Principal's Message

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Dear Bobcat Family,
Welcome back to a new and exciting 2014-2015 school year. I am confident to say that we are destined to have a great year. Our children talents combined with the dedication of school staff and supportive parents/community allows us to continue to strive for excellence at Mary H. Wright.
I hope you had a wonderful summer and you are ready for another great school year.
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Superintendent Visits White House for Summit

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

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Lighting the Way
The Riley Institute of Diversity Leadership Institute (DLI) Upstate Class – The STEM Station Stars - has partnered with Mary H. Wright Elementary to support the integration of STEM curriculum into the school’s 4th & 5th grade by unfitting an existing classroom to a lab-type environment. DLI STEM Stars presented a check for $10,500 and unveiled the classroom during a special event on November 17. Click STEM Station to view photos of the unveiling.
Heartfelt thanks to our STEM Stars: Kristy Caradori, Matt Gilley, Coby Hennecy, Michelle Hunt, Horace Littlejohn, Jeff Stevens, Billy Strickland, and Adolphus Williams. And a special shout out to our sponsors: Denny’s, Spartanburg Water Systems, Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District, Spartanburg Regional Foundation & Healthcare, Spartanburg County Foundation, and SAE International.
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MHW Chorus and Dancers Perform at Playground Unveiling

MHW Chorus and Dancers Perform at Playground Unveiling
To help celebrate the unveiling of the C.C. Woodson Community Center playground on Friday, November 21, Mary H. Wright’s chorus and dancers performed for a crowd of spectators. Students were also able to try out the playground and test proof their new recreational climbs, swings, and slides sponsored through the Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Photos of playground unveiling are provided by the Spartanburg Herald Journal.
Click Read More to view a slideshow of the event.
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Spartanburg Southside Lions’ Club Backpack Buddies

Spartanburg Southside Lions’ Club Backpack Buddies
MHW students are now provided a weekend meal via the partnership with Spartanburg Southside Lions’ Club known as Backpack Buddies. To assist families, the Lions’ Club packed canned goods and other nonperishables for students to have weekend meals.
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Who Wants to be a Scholar?

Who Wants to be a Scholar?
Our Bobcats at Mary H. Wright Elementary are invited to achieve SCHOLAR status by completing a series of learning activities after reading independently. Once their learning goals are met, they celebrate achieving scholar status by sporting royal blue and gold scholar T-shirts. Watch how these Bobcats ROAR at Mary H. Wright’s first Scholar Celebration.
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Reading with the Gamecocks

Reading with the Gamecocks
To celebrate their achievements in reading, nearly fifty Mary H. Wright students attended a Gamecocks basketball game in Columbia, SC on Tuesday, November 18. Students cheered and roared through four quarters of college play as they remembered how hard they worked to meet their reading goals. The University of South Carolina sponsored an incentive for reading program called Reading with the Gamecocks to encourage students to read independently. Click Read More to see photos from the event.
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