quite a few peo...



Mid-Year Convocation - February 28, 2013

The Board of Trustees and I were privileged to hear Dr. Gerrita Postlewait at the South Carolina School Boards Association Conference this past weekend.  Dr. Postlewait is currently serving as a consultant to the Council of Chief State School Of...



Parent-Teacher Conferences - February 26, 2013

Last week we emailed a Survey Monkey to our parents asking them what would work best for their schedules for parent-teacher conferences as we put together our calendar for the 2013-14 school year.  We received 496 responses and some interesting ...



Attendance Area Changes - February 25, 2013

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a superintendent quite like the “opportunity” to rezone school attendance areas (calling off school for bad weather is a close second).  We have done this a couple of times in our District since...



Superintendent's Advisory Councils - February 21, 2013

Quarterly, the superintendent meets with advisory groups to discuss issues and gain insight into our work.  There is the Teacher Forum consisting of the latest two teachers-of-the-year from every school; a student group consisting of two student...



PTC Survey - February 21, 2013

At a meeting of our Teacher Forum in November, a concern was voiced that when we held our Parent-Teacher Conferences in October, we always schedule them for a Wednesday and Thursday evening.  In our area, Wednesday is church night for many famil...



Multi-Cultural Assembly - February 13, 2013

Tuesday morning, the Multi-Cultural Club at Boiling Springs High School presented their annual assembly to the entire student body.  What an awesome event!  The gym stands were filled with about 1800 students who, for about an hour and a ha...



The Economic Forecast - February 12, 2013

Friday morning I attended the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce's Annual Economic Forecast Breakfast at USC Upstate.  They hold focus groups from construction and real estate, utilities and telecommunications, retail, K-12 and higher education, ma...



Another Look at Security - February 8, 2013

Superintendents from around the state meet in Columbia for a Roundtable each month.  Two special guests spoke to us in our meeting yesterday.  The first was Chief Mark Keel of the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the second was Geo...



Swofford Career Center - January 30, 2013

Monday evening, Swofford held their Spring Open House.  For about two hours, I was able to visit with instructors, parents, students and potential students as they walked from classroom to classroom.  That school is absolutely meeting the n...



The Cheerleaders - January 29, 2013

The Boiling Springs High School Competition Cheer Team had their awards banquet last evening, and Mrs. Mercer and I were invited.  What a nice occasion!  Along with a wonderful meal, there was video of a competition when many on the team we...



The New Test - January 22, 2013

Most of the 50 states have signed onto the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) movement, and I believe that it would have been much better for education in this country if we had done this instead of going through the whole "No Child Left Behind" (NCL...



Should we allow teachers to carry guns in school? - January 16, 2013

The national debate rages on about steps to take to protect our children.  Should certain types of guns and weapons be outlawed?  Should police be stationed in every school?  Do we have a need for additional mental health counselors?&n...



Our Primary Concern - December 18, 2012

Following the incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we consciously decided not to send a district-wide School Messenger phone call to our parents as we did not wish to raise fears of small children who might answer the call.  But we heard fr...



Connecticut Situation - December 14, 2012

Today's tragedy is heartbreaking.  How we take care of our children is an indicator of the health of a society.  If we do not take care of the helpless and defenseless among us, we will not flourish.  That adults could take their frust...



The Fiscal Cliff - December 12, 2012

I love Dave Ramsey.  He begins his nightly radio show with "...where debt is dumb, cash is king, and the paid-off home mortgage has taken the place of the BMW as the status symbol of choice."  Too bad our federal government has not lived b...



Surveying Teachers - December 10, 2012

When looking at next year's calendar, I had an idea I thought was grand.  Teachers often express the concern that they do not have enough time to get their classrooms ready at the beginning of the school year.  In the five days we have avai...



Special Education Audit - December 7, 2012

Seven employees from the State Department of Education spent Wednesday and Thursday in our offices performing an audit of our program for special needs students.  As mentioned in an earlier post, no one eagerly anticipates an audit, primarily fo...



Our Fiscal Future - December 4, 2012

This past weekend, five members of our Board of Trustees and I attended a two-day South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) conference along the coast.  The purpose of the conference was to bring school board members and legislators toget...



