Thousands of students head back to school in the Upstate, WNC


(WSPA) — Thousands of area students start a new school year on Monday. 

Spartanburg, Anderson, Cherokee and Union counties are among Upstate school districts that will welcome students back to the classroom. Several schools across western North Carolina also mark the first day of school Monday.

Greenville, Pickens and Abbeville counties start Tuesday.

Some of Spartanburg County’s seven school districts are experiencing tremendous growth. Many students in those districts will celebrate new school years in new buildings, including Reidville Elementary School in School District 5; Boiling Springs High School in District 4; Spartanburg High School in District 7 and Fairforest Middle School in District 6.

District officials said the school has been under construction for about a year and can be seen from the stairs of the old school, just down the road on College street.

Admin said they have about 440 enrolled but the schools capacity is about 650. There are about 9000 students enrolled in District 5.

Principal Phillip Dean said administrators and teachers feel very invested in the new school after touring other schools and choosing colors and furniture for their new classrooms.

A new media center, cafeteria with stage and gymnasium are among the new amenities most talked about on campus, as well as a new more fluid parking drop off line according to Mr. Dean.

Drivers are urged to watch for extra traffic, including school buses and students walking and riding bicycles to school. 

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And who says the first day of school can’t be fun? First grade teachers Jessica Eaton and Hannah Gaillard at Anderson School District 3’s Starr Elementary School, sang and danced their way into the new school year. Our TaTiana Cash even got to play DJ!

In Anderson School District 3’s Superintendent Kathy Hipp said faculty and staff are overjoyed to start off the school year.

According to Hipp several of the schools are equipped with technology that allows students to begin “E-Learning” through laptops, electronic tablets or pads.

Her advice to kick off the start of the school year was simple. “Everybody just relax. We’ve got a plan in place to get everything going,” Hipp said.

Starr Elementary Principal, Melissa Davis, seconds the excitement with e-learning in all the classrooms. She noted the benefit to electronic is very easy and simple.

“Our K-4 through first grade will have I-Pads in their classrooms and 2nd through 5th grade have Chromebooks. Our district also will be “E-Learning” so we won’t have to make up any snow makeup days this year,” Davis said.

Between the song and dance from first grade teachers Jessica Eaton and Hannah Gaillard, to the hands on activities of fifth grade teachers Ariel Davis and Tonya Fowler; don’t forget enthusiastic, 2019 Teacher of the Year, Jeff Maxey every student has been welcomed back to Starr Elementary with smiling open arms.

Anderson School District 3 has five schools, three elementary, one middle, and one high school, equaling more than 25 hundred students enrolled this year.

Since district 3 is in the southwestern part of Anderson County, it serves the three rural communities of Flat Rock, Starr, and Iva.

Of the 2,000 people found the town of Starr, less than 200 students attend Starr Elementary, according to district’s website.

Back to school dates:

Aug 19
Spartanburg Co. (Districts 1-7)
Anderson Co. (Districts 1-5)
Cherokee Co.
Union Co.
Oconee Co.
Greenwood Co. ( Districts 50, 51, 52)
Laurens Co. ( Districts 55, 56)
Buncombe Co.
Yancey Co.
Mitchell Co.
Madison Co.
Haywood Co.
Jackson Co. (SM District)
Swain Co.
Graham Co.

Aug. 20
Greenville Co.
Pickens Co.
Abbeville Co.

Aug. 21
Transylvania Co.

Aug. 26
Henderson Co.
McDowell Co.
Macon Co. (Franklin, Highlands, Nantahala areas)
Franklin Co.

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