A Message to Seniors

  • May 20, 2020 Update

    Instructions for graduation packet pickup, return of MacBooks, and the release of our Senior Recongition Program on Thursday, May 21 are below!

    May 21 senior events

    May 1, 2020 Update

    Dear Seniors and Parents,

    Born to make history…The Class of 2020 is, in every sense, destined to leave an indelible mark in the history of Spartanburg High School as no class who has come before or who will follow. You might say they have gained a “20/20” clarity as they have grown this year in ways that far exceeded any of our imaginations. Quite simply, we could not be prouder of their resilience and resolve. 

    It is our great pleasure to announce that the Class of 2020 will continue to make history as they become the FIRST CLASS to graduate in our beautiful new Viking Stadium!

    Governor Henry McMaster has encouraged districts to hold alternative and innovative graduations in this unprecedented time. We deeply appreciate that he is allowing an exemption to his “stay at home” executive order for in-person ceremonies that follow CDC guidelines, and we have tailored the format of our ceremony accordingly.

    Our parents and students have made it clear that you prefer a smaller scale graduation to a virtual or a late summer graduation, and we are honoring these wishes. Originally planned for May 22, the event will move to Saturday, May 30 at 9 a.m.  A morning graduation allows more time to systematically bring people in and out of campus while following CDC guidelines. It also reduced the chance of thunderstorms, since we are unable to move inside this year. Our inclement weather date is Monday, June 1 at 9 a.m. and in the event of inclement weather on both dates, the ceremony will be held at the same time on the first clear day that follows. 

    While our year is ending in an unexpected manner, we have every confidence that you will partner with us to follow strictly enforced guidelines that will enable us to come together for this special celebration. More detailed information will follow, but an overview of our plans is as follows:

    • Each student will receive two guest tickets and is encouraged to limit guests to immediate family members. Viking Stadium seats 7,500, allowing us to operate well within CDC guidelines for social distancing with 400 seniors and 800 guests.
    • The ceremony will be live streamed, enabling additional friends and family to take part in the celebration virtually.
    • Families are asked to help limit the number of vehicles on campus by bringing one car per family. With well over 1,000 campus parking spaces, we will take a structured approach to spreading these approximately 400 cars across campus.
    • We request that all guests wear masks. For those who do not bring masks, we will provide one at the gate.
    • The ceremony will be tailored to meet the unique circumstances of this situation, such as incorporating video components as well as live speakers. Seniors will cross the stage individually to receive their diplomas in a socially distanced manner.
    • Restrooms will be available only in emergency situations.
    • While the ceremony will take less than one hour, please plan additional time to assemble and to recess in a carefully planned manner that limits social contact. Families will be asked to depart campus immediately following the ceremony without congregating, which we recognize is a difficult but important guideline.
    • We will be asking selected staff, event professionals, and local law enforcement to assist us in ensuring a safe and smooth ceremony.

    Thank you for your patience as we assessed the constantly evolving environment of this pandemic to balance the wellbeing of our community with our shared desire to properly celebrate the Class of 2020. In addition to forming our own plans, it has been important to all Spartanburg County districts to work collaboratively toward a shared vision for our graduation plans out of respect for students across our broader community.

    To the Class of 2020: As the first senior class at our new Spartanburg High School, leading each rite of passage along the way, you have kept the Viking spirit strong as you faced the disappointment of missing special parts of your senior year due to this pandemic. You have waited patiently and with good faith as we determined the best possible plan to celebrate your accomplishments. Job well done. Our hats are off to you!

    With appreciation and excitement for the celebration ahead,

    Vance Jones, Principal

    Russell Booker, Superintendent

    Click here to view the full graduation celebration schedule.

     schedule

    April 29, 2020 Update

    Dear Seniors and Parents,

    Graduation and the many celebrations surrounding it are on the forefront of everyone’s minds. We have been working collaboratively with our neighboring school districts to coordinate our plans across Spartanburg County. Today, we are pleased to announce our celebration schedule for the Class of 2020 leading up to the commencement ceremony. Plans for the ceremony itself will be shared with you within the next few days.

    We have received and are adhering to guidance from our Governor and our State Department of Education regarding these plans. District 7 is striking an important balance to create every possible opportunity to recognize and celebrate our seniors while also following the Governor’s executive order that any movement beyond home or work must be limited to “essential” activities.

    Our month-long celebration begins this Friday! We appreciate your patience and look forward to sharing more exciting news soon.

    Go Vikings! 

    Vance Jones, Principal 

    Russell Booker, Superintendent

     

     

    March 22, 2020 Update

    Dear Seniors and Parents,

    With the recent school closure extension set forth by Governor Henry McMaster, Spartanburg High School wants you to know how much our heart goes out to you and your family.  We realize this is supposed to be the most special time of year for a high school student, particularly a senior.  Please know that we are working diligently behind the scenes to consider every scenario possible to preserve our most sacred senior events.

    Originally, the following events were scheduled in April:

    • April 24- Senior field Day
    • April 25- Prom
    • April 27- Senior Recognition Night

    With the Governor’s school closure mandate through April 30, we will make every attempt to reschedule these events to a later date.  

    PROM
    At this point, we are planning to reschedule the Junior/Senior Prom (date TBA). One thing we can do to celebrate our seniors in this year of challenging circumstances is to provide your prom tickets at no cost. Seniors must secure the tickets for themselves and their date. The cost for junior and non-Senior guest tickets is also being reduced to $15 each (the original price was $40 each). We will update you as soon as possible on when tickets will be available.

    GRADUATION
    Also as of now, we are moving forward with graduation on May 22. Many of you have not yet picked up your graduation supplies. Seniors will have the opportunity to come to Spartanburg High School for a grab-and-go curbside pickup of graduation supplies (cap, gown etc.) on Tuesday, April 7th from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.  Students who have NOT yet paid in full should go to https://www.jostens.com/ or call 1-800-JOSTENS (1-800-567-8367) to make payments to ensure there are no delays in receiving your supplies. Any senior who does not pick up supplies on April 7 will need to pick them up directly from Jostens thereafter. The location is:

    Carolina Campus Supply 
    430 Southport Commerce Blvd #3812
    Spartanburg, SC 29306

    AP EXAMS
    Revised dates and a revised format for AP exams, designed to meet the needs of our special circumstances, will be announced within the next week or two. Please read this important information relating to AP testing ad resources now: https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates.

    SAT AND ACT TESTING
    Also, the latest updates on schedules for the ACT and the SAT are available at https://www.act.org/ (ACT) and https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat (SAT). If you are scheduled for or planning to take one of these tests, please review this vital information now.

    END OF YEAR EXAMS
    Lastly, on a lighter note, I am happy to inform you that there will be no senior exams this year! In lieu of exams, once the school closure mandate has been lifted, we will use this time for new learning with a unit test or senior project that brings a meaningful closure to your academic studies.

    SENIOR FIELD DAY
    At present, the final day of school for seniors is scheduled to be May 15th and this would also be Senior Field Day!

    This is an unprecedented time for our Viking community, for our state and country, and across our world. I am proud of the way our staff, students and parents have pulled together to demonstrate flexibility, creativity, and resilience. This time in our history provides an opportunity to grow in ways that could never be taught in school – not only for students, but for all of us. I have never felt more pride in our Viking Nation than I do at this very moment.

     

    Go Vikings!

    Vance Jones
    Principal