Kaizen! - November 29, 2012

Dr. Eric Hayler, an employee of the BMW manufacturing plant and parent of one of our students (and another preschooler), spent three mornings with us this week pro bono.  He worked with a cross functional team of a dozen of us from personnel, fi...



The Dreaded Audit - November 28, 2012

Most U.S. taxpayers, even those among us who strive to complete our tax returns with the utmost integrity, fear the thought of getting a letter in the mail calling for us to gather our documentation and go to the local Internal Revenue Service office...



...the least of these... - November 20, 2012

On the day before we begin our Thanksgiving Holiday, it is especially appropriate to count our blessings.  You have often heard me extol the virtues of living and working in this place.  Here are a few more reasons why: Our 2012 ...



Extracurricular Activities! - November 19, 2012

There was a T-shirt in the 1970s that said, "If it wasn't for P.E., I'd quit school."  While we strive to make our academic course offerings engaging, many students absolutely live for the extracurricular activities we provide at school.  L...



Our Children and Veterans - November 12, 2012

If you have read this blog in the past, you know I have great respect for members of the military and veterans of the armed services.   State law requires that schools have a program each year on Veteran's Day to honor those men and women a...



Pennies from Heaven - November 8, 2012

Some people will bend over and pick up a penny they see in a parking lot;  I am one of those.  Yesterday morning while walking my neighborhood before work, I found a box of pennies.  We have checked with several of the neighbors, but n...



Dear Abby - October 30, 2012

I admit it.  I am a little embarrassed by it, but I admit it.  I read the "Dear Abby" column just about every day.  I am not sure why, but have been doing it since I was a child.  Some days the writers asking for advice seem flaky...



"It's all about the kids...." - October 29, 2012

Thomas E. Lewis, my father-in-law, is an interesting man.  He played football and ran track at East Fairmont High School in West Virginia in the 1950s, married his high school sweetheart a few days after graduation and made his living for years ...



Dedication - October 22, 2012

While on a walk-through of Hendrix Elementary School last Friday, we came upon this promise newly painted on the wall pictured below.  The principal, Dawn Neely, got this idea from a similar dedication that we observed when the administrative te...



"Unbroken" - October 19, 2012

A friend of mine told me about a book I read this week, Unbroken, written by Laura Hillenbrand.  It is the biography of a true American hero, Louie Zamperini, a bombardier on a B-24 during WWII.  The pictures below ...



Another Golden Apple - October 17, 2012

My wife has a plaque on the wall in our home that reads, "An attitude of gratitude creates blessings."  What I have read about the importance of gratitude and have confirmed in my own life indicates those words are true.  It always fee...



Leadership Conferences - October 12, 2012

Our practice in District Two over the past eight years has been to hold a discussion each June and October between District instructional leaders and principals to talk about results and issues in a continuing effort to improve.  In the Fall con...



The Arts in Education - October 11, 2012

Monday evening, the Boiling Springs High School Chorus under the direction of Dennis Stepp performed their fall concert in the Boiling Springs Middle School auditorium to a full house and with a packed stage.  Several different ensembles sang a ...



Multi-District Leglislative Breakfast - October 9, 2012

Every year in October, the three career centers in Spartanburg County collaborate to host a breakfast for our area legislators.  The purpose is to show them appreciation for the work they do in Columbia, to express ideas we may have about upcomi...



A Good Time to Teach!? - October 5, 2012

This post will probably elicit more responses than normal, and I am certainly hoping to hear whether or not teachers think I am spot on or all wet. There has been some negativity not only in South Carolina, but nationally about the teaching professi...



Results to make you proud - September 27, 2012

We have five measurable goals in Spartanburg Two that challenge us as we strive to educate our youngsters.  Click on the link below to get a copy of the summary sheet provided to the Board of Trustees at their September meeting listing our resul...



Swofford Career Center Dedication - September 25, 2012

The recently completed (all but the punch list) additions/remodeling of the $4.6 million project at Swofford Career Center was dedicated in an open house and ceremony at the school last evening.  Below are my remarks commemorating the event: Sw...



