Principal's Message

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year. Mary H. Wright Elementary School has entered the candidacy phase to become an International Baccalaureate School. There are 10 student attributes valued by IB schools (inquirers, thinkers, principled, caring, and reflective are just some of the attributes) that will permeate all that we do. As our teachers and students learn much more about being successful IB students, we will invite parents in periodically to learn more about this challenging program.
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Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer
The dog days of summer are alive and well on Monday morning as students build their reading skills while bonding with adoptable dogs that are always willing to lend an ear. The program is in partnership with the Spartanburg Humane Society and is part of the State Department’s Read To Succeed initiative, which has a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.
Jennifer Dowis, the Summer Reading Camp Coordinator, notes the program is proving to be a huge success. Before camp started two weeks ago, many of the young readers didn’t feel good about reading aloud, according to Dowis. Now they feel more confident in their reading skills and also feel safe when reading to a dog. Though the children believe they are teaching the dogs to read, in fact, with the dog as the attentive audience (and an occasional assist from the volunteer partner), they are actually teaching themselves. According to the children, however, reading is about the dog, not about them. No embarrassment. No pressure.
The premise is that good dogs are good medicine and that the dogs will continue to help children become better readers for many years to come.
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Testing Schedule

April 17-18: 3rd Grade ELA SC Ready
April 24-25: 4th Grade ELA SC Ready
April 26: 3rd and 4th Grades, Math SC Ready
May 1-2: 5th ELA SC Ready
May 3: 5th Math SC Ready
May 8: 4th Science PASS testing
May 9: 4th Social Studies PASS testing
May 10: 5th Science PASS testing
May 11: 5th Social Studies PASS testing

MHW Receives 300 Books from Girl Scouts

MHW Receives 300 Books from Girl Scouts
The Episcopal Church of the Advent’s Girl Scouts generously donated about 300 books to our school! The girls conducted a Book Drive, as a Service Project, and collected a huge variety of books for our students. The school’s librarian, Mrs. C. Haggerty, looks forward to seeing students choose the books they’ll enjoy reading.
Thank you Troop 1664 girls!

Celebrating Reading at Mary H. Wright!

We’re celebrating reading more strongly than ever at Mary H. Wright this week as part of Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Guest readers from our community will read to students in grades 2-5 before school each morning, and Community Helpers will read to our kindergarteners in their classrooms.
On Dr. Seuss’ birthday, our Church of the Advent partners are providing a fun-filled carnival event for our 1st graders.
Thank you to all who are coordinating these events for our children.

Help Student Council add a little more COLOR to someone’s life!!!

Help Student Council add a little more COLOR to someone’s life!!!
Children who have to stay in the hospital for long periods of time, can get bored very easily. Please help Mary H. Wright’s Student Council during the month of March collect coloring books and crayons to donate to Spartanburg Regional’s Pediatric Unit.
Thanks so much!
Student Council

Black History Program

Our school community celebrated Black History Month with an outstanding program featuring Kris Williams as our Master of Ceremony. The speaker for the event was Jerome Rice III, “Jay,” and he was introduced by his father, Mr. Jerome Rice. He spoke to our students and audience about Goals and their importance to everyone.
We enjoyed video tributes to famous Black Americans, several special Boys and Girls Club dance performances, and our Mary H. Wright Chorus’ musical selections.
Members of our community visited the Black History Committee’s fabulous Black History Museum following the program. Complete with interactive displays, historical scenes, documentaries, activities, beautiful works of art, and much more, it was an educational experience enjoyed by all.
Thank you to all who had a part in coordinating and creating our Black History Month events.

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