From the Principal

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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” - George Washington Carver
Carver Middle School is on the move and making great things happen! If you’ve been following our success, you know we’re well on our way to commanding the attention of the world or, at the very least, the Upstate of South Carolina!
Indeed, Dr. George Washington Carver would be immensely proud of the school that bears his name and the many accomplishments that signal our commitment to inspiring and equipping students for success in a competitive global society. Carver is definitely on the map - as an AVID school (Advancement Via Individual Determination) we were recognized as a National Demonstration School, meaning that educators from across the country, who are interested in maximizing the AVID curriculum, will be pointed to Carver Middle School in Spartanburg, South Carolina! To put that in perspective, we’re one of only 150 AVID schools in the nation to be selected as a National Demonstration School.
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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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Shakira Mack wins principal’s award

Shakira Mack wins principal’s award
Carver’s 8th grade awards day was held May 12 in the gym. Family members and faculty were there to say goodbye to these students who will go on to do great things. Many awards were given for academic, athletic and arts achievements. Our principal’s award was given to Shakira Mack.
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Arts thrive at Carver

Arts thrive at Carver
Both the Wildcat chorus and the orchestra won ratings of Excellent at festivals recently. On March the 31st the 7/8th grade chorus students traveled to Colombia SC to perform in State Adjudicated CPA Choral Festival.
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Carver hosts Career Fair

Carver hosts Career Fair
The Carver Guidance Department hosted a career fair March 31. Business people from the community came to interact with students, telling them about their profession. Some careers featured were chiropractor, cosmetologist, pastor, military and police and firefighters.
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Wofford students spill secrets to college success

Wofford students spill secrets to college success
Students in Carver Middle School’s AVID elective met March 9 with a group of African American male students from Wofford College. Carver students had a chance to ask these young men anything they wanted about college life, from choosing a major, to how to spend your free time. Students were very excited about college life and demonstrated an impressive list of schools they hoped to attend– from Stanford, to Yale, to Julliard. Maybe a few are now convinced to put Wofford on their list as well.
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