A Message from Dr. Zachary
Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. Our Arts Department at MHW will continue moving forward with Artists in Residence scheduled multiple times this year and with our spring, 2019 performance of The Lion King. Over 100 of our children participated in the production Aladdin last spring. In addition, our students’ produced amazing pieces of artwork under the direction of our art teacher. These were so wonderful that our faith-based partner, Episcopal Church of the Advent, hosted an Art Show in May and adults purchased pieces of art that our students created.
We have dynamic partnerships with many local agencies in Spartanburg. These local partners pack food bags for some of our students to have on weekends, help assist families with Christmas, tutor students, mentor students, help with holiday classroom parties, organize special themed days for different grade levels, and even sponsored a Leadership Club this past year where 25 students went to Washington D.C. This is not an all-inclusive list as they do many more things on a day-to-day basis.
As nice as these things are, unless we are progressing academically, our school is not complete. Fortunately, I can tell you that we are continuously celebrating student achievements here! After each 9 weeks we celebrate these achievements! We have fully implemented Reading Recovery and based on end-of-year data, our upper elementary grades should see the fruits of early intervention in years to come with students who are on, or above, grade level in Reading. And because of our partnership with Spartanburg Academic Movement, we are now able to employ a full-time Coach that sits down with all grade levels weekly to plan instruction and look closely at student progress.
We are so fortunate to have the resources and instructional tools necessary for our students to fulfill the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate. In 2018-19, students in grades 2nd-5th grades will be 1:1 with MacBooks, and our K and 1st will be 1:1 with iPads. These tools will assist our teaching staff as they search for ways to reach all of our students. We also have a Technology Integration Specialist on staff that assists teachers in integrating technology into classroom lessons.
Our goal for the past 3 years has been to be recognized as one of the fastest improving schools in South Carolina. Momentum is growing; I believe we can add an addition to this goal. We not only want to be one of the fastest growing academic schools in South Carolina, but we want to be widely recognized for our wonderful Arts program that showcases our children’s talents and abilities.
Marc G. Zachary, PhD