More research on teacher evaluations - September 18, 2012

The Economic Policy Institute published a briefing paper in 2010 entitled, Problems with the Use of Student Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers.  You can find the entire 29-page report by clicking on the link below. Among the ten contribu...



The Power of Relationship - September 10, 2012

At a meeting last week of superintendents from around the state in Florence, we heard Dr. Tammy Pawloski, Director of Francis Marion University's Center of Excellence, speak about what brain researchers are saying about the impact of poverty on learn...



The Next Education Fad - September 7, 2012

Mike Schmoker, renowned education author, speaker, and consultant, wrote an article in the August 29 edition of Education Week entitled, The Next Education Fad: Complex Teacher Evaluations That Don't Work.  Like all of his writing, it just ...



Respect Fair - August 31, 2012

We have had a smooth first two weeks of school again this year, and I am beginning to figure out one reason why. For the past ten days, I have seen many of our schools working with students on procedures, knowing where things are in the building, re...



Bullying Advice - August 30, 2012

Just last week, I heard a discussion on a radio program in which parents were giving advice on what to teach your children to do when they see others being bullied; that is always an awkward position to find oneself, and the advice was soli...



Educator Evaluation Concerns - August 29, 2012

As promised in my last post, here is a link to the 24-page "Educator Evaluation and Support Guidelines" posted by the State Department of Education last month.  The SCDE's plan is to implement this plan this year with the teachers and princ...



The video tells the story - August 27, 2012

This space is a tool to communicate with both our employees and the community about what the superintendent is thinking about.  If you are one of those who regularly visits, you know I have articulated opinions crit...



Awesome Convocation! - August 17, 2012

Spartanburg Two had our opening convocation this afternoon that was truly inspiring and rewarding, to me.  After an "Italian Feast" provided by Chartwell's, we gathered in the Boiling Springs Middle School auditorium for rewards and recogni...



Some thoughts for your consideration... - August 8, 2012

Just before noon today, during the first three days of our year-long induction teacher class, it was my honor to speak to our 33 new hires getting ready for their first year of teaching. From the interaction I witne...



Training Session - August 8, 2012

Our custodial service provider met with our cleaning staff for some training this morning in the cafeteria at the Boiling Springs High School 9th Grade Campus.  After a Chick-fil-A breakfast and he and Gracin Watson, a rising senior at Chesnee H...



No Child Left Behind Waiver - July 19, 2012

We learned today that the U.S. Department of Education has accepted South Carolina's request for waivers from some of the provisions of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  That is the news we have been waiting for since NCLB was passed in 2001...



Oh, the Joy! - July 17, 2012

Toby and I became grandparents when our son married Madison's mother.  We have loved her since she was two.  Well, today Madison was joined by a baby brother, Connor.  Mother and baby (and grandfather) are doing well. As I held t...



A Young Man's Life - July 16, 2012

Aaron Christopher Brown, 18, 2012 graduate of Boiling Springs High School, passed away from injuries received in a car accident this past Friday on Old Furnace Road.  His mother is the bookkeeper at BSHS, his father is a teacher and co...



Celebrating Learning - July 11, 2012

Two special events occurred in the District today.  Melinda Long, author of such favorite children's books as, When Papa Snores, Hiccup Snickup, and How I Became a Pirate, came to our Summer Learning Academy South where we had over 300 of our st...



Will there be a pay raise? - July 10, 2012

The smoke has not quite cleared in Columbia, but one can see the outline of the hills.  The Governor returned and explained her $67.5 million worth of budget vetoes this past Friday, and the legislature will return next Tuesday and Wednesda...



Summer Learning - July 3, 2012

Under Kim Ashby's leadership and with Title I funding, we are doing summer school differently for our elementary students this year.  Yes, as usual, they are the students that need a little extra help.  But we changed some things:  The...



A Continuing Resolution - July 2, 2012

The legislature's major task each year is to provide and fund a budget in order for state government to function.  As you can imagine, the decisions they make have a huge impact on what we are able do. The budget is, by law, ...



