From the Principal

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Welcome back! It is great to see all of the smiling faces back in the hallways. The new school year gives us time to reflect on our own successes. Through Covey’s seven habits, students learn to set goals and to create the plan that will get them there.
I can’t tell you how proud I am of the leadership our students are beginning to display. We are already seeing how students view themselves and how their role at school is changing. They are becoming leaders to others and more importantly, leaders in their own lives.
I am also very proud of the way we have sustained academic progress this past school year. For the first time ever, The Cleveland Academy of Leadership, received a Palmetto Silver Award, for attaining high levels of performance and high rates of growth by the State Department of Education and the South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee; it is a glowing testament to our students’ hard work and also to the determination and creativity of our teachers, staff, and community and business partners.
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7 Shares, Cares and DARES!

7 Shares, Cares and DARES!
Primed with excitement and sporting their pride, the District 7 team of teachers and staff donned their individual school colors and celebrated the start of a new academic year with the annual back-to-school program known as 7Shares on Thursday, August 14. The 1200 employees of the District packed the Spartanburg High School gym for a morning of inspiration, motivation, and recognition.
Bobbi Kennedy, Special Projects Director with ETV, brought special recognition to Adam Babcock, technology integration specialist at Spartanburg High School, for being named a 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. After a nationwide search, Adam was selected as one of only 100 educators from across the country and the only one in South Carolina. He was chosen for his passion and commitment to innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom.
Praised for their commitment in the classroom, 13 teachers were honored as the top educator in their school with the District Teacher of the Year award going to Marquice Clark from the Cleveland Academy of Leadership. Eleven first-year teachers were also honored for outstanding performance during their induction year. Leslie Sloan from Spartanburg High School was awarded the Crystal Apple - the top award for a new teacher.
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Mr. Marquice Clark - Named District Seven Teacher of the Year

Mr. Marquice Clark - Named District Seven Teacher of the Year
Mr. Marquice Clark, 2nd grade teacher, has been named the Spartanburg School District Seven Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made during the 2014-2015 Opening Session held at Spartanburg High School on August 14th.

Back to School Celebration Wednesday, July 9, 3-6PM

Back to School Celebration Wednesday, July 9, 3-6PM
This fun-filled event was held at the school on Wednesday, July 9, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm. The afternoon event gave parents and students an opportunity to meet their teachers, pick up school supplies and school shirts, receive a school orientation, and learn about the community resources throughout Spartanburg. There was plenty of food and games for the entire family.
All photos are by John Byrum/The Spartanburg Herald Journal
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The Cleveland Academy of Leadership Receives State Award

The Cleveland Academy of Leadership Receives State Award
The State Department of Education and the South Carolina’s Education Oversight Committee has recognized The Cleveland Academy of Leadership with the Palmetto Silver Award for the 2013-14 school year.
The Palmetto Awards program honors schools for attaining high levels of performance and high rates of growth.
Superintendent Russell W. Booker commented, “We are very proud of the way all our schools have sustained academic progress over this school year. I am especially proud of the students at the Cleveland Academy of Leadership for their academic growth; it is a glowing testament to their hard work and also to the determination and creativity of the school staff, parents, and community partners.”
The Palmetto Gold and Silver awards program was created under the 1998 Education Accountability Act. The award criteria were developed by the EOC, and are based on the absolute and improvement ratings assigned to each school on the 2013 report cards, which were released in November. Awards are given to schools that dramatically improved student academic achievement between 2012 and 2013.

Digital CitizenShip

Digital CitizenShip
Have you ever wondered whether all the time your child is spending online, watching TV, texting their friends, and playing video games is good for them? I know I have!
That’s why at The Cleveland Academy of Leadership we are making a commitment to teach students how to be good digital citizens.
We’ll explore topics like cyberbullying, online privacy, and creative rights and responsibilities. With strong digital citizenship skills, your child will be able to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities of technology and learn how to handle the more challenging issues that they may experience.
The curriculum and resources we are using were developed by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization. I encourage you to check out the free parent resources on Common Sense Media’s website (www.commonsense.org) so you can stay up-to-date on all things digital.
Please call on us at any time if we can do anything to help you or your children learn how to be safe, smart and responsible digital citizens.

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