Mr. Jim - June 25, 2012

The news came yesterday that James H. Hendrix had passed away at the age of 92.  It was a sad day for us in District Two, the place Mr. Hendrix served as superintendent from 1957-1985.  His 28 years leading the District is among the lo...



A Matter of Perspective - June 23, 2012

If all you read was the front page headline in this morning's newspaper, "District 2 in violation of Title IX," you might wonder what in the world is going on.  "Do they not know they are supposed to treat all students fairly?"  Well, ...



A Chance Encounter - June 18, 2012

About once a month I travel to Conway to visit my 85-year-old father and to do chores he can no longer handle.  This past weekend, he had me powerwashing his eaves and gables, painting his shed, and felling, cutting up and carting off four pine ...



Leadership Training - Army Style! - June 7, 2012

You can see the picture of our administrative team taken at Fort Jackson this past Tuesday on the website.  Our purpose in going there was to sharpen our leadership skills and grow as a team.  That happened and so much more. After arrival,...



A Game Changer? - May 29, 2012

There have been several books in my lifetime that have been game changers for me.  An early one was The Almighty and the Dollar by Jim McKeever I found about 30 years ago in a Christian bookstore in Salisbury, Maryland.  It impacted how a y...



Powerful Learning - May 25, 2012

Hendrix International Baccalaureate School third graders did research on pollution and the environment this past quarter.  Tuesday, for a culminating activity, they set up displays of their work in the gymnasium and invited the rest of the ...



Democracy in Action - May 22, 2012

Last evening was the culmination of months of planning by the Teacher Forum representatives of the seven Spartanburg school districts when a candidate forum was held at the Dorman Arena.  My estimate is there were probably 1,500 people, mostly e...



A Legacy - May 21, 2012

For about the past fifteen years, Boiling Springs High School has held a “Legacy” event at the end of the year for their top dozen or so seniors who invite a teacher (elementary, middle or high) who has had a positive impact on their live...



TIPIT and Responsibility - May 18, 2012

Boiling Springs Middle School has named their induction teacher program TIPIT for "Transforming the Instructional Performance of Induction Teachers."  Yesterday afternoon, they celebrated the end of of the first year's journey of their seven new...



Goals Met - May 16, 2012

Two events I attended yesterday provided a point/counterpoint lesson to me on the value of being goals oriented. First, Boiling Springs Intermediate welcomed about 450 rising 4th and 5th graders for an orientation event complete with the chorus and ...



Innovation - May 7, 2012

In the past few years, we have put some amazing programs and practices into place in District Two.  We have added the International Baccalaureate program at Hendrix Elementary.  Over thirty of our high school students are in the Scholars Ac...



Contentment - May 2, 2012

Our District is in the process of examining our vision and processes for continuous improvement in preparation for our SACS/CASI accrediation visit next spring.  In order to refamiliarize myself with that process, I volunteered to part...



A Cause for Optimism - April 26, 2012

Tuesday afternoon, our Education Policy Fellows spent time on Capitol Hill.  We had interaction with Janice Poda, former Deputy Superintendent at the South Carolina Department of Education and now with the Council of Chief State School Officers ...



The Merit Pay Question - April 24, 2012

As part of the South Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program, I am with our group in Washington, DC, this week interacting with other Policy Fellows from 11 states and DC.  Monday, we heard from Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's Chief of...



A Miracle! - April 23, 2012

Spartanburg County is extremely fortunate to have had the community and local government support to build the Miracle League Park several years ago as part of the facilities at the North Spartanburg complex in Boiling Springs.  Its painted, cush...



Big Shoes to Fill - April 20, 2012

We are in the process of recommending candidates to the Board of Trustees to fill the positions of Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Quincie Moore who has become the superintendent in Cherokee County and for Assistant Superin...



Terrific Kids - April 18, 2012

Last Thursday was the annual “Terrific Kids” awards luncheon sponsored by the Spartanburg and Boiling Springs Kiwanis Clubs.  It was held at Spartanburg First Baptist Church and was complete with chicken tenders, green beans and maca...



Advisory Councils - April 17, 2012

It has been a while since this page has been updated.  I hope you had a wonderful Easter and that if you had vacation time, it was enjoyable to you.  The Mercers had grandparents and grandchildren over, our family went tent campin...



Education Week Quality Counts - March 29, 2012

One phrase that is bandied about way too often and that upsets me every time I hear it is, "South Carolina is 50th in the country in education."  I heard something very similar to that spoken last evening by a legislator on the floor of the Sout...



Induction Teachers - March 21, 2012

The District honored our first year teachers this past Monday evening with a wonderful banquet prepared by a team of our own cafeteria staff.  The menu was tossed salad, rolls, chicken, pork loin, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans, cheesecake ...



Single Gender Education - March 20, 2012

Boiling Springs Intermediate School hosted the Palmetto State Gender Education Institute on Saturday the 10th.  They had over 220 attendees from all corners of the state.  Principal Tammy Greer credits Assistant Principal Josh Patterson and...



Titanic - March 19, 2012

The Spartanburg Little Theatre put on a fantastic production of Titanic: A New Musical the past two weekends at the Chapman Cultural Arts Center.  Toby and I were able to attend Friday evening.  What an awesome production!  The acting,...



A True Leader - March 16, 2012

Dr. Quincie Moore, our Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, will be leaving us the first of April to assume the superintendency in neighboring Cherokee County.  At our Board meeting Tuesday evening, I offered some reflections on her and her ...



A Day at the Capitol - March 15, 2012

Each year, the South Carolina School Boards Association (SCSBA) organizes "A Day at the Capitol" inviting school board members, superintendents and other interested parties to Columbia in order to initiate conversations with our legislators.  Th...



A Great Evening - March 11, 2012

It was my honor to sit next to Patti Hardee, our District Two Teacher of the Year, her husband and her principal at the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting last week.  Ms. Hardee was recognized along with other area T.O.Y.s and s...



Good News - March 3, 2012

It is never questioned when experts say something to the effect of, "Schools Cannot Do It Alone."  We need collaboration from businesses, from civic groups, and from volunteering parents who do everything from fund raise to tutor.  Every st...



The Big Three - March 1, 2012

During school walk-throughs this week, I encountered marvelous examples of teachers working their magic in three areas we have focused on in this District over the past few years. First, a strong curriculum is in place.  No longer are textbooks...



Prerequisites of Progress - February 27, 2012

Every member of the Spartanburg Two Board of Trustees and I were privileged to attend the South Carolina School Board Association's Annual Convention this past weekend.  There were some powerful and articulate speakers with clear messages for sc...



A Day in Columbia - February 23, 2012

As part of the South Carolina Education Policy Fellows Program, I spent an interesting day in Columbia Tuesday.  Our group of about 25 met at the Blatt Building where the State House Representatives' offices and meeting rooms are located.  ...



Students in Action - February 17, 2012

Every day is a good day, depending upon one's attitude.  But I really had a good day Thursday. It started with a breakfast reception at Boiling Springs Middle School who was honoring their contingent of Jr. Scholar award winners.  They are...



Boards and Students - February 15, 2012

When the Board of Trustees meets each month, we always have a group of students perform before we begin the regular agenda.  They serve as an instant reminder to the Board and administration of our District's motto, "Students First!"  Just...



Fine Arts - February 14, 2012

It was my privilege to address the fine arts teachers from all over Spartanburg County this past Friday morning as they gathered at the Chapman Cultural Center for a day of staff development.  It was also a joy to be in that wonderful facility u...



Staff Development Extraordinaire! - February 10, 2012

It was a great day in District Two today!  For the first time in several years, we were able to actually have a full day of staff development on our February date as we have had no hazardous weather days to steal it from us. Our assistant princ...



The Editorial is right! - February 6, 2012

This past Sunday, the editorial in the Spartanburg Herald Journal was entitled, "State's Obligation Is To Improve Public Schools, Not Make Alternatives Affordable:  Tax Credits And Private Schools."  It was refreshing to read the insig...



Yes, they learn! - February 3, 2012

This past Tuesday evening, my wife and I went to dinner with our son and his wife and Madison, our 9-year-old granddaughter.  We were at a steak house, and Madison was the last to order.  She asked for a hamburger and fruit. ...



A Listening Ear - January 30, 2012

Sometimes all one needs is someone willing to listen.  Last week, Representative Trey Gowdy sent his legislative assistant, Christopher Ingraham, to visit individually with superintendents in Spartanburg County.  In preparation for our conv...



Working through a problem - January 27, 2012

Five years ago, one of my nieces in West Virginia gave birth to a beautiful, healthy baby boy.  There was one big problem, though; she was 15.  But through outstanding support of her family, their church, and her teachers, that little fello...



ESEA Flexibility Waivers - January 25, 2012

Monday evening, in the Tukey Auditorium at USC-Upstate, three South Carolina State Department of Education employees gave a PowerPoint overview of the ESEA waivers document that the SDE is submitting to the the U.S. Dept of Education in order to...



Teacher of the Year - January 20, 2012

The Board of Trustees, school principals, and several District Office staff members honored our schools’ teachers of the year and their spouses at a dinner last evening.  It was a wonderfully gratifying event as this group of 15 teachers, ...



A Poisonous Narrative - January 18, 2012

Sometimes educators feel singled out for the ills of society.  Read the newspaper or turn on the news and you often find someone complaining that schools do a poor job of educating our children.  Our political leaders used to call to see wh...



Holiday Reading - January 11, 2012

A group of third graders representing the student body of Cooley Springs Fingerville Elementary School met in the media center this morning to accept the award for the Christmas Reading Challenge.  Our elementary schools compete to see who ...



New Year's Decisions and Predictions - January 3, 2012

One of the neat things about being in education is that we have two times per year to start anew; January 1 and the first day of school in August.  Attached is an exercise I will be leading our principals and district leadership team through tom...



Happy Christmas! - December 15, 2011

For children, Christmas is a magical time of year.  It is one of the privileges of being in the school business as we see the wonder and excitement as our youngest learners shiver with anticipation.  For some of our fam...



Transcending Tribalism to Fund Public Schools - December 12, 2011

  More than 900 business, governmental, non-profit and educational leaders from across our state gathered in Columbia on November 30th for the second annual Liberty Fellowship Summit.   The afternoon-long event was designed to focus on ...



Lessons from Uncle Norwood - December 7, 2011

Today is Pearl Harbor Day, and the flags flying at half staff brought my Uncle Norwood to mind.   Norwood Borror was my mother’s brother, and he passed away two years ago this month.  He was 89 years old and a veteran of WW II. ...



The Purpose of Education - December 5, 2011

Dr. Yong Zhao from the University of Oregon and author of Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization, spoke to about 500 educational, political, and business leaders in Columbia on November 3.  He presented a ...



Dealing with Change - December 1, 2011

Change is hard.  It just is.  But it is also necessary and is one of the constants in life.  I am not one to change something that is working well, but if there is a better way, we need to do what is best.   Our Finance Director...



Focus - November 21, 2011

Mike Schmoker wrote the book Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning (2011) that our principals read this summer.  At the instigation of our Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Dr, Quincie Moore, and her team, we r...



Community Readers and Single Gender - November 17, 2011

I had a great 40 minutes or so at Boiling Springs Intermediate School this morning.  It was Community Readers Day and, invited to read beginning at 8:00 AM, I got there a little early; enjoyed seeing quite a few fathers downing  Krispy Krem...



Priorities - November 15, 2011

In the early 1980s, while taking a leadership class for a master's degree at WVU, our professor worked us through several "in-box" simulations.  We were a group of young teachers training to be principals, and he gave us 20 situations we co...



Reading Homework Quick Tips - November 10, 2011

The South Carolina Education Association has put together a little tip sheet for parents on helping their children with reading.  Here are those seven tips:·         Have your child read aloud to yo...



School Start Times - November 9, 2011

Recently a mother emailed a question to me.  As part of her email, she asked,   “Is there a particular reason that the District 2 elementary schools assemble in classrooms between 7:30 am and 7:40 am each day?  Has there ever b...



VOTE! - November 7, 2011

When I was a freshman in high school, our Civics class teacher assigned an Election Day poster project to us.  With a yardstick, I drew the word VOTE in large block letters on white poster board.  Armed with red, white, and blue glitter and...



On Testing, Merit Pay and Vouchers - November 4, 2011

It was an honor for me to hear Diane Ravitch speak at The Riley Institute at Furman University one evening a couple of weeks ago.  She is a prolific writer (over 20 books), and served as the assistant secretary of education during the George Bus...



Upstate Family Resource Center - October 27, 2011

Five years ago, the District was faced with a decision on what to do with the then soon-to-be-empty Boiling Springs Middle School on Old Furnace Road.  We were building the new Intermediate School on Hanging Rock Road, and this building that had...



A Fine Young Man - October 26, 2011

It was my pleasure to attend the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Minority Enterprise Celebration Awards Dinner at the Marriott last evening.  Chris Cooper, a senior at Boiling Springs High School, was honored with the "Rising Star of...



Two Interesting Meetings - October 25, 2011

Jason Leto and Marguerite Jones with the South Carolina Education Association's (SCEA) Uniserv representation met with me yesterday; it was refreshing to understand again that their organization, like the Palmetto State Teachers Association (PST...



Leadership Spartanburg - October 24, 2011

Leadership Spartanburg is a program sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce each year that educates participants on the various aspects that make Spartanburg County what it is.  Over the course of a year, one day per month will be spent exploring t...



Nutrition and Education - October 21, 2011

In the early 1980s, I was a physical education teacher for a few years, and stories were beginning to be publicized about childhood obesity.  Frankly, at the time, I did not see it.  There were a few students in my 450-student K-8 school th...



Our Schools - October 20, 2011

If you have not had the experience of spending some time in our schools, I hope that you will take the opportunity. From time to time, our administrators take visitors on tours as they are deciding where to purchase homes as the education of their ch...



Our Results - October 18, 2011

District Goals Progress 2011 Each year, the administration recommends goals to the Board of Trustees and, through a collaborative process, a set is agreed upon establishing our course for the year. Attached are the goals we prepared this past Januar...



Our Democracy and the Board Candidate Forum - October 13, 2011

From my recollection of American history, democracy was a grand experiment in government. The writers of the Constitution were brilliant men who, with amazing insight and forethought, created a style of governance that had never existed. Comments I r...



Singing, Soup and Happiness - October 12, 2011

My mother loved to sing the alto part. When I was a child, she was a member of several barbershop groups that would often meet at our home to practice their a cappella singing with those rich and close harmonies; I have fond memories of those da...



District Initiatives - October 5, 2011

Spartanburg School District 2 Initiatives Attached is a two-page document that gives an overview of (1) our philosophy on the written, taught, and assessed curriculum and how those three important pieces of the puzzle interact to produce learni...



Teaching is Hard Work - October 4, 2011

A couple of years ago I heard a teacher in a faculty meeting say, "I am not overwhelmed.  I am whelmed, but I am not overwhelmed."  Since I began teaching in the 1970s, teachers have always had their hands full trying their best to meet the needs ...



Employee Point of View Survey - September 30, 2011

Employees of District Two should have received a School Messenger recorded phone call last evening between 7:30 and 8:00 PM from Connie Smith, our Board Chair.  If you did not, please let your supervisor know so that we can recheck our telephone...



Upstate Family Resource Center - September 29, 2011

What a wonderful evening we had at the UFRC this past Tuesday!  Our Center, which has been in operation since January 2007 at the old Boiling Springs Middle School campus, meeting the needs of families, exists through the generosity of grantors ...



Politics and School Finances - September 26, 2011

Along with the state governorship change in 2002, the assault on public education in South Carolina began. Bills were introduced in the legislature that would divert precious resources to fund private school tuitions. Groups such as South Carolinians...



More thoughts on the economy and our finances - September 21, 2011

Last year, with only a $1,617 base student cost (BSC) provided to us by the state, we furloughed all 190-day+ employees for five days and 240-day administrators for ten days. We reduced the salaries of our working retirees by 15%. Along with other co...



Economy and Budget - September 15th, 2011

While reading the Bible one recent morning, I came upon the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. If you recall, he had been sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt and was put in jail after being wrongly accused, but found he had a gift from Go...



 
 

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